How to Improve Literacy Using Captions
Turn on the captions in your home; on your tvs, ipads, phones, and computers. Many people think captions are only for deaf and hard of hearing people. And, yes, Closed Captioning (CC) was designed to make television and media accessible for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. But, like most technology originally developed for accessibility - the touchscreens on our phones and tablets, audiobooks, the telephone – CC benefits each of us. Research shows that captioned media increases literacy skills in people of all ages. Simply having the captions on dramatically improves vocabulary, word recognition, comprehension, and reading .
From http://ollibean.com/2014/08/06/how-to-improve-literacy-without-even-trying/, October 07, 2015
WHO: Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health
The Draft zero of the "Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health" is now open to public consultation from individuals and institutions. Please respond as soon as possible so that your comments will help develop Draft 1, which will be discussed in Geneva on October 29-30, 2015.
From http://who.int/ageing/consultation/en/, October 06, 2015
Microsoft Delivers Market-Leading IoT Innovations
Microsoft Corp. is announcing new solutions spanning containers, security, infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT) that enable organizations of all sizes to transform their business in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world. Through these latest advancements, Microsoft continues to showcase rapid innovation on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, while enabling choice and simplicity for a growing list of customers of all sizes including Alaska Airlines, Jet.com Inc. and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/10/01/microsoft-delivers-market-leading-iot-innovations/, October 06, 2015
Samsung Has World’s First Wireless Charging Monitor
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a leader in digital media and technology, today announced the SE370, the world’s first monitor with an integrated wireless charging function for compatible mobile devices. The monitor, available in a 23.6-inch version, aims to unclutter work areas by eliminating unnecessary cables for charging mobile devices.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/10/01/samsung-has-worlds-first-wireless-charging-monitor/, October 06, 2015
Wearable Tech will Shift from Novelty to Norm in the Next Five Years
Though this prediction is still a few years out from the year 2020, 83 percent of experts say wearable tech will have a “widespread and beneficial effect” on the public by the year 2025, according to Pew Research Center. In November 2013, Pew canvassed responses from 2,558 experts and technology builders about their predictions of where tech will stand by 2025.
From https://wtvox.com/internet-of-things-iot/wearable-tech-will-shift-from-novelty-to-norm-in-the-next-5-years/, October 06, 2015
New AT&T Report: Rise of the Real-Time Traveler
At AT&T, we’ve been working with auto manufacturers for years to help improve vehicle safety and performance by integrating wireless connectivity. These efforts have resulted in exciting next-generation voice solutions, enhanced diagnostics and maintenance capabilities, on-board infotainment and more. Still, we recognize that larger trends are fundamentally changing how people get from Point A to Point B. As part of our ongoing commitment to create a more mobilized world, we want to understand these trends and maximize the opportunities they create.
From http://www.about.att.com/content/csr/home/blog/2015/09/new_report_rise_of.html, October 06, 2015
India: Designer Usies Mumbai’s Cabs to Teach Sign Language to Commuters
For many people in Mumbai, the city’s iconic black and yellow taxis are an everyday means of transport. So in an attempt to spread awareness about India’s deaf community, designer Harshit Vishwakarma, in collaboration with Taxi Fabric, designed a taxi seat cover to introduce Indian Sign Language to Mumbai’s cab-riders. “After having experienced the prevailing gap between the deaf and the hearing communities in my college years, I wanted to intervene,” Vishwakarma said on Taxi Fabric’s blog.
From http://www.buzzfeed.com/andreborges/taxi-fabric?utm_term=.glbJkbr1v#.pezOAbPjo, October 05, 2015
The Potential of Mobile Communications to Assist in Major Disasters
Since the founding of Ericsson Response in 2000, hundreds of employees from more than 30 countries have volunteered, been trained, and deployed all over the world to support over 40 humanitarian relief efforts. Our first major mission was to Afghanistan, and the first team that was on the ground still reflect back on how the UN was not convinced yet about the role of ICT. Back in those days, we had only 750 million mobile subscribers globally, versus the more than 7 billion today.
From http://www.ericsson.com/thecompany/sustainability_corporateresponsibility/technology-for-good-blog/2015/09/18/celebrating-15-years-of-ericsson-response/, October 05, 2015
Apple Acquires U.K.-Based Speech Technology Startup VocalIQ
Apple has acquired a U.K.-based artificial intelligence company that is developing a more natural, human way for machines and people to communicate. VocalIQ has been working on new spoken interfaces that could be used in a variety of applications — from the car to wearables to Internet-connected devices in the home.
From http://recode.net/2015/10/02/apple-acquires-u-k-based-speech-technology-startup-vocaliq/, October 05, 2015
How One Paris Startup is Becoming an Uber for People With Disabilities
"It's very difficult to get around when you are in a wheelchair, because public transportation is not accessible," de Vilmorin tells Mashable. "You can't just grab a cab or rent a regular car." The constant lack of options inspired her to take matters into her own hands. She co-founded Wheeliz, a French car-sharing service that easily connects people with disabilities to owners of adapted cars.
From http://mashable.com/2015/10/04/wheeliz-car-sharing-disabilities/, October 05, 2015