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Transcript: Mark Zuckerberg at Mobile World Congress 2014

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David Kirkpatrick: Hello. I’m David Kirkpatrick. I run something called “Techonomy Conference” which is a place where technology leaders come together with business and government leaders to talk about how technology is changing everything. Conference happens in November, south of San Francisco.
Now, I met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006 when he was 22 years old and Facebook had nine million users. I was so impressed with him from that very first meeting and impressed with his long term vision and the scope of his thinking that I ended up writing a book called “The Facebook Effect” which by the way is published in both Spanish and Catalan.
And now Facebook has 1.2 billion users. So from September of 2006, 9 million, today, 1.2 billion. It’s the largest communication service of any type that’s ever existed.
There’s one movie that portray Mark as an anxious, angry and vindictive person. But that is not the way I have ever found him. In fact it’s actually his sincerity and his earnestness that most impresses me. He thinks a lot about how his company is changing the world for the better. And I think, when you hear him talk you’re going to understand what I mean.
So, Mark, please come out and join me.
Okay, Mark. So, clearly there’s one topic that we have to start with. It’s been on everybody’s lips for the last week or so. You bought WhatsApp for $19 billion which all of us, once we got over, you know, our shock at that, you know, some of us feel like we understand it. But tell us here at the Mobile World Congress, which is really the world’s major gathering of mobile communications – which is an industry that WhatsApp is a big part of, why did you do it and what does it mean?
Mark Zuckerberg: Well, WhatsApp is a great company and it’s, it’s a great fit for us. Already almost half a billion people love using WhatsApp for messaging. And it’s the most engaging app that we’ve ever seen exist on mobile by far – that’s 70% of people who use WhatsApp use it every day – which kind of blows away everything else that’s out there.
What we see is that WhatsApp is on a path to connecting more than a billion people. And there are very few services in the world that can reach that level. And they’re all incredibly valuable.So, when we have the opportunity to be a part of his journey, I was just really excited to take you up on that and to help him realize his dream of connecting a lot more people.

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Futuregen is a TEDxXavierSchool Event Sponsor

Futuregen is honored to be a sponsor to TEDxXavierSchool by providing the transcription for the talks. The inaugural TEDxXavierSchool will take place on the Xavier School campus on the morning of Saturday, February 18, 2012.

Described as an “intellectual circus,” the event will bring people together for presentations by global thoughtleaders, focusing on the theme “Innovation built on tradition.”Kicking off at 8am,TEDxXavierSchool “Innovation built on tradition” will be a half-day event to exploreways in which we innovate based on our history and our own experiences.

Interested attendees must secure a free ticket to participate in the limited-space TEDxXavierSchoolevent. Ticket applications are available at and must be received by11:59pm on Friday, February 17, 2012 — or the day before the event begins — to be considered foradmission. All ticket types, regardless of category, are FREE of charge.Innovators scheduled to speak in person at TEDxXavierSchool include
•Raynard Raphael Lao — a Xavier High School student, who is also a champion public speaker atboth local and regional competitions
•Brian Maraña — International Programs Coordinator of Xavier School who has transformed theway students learn from the world
•Tony Meloto — Founder of Gawad Kalinga, providing countless homes to the homeless andbuilding them into communities, and speaker at the World Economic Forum
•Dodie Ng — Games and apps creator who also founded a robotics organization and team for theyouth, while also being a Xavier High School student
•Mark Ruiz — Co-Founder of Hapinoy and Founder of Rags2Riches, providing social businessenterprise and microenterprise development as a living means to some of the poorest people
•Brian Tenorio — Internationally-acclaimed, New York-based designer who has altered the way development is done, through DesignRegular.

Updates may be accessed through the event’s Facebook page at TEDxXavierSchool , or through Twitter via the #TEDxXS hashtag

TEDxXavierSchool Transcript

Transcription Services in Singapore

Yes we do Audio to Text services in Singapore. These transcription services help business and legal firms with converting their audio materials from Annual general meetings, group discussions, research interviews, legal depositions et al into Microsoft Word document format.  This is how services transcription process works.

Companies have found several benefits to getting transcription services for their audio files:

One is to transcribe files to increase web traffic.
Another is to use transcription firms to produce captions/subtitles that can be read by a new market segment.
Finally, new US laws are in effect which require the use of transcription services:

  • 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (2010)
  • Workforce Rehabilitation Act Section 504 and 508 (1998)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

In summary, these laws require companies and government agencies to ensure that the content is accessible to employees and the public – specially those with disabilities that prevent them from accessing audio content. Our repeat clients appreciate our fast turnaround times, high accuracy (at least 98.5%) and particular skills transcribing non-native English speakers.  We also adhere to strict Singapore laws on PDPA (Personal Data Protection Act) with our own PDPA compliance officer.



Transcription Service in Singapore: Sharing The skills

Futuregen is now working closely with clients of SPD (Society for the Physically Disabled) to train vision impaired people with necessary skills to transcribe audio into microsoft word documents.

While the transcription service training project seems to be too ambitious for the visually impaired, they do have a higher level of sensitivity to sound – their listening skills are much better than normal people. Hence when SPD contacted Futuregen to share its skills in transcription service, we readily agreed to give it a try.

The initial results are heartwarming. Some of SPD’s clients were able to transcribe the audio with 94% accuracy. This is not bad for a first try where usual participants would get 70-80% accuracy on their first try.

In case you are wondering, SPD’s Clients who were visually impaired used a software called JAWS to navigate around their PC without the aid of sight. Our plan is to engage SPD’s clients in offering transcription service in Singapore.

How to record Minutes of Meetings

The accuracy of audio transcripts depend in large part on the quality of the audio recordings. Some common challenges we see with digital recordings when you are recording meetings are as follows:

1. Noisy environments with background sounds.
Of course, the obvious solution is to move the meeting elsewhere. A very public and loud place isn’t the ideal location for meetings anyway. However, if that is not an option, then consider reducing the background noise with the use of high quality microphones like Behringer C1-U. Other option is to digitally enhance the recording by use of computer software to minimize the noise and amplify weak audio levels

2. Several people speaking at the same time.
Consider switching from using a single digital recorders to one that is computer based. This allows you to setup multiple microphones. When placed strategically, it can save the conversation from different channels (mics) into separate audio files.

3. Never Use Voice Activate mode.
To conserve recording capacity, most audio recorders have a “record when voice is present” (voice activated mode). While this does produce recordings that contain less dead air, it also has the unfortunate side effect of having ‘missing’ words.

4. Billingual Speakers
Be conscious of bilingual speakers that drift from English to another language. Chairpersons would be wise to restate the speakers’ non english comments into english and confirm its correctness.

5. Some unusual sources of noise include shuffling papers, coffee cups, dinner plates and cellphones.
Eliminate or minimize the impact of these source by banning them altogether, or if this is not an option, placing the microphones away from such sources.

Check out related topic on how to create minutes of meeting.

We provide audio recording facilities for conferences and meetings using our multi-channel digital system. Email marketing[at] for details.

Punctuation Rules for Comma Use

Rule 1. To avoid confusion, use commas to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more.
Example: My $10 million estate is to be split among my husband, daughter, son, and nephew. Omitting the comma after son would indicate that the son and nephew would have to split one-third of the estate.
Rule 2. Use a comma to separate two adjectives when the word and can be inserted between them.
Examples: He is a strong, healthy man.
We stayed at an expensive summer resort. You would not say expensive and summer resort, so no comma.
Rule 3. Use a comma when an -ly adjective is used with other adjectives.
NOTE: To test whether an -ly word is an adjective, see if it can be used alone with the noun. If it can, use the comma.
Examples: Felix was a lonely, young boy.
I get headaches in brightly lit rooms. Brightly is not an adjective because it cannot be used alone with rooms; therefore, no comma is used between brightly and lit.
Rule 4. Use commas before or surrounding the name or title of a person directly addressed.
Examples: Will you, Aisha, do that assignment for me?
Yes, Doctor, I will.
NOTE: Capitalize a title when directly addressing someone.


English Possessive Determiners

From: McGraw Hill’s 2010 GRE :
English possessive determiners (my, our, your, his/her/its, their – sometimes called possessive adjectives) must match the person and number of the possessor and not the noun phrase to which they are linked.

Richard likes his hot dogs with lots of relish. The word his is third person singular to match with Richard, NOT third person their to match with hotdogs.

Transcription: Audio to Text Conversion Tips!


Audio to Text conversion is useful for providing an alternative medium for target audiences that are not able to ‘digest’ the recorded audio. People with hearing disabilities are the marjor users for this audio to text conversion.

Other cases involves audience that are non-native speakers of the recorded medium’s language. Nowadays, most users require audio to be converted to text for posting in their websites. This allows search engines to index the material and return the results in search engine pages. This increases web site traffic.

Tips on how to convert Audio to Text:
1. Use Good audio.
If you are doing the recording, try getting it done in a quiet space. Never do an interview in a cafe! The ambient sounds will kill your accuracy! If you must, do it inside your car with the windows up!

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