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If you've ever wanted to programmatically translate text from one language to another directly from code, there's a new web service from Microsoft Research you might want to try. It's the recently announced new Microsoft Translator AJAX API and web widget. The API provides automated translation of web pages and portions of web pages into 12 different languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Russian. The Microsoft Research team plans to add more languages over time.
IBM has announced the addition of three new advancements to the Watson Cloud platform; real-time speaker diarization (beta) support available via the Watson Speech to Text API, Visual Recognition tagging with a built-in set of visual labels, and the Watson Discovery Service.
Seven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Recognition, Documents, and Wearable. Highlights include an API that aggregates wearable data from different devices and an API that can determine if a vehicle driver is using a phone. Here's a look at what's new.