• PlaySay: Social Language Learning App Launches With $820k And A HarperCollins Deal In Its Pocket

    PlaySay: Social Language Learning App Launches With $820k And A HarperCollins Deal In Its Pocket

    The education market — as Apple and others have noticed — represents a huge mobile opportunity, and today sees the launch of an app that plays on that potential, with added gamification and social twists. PlaySay, a “social language learning” startup, today debuts a free, new Spanish/English iPhone app — along with a licensing deal with HarperCollins and an… Read More

  • Rosetta Stone Acquires Kid-Focused Language-Learning Startup GoGo Lingo

    Rosetta Stone Acquires Kid-Focused Language-Learning Startup GoGo Lingo

    Rosetta Stone, for those unfamiliar, are the makers of the oft-advertised language learning software of the same name. The 20-year-old Virginia-based company went public in 2009, and today makes learning software for over 30 languages that is used in over 150 countries. Yet, in spite of its brand recognition, a number of translation and language-learning startups have begun to pop up with… Read More

  • Lingibli Wants To Be Your Semi-Virtual Language Coach

    Language learning is arguably still a hot topic in the realm of internet startups and with a market that is said to be reaching more than $90 billion it is even more interesting. But only few manage to attract users, such as Busuu, who is now seeing 10 million signed up users. Bratislava based Startup Lingibli, also wants to help you learn a new language, strictly speaking one of 18 languages… Read More

  • Why haven't our clichés been updated to better reflect today's technology?

    Our clichés need updating. “Axe to grind”? How many people still regularly use axes, axes that need grinding? Why not something like “hard drive to defrag”? “Best thing since sliced bread”? Why not “best thing since the iPad”? We are surrounded by technology, but our language still reflects life on the farm. Let’s do this! Read More

  • Apple patent shows entire new language developed for multi-touch displays

    A recent patent application by Apple details the company’s interest in expanding the number of gestures its multi-touch displays can recognize. Right now, there’s but so many gestures you can tap out on your iPhone or MacBook Pro: zoom in and out, rotate, pan around, etc. This patent, which is called ”gesture learning,” shows that Apple has developed an entire language… Read More

  • Do you speak Nerdic? Probably, yes!

    If you read CrunchGear regularly, you know what a dongle is, what a mobile is, and what a torrent is. Congratulations, you speak Nerdic. According to the Telegraph, anyway, that’s the name of the language of modern technology. Modems, WiFi, and other words make up this secondary language. We personally think it’s a stupid name, we like “Virginglish”… Read More

  • Google Talk does on-the-fly translations

    A couple years ago, I became a member of a crowdsourcing outfit called Cambrian House just as it was getting started. The premise of the site is basically that you submit an idea for some sort of web-based service and then other members of the site vote on your idea. The best ideas get funded and then you can work on certain projects and gain a percentage of whatever profit the idea makes based… Read More