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Japan24th October. Web users can already easily take advantage of translation services that convert text from one language to another, and we’ve also seen TransFire bring that capability to web-based instant messaging on smartphones. Providing a similar service for speech conversations, Japan-based NTT DOCOMO is launching its Hanashite Hon’yaku app, which offers …Read More 

Apple’s Siri May Soon Speak Japanese, Work On iPad 3 (RUMOR)

Apple says Siri will add Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Italian this year, but this “outing” is leading many to speculate that the Japanese capability will come very soon.

And that’s not all. On Tuesday, SlashGear reported that Siri may be available on the iPad 3, which is expected to be released on March 7.

The speculation comes from a new token that Apple has added to Siri rendering the application inoperable on devices other than the iPhone 4S. According to Apple, the app “works exclusively on iPhone 4S,” but many have jailbroken their iPhone and iPad devices to allow Siri to work. (Check out idownloadblog.com for a detailed reportabout the token.)


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Siri Update

Siri’s got a big mouth.

The Apple news blog 9to5mac reportsthat Apple’s virtual assistant, which currently supports German, French and English, may inadvertently be outing herself as a Japanese speaker.

Indeed, when we asked Siri what languages she spoke, she told us she speaks “English, French, German and Japanese … so far,” and reminded us that we can change the language in the app’s settings. But there is no option there to switch it to Japanese.

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Apple says Siri will add Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Italian this year, but this “outing” is leading many to speculate that the Japanese capability will come very soon.

And that’s not all. On Tuesday, SlashGear reported that Siri may be available on the iPad 3, which is expected to be released on March 7.

The speculation comes from a new token that Apple has added to Siri rendering the application inoperable on devices other than the iPhone 4SAccording to Apple, the app “works exclusively on iPhone 4S,” but many have jailbroken their iPhone and iPad devices to allow Siri to work. (Check out idownloadblog.com for a detailed reportabout the token.) Leer más “Apple’s Siri May Soon Speak Japanese, Work On iPad 3 (RUMOR)”

Freelancer’s Survival Kit

While some people recognize the saturation of the industry and worry about their future, everyday, there are new fresh talents trying to make it in the very same industry. This new influx of talents is a cause for celebration despite the concerns of the saturated market because sometimes, a new perspective is just what the industry needs to pick itself up. We all hold the key to our own future and the future of the industry.

If we want to ensure that we don’t drown from overpopulation and continue to strive upwards we need to all put our best foot forward and show the world that it needs all of us. However, in the event we cannot do so, we must also ensure that we have our bomb shelter ready and well stocked to survive the cold; then after the dust has settled, we have what it takes to go out there and do it again or rock another industry with our abilities.


In a field that is already highly saturated with very talented individuals, attempting to be a successful freelance designer is not an easy task to accomplish. Despite the tough competition, there is no need to be cut throat to achieve success. Today’s article shows you some ways to stand out from the crowd without stepping on anyone’s toes.

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Half of messages shared on Twitter are not in English


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A recent report released by a Paris-based web intelligence firm Semiocast revealed that half of messages shared on Twitter are not in English, in a study of 2.8 million tweets. The most prominent Asian languages used to communicate on Twitter are Japanese and Malay. The analysis ranks English top while Japanese, Portuguese, Malay and Spanish followed suit amongst the 41 languages found.

Methodology

The study was conducted on tweets sent out over a period of 3 days, from February 8 to February 10, 2010 to determine Twitter’s most used language ranking. Through the analysis tools that Semiocast has, they managed to identify the languages used in short messages among 41 languages in the major writing systems.

A graph from the report represents the data gathered by Semiocast:

Results

Even though English is still the most used language on Twitter, this is a decline from the two-third share they had in the first half of 2009. Probably, in the future, English’s share would drop even further as the dominant language on Twitter as the growth from non-English speaking countries picks up.

Japanese is a clear second with 14% of tweets which is a testament to Twitter’s popularity in Japan and with that, confirms Japan as the first milestone of Twitter’s international development.

The number of Malay tweets reaching 6% is however not surprising as the research combines both the Bahasa languages in Indonesia and Malaysia together. This meant that about 3 million messages are exchanged in Malay-related languages daily on Twitter.

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Businesses take advantage of the little-known marketing potential of decorative


It’s been more than three years since we wrote about Japanese Design Barcode, with its clever and whimsical UPC designs. Proving that the idea still has plenty of merit, New Jersey-based Vanity Barcodes just launched a similar service to help businesses take advantage of what it considers the little-known marketing potential of the decorative barcode. Leer más “Businesses take advantage of the little-known marketing potential of decorative”