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Real-time Speech Translation by Google’s Android App

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“A new feature built into Google Translate for Android, Conversation Mode is a little rough around the edges, but it’s basically your own personal Babel Fish. It does what Wordlens does but in real-time speech, translating English and Spanish.

It’s as easy as pressing a key when the language is being spoken—let’s say you’re trying to order some food in Spanish. It translates what you say into the phone on the fly, and then reads the Spanish version out loud, so the waiter can understand. They can then respond in Spanish, and the phone will convert it to English, speaking it out loud.”

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Sony Introduces Video Monitors for IL Cameras

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“To take John McEnroe’s famous quote badly out of context, you cannot be serious about video recording without giving your devices a nice big display for videographers to monitor their recordings through.

Sony’s clearly in agreement and has today revealed the CLM-V55, a 5-inch clip-on unit for its interchangeable lens cameras, that provides WVGA resolution, tilt / swivel adjustments, and color peaking plus pixel magnification to make sure focus is just how you like it.”

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“Who’s the hottest of them all?…”

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“The world’s first mirror thermometer, NEC Avio Infrared Technologies’ “Thermo Mirror”, is unveiled in Tokyo. The device measures the user’s skin temperature without the need for physical contact, using a built-in infrared sensor.

As Japan’s flu season gets into full swing, a local technology firm Tuesday unveiled a mirror-like thermometer that can detect and identify a person who is feverish.

“Thermo Mirror,” which looks like a table mirror, measures the skin temperature of the person looking into it, without the need for physical contact, said the firm, NEC Avio Infrared Technologies.

The person’s temperature is displayed on the surface, and the device has an alarm that will beep when detecting a subject who is feverish.”

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How to Jailbreak iOS 4.3 Beta

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“An unofficial version of PwnageTool has just been released which allows you to jailbreak the recently released iOS 4.3 beta firmware. Currently, the jailbreak is supported on iPhone 4 only. Support for other devices will follow soon.

For those of you who don’t know, this version of PwnageTool uses Geohot’s bootrom-based Limera1n exploit which has already pwned all current iOS devices for life!

WARNING NOTE: This unofficial version of PwnageTool (with custom bundles) wont preserve your old baseband. If you rely on an unlock, stay away from this release. Proceed at your own risk only. We are not to be held responsible if you end up bricking your iPhone.”

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iPad Mates with a Synthesizer in SynthStation49!

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“If you’re an iPad-using, keyboard-playing musician, Akai has your dock.

Their original SynthStation was a cute little accessory, but required playing a tiny keyboard (and iPhone-sized screen).

The SynthStation49 looks more serious, with nine MPC-style pads, transport controls, and dedicated pitch and mod wheels. The iPad sits on what Akai describes as an adjustable “cradle,” so you can tilt it to whichever angle you want. That could mean tilting it up for reading notation or studio use, then down again for performance.

There’s also an internal audio interface with 1/4″ output jacks, so you don’t have to worry about taking up the dock connector or messing with the headphone jack. (Well, except you don’t get input, so vocoder fans will be disappointed.)

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Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Beta

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“A few minutes ago Apple released iOS 4.3 beta to developers. It’s available now in the iOS Dev Center.

The beta is available for iOS devices and the second generation Apple TV. Supported iOS mobile devices are iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, iPod touch 3rd and 4th gen. Build number is 8F5148b.

A pre-release version of the Apple TV software has been provided to test AirPlay functionalities with 4.3 apps.

It looks like iOS 4.3 has some cool new gestures built specifically for the iPad. 4 & 5 finger gestures; pinch to the home screen, swipe up to reveal multitasking tray, swipe left/right to switch apps.

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Microsoft WP7 Update will Disable Phone Unlocking

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“In the first update to Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is planning to block ChevronWP7, which allowed users to unlock any retail Windows Phone 7 device for application side-loading without having to pay $99 per year for a WP7 marketplace account.

The update, which is slated for release this month, will also introduce copy and paste functionality, among other improvements.”

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