jeudi 22 novembre 2012

KDE 4.10 Beta 1 Released

KDE 4.10 Beta 1 Released

KDE 4.10 Beta 1 Released

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 12:59 PM PST

The KDE projects has announced the release of first beta for its renewed Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform 4.10.

Jolla Phones Will Soon Be Available In Finland, Preview Of Phone Running Sailfish

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 06:00 AM PST

Jolla has signed a deal with Finland's 3rd largest mobile operator DNA to market the MeeGo based smartphones in the Finnish market.

Chromebooks Get Extended Desktop Support

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:44 AM PST

Google has pushed an update for its dev channel brining it to version, 25.0.1324.1, (Platform versions 3196.1.0 for most platforms and 3196.2.0 for Samsung Chromeboxes) for all Chrome OS devices.

Microsoft Holding Keys To Linux Foundation's Secure Boot Solution

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 11:50 PM PST

Microsoft may have attracted some headlines and discussion on Slashdot for being a 'sponsor' at the Linux Foundation's Europe event LinuxCon. But this sponsor is not giving the Linux Foundation any special treatment when it comes to UEFI Secure boot.

Samsung To Reveal 8 Core big.LITTLE Chip On 19th February 2013

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 10:20 PM PST

Samsung is working on a 8 core chip that combines two different processors using the ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. The whole idea of this new architecture is to have two chips combined in order to provide both energy efficiency and performance boost. A higher end processor will be responsible for providing the performance while another lower end processor will be responsible for providing energy efficiency.

Motorola's New Intel Atom Smartphone

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 09:30 AM PST

Motorola Mobility has announced a new Intel Atom smartphone for the Chinsese market, the MT788.

It is the first smartphone in China to feature Intel's fastest smartphone CPU, the Intel Atom Z2480 microprocessor, codenamed Penwell. It has Hyper-Threading technology, and it also supports Burst feature, which can raise processor frequency up to 2 GHz.

To go with this souped-up CPU, users also get treated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.3" Corning Gorilla Glass display with 960 x 540 resolution, 4 GB ROM, front-facing camera, and an 8 megapixel camera at the back which supports a number of picture modes, including HDR, Multi-Shot and Night Vision.

It comes with a 1735 mAh battery for up to 170 hours of standby time, and SmartActions app for extending battery life and automating everyday tasks.

It will be available to buy in China from mid-December.


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Gmail Now Has Cherokee Language

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:32 AM PST

Users now have the language option of Cherokee in Gmail. It all started when a Google engineer found himself sharing a car with Vance Blackfox, member of the Cherokee Nation. From that drive to San Francisco, came Google Web Search in Cherokee and, starting today, Gmail in Cherokee.

You are mostly likely thinking, 'Yeah, so what. Only a tiny handful of the world's population speak Cherokee. Why even bother reporting on this? Did I come to the wrong website by mistake and I'm actually viewing'

The story is worthy of mention because computer technology is being used to save a language and the bloody good-mindedness of Google who takes the time and effort to work on and implement small details like this, and support the minority groups/races, that is what is impressive about this story.

Praise must also go to the Cherokee nation for embracing technology as a way to get and keep the younger generation interested in the Cherokee language. In a 2002 survey if was found that no one under 40 spoke conversational Cherokee. They needed to do something to save their language.

"We are constantly trying to find ways to ensure our Cherokee language lives on and thrives, and being able to converse via email is a vital part of that," Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. "In the 1800s, we were the first tribe to develop a written language and newspaper. Two hundred years later, we continue to be a leader by becoming the first tribal language to be integrated on the iPhone and now Gmail. Partnering with the largest technology companies in the world to translate our native language onto modern devices is another useful tool that helps our Cherokees keep the language alive."

Craig Cornelius, Google Software Engineer and co-driver of the car, was contacted by Vance Blackfox shortly after that fateful journey to San Francisco. Vance hooked up Craig to the language technology department at the Cherokee Nation, and the Gmail team worked closely the nation's team of volunteers, which ranged from university students to Durbin Feeling--Cherokee living treasure and author of the Cherokee-English Dictionary. Together, they were able to find and implement the right words for hundreds of Gmail terms, from "inbox" (ᎧᏁᏌᎢᏱ) and "sign in" (ᏕᏣᏙᎥ ᎰᏪᎸᎦ) to "spam" (ᎤᏲᎢ).

Craig Cornelius has said that several Native American tribes have also expressed interest in translating their languages with Google.



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