What buying Word Lens by Google means to people who love travelling

We’ve all translated words and even sentences from one language to another to learn new languages or sometimes just for fun and whenever we’ve done that, Google Translate has been there to seamlessly translate gibberish to languages that make sense to us.

As is customary with many large companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc., they keep buying startups smaller companies that have great products in the market. Recently, Google made one such acquisition when they bought Quest Visual Inc., the company behind the great app, ‘Word Lens’ which brings augmented reality to the smartphone market.

While Word Lens is able to do a decent job with the translations, it is nowhere near the algorithm used by Google for its Translation app. For now, the former app is limited to only French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, which is not a big list when compared to the languages offered by Google Translate. Moreover, when it comes to grammar, the app is a bit dodgy. However this does not take away the fact that the technology used by Word Lens is truly amazing and seeing text translate in real time will make you wonder how far technology has come.



What does Google’s acquisition of Word Lens means to everyone?

As people travel more and more, it is essential to either learn new languages (which by no means is an easy task) or have powerful applications (like Google translate and Word Lens) that will do the job for you, which seems more likely than spending hours learning new languages.

Now that Google has acquired Quest Visual, ‘Word Lens’ can go from strength to strength by using Google’s algorithm to translate words and make more sense of the sentences by using correct grammar. Looking at the wide list of languages offered by Google, the app can increase their database of languages and make the translations even more seamless, and so seems to be the intentions of the company too.

As Quest Visual tries to make its transition to Google, the company has been generous enough to make the App and the languages available free of cost for Android and iOS users. You can download the Android version here while the iOS can be accessed from this link [direct link].

Update Unavailable with this Apple ID Error and Fix


Yesterday, when I checked the App store for updates, it showed I had 4 apps that had rolled out a newer version and required an update. I clicked the manual 'Update' button next to the Apps that I wanted an immediate update to, only to realise that my Apple ID was not authorised to make the update as the Error suggested -

"Update Unavailable with this Apple ID - This update is not available for this Apple ID either because it was bought by a different user or the item was refunded or cancelled."
Fearing a hacked Apple ID (which even though seemed highly unlikely), I changed my Apple ID password and tried the following fixes -

  1. Sign out and Sign in of the the App Store through the phone's settings.
  2. Change password and sign in again.
  3. Delete and reinstall the causing the problem.
  4. Install from iTunes. 
My iPhone (5S) was bought new and I have never had any other Apple ID on this phone other than the one that I've always been using. I have used the same Apple ID in multiple countries but have never faced any problems. Frustrated, I searched the internet and the Apple forums suggested that it was not just me who was facing this problem, others were also in the same boat, however, this problem was only limited to a few users. I was convinced that the issue was not at my end and it was Apple's servers that were acting funny.

Unsatisfied, I kept trying the update button roughly every two hours but the issue persisted. Before going to sleep, I tried to update once again but it still wasn't ready to authorise my Apple ID. However, when I tried updating the Apps in the morning, it updated just the way it should. Thus, the only solution is to be rest assured that the problem is not at your end and Apple is most likely to resolve it.

Top Tip: have patience, it will get resolved on its own.

ALL ABOUT iPhone 6

With a 6 mm thickness and 4.7” screen size, this year’s iPhone promises to be bigger, powerful and even thinner – A perfect example of technology done right!

Image Courtesy www.macrumors.com

As is customary with each numbered iPhone launch (3G, 4, 5 and so on), Apple incorporates design changes into its phone that and these models have been a hot topic of discussion since they always bring with them not just newer technology, but design changes from the previous models and this year’s iPhone 6 is not going to be any different. If anything, this year’s iPhone launch is going to be one of the most anticipated devices.


If you thought that the iPhone 5/5S were already very thin, rumour mill has suggested the next generation iPhone is going to even thinner than the current iPhone 5/5S. To be precise, the current 5/5S stack up at 7.6mm and the company plans to reduce this to almost 6 mm, shaving off almost 1.6 mm of the thickness.

To get a fair idea of how thin the device will most likely be, the current generation iPod comes in at 6.1 mm thickness, which can give a decent idea of what Apple aims to achieve with the iPhone. Unbox Therapy has done a nice comparison video that highlights the thickness of iPod and what could be expected from iPhone 6.



Reducing the thickness of the phone is not something that is being eagerly awaited. The size of any smart phone has always been another fierce topic of debate. With some preferring the 3.5-4” screen size, which gives them better one hand usability, many people have urged phone manufacturers to increase the screen size so that they can see more information on their display.

Leaked image of the batteries of the iPhone 6 in production tray | Courtesy: www.nowhereelse.fr

While Apple has always catered to the former, its rival, Samsung has always been bold by introducing over the top (personal perception) screen sizes. However, private and confidential documents leaked from a recent Apple vs. Samsung law suit reveals that Apple has acknowledged the fact that people want larger screens and has finally decided to increase the screen size. If rumours are to be believed, iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7” screen and there is also a possibility of a 5.5” iPhone being launched eventually.

iPhone 6 front panel compared to iPhone 5S
Courtesy: www.weibo.com

Apple is most likely to take design cues for its next generation smart phone from the iPad Air and iPad Mini with a single aluminium back and rounded edges. Some sketchy rumours have also suggested that the phone might have a curved screen like LG’s G-Flex or Samsung’s galaxy round. However that is highly unlike at this stage.

When can you expect the phone to hit the market?

Apple has gone into production with the iPhone that will support a 4.7” screen and is most likely to launch it in fall this year, keeping in line with its previous launch cycles. The larger 5.5” screen is likely to launch a little later i.e. in the month of November. The delay is owing to the challenges that the company faces with the device’s display screen and battery life.

Internet world has been going crazy with mock-ups of what the next generation iPhone might look like. Case manufacturers have gone a step further and even started making cases for the phone.





Concepts by Martin Hajek:




SOLVING ACTIVE GEOLOCATION ICON PROBLEM IN iOS 7.1

iOS 7.1 Geolocation icon static

Apple released iOS 7.1 for iPhone and iPad couple of days ago and since then the Internet was bombarded with this peculiar problem of geolocation/geofencing icon staying in the status bar despite closing all active apps that might be using location services.

After updating my iPhone 5S to iOS 7.1, I found that the geolocation icon in the status bar would just not go despite closing all apps that used location services. Though not causing any serious usage issues, seeing that tiny arrow was very irritating.

Turning to the Reliable MacRumors forum for all Apple related queries, two gentlemen, legacyb4 (Unfortunately no profile link) and C DM from the forum helped me resolve the issue.

To solve the problem, the trick is, first you need to identify the apps causing the problem. To do this, close all the applications from the multitasking screen and go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Here, you’ll find a complete list of applications that ask for permission to access your location. Typically, there will be some apps that you have allowed the access and some that that are already off. You need not bother with the apps that are already off.

To identify the apps, you will need to turn each app off and on to check the apps causing the issue. Once you’ve identified the apps, head over to Background App Refresh (Settings > General > Background App Refresh) and switch off Background Refresh for those particular apps.

Summary:

1. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services
2. Identify Apps causing geolocation icon to stay in the status bar by switching each app off and on.
3. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh
4. Switch off Apps identified in step 2.

While you might not be using the app and its closed from your multitasking screen, the App is refreshing in the background and actively using your location to provide updates from your local area. However, following the above steps should solve the issue.

FONTA – DESIGN YOUR IMAGES WITH BEAUTIFUL TEXT [APP REVIEW]

Fonta is a small yet powerful image-designing app available on iTunes App Store that adds beautiful text to your images that is easily customisable. App developer ThirtyFive Inc. claims Fonta will turn your images into gorgeous text based designs.

An image with text created on Fonta by ThirtyFive Inc.

The app supports over 60 fonts and a wide variety of shapes and frames that can be easily resized and repositioned according to the user. Apart from a wide collection of fonts and shapes, the app also supports sharing capabilities to a wide variety of social networking apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Apple’s native messaging app and even 3rd party messaging app WhatsApp too.

View a tutorial on Fonta by clicking here.

Initially, getting the hang of various features of Fonta can be a little tricky but learning a bit about the app from its tutorial videos can make you a pro in no time. The only drawback of the app is that in case you decide to save the image to your gallery, it will change the format of the image to .jpeg/.jpg and currently supports an image resolution of 640 X 640 only.

The app is available for $0.99. However, recently, the app was also available for free and can be downloaded from here [direct link].

E-CIGARETTES: Clever Marketing or Wonder Cure


E- Cigarette is the tool to help people kick the nicotine addiction. It looks like a cigarette and glows like one. The electronic cigarette is an individual nicotine vaporizer. The most harmful thing about smoking real cigarettes is the tar and other chemicals that you consume while smoking. E- Cigarette is supposed to be healthy and safe compared to the real butt. The real question is, are e-cigarettes really a wonder cure or there is just clever marketing behind it?

The pressure to kick the butt is intensified due to smoking bans in many developed countries and also the family pressure as awareness increases. This nicotine addiction is toughest addiction to give up. Many products are available in the market as alternatives to cigarettes. There are nicotine patches, nicotine gums, prescribed drugs which are widely available, but these have not been very successful and not much written about. The latest smoking cessation way is the e-cigarettes, made in China. Also called the e- cigs have been named electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

They look like the real thing in size and its looks but are longer or shorter than cigarettes. Some call the e-cigs as ST, which stands for smokeless tobacco. But ST has chew tobacco and snuff. E-Cigarettes are also commonly known as Nicotine inhalers, Smokeless smokes, Vapes, E-puffs. The e-cigarette has an atomizer and when you take a drag on any electronic cigarette it will activate a sensor that will set in motion a heating element in the tube which is the atomizer. Inside the electronic cigarette there is a cartridge which has liquid nicotine. The other end of the e-cig has a LED light which acts as a mode indicator. This stuff glows when the device is in use. The heating element in the cigarette turns the nicotine into vapour with is taken in by the smoker. The liquid nicotine is available in many flavours like chocolate, cinnamon to strawberry.

Many researchers from Stanford have said that vapours from these e-cigarettes are complex mixtures and is not pure nicotine. The inhalation of such complex mixtures might not be safe. There also unexpected side effects of these smoking products like, exogenous lipoid pneumonia which is a chronic inflammatory reaction due to glycerin-based e-cigarettes. There is no proof that e-cigarettes really are effective for nicotine addiction.

They have been marketed very strongly as safe alternatives but these products may have the risk of nicotine poisoning and addiction. So it is still undecided if it really is a wonder cure or just a marketing tactic.

This novel product means different to different people. For some it is a great alternative, for regulators it is a mystery, for medical professionals they are more on the better side and for manufacturers it is way to cash in. But one thing is for sure, they are here to stay approved by regulators or not. Earlier even cigarettes were considered a remedy for stress and concentration but we all know better. The e-cigarette may take the same path once its effects are studied and understood. In the meanwhile the big company manufacturers are making big bucks and customers feel they are kicking the nicotine addiction.

Thank you, +Neha Malegaonkar!

SWITCHING FROM A PC TO MAC? HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED



So you’ve just decided to take the leap and jump on the Apple bandwagon by buying a mac. You open it; try to configure it but eventually end up getting frustrated because you’ve always been a PC guy. Fret not; this will be the only guide that you’ll need to become a pro Mac user.
GETTING STARTED

Firstly, getting used to a mac is not difficult at all. If you’ve decided to make the switch, you sure as hell can master a Mac device in no time.

This guide assumes you’ve done the initial startup and you are now trying to find your way through the Mac OS X User Interface. Also, since the new Macs come pre installed with the latest Mac OS (OS X Mavericks), all instructions will be based on the latest OS.

Apple ID

Firstly, if you don’t have an Apple ID, get one immediately. Safari comes pre installed so head over to the Apple website or click here. You’ll need it to sign in to a few Apple services like iTunes, iMessages, FaceTime, etc. which are quite essential if you plan to enter the Apple ecosystem and if your friends and family are already using Apple products.

Dock – The Mac’s start bar

What the Start Bar is to the PC, Dock is for the Mac. The dock is nothing but the row of icons to the bottom of the screen.

System Preferences – Configuring your Mac to your needs

What the control panel is to a PC, System Preferences is to a Mac. To change any Mac related setting/preference (these words will be used alternatively from here onwards), the ‘system preferences’ is the go to area. By default, this is the gear like icon in the dock.

Here, you’ll be able to configure you’re your display, trackpad, configure your network, Date/Time, Mails, add/delete printers and a number of other things.

How do I right click on the trackpad?

If you’re used to a Mouse/Trackpad with right and left click, you’ll find the iconic rectangular glass trackpad of a mac quite annoying. However, there is a very easy solution. Head over to system preferences < Trackpad < Point & Click (tab) < Secondary click, change ‘Click or tap with two fingers’ to ‘Click in bottom right corner’. The trackpad now behaves in a similar manner to a PC trackpad with the left mouse button on the bottom left and the right click on the bottom right corner.

To learn more about the various gestures of the trackpad, you can see all the settings with an example on the right side of the system preferences screen. To configure the settings, you can further explore the system preferences.

Resizing the Dock

System Preferences < Dock < Adjust Size.

Alternately, scroll your cursor to the line lying flat in the dock (right side of the dock) till you see the cursor change to ns-resize type cursor. Press and scroll up or down to adjust the size of the Dock.

Shortcuts

Being a PC user, you’re probably used to a lot of shortcuts. Mac too has shortcuts to do the same job, as you would require in a PC. However, the catch is, you’ll have to re-learn all these shortcuts. And as with any learning process, it takes time. Keep in mind; the command button (⌘) is the key to all shortcuts. This guide is an excellent place to start learning all the Mac shortcuts.

Airdrop

Remember the good old days when phones came equipped with Bluetooth for file sharing? Airdrop is a similar technology, with the only difference being that files are transferred using an ad-hoc network created by your iDevice when you click the Airdrop tab in the Finder’s sidebar.

This technology, though brilliant, does come with its own set of shortcomings. iOS 7 introduced Airdrop in iPhones and iPads (subject to iPhone and iPad model) and here is where I still fail to understand why Apple didn’t allow file transferring between its iOS devices and Mac devices. 

Unfortunately, you cannot transfer files from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac device via Airdrop and you are still stuck with file transferring through the traditional iTunes method.

Another drawback of this technology is the lack of support of the file types. This means, if you’re in a meeting and wish to share files with all or any particular attendee, you need to be careful of the file type you wish to transfer. You can share images or videos but you cannot transfer files made in Microsoft Office (which include Word, Excel, Powerpoint) or .mp3/music files. So what file types are supported by Airdrop? For the little time that I have used Airdrop for testing purposes, apart from images and videos, I have only been able to transfer a .txt file successfully.

Launchpad

Launchpad is the iOS style view of the Apps on your Mac. Here, you can find additional apps like Airport Utility, Activity Monitor (much like the Windows Task Manager), etc.

To access the Launchpad, you can either click on the Launchpad icon in the Dock, or pinch 5 fingers on the Trackpad as a shortcut. To exit, press the ‘esc’ button.

Mission Control

This gives you a look at all the open Applications on your mac. However, the functionality is not limited to a bird’s eye view of all the open applications. For multitasking, you can have multiple windows and each window can have its own set of open applications. This feature is extremely handy if you connect your Mac to multiple screens.

To open a new window in Mission Control, hover the cursor to the top right corner of the screen and press the ‘+’ button. To remove a window, simply hover the cursor over the window icon on the top center of the screen and press the ‘x’ symbol to close.

OTHER TIPS AND TRICKS

Hide/Unhide a file in Mac

Open terminal (Finder < Applications < Utilities < Terminal) and type the following command to hide a file of folder:

chflags hidden PathOfFileToHide

To unhide the file, type the following command:

chflags nohidden PathOfFileToUnhide

To determine the path, simply drag the file from the location to the terminal.

External Hard Disk Compatibility

If you’ve been using external hard disks on your PC to create backups of all your important data, it is possible that your external hard disk has been formatted as NTFS file storage system.

Why can’t I copy my data from my Mac to the external hard disk?

To check, connect your hard disk, right click anywhere in the blank area just as you would on a PC and from the drop down menu, click ‘Get Info’. Under the general section of the information window, check for the format of your hard disk. If it reads NTFS, you are most likely to only copy from the hard disk to your mac and not vice versa. This is because you only have the permission to read from the hard disk and no write permissions.

To check the Read/Write permissions, open the ‘get info’ window of the external hard disk and scroll down to the ‘Sharing and Permissions’ section. Here you can find out if you have Read/Write permissions. If it says Read only, don’t worry; the Tuxera NTFS has got you covered.

How do I make NTFS format read/write on a Mac?

Download Tuxera NTFS for Mac by clicking here. You may or may not wish to subscribe to Tuxera’s newsletter service. Once downloaded, install the application. All installation packages end with .dmg, similar to PC’s .exe format for executable files.

Once the installation is done, you may need to restart your system. After restarting, Tuxera NTFS icon will be visible in the System Preferences app. Head over to the ‘Get Info’ section of the external hard disk. Under the ‘Sharing and Permissions’ section, you will now see read and write permissions enabled.

Adding multiple files to a folder

This is a neat little trick that I learnt recently. To add multiple files to a new folder, select the files that you wish to move to the new folder. After selecting, press ^ + ⌘ + N i.e. Control + Command + N.
Alternately, you can also select all files to be moved, right click and select ‘New Folder with Selection (number of items)’.

Cut/Copy/Paste in Mac

By now you must have figured out that a Mac’s working is significantly different from a PC and moving files from one destination to another in a Mac is no different.

Fortunately, to copy and paste files, Mac uses the traditional Command (⌘) + C and Command (⌘) + V shortcuts.

To cut a file and move it from one destination to the other, a small trick is involved. Copy the file(s)/folder(s) and you normally would with the Command (⌘) + C shortcut. To paste, press, Command (⌘) + Option/Alt (⌥) + V. This will move the file from one location to the other, aka, cut files from one destination to the other.

Taking Screenshots

To take a screenshot of the entire screen, use the following shortcut:

Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 3

To take a screenshot of a particular area of the screen, use the following shortcut:

Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 4

The cursor changes to a crosshair with cursor position information. Drag the area that you want to take a screenshot of and when you’re done selecting the area, screenshot will be taken.

For both the shortcuts, as soon as a screenshot is taken, you will hear a clicking noise similar to the ones found on a smartphone’s camera app. All screenshots are saved on the Desktop.

Alternate Dock Effects

Apart from the Genie and Scale effect to minimize an open window, there one more effect that is hidden which is called the ‘suck effect’. To activate this effect, open Terminal (Applications < Utilities < Terminal). In the terminal, copy paste or write the following line:

defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect –string suck

To activate this effect, you must restart your dock. In order to do so, after writing the above command, hit enter/return and type:

killall dock

Press enter/return. The dock will disappear momentarily and then reappear. You should now have the ‘suck’ effect activatedwhile closing or opening applications from the dock.

You might have noted a genie effect while minimizing or maximizing the screen of a particular application. To see the genie effect in slow motion, press Shift (⇧) while minimizing or maximizing the application’s window.

Switching between open Applications

To switch between open applications in a Mac, the shortcut is similar to a PC, i.e. Command (⌘) + Tab.

Backspace in Mac

Anybody who has been a PC user is definitely used to the backspace key. However, as you might have noticed on an Apple keyboard, there is no backspace key. There is only the delete button which doubles up as the backspace. In order to use the delete button as backspace, use function (Fn) + delete.

Keep in mind; the backspace key has multiple functions in Windows. On a Mac, it is only limited to typing purposes. Backspace has no functionality in the Finder window.

Viewing (scrolling through) multiple photos in Mac

Mac has an inbuilt preview app to view photos. The problem is, the preview app is worst of its kind! While you might want to look at all pictures in a folder at once, this is not possible in the preview app. As an alternate, click one of the photos on the folder and press spacebar. This way, you can scroll through all the photos of that particular folder using the direction keys.

These are just a few of the tricks that I have learnt so far. Having used a Mac device for only 2 weeks, I’m getting the hang of it quite easily. Do you have any tips or tricks to share? Let me know in the comments section!

MOVIE REVIEW – WE’RE THE MILLERS



RATING – 7.1/10

GENRE – Comedy, Crime

DIRECTOR – Rawson Marshall Thurber

Spoiler Alert: Parts of the story may be revealed.

PLOTDavid Clark, played by Jason Sudeikis is a small time drug dealer. Due to one of his neighbor, Kenny (played by Will Poulter), David finds himself in a street fight trying to protect a teenage girl (Casey, portrayed by Emma Roberts) from a group of thugs. Soon enough, the thugs are after David and rob him off his weekly earnings and the remaining pot.

David now owes a lot of money to his boss, Brad Gurdlinger, played by the famous Ed Helms who shot to fame with the Hangover series. Brad wants David to go to Mexico and bring a truck load of Marijuana (literally).

In order to improve his chances of bringing pot to the country from across the border without getting noticed, David hires a broke stripper, Rose, played by Jennifer Aniston as his wife, Kenny as his son and Casey as his daughter. Are they able to do the job or is there a twist in the tale?

REVIEW – Well this movie is definitely a onetime watch. Despite the fact that the movie doesn’t have much going on in the story department, the actors and the director have done a good job at keeping the interest of the viewers.

Jennifer Aniston though old looks hot in the role of a stripper and does complete justice to her role. Jason shows that acting comes naturally to him and he looks perfect for the role of a pot dealer and later on as the man of the house.

FUN FACT – During one of the scenes, the RV in which the Millers are travelling requires to turn on the radio. The crew set up the FM to play the opening credit song (I’ll Be There for You – The Rembrandts) from the hit 90’s sitcom, FRIENDS. This sure brought back a lot of memories for Jennifer Aniston who was a big part of the sitcom.

DISCLAIMER: This review is ONLY a personal opinion about the movie. It is NOT a paid (cash or kind) review of the movie, OR endorsed by any person (living or dead) associated to the movie in any way.

The promotional poster image is a property of its respective owner(s). Image has been used only for illustrative purposes and I do not claim ownership of the content of the image.