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Facebook Acquires Speech Translation Company Mobile Technologies, Makers of Offline Translation App Jibbigo Facebook Acquires Speech Translation Company Mobile Technologies, Makers of Offline Translation App Jibbigo
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Facebook has just announced that they have acquired Mobile Technologies, a language software developer who is best known as the makers of the Jibbigo app. Mobile Technologies’ team will head to Menlo Park to join Facebook’s engineering team. “I’m excited …

Gay Marriage to Be Recognized in Official OED Definition
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In light of Britain’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage, the publishers of the largest dictionary of the English language say that they will amend the definition of marriage to include that of the same-sex variety. “We continually monitor the words …

Duolingo Finally Launches an iPad App Duolingo Finally Launches an iPad App

Duolingo, the free language learning service with a wonderfully simply, but brilliant premise, has finally optimized their iOS app to be fully functional on the iPad. And they haven’t just made the previous iOS app bigger – they’ve added a …

Twitter Tests Bing-Powered Translations Twitter Tests Bing-Powered Translations

Twitter is currently testing a new auto-translate feature for tweets on the Twitter desktop site, and it’s powered by Bing. The new translations appear directly under the original tweets, and they note the language in which the translation derives. The …

Google Drive Launches In 18 More Languages Google Drive Launches In 18 More Languages

Google announced today that it is launching Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) in eighteen new languages. These include: Afrikaans Amharic Basque Chinese (Hong Kong) Estonian French (Canada) Galician Icelandic Khmer Lao Malaysian Nepali Persian Sinhalese Spanish (Latin America) Swahili …

How Do You Pronounce GIF? Softly, Says Its Creator How Do You Pronounce GIF? Softly, Says Its Creator

What is this? No, I know it’s a panda falling out of a box. But what is the thing called that’s showing the panda falling out of a box? Right, right. It’s an animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format). Wait, did …

Google Translate Adds Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese & Marathi Google Translate Adds Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese & Marathi
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Google announced that it has added support for five new languages to Google Translate, which brings the total to over 70 languages supported. The new languages are: Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese and Marathi. All of them except for Bosnian are …

Facebook’s Antivirus Marketplace Now Supports 7 New Languages Facebook’s Antivirus Marketplace Now Supports 7 New Languages
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Facebook has just announced that their antivirus marketplace has been opened up to 7 new languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Portugese. “Last October we expanded our AV Marketplace to include new vendors in order to provide even …

Google Adds Latin American Spanish Option to Calendar Google Adds Latin American Spanish Option to Calendar
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Google has just announced that they are making Google Calendar much more friendly to Latin American Spanish speakers. Starting today, Google Calendar has a new Español (Latinoamérica) option. Spanish is spoken is much of the world, but the Spanish isn’t …

AP: ‘Illegal Immigrant’ No Longer an Acceptable Term AP: ‘Illegal Immigrant’ No Longer an Acceptable Term
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The AP, apart from being a news organization, also publishes a highly influential stylebook used by schools and journalists across the country. And they have just made a pretty significant change to it. Starting now, the AP Stylebook no longer …

Twitter’s No-Vowel ‘Twttr’ Prank Is the Scariest of the Day Twitter’s No-Vowel ‘Twttr’ Prank Is the Scariest of the Day

It’s kind of become a tradition as of late that every year, on April Fools’ Day, tech companies try to one-up each other on who can announce the craziest product and maybe catch some unsuspecting blog readers off guard. This …

Gmail for Feature Phones Gets More Indic Language Support Gmail for Feature Phones Gets More Indic Language Support
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Google has just announced that they have rolled out support for 6 new Indic languages on Gmail for features phones. “Indian culture is diverse, with more than 100 languages and thousands of alphabets used every day. Depending on where you …

Sweden Axes the Word ‘Ungoogleable’ After Google Intervenes Sweden Axes the Word ‘Ungoogleable’ After Google Intervenes
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Google has successfully pressured the Swedish Language Council to remove a new word because it risks turning “google” into a generic term. It’s a testament to Google’s dominance that most people simply say “google it” when they really mean “search …

Twitter Archive Now Supports 12 New Languages Twitter Archive Now Supports 12 New Languages

Twitter has just announced that they’ve made Twitter archive available for a bunch of new languages: Danish, Filipino, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu. Now, Twitter users using the service in those languages can access …

Twitter Archives Now Available in 12 New Languages Twitter Archives Now Available in 12 New Languages

Twitter has just announced that they’ve expanded the reach of their archive service to 12 new languages: Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, & Spanish. Now, users using Twitter in those languages can download a …

Explore Twitter in LOLCAT, If That’s Your Thing Explore Twitter in LOLCAT, If That’s Your Thing

TWITTR HAS JUS ADDD NEW LANGUAGE, AN IZ TEH LANGUAGE OV TEH LOLCATS. LOOK: Happeh Fridai! U can nao change ur language 2 lolcat in Settings. Hope u liek it. twitter.com/settings twitter.com/twitter/status… — Twitter (@twitter) February 8, 2013 HEERS WUT …

Siri May Be Getting Wittier, as Apple Hunts for a Writer Siri May Be Getting Wittier, as Apple Hunts for a Writer

When Apple first launched Siri, iOS’ personal voice assistant, usefulness and functionality took a back seat to “omg a robot is saying funny stuff to me,” at least with a lot of users. We quickly discovered that Siri had quite …

Etsy Launches In Spanish With Help From Former Craigslist/Yahoo Engineer Etsy Launches In Spanish With Help From Former Craigslist/Yahoo Engineer
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Etsy announced today that the site is launching in Spanish, which has been a long time coming from the sound of it. The company says it has had a high number of sellers who opened their shops from Spanish-speaking countries, …

Guy Fakes Mexican Accent for an Entire College Semester, Wins Troll Points
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I think I took Speech 101 back in college. You probably did too. It’s the kind of class that’s required by many majors at most universities – the kind of class that you probably bemoan waking up for every morning, …

2012 Was the Year of “Bluster,” Says Dictionary.com

In the past, we’ve let you know when words inspired by modern tech or internet culture become part of official dictionaries. No matter how you feel about the internet’s effect on language (it’s bastardization!), you have to admit that it’s …

You Did It, Internet: GIF Declared Word of the Year

GIFs: They’re so hot right now. You know them. You love them. They power reddit and Tumblr. They’re the perfect way to express a wide range of emotions and reactions, or simply a quick and easy way to cut to …