Twitter has updated its Windows Phone 8 app. The update adds a dark theme, lock screen integration, Twitter suggestions, tweet notifications, keyword search pinning, and better search and discovery.
The updated app also allows tweets to be translated into 13 more languages. Using Windows Phone 8? Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.
Twitter has also created a new @EventParrot account that can be followed to receive direct messages of breaking news from around the world. Learn more about the experiment on the Twitter website here.
Google has redesigned its logo and website. The new logo has a flat design without bevels or shadows, a refined colour palette and slightly altered letter shapes. The black bar at the top of the website has been replaced with a grid icon in the top-right corner that displays app icons when clicked. Learn more on the Google blog here.
Google has also updated its Google Translate app with a new UI for iOS 7. The update also adds Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Marathi to the list of supported languages and adds handwriting input for 49 languages. Learn more on the Google Translate blog here and download the app from the iTunes store here.
Google has added handwriting input to the Google Translate website. Previously, languages such as Chinese had to be copied and pasted or typed. Now, users can click the down arrow next to the keyboard icon, click the pencil icon and then draw the characters in the handwriting input tool that appears.
Interested in learning more? See the Google Translate blog here.
Researchers from Microsoft Research Asia in collaboration with the Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have used Kinect to recognise and translate sign language.
Their research uses the hand and body tracking features of Kinect to enable people whose primary language is sign language to interact with their computers in much the same way as speech recognition.
It also allows people to communicate with a deaf person by automatically translating their text into a sign language sentence. Interested in learning more? See the Inside Microsoft Research blog here.
After recently adding them to its Windows Phone app, Twitter is now testing out Bing translations to its website. When logged in, tweets that aren’t in the user’s default language will have a Bing translation in smaller text below the original tweet.
There is also a new “Embedded on these websites” feature being tested out that provides links to websites that have embedded the tweet.
Twitter has updated its Windows Phone app. Tweets in a foreign language are now automatically translated into the user’s preferred language using Bing Translator. This feature is currently not available for the iOS and Android apps, but it will likely be added in the future. The update also includes various bug fixes.
Using a Windows Phone? Download the update from the Windows Phone store here.
Microsoft has released a version of its Bing Translator app for Windows RT/8. The app allows text to be entered and translated into more than 40 languages. The translation can be spoken with a native speaker’s accent using text-to-speech technology.
Text can also be captured using the device’s camera and then translations displayed over the image. There are also downloadable language packs available that can be used to translate even when there is no Internet connection.
Using a Windows RT or Windows 8 device? Download the app from the Windows Store here.