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Apple Leads the IoT Revolution - Will Be a Long-Term Winner
Apple is actually leading another new marketplace development that may well be bigger than any previous market development (digital music, smartphones, tablets), and which could well send its value much, much higher. This new market success revolves around developers, beacons, consumers, retailers and payments. Just like we didn’t know we wanted an iPod until we saw one, or an iPhone, new solutions that exploit the Internet of Things (IoT) is where Apple is again leading the creation of new products and markets.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2015/02/06/apple-leads-the-iot-revolution-will-be-a-long-term-winner/, February 07, 2015

Bat-inspired Technology Helps the Visually Impaired
Students at Wake Forest University are working on a device to help the blind. They're using bats as a model. The device, like bats, uses echo location to determine the proximity of objects. A sensor in the wristband vibrates as the person wearing it approaches an obstacle. The closer they get, the faster the vibration.
From http://www.wkow.com/story/28040282/2015/02/06/bat-inspired-technology-helps-the-visually-impaired, February 07, 2015

Making Real Progress in Digital Accessibility in Higher Education
We were delighted to see the University of Colorado at Boulder recently announce the appointment of a Chief Digital Accessibility Officer, and also announce recruitment for an IT Accessibility Manager. The TPG UX team has been working with CU-Boulder for the past few months to help them create a roadmap and strategy towards a culture and practice of excellence in digital accessibility, and we’re really excited to see their thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and determination in taking such a progressive approach, documented on their Accessible Technology web site.
From http://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/2015/02/making-progress-in-digital-accessibility-in-higher-education/, February 07, 2015

ITU SG Commends Rwanda’s ICT Advancement
The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Zhao Houlin on a three-day official visit in Rwanda has commended the Rwandan Government for efforts invested in promoting the use ICT in speeding the country’s economic transformation.
From http://www.spyghana.com/itu-sg-commends-rwandas-ict-advancement/, February 06, 2015

Australia: New Alliance for People With Disability
Disability advocates have welcomed an announcement that the Federal Government will establish the National Cross Disability Alliance. The Alliance will be made up of five peak disability organisations that will provide advice to the Government on improving social and economic participation. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, said the move would help create a clearer voice for people with disability.
From http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2015/02/new-alliance-people-disability#, February 06, 2015

Research and Markets: Top 10 ICT Trends for Africa in 2015
The year 2014 has witnessed continued upheaval in the ICT industry, including an upsurge in over-the-top (OTT) activity, the launch of viable low-cost smartphones, and major changes in the competitive landscape as a result of both partnerships and mergers. Our ICT research team has conducted an extensive analysis, including a combination of local industry and process expertise, in order to select and prioritize the top trend predictions, based on the latest regional and international research, and taking industry benchmarks and developments into account. These trends are anticipated to have an impact on both enterprise and consumer markets in Africa next year.
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150203006371/en/Research-Markets-Top-10-ICT-Trends-Africa#.VNQvVi47lmM, February 06, 2015

Kenya's Public Officers to Acquire ICT Skills From Microsoft's School of Government Program
Microsoft and an American-based university have partnered to offer executive level training programs to Kenyan government leaders. The firm has collaborated with University of Albany's Center for Technology in Government (CTG) to execute its School of Government (SOG) program, an initiative by Microsoft 4Afrika.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201502050327.html, February 06, 2015

How Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Differ from Closed Captions
Both subtitles and closed captions are synchronized with the media so the text can be viewed at the same time the words are spoken. Closed captions and usually subtitles can be turned on or off by the user. Subtitles are intended for viewers who can hear the audio, but cannot understand the language. They communicate the spoken content but not the sound effects. They are often associated with translation; sometimes, multilingual subtitles are available. Closed captions, on the other hand, communicate all audio information, including sound effects and non-speech elements. They are written in the source language of the video. They originated in the 1980s and are required by law for most video programming.
From http://www.3playmedia.com/2014/05/21/how-subtitles-deaf-hard-of-hearing-sdh-differ-from-closed-captions/?utm_content=buffer374b8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer, February 05, 2015

Universal Access: Five Steps to Building a Sustainable Accessibility Program
When we think about accessibility in the context of web technologies, we often associate it with designing products and services for those with disabilities. Yet with digital interactions becoming increasingly common—and often critical to our lives—we should really be thinking of accessibility as a universal design necessity that serves everyone's best interests.
From http://www.markopland.com/thinking/universal-accessibility, February 05, 2015

USA: Celebrating Access Today: 25th Anniversary Year of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Twenty-five years ago, our nation committed itself to the elimination of discrimination against people with disabilities—through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is proud to play a critical role in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, each month the Department of Justice will spotlight efforts that are opening gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities. This month, we spotlight the story of Marshall Burns and website access in Nueces County, Texas.
From http://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/celebrating-access-today-25th-anniversary-year-americans-disabilities-act, February 05, 2015

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