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    Easy, Interpreters: New Google Earbuds 'Will Not Affect Translation Jobs'

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    Google has released Pixel Buds, sophisticated headphones that can instantly translate between forty different languages using a Pixel smartphone. Speaking to Sputnik, professional Portuguese translator Joao Correia expressed confidence that the new headphones won't be a threat to his job.

    "With many businesses starting to advertise the devices that can interpret conversation between the two languages, Google Pixel Buds will not affect translation jobs at all, he said.

    Correia added that while he was not especially impressed by the Pixel Buds headphones, they might be a "fine" device for the ordinary user.

    "It is designed for [translating]a normal conversation rather than a technical one, related, for example, to the oil and gas sector, which is why the headphones will be particularly useful for those on vacation," he said, adding that the device is of no interest to professional translators.

    Google product manager Juston Payne speaks about Pixel Buds during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2017
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    Google product manager Juston Payne speaks about Pixel Buds during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2017

    When asked about the future of machine translation, Correia said that it "might be good for any limited and specific situations"; according to him, "automatic translation is simply not a reality, something that one should not depend on to provide professional results."

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