QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
AFTER COURT’S DECISION, SAMSUNG TOOK A SIGH OF RELIEF AND WILL NOW SELL PHONES IN CHINA
Samsung will now be able to manufacture and sell phones in China.
WHAT WAS THE ISSUE?
Samsung didn’t have a ray of hope and nearly admitted that it will not be able to manufacture and sell phones in China, but a judge’s ruling saved the day. Now Tech giant’s base will remain in China.
Samsung and Huawei, are engaged in the patent fight. Huawei has accused Samsung of infringement of its two patents related to the ETSI LTE protocol. It is a protocol which is necessary for a smartphone with LTE. According to previous Chinese verdict, Samsung was not allowed to manufacture and sell 4G LTE smartphones in the country.
As per court documents, Samsung’s Chinese manufacturing footholds have the second largest output of any company across the world. Forcing to stop manufacturing in China would have bad repercussions on tech giant’s business.
Although, Samsung won a remission in US District Court on Friday. Now Samsung is allowed to manufacture and sell products in China. The other legal battle between Huawei and Samsung will continue in the U.S.
WHAT WAS JUDGE’S VERDICT?
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick pronounced that the court’s orders given by Chinese court could make the US case meaningless, that’s why the ruling should be put on hold until the case is in progression.
Orrick also admonished both parties in the case as they are not able to find a way to expedite their differences.
Orrick wrote, “I will not recount the history of their failure to reach agreement in the ensuing years, since all of the information has been filed under seal, except to wonder aloud how it can be in the interest of these important multinational corporations to slog through unending litigation around the globe rather than figure out a process to resolve their differences if agreement is impossible.”
Wish to read Orrick’s full order, read the document below:
MICROSOFT TRANSLATOR HAS OFFLINE AI TRANSLATION
Microsoft Translator will now translate while offline.
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?
Remember the mythical Tower of Babel and the birth of languages according to Jewish and Christian texts? It was basically about man’s defiance against the divine and how God scattered earth’s population by mixing up their speech, thus giving birth to languages. Although this seems more like a curse than gift from the all-seeing and powerful, Microsoft is certainly aiming to redeem humanity. They’ve recently launched an Offline Translator, that will put an end to all the confusion put by God.
If you are in a new city or country, wherein language is a barrier, the first thing that you need is a translator. Earlier every time you want to use a translator, Microsoft Translator is a better option. But if you don’t have internet connectivity, then what? Now with the offline availability of AI translation, it has become one of the best. When you are traveling and have no connectivity, now Microsoft Translator. However, another apps work but not accurate as Microsoft Translator. Others lack sophistication, machine learning algorithms in the cloud that power them. It will be available, Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire.
From today, the app will run rather modified neural translation when offline. Although iOS users have to wait for a few days, as the updated has yet to be approved by Apple. The most amazing thing is that this thing will virtually work on all the smartphone without having an inbuilt AI chip.
WHAT MICROSOFT HAS TO SAY?
Microsoft’s Arul Menezes said that the new translation packs “dramatically better” and render better translation than the old ones. The updated language packs are now available for Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Russian, Japanese, French, Chinese-Simplified, Thai, Arabic, German and Italian, more will be added later.
Menezes explained that Microsoft first experimented this on-device neural translation with Huawei, Mate 10 and Honor 10 phones, which has homegrown AI co-processor. According to Menezes “a lot of careful engineering” made it possible to use it on devices without AI hardware.
With all this comes a disclaimer, that there are chances that there could be the difference in the translation when offline of online. However, Microsoft claims that the difference is barely noticeable.
“The gap between the neural offline translation and the previous translation quality with our older models is huge,” said Menezes — and he deliberately compared it with Google’s translation services.
IS THE CHANGE HELPFUL FOR OTHER APPS?
Not only the users but also the app developers can get benefit out of it. With the updates, these offline capabilities are made available to other app developers on Android at a price. These apps can call the Microsoft Translator app in the background, get the translation and present it to users. If you are offline, it will use offline translations and when online, it will send the queries to Microsoft cloud.
With this, we hope humanity is finally able to lift at least one of the biblical curses. King Nimrod can finally rest in peace!