If you're struggling with languages at home or abroad, the new Google Translate app for iPhone is a faster way to untangle your tongue than the iPhone-optimized Web app that was previously your ticket out of confusion.
The app has a handful of main features. First, you can speak into the app (in 15 languages) to translate words and phrases into one of 50 languages.
Second, you can listen to translations read aloud in 23 languages. (Sadly, Catalan isn't one of them, so the playback feature isn't pictured in the image to the right.)
Third, you can … Read more
We remember a time--not so long ago--when translating a text between two languages required a dictionary and a lot of patience. But now we have things like Tirgumit Right Click Free Dictionary. This handy utility makes translating between languages a breeze, whether you just need to know one word or want to translate an entire block of text.
The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, and there are several ways to access its features. If you're reading something in a foreign language and need to quickly translate a single word you don't know, simply hold down the … Read more
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:
Google purchases a company called eBook Technologies
However, Google's planned acquisition of ITA Software is under scrutiny from federal antitrust officials
AT&T will allow tethering on two upcoming 4G phones and may allow it on the iPhone as well
Fujitsu is set to launch the first glasses-free 3D desktop PC
News Corp.'s iPad magazine, The Daily, has been delayed
Google Translate for Android can help you have a bilingual conversation in real time
A new spyware program is parading as a Kama Sutra how-to guide
A man is suing … Read more
Samsung may be holding a digital hostage; Android gains ground on Apple, but may soon lose it to the Verizon iPhone; and the announcement of the next iteration of Android raises questions about version numbers. Join Antuan Goodwin and Justin Eckhouse for all that and more in the world of Android.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 31
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Android users who have found themselves fighting the language barrier have probably heard of Google Translate, a free translation app for Android. Although it's not the most feature-packed translator for Android, it offers a simple way to translate basic words and phrases among dozens of languages. It also includes spoken translations and romanization of non-Roman scripts. Although sentences may come out kind of wonky depending on the structure, it definitely works in a pinch.
Today, Google announced an update for its Translate app, with a focus on tweaks that aim to make the interface easier to navigate and the … Read more
Google Translate isn't the most feature-packed translator for Android, but it has the marked benefit of being free. This app can translate basic words and phrases between dozens of languages, though sentences may come out kind of wonky depending on the structure. Still, it definitely works in a pinch. Our one major complaint is that this app requires a network connection to work, so if your international roaming charges are hefty, it may not be much use to you at your moment of need.
Remember the Babel Fish? As fans of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" will recall, it lived in your ear and immediately translated whatever language a person was speaking into whatever language you could understand.
Word Lens for iPhone works just like a Babel Fish, except it doesn't live in your ear, and it translates only printed text, not spoken words. But it's no less amazing.
Working a kind of magic I can't fully understand, Word Lens instantly translates whatever text your iPhone camera sees. Point it at a sign that's written in Spanish and you'll immediately see its English translation. Or go the other way: Point it at a menu that's written in English and you'll instantly see Spanish.
Ay caramba! Seriously, you have to see the app in action to fully appreciate it. So with that in mind, watch this:
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible, but not necessarily to create it outright. This makes Wikipedia a natural partner.
It's therefore no surprise to hear when the search colossus helps out the cooperatively written project.
Specifically, Google is helping Wikipedia with translation, so subject matter documented in one language needn't be created from scratch in another. Google described some of its translation work in a presentation at the Wikimania conference in Poland over the weekend.
"In the last 16 months, Google has been working with the Wikimedia Foundation, … Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--One of the hits at this year's TechFest in Redmond was the so-called translating telephone.
The effort combines speech recognition, machine translation, and text-to-speech technology to let two people who don't share a common language nonetheless carry on a phone conversation. As part of a regional TechFair at Microsoft's Silicon Valley offices on Thursday, I got a chance to try out the technology, conversing with Frank Seide, one of the researchers behind the project.
I asked a few questions in English, while Seide answered in German. As one can see from the video below, … Read more