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Gene Simmons and his cunning linguistics

The KISS musician, actor, and businessman drops by BOL to talk about his latest venture--a product that instantly translates what you type into another language. He calls it a "magic wand." He's kind of right.

By Dec. 8, 2011


Woman: In-flight entertainment system called me 'idiot'

Air India is investigating an incident in which a passenger claims that when she switched on the in-flight entertainment, the screen read: "Lie low... Sit down you idiot!"

By Sep. 2, 2013


Tragedy to tricorder: We meet the inventor of Scanadu

We discover how the man developing a Star Trek-style medical tricorder for your smart phone turned personal tragedy into a lifesaver.

By Jun. 11, 2013


Nokia defectors bring MeeGo back from the dead

A group of former Nokia employees is resurrecting the ill-fated MeeGo, previously seen only on the doomed Nokia N9.

By Jul. 9, 2012


Texting makes you a linguistic Soup Nazi, study says

A study suggests that those who text more are less accepting of new words and more rigid about existing ones. It is unclear whether these new words include LOL and LMAO

By Feb. 22, 2012


How to tweet like a man

Sociolinguistics gives us the keys to more masculine or feminine tweeting. Hint, guys: Google my jeep my ni$$@, http it up, bro. 4 sale. need $.

By Aug. 3, 2011


One year later, IBM Watson goes to work (and the cloud)

IBM Watson's superbrain and evidence-based decisions are coming soon to a cloud near you.

By Feb. 13, 2012


Wavii groks the news so you don't have to

New service does a strong job of understanding news well enough to write summary headlines of it.

By Apr. 10, 2012


Report: Russian search site plans IPO

Yandex, a Russian search site and Internet portal, hopes to raise $1.5 billion to $2 billion in an IPO this fall, Reuters said.

By May. 20, 2008


Wolfram gives Mathematica 8 a human touch

Human-language input, albeit the pretty constrained version suitable for Wolfram Alpha, now can be used to control the Mathematica science and math software.

By Nov. 16, 2010