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AppDate: Speak 42 languages in an instant

In his regular AppDate, SEAN BACHER introduces iTranslate Voice 2, Search for BBM, Checkers Eezi Coupons, Banjo, and an update for Nokia MixRadio.

iTranslate Voice 2

When English-speakers travel in foreign countries, language is usually a problem. This is especially problematic when walking in the streets and performing simple tasks like calling a cab or ordering a cup of coffee. With iTranslate Voice 2 though, users can instantly “speak” up to 42 languages. Just speak a word or phrase in English into an iPhone or iPad and let iTranslate repeat the phrase out loud in the chosen language. Foreign language dictionaries can be downloaded beforehand, so users don’t have to be connected to the Internet every time they want to order a beer. Allows an iPhone to catch up with Samsung’s S Translator.

Platform: iOS. Various alternatives are available on other platforms.

Expect to pay: R9.99

Stockists: Click here to download the app.

Search for BBM

The updated Search for BBM app lets users search their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts for friends, family and business associates, displaying each of their BBM pins. Users then have the option of manually adding contacts to their BBM profile or can add all of them by selecting the Select All option. The app is great for users who are new to the BBM platform and is also useful for those who have recently lost their BBM contacts and don’t have a backup from which to restore.

Platform: BlackBerry OS 10 and above.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Click here to download the app.

Nokia MixRadio

Although Nokia MixRadio was launched last year, the company recently announced that there are now 30 million songs available for Lumia users to download, of which 24 million are available in South Africa. The app offers users the ability to stream music, create their own playlists and even download their song selection for offline listening. Unlike other music services, Nokia MixRadio does not hassle its users with any advertising.

Platform: Nokia Lumia devices running the Windows Phone 8.0 operating system.

Expect to pay: R45 per month.

Stockists: Click here to download the app.

Checkers Eezi Coupons

Anyone can download the Checkers Eezi Coupons app and apply for an Eezi Coupon code. Once users have done their grocery shopping, they will need to let the teller input the code. Any discounts on items bought will automatically be deducted from the bill before paying. Coupons range from bread to whiskey and change from month to month or whenever a store has new specials. The coupons are similar to the paper-based ones users would get in newspapers, except they are digital, speeding up the entire paying process.

Platform: Any phone with Internet access. Users without internet access need to dial *120*885*1# to get the latest code.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Click here to view the coupons currently available.


Banjo delivers articles, videos, blogs and social networking posts on user-selected events and news from around the world. New items relating to the events are collected in real-time, ensuring a user always has the latest information. Collected data is also sorted according to country, date, time-zone and relevance. Once the data has been downloaded, users can set filters to display only the type of content they want to view, for example displaying only video of a live concert.

Platform: iOS and Android Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

* Sean Bacher is editor of Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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