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May 23, 2014 Posted Under: News update   Read More

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Google buys written language translation startup

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Friday confirmed it has bought a startup specializing in using smartphones to translate signs, billboards or other written words in real time.

 

 

Quest Visual and the technology built into its Word Lens application will become part of a Google team devoted to developing translation features and services.

 

 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed and Google declined to make any comment on the record.

 

 

“With Word Lens, we´ve seen the beginnings of what´s possible when we harness the power of mobile devices to see the world in your language,” Quest said in a blog post.

 

 

“By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual´s technology into Google Translate´s broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future.”

 

 

Word Lens uses smartphone video cameras to “read” words in one language and translate them into another almost instantly without need for network connections.

 

 

Versions of the application have been tailored for smartphones powered by Apple or Android software as well as for Google Glass eyewear that links to the Internet.

 

 

The news came as Google this week began letting anyone in the United States buy Glass, priced at $1,500 a pair.

 

 

Google has promised lower-priced, fashionably versions of Glass in the not too distant future and has been prepping the market for their arrival.

 

 

Fashion industry veteran and jewelry artist Ivy Ross will take charge of Google´s Glass efforts beginning Monday, according to the California-based technology titan.

 

 

“I look forward to answering the seemingly simple, but truly audacious questions Glass poses,” Ross said in a post at Google+ social network.

 

 

“Can technology be something that frees us up and keeps us in the moment, rather than taking us out of it?”

 

 

Her resume includes stints at Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Bausch & Lomb, Gap and, most recently, Art.com.

 

 

The decision to open the “Glass” test, or beta, program on Wednesday to anyone with enough money and curiosity came about a month after a one-day sale of the eyewear to the public. (AFP)

 

May 18, 2014 Posted Under: Google News   Read More

Manmohan Singh bows out after decade in power

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NEW DELHI: India´s Manmohan Singh defended his decade-long record on Saturday as he resigned as prime minister a day after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a historic election victory.

The 81-year-old premier´s final years in power were marked by slowing economic growth as his government struggled to overcome charges of weak leadership and corruption.

After making a final televised address to the nation in the morning, India´s third-longest serving PM was driven to the presidency building in central New Delhi, where he tendered his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee.

“Today India is a far stronger country than it was a decade ago,” he said in a short and typically low-key speech, wearing his trademark blue turban.

“I give you credit for it. We still need to work hard to take this country forward.”

The economist also sent his best wishes to his successor Modi, a polarising Hindu nationalist whom Singh said in January would be “disastrous” for the country, in unusually forthright remarks.

“I am confident that India will emerge as a strong economy in the world, blending tradition with modernity and unity with diversity,” Singh added.

The former finance minister, celebrated for pushing through pro-market reforms in the 1990s, will continue as a caretaker prime minister until 63-year-old Modi takes office some time next week.

Singh believes historians will be kinder to him than contemporary critics who have savaged his recent performance in office, overshadowed by corruption scandals and policy paralysis.

Amid sniping from cabinet colleagues about his weak communication skills, Singh´s reputation took a further blow this month from an unflattering new book by a former aide titled “The Accidental Prime Minister”.

It portrayed him as timid and controlled by Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress party, who handpicked him in 2004 after the first of two back-to-back victories.

“I owe everything to this country, this great land of ours where I, an underprivileged child of Partition, was empowered enough to rise and occupy high office,” he said in his address.

“It is both a debt that I will never be able to repay and a decoration that I will always wear with pride.”

Figures from the Election Commission showed the BJP had secured 280 seats and was projected to win another two in the 543-member parliament, the first majority by a single party since 1984.

The Congress party, India´s national secular force that has ruled for all but 13 years since independence, was left obliterated, poised to win just 44 seats — a quarter of its tally in 2009.

May 18, 2014 Posted Under: News update   Read More