Language translator may have overseen China-UK agreement

An agreement between Rolls Royce and China Eastern Airlines that was overseen by prime minister David Cameron may also have been witnessed by a language translator.

The contract will see the UK manufacturer deliver 700 aeroplane engines to the Asian enterprise and is said to be worth £750 million for the British brand.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: "Bilateral trade and investment is growing but there is scope for much more. Exporting is important for UK growth and UK jobs."

The discussions came ahead of a further delegation to China that will see energy secretary Chris Huhne, chancellor George Osborne and education secretary Michael Gove head to the Asian nation with a view to fostering further links between it and the UK.

Meanwhile, consumers in China can be certain any whisky advertised as scotch actually comes from the country as a result of Geographical Indication of Origin legislation that has recently been introduced.

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Posted on November 9, 2010 by Yola in the Other News Uncategorized category. (Other posts by Yola)

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International News

LinkedIn connects with China in launch of new Chinese language site

LinkedIn, the professional social networking site, launched a Chinese language version of its website yesterday (24 February) in a move to boost its growth in the country.

The low key announcement came via a blog post on the site, in which the company said the beta version of the website would offer a more localised service. Read more…

Posted on April 11, 2014
by InterNatter


Samsung updates ChatON app to multi-platform, multi-language

Samsung’s ChatON messaging app has broken free of its fetters to the brand and gone cross-platform. While users will now be able to access the service on all platforms and devices, ChatON will really stand out for being one of first instant messaging apps to let people chat in multiple languages and translate on the go.

“We believe there is a proliferation of chat apps because no one app is able to satisfy the  needs of all users,” Tarun Malik, director of Samsung’s Media Solutions Centre (South West Asia). So the new ChatOn version 3.5 is anything but a plain vanilla chat app. For instance, it tries to be a P2P sharing solution by offering up to 1GB file sharing and it tries to be a broadcast medium by adding up to 1001 members in group chat. It also wants to be a full-fledged social networking platform like most of the other large IM platforms. After all, ChatON too claims over 200 million subscribers globally, even before opening up to devices that have not been made by Samsung.

While people will now be able to download the app on all smartphones, Malik is clear that the best experience will undoubtedly be on a Samsung phone. “A multi-platform solution is to the benefit of the end-user.  But we realised that only Samsung can drive that kind of scale,” Malik said, adding that the idea was to be closed to the consumer and his needs.

There is a lot to look forward for users. For instance, this will be the first app to feature English-to-Hindi and Hindi-to-English instant translation feature and allows local language translation feature for incoming messages in 14 languages. Plus, there is lots of content in the form of localised channels. There will be listing of locally relevant deals and discounts.

However, the challenge for Samsung will be to get people who are hooked to other IM solutions like Whatsapp to shift to their app. The success of IM apps are dependent on whether the person you want to chat with is also on the same platform.



Posted on April 17, 2014
by InterNatter

Language News

Google Translate now makes it easier for you to edit and improve translations

Google has introduced, or is at least trailing, a new feature that makes it easier for users to edit results in Google Translate.

As the unofficial Google Operating System blog notes, there’s now an ‘Improve This Translation’ button in the results pane that lets you edit the entire outcome. When you click this, and make your edit, a message reads: “Your contribution will be used to improve translation quality and may be shown to users anonymously.” Read more…

Posted on April 16, 2014
by InterNatter