While Word Lens does remain one of our favorite pieces of software, there's no denying the company's product has a serious feature gap: support for Chinese and Japanese characters. Enter Waygo.
Waygo is basically World Lens for Chinese and Japanese (no Korean yet, unfortunately), and the free app allows you up to 10 translations per day at no charge. If you want the full version, the upgrade will cost you $7 for a lifetime license.
We've generally liked Dropcam's products, and the company's commitment to strong Android integration has certainly helped. Today, Dropcam announced a new product in the company's lineup, and for once, it's not a camera. Meet Dropcam Tabs - the company's take on motion sensors.
Dropcam Tabs are small adhesive dongles that can be attached to doors, windows, or really any object whose movement you want to track. Dropcam's software allows you to configure the Tab based on what it's attached to, too (door, window, or object proximity alert).
Motorola's desktop Connect software and Android app received a significant update today, adding support for a host of MMS features previously not available. Most importantly, Motorola Connect can now actually display MMS messages, be they picture messages or group messages. You can also respond to such messages now through Connect, though only using the SMS protocol. That means you can't send pictures from Connect, and you can't send group messages, either (replies will only be sent to the original sender).
Do you like buttons? The successful Pressy Kickstarter last year made it clear people were really jazzed about getting one configurable button on their phones, but what about four of them that connect via NFC? That's what the Dimple is, and it's currently raking it in on Indiegogo.
The Sony Smartwatch 2 companion app received an update last month that introduced a new watch face editor and some other enhancements. Now Sony is updating its SDK for developers to take advantage of these goodies. With the Sony Add-on SDK 3.0, developers can enable their apps to run in low-power mode, extending how long a user can go before having to plug in their watch. The change lets the app run in the foreground while the backlight is off.
Today Todoist has rolled out an update for its Android app that introduces the ability to attach files to notes natively. This includes data stored locally, along with audio recordings created on the fly. More appropriately for a cloud-based to-do list service, the app can also pull files directly from Dropbox or Google Drive. To give it a go, just hit the paper clip icon when creating a new note.
Endless runners and Tetris clones are two game genres that are sure to elicit a yawn from most seasoned mobile gamers, but what if you had both in one game... at the same time? You've just imagined Hazumino, a new side-scrolling runner on Android. Not only do you have to jump at the right time, you need to make sure there's something to jump on. Here, let this weird intro video tell the tale.
iOS-using Pebble owners have been able to enjoy Pandora music controls on their monochrome chronometers since last month, and now Android's finally catching up. Pandora has announced on the company blog that Pebblers (Pebbles? Pebblerites? Pebblians?) with Android phones and tablets can now control the Pandora app's playback using their smartwatch.
The Pandora Pebble app itself will allow users to change stations, thumbs up or down songs, skip songs, as well as start and stop playback - the basic kind of functionality you'd expect.
As much as we like to give Kickstarter campaigns a hard time (or just outright laugh at them), we've seen some cool ideas come to fruition thanks to crowd-funding. Among those, Thermodo is an interesting little gadget: it's essentially a small thermometer that plugs into a phone's or tablet's headphone jack and interacts with the device through an app to give the temperature of the current location. I'm not entirely convinced of its practical usage, but the idea is definitely neat.
Google Glass is receiving an update today - build XE17's release notes just went live on the Google Support site, and they're about as terse as you can get: "XE17 fixes some bugs that caused Glass to unexpectedly restart. Even more improvements are coming soon. Stay tuned."
And that's all she [or he] wrote, folks. The update comes less than a month after XE16 was released, bringing Glass up to Android 4.4, adding photo bundles, sorted voice commands, improved battery life, and more.