High-tech megaphone will translate your speech in real-time

A blaring megaphone is an effective way to get people’s attention. But what if the people in the room speak a multitude of languages? A Tokyo airport is trying to solve the language gap with international travelers with a megaphone that lets the user communicate in three different languages. A worker speaking one of three […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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So long language! An emoji is named ‘Word of the Year’

Oxford Dictionaries has named its pick for Word of the Year — and it’s less a pick than a pic. That’s right: out of all the newly popular “words” to capture the “ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015,” the winning choice is 😂, a.k.a. the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji. Sign of the changing […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Google Translate update brings Split View, new instant visual language

Learning a new language is hard work, especially if you’ve been raised in the U.S., which tends to eschew any real multi-lingual literacy. These days, however, Google Translate lets us all communicate a little more easily across language barriers. A new update for the app today brings both Split View support for newer iPads along […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Harry Potter Enhanced Editions Now Available Exclusively on iBooks

Apple today announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling are now available exclusively through the iBooks Store around the world for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Harry Potter Enhanced Editions are available in English for $9.99 each in 32 countries, while pre-orders begin today for French, German and Spanish versions, which will be available on November 9 in 18 additional countries.

“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way,” said J.K. Rowling.

“Harry Potter fans are going to love how their favorite stories come to life,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “J.K. Rowling’s legendary series is perfect for enjoying on your iPad or iPhone and we’re thrilled to offer them exclusively on the iBooks Store.”

Harry Potter digital books were previously only available for purchase through the Pottermore shop that J.K. Rowling developed in partnership with Sony.



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Handy map shows how iPhone 6s will conquer the world

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus came out in a few countries on Friday, and Apple is already looking ahead to how its latest hardware will take over the world. If you don’t live in one of the first 11 countries to receive the new phones, you may not have long to wait, as a […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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L.A. schools to receive $6.4m from botched iPad deal

The long-running disaster that was the L.A. Unified School District scheme to provide iPads to every student, teacher and campus administrator is apparently over — with Apple among the companies agreeing to pay out a $6.4 million settlement. The tentative payout is hopefully the last phase in an aborted $1.3-billion plan for the second-largest district […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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