Wired: ‘Heaven’s Vault’ Is a Rare Videogame About the Art of Translation. “Heaven’s Vault is about the thrill and uncertainty of lost knowledge—about connecting to the past and to other people. It’s also about something I’ve never seen a videogame tackle in such detail before: the art of translation, of deciphering old languages and actually listening to what they tell us.”
From Guiding Tech: Top 3 Apps for Live Translations with Your Smartphone Camera. I love these apps. They really do feel like magic.
Wow: Stepes has announced a live translation service for Twitter (PRESS RELEASE). This is human translation, not machine, and as you might imagine it is not free. “The new Twitter API allows Stepes users to link up their Twitter accounts and automatically have their Tweets translated live by human translators and reposted on their official accounts. Users can specify which accounts they want to be translated and set daily limits on spending. Each user will receive a regular report on their social media translation for tracking purposes.”
This is pretty wild – your photocopier doing your translation! “Xerox, however, has done something interesting: its photocopiers are literally like Google Translate IRL. A new service from the company called Xerox Easy Translate lets you scan a document and it’ll plop out the other end in a different language.”