Regal Cinemas Bringing Sony's Accessibility Technology to Nearly 6,000 Theaters
In a world where 3D (and now 4DX) is constantly trying to overwhelm your senses at theaters, it's important to remember that the basic needs of some moviegoers remain largely unmet. Over a year ago, Regal Cinemas announced plans to bring Sony Entertainment's Access System to its chain of digital theaters, and now that effort is picking up some real momentum. The Access System helps customers who may be hard of hearing, deaf, or blind. For the hearing impaired, specially designed glasses privately display closed captioned text directly in a wearer's sight for 2D as well as 3D movies. When headphones are plugged in, the system provides descriptive audio for those unable to make out what's happening on screen.
From http://zite.to/13C8Yoj, May 14, 2013
Samsung Claims Major Breakthrough in 5G Mobile Technology
Have you ever wished your smartphone was faster? Well, those dreams may become reality semi-soon as Samsung Electronics has just announced today its made a major breakthrough in developing technology for 5G mobile communication systems! These fifth-generation networks will provide data transmission up to several hundred times speedier than current 4G networks. Samsung's latest technology will allow users to transmit massively large data files including high quality digital movies "practically without limitation."
From http://dashburst.com/samsung-5g-mobile-technology-breakthrough/, May 14, 2013
USA Department of Labor: Helping Young People with Disabilities Successfully Transition from School to Work
Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing federal regulations and legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youths and young adults with disabilities. The U.S. departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration will host the event May 13-27, and they invite policymakers, service providers, the advocacy community and others to join this conversation to improve transition outcomes.
From http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20130819.htm, May 14, 2013
UK: Middlesex University Announces Course in Accessibility: PG Certificate in Design for Diversity in ICT
Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies qualifications are especially designed for those that want to develop their expertise within their current profession. The Design for Diversity in ICT course is intended to meet the needs of all ICT professionals and accessibility experts who wish to broaden their experience and gain recognition for their skills and expertise.
From http://www.accessiblebristol.org.uk/blog/l%C3%A9onie-watson/new-accessibility-qualification, May 10, 2013
NIDRR Announces Award Applications for Disability Research
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has announced award applications for a Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) and for Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs). Award applications are available for a DRRP for a Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Collaborative Research Project.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/award-applications-disability-research, May 10, 2013
App Helps Blind Photographers take the Perfect Snap
Blind and partially sighted people can now boost their photography skills, thanks to a smartphone camera app that bypasses the visual cues sighted people take for granted. Dustin Adams and colleagues at the University of California at Santa Cruz noted that people with impaired vision want to be able to snap pictures and show them to friends – just like anybody else does. But little research existed on what helps people with vision problems take better pictures.
From http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23516-app-helps-blind-photographers-take-the-perfect-snap.html, May 10, 2013
Sprint’s Dan Hesse, First Fortune 500 CEO to Address the Future of Mobile Technology at M-Enabling Summit
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd annual M-Enabling Summit, taking place June 6-7 in Washington, D.C. He will join Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) in opening the Summit which is focused on promoting and implementing accessible mobile communications and services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, a growing population of more than
one billion persons worldwide.
From http://m-enabling.com/press%20releases/Dan%20Hesse%20to%20Address%20Future%20of%20Mobile%20Technology.pdf, May 09, 2013
Serbian Telecom Operator to Provide Information in Sign Language
To meet the demands of all its customers, including people with hearing disabilities, Serbian operator Telekom Srbija has begun training their employees in Serbian sign language. The first of two groups of staff has begun a course in cooperation with the Association of Deaf Interpreters of Serbia.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/04/24/serbian-telecom-operator-to-provide-information-in-sign-language/, May 09, 2013
USA: Pearson Higher Education Commits to 100% Accessible Math by 2014
Rick Clinton, Accessibility Advocate and Leader at Pearson Higher Education, recently blogged in Accessible Mathematics: HTML eBooks about Pearson\'s work to create \"screen-readable\" eBook versions of their mathematics and statistics textbooks which are formatted in HTML and MathML. They have been gradually adding to this collection for a while, which now numbers 70 titles.
From http://accessiblemath.dessci.com/2013/04/pearson-higher-education-commits-to-100-accessible-math-by-2014.html, May 09, 2013
Cellphones Set to Outnumber People this Year
There will be more cellphone subscriptions than people in the world by the end of 2013 if the current rate of growth continues, according to a United Nations report. The report from the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union found that there were 6.8 billion cellphone subscriptions in the world, shared between 7.1 billion people. In 2005 there were some 2.2 billion subscriptions for 6.5 billion people.
From http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/2013/05/031946.htm, May 09, 2013