Learning another language is pretty tough. It takes years, a lot of practice, and a lot of help from people who already speak the language.
That’s not to say apps like Internet Polyglot don’t have their uses. If you’re in a bind and need a quick phrase to get by in a foreign country, Internet Polyglot makes it easy – as long as you’re connected to the Internet.
Internet Polyglot has words and phrases for dozens of languages stored on its own servers. You’ll be able to access all that knowledge using the app on your phone. The words and phrases are organized by topic, which should help make finding what you need quick and painless.
Internet Polyglot is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace for free.
Culled from ChipChick
Last October, Speaktoitbrought one of the first answers to Apple’s Siri to Android phones. Now, it’s bringing the same app to Windows phones – a digital assistant that (sometimes) understands natural language.
Speaktoit for Windows phones works the same way as it does for Android phones – you choose one of many available male or female assistants (or the microphone, if you don’t want to look at some cartoon character every time you want to use the app), then ask away. Speaktoit can launch apps, search for information, get directions, and send emails all using voice commands.
While the app does tout compatibility with natural language, take that with a grain of salt. No digital assistant out there, not even Siri, is particularly consistent at understanding natural queries just yet. For best results, keep in mind that the shorter and more direct your commands are, the better.
Speaktoit is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The first 10,000 downloads for Windows Phone users are free, so if you want to try it out, get on it now.
Culled from ChipChick
Windows Phone users can finally strike back at photobombers out to wreck their party photos with Smartest Eraser. Using the app, you can trace objects or people to be erased from pictures, while also tracing people or objects that you want to preserve. Once that’s done, press a button, and you’ll get a new picture that omits what you want to erase.
Do be careful about using the app, though, and use the preserve feature. The app isn’t a predictive fill-in tool – instead, the entire outlined space is erased, and the photo is squeezed together. So, if you erase one person in a row of five people, there won’t be a strange blank spot where the person got erased – it’ll look like four people standing next to each other. The sample photos don’t look stretched or distorted, but you can definitely tell that some background detail has also been erased along with the object designated for photo-termination. The extent to which this happens depends on what mode you use – usual, cropped, or stretched.
Smartest Eraser is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace for free.
Culled from Chip Chick
Windows Phone Geek have finally made their Developer Marketplace open to all. It was previously released in beta to a select few. The Marketplace enables Windows Phone developers to pick up (or sell) components, tools, templates, frameworks, and more.
The scheduled month to open up the Marketplace to all developers was September 2012, but with increasing interest Windows Phone Geek have decided to bring the release date forward a few months. Boryana Miloshevska, Founder and CEO, had the following to add in the press release.
“Previously, we announced that the private beta was expected to continue until September 2012. I am pleased to announce that, due to the huge interest, we are starting the public beta two months earlier! Starting today, our component marketplace is open to everyone.”
Should you be interested to share any supported projects to the community, you can either give items away for free or publish a price tag to fund some beers. Be sure to check out the Marketplace regardless as the purpose of such a place is for developers to create better quality apps for consumers.
Source: Windows Phone Geek
Rowi is a third-party Twitter app that hopes to make things more efficient for people with multiple Twitter accounts. Twitter users can sign into the app with multiple accounts, then choose from a “Tweet as” list once they have composed a tweet. Users can also save tweets to read for later using Readability, Instapaper, or Pocket.
There are some limited photo editing options on the app, and the ability to translate tweets using Bing is a big plus. The paid version of the app removes the ads and features push notifications that you can customize and use with your Live Tiles. The app is also done up in the Windows Phone Metro style.
Being free and adding a few new features not in the official Twitter app, Rowi looks like it’s worth a download. The free and paid versions are both available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The paid version costs $1.49.
Culled from ChipChick
The Dark Knight Rises official app is out, but it’s only for Nokia Lumia users. The app includes pretty standard movie promotional material – trailers, film information, wallpapers, behind-the-scenes video, and audio clips. Additionally, a social media stream dedicated to the movie will be included, as well as a countdown to the movie’s release on July 20th.
There’s also a minigame called “Claim Gotham City.” Basically, you pick a side (Bane or Batman), and check-in to various places around your city using Foursquare to claim rewards, which presumably include more exclusive promotional material.
The Dark Knight Rises app is available for free, exclusively to Nokia Lumia phones.
Culled from ChipChick
It took Windows Phone just 20 months to hit the 100,000 apps milestone. That’s about 313 apps per day, according to the blog All About Windows Phone. According to All About Windows Phone, Microsoft’s mobile-app marketplace hit the 100,000 benchmark faster than Android, which took 24 months, but slower than iOS, which hit the mark in 16 months. The good news? its only going to get bigger. Already, there is the eagerly anticipated Apollo update and since developing for Windows 8 will almost be the same as developing for Windows Phone, an increase in the Windows Store should also see a corresponding increase in the Windows Phone Marketplace since porting apps from Windows 8 to Windows Phone will be a piece of cake.
Dozens of types of apps are available, from business to photo to sports, but by far the biggest category is entertainment with nearly 20,000 apps. Other popular categories include tools + productivity, books + reference, and games. According to All About Windows Phone, these four categories make up 59 percent of all content that the marketplace carries. Additionally, 67 percent of the apps are free.