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Berners-Lee to seek Killer App forthe Semantic Web
Berners-Lee hopes that life sciences will drive adoption of the Semantic Web, just as high-energy physics drove the early Web. “Maybe we will meet a critical mass in a certain area. The Web, for example, took off in high-energy physics. When we got six high-energy physics Web sites, then it got interesting for physicists to be onboard,” he said.
SDL to announce Translation Management Solution
The SDL Translation Management System 2005 is an advanced translation management system. As an evolution from the SDLWorkFlow product, it integrates with existing business systems across the content lifecycle to optimize all aspects of translation and localization. For global organizations such as Best Western, Bosch, Philips, Sun and Morgan Stanley, this addresses their critical needs.
W3C releases Survey of RDF/Topic Maps Interoperability Proposals Working Draft
An initial public working draft from the W3C RDF/Topic Maps Interoperability Task Force (RDFTM) presents A Survey of RDF/Topic Maps Interoperability Proposals. This specification, initiated by the W3C Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group (SWBPD) with the support of the ISO Topic Maps Committee (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34), is part of the W3C Semantic Web Activity.
New translation directions at
PROMT, the technological leader in machine translation industry, announced today the new translation directions available online at The free online translation service now offers translation from French to Spanish, Spanish to French, Portuguese to English and French to German.
Loquendo to bring lifelike Loquendo embedded TTS to the Symbian OS™ Market.
Loquendo TTS is now integrated with the Symbian OS™ Operating System. Loquendo embedded TTS for Symbian OS™ provides totally eyes-free interaction with mobile handsets. Loquendo’s new engine stands out in comparison with other robotic-sounding products on the market and provides a unique set of features, which have never been available on mobile phones before.
Ubisoft’s Best-selling Videogame Series Continues to Feature Fonix Speech Interface
Fonix Speech announces that Ubisoft, an international publisher of interactive entertainment products, will release the Xbox® and PlayStation®2 versions of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Lockdown™ in September 2005, which includes the award-winning Fonix VoiceIn™ speech interface.
Gains in Translation: Software Aims to Cut Through the Babble Better
In the 23rd century, people will use a gizmo that looks suspiciously like a flashlight to communicate with alien species. That's in the world of "Star Trek." In the here and now, a small Marina del Rey company is working on technology that could lead to a "universal translator" for the real world.
First hospital-wide speech recognition-based reporting solution for Spain
Royal Philips Electronics announces the integration of SpeechMagic into "docma", resulting in the first hospital-wide speech recognition solution for the Spanish healthcare market.
Automatic Text Summarization by Pertinence
Pertinence Summarizer performs linguistic processing over a document and evaluates the pertinence (the relevance) of its sentences. The process takes into account not only general and/or specialized linguistic markers depending on the nature of the document analyzed, but also the user’s keywords, and optionally terminological bases, to enhance the relevance of the selected sentences.
ScanSoft and Nuance to Merge, Creating Comprehensive Portfolio of Enterprise Speech Solutions and Expertise.
ScanSoft, Inc. and Nuance Communications, Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive agreement whereby ScanSoft will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Nuance, merging the two organizations into a single company with the expertise and resources required to satisfy the increasing demand for powerful speech solutions.
DFKI LT Lab leads new project on research information
DFKI is the coordinator of the new European project IST World, whose objective is to set up and populate an information portal with innovative functionalities that helps to promote RTD competencies in Information Society Technologies (IST). The project consortium comprises 15 partners, including representatives of the new EU member states and candidate countries.
ELRA has added several new spoken language resources to its catalog
All of these were collected within the FASiL project. FASiL English unimodal "fasil-uk" corpus (S0174-01) contains wizard-of-oz sound recordings of 70 subjects. There is also a Portuguese corpus (S0174-02) and a Swedish corpus (S0174-03).
ScanSoft announces second quarter results for fiscal year 2005
ScanSoft, Inc. announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2005 ended March 31, 2005. ScanSoft reported revenue of $53.1 million for the quarter ended 2005, a 24 percent increase over revenue of $42.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2004.
Nuance reports first quarter 2005 results
Nuance announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2005. Total revenue for the quarter was $11.8 million, down 7.1
Acapela to present latest version of Infovox Desktop PRO its high quality straight talking interface
The latest version of Infovox desktop is a high end Text-to-Speech product designed to allow low-vision and blind users to vocally access written information, using a screen reader or other accessibility applications.