Amazon Web Services (AWS) released their Amazon Polly plugin, a text to speech tool, back in February. In June, they announced a huge new update which provides real time translation functionality to the Polly plugin. We attended the AWS Translate launch event at the Amazon Loft in San Francisco and managed to learn more about this powerful new tool. We chatted with Robin Dautricourt, Sr. Product Manager at Amazon Polly, Yoni Friedman, Sr. Product Manager at Amazon Translate, and Steven Word, Innovation Program Manager at WP Engine, about this powerful new WordPress plugin
WordCamp US was held over the weekend at the Philadelphia Convention Center in downtown Philly. The two-day event brought in attendees from all over the world and was chock-full of impressive sessions. Throughout the weekend, we were lucky enough to interview some of the attendees and speakers to talk about their WordCamp experiences. In this article, we’ve shared a few of our favorites, but you can see the full set of interviews here. Joost de Valk Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast. Erica Varlese Erica Varlese is a happiness engineer at Automattic. Lisa Melegari Lisa Melegari is a […]
This month Torque turns three. Happy birthday!
We had a great weekend watching talks and chatting with WordPressers at WordCamp New York at the United Nations. While I was there, I was lucky enough to talk with some inspirational people about WordPress, open source, and the community. You can watch the entire set of videos, with Mikel King, Kari Leigh Marucchi, Sonja Leix, Vova Feldman, Jenny Wong, and more, on this YouTube playlist.
We are lucky to have so many great writers sharing their work with us here at Torque. This week we thought it’d fun to try something new, so we asked Josh Pollock to chat with us about one of his recent Torque articles. Thanks again, Josh for taking the time to talk with us. You can read his “So You Want To Use WordPress To Power Your App” article here or you can find him on Twitter at @josh412. Which Torque article would you like us to feature in our next video?
Contextly is website exploration tool that makes it easy to keep your readers clicking through your site. The plugin, which works with WordPress and Drupal, automatically displays related articles at the bottom of each post and makes it easy for bloggers and editors to quickly link to previous articles without having to open any other tabs or pages. We were happy to talk with Ryan Singel, the CEO and co-founder of Contextly, about how his own experiences as a WordPress blogger which led him to create this special tool.
Originally launched in 1994 as “Hotwired,” Wired.com has grown into a family of successful blogs that reports on current and future trends in technology. Early this month, Wired announced their first major site overhaul in 8 years. We were fortunate enough to talk with Jake Spurlock, one of the software engineers on the project, about what it was like to migrate 17 active blogs to one single WordPress install. Here’s what he had to say: Torque: First off, can you tell us a little bit about what you do at Wired?? Jake Spurlock: I’m a software engineer at Condé Nast, a “premier […]
Last month, John James Jacoby (or JJJ) launched a 24-day Indiegogo campaign to help focus his time solely on the development and improvement of BuddyPress, GlotPress, and bbPress for the next 6 months. With less than 34 hours to go, JJJ has surpassed his 50K goal, exemplifying the supportive nature of the WordPress community, and confirming the importance of the further development of these beloved plugins. Check out our chat with him below, then consider chipping in a few bucks to help his project out. Crowdfunding and open source: the perfect pair Torque: It’s exciting to see developers coming to the community to get support […]
We had a great time hanging out and chatting with everyone at WordCamp San Francisco this weekend. Throughout the weekend, we were lucky enough to interview some of the attendees and ask them about their WordCamp experiences. In this article, we’ve shared a few of our favorites, but you can see the full set of interviews here. Thanks to all our old and new friends for their time! Crafty Chica Crafty Chica is a legend in the craft community. Her talk focused on how bringing passion to whatever you do can pay off. As a side note, Kathy’s blog was an early […]