Google Translate, an app that I use on a near daily basis since I live in a foreign country with a notoriously difficult language to learn, has just added 16 languages to the “translate by camera” feature. In case you haven’t heard of said feature, it does exactly what you’d expect it to do. You point your camera at some text, the Translate app scans the text, and then it spits out the results in your preferred language.
Osama Bedier, who put in eight years at PayPal, joined Google in 2011. In May of that year, Google announced Google Wallet as an attempt to kick start the mobile payments revolution that tech companies have been talking about for what feels like at least a decade. Unfortunately, the service never really took off, which might explain Bedier’s decision to leave.
Nokia is going to come out with a new phone next week. Unfortunately, it’s been leaked to high heaven, and everyone pretty much knows it’s going to be called the Lumia 928. Verizon is expected to offer it, with the highlight feature being insane low light performance. It’ll have optical image stabilization and likely a Xenon flash.
Lance Nanek took it upon himself to play with Google Glass using debug mode to figure out what the device is capable of doing. Turns out the answer is a lot. Nanek discovered that Glass comes with 13 sensors, including ones for orientation and magnetic fields. He thinks that if developers really wanted to, they could create augmented reality apps. One example Nanek discusses is a to-do list that’s location based. So say he’s looking at the shed in his back yard, Google Glass can remind him that he needs to paint in.
LG is sending members of the press an invitation to an event due to take place on May 30th in Macau, China. Considering that the LG Optimus G Pro will be out in two different countries by the time that date rolls around, I’m really confused as to what we’ll see here.
According to the Google Operating System blog, which isn’t an official Google site, but they do get quite a few scoops, Google is going to launch a redesigned version of Google Maps at some point in the near future. They even have some screenshots, albeit small ones, so you can get an idea of what it’s going to look lie.
Microsoft, the leader in office productivity software, probably laughed at Google when they released Google Docs. Google’s office productivity “solution” lacked a ton of features, it only worked when connected to the internet, and it wasn’t compatible with DOC files.
Irony: Samsung to exit the microSD card market, right after telling GS4 owners they should buy a microSD card
The 16 GB version of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 ships with roughly 8.5 GB of free space. The internet complained so much about this egregious fact that the company had to issue a statement that said people should be thankful Samsung spends so much time and energy making TouchWiz. And that if you need more storage, you should just buy a microSD card.
When it comes to Samsung rumors, SamMobile is someone I consider to be incredibly trustworthy. Sure, they’ve published a few incorrect pieces of information, but everything else they’ve pretty much nailed. I wanted to stop trusting the site when they said Samsung was going to introduce a new product family called the Mega, with the flagship device having a 6.3 inch screen, but sure enough Samsung actually made those handsets official.
If you want to buy Google Glass right now, you’re going to have to fork over an insane amount of money to one of the few people lucky enough to own one. They also have to be willing to void their agreement with Google, which says they can’t resell Glass.
Google sold “Explorer Edition” versions of Glass to those who attended I/O 2012 for $1,500, but normal people, people like you and me, we’re going to have to wait at least a year to be able to buy glass. According to Business Insider, we might just be buying them from an official Google store.