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Stuck without email access in Africa? Get your emails by text!

Stuck without email access in Africa? Get your emails by text!

For anyone traveling to or residing in Africa, a country that does not have widespread internet access, then Google’s recent news will excite you. No more complaints from your girlfriend or frantic messages from your mom in Illinois about how you’ve dropped off the face of the earth!  This new service – Gmail SMS – […]

Zelda win over 50 Shades of Grey scores points for Japanese gaming

Zelda win over 50 Shades of Grey scores points for Japanese gaming

Last week, as many gaming aficionados gleefully noted, the blockbuster book 50 Shades of Grey was briefly replaced by Zelda: Hyrule Historia as the number one seller on Amazon.com. That’s right: a translated encyclopedia about a Japanese video game toppled the erotic best-selling book of the summer. And Zelda isn’t even out yet—it’s on pre-order.

Can Netflix localize fast enough to win over the Nordic market?

Can Netflix localize fast enough to win over the Nordic market?

As part of its ongoing international expansion, Netflix recently announced that it plans to start streaming videos in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. It’s an aggressive move considering the U.S.-based company also expanded to Canada, Latin America, the U.K., and Ireland in the last two years. And it’s a considerable risk: Netflix acknowledged the cost […]

Picture (almost) perfect: Google’s mobile app now includes image translation

Picture (almost) perfect: Google’s mobile app now includes image translation

Ever have this moment? You’re in a foreign country, standing in front of a bold-lettered sign that’s trying to tell you something really important, but you have no idea what it is. The sign featuring a huge wave: a great place to surf or a tsunami zone? Or in a hospital, do those red letters […]

How can you avoid food surprises when traveling?

How can you avoid food surprises when traveling?

I’m a foodie, and I like to travel, and I generally prefer to be safe rather than sorry, so I think Google Translate’s new photo translation feature is the shizzle. 

Could a translation error start a war?

Could a translation error start a war?

The Atlantic recently ran a story featuring an Israeli newspaper’s use of a translated speech by the Iranian president Ahmadinejad to say he was “gloating” over the bombing in Bulgaria, when actually he never mentioned it in his speech at all.

Olympic failures and the importance of symbols

Olympic failures and the importance of symbols

The Olympic games bring a profusion of symbols including the Olympic flame, medals, the iconic interconnecting rings. Then, there are the flags from every participating country, and, of course, the most complex symbol-system of all: language. With athletes from more than 200 nations competing in London right now, Great Britain has the opportunity to welcome […]

Google Input Tools: A gift to the multilingual majority

Google Input Tools: A gift to the multilingual majority

Do you write in two languages, or even three? If so, then you know how frustrating it can be to switch computer or smartphone keyboard languages, especially if the alphabets are as different as Polish is from Korean. And just try to get your cursor to move the right way in Arabic (that’s right to […]

U.S. defense projects may drive innovations in machine translation

U.S. defense projects may drive innovations in machine translation

The U.S. Department of Defense’s research arm, DARPA, is spending $15 million to create an interpreter robot. Before you laugh or call your congressional rep about boondoggle projects, think of other once-seemingly wild ideas that first came from the U.S. military—the Internet for one (sorry Al Gore) and then there’s the DARPA “PAL”, the Personal […]

Storify will soon speak Arabic. Will the rest of the social Web finally catch up?

Storify will soon speak Arabic. Will the rest of the social Web finally catch up?

Remember the Arab Spring? Toppled governments. Rocked the Middle Eastern world. It was organized in a large part on the Internet. Activists used social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate. They still do. So how is it that so little of the social Web is in Arabic?Looking to change that, Taghreedat, a […]

Facebook’s App Center: From Hollywood to Bollywood and everywhere else!

Facebook’s App Center: From Hollywood to Bollywood and everywhere else!

Mark Zuckerburg is finally making good on his pledges to investors to move revenue into Facebook coffers via smartphones and tablets. Just last week, after an initial announcement and beta roll out in May, the Facebook App Center went live in the U.S., with support for the Android and iOS mobile platforms. No surprise, that […]