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Google Translate is used by more than 200 million people per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:24 am

Google has yet another bragging point that they've used a blog post to talk about: Google Translate is used by more than 200 million people per month. What some more number stats? Break this number down, and Google translates the equivalent to as much text you'd find in 1 million books. Wow.

 

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Franz Och, a research scientist with Google Translate discusses how Google's translation service has grown through the years. Back in 2001, Gogole offered a service that could translate eight different languages to and from English. This service used state-of-the-art commercial machine translation (MT) and whilst it worked, it wasn't efficient, or very effective.

 

The service didn't really go well, and in 2003 Google decided to make some changes, one of these key steps was hiring Och away from his research position at DARPA. The team was then able to use Google's massive computing infrastructure, and got some very strong results, but it still wasn't quick enough for practical use. It took Google 40 hours and 1,000 computers to translate 1,000 sentences.

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Spotted: BlackBerry 10 developer device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 7:27 am

Research in Motion plan on giving away a BlackBerry 10 developer device during their BlackBerry World event next week, but the device itself has been caught on camera ahead of the event.

 

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A CrackBerry forum poster snapped a quick, power-off look at the experimental smartphone, which looks quite simple in its design with a brick-like design which looks similar to RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook.

 

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RIM has stated, in advance, that these were just test devices to help developers write apps early and is not representative of what customers would lay their hands on when BB10 devices hit the market. The first all-touch device, nicknamed 'London', is probably going to be considerably thinner and much more polished than this dev unit.

iPhone could have had a physical keyboard says ex-Apple executive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 6:23 am

According to ex-Apple executive and now Nest founder, Tony Fadell, Apple had considered one of three core ideas for the iPhone, one of those? A hardware keyboard. He spoke in an evening session with The Verge, where he talked that the all-touch design that eventually materialised into the first iPhone had come after he wanted to try a virtual keyboard before resorting to the hardware option.

 

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Being a key iPod architect, he understood the potential of an on-screen keyboard, which has its benefits such as disappearing when not needed, but didn't rule out physical keys at first. Whilst the iPhone was in development, there had been three different versions.

 

The all-touch iPhone that eventually became the number-one seller was joined by another model of an unknown layout as well as a third "iPod + Phone", implying that a design that more closely followed the iPod concept was once a consideration. At the time of the iPhone launch, the only experience with on-screen keyboards was with PalmOS and Windows Mobile-based devices. They used inprecise resistive touchscreens and their interfaces just weren't built to really make use of them the way that the iPhone and iOS ultimately did.

NVIDIA announces GeForce Experience Cloud Service for Quality Presets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 5:17 am

NVIDIA had quite the day yesterday, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang proudly announcing the kick-arse GEFORCE GTX 690, based on two Kepler GK104 GPUs. But, that wasn't the only big news, another thing Team Green announced was the 'GeForce Experience'.

 

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What is that? It does sound like a trip in a fighter plane, or some really cheesy porno, but it's actually a cloud-based service with the promise of simplifying the configuration of games based on your hardware. This means that depending on your particular hardware configuration, including the CPU, RAM, storage speed and of course, the GPU, the NVIDIA tool will set the optimal in-game settings and resolution.

 

This is a huge step for NVIDIA, but they're confident that they have the personnel and testing systems in place to push this forward. How it'll work is pretty simple: when a user opens a game for the first time, they'll be prompted with a screen that shows the default of current game settings side-by-side with the settings recommended by NVIDIA's GeForce Experience.

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Huge drop in US iPhone app downloads, over 30% in March alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 4:27 am

This comes at quite a surprise, but daily US iPhone app downloads have dropped, considerably, with a 30-percent month-over-month drop. This is up from the 6.35 million in February to just 4.45 million in March, according to mobile marketing firm Fiksu.

 

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Fiksu also says that it was the second straight month of decline in the course of their tracking, with a drop in January to February, but no where near as severe. January saw downloads topping 6.79 million, so a drop to 6.35 million is less than 10-percent. But a 30-percent drop the month after? That's something worth noting.

 

Fiksu also states that the drop is most likely due to two trends: first, the iPhone 4S is no longer a new device, so owners may be less concerned with downloading new apps. And secondly, Apple has decided to crack down on third-party marketers using bots to download apps and inflate chart rankings. This would make sense as with fewer bots, app traffic may now be coming down from its inflated numbers, down to reality.

'Evil is Back', Diablo III's latest TV spot is deliciously evil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:27 am

If you don't want to have to sit through Family Guy tonight to catch the latest Diablo III TV spot 'Evil is Back', then you might want to watch the 30-second advertisement below.

 

 

Well, that looks just a little awesome, doesn't it? The TV spot doesn't really show anything about the game itself, but right now Diablo III anything is good. Diablo III arrives for PC and Mac on May 15. If you didn't play the beta, or participate in the open beta weekend, then you've missed out.

 

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I'm an old school Diablo fan and the latest game is great. It does have its problems, but what game doesn't? For me, a beta that works perfectly, no glitches, no crashes, no BSODs, no CTODs, and 3-screen support out-of-the-box, you've sold me, Blizzard. The full game should be even better, and I hope to play with you when it hits! Add me!

Ivy Bridge's heat problems persist, even with the removal of its IHS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:15 am

Last week, we reported on the Ivy Bridge high temperatures, and whether it was because Intel used TIM instead of solder on the IHS, but now things seem to have changed. A PC EVA forum member has used a Core i7 3770K processor, slapped a Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler and Prolimatech PK-1 thermal grease, and has tested the chip with and without the IHS on to see if there was a difference with thermal performance.

 

They used AIDA64 Extreme Edition for idle and load average temperature monitoring, with Prime95 smashing the CPU to generate load. Testing was done at 4.5Ghz with 1.2V on the core. The results?

 

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As we can see, even with the cheaper thermal paste and the IHS layer removed, the cooling performance is relatively unchanged. This also allows a 5-percent margin of error. This is another piece of evidence to show that the heating performance is nothing to do with the IHS, by most likely something to do with Ivy Bridge's revised manufacturing process. This means that an Ivy Bridge should reach lower stable 24/7 clock speeds than a Sandy Bridge chip, but offer it with lower power consumption numbers.

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Australian Government looks into the ridiculous "Australia Tax", the cost of tech and games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:04 am

Being based in Australia is good for a few things, our pay over here for jobs is quite good, public health is amazing, and countless other things. But the things that I like to spend my hard-earned cash on, tech and games, is ridiculously priced compared to the rest of the world.

 

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The Australian government is now going to be looking into this, where all major computer and software publishers will be sent invitations to defend their pricing policies at a Federal Parliament inquiry. MP Ed Husic has been campaigning for fairer local pricing, and welcomed the inquiry, saying:

 

People here scratch their heads trying to work out why they get fleeced on software downloads. When the Productivity Commission asked IT companies why they charge so much for downloads, even they found the answers were not persuasive.

 

With the strength of the Australian dollar, most people expected things to drop in price, but, they didn't. No one really seems to care, as I can walk into most retailers in this country (and in particular, my state: South Australia) and electronic and gaming retailers are usually quite busy with customers. But, with the great Aussie dollar, most gamers (like myself) are buying and importing games from overseas.

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Telstra unleash Ice Cream Sandwich upon the GALAXY S II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 2:29 am

Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived on the GALAXY S II with Telstra, and there's only a few steps between your old Gingerbread life on the GSII and your new Ice Cream Sandwich-rocking life. Do it now!

 

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You'll need to visit this website if you want to do it, as there's a few steps you'll have to do. If you're still running the older Android 2.3.3, you'll need to upgrade to 2.3.6 before you can upgrade to ICS 4.0.3. Other than that, have at it!

 

It can be done OTA (over-the-air), or you can chose to upgrade it through Kies. This method would require that you backup all personal data, just in case. Before any update, I would suggest backing up personal data, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Apple and Samsung to have settlement talks on May 21-22

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 1:29 am

Apple and Samsung have been at it for a while now, but it's beginning to heat up considerably. Both companies are now being ushered into a room together with their judge mediating settlement talks between the two popular companies.

 

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Both Apple and Samsung, as well as their CEOs and chief counsels, are expected to meet up on the mornings of May 21 and 22 in a San Francisco court rather than the full trials' San Jose venue. Both sides will also have to produce statements by May 9 stating how likely they think their chances are of winning the trial.

 

But right now, there's absolutely no way one could guess which way this is going to go. Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that he prefers to settle when he can, but still argues that companies should stop copying, implying that legal action might not stop without a promise of changes from GALAXY-branded maker, Samsung.

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