August 2009 (Vol. 42, No. 8) pp. 93
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M obile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media, Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth, eds. In light of the emerging forms of software, interfaces, cultures of uses, and media practices associated with mobile media, this collection investigates the various ways in which mobile media is developing in different cultural, linguistic, social, and national settings. The authors consider the promises and politics of mobile media and its role in the dynamic social and gender relations configured in the boundaries between public and private spheres. The collection is genuinely interdisciplinary, as well as international in range, with contributors and studies from China, Japan, Korea, Italy, Norway, France, Belgium, Britain, and Australia, and might be of interest to scholars, policy makers, and general readers.
Routledge; www.routledge.com; 978-0-415-98986-2; 317 pp.I ntroduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, 4th ed., Sheldon M. Ross. The author offers a clear exposition of applied probability and statistics, emphasizing the manner in which probability yields insight into statistical problems. This new edition uses real datasets and numerous exercises, examples, and applications to apply probability theory to everyday statistical problems and situations. New section topics include simulation, bootstrap statistical methods, and permutation tests. In addition, end-of-chapter review material highlights key issues as well as risks associated with practical application of the material.
Academic Press; www.elsevierdirect.com; 978-0-123-70483-2; 680 pp.M achine Translation: Its Scope and Limits, Yorick Wilks. Machine translation is both an engineering technology and a measure of all things related to languages and computers. This book presents a history of MT, its challenges and problems; reviews the evolution of conflicting approaches; and includes historic papers updated with commentaries detailing their significance. Covering historical and contemporary systems in Europe, the US, and Japan, the text considers MT a fundamental part of artificial intelligence and the ultimate testbed for all computational linguistics. It concludes with a discussion of the most recent developments and prospects for the future, which have changed since the arrival of the World Wide Web.
Springer; www.springer.com; 978-0-387-72773-8; 254 pp.P erceiving Play: The Art and Study of Computer Games, Torill Elvira Mortensen. As computer games become increasingly prevalent, causing both curiosity and concern in the general public, understanding them becomes increasingly important. Game researchers have documented, reported, and analyzed the effect on our modern society as people increasingly make new and drastically different choices in how they spend their time. Part of the New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies series, this book looks at the directions and findings of this research and examines how game research integrates the studies of social science, ethnography, textual analysis and criticism, economy, law, and technology.
Peter Lang Publishing; www.peterlang.com; 978-0-820-49700-6; 174 pp.
D eploying QoS for Cisco IP and Next Generation Networks: The Definitive Guide, Vinod Joseph and Brett Chapman. This book provides network architects and planners with insight into the various aspects that drive QoS deployment for various network types. It offers a reference guide for businesses that plan to deploy a QoS framework for voice, video, mobility, and data applications, providing design and implementation details for various service deployments across Cisco platforms such as the CRS-1, 12000, 7600, and 7200 series routers.
The book includes platform-specific tests and measurement results as well as detailed illustrations. A link to a tutorial on QoS metrics is also available on the book's companion website.
Morgan Kaufmann; www.elsevierdirect.com; 978-0-123-74461-6; 512 pp.
L PIC-1 In Depth, Michael Jang. As competition for IT jobs increases, Linux Professional Institute Certifications (LPIC) become more important. The LPIC-1 exams are surprisingly difficult, and those seeking certification might benefit from this test-preparation resource. With nearly 500 practice questions and four full sample exams, this book offers a comprehensive, up-to-date guide for both LPIC-1 101 and 102.
Course Technology PTR; www.courseptr.com; 978-1-598-63967-4; 500 pp.