Google Translate Now Works in Android Apps

Google Translate is now available in select apps on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Starting in October, Google Translate allows texts, chats and other content to be interpreted into 90 languages. Popular apps such as TripAdvisor, WhatsApp and LinkedIn are included in this update. “We face communication barriers every day. Switching back and forth between apps and screens to translate shouldn’t be another one,” Product Lead Barak Turovsky said in a blog post. In order to utilize this service, Marshmallow users will need to install the Translate app on their device. Once the app is up and running, users can highlight text

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Skype Available on Android Wear

A new version of Skype has been released for Android Wear devices, and is also compatible with a range of smartwatches powered by Google’s Android operating system. Anyone with an Android watch now has the ability to compose, read and respond to messages directly from their wrist. Video calling doesn’t quite work the same on the watch as it would on a phone, however. Users can decline calls at any time from the watch with ease, but accepting a call via the smartwatch sends the video call to the user’s phone or mobile device. Once on the phone, users can

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Microsoft Previews Send App for Android Users

A preview version of Microsoft’s messaging app Send has been released on Android devices. Microsoft launched Send for iOS back in July, and Android users will now be able to enjoy the app provided they are Office 365 users with business and education accounts. The app is also being made available in more countries than just Canada and the United States, appearing in app stores in Brazil, Denmark and the United Kingdom. “As well as new features, our customers have been asking us to increase the availability of Send,” said a recent Microsoft Office blog. “Specifically, there are requests for

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Facebook Notifications Added to Chrome Mobile Browsing

Facebook and Google have worked together to bring push notifications to users viewing Facebook in their Chrome mobile browser. This functionality was previously reserved for Facebook’s app, but Chrome users will now have the option of being alerted when someone tags you, comments on a photo, replies to your comment, etc. Viewing the mobile version of Facebook on Android devices will allow for the same notification of events users would otherwise receive in the app version. This will prove particularly useful for those not wishing to download Facebook’s app due to bandwidth constraints. Now, users will be asked if they

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Opera Mini’s New Compression Tech

The latest version of the Opera Mini mobile browser has added a High compression mode which minimizes data use without sacrificing page quality. Opera Mini is primarily used in lower-end phones, as the browser has previously been limited to Extreme compression mode. This mode removed all of the visually appealing elements from web pages, including scaling down pictures. The new High compression mode, however, has been optimized for 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks and does not affect the way pages look. “With the rise of better smartphones and better network conditions our users now want the option to have a

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Qualcomm’s New Smartphone Chip Fights Malware

Qualcomm is trying to protect you from brand new viruses and malware attacks through its Smart Protect technology. Smart Protect will debut on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 mobile processor and will use machine learning to watch out for potential security issues in real time. The Snapdragon 820 will also provide faster graphic capabilities making it ideal for VR solutions. Qualcomm will be offering an API for Smart Protect, which will allow security companies to take advantage of the chip’s heightened awareness. “Snapdragon Smart Protect is engineered to look at the actual behavior of device applications in real time and almost instantly

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BlackBerry’s First Android Device – New Leaked Details

Details surrounding BlackBerry’s rumored Venice slider device are being leaked at an astounding rate. The company will reportedly be releasing its first Android phone in November. Evan Blass, trusted source for smartphone and tablet leaks, recently posted new tweets revealing additional details about the device. The first tweet shows what claims to be a demo of the BlackBerry Productivity suite, which can be viewed on YouTube here. The second tweet included a file list, suggesting BlackBerry’s Android handset will still include a number of traditional BlackBerry features. These tweets reveal the BlackBerry Venice slider is more than a stock Android

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Android and iOS on 96.8 Percent of Smartphones

Although global smartphone sales aren’t as high as in previous quarters, Google and Apple continue to dominate the industry. Research group Gartner says that Google’s Android OS is still by far the most popular in the world. Samsung – which primarily uses Android – is still number one in smartphone sales with 21.9 percent of the market. However, Samsung had trouble competing with Apple’s iPhone lineup during the second quarter and its market share is down from 26.2 percent as a result. Apple, on the other hand, has improved from 12.2 percent to 14.6 percent. “Apple recorded strong iPhone replacements

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Microsoft Launches Skype for Business Preview

Microsoft has released a preview of the new Skype for Business app on iOS and Android, following the release of Skype’s initial app in April. This version of the popular video-calling app includes a new dashboard for easy navigation of contacts, calls and meetings. A new search bar included in the app lets users search their Global Address List by first name, last name, email alias or phone number. A panel displays upcoming appointments and allows future meetings to be saved on a calendar. There is even a Quick Join icon which allows users to immediately join a meeting. Skype

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Samsung to Update Android Security Monthly

Samsung recently announced its new security update process for Android that will provide up-to-date protection from mobile security vulnerabilities. The company is promising regular over-the-air security patches “about once per month.” In their announcement, the world’s largest smartphone maker made mention of Stagefright, an Android vulnerability revealed last week that affected approximately 95 percent of devices running Google’s operating system. The hole in security had the potential to allow a hacker to remotely access a user’s Android smartphone using only their telephone number. Samsung stated they worked with carriers to provide security patches to Galaxy devices affected by Stagefright. The

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