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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...
Star Trek’s universal translator is coming closer to fruition, and we have companies like Microsoft and Google to thank for the advances in this field. Microsoft’s Skype Translator, which is currently in beta, translates Skype video chats in both English and Spanish. Now, Google will soon update its Translate app for iOS and Android with two new features that we first told you about over the weekend. The first new feature is the new conversation mode that makes real-time translation and conversations “flow faster and more naturally.” Users first select the two languages that will be spoken and then hit the microphone icon to begin speaking. The app will automatically recognize which language... Read more...