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Posts tagged dictionary app now sporting a new look on Android
April 4, 2013 | 3:30 pm

No, dictionary apps aren't sexy. But for the avid reader, they are a useful addition. Sure, most e-reading apps and e-readers have integrated dictionaries, but sometimes it's nice to be able to look up an unfamiliar word anywhere. That's how I use the app on my Nexus 7. It's always been a functional app, but it looked like a phone app spread out on a tablet screen, not an uncommon occurrence in Android apps. Today, however, updated its app, optimized for Jelly Bean, and they completely refreshed the user interface. It's now a nice looking as well as functional...

Revamped Oxford English Dictionary Online
January 14, 2011 | 6:51 pm

images.jpgBits: Tech Talk has an interview with John Simpson, the chief editor of the OED about the new online edition. You can find the audio interview here. ... marks 20 million downloads with next-gen application
December 14, 2010 | 10:27 am

SF16800.jpegFrom the press release: Today (, the leading online and mobile dictionary, announced that its mobile products have exceeded *20 million downloads, making it the world's most downloaded dictionary across iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry platforms. Demand for apps – further evidenced by iTunes App Store's recent listing as the #2 free reference app for iPhone (#8 paid) and #3 for iPad for 2010 – is currently growing at a rate of 1M downloads/month. The company marked this milestone by launching next-gen iPhone and Android apps that offer voice-to-text functionality, access to fresh, exclusive word-related content and other features...

Wordnik online dictionary adds new search features
November 11, 2010 | 5:41 pm

logo_347x88.png Wordnik continues to be one of our favorite (useful, educational, fun) online databases. It provides access to definitions from a number of dictionaries and other word resources, thesaurus, word/phrase translation option, pronunciations (audio), tools to create and share word lists, and much more. In the past few days Wordnik announced that they've added truncation (including left-hand truncation) and a number of wildcards to search the main database and lists. From the Wordnik Blog: The * wildcard matches any number of characters:*tacular ? matches any single character: Or you can limit single-character wildcards to just vowels or just consonants with @ and # respectively: Searching without...

Apple releases iTunes 9.2.1, iBooks 1.1.1
July 19, 2010 | 7:44 pm

A number of news sites, such as Engadget, are reporting that Apple has released paired updates of iTunes 9.2.1 and iBooks 1.1.1. The iTunes update is largely a bugfix issue, according to its patch notes, but Crunchgear calls the iBooks release a “major update,” adding dictionary lookup of words and improvements to in-line images and PDF viewing. It also includes support for audio and video content in e-books. Given that a lack of dictionary lookup prompted some grumbling when iBooks first came out, the addition should please some of the app’s critics. Of course, the problem...

Oxford Dictionaries Online arrives
June 11, 2010 | 8:05 am

Screen shot 2010-06-10 at 6.08.58 PM.pngI love dictionaries and wish I could subscribe to this personally, but it costs 40 pounds for a one year subscription and I don't think that is reasonable. This is from the press release: Oxford University Press is proud to announce its brand new modern English dictionary and language reference service, Oxford Dictionaries Online. Based on the largest language research program in the world, ODO gives users Oxford's largest modern English dictionaries, thesauruses, and usage guides at their fingertips. It is sure to become the go-to resource for business professionals, writers, copyeditors, linguists, academics, students, teachers, non-native speakers, wordies, and...

A great little free dictionary to use with Kindle for PC app (Windows) by Andrys Basten
May 3, 2010 | 3:57 pm

wweb.gifIn the recent blog article on the updated Kindle for PC app, I wrote that there was no in-line dictionary yet like the one on the Kindle itself, with the summary definition at the bottom of the Kindle screen for the word your cursor might be on and the ability to get the full definition and etymology via the American Oxford Dictionary. I missed that. Jerry wrote in the comments area: "For a dictionary on Kindle for PC, I would strongly recommend installing WordWeb ( It has hotkey functionality which allows you to look up any word...

Expensive dictionaries powered by Paragon still sell on iPhone and Blackberry
March 24, 2010 | 8:59 am

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 9.51.42 AM.pngParagon, a German company, builds expensive dictionaries for the iPhone, Blackberry and other platforms. According to the LA Times: With Google pushing its free dictionary and others like dominating Web searches, Paragon Chief Executive Alex Zudin contends that there's still a very attractive market for the "premium reference content." "Google can't own this market," Zudin said over lunch recently. "Merriam-Webster is the Bentley of the dictionary world." For many, the fast-improving free dictionaries are good enough. Paragon's reference apps target the hyper-intellectual -- the grad student in English, the business executive and the PhD, Zudin said. The elite names in...

Smartwords aims to bring intelligence to integrated dictionaries
February 23, 2010 | 6:54 pm

smartwords_logo_495x81 CNet has an article about Smartwords, an idea from start-up company Wordnik that sounds terrific but sure seems hard to describe succinctly. As Smartwords’s website puts it: Smartwords is a lightweight, easy-to-use standard for retrieving and publishing real-time, contextually-aware information about words. It took reading through the CNet article a couple of times to figure out that it might better be described as “an integrated dictionary on steroids.” Existing e-book apps with dictionary support (such as eReader) are largely limited to clicking on a single word to get a definition. Wordnik wants...

Oxford dictionaries go online
February 8, 2010 | 9:39 am

oxford.jpgStarting in June when you buy an Oxford dictionary, at least in England, you will get a free subscription to Oxford Dictionaries Onlind and Oxvord Language Dictionaries Online. The subscription will be between 3 months and a year depending on the price of the dictionary purchased. After the subscription expires, renewals will be offered at discounted prices. The subscription includes dictionaries, thesaurus, usage information, grammar, spelling, writing resources and a puzzle zone. Now if they would only drop the price of the OED on DVD to a more reasonable amount....

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