Microsoft showcased a set of tools that help users enter Indian language text into computers easily and quickly, at the Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The beta version of the tools will be made available as a free download soon and will initially support the following six languages – Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. These tools have been engineered by the Emerging Markets Labs team of the Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC) and the technology can be leveraged to support other syllabic languages beyond Indian languages.
These input tools use free-form transliteration. Users spell Indian language words in a natural (phonetic) way using English alphabet, which the tools transliterate into the right words in the chosen Indian language.
“There is a huge demand to consume and interact with Indian language content today. Tools that make it easy to search, communicate and create content in Indian languages are key for broader computing adoption and the tools we are showcasing today are aimed at addressing this need,” said Srini Koppolu, Corporate VP & Managing Director, MSIDC
You've got followers and post regularly, but ever wondered how popular you are on Twitter? An online tool that evaluates "tweets" can tell.
Public relations consultancy Edelman recently launched TweetLevel (www.tweetlevel.com), a free tool that measures the importance of a user on the popular social networking site, how trusted they are as well as the influence they wield.
The tool uses an algorithm developed by the agency which takes into account the quality and quantity of "tweets" or micro-blogs of up to 140 characters, and allows users to compare their own importance to that of anyone they choose to follow.
"Unlike most rankings that look merely at the number of followers someone has, TweetLevel gives you a really clear picture of who is important within this increasingly influential forum," Jonny Bentwood, Edelman's Head of Strategic Analysis and who created the algorithm, said in a statement
The tool gives points to users in four categories -- how many people listen to what you say; how many people follow you; how actively you participate and whether people believe you.
Each score is rated out of 100, with the higher your score, the more important you are.
The statement said that entertainment blogger Perez Hilton, Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher and social media blog Mashable were among the highest scorers on TweetLevel.