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Google Translate update brings 20 more languages to visual translator 

It’s not exactly a secret, but not a lot of people know the secret weapon of the Google Translate app. Most users just type in text in the app that they would like to be translated to another language or copy paste something from a website and translate it to their native language. But you can also use its visual translator for images in a language other than your own and it will translate it to your own. The latest update brings 20 more languages into the visual fold.

Brazilian police value stolen prototype of Xperia C5 Ultra at $12M

If you think that stealing a prototype of an upcoming gadget is a piece of cake, think again, especially if you live in Brazil. Whoever was caught with a stolen prototype of the soon to be announced Sony Xperia C5 Ultra will not just be faced with jail time (we assume) but probably a hefty fine as well. That’s because they have valued the prototype not at the supposed market price but rather on the development cost of the device, which is at $12M.

Yahoo intros new Livetext Video Chat app

I used to think that texting won’t be further advanced but we’ve seen in recent months that it can still be enhanced. With the introduction of various instant messaging apps that work over WiFi or cellular Internet, mobile communication rapidly changed. Before, it’s okay to just have access to a cellular network to make a voice call or send text but now, 3G or 4G connection is very much a necessity.

CloudPlayer offers Chromecast support, offline playback, and audio presets

The future of cloud is bright. Physical hard drives are no longer needed as long as you have quick access to any cloud storage. There are free services available but some may require you minimal fee. No matter how you access the cloud, you can't deny the fact that it's very convenient. You can just download any cloud app from the Google Play Store but only a few can work as an easy and reliable music player for all your audio files.

Curate your favorite photos in VSCO with their new Collections feature

We’ve kind of always known that VSCO would not simply remain a photo editor, although it is a great one (some would say, it is actually the best). It was inevitable that they would turn into something like Instagram, or maybe something even better. The newest feature for their mobile apps, including Android, is something called Collections, which allows you to re-share the photos you discovered on the app by adding them to your timeline.

Protect Android devices from Stagefright by disabling MMS auto-fetch

Android users had a rude awakening earlier this week when news of the Stagefright vulnerability spread like wildfire across online news outlets. And unlike previous hoaxes or paranoid false alarms, this one is actually legit and should cause worry for those running Froyo up to Lollipop, which is basically 95% of devices now. But while Google still hasn’t given a patch fix to carriers and OEMs, we need to start protecting our devices from this devious hack. Lookout has one easy suggestion: disable your device’s MMS auto-fetch.

Six more markets receive Verizon XLTE goodness

The XLTE market is rapidly expanding in the United States. Well, at least according to Verizon as the company recently announced that they have improved the network so 4G LTE mobile connection will be faster than ever. Verizon Wireless has proudly announced that the AWS spectrum and the standard 700MHz 4G LTE spectrum will now be available for XLTE-capable devices.

Vault your way to victory in Vault! now out on Android

If someone asks what your favorite Olympic sport is, you’ll probably answer something like swimming, gymnastics, or football. We doubt if you’ll answer pole vaulting (unless you’re an atheltics enthusiast or an actual pole vaulter) since it isn’t the most exciting sport to watch. But if Olympic pole vaulting was anything like this new Android game called Vault!, then more people would probably watch the sport. Of course then a lot of people would be injured or even dead, so it’s a good thing it’s just a digital game.

Burn up all your matches in Matchiiz puzzle game, now on Android

Your mother (or whoever your guardian was growing up) probably warned you to never play with matches. But this new Android game will actually encourage you to do so, albeit digitally (we’re not really encouraging pyromaniacs here). Matchiiz’ main purpose is for you to burn up all the matches on the board you’re given in this 3D puzzler game. There is also some match inventory involved, but you’d probably be really more interested in burning all these matches, although it’s not as easy as it seems.
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