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Monday, July 11, 2011

Google to Stabilize Video for Google Talk on Android

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From: http://mashable.com/


A common problem with video chatting using tablets is shaky video. Now Google has selected SRI International to embed its video stabilization software inside the Google Talk app in Android 3.0 devices, promising to smooth out those jittery video transmissions from front-facing cameras on Android smartphones and tablets.

The Menlo Park-based nonprofit SRI International, formerly associated with Stanford University and responsible for the invention of the computer mouse in 1964, has been working on this stabilization software since the early 1990s. Now, Android tablets are fast enough to allow the software to perform its magic in real time.

The software works by identifying the user’s face, stabilizing that video before it’s compressed for transmission. There’s an added benefit to that steady shot — the video is easier to compress because there’s less movement involved, making the picture look sharper with less video noise.

So far, this video stabilization is only available for Google Talk with Android 3.0 installed. There are stabilization apps for the iPhone and iPad (such as SteadyCam Pro, which we favorably reviewed), but they don’t yet work in real time, a necessity for live chatting.
[via Ubergizmo]

Graphic courtesy SRI International

Nissan works on recharging Leaf with solar power

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan is testing a super-green way to recharge its Leaf electric vehicle using solar power, part of a broader drive to improve electricity storage systems.

Nissan's Leaf went on sale late last year, but the automaker is looking ahead to about five years time when aging Leaf vehicles may offer alternative business opportunities in using their lithium-ion batteries as a storage place for electricity.

Nissan Motor Corp. acknowledges that, once the Leaf catches on, a flood of used batteries could result as the life span of a battery is longer than an electric vehicle's.

Electricity generation and storage are drawing attention in Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami caused massive blackouts in the country's northeast. A nuclear power plant that went into meltdown, Fukushima Dai-ichi, after backup generators were destroyed by the tsunami, is also renewing fears about a power crunch.

In the new charging system, demonstrated to reporters Monday, electricity is generated through 488 solar cells installed on the roof of the Nissan headquarters building in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo.
Four batteries from the Leaf had been placed in a box in a cellar-like part of the building, and store the electricity generated from the solar cells, which is enough to fully charge 1,800 Leaf vehicles a year, according to Nissan.

Although interest is growing in renewable energy such as solar and wind power, a major challenge is the storage of electricity, which remains expensive without a breakthrough in battery technology.

Such interest is likely to keep growing in Japan because of fears about the safety of nuclear power. The Hamaoka nuclear plant is being shut down because of such concerns, and more may follow.

Other Japanese automakers, such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., are working on similar projects, such as linking hybrids with solar-equipped homes as part of energy-efficient communities called "smart grids."

Electric vehicles produce no pollution or global-warming gases but need electricity, whose production mostly relies on polluting oil or gas.

Even after a Leaf is ready to be scrapped, its battery is likely to have 80 percent of its capacity. On the plus side, the Leaf with its high-capacity battery can store the equivalent of two days of household electricity use, Nissan said.

"What's important for Nissan is to show solutions through EVs, step by step," said Corporate Vice President Hideaki Watanabe.

A joint venture with Sumitomo Corp. called 4R Energy Corp. plans to offer eletricity storage systems like the one at Nissan headquarters for business and public facilities as a commercial product by 2016.

Nissan also hopes to start selling such storage systems for regular homes by the fiscal year starting in April 2012. It will carry out field tests from December, 4R Energy President Takashi Sakagami said.
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Yuri Kageyama can be reached at http://twitter.com/yurikageyama

McDonald's to Serve English Pub Burgers: Is Fillet of Fish and Chips Next?



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The new McPub...Wonder if they'll be a McGuiness to go with it???
Burger Business has reported that a new McDonald's English-style pub burger is in the works.
The English Pub Burger is an Angus third-pound burger, garnished with hickory-smoked bacon, white cheddar and American cheeses, grilled onions, steak sauce, and smoky Dijon mustard sauce on an artisan roll.

The burger is set to be tested in the Midwest. No word yet whether the English Pub Burger will be hitting South Florida's McDonald'ses anytime soon.

The slogan on the American ad campaign (via tray liner) says the burger is so good, you'll be gobsmacked (that's British slang for "astounded," but in McDonald's case, "freaked out" is just as good).

We're hoping this starts a completely new era for McDonald's, which has a slightly tired menu (I mean, how many people actually admit to eating there?)

How about a McFillet of Fish and Chips? Or a McCurry Chicken Sandwich? Or a warm, crisp mincemeat pie in a box? We think the combination of bland English pub food and bland bad McDonald's is a match that's been a long time in the making.

18 Sexy Disney Tattoos [Photos]


Spicy Canadian Shenae Grimes played Darcy Edwards on "Degrassi: The Next Generation" and now plays Annie Wilson in "90210." As for her role in real life, that seems to be the bearer of confusing tattoos. First, she appeared with a black heart on her cheek, which, thankfully, it turned out to be a temporary. Now she's gone and put a tattoo of Peter Pan's cap behind her ear. Why? She wrote on her website that the reasoning is too personal to share. Fine, leave us in the dark. We'll just go stare at other women who did their Disney tattoos correctly and made them sexy, à la Janet Jackson. She has a tattoo of Mickey and Minnie doing it under her pants.


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Bill Bailey's message to Metallica


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Bill recorded this special message to Metallica during his rehearsals for Sonisphere UK at Knebworth!

Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel

By IBTimes Staff Reporter
From http://www.ibtimes.com/

A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.

A similar incident was also reported recently in Israel when millions of jellyfish clogged down the sea-water cooling system of the power plant.

Such massive invasions of the species have raised speculations and scientists are trying to figure out the reason behind such unusual growing trends.

"The several [power plant incidents] that happened recently aren't enough to indicate a global pattern. They certainly could be coincidental," LiveScience quoted Monty Graham, a jellyfish biologist and senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab off the Gulf Coast of Alabama stating.

Recent studies have found out that jellyfish blooming occurs mostly during the summer and spring months.
Check some amazing visuals of jellyfish infiltrations below:

Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. looks as jellyfish fall from a filter into a container at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. drops a jellyfish into a container at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. puts on gloves as he walks in a lot covered with jellyfish at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. stands next to a container filled with jellyfish at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
Jellyfish cover the floor in a lot at Israel Electric Corp.'s Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
Workers from the Israel Electric Corp. stand next to containers filled with jellyfish at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011. The power station uses seawater for cooling off purposes and has to filter out and dispose of tonnes of jellyfish that are sucked into its system daily.

Source: Reuters
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