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Vivaldi web browser gains translation, mail, calendar, and feed reader functions in version 4.0

Since it first launched in 2015, the Vivaldi web browser has been designed for power users thanks to an emphasis on features like keyboard shortcuts, a highly customizable user interface, and a steady flow of new features that have rolled out over the years. Now Vivaldi 4.0 is here, and it includes a whole bunch […]

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Lilbits: Remembering the Eee PC, meeting the Fitbit Luxe, and saying goodbye to FTP in Firefox

The year was 2007. Asus had already released the first Eee PC mini-laptop with a 7 inch display and a custom Linux distribution in Taiwan, and now it was available for purchase in the United States. Living in New York City at the time, I was able to run down to the (now defunct) J&R […]

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Google Translate for Android can transcribe & translate conversations in real-time

A few months after adding real-time voice translation to its Google Assistant app, Google is rolling out real-time voice-to-text translation to its Google Translate app for Android. You can also do voice-to-voice translations using Conversation Mode in the Google Translate app, but that’s been available for a while. Here’s how the new feature works — […]

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Google’s “Interpreter mode” turns your phone into a Babel Fish (real-time voice translation)

Google has added real-time voice translation to Google Assistant for smartphones. Just ask Google to act as your translator or help you speak a language, and it can help you communicate with someone who speaks a different language from you. Google’s “Interpreter mode” could come in handy if you’re ordering food or asking for directions while […]

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Fujitsu unveils wearable, hands-free speech translator (for hospitals)

Advances in speech recognition and computer translation have made it possible to use apps like Skype or Google Translate to hold real-time conversations with someone who speaks a different language. But Fujitsu is taking things a step further with the introduction of a wearable device that lets you converse without pressing any buttons. It’s designed […]

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Travis is a handheld translator with 80-language support (crowdfunding)

Need to communicate with someone who speaks a different language? You can fire up Google Translate or other translation apps on your phone and start talking. But a startup called Travis thinks there are situations where you might not want to use your phone. So they’re running a crowdfunding campaign for a handheld gadget that […]

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Google Translate is coming to (some) Android apps

Visit a foreign language website in the Chrome browser on your Android phone, and the browser will offer to translate it into your preferred language. But what happens when you fire up a mobile app that has foreign-language content? Nothing… until now. Google has announced that Android 6.0 adds Google Translate support to many apps, allowing […]

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Real-time translation coming to Skype for Windows this summer

Microsoft has been working on a real-time translation feature for Skype, and last month the company made it easier for users to test a preview of the technology by letting users install the software without requesting an invite. Now the company is getting ready to bring real-time translation to more users. A preview of Skype […]

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Skype’s real-time Translator is now open to all, no sign-up necessary

Skype is now letting anyone use its real-time translation feature to talk to someone who speaks a different language. Microsoft announced it would add real-time translation to its video-calling app about a year ago. Earlier this year, the Skype Translator preview, which included support for English, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese, became available to a small […]

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Skype Translator learns to speak Chinese and Italian (in real-time)

Need to translate text from an email message or website from Chinese to English or vice versa? You can pop it into Google Translate, Bing Translator, or another online translation tool. But what if you want to translate a spoken conversation in real-time, while it’s happening? That’s where Skype Translator comes in. Microsoft subsidiary Skype […]

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Google Working on Real-Time Voice Translation for Google Translate App

The New York Times reports Google is preparing to announce an update to its translation app that will bring real-time voice translation to mobile devices. Imagine how easy it will be to travel to exotic locations for a vacation. No more confusing conversations or scrambling to look up words in a translation dictionary. The app currently […]

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Skype Translator preview program begins soon

Earlier this year Microsoft demonstrated a new, nearly real-time translation system that lets you chat with someone face-to-face over Skype while speaking different languages. Now the company is getting ready to launch a preview program, and you can sign-up to be one of the first people to test Skype Translator. The preview program will be […]