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Google Translate 5.14.0

Translate text on your iPhone, and have the translations spoken aloud to you

by Bob Thornton

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Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 October 2017
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Translate foreign words and phrases with Google Translate

Google Translate has been available as an online tool for some time, but an iOS app has been a long time coming. With support for a wide range of languages, speech to text and text to speech, things bode well for the app, but translation tools are notoriously easy to trip up, particularly when voice recognition comes into play.

The number of supported languages extends to an impressive 90, ranging from the more common such as English and French, to Swahili and Yiddish.

While the app can translate between all of these languages, not all of the translation modes are available for each one. For example, translation using the speech to text feature is only supported in 26 languages and the option to have translations read aloud is supported in 40. When it comes to translating typed text, success rates improve dramatically, but this is dependent your ability to spell correctly.

For languages that make use of non-Latin characters, phonetic translations are spelled out. When translations are spoken aloud, in many instances the text is spoken too quickly to understand. As there is no option to chance properties of the voice that is used, this means that repeat listenings are often required.

When text has been translated, it can be starred to allow for easy access in the future, and you can also enlarge the text into full screen mode to make it easier to show the translation to others - great when you are abroad and don’t fancy the idea of chancing your accent. While the app requires an internet connection to make translations, any text that has been starred is stored offline so it can be accessed at any time.

The speech recognition feature of Google Translate is simultaneously the apps greatest selling point and biggest weakness. Unexpected results are thrown up on an all too frequent basis, and you will have to be prepared to repeat words and phrases as speech is often not recognised. If you stick to typing, this is a great app to take on your travels and the speech component is an interesting curiosity.

What's New in Version 5.14.0

- Voice translation from 20 more languages
- Several bug fixes and usability improvements

Verdict:

An adventurous and slightly flawed translation tool. Text translation fares far better than the more exciting speech recognition, and the range of language that are available is impressive.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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