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tech reviews Updated: Jul 13, 2010 01:33 IST

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A ‘moment’ of glory

Dreaming of working in Hollywood? Well, that may take a bit more time, but with this initiative from

Youtube

, you may actually have a chance of being noticed. All you need to do is capture a day in your life in camera. It can be anything from the sunrise to riots, drinking water to stars in the sky — just anything. And then upload that on

www.youtube.com/lifeinaday

. Oscar winning director Kevin MacDonald will edit all the entries and compile them into one single feature-length documentary to be produced by Ridley Scott. Individuals whose footage makes it into the film will be credited as co-directors and 20 of these contributors will be flown to Park City, Utah, for the film’s world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Now, that’s some prize.


HTC



Mobile recognition


Scientists have created a new system that has the potential to boost cellphone performance.Emiliano Miluzzo of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and his colleagues have created software ‘Darwin’ to recognise an event, such as a specific person’s voice, and how that may change in different conditions, such as when that person is in a noisy room. The phones then share this information with other phones that contain the software.


AFP



Going back in time


A computer successfully deciphered an ancient language, Ugaritic, in just a couple of hours. Regina Barzilay, an associate professor in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Ben Snyder, a grad student in her lab, and the University of Southern California’s Kevin Knight are the creators.Her work could not only help archaeologists translate other ancient languages, but also expand the number of languages that automated translation systems like

Google Translate

can handle.


ANI