ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

France Enforces GDPR Violations; Fines Google Nearly $57 Million

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on January 22, 2019
Today’s announcement that France has fined Google nearly $57 million for GDPR violations. This makes it clear just how serious the European Union is about enforcing the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Tech companies that operate worldwide are under ...

Topics: Featured, Global News, Localization, Strategy, Translation


United Language Group Announces Acquisition of VIA, Inc.

Posted by United Language Group on April 16, 2018
In response to growing demand for legal and compliance-specific language solutions, VIA provides enhanced services, technology, and regulatory expertise to ULG. Minneapolis, MN – March 6, 2018 – United Language Group (ULG) today announced its acquisition of ...

Topics: Global News


Microsoft Says New MT System Achieves “Human Parity”

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on March 26, 2018
How good can Machine Translation (MT) be? Very good, according to Microsoft. Earlier this month, the tech company announced it had created an MT system that reached “human parity” in translating Chinese to English. In other words, the system is said to have ...

Topics: Global News, Machine Translation, Language, Language Solutions, MDR, webinars


Microsoft Says New MT System Achieves “Human Parity”

Posted by United Language Group on March 26, 2018
How good can Machine Translation (MT) be? Very good, according to Microsoft.    Earlier this month, the tech company announced it had created an MT system that reached “human parity” in translating Chinese to English. In other words, the system is said to ...

Topics: Global News, Machine Translation, Language


OctaveMT Powered By Lucy: Why We're So Excited About Our New Machine Translation Engine

Posted by Jake Schild on July 26, 2017
This past March, United Language Group (ULG) made a big announcement. ULG acquired EU-based Lucy Software as part of our strategic growth plan and technology development roadmap for 2017. Lucy is a tech-focused Language Services Provider (LSP) that ...

Topics: Global News, Machine Translation, Octave, OctaveMT


With the GDPR, How Will a Data Breach Affect Your Company?

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on July 6, 2017
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) less than a year away, any company that does business in the EU will soon need to ensure that they’re following regulations on secure customer information, obtaining consent for personal data usage, and much ...

Topics: Best Practices, Global News, Global News, IT, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation


Language Services: The Biggest Industry You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on June 22, 2017
When people think of up-and-coming industries, they likely conjure up images of tech companies in Silicon Valley. What probably doesn’t come to mind is language services. But it should. According to Common Sense Advisory (CSA), the translation and ...

Topics: Featured, Global News, Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Interpreting


The EU-US Privacy Shield: Transferring Transatlantic Data

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on June 9, 2017
Max Schrems nudged himself into the international spotlight in his early twenties. The Austrian law student and privacy activist was not yet 25 when he filed a complaint against Facebook, arguing that the social media company indiscriminately accessed his ...

Topics: Global News, Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Legal


When Will AI Exceed Human Abilities? It Won’t Be Long, According to Study

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on June 2, 2017
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be able to translate materials as well as human experts in less than 20 years, according to a recent study that surveyed specialists in the AI field for their take on progress in machine learning. The study, conducted by ...

Topics: Global News, Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technologies, Technology, Translation


Subtitle Hack Puts Millions at Risk

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 24, 2017
Social media round-up for October 21, 2016 This week on the Common Sense Advisory blog, Arle Lommel asked us all if we could be missing business opportunities because we might be targeting in the wrong language. Food for thought. We are embracing the future ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technologies, Technology, Translation


New Tech and the Demise of Icelandic

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 19, 2017
The Icelandic language is disappearing. The culprit? Artificial Intelligence. Well, at least that’s part of the problem. The Associated Press reports that English tourism and foreign labor has also played a role in the language’s demise, but a lack of ...

Topics: Global News, Translation


Website Localization Bill Spurs Controversy in Illinois

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on May 17, 2017
Website localization has become a heated topic in Illinois government as of late. Recently, some lawmakers in the state had pushed for an amendment to HB 695, also known as the Legislative Information System Act. The amendment stated that the Legislative ...

Topics: Global News, Global News, Language Learner, Localization, Machine Translation, Strategy, Technology, Translation