India: Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations to be Accessible by December 31
Suburban stations in Mumbai would be made accessible for persons with disabilities and have facilities like low height ticket counters by December 31, Railways today told the Bombay High Court. The Railway authorities assured the court that facilities for commuters with disabilities would be provided at suburban stations by December 31.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/02/mumbai-suburban-stations-to-be-accessible-by-december-31/, March 04, 2015
USA: AT&T to Link its Connected Car and Smart Home Tech
AT&T will link its connected car and smart home technologies to bolster its foothold in the fast-growing market for internet-connected devices, a new battleground for the company and rivals ranging from Verizon to Google. The wireless company's home security and automation service 'Digital Life' and connected car service 'Drive' will be integrated so users can control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles, Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility told Reuters last week ahead of the company's announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/ATT-to-link-its-connected-car-and-smart-home-tech/articleshow/46439822.cms, March 04, 2015
The Growing Importance of ICT in Education
Jim Stearns, Deputy Principal at the Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS), has highlighted the increasing significance and benefits of applying technology in education. Speaking to a group of academic specialists at the GESS Lead Meet education event at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, Mr Stearns said technology has become a crucial facilitator in delivering world-class education.
From https://www.zawya.com/story/The_growing_importance_of_ICT_in_education-ZAWYA20150303063614/, March 03, 2015
UAE Central Bank to Release Banknotes in Braille
The UAE Central Bank will soon release Dh100 and Dh50 bank notes that have been reprinted in Braille to enable people who are blind or have low vision to recognize the value of the currency.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/03/uae-central-bank-to-release-banknotes-in-braille/, March 03, 2015
IBM Helps Developers Design Mobile Apps for People With Disabilities
IBM researchers have created a new tool for iOS and Android mobile applications expected to potentially benefit as many as one billion people with disabilities worldwide, including those who are vision and hearing disabilities, as well as the elderly. The new Mobile Accessibility Checker is an automated test to help strengthen the accessibility features of mobile applications.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/03/ibm-helps-developers-design-mobile-apps-for-people-with-disabilities/, March 03, 2015
Wireless Technology Helps People With Vision Disabilities
People who are blind or have low vision often have to rely on others for help with basic life tasks such as matching clothing, distinguishing bills or reading a menu at a restaurant. There’s some technology that can help, but it often involves purchasing expensive devices or carrying around specific equipment for each purpose. That’s all about to change. After several years of trials and testing at one of the most well-known institutes for people who are blind and ongoing work and coordination with respected industry organizations, VelaSense by Visus, a first-of-its-kind technology with potentially life-changing benefits for the visually-impaired, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers with Android smartphones.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/02/wireless-technology-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities/, March 03, 2015
Microsoft Windows 10 Settings Menu: The Ease of Access tab
The Ease of Access tab is where you'll find most of Windows' accessibility settings -- if you're looking for a high-contrast theme or closed captioning options, you'll find them here. This section is similar to the Ease of Access section in Windows 8's PC settings menu (Charms bar > Settings > Change PC settings > Ease of Access), but with an extra section for Closed captioning.
From http://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-settings-menu-the-ease-of-access-tab/, March 02, 2015
Australia Lags Behind on ICT Innovation: NICTA
Australia’s peak ICT research group, NICTA (National ICT Australia) has warned that Australia is lagging behind on building its knowledge capital and investments in innovation. NICTA's technology strategist, Dean Economou, notes that Australia is “going backwards” in terms of its technology capability and business innovation. Economou, a keynote speaker at the recent Tech Leaders Forum in the Blue Mountains, observed that Australia is a world leader is terms of its investments in physical capital. But as a developed nation, the country is falling behind on its knowledge base, and intellectual capital.
From http://www.cio.com.au/article/569248/australia-lags-behind-ict-innovation-nicta/, March 02, 2015
Qatar: Call for Aspiring ICT Entrepreneurs, Start-ups to Join ictQATAR's Digital Incubation Center
Young tech-savvy citizens and residents of Qatar who have innovative technology-related ideas, have a fledgling ICT start-up, or who are ready to start an ICT company are urged to apply to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology's Digital Incubation Center (DIC).
From http://bit.ly/1EEo4NG, March 02, 2015
Interactive Transcript Makes Your Video Searchable, SEO-Friendly, and More Engaging
Adding an interactive transcript to your website allows your users to interact with your video in an entirely new way. Users can search the video and navigate by clicking on any word to jump to that exact point. It’s also a great way to make your video accessible and broaden your audience reach with the use of translations. You’ll see a significant SEO benefit because search engines will be able to index all of the spoken content instead of just the video title and tags.
From http://bit.ly/1GFmSch, March 02, 2015