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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 …

Gmail Gets Over 100 New Input Tools Gmail Gets Over 100 New Input Tools
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Google announced today that it is adding over 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs (input method editors) to Gmail, giving users tools to type in different languages and keyboard layouts for improved international communication. “Finding the right words can be …

Oxford Dictionaries Online Add “Ridic,” “Mwahahaha,” and Then Fittingly, “Douche” Oxford Dictionaries Online Add “Ridic,” “Mwahahaha,” and Then Fittingly, “Douche”

The Oxford Dictionaries Online are an arm of the Oxford English Dictionary, with a slight difference. While the OED shows how words and meanings have changed over times, the ODO “focuses on the current language and practical usage.” So it …

Sexting, F-Bomb, and Mash-up Added to the Dictionary Sexting, F-Bomb, and Mash-up Added to the Dictionary
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As a word nerd, it’s always fun to see new words enter the lexicon. Language is constantly evolving, and every so often our dictionaries must adapt to the changing landscape. And a lot of the time, that means creating official …

Google Moves Further Away From Keyword Dependence Google Moves Further Away From Keyword Dependence
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It seems that June, for Google, was all about improving how the search engine deals with natural language. On Friday, Google released a giant list of changes it made over the course of June and July. There were 86 entries …

Google Helps Save Bikya, Seneca, & More Endangered Languages Google Helps Save Bikya, Seneca, & More Endangered Languages

According to UNESCO, at least 43% of the estimated 6,000 languages spoken around the world are facing extinction, and that’s only including the languages they actually have data on. Many of these languages are in remote regions of the world …