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Vocre mobile app aims to simplify language translation (video)

The free translation app for the iPhone and iPad makes it possible for users to converse with someone in another language--no phrase book required. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das gets a demo.

By February 28, 2012


Foreign-language channels now available on Optus MeTV

Optus is beefing up the number of streaming television channels offered for its MeTV PVR (turned online media streamer), with a choice of four foreign-language packs.

By February 23, 2012


Google's Dart language arrives in Chrome test version

A technology preview version of Google's browser lets programmers try Dart, an attempt by Google to improve on JavaScript's shortcomings that irritates browser rivals.

By February 17, 2012


How to easily type in multiple languages on the Web with Chrome

Typing in different languages on the Web can be as easy as clicking on a browser button. We'll show you how.

By February 14, 2012


OS X 10.7.3 hits, promises to smash bugs, add new languages

Apple's released the third minor update to Mac OS X 10.7 that brings a handful of bugfixes while adding new languages. The company also pushed out an update to Snow Leopard and Apple Remote Desktop.

By February 1, 2012


Google gathers language samples for better voice search (video)

Google's Linne Ha travels the world collecting voice samples in various languages for the company's voice search technology. SmartPlanet visits with Google's voice search team to learn what goes into developing the technology.

By January 17, 2012


Microsoft shoots down Google's Dart language

Strong backing for JavaScript means Google's alternative programming language won't have an easy time finding a foothold on the Web.

By November 23, 2011


John McCarthy, creator of Lisp programming language, dies

Also a pioneer in artificial intelligence, McCarthy is credited with having coined the term in 1955.

By October 24, 2011


Dennis Ritchie, father of C programming language, dies

In addition to C, the pioneering computer scientist made significant contributions to Unix and received many awards honoring his work.

By October 13, 2011


Italian-language Wikipedia hidden, may shut down

An Italian law proposal aiming to fight defamation would challenge the concepts on which Wikipedia was built and put the site at significant legal risk, it explains in a note.

By October 4, 2011