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Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

The team behind the Google Translate app have successfully created a tool that I can take to Spain to figure out where to find pizza without menu photos of said pizza. Thank you, Google Translate team. Today we're seeing an update to the Google Translate app for iOS, and an imminent update to the Android version of the app as well. With this update we'll see more solid live voice translation. We'll also see real-deal live translations of text - that's the magic-maker.

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Apple Watch iOS app leaked, shows settings and features

Apple Watch iOS app leaked, shows settings and features

With news of the iOS 8.2 beta being seeded to Developers, we got a glimpse of what was in store for us. The Apple Watch got a curious mention in bluetooth pairing, where we saw that you’d have to pair your wearable via a special app rather than the typical methods. Now, we’re getting a look at the Apple Watch app itself, and are getting a much better idea of what the Apple Watch will (and won’t) be able to do.

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TextBlade promises desktop performance in portable keyboard

TextBlade promises desktop performance in portable keyboard

Your smartphone or tablet may be as powerful as a computer, but is the form factor as useful as one? Without a dedicated hardware keyboard, many productivity apps are left to compromise, or leave you wanting. Hacking out a longer email might even be more trouble than it’s worth, and carrying around a keyboard is not easy for most. A new device promises to make toting around a keyboard much easier, and may have you leaving your laptop at home.

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AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast, the storied casting app for Android, is finally making its way to iOS. After a healthy run on Android, the casting app has finally landed on iOS, letting users toss their videos and pictures onto the big(ger) screen. The app works with locally stored content as well as files you have in more popular cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or iCloud. You can also stream from your Instagram or Google+ account onto your TV, too. AllCast supports Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.

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iPad Pro mold possibly leaked

iPad Pro mold possibly leaked

The iPad Pro; we still don’t know what to make of it. Apple says it’s not even a thing yet, while various leaks suggest it’s in the works and on its way. Via Weibo, we are now seeing what is believed to be a mold for the iPad Pro. In some cold manufacturing outfit somewhere in the world, a metal mold sits on forklift tines. Is it the iPad Pro rear cover? There is certainly evidence it could be, but enough suggesting it’s not.

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VLC to return to iOS early this year

VLC to return to iOS early this year

The video-playing app known as VLC will return to iOS in early 2015, but not before its gathered a bit more in the bug fix department. The VLC app has been out on Android and iOS for some time, but recently disappeared from the iTunes App Store following the release of iOS 8 for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s. At this time the app will not be re-released for iOS - not until the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown is complete. This could be as early as a few days from now.

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Phones 4U liquidation may bend Apple’s pricing rules

Phones 4U liquidation may bend Apple’s pricing rules

It would appear that Apple's regular relatively strict controls on pricing for iPhones and iPads will have little to no baring on the liquidation of Phone 4U. This mobile device company was kicked to the curb earlier this year - right before the release of the iPhone 6. In fact the company saw some extra controversy when it was discovered that Phone 4U wouldn't be issuing refunds on iPhone 6 pre-orders. Now we'll go ahead and assume that the owners of Phones 4U either don't expect to work with Apple ever again OR that Apple's rules for sales don't apply to a situation like this.

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Report: Samsung, TSMC will share iPhone 6S’ A9 chipset duties

Report: Samsung, TSMC will share iPhone 6S’ A9 chipset duties

Next year, Apple is expected to produce iterative updates to their existing hardware lineup. In these new devices, Apple will also bring a new chipset, as they’re wont to do. While Samsung was previously mentioned as being a big part of the process, producing the incoming A9 chipset, it seems they may have been outclassed. A new report out of Taiwan notes that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be awarded the bulk of Apple’s A9 business, leaving Samsung playing second fiddle.

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iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

A new policy has been enacted in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Germany - amongst others - which allows people to return apps inside an extended period of days. Inside 14 days, the iTunes app store allows a "Right of Cancellation". This includes a right to cancel your order within 14 days of order of your app - except with iTunes Gifts - for any reason at all. This is a significant extension over most return policies for app stores around the world - Apple, Google, Microsoft and all.

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