Speech-to-text translation, Word Lens functionality said to arrive in imminent Google Translate upda
Google is very close to adding live automatic translations to the Google Translate app, a report claims. The search giant will allegedly roll out an update to the app soon which will add the option to automatically detect and translate speech into a specific language, and will be bringing a video-based text translation tool along with it.
Font manager offers new typography options, more templates
Extensis has released a new update for Suitcase Fusion 5 today, featuring a wider font selection and organizational tools. The professional-grade font manager now includes additions that focus on generating design inspiration, such as a new "Fontspiration" panel, which showcases current typography trends. The panel features examples of real-world projects, as well as fonts that were popular in previous eras. Doubling the collection of "QuickComp" templates, users can experiment with a greater variety of fonts, and pair typefaces in print or Web templates.
New range of cases vary from rugged to 'style conscious'
Following the release of Apple's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Cygnett, a mobile accessories company, has launched its latest line of cases to accommodate the new phones. The line designed for iPhone 5s includes the Workmate Utility, Urbanshield Carbon Fiber White and Alternate. For iPhone 5c, new cases include the Form and the Crystal.
iFlicks.app 0.7 ($20) can import a users video collection into iTunes. This allows users to view all of their videos in iTunes or transfer them to an iPod or iPhone. iFlicks also downloads Metadata for all videos and has options for manually configuring the data at a later time. The update has added support for Elgato Turbo.264 and also has options for editing details of multiple videos at once. [Download - 0.93MB]
iBank, Easy Translator
Sound Byte 3.7 ($39) allows users to select up to 75 recordings for a group and then assign each to a button. Clicking the button provides quick access to that sound sample, and multiple sounds can be layered. The latest improvements include: an added option to automatically display playlist windows, an option to lock settings, implementation of the arrow keys as volume controls and other various bug fixes. [Download - 3.7MB]
Free iPod Phrase Books
Coolgorilla.com today announced that it has released a series of free iPod Phrase Books that are available for download from the iTunes Store. Provided via a sponsorship agreement with lastminute.com, the Phrase Books are available in six different languages to translate English text into French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Greek audio. A separate podcast for each language delivers the necessary sound files, while another download installs a familiar phrase book menu system on to an iPod for quick and easy access to hundreds of audio translations.
KavaTunes and KavaServices
KavaSoft today unveiled KavaTunes, a Web-based iTunes-like jukebox, and KavaServices, an addition to Mac OS X's "Services" menu item that adds five useful commands. KavaTunes allows Mac users to create an iTunes look-alike Web page, deployed through the operating system's built-in web server, to stream music over the internet. This allows users to share music from their iTunes library, and allows for continuous playback. While listening to a song, users can click on links to purchase the track from the iTunes Store. KavaTunes is currently available for $35 dollars, and a demo is available for users to try on the KavaTunes web page.