Google is on a roll, bringing in several updates to multiple platforms and apps, the latest of which is a bunch of new features for Google Translate on mobile, including Offline Mode for iOS users, Tap to Translate, and a Word Lens for Chinese text.
Per report from Adweek, the new feature called "Tap to Translate" gives Android users the ability to copy any text in chat messages, internet comments and others while also getting a translation without the need to switch apps. Perhaps the best thing about this new feature is that it is now integrated into all 103 languages previously supported by Google Translate. Here's a brief video explaining how it works:
Meanwhile, the iOS offline mode, according to LifeHacker, allows the translation of a text even without access to the internet or data connection. The same report says that this feature comes in very handy for those who are traveling but isn't subscribed to any international data plan. more >>
Several Samsung fans were impressed with the Galaxy Note 5 that released last year. That is why many are wondering when its successor, the Galaxy Note 6, will hit the market. There is no official announcement from the South Korean tech giant yet, but according to famous tipster Evan Blass, the device may be coming out sometime in August.
Blass, who is known as @evleaks on Twitter, posted that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be released in the U.S. in the week of Aug. 15, which is a few days earlier compared to the schedule for its predecessor last year. One follower replied to his post, saying that if Blass' information is correct, it would be the first time that the device will be launched outside of Europe. Samsung has traditionally unveiled the line in Berlin during the IFA. Blass then answered that since there is no Edge+ version of the device, there's a possibility that the Galaxy Note 6 will not be made available globally.
The details are yet to be confirmed, though, so fans who are looking out for the device will have to stay tuned for it. As for the specs of the upcoming handset, there have been a lot of rumors about it. more >>
In today's world where the Internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity, scientists are looking at different ways of connecting different types of devices to the Internet. Researchers at University of Washington, in partnership with Disney, have discovered a way of equipping a simple piece of paper with radio-frequency tags to allow it to connect to the Internet, according to a report in The Seattle Times.
The researchers use small sized radio-frequency tags, which are the size of a 10-cent coin, and attached them to pieces of paper. These radio-frequency tags, in turn, serve as sensors that can be used to communicate with another device that reads and interprets whatever it picks up from the sensors. The device then implements actions according to what each gesture is programmed to do.
Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon researchers had a hand in the research and development project, which eventually produced small stickers that can be stuck onto a piece of paper, together with a group of doctoral students in computer science and engineering of UW. The UW team will be presenting their research at the Association for Computing Machinery conference. more >>
The upcoming NBC series "Powerless" is expected to bring a new vibe to the DC Extended universe.
NBC recently released teaser for its newest comedy series "Powerless." Produced by Ben Queen, creator of "A to Z," the series will be focused on an insurance company set in the same world as the DC films. However, the insurance company was said to be one of the worst insurance companies in the country, which will bring some comedic moments to the show.
According to Screen Crush, the lead of the series will be Vanessa Anne Hudgens, who is best known for her role in Disney's "High School Musical." She will play a character named Emily Locke, who is described as an insurance claims adjuster who is keen on helping others. With that, she will be working to help others while villain and superheroes are present in the world. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a new mobile app for Android devices that is designed to teach children in its strongholds to read by helping them identify letters in the Arabic alphabet.
The Long War Journal, a terror blog run by the Washington-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reports that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has released a new educational childrens mobile app through its propaganda arms, the Library of Zeal.
As with most IS initiatives, there is a violent catch to the app. more >>
As Facebook has come under fire amid allegations that the social media giant is regularly suppressing conservative news from its "trending" news section, it has emerged that the executive in charge of overseeing the section is a large donor to Hillary Clinton.
First reported by the conservative news website The Federalist, campaign Facebook executive Tom Stocky, who is in charge of the trending news section, has a long history of progressive political activism. Additionally, public records indicate that Stocky and his wife gave thousands of dollars to the Democratic presidential frontrunner's campaign.