Monday, August 18, 2008
What's happening in tech today? Trust Dr. Blip to find out!
Slashdot - Barence writes "A new visual search engine could help photographers keep track of their photographs whenever, and wherever, they appear on the internet. The TinEye search engine allows users to search by uploading a picture rather than typing in a keyword. It then conducts a pixel by pixel search across the internet, flagging up all instances of that image even if it's been cropped, merged or digitally altered in some way."
Slashdot - hmckee writes "Does any software exist that enables me to store/backup/sync files from my local computer to a non-trusted FTP site? To accomplish this, I'm using a script to check timestamps, encrypt and sign the files individually, then copy each file to an offsite FTP directory. I've looked over many different tools (Duplicity, Amanda, Bacula, WinSCP, FileZilla) but none of them seem to do exactly what I want: (1) multi-platform (Windows and Linux),"
Gizmodo - Have you been looking for an ultraportable with a bit more oomph? Have you always wanted to try a tablet/convertible laptop? Here's a nice deal from HP to score the Pavilion tx2500z for $700 and free shipping. While it's a hefty 4.5lbs, the system features a 12.1" touchscreen, AMD Turion 64 X2 RM-70 2GHz dual-core processor, 160GB hard drive, 3GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics (not a powerhouse by any means), Bluetooth, integrated webcam and Vista Home Premium.
TechCrunch - Mint, an online personal finance site, has gotten a facelift. The new site sports a much cleaner design than the previous iteration, and appears to be focused on describing what Mint actually does rather than presenting pretty (but somewhat overwhelming) graphics. For now the improvements are mainly on the external portion of the site (for non-members), with the members’ portion switching to the new design in the next few weeks.
ars technica - Pandora, one of the Internet's most popular streaming radio stations, may have to close its doors due to significant royalty payments owed to the music industry. One more last-ditch effort could save the day, but even Pandora's founder isn't optimistic.