Dancing robots, eye-activated televisions, ultra-thin tablets, super-connected homes… it can only be IFA 2012, the world’s biggest consumer goods showcase. The Berlin trade fair gives a glimpse of the future of technology and how it could change our lives in the next few years.
The fireworks might be over, but many businesses in London and beyond hope the Olympic effect is just beginning. With the world’s eyes on the UK, the Games were a unique opportunity to showcase Britain on a global scale.
FC Barcelona and the New York Times recently launched them – and so did Lingo24. We’re talking about Chinese websites, an essential tool for reaching this massive, and growing, internet population.
Olympic fever is sweeping the country, and we’re counting down the days to the opening ceremony! But we’re not just excited about the sporting events. As half a million foreign visitors arrive in London, it’s also a chance to celebrate global culture and business.
Many of us have ripped open the packaging, pulled out the shiny new mobile phone or laptop, and started using it right away. It’s only when we hit a metaphorical brick wall that we turn to the user manual – or try to find instructions online.
It’s a familiar complaint – British schoolchildren just aren’t studying foreign languages any more. We regularly read more dismal news about falling numbers taking French or German A-levels, and universities closing departments.
Can you say Jammie Dodger in Chinese? Or do you know how Russians like a cup of tea?
Brands such as Wagon Wheels and Typhoo tea may seem as British as a bright red phone box. But they’re gaining fans around the world, helping push UK food exports past a record £12bn.
When is German not German? When it’s Swiss German, of course.
A Scottish dating agency are using the foreign language internet to spark love interests in Brazil.
A whopping two-thirds of London’s businesses are not exporting, and very few would consider going overseas, a new report has said.