Translate ‘with a smartphone camera’

Wouldn't it be nice to pick up your smartphone, press a button, point it to a sign when you are abroad and have your intrepid device translate it for you in your native tongue?Well, now you can. The boffins at Google have upgraded their already powerful Translate app to do just that.Writing in an official blog recently, Barak Turovsky, product lead at Google Translate, explained that one…

Apple breaks app records

It seems as though apps are in a world of their own, with Apple announcing that its online store has experienced record-breaking sales.The tech giant, which has been hugely influential in developing apps, reported that 2014 was a landmark year.Apple revealed that the last 12 months saw billings increase by a whopping 50 per cent, while over £10 billion (approximately £8.5 billion) in revenue was…

Smartphones being used to train vets

Smartphones are increasingly being used in innovative ways, with the device coming to be more than just a personal tool.Take for example vets. A few years ago you would have struggled to have thought the tech could be utilised by these specialists, but today, well, there possibilities are now endless.Vets are now using smartphones as educational tools, with the University of Liverpool leading the way in terms of innovation.Speaking to…

Samsung announces its latest – and skinniest – handset

This week is undoubtedly exciting for Samsung lovers as the South Korean company has officially announced its newest handset, the Galaxy A7. While Samsung’s Galaxy A family is relatively new, that didn’t stop the company from going one step further and making the Galaxy A7 its skinniest device yet, which comes in at 6.3mm thin! Aside from being so skinny, the Galaxy A7 appears to incorporate…

‘Be wary’ of smartphone ‘tech-neck’

Smartphones are great, transformative even, helping us carrying out rudimentary tasks, pass the time and keep abreast of all the latest happenings.However, they do have their downsides, such as being a nuisance in social situations, distracting people from events – snapping pictures instead of watching performances for example – and impacting the quality of our sleep.One new downside that has been identified is what is known as "tech-neck",…

Three phones that make us think of the noughties

We are now 15 years into the 21st century. It's kind of hard to fathom, especially for those who are of a certain age (i.e. not in our teens!), and, as we look back, both wistfully and nostalgically, we wonder, where did the time go? Technology has come a long way since then. Back then tablets might have been in the pipeline – on the drawing…

More innovation in smartphone chargers

There seems to be a lot of innovation happening in the tech industry when it comes to batteries and it looks like 2015 is gearing up to be a breakthrough year in transforming the way we power our handheld devices like smartphones and mobiles.One of the big players in this area is eZelleron, a startup company based in Dresden, Germany, which has been developing "low-emission…

StoreDot charges smartphone batteries ‘in seconds’

Charging mobiles and smartphones is just one of those things we accept as being fundamental to our handheld devices. However, waiting for them to fully charge can be a burden, taking up to three hours in some cases, depending on the model and how much battery life we have left.However, that is all set to change, with the Israeli tech startup StoreDot debuting a charger…