October 30th, 2014

The Harrowing History of Halloween

October is coming to an end. A chill has crept into the air. At night, a dark wind blows the leaves from the trees, leaving their bare branches outstretched, like skeletal fingers reaching for the sky. Crepuscular creatures, sequestered for the spring and summer in underground lairs, begin to roam the streets in search of meat.

Soon it will be Halloween.

October 29th, 2014

Hypermnesia – Wacky Word Wednesday

There are people out there who never have to study for tests, who remember exactly what was said in the last argument they had, and who can recite pages from books after only reading them once. Usually we’d say they have “photographic memory” but there’s a fancier way of expressing the idea and it’s this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday: hypermnesia.

Hypermnesia

[hahy-perm-nee-zhuh]

-noun

The condition of having an unusually vivid or precise memory.

October 28th, 2014

Opening Our Golden Gate

October 9th brought with it a harmonious clash of silk ties and dusty work boots, sleek glass doors against barren walls, temporary folding chairs and unpacked boxes – a fitting juxtaposition for the opening day of CSOFT’s U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, CA. While CSOFTers huddled around laptops and Starbucks coffees perched atop a plastic folding table, there was palpable excitement in the office. With the same-day construction of all office desks, the breathtaking view from the conference room window, the rotating cast of interviewees, and even flybys of stealth fighter jets in town for Fleet Week, it was quickly apparent that the San Francisco office will be one of constant excitement.

October 27th, 2014

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

When a company is faced with a daunting task, it needs strong leaders and team members with high intellectual intelligence (IQ) who can wisely execute smart decisions. But when you as an individual are under job stress or experiencing overwhelmingly negative emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, your emotional intelligence is what keeps you together, calm and focused.

October 24th, 2014

In The News: Baidu’s Smart Bike Revealed, Apple to Add More Stores in China, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Addresses Beijing Crowd in Mandarin

China’s tech industry has some exciting news to share this week. Apple has said it plans to open 25 more stores in China and CEO Tim Cook said it’s investing “like crazy” in the market. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg also appears determined to crack the Chinese market by visiting Beijing and wowing an audience with his Mandarin. Other news includes Xiaomi’s migration of international users’ data to overseas and the unveiling of Baidu’s smart bike called the DuBike.

October 23rd, 2014

Shunee Yee Visits White House, Supports Women in Business

It’s not often that people get an invitation to attend a meeting at the White House. So when our founder and CEO Shunee Yee received an invitation to the White House ‘Top Women in Business’ briefing, she couldn’t turn it down.

October 22nd, 2014

Churlish – Wacky Word Wednesday

Someone who cuts in front of you on the line to the movies is undoubtedly rude, but that rare individual who looks you right in the eye, steps into line ahead of you, and smirks is something else entirely; a level way beyond rude. And though such people can really ruin your day, it’s important to remember that they probably weren’t always that way; people are a product of their environment after all. That’s also true for today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a word that means so much more than rude: churlish.

Churlish

[chur-lish]

-adjective

Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way.

October 21st, 2014

Mommy, What Will My Job Be in 2030?

With the impending Big Data revolution alongside incredible advances in robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.), an estimated 47% of jobs are at risk of being automated out of existence within the next 10 years—though some experts put that figure far higher. At the same time, though, the latest wave of technological revolution is sure to create a host of new careers. In today’s T for Translation, we’ll explore the likely – and some not-quite-so-likely – job openings of the future.

October 20th, 2014

The “Corporate Goddesses” of CSOFT: San Francisco

Nicknamed the “corporate goddesses,” the 12-foot-tall statues have loomed over San Francisco’s Financial District for decades inspiring wonder, admiration and, yes, even a little fear.

October 17th, 2014

In The News: The World of Aviation at Your fingertips, Alaska Airlines Experiments with Fingerprint Scanners, China’s Love for Luxury Grows

The number of airline passengers each year is expected to more than double by 2034. In this week’s news segment, we look into the future of the airline industry through a recent report by the International Air Transport Association. You’ll also read about China’s growing interest in luxury hotels and a new technology that could replace traditional boarding passes with a passenger’s fingerprints.