Google Translates Russia as “Mordor”

Google Translate is an extremely useful albeit slightly confusing tool at times, the freedom to translate any foreign web page or language with a degree of accuracy has been widely used by a huge array of consumers and companies alike.  However, there are instances when Google translates something completely different as in this case whereby the Russian Federation had been accidentally translated as “Mordor”

Reports confirm that Google has patched a bug within the “translation from Ukrainian to Russian service”.  Below is a screenshot to illustrate this rather awkward yet slightly apt re-imagining of the translation, the company stated this error was introduced automatically and, therefore, did not come from user input.

The search giant also stated that its software was able to operate by analyzing patterns within hundreds of millions of documents, this sounds impressive but the translations are not always perfect when you consider both the complexity and also the context of language which can vary depending on the circumstances.

It is interesting to note that “Mordor” is defined as a “fictional universe of Middle-earth and was the region occupied and controlled by Sauron,” when you consider the fairly recent activity by Russia in Crimea, it makes the translation all the more relevant.

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Twitter Hope To Increase Users With Their New Homepage

Twitter has been cooking up a new homepage for its social media platform and it is now ready to launch. The social media platform plans to roll out their new homepage today, but what is the ultimate goal here?

From the looks of it, Twitter plans to get more people to join its platform. When you previously navigated to Twitter.com, the page would only display categories, but this is now going to change with the latest homepage. Twitter wants to draw more people in by showing a bit of what’s going on in and how the social media interaction is on the platform.

The new and improved homepage will display actual tweets by targeting and displaying ‘high value tweets’, something that Twitter hopes will get newcomers’ attention. In my opinion, Twitter was a bit of a mystery at first and it didn’t expose what you would expect from the platform. This made me a bit skeptical and I haven’t joined the platform until recently.

So, in a sense, Twitter’s Interim CEO Jack Dorsey has a good idea with the homepage. In addition to that, his ‘question everything’ perspective aims to get more out of user expectations and opinions in order to make the necessary changes and additions to expand Twitter even further. But until then, how do you find the new homepage? Is it something you were looking forward to?

Thank you Buzzfeed for providing us with this information

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Japanese Adult Websites Could Infect Your Computer with Malware

People visiting adult websites is nothing out of the common, having it be a normal occurrence from time to time. However, those of you attempting to visit a Japanese adult website should know that cyber criminals are attempting to infect your computer just by visiting the website.

A report made by ESET reveals that the malware targets Microsoft Internet Explorer users, having users be redirected to an exploit page that will take advantage of a Java vulnerability. Needless to say, other browsers could be affected by the vulnerability as well. Therefore, Japanese adult websites should be avoided even if using a different browser like Google Chrome or Firefox for example.

The website is said to redirect users to a common Error 404 page, which usually indicates that the page does not exist. Users are tempted to close the page and no harm done. At least that’s what everybody thinks. The truth is, the code behind it all is said to trigger a malicious Java applet that will remain in the system even after the page has been closed.

To be noted is that the Java vulnerability in question is said to have been patched by Oracle back in 2013. However, the hackers might be relying on the fact that many users are not patching their software to the latest versions thinking that they are safe and exploits do not affect them. This is not the case, since hackers are always out to find and exploit even the most tricky vulnerability they could find, therefore it is a good idea to keep all your software up to date. Those who have not updated their Java to the latest version should do it by visiting Oracle’s Java web page here.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
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Live Voice Translation in Skype Might Come to Windows 8 Devices This Year

The language barrier is one of the most common problems encountered even today. Most modern and free translation programs, whether text-to-text, speech-to-speech or even speech-to-text give users a basic tool to understand and slide through the language barrier a bit, from text translation to webpage translations.

Microsoft apparently has been working on a feature for Skype to break through this issue with the help of the Skype Translator application. The company has just released the first beta version of the application, which was also demoed at the Code Conference. A preview of its potential can be viewed in the video below.

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Another interesting aspect of this application at hand is its ability to not only translate the language, but also relay it grammatically and syntactically correct, something not quite easy to achieve. The demo displays only its translation powers between English and German, but Microsoft stated it will add more language support later on.

The application might also not be free, given the amount of work and complexity required to achieve such results. What is known about the application is that Microsoft plans to release it by the end of the year and that it will first arrive to Windows 8 devices. Android and Macintosh devices including iOS should receive the application as well, but at a later date.

Thank you Android Police for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of Android Police