Bowlingual 2.0

Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy has announced a new and improved version of the IgNobel-Prize-winning Bowlingual “translator” of dog-to-human communication. The device was displayed at...

Moving pictures: new tool claims to help build correct picto-translations

Edongba facilitates modern hieroglyph use. Zmnsoft has released a Windows application allowing users to create documents and messages using Dongba hieroglyphs, the only hieroglyphic writing...

Clever toolbar for translators

The folks at Qabiria have put together a handy Firefox and Internet Explorer toolbar for translators. Of course, being supplied by a consulting/translation house, the...

Nifty typing aid for Latin script characters

There is a free online editor for typing ‘special’ characters in Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, IPA (English), Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian,...

Obama translated into Farsi and Arabic

Perhaps it was in response to claimed mistranslations of previous statements. Whatever the reason, the Obama administration has posted a translation of his opening...

Google Translator Toolkit: Share and Share Alike?

By now, you have probably seen all sorts of chatter on Google’s new Translator Toolkit. Just as with anything Google does, it seems clean...

Now Oracle has a new Sun

Update: Oracle buys Sun. Oracle is positive about the acquisition, which, I suppose, makes sense. Nobody would shell out $7.4 billion for something that...

Spring drama with Sun and the big Blue yonder

There has been much speculation on the talks that IBM and Sun Microsystems aren’t officially having, ever since word leaked out that they weren’t...

Localizing team spirit and other impossibilities

Rugby is not that popular in America, the land of college sports. Like soccer, it’s sort of relegated to the shadows, played by club...