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Whether your ability to speak Japanese is rusty at best or you never learned the language in the first place, do not let that stop you from planning a visit to Japan. Just be sure to bring along a smartphone with Google Translate installed. Google's nifty translation tool just received an update that allows the app's augmented reality (AR) Word Lens feature to recognize the Japanese language and provide on-the-fly translations using your phone's built-in camera.This is one of the wonderful benefits of AR that goes beyond gaming. As Google points out in its blog post announcing the feature upgrade, Tokyo can be a confusing and even daunting place to navigate if you don't speak Japanese."Even if... Read more...
Lost in translation? Translators are incredibly helpful, but can often be inaccurate or sound robotic. To combat this, Google just introduced its Neural Machine Translation which helps to make translations smoother and easier to read. The Neural Machine Translation translates entire sentences instead of small pieces. It examines the broader context of the sentence in order to produce the more relevant translation. The result is a translation that uses proper grammar and does not sound like a Dalek. The Neural Machine Translation is an “end-to-end learning system built” that learns over time to develop more natural translations. Google Translate will utilize the Neural Machine Translation with... Read more...
It's been a decade since Google introduced Google Translate powered by its Phrase-Based Machine Translation (PBMT) algorithm. There's been a lot that's happened since then, particularly with regards to speech and image recognition, but machine translation has presented unique challenges and hasn't advanced quite as fast. Google hopes to change that with the introduction of a new neural machine translation (NMT) system that uses bleeding edge techniques to bring about the biggest improvements ever in the quality of machine translation. There's a big difference between PBMT and NMT. The former breaks input sentences into words and phrases that are independently translated, whereas the latter looks... Read more...
Earlier this year, the Google Translate got a whole lot more useful thanks to the ability to read signs in a foreign language in real-time. For those that travel abroad on a regular basis and don’t speak or understand the native language, this tool has been a huge asset. While the instant translation feature was definitely welcome to users, it was limited in its first iteration; it only supported English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Today, Google is adding support for a whole truckload of additional languages supported by the instant visual translation feature in Google Translate. You can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech,... Read more...
Microsoft may have activated its warp core in mid-December with a preview of the Skype Translator, which can translate Skype video chats in English and Spanish, but Google isn’t too far behind with its own real-time voice translation service. The New York Times is reporting that the Google Translate app will soon be updated to automatically translate spoken language into text on your smartphone’s screen.  The Google Translate app can already recognize dozens of languages -- inputted by voice or by your smartphone’s keyboard -- and output it as text. This latest update takes at least one step out of the process by automatically recognizing the spoken language without you having to manually... Read more...