April 30, 2019
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Whether you call it the Telephone Game or Chinese Whispers, it has to be one of the favorite games that we played as kids. The thrill of hearing a completely different phrase than the original one made the game so much fun. Google’s Pamela Fox has taken this popular game to an automated online version using the Google Translate API and created a social experience that is bound to keep you trying some phrases just for the hilarious output produced at times.
Proving to be too popular, the Google Translate API will be discontinued December 1 due to what the company characterizes as "extensive abuse." Effective immediately, rate limits will be greatly reduced. The search giant announced plans to shutter a dozen APIs in all, though most were older and less used than Translate.
With thousands of distinct languages in the modern world, it would be impossible to be able to identify them all by simply looking at them in a text document. In cases where it is necessary to know what language a website, text document or file is written in, having a handy deciphering tool would be key. WhatLanguage does just that. Simply put, it's a language detection web service. WhatLanguage's API makes this functionality available to developers who may want to integrate it with other applications or create new applications.