December 19th, 2014

In The News: Coca-Cola Ends “American Idol” Sponsorship, Retail Stores in China Are Losing To E-commerce, Amazon’s One Penny Glitch

This week in the news, Coca-cola has called an end to its 13-year “American Idol” sponsorship, many online fashion companies are making a push into the “real world” by opening brick-and-mortal stores, and frustrations grow after a computer glitch on Amazon U.K. saw thousands of items sold for just a penny.

December 18th, 2014

Kickstarting Localization

For those who don’t know, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that “help[s] bring creative projects to life.” Essentially, the site gives small businesses and startups the opportunity to advertise their mission and get funding from the vast Internet population, and that funding is allowing some previously impossible projects to get off the ground. One such project is the localization of a videogame called “Clannad.”

December 17th, 2014

Buccula – Wacky Word Wednesday

After gorging on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, and hams and turkey at Christmas parties, it happens to the best of us; the gradual progression – or perhaps decline is more apt – can be tracked through your holiday photos. Though they say the camera adds 10 pounds, it can’t add bits of you that weren’t there before and – if you’ve been gluttonous enough – that’s what you’ll see: a new bit—the universally loathed double chin. Medically speaking, it’s referred to as a buccula and in this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we’ll explore how to get rid of it but also – hopefully – find something to redeem it.

Buccula

[buk′yələ]

-noun

A layer of fat located at the front of the neck covered by sagging or stretched skin, giving the owner the appearance of having a second or third chin.

December 16th, 2014

Top 5 Communication Mobile Applications

As mobile devices continue to transform our daily lives, mobile applications that help us do our jobs better and more effectively are becoming more important than even the products themselves. Living in an age where effective and quick communication has become the key to a successful business, application developers have come up with multiple ways to connect colleagues, employees and their clients. Today, we have compiled a list of the top 5 mobile communication apps for business that can help you be better connected.

December 15th, 2014

A Layman’s Guide to Language Hacks, Part 2

In part 1, we took a look at language acquisition basics and a few ways to get the language-learning ball rolling. In part 2, we’ll take another look at some even more unconventional ways to check your multi-lingual goals off your bucket list.

December 12th, 2014

In the News: Bionic Eye – 3D Printing Merges Contact Lens and QLEDs, Virtual Reality Headsets – How Oculus Rift Has Started a Games Revolution, FitBit Surge v. Microsoft Band

With the new year just around the corner, tech junkies, analysts, manufacturers, enthusiasts, innovators, and entrepreneurs alike are gearing up for the CES 2015, a consumer electronics and technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. On display you will find the newest and most cutting-edge technology in the 2015 lineup. With 2014 bringing us groundbreaking releases in the areas of wearable technology, smart glass, virtual reality, bendable technology, 3D printing and much more, 2015 is sure to delight. In today’s In the News segment, we’ll look at some innovations that will debut at next year’s CES show.

December 11th, 2014

UnPlugged: Part 2

The world today is a place of ever-present communications systems and it’s easy to forget what life was like before we became constantly connected. While we here at T for Translation were wondering about this, one of our own took it upon himself to go cell-less and to document the experience in this special, two-part edition. Read on for this series exciting conclusion!

December 10th, 2014

Wacky Word Wednesday – Lalochezia

Ever bumped your shin against a coffee table in the dark or stubbed a toe while you were wearing a pair of flip-flops? What was the first thing out of your mouth? If not “ouch,” or some variation thereof, it was probably a word not fit for print on a forum as prestigious as T for Translation. But for this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we’ll be exploring the reason so many of us find ourselves swearing when we’re in pain.

Lalochezia

[lāl'ō-kē'zē-ə]

-noun

Emotional relief gained from using indecent or vulgar language.

December 9th, 2014

The Many Monikers of McDonald’s

Nicknames: we often use them.  They are a teasing gesture or a term of an endearment for those with whom we have a special relationship: a close friend, a family member, or perhaps a colleague. However, many of us also develop close, intimate relationships with our food and the places that provide it. One such place is McDonald’s. The fast food giant has managed to work its way into the lives of billions around the globe. Love it or hate it, McDonald’s has become a part of our fast-paced society, and they, too, have garnered their fair share of nicknames. Let’s take a look at McDonald’s monikers from around the world.

December 8th, 2014

The Name Game

What’s in a name? This was the question posed by Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  The answer, surprisingly enough, is “more than you’d think.”  Research has shown a person’s name may be indicative of their socio-economic status and could also potentially influence their future success.  Polls show that classmates, teachers, and job recruiters form initial opinions of individuals based on their name.  In today’s T for Translation, we’ll take a look at the connection between careers and common names.