S.C. Charters Agree to Accessibility Changes After Federal Investigation
The U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights has entered into an agreement with the South Carolina Public Charter District to make the district's Internet-based schools accessible to students and parents with disabilities, particularly those with visual impairments.
From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2014/03/sc_charters_agree_to_accessibi.html, March 26, 2014
Demand Jumps for Mobile Biometrics in Consumer Electronics
Based on the findings of a new report from a leading global research firm, the global mobile biometrics market is exploding, with a CAGR of 156% from 2014-2018. Curiously, TechNavio reports that there are a few significant factors behind this projected growth, but use of mobile devices for financial transactions and the related demand for increased security is one of the most significant market trends.
From http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/demand-jumps-for-mobile-biometrics-in-consumer-electronics-40405/, March 26, 2014
Google Reveals Android Wear, Operating System for Smartwatches
Google is officially getting into wearables. The company has announced Android Wear, a version of the operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. To start with, the system is made for smartwatches, and Google is moving aggressively to make itself the key name in wearables.
From http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/18/5522226/google-reveals-android-wear-an-operating-system-designed-for, March 26, 2014
How Enterprises Can Plan For Wearables
By now, everyone from techies to gamers to athletes have heard that wearables are "the next big thing." CIOs need to stay ahead of the wave by staking a claim in the wearables ecosystem through apps and always be asking: What do employees and customers need from wearables?
From http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/mobile-applications/how-enterprises-can-plan-for-wearables/d/d-id/1127827?piddl_msgid=205045#msg_205045, March 26, 2014
New Generation of Tech Innovations Aims to Help Elders Stay Healthy and Connected
Most of us think of start-up companies as primarily focused on younger customers for their business, but some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs see opportunities with a very different demographic. They are designing innovative products for seniors and their caregivers.
From http://www.netnebraska.org/node/906845, March 25, 2014
Watson Mobile Challenge to Usher in New Era of Development
In February at Mobile World Congress, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a first of its kind, global competition to encourage software developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge encourages the millions of mobile developers around the world to build sophisticated cognitive apps that can change the way consumers and businesses interact with data using mobile devices. For more insight on the challenge and app development trends in general, the Smarter Planet blog turned to Matt Gross, founder of Mobile Monday Boston, a community of nearly 8,000 professionals interested in mobile, and Mobile First Software, a mobile strategy consultancy.
From http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/03/watson-mobile-challenge-help-usher-new-era-development.html, March 25, 2014
USA: Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media – The User Experience
The National Council on Disability (NCD) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) want to hear from you! You are invited to participate in a national online dialogue running through April 4 that aims to explore the value of social media in the lives of people with disabilities, particularly around work, and to identify accessibility issues and creative approaches to making social media tools more accessible and usable for everyone. The information gathered from this dialogue will then help NCD and ODEP further collaborate with the social media industry to implement solutions and improve the accessibility of these online tools.
From http://NCD-ODEP.SocialMedia.ePolicyWorks.org, March 25, 2014
G3ict Releases Report on Copyrights and Third Party Captioning
G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, announced today the publication of a seminal report to inform the discussion of copyright issues in relation to third party captioning, highlighting conflicts between U.S. copyrights and disability legislation in an increasingly critical domain of accessibility.
From http://g3ict.org/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_77#sthash.k2Fncmrf.dpuf, March 24, 2014
How Accessibility Impacts Responsive Design
Sure the focus of responsive design is on the ability of the layout to adapt to the user’s screen. Such optimization makes it easier to read and navigate the content on different screen sizes by making the content “bend and move”. But there’s another critical aspect that must be considered in this design process: how are semantics and information relationships exposed to individuals employing assistive technology on different platforms? On touchscreen devices for instance, one cannot navigate down a column in a data tables like one does on a desktop. Differences in support for HTML / ARIA on different platforms devices also need to be taken into account during design and development.
From http://www.deque.com/blog/accessibility-impacts-responsive-design/, March 24, 2014
“More Than 80 Percent of People with Disabilities Use Wireless Everyday”
CITA, The Wireless Association representing the international wireless telecommunications industry, has a strong record in promoting mobile accessibility. We talked to Matthew Gerst, Director for State Regulatory & External Affairs at CTIA, about what they have achieved so far, how they see mobile accessibility evolving over the coming years and how GARI fits into it.
From http://blog.mobileaccessibility.info/2014/03/more-than-80-percent-of-people-with.html, March 21, 2014