Google Translate App

Google adds Word Lens to its Google Translate App

Over the past couple of weeks Microsoft has provided us with more information and a demo of its new Skype Translator feature which translates speech in real-time and displays the translated sentences in the form of captions in the video call.

Today, as reported by the New York Times earlier this week, Google announced an update to their own automatic voice translation for its Android and iOS apps. The new version of the Google Translate mobile apps will now also give live translation from spoken word into written text for select languages and also include the Word Lens technology that Google acquired last year.

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Indonesia Textbook Tablets

Indonesia plans to replace Textbooks with Tablets

Indonesia is expected to become the fourth largest market for mobile devices, surpassing 100 million active monthly users in 2018, according to a recent report by eMarketer.

To better serve students in remote areas of the country, to cut down cost and to overall improve the quality of education, the Ministry of Education and Culture announced that it will replace physical textbooks with tablets and ebooks in the coming years.

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Cengage Learning LearnLaunch

Cengage Learning partners with LearnLaunch

Cengage Learning announced a partnership with Boston-based edtech hub LearnLaunch which promotes education technology through events, an accelerator program and co-working space.

As part of the partnership Cengage will invest and participate in the LearnLaunch accelerator program as well as sponsor the upcoming LearnLaunch Conference.

Other LearnLaunch sponsors include Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education.

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NetDragon

HEDLINE: NetDragon Online Education Subsidiary Raises $52.5 million Series A

NetDragon, a Chinese mobile and game developer, raised a $52.5 million Series A for its online education subsidiary Best Assistant Education, valuing it at $477.5 million. Investors include IDG Capital Partners, Vertex Venture and Alpha Animation.

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Guokr

HEDLINE: Science Community Guokr raises $20 million Series C

TAL Education Group, a Chinese K-12 after-school tutoring provider, led a $20 million Series C round in the online science community Guokr. TAL Education led the round, investing $15 million, the remaining $5 million came from existing investors IDG and others.

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Skype Translator Preview

Skype Translator Preview features Connected Classrooms at Launch

Cross-published on Fair Languages.


Skype today officially launched the Skype Translator Preview with a video showing how the technology can be used to connect classrooms across the globe. In the demo a class from Tacoma in the USA and a class from Mexico City play a game of “Mystery Skype”, asking each other questions to determine in which city they are located respectively.

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Everspring

In the Slipstream of 2U’s Success Everspring raises another $10 million

Everspring, a Chicago-based edtech startup that helps universities to get their courses online, has raised a $10 million venture round from Park Loop and existing investors Carrick Capital Partners and Accretive reports Crain’s Chicago Business.

Everspring raised another $10 million earlier this year and currently counts University of Kansas, Kent State University, the College of William and Mary, and Auburn University as its customers.

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Digital Einstein

Digital Einstein gives Online Access to Thousands of Documents

When Albert Einstein died in 1955 he left the world a treasure trove of more than 80.000 documents, from postcards to notebooks and love letters.

Over the past decades Princeton University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which is disposed of the copyright by Einstein’s will, have worked together to collect, sort and publish these documents in 30 volumes. Curated by Dr. Diana Kormos-Buchwald, The Einstein Papers Project already published 13 volumes, covering the work and life of the physicist until 1923. The 14th is planned for early 2015 and will contain 1000 documents.

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Microsoft Nook partnership

Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft from Nook Partnership

In an effort to clear the way for an upcoming separation of its College bookstore and Nook business from its retail business, Barnes & Noble bought out Microsoft’s from their joint venture for $120 million in cash and common stock.

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Nature.com open access

Nature makes its Article Archives Free to View

Macmillan Science and Education announced today that from now on it will enable subscribers to journals on nature.com to share articles with colleagues not having a subscription. The same is true for readers of 100 media outlets and blogs from around the world who can now direct their readers to the original paper via a link.

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