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Twitter overhauls its Translation Center, adds Turkish, Indonesian and Russian

First launched in 2009, Twitter has just overhauled its 'gameified' Translation Center. It now has a very shiny UI, and voting on suggested translations or adding your own is easier than ever. Translating phrases earns you experience points, and ultimately yields level-ups. You don't actually get anything by leveling up -- you just end up at the top of a feel-good leader board. If you're an...

Google Translate for iPhone now in App Store

Google released a Google Translate Web app for iPhone users back in 2008, but now the Apple crowd has a native Google Translate iPhone app. Available in the App Store now, the free Google Translate app includes speak-to-translate for 15 languages, a full screen mode, and the ability to listen to translations in 23 languages. The iPhone app doesn't have Android's on-the-fly "conversation mode,"...

Google Translate app for Android adds Conversation Mode

Last year, Google showed off an upcoming Google Translate feature called Conversation Mode, which translates speech in real time, allowing two people who don't share a language to carry on a conversation. Conversation Mode has reached alpha, and it's part of the latest update to Google Translate for Android. So far, Conversation Mode only works with English and Spanish, but compatibility with...

Google Translate now understands Latin

"Ut munimenta linguarum convellamus et scientiam mundi patentem utilemque faciamus, instrumenta convertendi multarum nationum linguas creavimus!" exclaims the introduction of a Google Blog post. Don't worry if you don't understand it, though, because Google Translate now understands Latin! The entire post is written in Latin, so of course, you have to copy and paste it into Google Translate...

Google demos conversation mode for Google Translate

Google Translate is a great tool when you're reading webpages in another language, but it's not much help when you're having a conversation. Well, that might change soon, as Google recently demoed a live version of Translate for conversations. That's right: you speak it, and Google translates it on the fly and reads it back in your target language. Google has started testing this new...

Transmiti lets you run your desktop documents through Google Translate

Sure, you can upload documents to Google Translate, but why bother? Transmiti is a small (<700KB download), portable Windows app that can run selected text through Translate without the need to upload. Just download the standalone .EXE, run it, and Transmiti heads to your system tray. Highlight some text in a Word or OpenOffice Writer document, tap the hotkey, and your translation appears...

Firefox Friday: invasive, all-inclusive interview with Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's community director

Good afternoon! This week we're fortunate enough to have the Mozilla Director of Community, Asa Dotzler, here with us in the Download Squad bunker. His yappy little dog doesn't like it much down here -- but with soundproofed cells, who cares? After my last interview with his comrade Aza Raskin (what are the chances of having two people called Asa working in the same office?), I was keen to find...

This text-to-speech Firefox add-on works well but the bookmarklet version is even better!

Surprisingly, I don't think we've covered text-to-speech here on Download Squad before -- at least not in the browser! Perhaps that's because it's a bit chicken-and-egg: for a blind person to find out about a text-to-speech add-on, he would need the add-on. Damn paradoxes. Anyway, I had a play with two solutions today, both based on vozMe's text-to-speech API. The first is a Firefox add-on...

Google Goggles now translates text using your phone's camera

When we reported back in February that Google Goggles -- Google's augmented reality app for Android -- would be able to translate text on the fly using your phone's camera, we didn't know it was going to be available so soon! Our friend (and former DLS editor) Brad Linder has posted a video of the new translation feature in action over at mobiputing. Brad explains that once you've snapped a pic...

Microsoft reveals translating phone that works in almost-real-time

Not only will the next version of Microsoft Exchange transcribe telephone calls, it'll go one step further: Microsoft is also trying to translate telephone calls in real time. You're speaking English, she's speaking Russian -- but you can both understand each other! HOW COOL IS THAT? It was only a matter of time, of course -- and Google's also working on the same tech -- but still, watch the...

Google Goggles will be able to read and translate text in photos

Dang, I love augmented reality apps. The idea of point your phone's camera at anything and getting information about it just feels like the future to me. Well, Google just took us one step closer to that future, with a new version of Google Goggles that they demoed at the Mobile World Congress. The software will eventually be able to recognize text in photos (and translate it) in over 50...

Google working on real-time voice translation app for phones

Google already offers a tool that lets you translate text from one language to another and technology that can convert spoken language to text. Now it looks like Google is taking the next logical step and creating a Babel Fish which you can stick in your ear to instantly understand any spoken language. ...Only instead of a fish, Google's version will be an app that runs on your smartphone. But...

Google Chrome to go polyglot? Auto-translate lands in Chromium nightly

The Chromium source code has seen a number of changes recently, and a new feature which poked its head out earlier this weekend has now landed. You can now enable auto-translation of pages in Chromium. Just add the --auto-translate switch to your Chromium shortcut and head over to a foreign language web page to test it out. A Google Translate bar will appear, and you can then click the button...

Google now offers Translated Search, for results from any language

Google just brought its search and translation products together in a useful new way, delivering search results from sites in any language. Sometimes the best results for a particular search just aren't in English, but now Google can find them for you anyway and deliver a translation. It even picks the relevant language automatically. For example, if you wanted to find a restaurant in Paris,...

Google Translate gets phonetic translation and more

Google Translate just got a lot better, with a nice, clean new look and several new features. The first thing you'll notice is that you no longer have to click to translate. Translate now works instantly, as you type. If you're trying to translate something into a language with a non-Roman alphabet (like Chinese, for example) Google will also show the phonetic pronunciation underneath the...