Nowadays, you no longer need to attend classroom classes to learn a language. Thanks to advances in technology, there is now a wide choice of online learning apps.
For English, which is one of the most spoken languages in the world, there are 10 apps that stand out for those who want to improve or even learn from the basics.
This app features a huge selection of 145 languages and uses a fun game-based learning method to boost memory. Easy to use, uTalk also offers several functions like the “record” function and the “read” function where each word is read by native speakers. The application is compatible with Android, Mac and iOS systems.
Preply offers the ability to converse with over 49,000 certified professional tutors who are native speakers. The profile of each tutor is carefully checked and the user can choose according to his budget. With Preply, it is possible to book, reschedule or cancel the course easily. The proposed learning plans allow you to improve your oral expression and your vocabulary. However, if the trial lesson with your tutor is not satisfactory, Preply offers to change the tutor for free or refund your budget. Preply is compatible with Android, Mac and iOS systems.
Pimsleur offers interactive tools to help you easily learn the language with the convenience and power of the portable Pimsleur Method. With over 50 languages offered, Pimsleur will have you speaking like a native with confidence. The application is compatible with all devices.
This application allows you to learn English and 40 other languages. It offers more than 300 short lessons organized into everyday life topics and more than 1800 daily lessons. There are also weekly quizzes and monthly challenges. The Premium option is available from $4/month.
Mondly languages was named App of the Year by Facebook and Best New App by Apple with over 90 million downloads worldwide.
MOSAlingua has various means of learning like dialogues, videos, e-books, audio books, graded texts, etc. The app lets you personalize your learning experience.
Lingoda is an online language school suitable for all levels. Classes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are given live, either in small groups of 3 to 5 students, or privately for a duration of 60 minutes per session. More than 1400 qualified teachers provide lessons from beginner to advanced level.
Yabla helps you learn English with thousands of subtitled videos updated every week. The app has two play modes: slow play and loop play. Interactive listening games and educational games are offered for better language immersion. Yabla is compatible with iOS, Android and Mac.
Busuu is considered to be an easy to use application. The lesson plans it offers can be scheduled according to your availability. With Busuu, completing courses leads to official certificates signed “McGraw-Hill Education”. The app was named App of the Year by the App Store and Editors’ Choice by Google Play.
Chatterbug offers a learning method based on reading and writing exercises, one-on-one video sessions with native speakers, and flashcards to learn vocabulary and grammar quickly. At the end of the course, an official CEFR certificate is issued.
Babbel offers lessons covering various relevant topics such as culture, school, travel and business. In general, the Babbel method makes it possible to improve the linguistic level both in writing and speaking over a period of 2 months, at the rate of 15 minutes of lessons per day. The method used is scientifically proven.
Hundreds of millions of Android device owners are at risk of becoming victims of cyber espionage: applications with a malicious module have been installed more than 421 million times
Doctor Web has detected a malicious software module for the Android OS that has spying functions – it can collect information about files stored on devices, transfer them to attackers, as well as replace and upload the contents of the clipboard to a remote server.
According to Dr.Web classification, it was named Android.Spy.SpinOk. The module is distributed under the guise of a marketing SDK, it is built into various Android games and applications, including those available in the official Google Play store.
The SpinOk module is designed to keep users in applications with the help of mini-games, a system of tasks, as well as alleged prize draws. The company said:
During initialization, this Trojan SDK connects to the C&C server, sending a request to it with a lot of technical data about the infected device. Among them is data from sensors such as a gyroscope, magnetometer, etc., which can be used to recognize work in an emulator environment and correct the operation of a malicious application in order to avoid detection of its activity by researchers. For the same purpose, device proxy settings are also ignored, which makes it possible to hide network connections during analysis. In response, the module receives a list of links from the control server, which it loads into the WebView to display advertising banners.
Experts found this Trojan module and several of its modifications in a number of applications distributed through the Google Play catalog. Some of them still contain the malicious SDK, others had it only in certain versions, and others have already been removed.
In total, SpinOk was found in 101 programs that were downloaded at least 421,290,300 times in total. The company notes that “hundreds of millions of Android device owners are at risk of becoming victims of cyber espionage.” Doctor Web has notified Google of the identified threat.
WhatsApp will allow you to broadcast your screen to the interlocutor
The WhatsApp messenger development team has released update 22.214.171.124 for the Android operating system. It is already available to some beta testers through the Google Play Beta Program. The new version has the ability to share your screen with the interlocutor during a video call. To do this, you need to click on the new icon located in the call control window. In this case, everything that is displayed on the screen will be recorded and transferred to another user.
The transfer of screen contents during a video call will be continuous, but it can be interrupted at any time: the user retains full control, experts at the WABetaInfo resource say. And, of course, the broadcast will only start after the user agrees to share the screen.
Please note that the new feature may not be available on smartphones running older versions of the Android OS, or it may not work when calling in large groups. Also, the interlocutor may not accept the screen picture if he uses an outdated version of WhatsApp. While the ability to share the contents of your screen has become available only to some beta testers, it is expected that more users of the messenger will be able to evaluate it in the near future.
AI will lead to job creation, and commercial applications of quantum computers will begin soon, according to the head of IBM
Artificial intelligence will create new business opportunities and lead to economic growth that will create new jobs, according to IBM chief executive Arvind Krishna.
Krishna said he believes the net effect of AI on employment will be “job creation” rather than job destruction, although it will replace humans in certain jobs.
On Sunday, IBM announced plans to invest $100 million in a joint research project with the University of Tokyo and the University of Chicago in an attempt to build a 100,000-qubit quantum supercomputer in 10 years.
“Japan has accumulated a lot of experience in the field of quantum computing, accumulated over decades,” said Krishna. — Physicists, engineers and materials scientists are working on different aspects. Many people may not realize how deep Japan is in these areas.”
He predicted that quantum computing technology would advance step by step as part of a collaborative project in the next decade, with commercial applications starting in three to five years: “This is the time when people will be solving some problems that are probably too expensive or impossible for conventional computers. To do this, we need between 4,000 and 10,000 qubits.”
In quantum computing, a qubit, or quantum bit, is the basic unit of information, just like a binary bit is in conventional computers.
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