MICROSOFT has unveiled a real-time translation tool for Skype, demonstrating how users could one day conduct cross-lingual conversations over the internet phone service. Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president of Skype and Lync at Microsoft, demonstrated the tool at the inaugural Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California this week.
The demo showed near-real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and instant messaging technologies with Microsoft Translator and neural network-based speech recognition.
LIAM O'Kelly, the chief executive of AirSpeed Telecom, has won the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' category at the European Business Awards, which took place on Tuesday in Athens.
The awards ceremony was attended by business leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe.
€11M BITCOIN SALE
THE company overseeing bankruptcy proceedings for the collapsed exchange Mt Gox hopes to sell the 'Bitcoin' trademark and the bitcoins.com domain name in a bundle to raise "at least" ¥100m (yen) (€11m), according to reports.
In February the exchange filed for bankruptcy protection and ceased trading, claiming that it had lost 744,000 Bitcoins belonging to customers, worth €300m at the time and representing six per cent of the 12.4 million bitcoins in worldwide circulation.
GERMANY is considering the creation of special 'cyber courts' to rule on clashes between individuals seeking to protect their privacy and search engines after a landmark court ruling ordered Google and its rivals to delete links to sensitive personal information.
In one of the first clear signs of how governments will respond to the legal precedent set by the European Court of Justice earlier this month, Germany's interior ministry said making judgments on such conflicts should not be "left up to a Google algorithm". A spokesman for the German interior ministry said Berlin was looking at a range of mechanisms to settle disputes, from 'cyber courts' to some kind of third-party arbitration.
TECHIES AT THE BANK
GOING to the bank in order to get technology advice is not something you would consider doing normally, but one UK bank is introducing digital experts to its branches to answer technology queries on any subject. Barclays has announced a new scheme that places 7,000 experts, known as 'Digital Eagles' in branches to take questions and offer advice to customers on any technology issue, not just those concerning Barclays products.
"Whether it's using Skype or Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends, watching a movie on Netflix, setting up a Twitter profile or understanding how they can use the latest technology to manage their money, they (Digital Eagles) are on hand to help," Barclays said.
PEOPLE with iPhones in the UK and Australia have reported their smartphones being hacked and a ransom demanded in order to unlock them.
Users have taken to the official support forums on the Apple website to complain of the issue, with iPhone owners reporting that a message appears onscreen saying they have been hacked, and must pay between 50 and 100 Australian dollars (€60) in order to get their device unlocked. According to analysts, the hacker, who identifies himself as 'Oleg Pliss', is using the Find My iPhone app in order to send the messages and lock devices.