ATFAQ038 Q1 iOS 10 Accessibility Features Q2 Odin Phone Q3 x10 alternatives

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadShow notes:Panel: Brian Norton, Josh Anderson, Belva Smith, and Wade WinglerQ1. iOS 10 Accessibility Features Q2. Odin Phone Q3. x-10 alternatives Q4. OCR on smartphones Q5. AT Hashtags Q6. Wildcard Question: Fixing friends computers——-transcript follows ——WADE WINGLER: Welcome to ATFAQ, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions with your host Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads. This is a show in which we address your questions about assistive technology, the hardware, software, tools and gadgets that help people with disabilities lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Have a question you’d like answered on our show? Send a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ, call our listener line at 317-721-7124, or send us an email at The world of assistive technology has questions, and we have answers. And now here’s your host, Brian Norton.BRIAN NORTON: Hello, and welcome to ATFAQ episode 38. Super excited two of them into the studio today three of my good friends and colleagues. First one is Belva Smith. Belva is kind of the guru of everything vision and sensory related here at Easter Seals crossroads. Belva, you want to say hey?BELVA SMITH: Hey everybody.WADE WINGLER: She’s like Yoda. The Yoda of vision stuff.BRIAN NORTON: Also want to welcome into the studio Josh Anderson. Josh is the manager of clinical AT here and super excited you have them with us as well.JOSH ANDERSON: Hey everybody.BRIAN NORTON: And also Wade Wingler. Wade is our third panelist today. He is the popular host of AT update and I want to welcome you.WADE WINGLER: Hey guys. We have good news and bad news. I’m just taking your show away from you right away. Belva won the chili cookoff today. Belva brought chili with bacon and stuff in it so that’s a good news. The bad news is we all ate chili about an hour ago.BRIAN NORTON: I’m in a food coma.WADE WINGLER: We have two leaders of caffeine beverages in the studio today. They are popping now because the air pressure is changing in the room.BRIAN NORTON: I’ve got drool coming out of my mouth. They put a plastic sheet over my microphone.BELVA SMITH: Dan was asking for the recipe, and I was like it’s a pinch of this.BRIAN NORTON: It’s a secret.WADE WINGLER: That’s no fun.BRIAN NORTON: We are going to do the best we can today.WADE WINGLER: I meant to say, hi everybody! Glad to be here.BRIAN NORTON: For those who are new listeners to our show —WADE WINGLER: We apologize.BELVA SMITH: And I notice Brian has a two liter of Dr Pepper.BRIAN NORTON: We needed caffeine today, something to keep us awake. For new listeners, I want to let you guys know little bit about the show and how it works. This is a question and answer show where we receive feedback and questions from across a variety of different means, questions specifically related to assistive technology. We received those throughout the week and set around in a panel, just the folks that are here today that he introduced. We try to answer those questions together. If you are interested in asking a question for providing some feedback, give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124. You can also email us at Or you can send us a tweet over Twitter with the hashtag ATFAQ. We monitor all of those different channels and collect that information and put that on the show the following episode. If you’re looking for our sure what to tell us about the show, you can find us on iTunes, on our website at, also through Stitcher As we go through and answer questions, we are looking for feedback. We want listener participation. We set around here as a panel and try to answer the questions as best we can but we know you guys also have great answers. Please let us know if you guys have other information to chime in with, we want to be able to play that on our next episode so that we can get the folks that are asking questions good information and well-rounded information. Please participate.***Today I think we are going to jump in. We had a couple of questions over the past few weeks where some new information, some new things have come out. If you don’t know, we are going to tell you today, that iOS 10 came out. A new version of the iWatch came out. Apple made their big announcements for products for the upcoming year at their worldwide developers conference. A couple of questions that we had in the past I think have some new answers. One question that we had gone was from a person who is blind asking about a waterproof watch he could use. We mentioned that the Apple Watch at that time was only water resistant, so I believe if you try it out and it wasn’t working for he was hesitant to use it because it was water resistant and not waterproof. But it is my understanding that now the Apple Watch 2 is waterproof so it may offer a whole new option for him as far as a waterproof watch. Is that accurate? Is that what I understand?WADE WINGLER: That’s what I understand as well, that the new Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant to 30 meters or 50 meters or something like that. I forget the number but it’s basically like your regular dive watch in terms of water resistance. Even in the video that I saw where they announced it, they had this crazy machine that had a whole bunch of Apple Watch is dipping them, rotating and dipping them in water. It was supposed to be simulating swimming for 50 years straight wearing your Apple Watch. It would survive the amount of water. It’s supposed to be quite watertight this time.BELVA SMITH: Awesome. I’m glad we were able to get that for him. Well, get that information for him I should say.BRIAN NORTON: Really there aren’t a whole lot of options for folks who are blind or visually impaired for an accessible watch to be able to use. What a great thing for the new Apple Watch that came out to be able to provide that for him. Another option that came out was with the new iOS update. I think last week we tackle the question regarding voicemail transcription in our last show. I think it’s worth mentioning that in the new iOS update, depending on your cell phone provider, you can now get voicemail transcriptions. I know Josh, you are mentioning that you downloaded the new iOS update and you’ve seen that. What’s been your experience so far?JOSH ANDERSON: It works pretty good. Any transfer option, is that 100 percent good at everything but it’s really nice if I’m sitting there in a meeting with someone, the phone goes off, I can look down and get an idea of who called and how important that voicemail is. It does a pretty good job. It just pops right up. The only issue I’ve seen is it takes about 3 to 5 minutes for that to show up. If you have a missed call, you have about 3 to 5 minutes until your voicemail even pops up on the phone.BRIAN NORTON: They are probably doing some processing behind the scenes to make that work for you.WADE WINGLER: Is that on AT&T?JOSH ANDERSON: Yep.WADE WINGLER: I’ve got the new iOS and I have a voicemail a couple of hours ago, and is not doing it.BRIAN NORTON: My understanding is – I’m not getting them as he is as well.WADE WINGLER: I’m not popular like he is.JOSH ANDERSON: Have you seen my name tag out there?WADE WINGLER: Captain wonderful?BRIAN NORTON: Captain awesome. My understanding is that you have to listen to the voicemail and then the transcription comes up , maybe I’m wrong and that as well. I know in my phone I’m having the same issue where I’m not getting the voicemail transcriptions. I’ve tried to look it up on the web them and I’m not seeing it 100 percent, but I’m very interested that I have the same phone you do, Josh, and we are on the same plan and it should work but is not coming across on my phone.BELVA SMITH: It does depend upon your carrier. Not all carriers are providing that service.BRIAN NORTON: That is my understanding. I know Verizon also offers it, but I think it is dependent upon your provider.BELVA SMITH: There must be a setting that has to be turned on.WADE WINGLER: Maybe it’s that. I’m playing a voicemail right now. Maybe it’ll come up with the transcript.BELVA SMITH: I haven’t done the update. My phone just showed that this morning. As of yesterday it wasn’t showing up.BRIAN NORTON: That’s interesting. I’ve had the iOS update since day one.BELVA SMITH: But was day one? Two weeks ago?BRIAN NORTON: Was it last Tuesday?BELVA SMITH: I know some folks in Illinois were saying that they had it two weeks ago.BRIAN NORTON: All really?BELVA SMITH: Yeah.WADE WINGLER: The beta came out before that but the day of the rollout, I actually saw a tweet that showed the time zones. It would say based on the city you are in it, here is the release time. It would say the 1200 hour, 1300 hrs., or whatever. It all came out on the same day or within 24 hours.JOSH ANDERSON: When it does come up, it does say transcription beta. Maybe it’s just not push through to everybody.BELVA SMITH: It is because it is still beta.JOSH ANDERSON: Underneath it it says it was this transcript and useful or not useful? You can click on it, and it says do you want to submit it to them to see how it is doing.BELVA SMITH: So maybe not everyone is getting it. Josh, maybe you are the lucky one.BRIAN NORTON: Captain awesome always gets the best bells and whistles.JOSH ANDERSON: Apple is now reading my voicemails.BRIAN NORTON: I do find it, as far as the accessibility piece of that , folks who are deaf or hard of hearing, being able to hear the voicemail along with seeing text – because I’m sure the transcription like you mentioned is asking you to rate, was it useful or not. I’m sure the transcript and doesn’t get 100 percent accuracy. Having the audio file with the text probably needs to be coincided with each other. What a great thing to be able to have a real visual voicemail.BELVA SMITH: I think the biggest thing for me is being able to see the phone number. Like I said when we talked about it before, people tend to say their own phone numbers so fast that oftentimes I’ll have to replay the message a couple of time to catch the phone number. Just being able to see it will be great.JOSH ANDERSON: Another thing that is nice is when the phone number comes through, you can touch it with a quick touch and calls them right back. It makes it a whole lot easier than trying to find something to write it down or remember while you’re going back and forth and typing it into the phone.BELVA SMITH: That’s awesome.WADE WINGLER: Since we are off track, do you guys know about the app called mobile day?BRIAN NORTON: No.WADE WINGLER: I’m on tons of conference calls. It’s part of my job. Several times a week I’m dialing into some number where you dial an 800 number and then dial the code compound, announce yourself and all that kind of stuff. Mobile day is a free app that tries to sell you something, I forget what it try to sell you. Basically you install it on your iPhone. It scans your calendar for anything that has an appointment and some sort of phone number in it in a conference call Bridge. It is smart enough to figure out based on that phone number, that is a certain calling service. It will dial the number and punching all the codes for you and get you all the way into the call. You just fire up the mobile day app and hit the forward bone throughout your day. When it finds when it can do it with, you had the dial button and all of a sudden it takes off, dials it, posit the right amount of seconds to wait and put the numbers in and you are in the call and don’t have to do that thing where you are trying to drive and jot down the number and listen or look at an email and write down the number and type it in. It’s much better. Mobile day.BRIAN NORTON: I’ll have to write that one down. It sounds interesting. This talk about iOS 10 and the new features with the new products Apple is coming out with, can lead us into our first question. One of the questions that came through is specifically related to iOS and the new update. It was, what accessibility features are you most excited about in the new iOS update? I’ll throw that out to everybody. What new features, specifically the accessibility features, are you most excited about in the new iOS update?WADE WINGLER: Brian, you are on local television about this last week.BELVA SMITH: I was going to say, Brian, you go ahead and go and I will bust your bubble.BRIAN NORTON: Last week we had the ABC affiliate and the NBC affiliate here in Indiana, Indianapolis Indiana out to do a story about the iOS update. I was it for everybody it was really exciting, but we kind of pitched the idea about how exciting it is for the accessibility features. Really the things that set out to me and I tried to bring up in the show’s or stories that we did with them were I am really super excited about the predictive text messaging, how it is using deep learning with the keyboard, and based on what was texted to you it will actually give you really predictive options as far as automated responses. If someone does text you and say what do you want for dinner, chicken and fish, above your keyboard you will have chicken, fish, or nothing, or something else already there for you. It is using deep learning on the keyboard to give you better understanding, help you make more automated responses instead of having to type everything out. I thought that was a little bit mind blowing to me to see how they can make that work. I believe as he used it, it gets better and better as well.Another feature that stood out to me is the display accommodations, is a new area underneath the accessibility tab, where you are able to set up color filters. It will tent your screen so when you’re reading text, and email, a webpage, or the things, it will tent the back end of the screen, the background, so it will help that text and not to you. If you have a learning disability or any type of print disability, having contrast and color schemes and options that can help you better read and navigate and use the phone when reading text. Those are two areas that stuck out to me. I’m excited.JOSH ANDERSON: Something I noticed from using it. We just talked about the captions which was really helpful. One thing I found really helpful was I keep the size of most of the things on my phone pretty large, just as it easy to read and see in the car. It seems like a lot of places that you go over, such as settings, everything stayed the same size. I notice now everything is much larger. Even the text in settings and other parts, it has really changed and it makes it so much easier to see those things.BRIAN NORTON: Excellent.JOSH ANDERSON: I haven’t had a lot of time to play with the other apps yet. Belva?BELVA SMITH: One of the things I’ve heard about but haven’t seen yet because I still don’t have it; I’m hearing you can unlock the phone without having to do the swipe. You actually said the name of what they were calling that.WADE WINGLER: Lift to unlock?BRIAN NORTON: Now you just have to pick your phone up and it will bring up your interface for you.BELVA SMITH: That’s also for our folks that have difficulty with this wiping. I know I’ve had several clients that have trouble with that. However, doesn’t that kind of remove my privacy?WADE WINGLER: It doesn’t unlock it for you. Right now when you want to unlock your iPhone, you have to hit the button to turn it on and then put your finger on the thumb pad to unlock it. It won’t unlock it, it’ll just bring up the lock screen for you so you can look at it. You still have to unlock it.BELVA SMITH: So I still have to swipe?JOSH ANDERSON: There is no swipe. You just push the home button. The Mac that’s what I was thinking.JOSH ANDERSON: So if you have fingerprint recognition, you just put your thumb on there and pushed the button and it will unlock it. Or you put in the code and pushed the home button.WADE WINGLER: It only works on 6S and newer. Every phone is going to have the thing up and read her in it. You just have your finger on the home button or on the fingerprint reader, and when you lift it up it will turn on for you.BELVA SMITH: That was exciting. However, for all of my folks that maybe using voiceover and especially for those that are using voiceover with a braille display –BRIAN NORTON: This is where she’s going to rain on my parade.BELVA SMITH: This is where the public gets busted. As always, they are just a little bit behind getting everything to work but I’m confident that they will. Maybe some of these issues have already been addressed because as of the 17th, has a list of some of the series bugs and moderate bugs. None of them are really going to keep you from being able to use the phone. More than anything they’re going to be frustrating. Your braille display will have a little bit of trouble keeping up with the voiceover. Voiceover isn’t going to announce everything the way we are used to hearing it. One of the biggest issues that I’ve had people complaining about is the inability to unlock the phone by putting in their code because voiceover is not reading the numbers. Sometimes it is reading, instead of one it will say ABC, so most of the folks can figure out what number they need by the letters. Again the information that was updated on the 17th, and we are at the 19th now. I’m sure that some of these things have arty been addressed. I highly recommend if you are using the voiceover, go ahead and go to AppleVis and check out the things to be aware of. Or just wait another week or so. I’m sure it will be good.BRIAN NORTON: That’s kind of the nature of the beast with adaptive technology. How long do you wait when the new update comes out. They really worked out the bugs they didn’t think of when they were beta testing and using that software.BELVA SMITH: One of the things they say on the AppleVis website is this is a small team of folks that they have working on this. There’s no way that they can address everything right away. It’s going to take time.WADE WINGLER: I was a little bit excited about the magnifier, the basic CCTV in a box or in your iPhone kind of thing. That wasn’t too bad. I played around with it. It has some basic judgments and I know a lot of people who just use their camera in the past and pinching him to do something similar, but I thought the controls were a little more intuitive and it gives you color divert and other things are kind of cool. That was nice.BRIAN NORTON: I was impressed with that.JOSH ANDERSON: Another thing I like about it, it’s not really accessible, but you can delete the stock apps now. You don’t have to keep those Apple apps that you aren’t going to use that you don’t really want and can actually go ahead and delete most of those off there.BRIAN NORTON: Wow, I didn’t realize that. That’s cool.JOSH ANDERSON: Makes it really nice. Frees up space, especially for folks who just use it for a magnifier or other things. You can get those out of the way.BRIAN NORTON: I’m really kind of excited about the Apple Watch coming out. There are a couple of features in the Apple Watch that seem pretty intuitive.WADE WINGLER: Guys, during the chili cookoff today I got my text message that says the Apple Watch was shipped today.BELVA SMITH: And you are still here? Oh, it’s just been shipped.WADE WINGLER: It hasn’t arrived.BRIAN NORTON: You got to go find the metal container on the boat to find it.WADE WINGLER: Exactly. Yeah, there are a couple of Apple Watch things that are interesting. First of all, waterproof matters because that’s going to make it easier for everybody. But a couple of things I thought were interesting were the one touch emergency calls you can hold down one button on the watch and have it dialed emergency services like 911 and/or you can put in three programmed contacts, so you can have it call the three people that you want to be alerting when you are sick or there is an emergency. It’ll send your GPS signal or something like that.BRIAN NORTON: That’s so cool. One of the questions I get a lot from folks is is there an alert system I can get, something mobile, easy to use. They are all tied to — you have to pay for a service.BELVA SMITH: We’ve had that question.BRIAN NORTON: I’m really excited about that.WADE WINGLER: The one thing is I don’t know if it works or not because you can’t fully test it. Hi, number one? Just testing here. I really did want to call my sister and why to see what it does when I hit the emergency button, but I’m nervous about doing that.JOSH ANDERSON: Will we try on the podcast one day?WADE WINGLER: We could do that. We can have the FBI or local police come in and drag you off. They would like that. The other Apple Watch thing, Brian, you wanted to point out was the wheelchair fitness tracker. Much like a step tracker for folks who are ambulating on their feet, there’s nothing for wheelchair fitness because wheelchairs don’t have that footstep cadence that gets a odometer to do its thing. You can now keep track of your “steps” or fitness activity even when you are in a power wheelchair.BELVA SMITH: Awesome.BRIAN NORTON: Super cool. I just want to go to more things out there and if anybody else has something else. I’m really excited about the Siri Kit and the Map Kit that app developers are going to be able to tie into and actually built in Siri to their particular apps, allowing Siri to access information within their apps, and then the maps as well being able to build an Apple maps to help them coincide and exist within other apps. I’m super excited about how that’s going to hopefully make apps be able to do a little bit more than what they’ve done in the past.BELVA SMITH: Maybe Apple could get Siri to work with creating a new contact.BRIAN NORTON: Maybe.BELVA SMITH: That would be really helpful.BRIAN NORTON: That’s one thing I’ve always been confused as to why he didn’t do that. The other one is the home kit app. Now on your home screen or one of the apps that does now is called home kit. Having one location for you to be able to kind of then interact with your environment and do some home automation types of things is helpful for everybody. I’m excited about that stuff too.BELVA SMITH: Like maybe unlock the door, locked the door, that kind of thing?BRIAN NORTON: Yeah, to be able to control appliances, turn things on and off, fans, lights.BELVA SMITH: They are making that Apple Watch more and more irresistible, right?BRIAN NORTON: That’s with your phone. That’s not a watch thing. That’s just the phone. Super excited about that.BELVA SMITH: They changed the sizes on the new phones. Did you hear that?BRIAN NORTON: No.WADE WINGLER: No.BELVA SMITH: They did away with the —BRIAN NORTON: Oh, the different memory?JOSH ANDERSON: Sixteen gigabytes is gone. 32 is the smallest you can get.BELVA SMITH: It goes from 32 to 128.BRIAN NORTON: 132 is really just 26.WADE WINGLER: Because of the system stuff.BELVA SMITH: I was like, okay?BRIAN NORTON: If you ever look in the memory on your phone, I’ve always looked at a 16 gig phone that I thought, really only has 11 available. It’s always like, they gypped me.WADE WINGLER: Microsoft started that years ago. You buy a computer with “X” size hard drive but you have to remember Windows takes up so much of it.BELVA SMITH: That was one of the questions that I had in a different group last week, is it going to be justifiable to say that a person using different accessible features and things and apps, are we going to be able to justify the 128 because before they’ve never – we’ve never gone that big.WADE WINGLER: You’re talking about when you recommend them for various folks with disabilities? We are becoming a more immediate environment. That’s the way technology is. We just use more gigabytes all the time.BRIAN NORTON: I wonder if app developers as they built in things to be able to use it with Siri, to be able to use it with maps, if they are going to be apps in general that will need more space.BELVA SMITH: That’s what I’m thinking.BRIAN NORTON: I don’t know. That’ll be interesting.***BRIAN NORTON: So don’t forget, if you have feedback, if there are accessibility features you are super excited about, or you have any other feedback or questions, please give us a call on our listener line. That’s 317-721-7124. We love to hear from you.Our next question is a voicemail and I’m going to have us play that message.SPEAKER: This is Alina Silva and my question is to do with the Odin phone produced by Odin Mobile. I understand that they made some upgrades on it. I like more information about that. The reason I did not purchase the phone is because when I called in, they said I could not connect it to the computer to download ring tones. It only comes with three basic ring tones. I’d like to know what upgrades have been made to that phone. Also any other phone that is completely accessible without using the touchscreen. If you have any information about that, because I’m not really enthusiastic about buying a phone that is touchscreen. Any other information about telephones would be appreciated. Thank you.BELVA SMITH: I can start off with that one if you want, Brian.BRIAN NORTON: Go ahead.BELVA SMITH: I’ve actually recommended the phone a couple of times. As far as whether or not you can add different ring tones, I’m going to have to say I don’t know about that. It does announce who’s calling. As long as I have Brian and Josh and Wade in my phone, when the phone rings it will say call from Brian or call from Josh. So I know who’s calling by listening to it. It is very simple to use. It literally has like five buttons. Not all the carriers offer the service plan for it, but the service plans are usually very reasonable like $35 per month for voice and texting. But I will say some of the places what you to pay the $35 for the basic plan and then they’ll charge you if you happen to go over your limited amount of data. Be aware, be wary of those kinds of situations because you usually end up paying way more than what you should. But I would suggest that if you would like to get your hands on one of those phones, going in someplace where the phone is carried or contacting in data here in Indiana, our state –BRIAN NORTON: Assistive Technology Act program.BELVA SMITH: Yeah. They will be able to give you the opportunity to at least see the phone. If you see it from your state’s AT Act, you are probably not going to be able to see it in action because they probably don’t have a data plan with it. But I think Sears at one time was carrying it, so you might be able to go into your local Sears and see it. The folks that I’ve recommended it for have been just like the caller. They wanted absolutely nothing to do with the touchscreen. They didn’t need it to do the Internet and all that stuff. They just wanted to be able to text and get their phone calls with voice. It does that very well.BRIAN NORTON: Great.WADE WINGLER: For folks who aren’t familiar, is their website. They are a phone company, mobile provider, who specifically does mobile phones for people who are blind or visually impaired. I’m looking at their website right now – we are recording on September 19 – and it looks like most of their phones are out of stock. The only available is the one they call Imporia Essence, which does have five ring tones – so for how: was from a ring tones, there are five – but it doesn’t look like it is where you can download your own and do that. I think one of the service here is this is a very simplified accessible phone. It intentionally doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, so when you talk about things like the ability to download your own ring tones, that starting to get into the bells and whistles built territory. I think there’s a balance. I would encourage the caller to use folks who are using touchscreen phones and try those and get a little more experience with them. If you really are looking for features and accessibility, give it a chance because smart phones today, especially iPhones and android phones, have so many features, and you can shut off the stuff that you don’t want an really rely on the things that you do want. The experience is getting better all the time. There’s just so much more you can do.BELVA SMITH: You are exactly right. I just had someone say to me the other day, how could a blind person possibly use an iPhone? I was shocked it was like, wait a minute, what do you mean? You really don’t realize that a blind person can use an iPhone? It’s so normal for me now.BRIAN NORTON: Is the number one tool I think that folks use at this point.BELVA SMITH: I think Wade’s exactly right. I think if she’s got a little bit of fear of that, she might want to talk to someone who is using it and maybe see that it’s not that scary.BRIAN NORTON: I just want to throw out there just a couple of options. I agree: getting more familiar and more comfortable with touch screens is great. There were a couple of other options. I went to the American foundation for the blind and they do a really good job of different articles and helping people sort through all of the accessibility features of different types of devices. I found an article they did on accessible featured phones for people with vision impairments. Along with the Odin, there are a couple of other Kyocera phones. The Kyocera Kona and Kyocera Verve were all once they recommended as the phones that stood out as far as their feature sets for folks who are blind or visually impaired. Two other non-touchscreen phones Kyocera Kona and Kyocera Verve. I just want to throw those out to you as well.***BRIAN NORTON: Don’t forget to send us your questions and feedback if you have any additional information about accessible phones for the blind or visually impaired, or had a question that pops into your mind as we were going to that one. Please give us an email at We would look forward to receiving that and including your feedback or any other of your questions that you might have in our next few shows.Our next question is I have a client who uses X 10 modules throughout his own to control various appliances, and we’re looking to upgrade them with current technologies. And it suggests on what and where we need to look for those types of devices?WADE WINGLER: I’m going to get us a can of worms sound effect when we get questions like that.BRIAN NORTON: That opens up a bunch of different options.BELVA SMITH: My first question is – appliances. That narrows it down, right? Do they have to be newer appliances to use some of the newer technologies, or can they still be a 10-year-old appliances?BRIAN NORTON: I think it’s a little tricky. That’s part of the cans of warm. What kinds of appliances are talking about? When you talk about X 10 modules, a lot of those are things that turn on and off. Lamps, fans, we have a disco ball in our lab.WADE WINGLER: Light switches and thermostats.BRIAN NORTON: So there’s typically on and off. You get an on button, and off button. Anything that has a simple switch to it. But then you get things like stoves and other things. With the computerized interfaces those have to it, there is more accessibility and way to tap into that to be able to control those differently. X 10 modules, I will tell you, our basic modules. Most of the time I think those are just on-and-off settings. I’m thinking fans, lights, those types of devices.WADE WINGLER: And there are extent compatible thermostats, so there are smarter devices that are asked and compatible. But the biggest thing I think to think about is how do these things communicate with one another? The reason I say can of worms is I find them in general to be unreliable. That’s true with X 10, the Wi-Fi stuff. In general, I found problems with reliability for all of these devices for years. That’s the can of worms. Do you want to give a quick overview of the different types of conductivity that there are or different devices?BRIAN NORTON: X 10 controls often use what is called RF, radiofrequency, signals. You’ll have transmitters and receivers spread out throughout your home. They use radiofrequency to communicate with each other.WADE WINGLER: And they rely on the wiring in your house. They run over the circuitry in your house.BELVA SMITH: It’s my opinion that those are some more reliable than some of the newer things that are relying on your Wi-Fi.BRIAN NORTON: The reason that is the perception because a lot of the newer things are Internet-based, so they require a solid Wi-Fi signal. Having good coverage and good conductivity with regard to Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi is intermittent, what is your signal. That can cause a lot of issues. We actually have here in our building a sensory room that is the perfect example of the trouble you can get into with these types of controls. This particular room used to be a fab lab, so we used to fabricate different types of things in this room. Each wall is on a different circuit. Right now we’ve got extra controllers in there and those extra controllers use that the circuitry in the wall to communicate with each other. Because all three walls are in different circuits, one wall communicates with one wall. It doesn’t communicate with the other things around the room. We’ve got transmitters and receivers spread out there that it is just saturated with X 10 modules all over the place to make sure that we get the conductivity we want.WADE WINGLER: The old-school way to do with those different circuits is to put circuit breaker bridges between the breakers and the fuse back. You actually figure out these are the three circuits in the room and you put these wire jumpers from one to the next to get them to communicate. That gets a little deeper than we usually go with environmental control systems. We don’t do a ton of it.BRIAN NORTON: We are not hiring electricians to come out with us and why those things up and do those kinds of things.BELVA SMITH: Sage technologies would do something like that, right?WADE WINGLER: That’s one of the wonders that we know that would spend some time making that happen for sure. Wi-Fi was supposed to fix that, right? WeMo and all the stuff from Apple and smart things, Samsung stuff, that stuff was all specific stuff.BRIAN NORTON: Right. But in all of those things rely on that Wi-Fi signal and we all know that Wi-Fi signal comes and goes. When you want to turn the light on or when you need to turn light on or do something, it’s just got to work. Reliability then becomes your issue.WADE WINGLER: We will get it up and go. We will make it work. We’ll get the lab set up. It’s doing all this great stuff and it’s reliable. You come back a week later to give a tour and nothing works.JOSH ANDERSON: Because it’s all disconnected from the Wi-Fi.BELVA SMITH: is like my clients who want to use their printers Wi-Fi rather than using the cable. I always tell them this is a good option; however, you’re going to be using conductivity. You are going to be redoing your router, reconnecting it. If you can hardwire it, it seems to me it’s going to be more dependable.BRIAN NORTON: I’m excited to see where it goes because they can only get better. The conductivity is going to get better – I hope. Then again, in our lab, we have the Amazon echo. I just saw that that they came out with the Echo Dot. I’m interested to learn more about that. The apples home kit app on the iPhone now. All of these interesting – Belkin, WeMo, all these apps that you can download will interact with these modules, these appliance modules, and allow you to control anything and everything from a mobile device to your phone –WADE WINGLER: Lightbulbs.BRIAN NORTON: – To voice activation using an assistant, a digital voice assistant like echo or Siri and things like that. I’m just really excited to see where it goes because environmental controls have always been very expensive, especially when you go to a company and they put in a proprietary piece of equipment to be able to control your environments. I’m so excited to see it become more of a mainstream option for folks and to see where that goes as prices will drop and accessibility will rise. I’m excited about it. Back to the question the client asked, are there any suggested on what and where we need to look? We can put a link to a website about X 10 home automation which gives a lot of the pros and cons between the different ones. But again, I would maybe just go to your different hardware big-box stores. A lot of them have smart things from Samsung, Insteon, Belkin, Wemo. The in-store advice you can get on those, they know a lot about them. They know enough about them to be advantageous and give you information about how this stuff works and some pros and cons of that. I maybe would start their but then also start doing some research, comparing things like Wemo, Insteon, Belkin, Samsung Smart things and other kinds of things. Do some Google searches on the and comparative searches to figure out what might work best with you.BELVA SMITH: I think the first place to start is to figure out what kind of Internet service you have, or does this person have. Do they have a good provider in their area? Are they getting good reception? Is it pretty dependable? For example, if they’re living in a block apartment building type situation, they may not have a very good Wi-Fi capability. That would be the first thing that I would do, is check out —BRIAN NORTON: Check your connectivity.BELVA SMITH: Yes.BRIAN NORTON: Make sure you know what that’s like for sure.JOSH ANDERSON: Just what exactly it is you need to control, because that can change. If it is just doing switches and things, how well they can get Internet and what they are really used too. If they can use the Apple home kit app on the phone they already have, that might be helpful. If they are just using a switch, maybe it’s different.BRIAN NORTON: Right. We met the other advice I guess I would have for this listener is it is not only called home automation or environmental control or electronic aids for daily living anymore. If you start looking for the Internet of Things, you’re going to find a lot more publications about that because when we talk about Wi-Fi enabled lightbulbs and switches and Wemo, Belkin devices, we really are talking about the Internet of things, or IoT is how you see it abbreviated these days. Google search on that are going to help as well. The other advice that I would have is there are a number of standards that facilitate the communication between these devices. We are most familiar with X 10 and have been talking about that because it’s a very long-standing protocol. Some of the newer ones that are out there are Zigbee and Z Wave and even some newer ones called Halo and Homeplug that are not the products but they are the language that those products speak. If you start looking for some of those things, even in Wikipedia articles, you’ll find some good introductory information on these protocols. That would be a good place to start digging around. We just can’t have nice things. I still have issues of conductivity and reliability. I hope it gets better. The really good news is we are seeing more products and more companies doing work and development in this area. It just has to get better, I Brian says. But it’s got to get better.BELVA SMITH: Try it in different rooms because you may have a great Wi-Fi connection and living room and dining room, but then in the bedroom you’ve got nothing.BRIAN NORTON: Excellent.***BRIAN NORTON: The next question has a little bit to do with that. If you’re going to be using twitter to send us a hashtag ATFAQ question or feedback, this question has to do with twitter. Keeping up with what’s happening in the world of assistive technology amongst all the other stuff I have going on. How do you suggest I stay in the know? It’s not all about tweets or those kinds of things. I have found through lots of other professional relationships, just finding out all these things that you can actually follow quite a bit of information by following people on twitter. A couple of different hashtag for folks to be able to keep in on and follow, if you’d want, to learn a lot about what’s going on in the world of assistive technology. I’ll read them off to you. One is #ATpeeps, #UDLchat, #AEMforall, #ATchat, #SPEDchat, #AXSchat, #A11Y, which talks about web accessibility, there is #assistive. There’s also the hashtag #PWD.WADE WINGLER: People with disabilities.BRIAN NORTON: There you go. I would’ve thought password. I knew it had something to do with it because I’m following that one at this point. I found it fascinating the amount of information because it just kind of scrolled across my screen when I had it up and in front of me. Lots of stories, lots of current events with regards to assistive technology. It’s a great way to have something constantly in front of you or you can continue to learn about what’s going on.WADE WINGLER: One thing that I’ll add about those is the ones that say chat are usually three chats, which means there is a designated time and day of the week when people get together. This is a made-up example, but if you’re going to have the ATFAQ chat, you could say every Tuesday night at 9 o’clock Eastern we are going to have a list of topics or questions and we are going to three questions and conversation points using that hashtag. The beautiful thing is if it were Tuesday night at 9 PM Eastern, everyone could chat back and forth during that timeframe. But because it’s on twitter it stayed there for a long time so you can go back and look at them later and realize everybody had this great chat Tuesday night at 9 PM but I was walking my dog or whatever and couldn’t do it, so you can go back later and search on that hashtag and find the conversation. If it says “something-chat”, it’s a time specific chat that then sort of lives on. That’s a handy thing.BRIAN NORTON: Excellent.BELVA SMITH: I use Google alerts. I have to admit, I don’t do the twitter thing. That and just listening to different podcasts. I know it can be consuming, but you can do in the morning when you’re in the shower; you can do it on the right home. If you really think about it, there are lots of times throughout the day you can listen to a podcast while you’re doing something else.BRIAN NORTON: Those are great. I get Google alerts. I probably have 50 or 60 Google alerts. What I love is the digester can get. It just sent you one email, a very long email, but it has all of the stuff in one. I don’t have to have 60 able to go through. I can get it in one big chunk. The Mac and you don’t have to read them right then, like you were saying earlier about the chats. You can do it when you’ve got time to actually sit down and do it.BRIAN NORTON: I look for that particular email address that comes with Google alerts, and I’ll have it forwarded on to folder, and I go to the folder periodically and pull those things up. It works out really well. Again, all great ways. Podcasts, Google alerts, tweets, following hashtags on Twitter are the great ways to keep up with stuff. As we all know, we are really busy. It’s hard to sit down and have time, half hour, 45 minutes to plug in to what’s new and happening. These are great ways to be able to have the Internet, Google, and Twitter, kind of get all the information, and you can go back to the anytime to catch up on stuff.BELVA SMITH: Technology is ever-changing. It’s constantly, there’s something you’re going to be something new that we need to be aware of and to learn about as quickly as we can.BRIAN NORTON: Great, excellent.***BRIAN NORTON: Our next question is an email we received. I’m looking for a tip or lead in hunting down information for how I can combine an app like Abbyys Text Grabber app and Google’s text to speech engine. The result I’m looking for is the ability to take a picture of something with my android Samsung smartphone and have the phone read the word content or the picture audibly back to me. They want to take a picture of a document or a picture that has text embedded in it and then have the text read back to them. I’ll throw that out to the group.BELVA SMITH: KNFB Reader.JOSH ANDERSON: KNFB ReaderBELVA SMITH: There is no sense in messing around with the rest. Just go for the best.BRIAN NORTON: Is that iOS and Apple?BELVA SMITH: IOS and android.BRIAN NORTON: IOS and android compatible?BELVA SMITH: Absolutely.JOSH ANDERSON: I believe for android it’s $19.99 now?BELVA SMITH: It’s all different prices for android. Sometimes it’s free, sometimes it’s $19.99, sometimes it’s $49.99. Anywhere from free to $50 on android. But you’re going to pay $100 on iOS.BRIAN NORTON: I wonder why there is a price difference.BELVA SMITH: I have no idea.BRIAN NORTON: That’s interesting to me. I have played with KNFB Reader. It’s probably the most accurate and instantaneous.BELVA SMITH: Yes.JOSH ANDERSON: Yes.BRIAN NORTON: What’s nice about it is you take a picture and it automatically, it’s almost instantaneous the feedback and print that you start to get back from it. It doesn’t process the whole document at once. It starts at the top and will start fitting your information as it does the rest of the processing. I just loved the app. Take a picture of something, get the text read to you. It’s a great app. Another one I’ll throw out there that I don’t know nearly enough about but I have had on my phone before, and it seemed to be a good enough job, was something called text detective. Because played with the app before?BELVA SMITH: I either still have or did have it. I used a two or three times. Like I said, seriously, I played around with a lot of them and they are so finicky. Some of them just take forever to do the processing. I have never had that experience with KNFB. Trust me, when it first came out, I was very skeptical because it was $100. I just didn’t believe an app should cost that much money. Even from the first release of it, it was better than the rest. Each release since it’s only got better and better. There’s more that you can do with it other than just instantaneously get your text. You can email the information to yourself if you need to do something else with it. You can save it. It’s good to do an entire book with if you want to. I’ve always had good luck with it and I recommend it for all my people that are blind.JOSH ANDERSON: I’ve actually recommended it for folks with different kinds of learning disabilities as well, just for the need for the text to speech featured. Even if they don’t have blind or low vision, it still works great.BRIAN NORTON: Right. You still want the reading piece for the comprehension and understanding piece so that goes along with that. Some people, when they hear it, they better understand it, they have better comprehension.BELVA SMITH: The one thing I would like to see them do that they haven’t been yet is the need to incorporate more voices.BRIAN NORTON: I’ve always been fascinated. They get this KNFB, but also on the computer side of things, they designed two separate products. There is Kurzweil 1000 and then there’s Kurzweil 3000. I know that is the Kurzweil side of it so the KNFB, Kurzweil, and National Federation for the Blind designed the software. But on the Kurzweil side of it, they’ve got two separate programs, one for folks who are blind or visually impaired, one for folks who have learning disabilities. The KNFB Reader is great for people with many different challenges. I just think if they could incorporate some of that visual stuff that they do in the Kurzweil 3000 software for the folks who have learning disabilities –BELVA SMITH: Isn’t that what firefly –BRIAN NORTON: No. It’s different.BELVA SMITH: Okay. I’ve not had a lot of expense with it but that’s what I thought.BRIAN NORTON: It’s an e-reader, is what Firefly is.BELVA SMITH: Oh, okay.BRIAN NORTON: It doesn’t come full-featured like the software itself.BELVA SMITH: Okay.BRIAN NORTON: I just wish that would be such a good app for folks, much like Claro Read is a program. It does allow you to take a picture of something but it certainly gives you all the tools and a lot of the bells and whistles that the Kurzweil software does for mobile applications. I can’t wait for them to come out with something and include some of those visual features that they do in some of that Kurzweil 3000 software. I think that would be a fantastic app for people to use. KNFB Reader and Text Detective would be great.BELVA SMITH: For this individual, you might consider looking at Amazon and that for the Scanjig. That’s a little plastic foldable device that will give you the perfect distance to capture your text. If you have a smartphone or android or iPhone, you just set it down in there and place for paper and the paper holder position, and it’s the perfect position. It works great every time. It’s under $50.JOSH ANDERSON: Easily portable, fold right up. It is a great piece.BRIAN NORTON: Perfect.***WADE WINGLER: And now it’s time for the wildcard question.BRIAN NORTON: Okay, we are ready for the wildcard question. I’m going to pass it over to Wade and he’s going to ask us a crazy, off-the-wall question.WADE WINGLER: Okay, according to the Internet, here are the top five computer problems that people have to solve. The personal is malicious software or viruses, the second is a slow computer, the next one is problems with Internet or network connectivity, the next one is a hard drive failure, and the next one is a dead power supply. So here’s my question: if you guys have a life like me, you have friends and family members who come to me and say, “I’ve got a problem with my computer. Could you help me understand? I think I’ve got a virus. Or the FBI once $500 for me. Or my computer won’t turn on.” How do you guys handle the question? There was a time years ago when I was excited and would say you buy me a pizza and I’ll come out and fix your computer for you and have a nice visit. I don’t want to do that anymore. Most of the time I’m thinking, I don’t want to mess with that. How do you guys handle that question when you have friends and family or you go to an event and people say could you look at my computer? Where do you direct them? What do you say to people?BELVA SMITH: Back when I was young and energetic –WADE WINGLER: Before the chili cookoff.BELVA SMITH: I would always welcome the opportunity because I look at it as a learning opportunity, because no two problems are the same. But, yeah, as I’ve gotten slower and older, I guess it’s a little less exciting to tackle somebody’s “My computer won’t turn on”. In fact, Todd bought me a shirt for Christmas that says, “No! I won’t fix your computer.” But I do try to offer free support when I can, but it’s usually short and sweet. It won’t turn on? Did you hold the button? Is it plugged in?BRIAN NORTON: The basic troubleshooting steps.BELVA SMITH: Exactly. I don’t know. Usually if I can’t give them a quick answer, I recommend geek squad.WADE WINGLER: Is that where you send them? Geeksquad? It used to be every town had the computer shop and there were a couple of guys are people who were there, and they did it, and you could get to know them a little bit and recommend them.BELVA SMITH: That’s gone away. Where is it?WADE WINGLER: There are still some, but not much.BELVA SMITH: People still need their computers fixed, so where have all of the little computer shops gone and why are they gone? That’s what I don’t get. Is it because people are buying new ones now because it’s so easy to do?BRIAN NORTON: There so cheap for new computer. I get that question a lot from my family. Again, I don’t consider myself an IT person. I’m not a computer repair. I know enough about the computers to be dangerous with it, but I find myself getting put in that ITC where the IT person is the bane of society. All you want them to do is fix your computer, make it work. If they can’t do it, you loath that person. It’s sad. I’m sitting there and I’m going to do my best, but I’m probably not going to be able to fix it. Let’s try a few things. I’m doing Google searches looking up Google chats trying to figure out if anyone else has had this problem, how did they fix it, doing a few things. If I can figure it out, I do the same thing. I say I don’t know, maybe bring it to geek squad. The nice thing about geek squad as they charge a flat rate for service repair. And that you have some hardware malfunctions, it may cost you a little bit more. It’s so nice to send them to someplace you say they will permanently fix it. I’m always afraid if I fix something, three weeks later I’m going to get the same question again. Without this doesn’t work. Why doesn’t this work? And I feel obligated.BELVA SMITH: Then you become responsible for everything there forward that doesn’t work.WADE WINGLER: It worked before you messed with it.BELVA SMITH: Exactly. I do tell people, I have a serious fear of my possibly doing something that could cause them to lose everything on the computer. I don’t want that responsibility. I have done some bartering. You change the oil in my car and I’ll update your computer.JOSH ANDERSON: That’s a good idea. I looked out where most of my friends are much more advanced in the IT part, like they are programmers or have made their own website or own their own computer businesses.BRIAN NORTON: You are breaking your computer them, right?JOSH ANDERSON: I don’t get asked to do much of that stuff at all. Usually when it comes to family, my mom doesn’t even own a computer at home. The one she has at work still has a dot matrix printer. There is absolutely no way I would know how to work on that at all. Then with my dad and other family members, my Wi-Fi is not working or there’s adware on there, something that’s not too hard to fix. I know how to change a power supply and do a few things hardware-based , other than that I do the same thing. Geek squad, or think OfficeMax and Staples, do a lot of that stuff nowadays. I’ve had folks have luck with them. I try not to go too far because I’m going to cost a lot more damage than good.BRIAN NORTON: You’re cutting into my vacation time. I’m here to have a relaxing weekend. I don’t want to mess with your computer. That’s what’s going to the back of my mind. I’m a nice guy and I’m going to say sure, let me look at that.WADE WINGLER: How many times do you just grab your phone, Google whatever they told you.JOSH ANDERSON: Watched the YouTube video. Here you go.WADE WINGLER: Look at how smart I am.BRIAN NORTON: It is amazing how much is available through chat and YouTube videos. You can really fix just about anything.WADE WINGLER: Have you guys found the website “Let me Google that for you”?BRIAN NORTON: No.WADE WINGLER: Look for the website Basically you go to the website and you type in the search terms, and it gives you a link. You send that link to them and all it does is go to Google, open it up, type it into the search engine and hit enter. Here, let me Google that for you, and it just Google’s it in front of them. They do what you would’ve one.JOSH ANDERSON: Wade, you might need to take that out of the notes. People will stop listening.WADE WINGLER: ATFAQ replaced by Let Me Google That For You.BRIAN NORTON: How funny.BELVA SMITH: At the beginning of Todd’s and my relationship almost 10 years ago, I would say just Google it, because he would always ask me questions and I would say just Google it. Now I’ll forget sometimes and say I wonder how you can change the filter in the car. Well, just Google it. Oh, come on. I taught you that, right?BRIAN NORTON: Excellent. Super fun today. Here is how to find our show. You can search as assisted larger questions on iTunes. You can look for us on stitcher. Or visit us at our website Also check out where you can find our other podcasts that are produced here at Easter Seals crossroads. That would be Accessibility Minute and AT Update. Don’t forget to send us your questions by calling our listener line at 317-721-7124. You can also send us a tweet with the hashtag ATFAQ. Or email us at We certainly want your questions. We also would love your feedback. If there are questions that you would like to chime in on from this past episode, please do so. You can send that feedback to those very same things, the phone number, a tweet, and also our email. But be a part of the show. We love to have you. Have a great week.WADE WINGLER: Information provided on Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions does not constitute a product endorsement. Our comments are not intended as recommendations, nor is our show evaluative in nature. Assistive Technology FAQ is hosted by Brian Norton; gets editorial support from Mark Stewart and Belva Smith; is produced by me, Wade Wingler; and receives support from Easter Seals Crossroads and the INDATA project. ATFAQ is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more of our shows at***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi. For requests and inquiries, contact***Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ037 – Q1. Live Captioning Options Q2. Vocalize free cell pone equipment? Q3.Voicmail Transcriptions? Q4. Graphing calculator solutions for folks with dexterity and fine motor control issues? Q5. Hooking up iPad to a large 32” touch screen? Q6. Wildcard Question: How reliant are you on Internet connectivity?September 12, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ059 – Q1 JAWS won’t read my icons Q2 Where to find a SmartVision 2 phone Q3 Accessible music technology Q4 Contacting JAN Q5 Sip/Puff mouth joystick Q6 Accessible textbooks for kids with dyslexia Q7 What do you use instead of MS OfficeAugust 14, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ032 – Q1. Pick one AT device for person who is visually impaired? Q2. Important factors for selecting an AT solution? Q3. Abbreviation Expansion software options? Q4. Questions or steps that need to be taken to prepare for your child’s transition from K12 to Higher Ed. Q5. What certifications are available in the field of AT? Q6. Wildcard Question: What podcasts do WE listen to?June 27, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”last_img read more

ATU307 – SAS Graphics Accelerator with Ed Summers

first_imgWADE WINGLER:  Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this plus much more over at That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi.  For transcription requests and inquiries, contact***Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU056 – Parks and Recreation Accessibility (Ray Bloomer, National Center on Accessibility)June 22, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU010: GW Micro (Jeremy Curry) + Baby robots for the elderly, Xbox 360, Closed captioning and more!August 5, 2011In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU043: – Adaptive Driving for People with Disabilities (Suzanne Pritchard), New Ablenet Products, The New iPad and Accessibility, Divided Opinions on Braille, Vibrating Tattoos, Blind Bargains AppMarch 23, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update” ED SUMMERS:  Hi, my name is Ed Summers. I’m Senior Manager of Accessibility at SAS, and this is your Assistance Technology UpdateWADE WINGLER:  Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 307 of assistive technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017.Today my guest is Ed Summers who is a senior manager of accessibility at SAS and he is going to talk about his graphics accelerator which does some pretty cool stuff with a screen reader and some graphically oriented information on your computer system.We have an app from BridgingApps about historical markers, and also some feedback about our interview with Eric Damery of VFO from a few weeks ago.We hope you’ll check out our website at, sent us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project, or call our listener line. The number is 317-721-7124.Like this show?  You’ll probably like our question and answer show, ATFAQ. Check it out wherever you find your podcast or***In episode 304 and 305, we interviewed Eric Damery of VFO talking mostly about ZoomText 11 and what’s happening with VFO and Fusion and all that kind of stuff. We got a lot of feedback from the episode. A lot of folks enjoyed the interview and thought it was great to learn about what’s happening with VFO. However, we got a piece of feedback from one listener who said, “Wade, I really enjoyed listening to your two-part interview with VFO’s Eric Damery” and then he provided some good information. He goes on to say, “However, I was a little disappointed that you didn’t ask him what may be hard questions concerning the future of magic and window eyes. It seems Window Eyes has been languishing compared to the amount of new features and bug fixes which JAWS receives on almost a monthly basis.”I had not addressed those questions in the interview, but I did reach out to Eric who promptly responded and said, “Thanks for the question. Unfortunately I can’t give you a complete answer at this time other than to say the following:  customers who are invested in JAWS, ZoomText, Window Eyes, and Magic are all VFO customers, and we intend to keep them whole. While we can’t promise all products will have to do development, I’m very confident that we will be extending opportunities for all our customers to benefit from the accelerated development work that will occur now that we have joined our teams.” He goes on further to say, “Please stay tuned. 2017 will continue to bring lots of news to our loyal customers.”To our listener who reached out with the question, thank you, and thanks for calling me out for not asking the question that I failed to do. Kudos to Eric for responding so quickly to let us know that they don’t plan to leave customers out in the cold when it comes to product development and that they are going to have the information coming soon. If you didn’t check those interviews or didn’t have a chance to listen to them, they were episodes number 304 and 305 that aired on March 24 and March 31 of 2017.***Each week, one of our partners tells us what’s happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an app worth mentioning.AMY BARRY:  This is Amy Barry with BridgingApps, and this is an app worth mentioning. This week’s app is called historical markers. Great for users of all abilities, historical markers is a fun, interactive app for children, teens, and adults that allows users to see historical markers and destinations depending on their physical location. Users are also able to search for markers by entering a destination.This is a super fun and educational app to use if you are vacationing this summer. It’s also great if you just plan on staying close to home and want to explore the history in your area. When the app is first opened, the user is prompted to take a tutorial. They can also choose to skip this. The tutorial walks the user through the icons and features of the app, including what the different colored pins mean. The red pins are historical markers with photos included. The green pins show locations listed in the US national registry of historical places. The tutorial can be accessed at any time through the app settings.The app tracks the user’s physical location, and they are able to view the red and green pins within a 10 mile radius. The distance can be adjusted in the app settings. Users can also search for location by address. These can be bookmarked within the app. A really nice feature is the ability to switch between the standard and satellite map types. When a user clicks on a red or green pin on the map, they are shown information about the historical marker. This includes a title, description, photo if available, coordinates, and a link to the website associated with the marker. Users can also turn off a pin color they don’t wish to see as well as mark their favorite pins.This is an excellent app for anyone who is interested in history. We feel that this would be especially beneficial for anyone who travels and would like to visit historical sites along the way. The app is easy to use and we were really interested to see the location of the pop up near us. This would also make a fun addition to a middle or high school history or geography class.Historical markers is available for $1.99 at the iTunes Store and is compatible with iOS devices. For more information on this app and others like it, visit***WADE WINGLER:  I’m always combing the Internet looking for information where the intersection of disability and technology catches my eye. Recently I saw a story on light about a thing called the SAS graphics accelerator, and I have to say it was screen reader related, a little bit techie, and got my nerd going on. I had to reach out to these folks and learn more about what’s going on. I was super excited when Ed Summers who is the senior manager of accessibility at SAS got back to me is that he would love to talk about the graphics accelerator. As you might guess, we have him on the line today. Ed, how are you today?ED SUMMERS:  Doing great. Thanks for having us.WADE WINGLER:  Thanks for joining us in taking time out of your day. I’m super excited to talk about this because I think it gets into some of the technical details of the assistive technology that not everybody talks about all the time. I love it when we can do something special like this.Before we talk about graphics accelerator specifically, I think it might be helpful if you would tell your audience a little bit about SAS over all, what the company does, some of the products you do, and a little bit of your career with SAS because I understand you’ve been there for a while.ED SUMMERS:  SAS is the market leader and business analytics software. What that really means is if organizations out there have data that they need to analyze and gain insights from data, and many of them use SAS to do that. That includes 83,000 customer sites around the world as well as more than 3000 institutions of education. It’s heavily used in education, research, finance, marketing, anybody that has data that needs to analyze the data.My role is I lead our accessibility program. What we are doing is we are working to make sure that users of all abilities have the ability to access analytics, analyze data, gain the insights. That’s not an end in itself. The real end of doing that and having those skills is to be able to learn in the classroom and make a contribution to the employment sphere, to make a contribution to an organization and be able to do one, have the skills, and two, access the tools to do it.WADE WINGLER:  Excellent. You are not new to SAS. You’ve been there for a number of years, right?ED SUMMERS:  That’s right. I started when I was 17 years old, and I literally started in the mail room as an intern here at SAS when I was a senior in high school. I went to college and came back and I’ve had just a wonderful time for many decades. It’s a privately held company. It’s a really tight group we have here, and we have barely any turnover so many of us have been working together for a long time, particularly in R&D. It’s really cutting edge work and is a whole lot of fun.WADE WINGLER:  I think on a personal note, that puts you and I into a more unusual category today as people who work with decades for a particular employer. That’s not the norm these days.ED SUMMERS:  That’s right. I should also mention — this may not be clear – I’m blind. I have retinitis pigmentosa. I’ve lost almost all my vision. I was diagnosed just a few years before I started here as a teenager. At this point — it degenerates over time. The technology we are developing for people with disabilities to be able to access data and analytics, several of us on the accessibility team have disabilities so we have intimate knowledge of the problems we’re facing.WADE WINGLER:  Thanks for pointing that out. To be clear, you are primarily a screen reader user?ED SUMMERS:  Yes, I am, all day, every day.WADE WINGLER:  Tell me just a little bit – and I think we can guess some of these things. Set us straight. Why is a bit like a graphics accelerator important?  Who needs this?  Both in terms of the kind of disability or assistive technology need, but also the job type or the kind of data that a person might need to be analyzing. Why is something like graphics accelerator important?ED SUMMERS:  There are two scenarios that we are trying to solve right now at this moment with this particular product. One of them is what I call accessible data sites. That is, an individual with a disability, for example a visual impairment or mobility impairments, they need to be able to ascertain these very valuable skills of data science. Even though they may not go off to work with statistics every day or to be a data scientist, but if they are in school, it’s incredibly important to have those quantitative skills in this 21st-century knowledge economy. That’s the first goal, accessible data sites.The second goal is just to be an informed citizen. Even though you may not be analyzing your own data, when you go to make a decision about buying a house, researching what school you’re going to choose to send your children to. Just think about all the times in modern life when we encounter a chart or graph. We also want to solve that problem to enable anyone to perceive and understand charts and graphs and quantitative information.WADE WINGLER:  That makes sense more and more both in terms of time period and just as we evolve as adults. We need more access to that kind of stuff. Conceptually, I get it. But tell me exactly what is graphics accelerator give me some ideas about how it works.ED SUMMERS:  The way analytics software packages typically work is data visualization is one of the ways we understand and explore the data. If you’re using SAS, you may load up a data set and start doing things like trying to understand the categorical variables by creating bar charts or create a scatter plot to understand the relationship between two continuous variables. Those graphs are typically generated dynamically. Obviously they are a visual. What the graphics accelerator does is when you create graphs using the latest version of SAS, you can enable this mode that enables the graph to be compatible with the graphics accelerator.The graphics accelerator presents the graphs in alternative formats. One of them is what we call the text description of you. That gives you all the context that you need to understand the graph. For example, what variables are represented on the X and Y access, the title of the graph, what type of graph it is because if you can’t see it, you don’t know if it is a bar chart or line chart or scatterplot. It also gives you the ability to access the data from the graph from tabular format or low that data as a CSV and analyze it in some other program.The other mode that’s interesting and innovative that I’m having a lot of fun with personally is this concept of representing a data visualization using sound. There is an art/science emerging technology that we use called sonification. That’s basically using sound to represent data. I can play an example here if you like.WADE WINGLER:  We’d love to hear it.ED SUMMERS:  What I have here is a bar chart that has about 38 bars and there is a data set here that comprises about 470 automobiles that are represented as data sets. What I’ve done is create a bar chart that tells me how many different types of cars are represented, for example how many Toyotas are represented, how many Chevrolets, and that kind of thing. I can play this graph from left to right so we can hear what the bar sound like. When you hear this, if you are listening in stereo to the recording, you will be able to hear data in the left and right speakers, and that’s mapped to the X axis. You will also hear that the sound have pitch. The pitch represents the Y axis. The data points that are low on the Y axis have a low pitch, and the data points that are high on the Y axis have a high pitch. Let’s play this graph.[Descending piano tones]ED SUMMERS:  There are your 38 bars. We can tell that it starts high and goes low. We can jump back and explore each individual data point if you want to walk through the data. I can also turn on speech but I have to slow down my screen reader. I’m one of those speed demons. I listen pretty fast. Let’s go back to the far left.>> Toyota, frequency equals 28.ED SUMMERS:  That’s Toyota and there are 28 of them.>> Chevrolet, frequency equals 27.>> Mercedes-Benz, frequency equals 26.ED SUMMERS:  We can also go back to a terse mode if we want to hear that verbose expansion of the data values since you already got that and we can keep going.>> Ford, 23; BMW, 20; Audi, 19.ED SUMMERS:  That allows us to map the pitch of each one of those data points to the actual values underneath.WADE WINGLER:  I’m going to interrupt here because it’s probably worth an editorial note that we produce our show in mono, so the default listening mode of this episode will be Mono. We will work to create a stereo version that will be available with a link in our show notes and will also try to pop some links over to some SAS content that would be in stereo as well. If our listeners are saying he didn’t move from right to left or left to right, that’s because we are a mono show. It helps with our bandwidth and makes our show easier on the data plans. We will make stereo versions of this available so that you can get the full effect.ED SUMMERS:  I want to point out that this is happening in a browser. I’m running Google Chrome. I’ve installed the SAS graphics accelerator from the chrome web store. It’s free. Anyone can search the web for SAS graphics accelerator. Go to the chrome web store, and there is a button on that page once you find it that says “Install in Chrome.” If you activate that button, it will install the SAS graphics accelerator as an exception in your browser.The way it works, just to step back one level from this, is that the SAS graphics accelerator monitors all of your page load and page updates, so if you encounter or generate content that includes a graph that was created by SAS, you would be alerted to the fact and can go off and explore the graph in the way I just demonstrated.WADE WINGLER:  That brings about a number of questions but I will repeat, it works on Chrome. Is that the only browser right now?ED SUMMERS:  At this moment, Chrome, and we are waiting for approval from the submission to Firefox.WADE WINGLER:  And you said that there is no cost?ED SUMMERS:  That’s correct.WADE WINGLER:  That’s great. What about support?  If someone has trouble, does SAS provide support on the plug-in and the graphics accelerator?ED SUMMERS:  Absolutely. If you encounter a problem, we absolutely want to hear about it. You can email us at I’ve monitor that email coming into that email address as well as a few others. We can give you some pointers and/or file a defect report so we can fix the problem.WADE WINGLER:  Excellent. I’m not a SAS user myself so maybe this is an ignorant question from that perspective. What exactly needs to be done to the graphic data and the underlying stuff to make it work with a graphics accelerator?  What does that preparation process look like?ED SUMMERS:  There are more than 82,000 customer sites around the world that you SAS, so it has a pretty big footprint out there. Many of the graphs you might encounter on the web having created by SAS. Some of those sites had more than 2000 SAS programmers, users, data scientist that are publishing information. With the latest version of SAS which is called 94n4, all they have to do is turn on a new option that makes their graph output compatible with the SAS graphics accelerator. That’s pretty exciting because I personally feel that if every data scientist, every statistician out there that’s creating charts and graphs and publishing them, if they have to become an accessibility expert, then the people that need access to data visualization will never get it because that’s just not going to scale. We’ve worked really hard to make it really easy for the people that are creating content to do that and have a little bit of knowledge required to do it.This is also a good time to mention that if you do need to analyze your own data and create charts and graphs, there is a really great, easy way to do that using a free product from SAS that’s called SAS University edition. What that is is we’ve taken that enterprise class software that’s used in those customer sites, and we’ve packaged it up and made it available for people who want to learn data science. You could be doing that in a formal education program such as a statistics course at a college, or he could do it on your own. Let’s say at the work you want to brush up your skills and learn some new skills in order to get a new job or change jobs. You can do that by going to www.SAS/com/universityedition. That’s a free download and free training. We’ve worked really hard to make it accessible for people with disabilities.WADE WINGLER:  that’s excellent. That’s a great resource. One of the reasons I wanted to talk with you about graphics accelerator is, to me, it seems new and novel. Is this replacing some existing accessible technology to give folks access to this kind of data and information, or is this sort of a brand-new class of software?ED SUMMERS:  I think it might be both but it’s filling a huge void right now. Me, as a blind person, when I access content in any form, on the web, anything digital, and e-book, a news site, an academic journal article, if there is graphical information in the content, then for the most part it’s completely inaccessible to me as a blind person unless I’m willing to have some assistance and extend quite a bit of time and energy to turn the information into a tactile graphic. Tactile graphics are basically pieces of paper that have braille on them and basically represent pictures in a tactile format. That’s a wonderful technology but it has its expense. It’s hard for somebody who is visually impaired to be able to create that kind of content on their own, completely independently.If you think about that being a very expensive approach to accessing graphics for people with visual impairments, this SAS graphics accelerator is very expensive. It’s completely digital. All you need is a browser and a SAS graphics accelerator. Now you can access as many graphs as you want without assistance. You can do this completely independently. By the way, the graphs are accessing their mainstream content. It’s the same content you would see with your eyes, I can access it with my ears or using low vision features of the graphics accelerator as well if you have low vision. It’s universal access as opposed to expensive, off to the side access.WADE WINGLER:  I notice you are running a screen reader while you are using this. Is it compatible with most screen readers?  Is the audio coming from graphics accelerator independent from the screen reader?  I just want to make sure I understand that.ED SUMMERS:  There are two kinds of output. There is text output, and that is read by the screen reader. But the sound, the musical notes that you hear, they are generated directly from the SAS graphics accelerator. We tested it with JAWS, NVDA, and Voiceover on Mac. We are very happy with the way those performed and expect compatibility with other screen readers, but thus far we tested with those three.WADE WINGLER:  Those are the big ones. What stage of development is graphics accelerator in, and what’s in your crystal ball for it?  What kinds of things would you like to see in the future for this product?ED SUMMERS:  I would say right now we have reached minimum viable product. We just announced this product to the public back in late February. It’s five or six weeks old now. What we are now looking for is for people to try it and give us some feedback. From that point, using that feedback, that will help us figure out how to proceed forward, what’s most important. As we look to the future, we obviously have a big wish list that we’ve created with the help of our beta testers and some of the early adopters that I’ve already started using the product. I think definitely more graph types are in the future. Right now we support what we felt were the most important, frequently used graph types. Some of the more complex graph types, like a scatterplot with a regression line on top of it, that’s not supported. The kinds of things used in advanced analytics, and we can certainly tackle those.The other thing I’m eager to do is take advantage of some of the more novel or emerging technologies that are available out there, 3-D gaming. There are some of 3-D gaming technology that might be interested to explore. Right now the kinds of technology we are using is really basic. If you have a browser and accelerator and access to the Internet and a pair of earbuds or cheap pair of speakers, you’ve got access. But there might be a working scientist with a visual impairment that has access to perhaps more expensive, more complicated equipment or is willing to make that purchase. I want to be able to scale up to take advantage of that kind of investment and provide them with additional access to very specific types of data.WADE WINGLER:  That makes sense. That’s exciting stuff. We have about a minute left in the interview. If people wanted to learn more, if they wanted to reach out to you, can you repeat some of the website addresses and give us your best advice on how they might connect with you?ED SUMMERS:  A direct connection would always be our email address, which is If you want to find more information about SAS accessibility in general, as well as a direct link to the SAS graphics accelerator support page, go to That will take you to our accessibility homepage. I blog as to some of my other colleagues. I blog occasionally and I do that at That’s a great place to find tutorials that we are starting to get out and post. For example, I just recently posted a blog with a getting started tutorial video for the SAS graphics accelerator which will give you more in depth material and show you how to start from ground zero to get running with your first graph.WADE WINGLER:  At a Summers is a senior manager of accessibility and applied assistance technology at SAS, has been our guest today. Thank you so much for sharing this exciting stuff.ED SUMMERS:  It’s been a pleasure. Thank you Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEd Summers – Senior Manager of Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology at SAS | | | Historical Markers | www.BridgingApps.orgUnedited Interview with Stereo Tracks representing graphs: Example 1: Example 2: Example 3: page for the SAS Graphics Accelerator: page for accessibility at——-transcript follows ——last_img read more

Monday Tech Tip Apple WatchNew Health Alerts

first_imgBrian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology, at Easterseals Crossroads shows us the new health alerts on the Apple Watch. He shows us Fall Detection, which will allow you to alert your emergency contact if you fall. He also shows us a heart monitor called heart health which will monitor your heart rate.Check it out here:Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM306 – Apple Watch Fall DetectionNovember 30, 2018In “Accessibility Minute”ATU391 – Holiday Gift Show 2018 Part 1November 23, 2018In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU212- Apple Watch and its impact on people with disabilities with David Woodbridge, WWDC 2015 and accessibility, Care Sync AppJune 19, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img

AM328 – Humanware Explore 8 Handheld Magnifier

first_imgVisit to learn more. The Explore 8 is a touchscreen HD handheld magnifier for active people who prefer a large screen with maximum portability. Features of the Explore 8 are: Humanware offers a lot of assistive technologies for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. If you’re looking for a powerful yet lightweight tool to help you magnify books, newspapers, documents, and more – check out the Humanware Explore 8 Handheld Magnifier. Podcast: Play in new window | Downloadcenter_img Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs! The first 8-inch handheld magnifier on the marketTouchscreen to easily navigate through menus Intuitive and easy to useCompact design weighs just over 1 poundLarge physical buttons to adjust magnification and contrastBattery life is about 4.5 hours For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedHumanWare Explore 8 Handheld MagnifierMay 28, 2019In “Accessibility”Monday Tech Tip: Humanware Explore 5 Handheld Electronic MaginfierJuly 10, 2017In “Tech Tips”BrailleNote Touch 32 PlusMay 29, 2019Similar postlast_img read more

Tealium Raises 55 Million in Series F Funding

first_imgTealium Raises $55 Million in Series F Funding MTS Staff WriterMay 16, 2019, 9:07 pmMay 17, 2019 ABN AMROAudienceStreamcustomer data platformfundingJeff LunsfordMarketing TechnologyNewstealium Previous ArticleHavas Group Reimagines PR Group With Launch of Red HavasNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Charli Rogers, VP of International Client Services, Yext New Investment to Accelerate Global Expansion and Product Innovation Funding Solidifies Tealium as the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Customer Data Orchestration Solution Tealium, the trusted leader in real-time customer data orchestration, has closed $55 million in Series F funding led by Silver Lake Waterman, Silver Lake’s late-stage growth capital fund, with participation from ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund, Declaration Partners, Parkwood and existing investors. The funding will be used to expand the company’s data integration ecosystem, accelerate new product development and further scale global go-to-market activities, while continuing its mission to expand data freedom across the enterprise while safeguarding privacy. Tealium has received more than $160 million in total funding to date.The Tealium AudienceStream customer data platform (CDP), which launched in 2013, has experienced accelerated growth in recent years, notably seeing a 300% year-over-year increase in visitor profiles created. This purpose-built platform is designed to provide enterprises with a single view of their customers, serving as a secure central point of management across the entire data supply chain. Tealium connects customer data across technology stacks and digital assets, including websites, mobile applications, point-of-sale (POS) systems and call centers, enabling data freedom and agility across the organization. Enterprises can integrate this data with any technology, retail channel or marketing platform to build better customer experiences, invest in analytics and machine learning, and act on real-time decisions.Marketing Technology News: Captify and Publicis Media Release New Research Revealing Global Beauty Trends That Will Transform The Larger FMCG EcosystemTealium has focused on building a real-time customer data platform that meets the industry’s most stringent requirements for protecting the integrity and privacy of customer data. The company’s robust data governance and compliance portfolio allows global organizations to manage diverse regulations in countries around the world. This helps enterprises build consumer trust, enhance customer data and continue to bring innovative customer experiences to market.“Our customer data platform is the vendor-agnostic foundation that allows data to flow freely and securely across the organization — rendering it accessible and useful to every team and technology, and solving departmental or technological silos that limit opportunity for data agility,” said Jeff Lunsford, CEO of Tealium. “By democratizing the data collection and delivery process, we help organizations meet the changing needs of their business and customers and protect the integrity of their data.”“Tealium enables companies to overcome challenges related to customer data fragmentation by integrating and enriching data across sources in real time, while providing data governance and fidelity,” said Shawn O’Neill, Managing Director of Silver Lake Waterman. “Jeff and his team have built a robust platform, and we are excited to support the company’s continued growth and investment in innovation.”Marketing Technology News: Arvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping Experience“As a long-time Tealium customer, we’ve seen the benefit of the technology first hand,” said Frank Verkerk, Chief Digital Officer of ABN AMRO. “Tealium has helped us streamline and standardize our data flows, and has given us the tools we need to make better marketing and business decisions.”Marketing Technology News: o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital Operationslast_img read more

Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing

first_img The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Dumb Things Players Just Ignore in ‘GTA 5’ 12 Comments Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing ‘Inside Out’ Things Your Kids Will Never Pick Up On Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Actress is Gorgeous in Real Life Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

5G Modems and Phones Literally Cant Handle the Heat of Summer Weather

first_img Tagged In mobilelteAT&Tverizon4gt-mobile5gSprintcellular5G EFaux Gmobile networkcell networkPC Mag Post a Comment 25 Comments ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury 5G Modems and Phones Literally Can’t Handle the Heat of Summer Weather 25 Comments 5G signals that rely on so-called ‘millimeter wave’ technology don’t propagate well through walls, windows, people, or water, including water vapor in the atmosphere. This has been known since before 5G launched. It’s a limiting factor for where the technology can be deployed. But now, new reports show that 5G has an even more implacable foe: summer.According to reports from both The Wall Street Journal and PCMag, the current bare handful of 5G devices available to consumers literally wilt and die if you attempt to use them in hot weather. PCMag’s Sascha Segan writes:On a hot Las Vegas morning, my two Galaxy S10 5G phones kept overheating and dropping to 4G. This behavior is happening with all of the millimeter-wave, first-generation, Qualcomm X50-based phones when temperatures hit or exceed 85 degrees. We saw it with T-Mobile in New York, with Verizon in Providence, and now with AT&T in Las Vegas. It’s happened on Samsung and LG phones, with Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia network hardware.The WSJ is even more stark. Joanna Stern writes:The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G isn’t reliable in the summer—unless, well, you summer in Iceland.When I ran tests, the phone’s 5G often switched off due to overheating, leaving me with a 4G connection. Cellular carriers demo-ing or testing the phone have taken to cooling the devices with ice packs and air conditioners.Here, for reference, is a map of US temperatures today.Map by the Washington Post.The situation is awe-inspiring. We already knew that millimeter-wave 5G came with a laundry list of conditions and must-haves to ensure good performance, but I admit, it never occurred to me that the companies that drew up and developed the standard would deploy it in products that can’t deal with the reality of sunlight. Admittedly, that’s because I thought deploying a network technology that degrades when there’s a lot of water vapor in the air was a bad enough idea that obviously there couldn’t be anything worse waiting in the wings, right?Right?Wrong.PCMag goes on to say: “AT&T being AT&T, the company leaves the ‘5G+’ indicator on the phone even when it’s dropped to 4G from overheating.”This is both the most enraging and the least surprising thing ever.Samsung’s response to this problem, according to the WSJ? “As 5G technology and the ecosystem evolve, it’s only going to get better.”Yeah. So let’s talk about that. First of all, one device that probably isn’t going to “get better” is the Samsung Galaxy 10 5G. Later products with different modems could be better, but the hardware in a first-generation phone is going to be what it’s going to be, and the chances of a firmware update that miraculously improves things is limited. If AT&T, Verizon, Samsung, LG, and the other companies making these products had such an update in their back pocket, it’d be splashed as news all over these stories in the first place. The message would be something like: “Current 5G devices overheat easily, but carriers and manufacturers promise that fixes are coming.”There has been no such messaging.Stern appears to have tested her 5G speeds by downloading files from Netflix, which is a pretty reasonable way to do it. Her download time on 5G for an episode of Stranger Things S3 was listed ~34 seconds. Keep that in mind as you read this:In Atlanta, where it was 90 degrees the day I visited, I could run only one or two 5G download tests before the phone would overheat and switch to 4G. When that happened, I’d head back to the car and hold the phone to the air vent. In Chicago, another day in the 90s, I had to wait until the sun went down to finish my Netflix download tests. In New York on an 83-degree day, I went with the ice-cooler trick: A minute or two in the cooler, and 5G switches back on.The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, a $1,300 device, is capable of running a max-speed connection for less than a minute (somewhere between 33 and 66 seconds) when temperatures break 85F.One expects spotty connections and lower overall performance from first-generation networks and products. One does not expect the product to catastrophically fail when encountering the reality of outside ambient temperature., particularly when the only way to get good 5G performance is to stand so close to the antenna people think you’re dating.Will This Improve?To an extent, yes. There’s probably additional tuning that can be done to improve modem power consumption, but Qualcomm has told us for years that die shrinks provide only limited power consumption improvement for modems. Samsung, Apple, and other companies can perform advanced thermal analysis to see exactly where hot spots pop up and devise strategies to mitigate them, ranging from better internal cooling solutions to thicker chassis or better thermal interface materials. It’s unlikely we’ve reached the point where people start sticking fans in smartphones on the regular, but even a very small fan would likely fix this problem (at the cost of thickness, a bit of noise, and a little power).In the past, we’ve seen discussions of using wax to quickly move heat in an enclosed area. Clearly, a bunch of designers have had ideas before about how one might deal with this issue. Beam-forming and other carrier technologies could also wind up reducing the amount of power that 5G signals require, thereby reducing device power draw.But make no mistake. 5G signaling is going to require more power, and in today’s downright anorexic devices, that’s obviously already creating thermal problems. At the very least, this is one more limit on a 5G rollout that didn’t need more limits.We’ve said before that 5G is very early and that people probably shouldn’t buy into it, but this issue seals the deal for me. I would never recommend that anyone buy a product whose premiere feature is likely to be unavailable when outside in the summer. Right now, if you buy a currently available 5G phone, you’re buying a device whose top speed may only be available from October through May depending on where you live.Faux G indeed.Now Read:PCMag’s Fastest Mobile Networks 2019Meteorologists Worry 5G Could Interfere with Weather SatellitesHow Shipping a Huawei Phone Via FedEx Made International News You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 8:50 am Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Grant Gustin Reveals Details For This Year’s Flash Costume Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2

first_imgMicrosoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2 Tagged In microsoftwindowswindows 10bugsmicrosoft surfacesatya nadellaWindows 10 1903Surface Book 2Windows 10 2019 May Update Post a Comment 2 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC The Untold Truth of Brandon Lee Microsoft has been forced to block the Windows 10 May 2019 update from its own hardware, due to incompatibilities with the GPUs used in its Surface Book 2. It’s the latest self-own from a company that promised its new methods of rolling out updates and patches would result in more consumer trust and fewer issues four years ago. So far, those promises have not materialized.Microsoft’s methods of testing Windows 10 have been broken for years. After Satya Nadella took over as CEO, Microsoft made QA changes that left programmers in charge of fixing their own bugs and turned Windows 10 users into voluntary beta testers via the Windows Insider program. Unfortunately, members of the Windows Insider program rarely use the OS as a daily driver (and Microsoft does not recommend doing so). This has been the explanation for how certain flaws have shipped on an ongoing basis.Microsoft has repeatedly shipped updates with significant problems, though the number of people hit by said problems has varied. We’ve seen the company push major updates that deleted decades worth of customer files, caused blue screens when certain USB devices were plugged in, and broke various other critical system components, including third-party antivirus utilities, System Restore, Windows Media Player, and file associations. The Windows 10 May 2019 update is already blocked on PCs that use USB storage and SD cards. Microsoft has made much of the fact that its overall incidence rate has declined over time, but has not addressed user concerns about the severity of some of the bugs it has introduced.From Microsoft’s compatibility warning page.In this case, as PCMag reports via ZDNet, a bug in the Windows 10 2019 update causes the secondary Nvidia GPU on the Surface Book 2 to vanish. Since the main reason to buy a Surface Book 2 is for the unique design that allows for an Nvidia discrete GPU in a thin portable with a detachable option, this is a major flaw. It is not clear why this flaw solely affects the Surface Book 2 but not the Surface Book. It appears to have been discovered as Microsoft gears up to push the May 2019 update out to larger numbers of customers, due to the large number of people still using the April 1803 update, which officially leaves support in November of this year.As a side note: Microsoft has also identified an issue with 1903 that causes gamma ramps, color profiles, and night light settings to stop working. I’m fairly certain this explains the distinct purple tint that’s been popping up on testbeds in between driver swaps and occasionally in the middle of reboots. We didn’t mention this in the Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme 8GB review or the 5700 / 5700 XT review, but I’ve talked about it with several other publications and they’ve been seeing oddities around driver updates as well. If you do happen to run into this weird purple-tint issue, it can sometimes be solved by rebooting or by reinstalling a display driver. In one case, setting a specific color profile for the monitor I was using also worked. It causes the Windows 10 blue screen that pops up when you Ctrl-Alt-Delete to be a distinct shade of purple but does not harm performance (it does, however, wreck screen colors and is generally off-putting to look at).Now Read:Microsoft Includes Telemetry Update in Security Patches, Raising Fears About Company MotivesMicrosoft Kills Automatic Registry Backups in Windows 10Bill Gates: My Greatest Mistake Ever Was Letting Microsoft Lose to Android Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 2 Comments The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeouslast_img read more

Global Customer Adoption Accelerating for 8×8 Contact Center Solution

first_img 8x88x8 Contact CenterBluecrest Health ScreeningcrmMarketing TechnologyNewsNorthStar Home Previous ArticlePX Sales Data Integration Tool Completes End-to-End Analytics for Customer Acquisition MarketersNext ArticleMediafly Unveils New Sales Enablement Platform Experience for the Future of Evolved Selling Global Customer Adoption Accelerating for 8×8 Contact Center Solution PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 4:43 pmMay 23, 2019 8×8, Inc., a leading cloud provider of voice, video, chat and contact center solutions for over one million users worldwide, announced accelerating momentum for its 8×8 Contact Center solution with two new customer wins, demonstrating that companies across the globe are embracing a complete cloud solution for contact center integrated with unified communications (UC).“In a competitive market like ours, you really need a joined-up solution – not an appointment system. Everyone in our team needs to understand where the customer is in their journey”8×8 Contact Center offers businesses a secure, reliable and simplified approach to transition their legacy, on-premises contact center systems to the cloud. NorthStar Home, one of the fastest growing home security and automation companies in North America, selected 8×8 Contact Center as their cloud solution in order to migrate from an on-premises contact center system. “As one of the fastest growing home security and automation companies in North America, our customers depend on us to deliver the highest level of service to keep their homes safe and secure,” said Matt Fletcher, Director of IT and Development, NorthStar Home. “In order to continue our rapid company growth and exceed rising customer expectations, we worked closely with Dynamic Network Advisors to look at modernizing our legacy, on-premises contact center system. We selected 8×8, which allows us to move our contact center to the cloud and provide much needed flexibility as the business scales. Also, we can leverage strong quality management, analytics and reporting capabilities for smarter, faster outcomes and enhanced customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: Xignite CEO to Give Keynote on Migrating Market Data to the Cloud at The North American Financial Information Summit – NAFIS 2019In the United Kingdom, healthcare provider Bluecrest Health Screening saw value in integrating their contact center with their unified communication solution for their business environment. “In a competitive market like ours, you really need a joined-up solution – not an appointment system. Everyone in our team needs to understand where the customer is in their journey,” said Angela Rodbourne, Contact Centre Director at Bluecrest Health Screening. “That’s exactly what the 8×8 X Series delivers. The integrated UC and Contact Center solution enables agents to manage inbound calls, emails and cases easily, and now more calls are resolved the first time. The system has assisted in creating a better customer experience, and even during periods of rapid growth and system upgrades we maintained and increased our customer service rating with 93 percent of customers rating services as Excellent/Good, while the company’s online review score has reached 4.8/5.”“The demand for our Contact Center solution has been surging this year across both new and existing customers who realize the value in moving this key communications hub to the cloud. Five of our top 10 largest deals in fiscal Q4 ‘19 included Contact Center along with UC,” said Dejan Deklich, Chief Product Officer at 8×8. “This momentum is being driven by the adoption of our single technology platform which allows companies to bundle both their UC with their contact center for a comprehensive, real-time view of business performance. The adoption in contact centers is a reflection of the growing need in the marketplace for one cloud communications platform that helps businesses decrease time to resolution and enhance customer satisfaction.”Marketing Technology News: Motionloft named a 2019 Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Location Services and Applications8×8 Contact Center provides a complete suite of features including omnichannel, quality management and speech analytics, open APIs and pre-built integrations for major CRMs. The solution empowers agents and supervisors with the right information to ensure customer experiences that drive satisfaction and loyalty. Last week, 8×8 also launched 8×8 Service Management for Contact Center, a monthly service that provides hands-on administration and management of contact centers to ensure customers get the most value from their contact center investment.Marketing Technology News: Verasity Announces Integration with YouTubelast_img read more

Wibbitz Expands its Product Line to Include Fully Customizable Video Creation Interface

first_img automated video creationLightboxMarketing TechnologyNewsonline video creationTF1 groupWibbitz Previous ArticleCan Programmatic-Guaranteed Adtech Platforms Deliver 400%+ Increase in ROI?Next ArticleIssuu Launches Adobe InDesign Extension with New Issuu Story Cloud Wibbitz Expands its Product Line to Include Fully Customizable Video Creation Interface for Web Products and Mobile Applications Business WireJune 13, 2019, 2:24 pmJune 13, 2019 ‘Lightbox’ Enables In-platform Video Creation Capabilities, Driving Engagement, Retention, and New Revenue Streams Wibbitz, the leading automated video creation company, announced the launch of Lightbox, an API product that brings video creation capabilities to any website or application. Enterprises are able to build a fully customized interface that fits natively into the environment of their choice, offering their users a seamless video production experience with professional templates and easy editing tools. Lightbox expands the Wibbitz product line, joining its online video creation platform, and furthering the company’s mission to make professional video creation quick and accessible for all.“The preference for visual content is growing, and we’ve seen a steady diversification in both where video exists and how it’s being consumed today. This trend, in combination with platforms like ours, has allowed for a democratization of video creation”By 2020, online video is expected to make up more than 80% of all consumer internet traffic. Video’s immense growth stems from its ability to increase engagement, retention, and revenue. Including a video can increase web page conversion rate by 80%, and users spend 3X the amount of time on pages with video. The impact on sales is tremendous, 64% of consumers will make a purchase after watching a branded video.Marketing Technology News: Imperva to Acquire Distil Networks, the Industry-Recognized Leader in Bot ManagementVideo is industry-agnostic today, and any business interaction with consumers can be improved with video. Lightbox can be implemented within environments including:Product Pages: Ecommerce, Consumer Marketplace, AutoProfile Pages: Dating Websites and Apps, Service and Freelance NetworksListing & Directory: Food & Hospitality, Travel, Real EstateSocial Media PlatformsContent Management Systems (CMS)Video Advertising PlatformsThe TF1 Group currently operates Lightbox via its media buying platform La Box Enterprises, offering advertisers who do not use a media agency the opportunity to quickly and easily produce video ads. This provides small and medium-sized businesses the ability to run advertising on the TF1 group’s media while benefiting from video ad creation without ever leaving the platform.“With La Box Enterprises, we offer small and medium-sized advertisers an efficient and turnkey solution,” said Julien Boyreau, AdTech Director at Le Groupe TF1. “In order to simplify the process and guarantee them all the necessary tools to quickly create their first video campaign, we needed a very complete platform. By allowing these new advertisers to produce their own video ad spots directly within our platform, we offer them a complete and unique experience that meets their needs in terms of support and performance.”Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data EarningsWibbitz gives enterprises everything they need to support quick and professional quality video production, entirely within their existing web product or mobile application. Developer teams can easily integrate the Lightbox API, allowing them to upgrade products without investing significant time and resources.“The preference for visual content is growing, and we’ve seen a steady diversification in both where video exists and how it’s being consumed today. This trend, in combination with platforms like ours, has allowed for a democratization of video creation,” said Zohar Dayan, CEO & Co-founder at Wibbitz. “Lightbox is a progression of this movement, and will make video an even larger part of our everyday experience by giving people the ability to create professional-looking video in their favorite apps. We see video as being an integral part of daily life, so allowing businesses to tap into our video production technology is a natural next step for us as a company.”Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterpriseslast_img read more

TechBytes with Mark Onisk Chief Content Officer at Skillsoft

first_img Tell us about your role and journey into research. How did you arrive at Skillsoft?I came to Skillsoft through acquisition just over 7 years ago. During my time in the Ed Tech space, I’ve worked primarily in Product Development and R&D roles. Much of my tenure has been designing and developing Digital Learning models that improve retention, efficacy, and ROI. These have ranged from developing simulation and capstone activities for IT professionals and developers, building business scenario simulations and conducting research initiatives with leading academic institutions such as MIT.Which key technologies in Marketing and Customer Experience are you keenly following?The two key ones that we are tracking are Data Science, as wells as AI and Machine Learning. We believe that these two technologies will provide unprecedented opportunities in enriching the digital customer journey. By harnessing the data from seemingly routine customer interactions, organizations will be able to predict consumption patterns and preferences and build predictive experiences that recommend products, content, and services that offer unique value, at scale. Historically, this level of customer intimacy was required sustained human interaction and interpretation, but through improved technologies and toolsets, organizations will be able to drive this across multiple levels of the customer experience.Which industries and user groups rely the most on your training and technical content platform?Our customer base is fairly diverse. That said, we serve everyone from technology consulting firms and financial institutions to retail, manufacturing and food services. Our focus is to harness and drive value for diverse and global enterprises through rich, transformative learning experiences.Tell us more about your recent partnership with Wintellect.Our new partnership with Wintellect is an excellent complement to Skillsoft’s Technology and Developer content portfolio as the on-demand video-based content is tailored for a variety of learners, from novice software developers to advanced technical experts. The 500+ hours of an on-demand training range in topic areas from .NET, APIs and C Programming, to Azure, Blockchain and Machine Learning – all of which are critical for technology professionals to continually learn and gain proficiency in the latest advances. An added benefit from this partnership is program administrators have access to user’s learning data from Skillsoft’s Percipio Experience Services which streamlines administrators’ ability to conduct audits, manage training records and measure the value of learning across their organization.Do you provide any training on GDPR and Data Privacy benchmarks? Yes, we provide coverage in our Employment Law and Technology product offerings. In addition to video-based courses, we offer a range of digital books that go into more depth on these topics.How much of your own Data Management and Customer Engagements have been disrupted with the data privacy laws?This varies based on customer and geography. That said, I would say that data privacy is a key consideration in all of our product decisions. It’ something that we rigorously assess and analyze within our existing product set and when we decide to develop new capabilities. Skillsoft adheres to the most stringent data security regulations in the world and is recognized by institutions such as numerous US federal government agencies for our leadership in this space. We fully understand the importance of data privacy and security with our customers and go through extensive efforts to ensure that our solutions meet the highest industry guidelines.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Content and Marketing?This is difficult to answer precisely. That said, I would anticipate disruption to be fueled by organizations who harness and leverage data most effectively and ethically. I wouldn’t say that the market would be disrupted or led only by start-ups or new entrants.  My sense is that the advantage in this disruption will go to players who have the most reliable and relevant data set, which they leverage in a secure and ethical way to drive value. While new entrants will certainly look to leverage data, analytics, AI and ML in new and exciting ways, they will face the challenge in gathering meaningful data on end users, consumption, customer journeys and the like to deliver value, especially in the wake of tightening data privacy laws.How can Marketing teams better prepare for IT-specific Content requirements?I’d say the first point, is to deeply understand the consumption pattern for the technology and software development professionals. Which content are they searching for, which topics are fulfilled, which are not fulfilled by existing content?  What is the abandon rate for new content, older content? Which assets do they consume off-hours, when time is the most precious and competes with entertainment content platforms such as Netflix and Amazon. If the end-user consumption of content in a given topic is competing for off-hours, against these alternatives, there is likely a strong business case there.How do you prepare for these technologies?It goes without saying, but knowledge is key. Knowing how to collect and interpret data are critical elements in this transformation. Are you and your team skilled on the latest tools of data, such as Python, R, Hadoop, and Spark? Do you know what questions to ask? Do you have a hypothesis on how data will help your business? How might you validate this hypothesis?  How equipped is your current team to leverage data in all that they do? What is your plan to reskill them? What other tools or platforms do you need to invest in? There are several excellent books and digital courses on these very topics. As a first step, I’d suggest level setting the organization on a common set of terminology and understanding and then progress the organizational readiness assessment from there. TechBytes with Mark Onisk, Chief Content Officer at Skillsoft Sudipto GhoshJune 20, 2019, 1:00 pmJune 18, 2019 About Skillsoft About MarkAbout SkillsoftAbout Mark Mr. Mark Onisk has been Chief Content Officer of SkillSoft Corp. since 2018. Mr. Onisk is responsible for leading all aspects of the strategic direction, roadmap and development of Skillsoft’s content catalogue. He served as Senior Vice President of Skillsoft Books (formerly Books24x7).He served as Vice President of Learning Products for Element K Corporation. Mr. Onisk was responsible for the overall vision, strategy and execution of Element K’s content development. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Element K and NIIT’s custom development practice, Cognitive Arts. He is CompTIA Project+ certified. He holds an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and BA in Business Administration from SUNY at Brockport. Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, delivering beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft comprises three award-winning solutions that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform and the SumTotal suite for Human Capital Management.Skillsoft provides the most comprehensive selection of cloud-based corporate learning content, including courses, videos, books and other resources on Business and Management Skills, Leadership Development, Digital Transformation, IT Skills and Certification Training, Productivity and Collaboration Tools and Compliance. Percipio’s intuitive design engages modern learners and its consumer-led experience accelerates learning. The SumTotal suite features four key components built on a unified platform: Learning Management, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management. 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Amit Shah Targets Rahul Over NYAY Acronym Says Your Familys 5 Generations

first_img Amit ShahBharatiya Janata PartycongressLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: April 26, 2019, 7:56 PM IST Jalore: BJP president Amit Shah on Friday targeted Rahul Gandhi over the proposed minimum income scheme, Nyay, wondering what five generations of the Congress chief’s family did for the poor “except giving slogans”.”Rahul baba is touring the country and talking about giving ‘justice’. Rahul baba, five generations of your family have ruled the country for 55 years. What have they done except giving slogans to the poor of the country?” Shah said at a rally in Rajasthan’s Jalore. Gandhi had announced that Rs 72,000 would be given as minimum income annually to poor families, benefiting around 25 crore people, if the Congress comes to power in the Lok Sabha polls.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief said he was addressing the people here after visiting 259 different locations and one common thing he found was the “tremendous support in favour” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “all directions” of the country.”I have visited the east, west, north and south of the country and only one slogan is common: ‘Modi, Modi, Modi’. It has become a slogan of everyone in the country. The slogan is not just because of Modi’s popularity, but also due to the work done by the government under his leadership to win people’s heart,” Shah added. PTI last_img read more

Man Who Married Bareilly BJP MLAs Daughter Was Engaged to Another Woman

first_imgLucknow: The love story of the daughter of Uttar Pradesh BJP legislator Pappu Bhartaul who earlier alleged a threat to her life from her father after marrying a Dalit man, has taken a new twist. A family from Bhopal has now claimed that their daughter had been engaged to Sakshi Mishra’s ‘husband’, Ajitesh. According to the family, Ajitesh was engaged to their daughter a few months ago, but the engagement was called off after the groom’s side demanded excessive dowry. The family has also provided pictures of the engagement ceremony to corroborate their claim. Meanwhile, the BJP lawmaker has asked media and people not to engage him or his wife with the matter, threatening to otherwise commit suicide. In a debate on a television channel, Mishra reportedly said, “My wife is upset with the news going on in television and newspapers, she has fallen ill and is not taking her medicines.”The politician said he knows that Ajitesh is already engaged to someone.Sakshi, on the other hand, has claimed that she had been living under a lot of restrictions and was not allowed to move freely out of their house. Sakshi also alleged that she was not allowed to pursue her studies.The 23-year-old on Wednesday had uploaded a video on social media confirming her marriage to Ajitesh, 29, last week. The duo have sought police protection from the Allahabad High Court. In another video, Sakshi alleged a threat to her life from her father, brother and an associate and urged the Bareilly senior superintendent of police to provide security. She also warned that if anything happens to her or her husband, she would ensure her father is put behind bars.Interestingly, the priest of the temple mentioned in the marriage certificate produced by the couple denied issuing any such document, claiming it is not authentic. The priest also said that he would lodge a formal complaint in this regard.Meanwhile, Mishra on Thursday clarified that his daughter is an adult and free to marry the person of her choice. Mishra, who represents Bithari Chainpur constituency in Bareilly, said he has not issued any threats and his daughter is free to take her life decisions on her won.“The stories being run by the media are incorrect. My daughter is an adult and she is free to take her life decisions. No one from our family has issued any kind of threat. We are busy with the membership drive of the party. I wish her happiness wherever she is,” the BJP lawmaker had said. Bareilly BJP MLABJP legislator Pappu BhartaulSakshi Mishrauttar pradesh First Published: July 12, 2019, 11:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

After Siddhivinayak Temple Rebel Karnataka MLAs Offer Prayers at Shirdi Saibaba Temple

first_imgMumbai: Fourteen rebel MLAs from Karnataka, who have been camping in Mumbai since the last week, Saturday headed to Shirdi.The rebel legislators of the Congress-JD(S) will pay obeisance to Saibaba at the temple in Shirdi in Ahmednagar district. “The MLAs left for Shirdi in a private plane. They will return later in the day,” sources said.On Friday, four of the 14 legislators had visited the Siddhivinayak temple in central Mumbai and offered prayers to Lord Ganesh.The legislators have been camping in Mumbai since last Saturday after resigning and withdrawing support to the 13-month-old JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka, bringing it on the verge of collapse.They went to Bengaluru to submit their resignations on Thursday, but returned to a luxury hotel here the same day.The 11-day monsoon session of the Karnataka Legislature began on Friday. bengalurucongressCongress-JD(S) allianceJD(S) First Published: July 13, 2019, 3:04 PM ISTlast_img read more

Just drag and drop Using AI Skylum AirMagic edits drone photos for

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The program first uses the metadata to determine which drone was used to capture the image in order to work with the camera’s specific lens and color profile. After making corrections, the program’s algorithms address issues specific to the image. Skylum says the program can enhance the sky, remove haze, adjust the color and other adjustments based on the input image.AirMagic can work with multiple images in groups, working with up to 4GB of images at a time. Supporting major image formats, the program also works with RAW files. AirMagic can be used as a stand-alone program, or as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin.“We see our mission in creating easy-to-use yet powerful solutions for those who take photos. As experts in photo editing and A.I. technologies, we’ve created a unique, automated photo editing tool for aerial and drone photography. While drones are used by hobbyist and professional photographers alike, they’re also in growing usage in various fields ranging from safety and real estate to industrial and agricultural. I believe AirMagic will completely change the landscape for how aerial images are processed,” Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum, said in a press release. Outside of using the software for better photos, the company says the program can also be used in public safety and agriculture to quickly adjust groups of images, removing haze, and improve the image to see the data clearly.AirMagic, available for Mac and PC, retails for $39 as a license that can be used on up to two computers. As part of a launch special, Skylum is bundling the software with a $40 discount on the Lume Cube drone lighting kit, along with a drone photography ebook, a video class, and premium style set for the same price, valid through March 20. 1. Before 2. After Luminar’s A.I. tools expand for Photoshop, Lightroom via updated plug-in After Lightroom and Photoshop, Loupedeck brings tactile edits to Camera RAW Create apocalyptic A.I. worlds with this camera app that removes people from pics How to take a passport photo Tight on space? Here’s how to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer 1. Before 2. After Drones took photography to literal new heights, but when it comes to photo editing, aerial images tend to have a few quirks to correct. On Thursday, March 7, Skylum launched an artificially intelligent photo editor designed specifically for aerial shots called AirMagic.Like Skylum’s A.I.-powered photo editor Photolemur, AirMagic requires little input to actually edit images. Photographers drag the images into the app and the software does the rest, relying on machine learning to determine what should be adjusted and how. Because the software is trained specifically for aerial images, the company says the program is better able to capture the issues that frequently pop up in aerial photography, such as haze, contrast, sharpness, saturation, and chromatic aberration.last_img read more

FCC filing reveals impressive specs for luxury Movado Connect 20 smartwatch

first_imgJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsIf you’ve been waiting for an updated version of the Movado Connect smartwatch from 2017, then your wait may finally be at an end. According to an FCC filing (spotted by Droid Life), the Swiss watchmaker is putting the final touches to the upgraded version of its premium smartwatch. Here’s everything we know about the Movado Connect 2.FCC filings are pretty short on design specifications, but mentions of the watch as “MOVADO CONNECT 2.0/40” in the documents lead us to believe the casing for the watch will come in at 40mm. With the original watching rocking in at a sizeable 46.5mm, that’s a significant downgrade in size. Still, it’ll most likely be a welcome change. There’s also mention of a leather and metal strap, so expect to have swappable straps too. The only color mentioned thus far is black. We’re on firmer ground where the device’s specs are concerned. The processor isn’t explicitly named, but it will be powered by the Qualcomm APQ8009W, the application processor for both the Snapdragon Wear 2100 and the Wear 3100. Hopefully, the watch will run Qualcomm’s updated Wear 3100, as we’ve not seen enough smartwatches really adopt the new chip yet. The chances of the newer chip seem high though, as the other expected specs include 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, as well as support for Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, and an IPX8 rating for water and dust-resistance. That’s a fairly high spec watch, and we hope Movado would upgrade the processor to match. It’s also expected to run Wear OS 2.0.There are a couple of potential weaknesses, though. Mentioned is a fairly small 300mAh battery, which is the same size as the battery in the original watch. While it proved capable in the first Movado Connect, the meager capacity may not be able to keep up with the upgraded internals. It also seems that the Connect 2.0 will have an LCD screen, rather than the AMOLED display from the first Connect. There’s no mention of a potential release date, but if FCC certification is being cleared, then it’s a safe bet that the watch is on its way soon. Don’t expect it to come cheap though — Movado is a luxury watch brand, and it’s likely the Connect 2.0 will be priced to match its manufacturer’s reputation. The first Movado Connect was priced at $600 for the basic version, so don’t expect the Movado Connect 2.0 to come in any cheaper.That’s all we know for the moment — we’ll keep you updated as we hear more. Editors’ Recommendations Fossil drops prices on smartwatches with these Father’s Day promo codes Alpina AlpinerX review Mobvoi’s new TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE smartwatch lasts 2 to 30 days with a catch Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 review Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE hands-on reviewlast_img read more

The five key things we learned during the 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes unveiling

first_imgAdam Kaslikowski/Digital TrendsIt’s easy to underestimate the courage it took for Chevrolet to release a mid-engined Corvette. The model has used the exact same front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout for nearly 70 years. The good Corvettes were all built that way; the bad ones were, too. Suddenly stuffing the V8 behind the passenger compartment, and modifying the model’s proportions accordingly, takes the Corvette into an uncharted territory that fans will either love or hate. It’s like imagining the next Samsung Galaxy ran iOS, or Taco Bell started serving clam chowder in a bread bowl. Two worlds have collided.And yet, the mid-engined Corvette makes sense — on paper and in pixels, at least. It’s undeniably quick, it seemingly handles well, and Chevrolet didn’t forget to pack cutting-edge tech features into the cabin. The transformation doesn’t trigger a significant price increase, either.The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one of the new cars we’re most looking forward to driving in 2020. In the meantime, here are our main takeaways from the model’s unveiling in Los Angeles, where we saw the car in person, and chatted with the men and women who developed it.Adopting a mid-engined layout was inevitableAdam Kaslikowski/Digital TrendsChevrolet began experimenting with the idea of a mid-engined Corvette in the early 1960s, when engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov tirelessly worked to transform the nameplate from a boulevard cruiser to a world-class sports car. Chevrolet made over half a dozen prototypes, and it very nearly launched a mid-engined Corvette in 1980, but it has always found good reasons to back-pedal and remain true to tradition. Tadge Juechter, the model’s chief engineer, told Digital Trends he knew the shift was inevitable well before his team began developing the eighth-generation model.“We’ve known for some time that we were reaching the limits [of handling] with a front-mounted engine,” he explained. He added that he began seriously thinking about making the Corvette mid-engined when the sixth-generation model made its debut in 2005.It speaks tech fluentlyChevrolet didn’t skimp on tech. The driver faces a 12-inch, configurable screen that replaces the digital instrument cluster. Its appearance changes depending on which one of the six driving modes is selected. The screen on the center console displays the next generation of Chevrolet’s infotainment system, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and can receive over-the-air software updates. Wireless device charging is offered, too.The 2020 Corvette is also available with Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder (PDR) technology. It’s a neat, high-tech driving analysis tool that lets enthusiasts record track runs and point-to-point road courses using a high-definition camera mounted near the top of the windshield. The software overlays data sent by sensors like the steering angle, the car’s speed, and the position of the brake and the throttle pedal over the recorded footage to let enthusiasts analyze each track run.Footage is stored on an SD card. It can be uploaded to a computer, or viewed directly on the car’s touchscreen. PDR is useful off the track, too. It can function as a standard dash cam, so you can record your most scenic drives to share them with friends and family, or catch footage of an alien ship landing on the Toyota Corolla traveling in front of you.It’s still user-friendly… for the most partAdam Kaslikowski/Digital TrendsChevrolet made the Corvette more hardcore without compromising day-to-day usability. It offers 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space split into two compartments. The one in the front, right between the wheels, is big enough for an airline-spec carry-on suitcase and a laptop bag. The one in the back, directly behind the engine, can take a full-size suitcase or two carry-ons. Alternatively, it can house the standard removable roof, which allows users to go topless on a whim. Both storage compartments are made with composite materials, and they’re light enough to float in water.Leather and suede upholstery play starring roles inside the Corvette. Real aluminum adorns the center console, though carbon fiber trim is available, and the speaker grilles are stainless steel. Speaking of music, the standard sound system is a 10-speaker setup sourced from Bose. Chevrolet put a significant amount of effort into ensuring the 2020 Corvette is as enjoyable to drive across America as it is to race around Road America.And yet, designers ran out of time, imagination, or both when they searched for the most ergonomic way to integrate the HVAC controls. 14 buttons and two toggle switches arranged in a row split the cabin in half like a Roman aqueduct. They’re seemingly redundant, too, because we spot a “climate” icon on the infotainment system.It has one of the smartest front lift systems we’ve ever seenAdam Kaslikowski/Digital TrendsThe low-slung stance helps the Corvette’s handling, but it also gives every speed bump the coveted opportunity to meet the bottom part of its front bumper. Chevrolet fitted the car with a lift system that raises the front end by about two inches at the push of a button to prevent these costly encounters. It’s a common feature in the supercar world, and it came in handy when we drove the Lamborghini Aventador S on Spanish back roads, but the firm took it a step further by adding a memory function.When you approach a speed bump or a steep driveway, and you push the lift button to pump up the front end, the navigation system asks if you want to save the obstacle’s coordinates. If you tap yes, the car will memorize the location of the obstacle, and it will automatically lift itself the next time it detects it’s about to drive over it. It can remember up to 1,000 points so you don’t have to.It’s still priced like a Corvette, and it’s going globalThe eighth-generation, 495-horsepower Corvette shares little more than a name, a few styling cues, and a big V8 engine with its predecessors. It’s a completely new kind of beast, one that’s much more brutal than we’re used to, and its specifications sheet suggests it should be priced well above $100,000. Chevrolet didn’t want to stray from the model’s value-packed origins, though. Pricing for the entry-level model will start at under $60,000, a figure that puts it in the same ballpark as its predecessor. Rivals like the Audi R8 and the Acura NSX are considerably more expensive; the V10-powered R8 costs $169,900, while the gasoline-electric NSX carries a base price of $157,500. Put another way, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers Ferrari-like performance for the price of a Porsche 718 Cayman.Chevrolet hopes this unique proposition will allow it to truly take the Corvette global. The eighth-generation model is the first one developed with right-hand drive markets in mind. Previously, buyers in Japan, in Hong Kong, or in the United Kingdom had to settle for driving a left-hand drive car, or commission a conversion from a third-party shop. 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