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It’s always nice to see an old tech stage a return and this time it’s occurring around the coastlines of Europe, with 9 low-frequency radio transmitters replacementing for GPS’ satellite-based system. eLoran’s radiowave-based system is stronger than satellite signals and less jammable, based upon the Loran system that was formerly used for shipping navigation by both the British and United States navy over 50 years back. But despite its age, the tech has actually shown amazing hardy against undesirable interference. In trials performed by the General Lighthouse Authorities of UK and Ireland, a 1.5 W radio jammer had the ability to knock out GPS indicates over a range of 30 kilometers. Nevertheless, to do the exact same to the Loran system, you ‘d require a 40ft tower– and around 25kW of juice to power it.
The basics behind Loran and GPS are mainly the same, with gadgets measuring the time it takes for a signal to take a trip in between a transmitter and your receiver. Loran needs three songs, with places then calculated through “trilateration”. More signal input consequently equals a more safe and secure position read-out, with the elderly base system providing initial place precision to around 100 meters. Nevertheless, the updated eLoran signal (currently only being broadcast on the eastern coast of the UK, around Dover) will narrow that to the closest 10 meters. The GPS back-up will be slowly rolled out across the whole British shoreline.
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Huawei Launches $149 Activa 4G For MetroPCS, Cleverly Avoids Competition With Its First U.S.-Bound 4G LTE Device
Huawei has been relatively quiet of late. Aside from Ascend D Quad smartphone we saw announced back at MWC, the company hasn’t been very present on U.S. shores. But with LTE hitting its stride, the company has today announced its very first 4G LTE handset: the Activa 4G.
MetroPCS will carry the prepaid device, which is a Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered handset. It sports a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a 5-megapixel rear camera (LED flash-enabled) and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat.
“We are honored to bring our first 4G LTE device to U.S. audiences with the support of MetroPCS’ powerful and expansive network,” said EVP of Huawei Device USA Michael Chuang. “MetroPCS is committed to providing customers with advanced, flexible and affordable smartphone options through its no-annual contract services, and is the ideal partner for Huawei’s entrance into a new era for smartphones and handsets.”
While Huawei is a bigger player in Asia, the company has yet to make waves here in the States in any tangible way. That said, MetroPCS seems like a good fit for this device as it won’t have as much competition from other flagship devices as it would on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.
The Huawei Activa 4G is available now in MetroPCS stores and online for $ 149, which is a little high for a mid-range device, but you can make it back up by being free from a contract.
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After tooling up a team of hikers with an impressive camera tripod and unleashing them on the likes of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park, Nature Valley has published its fully rotational Trail Views online. You’ll be able to effortlessly follow several routes across the great American countryside and for those too lazy to even click the forward arrow, there’s an autoplay mode. Three different locations — with multiple trails — are online now and you can check out how the granola-grinding company captured it all right after the break.
Looks like RIM has dodged a bullet in India, at least for the time being. The BlackBerry maker has provided the Indian government with â€œproposals for local security agencies to monitor BlackBerry serviceâ€ so that, when necessary, the Indian government can tap into BlackBerry usersâ€™ email. And while that may not sound too positive a development, it was either that or risk an outright ban.
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Things stateside haven’t gone the way of Blockbuster Portugal (yet) but while the Blockbuster was able to make arrangements with creditors and avoid bankruptcy this week, it will be forced to delist from the New York Stock Exchange after a proposed reverse stock split fell through. Even the extension on debt payments it was able to negotiate hasn’t satisfied analysts, with our old friend Michael Pachter telling Reuters “there’s nothing on the horizon that makes it look like Blockbuster is going to be more profitable.” Ouch. A substantial amount of debt has long been a problem for Blockbuster as it tries to adjust to a changing marketplace with Redbox and Netflix, and with shares trading at .18, has now made its existence more precarious than ever.
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The Microsoft Translator team has given up and concluded that “no matter how many machines you throw at translation, it is still impossible to get the correct, error-free, contextually accurate translation every time.” Microsoft’s solution to this problem is the Collaborative Translations Framework, which supposedly combines the scale and speed of automatic machine translation with the accuracy and context awareness of human translation.
At MIX 2010, Microsoft Translator API version 2 was announced. In addition to the collaborative features, version 2 includes a batch interface to translate large amounts of data, support for communicating with the service securely via SSL, and a “Translate-and-Speak” feature (text-to-speech functionality). The translation APIs are available at no cost to developers and partners in SOAP, HTTP, and AJAX flavors so that developers can choose the one that best fits their requirements. All you need to get started is a Bing Developer AppID.
Since the Microsoft Translator team works closely on Bing, the Translate-and-Speak functionality will be available on the Bing Translator user site after you hit translate (you should notice a speaker icon that you can click on to hear your translation). Currently, this feature is only available in seven of the 30 languages Bing supports: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian.
The Microsoft Translator widget, released just under a year ago, offers real-time, in-place translations on your website into the languages your users choose. Built on top of the new translation API, version 2 of the translator widget also adds collaborative features that help tailor the translations of a website. This means website owners can not only offer their site in multiple languages, but they can also ask their community or professional translators to improve those translations of their site’s content.
Each MIX10 attendee received an exclusive invite code in their attendee bags to enable Collaborative Translations features in their widget. If you are not attending MIX, you can add yourself to the Collaborative Translations feature invite list after you get the widget.
Microsoft still plans on polishing the translation widget, toolbar, and alternatives UI as well as analytics for site and app owners based on user feedback. There is also more customizability on the way, such as limiting the number of languages site owners can show as part of the widget. In addition, Microsoft is working on making the Silverlight translator control available as part of the Silverlight toolkit release that will ship when Silverlight 4 goes final.
All this new functionality is still considered prerelease, so you’ll want to check out the known issues list before diving in. You can submit bugs and suggestions on the MSDN forums or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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