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Day: December 15, 2020

ReadSpeaker and SoundHound partner

ReadSpeaker, an independent digital voice partner for global businesses, announced it has partnered with SoundHound, Inc., provider of voice AI and conversational intelligence technologies to include ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech (TTS) technology on the Houndify Voice AI platform. Developers using Houndify will have the ability to add ReadSpeaker’s hyper-personalized and lifelike voices to their custom voice assistants. This capability is critical as personalized text-to-speech voices allow brands to be in complete control over every aspect of their conversational UI. Houndify is an independent voice AI platform that provides a full stack of tools and technologies needed for brands to create custom voice assistants with speed and accuracy. By leveraging their proprietary Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies, Houndify enables voice assistants to understand even the most complex and compound queries using natural language understanding.

https://www.readspeaker.com, https://www.houndify.com/

Widen teams with Jahia

Digital asset management (DAM) and product information management (PIM) company Widen announced a collaboration with digital experience platform (DXP) company, Jahia. The integrated partnership will enable Widen and Jahia to better support brands and businesses to digitally transform their customer offerings on a global scale. With a brand’s perception and recognition built on how the brand is seen by the world, the value of its digital assets is rising. Today’s marketing teams need better accessibility, quicker application, and less duplication of data in order to better carry out their roles of delivering the highest value to their customers. A flexible architecture, cloud infrastructure, and wide integration capabilities make Jahia suited to help marketers take full advantage of their Widen assets. Combining Jahia and Widen enriches Jahia-powered websites and applications with Widen’s DAM capabilities, enabling mutual customers to:

  • Easily find and add Widen assets to their Jahia content
  • Benefit from lighter and faster pages with Widen’s dynamic image resizing capabilities
  • Integrate in real time, ensuring Widen assets are always up-to-date in Jahia
  • Track usage and engagement via Widen’s asset-level analytics

https://www.widen.com, https://www.jahia.com

Microsoft 365 updates for Mac users

Microsoft announced a number of updates for Macs and new versions of Microsoft 365 for Mac apps that run natively on Macs with M1. Office apps, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will take full advantage of the performance improvements on new Macs. The new apps are Universal so they will continue to run on Macs with Intel processors, and have been redesigned to match the new look of macOS Big Sur. Microsoft Teams is currently available in Rosetta emulation mode on Macs with M1 and the browser. We are working on universal app support for M1 Macs and will share more news as our work progresses.

The new Outlook for Mac is redesigned to match the look of macOS Big Sur, and an updated Office Start experience for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for Mac that incorporates the Fluent UI design system. There is now support for iCloud accounts in the new Outlook for Mac. Other office productivity tools include natural language search, data extraction from photos to Excel, voice command additions, additional synchronization and sharing tools, a new modern commenting experience in Word for Mac, and Microsoft Information Protection sensitivity labels to classify and protect data through manual and automatic content labeling. For more details and availability see:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/12/15/4-ways-microsoft-365-is-improving-the-experience-for-mac-users/

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