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  • Google Translate For Android Gets Pumped Up With Picture Translations

    Google Translate For Android Gets Pumped Up With Picture Translations

    As is their wont, the folks at Google pushed out a nifty new update for its Translate for Android app earlier today, and it packs a handful of new goodies for the lexically inquisitive to play with. The feature that’s gotten the most love is the app’s new camera support (seen above). Curious users can snap photos of foreign text from directly within Google Translate, and… Read More

  • The Top 20 iPhone And iPad Apps of 2011

    The Top 20 iPhone And iPad Apps of 2011

    It’s telling that Apple chose an app that debuted more than 14 months ago, Instagram, as its “iPhone App of the Year” for 2011. This should not imply that there was a shortage of quality and groundbreaking apps released this year. Far from it. From social magazines to music discovery apps to console-quality games that players can hold in the palms of their hands, there… Read More

  • Google Translate For Android Gets Upgraded “Conversation Mode”

    Google Translate For Android Gets Upgraded “Conversation Mode”

    Itching to strike up a conversation with a certain foreign someone, but the language barrier is too much to overcome? Never fear, you wannabe polyglot: the latest update to the Google Translate Android app adds 12 new languages to conversation mode. Conversation mode, if you haven’t seen it, is a nifty feature exclusive to the Android version of Google Translate. It takes a… Read More

  • Google Continues To Embrace Native iPhone Apps As Google Translate Hits App Store

    At one point, as tensions were rising between Google and Apple, it seemed as if the search giant would forgo native app development on the iOS platform and instead only offer service those users through HTML5-based web apps. But lately, that approach has been changing, quickly. In just the past few months, we’ve seen apps like Google Voice, Latitude, and Places all launch natively. And… Read More

  • ¡Increíble! Google Turns Your Android Phone Into An On-The-Fly Conversation Interpreter

    ¡Increíble! Google Turns Your Android Phone Into An On-The-Fly Conversation Interpreter

    When it came to translations, you used to either need an interpreter or a book to navigate another language. That was either costly or cumbersome, respectively. Then the Internet came along and made things significantly easier. Except you had to be chained to your computer to translate something. A year ago, Google made things easier again by launching their Translate app for Android. But… Read More

  • How To Turn Google Translate Into Google Beatbox

    For reasons inexplicable, a “Today I Learned” thread on Reddit has turned into how to make Google Translate beatbox for you, among other things. It must have taken some intense experimentation for Redditor Harrichr to get here but it seems like a peculiarity of the German translation setup in Google Translate is allowing for playing consonants in a way that sounds like drums. Or… Read More

  • The Best Of Google Demo Slam

    Back in October, we came across a mysterious site called Google Demo Slam a couple days before it actually launched. It turned out to be a fun site featuring demos of different Google products where you can watch two demos side by side and vote for the best one. Some of the demos are by Google engineers, but anyone can submit their own and vie to become a Google Demo Slam champ. Below are a… Read More

  • Google Translates "Call Us For Free" To "Skype" In Italian

    While incredibly useful, Google Translate is also known for its occasional snafus. For example, an English to French translation of “videos on Vimeo” previously resulted in “des videos sur YouTube.” Another example of a wonky translation took place when Kai-Fu Lee, president of the search giant’s China operations, left the company. Today’s questionable… Read More

  • Google Translate Now Teaches You How To Speak Like A Robot In 34 Languages

    Google Translate doesn’t always get every translation right, but it is useful enough to get the gist of a Webpage or even a menu written in a foreign language. It’s machine translation, so what do you expect? But now Google will even teach you to talk like a machine with a voice synthesizer button that reads out translations for 34 languages. Some of the languages, such as English… Read More

  • Rant: Google Translate Toolbar In Chrome 5 Needs An 'Off' Button

    Ever since I upgraded my beloved Chrome browser to version 5 on my (Windows) computer, I’ve been wanting to get something off my chest about a new feature that was baked into it, one that annoys me to no end. With the update to the most recent version of the program came an integration with Google Translate, a feature that makes a custom toolbar appear under the bookmarks bar whenever… Read More