Apps, iPads Help Workers with Disabilities
Jonathan Avila uses his iPad in ways most people might not realize are possible: The device reads e-mail to him while he's traveling to work, tells him which way to walk when he is lost, and even lets him know if there's a sidewalk on the other side of the street. Avila needs these features because he's visually impaired.
From www.sfgate.com, August 10, 2011
Pakistan: Millions of Poor to Have Cell Numbers Under UN-backed Scheme
Three million poor people in South Asia and Africa, the majority of them women, will gain access to low-cost mobile phone numbers as part of technology firm Movirtu’s partnership with the U.N. initiative that enlists the private sector in efforts to fight poverty, it was announced. Instead of sharing a phone number with family members or neighbours, those provided with a Movirtu cloud phone number will be able to use any mobile phone to log in with their own unique number to make and receive individual calls and access critical information and services such as banking or agriculture support, a UN news release said.
From pakobserver.net, August 10, 2011
TechNews: New Roles and Skills for Cloud Computing
Clearly, cloud computing requires new skills inside of organizations that are moving to the cloud. We all get that. However, many companies have difficulty understanding exactly what those skills are, the scope required, and the timing. According to a recent survey covered by NetworkWorld, cloud adoption can run into resistance when stakeholders within an organization are unclear about how they’ll be affected by the migration.
From www.forbes.com, August 10, 2011
M-Enabling Summit to Co-locate at the 2011 mHealth Summit
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies (G3ict) today announced that the M-Enabling Summit, focused on mobile applications and services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, will co-locate with the 2011 mHealth Summit.
From PR Newswire, August 10, 2011
Mobile Connections to Hit the 5.6 Billion Mark
In a report, Gartner has predicted that worldwide mobile connections will reach 5.6 billion by the end of this year. It also expects mobile data services revenue to account for USD314.7 billion, which is a 22.5% increase from last year's $257 billion. The analysis firm also suggests that mobile data traffic will increase significantly due to a migration towards smartphones and tablets. Moreover, worldwide mobile connections will grow steadily, reaching 7.4 billion by 2015. In the same year, mobile data revenues will be expected to reach USD552 billion.
From www.techtree.com, August 09, 2011
Nokia Introduces Voice-to-Text Messaging on Windows Phones
Nokia unveiled plans to install a voice-to-text feature on its upcoming Windows Phones, as the company looks to brighten its fortunes by catching up in the smartphone market.
From www.mobiledia.com, August 09, 2011
Product: The Apple iPad's Secret Abilities
The Apple tablet is helping people with disabilities by reading e-mails, voicing directions, and zooming in on text.
From www.businessweek.com, August 09, 2011
Electronic Health Records Benefit Patients
More hospitals and doctors' offices are using health information technology (health IT). And that's good news for patients. One of the most popular uses of health IT is the electronic health record. These records put your health information — medical history, medicines, allergies, test results and more — in one place. This saves you and your medical team time. It also reduces the chance of an error — such as getting a drug you're allergic to. A complete electronic health record is particularly helpful in an emergency.
From www.aarp.org, August 09, 2011
Feature: Communicating with the Deaf and Speech Impaired
One of the most important cases that affect business owners in New Jersey is a case where a deaf patient repeatedly requested that her doctor hire a sign language interpreter. When the doctor refused to provide a sign language interpreter after repeated requests over a period of some 18 months, the deaf patient sued. At the end of the trial, the jury awarded $400,000 to the deaf patient. To learn more about this case, see NJ Doctor Sued for Refusing to Provide ASL Interpretation, Doctor Liable for Not Providing Sign Language Interpreter, and The Price of Disability Law.
From stoloff-law.com, August 08, 2011
mHealth: India Turns to Mobile Phones in Bid to Improve Vaccination Rate
India’s health minister announced a new initiative underway to boost the country’s rate of immunizing newborns by collecting mobile phone numbers of all pregnant mothers to monitor their babies’ vaccinations.
From blogs.wsj.com, August 08, 2011