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New smartphone app lets users text 'eyes-free'

New smartphone app lets users text 'eyes-free' | OTT Technology | Scoop.it

For visually impaired iPhone users, text messaging poses a definite problem. Voice recognition software may help, but what to do when a message needs to be a bit more discreet?

 

Now, thanks to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, those who have trouble seeing can now text “eyes-free” by using BrailleTouch, a piece of software that lets users text on a smartphone without glancing at the screen.

 

 


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OVERNIGHT TECH: Local officials urge FCC to block Verizon-cable deal - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

OVERNIGHT TECH: Local officials urge FCC to block Verizon-cable deal - The Hill's Hillicon Valley | OTT Technology | Scoop.it

Local officials in five cities told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday that Verizon's proposed collaboration with Comcast and other cable TV players could discourage Verizon from expanding its own FiOS cable network to their communities.

 

The deal allows Verizon to buy airwaves, known as spectrum, from cable companies including Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. Under a separate deal announced simultaneously, Verizon and the cable companies agreed to cross-sell each other’s services.

 

While Verizon has built out its FiOS network in communities across the country, it has focused much of its investment on suburban areas, where it is easier to deploy physical infrastructure. The officials and community groups from Albany, N.Y., Baltimore, Md., Boston, Mass., Buffalo, N.Y. and Syracuse, N.Y., told the FCC that the deal would deprive their cities of the benefits of competition.

 

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New smartphone app lets users text 'eyes-free'

New smartphone app lets users text 'eyes-free' | OTT Technology | Scoop.it

For visually impaired iPhone users, text messaging poses a definite problem. Voice recognition software may help, but what to do when a message needs to be a bit more discreet?

 

Now, thanks to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, those who have trouble seeing can now text “eyes-free” by using BrailleTouch, a piece of software that lets users text on a smartphone without glancing at the screen.

 

 


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UN sets global broadband targets

UN sets global broadband targets | OTT Technology | Scoop.it

The UN is determined to see broadband as widely adopted as other vital services and has set ambitious new targets.

 

It calls on all countries to put in place broadband strategies by 2015.

 

By that time it wants to see 60% of people in the developed world online, with a slightly lower target of 50% for people living in the developing countries.

 

It also wants net access to be made available to 40% of households in the developing world by 2015.

 

It emphasised that broadband services must be "affordable" - amounting to less than 5% of average monthly incomes.


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Worldwide, Broadband demand & speeds are zooming

Worldwide, Broadband demand & speeds are zooming | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
Akamai's The State of the Internet report for the second quarter of 2011 shows the unrelenting march of broadband continues unabated all across our planet.
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Digital textbooks open a new chapter

Digital textbooks open a new chapter | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
South Korea is embarking on a new educational chapter - digitising its entire curriculum.
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Modern Technology | FUTURE TECH

Modern Technology | FUTURE TECH | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
The growth of Technology and science permit size conversation today in order that we all not simply possess the tv, stereo and newspaper, nevertheless even mobile phones which renders the multipurpose program; through long distance ...
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» Concept media player. Future technology

» Concept media player. Future technology | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
Future of technology,Innovation,The Future Now,future technology devices concept,future technology 2010,future technology predictions,the future of cell phones,hi-tech future gadgets.
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2 GB Digital Voice Recorder With Voice Detection Activation - The Latest Technology of Today | Electronics World

2 GB Digital Voice Recorder With Voice Detection Activation - The Latest Technology of Today | Electronics World | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
PRODUCT REVIEW: the Micro Digital Voice Recorder with 2 Gigabytes Built-In Memory & FM RadioKey Features: 2 GB memor (pc voice recorder http://t.co/k7BaWixR :) 2 GB Digital Voice Recorder...
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Odd Couple | Facebook

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
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TV Audience Shrinking on Friday Nights

TV Audience Shrinking on Friday Nights | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
Friday is, after Saturday, the loneliest night of the week in the television business, particularly for networks that appeal to younger viewers.
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Changes to the Justice System – the Impact of Technology

Changes to the Justice System – the Impact of Technology | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
I am a member of the eLawyering Task Force of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section (LPM).   LPM is one of the ABA’s sections which houses thousands of lawyers who pa...
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How the Lines Between Search and Social Will Blur in 2012

How the Lines Between Search and Social Will Blur in 2012 | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
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Broadband World Forum

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27-29 September 2011,

CNIT, La Défense,

Paris, France

 


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When does sharing become stealing?

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...What is clear is that there is no current set of best practices for TV Everywhere authentication. Those operators who provide multiple accounts generally seem to limit each one to one simultaneous login per stream. Other operators enable users to log in only with the master account, generally to ensure that subscribers won’t want to also share their billing information, usage data and parental controls with others. But they will allow multiple simultaneous streams on that account. Others will have one stream and one account. It is the Wild West out there, possibly for good reason.  

The password-sharing phenomenon:  So how prevalent are these shared accounts? At this point, probably not very. For now, I am probably the exception rather than the rule — but I’m sure I’m not alone.  Anecdotal evidence tells me that subscribers to video services tend to share within a household or among a group of friends regardless of the price. I have seen friends share usage of a Netflix or Hulu Plus account. More surprisingly, some friends who share tend not to expect payment back in return for shared access.  But that’s just $7.99 per month for a range of older library content. What happens when you are charging upward of $100 for cable access and are offering up content that is only available with a cable subscription? HBO shows, for example, are only available on DVD and Blu-ray long after a season ends, generally about a month or so before a new season begins. And you won’t find them anywhere online unless you have a TV Everywhere account. But if you do, you will be able to watch episodes the next day and increasingly on the device of your choice.  

A problem for the college generation?  For now, sharing of TV Everywhere accounts is still limited to those who know what those services are, and the industry as a whole still has a long way to go to educate their customers about the streaming content they have access to. But there is one demographic that seems perfectly situated to take advantage of TV Everywhere logins: college students.  As a whole, college kids are tech-savvy, watch content on multiple platforms, and generally don’t have a lot of disposable income. Moreover, they don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to whatever content is available through their university dorm’s cable offering. So being able to keep tabs on some of their favorite cable programming while away from home can be a value-add, indeed.  One cable network spokesperson who wished to remain anonymous told me it is not necessarily a bad thing for college students to have access while at school. After all, it only drives interest in the programming when they graduate and get their first jobs. But the question remains whether TV Everywhere will eventually convert them to become paying cable customers when they graduate or if they will continue to use Mom and Dad’s account. That is something big cable might have to worry about, especially as the cost of services continues to increase...


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New Technology Turns Hand Gestures into Music | LiveScience

New Technology Turns Hand Gestures into Music | LiveScience | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
For instance, a closed right hand creates consonants, and opening it creates vowels.
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GE Backing ComEd's Efforts to Modernize Power Grid

GE Backing ComEd's Efforts to Modernize Power Grid | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
GE Backing ComEd's Efforts to Modernize Power Grid: As a world leader in grid-modernization technology, GE belie...
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Satellite Broadband: The next Utility? | Satellite Evolution Group

  With the launch of Viasat-1 last night, the super satellite that can harness a huge 140 Gbps of throughput, the prominence of broadband and the quest to reach those who do not have access to broadband connectivity, is in the news once again.

  Broadband is playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives both at work and as entertainment but this revolution is evidently not reaching everyone, everywhere. Now that governments have been set the task of ensuring that broadband is available to all, this is putting pressure on terrestrial broadband operators to reach users with ever-faster broadband speeds.

  Broadband has never been so popular and is being used in all parts of our daily lives to improve our work, play and also to deliver critical services within defence, health, education and humanitarian sectors, to name but a few. We all want to be able to access the Internet whenever we want. In fact the consumer, it has to be said, has become a little greedy. In response to our insatiable demand for more sophisticated means of networking and entertainment we are seeing a new wave of devices and services that go well beyond the good old personal computer.


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Hulu Plus headed to Nintendo Wii, 3DS

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Online TV service will debut on Nintendo devices by end of this year.
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Facebook Looks to Jumpstart App Development by Bringing Its Open Graph Roadshow Across the US

Facebook Looks to Jumpstart App Development by Bringing Its Open Graph Roadshow Across the US | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook Looks to Jumpstart App Development by Bringing Its Open Graph Roadshow Across the US http://t.co/YWttsTk5...
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Tapscott: How technology is changing your career

Tapscott: How technology is changing your career | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
Author Don Tapscott talks about how to embrace change and embark on a lifetime of learning (Stay flexible...Tapscott: How technology is changing your career http://t.co/QOdn1vuJ via...
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Google engineer on Google+ platform: 'Pathetic afterthought'

Google engineer on Google+ platform: 'Pathetic afterthought' | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
In a post meant to have been private but posted publicly (to Google+), Steve Yegge expresses deep frustrations about the Google+ platform, suggesting that very few people at Google even understand platforms.
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Could Social Media Devalue Brands? - Forbes

Could Social Media Devalue Brands? - Forbes | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
Social media are redefining brand identities in a profound way. These media are another important step in the democratization of the media business. An October article in The Economist described (Could Social Media Devalue Brands?
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Steampunk Xbox 360 Controller Will Rejuvenate Your… | Bit Rebels

Steampunk Xbox 360 Controller Will Rejuvenate Your… | Bit Rebels | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
It's time for another tidbit of steampunk here on Bit Rebels.
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End date for analogue TV is set

End date for analogue TV is set | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
Analogue TV signals will no longer be broadcast after 24 October 2012 as the UK completes its conversion to digital television.
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Next-gen mobile apps require new bandwidth options

Next-gen mobile apps require new bandwidth options | OTT Technology | Scoop.it
For new-fangled 4G mobile apps to really take off in a world with few unlimited data plans, service providers need yield management and the ability to package requisite bandwidth with the apps.
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