Microsoft launches it ‘Translator’ app for Android & iOS


Microsoft has launched its own translator app creatively called ‘Translator’ that works on smartphones, tablets, Apple Watches and Android Wear devices, reports the Indian Express. As of now, the app supports nearly 50 languages, although Hindi is the only supported Indian language.

The app lets users translate words or phrases by either typing out the text or speaking it out. The app itself can speak out the translated words or phrases. Users can also copy paste text into the app from other apps, to enable faster translations. However, Microsoft’s offering on iOS and Android lacks the ability to point the camera at some text to translate it in real time, a feature it offers on Windows Phones.

Note that, Google began visual translations in January this year with seven languages – English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The app, which was subsequently updated to include 27 languages, also enabled translations from English to Hindi using the camera.

Buy tickets from Yatra at FINO Money centres


Alternate banking channel FINO Paytech has partnered with travel services provider, to let users book tickets on Yatra through FINO Money centres. The platform mentions that this partnership will enable migrants from other towns, people from rural areas and low income households to book tickets on Yatra offline.

With this partnership, users will be able to check the pricing, availability and make reservations for bus and train tickets, hotel bookings and holiday packages. Booked tickets can be paid for by cash. Overall, the company mentions it will enable this service across all of its 10,000 points across 14 states, including the 400 self-owned outlets.

Note that in November last year, FINO Paytech had partnered with Snapdeal to launch a similar initiative for Snapdeal products. For the partnership, Snapdeal created a curated list of over 1000 products, including speakers, juicers, solar lanterns, diner sets, camera and mobile phones among others. Customers could browse through products on offer and FINO agents would place orders on their behalf. Once the order was confirmed the FINO agent would collect the payment, post which Snapdeal would deliver the product to the outlet, which was then passed to the customers.