A language barrier is the main cause of disagreements and the reason why people of different nationalities cannot fully communicate. But, besides, a language barrier complicates the lives of many travel lovers. Soon this problem will fall into oblivion, as its solution was suggested by Timekettle company in the form of a new gadget WT2 Plus. Now this device is presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show CES-2019 in Las Vegas.
What is WT2 Plus?
This is a wireless earphone translator, which will become an integral gadget when traveling to foreign countries. The novelty caused a huge interest and made many people wonder: “What is the price of WT2 Plus?”. You can breathe a sigh of relief, because the answer is already there! The cost of WT2 Plus is $ 219.
How does WT2 Plus work?
The earphones support Android and iOS operating platforms. They connect with a mobile device via Bluetooth using the application that allows users to set a language. At the moment, the application supports 20 languages, but in the near future the developers will add another 15.
The feature of the application for WT2 Plus is recognition of various accents. For example, the application supports 5 accents of English, including Australian English.
Direct use of portable earphones occurs as follows: in order both interlocutors can talk and hear each other, each puts one earphone from the kit on. When talking, the earphones transmit the sound to the smartphone for translation and transferring the translation back to the earphones. The delay in processing and transferring sound takes only 3-5 seconds, depending on a sentence size.
Even though the manufacturer emphasized the possibility of real-time translation as its main advantage, in fact the device is capable of translating only short phrases, the duration of which do not exceed 15 seconds. For example, the gadget can not be used for continuous translation of a film in a foreign language.
Regardless of the headphones’ being wireless, they will not catch environing phrases and translate them due to the built-in “Touch” mode, which allows you to use WT2 Plus in crowded places.
The earphones themselves are stored in a pocket-case that resembles Apple’s AirPods case. The earphones are charged from the case. Each earphone has a 110 mA battery, and the case battery capacity is 320 mA. Full charge of the earphones takes 90 minutes. The case works for two weeks without recharging, it is enough for two recharges of each earphone.
The manufacturer plans to increase the accuracy of the WT2 Plus translation to 95%. The translation requires access to the Internet, since it is carried out through Google and Microsoft cloud servers.
Nowadays pretty much everyone has an opportunity to become a successful entrepreneur and investor. With the emergence of cryptocurrency and blockchain, perhaps it has become even more accessible.
Today, we invited to talk Marco Robinson– a man who not only managed to become a world-famous investor, but also created a number of successful projects.An Award Winning Entrepreneur, Prime Time TV Star, Philanthropist, #1 Bestselling Author, Winner of the iProperty People’s Choice Awards Best Real Estate Company, World Renowned Property Investor, and Restaurateur – he knows how to make money work for you better than anyone.
Hello, Marco. First of all, let’s discuss your success as an investor. At what point in your life did you start investing in real estate, and why this particular area was one of the first you chose?
I first invested in real estate fairly late in life at 40 years old after I had a great business success and had quite a bit of money I didn’t know what to do with.
It was an interesting time in 2009 as it was the subprime crisis, I discovered properties were very cheap especially in the USA, and I found that fascinating so I started to study what made Real Estate go up and go down and wondered why this happened continually…I got so into this I decided to write a book about property cycles and what made them do that and I developed an algorithm based on four main drivers that triggered property price increases, they were:
Cycles (economic cycles) for example in the UK there is a proven 18-year cycle
Population growth. (Rent prices and property increased basically supply and demand.
Structure plan. (What they are gonna build in the area, for example, new manufacturing, schools, etc)
Local and individual property taxes & including friendly states and governments (some taxes are so high you can easily get negative cash flow)
When did you first learn about the blockchain technology, and how did it help you in the development of your projects?
I was introduced to Bitcoin in 2015.
I saw as a real threat to the banking system which I liked very much and after some detailed research discovered it was a genuine reaction, I felt, to the US sub prime crisis which made 40 million people homeless. I loved the security of it and especially it’s decentralization, that it could not be shut down and the founder very cleverly could not be identified.
I was also looking for a loyalty solution to connect all my businesses including my restaurants, my cosmetics, my property, my travel, my education and film companies, a currency everybody could use that I could keep within my own eco-system, so I could keep my clients loyal and grow my client based with the best value proposition in the market place. That currency I created is called NAKED DOLLARS and is now listed on LATOKEN.
Besides NKD, what do you think about investments in cryptocurrency in general?
It’s a brand new sector and to be frank not even the end of day one yet. A lot of cowboys presented a fabulous whitepaper in 2016 and 2017 and made a fortune off speculation…2018 saw a massive correction and the crypto market lost 80% of its value in one year because of this and because not many people had a real product.
It is here to stay, only just yesterday JP MORGAN created their own cryptocurrency, governments are creating their own, they have to as the FIAT CASH currency system is not sustainable, a new debt system has to be created or the majority of the world will go bankrupt.
Bitcoin is the SAFEST currency in the world, it cannot be hacked, it has no founder, no company, no office, and no assets, yet it is the best performing asset of all time increasing 350,000% in ten years! You cannot ignore it at all!
Are there any startups in the cryptocurrency world which you have invested or would like to invest in?
There are very few I would because of the losses in 2018. New projects don’t just have to have great technology, they must have great founders with great track records in business and great profiles in terms of influence.
How do you feel about buying, for example, real estate for Bitcoin?
I’d rather keep the bitcoin it gives a higher return potentially. I would rather use other cryptocurrency like Ethereum to buy real estate.
However I also use a profit strategy, so when I make great profits in bitcoin I will buy real estate as real estate gives me great cash flow.
In what areas, do you think, the use of blockchain technology is necessary?
I think it’s critical in pretty much every industry to prove the origins of each product or service and the security of it, especially in supply chain businesses such as gold and diamond mining to supply to make sure they are not conflict diamonds etc. I also love the adoption to health and medicine, for example, if someone has an accident one drop of blood or even a thumbprint can track the entire medical history of that person in seconds and the perfect medication can be administered!
You are a well-known philanthropist and are famous for your good deeds for the homeless and the needy, because you know very well what it feels like to not have a home. Let’s talk about an 18-year-old teenage mother Holly, a part of the TV Show “Get a House for Free.” Have you thought about not just “giving a fish” to people, but also trying to “teach people to fish”, that is, to give the needy the knowledge of how to “get back on their feet”?
I’m already now doing that with FREEDOMX, www.freedomxmovement.org where I have created a new charity social impact program where the victims of homelessness are rewarded on a merit based philosophy: “I help you if you help someone else” this is CONDITIONAL ALTRUISM, so we only help them if they want to be helped and IF they want to be microfinanced for a coffee shop on a bicycle, for example, they have to be certified and trained which lowers risk and creates a new economy for people to thrive in.
In what areas besides real estate, restaurant business, TV-shows would you like to or plan to realize yourself?
I’m making my first Hollywood movie “legacy of lies” next month, I helped fund the whole movie and my profits will be going to help the homeless
YouTube was once again criticized for the lack of prevention measures connected to the child safety content on the site. It is actually takes a few clicks for the recommendation algorithm to redirect you to the videos of adult women without much clothes on them.
Matt Watson, user of YouTube, posted in Reddit that he had found a lot of videos where kids get inappropriate harsh comments blaming YouTube for facilitating the sexual exploitation of children.
To match his words, he even posted a video on YouTube claiming that it may be his last video on the platform as he does not want to support it anymore. The video shows how the recommendation algorithm pushes the users into so-called pedophilia “wormhole”. As the sidebar offers the videos with little girls doing gymnastics, licking popsicles or ice lollies. The videos are mixed with videos of adult women showing their bodies. Underneath such videos, there are plenty of inappropriate comments, including sexually suggestive emojis.
Caution! The video can be not appropriate for some users.
TechCrunch has conducted its own experiment where the news outlet confirmed all the finding made by Matt Watson. On this reason, they have sent a letter to YouTube asking about this situation. The platform replied with the following statement:
“Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We enforce these policies aggressively, reporting it to the relevant authorities, removing it from our platform and terminating accounts. We continue to invest heavily in technology, teams and partnerships with charities to tackle this issue. We have strict policies that govern where we allow ads to appear and we enforce these policies vigorously. When we find content that is in violation of our policies, we immediately stop serving ads or remove it altogether.”
A representative of YouTube also mentioned that they are reviewing policies now on the basis of what Matt Watson had found. YouTube is cooperating with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to report accounts which make inappropriate comments.
Siemens is one the most thriving company in Germany and even Europe. This conglomerate, based in Berlin and Munich, specializes in industrial manufacturing and consists of multiple departments working in various areas, including healthcare, energy, building technologies and many others.
Siemens PLM Software, also known as UGS Corp., is one of the most important strategic units of Siemens, located in the United States, in Texas, engaged in 3D & 2D Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software.
The company is planning to present the developments of its innovations regarding NX software in the upcoming Hannover fair which will take place on April 1-5.
This year the fair has a slogan ““Digital Enterprise – Thinking industry further!”, and Siemens will definitely surprise the community with unique solutions which can be applied by large enterprise.
“Product innovations showcased in Hanover include the latest version of the NX software, which has been enhanced with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. These new features can predict next steps and update the user interface to help users more efficiently use software to increase productivity,” is mentioned in the official press release.
NX software is a powerful tool used for all aspect of product development: from their design to engineering processes. with the complete integrity of the data involved.
Powering NX up with artificial intelligence and training it using machine learning will provide for the faster and more efficient adjustment of the software to the specific needs of different users and this, in its turn, will increase the productivity of NX and the volume of its adoption, offering “the benefits of speed, power, efficiency and intelligence through learning, without having to explicitly program these characteristics.”
The developers of Siemens PLM Software promised to keep up their research and expand the incorporation of AI and ML into their work.
These days we hear news about such giants as Apple and Samsung quite often: Apple launches phones with unbelievable camera features, Samsung is developing foldable screens for smartphones. Chinese manufacturers, like Xiaomi and Huawei, have also stepped up their game and are now coming hard at their American and Korean competitors.
But what happened to the smartphone brand that once used to be one of the coolest, trendiest and most technologically equipped – Sony? Let’s find out what happened to the company and whether there is any future for Sony phones.
How did it all start?
Sony started out its story quite well. The company released its first devices under the joint name Sony Ericsson in early 2000s. The phones were a success, their cameras and music players were revolutionary for that time, so the sales turned out great.
By 2007 the company accounted for 9% of the worldwide mobile phone production, and in 2010 it officially entered the Android universe. A year later Sony bought out the share of Ericsson and remained a sole owner of the enterprise ever since.
2013 was the last successful year for Sony, unfortunately. That year, it still had about 5% of the total cell phone manufacturing and had an ambitious goal to become the third largest mobile phones producer. However, these plans were never brought to life.
What was the reason of the failure?
There are a couple major fails that happened within the company and pretty much wiped away any chances to succeed and outrun the competitors.
First and foremost, Sony mistakenly tried to become “Apple” for Android. Its phones were priced in such way that only the upper class could afford to buy them. Meanwhile, software and feature-wise, the devices succumbed to IPhones. Simply speaking, poor people couldn’t afford it, rich people still preferred Apple.
Secondly, Sony was not flexible enough for this industry. It failed to adapt to the quickly-changing desires of the customers and technological novelties. Its first phone with an OLED screen came out only last year.
Moreover, Sony smartphones have always been heavily criticized because of its boring design choices. Almost all of the models looked identical and did not stand out among the others whatsoever.
All of this is quite sad, especially considering the fact that some of Sony’s technologies are actually present in the devices of its main competitors. For instance, Sony sensors are present in the latest release of Apple – IPhone XS Max.
However, the unwise strategy of the company literally killed any chances of Sony to outshine other giants in the industry, at least in the next couple of years.
In 2019, you will not be particularly surprised with virtual reality. Everyone has long known that there are a huge number of VRgames and even VRmovies. But in this article, we will reveal this technology from a completely different angle and tell you about how it can be used in everyday life, not in the field of entertainment.
Crime Scene Reconstruction
1. Military training
“The harder you train, the better you’ll fight” is a basic rule in the army. Of course, the learning process takes a long time for the military. Each type of troops has its own specific training, but in any case, this is a very long and expensive process.
The use of Virtual Reality technology in the preparation of a professional military is fully justified, especially when training is associated with increased danger. In all developed countries of the world, there are special simulators, which are been used for several years in the process of training military pilots. With their help, future pilots can plunge into the atmosphere of air combat and practice air maneuvers without risking their lives. Also, with the help of Virtual Reality, military personnel pass medical training on the battlefield, driving simulations in emergency situations, etc. The officers who teach the new generation of soldiers believe that simulated exercises are much cheaper, safer and more effective than the traditional one. It is more effective for the reason that it can be repeated countless times until a person acquires the necessary skills. Simulation training requires much less staff and props. In real life, a sapper or a pilot in a battle can have only one mistake, and in virtual reality, there is always the opportunity to start all over again. Also, this technology is actively used in the preparation of astronauts.
Of course, nothing can replace real-life experience. At some point, the pilots will be required to get into the cockpit, and some marines will have to go to hot spots. But after training with the help of virtual reality technology, they will be more prepared for many emergency situations.
2. Treatment of PTSD
Continuing the topic of the military, a problem such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) should be mentioned. According to a US Department of Veterans Affairs report, 15% of veterans who served in the second Iraq war (2001-2014) suffer from PTSD. This is only official data, in fact, the number of soldiers with PTSD who have gone through military operations is much higher.
Recently, a unique method of using virtual reality in the process of rehabilitating veterans with PTSD was introduced in the US Army. Using VR allows to immerse a person in the environment that causes stress, but it happens safely, and most importantly, under control. Thus, they (veterans) can learn to control their physiological and psychological reactions. For example, for some soldiers, PTSD was caused by loud surroundings due to noise on the battlefield. In this case, virtual reality can be used in order to put the soldier in a similar environment. If the simulation is too strong, then it can be stopped at any moment. Otherwise, a soldier may practice relaxing exercises (such as deep breathing techniques) that help contain fear and panic attacks.
Perhaps this is one of the most obvious ways to use virtual reality technology. It allows to go deeper into the educational process and look at the topic being studied from different angles. It is very important that when using VR, students, and pupils are much more involved in the learning process.
Just imagine how much easier, cheaper, and clearer it is to train medical students with VR. For example, the study of anatomy is a very important part of the process of preparing future doctors. A few years ago, this subject was studied from books and old two-dimensional drawings, which can’t always convey all the necessary information about the structure of the human body. Using a virtual reality helmet, students can view all organ systems, down to the smallest details, from different angles. The principle of clarity is very important in the process of preparing future doctors, and it is very difficult to achieve in real life.
Google has launched a large-scale project, “Expeditions”, with which help any teacher can embed VR in lessons. In order to plunge into the VR world, it will be enough to have Virtual Reality glasses for phone, Google Cardboard and the smartphone itself. There are already hundreds of applications for learning (biology, history, architecture, etc.) that are available for download in the Play Market or the App Store and their number is constantly growing.
4. Crime Scene Reconstruction
As it is known, the justice system is based on a fair trial, according to which the two parties have the right to prove their case. As you know, there are very complicated cases that are very difficult to understand. In such cases, every little detail is important, to get to the truth.
For the first time, the use of virtual reality technology in the reconstruction of the crime scene was suggested by Lars Ebert. He works at the Institute of Judicial Medicine in Zurich, Switzerland. His job is to assist law enforcement in the process of collecting evidence for later use in court. Over time, Ebert realized that the jury considered the evidence submitted in paper format (2D), which could have a negative impact on the interpretation of information.
In order to solve this problem, Ebert`s team came up with an innovative way to present evidence in court using virtual reality technology. Using the Oculus Rift helmet and compatible software, they were able to recreate the crime scene in 3D using the bullet’s flight path.
It is not clear yet, whether courts around the world will actively use virtual reality technology or recognize it as ineffective. As a rule, changes in the justice system are very slow. It is worth noting that there are many reasons why this technology can be rejected, one of them is its cost. The fact is that the reconstruction of a crime scene in 3D is a rather laborious process that requires many hours of work by qualified specialists. In any case, this is a very interesting discussion, which will last a few more years.
The above list of uses of virtual reality technology is incomplete. We cannot physically tell about everything within the framework of one article.
It is important to note that this technology has good chances for further development in the future. Every year, manufacturers are developing increasingly cheaper displays for VR helmets. This means that the technology will become more accessible to the masses. No doubts, virtual reality will be able to change our life beyond recognition, we only have to watch how our world changes.
Reportedly, the most famous social network worldwide, Facebook, is currently negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission about a multibillion-dollar fine due to privacy violations. Two sides have not agreed on the exact amount of fine yet.
Facebook privacy lapses
In March 2018, a big scandal, which shocked the whole world, arose betweenBritish political consulting firm, namely Cambridge Analytica,and Facebook. Due to the lack of users’ privacy in Facebook, the firm had gathered personal information of about 87 million people without their consent. Moreover, this information was used it for political purposes.
The situation caused public protest, Facebook’ stock prices massively fell down, in a few days, about $100 billion were knocked off. Obviously, many people began to worry about their personal data, as Facebook was unable to safeguard the information.
People, as well as politicians, demanded answers from the CEO of Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg. The situation made him to give testimony to Congress, where he acknowledged his mistake and apologized for it.
A “multibillion dollar” fine
Facebook could not get away with such a situation. The Federal Trade Commission started an investigation, where it proved that Facebook was guilty. So now the social network giant will face a fine. However, due to the amount of people who had suffered from this situation is enormous, the fine is correspondingly supposed to be big.
According to The Washington Post, the fine, imposed on a tech company, would be the largest in history. Facebook replied to abovementioned news outlet that they “[had] been working with the FTC and [would] continue to work with the FTC.”