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Smartwatch Interest Ticks up as Apple Watch Fever Rises
Interest in smartwatches has soared in recent months, even as it has stalled for smart glasses, according to a two-part survey of 8,266 consumers done in May and October by Futuresource Consulting. That survey underscores the promise -- and perils -- of smartwatches for corporations and their IT shops, which will have to accommodate workers using the devices for work email and other tasks. Some IT admins see smartwatches as a passing fad, but others regard them as an evolving computing platform worthy of attention.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2849647/smartwatch-interest-ticks-up-as-apple-watch-fever-rises.htmlhttp://www.computerworld.com/article/2849647/smartwatch-interest-ticks-up-as-apple-watch-fever-rises.html, January 02, 2015

Sony High-res OLED Screen Attaches to Any Eyewear
f you're not a fan of Google Glass-style displays yet, Sony hopes you might give its new detachable OLED a chance. The Japanese electronics manufacturer has announced a prototype head-mounted display that can easily attach to any sort of eyewear and display information on its high-res OLED module.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2860355/sony-high-res-oled-screen-attaches-to-any-eyewear.html, January 02, 2015

Google's Expansion to Cars and TVs will be Powered by Android Studio Apps
The usefulness of Android in your car, on your TV and smartwatch will be decided by app availability, and Google is hoping to make it easier to create them with its new development environment, Android Studio. Featured Resource Presented by Tibco Software 10 Best Practices for Cloud Business Intelligence: Enabling the Business Business driven Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics represent a shift in the enterprise that is Learn More Google has, with the introductions of Android Wear, TV and Auto, expanded its operating system to new product categories. All three pieces of software are for highly competitive areas where consumers have a lot of choice, and killer apps are needed to differentiate from the competition and convince people that they actually need a smartwatch or a TV with Android.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2857516/googles-expansion-to-cars-and-tvs-will-be-powered-by-android-studio-apps.html, January 02, 2015

M-Enabling Russia 2015: First Event Focusing on Technology for Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities
M-Enabling Russia 2015 will take place on May 13th at the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel. The conference and showcase offers an overview of solutions to ensure that senior citizens, persons with disabilities and users of all abilities can enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony and data services while securing greater equity among citizens. E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies) are organizing the event in partnership with the renowned Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Further support is provided by ASI (Agency for Strategic Initiatives Supervisory Board), which is headed by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and UNIC Moscow as well as the All Russian Association of Deaf and All Russian Union of Disabled People.
From http://www.pressebox.de/pressemitteilung/ej-krause-associates-inc/M-ENABLING-RUSSIA-2015/boxid/718683, December 29, 2014

USA: Educational Engagement of Students Disabilities Important
Accessibility issues are important to tackle because the U.S. Department of Education says more and more students with disabilities are choosing to attend college, meaning the number of such students at UT will also increase. This is a trend we need to embrace, not ignore.
From http://independentcollegian.com/2014/12/10/opinion/editorials/editorial-accessibility-is-still-a-problem/, December 29, 2014

India: University Designs Software for People with Vision Disabilities
Department of Computer Science Engineering at the Vignan University has designed a software for people who are blind or have a low vision. By using the software, people with vision disabilities can now read textbooks, browse journals and compose on the desktop. The software project ‘Development of Educational Suite for Visually Challenged Students in Computer Science and Information Technology’. It has been approved by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/25/university-designs-software-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 29, 2014

U.S. Access Board to Hold Panel Discussions on Communication Access
The Access Board will host panel discussions on communication accessibility for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing on January 12 from 1:30 to 5:00 during its January meeting of the Board. The agenda features a consumer panel that will address accessibility issues and concerns. This panel will include representatives from the National Association of the Deaf, the Hearing Loss Association of America, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, and the American Association of Deaf Blind.
From http://www.access-board.gov/the-board/meeting-notice, December 23, 2014

Researchers Develop 3D Headset to Help People with Vision Disabilities Navigate
EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help people who are blind or have low vision move around more safely and easily. The DIGIGLASSES project, which kicked off in 2012, set out to develop a marketable digital tool for people who are blind using stereoscopic vision, corrected and customized for the specific symptoms of the user’s eye disease.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/23/researchers-develop-3d-headset-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities-navigate-more-safely-and-easily/, December 23, 2014

Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Launches Consultation on Draft Accessibility Code
The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) launched a consultation process on a draft standard it has developed entitled “Accessibility for all in the Built Environment”. The draft standard is based on the existing “Access for All Design Guidelines” (AADG) which Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Diżabilità (KNPD) published for the first time in 2000. Once this draft standard becomes a Maltese Standard, the aim of KNPD is to make it enforceable by law.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/malta-competition-and-consumer-affairs-authority-launches-consultation-on-draft-accessibility-code/, December 23, 2014

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Disability
The 69th session of the General Assembly negotiated and adopted a resolution on disability on December 18. The resolution entitled: “Realizing the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond”, had 112 co-sponsoring Governments, and would work to promote the mainstreaming of disability in development, as well as in international cooperation, national development strategies and official statistics.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/un-general-assembly-adopts-resolution-on-disability/, December 22, 2014

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