July 31st, 2014

Google Gets Crowds Translating

In October, 2007, Google launched its proprietary, in-house translation service – Google Translate – marking the first time the company’s own software was used for translation. With 80 languages currently supported, their machine translator has poured over countless texts while being continuously rated by consumers who want more, better and faster translations. The tool has undoubtedly gotten better but it’s still obviously a machine. Now, Google wants to change that…and they want the world’s netizens to help.

July 30th, 2014

Collation – Wacky Word Wednesday

Don’t have time for gym? Want to watch your weight without going on a painful diet? Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday talks about an easy and healthy way to stay in shape when you simply don’t have time – or are too lazy to work out.

Collation

[kuh-ley-shuhn]

-noun

A light meal permitted on fast days; any light informal meal.

July 29th, 2014

How to Avoid Office Belly

As people find themselves spending upwards of 30 hours a week sitting in front of a desk, it has become increasingly difficult for office workers to stay in shape. What is even more concerning is that people can start to develop health problems such as back pains and even chronic diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes and cancer because of long, stationary hours spent behind a desk. Today, we will share some tips for avoiding the dreaded “spare tire” around your middle.

July 25th, 2014

In The News: Japan Airlines Launches In-Flight Wi-Fi, Canadian Aviation Giant to Cut 1800 Jobs, China’s Rich Pimp Their Planes

Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in history, with three fatal airline crashes spanning three continents. Global aviation leaders will reportedly meet in Montreal next week to address airspace safety and security issues. Today’s In The News segment will look at some of the major stories from the aviation industry, including the launch of in-flight WiFi by Japan Airlines, a new way to fly to New York and Washington D.C., and airplane maker Bombardier’s plan to cut 1800 jobs.

July 24th, 2014

Jet Lagged

Anyone who has ever flown across more than 3 time zones is fully familiar with the travelers’ hangover: jet lag. Referred to medically as “desynchronosis,” jet lag is the disruption of our body’s natural clock or circadian rhythm. It can leave fliers fatigued, irritable, listless and can even result in headaches or – in the most extreme cases – cardiac complications. Thankfully, though – especially for your dear author who is recovering from a recent 12-hour time-jump – there are several things you can do during and after your flight to make the transition that bit smoother.

July 23rd, 2014

Taradiddle – Wacky Word Wednesday

Does magic actually exist or is it just childhood nonsense? Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday will help answer this tricky question through the great works of authors and writers from ancient times all the way to the 21st century.

Taradiddle

[tar-uh-did-l]

-noun

A small lie; a pretentious nonsense.

July 18th, 2014

In The News: Microsoft to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs, DataWind Raises $28 Million in IPO, China is the Biggest Spender on Mobile Ads

Hi everyone! T for Translation is back to get you up to speed with the news stories making headlines this week in the technology world. Read about Microsoft’s plans to cut 18,000 workers, the newly launched taxi app in Singapore and a new report showing that China is the world’s biggest spender on mobile ads.

July 17th, 2014

3D Printing—A glimpse into the 3D printed lifestyle

Technology is constantly evolving, and one recent innovation allows us to create things for ourselves, allowing for the possibility of designing and producing physical items in our own homes; it doesn’t get much better than that. What I’m talking about is 3D printing. Everyone has heard of it, and although you may not have thought about buying this kind of printer for your own home, you might want to reconsider.

July 16th, 2014

Erinaceous– Wacky Word Wednesday

Welcome back to Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from all over the world. These days, pictures of cute small animals in all shapes and forms have become quite the internet phenomena. Today’s wacky word will invite you into the world of a prickly little friend who has recently found fame online.

Erinaceous

[er-uh-nay-shus]

-adj

Like or relating to the hedgehog

July 11th, 2014

In The News: Shanghai’s Most Expensive Homes, Chinese Lead Foreign Home Sales in US, Chinese Tycoon to Build New Chicago Skyscraper

This week in the news, a new report published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that foreign purchases of US real estate jumped to 35 percent last year, with Chinese customers leading the way. China’s real estate mogul Wang Jianlin is also making big investments in the US, unveiling a plan this week to build a skyscraper in Chicago. Read on and get the latest real estate news from around the world.