Now on Android: Get the TED app, localized in 20 languages

30 07 2013

TED Blog

The TED Android app has long let you watch more than 1,500 TED Talks, with subtitles in 102* languages. But with the launch of version 2.0 today, our award-winning app is now localized in 20 languages — from Spanish to Swedish, Chinese to Czech, Arabic to Korean. This means that fans in more than 100 countries will be able to browse and search for talks, read the FAQ and Help sections, and get the overall TED experience in their native language. With the new app, speakers will see headlines and talk descriptions in the language they speak. Even navigation menus have been translated.

The localized app gives easy access to translated and subtitled TED Talks, while still providing the full library of talks and a curated audio stream. We are thrilled that, for the first time, TED fans who speak languages other than English will get the full experience of browsing…

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Seeing faces in the clouds, thanks to facial recognition software

30 07 2013

TED Blog

In his TED Talk, Gavin Pretor-Pinney urges us to look to the skies and appreciate the incredible shapes[ted_talkteaser id=1780] — a heart, fish or a hand waving goodbye — that can be spotted (or imagined) in clouds.

But what if you want to take your cloud-spotting game to the next level? The technology and art collective Shinseungback Kimyonghun, based in Seoul, can help. The group’s recent work analyzes images of clouds using facial-recognition software, tracking and recording the moments when clouds look fleetingly like human faces. The project, called Cloud Face, is “a collection of cloud images that are recognized by a face-detection algorithm.” You can see it at work on the collective’s website »

We think this project would be of interest to another TEDGlobal 2013 speaker — Alessandro Acquisti. In Edinburgh, Acquisti warned us that facial-recognition software is getting better and better, with some dismaying implications for our privacy. Soon…

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World’s fastest Internet connection ‘used to dry laundry’

9 12 2008

Last summer a 75-year-old woman from Karlstad became the envy of internet users worldwide.

With her blistering 40 gigabits per second (40GB/Sec) connection, Sigbritt Löthberg had the world’s fastest internet connection – many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user had experienced such a high speed.
So, after nine months with the ability to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds or access 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously, how has Sigbritt’s life changed?
Not much, according to Hafsteinn Jonsson, who is heading up the fibre network operation for Karlstad Stadsnät.
"She mostly used it to dry her laundry," he told The Local.
"It was a big bit of gear and it got pretty warm."
Sigbritt’s son, Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg, was behind the project, which was intended to demonstrate how a low price, high capacity fibre line could be built over long distances. Löthberg has now taken the equipment up to Luleå, in the north of Sweden, for further testing.
"The project was a huge success," said Hafsteinn Jonsson, who explained that his department now measures its history in terms of ‘Before Sigbritt and After Sigbritt’.
"Apart from the death of Ingmar Bergman, this was the biggest story to come out of Sweden in 2007. We used to get all these detailed questions about what we’re working on – now we just mention Sigbritt and everybody understands."
The secret behind the ultra-fast connection is a new modulation technique which allows data to be transferred directly between two routers up to 2,000 kilometres apart, with no intermediary transponders.
According to Karlstad Stadsnät the distance is, in theory, unlimited – there is no data loss as long as the fibre is in place.
Sigbritt may have been denied her world-beating internet link but she still has an admirable 10 gigabits per second connection. And there may be another surprise in store for her.
"We’re considering giving her a 100 gigabits per second connection in the summer," said Hafsteinn Jonsson.
"Then she’ll be able to dry all her neighbours’ laundry too."


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