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The word “Bom Sabado” means “Good Saturday” in
Portuguese, which is the also the official language of Brazil, one of
the last remaining Orkut bastions in the world.
The worm seems to be posting scraps with the text
“Bom Sabado” and also adding affected users to new Orkut groups. Such
XSS attacks have targeted Orkut in the past too.
Experts have advised users to avoid logging on to Orkut till Orkut
engineers fix the hole and also not to click on any suspicious links. Orkut had
just last month announced new updates to the website.
Earlier this week, the popular microblogging
website Twitter was also at the receiving end of an XSS exploit. The attack,
which emerged and was shut down within hours Tuesday morning, involved a XSS
If you are amongst those affected, it’s highly recommended that you follow the steps highlighted below:
* Switch to the “older version” of Orkut.
* Log out of Orkut.
* Clean your browser’s cache and cookies.
* Log in and change your password and security question.
Google India has felicitated Gram Panchayats from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for their innovative work in the fields of education, social work, health care and sanitation. To recognize the role of local governments in providing services to citizens in rural India, it has constituted an award, the Google.org Gram Panchayat Puraskar (GGPP).
With the domain name bandwidth for web addresses expected to get exhausted by March 2012, the government has drawn up a roadmap for the transition into a newer version of Internet protocol that will enable unlimited options for users.
Bangalore: Indians have a new cause to celebrate with the launch of the first Indian made web browser aptly called 'Epic'. Released by a Bangalore-based software firm, Hidden Reflex, Epic is based on the Mozilla platform.
The unique feature that sets Epic apart from other browsers is that it has a built-in antivirus protection. The integrated antivirus and antispyware has been powered by ESET.
'SixthSense' is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.
We've evolved over millions of years to sense the world around us. When we encounter something, someone or some place, we use our five natural senses to perceive information about it; that information helps us make decisions and chose the right actions to take. But arguably the most useful information that can help us make the right decision is not naturally perceivable with our five senses, namely the data, information and knowledge that mankind has accumulated about everything and which is increasingly all available online. Although the miniaturization of computing devices allows us to carry computers in our pockets, keeping us continually connected to the digital world, there is no link between our digital devices and our interactions with the physical world. Information is confined traditionally on paper or digitally on a screen. SixthSense bridges this gap, bringing intangible, digital information out into the tangible world, and allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures. ‘SixthSense’ frees information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality, and thus making the entire world your computer.
Components and principles:
The SixthSense prototype is composed of a pocket projector, a mirror, and a camera. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant-like mobile wearable device. Both the projector and the camera are connected to the mobile computing device in the user’s pocket, working such as :
The projector: projects visual information, enabling surfaces, walls and physical objects around the wearer to be used as interfaces;
The camera and hands: recognizes and tracks the user's hand gestures and physical objects using computer-vision based techniques.
The software program: processes the video stream data took by the camera and tracks the locations of the colored markers (visual tracking of colored fingers) at the tip of the user’s fingers using simple computer-vision techniques. The movements and arrangements of these fiducials are interpreted into gestures that act as interaction instructions for the projected application interfaces.
The maximum number of tracked fingers is only constrained by the number of unique fiducials, thus SixthSense also supports multi-touch and multi-user interaction.
The SixthSense prototype implements several applications that demonstrate the usefulness, viability and flexibility of the system. The map application lets the user navigate a map displayed on a nearby surface using hand gestures, similar to gestures supported by multi-touch based systems, letting the user zoom in, zoom out or pan using intuitive hand movements. The drawing application lets the user draw on any surface by tracking the fingertip movements of the user’s index finger. SixthSense also recognizes user’s freehand gestures (postures). For example, it implements a gestural camera that takes photos of the scene the user is looking at by detecting the ‘framing’ gesture. The user can stop by any surface or wall and flick through the photos he/she has taken. SixthSense also lets the user draw icons or symbols in the air using the movement of the index finger and recognizes those symbols as interaction instructions. For example, drawing a magnifying glass symbol takes the user to the map application or drawing an ‘@’ symbol lets the user check his mail. The SixthSense system also augments physical objects the user is interacting with by projecting more information about these objects projected on them. For example, a newspaper can show live video news or dynamic information can be provided on a regular piece of paper. The gesture of drawing a circle on the user’s wrist projects an analog watch.
Cost and license:
The current prototype system costs approximately $350 to build. The software may be available for free on the model of open and editable freeware.
Implementation in our stall:
As a demo and to make people aware about the latest technology, we made an attempt in creating the device which stands nearest to the actual implementation by Pranav Mistry. Here we used a (i) projector, owned by our college itself, (ii) WII MOTE, a device used for playing computer game (iii) a Laptop and (iv) an IR emitting pen.
Working of our device:
As the real SixthSense device works based on sensing the hand gestures with the help of camera, our device works based on each and every pulse generated by the IR pen. The working of our device is as follows: As we connected the lap with the projector we can project the whole screen to the wall or to a screen. After projecting the screen, we have to connect the WII MOTE device to lap through Bluetooth. After that we must set ‘calibration’, the process of introducing the position of screen to WII MOTE.
After calibration, we can use the IR pen to touch the screen on wall to control the computer. Each pulse in the IR pen acts as each mouse click in computer and thus we can use the system using that pen only.
Each and every pulse in IR pen is detected by the WII MOTE device, and is sent to the computer through Bluetooth. Based on the program we set in C#, the current position of pen click is calculated and corresponding change takes place in the computer. Thus the whole device (or we can call it as a system) works.
We know it actually cannot compete with real SixthSense technology. But with our limitation, time and knowledge we tried our level best. We know, we are now explaining this to those who are having much more potential than us. But we know you all will encourage us. Thanking you all.
Me, Nisthul & Maneesha are thankful to all our friends who are with us in two days. We are thankful to those who help us in providing each and every useful part of this device. We are also thankful to our teachers for their encouragement and helpful mentality; also we are thankful to those who visited our stall to make the program a success….