The Unicode Consortium has announced version 10.0 of the Unicode Standard. The new scripts and characters in Version 10.0 add support for lesser-used languages. Version 10.0 adds 8,518 characters, for a total of 136,690 characters and four new scripts, for a total of 139 scripts, as well as 56 new emoji characters.

SDL has announced that its Neural Machine Translation (NMT) technology is now part of SDL Enterprise Translation Server 7.4 (SDL ETS), a secure machine translation (MT) platform for regulated industries. Deployed on premise or in a private cloud environment, SDL ETS is designed for companies facing tight regulations, and offers total control of MT-related data. Data never leaves the corporate network, and only individuals with the right access rights can access content.

Translators without Borders (TWB) and The Rosetta Foundation (TRF) have announced their merger, bringing together two major non-profit organizations focused on better access to information in languages people understand. With this merger, the organizations will increase efficiencies and ensure that both entities continue to offer high quality language services to the aid community and the affected populations they serve.

Information Energy 2017 was held in Utrecht, The Netherlands from May 17–18, 2017, a gahtering of technical communicators, information architects and content strategists. Read the event report here.

Moravia IT, LLC, a provider of translation, localization and testing services, has partnered with Oban International, a media and marketing localization agency, to help companies develop, deploy and manage digital marketing initiatives.

On June 1-2, 2017, Plunet will host the first international user conference "Plunet Summit" in Berlin. The Summit will provide Plunet solution users with a platform where they can share knowledge and learn from each other. Along with expert panel discussions, certifications for project managers and networking events, the Summit focuses on the experiences of our users.

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Exequo, a privately-held audio production, translation and localization company that specializes in global video game services. With this acquisition, Exequo will become part of Lionbridge Game Services, a rapidly-growing service of Lionbridge that provides a full suite of end-to-end localization and testing services for platform holders and game and entertainment studios.

Language technology and services provider SDL has developed an infographic revealing the benefits of structured content to the creation and delivery of content. The graphic titled Discover the ROI of Structured Content looks at the effects of optimizing centralization, content reuse, findability, versioning, translation, and multichannel delivery.

Plunet has released version 7.1 of its translation management system. The new version includes more versatile payment management, customized user interfaces for each user type and intelligent workflow automation.

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. has launched GeoFluent on the Salesforce AppExchange. The new app integration brings GeoFluent’s real-time translation solution to Salesforce Service Cloud, allowing Live Agent customers to improve global customer experience and reduce costs by adding multilingual capabilities to their existing applications. GeoFluent will allow agents to communicate in real-time with customers in over 100 languages.

June 2017

The end of digital advertising?

According to research and advisory firm Forrester, $7.4 billion were wasted on digital and display ads in 2016 due to poor-quality ad placement. read more...
May 2017

Are we ready for Virtual Reality?

Research and advisory firm Forrester is making the call that marketers may be ramping up for Virtual Reality (VR), but consumers aren't ready for it – yet.read more...
April 2017

Byte Level Research publishes its Web Globalization Report Card

Google emerged on top of the 2017 Web Globalization Report Card, published in February 2017 by Byte Level Research.read more...
April 2017

Survey on the size and growth of the global language services and technology market

The market for outsourced language services and supporting technology grew 5.52 percent to US$ 40.27 billion from 2015 to 2016, according to independent market research firm Common Sense Advisory (CSA Research). read more...
April 2017

Algorithms the heartbeat of Industry 4.0 projects

The German government-sponsored initiative Industry 4.0 has been underway for more than five years, and while many businesses have begun some promising projects, key challenges remain that are making algorithms the heartbeat of these projects, according to research firm Gartner, Inc. read more...
March 2017

The best global webistes of 2017

Google emerged on top of the 2017 Web Globalization Report Card, published recently by Byte Level Research. "Google has long been a language pioneer, now supporting more than 100 languages via Google Translate and 725 languages for Gmail," said report author John Yunker. "But it’s not just languages that make a website succeed globally. Companies need to support...read more...
February 2017

Businesses recognize the value of content

Research and advisory firm Forrester has evaluated the state of marketing content spend and found that businesses recognize the ways content leads to better customer experiences, which is leading to greater and greater content investments: In 2016, content spending will exceed $10 billion in the US alone.read more...