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When Language Technology Promises Vacation Romances – But You Better Have a Backup Plan
Imagine yourself in a café in Paris or on a beach in Cancún, running into some gorgeous human specimen you just can’t help but approach. You walk up to the person, offer them a hearing device, and point for them to put it in their ear while you pop one in yourself. Then you launch an app on your smartphone and start communicating

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The Babel Fish Swims Closer to Reality
Today we celebrate The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (H2G2, for short), the Douglas Adams novel that created the most enduring model for machine translation, the babel fish. May 25th is Towel Day, a commemoration of Arthur Dent's unplanned and sudden exodus from Earth, first described in a 1978 BBC radio series. On that day, Ford Prefect, alien

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Japan Translation Federation - Translation Festival in Tokyo
CSA Research participated in the JTF Translation Festival, the annual conference of the Japan Translation Federation (JTF). This year's theme was a retrospective look at 25 years of the JTF and a glimpse into the future as "the translation industry challenges the expanding market with endless innovation." One such innovation is machine translation

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Translators without Borders Receives Grant from Microsoft
You can’t perhaps be fully prepared for a crisis, but why should that stop you from trying? Translation forms a critical part of that crisis preparedness, for the precise reason that it would be the last thing on anyone’s mind when actually hit by a cyclone or a tsunami. The Technology for Good grant from Microsoft that Translators

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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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Spanish vs. English: An Unnecessary Choice
Alejandrina Cabrera was disqualified from running for city council last month in the small, southwestern Arizona city of San Luis. The reason? She was found to have only “basic survival level” English that fell short of what was needed to conduct city business. Meanwhile, in Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, a man named Majid

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Google Conversation Mode Automates Interpreting
Automated translation of text on your smartphone? That’s so 2010. Now that a brand new year is underway, Google is venturing further into spoken language territory than ever before, enabling millions of Android users to overcome language barriers through its new Conversation Mode feature. And, it comes in time for the one-year anniversary of the

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Mobile Interpreting Apps Catch On
Last week, we wrote about the explosion of translation applications for mobile phones driven by the ubiquity of demand for language tools. As we pointed out, language services and technology companies have also released products designed to facilitate not just text-based language, but spoken communication as well. Now, less than a week later, two more

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Interpreting Industry Faces Setbacks Amidst Progress
In the past few weeks, interpreters have been in the headlines nearly every day, representing a few steps forward -- and backward -- for the overall profession. Here are some of the latest trends in the spoken language space: Worldwide, interpreters struggle for better conditions. Advocates in Korea are discussing the adoption of a court interpreter

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JAJAH Advances Machine Interpretation
When we first heard about JAJAH's extremely simple process for providing machine-based telephone interpretation, it sounded too good to be true. The process is comprised of three easy steps -- simply dial a number from any phone, speak in English, and hand your phone to the person who speaks Mandarin. The way it is described, the service would seem

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Speech: The Next Frontier for Improving the Customer Experience
Focusing on "Speech Technology at the Tipping Point," this week's 17th annual SpeechTEK conference in New York drew a total of about 2,000 delegates to the sessions and visitors to the exhibition hall (with a better buyer-supplier ratio than the usual language industry conference). Contending that speech is ready for prime time in call centers, search

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Bulgarian Invents Unique Translation Method
We first read about Koycho Mitev's invention in a very abbreviated form from Bulgarian National Radio. Other coverage noted that the translator chip (not yet invented) could be inserted into any phone. This innovation could change the world as we know it, so we contacted Mr. Mitev. In materials that he sent us Mitev noted that "the invention

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