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Language Technology News for 2003

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Contraco to distribute FAST's scalable Search Platform in Germany, Austria and Italy
2003/12/02
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/index.jsp?epi-content=GE(...)
Fast Search & Transfer and Contraco Consulting & Software Ltd announced a value-added reseller (VAR) agreement, providing Contraco with FAST Reseller status with a primary focus in Germany, Austria, and Italy.
Telelingua to develop Software to harmonize Human Translation
2003/12/01
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2003-12-01-translati(...)
However," Mellet continued, "even if machines won't replace human translators in the foreseeable future, they can make the process faster, cheaper and better."
TTS-access to New Zealands largest daily newspaper for the visually impaired
2003/12/01
http://www.scansoft.com/news/pressreleases/2003/20031201_rnzfb.asp
ScanSoft, Inc. a supplier of speech and imaging solutions, has deployed Speechify® text-to-speech (TTS) software, a member of the SpeechWorks® Suite of Network Speech Solutions.
U.K. Royal Mail to rely on Nuance and Aspect Voice Automation to cut costs
2003/12/01
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/index.jsp?epi-content=GE(...)
Nuance and Aspect Communications Corporation announced that the United Kingdom's Royal Mail has significantly reduced call handling costs for its Track & Trace (T&T) delivery tracking service.
CRM Magazine predicts growth in Speech Technology market
2003/12/01
http://www.destinationcrm.com/articles/default.asp?ArticleID=3608
Vendor representatives discuss of the practicality of speech recognition in today's contact center.
Restoration Hardware to utilize iPhrase to drive sales
2003/12/01
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/index.jsp?epi-content=GE(...)
iPhrase(R) Technologies, Inc announced that its One Step(TM) natural language self-service search and navigation platform is powering all of the product search functions across Restoration Hardware's online retail site, www.restorationhardware.com.
Elan Speech to launch PocketSpeech Sayso, multilingual TTS for PDAs
2003/12/01
http://www.elanspeech.com/news/pr_texte.asp?pr=50
For the first time, high end text to speech will relay with golden tones a world of information usually limited by a tiny screen and contribute to invent a new way to access any textual information.
Babel reads SMS, symbols and messages for Imagetalk
2003/11/27
http://www.babeltech.com/News.php?s=50&m=4&f=92&pr=26
Babel-Infovox today announced that Imagetalk has selected Babel-Infovox’ embedded Text-to-Speech solution called PocketBabil for its mobile communication tool on Imagetalk Pocket and Imagetalk Smartphone applications.
Techy vs. Classic Toys
2003/11/25
http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0347/031119_diversions_gg1_toys.(...)
Two strong but cognitively dissonant toy trends: more classic toys and more tech toys.
DST Retirement Solutions to add Speaker Verification to its TRAC(TM) recordkeeping platform
2003/11/24
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031124/cgm052_1.html
DST Retirement Solutions has added speaker verification ("voice print") capabilities to its TRAC(TM) recordkeeping platform.
Ubisoft to incorporate embedded ASR into PlayStation® 2
2003/11/24
http://www.scansoft.com/news/pressreleases/2003/20031124_ubisoft.asp
ScanSoft, Inc.announced that Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, has incorporated ScanSoft's embedded speech recognition software into its upcoming PlayStation® 2 release, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.
Natural Language SMS Service Launched
2003/11/21
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/10083.shtml
Dejima says that it has launched a SMS "keyword free" directory service for consumers with Orange France. enables Orange France customers to use their own words and language to access more than 150 directory service categories.
VoiceGenie and Elan Speech Partner to Provide High-End Multilingual Speech-Enabled Solutions
2003/11/20
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=SVBIZINK3.story&STOR(...)
VoiceGenie's advanced speech platform integrates Elan Sayso Text-to-Speech technology for enhanced voice services solutions to global enterprise and carrier markets.
LANGTECH 2003
2003/11/20
http://www.lang-tech.org
The European Forum for Speech and Language Technology in Paris (24+25 Nov.)
TTS to improve automated teller machine access for visually impaired banking customers
2003/11/19
http://www.scansoft.com/news/pressreleases/2003/20031119_ncr.asp
NCR to embed ScanSoft's RealSpeak Solo Text-to-Speech engine. Using RealSpeak Solo, NCR ATMs can seamlessly convert dynamic text into natural-sounding speech.