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Instant camera translation in Google Translate is getting a lot better

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Google has just announced a handful of improvements for the real-time camera-based translation in the Google Translate app. In addition to supporting 60 new languages, you can now also translate between combinations that don’t include English. The app can also now automatically detect languages for you, so you don’t need to wonder what to select if you’re in a bilingual area, and the quality of the instant camera translations has been further improved via the magic of Neural Machine Translation.

Previously, Google Translate’s camera could only translate between English and another language, but with these changes it will work with many more combinations, allowing you to translate from 88 languages into over 100 others. And while automatic detection previously worked for written translations, the app didn’t support its use with the camera, graying out the option and spitting an error message if you tried.

Whatever update delivers these new features isn’t live for me just yet, though Google makes it sounds like these features are rolling out today, so try your own luck over on the Play Store.

Source: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/07/10/instant-camera-translation-in-google-translate-is-getting-a-lot-better/

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Truecaller reaches 500m downloads, 150m daily active users

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Truecaller has disclosed that the company has crossed 500 million downloads and surpassed 150 million daily active users (DAUs) globally.
This comes close on the heels of the company recently sharing the news of attaining over one million paying subscribers on their Premium services.
This is a significant achievement for Truecaller, which is emerging as a one-stop communication platform with a wide array of services, such as: Instant Messaging, VoIP, and Payments. The 150 million DAU’s achievement makes Truecaller the most used communication app in India, after apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
The key factors that have led to this rapid growth are Truecaller’s many communication features, like their smart dialer, VoIP capability, Instant Messaging, and their spam-free SMS inbox.
Speaking on this unique achievement, Alan Mamedi, CEO & Co-founder, Truecaller, said: “By differentiating ourselves from the standard stock dialer and solving some fundamental communication problems for our users, we have been able to capitalize and excel the competition. This is a very significant achievement. 150 million daily active users and 500 million downloads is extraordinary. These milestones underline the faith and trust our users have in our brand.”
Truecaller will soon be rolling out two important features that will revolutionize the standard dialer experience offered by smartphone manufacturers today.
•Call Alerts: To help users depend less on low-speed and faulty networks, which are prevalent in emerging markets, Truecaller sends a Call Alert to users about who’s calling before the phone rings. This is a big upgrade for millions of Android users.

Source: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/truecaller-reaches-500m-downloads-150m-daily-active-users/

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Google Docs now displays the word count as you type

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One of the most frustrating things about Google Docs is having to manually access the menu every time you need to check if you’ve finally hit that essay’s elusive word count. The tech giant is finally fixing that by giving you the ability to display a document’s word count in its lower left corner. Similar to Microsoft Word’s version, it updates the numbers in real time, so you can feel sweet, instant relief the moment you conquer your task. Further, you can see how long specific sections are by highlighting them.

To activate the feature, simply check “Display word count while typing” under Tools. When you click on the lower left corner where the numbers are, you can also view a panel with more information. It includes the document’s character count (both with and without spaces), as well as the page count if you need to know if you have enough paper to print it out. Google says the feature is rolling out to all Google users and can be disabled in case you want to write without having to worry about how long the piece is getting.

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Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/10/google-docs-word-count/

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Sony says you’re wrong about the DualShock X button

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Those who have been playing PlayStation for years are familiar with the face buttons on the DualShock controller. There’s square, circle, triangle, and then what? Is it “cross” or is it “X?” We’re guessing that both camps have their share of adherents, but now Sony has finally put an end to the debate.

In response to someone claiming that the button is called “X” and those who call it “cross” are wrong, the PlayStation UK Twitter account set the record straight, saying that the button is indeed officially called “cross.”

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If Cross is called X (it’s not), then what are you calling Circle? https://twitter.com/Arbiterwarpig/status/1169019967372713986 …Arby @ArbiterwarpigAnyone who says cross is a cop. https://twitter.com/drip133/status/1166590847460282368 …3,3645:40 PM – Sep 5, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,475 people are talking about this

Sony’s reasoning makes sense, as all of the other button names are shapes, not letters. “If Cross is called X (it’s not), then what are you calling Circle?” Sony asks. It’s a good point, because if that button actually is the “X” button, then wouldn’t that mean circle is, in reality, the “O” button?

In the end, this isn’t some massive revelation that will shake the gaming world, but the official name of that button is a debate that’s been going since the early days of the PlayStation brand. We’re sure Sony has officially named that button at many points in the past, but now that it’s there for all of Twitter – and, by extension, the world – to see, perhaps the debate will be settled once and for all.

Unsurprisingly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The replies to that tweet are pretty evenly split between people who have been calling it “cross” the entire time and those who still insist that they’ll call it “X,” despite what Sony says. For now, at least, the debate rages on.

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/sony-says-youre-wrong-about-the-dualshock-x-button-09590511/

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