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Google Translate now serving over 200 million people per month

April 28th, 2012

Google Translate now serving over 200 million people per month

This may surprise you, but as Google keeps adding languages to its translation service’s repertoire, the number of folks using it continues to increase accordingly. Google Translate’s about to celebrate its 6th anniversary of machine translation, and now boasts over 200 million users each month — with 92 percent of those folks coming from outside the US. Keep up the good work fellas, and as long as you expand Translate’s beatboxing abilities, we’re sure the online interpreter will be serving 300 million folks monthly in no time.

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Former MakerBot exec launches Solidoodle sub-$500 3D printer

April 28th, 2012

Former MakerBot exec launches Solidoodle sub-$500 3D printer

Let’s be honest — we all want a a 3D printer to call our own, right? Price has always been a significant barrier to the dream of printing pretty much everything your imagination can conjure (barring some hardware limitations, of course). For its part, MakerBot has made some significant strides toward tearing some of those barriers, and now Solidoodle, led by that company’s former COO Samuel Cervantes, is looking to take the trend even further. The company’s current self-tilted model starts at just under $500. The printer, which is now up for pre-order, can print plastic pieces up to 6″ x 6″ x 6″, and “all you need to supply is a computer and power.” Also, interestingly, “a 200-pound man can literally stand on top of the machine while it’s printing. ” So, that’s a bonus. Check out a video of the printer in action after the break. Read more…

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Real fairy tale

April 28th, 2012

Real fairy tale

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Google sells SketchUp to Trimble Navigation for undisclosed sum

April 28th, 2012

Google sells SketchUp to Trimble Navigation for undisclosed sum

While we’re probably more accustomed to Google buying assets than selling them ’round here, every now and again the search giant does shed some skin. El Goog’s 3D modeling platform, SketchUp, is to be sold to Trimble Navigation for an undisclosed sum reports Reuters. Trimble says it’s hoping to use the acquisition to enhance its office-to-field platform. The two firms will also work together to develop SketchUp’s online repository of 3D models for designers to use, share and contribute to. SketchUp’s blog reassures users that the free version won’t change under the move. The deal should get the final nod in Q2 this year.

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Google increases bug award to $20,000

April 28th, 2012

Google increases bug award to $20,000

The company said that it will now award $20,000 for any bug that allows code execution on its “production systems”. Google will also pay $10,000 for SQL injection bugs as well as for “certain types” of information disclosure, authentication, and authorization bypass bugs. The previous top reward of $3,133.70 now applies to “many types of XSS, XSRF, and other high-impact flaws in highly sensitive applications.”

Google said that it has paid out about $460,000 in bug rewards to about 200 individuals and that more than 780 reported bugs received monetary awards so far. Despite the increase in reward money for some bugs, Google said that it will now pay less for vulnerabilities in non-integrated acquisitions and for lower risk issues.

“For example, while every flaw deserves appropriate attention, we are likely to issue a higher reward for a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Google Wallet than one in Google Art Project, where the potential risk to user data is significantly smaller,” Adam Mein and Michal Zalewski wrote in a post on Google’s Security Blog.

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Rumor: Free-To-Play Publisher Nexon Offers To Buy EA

April 28th, 2012

Rumor: Free-To-Play Publisher Nexon Offers To Buy EA

Nexon, a South Korean developer and publisher of free-to-play games currently headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has offered to buy Electronic Arts according to Bloomberg News. EA shares have responded accordingly.

This comes on the heels of Nexon’s announcement last week that the firm was looking to buy up developers, leading to a large spike in Nexon shares. The publisher raised $1.2 billion last year in Japan’s biggest IPO of 2011, and has seen rapid growth in recent years.

EA is a big game publisher, but apparently not so big that other bigger fish can’t swoop in for a buy-out. Whether even further conglomeration of the game publishing industry would be a good thing for games or for gamers is an open question.

On the one hand, we’ve seen publishers buying out developers and growing bigger over the years; on the other hand, we’re seeing the rise of crowd-funded indie developers. Where both these trends will lead is impossible to say.

Nexon specializes in free-to-play MMORPGs. If the company intends to buy EA, this would likely be a good way for them to branch out into numerous other genres. Since EA has been making noise about creating “online universes” for all their games, creating essentially multi-platform releases for all their titles similar to the release of Mass Effect 3, Nexon’s expertise with the micro-transaction business model might make sense.

Still, EA is already massive, and getting bought out by an even larger publisher might not make the company any more responsive to the many, growing customer concerns plaguing the company, which won the not-so-coveted “Worst Company in America” award this year from The Consumerist.

It’s all speculation and rumor at this point, in any case, but given the momentum toward online, F2P games, this wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

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The Avengers on Facebook

April 28th, 2012

The Avengers on Facebook

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Chinese official says Proview owns iPad trademark in China, court battle continues

April 27th, 2012

Chinese official says Proview owns iPad trademark in China, court battle continues

Who knew some funky capitalization could cause so much trouble? Proview — the purveyor of that 90s-era all-in-one called the iPAD — hasn’t let up in its fight to wrestle the rights to the iPad name from iPad maker Apple. The legal antics started in China, where Proview temporarily managed to get Apple’s tablet booted off store shelves before being rebuffed by a Shanghai court — after which the company promptly brought the case stateside. It’s been all quiet on the iPad trademark front for a solid month now, but a report from All Things D indicates that the squabble is still going strong. Today the Chinese vice minister for the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) declared that Proview is, in fact, the rightful owner of the iPad trademark. The SAIC has so far kept mum about the iPad trademark spat, so its decision to break that silence is sure to carry some weight when it comes time for the Chinese higher court to hand down its verdict.

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Drunk panda

April 27th, 2012

Drunk panda

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HackStore is like Cydia for Mac OS X, replaces walled garden with open dacha

April 27th, 2012

HackStore is like Cydia for Mac OS X, replaces walled garden with open dacha

Despite its loud anti-piracy notice, Andrey Fedotov’s HackStore sees no issue in ripping off the official App Store’s interface. Nevertheless, its aim is to gather up legit and readily available apps that didn’t make it past Apple’s trellis for whatever reason, and hopefully with Fedotov keeping an eye out for malware. You’ll find FileZilla, Gimp and many rarer specimens — and they’re all just regular .dmg files so there’s actually no hacking involved.

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