Google Translate isn't the most feature-packed translator for Android, but it has the marked benefit of being free. This app can translate basic words and phrases between dozens of languages, though sentences may come out kind of wonky depending on the structure. Still, it definitely works in a pinch. Our one major complaint is that this app requires a network connection to work, so if your international roaming charges are hefty, it may not be much use to you at your moment of need.
When my boss asks me what tablets I expect to see at CES, I have to laugh a little. It's a nervous laugh. Maybe I'm overreacting, but with the iPad's breakout success this year, I'm expecting a tidal wave of tablets at CES 2011.
There are the obvious elephants in the room. RIM will surely be making a fuss about its PlayBook. HP should have a WebOS tablet to show off (or risk humiliation, at this point). And as for Microsoft, if we don't see a branded tablet we should at least see a convincing … Read more
I've got something special today. A few months back, I approached AppSumo (known for putting together great software and service bundles) about creating a package that would benefit charity.
They agreed, so I got to work rounding up some of my favorite programs, games, Web services, and so on. And I'm happy to share the result: The Windows Holiday Bundle for Charity. It has a combined value of $220, but a sale price of just $19.
If you like Yelp, but you're after much more granular information on food and drink, then Spork is just what you need to fulfill your craving. This iPhone app (and its companion Web site) lets you simply enter any food or drink item and then populates a list of options nearby, most of them with ratings and comments by other Spork users. In this way, you can determine the best spot for al pastor tacos, cupcakes, dirty martinis, and just about any other tasty treat you're after. In addition, you can rate and recommend dishes yourself as well … Read more
A new Android-based handset from LG leaked to the blogosphere yesterday, introducing the world to the LG "B." We know very little about the device at this point, save for the fact that it is gunning for the world's thinnest smartphone, even slimmer than Apple's iPhone 4.
First found on Phandroid yesterday afternoon, the phone was later confirmed by the handset maker via Twitter. The tweet, which was later retracted, may have been posted in error or without proper clearance.
A theory suggests that the "B" might stand for bright, given the appearance of … Read more
When Jeff Sparkman draws his comic book-style superheroes with colored pencils he often has to ask other people to tell him what color his masked men turned out to be because he's color-blind.
Now, a new smartphone app can help him figure out what colors he's using and how the picture looks to most everyone else.
The DanKam app, available for iPhone and Android for $2.99, is an augmented reality application that turns the vague hues that 1 percent of the population with color-blindness sees into the "true" colors as everyone else sees them.
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Disgruntled AT&T iPhone subscribers may be waiting to jump ship once AT&T's exclusivity on the iPhone ends, but will Verizon Wireless' network be any better? And what about the AT&T iPhone users that stick with the carrier if everyone else leaves--would a mass exodus be good news for them?
In this week's Ask Maggie, I offer my predictions and advice for what I think might happen if and when the iPhone is introduced on Verizon's network. I also tell another reader how she can share her e-books bought for her Amazon … Read more
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:
Facebook suffered a brief outage yesterday but came back up with new photo features
Apple announces that the Mac Store with apps for Macs will launch on January 6
Yahoo layoffs will apparently result in the shutting down of several Yahoo services
The European Union is deepening its investigation into anti-competitive practices by Google
New Google Maps for Mobile on Android comes with 3D and allows for offline directions
An update to Hotmail lets you surf certain Web sites right inside your e-mail
Sony has unveiled a PlayStation app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based devices.
The product, appropriately dubbed the Official PlayStation App, will enable people to access the PlayStation Network to see their trophies and check on their friends' status, as well as see news related to Sony's gaming ecosystem. The app will also include a social feature for users to share information on Facebook, Twitter, or through e-mail. There was no mention of gameplay in the announcement, which surfaced on PlayStation's European blog.
The free app will be available to those running iOS 4 or Android 1.… Read more
Timed to coincide with today's release of the Nexus S, Google made good on its promise to launch an update to its Google Maps app. Now available in the Android Market, Maps 5.0 offers a few major improvements over its predecessors.
First up is the 3D capability, which lets users see a simulated skyline for more than 100 cities around the world. And thanks to the use of vectors, you can get a different perspective by tilting the map forward for an angled view. To get there, just drag two fingers downward across the display. The same multitouch … Read more