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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

Mobile Accessibility: Building the Barclays Mobile Banking App
AbilityNet recently accredited Barclays' latest version of its Mobile Banking App - the first time our accessibility accreditation has been given to an app. The app was re-launched in late 2014 to provide full banking services to millions of Barclays customers via their smartphones and tablets. This webinar will explain the process behind the development of the app, which has been completely redesigned, with accessibility built in at every stage.
From http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinar/mobile-accessibility-building-barclays-mobile-banking-app, February 05, 2015

Apple Watch App for Tesla Cars will Allow Drivers to Control Their Vehicle Directly From Their Wrists
If you’re the owner of a luxury Tesla electric car that just isn’t fulfilling your desire for cutting-edge technology, look no further than a new app for the Apple Watch. Never mind that the Apple Watch hasn’t been released yet — app developers are already preparing for its launch. Software company Eleks Labs has created an Apple Watch app that lets you control your Tesla car from your wrist.
From http://www.bustle.com/articles/62522-apple-watch-app-for-tesla-cars-will-allow-drivers-to-control-their-vehicle-directly-from-their, February 05, 2015

USA: Advancing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Today, the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative hosted the White House Summit on Disability and Employment. The Summit provided businesses, philanthropies, and disability advocates with information about new and existing Federal resources designed to help employers hire more individuals with disabilities, including the new Resource Guide for Employers. The Summit also offered opportunities for attendees to share their experiences in diversifying their workforce through effective strategies to successfully recruit, hire, promote, and retain employees with disabilities.
From http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/03/advancing-employment-opportunities-people-disabilities, February 04, 2015

Pakistan: Leading the Way for Women and Girls with Disabilities
She is often called the shining hope for people with disabilities. Abia Akram, age 30, is an educated woman, and proud of the two Master’s degrees she holds. She personifies the cause she champions: that education can be the catalyst in a world where those with disabilities are not always taken seriously. The first female with disabilities from Pakistan to win the much sought after U.K. Government’s Chevening scholarship, Akram has continued to push for change, altering antiquated notions of disability. She is the first woman from Pakistan, and the first woman with disabilities to be nominated as the Coordinator for Commonwealth Young Disabled People’s Forum and is also the chair of the Youth Council of UNICEF.
From http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2015/2/woa-pakistan-abia-akram#sthash.SDtK1XSb.dpuf, February 04, 2015

A Global Tour of Transformative Urban ICT Hubs
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are almost ubiquitously acknowledged as a transformative element to overcoming poverty. In Global South cities where limited Internet access threatens ICTs' potential, the development of technology hubs is emerging as a solution. Some hubs serve to allow the urban poor to access the Internet, train in computer skills, and reap their benefits. Other hubs cater to innovation, working with exciting social enterprises to hone their skills and professionalism to create successful businesses. In this blog post, we travel from Nairobi and Lagos to Delhi and Cairo to examine a diverse selection of ICT centers that serve a social purpose.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josephine-dallant/a-global-tour-of-transfor_b_6598432.html?ir=India, February 04, 2015

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