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Friday, May 28, 2010

First Human 'Mark Gasson' affected by Computer Virus

A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first person in the world to be infected by a computer virus.

Dr Mark Gasson, from the School of Systems Engineering, contaminated a computer chip which had been inserted into his hand as part of research into human enhancement and the potential risks of implantable devices.

These results could have huge implications for implantable computing technologies used medically to improve health, such as heart pacemakers and cochlear implants, and as new applications are found to enhance healthy humans.

Dr Gasson says that as the technology behind these implants develops, they become more vulnerable to computer viruses.

"Our research shows that implantable technology has developed to the point where implants are capable of communicating, storing and manipulating data," he said. "They are essentially mini computers. This means that, like mainstream computers, they can be infected by viruses and the technology will need to keep pace with this so that implants, including medical devices, can be safely used in the future."

Dr Gasson will present his results next month at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society in Australia, which he is also chairing.

A high-end Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip was implanted into Dr Gasson's left hand last year. Less sophisticated RFID technology is used in shop security tags to prevent theft and to identify missing pets.

The chip has allowed him secure access to his University building and his mobile phone. It has also enabled him to be tracked and profiled. Once infected, the chip corrupted the main system used to communicate with it. Should other devices have been connected to the system, the virus would have been passed on.

Dr Gasson said: "By infecting my own implant with a computer virus we have demonstrated how advanced these technologies are becoming and also had a glimpse at the problems of tomorrow.

"Much like people with medical implants, after a year of having the implant, I very much feel that it is part of my body. While it is exciting to be the first person to become infected by a computer virus in this way, I found it a surprisingly violating experience because the implant is so intimately connected to me but the situation is potentially out of my control.

"I believe it is necessary to acknowledge that our next evolutionary step may well mean that we all become part machine as we look to enhance ourselves. Indeed we may find that there are significant social pressures to have implantable technologies, either because it becomes as much of a social norm as say mobile phones, or because we'll be disadvantaged if we do not. However we must be mindful of the new threats this step brings."

Via [University of Reading]
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Microsoft Office 2010 available in India

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. has announced the availability of Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 for business customers in India and across the world.

“When we set out to reinvent the world’s favorite productivity suite, we discovered that seamless collaboration and anywhere, anytime access to documents are crucial enablers of the next generation of productivity gains. The latest wave of Office 2010 and related products delivers exactly that, along with a host of several other features and enhancements that allow businesses to save, innovate and grow,” said Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India.

The beta version saw over 1.3 million downloads and over 2,000 businesses are already making the transition to the latest version, including TCS, Cognizant Technologies, Lowe Lintas, Virgin Mobile, MindTree Consulting, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, Wipro and HCL Infosystems.

Microsoft also announced that Office Mobile 2010 will soon be available on Windows 6.5 phones and a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the E-series. D. Shivakumar, MD and Vice President, Nokia India, said, “With the mobile device fast emerging as the primary access device for professionals on the move, this alliance will enable us to expand Microsoft Office Mobile to Nokia smartphone users and allow them to collaborate on Office documents from anywhere.”

Via [expresscomputeronline]
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How to pass values from child window to parent window using Javascript XHTML

Code for passing values from child window to parent window using Javascript and HTML. I am working on a project where I need to access parent page variables from child page without using GET and POST methods. Searched the net and got a technique to complete the work i.e using 'window.opener' properties.

Code for Parent HTML Page

Use to open a new window. The following code opens a new window without toolbars, menubars, etc

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<TITLE> Parent </TITLE>
<META NAME="Generator" CONTENT="Bishwajeet">
<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="">
<META NAME="Description" CONTENT="">
<SCRIPT TYPE="text/javascript">
function sendTo()



<input type="text" value="" name="text1" id="pdetails1">
<a href="javascript:void(0)" onClick="sendTo()" >Pop Up</a>


Code for Child HTML Page

In the newly opened window, you can access the original window by using window.opener

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<TITLE> Child </TITLE>
<META NAME="Generator" CONTENT="Bishwajeet">
<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT="">
<META NAME="Description" CONTENT="">
<SCRIPT TYPE="text/javascript">
function sendValue()


<form name="selectform">
<input name="details1" id="details1" value=""><br/>
<input type=button value="Copy input to parent opener" onClick="sendValue();">
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nokia N8 goes official | Specification | Release Date| Price

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theater system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.
Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.
The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide. Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian ^3, the latest edition of the world’s most used smartphone software.

Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is EUR 370.

Nokia N8 Highlights:

HD quality imaging and cinematic sound

  • Shoot and edit photos and video with supreme clarity of a 12 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound and HDMI connection to a home entertainment system
Personalization capabilities for a truly individual experience

  • Personal touches come to life on three fully customizable home screens
  • Instant access to Ovi Store’s apps, games and other cool content
  • Web TV delivers local and global TV favorites right to the home screen
A seamless and fully integrated social network experience

  • Get live updates from Facebook, Twitter, and RenRen pushed right to your home screen, with feeds visible at a single glance
  • Connect from anywhere on your phone—your home screen, contacts, or map
  • Enrich your social network experience with content from your phone including pictures, location and more
Free navigation, forever

  • Free worldwide satellite car and walk navigation from Ovi Maps in over 70 countries
  • Built in premium guides from Lonely Planet and Via Michelin for tips on travel, restaurants, weather, and hotels
Operating times:

  • Talk time (GSM/WCDMA) –12/5 h 50min
  • Standby (GSM/WCDMA) –390/400 h
  • Video record –3 h 20 min
  • Music playback –50 h
  • Video playback –7 h
  • Video playback with HDMI –6 h
  • Web TV –3 h 20 min
Nokia Original Accessories:

  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-701 (in box)
  • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-905
  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-608
  • Nokia Extra Battery DC-11
  • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-214
  • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-505
  • Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9

Technical Profile:

System: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
OS: Symbian^3
Form Factor: Touch screen monoblock
Dimensions: 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9 mm (L x W x H)
Weight: 135g
Display: 3.5 inch widescreen (640 x 360 pixels) capacitive touch
Battery: 1200mAh BL-4D
Media Storage/Memory: 16GB mass memory + micro SD card slot, 135MB internal memory, support up to 32GB memory cards. RAM256 ROM512
Video Playback: Video recording, Performance: encoding 25fps, decoding 30fps, File Formats: H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, H.263, Real Video 10, ON2 VP6, Flash video
Music Playback: FM radio, FM transmitter, MP3 player,
Supported codecs: MP3,AAC,eAAC,eAAC+,WMA,AMR-WB, DRM support, DRM:OMA DRM 2.0
Main Camera:
  • Lens: Carl Zeiss optics
  • Image capture: 12 megapixels
  • Video capture: HD 720p
  • Aperture: F2.8
  • Focal length: 5.4
  • Flash: Xenon flash
  • Nokia Adapter Cable for HDMI CA-156
  • WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n
  • BT3.0 with support for stereo headsets
  • Positioning with GPS, A-GPS, WLAN and Cell-ID
  • Micro-USB 2.0 high speed for file transfers and charging
  • USB On-the-Go
  • Nokia AV connector 3.5 mm for audio input/output and TV out
  • HSDPA Cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA Cat5 2.0 Mbps

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Nokia Launches C6 in India

Nokia C6, which is a touchscreen device featuring a full QWERTY keyboard. C6 happens to be a full fledged Symbian S60 based smartphone. It has a large 3.2-inch touch screen display as well as a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Displays social networking feeds right on the home screen. It also comes with a full suite of email and social networking capabilities. As for other features, the C6 boasts of a 5 megapixel camera complete with autofocus and flash. It also come preloaded with Ovi Maps and the Ovi Store applications. C6 estimated  price is Rs 13,000.
For more Nokia India

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