ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

What Is the International Phonetic Alphabet?

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on October 31, 2019
There are over 6,000 languages in the world, each with pronunciations that vary depending on accents, dialects, and more. With the large majority of these languages, there are alphabets that form individual words for that language. But in the case of the ...

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


GDPR Enforcement: Are you prepared for an audit or a "dawn raid?"

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on March 26, 2019
It’s nearly the one-year mark for the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and we’re starting to see enforcement already. Most notably, of course, is the $57 million fine to Google for violations. Even companies who are very stringent about data privacy ...

Topics: Featured, Strategy, Technology, Compliance, GDPR


When and How Will AI Truly Understand Human Language? Is It Possible?

Posted by Jake Schild on August 27, 2018
In 2011, the American trivia game show Jeopardy! featured a special guest contestant: IBM’s Watson, a supercomputer. Watson was selected to compete against the show’s top winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, to see who would be victorious in this epic human ...

Topics: Featured, Machine Translation, Technology, Machine Translation


When Free, Unsecured MT Tools Fail: Five Examples of MT Mishaps

Posted by Jake Schild on August 13, 2018
Last week, Facebook received strong criticism for an embarrassing translation mistake triggered by its algorithm. After a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit an island in Indonesia in early August, Facebook users poured forth words of support and sympathy, often ...

Topics: Featured, Machine Translation, Technology, Translation, Machine Translation


Regulating Big Data: SC 42 and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Jake Schild on August 7, 2018
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 40% of digital transformation initiatives will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) services by 2019 and 75% of enterprise applications will use AI by 2021. The IDC also estimates that spending for AI ...

Topics: Featured, Technology, Translation, Compliance


Video Remote Interpreting: Enhancing Patient Care And Cutting Costs

Posted by jason on May 1, 2018
According to the Center for Disease Control, in the U.S. alone there are 990.8 million physicians’ visits and 267.1 million emergency room visits or hospital outpatient visits in a year. The patients visiting these healthcare institutions come from a variety ...

Topics: Strategy, Technology, Interpreting, Video Remote Interpreting


Reconciling Humans And Machines: Using Both For Successful Translation Projects

Posted by Jake Schild on April 17, 2018
It’s a familiar trope that emerges time and time again in science fiction: human invents machine, machine becomes smarter than human, machine replaces human. However, in the language services industry, technologies such as machine translation (MT) are ...

Topics: Machine Translation, Technology


Taking Your Apps Global: Localization for Mobile Devices

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on January 19, 2018
In 2017, mobile apps were downloaded by users more than 197 billion times. Over the last few years, apps and mobile marketing have represented a large percentage of the marketing mix, with companies using them for customer engagement, brand identity, and ...

Topics: Localization, Strategy, Technology, Translation


Taking Your Apps Global: Localization for Mobile Devices

Posted by United Language Group on January 19, 2018
In 2017, mobile apps were downloaded by users more than 197 billion times. Over the last few years, apps and mobile marketing have represented a large percentage of the marketing mix, with companies using them for customer engagement, brand identity, and ...

Topics: Strategy, Technology, Translation


Service Organization Controls: SOCs and Data Security

Posted by William Lange on January 5, 2018
Chances are your company stores far more data in the cloud than just a few years ago. This likely includes sensitive information that you need to protect, including financial data, business strategies and plans, and personal data belonging to customers. With ...

Topics: Best Practices, Technology


Data Breaches and Security: Blockchain 101

Posted by Anny Lei on December 27, 2017
The terms “hack” and “data breach” elicit a great amount of fear in today’s ever-connected world. Hackers are a tremendous threat to any large corporation, something that major companies like Equifax have learned the hard way. Since the introduction of the ...

Topics: Best Practices, Technology


The Meaning Of Medicine: Translating Drug Names

Posted by Kenzie Shofner on December 7, 2017
The misuse of prescribed medication can lead to serious health problems. Policy makers in the United States are working to implement legislation that will help put an end to the ongoing opioid crisis, which causes thousands of deaths each year. But it’s not ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Life Sciences, Strategy, Technology, Translation