1/24/2006

IBM opens up analysis software

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

IBM said on Monday it had begun offering to the open-source community its Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) technology. The UIMA technology is designed to improve the processing of text within documents and other unstructured content sources to help find relationships and meaning beyond keywords. IBM has published the UIMA source code to SourceForge.net, the largest open-source development Web site.

The technology is used to allow interoperability between software that helps corporations search for and analyze unstructured data across their corporate networks, including e-mails, Word documents and anything that is not formatted in columns and rows.

Source: News.com

Poor Work Performance Blamed on Internet

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

About 20 percent of government staff in one Malaysian state use the Internet for personal activities including downloading pornography, music and games, the national news agency reported Tuesday.

This was one of the main causes of poor work performance in Johor state, Bernama said quoting a top state official, Norsiah Harun, adding that large file downloads also considerably slowed the state government’s computer system.

Norsiah said the government viewed the matter seriously and would enforce the relevant regulations soon. She reminded all department heads to be firm in tackling the problem and to remind their staff of their responsibilities, Bernama said.

Source: AP

Nokia seeks patent for mobile emergency feature

Filed under: — Galit

Women, children, millionaires, and just about anyone worried about being assaulted or abducted should be interested in a new mobile phone emergency feature being developed Nokia.

The Finnish manufacturer is seeking a patent in the U.S. for a mobile phone capable of sending a covert emergency message, complete with pictures, sound and location.

Nokia isn’t saying much about the application, which the company silently made at the end of last year. Maybe the Finns know they’re onto a hot idea, or maybe they just don’t want crooks to know too much about their ingenious plan.

“The patent application doesn’t mean that we’re necessarily planning to install this emergency feature in any of our phones in the future,” said Nokia spokesman Damian Stathonikos. “We’re constantly developing new technologies in our research labs and applying for patents to protect our intellectual property rights.”

Source: infoworld

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