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When Linguists Do More Than Translate or Interpret
CSOFT (#22 on our global list of the 100 largest LSPs) has banked on mobile being a driving force behind language needs. In December 2015, the company released Stepes (pronounced /'steps/), a human-powered mobile translation app designed to mobilize professional translators and Uberize the world’s bilingual population in the process. Last year

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Video Remote Interpreting Set to Reach the Tipping Point
When we conducted the research for our recent ranking of top interpreting companies, we asked executives at these providers which factors caused their business to grow and what trends they were seeing. What we heard loud and clear was that these companies are paying a lot of attention to video remote interpreting (VRI). They see definite revenue opportunities

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ZipDX Brings Together Simultaneous Interpreting and Teleconferencing
ZipDX’s introduction of simultaneous interpreting to teleconferencing is one of those things in life that you had no idea you needed so badly until you were actually introduced to it. It offers a cloud-based meeting platform in which interpreters listen to the speaker and interpret simultaneously for other people logged into the call. David

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Babelverse Targets Overlooked Markets for Interpreting
What makes a new kid on the remote interpreting block stand out from the pack?  According to Josef Dunne and Mayel de Borniol, the founders of Babelverse, a recognition of the need to bring technology to niche markets sets them apart from other interpreting companies. Dunne and de Borniol, who recently told us they are close to securing private

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AT&T Uses Language as a Competitive Advantage
This morning, AT&T announced On-Demand Interpreter (ODI), a brand-new feature enabling its U.S. federal government employees and American business customers to get quick access to interpreters for 170 languages. The service is available through its partner, Language Line Services (LLS). AT&T will bill customers US$9.99 per month plus $2.99 for each

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New Platform Makes Telephone Interpreting Possible for Every LSP
"Any language. Anytime. Anywhere." It could be a tagline plucked directly from the website of nearly any of the 23,380 translation and interpreting agencies in our directory. We've often scoffed at such claims, knowing full well that no language service provider (LSP) on earth has a vendor database robust enough to deliver on such promises. Just try

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iPhone 4 and ZVRS Make Mobile Video Interpreting a Reality
Just as Steve Jobs begins to recover from "Antennagate," Apple fans in the language services industry have yet another reason to lust after the company's latest must-have gadget. ZVRS, a company that specializes in video relay services (VRS) for the deaf and hard of hearing, announced that it will soon launch a mobile video relay service that works

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International Relief Workers in Haiti Ramp Up Linguistic Capacity
Disaster relief workers from across the globe continue to arrive in Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation last week. In addition to feet on the ground, the international community is also lending financial support -- Europe has pledged more than US$500 million in relief funds and President Obama has offered US$100

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On-Demand Interpretation? There's an App for That
In September 2009, we wrote, "...we anxiously await the arrival of a Blackberry, iPhone, or Palm application that will be marketed to the masses, to enable the average consumer to dial an interpreter from anywhere in the world. Putting this power into the hands of millions could radically and drastically boost awareness of the availability of telephone

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