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Google Translate app update, now supports 27 languages

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Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 08:21
Category: iOS, News, Software


A nifty thing just got a hefty upgrade.

The Google Translate app, which previously allowed you to visually translate printed text in seven languages, has now been updated to 20 more languages, for a total of 27. The app also allows for real-time voice translations with greater fluidity.

The app now supports English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and users can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.


Yahoo releases LiveText app, looks to add video to text-based conversations

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Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, News, Software


This is pretty interesting.

Yahoo has released its LiveText app, an app that streams video without audio and allows you to send text, icons and emoji. The thought behind this is that the expressiveness of the video makes the conversation more authentic and adds to the nuances that may be missing from a standard text-based conversation via a device.


Apple releases FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 09:43
Category: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software


It’s not a huge update, but if could help out if the camera on your new 2015 Apple notebook is being a bit weird.

On Wednesday, Apple has released a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks that improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows.

The software update was released for the following notebooks:


Hack: User pulls off ROM hack, runs Mac OS 6.0.1 on Amiga 500 computer

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Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 08:28
Category: Hack, News, Software


This is one of the cooler old-school projects out there.

And it seems to have worked.

Apparently, Reddit and imgur user “wowbobwow” was able to get Mac OS 6.0.1 running on an Amiga 500 computer. This was achieved by using an emulator called “A-Max” that allowed Mac ROM chips to be run on the Amiga.


Intel, Micron announce 3D XPoint memory project, cite speeds of 1,000x faster than NAND memory

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Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Hardware, News


If you thought your NAND Flash-based solid state drive was fast, this will blow you away.

Intel and Micron announced 3D XPoint memory on Tuesday. The project looks into a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

3D XPoint is said to be up to 1,000 times faster than NAND with up to 1,000 times greater endurance, while packing in 10 times the density of conventional DRAM components.


Apple Pay now supports HSBC, First Direct banks in UK

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Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 07:37
Category: Finance, News


Apple Pay has just hit the “international” category.

Apple updated its Apple Pay web site, announcing support for both UK banks HSBC and First Direct. Both banks were announced as starting partners for the UK branch of Apple Pay, but were delayed until late July at the last minute.


Apple Watch to become available in select Best Buy locations come August 7th

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Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015, 04:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


Come August 7th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at certain local Best Buy locations.

Best Buy announced on Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making it the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple’s own stores.

Best Buy will start stocking Watch through its online store and at select locations, with plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season. Since launching in April, Apple has limited sales to its own online and brick-and-mortar outlets, international pop-up shops and a few token third-party boutiques.


Microsoft Office for iOS updated, adds Outlook integration, improved document sharing, etc.

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Date: Friday, July 24th, 2015, 05:08
Category: iOS, News, Software


You might want to update your Microsoft apps for iOS today.

A new update for the iOS apps adds support for viewing protected documents and Outlook integration. For Outlook, users now have the ability to “send a document as an attachment in Outlook. Or directly edit a document attached to or linked from an Outlook email message.”


Patent application shows possible Apple TV remote with built-in Touch ID sensor

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Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 14:56
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, Uncategorized


Apple may not have released its anticipated next-gen Apple TV console at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but it appears that the company is still working on one.

A recently published patent shows an Apple TV remote with a built-in Touch ID sensor.

As is often the case, the patent is expressed in extremely broad terms, referring to a “sensor configured to detect a biometric characteristic of a user” and mentioning everything from iris detection to voice sensing, but a fingerprint is included and appears to be what is shown in the main drawing.


Apple releases MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pro units

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Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 05:19
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software


If you were having problems with the flash storage on your swanky new 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro, this might be the solution.

Apple has issued the first firmware update for the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, labeled “MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0”, is intended for the new MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads and is intended to fix an issue with flash storage and prevent potential data corruption.