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Edify's natural-language apps for banking and financial industry
Continuing a year-long restructuring of its product offerings, Edify rolled out on Monday the first of several natural-language voice application packages, this one for the banking and financial industry.
IBM to contribute Speech Recognition Software to Open Source
IBM will donate key speech-recognition software to the open-source Apache Foundation in hopes of promoting standardization in speech-enabled applications. Reusable Dialog Components will provide "building blocks" for commonly used functions, IBM says.
Edify Voice and Speech Powers Top 4 Banks in China
As a result, Edify enables them to increase call accuracy and accommodate higher call volumes while delivering more personalized and intelligent customer interactions.
High-tech job market has lost 400,000 jobs between 03/2001 and 04/2004
The U.S. information tech sector lost 403,300 jobs between March 2001 and this past April, and the market for tech workers remains bleak, according to a new report.
SVOX and Kirusa Partner to Deliver Multimodal Solutions
Kirusa, a leading provider of multimodal solutions, and SVOX, the award winning supplier of text-to-speech software, today announced a partnership to bring to market Kirusa Multimodal Solution integrated with SVOX Text-to-Speech Software.
Berners-Lee Calls For More Voice Apps
World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee is challenging developers to do more with voice recognition systems and spur a sector that is ripe for innovation.
Connexor licenses Machinese text analysers for human genome database creation
Connexor has licensed its Machinese analyzers to University of Tokyo, Department of Computational Biology, for use in a project creating the PRIME (PRotein Interaction and Molecular information databasE), which is a genome database of major eukaryotes including Homo Sapiens.
W3C issues SSML 1.0 as a Recommendation
Strengthening the voice of the Web, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. SSML 1.0, a fundamental specification in the W3C Speech Interface Framework, elevates the role of high-quality synthesized speech in Web interactions.
Top Image Systems and Xtramind Technologies announce strategic OEM Partnership
Top Image Systems Ltd and Xtramind Technologies GmbH announced today at DMS (Digital Management Solution Congress) in Essen the joint signature on a new OEM partnership agreement.
Extensible MultiModal Annotation language (EMMA) Working Draft updated
The Multimodal Interaction Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of EMMA.
VoiceObjects to team with SAP to enable voice applications
Voice Objects today announced that they have signed a worldwide software license and distribution agreement with SAP AG.
Ask MSR: Question-answering on the Web
What is the next stage in the evolution of internet search engines? AltaVista demonstrated that indexing the entire world wide web was feasible. Google's success stems from its uncanny ability to sort useful web pages from dross.
ATG to acquire Primus Knowledge Solutions, Inc.
ATG, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for ATG to acquire Primus.
Virage and AppTek to jointly offer Multilingual Voice-Recognition solutions
Combined Technologies Address Companies' Need for Information Retrieval in Different Formats and Various Languages.
Inxight and New Taxonomy partners to improve Information Discovery
Alliances With Factiva, Indraweb, KAPS Group, Taxonomy Warehouse and WAND Provide Pre-built and Custom Taxonomies to Inxight Customers