Language Technology News for 2010
New contents are provided biweekly. Please email any relevant news to .
- What's Coming in Open Source CMS in 2011
Like last year, we're taking a look back at 2010 and into 2011 for some extra insights into what's to come, but this time around we used a small survey to see what's in the hearts and minds of open source project leaders. When we sent out our questions, 23 projects responded. When asked how they would classify their project, we allowed multiple answers since today many of today's players have offerings that span multiple classifications.
- Dating Sites Try Adaptive Matchmaking
The online dating industry is bigger than ever. An estimated 40 million Americans are members of dating services offered over the Web or on mobile devices, and in China the number has grown to 140 million people. But matching up millions of members is a major technological challenge as well as an emotional one. While some sites simply let users browse for dates, many now offer some kind of system, if only to make suggestions. And companies in this competitive market are in hot pursuit of ways to make those suggestions more sophisticated and personalized. To do that, they are deploying machine-learning algorithms that are adapted from completely different types of online shopping.
- China strives for Linguistic Purity
CHINESE newspapers, books and websites will no longer be allowed to use English words and phrases, the country's publishing body has announced, saying the ''purity'' of the Chinese language is in peril. The General Administration of Press and Publication, which announced the new rule this week, said the increasing use of English words and abbreviations in Chinese texts had caused confusion and was a means of ''abusing the language''. Such practices ''severely damaged the standard and purity of the Chinese language and disrupted the harmonious and healthy language and cultural environment, causing negative social impacts'', the body said on its website.
- AT&T launches VRS iPhone 4 app for deaf, hard of hearing users
AT&T, a provider of wireline and wireless communication services, has launched video relay service (VRS) app for iPhone 4 that enables deaf and hard of hearing users to make VRS calls. AT&T VRS service enables a person who uses American Sign Language (ASL) to place a relay call to a hearing person by communicating through a certified ASL interpreter. The AT&T VRS app users can launch the app, log-in, and then can either choose to place a VRS call by selecting someone from their contact list or by manually dialing a number. AT&T ASL interpreter who initiates a FaceTime video call with the user is then contacted by the app. The ASL user will be connected to the hearing person by the interpreter, and will relay the conversation between the two parties through ASL.
- Google Zeitgeist 2010: How thw world searched
Google has gathered the most popular and fastest rising search queries from the year in the 2010 Google Zeitgeist, so you can relive the joys, sorrows and big moments through searches from around the world. The 2010 Zeitgeist features interactive HTML5 data visualizations for the top queries and events from around the world, so it’s easy for you to interact with, explore and obsess over search data. Zeitgeist data is available for 56 countries.
- Apple works with tribe to put Cherokee language on iOS devices
Apple is partnering with Cherokee tribe members to include their language as an option on iOS devices. The project is meant to appeal to the younger, digital community members who want iPhones and iPods – and whose parents want them to invest in their heritage.
- Final Call for Applications for Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies
The Erasmus Mundus European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT) is designed to meet the demands of industry and research in a rapidly growing area. It offers education and training opportunities for the next generations of leaders in research and innovation. It provides students with profound knowledge and insight into the various disciplines that contribute to the methods of language and communication technologies and it strengthens their ability to work according to scientific methods. Moreover, the students acquire practice-oriented knowledge by choosing appropriate combinations of modules in Language Technology, Computational and Theoretical Linguistics, and Computer Science. Complete applications are due for both, overseas and non-overseas applicants on January 17th, 2011
- AT&T Natural Voices used in Weather Warning Services
The Weather Radio Improvement Program (WRIP) previously awarded to CommPower in 2009 is proceeding well and is in the licensing phase to deploy AT&T Natural Voices beginning in fall 2011. The WRIP covers development, deployment and support for a nationwide (and beyond) dissemination system that rapidly and reliably delivers around-the-clock weather, all-hazards and other emergency information, as well as live audio emergency announcements to the public, media, law enforcement and local/state emergency managers. The Program will enhance the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS) that provides weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and other emergency messages to the public and emergency managers via the NOAA Weather Radio/All-Hazards (NWR) system and NOAA Weather Wire Service (NWWS).
- SDL to perform Survey on Automated Translation
The results of the survey will be shared with the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) and the European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT) but personal details will not be passed on. We are looking for your honesty and in return guarantee anonymity.
- Nuance voice technology now powers the voice search capabilities behind the new Merriam-Webster app for iPhone
The free Merriam-Webster app brings America's most useful and respected dictionary right to your iPhone. In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the app’s voice search capabilities let consumers look up a word by simply saying it, versus trying to spell out difficult or unfamiliar words. The app also provides users with synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, and more.
- Japan bio-scientists produce 'singing mouse' and hope to get insight into the evolution of human language
Japanese scientists said Tuesday they had produced a mouse that tweets like a bird in a genetically engineered "evolution" which they hope will shed light on the origins of human language.
- Do more last-minute holiday shopping with Voice
Buy.com launched a new voice-enabled shopping application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices. The app features barcode technology and a voice recognition platform from MeMeMe, which is built to improve over time, adjusting to the specific voice characteristics of the user. Jeff Wisot, vice president of marketing at Buy.com says the application's adaptive qualities will help improve its usability even beyond the usual considerations for speech recognition. "We are building to take voice beyond just adjusting to regional or ESL accents," he says. "We're working to adapt our voice offering to the individual speaker.”
- Nation will not stop talking unto nation in English
Whatever uncertainties the US and Britain face, their language still rules the world. No scientist can flourish without publishing in English. When Germans trade with Brazilians, or Frenchmen with Angolans, they probably do so in English. Goldman Sachs has predicted that China’s economy could overtake America’s by 2027. Yet, far from insisting that the world master their language, the Chinese are busily learning English, adding an estimated 20m speakers a year. Walt Disney, the US media group, has opened a chain of English-language schools for children in China.
- We are the Words
A powerful new tool can help quantify the evolution of human culture by capturing how often we use words and phrases. Taking a cue from the techniques of genomics, a team of researchers has devised a tool that delivers quantitative data on how culture changes over time. Genomics research analyzes huge amounts of data to study how genes function and change; the new tool takes a large-scale approach to study the frequency of word usage over time.
- Word Lens augmented reality app instantly translates whatever you point it at
Augmented reality and optical character recognition have just come into their own, beautifully intertwined into an instant translation app for the iPhone.