Daily Dispatch: Augmented reality translation app; Caps Lock on the way out?

    Consumer Reports News: December 20, 2010 12:20 PM

    In today's Digital Dispatch:

    Word Lens augmented reality app instantly translates whatever you point it at (Engadget)

    ...Download Word Lens, pay $4.99 for a language pack, then point it at a sign and watch as it replaces every word with one in your native tongue.

    Obama Calls for Federal Internet Privacy Policy Office (ReadWriteWeb)

    The Obama administration today issued its official call for the creation of a new Privacy Policy Office that would focus on facilitating discussions among stakeholders in order to protect and inform consumers about the privacy risks, costs and opportunities created by the growth in personal data online.

    Google Shared Spaces (Google Operating System)

    What happens with all the Google Wave gadgets, now that Google Wave has been discontinued? They're available in Google Shared Spaces, a small Google Labs project that helps you collaborate with other people by adding information to a gadget.

    Phone-Wielding Shoppers Strike Fear Into Retailers (Wall Street Journal)

    ...One way stores attempt to beat this price-comparison game is by stocking products that manufacturers have slightly modified exclusively for them, signaling the phone that no other store has the product.

    GOOD RIDDANCE The long-overdue movement to abandon Caps Lock (Slate)

    ...But perhaps the boldest change is Google's decision to ditch the Caps Lock key. In its place is a Search button, denoted with the image of a magnifying glass.

    Are you concerned your iPhone apps may be spying on you? (TiPb)

    ...An examination of 101 popular smartphone "apps"—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone's unique device ID to other companies without users' awareness or consent.

    Find out what's in a word, or five, with the Google Books Ngram Viewer (Official Google Blog)

    ... The Ngram Viewer lets you graph and compare phrases from these datasets over time, showing how their usage has waxed and waned over the years.

    "FarmVille for Dummies" Is Real and Available for Pre-Order (Mashable)

    We have a new frontrunner for the most redundant book title of 2010 award: Wiley's FarmVille for Dummies, available for pre-order on Amazon now.

    About Digital Dirk's Dispatches
    Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily to bring you the Digital Dispatch—a compilation of the most important and interesting tech news for consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.

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