Android/iOS: Learning to read, write, and speak languages with their own character sets can be challenging to those of us used to roman lettering, but Word Fireworks turns it into a game that’s not just easy to get into, but compelling enough to stick with. You can see how the app works in the video above—you learn how to identify common words, speak them, and if there are special characters involved, the right way to draw them as well. Words and characters appear on screen as fireworks, and as you draw them correctly, say them, or match them with their meanings, you generate fireworks and put on your own display. You even unlock additional fireworks as you progress through the game. Different languages have different focuses. For example, the Mandarin lessons focus on learning the right tones, while the Korean lessons focus on teaching you how hangul combine. The Japanese lessons walk you through katakana and hiragana to kanji, and the Hebrew lessons show you how to read … [Read more...] about Word Fireworks Makes Learning Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Hebrew Fun and Easy
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The Ford Mustang has quickly become China's best selling sports car, since being introduced there for the 2015 model year. To better cater to the market, Ford has upgraded the Mustang's Sync 3 infotainment system to understand handwritten Chinese characters.In addition to Sync 3 being able to recognize Mandarin Chinese voice commands, the 8-inch center touchscreen lets you write in desired destinations, points of interest and search for music. Handwriting recognition replaces Sync's previous method of inputting Chinese characters, which required typing in phonetic spellings of words, which was time consuming and cumbersome. Sync 3's handwriting recognition can decipher the more than 2,500 characters in the Chinese language and account for a wide variety of writing styles and habits to improve search efficiency and accuracy. The system can also understand characters written at angles of up to 15 degrees, which is good news for people with less-than-stellar penmanship. The Chinese … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang’s Sync 3 system learns Chinese
After a giant leak, a huge reveal and a full week with Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, you'd think we'd know everything about the company's latest phones. But new details keep trickling out. (Did you know you can charge faster with a USB-C cable?) Now, we're seeing the first teardown experts rip apart the iPhone 8 to show us its gleaming guts, and we've learned a few brand-new things as a result. So here's what iFixit discovered in its brand-new teardown. 1. The iPhone 8's battery is... smaller?Yep. While Apple claims you'll get the same battery life from an iPhone 8 as an iPhone 7, iFixit discovered the new phone actually has a smaller-capacity lithium-ion battery pack inside. It's rated at 6.96 watt-hours (roughly 1,822mAh), compared to the 7.45Wh (1,960mAh) battery you'd find in an iPhone 7. Those numbers line up with documents Apple filed with Tenaa, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC. 2. The iPhone 8 modem is technically Gigabit LTE-readyWhy … [Read more...] about 5 things we just learned from the iPhone 8 teardown
Facebook and Baidu have set up a joint social-networking site in China, according to a published report, which appears to now have been removed. Sohu.com reported that the two companies had signed a deal, according to a report by Bloomberg News. But by press time, the link that Bloomberg pointed to had been removed, and redirected users to a more generic overview of the site. A source close to Facrbook dismissed the reports as "rumors," which a company spokeswoman officially declined to comment upon. "We are currently studying and learning about China, as part of evaluating any possible approaches that could benefit our users, developers and advertisers," a spokeswoman said via an email. The agreement followed several meetings between Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg and Baidu CEO Robin Li, Sohu.com reported, according to Bloomberg. The China website won't be integrated with Facebook's international service, and the start date is not confirmed, according to the … [Read more...] about Has Facebook Finally Cracked the Chinese Market?
Skype's real-time language translator is about to get even smarter. Microsoft on Wednesday launched the second phase of its Skype Translator preview program, bringing support for two new languages: Chinese (Mandarin) and Italian in addition to English and Spanish, which first launched in December. For the uninitiated, Skype Translator uses real-time speech translation technologies to let you have a conversation with someone over the Internet who speaks a different language. "As you can imagine, Mandarin is a very challenging language to learn," Skype's Yasmin Khan wrote in a blog post. "With approximately 10,000 characters and multiple tones, this is one of the most difficult languages for a native English speaker to master, along with Arabic, Japanese, and Korean." Microsoft said that its researchers and scientists in Beijing worked "very closely" with their U.S.-based counterparts to construct the recognition and translation models for Mandarin. At this point, Skype Translator is … [Read more...] about Skype Translator Learns Chinese, Italian