Back in 2014, Microsoft blew our minds with Skype Translator, making it possible to carry out full conversations across different languages without any barrier. Now the service will come baked right into Skype for Windows, making it even easier to use.
It’s easy to use: just open the Skype app on Windows and click on the globe button in the top right corner. It should be available for everyone, just make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of Skype for Windows first.
The service currently offers seven different languages for audio translation, including Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (plus 50 for written text). Microsoft says it plans to add even more languages moving forward. It also wants to bring live translations to other apps on competing platforms.
The new feature is already a huge success. Skype usage has apparently increased by 400 percent since live translations launched, with French-to-English cited as the most popular setting. If you haven’t tried it yet, and you have a Windows computer, you can check out Skype Translator now.
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You may not realize it, but your smartphone is keeping you up at night. Specifically, the bright blue light emitted by the display could be tricking your brain into thinking its still daytime even when it’s dark outside.
This week Apple unveiled a solution called Night Shift as part of its latest beta, but one company is calling out the Cupertino giant for playing dirty. F.lux, which was recently blocked from iOS devices, has published a blog post calling itself the “original innovators” and asking for a fair chance to compete in the App Store.
F.lux has been around since 2009 and offers a similar experience to Night Shift with tons of customization options. It’s available for OS X, Windows and Linux computers, along with jailbroken iOS devices. Last year the company found a workaround to run on regular iPhones and iPads, but Apple quickly shut that down.
Now that iOS is set to come with its own version of the service, it seems only fair that F.lux should be allowed into the App Store as well. Whether Apple will give in or even acknowledge the request seems doubtful, but hopefully the Cupertino company will surprise us.
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