UK Town Deploys Public Wi-Fi Underground
A big challenge to deploying telecom infrastructure is access to fiber optic cabling – sometimes cables just aren’t available where infrastructure needs to be in order to provide end users the value to justify the capital expenditure. The United Kingdom town of Chesham took a novel approach to solving the fiber access issue by installing Wi-Fi access points on city manhole covers, which already served as access points to the existing fiber network.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20151123/network-infrastructure/wi-fi/wi-fi-deployed-underground-by-virgin-media-tag17, November 24, 2015
Blind Runner Uses IBM Cloud to 'See' Mental Map of the World
Blind runner Simon Wheatcroft creates a mental map that allows him to run independently so that he doesn’t bump into lampposts etc. He uses ‘audio markers’ and senses changes in the terrain he’s feeling underfoot as a key element. Wheatcroft uses the GPS fitness-tracking app RunKeeper to gauge the world around him like anybody else. With some additional custom-built software application development and programming intelligence, here’s how he does it.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/adrianbridgwater/2015/11/23/blind-runner-uses-ibm-cloud-to-see-mental-map-of-the-world/, November 24, 2015
New App Provides Innovative Mobile and Web-based Help for Persons Living with Schizophrenia
Today in America, the number of people living with Schizophrenia outnumbers the combined populations of North Dakota and Wyoming. But as a statement from SARDAA provided to mHealthWatch this week explains, social stigma and a severe lack of resources make managing the disorder a daily struggle. Since January of 2008, the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) has passionately promoted hope and recovery for those with brain conditions, and its new App is about “to revolutionize management of mental health disorders for good.”
From http://mhealthwatch.com/new-app-provides-innovative-mobile-and-web-based-help-for-persons-living-with-schizophrenia-26472/, November 24, 2015
Call for Review: How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable Quick Reference
A draft redesign of How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques was published yesterday by the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group (WCAG WG). It is intended to replace the current How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference, comments on the user interface and the filtering by 2 December, preferably via GitHub, or alternatively via e-mail to email@example.com.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/19/call-for-review-how-to-meet-wcag-2-0-a-customizable-quick-reference/, November 23, 2015
Five Big Technology Predictions Into 2016: Frost & Sullivan
Security will be the biggest issue in the ICT industry driven by rapid adoption of Cloud, Mobility and the Internet of Things. The Enterprise Communications Market will witness disruption from an emerging class of start-ups. Increased use of sensors across various industries will lead to a tsunami of data driving massive developments in Big Data. Smart Machines will disrupt the market place. Cognitive Computing and Artificial Intelligence platforms to become big across industries.
From http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/five-big-technology-predictions-into-2016-frost--sullivan-300183051.html, November 23, 2015
USA: Education Department Announces New Guidance to Help Students with Disabilities as Part of 40th Anniversary of IDEA Law
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Education Department is releasing guidance aimed at ensuring that America's 6 million children and youth with disabilities have the same opportunity for a quality education as their nondisabled peers. "In the 40 years since this law was enacted, we have moved beyond simply providing children and youth with disabilities access to the school house," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Today, we want to assure that these students have no less than the same equal shot at the American dream as their nondisabled peers."
From http://1.usa.gov/1SV4Loc, November 23, 2015
USA: Silicon Valley Goes Gray: Inside The Booming Age Tech Industry
Until recently, Silicon Valley didn't pay much attention to old people. Entrepreneurs in their twenties and thirties mostly dreamt up solutions for people their own age. But Stephen Johnston, of the Aging2.0 innovation network, says that's starting to change. As would-be startup founders seek novel markets, hundreds of "age-tech" startups have emerged in the last year or two. The group's recent 30-city pitch event (30in30in30) attracted applications from 300 companies. The problems on the mind of these innovators aren't improving dating or takeout delivery; it's how to manage daily drug regimens, cope with dementia, and create communities for the over-60 set.
From http://www.fastcoexist.com/3053184/silicon-valley-goes-gray-inside-the-booming-age-tech-industry, November 20, 2015
Microsoft Windows Celebrates 30th Anniversary This November
November 20, 2015 will be the 30th anniversary of the launch of the very first version of Windows. Upon its debut, this operating system aimed at the general public had a new graphic interface which was relatively easy to use. It was the first foundation stone in the immense Windows edifice to come. When they set up Microsoft in 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a plan that seemed outlandish at that moment in history — that there should be a computer in every home, at a time when computers for the general public did not exist.
From http://pctechmag.com/2015/11/microsoft-windows-turns-30-on-november-20/, November 20, 2015
USA: How an iPhone Changed a Paralyzed Veteran's Life
While serving in Iraq as a medic in the U.S. Army, Ian Ralston was hit with a tiny ball bearing from an IED in 2010. He was left paralyzed from the neck down. Despite the hardship, Ralston quickly adopted a "make the best of it" attitude. "To me, there's absolutely no point in being upset about it," he told the told the WCF Courier nearly a year after he was injured. Ralston does this using an iPhone 6 Plus — a phone he got eight months ago. The iPhone is Ralston's first smartphone.
From http://mashable.com/2015/11/11/iphone-changed-an-injured-vets-life/#s.ygiGFGJqq3, November 19, 2015
India: Experts to Create Assistive Devices for People with Disabilities
Technology and design experts will create assistive products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes in a 60 day program organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is supporting the programme called the “Enable Makeathon” in which participants will design and create, over 60 days from November 2015 to January 2016, new assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural areas across the world.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/19/experts-to-create-assistive-devices-for-people-with-disabilities/, November 19, 2015