8/10/2005

Doctors perform surgery over the web

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Scientists in Australia have used internet links to successfully perform microsurgery on cells located thousands of miles away in a southern California laboratory.

The surgeons used a newly developed internet-based laser scissor-and-tweezers technology called RoboLase, demonstrating the potential of using the technology for real-time research activities between laboratories and to perform medical procedures from distant locations.

In a proof-of-concept series of experiments, the scientists from UC Irvine, UC San Diego and the University of Queensland employed RoboLase to produce surgical holes in a distinct pattern less than one micron in diameter (1/1000th of a millimetre) in single cells.

Using a control panel projected onto a computer screen, researchers in Queensland were able to remotely perform the cell surgery on a laser microscope system in the southern California laboratory.

Source: vnunet

Blu-Ray DRM Plans Released

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Blu-ray Disc Association said Tuesday that it has settled upon the AACS rights-management system to secure its discs, together with an additional watermarking and DRM update scheme.

Both the competing Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats will use the Advanced Access Content System, which was specifically designed for next-generation optical discs. However, the Blu-Ray group will also secure its discs with ROM Mark, a watermarking scheme identifying authentic Blu-Ray discs, as well as “BD+”, which will serve to dynamically update the rights-management schemes in case workarounds or other cracks are discovered and exploited.

Source: extremetech

Video Gamers Continue to Cut TV Viewing

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

According to Ziff Davis Media’s annual “Digital Gaming in America” survey of more than 1,500 randomly selected U.S. households, nearly a quarter of all video game players watched less television than last year and expect to cut their viewing time even further this year. The study also showed that 76.2 million people in the United States play videogames, up from 67.5 million a year ago, representing an increase of 11.4%. The increase in gaming follows strong sales of portable gaming systems and reductions in the prices of current-generation video game consoles.

The Digital Gaming in America study is conducted by Ziff Davis Media Game Group, producers of leading print and online brands Electronic Gaming Monthly, Computer Gaming World, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine and 1UP.com. The study reveals a number of surprising shifts in gaming habits and consumer preferences in 2005.

The study lends credence to observations that consumers are increasingly turning away from television and towards videogames for their entertainment. The Digital Gaming in America study found that 24 percent of gamers reduced their TV watching over the last year, and a further 18 percent expect to do so in the next twelve months. Video gamers are generally spending less time watching television this year compared to last year: they watched 16 hours per week in 2005 versus 18 hours per week in 2004, representing an 11.1% decrease. Furthermore, among core gamers, High Definition Television (HDTV) viewership increased to 18% in 2005 versus 7% last year.

In 2004, video gaming overtook PC gaming for the first year ever. The strong growth in video games continued in 2005. This year, 62.6 million households played video games and 56.6 million played PC games, versus 54.5 million and 52.3 million, respectively, last year. According to the study, this year core gamers will spend an estimated $5.6 billion on gaming products, also up from a year ago.

One of the leading trends impacting the videogame market is portable gaming, which continues to grow strongly. According to the study, 40 percent of video gamers are likely to purchase a portable gaming device in the next twelve months.

AMD seeks to jump-start software changes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Advanced Micro Devices has released a program called SimNow that simulates its next-generation chips, a move to try to speed the development of software that supports upcoming features.

One of those features, code-named Pacifica, makes it easier to run multiple operating systems on the same computer using software such as Xen. AMD announced the simulator on Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo

Source: News.com

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