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January 07, 2010

XIHA Life Adds Real-Time Multilingual Chat with Video Streaming

At CES (News - Alert) 2010, XIHA Life, a multilingual and multicultural social network, announced the introduction of real-time multilingual chat with video streaming to its social network platform.

The new feature benefits the XIHA community, which includes several expatriate communities, say company officials. Members can chat with friends and family across the globe in over 40 languages, adding a new dimension to the cross-cultural XIHA experience, they said.

The chat also features video streaming allowing any number of participants to share a video with the chat room using Web cams. With these features, XIHA takes social networking to the next level, the company claims.

“Our users can now reach across language barriers to instantly connect with others throughout the world,” said Jani Penttinen, CEO and co-founder of XIHA Life, in a statement. “The multilingual chat will further unify XIHA's diverse user base.”

The multilingual chat includes both one-on-one chat as well as multi-user chat rooms with real-time translations. The chat text can be translated on the fly to and from any of the supported 40+ languages by all participants in the chat room, company officials said. The original text is always shown, and the translation appears below, making it a great tool for those trying to learn a new language.

Users can toggle the translations on and off at any time. Users also do not have to be online to keep the chat alive. Users can log off and return to the chat upon their next log in and be able to translate any old or new topics of discussion.

XIHA social networking community allows for discussions with users from all over the world, each chatting in their own language, while understanding what the others say, the company said.

The community has been actively involved in partnerships to improve cross-cultural communication. XIHA recently announced partnership with BlueTeach, a new browser-based video tutoring service, to launch an innovative online classroom, XIHA Learning. Registered participants share an online white board to draw shapes, write text, or ponder over math equations and music scales.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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