At long last, a brand new Apple product category is almost here. In 2015, five years after rewriting the whole tablet rulebook with the iPad, Apple looks to do the same to wearable technology with the Apple Watch. However, while watching its debut during the most recent Apple press conference, I couldn’t help but notice a disturbing trend amidst all the talk of fitness integration, luxury gold bands, revolutionary payment systems, and elegant digital crowns: when it comes to how we actually communicate with each other, Apple Watch seems like a big step back.
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The TripLingo series of apps have done a great job of deciphering popular slang in various foreign languages, as we noticed when reviewing the Spanish version last year. Now, with the London 2012 Olympics upon us, there’s a special themed version out in the form of TripLingo UK Edition.
The app uses a “Slang Slider” to enable users to see four different ways to say each phrase, with the options of Posh, Cockney, Scouse and Jafaican. It’s worth pointing out that Scouse isn’t actually a dialect of London, instead being located in the North West of the country in the city of Liverpool, but it is a enjoyable comparison to make.
As a Brit, I’ll say this now, we don’t ALL use such slang in our day to day living but it is a fun selection of words and terms that were once much more common within the UK, with a hint of parody about it. And don’t worry, visitors to Britain, it’s still possible to hear many such terms used if you happen to visit the right area.
Whether you’re travelling to Britain soon or just want to have some fun learning a new type of slang, you’d be barmy (crazy) to miss out on TripLingo UK Edition.
It’s out now and free to download.
Here’s a reminder of just how great technology is: Worldictionary is the kind of translation tool that would have seemed mystical years ago.
All the user has to do is point their iPhone’s camera at a word and Worldictionary defines and translates it. There’s no need to type in words. An internet connection is required but otherwise, it’s pretty seamless.
The app recognizes 22 languages, including Traditional Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish and Spanish. In each case, results promise to be instant and accurate. Live translation isn’t the only option either, with it possible to take a photo for later reference, such as when an internet connection is available.
Google, Wikipedia and YouTube search functionality is available for definitions and it’s always possible to check the translation history at a later date.
Worldictionary should prove to be a great assistant for regular travellers.
It’s out now, priced at $3.99.
Word games are fun. Any sane person can appreciate that, right? So, how about checking out Mega Multilingual Word Find? It is indeed quite a long name for a game but it’s a fun concept.
From the makers of Word Lubbers, Mega Multilingual Word Find is a wordsearch game that’s not only fun, it’s potentially educational!
Mega Multilingual Word Find offers numerous different categories, catering for all interests. Categories include athletics, body parts, clothing, colors, crime, feelings, food, mammals, science, travel, weather and numerous others. There’s also the option to unlock additional languages comprising of Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
To further add to the educational benefits, players can choose different puzzle and word list languages so that the player can learn as they search.
Mega Multilingual Word Find is out now and it’s a free download. To unlock all the languages, there’s an in-app purchase priced at $4.99 or users can unlock one language at a time for $0.99.
Learning a new language is challenging work. Fortunately technology is around to make things a little simpler courtesy of apps like Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.
The app is aimed at those learning English as a foreign language, promising cutting edge features such as full sentence pronunciations and thousands of detailed graphics that aim to bring words and definitions to life.
In all, there are 58,000 example sentences that can be listened to with the option for either British or American voices. 183,500 words, phrases and meanings are explained clearly with an integrated thesaurus providing plenty of synonyms and lists of collocations. As the dictionary will explain, collocations are words that go together. See? Even as a first language, there’s a whole bunch of words that could be learned through this app!
Priced at $28.99, Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is on the heftier side of pricing but it’s for a good reason. It’s a comprehensive app and one that a book of the same depth would be considerably more expensive. For those learning English as a foreign language, this is an invaluable resource.
Food Fight! – An Interactive Book is an iPad storybook that my son and I find really enjoyable. It is a unique and original story about two boys from different worlds who at first seem to have a lot of differences but really have much in common.
First you meet Tim, who is a really picky eater and will eat nothing but sausages for every meal and snack. Next, on another planet inhabited by sausage people, we meet Sammy. Sammy eats nothing but little boys the same way Tom delights in eating sausages. Sammy finds out that there is a place where sausages are eaten and goes to earth to confront Tom. At first they cannot get past their differences but are able to work things out, with a witty surprise ending that children will love.
Released: 2010-11-06 :: Category: Books
In a nutshell Trunk is a personal wiki. It gives you the tools to create interconnected web pages using the simple Markdown language as well as the more complex HTML tags. Anyone can create these pages using WikiWords, and pages can store links to other pages or external web sites, as well as formatted text. This simplicity belies the power of Trunk, though, as it represents a unique way for users of the iPhone to manage information.
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This application is a singing book designed to entertain a young child. However, it is much more than that. It has multiple languages, instruments and recording support, turning it into a great educational tool.
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When connected to the Internet you can use Wikipedia Mobile to search Wikipedia for articles, which can then be saved to you're iPhone for offline viewing. Pages retain their original formatting and can be searched for words or phrases, but the app has no built-in zoom, nor does it offer bookmarking or annotation capabilities. Regardless, it's a great way to create a library of articles conventiently available whether you have connectivity or not.
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