Posts Tagged ‘google’

Google Testing Smartphone Speech Translation

February 8, 2010

It seems that Google is continuing its push into strange territory with news that the search giant is working on translation software that would see users able to translate speech directly.

Word comes from the Times of the Google project that it believes could well be the early steps of direct speech-to-speech translation, using smartphones as the middleman. This is something that Google has already started pushing towards with the speech recognition technology in versions 2.0 and 2.1 of its Android mobile operating system.

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Chinese Hacker Training Site Shuts Down

February 8, 2010

A site under the moniker of Black Hawk Safety Net may sound reasonably innocent, but this morning three of its operators are waking up in a Chinese prison as authorities there shut down its operations. Far from being concerned with safety, BHSN is instead reported to be in the business of training hackers and providing them with malicious software, in fact it’s believed to be the biggest online training camp for potential hackers in China.

According to a BBC post this morning which referenced reports in the China Daily and the Wuhan Evening News, the hacker training operation openly recruited thousands of members online and provided them with cyber attack lessons and Trojan software. BHSN was said to have recruited more than 12,000 paying subscribers and collected more than 7 million yuan (€730,000) in membership fees, while another 170,000 people had signed up for free membership.

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Google has Trouble Shifting Nexus One

February 8, 2010

Sales of Google’s Nexus One smartphone are still slower than the search giant might well like it to be, with reports indicating that Google has managed to sell somewhere in the region of 80,000 devices.

Initial reports had indicated that Google’s Nexus One had had a very slow opening week indeed, and it seems that things haven’t improved much. According to the mobile analysts over at Flurry, the first week of sales for Google’s self-described “superphone” saw the search giant shift the fairly unimpressive number of 20,000 Nexus One devices. Now that we’re at the first month of sales, things are looking no more impressive.

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Adobe Talks Flash, Bemoans HTML5

February 4, 2010

It seems that Adobe hasn’t been appreciating the treatment it’s been getting in the media lately, which some particularly critical responses spurred by news that Apple’s iPad wouldn’t boast Flash compatibility.

Indeed, so negative has the response been that Adobe’s own chief technology officer, Kevin Lynch penning a blog, now posted to Adobe’s Featured Blogs, extolling the virtues of Flash and, without ever damning HTML5, subtly indicating that he feels it’s nowhere near as widely applicable as Flash when it comes to dishing up content. Indeed, Lynch is fairly forward, making the Apple connection himself early in the blog post when he says,

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Google Gets Tooled Up with the NSA

February 4, 2010

There’s been a mixed reaction to the news that Google is set to team up with the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US to ward off cyber-attacks. Google, still reeling from recent hacking controversies in China, has decided to pull out the big guns and enlist the NSA, whom the Washington Post refer to as “the world’s most powerful electronic surveillance organisation”.

The Post report that broke the story tells how, while an agreement is yet to finalised, the nuts and bolts of the deal would see the NSA help Google analyse the “major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cyber-security experts familiar with the matter”. The overall aim is to better defend Google – and its users – from future attack.

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Nexus One Update Brings Multi-Touch

February 3, 2010

Google has issued a software update for its Nexus One smartphone, patching a few notable issues. Perhaps most welcome of these updates is the introduction of more intuitive multi-touch controls in more applications.

When Google first launched the Nexus One, it was generally received well, and seen to be a very fine device indeed, though among fans the lack of some fairly simple multi-touch controls that many knew the device was capable of was somewhat baffling. Now though, Google has addressed those concerns with the announcement of its most recent update to the Nexus One on its Nexus One Board. Those gesture controls that were missing, namely the altogether very usable “pinch-to-zoom” have now been added to the device’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications.

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Google News Adds “Starring Stories”

February 2, 2010

Google News has added the ability to follow a particular story closely for those who decide that they’d like to keep up with the various updates to a block of news pieces.

Google has announced the new feature through the medium of the official Google blog. It’s a relatively simple move, offering a relatively easy way to keep up with developing news stories. All you need do is “star” the story in the same way as a Gmail conversation that you’d like to maintain easy access to. The official blog from Google explains things in a fairly straightforward manner,

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Chrome Creeps Forward in Browser War

February 2, 2010

It seems that the neverending browser war is now seeing Google’s Chrome inch forward, for the second month in a row, though this time it seems to be pinching its users from both Microsoft and Mozilla.

Last time we heard any real news from the browser stakes, it was that Firefox had, however temporarily, managed to claw itself to the top of the pile when it came to the most users on a single version of any one browser, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer userbase was sploit between IE6, IE7 and the newer IE8. Still, there has been other news of interest, not least of which the fact that Google’s Chrome has been performing quite well, at least according to statistics from Net Applications.

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Google Working on Tablet PC?

February 2, 2010

It seems that the tablet rumour-mill hasn’t quite given up the ghost with Apple’s announcement. The latest rumour, with some fairly strong evidence from Google’s own staff…

Well.. everything looks nice as concept art 😉

According to TechCrunch reports, it seems that some concept shots were posted to Google’s Chromium page, detailing a little of what we might expect to see from a Google tablet if and when the company decides to roll one out. While there have been plenty of people quick to point out that Google doesn’t actually own Chromium (since it’s all open sourced) it’s worth noting that the concept art was posted by Google’s Chrome designer, Glen Murphy.

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Jobs has Harsh Words for Google, Adobe

February 2, 2010

It seems that Steve Jobs has had some fairly harsh criticisms for both Google and Adobe, both of whose products have seen some unfavourable comparisons made with Apple’s own.

Indeed, the issue between Apple and Adobe is a long running one, and it’s only deepened in recent months since Adobe announced that it was willing on putting some work into developing a version of Flash for Apple’s iPhone OS, which runs both the iPhone and iPod Touch, and now the tablet-styled iPad. Indeed, it seems that Apple wasn’t quite as receptive to the idea as Adobe would have likes, so it seems that the project is on hold. Jobs words for Adobe were harshest, with Wired reporting him as having said that,

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