Wireless Technology Helps People With Vision Disabilities
People who are blind or have low vision often have to rely on others for help with basic life tasks such as matching clothing, distinguishing bills or reading a menu at a restaurant. There’s some technology that can help, but it often involves purchasing expensive devices or carrying around specific equipment for each purpose. That’s all about to change. After several years of trials and testing at one of the most well-known institutes for people who are blind and ongoing work and coordination with respected industry organizations, VelaSense by Visus, a first-of-its-kind technology with potentially life-changing benefits for the visually-impaired, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers with Android smartphones.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/02/wireless-technology-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities/, March 03, 2015
Microsoft Windows 10 Settings Menu: The Ease of Access tab
The Ease of Access tab is where you'll find most of Windows' accessibility settings -- if you're looking for a high-contrast theme or closed captioning options, you'll find them here. This section is similar to the Ease of Access section in Windows 8's PC settings menu (Charms bar > Settings > Change PC settings > Ease of Access), but with an extra section for Closed captioning.
From http://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-settings-menu-the-ease-of-access-tab/, March 02, 2015
Australia Lags Behind on ICT Innovation: NICTA
Australia’s peak ICT research group, NICTA (National ICT Australia) has warned that Australia is lagging behind on building its knowledge capital and investments in innovation. NICTA's technology strategist, Dean Economou, notes that Australia is “going backwards” in terms of its technology capability and business innovation. Economou, a keynote speaker at the recent Tech Leaders Forum in the Blue Mountains, observed that Australia is a world leader is terms of its investments in physical capital. But as a developed nation, the country is falling behind on its knowledge base, and intellectual capital.
From http://www.cio.com.au/article/569248/australia-lags-behind-ict-innovation-nicta/, March 02, 2015
Qatar: Call for Aspiring ICT Entrepreneurs, Start-ups to Join ictQATAR's Digital Incubation Center
Young tech-savvy citizens and residents of Qatar who have innovative technology-related ideas, have a fledgling ICT start-up, or who are ready to start an ICT company are urged to apply to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology's Digital Incubation Center (DIC).
From http://bit.ly/1EEo4NG, March 02, 2015
Interactive Transcript Makes Your Video Searchable, SEO-Friendly, and More Engaging
Adding an interactive transcript to your website allows your users to interact with your video in an entirely new way. Users can search the video and navigate by clicking on any word to jump to that exact point. It’s also a great way to make your video accessible and broaden your audience reach with the use of translations. You’ll see a significant SEO benefit because search engines will be able to index all of the spoken content instead of just the video title and tags.
From http://bit.ly/1GFmSch, March 02, 2015
The Smartphone is Ubiquitous, Addictive and Transformative
The dawn of the planet of the smartphones came in January 2007, when Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, in front of a rapt audience of Apple acolytes, brandished a slab of plastic, metal and silicon not much bigger than a Kit Kat. “This will change everything,” he promised. For once there was no hyperbole. Just eight years later Apple’s iPhone exemplifies the early 21st century’s defining technology.
From http://econ.st/1E8CNjz, March 01, 2015
Scheme to Address East Africa ICT Skills Divide
Organizers of this year’s East AfricaCom are recruiting mentors ahead of the launch of the event’s inaugural Mentorship Program aimed at addressing the business skills gap and quality of engagement between the region’s brightest start-up talents and the telecommunications sector’s greatest minds.
From http://cajnewsafrica.com/2015/02/26/scheme-to-address-east-africa-ict-skills-divide/, February 27, 2015
USA: AMI's Robert Pearson Appointed as FCC's Disability Advisory Committee Subcommittee Representative
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Robert Pearson, the organization's recently designated Accessibility Officer, has been appointed as a representative on one of the subcommittees overseen by the Federal Communications Commission's Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) in the United States. The subcommittee to which Robert has been appointed will focus on video programming access and will cover initiatives including Closed Captioning, Described Video programming, access to video programming apparatus, and access to televised emergency information, among others. As a representative, Robert will share AMI's viewpoints on accessibility issues and help develop recommendations for the DAC's consideration.
From http://bit.ly/1ANeMNW, February 26, 2015
Accessibility Originates With UX: A BBC iPlayer Case Study
Not long after I started working at the BBC, I fielded a complaint from a screen reader user who was having trouble finding a favorite show via the BBC iPlayer’s home page. The website had recently undergone an independent accessibility audit which indicated that, other than the odd minor issue here and there, it was reasonably accessible.
From http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/02/23/bbc-iplayer-accessibility-case-study/, February 24, 2015
Australia: Parents ‘want kids taught digital skills’
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has published a Digital Skills and Careers Report, in collaboration with National ICT Australia (NICTA) and the Australia Computer Society (ACS). The research was conducted by Newspoll. The research, undertaken in late 2014, found that 61% of Australian parents believe it is important that children learn how to design, build or program computer applications. Less than 30% of respondents thought that the current school curriculum is adequate in preparing children with the skills they need for the future.
From http://bit.ly/1BvTEwr, February 23, 2015