Imagine you're visiting Japan, can't read Japanese, and are trying to get across town on a bus. It's impossible to understand what the maps and station names say and it's even more confusing to look up the characters in a language dictionary. Well, Google has created a possible solution to this problem.
The Web giant announced Wednesday that it was bringing its handwriting tool to the Google Translate homepage. This means that when users see a word or character they don't understand they can simply go to Google Translate, draw it on their smartphone or … Read more
Translate Safari Extension for Mac adds Google Translate to a context menu within Safari, allowing for on-the-fly Web site translations without ever having to navigate away from the site.
The extension adds a button next to the address bar; but poking around in the Preferences panel, we found it possible to add translation to a right-click context menu. We also set it so that translated pages appear in new tabs, rather than replacing the page in the current tab, and selected English as our default language. We directed our browser over to a page in French, right-clicked on "Translate … Read more
Google, always trying to break down language barriers as part of its mission to make the world's information accessible, has added on-the-fly, automatic Web page translation to its Chrome browser for Android devices.
Chrome 28 for Android, released Wednesday, has the translation feature built in, said Chrome team member Jason Kersey in a blog post. The feature has been built into Chrome for personal computers for years.
Also new in Chrome 28 for Android, according to Kersey and another Chrome team member, Dan Alcantara:
An optimized user interface for right-to-left (RTL) languages including Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew.
Full-screen support … Read more
By now it's almost cliche to note Twitter's involvement in breaking geopolitical news. The service has become so widely used globally, that it's almost expected to be part of any big story.
Even so, it was fascinating to watch Mohamed Morsi's use of the medium as he struggled to retain his presidency -- even after the Egyptian military officially declared him to be unemployed.
Not only is Google Translate not dead, its powers of mildly accurate, often-amusing, and on-the-fly translations are in the process of being gifted to Chrome 28 Beta for Android.
If you load a foreign language Web site in the beta, which landed in the Google Play Store on Thursday, a bar will appear at the bottom of the screen with a button to translate the site. Tap the button, and voila! It will appear in a different language.
The accuracy of the translation is another issue. However, Google spokeswoman Roya Soleimani said, "Google Translate works through statistical machine translation. … Read more
'Ij, eartHlIngh, veng SuvwI' Hol chu' tu'lu'. I'm not sure how accurate that really is, but, according to Bing, it means, "Listen up, earthling, there's a new language in town."
Bing is so excited about the new "Star Trek Into Darkness" movie that it added Klingon to Bing Translator, the translation service that usually handles Earth languages like Bulgarian, Turkish, and Polish.
Bing didn't just throw together some guttural sounds and call it done. Microsoft got together with "Star Trek" studio Paramount, the Klingon Language Institute, and Marc Okrand, the creator of the Klingon language, to do it up right.… Read more
Cursing, swearing, profanity, bad words, expletives, four-letter words... Google Glass reportedly doesn't want any part of it.
Apparently, if users say any of this foul language while wearing the Google's augmented reality headset, the device simply won't recognize those words, according to Geekwire. And, there's reportedly no way to turn this filter off at this time.
This isn't Google's first foray into censoring swear words. In fact, according to Geekwire, the no-profanity policy reaches throughout most all of Google's products and software that use the voice-to-text translation engine.
When the tech giant debuted … Read more