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Broken Record [Comic]

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As a dad of three, I often feel that way. Sigh. Kids these days don’t really know what a broken record sounds like anyways, so it’s perfectly useless to use that expression on them. Also, the panel where the dad is “buffering” hits painfully home. As I grow older, I found myself buffering more and more when trying to explain anything to them.

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Duolingo Chatbots Help You Learn a New Language

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Learning a new language is difficult. Which means you should use any tips and tricks at your disposal to make it easier. Duolingo already offers a fantastic way of learning a new language. But its new chatbots now add a friendly face to proceedings. Duolingo is already extremely proficient at teaching you the words and structure of a new language. However, actually holding a conversation with a native speaker can still be a challenge. Duolingo’s new chatbots are designed to help you get used to holding conversations in your new language of choice. Once you have a basic grasp of…

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Google Drive Search and Docs improvements

Google just launched an update for Google Drive that improves the service’s search capabilities with spelling correction and natural language processing.

Google Drive’s search functionality lacked in several ways up until now, especially if you consider that Google is the dominant search company on the Internet.

The new update improves search on Google Drive. While that won’t make it the best search experience you ever had — as you may still encounter the dreaded “none of your files or folders matched this search” message — it is a step in the right direction nevertheless.

“Did you mean” spell checking

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One of the new features that the update introduces is spell checking. When you mistype a search query, you may get a “did you mean” suggestion underneath it if Google Drive could not match any files or folders to the original query.

If you enter gams for instance, you may get the suggestion to run the search for games instead. This is linked directly so that you need to to click on the suggestion to display matching results.

Natural Language Processing

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The second big change to search is support for Natural Language Processing. Basically, what it allows you to do is type queries in natural language.

A search for “show budget spreadsheets” for instance may result in no search hits by default. Google may display a “did you mean” link however that runs a search for budget that returns only spreadsheets in the results.

Google states that Drive search understands complex queries such as “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa” as well, and that it will get better with each query.

Google Docs improvements

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Google Docs features a new columns option that switches the layout to one, two or three columns. To use it, open any document on Google Docs and select Format > Columns to switch to another column count automatically.

Non-Google file formats that you open, convert or edit on Google Docs, Sheets or Slides are now saved automatically.

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You may open a copy of those files using the Revision History. This allows you to open the original file at any time.

To do that, open the file on Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, and select File > Show Revision History from the menu. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you may use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-Shift-H instead.

Now You: Do you use a document hosting and editing service? If so, which and why?

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Martin Brinkmann

Google Drive Search and Docs improvements

Google just launched an update for Google Drive that improves the service’s search capabilities with spelling correction and natural language processing.

Google Drive’s search functionality lacked in several ways up until now, especially if you consider that Google is the dominant search company on the Internet.

The new update improves search on Google Drive. While that won’t make it the best search experience you ever had — as you may still encounter the dreaded “none of your files or folders matched this search” message — it is a step in the right direction nevertheless.

“Did you mean” spell checking

google drive update

One of the new features that the update introduces is spell checking. When you mistype a search query, you may get a “did you mean” suggestion underneath it if Google Drive could not match any files or folders to the original query.

If you enter gams for instance, you may get the suggestion to run the search for games instead. This is linked directly so that you need to to click on the suggestion to display matching results.

Natural Language Processing

natural language processing

The second big change to search is support for Natural Language Processing. Basically, what it allows you to do is type queries in natural language.

A search for “show budget spreadsheets” for instance may result in no search hits by default. Google may display a “did you mean” link however that runs a search for budget that returns only spreadsheets in the results.

Google states that Drive search understands complex queries such as “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa” as well, and that it will get better with each query.

Google Docs improvements

google docs columns

Google Docs features a new columns option that switches the layout to one, two or three columns. To use it, open any document on Google Docs and select Format > Columns to switch to another column count automatically.

Non-Google file formats that you open, convert or edit on Google Docs, Sheets or Slides are now saved automatically.

revision history original

You may open a copy of those files using the Revision History. This allows you to open the original file at any time.

To do that, open the file on Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, and select File > Show Revision History from the menu. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you may use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-Shift-H instead.

Now You: Do you use a document hosting and editing service? If so, which and why?

Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader.

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Martin Brinkmann

Filter Amazon Video content by language

Amazon Video is an add-on service for Prime members that works in many regards just like Netflix.

Amazon produces original series such as Bosch, Jean-Claude von Johnson or The Man in the High Castle  that you may watch on the site, and third-party content that it licensed.

Shows and movies may be offered in multiple languages and with subtitles for languages on top of that.

There is usually no indication however if a movie or show supports that. While you can load it up to find out, there is a better way to go about it that may improve your experience on the site.

Filter Amazon Video content by language

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What Amazon makes available differs from region to region. You may get shows or movies in the US that you cannot watch in Germany or the UK at that moment. This is very similar to Netflix.

This means that if you are abroad, you may only get access to local shows and movies, and not your usual selection.

You have one option however to find movies or shows in your language.

Search

Visit the main Amazon Video site to get started. The link brings you to the German Amazon Video site as I use it as an example.

Note: The US Amazon Video site offers fewer language options than other sites. You get the local language, and then at least English on top of that in most regions.

Use the search at the top to find content of interest.  Amazon returns a list of results on the search results page that you may go through.

The left sidebar lists various filtering options that may come in handy. If you scroll down a bit on the page, you come eventually to the “language spoken” and “subtitles & closed captioning” section.

Language spoken lists all languages the movies or shows of the search results support. Simply make a selection there to filter the results so that only matching language content is listed.

The same is true for subtitles, and you may combine the two as well if you want.

This works well and should return only results that match the selected language or languages. The feature is a bit limited, as you may only use it when you search and not generally on Amazon.

Second option

amazon ov content

There is a second option that you may explore. It depends largely on the regional Amazon store though and is not universal.

In Germany, you may search for OV or OMU on Amazon Video to find content that is offered in its original version, or in its original version with German subtitles.

So, if you only want content that is offered in its original version, which is English most of the time but not always, you may add OV or OMU to the search phrase to find only that content.

A quick search for OV returned more than 17,000 titles available in English, but also content in Japanese, French, Italian or Spanish.

Now You: Which language do you prefer media content to be in?

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Martin Brinkmann

Filter Amazon Video content by language

Amazon Video is an add-on service for Prime members that works in many regards just like Netflix.

Amazon produces original series such as Bosch, Jean-Claude von Johnson or The Man in the High Castle  that you may watch on the site, and third-party content that it licensed.

Shows and movies may be offered in multiple languages and with subtitles for languages on top of that.

There is usually no indication however if a movie or show supports that. While you can load it up to find out, there is a better way to go about it that may improve your experience on the site.

Filter Amazon Video content by language

amazon filter language

What Amazon makes available differs from region to region. You may get shows or movies in the US that you cannot watch in Germany or the UK at that moment. This is very similar to Netflix.

This means that if you are abroad, you may only get access to local shows and movies, and not your usual selection.

You have one option however to find movies or shows in your language.

Search

Visit the main Amazon Video site to get started. The link brings you to the German Amazon Video site as I use it as an example.

Note: The US Amazon Video site offers fewer language options than other sites. You get the local language, and then at least English on top of that in most regions.

Use the search at the top to find content of interest.  Amazon returns a list of results on the search results page that you may go through.

The left sidebar lists various filtering options that may come in handy. If you scroll down a bit on the page, you come eventually to the “language spoken” and “subtitles & closed captioning” section.

Language spoken lists all languages the movies or shows of the search results support. Simply make a selection there to filter the results so that only matching language content is listed.

The same is true for subtitles, and you may combine the two as well if you want.

This works well and should return only results that match the selected language or languages. The feature is a bit limited, as you may only use it when you search and not generally on Amazon.

Second option

amazon ov content

There is a second option that you may explore. It depends largely on the regional Amazon store though and is not universal.

In Germany, you may search for OV or OMU on Amazon Video to find content that is offered in its original version, or in its original version with German subtitles.

So, if you only want content that is offered in its original version, which is English most of the time but not always, you may add OV or OMU to the search phrase to find only that content.

A quick search for OV returned more than 17,000 titles available in English, but also content in Japanese, French, Italian or Spanish.

Now You: Which language do you prefer media content to be in?

Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader.

The post Filter Amazon Video content by language appeared first on gHacks Technology News.

Martin Brinkmann

Filter Amazon Video content by language

Amazon Video is an add-on service for Prime members that works in many regards just like Netflix.

Amazon produces original series such as Bosch, Jean-Claude von Johnson or The Man in the High Castle  that you may watch on the site, and third-party content that it licensed.

Shows and movies may be offered in multiple languages and with subtitles for languages on top of that.

There is usually no indication however if a movie or show supports that. While you can load it up to find out, there is a better way to go about it that may improve your experience on the site.

Filter Amazon Video content by language

amazon filter language

What Amazon makes available differs from region to region. You may get shows or movies in the US that you cannot watch in Germany or the UK at that moment. This is very similar to Netflix.

This means that if you are abroad, you may only get access to local shows and movies, and not your usual selection.

You have one option however to find movies or shows in your language.

Search

Visit the main Amazon Video site to get started. The link brings you to the German Amazon Video site as I use it as an example.

Note: The US Amazon Video site offers fewer language options than other sites. You get the local language, and then at least English on top of that in most regions.

Use the search at the top to find content of interest.  Amazon returns a list of results on the search results page that you may go through.

The left sidebar lists various filtering options that may come in handy. If you scroll down a bit on the page, you come eventually to the “language spoken” and “subtitles & closed captioning” section.

Language spoken lists all languages the movies or shows of the search results support. Simply make a selection there to filter the results so that only matching language content is listed.

The same is true for subtitles, and you may combine the two as well if you want.

This works well and should return only results that match the selected language or languages. The feature is a bit limited, as you may only use it when you search and not generally on Amazon.

Second option

amazon ov content

There is a second option that you may explore. It depends largely on the regional Amazon store though and is not universal.

In Germany, you may search for OV or OMU on Amazon Video to find content that is offered in its original version, or in its original version with German subtitles.

So, if you only want content that is offered in its original version, which is English most of the time but not always, you may add OV or OMU to the search phrase to find only that content.

A quick search for OV returned more than 17,000 titles available in English, but also content in Japanese, French, Italian or Spanish.

Now You: Which language do you prefer media content to be in?

Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader.

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Martin Brinkmann