Sunday, September 30, 2012

How Close is Google's 'Autonomous Driver-less Car' From Reality


Perhaps Google is one of many high-status companies investing large lumps of money on the idea of ‘autonomous driverless cars’ which can drive themselves. If you look up Google, several other major automakers and U.S. government agencies like DARPA and the U.S. Army have been effectively running related research projects. But it is Google who has brought some reality to the idea and is now putting  all-hands-on-deck on its project.


This Tuesday, September 25, 2012, California became the third state of the U.S., following Nevada and Florida, to sign a legislation which legally gives permission to Google for testing it driverless cars on the state's roads. Nevada has already granted an official permission in June 2011, whereas Florida did so in April, 2012. Similar legislations are soon expected to be drawn up in Hawaii and Oklahoma as well.

Before all this in March 2011, the Google engineer who led the research which brought this advancement to light today, Sebastian Thrun, gave an aspiring highlight of his project in a TED presentation which is worth watching. He mentioned his primary purpose was to save the lives of those millions of people from all over the world who have faded due to numerous traffic accidents, also the case of his friends when he was 18.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Broadway League Releases another Broadway App Titled ‘ILoveNYTheater’


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The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, has recently released a new official app entitled, ‘ILoveNYTheater’ for almost all iOS device including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This release day is very much in line for their annual Tony Awards ceremony, which is scheduled to take place only few days from today, on 12th of June. This app is largely based on the official website page of league, also having an address of ILoveNYTheater.com, as they both offer the same services to theater lovers. The service includes the quite obvious ticket buying facility in real time for the shows, along with the display of long list of starting and running times of all productions. Moreover, additionally the app will also show the precise locations of all theater, the recommended hotel and dining choices nearby each theater along with the universal social media integration features.
According to the executive director of the league, Charlotte St. Martin, "It's becoming easier and easier for theatergoers to get the best seats at the best prices from official sources." This new app is being retailed completely free of cost; plus impressively, the prices of the tickets sold through the app will also be the same as the price of buying from other sources. It is mentioned that there will be no additional broker markup for any kind od tickets, and even the seats will also be allocated directly from the official theaters' ticketing agencies. This means that the price of the tickets will be the same if you buy if from the new app, or book through telephone or their online website. The mobile companion to the league's Web site also features Broadway news, Google map integration and a full running schedule for the coming week.

Sina Weibo Announces to Launch Its English Version Worldwide, Directly Competing With Twitter Inc.

It is hard to believe that there are still other microblogging services in this world other than Twitter. But one of these unheard of microblogging companies, Sina Weibo from China, is planning to soon make its English version and be as popular in the English-speaking world as it is in the Chinese-speaking world. It was quoted in the The Next Web blog, which had sourced a Chinese-language site TechWeb, that Sina Weibo (pronounced ‘way-bore’) is “actively preparing” to soon release its platform with the support of English language. This English-version of the service will put it in direct and fierce competition with the Twitter, the world-leading microblogging service of United States. It was stated in the article that this English version will be available online as soon as two to three months.
Twitter logo initialImage via WikipediaMany analysts are measuring as to how much potential damage the English version of Sina Weibo can do to Twitter. It is a tough call and the prediction is not so easy to make, though according to the statistics Twitter may need to start worrying about the rising problem. Sina Weibo, seen by the analysts to be an amalgam of both Twitter and Facebook, currently houses almost 140 million users, whereas as the company hopes to reach around 200 million by the end of this year. Comparing that number to Twitter’s global audience of more than 300 million users, only around 20 million of which are actually from the United States, marks the uncertainty.