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Speech-to-Speech Translator Developed For iPhone 133 133

Ponca City, We love you writes "Dr. Dobbs reports that Alex Waibel, professor of computer science and language technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, has developed an iPhone application that turns the iPhone into a translator that converts English speech into Spanish, or vice versa. Users simply speak a sentence or two at a time into the iPhone and the iPhone will respond with an audible translation. 'Jibbigo's software runs on the iPhone itself, so it doesn't need to be connected to the Web to access a distant server,' says Waibel. Waibel is a leader in speech-to-speech translation and multimodal speech interfaces, creating the first real-time, speech-to-speech translator for English, German and Japanese. 'Automated speech translation is an expensive proposition that has been supported primarily by large government grants,' says Waibel. 'But our sponsors are impatient to see this technology become more widely available and we, as researchers, are eager to find new revenues that will help us extend this technology to more of the 6,000 languages now spoken worldwide.'"

Comment Finally...The iphone killer (and it's not from MS) (Score 1, Interesting) 423 423

The specs look outstanding, the network is far better than AT&T's cobbled mess, and since it's not from Cupertino, the price will likely be somewhat reasonable as well. And even better, Bill & Steve didn't have anything to do with it.

Wondered what all the "We've got a map for that" ads were leading into. Now we know. Let the games begin.

Comment And the big deal is??? (Score 4, Insightful) 541 541

Maybe my tin foil hat isn't adjusted right, but of all the vaccines out there, the flu shot (or mist as most people get it these days) is about as safest of them all. Incredibly low side effect rate, very effective, and a guarantee that you're going to get a mild version of the flu before everybody else does. Plus, if you are working in a medical care facility, you won't be an oxygen-burning flu contamination source, making it possible to keep the spread of these viruses down to a minimum.

Yes, the Swine Vaccine in the 70's was very poorly executed and there were many problems. But holy cow folks, it's been over 30 years and medicine has come just a short distance since. For the last 18 years getting a flu shot has been a federally mandated condition of my employment and I don't even work in a health care related field--what the heck is the big deal with getting a flu shot?

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Submission + - Hidden Fees Discovered for "Free" Windows 7 Upgrad->

An anonymous reader writes: Thousands of recent computer purchasers who are expecting to receive free upgrades to Windows 7 when it is released on October 22 may be surprised to learn that some big computer makers are quietly tacking on hefty processing fees as high as $17 to mail out those disks to some buyers.
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Comment This is news? Sounds more like normal inflation (Score 2, Informative) 536 536

Surprisingly enough, game software really isn't that much more expensive today than it was 20 years ago. Seems like I plunked down $40 or so for Zork I way back in the day. So $20 increase in 25 years... 50%--hell, I'd challenge you to find many industries that are even close to that number.

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