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Google Translate review

One of the most accessible translating apps currently available on Android, Google Translate does a great job at translating individual words but stumbles often when it comes to sentences, especially longer ones. Still, it remains a highly convenient real-time translator with support for all the major languages of the globe and great features like speech and camera translation, as well as offline support.

Google Translate comes with a polished, streamlined interface that's a pleasure to use. The real-time conversion means that if you don't get a word right, you can quickly try a synonym. But that won't … Read more

Airbnb co-founder: Firm could expand beyond lodgings

Airbnb, the online service that matches travelers with homeowners or renters who want to share their homes for a period of time, might be expanding.

Speaking to The Next Web in an interview published Tuesday, Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk said his company doesn't believe it's "just in the business of providing accommodation," adding that Airbnb is looking at ways it can provide "more conveniences" to its customers.

Exactly how those "conveniences" will be shared, however, has yet to be determined. Blecharczyk said his company could tie in car service to get folks … Read more

Have VinGardeValise, will travel

Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.

The VinGardeValise ($169.99) is a wine suitcase. When packed with a full case of wine, … Read more

Trapped in the Time Travel Lab: My puzzling Sunday

"You are trapped in the mysterious laboratory, where it has been said, they study time travel. The door is closed. A lot of hidden clues await you. You wonder if they were able to make time travelling true..." These words on a poster beckon you in to a frantic puzzle-solving team experience that can lead, as it did in my case, to your untimely demise.

Or you might...Escape from the Time Travel Lab.

SCRAP Entertainment's first Real Escape Game was held in Japan, and nowadays the company is putting on events in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. In addition to the basic Mysterious Room, people have escaped from the Magic Show, the Werewolf Village, and other sticky scenarios. There are also Real Escape Game branches in Singapore, Taiwan, and China, plus there seem to be at least four live-escape game companies operating in the UK, so I'm going to call this a worldwide phenomenon. If the rest of this sounds fun to you, you may be able to find something similar nearby.… Read more

Caterina Fake's Findery launches to be your living atlas

Caterina Fake wants to make the places around you come alive, and she needs your help to do it.

Co-founder of the once-beloved photo site Flickr and the archetype of the female geek, Fake hopes to prove that she can once again make technology more human -- less about me and more about we. This time around, she's using an app called Findery to put the world's greatest stories in the palm of your hand.

Findery for iPhone, which arrives on the App Store on Thursday, centers around world exploration, with a map for attaching notes in the … Read more

Google Doodle honors author John Steinbeck

When I was a young reader, one of my favorite books was "Travels with Charley," a tale of one man's trip across America with his faithful poodle. As I grew older, I fell in love with other books authored by Charley's traveling companion. That's why it's only fitting to me that John Steinbeck's work be celebrated through the latest Google Doodle.

Born in Salinas, Calif., on February 27, 1902, Steinbeck worked at a series of odd jobs before embarking on his writing career. Though his first novel was published in 1929, Steinbeck gained … Read more

MasterCard to boost credit card security with smartphones

With hacks, stolen credit card data, and identify fraud constantly on the rise, some credit card companies are looking into how to better beef up security.

MasterCard announced Tuesday that it has partnered with mobile technology company Syniverse to make it more difficult for unauthorized users to buy goods with nabbed credit cards. While working to heighten credit card security is nothing new, MasterCard's most recent plan is a bit different because it involves users' smartphone geolocation while they're traveling abroad.

The idea is that a users' credit card cannot be used unless it is within close range … Read more

Get a 5,000mAh mobile charger for $16.99, shipped

It's not all about the mAh, people.

Sure, the more milliampere-hours packed into a mobile charger, the better. A 5,000mAh battery is better than a 2,000mAh battery because it supplies more power between charges. But I daresay there's a feature that's even more important.

I am, of course, talking about built-in cables. The vast majority of mobile chargers rely on separate cables (and/or tips -- horrors) that are not only inconvenient but also easily lost. That's why, by the laws of state and human decency, all mobile chargers should have built-in cables.

Like … Read more

Fund this: Jumper cables for your smartphone

It was just a few weeks ago I told you about the Charged-Card, a wallet-friendly battery pack designed to provide emergency power for your smartphone.

Pretty cool, yes, but a little costly at the expected retail price of $39.99 (early backers can still get in for $30), and a little limited with just one connector: Apple 30-pin, Apple Lightning, or Micro-USB.

Unfortunately for the Charged-Card folks, there's already a better product in the works: the Jumper Card, which does more for less.

Update: Shortly after this post went live, the Jumper Card disappeared from Indiegogo, and e-mails to … Read more

The 404 1,419: Where it's open tax season with Aunt Jill Schlesinger (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Make way for GameSpot's Ultimate Upgrade Sweepstakes.

- The smart guide to financial aide.

- Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.

- Ventev: Idiot proof, Aunt Jill approved travel chargers.

- Follow Aunt Jill on Twitter.… Read more