Ever wonder what a computer thinks as you play chess against it? Now you can see exactly what computations the program checks through the use of Thinking Machine 4. This program allows you to play chess against a computer and see the machine’s thought process visually on your screen. Watch thousands or possibilities shown on your screen as the program chooses the best move.
“The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts the program, the computer’s thought process is sketched on screen as it plays. A map is created from the traces of literally thousands of possible futures as the program tries to decide its best move. Those traces become a key to the invisible lines of force in the game as well as a window into the spirit of a thinking machine.”
Check it out here.
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Last month we told you about the release of eXeem. Many people did not want to download release 0.20 public beta because it included Cydoor. Good news - 0.21 public beta is now available for download, this time it is Cydoor free.
” eXeem Public Beta version 0.21 has been released. Most of the bug fixes were done to the network system (nodes). We have also fixed the search crash bug. We added a stop function to New files and we are testing out html type of ads in the program. In this release you will not get any mandatory third party software installed with eXeem.”
Download it here.
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As if we did not have enough browsers to choose from, AOL has launched itself into the mix with its new web browser. Based off of Internet Explorer, the browser includes many features such as tabbed browsing, AOL Channels, and AOL Desktop Search. I for one plan on sticking with Firefox, but those looking for tabbed browsing in an IE environment may find this useful. Our initial tests show that the browser is ridiculously slow.
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Microsoft plans to release its next operating system, codenamed Longhorn, sometime within the next year or two. This operating system’s beta version will be released in June and includes many improvements since the last time Microsoft showed off their newest addition to the Windows family. Microsoft claims Longhorn will be more stable the the current Windows operating system. New additions include a presentation engine called Avalon, a Web services architecture called Indigo, and a reworking of the Windows files system known as WinFS (but who knows when this feature will be finished?). Microsoft has not released much information about all the features the beta version will offer, but it is nice to see Longhorn move closer to going gold. Can Microsoft really develop a stable operating system with less security flaws?
Read More | CNet.com
Mozilla has just released one of their newer projects in the Sunbird stand=alone calendar. Sunbird allows you to keep your life organized without having to deal with program suites such as Outlook. Sunbird is also compatible across the PC, Mac, and Linux platforms - a nice touch. You can download a copy here. This is the initial release, so expect many improvements in the months to come. For now, the program looks great and works great. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Read More | The Sunbird Project
Okay, I know this isn’t the Revolution - but we all know that Nintendo has been talking a lot about how they plan to introduce a new way of playing games with their next generation console. Many a gamer has been scratching their head, theorizing on what exactly the technology would bring to the table. As soon as I saw this video, I thought “THAT"S revolutionary.” Check it out - Total Immersion’s D’Fusion software solution allows for real-time video capture and perfect merges between video streams and 3D objects. All you need is a camera, a few sensors, and a HUD. This turns your world into an immersive gaming experience, where you are IN the game…or where the game is all around you. Words cant really describe this, so just check out the video. What do you think?
Edit: Here is another video file (80 MB)
Skype is one of my top 5 favorite programs, and I think everyone should have it. They have now released version 1.0 for the Macintosh and Linux operating systems, with full cross platform interoperability. Go ahead and upgrade your beta version here - it’s free as always. Full press release after the jump.
For all you do-it-yourself home movie publishers, Apple has releases an update to iMovie HD. Of course, you need a Mac in order to benefit from the news - but with the very affordable Mac mini on the market, maybe it is time to consider “the switch”.
The iMovie HD Update addresses issues related to video and audio synchronization for DV projects and other minor issues, including:
- audio in PAL widescreen
- Sharing/exporting HDV to videocamera tape
- compatibility with some analog-to-digital converter boxes
- importing video from a DV videocamera, such as when using analog passthrough or recording live video.
Grab it here.
Opera Software will be releasing its newest Internet browser at the end of next month. This latest version talks back to the user. It also accepts voice commands. This version will have many features other than “speaking” the text on a web page for people with vision problems. This browser will also have the ability to magnify text up to 10 times, (no more fine print?) Even though this browser has many features to help visually impaired users, the company says that these features are not just for visually impaired users. Their goal is to take a first step in making human-computer interaction more natural. A nice feature is that, unlike most voice recognition software, Opera does not have to be “trained” in order to recognize the user’s voice. As technology improves, we are seeing steps in making computers smaller, more portable, with less wires, and now more interactive.
Read More | BBC News
Like to doodle? Like computers? Great! Art.com offers an amazingly cool web-based app called ArtPad that lets you create paintings on a digital canvas. What makes it cool is that it records all of your color selections and your brush strokes, as you paint it. Then you can save your finished piece and have others view it online in the sequence that it was painted. It’s like watching your friend paint an image right before you. The site also allows you to “speed up” the recorded painting motions or jump straight to the finished image. Click here to see how the PSP image above was created.