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Browse The Web In Spanglish With New Chrome Extension Browse The Web In Spanglish With New Chrome Extension
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They always say that immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language, and a new experimental Chrome extension aims to recreate the feeling of language immersion by mixing up the languages you see while browsing the web. It’s …

Google Maps Now Available In Bahasa Malaysia Google Maps Now Available In Bahasa Malaysia

Google’s had quite the crush on Malaysia recently. Last week, the company launched a Malaysia-specific domain for YouTube and now they’ve announced that Google Maps will have traffic and transit information for the western Pacific country. The traffic information, which …

Senator Under Fire For Saying “Niggardly”
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Once again, someone is getting in trouble for using the word “niggardly”. On Thursday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) used the word in response to a question about spending for veterans. He said, in part: “Of course we’re falling short,” he …

Computer Scientists Developing Sign Language Translator Computer Scientists Developing Sign Language Translator

Computer scientists in Scotland are developing technology that can translate sign language into text through a simple webcam. The technology, which has the potential to run on variety of camera-enabled digital devices, could be a big help to speech-impaired users …

Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese
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While most iPhone users I know love talking to Siri–and especially enjoy making her say funny things–the iPhone-based human-like assistant seems even more human in having a flawed, sometimes divisive personality. Criticism of the assistant runs the gamut, from claims …

Twitter Moves Right-To-Left, Adds Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Urdu Twitter Moves Right-To-Left, Adds Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Urdu

In January, Twitter added four new right-to-left languages to their Translation Center, the crowdsourcing project that allows users from multiple different languages to help translate Twitter (the service, not the actual tweets). Now, they’ve announced that the work is complete …

YouTube Is Now In Four More Indian Languages YouTube Is Now In Four More Indian Languages

YouTube is one step closer to becoming a global video content delivery site by adding four new languages to the site – all of them being regional languages in India. Aditi Rajwanshi, YouTube India partner manager, announced today in a …

Google Translate Saves The Day And A Life Google Translate Saves The Day And A Life
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Google Translate, Google’s free online language translation tool can help identify languages and instantly translate words, phrases and web pages. Two Oregon State Police troopers recently put this new tool to the test using the app to communicate with an …

Google Analytics Gets 9 New Languages Google Analytics Gets 9 New Languages

Google Analytics users know that the product just underwent a transformation to a new version, and now Google is adding even more accessibility features to the service. Today, Google has added functionality for nine new languages to Analytics. The new …

Twitter In Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu Coming Soon Twitter In Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu Coming Soon

Twitter has added four new languages to their Translation Center, and in a few months users should be able to participate in the conversation in some right-to-left reading languages. The new languages are Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu and users …

Wikipedia’s SOPA Blackout: Solidarity Beyond The English-Langage Page Wikipedia’s SOPA Blackout: Solidarity Beyond The English-Langage Page

So SOPA news will be bursting from your Internets today what with Wikipedia (and others) disappearing till tomorrow. It’s a pretty bold message but it only directly affects the English-language page. But how might users of Wikipedia’s non-English pages be …

Twitter In Swedish Now A Reality Twitter In Swedish Now A Reality

Twitter announced today that it has launched in Swedish. The microblogging service or social network – whatever you want to call it – is now available in 21 languages. Twitter says over 400,000 volunteers have contributed to its translation center. …

We’re Not As Happy As We Used To Be, According To Our Tweets We’re Not As Happy As We Used To Be, According To Our Tweets
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According to our collective tweets, we are all unhappier than we used to be. If you follow the types of people that I follow, your response might be “Duh.” Cynicism, anger, and even depression are the lifeblood of Twitter, right? …

Google Supports New Markup for Multilingual Content Google Supports New Markup for Multilingual Content
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Google is supporting a new markup for multilingual content. It’s designed to improve handling of the following two scenarios, as described by the company: Multiregional websites using substantially the same content. Example: English webpages for Australia, Canada and USA, differing …

Duolingo Wants To Translate The Internet By Helping You Learn Another Language Duolingo Wants To Translate The Internet By Helping You Learn Another Language
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Duolingo’s premise is quite simple. How do you get people to translate the web for free? Their answer is to turn it into an experience that is part game, part language instruction, and all ambitious crowdsourcing. Duolingo is the brainchild …

Teaching The English Language With Rage (Comics) Teaching The English Language With Rage (Comics)

Spawned from the depths of 4chan, perfected on the pages of reddit, and now coming to a classroom near you? If you’re unfamiliar with rage comics, think of them as cartoons using an ever-growing set of internet memes. Various faces …

Siri, and the Wide World of Accents Siri, and the Wide World of Accents

One of the biggest draws of the brand new iPhone 4S, besides the faster speeds and better camera, is the voice assistant program Siri (and more generally the speech recognition software). The device comes ready to work with 5 different …

Twitter’s Most Eloquent Twitter’s Most Eloquent

A headline caught my eye today. It was “Twitter Twits: Rio Ferdinand is dubbed the dunce of Premier League Tweeters.” I immediately thought that any study that ranks people based on how dumb they are on Twitter has got to …

ZOMG, NSFW Added to Oxford Dictionary ZOMG, NSFW Added to Oxford Dictionary
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Language is always evolving. And nowadays, with the prevalence of internet use, texting, and social networking, it is evolving at an unprecedented pace. Some new words have just been added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online, a related branch of the …

AP Stylebook Adds More Tech Terms AP Stylebook Adds More Tech Terms
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The 2011 print edition of the AP Stylebook is available today, and while the focus is on a brand new “Food Guidelines” section, the “journalist’s bible” has updated their social media guidelines section as well to include some new tech …

Google Continues to Take Other Languages More Seriously
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About a month ago, Google announced some things it was doing that would improve the way sites rank across different language versions of its search engine, in an effort that would clearly make Google more useful on a global scale. In what seems to be a continuation of this tradition, Google has announced a couple more language-based improvements to its products.