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Microsoft Announces IT Pro, Developer Preview of Office 2016 for Windows
I’m pleased to announce the IT Pro and Developer Preview of Office 2016 for the Windows desktop. We’ve been in private preview with Office 2016 for several months. Now we’re ready to expand the program to our commercial Office 365 customers, an important milestone that gives IT pros and developers an opportunity to start testing the upcoming release. To be clear, this early build doesn’t yet contain all the features we’re planning to ship in the final product. However, through the course of the preview, customers should expect to see new features delivered through monthly updates.
From http://bit.ly/1Eq4nFv, March 18, 2015

The Intelligent Forklift in the Age of the Industrial Internet of Things
In one definition of the term “Internet of Things,” almost all objects have sensors, connectivity to a broader environment, and intelligence. Sometimes the object has just a sliver of intelligence; but it can be much more substantial. Objects can be products, equipment, containers, or other things as well.
From http://onforb.es/1HZbzMA, March 17, 2015

Focus on Disability: Reaching Patients with Smartphones
About 4.5 billion people worldwide have a mobile phone — about as many as have access to a toilet. No wonder these mobile devices are being put to many new uses, including to collect data in Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa later this year.
From http://africanbrains.net/2015/03/12/focus-on-disability-reaching-patients-with-smartphones/, March 17, 2015

Malta: Almost 9,000 Use Telecare Services
We are delighted to announce that one of the services we supply and manage, Telecareplus already has 2,500 subscribers, totaling the number of local Telecare users to almost 9,000. This is a clear indication that over the past few years the need for assistive technologies for independent living has not only continued to evolve, but also that more people in Malta are taking advantage of such beneficial technologies to feel empowered while leading independent lives.
From http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/business/business_news/50759/almost_9000_use_telecare_services#.VQgku-E7lmP, March 17, 2015

Nigeria: Expert Advocates Compulsory ICT Studies in Schools
The federal government has been called upon to make Information and Communications Technology (ICT) a compulsory study across primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, following the global adoption of ICT studies in schools. A Lagos-based ICT expert, Mr. Temitope Ogunsemo, who gave the advice at a technology workshop in Lagos, said the call became necessary as a result of the impact that ICT is creating in various sectors of global economies.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201503160600.html, March 16, 2015

Africa’s is Just Waking Up to the Potentials of ICT
Since the turn of the 21st century, Africa’s has become more aware of the potentials of ICT. From finance, through communication and education, to agriculture and commerce, Africans are reaping the rewards of ICT, which is gradually reshaping its socio-economic landscape. This, Stanley Jegede, the CEO of Phase 3 Telecom, an emerging Nigerian fibre-optic service provider, believes is no where near its climax as Africa is just waking up to the potentials inherent in ICT.
From http://www.ventures-africa.com/2015/03/africas-is-just-waking-up-to-the-potentials-of-ict/, March 16, 2015

Understanding Mood is the Next Task for the Internet of Things
Vocal intonation, a kind of vocal pitch, can be used to find out what you really think of things. And could be the next step in the Internet of Things.
From http://www.networkworld.com/article/2896898/internet-of-things/understanding-mood-is-next-for-iot.html, March 16, 2015

Indian Government Focussing on Comprehensive Law for Persons with Disabilities
Government is focussing on enactment of a comprehensive law for persons with disabilities to fulfill India’s international obligations following the ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Union Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said. Speaking at the second session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government are fully committed to empowerment of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/12/indian-government-focussing-on-comprehensive-law-for-persons-with-disabilities-minister/, March 13, 2015

Experts Begin Compilation of Sign Language Dictionary in Rwanda
he National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) in partnership with the Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) are working on a comprehensive sign language dictionary expected to be ready before the end of next year. The project, sponsored by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), started in November last year with training of the project team on the essence of sign language dictionary and how it will benefit people with hearing disabilities. The field work consisting of research on the sign language in Rwanda started on Monday in Huye District, Southern Province and is expected to cover the rest of the country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/12/experts-begin-compilation-of-sign-language-dictionary-in-rwanda/, March 13, 2015

CEA’s Gary Shapiro to Keynote 2015 M-Enabling Summit on Smarter Living for All
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the M-Enabling Summit are pleased to announce Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will keynote the fourth annual M-Enabling Summit scheduled to take place June 1 and 2, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia.
From http://bit.ly/1Eq5B3D, March 13, 2015

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