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Google's Nexus One phone displays the Google Translate application, which allows users to get translation

Google Announces 13 New Additional Languages to Its Google Translate

Google Translate has now 13 new additional languanges giving it a total of 103 that surpasses the 100 mark. Based on the Google's estimate, it envelops 99% of the online population which is about 120 million people around the globe.

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Smartphone users

New York program to teach English by means of phone calls and text messages

New York state is offering a unique pilot English language learning program that works through phone calls and text messages. Candelaria Lopez a Mexican immigrant, living in the United States for 20 years, was pretty much only comfortable saying “Hi”. It was hard for her to find the energy to sit through a 3-hour session after her long days as a farmworker in a New York’s Hudson Valley region.

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Paris, France

Rise in French speakers since 2010 a boost for France: report

The number of French speakers across the world grew 25 percent since 2010, the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) said in a report published on Wednesday, a potential boost as France seeks growth from overseas opportunities.

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Books

Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world

China, the world's second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries, now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution.

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AppsBuilder

Italian app development platform AppsBuilder bags $1.5M in funding

Milan, Italy-based mobile app development platform AppsBuilder bagged $1.5 million in a funding round from United Ventures to consolidate its businesses in the UK and the US.

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Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures establishes world's first startup hotline in India

Microsoft Ventures in India established the world's first startup hotline in Bangalore to give startups access to real-time professional advice regarding the accounting, taxation, legal, and technical aspects of a business via toll-free number.

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Pocket

US-based article bookmarking app Pocket is now available in six other languages

Menlo Park, US-based article and video bookmarking mobile app Pocket, which used to be available only for English articles, has now added French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish to the languages that its supports.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear

Easy reading app of Boston firm Spritz to debut on Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2

Boston, US-based app maker Spritz said it will launch its app that will make reading easier on small devices on the soon-to-come smartphone Galaxy S5 and smartwatch Gear 2 of South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

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