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How to Make an Infrared Camera

By Andrew Gould 7 May 2009

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The only way to see IR light (with its wavelength of 750 nm to about 100 ?m), is with an IR camera. Now you could go out and buy one, but you probably cant afford one, and then Id have nothing to write about. The alternative is to make your own. What we really want is a camera that is sensitive to Infrared light but not very sensitive to normal light. To achieve this you can take an ordinary webcam and remove the IR filter that prevents IR reaching the CMOS sensor. But you will also need an IR pass filter FULL STORY >


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Power to the people

By Andrew Gould 6 May 2009

The Internet is putting the power to choose, and create, back in the hands of the public. Andrew Gould looks at how the old is making way for the new. In the not-so-distant past the producers of products and services had 100% of the control as to what was delivered and by... FULL STORY >

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The New Brain

By Mike Joubert 6 May 2009

Just how far are we from recreating the human brain? Now movies like A.I., The Matrix, iRobot seem to suggest that machines can attain a level of human like intelligence.Two big scientific attempts the past number of years show that ?recreating the human brain might just be... FULL STORY >

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Google Android OS

By Thomas McKinnon 6 May 2009

Android is an operating system for cellphones, just like the Windows Mobile platform, or the Symbian platform you???ll find on Nokia phones. So why the big fuss? Well two reasons. Firstly, it was developed by Google, and we all know what Google did for the web. Secondly, it... FULL STORY >

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Free cloud-based antivirus

By Thomas McKinnon 5 May 2009

Panda Security has announced the global beta release of Panda Cloud Antivirus, the industry???s first and only free cloud-based antivirus. FULL STORY >

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Nokia Music Store now in SA

By Mike Joubert 28 April 2009

As the 16th country worldwide in which the Music Store has been launched, the site is not only populated by all the well known international artists, but also by a very decent amount of SA talent as well. FULL STORY >

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Who to vote for

By Thomas McKinnon 16 April 2009

ollowing the lead of various US sites covering elections, the Mail & Guardian has launched an interactive quiz that is designed to discover where you actually stand on some of the more pressing election issues. FULL STORY >

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Project P.U.M.A

By Thomas McKinnon 8 April 2009

Congestion and pollution are two of the biggest challenges that cities around the globe are currently faced with. FULL STORY >

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Time to Tighten Tech Spending

By Andrew Gould 1 April 2009

TechSmart spoke to Arthur Goldstuck who heads up the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research group, World Wide Worx. He is one of South Africa???s foremost commentators on the ICT sector, and we decided to get his take on how the world-wide... FULL STORY >

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7 steps to online productivity

By Thomas McKinnon 20 March 2009

Oh?Ǫ I haven???t checked my Facebook page in a few minutes?Ǫ maybe I should just do that quickly before I get back to work? FULL STORY >

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IBMs smart water solutions

By Thomas McKinnon 16 March 2009

The smart water portfolio forms part of IBM???s larger Smarter Planet strategy in which the company intends to encourage the development of more intelligence driven societies by more effectively using instrumented and interconnected devices. FULL STORY >

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