10 November 2008

Headphones can interfere with pacemakers and defibrillators

Researchers say headphones that are used with MP3 digital music players can interfere with heart devices like pacemaker or defibrillators. The earphones of MP3 players and iPods should not be kept in shirt pockets, around the neck or anywhere close to the chest – even when disconnected. A cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. William Maisel, …

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10 November 2008

Google uses OCR to index scanned documents.

When indexing content on the web, scanned documents like academic papers and government reports were not included or picked up by the spiders. The reason for this was because the scanned document would appear as one large image instead of text. Using Google’s latest technology called Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Google is able to read these documents and turn them …

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10 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.25

Rather like everyone else who has contributed to the ‘the best websites in the world’ series of blogs, pin pointing my favourite 3 websites was surprisingly difficult. As part of the search team here at Tamar browsing the internet (obviously in a constructive workmanlike fashion) forms much of my working day. I also spend a fare amount of leisure time …

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9 November 2008

All charged up

Everyone laughed at me in the office when I bought this. But the laugh is on the other foot (hmmm, nothing like mixing a few metaphors) when they all saw how useful it is! I hate the number of chargers I have to lug around with me now with all the various ipods, digital cameras, phones, BlackBerrys etc I have …

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7 November 2008

Elections at the speed of the Internet.

The world let out a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday night after witnessing the monumental accomplishment of Barack Obama. Whether he is able to pull the nation out of its economical situation is yet to be seen. But his accomplishments and views are without a doubt truly inspirational, not only to American Citizens, but to Citizens across the globe. …

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7 November 2008

Book review: Planet Google

Randall Stross, a Silicon Valley professor, has written a book called Planet Google: How one company is transforming our lives. The subtitle is slightly misleading, as this isn’t a look into the social effects of the company (which would be very interesting in fact), but instead takes a look at Google’s “strengths and weaknesses, and contradictions.” Actually, the book came …

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7 November 2008

A bit of fun in gloomy credit crunch times…

I’m so depressed reading the news recently about the likely depth and breadth of the UK recession that it was nice to find something yesterday that made me smile. A fellow gadget-lover showed me some utterly useless but very cool BlackBerry functionality. So, if that white pearly glow of your tracker ball is just a bit too boring for a …

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6 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.24

Thinking about what to write for this post, I’ve realised that I don’t really have any three particular “best” websites. Sure I visit certain sites on a daily basis, but I could easily go without them. So instead I will list the three websites that I regularly visit to keep myself informed and or entertained. First up, is NEWS24.co.za. It’s …

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6 November 2008

Tamar on Twitter

Tamar is on Twitter and we invite you to follow us! If you are not familiar with Twitter, it is a free service which is essentially a Micro-blog. Tamar staff can send status updates (Tweets) via Twitter and all Tamar blogs are announced via Twitter when they are published. I wrote a very detailed blog about Twitter if you want …

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6 November 2008

Google Pulls Out of Yahoo Ad Deal

Due to regulatory and antitrust concerns, Google inc. has finally decided to pull out of their much discussed advertising deal with Yahoo. David Drummond, Chief legal officer at Google said in a blog post yesterday that "After four months of review, including discussions of various possible changes to the agreement, it’s clear that government regulators and some advertisers continue to …

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