This week Google unveiled an “interpreter mode” for its smart speakers, which can translate 27 languages in real time. I tried it out at Google’s base at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in which I was put in front of an Italian speaker. On first impressions it’s hard to fault the technology, but at the same time, I’m not convinced that this is the future.
Four Yorkshire police forces are reviewing their contracts for interpreter services with Language Empire. In the meantime, figures of thebigword's profit rates for translation and interpreting have also come out into the open.
Chief constables in Wales must not “shirk their obligations” by refusing to allow the use of Welsh in police interviews, Bar leaders said yesterday.
Joint statement from regional police forces: “In light of the recent news regarding Language Empire Ltd, we are currently reviewing the information presented and our position in relation to the service.” The contract with South Yorkshire Police is worth an estimated £783,000, with Humberside Police at £515,000 and with North Yorkshire Police at £490,000.