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Earlier this year, Google announced its new version of Google Translate, which now offers 27 different languages for its visual translation service. A few years ago, visual translation was just a dream. It’s a big achievement for those in the translation business. With the continued improvement of technology, machine translation will continue to improve.

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Businesses should be especially careful with translation. It is easy to offend someone from a different culture when you don’t understand their traditions and customs.

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Finally, the future of translation is bright. There have definitely been huge advancements made in the past few years and with the growth of technology, it is promising that machine translation will continue to grow and improve. With that being said, it is going to be hard for machine translation to overtake human translation. Skilled human translators have the linguistic and cultural understanding that is difficult to replicate with machines.


On Thursday, Google announced multiuser support for Google Home. Thanks to a powerful machine-learning algorithm and upgraded smartphone app, Google Home can serve up information relevant to you — and not your roommate’s grocery list or your brother’s Madonna playlist.

It’s as simple as connecting your account (up to a total of six) to the Google Home app. Once you update to the latest version, you’ll see a card that says, “Multiuser Support is available.” Tap Link your account, and once that’s done, you’ll be asked to teach Google Home the sound of your voice by repeating phrases like, “OK Google” and “Hey Google.” A specialized form of artificial intelligence called a neural network analyzes your spoken phrases, and from that point on compares the sound of your voice to previous analyses. It all takes place in a matter of milliseconds.


The finalists for the 10th annual Best Translated Book Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with 10 authors and translators nominated in the fiction category and five in the poetry category. The shortlists were first announced by the literary website the Millions.

This year’s finalists represent 13 countries and nine languages, with books translated from Spanish leading the pack with five nominees. The Spanish-language finalists include Laia Jufresa’s debut novel, “Umami,” translated by Sophie Hughes, and Daniel Saldaña Paris’ “Among Strange Victims,” translated by Christina MacSweeney.

French was the second-most represented language, with three books making the cut. They include Mauritian author Ananda Devi’s novel “Eve Out of Her Ruins,” translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman, and Marie NDiaye’s “Ladivine,” translated by Jordan Stump.

 

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Google translate Google’s free online Translate service has been a popular tool, but the company has big ambitions. In May, it bought Quest Visual, which makes the clever Word Lens app. That involves pointing your smartphone’s camera at signs in the real world for instant translations.

Google Glass Visual translation is also moving to wearable devices such as Google Glass. Word Lens launched for Glass last November and involves holding your head still while looking at a sign, then saying: « OK Glass, translate this. »

Skype Translator Microsoft, for example, has shown off an app, Skype Translator, which provides translations as people speak to one another in different languages. It will launch for Windows 8 devices later this year and has been compared to the Universal Translator gadget in « Star Trek ».

EBay The online shopping giant is also very interested in « machine translation » – in its case, to automatically translate listing details on its websites and apps. eBay has also said it’s interested in making more tools using translation: for example, instant messaging software for sellers and potential buyers to chat about a product even if they don’t speak the same language.

Twitter Bing Translate is a feature powered by Microsoft’s technology – to translate tweets from different languages. Users who have the feature on the iPhone Twitter app can tap on tweets to see a translation.

Sign Language It’s not just words that can be translated: sign language is a good candidate too. Microsoft has worked with Kinect Sign Language Translator, using the Xbox camera and motion-detection accessory to translate sign language into text and spoken language.

Online meetings Real-time translation for businesses is coming. HP is working with a startup called SpeedTrans to translate conference calls while they’re in progress, claiming to be able to handle conversations of any length in 44 languages. Its competition with Microsoft’s Skype Translate should ensure swift progress in this field.