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  • YouTube’s automatic captions service adds six additional languages

    YouTube's automatic captions service adds six additional languages

    Building upon the work Google began in 2009, YouTube is now extending its automatic captioning reach to six additional languages. Previously, the transcription service was only available to speakers of English, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, but as of today, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian and Dutch have also been added to the fold. Auto-caps, as the company calls it, works by employing the same voice recognition algorithms used within Google Voice, but as anyone familiar with that speech software can attest, it’s not always error-free. So, expect some things to be (unintentionally and somewhat amusingly) lost in translation. Speaking of which, with the site’s recent inclusion of the search giant’s translation software, users will also have the option take their captioned vids and make them readable across a variety of languages. YouTube: building linguistic bridges across the internet’s borders.

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    Source: The Official YouTube Blog

  • Editorial: Legal torrent sites are innovators of media consumption

    Editorial Legal torrent sites are innovators of media consumption

    Torrent. In the context of consuming mainstream music and movies, the word reverberates with illegitimacy. The Bittorrent protocol, however, is neutral — a disinterested technology specification. The same is true for all peer-to-peer platforms, and that essential neutrality has been a pillar argument in lawsuit defenses of P2P companies over the last decade.

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  • Large Hadron Collider may have produced a previously undetected form of matter

    Large Hadron Collider may have produced previously unconfirmed form of matter

    Teams at the Large Hadron Collider must be developing a knack for producing tangible evidence of theoretical particles. After orchestrating 2 million collisions between lead nuclei and protons, like the sort you see above, the collider’s Compact Muon Solenoid group and researchers at MIT suspect that stray, linked pairs of gluon particles in the mix were signs of color-glass condensate, a currently theory-only form of matter that sees gluons travel in liquid-like, quantum-entangled waves. The clues aren’t definitive, but they were also caught unexpectedly as part of a more routine collision run; the team is curious enough that it’s looking for more evidence during weeks of similar tests in January. Any conclusive proof of the condensate would have an impact both on how we understand particle production in collisions as well as the ways gluons and quarks are arranged inside protons. If so, the CMS and MIT teams may well answer a raft of questions about subatomic physics while further justifying CERN’s giant underground rings.

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    Source: MIT

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