GigaOm reports Microsoft began rolling out Skype Translator to selected users today. The feature allows instant translation of voice conversations between English and Spanish speakers as well as translation of text conversations between speakers of around 12 languages. The first version runs on Windows 8.1 and Windows phone. Interested users can sign up to be invited in at skype.com/translator-preview.
The BBC reports Facebook is considering adding something similar to the oft-requested dislike button. In a Q&A session at Facebook headquarters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company wants to find “the right way to make it so that people can easily express a broader range of emotions.” Zuck talked about people sharing sad moments or wanting to say ‘That thing isn’t good for the world.’ For example a post that links to a report on child slavery might inspire support for raising awareness, but clicking ‘Like’ might not seem quite right.
The Verge reports that Google Hangouts is getting a major update on Android today. In addition to 16 new sticker packs and video filters, now when a contact asks “where are you” a new prompt appears letting you share your location with a single tap. You can now associate a phone number with your hangout account, as well as a ‘Last Seen’ time stamp that shows when you were last using the program.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has begun the Bingification of Microsoft Office starting with Word Online, the browser-based version of Word. The new embedded search capability called “Insights for Office” will begin rolling out everywhere Bing is available starting today. The search function is free, and there will be no ads. So now you don’t have to leave a Word document to search for information to put in a Word document!
skyban passed along the good news via The Next Web that my dream of yesterday had probably already come true as I was saying it. We talked about Dashlane’s new feature that lets you change all your passwords in one click and I expressed my wish that this should come to Last Pass. Well. LastPass announced that it’s auto-password change feature is now available for all users in beta. Similar to Dashlane it supports 75 of the most popular websites. LastPass still doesn’t have one button to change all the passwords at once.
F1Ben pointed out the Daily Mail article about a study from the University of South Maine showing people are distracted by their mobile phone even when it is not in use. Test subjects were asked to take two tests requiring their attention. One involved picking a number out of a row of 20, the second asked them to find the number and cross out two numbers in the same row that added up that number. If that confused you put your phone away. Those who’s phone was out of sight during the test scored 20% higher on the than those who could see their phone.
On Monday’s DTNS #2381 Paul wrote in with his pick, Name Changer, for renaming files on the Mac. So Dan from San Antonio thought he’d add a pick for a file renamer for Windows.
“I have been using Rename Master from joejoesoft.com
It’s a free program as well. You can do sequential numbering of files, insert or remove characters based on position, find and replace, etc. The interface is easy to use. It’s been around for at least 4 years and is updated semi-regularly as needed.
I’ve used the Bulk Rename Utility for years – http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php.
It almost suffers from too many options – very powerful. It’s free but worth a donation (at least to me).
and lbutler uses a free piece of software for OS X, windows, and Linuxcalled sick beard which scans all of your media files like TV series or movies and has a feature where it will rename them in such a way that Plex understands them.
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Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of hak5.org and Len Peralta, artist and author
CNET reports that Apple has asked a California court to dismiss an anti-trust case. Apple alleges Marianna Rosen, the last remaining plaintiff in the case, did not purchase any iPods within the required timeframe for the class action suit. Apple claims the iPods were purchased by the law firm of her husband. If the court agrees, Rosen would not be able to collect damages, or show injury, thereby preventing a class action suit. Rosen’s lawyers have the weekend to come up with response. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said, “I am concerned that I don’t have a plaintiff. That’s a problem.” The plaintiff’s lawyers are expected to respond this weekend claiming Ms. Rosen did purchase the iPods.
The Wall Street Journal reports attorneys for consumers told a jury Wednesday that Apple deleted music from some users iPods between 2007-2009. The case revolves around music that emulated Apple’s fairplay DRM. The lawyers claim when music from those competing services was synced to an iTunes library, an error message would ask to restore factory resettings and delete the non-Apple DRM’ed music without notifying the user. Apple security director Augustin Farrugia claimed it was a legitimate security measure and hackers like DVD Jon made Apple “very paranoid.” DVD Jon is Jon Lech Johansen of Norway who reverse engineered DVD encryption, and also developed several ways around Apple’s FairPlay DRM. ALSO the Verge reports Eddy Cue testified Apple wanted to license its DRM to other companies but “couldn’t find a way to do that and have it work reliably.”