|Newsletter July 30, 2001
AGENTLAND NEWSLETTER July 30, 2001
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Internet, your children's new playground
Internet has become an essential means of communication. At work, at
while travelling, we use it for browsing, chatting, learning and pure
amusement: it has become part of our daily life and as well as that of
children, who are getting connected at an ever earlier age.
Web pages aren’t always simple sites for fun or education. Part of the
Internet is intended for adults only. So what about the children?
When parents with young children talk about the Internet, the same
come up very often: it is crawling with paedophiles, you keep stumbling
across pornographic or extremist sites… These are legitimate fears
there are indeed many sites with this type of content easily accessible
the web. Of course, you could forbid your child to use the Internet, or
allow them to access safe sites downloaded to your computer. Efficient,
draconien! Let’s compare the Internet to everyday life… When your
is outside, you can’t always be there to protect him or her, can you?
often other people are there to give them the same security: teachers,
grandparents, friends etc. And if the same thing was possible on the
Today there are many efficient programs which block access to doubtful
sites, acting in your name to protect your children. Known as “parental
control software” or “parental filters”, they let parents decide what
children can see or not. This is software which once installed on your
computer permanently filters undesirable content (except for users who
authorisation to surf freely). Your children can surf in peace: virtual
policemen are keeping an eye out for them.
The filters available on AgentLand:
ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
> Enfish Onespace: tying it all together
As the computer takes an ever greater place in your personal and professional life, keeping on top of all your different types of documents is becoming more and more urgent. Enfish Onespace could be just the tool for the job.
> Noa : a guardian angel on your desktop
For all those who can't afford to hire a full-time personal assistant, we have a solution: Noa. She will be your devoted virtual assistant, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Besides, she doesn't need holidays - so how come that she is always so tanned?
> InfraNet : organize your personal web
Build a little corner of the Web that perfectly matches your tastes with InfraNet. Customize groups of search engines and web sites that you use, so you always feel at home.
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>> Form Filling <<
RoboForm, the agent that uses Identities containing your personal information to fill forms automatically, has been updated. Chinese form filling is now available, AutoFill and AutoSave process have been totally rewritten, the credit card number field has been extended to 18 digits to take into account UK Switch cardholders and RoboForm will no longer fill in fields that already have values.
DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
> DISCo Finder
With DISCo Finder you can submit multiple queries simultaneously to multiple search engines using plain-English or Boolean user defined keywords. The results can be visualized in a Search Tree and a Servers Tree.
> An Internet Watch
Timex has released "Internet messages watch" the first watch that allows the user to receive Internet e-mail, news, weather reports, sports scores, stock quotes, etc.
Having content sent from the web to your watch is easy and completely customizable. For instance, you can go to Yahoo.com, select Yahoo! Mobile alerts and then choose what you want to know and when you want it sent to the watch. Timex Internet Messenger also sets and maintains automatically accurate time, date, and time zone changes with the Flextime feature.
> Artificial passenger could make driving safer
An artificial passenger (AP) designed to make long solo journeys safer and more bearable has been developed by IBM. The software chats to you, chooses your music, tells you jokes - and sounds alarms when you foul up.
The AP is not an inflatable automaton that sits in the passenger seat. It's an intelligent presence packed into the dashboard electronics. The heart of the system is a conversation planner that holds a profile of you, including details of your interests and profession. When activated, the AP uses the profile to cook up provocative questions such as, "Who was the first person you dated?" via a speech generator and the in-car speakers.
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CONFERENCES - WORKSHOPS
> Workshop on Mobile Agents
The 3nd International Workshop on Mobile Agents for Telecommunication Applications (MATA'2001) will be held on August 14-16, 2001 in Montreal, Canada.
The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for researchers, software and application developers, and computer network technologists to discuss new developments on the mobile agent technology and applications. The workshop will focus on mobile agent issues across the areas of network management, mobile applications, Nomadic computing, feature interactions, Internet applications, interactive multimedia, Tele-learning applications, and Computer Telephony Integration.
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