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Driver’s Education: Connected Cars Pose New Localization Challenges
It wasn't new handsets or mobile services that garnered the most attention at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Instead, it was automobiles: Intel's 5G-enabled autonomous car, Peugeot's Instinct concept vehicle, and flying car prototypes such as the AeroMobil. If any industry exemplifies disruptive change these days, it's the car industry

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Localization Demands Morph to Support Mobility, Speech, and Intelligence
While often complex and costly, localization is a well-established practice at many companies. CSA Research's interviews and surveys with both Global 3000 companies and language service providers show that the best of these organizations have tamed the rhythm of localization – processes and schedules are understood and under control

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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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Microsoft’s Machine Translation Finds its Voice – and its Face
Microsoft is in the headlines for translation again. This time, it’s developed the Monolingual TTS, a new prototype for spoken language translation that actually personalizes the voice of the user. Are we entering the Star Trek era? The short answer is no. While these developments may seem mystical and magical to the average person, they’re

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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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Thanks to Viral Marketing, Word Lens Translation App Reaches the Masses
The developers of Word Lens haven’t gotten much sleep since their top-selling iPhone app went viral with a video last week. It is being described as “Google Goggles unplugged” and “on-the-fly visual translation.” The product addresses the frustrations that travelers experience as they navigate their way around streets,

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Nuance Raises Its Voice with Cash and IBM Patents
In January, speech technology provider Nuance Communications announced that it received a US$175 million investment from private equity firm Warburg Pincus and that it would acquire patents from IBM, one of its major competitors in the speech recognition sector. Both the size of the investment and the technology transfer between rivals made these announcements

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IBM Strives for Super-Human Speech Recognition
Most people we know have had this kind of dialog with interactive voice response (IVR) systems: IVR: "Please say or input your order number?" Me: "One-one-three-four-seven-two-one-nine." IVR: "I'm sorry. I didn't understand. Please say or input your order number." Me: "One-one-three-four-seven-two-one-nine." IVR: "I'm sorry. I didn't understand

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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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