Canon’s new biometric photo watermarking is on it’s way

Photography, Research, Technology
Canon is using Iris watermarking to take photographer’s copyright protection to the next level. A new Canon patent application (Pub. No.: US 2008/0025574 A1) reveals the next step in digital watermarking - Iris Registration. The process is as follows:Turn the Mode dial to “REG”Choose between “REG 1″ through “REG 5″ (for up to 5 registered users)Put eye to viewfinderLook at display of center distance measurement pointPress the shutter buttonIris image capturedShootOriginal and more details via Photography Bay.
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OpenMoko and Neo1973 hands on…..

Technology
Came across a pretty good write up on OpenMoko  project and Neo1973 opensource Cell phone over at wired. It sounds like the Hardware is pretty good (well aside from the promised bits that are still coming), the software though seems to have some problems. The author seems to think the partially open source Qtopia software is much nicer. We'd covered this device before and think that once it matures a bit more it could give others a run for their money.
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FotoFlexer advances online photo editing….

Flash, Photography, Technology
I came across FotoFlexer a couple of months ago and I thought I would do a write-up at some point. Now with the addition of advanced morphing tools and image carving, I think I have to. If you haven't heard of FotoFlexer go to their site and signup for an account. Trust me you'll be sorry you didn't. Their editing application is way up there in terms of advanced functionality and they integrate with pretty much any photo/social site (Facebook, myspace, photobucket, flickr, picassa, yahoo photo and even your own website). Below you'll find some of the tools available to you when you login:Have a look at their demo page first if you want to get an idea of the functionality. Below is a nice video tutorial on image carving,…
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DEC Alpha Engineers….We salute you…..

DEC, Technology
Hallelujah, Intel has finally milked us enough, that they are now ready to give us Quickpath. Woohoo. Fresh squeeze from IDF, the Inquirer reports that intel has started handing out details about it's upcoming Nehalem family of processors and QPI (Quickpath Interconnect). This is of course a reaction to AMD's announcement and implementation of HT (Hypertransport) v3. All this might sound brand new to you and you might be thinking wow, aren't these guys cool.....Well, NO....QPI and HT are the Alpha EV7 architecture bus, rebranded.You see there used to be a company called DEC (Digital Equipment Coorporation) who's brilliant engineers designed this processor called Alpha 21364 (aka. EV7) and the associated bus structure wayyyy back in 1998/1999. Sometime after, a group of idiots (most likely accountants) decided that the company…
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SONET and Telecomm buzzwords explained….

Reference, Technology
So this is just a short tutorial, so I don't have to repeat this to every person who asks about the difference between T and E circuits. Here is the whole thing (more or less), (hopefully) once and for all.It all starts with the Nyquist's Theorem and Pulse Code Modulation. PCM is the way telephones digitize audio (your voice). Nyquist's Theorem (named after Harry Nyquist) says that "When sampling a signal, the sampling frequency must be greater than twice the bandwidth of the input signal in order to be able to reconstruct the original perfectly from the sampled version". Another way of putting this is that to accuretly encode an analog signal (your voice) you have to sample it twice as often as the total bandwidth you wish to reproduce…
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Jott rocks!!!

Technology
Now I haven't tried it myself (yet), so maybe the title should read "Jott (should) rock, if it works as advertised!!!", but that just wasn't cool. You all know that you can send email to certain blogging services and services like twitter (you can also txt twitter) with new content and/or comments. But can you type as fast as you talk? I bet not:Jott capitalizes on that efficiency and allows you to quickly blog, Tweet or get a “Zestimate™” from wherever you are. You have more time to get on with whatever you were doing in the first place.With Jott Links, users can now call Jott and leave voice-to-text messages on the following services: * WordPress (both .com and on local installs) * Twitter * Jaiku * TypePad * Zillow…
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Diagram editor right in your browser…..

Ajax, Javascript, Technology
So today I had a choice to make. You see I had to draw a small diagram and needed a editor. Now I know visio is the end-all-be-all of editors, but I needed something fast and simple. Oh and I really didn't want to go down to the office to pick up the install disks for visio (on vacation). That's where web2.0 came to rescue again. After a short google search I found two online services that allow you to edit/share Diagrams right in your browser:Gliffy Online: Gliffy allows you to create many types of diagrams such as Flowcharts, UI wireframes, Floor plans, Network diagrams, UML diagrams, or any other simple drawing or diagram. Gliffy Online brings you a familiar desktop application feel in a web browser. Features such as…
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Whhaaat Your Apple I has a USB port?

History, Technology
This is just such a gem I couldn't help, but put it up. Head over to Briel Computers and have a look. Fully functional Apple I, KIM-1 and Altair PC cases. Man this just took me back in time.Note that Replica I is actually an "upgraded" APPLE I. Their version has USB and serial and can be used with PC keyboard and power supplies. The Micro-KIM is exactly the same as the original KIM-1, but at quarter the size.
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