Tech Talk: Web Search Results in Klingon & a New Finnish Phone (NOT Nokia) !

tech1 This week: Get your Bing search results in Klingon, and a brand new phone from ex-Nokia guys, Jolla…

In case (like me) you just can’t get enough of Star Trek Into Darkness, you can now go interstellar with the newest addition to Bing Translator, an automated Klingon translation service that will rescue you from the trickiest linguistic fray whether you’re translating tribbles (yIHmey) or “Star Trek” (Hov trek)! Bing is clearly so excited about the new movie that it added Klingon to its Bing Translator, the translation service that usually handles languages like Bulgarian, Turkish, and Polish. But Bing didn’t just throw together some guttural sounds and call it done. Microsoft got together with Paramount Studios, the Klingon Language Institute, and Marc Okrand, the creator of the Klingon language, to get right. Bing gives you not one, but two Klingon options. You can translate into standard Klingon or into Klingon (Kronos). Kronos generates the written scribe. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can even translate an entire Web page into Klingon! You can even translate from Klingon into other languages, but I the accuracy a little suspect, so I don’t advise it as I think that facility probably has the capacity to start a small war somewhere.


A company made up of former Nokia employees has shown off Jolla, a new smartphone with a custom operating system known as Sailfish. The software has been built from the remnants of MeeGo, a project abandoned by Nokia when they swapped to Windows Mobile OS. The Jolla phone – pronounced Yol-la – is due to be released by the end of the year, and will only be sold online. Question: do we really need an addition to a market already heavily crowded with several operating systems? It will have a 4.5in screen, a microSD slot, an eight megapixel camera, supports 4G and most importantly, is compatible with apps made for Google’s Android. One of its key differentiating features is what the company calls “The Other Half”: the coloured back of the phone is interchangeable – and the operating system’s interface will change depending on what type of cover you have – these changes could include, for example, team colours for a football team, logos for a popular band or high-profile TV / Movie franchise. They haven’t confirmed exactly how this feature works, but the smart money is on near-field communication (NFC) technology, which means that it could also support cashless / cardless non-touch financial transactions under £20. The phone is expected to retail at @ $500 USD, and just to reiterate, it’s call the Jolla, and we should all avoid referring to it as “Not-The-Nokia”…

Source: Search Engine Watch, Gizmondo
Reporter: SilverFox

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