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.

March 2016

CSA releases 12th annual business survey of the global language services industry

The global market for outsourced language services and technology was US$38.16 billion in 2015 and the 2016 market was estimated at $40.8 billion, according to independent market research firm Common Sense Advisory (CSA Research) in June 2015. read more...
February 2016

tekom survey on key figures in technical communication

tekom is asking all members and other technical communication professionals to participate in their annual survey.read more...
February 2016

GALA announces new Board positions

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) has announced the following offices for the 2016 Board of Directors: read more...
February 2016

Mobile Internet users to top two billion in 2016

The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that 3.2 billion people, or 44 percent of the world's population, will have access to the Internet in 2016. read more...
February 2016

DITA 1.3 becomes an official OASIS standard

The OASIS open standards consortium has announced that its members have approved the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) version 1.3 as an OASIS standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. read more...
February 2016

Gartner reveals unexpected implications arising from the Internet of Things

More than half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, according to research firm Gartner, Inc. read more...
December 2015

How audience age affects global content strategy

The generation born between 1980 and 2000 continues to capture the attention of marketers, economists, and sociologists around the world. read more...