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by George Heymann

Google introduces a new local search experience across your devices.

by George Heymann |@techeadlines

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Google has simplified sharing searches between devices by making those searches available under a new “Recent” icon on the Google Search screen. So next time you go to Google.com on your Android phone or iPhone your recent web searches will be available for users who have web history enabled and are logged into Google when doing their search.

It used to be a multi-step process to share information between my desktop browser and my mobile phone. Typically I would perform a search on my desktop browser then use chrome to phone to share the link to that information with my Android Smartphone.

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Latest Swype Beta update features Nuance’s Dragon Dictation software

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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There are a lot of great keyboards for Android. I have been an especially fickle consumer regularly jumping between a number of excellent choices. If you haven’t had a chance to use Swype with Dragon Dictate you’re in for a treat, it’s a great keyboard with an easy-to-use and very accurate voice recognition app that allows you to speak your text and have it transcribed automatically.

The latest Swype keyboard beta integrates directly with Nuance’s latest Android app Dragon Go which utilizes advanced language modeling for an up to 40% increase in prediction accuracy. The application learns over time as you use it, building up a personal language profile for you.

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Motorola Triumph Hacks including ICS and Gingerbread ROMs

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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We recently reviewed the Motorola Triumph a CDMA pre-paid phone which is being offered by Virgin Mobile. We generally liked the Triumph but were disappointed that the phone is currently being delivered with Android 2.2 Froyo installed with no official upgrade path announced as of this date.

Well we’ve come across a great resource “Motorola Triumph Hacks” that addresses many of the Triumphs shortcomings. The site features downloads for several of the more popular third party ROMS that add additional features and bug fixes as well as instructional videos that include step-by-step instructions to help even novice users enhance their Motorola Triumph experience.

Following one of the featured guides I’ve now upgraded my Triumph to Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread which made the phone noticeably more responsive. The only feature not enabled on the third party build that I installed that is HDMI, which was not a critical feature for me. (Video after the break)

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Chrome for Phone

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta today that brings many Chrome desktop features to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones and tablets.

Some of the Chrome for Android features include:

  •  Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  • Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
  • Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
  • Browse privately in Incognito mode
  • View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome)picking up exactly where you left off.
  • Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you’ll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.
  • Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using.

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Nemus Camera Beta for Android features WYSIWYG effects

by George Heymann

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The Nemus Camera Beta by Nemustech.Kr.Android for Android features ‘What You See is What You Get’ (WYSIWYG) Camera effects.

The application currently features seventeen effects of which you can preview 9 of your favorites simultaneously. All the previews effects are rendered live simultaneously on your screen. The interface couldn’t be easier, point the camera at your subject then choose the effect by tapping on the WYSIWYG preview. The screen will then preview that effect full screen, press the shutter button and you’re done. The effects are reminiscent of the Apple photo booth application.

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I can now speak in 14 different languages, and so can you with the help of Google Translate

by George Heymann

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Google  came one step closer to the ‘Sci-Fi’ fantasy of creating a universal translator with its most recent update to Google Translate for Android.  The latest version of the software V2.2 has been updated to translate between 14 different languages.

Earlier this year Google introduced an experimental feature called conversation mode, which enabled you to translate speech back and forth between English and Spanish. This was expanded this week to include Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

Using Google translate is pretty simple, select the languages you want translated then speak into your phone’s microphone and the application will display the translation in the language you preselected from the drop down menu of available languages. You can optionally select ‘Enter Conversation Mode’ and you will receive both a written and spoken translation of what is said. In conversation mode the translations work in both directions enabling you to have a conversation with someone in a language that you don’t natively understand.

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Now ear this

By GEORGE HEYMANN | THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN 

For music lovers, listening options abound

For music aficionados, there has never been a better time than the present to explore and discover new

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artists and music. A large number of music titles are now available for digital download or streaming to a number of devices over myriad digital services and the numbers are growing every day.

These services fall into three basic categories: Internet radio stations like Pandora and Slacker radio; social music subscription services like Rdio and Spotify; and music cloud storage/music stores like the Amazon MP3, Google Music Beta and Apple’s iCloud music service.

For those of you who missed our take here on the digital music scene on Technology-Headlines, our story is featured in the Lifestyle section of Todays Pueblo Chieftain. Please click here for the rest of the story.

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Digital services a boon to music aficionados

by George Heymann

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For music aficionados there has never been a better time than the present to explore and discover new artist and music. A large number of music titles are now available for digital download or streaming to a number of devices over a myriad of digital services and the numbers are growing everyday.

These services fall into three basic categories. Internet radio stations like Pandora, and Slacker radio. Social music subscription services like Rdio and Spotify. Music cloud storage /music stores like the Amazon MP3, Google Music Beta and Apple’s iCloud music service.

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Virtual currencies proving popular with gamers

by A. Montaqim

Technology Market

The presence of virtual currencies within games is one of the main reasons behind the popularity and monetization success of in-app purchases, according to new research by Distimo. “Some 35% of the 300 most popular free games in June use some sort of virtual currencies to monetize in the Apple App Store for iPhone,” it said.

Distimo’s report covers the Apple App Store for iPad, Apple App Store for iPhone, Apple Mac App Store, BlackBerry App World, GetJar, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog, and Windows Phone 7 Marketplace in the United States in June 2011.

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Number Guru: Free Caller ID and reverse number lookup for Android and iOS. Available for Blackberry soon

by George Heymann

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My latest find I wanted to share is a free Caller ID and Reverse phone number look-up app called Number Guru. In my testing the program worked well giving me the name, city and phone company of the caller while the caller id on the handset showed no information.

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