VoxOx, a free consumer service created by San Diego based TelCentris Inc, that allows voice, video, IM, text, social media, e-mail, fax and file sharing in one application, has announced the launch of VoxOx Universal Translator, a built in translation service in real time conversations. It also provides seamless foreign language translation in SMS, IM, email and select social networks. Only one person needs to be using VoxOx for a two way translated conversation. The service supports all major foreign languages. Watch the VoxOx Translator Demo.
Users can automatically translate and broadcast Twitter @replies and have a translated chat on Facebook or MySpace. VoxOx inter-operates easily with Yahoo! Messanger, Windows Live, AIM, ICQ, Skype and Google Talk.
Verizon Wireless and Skype announced a strategic partnership at a press conference (an audio recording of which is here) held during the Mobile World Congress 2010. Verizon Wireless smartphones will have Skype mobile from March. Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone users with data plans can use Skype to make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe, call international phone numbers at Skype Out calling rates, send and receive instant messages to other Skype users and always view online friends on Skype.
Initially, Verizon phones that will have Skype mobile are BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition and Tour 9630 smartphones, as well as DROID by Motorola, DROID ERIS by HTC and Motorola DEVOUR.
D2 Technologies announced the next generation of its mCUE product line, enabling OEMs and service providers to deliver communications capabilities for Android-based products. mCUE now offers feature upgrades including Skype™ interoperability, video call or chat, call handover, cross-service conferencing and HD voice. mCUE will also enable converged IP communications on new applications such as on digital TV, IPSTB, network media player and IP media frame or phone applications.
At the event, D2 is offering demonstrations of mCUE’s new product features by staging “place shifting,” or seamless call handovers, between Android-based products which include an IPSTB/HD network media player based on the SMP8654AD processor by Sigma Designs, an IP media frame utilizing the NetLogic Microsystems’ Au1300 processor and the HTC Hero smartphone.
Nuance Communications announced an enhanced version of Nuance T9 Write, the company’s handwriting technology for touch screen and pen-based devices that features multi-touch gesture and on-top writing capabilities.
Nuance T9 Write integrates input with Nuance XT9 predictive text to enhance recognition of naturally shaped letters, numbers,symbols and punctuation in more than 40 languages. With Nuance T9 Write users can quickly enter text by writing out words and symbols directly on–screen and the device learns user’s preferred vocabulary and even adds new words based on user communication patterns
It also supports user shortcuts including abbreviations for commonly-used phrases, email addresses and other frequently used words and phrases, and features a handwriting method called “on-top” writing that the company claims allows users to write each letter or symbol directly on top of each other, versus across the screen, important for smaller user interfaces.
The new version also includes customisable multi- touch gestures where users can use their fingers to write and edit. For example, a single finger swipe will delete specific characters, two fingers will delete an entire word, and a full swipe of the hand will delete the entire message
Technology company Dial2Do has announced the launch of its voice activated mobile application for Google’s Android platform. In addition to being able to send text messages by voice from any phone, Dial2Do users with a smartphone operating on Google’s Android platform can also have incoming text messages read aloud.
The application will also be available on other platforms in a few months. The application intercepts the incoming message and reads it aloud and the user can reply to the message by voice which is converted by the system into text. The application can be used with a Bluetooth device in sync with the Android phone.
Dial2Do Pro, the broader version of the application further allows users to send and listen to emails, send memos and reminders and also post to Twitter and Google Calender using their voice. To upgrade to Dial2Do Pro services users have to shell out $3.99 per month or $39.99 for a year.
Voiceserve, a low-cost Internet Telephony software and service provider, announced that Technology Marketing Corporation’s INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine has named Voiceserve’s SIP softphone for iPhone/iPod and Android mobile system as a recipient of its 2009 Product of the Year Award. Internet Telephony is a publication that covers the IP communications industry. Voiceserve’s VoIP solution for Internet telephony enables VoIP in most popular cellular phones like iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian Nokia and Blackberry.
Broadcast International Inc and Halfpipe Media AB of Stockholm, Sweden, jointly announced that Halfpipe Media has selected CodecSys as its video encoding and optimization solution to power the Halfpipe Media services portal. Halfpipe will license the CodecSys™ software framework from Broadcast International in a multi-year deal. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. CodecSys will enable carriers to deliver high quality video to mobile devices from Halfpipe’s video portal.
CodecSys is a software-based framework that provides high quality, low bandwidth video using their video management services which include encoding, decoding and transcoding features for live broadcasting or file-based applications.
Vodafone has deployed Tele Atlas maps and location content as part of its recently launched Vodafone 360. Atlas digital maps and location-based content globally for the company’s location-based services (LBS) and navigation offerings. Users will have access to Tele Atlas’ global digital map content and products, including millions of points of interest and 2D City Maps. Other features that Atlas brings to Vodafone 360 are navigation with turn-by-turn maps and voice guidance, sharing locations with friends in real time so users can see each other on the map, tag location of favorite places and share with connected friends and send location to other friends with an address and map link. So you can sing Take Me Home, Country Roads and actually arrive at your destination! At present Vodafone 360 with Tele Atlas maps is available in Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
Tele Atlas and TeleNav have announced a renewed multi-year license agreement whereby TeleNav will use Tele Atlas maps and content to power a wireless navigation applications and its connected personal navigation device. The partnership began in 2006.
Tele Atlas maps will be featured in TeleNav-powered navigation services, internet applications and applications designed for the automotive industry. All Ford vehicles sold in North America with the new premium navigation option for MyFord Touch driver connect technology supplied by TeleNav will have Tele Atlas maps and location content. The agreement also provides TeleNav access to Voice Maps, which enables text-to-speech guidance with verbal instructions and turn-by-turn spoken street names.
Tele Atlas will be offering its customers a World Cup Soccer-ready digital map of South Africa. This version of the map includes all roads in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, as well as accurate details covering the nine host cities in South Africa.It is the map fans need to find everything they want: from restaurants, hotels and bars to the fastest routes around regulated traffic zones near event locations. It will also include n 50 3D landmarks and landmark icons of important buildings and stadiums across the host cities.
The company claims to be covering 700,000 kilometers of roads and 240,000 points of interest for the Soccer World Cup in South Africa including 12,000 kilometers of new roads with speed restriction, signpost and lane information. It also offers World Cup Soccer specific information such as areas where people gather to support specific teams, car parking points around the stadiums where fans can take public transport, security check zones, stadium gate information and pedestrian routes and regulated traffic zones to show temporary closures during competitions.
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