Bravo Turk Telekom! Bravo GETEM from Bogazici University!

Bravo Turk Telekom! Bravo GETEM from Bogazici University!

Dec 02

Türk Telekom started a new service called “Audio Books” with the help of GETEM from Boğaziçi University. It’s a service for visually-impaired people that reads hundreds of books when person called a specific phone number, which is 0800 219 91 91(for its commercial [1]). It’s a superb idea and superb work from GETEM and Türk Telekom. It’s socially responsible and very thoughtful project for humanity. I want to support both organizations in any means necessary on this project. Bravo Türk Telekom! Bravo GETEM from Boğaziçi University!

[1]  http://goo.gl/ijt6T

A Problem Solving Technique: Crowdsourcing

A Problem Solving Technique: Crowdsourcing

Nov 29

Today simply by surfing on the internet we can easily face with an output of crowdsourcing technique. This could be a WordPress blog that is consist of plugins developed by folks or another sample could be a site hosted by GNU/Linux system.

During my university years I was sharing the idle times of cpu power of my notebook to help solving DNA problems of humans. This type of systems are defined as open grid systems, but at the behind they are another sample of crowdsourcing. Grid computing is a term referring to the combination of computer resources from multiple administrative domains to reach a common goal. A concrete sample to grid computing is  IBM’s humanitarian grid to accelerate researches on cancer.

To learn about other samples of crowdsourcing and Yandex traffic density calculation technique read more…

Company Profiles Working on Image Processing / Computer Vision in Turkey

Company Profiles Working on Image Processing / Computer Vision in Turkey

Nov 29

I want to make another list which is connected to Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision[1], reflecting the company profiles of this area in Turkey. This list is an incomplete, brief list which includes companies that I can find information about over the Internet*. Moreover, I classified working areas of companies with information that I found*. My presentation also includes statistics about research area, location and inside/outside Teknokent and it can be found at [2].

Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision

Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision

Nov 28

There are so many application areas of image processing and computer vision. I want to make a list of leading ones, I grouped them into first “main research areas” and then detail them as main research topics. This list is of course a short, coarse and incomplete. But, it can answer the questions like what is image processing/computer vision? what are they dealing with? what are the main topics? or newly graduates may ask what are the main research areas that I can work? how to start and where to start research on image processing? and hundreds of similar questions may arise. So, I think that this list can be a guide to newbies and interested researchers for how to start. My list as a presentation in pdf file can be downloaded from [1].

[1] http://goo.gl/8uLoF

Speech Recognizer Does Not Work On Android Emulator

Speech Recognizer Does Not Work On Android Emulator

Nov 28

If you are trying to get the audio  from Android emulator, you can not be successful. You can try this with different ways like by writing a custom speech to text application, by trying to compile voice recognition sample at Android SDK or by using in-built Speech Recorder on a Google API supported android emulator.

I have tried all of these ways and tried different workarounds. But in the end I have reached a note at online Google Android Developer site.

Note: The Android Emulator does not have the ability to capture audio, but actual devices are likely to provide these capabilities.

 

For the original path of this information follow this link : http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/media/audio-capture.html

So this means you should find a real device to use this kind of capabilities.

Ok then, if you are curious about what I did to solve the problem, you should read more.

Secure Android Market Need in Turkey

Secure Android Market Need in Turkey

Nov 25

According to Trend Micro, growth number of Android malware in last 6 months is 1410%. It is really high and worrying rate. To analyze fast facts you should look at this info graphic. There are lots of android markets locally and globally. Some vendors develop their own markets to give an easy access to their customers like Samsung and Motorola. Also some local GSM operators have their own market places in different countries.

All these markets are open to vulnerabilities. Because there is no tested application warranty behind these services. Of course some of the companies like Turkcell has constructed their own markets in Turkey like t-market that includes the most popular applications. Turkcell is the biggest and most popular GSM company of Turkey with approximately34 million customers. So you may think it is a secure place. Yes you’ re right but this types of markets are small sized. It takes time fro an application to get in this market unfortunately. I appreciate Turkcell for trying to fill a gap in the sector for Turkish customers. But there should be an extra local or maybe for next years global market which includes tested secure android applications. And the company has nearly 42% of Turkey’ s android smartphone share. This makes Turkcell very important and valuable for Turkey android market.

What about Turkey, read more …

OpenCV 2.3.1 and Visual Studio 2010

OpenCV 2.3.1 and Visual Studio 2010

Nov 24

Setting up OpenCV and making the necessary changes for projects in Visual Studio environment are always a bit tricky and painful. But, with OpenCV 2.3.1, it becomes an unbelievable trouble. First in first, directory structure of OpenCV was changed, so everything becomes different. Second, there is a new tbb.dll and tbb_debug.dll problems which can drive a person crazy.

The Idea Behind Online Music Stores

The Idea Behind Online Music Stores

Nov 23

Once upon a time, I was a part of one of the biggest online music services in Turkey as technical leader. There was not a strong local rival in those days and global players like Google Music were not existed. But for the new versions of the platform, the main concept in our mind was accessing your music lists from anywhere, anytime. Generating recommended music lists or radio channels related with a recommendation engine or your mood, sharing them with your friends over social media and becoming a DJ of the day among your friends.

The idea was connected with increasing data usage of the users to increase income of the platform. Because the platform had been built for a telecommunication company. Store and online music content was being provided by some subsidiaries. So there was no need to implement a cloud storage. Because of the budget reserved for the project and the  focus shifts have not let the platform turned into a ubiquitous platform like I told above.

What about today, read more to learn…