Posts Tagged ‘language’

Google Testing Smartphone Speech Translation

February 8, 2010

It seems that Google is continuing its push into strange territory with news that the search giant is working on translation software that would see users able to translate speech directly.

Word comes from the Times of the Google project that it believes could well be the early steps of direct speech-to-speech translation, using smartphones as the middleman. This is something that Google has already started pushing towards with the speech recognition technology in versions 2.0 and 2.1 of its Android mobile operating system.

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Google Wins Word of the Decade

January 12, 2010

Google has been awarded the fairly impressive “Word of the Decade” from the American Dialect Society for the use of the noun “Google” as a verb, as in, “to Google something.”

The news comes via TomsHardware that, while Google managed to grab the word of the decade prize, “Tweet” has managed to become the word of the year, we’d imagine thanks to the unusually volume of coverage that news agencies have given Twitter over the last year or so. If nothing else, the fact that both the word of the year and word of the decade went to web-based companies is interesting.

We’re big fans of lists here in the office, so we thought we’d post a list of some of the various words and terms that have made the American Dialect Society’s shortlist for words and phrases that could have made it as word of the year this year.

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Facebook Privacy Policy Changes

November 18, 2009

Facebook has moved to update its privacy policy to a version worded in terms that the average user might actually be able to understand, as opposed to the previous one, which was an awkward morass of legal terminology.

According to the Facebook blog post about the new privacy policy, the move represents “a continuation of our ongoing effort to run Facebook in an open and trsnaprent way.” It’s admitted that the main goal of the revision to its privacy policy was to make it so that users would find the terms more accessible and easier to understand.

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