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Skype Translator Enables Students Speaking Different Languages To Communicate

Skype Translator Enables Students Speaking Different Languages To Communicate

We have an astounding 7.29 billion people populating our little blue planet at the moment, and while this means that we have pretty much developed to a point where no natural predators or disasters can truly threaten our society, it also means that we have to start developing into a global civilization. To achieve this, we must first work on improving communication across continents and nations. Skype has proven to be an excellent tool for connecting people from across the globe, allowing free sharing of information on a very personal level.

It is a very secure and reliable platform that has given many of us some unique opportunities in both our professional and our personal lives, but Skype is now coming out with some truly revolutionary tools. The new Skype Translator will allow direct translation between different languages. The idea is to allow two people to speak or type in their native language and have it automatically translated to the other person’s language.

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Now, this isn’t just talk or a cool idea to look forward to – the Skype Translator preview will launch later this year and will only initially offer Spanish and English, with other options quickly following. You can register here to give it a shot, and become a part of the cultural renaissance. Skype will invite a limited amount of people to use this preview and help them put the polishing touches on their Skype Translator.

So, how does it work?

It is actually quite simple. Everything you say is translated into another language (currently only available between English and Spanish), and the person you are talking to hears everything in their own language, spoken by the characteristic computer generated voice. There is also a transcription of everything that is said, in both languages. You can also use this option for sending instant messages in over 40 different languages. The software used can actually learn to provide better translations through use, so with time we can expect some very accurate translating with minimal processing time.

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The setup is quick and easy – you just chose your friend’s spoken and written language, and you can start chatting – and the Skype Translator has already been tested by schoolchildren form the US and Mexico, who have had a great time making friends and learning about another culture.

The implications of this technology and what we can expect in the future

With near instant translation at our disposal, and with advanced computer learning software that can pick up on subtleties related to meaning with extended use, it will be easier than ever for people from different cultures to exchange experiences, learn together and develop emotional connections. It will certainly make a huge impact on the business world, improving the communication between the business representative and an overseas client or between company branches form different parts of the world.

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However, the most important benefit will be that we will be able to learn more about other cultures. As information on how people live across the world becomes more accessible, through firsthand accounts no less, we will develop a much more realistic picture on the state the world is in.

Not merely relying on news and mostly erroneous claims found on the internet, will help us open up to different cultures. While we can’t change human nature, and there will always be some bad people around, studies have shown that people growing up in racially diverse communities are much more comfortable dealing with people from different cultural backgrounds – which means that children growing up in a world where you can freely communicate face-to-face with other children from all over the globe will be able to work towards creating a true global civilization, where notions of racism and xenophobia won’t have much of an impact on society.

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Of course, we will have to wait and see how this technology develops, but it is a very big step forward that can lead us to great things.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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