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IBM: Holograms from Cell Phones Among Forthcoming Technologies

In the next five years, cell phones capable of producing real-time moving holograms of friends and colleagues will be possible, according to IBM. Three-dimensional video technology will be used to project a life-sized hologram from a mobile phone onto a surface. This is but one of the technologies the company claims is forthcoming that is listed on the fifth annual "IBM Next Five in Five" list, which highlights five innovations that the company predicts will change people's lives over the next five years. The other advances making the list include personalized GPS navigation for travelers and the use of cell phones as sensors for tracking data such as seismic events or other information. The fifth annual forecast list was presented via a YouTube video. (Computerworld)(MSNBC)(Bloomberg)(IBM)

New Use for Motion-Control Gaming Devices Emerges in Medicine

A new prototype device offers users a hands-free means of reviewing radiological images. The technology, which is being developed by the Virtopsy research project at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland, is made possible through the availability of open source drivers for Microsoft's Kinect motion controller. The device uses a mixture of voice and gesture control in concert with OsiriX, an image processing application designed for the navigation and visualization of medical images. Users can gesture with one or two hands to view and navigate an image. Although the focus of the research within the Virtopsy project is to replace standard autopsy with minimally invasive procedures through the use of technology, the interface could have practical applications in surgical environments. (SlashDot)(Gizmag)(Virtopsy)

Technology Supports Daily Cherokee Language Use

The Cherokee Nation has developed a unique keypad that allows users to more easily type in the Cherokee alphabet or syllabary by fitting the thin, silicon pad atop a regular computer keyboard. The keypad works with Apple products. The company supports the Cherokee language on its software for the iPhone and iPod. Cherokee Nation officials describe the keypad as “the most innovative language breakthrough since 1828 when Cherokee Advocate editor Elias Boudinot designed the first type set in the Cherokee syllabary for the tribal newspaper.” The development of the Cherokee alphabet or syllabary in 1828 allowed the language to thrive; however, now there are only roughly 8,000 Cherokee speakers in the 290,000 member tribe. The keypads are being used in the Cherokee Nation Immersion School and will also be implemented in the Cherokee Nation Translation Department and at Northeastern State University. Thus far, Cherokee is the only American Indian language supported by Apple devices. Elders in the Cherokee Nation say they trust that using technology will help preserve the Cherokee language by encouraging it to be used in daily life. Children are reportedly eagerly asking their parents for iPhones so they can practice Cherokee at home by texting. (The Associated Press)(MSNBC)(Cherokee Nation)

Mobile Malware Attacks Set to Jump in 2011

Analysts expect mobile malware attacks to increase in the coming year due to the ever-growing adoption of smartphone technology. Smartphones account for 20 percent of the worldwide mobile phone market, according to Network World. Experts say mobile malware threats include rogue applications, traditional malware, and issues related to data collection and privacy, including location tracking. According to a report by AdaptiveMobile, the number of mobile malware infections increased 33 percent in 2010, led by attacks designed for the Android OS. Analysts also saw a 45 percent increase in the use of Java-based applications, but a decline in malware attacks against iPhones. (SlashDot)(Network World)(Connected World Magazine)(AdaptiveMobile)

US FTC Clears Way for Intel Purchase of McAfee

The US Federal Trade Commission has cleared the Intel purchase of McAfee. Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, made the announcement of its intent to acquire the company in August. Tuesday’s announcement will enable Intel to purchase the security technology company for US$7.68 billion in cash. McAfee will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, reporting to Intel’s Software and Services Group. Intel made the purchase to provide integrated security in its hardware. Intel is working with officials from the European Commission before finalizing the deal to allay concerns that the deal will create an unfair market advantage for the chip manufacturer. (redOrbit)(Bloomberg)(Computer NewsFeed)(Intel)

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