May 30, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft took the world by surprise, introducing the first commercially available surface computer which turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor that's easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. In essence, it's a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Soon to be available in restaurants, hotels, retail establishments and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live. Here's a Microsoft surface commercial...

Look how simply the mobile phones describe their features after simply placing them on the surface. At a high level, Surface uses cameras to sense objects, hand gestures and touch. This user input is then processed and the result is displayed on the surface using rear projection. The idea of Surface computing is a new way of working with computers that moves beyond the traditional mouse-and-keyboard experience. It is a natural user interface that allows people to interact with digital content the same way they have interacted with everyday items such as photos, paintbrushes and music their entire life: with their hands, with gestures and by putting real-world objects on the surface. Surface computing opens up a whole new category of products for users to interact with. In the following video Bill gates himself introduces Microsoft surface...

So far touch screens can detect only one touch at a time. But this one can detect multi-touch contact. Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger, as with a typical touch screen, but up to dozens and dozens of items at once. Object recognition allows users to place physical objects on the surface to trigger different types of digital responses, including the transfer of digital content from camera automatically. Here's an exclusive review of Microsoft Surface

It'll cost between $5,000 and $10,000, so Microsoft will debut Surface in hotels, telephone shops and casinos to start. Care to have one? Start saving money from now on. For more you visit the Microsoft Surface Official site.

May 29, 2007

Cure bird flu : Antibody found

Antibodies that could protect against bird flu in humans have been isolated by an international team of scientists.

The discovery could lead to treatments that complement flu vaccines in the event of a human epidemic of the virus.

The H5N1 bird flu virus is estimated to have killed more than 180 people around the world since 2003.

Some countries are already stockpiling vaccines for a possible bird flu outbreak in humans, but no one knows how effective they might be.

'Emergency antidote'

This is because the particular strain of bird flu that might eventually spark a human pandemic is unknown.

But scientists working in Switzerland, Vietnam and the United States say they have isolated antibodies that they hope could offer protection against several different strains of the virus simultaneously.

Antibodies are used by our immune system to neutralise bacteria and viruses - in this case, the scientists have isolated antibodies that bird flu survivors in Vietnam produced to fight off the disease.

Professor Antonio Lanzavecchia, at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Switzerland, says the antibodies have already proven effective in the lab and in mice and he is confident that they could be used in humans.

"We in a way exploit the immune response of an individual who has been infected and has survived the infection and of course has made antibodies that neutralise these viruses," he said.

"And using this technique, we can isolate the cells that make these antibodies so that this antibody can now be reproduced in vitro and eventually massively produced to treat other individuals."

The antibodies could be used to protect key workers, such as nurses and doctors, in countries where a bird flu epidemic strikes.

The researchers say it could also be used as an emergency antidote in people who have already been infected with bird flu - if administered within a few days.

For highly populated country like Bangladesh bird flu can be very fatal. The problem that it can evolve inside humans body, makes it more dangerous. So it indeed a good news for us.
[via BBC]

May 1, 2007

And they are here, once again..

They are back. Back together. This time their entry point was three important rail stations of the country, Komlapur rail station of dhaka, new rail station at Chittagong and Kodomtoli rail station in Sylhet. Guess who?

Yes the bombers. Today morning three bombs were blasted in three rail stations around the ticket corner area. Hopefully no one died and one rickshaw puller was found injured in Chittagong.

Aluminum plates inscribed with militant slogans purported to be from an al-Qaeda network, Zadid Al Qaeda, Bangladesh, were found at the bomb sites. The aluminum plate found near the scene bore a message inscribed on it: all must quit NGO jobs by May 10, all 'Kadianis' must recognise Prophet Muhammad (SM) or face death.

The aluminum plate found in the blast area.

Many Bangladeshis were travelling out of Dhaka taking advantage of a two-day public holiday for May Day and a Buddhist religious festival on Wednesday. Since friday and saturday are weekly holidays, if you take leave on thursday you'll make it a five day holiday. But now people are afraid of making a move.

Intelligence groups last month alerted the government that Islamist militants were regrouping after the execution of the militant leaders of the outlawed Islamist group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, who carried out a series of bomb blasts across Bangladesh (in 61 districts out of 64) on August 17, 2005, killing three people and injuring more than 100. In more attacks through the rest of 2005, the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and another outlawed group, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, killed nearly 30 more people and wounded 150, including judges, lawyers, police and officials. Six leaders from the two groups were executed on March 30 for their role in the blasts.

Securities have increased in all important areas of the country. Law and order advisory chairman Mainul Hosein said the bomb blasts were "nothing serious" which sounded like what political parties used to say during their reign. He also added that someone might do this to show this government a failure. Sounds familiar, huh? Funny enough, today was the first day of "Bangladesh Railway Service week". Nice service I should say.