Monday, June 8, 2009

New Google Translate Software

You sometimes encounter websites or text on the Internet, in emails or in documents on your computer desktop that are written in a language that you either do not understand completely or have only a limited knowledge of. Automatic translation services are one of the most comfortable and fastest ways of translating these information into an understandable language. The trade-off is that the quality of the translations does not come close to that of a manual translation by a language translator. It is however usually enough to understand the text at hand.

The Google Translate software client is a software program for the Windows operating system that can automatically translate text that is marked by the user. It is not limited to the web browser or any other application. It will automatically recognize selected text and provide a translation for that text in its interface.

The user is asked to select a main language during setup which will be the language that the other languages get translated to. The translation tool will display the original text in the upper part of its window and the translated text in the lower parts. It is possible to switch the source and target languages manually if needed.

The google Translate software client can also be used by dragging and dropping text into its interface which will also be translated immediately if the automatic recognition is enabled. A handful of options are available that allow the user to change the design of the application and the way the text gets translated. 

The software program was tested with various applications including the Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer web browser, the email client Thunderbird, text documents and Microsoft Office Word. It worked with all of the applications and it is likely that it supports additional programs as well.

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How To Use Nokia Symbian Cell Phone / Mobile Camera Phone As Webcam For Free

The mobile phone market has seen tremendous growth in the last few years. Today’s cell phone is no less than a laptop, with all the most important features integrated in it. You name a function that you’d miss if your laptop’s not around, and cell phone manufacturers address the issue almost immediately.

Today, let us learn how we can turn your normal, ordinary cell phone into a webcam, using which you can have live video chat with any of your friends who are online. You can build your own cell phone webcam right in your house, at no extra cost, as the software that is necessary to transform your cell phone to a mobile webcam is absolutely free, in fact it’s open sourced, so you can get the source code as well.

I am talking about SmartCam, an open source software which can be downloaded from Sourceforge, will turn your Symbian-based cell phone into a webcam, which can be hooked up to your PC or laptop and you can have do live video chat with your freinds and family.

The software works on Symbian phones and the operating system on the PC or laptop must be either Vista or Windows XP. Another catch is, your cell phone mush have blue tooth and your laptop should be bluetooth enabled, as the synchronization is available only through bluetooth as of now. May be in the later versions we can expect some wired support.

So if you are travelling, you can use your laptop and blue tooth enabled cell phone and start video chat the moment you are hooked on to internet !!

Download Smartcam

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Google announces "developer" builds of Chrome for Mac OS X, Linux

"Danger!" warns the sign. If it were in front of a cliff, you might step away. Seeing though as it's in front of a piece of software, and moreover it's software from Google, it instead has roughly the effect of saying "Naked dancing and free beer inside!"

For thus it is with the announcement of "developer builds" of Google's Chrome browser to run on Mac OSX and Linux.

Come on, get it while it's hot: 

whatever you do, please DON'T DOWNLOAD THEM! Unless of course you are a developer or take great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable, and potentially crashing software.

Why, what's missing? 

How incomplete? So incomplete that, among other things , you won't yet be able to view YouTube videos, change your privacy settings, set your default search provider, or even print.

The list of things that are among the other things is pretty extensive, running to 445 at the moment, though it's not obvious at a glance which ones are the showstoppers and which are just a bit annoying. (I'd point out that Cmd-L doesn't select the location bar, which can be a bit annoying).

As noted previously, Chrome creates each new tab (or window) as a separate processor instance, meaning that you can kill them from the command line without affecting others - which is great if you have a runaway (or stuck) process in one tab/window and don't want to have to bring the whole thing down. The problem is still figuring out which of the many processes, each called "Chrome", is the one you want to kill, though.

What's still missing overall from the Chrome experience though is a big enough group of developers who have gotten to grips with a plugin framework so that they can begin to make it more than just, well, a browser. That is arguably what made Firefox rise so dramatically from the ashes (or parting of the ways) of the Mozilla project; the Greasemonkey plugin lets people write scripts that will configure web pages they visit as they want them to be (and was used to great effect at the Guardian's Hack Day, and doubtless many others) is a game-changer, for example.

But when you look at the Google Chrome blog, there's only one entry about plugins. Hardly encouraging. Chrome, at present, is looking like a good idea that has gotten left behind in the eagerness to do other things that will catch up with potential rivals in search such as Wolfram Alpha and Microsoft's Bing. It's not in trouble - but there's a serious danger of losing momentum if something doesn't start happening that ties it in with other things.

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US cuts off 'criminal' net firm

An American ISP allegedly involved in distributing spam and images of child abuse has been thrown off the net.
The US Federal Trade Commission asked for Pricewert LLC's net links to be severed after it had gathered evidence of the firm's 'criminal' connections. 
The FTC alleges that Pricewert had created one of the "leading US-based havens for illegal, malicious, and harmful content". 
Pricewert denied the allegations and said it would fight them in court.

Legal fight
In an official complaint filed in a San Jose Federal court, the FTC described Pricewert as a "rogue" or "black hat" ISP that acted as a hosting centre for many hi-tech criminals. 

The FTC alleges that Pricewert was paid to host "child pornography, botnet command and control servers, spyware, viruses, trojans, phishing-related sites, illegal online pharmacies, investment and other web-based scams". 

The evidence against Pricewert was gathered with the help of the National Security Agency's computer crime division, Symantec, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as groups such as Spamhaus and the Shadowserver Foundation. 

In its statement accompanying its filing, the FTC said its complaint was "not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law". That, it said, would be decided by a court. A preliminary hearing will be heard on 15 June. 

So far, the FTC has not been able to identify who was behind Pricewert. Although its servers are based in the US, it is registered as a business in Belize and many of its employees are thought to be located in Eastern Europe. 

Talking to technology news site Network World, a spokesman for Pricewert said the action was "unfair" and it would take legal action to defend itself. 

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