26 November 2012

LT-Innovate’s Weekly - Joining the News Dots - November 19-24

Competition in the Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) Space. In China, Ifyly's Tek Yu Dian dominates the mobile phone market. In Europe, Spain’s Inbenta has launched an IVA for enterprises, and Speaktoit has notched up 5 million users. It’s hardly surprising that Taiwan device makers believe that speech interfaces will be the next big thing after touch screens.

Translating Market Data into New Solutions. Middle-eastern company Dawak claims that failure to multilingualise ecommerce sites is costing trillions in lost business, while CSA reckons the manufacturing sector is worth a juicy $11B to the translation industry (a third of the total). That’s why Atril has launched a new web translation management product TEAMServer, Transfluent is expanding its domain range, and Lingo24 has loaded a new MT solution.

How Digital is your Language? Manx (spoken in the Isle of Man) gets a revival app, Portuguese is the fastest growing language on Facebook, and new multilingual social network Hamu will be trying to get their respective speakers to chat together.

Smarter Health Tech. AMI has delivered some clever coding to simplifying medical data recording; Nuance says radiologists see ASR as a must-have, Wales is strategising for Welsh to become a language of healthcare, smartphones and social media are becoming the new home medical encyclopaedia, and the UK government wants Britain to lead in health technology.

Kings of Content. Pearson is to leverage its educational publishing assets into smarter online content for schools, while Wolters Kluwer is expanding to Asia, expanding its Chinese workforce. Wherever you are you can benefit from a Springer API for more intelligent approaches to scientific; technical and medical content.

Customers of the Voice. Fraunhofer is improving VoIP voice quality, which should further enhance Skype’s new Android update as it pushes deeper into mobile voice and video services. Better channel quality would also add value to Belgian firm Acapela as it launches a new range of expressive TTS voices for content.

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