Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Today at the first annual Code Conference, Microsoft demonstrated its new real-time translation in Skype publicly for the first time. Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft's VP of Skype and Lync, compares the technology to Star Trek's Universal Translator. During the demonstration, Pall converses in English with a coworker in Germany who is speaking German.
Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition.
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a "policy memorandum" today requiring any federal agency with over $100 million in R&D expenditures each year to develop plans for making all research funded by that agency freely available to the public within one year of publication in any peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The full memorandum is available on the White House website. It appears that this policy would not only apply to federal agencies conducting research, but also to any university, private corporation, or other entity conducting research that arises from federal funding. For those in academia and the public at large, this is a huge step towards free open access to publicly funded research." Link to Original Source top
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The creators of Opera announced today that the browser now has over 300 million users — and will therefore be switching to webkit.
To provide a leading browser on Android and iOS, this year Opera will make a gradual transition to the WebKit engine, as well as Chromium, for most of its upcoming versions of browsers for smartphones and computers.
With Opera moving to webkit, there will now be only three major web rendering engines: IE's Trident, Mozilla's Gecko, and WebKit — used by Google Chrome and Apple Safari already. What will this mean for the future of compatibility and web standards?" Link to Original Source
There have been some comments about how Microsoft implemented secure boot and unfortunately these seemed to synthesize scenarios that are not the case so we are going to use this post as a chance to further describe how UEFI enables secure boot and the options available to PC manufacturers.
As the blog post explains, manufacturers will be expected to offer an option to disable Secure Boot, and power users will have the choice to use different operating systems if they do not want to use Secure Boot." Link to Original Source
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "After a comment by a Microsoft employee claiming in an interview that 'what we [Microsoft] have tried to do with Windows 7... is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics,' the Windows 7 team has issued an official rebuttal, saying that the comment came from an employee who was 'not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7,' and that it was 'inaccurate and uninformed.'" Link to Original Source top
Huge unidentified organic blob floating through AK
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The Anchorage Daily News reports that a 15 mile-long blob of unknown, "gooey", probably organic material is floating past communities on Alaska's North Slope. The US Coast Guard sent pollution experts to investigate, who determined that it was not an oil spill or other type of pollution, but were unable to determine what it is. A sample is currently being analyzed by experts in Anchorage, while the blob is following the current northwards." Link to Original Source top
Windows 7 Coming Officially Coming Soon...Probably
If the telemetry we receive from the Windows 7 RC meets our expectations in terms of quality, then we expect to hit RTM in 3 months or so. Again, check out Steven's blog post on this process. If this happens, it looks like we'll be able to have Windows 7 done in time for the holidays.
Up until this point, Microsoft has been fairly vague about providing specific dates, although other sources have leaked information previously. While there is still no official release date, it seems almost certain at this point that Windows 7 will be out by the end of the year." Link to Original Source
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "As promised, the Windows 7 Release Candidate (Build 7100) is now available for download by the general public. Unlike the beta (initially), there is no limit on how many people can download the RC, so hopefully Microsoft's servers will be able to handle the load. The RC is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit options in English, German, Japanese, Spanish and French, and requires a Windows Live account to access the download and get a key." Link to Original Source top
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Various news agencies are reporting a huge outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, which has already begun to spread to the United States, and has potential to become a pandemic. Over 1000 people have been infected in Mexico, and at least 61 have been killed. Cases have also been reported in Texas and California, though no deaths have been reported in the US as of now. The World Health Organization is considering declaring an international health emergency, which could result in travel restrictions and other measures to slow the spread of the infection. More information is available from the US Centers for Disease Control's Swine Flu investigation page." Link to Original Source top
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite reports that Windows 7 will include a built-in virtual machine with a fully licensed copy of Windows XP Professional SP3. The VM runs in a modified version of Virtual PC, and applications running in the VM can interact directly with the host operating system as if they were running on the Windows 7 installation itself. While details are scarce for now, it looks as if this feature will only be available as a (free) addon for Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. Also, a processor supporting hardware virtualization will be required, indicating that this is perhaps aimed more at power users and corporate users, rather than consumers." Link to Original Source top
US Captain Held Hostage by Pirates Rescued by Navy
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Various news sources are reporting that the captain of the American ship Alabama, taken hostage several days ago by Somali pirates in a successful attempt to negotiate for his crew's safety, has been rescued by US Navy personnel. Captain Richard Phillips was rescued by the US destroyer Bainbridge, and was flown to another navy ship for medical evaluation. He had been freed from a lifeboat where four Somali pirates were keeping him hostage at about 7 AM Somali time, when the Navy opened fire on the pirates, killing three. The fourth is being held for possible prosecution, and an investigation of the incident is still ongoing by the FBI." Link to Original Source top
New MS produc helps devs test in multiple browsers
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Microsoft recently announced a new product, called "Expression Web SuperPreview" which lets developers view their web pages in any browser installed on their system, as well as different versions of IE, all from the same interface. The tool also has built-in tools for overlaying the rendering from one browser over another to compare, HTML debugging tools and other helpful tools for web devs. A beta version is available for download, however the current build only has support for IE. An internal build shows firefox and safari being used as well. The final product will be available as part of MS Expression Web Studio 3 when it is released later this year." Link to Original Source top
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The BBC reports that the USS Hartford, a nuclear sub, collided with the USS New Orleans, an amphibious vehicle, while doing security operations in the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. Several seamen received minor injuries, but all were able to return to duty. Additionally, 25,000 gallons of oil were spilled when the New Orleans' fuel tank ruptured. Both ships are returning to an undisclosed port for repairs, under their own power." Link to Original Source top
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "An AP article reports that a one-eyed documentary filmmaker is creating a prosthetic eye with a small camera like those designed for colonoscopies, which he will use to film a documentary about the global spread of surveillance cameras. Although the subjects of his covert recording will not be aware of the camera — designed to be the same color as his actual eye, and presumably realistic — they will be informed of the device after they have been recorded, and footage of them will only be used with permission. While this sounds absolutely fascinating and could have useful implementations for restoring sight to people without functioning eyes, it also could be seen as a major privacy risk. After all, who knows when the user is or is not recording." Link to Original Source top
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Today YouTube announced the participants of the first ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Hundreds of applicants from around the globe auditioned through YouTube videos, which were then voted on by YouTube viewers. Winning auditions can be seen on YouTube. These musicians will travel from around the globe to New York City from April 12-15, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco's Symphony Music Director." Link to Original Source top
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Around 10:30 PM PST, Facebook repealed its updated Terms of Service, at least for the time being. In a message displayed on the home page when users log in, Facebook said:
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Around 11:30 PM PST, Facebook repealed its updated Terms of Service, at least for the time being. In a message displayed on the home page when users log in, Facebook said:
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "This morning, US Airways flight 1549, an airbus A-320, performed an emergency landing on the Husdon River, surprisingly resulting in no deaths. Initial reports say that the plane may have sucked birds into two engines, requiring an emergency landing. Within minutes of the landing, ferry boats began to approach the plane, rescuing survivors standing on the wings. Coast Guard and police vessels responded soon after. All passengers were safely evacuated from the plane, which is currently still in the river. ABC has more details." Link to Original Source