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Year: 2023 (Page 2 of 7)

Slang Labs launches CONVA

Slang Labs, a Google-backed startup from Bengaluru, announced the launch of CONVA, a full-stack solution that provides smart and highly accurate multilingual voice search capabilities inside e-commerce apps. CONVA is available as a simple SDK (Software Development Kit) that can be integrated into existing e-commerce apps in less than 30 minutes without developers needing any knowledge of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Natural language processing (NLP), Text-to-Speech (TTS) and other advanced voice tech stack concepts.

CONVA-powered voice search comprehends mixed-code (multiple languages in one sentence) utterances, enabling consumers to speak naturally in their own language in order to search for products and information inside e-commerce mobile and web apps – while allowing the brand to maintain its app backend in only one language i.e. English. For instance, when people use English and another vernacular language within the same sentence for searching for something, CONVA will understand both languages and provide a seamless search experience to the consumer.

Customers can search for products inside the applications using their typical colloquial terms for well-known products using voice search that is enabled by CONVA, and the apps will still be able to recognise the correct product being searched.

TigerGraph expands cloud capabilities

TigerGraph, provider of an advanced analytics and ML platform for connected data, announced the latest version (3.9) of TigerGraph Cloud, a native parallel graph database-as-a-service, including new security, advanced AI, and machine learning capabilities to streamline the adoption, deployment, and management of the graph database platform. The underlying parallel native graph database engine is also available for on-prem or self-managed cloud installation.

Available as self-managed enterprise or on fully-managed cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, TigerGraph Cloud equips users with a comprehensive, streamlined approach to deploy and maintain multiple graph database solutions with visual analytics and machine learning tools. ​​Users can get started in minutes, build a proof-of-concept model in hours, and deploy a solution to production in days. New capabilities include: Enhanced data ingestion, Parquet file format, multi-edge support, Enhanced graph data science package, improved DevOps support, expanded Kubernetes functionality, and expanded self-service graph visual analytics

TigerGraph Cloud users can choose from 20+ starter kits that cover industry use cases pre-built with sample graph data schema, dataset, and queries focused on specific use cases such as fraud detection, real-time recommendation, machine learning, and explainable AI.

Gilbane Advisor 3-1-23 — Emergent properties in ML, RDF modeling

This week we feature articles by Jacob Steinhardt, and Dean Allemang.

Additional reading from Rocío Txabarriaga, Eric Broda, and Tony Seale.

News comes from MadCap Software & IXIASOFT, BetterCommerce, Wondershare, and Contentstack.

Note that news items now link to the original source of the news rather than our 200 word summaries, which are always available here.

All previous issues are available at

Opinion / Analysis

Emergent deception and emergent optimization

Emergent properties are in common in nature, and are often surprising. They are also found in machine learning. Jacob Steinhardt has a series of posts on emergence in machine learning worth checking out, but you can start with his most recent, and timely, piece. (17 min).

I’ve previously argued that machine learning systems often exhibit emergent capabilities, and that these capabilities could lead to unintended negative consequences. But how can we reason concretely about these consequences? … I’ll describe two specific emergent capabilities that I’m particularly worried about: deception (fooling human supervisors rather than doing the intended task), and optimization (choosing from a diverse space of actions based on their long-term consequences).

Why I’m not excited about RDF-Star

Well, the title is a bit clickbaity. But Dean Allemang’s article illustrates an important point about RDF modeling in general. And if like me, you weren’t aware of RDF-Star, an added benefit is you’ll learn enough to consider how you might use it when the W3C standard becomes a recommendation. (10 min).

More Reading

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Content technology news

MadCap Software acquires IXIASOFT

Adds enterprise DITA CCMS to support content strategies for creating, translating, and delivering consistent, up-to-date content tailored to roles.

Contentstack announces Contentstack Launch

Extends Contentstack’s product suite, providing a composable, automated, digital experience stack from the front-end to the back-end.

BetterCommerce adds headless CMS functionality to its commerce stack

The headless, composable CMS functionality joins existing modules in the commerce stack including PIM, eCommerce, OMS, Analytics and Engage.

Wondershare releases EdrawMind 10.5

Features new collaborative mind mapping and brainstorming tools to design solutions collaboratively and respond to trends and changes.

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Contentstack announces Contentstack Launch

Contentstack, a composable digital experience provider, announced its new Contentstack Launch front-end hosting service offering. The new service extends Contentstack’s product suite, providing enterprise companies with a composable, automated, digital experience stack from the front-end to the back-end.

Contentstack Launch is engineered from the ground up to streamline development operations. For customers, it means reducing the friction and wait-states that commonly exist as digital experiences evolve from back-end code to front-end user experiences. Customers can:

  • Connect to Contentstack Marketplace apps and reduce technical debt with pre-built component libraries and workflows
  • Create staging and production environments on Contentstack’s lightning-fast Content Delivery Network (CDN) with just a few clicks and automatically trigger rebuilds
  • Build projects in virtually any common Javascript front-end framework, easily connect to and deploy code directly from a git repository

At the core of operations is the Contentstack CMS, a headless content management product. Contentstack adds to this its Contentstack Marketplace for rapid customization and platform extensibility, through 1-click integrations and its App SDK framework. Integrations and orchestration up and down the stack are made simple with clicks using Contentstack Automation Hub. 

Contentstack Launch is available now to customers in the Contentstack Early Access technology program. General availability is scheduled for May 2023.

Quark releases Quark Publishing Platform NextGen v3.0

Quark Software, a global provider of content automation, intelligence and design software, announced the newest release of Quark Publishing Platform (QPP) NextGen, its content automation platform designed to simplify the complexities associated with enterprise content lifecycle management from creation to consumption. QPP NextGen v3.0 takes self-service further with simplified role-based dashboards and now includes enhanced analytics capabilities to help enterprises understand how published content is being consumed. Additional features foster content team collaboration and productivity with the ability to publish personalized, compliance-controlled content across any digital output fast.

QPP NextGen’s automation capabilities support multiple use cases for to managing large, complex documents. Enterprises can create, manage and store structured, reusable content components with auto-generated XML metadata tags from Microsoft Word, collaborate across roles and departments to streamline reviews/approvals and eliminate duplicate efforts, and publish compliance-controlled content in multiple formats from a single source-of-truth CCMS (component content management system).

New features and benefits available in the newest release of QPP NextGen include: granular section-level analytics & visual intelligence, enriched UI team collaboration and workflow productivity enhancements, interoperability of structured authoring tools, version branching, and self-service content modeling.


Wondershare releases EdrawMind 10.5

Wondershare launched EdrawMind V10.5.0, a collaborative mind mapping and brainstorming tool for project managers, product managers, students, teachers, decision-makers, writers, designers, marketers, and engineers. It also offers a new way for team collaboration, enabling users to innovate solutions collaboratively. EdrawMind V10.5.0 includes:

  • All-New Design: The simplified UI design to make it a familiar, functional, and aesthetically pleasing interface. It has rounded buttons and edges, a drag-and-drop feature, and toolbars and other elements are well placed.
  • New Outline Mode: That improves editing performance, supports custom settings for the background, adjusts the width of the content area, and provides rich, personalized configurations.
  • Personal template library: Allows users to save commonly used template files as personal templates and create files from the template library.
  • Third-party resource library: This V10.5 update accesses third-party resource library, including high-definition pictures from Pexels, massive vector icons from Iconfont, and 700+ emojis from Emoji.

EdrawMind also added functions such as Floating Theme Cascade, Style Follow, Style Reset, View Navigation, and Custom Watermark.

Wondershare EdrawMind is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Android, and iOS. EdrawMind supports English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Russian. Pricing starts from US$39 semi-annually.

BetterCommerce adds headless CMS functionality to its commerce stack

BetterCommerce, a company in the headless and composable commerce space, has added headless content management system functionality to its commerce stack in an addition to its already existing modules: PIM, eCommerce, OMS, Analytics, and Engage. The new headless CMS will be an addition to the already existing drag-and-drop page builder which is a part of the eCommerce module.

With BetterCommerce already having PIM and ecommerce modules, CMS has strengthened the stack by making it an end-to-end solution suite and has made the platform more flexible and agile. Integrating CMS to eCommerce sites generally poses a challenge but now, with BetterCommerce having its own CMS has made the commerce stack more powerful complementing the ecommerce platform.

The architecture offers features such as Release and Version Management, Workflow Management, Unlimited fields and grouping of fields via components, Reusable components to create multiple pages, Preview feature on different devices, and easily usable Create/Edit and publish pages being the top ones. The CMS being headless in nature, has enabled content to be created and exposed via APIs to be consumed across any device.

MadCap Software acquires IXIASOFT

MadCap Software, Inc., a provider of multi-channel content authoring backed by global investment firm Battery Ventures, announced the acquisition of IXIASOFT, experts in Darwin Information Type Architecture (DITA) component content management system (CCMS) software. Together, MadCap Software and IXIASOFT will deliver solutions across the enterprise for creating, translating and delivering consistent, up-to-date content tailored for different users’ roles.

MadCap Software has been a key player in the evolution of solutions for authoring modern documentation portals, employee training materials, user guides, and more, all from a single source for any format, including online, mobile and print.

IXIASOFT provides solutions for creating structured content critical for ensuring accurate use and safety, such as product guides and operations manuals for healthcare systems, manufacturing equipment, hardware and software, among others. IXIASOFT has been streamlining the production of DITA-compliant technical documentation since DITA was created. IXIASOFT’s enterprise CCMS has attracted an broad customer base using their on-premise and cloud-based offerings.

IXIASOFT is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of MadCap Software. In addition to its headquarters in Montreal, IXIASOFT has operations in France, Germany and Japan, which will further extend MadCap Software’s global presence.


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