Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Amazing Google translate app review

Amazing Google translate app review

The Google Translate app offers many ways to connect with people across language barriers including voice, conversation, camera and offline modes.

Google has updated its flagship translation app with new tools that promise to help even the most monolingual of travellers successfully negotiate their way around foreign parts.

The app has a range of new functions including a conversation mode, where two people can speak to one another in their own tongue with Google translating live, and a scanning mode, which translates text instantly on screen. So how well does it work?

Conversation mode
The old version of the Google Translate app allowed two people to speak to one another across languages by just touching a button to change the language detection mode.

The update goes one step further and can now listen for two languages simultaneously, meaning two people can speak into a device and have their words translated into the other person's language.

In a video review of the updated app, Mashable found that conversation mode can be a bit hit and miss, occasionally getting things very wrong indeed. Conversation mode also edits out expletives in a rather humorous way: "Holy s – asterisk, asterisk, asterisk".

More languages
The app's conversation mode used to only handle English to Spanish translation, but it can now manage French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. Google says that more languages will be added in future as well.

Gizmodo says that Google's latest updates are an attempt to take on Skype, which recently released its own translation service. Adding as many languages as possible may be a part of that strategy, the site suggests.

Word Lens
Prior to the current release, users could take a photo of text in another language and have it translated into their language of choice. With Word Lens, the app goes a step further and will attempt to translate text live on screen as you aim your camera at a sign, menu or a page of text.

The system is impressive, but is hampered by its limited font recognition – it struggles with some serif fonts for example – and the inevitable wobble that occurs when you try to hold a camera steady in front of something makes it hard for the app to focus the camera's lens.

Google Translate now allows you to enter text by drawing it on the screen with your finger. It recognises printing and cursive, and is very powerful – accurately identifying even the most semi-legible scrawl.

Overall, the new features make Google Translate "a great companion for a trip abroad", says Time magazine.

The Verge's Amar Toor agrees, saying that most of the new features work well. "The app's speech recognition is fast and mostly accurate, and the (language) it spits back is understandable, for the most part."

Ariane Bogain, a senior lecturer in modern foreign languages at the University of Northumbria told the BBC that the app will help people with simple interactions, but nothing more complicated than that. "For basic things, it might be very useful. My mother, for example, does not speak any other languages, but loves travelling, so she could find her way around a town. But it is never going to pick up the nuances, the cultural references or the humour," Bogain says.

According to Google, more than 500 million people use Google Translate every month, making at least one billion translations each day. The new app is available for free on iOS and Android now.

jony ive describe Apple – Designed by Apple in California

jony ive describe Apple – Designed by Apple in California
Designed by Apple in California chronicles 20 years of Apple design through 450 photographs of our products and the processes used to make them. A visual history spanning iMac to Apple Pencil, this hardcover volume is both a testament and a tribute to the meticulous processes of design, engineering, and manufacturing that are singularly Apple.

Sir Jonathan Paul "Jony" Ive, KBE (born 27 February 1967),

is a British industrial designer who is currently the Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple Inc. He oversees the Apple Industrial Design Group and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company. Ive is the designer of many of Apple's products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS.

jony ive describe Apple – Designed by Apple in California

Source : Apple

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Promising and already futuristic Google Home Review with good and bad

Promising and already futuristic Google Home Review with good and bad

THE GOOD With Google Assistant built-in, the Google Home integrates with Google Calendar, Maps and even Chromecast, so it gives you personalized answers. Say the word, and Home can also control your smart home gadgets or send music and video to your TV and speakers.

THE BAD The Home can't personalize for multiple family members, and its integrations with other Google services don't allow a lot of give and take -- you can't create appointments in your calendar or make a to-do list. As a smart home controller, the Home only works with four platforms.

Promising and already futuristic Google Home Review with good and bad

THE BOTTOM LINE While the Google Home shows a ton of potential, it's currently not as versatile or useful as Amazon's Echo  though we expect it to improve in the days and months ahead.

Amazon Eco is the undisputed king of the nascent smart home market

a tabletop speaker with a disembodied online "smart assistant" named Alexa, available at your beck and call to answer your questions, tell you a joke or control dozens of compatible networked products in your house.

But with the release of the Google Home, Google's own voice-controlled smart speaker, the Echo is finally getting some serious competition. Google, of course, already knows as much or more about you than Facebook, thanks to your web history, your Gmail metadata and tracking the GPS records on your phone. And now the tech giant is aiming to use that data to out-Alexa Amazon, making the little countertop speaker a friendly face for its search-engine-powered online brain.

Google Home pulls info from your Google account to keep you informed about your calendar appointments, and the traffic on your commute. Home even remembers your previous questions to better answer you in the future. It can also control some of your smart-home gadgets -- albeit a fraction of what Echo can -- along with your TV and speakers if you have Chromecast video or audio streamers.

What are Snap's Spectacles? Review and first look from android authority

What are Snap's Spectacles? Review and first look from android authorityThe company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world last night by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 10-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime "soon." Snap Inc., as the company is now called, says it will be producing the glasses in small quantities. There are still lots of questions about how Spectacles will work but thanks to some new information from the company, we can now answer some basic questions.

They're connected sunglasses that record video snippets that get saved to your Snapchat Memories. Its camera has a 115-degree lens meant to more closely approximate how humans see. The glasses will cost $130, come in one size, and be available in three colors: black, teal, and coral.

Spectacles will come with a dedicated charging case and cable. Snap says that when fully charged, the case can recharge your Spectacles up to four times.

How many of these things is Snap making? : A "limited number."

Very. Facebook and its subsidiaries are raiding its flagship app for parts, which seems likely to blunt Snap's growth, especially internationally. Snap needs a second act, and hardware like this can have very good profit margins — and be quite difficult to copy.

The image quality of the recorded snaps. How many Spectacles will be produced. Where you can buy them. Whether they're weatherproof. Whether teens will think they look cool.

What are Snap's Spectacles? Review and first look from android authority

Source : Android authority

Macbook Pro with Touch Bar Review! Worth it? video by MKBHD

Macbook Pro with Touch Bar Review! Worth it? video by MKBHD

New MacBook Pro 2016 review | MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: Apple's expensive and powerful new laptop is fast, fun, fully featured but flawedApple's new MacBook Pro is here at last. Unveiled at a dedicated press event on 27 October, the new MacBook Pro comes in 13- and 15-inch screen sizes, features sixth-gen Intel Skylake processors, a slim new design and a cool customisable Touch Bar above the keyboard… and costs a bit of a fortune.

Our new MacBook Pro 2016 review evaluates the looks, design, features and value for money offered by Apple's latest line of professional-focused laptops.

Broadly speaking there are three models of the new MacBook Pro: a comparatively budget-focused 13-inch model without the new Touch Bar, and a 13-inch and 15-inch model with it. This review looks at all three models together, but we will make it clear when comments apply only to certain models.

New MacBook Pro 2016 review: Design & build quality
The MacBook Pros are thinner and lighter than the previous generation: the 13- and 15-inch models are 14.9mm and 15.5mm thick (or 'thin', as Apple irritatingly styles it in marketing materials) and 1.37kg and 1.83kg respectively. (Last year's MBPs weighed 1.58kg and 2.04kg, and were both 18mm thick, so Apple has achieved reductions of 17 and 14 percent respectively in thickness, and 13 and 10 percent in terms of weight.)

New MacBook Pro 2016 review: Dimensions
30.41cm x 21.24cm x 1.49cm; 1.37kg (13-inch models)
34.93cm x 24.07cm x 1.55cm; 1.83kg (15-inch models)

New MacBook Pro 2016 review: Touch Bar
The 2016 MacBook Pro comes with a new feature called the Touch Bar: a long slender touchscreen that sits along the top of the keyboard in place of the old function keys. Depending on the application you're currently running - and any customisation options you may have selected - it can display and enable a wide range of functions and controls.

In Safari, for example, it shows tab thumbnails, forward and back buttons and the like; in Mail it shows QuickType typing suggestions and an emoji button. (Mail also offers more general predictive suggestions, offering to move an email to a folder that it thinks is suitable, based seemingly on scanning the contents and/or sender of the message.)

The Touch Bar supports multitouch, and there are some applications (in areas such as DJing) where you'll be swiping and tapping with two fingertips at once. And we've found it admirably fast and responsive, switching near-instantly when changing apps or changing function within an app. Losing the function keys may occasionally be annoying - we must confess to still not having found a replacement shortcut for the handy old Cmd + F3 to temporarily clear the screen of all open windows - but its wide and customisable range of functionality should make for this.

Touch Bar: Touch ID

Macbook Pro with Touch Bar Review! Worth it? video by MKBHD

The one aspect of the Touch Bar that's had most effect on our day-to-day MacBooking so far has been the little Touch ID sensor on the righthand edge. Not for Apple Pay, which we still rarely use even on iPhone - although yes, this feature means you can make Apple Pay payments online, on your Mac, without having to use a linked iPhone - but for unlocking the device.

Open the lid and as soon as the screen lights up, the Touch Bar does too, with a rather endearing bouncing arrow pointing to the fingerprint sensor and an instruction: 'Unlock with Touch ID'. Place your fingertip on the sensor for the merest fraction of a second and the MacBook will unlock: there's a tiny delay (of perhaps two seconds), but you don't need to have your finger on the scanner for anything more than the very beginning of this period.

In terms of speed and reliability, we're definitely in the realms of the second-gen Touch ID on the iPhone 6s and later, rather than the creakier first-gen Touch ID used in the iPhone 6 and earlier.

(Bear in mind, however, that as with the Touch ID feature on iPhones and iPads, there will be times when you will have to enter your password - after logging out of your account, for instance. And when you try to make certain changes in System Preferences.)

Fingerprint login is very convenient. But it becomes more convenient still when you factor in multiple user accounts. If you're on the login window and multiple accounts are logged in, touching your finger to the scanner will automatically select and unlock your account and ignore the others, reducing what would ordinarily be a multi-step job into literally a single tap.

Furthermore, if you place your finger on the scanner and the account it's connected to isn't currently logged in and requires a password to unlock, the Touch ID scanner does at least recognise who is trying to log in and jumps to the appropriate password entry field.

Of course, if you've got an Apple Watch then you can unlock any Mac with macOS Sierra even more easily than this, thanks to the new proximity unlock feature. But not everyone has an Apple Watch.

New MacBook Pro 2016 review: Keyboard and trackpad
Let's talk next about the more traditional input elements: the keyboard and trackpad.

The trackpad first, because only the Touch Bar can outshine it as the MacBook Pro's crowning glory. This is a truly vast trackpad: the one on the 15-inch model measures an astonishing 159mm by 99mm. Apple says these new trackpads are up to twice the size of the ones on the previous generation, and the extra space really counts. It's easy to swipe clear across the screen with one trackpad gesture, without having to increase the sensitivity to such a point that it's impossible to be accurate.

Touch Bar: QuickType
Perhaps the second most significant Touch Bar feature for the average user is going to be QuickType. In essence, and across a wide range of features including Mail, Messages, Notes, Pages and TextEdit, the Touch Bar brings the predictive typing suggestions from the iPhone and iPad and dumps them just above the keyboard of the Mac.

That might sound like a sensible place for them, given that it's right next to your busily typing fingers, but it's actually not. Not at all.

Article by : macworld 

Source : Marques Brownlee

Snapchat Hacks & Awesome New Features! Uploaded by EverythingApplePro

Snapchat, the one-to-one messaging app with more than 150 million daily active users, has earned a reputation for fast growth and innovation.

But despite its success, it isn't the most user-friendly app I've ever played around with. Many of its best features are so buried within the app that a lot of people don't even know they exist. In March 2016, Snapchat added even more features in their release of a new version, and some of these features have totally reshaped how people use the app in the first place.
For example, did you know that you can use Snapchat to make a live video call? Or that you can add emojis to your Snapchat videos -- and make it so they move and scale with specific objects? What about the trick where you can save data by turning the app on to "travel mode"?

source : EverthingApplepro

Google's great keyboard for IOS now release for Android only apk available currently

Google's great keyboard for IOS now release for Android only apk available currently

Google has been developing a third-party keyboard for iOS that would put the company’s search engine in a highly used part of the interface, The Verge has learned. The keyboard, which incorporates a variety of search options, has been in development for months, according to people familiar with the matter. It’s unclear whether or when Google plans to release it. The company declined to comment.

The Google keyboard incorporates a number of features meant to distinguish it from the stock iOS keyboard. Like its Android counterpart, the Google keyboard for iOS employs gesture-based typing, so you can slide your finger from one letter to the next and let Google guess your intended word. Tap the Google logo and you can access traditional web search. It also appears to have distinct buttons for pictures and GIF searches, both presumably powered by Google image search. The keyboard is visually distinct from the standard Android keyboard, which incorporates voice search but no text or image-based searching.

google keyboard
Google Keyboard for Android

The keyboard, which has been in circulation among employees for months, is designed to boost the number of Google searches on iOS. While the company all but holds a monopoly on the global search market, there’s evidence that mobile search is proving much less lucrative for Google than the desktop. Using publicly available numbers, journalist Charles Arthur argued in October that half of smartphone users perform zero searches per day. (Using the same math, Arthur said desktop users perform an average of 1.23 searches per day.)

Even if the math is inexact, the trend is inarguable. A high percentage of desktop searches are for keywords like "Facebook" or "Gmail" — searches that are unnecessary on mobile phones, where users can simply tap on the relevant app to launch it. The problem for Google — and for Alphabet, its parent company — is that search is where Google shows users its most expensive ads. Any sign of decline in search would be an existential threat to the company.

All of which makes an iOS keyboard feel inevitable. But it remains to be seen whether iOS users have an appetite for Google’s approach to typing. Third-party keyboards have generally been a disappointment on iPhones and iPads. When users have more than one installed, they must constantly cycle through them. Many third-party keyboards have also suffered from sluggishness and other performance issues.

But Google’s brand is strong, and for users who perform many searches per day — or simply want a solid gesture-based system for text entry — the Google keyboard could be appealing. The only question now is whether, or when, the company plans to release it.

But you can get Gboard for android from here : Gboard