Translation

Microsoft launches a unified API for all of its AI speech services

At its Build developer conference in Seattle this week, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on its AI and machine learning services. For the most part, that means launching new services and bringin

Microsoft Translator gets offline AI translations

Chances are you mostly need a translator app on your phone while you are traveling. But that’s also when you are most likely to not have any connectivity. While most translation apps still work

Microsoft announces breakthrough in Chinese-to-English machine translation

A team of Microsoft researchers announced on Wednesday they’ve created the first machine translation system that’s capable of translating news articles from Chinese to English with the sam

SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform

Translating is difficult work, the more so the further two languages are from one another. French-Spanish? Not a problem. Ancient Greek-Esperanto? Hard. But sign language is uniquely difficult because

Bilingual? Tarjimly lets you help a refugee or aid worker right now

All over the world, language barriers are limiting the ability of refugees and immigrants to seek help, and aid workers to provide it. Tarjimly is a new service that connects people who speak one lang

Flitto’s language data helps machine translation systems get more accurate

Artificial intelligence-powered translation is becoming an increasingly crowded category, with Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook all working on their own services. But tech still isn’t a match

Instagram now supports right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic

Instagram is finally rolling out native support for Hebrew, Arabic and Farsi – three popular languages that are all written right-to-left. They join 36 other languages that Instagram supports na

WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first run

This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. H

Google’s Transformer solves a tricky problem in machine translation

Machine learning has turned out to be a very useful tool for translation, but it has a few weak spots. The tendency of translation models to do their work word by word is one of those, and can lead to

DeepL schools other online translators with clever machine learning

Tech giants Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are all applying the lessons of machine learning to translation, but a small company called DeepL has outdone them all and raised the bar for the field. Its

Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers

At TechCrunch's event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2, a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It's a pair of wireless earpieces; each person in a multilingu

Microsoft’s Presentation Translator translates presentations in real time

A lot of what Microsoft is showing at its Build conference this week is squarely aimed at developers. But in the barrage of news about Azure, Visual Studio and .NET, the company also showed off a pre

Quizlet launches a redesign with an eye towards international expansion

Quizlet, the popular app that lets students create interactive study sets and prepare for tests in any subject, is unveiling a redesign today, including a new website, logo and redesigned mobile apps

Facebook ditches Bing, 800M users now see its own AI text translations

Machine learning is accomplishing Facebook’s mission of connecting the world across language barriers. Facebook is now serving 2 billion text translations per day. Facebook can translate across

Google Translate gets in-app translations on Android, offline mode on iOS

Google is launching an update to its Translate apps for iOS and Android today. There are three main parts to today’s announcement: offline support for iOS, Tap To Translate on Android, and Word

Smartling acquires Jargon to help mobile developers ready their apps for international markets

Smartling, the translation tech company, has acquired TechStars alumni Jargon on Crunchbase which makes tools for mobile developers who want to “localize” their apps for different international m

Translation Startup Unbabel Unveils New Smartcheck Technology

Unbabel, a startup backed by Y Combinator, that combines human editing and machine learning into an online translation platform, announced a new feature today called Smartcheck. The system consists of

Athens-founded Transifex Raises $4M In Series A, Led by Toba Capital

Amid the craziness of Greece right now, at least some startups are still ‘keeping on keeping on’. To that end, localisation software startup Transifex has secured $4 million in Series A fu

Twitter Adds Bing Translation Tool To Its Site And Mobile Apps

After toying with the feature for a couple of years, Twitter has officially added Bing Translator to its site, mobile apps for iOS and Android, and TweetDeck. Once users activate the tool in their acc

Slated iOS 8 Keyboard Translates Your Text Messages To Other Languages In Real Time

Communicating with others can be difficult, especially if not everyone in the conversation speaks the same language. Computer-based translation is easing a lot of that pain, but in general it still me
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