Google has announced some improvements to their Google Translate app for both Android and iOS to make it even easier to communicate around the world. The changes include twenty new languages added to the instant visual translation function and revisions that speed up the conversational translation capabilities so it will work even on slow network connections. Read more
Google has integrated a few new messaging apps into its voice commands in the Android app, so now you’ll be able to quickly send messages in your favorite clients without ever having to touch your phone.
The process works just like sending a text message, but instead of dictating to send a text, you can tell Google to send a WhatsApp message to someone. Afterwards, Google will prompt for what you’d like to send. The process works with several of the most popular messaging services, including WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, and NextPlus. Read more
VSCO Cam, a third-party camera app for mobile photography, has released an update that adds a bit of a social media component to the platform. VSCO Cam now has a “Collections” feature that will let users share images with their friends who also have the app. Read more
Google has removed document editing from the mobile web version of Google Docs, opting instead for a banner encouraging users to download the official app from the Play Store. The move makes sense, since that’s how they’ve treated Sheets and Slides for a while now. But if you were hanging on and still editing your Google Docs in Chrome, looks like you’ll have to install the app now. Read more
A new app called Galaxy-Sync that handles syncing Outlook data onto your mobile devices has been announced as one of the most secure ways to keep your Outlook info synced up. It’s unique in that it works by syncing everything locally as a security measure, so your data is never transmitted wirelessly or into any cloud servers where it’s more vulnerable to being breached or attacked. It’s pretty odd to see lack of wireless as a feature in 2015, but in this situation, it makes sense. Read more
Rhapsody has announced an overhaul of the interface for their music player that affects both the mini-player and the full screen experience. The update focuses on simplifying the interface to make it easier for users to control the app. Users will find that they can favorite tracks in the mini-player, swipe to change tracks, and colors and styling will update to match albums being played. Read more
After previously opening the facility to customers in the US, Amazon has today launched its Prime Music streaming service in the UK. This feature is available to all subscribers of the company’s ‘Prime’ membership package at no extra cost. For those not already registered, it will set you back £79 per year and gets you movies, free deliveries and much, much more.
Earlier today, Baido released a new security application in the Play Store called DU Privacy Vault. The app provides a simple and organized way to help Android users lock applications for their personal use. The app can also be used to hide certain photos and videos with a passcode. Once a passcode is set, the user will be prompted to enter it whenever they are trying to gain access to those files. For example, when your friend or child asks to use your phone or tablet, you no longer need to worry about them snooping around to private apps and media.
Exciting news from Google+ and YouTube today. A very controversial feature, forcing YouTube accounts to use Google+, will slowly be taken away. Google says they got certain aspects right, but will need to rethink many parts of it. Expect changes within the coming months.