KML Search Tool is a utility that enables you to search for data within Google Earth spatial file format (KML and KMZ) and other spatial...
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An international team of computer scientists has developed a new image-recognition software. They found that 256 to 1,024 bits of data were enough to identify the subject of an image. The researchers said this 'could lead to great advances in the automated identification of online images and, ultimately, provide a basis for computers to see like humans do.' As an example, they've stored about 13 million images picked on the Web and stored them in a searchable database of just 600 megabytes. The researchers added that using such small amounts of data per image makes it possible to search for similar pictures through millions of images on your PC in less than a second. But read more...
Nokia announced a new enterprise focused smartphone today, the Nokia E51, that joins the E90, E61i, and E65 devices. The Nokia E51 looks like an update for the E50 device as it offers users a slim and stylish design for the business professional. The E51 includes integrated Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi (for VoIP calling), a 2 megapixel camera, HSDPA, 130 MB of user accessible storage along with a microSD card slot, and S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1. It also includes software for the enterprise user, including the Nokia Office Tools 2.0 that includes Nokia Team Suite, In-device Search, Quickoffice, Macromedia PDF reader, Zip manager, File manager, and Active Notes.
Microsoft Live Labs has this truly awesome demonstration of Photosynth, an image processing software that stitches images together in to a 3D world. They also have a 150 MB High Definition version of the video for download. There is a huge potential that this technology will reach out across the web to link to other images that share common geometric features to match them to the same location.
I've been thinking about scalability alot today. The thought process actually kicked off with the Typepadoutage from last week...even thoughin the end scalabilitywasn't exactly the problem there. Yet it seems that "growing pains" is a common compliantabout many Internet social software tools -- everything from Technoratito Orkut have been criticized for straining under increased load.I've never really been a coder, butI've watched lots of different systems have to adjust -- or rearchitect-- due to scale challenges. Back in 1990, I worked for FTD when theywanted to get into an early version of e-commerce. Their approachwas to develop an in-house system which used an ASCII text colon-delimitedflat file for product records...which was fine for fifty items but notfor 5000. Needless to say, that system didn't last very long (thoughthere were hundreds of additional reasons for that, which would make aninteresting case study one of these days).In my world, cc:Mail was definitelya system which eventually burst at the seams under scale issues. Asa cc:Mail administrator back in 1992, I only had solid performance whenmy post offices were each about 200 MB. Now that's 1/3 the size ofmy own mailbox. cc:Mail had great hardcoded limits like 200 userson a mailing list, or 20 attachments per message. Obviously, Hubertand company designed an incredible system for its day, but its file-sharearchitecture eventually hit the wall for modern-day messaging requirements.Given all of that context, it's somewhatamazing that Notes has been able to evolve from 75 users per server overNETBIOS in Notes R3 to 150,000 user scalability with Domino 7, all withouta fundamental rearchitecture. It may not be sexy work, but the plumbingdone in Domino 7 to get 40-400% scalability improvements on existing hardwareis especially impressive when viewed this historical context.
Microsoft has announced a massive expansion in storage capacity for users of its free Hotmail service, but just when the extra megabytes will become available to local users isn't clear.The software giant announced today that users of the free service, which has 4.