News: Govt. Launches Text-to-Speech System For 6 Indian Languages, Rediff Expands Ecommerce Offering

Text-to- Speech System in Six Indian Languages

Indian government has released the CD containing Text-To- Speech system (TTS) in six Indian languages. These are Hindi, Marathi, Bangla, Telugu, Tamil & Malayalam. The govt has also launched web based Optical Character Recognition systems (OCR) for Hindi & Punjabi.
Technology Development for Indian Language (TDIL) Programme of the Department of Information Technology, under a consortium project has developed this Text-To- Speech system. TTS has also been integrated with Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader and Optical Character Recognition System (OCRA). OCR system developed under a TDIL consortium Project for Hindi & Punjabi was also provided on TDIL Data Centre to get user feedback, while the challenges of computationally intensive technology research are parallely being addressed.[source]

Rediff.com Expands e-Commerce Offering

Rediff.com India Pvt Ltd has announced that as part of its strategy to expand its e-commerce offering, it has added over 200,000 products across 23 product categories, making it one of the largest e-commerce providers in the Indian market.
Some of the key categories from which consumers can choose are apparels, accessories and bags, mobile phones and accessories, sports and fitness equipment, cameras and optics, toys and games, computers & peripherals, home décor & Furnishings and many more. Consumers can now buy for themselves or gift their loved ones, from amongst a wide range of latest products available on Rediff Shop & Gift.
Rediff.com also provides vendors with an easy way to do business on the Web, by providing a number of payment options, including cash on delivery, cheque/demand draft payment, net banking, and both debit and credit cards. Merchants can set up their store on Rediff.com in less than a week through the Company’s fully optimized site, which is available via all search engines, enabling easy discovery of merchant stores.

India Rejects Qualcomm License Applications

India’s Department of Telecommunications, or DoT, has rejected QualcommInc.’s application seeking licenses for four of its local joint ventures to offer internet services, saying the U.S.-chipmaker missed the deadline. In a letter to Qualcomm, the department also said that while Qualcomm sought licenses for four nominee companies, the license could only be given to one under local rules.

Telcos may have to give DoT access to mobile networks

Mobile phone companies will soon have to open their networks to continuous monitoring by the telecom department’s vigilance units or Term Cells to tighten surveillance, says an internal telecom department note.[source]

HomeShop18 Announces Nokia Fest by Popular Demand

Some of the hottest selling Nokia phones Homeshop18.com has on offer at major, exclusive discounts include Nokia N97 available at Rs 18999 (otherwise priced in the market at Rs 26269), Nokia X7-00 – the latest addition to the Nokia Family- priced at Rs 19993 (regular market price of this model is Rs 22829), and Nokia E7 priced at Rs. 24999 (regular market price is Rs. 28019) etc.

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