Unfriend: Word of the Year 2009

Unfriend: Word of the Year 2009, New Oxford American Dictionary

Unfriend was named Word of the Year 2009

It has both currency and potential longevity. — Christina Lindberg

The word unfriend has just been named Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary.

Unfriend is defined as a verb that means ‘to remove someone as a friend on a social networking site such as Facebook’. “It has both currency and potential longevity,” stated Christine Lindberg, senior lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary programme. The word, however, is informal.

Other word finalists included …

hashtag
a method of tagging a topic on Twitter so it can be found by other tweeters
intexticated
people who are distracted by texting while driving

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Translation and Localization Thailand

Localization Thailand, 3rd to 4th of December 2009

The Asian localization services business is rapidly evolving in Thailand’s translation industry.

To support the development of the localization industry in Thailand, the Localization Industry Standards Association is collaborating with the Royal Institute of Thailand, AsiaOnline, and ProZ to bring together the leaders in globalization process and strategy for a groundbreaking two-day conference on the role of the localization industry in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Localization and Translation Services Thailand: Bridging Asia with the World” — 3rd to 4th of December 2009)

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Is your Website Secure? A little help from Google

Is Your Website Secure from hackers?

With so much international Web traffic nowadays, it is important to ensure your website is secure for malware and attacks. Has it been hacked recently? Does it contain any malware or viruses?

Our web team advises all web developers and site owners to check your sites regularly. There’s a convenient way to check the safety of your site with the Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic Report.

Replace your_domain.com in the input field with your site’s URL.

Whilst not completely comprehensive — it will not detect sites that have had spurious links or content added — it may identify if Google has spotted malware or other threats on your site.

We deliver website localization services to customers for over 1,000 language combinations.

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Prepare to Be Inspired, Language Show Live

Prepare to Be Inspired at the Language Show Live UK

As we move into an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the need to improve the UK’s capabilities in languages has never been more important. This is the message that CILT, the National Centre for Languages, will be driving home at the Language Show this weekend. They will be sharing a whole range of materials and initiatives to inspire language teachers, learners and linguists alike.

The Language Show is undoubtedly the biggest event of the year for anyone with a passion for languages. With over 100 free seminars and 185 exhibitors, it gives language teachers and enthusiasts all the help, advice and resources they need to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments around language learning.

For more information, visit the Languages Show Live UK.

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China’s Interactive Advertising Market, Ad-tech Beijing

Ad-Tech Beijing 2009

17th to 18th of November 2009

Figures recorded this year on 30th of June 2009 show that China had 338 million internet users or netizens. This far surpasses the U.S. as the country with the most internet users. This number will reach just short of 400 million by the end of 2009.

155 million netizens are accessing the Internet via their mobile phones. (Source: China Internet Network Information Center [CNNIC]). The CNNIC is China’s network information center.

Engage in the Chinese Marketplace

Ad-tech Beijing brings together brand advertisers, traditional and; interactive agencies, portals, online publishers and technology providers, offering an unrivalled opportunity to discover new practices and technologies, and to learn how many of the great names have utilized the net, built brand recognition and immersed themselves in digital technologies.

The two-day exhibition and the two-day ‘highly engaging’ conference will provide you with a mass of new knowledge and many new contacts.

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Call for papers – Worldware conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

WORLDWARE CONFERENCE

Preconference workshops: March 16
Full conference with presentations and exhibits: March 17-18

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Santa Clara, California

How do you get product releases out to the world on time and on budget? Worldware explores the tools, concepts and materials to effectively plan, evangelize and deliver internationalization efforts within your company.

Topics will concentrate on internationalization, the natural and necessary prerequisite to cost-effective localization. The conference provides extensive information about the “why” and “what” that underlie the strategy and business case reasoning in the goal of delivering products to the international marketplace.

This conference is directed to:

technically inclined strategic decision-makers
-CTOs
-development directors in large enterprises
-software architects
-product and marketing managers
-globalization managers
-and others who are responsible for setting the strategic direction of product development.

The theme is not meant to restrict the content of the conference. We encourage presenters to submit proposals that are complementary to the general conference scope. Some suggested topics are:

-internationalization as a business case
-the ROI of internationalization
-internationalization product management
-planning internationalization projects
-building internationalization teams
-case studies

The Worldware Conference invites individuals, practitioners, and corporate and institutional users to submit papers, perspectives and topics for discussion at the Worldware Conference in 2010 in Santa Clara, California. By using the same overall theme as our Worldware Conference in March 2009, we aim to create ongoing discussions on the topic and to introduce those discussions to attendees.

Suggestions of ideas, topics and speakers for Worldware Conference 2010 should be submitted using this template by October 28, 2009. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to:

[email protected]

Keep the dates free so that you and your colleagues will not miss this source of information vital to your international success.

The Worldware Conference is a co-production of The Localization Institute and MultiLingual magazine.

Did you know there is more than one Chinese dialect?

More Than One Chinese Dialect for Translation

There is more than one Chinese dialect

We are often asked for Mandarin translation. However the official spoken languages spoken in Taiwan (capital: Taipei) and the People’s Republic of China (Mainland China) is referred to as Mandarin Chinese.

The term Mandarin however only refers to standard spoken Chinese which is basically the same and mutually understandable in Taiwan and Mainland China. However there are different scripts used in different areas of Greater China.

Traditional Chinese is the script used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, whereas Mainland China and Singapore use Simplified Chinese.

How do I choose?

Should I choose Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese?

The table below will help you decide which language you require for your translation project. Depending on where you are doing business, the spoken and written form may be different.

Country Spoken Language Written Language
Mainland China Mandarin Simplified Chinese
Taiwan Mandarin Traditional Chinese
Hong Kong Cantonese Traditional Chinese
Singapore Mandarin Simplified Chinese

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CILT lookout for the most innovative projects in UK

With applications now open for next year’s prestigious European Award for Languages, the search is on for the UK’s most innovative language learning projects. Schools, colleges, adult education and community projects are being encouraged to apply ahead of the deadline on 31st January 2010: www.cilt.org.uk/eal

The European Award for Languages is a Europe-wide initiative which recognises and celebrates new ways to inspire and motivate language learners at all levels.

Kate Board, Chief Executive of CILT says: “I am continuously impressed by the exciting and innovative projects I see happening in languages classrooms across the country. This award is a fantastic way of recognising and rewarding those efforts – and showing others just how much fun can be had with languages.”

You can find out about all of last year’s winning projects by visiting www.cilt.org.uk/eal

iPhone International Market Update

iPhone International Market Update conference

The International Macintosh Users Group: a forum for multilingual, multiscript and multiplatform computing.

iPhone international market update takes place 17th September 2009 from 18:30 to 21:00 Pacific time. (17th September 2009, 6:30 to 9:00 PM). Note: special start time: 18:30 (for refreshments); panel session 19:00 to 21:00.

Recommended Conference

Localization World: Silicon Valley, 20 – 22 October at the Santa Clara Convention Center. See http://www.imug.org/training for
more information.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: 17th September 2009

Special time: 18:30 (for refreshments), panel session 19:00 to 21:00.

Topic: iPhone International Market Update. Speaker panel: David Cao of ExtendLogic and several others to be announced soon.

Special location: Apple campus, 4 Infinite Loop, 2nd Floor, Garage II conference room. Please see links below for directions.

Another joint production of IMUG and the iPhone for Business meet up group , this event will offer several short presentations on iPhone markets around the world, followed by a panel discussion and questions; China, Japan, Korea and other markets will be covered.

Refreshments will be provided by a corporate sponsor. Please arrive at 18:30 to take advantage of this generous offer and to meet members of IMUG and the visiting group.

Location and Directions

Apple campus, 4 Infinite Loop, 2nd Floor, Garage II conference room.

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Changes to the VAT Information Exchange System (VIES)

Change to VAT information exchange system, Ireland

In January 1993, frontier controls on the movement of goods between EU member states were abolished and Irish exporters involved in EU trade have been required to furnish periodic VIES statements to Revenue from that date.

The VAT Information Exchange System (VIES) was put in place by the EU to assist in the policing of the new VAT arrangements from 01/01/1993.

Under the VIES legislation, all Vat registered traders who make intra-community supplies of goods must furnish the Revenue Commissioners with a VIES statement listing such supplies.

From 1st January 2010, there are important changes to VIES, please see details below.

Introduction of Services to the VAT Information Exchange System – VIES

Council Directive 2008/08/EC (amending Directive 2006/112/EC) provides, with effect from 1st January 2010, that Irish VAT registered suppliers must submit a VIES statement detailing all the VAT registered customers in other member states, to whom he or she has supplied services in respect of which that customer is liable for payment of the VAT due.

Traders may submit on a quarterly basis, or monthly if preferred. Please see the relative EU directive 2009/08/EC.

The EU legislation is presently being transposed into Irish VAT law. Information on this will be available on the Revenue website when the legislation is finalised.

In line with Revenue’s electronic approach, all VIES Statements should be e-filed through Revenue On-line Service, aka ROS.

If you are involved in supply of services to other member states, please register with VIMA as soon as possible.

For further information please contact your local VIES section.

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