Dow Jones Factiva Introduces Listen Capability

Mar 11, 2008

Dow Jones & Company introduced a new "text-to-speech" capability in Dow Jones Factiva that allows users to listen to the news that drives their business. With one click, users can now listen to a news article rather than read it. Currently available in beta format, a "Listen to Article" link appears at the top of any full-text article with fewer than 4,000 words. The listen capability is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish languages and automatically defaults to reading in the interface language previously selected by the user. The listen capability is a web-based service provided by VoiceCorp that converts text into speech on the fly. It is made available wherever full-text articles are found, including alerts, search results, and newsletters. Once the link is clicked, the listen capability uses a Flash player to read the article.