general overview: Zune

In these days the first press releases appear to the products on the part of Microsoft, which were developed at first top secret under code name "Argo". In the meantime first product data and information are abandoned to Zune. After Zune Microsofts answer to Apples Ipod is, the task consists of it, the own digital medium players more lucratively to arrange more affordable and better than the competition for Microsoft. Therefore Zune captivates at present (September 2006) with an LCD video monitor relatively large for such mobile devices, which away-stretches itself over 3 tariff. Own data to consequence could pictures be regarded videos and never better than with the monitor of Zune with small video playing devices. The non removable disk capacity and/or the memory of Zune products amounts to 30GB, which makes a storing possible of approx. 7500 music files/Songs, 25000 pictures or videos with an overall length of 100 hours. Playlisten or Song data bases will be with the MP3-Playern also possible and simple by software to provide. Likewise a Slideshow is available for pictures. A further advantage, which Zune brings with itself, the Wireless LAN (WLan) is interface, which makes it for the owners possible of the multi-talents to exchange among themselves medium files which the receiver can listen to then within three days for example three times. If this would like the Song durably to listen to or its own to call be able, then can it has it comfortably over Zunes own market place (similar that iPods: iTunes) acquire. Microsoft would like to equip each Zune owner with a "Zune passport", on the basis whose it is identified and which can buy Songs. In things optics convince those send devices, which are in the colors brown, black and white available.

Zune black, brown, white

The basic functions of Zune are video, sound rendition, photo announcement (Slideshows), the Wireless LAN communication and the FM radio. In the reference to the price Microsoft tries to bring in relation to a further advantage iPods with itself, since, even if still no exact prices were published, which should be more competitively and concomitantly more favorable of Toshiba manufactured devices than those the competition. In the international press release it comes out besides that Zune will appear still before the Christmas business 2006 on the market.


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the European and international website with a lot of information and news about the new Microsoft MP3 Player called Zune.


Additional to technical information this Zune website is going to offer information about the portable media player from Redmond. Zune Microsoft calls its answer to Apple iPods. The new digital MP3 & video & radio & pictures player and its features, functions, designs and accessories are presented and discussed, here. Just have a look at Zune News and read through the mass of information about the very interesting and useful mp3 player.

Historical Background

Troyanskii suggested a concept of machine translator that was able to look up words in a bilingual dictionary. He also outlined the principles of an interlingual system. This system was expected to parse and analyse a text and to save it in a language, called interlingua, similar to the human language Esperanto. The next step was a synthesis, and afterwards the text was converted into the target language again. This had been Troyanskii's proposal for a solution before the computer was invented. Because his ideas were unreachable and unrealistic in those days, Troyanskii has been remaining unknown for the next 20 years, although even today his ideas are relevant for many translation systems which are based on the so-called interlingua method.
World War II, America was prepared to support linguistic research. Some of the army's researchers, who had assisted in developing code-breaking systems to decrypt secret messages during the war, were cooperating with linguists and scientists like Warren Weaver. Such expert teams were able to accumulate knowledge of both languages and machines. The best known collection of information on this topic is the "Weaver Memorandum" (1949). This document can be seen as the starting point of machine translation research.  The first success in translating showed the public demo of a machine translation. There, a machine was working on 52 Russian sentences using six grammar rules and a memory of about 250 words. The sentences were simple and short like They prepared TNT.Though, the Georgetown University students were proud of the output in 1954 and were able to convince a lot of companies to support and invest in machine translation research.