Google Translate app update introduces speech transcription functionality

The Google Translate application for Android may now be used to transcribe speech; the new functionality allows anyone to “transcribe foreign language speech as it’s happening”, according to Google. Google Translate Product Manager Sami Iqram describes the motivation behind the new feature. Recently, I was at my friend’s family gathering, where her grandmother told a story from her childhood. I could see that she was excited to share it with everyone but there was a problem — she told the story in Spanish, a language that I don’t understand. I pulled out Google Translate to transcribe the speech as it… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/03/18/google-translate-update-speech-transcription/

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Raspberry Pi 4 Linux computer gets twice the RAM and USB-C power fix

The Raspberry Pi line has provided great little Linux computers to nerds — its low price and small size makes it ideal for tinkering and doing projects. But also, the device has proven to be a solid media device, wonderful for watching videos and emulating classic video games. In other words, it has been a very versatile computer, serving as many things to many people. With the release of the Raspberry Pi 4, however, it finally became powerful enough to serve as a true desktop computer. By installing a Linux distribution, some people can use it for day-to-day computer use,… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/27/raspberry-pi-4-double-ram-usbc/

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Whoa! Brave browser can now show you web pages that no longer exist

When browsing the web, it can be frustrating to encounter a 404 error. You know the page isn’t there, but you don’t always know why. Has it been removed on purpose, by accident, or was it never there in the first place? Well, Brave — the browser from Brendan Eich, a former CEO of Mozilla — is about to make 404 frustration a thing of the past, by giving you the chance to view the actual web page after it’s been removed. No, it’s not witchcraft, although it might sound like it. What the browser has actually done is incorporate… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/25/brave-browser-can-show-web-pages-that-dont-exist/

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Serious sudo flaw could be exploited to gain root access to Linux systems

Details of a nine-year-old security vulnerability with the sudo utility found in numerous Unix and Linux based operating systems have been revealed. The flaw, which affects the likes of Linux Mint and Elementary OS, could be exploited to give users root privileges on a vulnerable system. Sudo versions 1.7.1 to 1.8.30 are at risk if the pwfeedback option is enabled. See also: Google may have shared your videos with strangers Yet another Windows 10 update is causing problems Hacker demonstrates Remote Code Execution exploit for Windows Remote Desktop Gateway While the vulnerability is undoubtedly serious, there are elements of good… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/06/sudo-pwfeedback-root-access-flaw/

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Search is down for Windows 10 users

If you’ve tried to search for something in Windows 10 this morning you’ll likely have been greeted by an empty search window. Type something in, and you’ll get no results. Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the issue, but the problem seems to be caused by Bing’s new integration. SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s new Windows 10 search feature is just a way to force Bing and Edge on to users Reddit users have reported that the issue can be overcome by disabling Bing with this registry hack from How To Geek, but it seems likely this is only a temporary problem and… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/05/search-down-windows-10/

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Download a free Windows 10 virtual machine to keep using Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11

Having now embraced the same engine as Chrome, the Chromium-based Edge is now Microsoft’s default browser. If you want to keep using Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11 for some reason, Microsoft has opened up a way to do so — and to do so safely. The company has released virtual machine images that include both web browser. Available free of charge, the images are available for a range of virtualization platforms. See also: Most antivirus companies will continue to support Windows 7 Microsoft releases update to fix Explorer problems in Windows 10 Microsoft pledges to patch Internet Explorer… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/01/windows-10-virtual-machines-edge-legacy-ie-11/

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Microsoft has a new PowerToy utility on the way — PowerLauncher

Over the last nine months Microsoft has been drip-feeding us new PowerToys for Windows 10. So far we’ve seen FancyZones, Shortcut Guide and PowerRename, and now the company is preparing to add another one. PowerLauncher is — or will be — a quick launch tool for launching apps, and it’s aimed at power users. Not only is it open source like the rest of the PowerToy collection, there is the promise that it will be extendible through the use of plugins. PowerLauncher is currently being reviewed for release, but there’s already a good deal of information about the utility available… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/01/22/microsoft-powertoys-powerlauncher/

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT now available

Not everyone can afford the top of the line graphics card, and that’s fine. If you are a PC gamer on a budget, there are plenty of options these days that will allow you to play the latest and greatest games, albeit with the resolution and other settings turned down a bit. For instance 4K is all the rage these days, but if you are OK with 1080p gaming, you can actually get by with some affordable gear. Today, AMD shows some major respect for the 1080p gamers of the world with the all-new Radeon RX 5500 XT. While not the… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/12/12/amd-radeon-rx-5500-xt/

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Kodi facing a Windows development crisis

Earlier in the week, Team Kodi rolled out an update for Kodi 18 Leia, and also a major new version of the upcoming Kodi 19 Matrix, which included a switch to Python3. At the time, the developers warned that the addition of Python3 was a “breaking change” for the popular home theater software, and would stop lots of add-ons from working. The switch to the new version of Python means a lot of work to get things functional again, and “this has brought the lack of experience of (or even interest in) developing on the Windows platforms in the team… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/11/22/kodi-development-crisis/

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