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Google Translate Alternatives

These days dealing and engaging with foreign languages is easier, quicker, and more direct than ever. Whether you’re at work or on holiday, numerous language tools and smartphone apps can help with the translation of difficult words, sentences, and online texts. Google Translate and alternative translation websites offer comprehensive tools that easily enable us to understand other languages. Across the internet there are many free applications for a variety of contexts, and with the help of flexible language choice, suitable synonyms, helpful example sentences, and basic spell check, all succeed in making interacting with other languages that much easier. [...]  

Progressive web apps | what advantages do they offer?

The app market has already produced several new and progressive app formats; conventional native apps were followed by the development of web apps and hybrid apps. But then what is a progressive web app (PWA)? Fundamentally, they are based on the concept of a web app that then takes the form of an app. But PWAs manage to go one step further, promising users the optimized use of a mobile device’s native functions, as well as being fully operational offline. [...]  

The new TLDs (top-level domains)

What should you do if your desired domain has already been taken? The range of available .com or .org domains has gotten smaller over the years. Now there is a solution to this problem: new top-level domains! Instead of using complicated and unclear abbreviations, choose short and concise domains from the new TLDs. Local companies can especially profit from nTLDs. [...]  

ownCloud alternatives | Which host has the most?

When it comes to cloud storage services with synchronization functions, many users see ownCloud as the most reliable option. That being said, it is also worth broadening your perspective, as the best alternatives to ownCloud also offer some other interesting features, which cloud storage service enthusiasts should not be missing out on. This article is here to help you find the alternative to ownCloud that is right for you. [...]  

Newsletter KPIs: indicators in e-mail marketing

In e-mail marketing, KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) are extremely important for analyzing campaigns. Various indicators can help you to determine the final success rate of your marketing activities. But how exactly can you measure metrics like a newsletter’s conversion rate, opening rate, and click-through rate? And which other KPIs are important? [...]  

ZURB Foundation: The compact UI framework

If you don’t have a ready-made template or a homepage kit for the development of a front-end, but also don’t want to completely start from square one, then you should think about using a CSS framework such as ZURB Foundation. The open source solution offers a flexible grid system, numerous other pre-made code snippets, and everything you need to implement a responsive web presence. [...]  

Bootstrap: five alternatives to the Twitter framework

Bootstrap is the most popular framework solution for designing and creating high-performance web interfaces. It consists of a collection of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript components that Twitter released under the MIT free license in 2011, as well as a variety of extensions, interfaces for content management systems, and pre-built themes. There are also worthwhile alternatives to Bootstrap, which are worth considering. [...]  

Everything concerning e-books part two: e-book templates

You may have impressive content, but with an appealing e-book design and a well-structured layout your publication will also look great and be easier to read. By ensuring good readability, creating visual stimuli, and offering more value to the reader, you increase your e-book’s chances of success. In the second part of our e-book series, we reveal how to create your own template and what you need to keep in mind. [...]  

‘Noisy Neighbor’ effect: explanation and solutions

Shared hosting offers are very popular with many users because of their affordability. But the benefit of loaning resources and sharing hardware with other users can also cause problems, particularly if one of more of the hosted applications puts too much of a strain on performance. What exactly is the ‘noisy neighbor’ effect and how can providers and private hosts avoid this issue in cloud computing? [...]  

How does natural language processing work?

The language errors and mistranslations on Google Translate might often be good for a funny anecdote, but behind this slightly error-prone translation tool lies one of the most complex computer technologies ever developed. Natural language processing may still be in a relatively primitive stage, but its complex technology already enables computers to translate from one language into another, carry out spoken commands, and answer questions automatically. But since human language is complex, occasionally illogical, and constantly evolving, it’s very difficult for computers to learn. So how does natural language processing work exactly and when do problems occur in its application? [...]