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As of iOS 7, users could select over 30 different languages for system-wide use. Recent Apple job listings indicate that the company is trying to expand their Siri language offerings, with positions open for engineers for languages that are currently not supported by the Siri voice feature. Language Career Listings MacRumors first broke the news about the new Siri Language Engineer roles in June 2014. These were eye-catching listings because the job postings address ten languages that are not currently included in the Siri language support roster. The full list includes: Arabic, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Thai, Russian, Norwegian, Turkish, Brazilian, and Dutch. This is an extremely important development, opening the iOS system up for further international adoption and integration. Translating Siri is no easy task - according to the job listings, localization engin... (more)

How Technology Improves Children's Health

There seems to be a growing concern among researchers as to what effects continuous exposure to the gamut of today's technology has on the developing brains of children. According to a recent article written by Dr. Jim Taylor, a professor at the University of San Francisco, these effects are complex and may present benefits and hazards. Studies indicate that technology affects the ability to pay attention and process material. Reading conventional books enhances the ability to focus while improving comprehension, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, along with increasing... (more)

Real Estate Investors Slated to Get “Real Time Data”

If you're a real estate investor, you know how important it is to have the latest figures and data at your fingertips. You probably have favorite websites and newsfeeds to keep up as much as possible, but what you really need is real data in real time. Enter S'moretgage, which was debuted at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY in early May 2014. It's all about getting data to real estate investors immediately, and reveres knowledge as the key player in making sound investment choices. However, it's not just about having quick access to this kind of information. It's actually pretty challe... (more)

Japan Releases "Employed" Humanoid Robots

In late June 2014, scientists at the Japan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation released two lifelike robots. These "humanoids" are part of the highly acclaimed exhibition, "Android: What is Human?" Touted as the most advanced human-like robots ever created, could these two innocent robots be the first of robotic armies highlighted in Hollywood Films? Designed to showcase the advancements made in robotics, museum curator Hiroshi Ishiguro hopes the exhibition peaks the interest of the general public while simultaneously stretching the possibilities of robot-human in... (more)

One-Size-Fits-All Is the Key to E-Commerce Success

The introduction of mobile devices rocked the e-Commerce world. Instead of knowing that potential customers would use a laptop or desktop, those running web-based stores had to begin to account for users with devices with screens of all sizes; from smartphones, to tablets, to full-size monitors. In addition, many of these devices lack keyboards or accurate cursor devices. As a result, many started creating second sites made for mobile devices. However, new techniques have supplanted this strategy, the most popular of which is responsive design. One Size Truly Fits All Responsiv... (more)