Latest Blog Entries
- Website Localization and the Great Firewall
January 21, 2015 0 Comments
“The Golden Shield Project” more commonly known around the globe as the “Great Firewall,” a term first coined in this context in a Wired Magazine article in 1997, blocks well-known sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloomberg, Dropbox and many Google sites (as Google is not officially in China). It is operated by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) division of the government of China (PRC). MPS actively censors and monitors internet activity within China.
- Egyptian Translation - What You Need to Know
January 19, 2015 0 Comments
In order to understand a group of people, such as Egyptians, you must have a broad knowledge of their culture. Understanding the spoken and written language and the geographic location, while vital, is only a piece of the puzzle. The customs, social habits, religion, economy, government and the political environment need to be understood in order to know how people will think and behave and what motivates them. Egyptian society is of a cosmopolitan nature, and Egyptians consider their religion and their history a very important aspect of their lives.
- How to Write a RFP for Translation Services
January 12, 2015 1 Comments
Each day companies send dozens of Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Information (RFI) in search of a translation (localization) agency to provide translation services. As a localization Production Manager, I work closely with the sales department to filter through the requests to decide which ones to respond. We also need to make certain we provide all of the requested information required to help these companies assess us as a potential translation partner. I have compiled a list of “do’s and don’ts” for the translation services RFP process and, also, a list of the most common questions we receive.
- A World Affairs Council Near You
January 08, 2015 0 Comments
Each week I look forward to “It’s Your World,” on KQED, the San Francisco based NPR radio station. The show is a broadcast of the local World Affairs Council’s weekly guest speaker/presentation. The Bay Area branch of the World Affairs Council regularly brings in interesting guests to discuss varying issues affecting our world today.
- Christmas-Translating Traditions Around the Globe
December 21, 2014 0 Comments
Christmas, December 25th, is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of the Christian religion. Christmas traditions range from decorating trees, exchanging gifts, singing Christmas carols, attending church, imbibing in food and drink to kissing under the mistletoe. Non-Christians from around the world also celebrate this day as a secular holiday, turning the month of December into a religious, cultural and commercial marvel.
- Multilanguage support in iOS 8
December 14, 2014 0 Comments
iOS 8 is the mobile operating system of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and was released on September 17, 2014. According to the Apple website, iOS 8 is actually the biggest release for developers since the introduction Apple’s App Store. This new version also boasts the smartest keyboard ever. The keyboard offers English and other enabled languages on the device, along with the ability to install a third party keyboard, which is a new feature available on iOS 8.
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