Apple Leads in Accessibility, But Can Third-Party Developers Follow?
Third-party apps on the App Store need to be much better at being inclusively designed. The tendency — albeit naturally — is for Apple and other developers to make iOS, and apps designed for iOS, for the majority of users. While users with disabilities, such as myself, are not a majority, we are an important niche. We use iOS devices, too, and we surely appreciate Apple and developers making us a priority.
From http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/02/apple-accessibility/, September 03, 2014
How Accessibility Helps SEO: Best Practices for Inclusive Content Creation
Getting on the first page of Google results is the holy grail for SEO, but many web designers and marketeers don’t realize that optimizing their website for accessibility will help achieve their goal.
From http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog/how-accessibility-helps-seo, September 03, 2014
Tech City Types Developing 'Google Glass for the Blind' App
The service, called Eyebridge, is being put together by Guy Curlewis and Andrew Law, who believe that a smartphone camera linked to a call centre could be of use to blind and poorly sighted people.
From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/12/eyebridge_app_google_glass_for_the_blind/, September 02, 2014
Why Game Accessibility Matters?
Meet the people pushing to make video games more accessible to those with — and without — disabilities. Many people, through accident, injury or some other misfortune, come into disability later in life. Game accessibility is vital to them, says former International Game Developers Association's Game Accessibility Special Interest Group chairperson Tara Voelker.
From http://www.polygon.com/features/2014/8/6/5886035/disabled-gamers-accessibility, September 02, 2014
UK: Conference Explores How New Technolgy Can Transform the Lives of Blind People
RNIB's Techshare Europe will take place on 4 - 5 September 2014 at the Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland. SMART’ glasses that maximise the remaining vision of partially sighted people, shoes with vibrating sensors that guide the wearer in a certain direction, and a system that converts mobile-phones into portable eye-screening kits – just three cutting-edge devices on display at a landmark conference in Glasgow.
From http://enablemagazine.co.uk/index.php/2014/08/glasgow-conference-explores-how-new-technolgy-can-transform-the-lives-of-blind-people/, September 01, 2014
Irish College Students Win Tech Prize for Accessibility App at Microsoft Imagine Cup
The team from NUI Maynooth, who secured third place in the world citizenship cetegory at the world finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seatle for their AccessEarth app, which provides up-to-date, reliable data on the accessibility of buildings all over the world for those with impaired mobility. Imagine Cup allows third level students from across the globe to showcase how technology can improve the lives of others.
From http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/maynooth-students-win-tech-prize-for-accessibility-app-1.1897219, September 01, 2014
Intel Builds 'World's Smallest' 3G Modem
Intel has unveiled a 3G modem not much bigger than a UK penny or US one-cent coin, with the aim of embedding it in connected devices around the home.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28939873, August 28, 2014
Teachers Asked to Switch on Captions for Literacy and Learning
It’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) and Media Access Australia is encouraging all educators to switch on captions in the classroom through its annual cap that! campaign.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/education/teachers-asked-to-switch-on-captions-for-literacy-and-learning, August 27, 2014
Intel Poised to Launch Luxury Smart Bracelet at Barneys
Intel, moving beyond just making the processors inside tech gadgets, is expected to announce its first luxury smart bracelet in the next few weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The bracelet is being engineered by the tech company, designed by fashion house Opening Ceremony, and sold at luxury retailer Barneys New York.
From http://www.cnet.com/news/intel-poised-to-launch-luxury-smart-bracelet-at-barneys/, August 26, 2014
USA: California Governor Signs Smartphone Kill Switch into Law
It's official: every cellphone sold in California will now have to include a remote disabling option that lets you render a stolen device unusable. More importantly, this antitheft security measure will have to come enabled by default. The "kill switch" bill, which was introduced in February by State Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, was signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown on Monday. Phones sold after July 1, 2015 in the state that do not comply with the new law will be penalized anywhere between $500 to $2,500 per device.
From http://gizmodo.com/california-governor-signs-smartphone-kill-switch-into-l-1626799067, August 26, 2014