9 News: Secrets of billions of ancient Japanese texts being uncovered by AI

9 News: Secrets of billions of ancient Japanese texts being uncovered by AI. “The content of billions of ancient texts written in a now-obsolete Japanese script have long puzzled researchers struggling to decode the secrets they might hold. Known as Kuzushiji, the ancient cursive script was used from the 8th century to the start of the 20th, however less than 0.01 per cent of the world’s population can currently read it.”

Lifehacker: Learn a New Language While Listening to Audiobooks Using This App

Lifehacker: Learn a New Language While Listening to Audiobooks Using This App. “If you don’t have the opportunity to travel to a different country or try your skills out with a native speaker you know, then reading books can be a great way to help you take your skills to the next level. Beelinguapp is an app that can help.”

DevClass: GitHub trials machine learning so you can mind your language

DevClass: GitHub trials machine learning so you can mind your language. “GitHub is trialling a machine-learning powered system to identify the babel of languages across the code repo platform. You might wonder whether this is a big deal – surely people know what language they’re using, and that’s all that matters.”

Tweeting in Zapotec: Social Media as a Tool for Language Activists (Academia)

Academia: Tweeting in Zapotec: Social Media as a Tool for Language Activists. “Social media is used by speakers of languages big and small. For languages with a small number of speakers, social media may offer opportunities not easily available elsewhere, such as low-cost publishing and distribution of text. Furthermore, smaller languages are often devalued by surrounding communitiesÑin these situations, the use of language in global media, such as Twitter, can have additional layers of impact and can be a form of language activism in itself.”

The Next Web: This AI tool is translating 2,000 African languages in a bid to boost local economies

The Next Web: This AI tool is translating 2,000 African languages in a bid to boost local economies. “A digital platform called OBTranslate that aims to translate more than 2,000 African languages to enable rural dwellers to gain easy access to global markets has been launched.”

BusinessWire: Amazon Launches Support for Traditional Chinese Books on Kindle (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Amazon Launches Support for Traditional Chinese Books on Kindle (PRESS RELEASE). “Amazon announced today that Kindle customers around the globe can now enjoy reading from a growing selection of more than 20,000 Traditional Chinese language Kindle books with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and on Kindle devices. “

TechCrunch: Microsoft’s new language learning app uses your phone’s camera and computer vision to teach vocabulary

TechCrunch: Microsoft’s new language learning app uses your phone’s camera and computer vision to teach vocabulary. “Eight Microsoft interns have developed a new language learning tool that uses the smartphone camera to help adults improve their English literacy by learning the words for the things around them. The app, Read My World, lets you take a picture with your phone to learn from a library of more than 1,500 words. The photo can be of a real-world object or text found in a document, Microsoft says.”