Month: August 2017

The best translation software of 2017

Technology has taken some major strides to break down language barriers in recent times, with translation software from giants such as Google and Microsoft employing some clever tricks.

Thanks to the likes of ‘neural machine translation’ tech – the system Google has been trumpeting lately – the Babel Fish skills of these sort of apps have never been stronger. This had led to features like a camera mode – that’s where you simply point your phone camera at a sign to see an instant translation of the words on-screen.

But which are the very best apps in this category? That’s the question we’re answering here, and the good news is that the top performing apps are free (although some have in-app purchases, and one of the apps in this article has a paid-for pro version as well as a freebie offering).

Anyhow, without further ado, cast your eyes over this platter of top-notch apps, any of which could be a massive boon on your next holiday or business trip.

Google is a heavyweight when it comes to the translation game, with some serious technology powering its free Android and iOS apps. Recent advances in machine learning have meant that Google Translate is coming somewhere near the powers of a human translator, the company claims, with ‘neural machine translation’ tech now offering powerful translation chops from English to 30 other languages (initially only Chinese was supported).

The end result speaks for itself (ahem). Google Translate offers the ability to translate text to different languages (that you’ve typed in, or copied from an app using the handy ‘tap to translate’ feature), or you can use the split-screen ‘conversation mode’ to directly translate speech in order to converse with someone in a foreign language (32 languages are supported with this mode).

Even when you’re offline, the app is still capable of translating 52 languages. Perhaps one of the coolest features, though, is being able to use your camera to look at a sign or menu written in one of 30 languages, then have the app magically transform this into English with impressive accuracy.

Featuring high quality speech recognition and translation routines, this is a powerful, neat, free piece of software that you shouldn’t be without when it comes to translation duties and travel in general.

  • You can download Google Translate for Android or iOS

Microsoft’s rival translation app is free and supports over 60 different languages, with most of them (45) coming complete with spoken translations, so you can have the translation read out loud (and not just presented in text).

The app also boasts a split-screen mode which allows two individuals to hold a conversation in different languages, with their responses being translated to each other. And much like Google Translate, there’s a camera mode so you can decipher signs and menus (although this didn’t work quite as well for us as Google’s effort).

Microsoft Translator also facilitates translating conversations across multiple devices for group chats, a very nifty extra. The app further allows for downloading language packs so you can get translations when offline, and it offers a very impressive overall level of both speech recognition and translation accuracy.

The basic (free) iTranslate app offers a library of 92 languages and some impressive translation chops, along with wide platform support (with the mobile apps complemented by Windows and Mac software).

You can translate text or spoken words in any of those languages, and get the resulting translation spoken out loud (text-to-speech) in 42 of them. The software also keeps a full history of translations you’ve made, so you can refer back to them, and you can mark often-used phrases as favorites.

It can occasionally be a little glitchy when processing spoken words, taking a little time to do so, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. Also note that the app is ad supported, and will pop up an advert every now and then.

You’ll need to upgrade to the Pro version of iTranslate in order to benefit from the convenience of real-time voice conversations, and with this you also get an offline mode, along with verb conjugations (and of course the adverts are banished).

The paid app will set you back £4.99 ($6.50) per month, although there is a free trial to give it a spin first. Also note that iTranslate usually has deals running, and at the time of writing we were offered a year’s subscription for the cheaper rate of £3.33 ($4.30) per month.

This free app is a little different because alongside its core translation capabilities it provides a broad umbrella of useful features for those travelling abroad. TripLingo supports voice translation across 23 languages, with a simple instant translation system that allows for two participants to have a conversation with their responses spoken out loud. It’s fairly accurate, and further languages are supported with text output only.

You also get an Image Translator in the same vein as Google and Microsoft’s camera efforts whereby you snap a picture of a sign or menu, then get a translation. In this case, you don’t get an on-screen translation, rather it’s supplied in the form of simple text. It isn’t quite as good as the aforementioned big two, but it does the job.

However, the real major bonus here is the huge amount of stuff you get on top of this, including a full phrasebook, a breakdown of essential phrases (including slang), flashcards and other basic language learning material, along with cultural information like etiquette and travel tips. There’s even safety information provided such as emergency service numbers and contact details of embassies. Note that all these extras are only supported for 13 languages.

All this goes to form a really well-rounded translation and travel app which is worth considering simply because of all the additional elements on board. If you get really stuck language barrier-wise, this app also has a novel live translation capability powered by a human staff member – although it costs to use this functionality (this is one of several in-app purchase options for those who don’t mind forking out a bit of cash).

If you want a very simple yet powerful translation app, look no further than SayHi. The software is free and supports 46 languages, and it couldn’t be easier to use.

You select two languages, press the mic button, dictate a sentence and then it’s automatically translated (and in the majority of cases read out loud – most languages have text-to-speech support). The person you’re conversing with can then do the same thing in their language, with the conversation tracked in a simple chat view.

Translations are nicely accurate and there are several nifty features here, including the ability to select different dialects of, say, Spanish or Arabic (if you include these different dialects, 90 languages are supported in total). You can also choose to have a female or male voice when it comes to the app’s speech, and slow down the talking speed of that voice for better clarity if needed.

But there are no other options beyond these. The idea is to keep things simple, and this certainly works for those who want a streamlined app to facilitate conversations across a good number of languages. The app is available for iOS and also Android, but note for the latter you’ll need to install via Amazon Underground (because the app isn’t on the Play Store, but rather it’s part of Amazon’s Android app offerings).

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Why mobile games are appearing in arcades all over the world

Seemingly everyone has downloaded and incessantly played free games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja or Candy Crush Saga on our phones, so why are people leaving the comfort of their home, heading to their local arcade and paying money for precisely the same experience?

These titles are sitting as equals alongside classic titles of Time Crisis, House of the Dead and Space Invaders in the arcades… and people are flocking to play them. 

And it’s not just a sparse few avant garde arcades doing this – these adaptations of free mobile games such as Crossy Road, Flappy Bird, Jetpack Joyride and Temple Run are being adopted by amusement arcades around the world. 

Surely this makes no sense? Surely most people don’t want to head outside and pay for something they can do for free at home?

Why pay extra?

The reason is the same as it’s always been: attracting a new audience and selling them with familiarity. Mobile games have strong brand recognition among younger generations is a massive selling point for developers who license the rights to their gaming titles onto arcade machine creators.

Trevor Sutton, Leisure Equipment Controller for Namco UK, told TechRadar, “First and foremost [mobile games] resonate with the younger audience. Smartphones are a necessity rather than a luxury for most people.

“Doodle Jump and Temple Run arcade were two of the first mobile games seen in the UK, which entered the [arcades] in late 2012. 

“In the nigh-on five years since their introduction there has certainly been an appetite by manufacturers to bring games to the market and some have been hugely successful and are maintaining very healthy income level within our estate.”

Temple Run is one of the many mobile games you’ll now find in arcades.

Sutton confirmed Crossy Road is one of the most popular machines in the lineup of games Namco ranges, but Hipster Whale, the original developers of the title, had a limited amount of influence on the arcade edition.

Hipster Whale released Crossy Road in late 2014 and experienced phenomenal success, hitting over 50 million downloads in its first three months. The game is still often in the top 100 games on the iOS App and Google Play stores.

After the initial success the team behind the game spotted a rival title in an arcade – Fruit Ninja. The Hipster Whale team then contacted an amusements specialist that creates games for arcades.

“We pretty much just sent some of the code for the game” said Andrew Sum, co-founder of Hipster Whale. “They did a lot of the work and converted it to function in an arcade machine.”

Adrenaline Amusements – a company setup in 2010 which provides machines for arcades all over the globe – publishes the Crossy Road machine that features a 65-inch screen and flashing lights to entice players. Adrenaline Amusements confirmed to Hipster Whale the game had been a success in almost every market is was available, apart from Italy. Sum admitted Hipster Whale don’t know why it didn’t work in Italy.

Sum said, “They modified the version of Crossy Road to [use only] one button in arcades. It’s interesting they managed to do that and make it work well. They’ve got the version you can play with a friend – playing with someone else is one of the draws to it as well.”

The whole gameplay mechanic of swiping left and right within Crossy Road has been removed for a simpler tool of just hitting one button to play.

Namco UK’s Sutton said, “To this day [Crossy Road] still represents a valuable addition to our machine estate and is very consistent, whereas some of the earlier titles had great initial impact but the novelty value wore off fairly quickly. 

“I put this down to the quality of the gameplay and ensuring the game translates in a simplistic manner and is close in terms of playability to the original app.”

Take your skills outside

Playing Crossy Road at home on your own is an experience where you try to beat your own score, but there’s no physical reward for doing so. If you enter an arcade after playing Crossy Road and knowing the way the game works after hours of playing on your phone, you can then succeed in the arcade game.

Some arcades even offer extra incentives, known as redemption machines, such as the opportunity to win tickets that you can then trade in for prizes.

Sutton said, “Most amusement operators who take these app-based arcade machines and operate them have them set up on redemption therefore adding extra value to the player.  Not only does the paying customer get an experience they also have the potential to collect tickets and redeem for prizes.”

When playing this game in your local arcade, you can live the stereotype of being the 1960’s whizz on the pinball machine, the bright lights and loud sounds drawing in a huge crowd of onlookers with the added bonus of a larger screen and a prize at the end. 

Flappy Bird was a gaming phenomenon and you can play it in arcades now.

But the similarities between ‘old’ and ‘new’ gaming don’t end there – there’s a clear parallel between older arcade games and modern mobile titles too. Crossy Road, for example, is an 8-bit title with very clear comparison to Frogger.

It could be argued the reason mobile games are translating into the arcade so well is that they share the same retro appeal.

The Four Quarters, opened in in March this year, is the second arcade of its type in London, and only supplies retro gaming experiences like Frogger and Time Crisis 2 to its customers.

Francois Kitching, Director at The Four Quarters, said, “We feel that the pixel art aesthetic of the 8, 16 and 24 bit machines has aged incredibly gracefully, far more so than the early polygon titles, which at the time marked the death of 2D gaming.”

Even though Kitching says the arcade wouldn’t include mobile game titles because it doesn’t faithfully fit the retro aesthetic, it's most popular titles show a similarity to mobile games in both art style and mechanics.

Kitching said, “It's tremendous that mobile gaming and indie development across modern consoles is spearheading growth of small studios producing interesting games with old school mechanics.”

What is the future of the arcade?

Innovation in business is critical – and arcades are no different. With that in mind, it makes sense that titles such as Flappy Bird or Candy Crush Saga may appear in the arcade to drive traffic, but it won’t take over from the Jurassic Park game you love. 

Innovation will also likely come in other forms as companies look toward virtual and augmented reality gaming experiences to expand the offering of the arcade.

A traditional arcade machine for Ikari Warriors – one of our best 50 arcade games.

Sutton even suggested app developers could expand their arcade offering with virtual reality titles. Virtual reality would offer a diversified product which is what Sutton wants to offer “value for money” and an “out of home experience” for customers.

Arcades have always been great places socially, and their preservation will be welcomed by many. But instead of tired old shooting games, in the future it’s likely we’ll see vintage machines running next to mobile titles alongside larger, incredibly immersive virtual reality arenas.

And the grabber machines, of course. They will, inexplicably, never die.

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Android O is probably going to be called Android Oreo

Not only did Google officially reveal the launch date and time of Android O yesterday, it also dropped a pretty big hint about what it's going to be called: eagle-eyed readers spotted that a teaser video posted to Google+ had the revealing filename "GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4".

Convinced? Shortly after the filename was spotted, someone at Google's social media division went back in and changed it to "Octopus Teaser.mp4", presumably in reference to the octopus animation Easter egg in recent editions of the Android O beta.

You're free to make your own minds up but you've only got a couple of days to get your predictions finalized, because Android O is arriving on Monday, August 21. Google has announced a livestream announcement for 2:40PM EST (11:40AM PST, 7:40PM GMT).

O what a beautiful OS

Oreo would make a lot of sense for the name of the next Android update, as it's a recognizable brand name in the style of KitKat, which was of course used for Android 4.0. It's less likely that Google would suddenly switch to underwater creatures like the octopus, but like everyone else we'll have to wait and see.

How quickly Android O will get pushed out to the phones of the masses isn't clear yet, but presumably anyone who owns a Pixel or a Nexus device is going to be first in line. When Google has something more specific to share we'll let you know.

The mobile OS update, which has been available as a public beta for several months, doesn't add a huge amount of new features, but you'll notice improvements to battery life, the notification system, and boot times. Once the software launch is out of the way, we can get back to looking forward to Google's next pair of Pixel handsets.

Via Android Police

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The 32 apps that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has on his iPhone 7

Zlatan Legends

There’s no denying the apps that people have on their phone reveal a lot about them and footballers are no exception.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the third richest footballer in the world, told Business Insider that he has 32 apps on his iPhone 7 — excluding the standard Apple apps that come preinstalled such as Mail, Calendar, and Apple Music.

The selection of apps on the Swedish star’s iPhone highlights his love for games, social media, news, and of course, football.

One of the most recent apps to make its way onto Ibrahimovic’s iPhone is “Zlatan Legends,” a game he made with Swedish studio ISBIT Games that officially went live on the App Store on Thursday. Ibrahimovic is himself the star of the new arcade sports game, which is available to download for free.

In an interview with Business Insider ahead of the launch, Ibrahimovic said: “I’ve spent a lot of hours, a lot of years on games and now I have the opportunity to make my own. For me, this is a small dream come true.”

Here are all of the apps on Ibrahimovic’s iPhone.

  1. Personal Banking (exact app not disclosed)
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Instagram
  4. Twitter
  5. Facebook
  6. Messenger
  7. Snapchat
  8. TuneIn Radio
  9. Skype
  10. YouTube
  11. Shazam
  12. Spotify
  13. Google Maps
  14. Met Office Weather App
  15. Waze
  16. Netflix
  17. IMDb
  18. Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre
  19. Warp Shift
  20. Hitman Sniper
  21. BioShock
  22. Call of Duty: Strike Team
  23. Omni (Swedish News App)
  24. BBC News
  25. BBC Sports
  26. Bleacher Report
  27. Premier League
  28. ESPNFC
  29. UFC
  30. MMA Underground
  31. Moves
  32. Zlatan Legends

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Fisker EMotion, el coche eléctrico que promete 644 km de autonomía y carga en 9 minutos, será presentado en CES 2018

Fisker Emotion

Fisker, el interesante fabricante de propuestas de coches espectaculares llenos de tecnología como el Karma y Revero, sigue adelante con su plan de atacar con todo su arsenal a Tesla. Esto gracias al Fisker EMotion, un coche eléctrico que pasó de concepto a ser una realidad en forma de prototipo funcional.

El mismo CEO de la compañía se ha encargado de ser el mejor promotor de su próxima aventura, cuando a inicios de junio de este año nos presentó las primeras imágenes promocionales del EMotion. Posteriormente ese mismo mes, Henrik Fisker salió a pasear por las calles de San Francisco en el primer prototipo de este coche eléctrico que promete ser todo un rival a vencer en el segmento. Hoy, Fisker finalmente está anunciando dónde será la presentación en sociedad del EMotion: el CES 2018 en Las Vegas. (more…)

Se muestra una pantalla edge de borde a borde y case del iPhone 8

Desde que Apple anuncio la nueva colección de la nueva serie que será lanzada en el mercado el mes de septiembre se han mostrado diversos maniquíes en los que se hace referencia al posible diseño que tendrá el iPhone 8

En este caso, la noticia central son los rumores de biseles súper delgados en la parte superior y los laterales, lo cual introducirá una pantalla de borde a bode, planteando lo que posiblemente  tendrá el nuevo protagonista de iPhone el cual aún desconocemos el nombre de su presentación.

Sin duda, los proveedores de Apple como lo son Foxconn han filtrado información de los diseños que presentará el Smartphone, estos cases que han sido presentados vienen con una cantidad amplia de estilos, para absolutamente todos los estilos y gustos.

Similitudes en las maquetas

Pero lo más controversial es que todos las maquetas que han sido mostrados poseen la característica similar pues todos tienen un recorte doble vertical para la cámara, recortes y también un soporte para un botón de encendido alargado en el lado derecho, y recortes apropiados para el altavoz y el puerto Lightning en la parte inferior de la cámara del dispositivo.

Pero eso no es todo, otros de los casos presentados han destacado por un recorte que muestra el símbolo emblemático de Apple y en todos los casos acomodan o cambian los botones de volumen y el interruptor de silencio colocado en la parte izquierda del teléfono.

Es importante resaltar que  debido a los biseles laterales muy delgados que permanecen en el iPhone 8, soporta un case que se envuelve alrededor de los lados de la pantalla un poco. Todo un enigma el descubrir cuál será la maqueta real que portara la nueva innovación tecnológica por parte de Apple.

Aunque, esto puede ser ficción.

No podemos estar 100% seguros de que los casos y el modelo ficticio en el video son representaciones exactas de lo que podemos esperar cuando se lanza el iPhone 8, pero coinciden con especificaciones de fábrica, fugas de partes, dibujos CAD, HomePod, y más, por lo que creemos que ofrecen una imagen clara de lo que podemos esperar.

¿Cómo limpiar su iPhone/iPod/iPad con iMyFone Umate?

Los iPhone y iPad son dispositivos fáciles de usar, pero iOS sigue atascado (con el tiempo) con archivos no deseados y consume mucha memoria. Ésto podría poner más lento su dispositivo. Con iMyFone Umate, programa que podrás descargar AQUÍ, podrás eliminar archivos basura, acelerar la memoria, y podrá también, borrar elementos no deseados del caché para darle a su iPhone (o iPad) un impulso de velocidad de forma limpia, de esta forma, conseguirá que funcione más rápido que nunca.

Principales características de iMyFone Umate Pro:

  1. Remueve los archivos basura redundantes como información caché escondida de las aplicaciones/cookies/registros del desplome para limpiar su iPhone
  2. Comprima las fotos sin pérdidas de calidad para liberar el 75% del espacio que ocupan normalmente las fotografías
  3. Escanea y encuentra todos los archivos grandes, con más de 5MB en su dispositivo para liberar más almacenamiento interno
  4. Escanea de forma rápida y enseña la lista de aplicaciones para mostrar el espacio de almacenamiento que ocupan cada una para su eliminación

Mercedes-Maybach just unveiled a stunning convertible concept car to rival Tesla

Mercedes Maybach Vision 6 cabriolet

On Friday, Mercedes-Maybach unveiled its new Vision 6 Cabriolet concept at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in Monterey, California.

The stunning drop top is the ultimate embodiment of the Mercedes’ Sensual Purity design philosophy. The concept melds classic automotive design element with a sleek futuristic aesthetic.

“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury and is the perfect embodiment of our design strategy. Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious “haute couture” interior help to create the ultimate experience,” Gorden Wagener, Daimler AG chief design officer, said in a statement. 

The all-electric drop top continues Mercedes’ push towards alternative propulsion. The Maybach was introduced shortly after the company’s AMG division unveiled its new hypercar’s 1,000 horsepower Formula One-derived hybrid drivetrain. 

Here’s a closer look at the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.

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The Vision 6 Cabriolet is the successor to the Vision 6 Coupe that was unveiled last year in Monterey.

With its long hood, the Vision evokes imagery of the splendid luxury cabriolets of the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

The boat tail harkens back to the looks of classic luxury yachts.

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