Michael Main is the Managing Editor for NewsRadio 1200 WOAI.
Michael began his relationship with Clear Channel radio at Newsradio 1200 WOAI in 1985 as a writer/reporter and quickly added numerous responsibilities including key roles in producing WOAI's four hour morning drive newscast. He is the first person in the door each morning, if you can call 1:30 a.m. the morning.
Michael is responsible for coordinating much of Newsradio 1200 WOAI's on-air news product and also produces his daily "Cyberstuff" feature focusing on Internet and tech related topics.
Michael's reporting has won him national recognition. Honors he has won over the years include several Press Club of Dallas "Katie" Awards for Best General News story coverage, Best Radio feature, and Best Spot News story, all of which attest to the diversity of his skills.
Michael was an integral team member when Newsradio 1200 WOAI won Edward R. Murrow awards, the most prized awards in broadcast journalism in 1994 and 1996. He's also been honored by the Associated Press, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism awards, UPI, and the Texas State Network.
Michael is responsible for writing the news product for various news readers on KJ-97 FM, KZEP-FM and Soft Rock 101.9 in San Antonio, and writes and anchors news each morning for Clear Channel stations in Corpus Christi, El Paso, Brownsville and Wichita, Kansas.
Michael is happily married to his wife, Amy. He is the proud stepfather of three grown children and grandfather to one very spoiled grandchild.
We may have to find something else for prison inmates to do; metal license plates may become a thing of the past.
A company called "Compliance Innovations" has developed virtual license plates or "e-tags."
Instead of metal, the plates use electronic paper - the same thing used in Amazon Kindle ereaders. The company says not only could the virtual plates do away with metal license plates but they would also eliminate the need for registration stickers. The e-tags can be updated wirelessly to reflect if the registration is current. They could also be used to notify a passing police officer that the car was uninsured. They could even by used to send out Amber alert information.
The e-tags are powered by kinetic energy. In other words, the vibration of the moving car keeps the plate activated. It’s estimated a virtual plate could last ten years.
The company says by switching to an e-tag system states could save millions of dollars and guarantee much higher compliance with insurance and registration requirements.
I really didn't want to know this, but odds are there are risqué photos on your smartphone...images very few people, if anyone, would want to see.
A survey by the security firm AVG reveals one fourth of smartphone users have intimate photos or videos stored on their devices. This is apparently not commercial porn, but shots of their partners and/or themselves.
Yes, that’ll make me think twice about borrowing your phone.
It's interesting that surveys show only about a third of us say we're comfortable using our smartphones to do online shopping or banking because we don't feel the device is as safe or secure as a computer, but a fourth of us are okay with storing self-nudies and other personal pervy pics on our phones. That may indicate that the folks keeping this potential blackmail material are not sharing it.
Yes, I think that's something we can all agree is probably a good thing.
Apple is about to offer up some freebies with a newly released iPhone and iPad app called 12 Days of Gifts.
The app has been available in past years in Canada and Europe, but this is the first time it's been offered in the U.S. It promises to provide one free digital item from the app store each day starting on December 26th. Between now and then it will remind you how long you have to wait.
Apple isn't saying what the gifts will be specifically, but they could be movies, songs, eBooks or apps. Each will only be available for free for 24 hours before it's replaced by the next gift.
The 12 Days of Gifts app is free and available now.
Meet the face of the future: “Zoe.”
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed an astoundingly realistic digital talking head that may become the computer interface of the future. They call her “Zoe.”
“Zoe” can express a full range of human emotions and could be used as a digital personal assistant, or to replace texting with “face messaging.”
“Zoe” can display emotions such as happiness, anger, and fear, and changes its voice to suit any feeling the user wants it to simulate. Users can type in any message, specifying the requisite emotion as well, and the face recites the text.
The framework behind “Zoe” is also a template that, before long, could enable people to upload their own faces and voices - but in a matter of seconds, rather than days. That means that in the future, users will be able to customize and personalize their own, emotionally realistic, digital assistants.
The team who created “Zoe” is currently looking for applications, and are also working with a school for autistic and deaf children, where the technology could be used to help students to “read” emotions and lip-read. Ultimately, the system could have multiple uses – including in gaming, in audio-visual books, as a means of delivering online lectures, and in other user interfaces.
“This technology could be the start of a whole new generation of interfaces which make interacting with a computer much more like talking to another human being,” Professor Roberto Cipolla, from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, said.
“It took us days to create Zoe, because we had to start from scratch and teach the system to understand language and expression. Now that it already understands those things, it shouldn’t be too hard to transfer the same blueprint to a different voice and face.”
As well as being more expressive than any previous system it's also not a giant computer program which means it could be easily incorporated into even the smallest computer devices, including tablets and smartphones.
The effectiveness of the system was tested with volunteers via a crowd-sourcing website. The participants were each given either a video or audio clip of a single sentence from the test set and asked to identify which of the six basic emotions it was replicating. Ten sentences were evaluated, each by 20 different people.
Volunteers who only had video and no sound only successfully recognized the emotion in 52% of cases. When they only had audio, the success rate was 68%. The two together, however, produced a successful recognition rate of 77% - slightly higher than the recognition rate for the real-life actress who read the lines, which was 73%.
"Present day human-computer interaction still revolves around typing at a keyboard or moving and pointing with a mouse.” Cipolla added. “For a lot of people, that makes computers difficult and frustrating to use. In the future, we will be able to open up computing to far more people if they can speak and gesture to machines in a more natural way. That is why we created “Zoe” - a more expressive, emotionally responsive face that human beings can actually have a conversation with.”
Check out ”Zoe” and more details of the system in the video below.