February 29, 2012 (Newswire.com) - MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Loqu8, the pioneer in augmented learning, today announced iCE 6 Free, the ad-supported version of the company's popular Chinese-English dictionary and translator for those who want to understand and learn Chinese.
"In 2010, China officially surpassed Germany as the world's largest trade export nation," explained Dr. Timothy Uy, President and CEO of Loqu8. "Previously China also surpassed Japan as the world's second biggest economy. Global organizations are finding Loqu8's augmented learning technologies to be a powerful tool for interfacing with suppliers, customers and agencies in China."
"If you're in your early 30s and you're thinking you want to spend time in China, or grow a business there, or work for a multinational doing business there, you would be at a disadvantage if you did not have Chinese language ability," suggested Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Director of the John L. Thorton China Center and senior fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at The Brookings Institution.
Learning Chinese hasn't been easy, but iCE makes it easier
The U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) estimated Mandarin competence to require 88 weeks of study (2,200 class hours) with half that time in the region where the language is spoken by natives. Organizations like the United Nations and the U.S. State Department have been using Loqu8's augmented learning technologies to accelerate the learning process for key individuals.
Loqu8 iCE 6 Free is a subscription service for helping people experience and understand Chinese. By hovering a mouse over Chinese text inside websites, documents and emails, iCE provides a quick definition. Highlight a range of text and iCE even translates it all into English (optional). Built upon Loqu8's second generation iNtuition2 augmented learning engine, iCE takes full advantage of Microsoft Windows 7/Vista and 64-bit, multi-core microprocessors for rapid, real-time information access.
Loqu8 iCE 6 Free is compatible with these applications:
- Websites: Baidu, Sina, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, Google and Bible Gateway
- Browsers: Mozilla Firefox 11, Google Chrome 17
Loqu8 iCE Standard Edition and Professional Edition add support for:
- Browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7-9
- Chat: Google, Skype, Pidgin, QQ
- Email: Outlook, Google, Yahoo, Hotmail
- Productivity: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote and Outlook), Microsoft Office Web with SkyDrive
Download Loqu8 iCE 6 Free
Loqu8 iCE 6 software and user documentation is available from www.loqu8.com
Users will have an opportunity to sample the complete Loqu8 iCE 6 Professional. After 14 days, they may purchase a license key (from $5 USD/month) or request a free, one year subscription for Loqu8 iCE Free. Loqu8 iCE Free subscription is renewable annually at no charge.
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