All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘language’

Pinterest Is Crowdsourcing The Site’s Translation

Pinterest wants to translate their site into other languages and they are seeking translators to assist them. Here’s what they had to say in a blog post: At Pinterest, we’ve always wanted to make it easy for people all over the world to organize and share all the beautiful things they find on the web. We want to take another …

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Browse The Web In Spanglish With New Chrome Extension

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 (aptly) called Language Immersion for Chrome, and it comes to you via Use All Five and “some friends at Google …

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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 has been around in other countries for a few years now, will be presented as an overlay on the trafficked …

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Senator Under Fire For Saying “Niggardly”

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 said. “There are people, as you know Matt, in this Congress who will always send a blank check when it …

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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 trying to communicate, especially with members of the non-signing world. A full-fledged version of the software, called Portable Sign Language …

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Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese

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 that Siri is evil, to objections that Siri has a hard time with accents, and general assertions (even lawsuits) that …

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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 and you can now interact with Twitter in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu. According to the Twitter blog, this particular …

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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 YouTube blog post that the site can now be browsed in Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu. YouTube has been in …

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Google Translate Saves The Day And A Life

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 impaired Chinese driver who didn’t speak English. Luckily the story has a happy ending and it should be a relief …

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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 languages are: Arabic, Croatian, Hebrew, Hindi, Latvian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. We are confident this will improve the usage …

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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 can head on over to the Translation Center and start working today. The Translation Center, launched in 2011, is a …

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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 experiencing today’s protest? On Monday, Wikipedia chief Jimmy Wales tweeted: @jimmy_walesJimmy Wales@guenterhack English only, although the Germans will run a …

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