Topics Officials have released shocking video of an attack on a man lying on the sidewalk in San Francisco, a city that has become an emblem of American’s homelessness crisis.A man wearing a slim fitting suit and black beanie, and carrying a slim black briefcase, is walking on a city sidewalk when he veers off course to approach a person lying down. The assailant then kicks the prone victim twice, apparently in the head, before appearing to say something, then turning and walking away. Support The Guardian Poverty US crime San Francisco The San Francisco police department, which released the video on Thursday, is seeking help from the public to identify the suspect in connection with aggravated assault. Officers did not provide any additional information about the attack or the condition of the victim.The attack took place in the city’s Tenderloin, a neighborhood with a high concentration of single-room occupancy hotels and organizations that offer services for the poor and homeless. The neighborhood, like all of San Francisco, has steadily gentrified in recent years, with more tech company offices moving into the area. Read more In city known for homelessness crisis, police release video of man in suit kicking another person in the head Share on Facebook Since you’re here… 0:30 Play Video Share via Email Shares501501 Share on Twitter Email This article is more than 1 year old Shocking video captures attack on person lying on San Francisco sidewalk Man kicks person lying on San Francisco street amid homelessness crisis – video … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rise of the yimbys: the angry millennials with a radical housing solution Social exclusion This article is more than 1 year old @juliacarriew Homelessness Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco San Francisco Last modified on Fri 8 Jun 2018 11.30 EDT Thu 7 Jun 2018 21.27 EDT Housing news
US unions “Some of our local presidents were calling and saying they saw what was happening in West Virginia and Oklahoma and that they had been hearing in their locals that there were teachers and school employees seeing these strikes and becoming inspired,” says Larry Carter, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.Teachers say that the key to these strikes being able to galvanize public support is connecting the cause of teachers to wider community issues.“This is a public sector strike, we service children so if we don’t have the kids at school, we gotta have community folks out here that are gonna talk of kids,” said Tia Edison, a teacher from Louisville, who helped organized a strike there in the spring. “If you don’t have community support, it’s going to fail.”The AFT used their rally to push not just better schools, but also gun control.Speaking at the rally was Mei Ling, a rising senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, where 17 were killed in February including three members of the AFT.“We need to stand up, we need to speak out because no else is going to do it for us,” said Ling, a survivor of the Parkland massacre speaking from the back of an improvised stage on a pickup truck. “We have a president who doesn’t care about any one of us, just about the blood money inside of his pocket.”As Ling was speaking, fireworks from nearby PNC Park were set off as a player hit a home run. Visibility triggered by the explosions, Ling started to tremble and stopped speaking. Randi Weingarten the president of the AFT, stepped up on the pickup truck and began to pat Ling’s back in an effort to comfort her.“[These students] are speaking truth to us, and sometimes even we feel anguished by their truth and the truth they need to speak,” said Weingarten.Weingarten has been at the forefront of efforts to get the labor movement more engaged on gun control. The National Rifle Association even targeted her after she helped to lead a union effort to divest from gun companies.As a labor leader, Weingarten, the first openly lesbian president of a major union, has been a trailblazing leader; pushing the labor movement to engage more on issues of race and gender and to get involved in community struggle in an effort to engrain unions more in the political fabric of communities. Her organizing efforts appeared to pay off as public opinion polling showed massive support for the wave of teachers’ strikes that hit the nation this spring.While her union faces its toughest challenge in decades after the supreme court’s decision in the Janus case, she thinks the ruling has given her union a golden opportunity to organize.“I am more than excited than ever,” said Weingarten. “They rue the day they decided to come after us because it’s motivated us even more.” US unions Share on WhatsApp Sun 15 Jul 2018 09.43 EDT Mike Elk in Pittsburgh @MikeElk Reuse this content Addressing the meeting on Friday, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said: “We have to gear up again, because the challenges we face now are truly unlike any we have seen for some time.”However, teachers gathered in Pittsburgh say that instead of being deterred by the attacks on them that the attacks have forced their union’s member to re-engage more in order to keep members from leaving their unions.“Whose schools? Our schools,” cried out Chicago Teachers Union vice-president Jesse Sharkey as thousands of teachers poured out of the David L Lawrence convention center and into the blistering heat of Pittsburgh’s streets.“We are all militant again, we will all go to jail if we have to,” said Robert Russo, a teacher union leader from New Jersey who served 15 days in jail in 1970 for his role in an illegal teachers strike. “They are taking away rights, they are taking away everything we have worked for years and people are very invigorated.”Despite school being out for the summer, teachers around the country aren’t taking a break. They are mobilizing support for more teachers strikes in states across the country including in Louisiana, where a survey of 3,800 teachers in May performed by the union showed that 61% of teachers supported a strike. Pinterest Since you’re here… Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. 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Audience reacts to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton during her speech at the convention of the American Federation of Teachers on Friday, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Thousands of teachers gathered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this weekend for the American Federation of Teachers’ convention and to discuss a plan of action for the new school year after a series of extraordinary strikes across the US over pay and conditions.The convention comes as the teachers’ union movement has been galvanized by a wave of strikes, mainly in traditionally Republican states. At the same time, public sector unions are facing a brand new assault on their finances after the supreme court ruled in June that public sector employees in unionized workplaces can opt out of paying union dues. 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As the world of technology expands, many options are becoming more accessibleto individuals with a myriad of disabilities. A majority of companies nowadays areequipping their new products with Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi compatibility, thusallowing individuals to personally operate switches and other devices (i.e. lights,door locks, thermostats, etc.) in their home—while being away from home.Individuals are able to do so via their smartphones, tablets, and computers. Thisblog will focus on the intelligent thermostat Nest and the great benefits it provides individuals, especially within the disabled community.The Nest, an intelligent thermostat which can benefit many different consumers.The Nest is an intelligent thermostat, meaning it learns the occupants’ habits, thus it isable to sense motion and turn the heat on and off accordingly; this is a greatadvantage in regards to energy as it doesn’t run the heat when not necessary (i.e.when occupants are away from home.) As the Nest quickly learns the habitsof the building’s occupants, such as when they return from work, it would kick theheat on in enough time to warm the home prior to the occupants return. The Nest is aesthetically pleasing with its sleek and simple design, and is easily installed and comes with the necessary tools to do so; only requirement is Wi-Fi at the place of installation.Upon installation, the occupants will manually set their preferred temperature by simply turning the dial surrounding the device. After about a week the Nest will have learned the desired temperature(s), allowing individuals to not have to worry about adjusting the temperature so they can be comfortable in their own home, as well as not having to worry about wasting any energy.This product will especially be helpful to wheelchair users who cannot reach a thermostat, or others with poor motor skills who struggle operating a standard thermostat and all of its small, hard-to-push buttons. If for any reason this intelligent thermostat is inaccessible, the temperature and settings may be simply altered by all occupants via their smartphone, tablet, or computer– anytime, anywhere.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ058 – Q1 Wheelchair ramps Q2 Smart plugs in real life Q3 Using Echo to send text messages Q4 Large print thermostats Q5 Computer and wheelchair interfaces Q6 Cheapest Internet accessJuly 24, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”Thermostats for People with Low VisionApril 23, 2013In “Products and Devices”ATFAQ027 – Q1. iPad and computer mounting options for someone’s wheelchair? Q2. Any good recommendation for an Macbook charger cable? Q3. What is the most accessible thermostat (Siri and VoiceOver compatible?)? Q4. Any information on the BrailleNote Touch and what should be considered when purchasing a note taking device? Q5. Any suggestions for computer access when the person has both a vision and mobility impairment? Q6. Wildcard: What was your first computer? How was your computer use then different than now?April 11, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”
——-transcript follows ——BRIAN MACDONALD: Hi, this is Brian MacDonald, and I’m the president of National Braille Press, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE 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 163 of Assistive Technology Update. It’s scheduled to be released on July 11 of 2014.Today my guest is Brian MacDonald who is the president of the National Braille Press and we’re going to spend some time talking about some new developments they have in terms of braille displays and a full-page braille and tactile tablet. Some information from the UK about a virtual reality room helping folks with autism overcome phobias, and easy way to make larger print text on your Mac computer, a new on-screen keyboard called Click2Speak, and some tips on making your window store apps more accessible.We hope you’ll check out our website at www.eastersealstech.com. Give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124. Give us your questions, your comments or your feedback, or shoot us a note over on Twitter at INDATA Project.From Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, they are talking about a thing called the blue room. The blue room is a 360 degree controlled environment. It includes screens that go from the floor to the ceiling and they will project information or an environment on the screen to help somebody with autism overcome some of their phobias. Examples of the information that gets projected on the screens are a busy bus, somebody crossing a high bridge, or somebody going shopping and interacting with a clerk in a shop.The idea is that individuals with autism or other intellectual disabilities can spend time in this room adjusting to these environments and a very controlled way and maybe use some relaxation techniques or other kinds of techniques to deal with that and overcome some of the fears that they might have dealing with some of these places. Dr. Jeremy Parr, who is a clinical senior lecturer and specializes in pediatric neuro-disability, talks about parents and the effects are felt much later after the therapy is done. He says, “Parents told us that they can see the difference in the children over the course of the four session program. Pictures and are now much better at coping with the situation that they want found distressing. 12 months later the children are still able to cope.” Pretty interesting virtual-reality situation. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to the Daily Mail so you can learn more about this room that’s helping people with autism overcome their fears.ATMac.org is a great blog that is subtitled, “Empowering Apple Users with Disabilities.” They have a lot of helpful hints over there come and the one that I found this week that I thought was worth mentioning is how to enlarge text in OS 10. If you’re using a Mac, in most applications you can type a command plus and that will enlarge the text size and most of your OS X applications. Conversely come a if you do command minus, it will shrink the text back down a little bit. It doesn’t work in every application but I found that it works in most of them. It’s something that I use all the time. If you’re on a Mac and you want to make the text a little bit bigger, try command plus. Make it smaller, command minus. Check our show notes and I’ll have a link over to ATMac.org and you can learn more about the details on how to do that.[Inaudible Speaker]WADE WINGLER: What you’re hearing there is a voice of Gal Sont who is the cofounder of Click2Speak. It’s a new on-screen keyboard program. He was interviewed by the BBC about computer access. Click2Speak is powered by Swiftkey which is a very popular on-screen keyboard. It’s available for Windows and has some cool features. It includes the support for more than 60 languages, it has some amazing and award-winning word prediction, it floats over other application. So much like on your smartphone when the screen doesn’t allow you to input information, the keyboard is gone, but when you land on an area that does allow you to input information into your phone, the keyboard will pop up. In this case on your computer. It has the ability to do auto spacing, auto capitalization, different keyboard layouts and different sizes. It also has a dwell that will allow you to initiate a mouse click by hovering. It’s supposed to work with eye gaze or other camera-based tracking systems. I can’t find information about the cost, although the press release says it will be low-cost and seems that there is a lot of questions about exactly how Click2Speak is going to work. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes. You can navigate over there and check out for yourself. There’s even a button to download it and try on Windows. Check out the show notes to find more information on Click2Speak.Are you a developer of window store apps for the Windows platform? Or are you a user of assistive technology who wishes that a particular app was a little bit more accessible? I’ve got a blog post here from Windows.com that talks about how to test apps for accessibility in the window store. It goes through some of the details talking about using standard controls and templates, using a tool called the UI accessibility checker, it also talks about how to make sure that your keyboard accessibility is in place. How to make sure that narrator works a little bit better. Even how to access the W3C color contrast analyzer to make sure that the colors in your app are going to be accessible to people who might have trouble with their vision. It’s a whole long list of things a developer can do or uses of apps can directed developers to do to make sure that those ones apps I’m accessible. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes and you can learn more about testing for accessibility in window store apps.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.>> This is Amy Barry with BridgingApps and this is an app worth mentioning. Today I’m going to share an app with you called Sago Mini DoodleCast. It’s a really super cute and fun digital storytelling app for younger students to express themselves artistically and verbally. This app is great for preschool, elementary, and speech therapy students.Users are presented with a partial drawing and correlating question sentence underneath it. This is the story prompt. The narrator reads the sentence and users can begin with a first drawing or they can scroll through and choose another topic. When they are ready to begin, the user taps the screen and the displayed image increases to a full screen with a color palette and drawing options at the bottom. At the top is a timer display to show recording is in process that can be paused and a checkmark to touch when the story is complete. The student draws their picture and verbally chats about it as they go.After the student finishes, they are taking to a new screen with they can view a mini movie of their drawing. The movies are safe to file where they have the option to watch, download, and share it. There are 36 partial drawings within the app to tell a story with. The option is available to capture images with the camera within the app and draw and record original stories.Our students really enjoy this app and amaze us with their creativity. Some are even singing with their stories as they draw which is really cute. Students with autism spectrum disorder are communicating their feelings and conveying messages via their digital stories. Students are learning to self-correct by listening to their recorded voice.BridgingApps teachers and students love Sago Mini DoodleCast. Sago Mini DoodleCast is $2.99 at the iTunes Store, and this app can be used on iPads and iPhones. For more information on this app and others like it, visit BridgingApps.org.WADE WINGLER: I spend a lot of time keeping up with what’s happening in the world of assistive technology. I have a personal passion for braille. I’ve been working with folks were blind or visually impaired for a little over 20 years now and think that braille is important. I’m excited to have a return guest on our show today. Brian MacDonald is the president of the National Braille Press and is a strong advocate for the use of braille. Very knowledgeable and has some updates for us in terms of some new technology that’s happening. Before we jump in to all of that, Brian, are you on the line?BRIAN MACDONALD: Yes, I am, Wade. Nice to talk to you again.WADE WINGLER: Thank you so much for coming back on the show. I know you are a busy guy. I know it’s a busy time of the year and there’s a lot going on. I’m really interested in hearing about some of the new technology developments, specifically with Braille 2 Go and a tablet and some things you guys are talking about. We have some new listeners in our audience. I thought it might be useful if we started off just with a quick reminder of what is National Braille Press, how you got started, what things you guys do on a daily basis.BRIAN MACDONALD: National Braille Press is a nonprofit. We’ve been around for ages seven years. We were founded in 1927. Our focus and primary mission is providing information in braille for both children and adults so that it impacts them from a school and education perspective but also for lifelong learning. We produce books for Library of Congress and we do a lot of applications for our own magazine. We also provide a number of books on technology and other subjects that we write with blind authors for our audience that are very popular like how to use iOS and the iPad and the iPhone and different types of applications. That’s a quick update.WADE WINGLER: That helps a whole lot. To lay the groundwork just a little further for the conversation, why is braille so important?BRIAN MACDONALD: Braille is our middle name, National Braille Press.WADE WINGLER: Right. Literally.BRIAN MACDONALD: NBP.org for those who want to look us up. Basically in our perspective, braille is pure literacy, the true way of defending literacy for a blind or visually impaired person. If you think about it, yes there is audiobooks and different types of screen reading technologies that are very supportive, and we certainly believe in having multiple modal opportunities for reading ,but when you look at the idea of trying to learn grammar and sentence structure and creative writing and spelling, all of those factors really rely on the capability of rereading and reading words and how they are spelled by braille, by visually feeling them with your fingers. That can’t happen with audio. If you look at the complex part of learning, massive science applications, it’s very difficult to listen to a very complex geometry layout or a complex massive science technician or equation without having the ability to be greeted and go back over it in review it. Your learning is engaged more actively with your fingers than just passively listening. We think braille is really critical for lifelong learning, independence, and for employment opportunities.WADE WINGLER: It harkens back to a long time when I heard a presentation by gentleman who was reading Shakespeare in braille with all kinds of denunciations and those kind of thing. And then hit play on a screen reader and let it read Shakespeare and there’s a sharp contrast just in that situation about the benefit of braille. Not only that but scientific notation are the kinds of things I totally get.Brian, I know that we are both interested and enthusiastic about technology, especially as it applies to braille. I’ve been doing some research in my personal life related to braille recently so I’m gaining an even more significant appreciation of the technology behind electronic braille. I know that you guys have some efforts there on your Center for Braille Innovation, Braille 2 G, and some things about a tablet. Can you give us some updates with Braille 2 Go specifically?BRIAN MACDONALD: Sure. The Braille 2 Go, which we call B2G, we’ve been working on for almost 4 years now. It was born before that but four years of hard research and development. It’s been a long haul. We’ve raised almost $1 million for it to get to where it is today. We spent $1 million. We are now ready to get to that production level and I’m happy to say that we received funding to put it into production so we’re gearing up now and doing a lot of scrambling to meet with the contract manufacturers and update certain information on user interface so that this product can finally come to market. We’re really excited about that.It is an android version, a 20 cell portable computer, really like a portable laptop computer braille display. Even with a phone built-in so you can make it a GSM or CDMA network with your service provider, Bluetooth obviously to talk. That’s going to be built-in every B2G whether you want it that way or not. A lot of people obviously have different types of phones and we’re not trying to make it replace all those but it has that capability built in.We are excited. It’s a very versatile product. What I think is unique with a B2G compared to traditional notetakers that are out there today is that it’s an open-source platform with android. For the first time I feel that, as a user, you take control of this device. You Taylor it the way you want. You make the home screen you want, the apps you want. You have freedom to go to that Play market and download accessible apps that benefit you whether you’re a child who wants to do games or word games or something, or an adult in the workplace that was things applicable to them. I like the freedom that it provides in a device that I don’t think has been available today.WADE WINGLER: there is a lot of exciting stuff going on there. I have a couple of questions. One, I know that costs and affordability something that you guys are focused on. That’s question number one. The other one that I’ll throw iin there, because I’ll probably forget if I don’t is calm a what was your advice for people who are looking for accessible apps from the Google Play Store? Cost and then how to find accessible apps.BRIAN MACDONALD: Right. First on the cost. The reason we founded the Center for Braille Innovation five years ago is because the cost for these devices is extremely prohibitive. I just met someone who just retired from the EPA who is blind and she always had a device given to her from the government. She retired and now she saying wow, I need one. I can’t live without one but it’s $6000. That’s always a challenge.Obviously we wanted to find a way to make come a in our opinion, a better mousetrap. A device that has all of the bells and whistles people want but at a much lower cost. With B2G we haven’t set a final retail price yet but is not more than $2500 and we’d love to get it closer to $2000. It will probably settle around for a $300 or I don’t know exactly. We have to haggle with the contractor. That’s one important factor. I’m not saying $2300 is cheap. That’s not. Our goal is obviously to find new technologies which will talk about in a minute about the future of braille and e-braille technologies that can really lower the cost even more. We felt that in the meantime we could make a difference in the market. If schools are trying to buy devices, they can maybe by three of these instead of one. It helps individuals as well maybe be able to afford one of these. We want to make a difference now and as soon as we can and then look for future technologies for the world.Android, the Play Market, the good news about open-source things like android is its open-source and you can go anywhere you want. The bad news is developers make whatever they want and they aren’t always accessible. I know we’ve worked very closely with Google in our development of B2G and they’ve been supportive of us. I know the former head of accessibility at Google was talking about having a rating system on the play market just like you do for how good an app is, we would also have a rating of accessibility. I think that would be a great improvement to have in the future.But as we develop our B2G and get things out there, we are certainly going to do our own reference to apps that we think are very good and accessible and give guidance to people as to ones that we think are pretty good and versatile. Obviously you’re going to have that landmine where you might download an app that you want to try and it might not be accessible. You can delete it. That’s the world as it is today. The good news I say is still, you have the freedom to do whatever you want and look for whatever you want. That’s still a nice thing to have. Improvements will come with that and we certainly want to provide an accessible app guideline to that for android ultimately.WADE WINGLER: That the question is going to ask. Are there resources out there for developers to learn how to do that the right way and is that something that National Braille Press is working on, teaching developers how to make accessible apps?BRIAN MACDONALD: What’s interesting is we’ve been invited to the Google I/O of conference every year. I was there when they actually did a development class, like 5000 developers that go to this event, and their whole purpose of it was to say if you just know a few think something different as you develop that first app, it’s just like universal design. If you right from the beginning thought about that, you could make your app still as effective and functional as you want but also make it totally accessible.They are making a really proactive effort to get developers to understand that. These developers are all over the world and not just at the Google I/O conference so there’s always that challenges spreading the word about that. We haven’t done that directly yet but it think we’d love to be involved in making sure that that can happen. One thing we are doing is we have a Touch of Genius award we give out every year thanks to the Give Me Family Foundation that funded it. We focus much more on apps in reference to blind and low vision issues of course, but also accessibility, so I think in our own effort we are trying to promote that more. I think it will eventually grow organically as well. That’s a good thing.WADE WINGLER: I think it’s important and I’m glad you guys have that on your horizon. Brian, what’s happening with the tablet and what’s happening in the emerging world of technology as it relates to refreshable braille and tactile graphics and all that kind of stuff?BRIAN MACDONALD: This is really good timing because I spent last week in a couple of meetings in Louisiana for the National Conference on Student Assessments, NCSA, that just occurred. We demonstrated there a full page, graphic and braille display. It’s using a shape memory alloy. Basically it had five rows of braille, 40 cells across, and then a graphic area about it that is basically closely pixilated pins. Not in a braille layouts, just really closely pixilated, so you can have an image raised up by the pins to feel a line curve or things like that.This was a proof of concept prototype. It’s not a finished product so I don’t want everybody to get all excited like this is solved. We did prove that we can make it work. We had some hangups to. One of the parts that we used wasn’t finished a proper way so some of the pins were getting hung up. We know what it was and we know how to fix it. We’re pretty pleased and excited that the methodology worked and was reliable in that way.It’s one approach to providing a full-page graphic, especially in this digital world we are facing now with digital textbooks and digital test assessments. The SATs and SATs and the common core initiatives all want to go digital at some point. We want to make sure the blind and visually impaired students can have the same test item live with them as you would for a cited. Taking the test. That can’t happen today. You have to have molds made to make replications of graphics. They have to look them up as they read a problem and go back and forth, back and forth. It’s a little more cumbersome. We’re excited about that.There are a lot of methods. The key to all of this is the cost. What is the best, reliable way and low-cost way to raise a pin or a dot? We’re working with our shape memory alloy method I just described, but we’re also working with partners through our Center for Braille Innovation on other technologies that a really promising to. We’re working with Michigan on a microfluidic technology, basically having very small tubes of fluid that can pop up a braille dot. Squiggle motors which are kind of cool. They wobble but they can effectively move up and down quickly. Electrostatic haptics I think is very promising as well which is taking a true tablet, a glass surface tablets. Instead of having that current that you touch to open an icon, it reverses it and tricks the nerve in your finger to feel something that isn’t really there. You can feel a square or a line or a tick mark on an XY graph on a glass surface when it’s really not there. That shows a lot of promise to. We’re working with Disney research people on that and a company in Finland. Educational Testing Service presented with us in New Orleans last week at this conference. We’re working with them as partners to try to solve these things.It’s pretty exciting. We don’t care with method is the best. We really want to find the most effective and most cost-effective way for delivering this. We are really excited that within a year to three years we think this will be ready to go for mass-market which would be fantastic. That might be a little optimistic, but I feel pretty good about the technologies and the people we are working with.Another big player and partner is MIT. They have a new material they just discovered and created that has 10,000 times the force of a traditional piezoelectric braille display which means theoretically it could be 10,000 times smaller and still be as effective. If all this pans out, it could be pretty exciting times in the next couple of years.WADE WINGLER: Well. I think you’re absolutely right in being excited and enthusiastic about that. A quick technical question. I’ve been thinking about this a little bit and I know the prototype you’re working with now have a traditional piezoelectric array of cells along the bottom and then a graphics array above. Will it’s come to the point where you don’t need separate kinds of cells to do that? Where the higher resolution cell will also make braille? Or do you think that people are accustomed to refreshable braille in the form that it is that it’s here to stay?BRIAN MACDONALD: I think the issue with that will be how close you can make those pins together, because you want to have a good cluster to make a graphic output, but you have to stay within the true definition of a braille cell by dimensions of space between each dot. So if you could do that properly, you could have both on the same device on electric mechanical version. Now, on the types like an electrostatic haptic, that approach using a tablet can’t do braille right now. If you a dot for an A for instance, they will repeat across a grid because that material that makes that output to you is a great layout and it just repeats it across the whole screen. Ultimately they think that in second or third generations they could make braille work on it. In that case, you could have one device that just builds in all of that.In the meantime, we know that we can make multiple lines of braille really efficiently now. We did it two years ago and now we are able to demonstrate it now. We’re thinking we could have a multiline braille display to read a complex math or science question or complex problem for a test and then have that still integrated into a glass tablet if the braille isn’t ready or not. Or if MIT’s version of a very small way to actuate a braille dots or a pin could be done, then we could have braille incorporated into the same layout and just have different pins read the braille layout that you need but also have more pixelated pins to do a graphic at the same time.We’re looking at all of those things. Height is also a factor. How high do you want to make it like for geography. What can be done. We’re looking at all of those factors and will be doing a lot of focus groups to study on it in the near future. We’re excited about it.WADE WINGLER: Well, this is an exciting topic. I’ve always been fascinated with braille and find it to be very valuable. I’m always digging what’s happening in this area. I think we need to probably agree to have this conversation occasionally because there’s just new stuff happening all the time and I’d love to have you back on the show.BRIAN MACDONALD: That sounds terrific.WADE WINGLER: In the meantime, plug your website again. Let folks know if they want to become part of this conversation or if they want to learn more about what’s going on with National Braille Press and the Center for Braille Innovation, where the look online?BRIAN MACDONALD: If you go to NBP.org, that brings you to our homepage. We have five or six bars at the very top and one of them is the Center for Braille Innovation. You just click on that and it will have a bunch of options on braille technology, the B2G, products in development and so forth. NBP.org will take you there. I will also give my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, because I answer all my emails and people often want to know on their own time frame what’s happening. We’re always open to that as well.WADE WINGLER: Brian MacDonald is the president of the National Braille Press and an advocate and this year in the world of braille. Thanks, Brian, for being on our show today.BRIAN MACDONALD: Thank you, Wade. Enjoyed it very much.WADE 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. Looking for show notes from today’s show? Head on over to EasterSealstech.com. Shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. That was your Assistance Technology Update. 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Artificial Intelligencebusiness-to-businessGenesysMarketing TechnologyNewsPureCloudTony Bates Previous ArticleLiveIntent Tap Software Provider Narrative To Accelerate Next generation of Onboarding Service Built for Brands, Platforms and Publishers Demanding Open EcosystemNext ArticleLinius Unveils Personalized TV in a ‘Handful of Clicks’ with Self-Service Video Widget “In my 12 years as CEO, I’ve had the privilege of working with the best team in the industry. We have repeatedly disrupted the market, most recently with our cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations, and ended 2018 with $1.5 billion in revenue – our best year yet,” Segre said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to step into a new role as chairman at this high point in the company’s history and welcome our new CEO, Tony Bates, at a time when there’s so much opportunity for Genesys.” Proven Growth-Oriented Chief Executive Takes the Reins of Global Customer Experience Leader to Further Expand Cloud Market LeadershipGenesys, the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions, announced Tony Bates as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Bates succeeds Paul Segre, who will continue with Genesys as chairman of the company.Tony Bates Genesys Taps Former Cisco, Microsoft and Skype Exec Tony Bates as CEO PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 6:35 pmMay 7, 2019 Bates has decades of experience and success steering business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies through industry transitions and rapid scaling. This includes leading Cisco’s Service Provider business and growing its Enterprise and Commercial division to more than $20 billion in annual revenue. As CEO of Skype, Bates expanded the business to over 170 million connected users. Once Skype was acquired by Microsoft, Bates became president responsible for unified communications before serving as executive vice president of business development and developers. In addition to his role at Genesys, Bates will continue his appointments on the board of directors at both VMWare and eBay.Marketing Technology News: DirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing PlatformThe company also announced today that President Tom Eggemeier will transition into a new role as a partner at one of the company’s private equity investors, Permira. Presently, the Permira Funds and Hellman & Friedman own a combined majority stake in Genesys.“The opportunity to lead Genesys at this pivotal moment is truly an honor,” said Bates. “With its next-generation cloud business growing 85% year over year and rapid injection of AI throughout its customer experience platform, Paul and Tom have done an incredible job building Genesys into a market leader with a remarkable customer base. Especially noteworthy is its PureCloud offer, which is one of the fastest growing SaaS businesses ever, on par with high-growth companies like Zoom.1 The immense opportunity ahead of us is clear, and I intend to ensure that we capitalize on it.”Brian Ruder, partner and co-head of Permira’s technology team commented, “With Tony at the helm, Genesys is poised to continue achieving record revenue, profitability, customer success and business impact in the market, building on the incredible foundation Paul and Tom established for the company. We are thrilled to keep working with Paul as chairman of Genesys, and to welcome Tom to Permira, where he will continue to help the Genesys team drive growth and bring his talents to our entire technology portfolio as well.”Marketing Technology News: Tray.io Raises $37 Million Series B Funding to Usher in the Era of The Automated EnterpriseTarim Wasim, partner at Hellman & Friedman said, “Tony brings years of proven success leading technology businesses as they navigate change and drive rapid growth. We welcome his energy, direction and leadership as Genesys builds on its recent momentum. We would also like to thank Paul and Tom for their stewardship, deep engagement and strong initiative in propelling Genesys forward as the undisputed leader in the customer experience market.”Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video Conferencing
Marketing TechnologyMediaMathNewsProgrammatic Supply ChainTamer HassanWhite Ops Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Michael Dickerson, Chief Executive Officer at ClickDimensionsNext ArticlePriceless Experiences Are Coming to a Smart Speaker Near You “The advertising supply chain must take innovative steps to prevent fraud and increase advertising efficacy,” said Joe Zawadzki, chief executive officer, MediaMath. “By combining our own proprietary tools and processes with those of White Ops, and focusing on measurably superior outcomes, we can identify and avoid fraud and other undesirable activity, allowing our customers to focus on bettering the overall programmatic journey for the end user. We look forward to collaborating with White Ops even further to enable marketers to see the maximum potential of their advertising investment and ensure we add true value with better access to fraud-free supply.”MediaMath is leading an industry-wide effort to create an accountable and addressable supply chain through an alliance of agencies, brands, tech companies and publishers designed to provide long-term, sustainable solutions for a clean digital media supply chain with brand-safe, fraud-free and viewable inventory. The partnership with White Ops is one of several being developed in support of this initiative.Marketing Technology News: Shoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website PerformanceAs part of this initiative, White Ops and MediaMath will co-locate servers globally that cover the entirety of MediaMath’s footprint. The intent is this technology will evaluate every impression MediaMath bids on, on a global basis.“MediaMath is a pioneer in programmatic advertising and this partnership will help ensure that a fraud-free digital advertising ecosystem is not only necessary, but attainable for advertisers, publishers and consumers,” said Tamer Hassan, co-founder and chief executive officer, White Ops. “White Ops has taken tremendous measures to differentiate sources of data that constitute real human behavior in order to detect fraudulent activity. Fraud is a cybersecurity issue, not a measurement challenge – and as the threat evolves, we are innovating at a faster pace by offering dynamic and more sophisticated solutions to guard against it head-on.”The partnership will provide added protection for MediaMath customers and the broader buying community to enjoy a fraud-free environment, providing more transparency in programmatic buying.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.eu By blocking sophisticated invalid traffic and fraudulent impressions before purchase, publishers and advertisers can focus on the consumer experienceMediaMath, acclaimed independent programmatic company for marketers, and White Ops, the global leader in bot fraud protection, announced a new partnership that will protect some of the world’s largest advertisers, agencies and publishers from sophisticated invalid traffic (SIVT) before it can be purchased. Partnering identity and detection solutions from both companies, MediaMath and White Ops together aim to provide transparency and build trust and accountability in the advertising ecosystem.Higher rates of SIVT, such as bots acting as legitimate users, require advanced analytics, significant human intervention and other measures to detect and mitigate. Leveraging White Ops’ Human Verification technology, impressions served on the MediaMath platform will be guarded against malicious and sophisticated attempts to pocket advertising revenues in a fraudulent manner, providing a comprehensive, timely and actionable view of the supply chain.Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First Hire MediaMath and White Ops Build Transparency and Trust into the Programmatic Supply Chain Business WireJune 18, 2019, 1:43 pmJune 18, 2019
MJ2 Launches New Branded Video Testimonial Tool PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 4:19 pmApril 25, 2019 Bounce Makes Video Marketing Easy for Companies, Brands and CustomersHarness the power of branded video testimonial content with Bounce, a one-stop video marketing tool by MJ2 Marketing. Once considered to be a small piece of a company’s overall marketing strategy, a video revolution has made it a necessary component of a brand’s outreach, ad campaigns and, particularly, social strategy.Bounce provides a simple, quick and cost-effective way for companies to drive social shares, increase visibility, build trust with an audience and convert customers. MJ2 Marketing, a digital marketing company based in Dublin, launched Bounce this month. The video marketing tool is an exclusive offering in the Columbus market.“Staying current with marketing trends is important to us, and video content is the next necessity for all companies and brands,” says Megan James, president of MJ2 Marketing. “There’s nothing more valuable than real people sharing their stories about how your product or service makes their lives better.”Marketing Technology News: Blueshift Raises $15 Million from Softbank to Put AI in Hands of Every MarketerBounce makes it easy for companies to create branded video testimonials in just seconds. Using the service, companies can “bounce” an invitation to record a video testimonial into a customer’s email inbox directly after a service or sale. Using their computer, tablet or mobile device, the customer can record a quick video sharing their experience with the company. For the customer, it’s as easy as taking a selfie and hitting send. Bounce automatically adds the company’s branding, music and a call to action to the video, and it’s ready to share.MJ2 offers various Bounce packages. With a Get Started package, companies can open a Bounce account for $100 per month, and purchase credits to cover a per-video cost of $75. Companies only pay for approved videos. A free trial of Bounce is available.Marketing Technology News: Fred Santarpia, Former Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast Inc., Named US Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2018 by CDO ClubWith a Full Service package MJ2 can implement and run the Bounce program for local companies, helping to integrate video graphics and motion into the marketing strategy and curating the video asset on social media networks and email. Contact MJ2 for pricing details.MJ2 is a full digital marketing agency with a video marketing division and a video production team. The agency uses cutting-edge technology and platforms to tell a brand’s story, offering everything from preproduction to editing services.Marketing Technology News: Aqqaint Brings Trust and Transparency to Peer-to-Peer Exchange With New Mobile App Marketing TechnologyMegan JamesMJ2 MarketingNewsvideo contentvideo marketing toolvideo testimonial content Previous ArticleIZEA Announces IZEAx 3.0 Unity SuiteNext ArticleVerblio Acquires Automagical Launches New Service to Affordably and Easily Add Video to Any Post or Story
Kickbox, a world leader in email address verification trusted by top ESPs and brands since 2014, is announcing the launch of its new Kickbox Partner Portal. Designed with feedback from its long-standing partners, the portal is designed to give brands, agencies, and ESPs the ability to proactively provision and holistically manage Kickbox accounts for their teams and customers, eliminating any friction of traditional onboarding.Marketing Technology News: New iPad App for Food and Beverage Professionals Takes Menus from Paper to Fully Digital in Less than an HourMarketing Democracy, a search consultancy focused on assisting enterprise brands with the ESP RFP and migration process, is among the list of inaugural users of the portal. Its president, Chris Marriott, spoke on the value of the portal for his organization:“The partner portal will allow Marketing Democracy to offer our Clients the opportunity to easily import, verify and export validated email addresses as they migrate from their prior ESP to their new ESP. Even if they are using someone else for email verification, this provides another level of confidence that a brand’s emails will continue to get great inbox placement in the new platform.”Once an account is onboarded, the platform provides organization-level email data insights by identifying deliverable, undeliverable, disposable and risky, and role-based email addresses across multiple accounts for clients or subsidiary companies while maintaining security of email address data.Marketing Technology News: Digital Shadows Reveals a 50% Increase in Exposed Data in One Year“Your contacts are your currency,” says Dan Stevens, CEO of Kickbox. “The health of your email list affects the performance of marketing across the board, but we’ve consistently heard from our long-standing enterprise and agency partners that maintaining sender reputation is much more challenging at scale, with several clients or subsidiary companies to monitor. I’m excited to launch this new portal because it will finally give our partners a single source to visualize and influence list verification data while reducing friction of on-boarding new accounts and monitoring critical email health data across a larger organization.”Marketing Technology News: Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Chronogolf Email Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal PRNewswireJune 3, 2019, 3:52 pmJune 3, 2019 Dan StevensemailKickboxNewsonboarding Previous ArticleWorldRemit Raises $175 Million in Series D FundingNext ArticleTechTarget Integrates 1st and 3rd Party Intent Data within Priority Engine Platform to Help Companies Make Faster Sales and Marketing Progress with Best Fit Accounts
Facebook has introduced new steps to let people know and adjust how their information influences the ads they see which would help them to understand more about ad-targeting on its platform.”We heard feedback from people that they can still be hard to understand. Today we’re making two additional changes to address those concerns.” “We’ll show people more reasons why they’re seeing an ad on Facebook and we’re also updating Ad Preferences to show you more about businesses that upload lists with your information, such as an email address or phone number,” Sreethu Thulasi, Product Manager, Facebook wrote in a blog post on Thursday. To provide greater transparency and control, the social networking giant would allow users to see more detailed targeting, including the interests or categories that matched them with a specific ad. Along with highlighting controls users could use to adjust their experiences, Facebook has decided to make the process of showing where information came from also becomes clearer — “e.g. the website you may have visited or Page you may have liked.”As far as the updated Ad Preferences are concerned, users would now see two sections.The first section would include advertisers who uploaded a list with users’ information and used that list to run at least one ad in the past seven days and the second section aims to help users to understand third-party businesses who have uploaded and shared lists with their information.The second section would let users see the business that initially uploaded a list, along with any advertiser who used that list to serve you an ad within the last 90 days.”We’re continuing to work to make ads more transparent and easier for you to control,” Thulasi added. facebookFacebook Ad TargetingFacebook adsfacebook ads target audience First Published: July 12, 2019, 4:05 PM IST
asha bhosleNarendra ModipmRahul Gandhi First Published: May 31, 2019, 10:02 AM IST Follow @News18Movies for more. Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle has posted a thank-you message for actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani on Twitter. The veteran singer has thanked Irani for saving her during the rush post Narendra Modi’s oath taking ceremony on Thursday.Bhosle wrote, “I was stranded in the crazy rush post PM oath ceremony. No one offered to help me except @smritiirani who saw my plight & made sure I reached home safely. She cares & that’s why she won.” Irani also reacted to the tweet with a folded hands emoji.I was stranded in the crazy rush post PM oath ceremony. No one offered to help me except @smritiirani who saw my plight & made sure I reached home safely. She cares & that’s why she won. pic.twitter.com/vDV84PrIVp— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) May 30, 2019 In the recently-concluded general elections, BJP’s Irani defeated Congress President Rahul Gandhi by 55,120 votes in Amethi, which was Congress’ bastion for the longest time. Days after winning Amethi in a landmark victory, Irani walked 14 km barefoot to Mumbai’s Siddhi Vinayak Temple with her long-time friend, producer Ekta Kapoor. Kapoor, who produced the blockbuster show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, which made Irani a popular TV star, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a photograph of them after the walk. “14 km to Siddhi Vinayak ke baad ka glow (the glow after 14 km to Siddhi Vinayak),” she wrote. Earlier, Kapoor had called Irani a “giant slayer of politics” and had written the lyrics of Kyunki’s title track to celebrate her victory.
Deepa MehtaDystopiadystopian future TV SeriesHuma Qureshi First Published: June 15, 2019, 11:22 AM IST Deepa Mehta’s Leila has premiered on Netflix and is getting positive response from a segment of the audience that enjoys dystopian setting, that is a time in the future that is marked by undesirable situations and frightening experiences. In order to promote the already on-air series, Netflix India released a promotional video in collaboration with Huma Qureshi, who can be seen informing people about what dystopia exactly is by drawing out examples from Netflix’s other shows and films.Dressed in a pink-suit outfit and hair done like that of a flight attendant, Huma guides the viewers into the fictional and futuristic world of dystopia. She says, “Together we will take a small trip into the dystopian world. Dystopia is an imaginary world set in the future. This world is technically advanced, but it can also be a living hell. There is no escape from injustice here.” The video is made my putting together frames from Hunger Games films, 3%, Leila and Black Mirror and presents us with the visual aesthetics, tone and tenor of a dystopia-inspired story.The post is captioned as, “Namaskaar, deviyon aur sajjano. Air Dystopia mein aapka swaagat hai.” See full video here: In Leila, Huma plays the role of Shalini, who is in search of her daughter named Leila. Shalini is a citizen of a country named Aryavarta that divides communities on the basis of religion, class and economic value they bring to the table. Leila is based on journalist-turned-author Prayaag Akbar’s 2017 novel of the same name.Follow @News18Movies for more
Moment Air brings an anamorphic lens to DJI’s drones for cinematic flair The best iPhone camera lenses Sigma’s new full-frame mirrorless lenses mix bright apertures and smaller bodies Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 review Designed for sharp shots, Tamron calls its new 35mm prime lens its best yet Sandmarc has a new lens for videographers wanting to cram more cinematic quality into their videos — using gear that fits in a pocket. On Thursday, June 20, Sandmarc launched an anamorphic lens for the iPhone, bringing a cinematic aspect ratio along with the bokeh and flare characteristic of some major feature films.Anamorphic lenses “squeezes” the video for software to later “desqueeze,” creating a wider aspect ratio. Unlike simply cropping the image, using an anamorphic lens doesn’t reduce the resolution.The new lens, simply called the Sandmarc Anamorphic, is a 1.33x lens, which creates a 2.4:1 wide-aspect ratio when shooting with an iPhone. The company says that aspect ratio squeezes more information into a wide frame, a practice common from in major cinematic movies, including projects by J.J. Abrams and Stephen Soderbergh. That wide-angle perspective will also create bokeh that is oval in shape rather than round. Because the lens squeezes the image for that wider aspect ratio, the lens requires an app like Filmic Pro or software like Adobe Premiere Pro to “desqueeze” the footage in post-production.SandmarcAnamorphic lenses also create a unique type of flare that turns bright points of light into horizontal lines. The effect is particularly dramatic with bright lights and dark surroundings, like street lights and headlights. The lens also uses multiple coatings and anti-reflective glass for higher quality.Compatible with the iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, and 7, the lens can be used with a clip or an iPhone case, with both options included in the price. The lens with the case is available for $160.Sandmarc isn’t the first company to launch an anamorphic lens for the iPhone. Moment launched an anamorphic lens last year, using the same 1.33x multiplier as well as that horizontal lens flare traditional to these types of cinematic lenses. The Moment app also has a built-in option for desqueezing the video, instead of editing later, offering a real-time view of what you’re actually shooting, though with some reduction in resolution over completing the task in post. Moment’s take on anamorphic for mobile retails for $150 and requires a $40 case as well. Editors’ Recommendations
MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-onThe new Gear VR for Note 8 goes up for preorder from August 24, alongside the phablet itself, both online at Samsung, Amazon, and Best Buy’s stores, together with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular. It’ll hit shelves from September 15, both at those locations and at T-Mobile stores. Pricing is $129.99.If you’re preordering the Note 8 itself, Samsung has some bundled accessories to sweeten the deal there, too. Those ordering the phone between August 24 and September will get to choose between either a free Gear 360 camera, or a 128GB microSD and wireless charging pad bundle. Most notably – no pun intended – is the Samsung DeX docking station. Just as we saw with the Galaxy S8, dropping the Note 8 into the cradle and then hooking up an HDMI monitor and either Bluetooth or USB peripherals like a keyboard and mouse will turn the smartphone into a PC replacement. However, there are a few new additions on the software side for DeX that arrive with the Note 8. For instance, there’s a redesigned app launcher, along with a new Game Launcher which pulls together all of the titles loaded on your phone. There’s support for more external devices, too, including musical keyboards and other such controllers. Support has been added for enterprise video conferencing, and you can dock or undock the Note 8 without dropping an ongoing call. Samsung says that, eventually, the same features will be added to DeX on the Galaxy S8, though they’ll debut on the Note 8 first. Meanwhile, Samsung has a range of cases in a variety of styles. On the more classic side, there are fabric and leather folios, including some with useful kickstands. Rigid plastic and silicone sleeves are in the range, too. Samsung’s oddball QWERTY case also makes a reappearance, for those who simply can’t give up their fond memories of BlackBerry. As before, it clips onto the Note and covers roughly the lower third of the display, with each of the hardware buttons pushing through and tapping the touchscreen accordingly. A new version of the Samsung Gear VR with Controller has been revealed for the Note 8, too. It’s designed to accommodate the larger phone, while supporting Samsung’s recently-unveiled wireless controller that promises a sub-20ms sensor latency. As well as the Note 8, the new model will work with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the S7 and S7 edge, the Note 5, and the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6+. [Update: Just to make it 100% clear, if you have an existing Gear VR it won’t work with the new Note 8: the phablet is too big] Samsung doesn’t just have a brand new smartphone for you today, it also has a batch of new Galaxy Note 8 accessories, too. Launching alongside the Android phablet is an updated range of Note 8 cases, shells, QWERTY keyboard sleeves, and a new Gear VR with Controller. However, if you’re an existing Galaxy S8 or S8+ user, some of the accessories you already have might play nicely with the Note 8, too. Story TimelineNote 8 camera: 5 things you need to knowNote 8 vs Galaxy S8+ : Which phablet to buy
The BlackBerry KEYone is what you’d consider to be a mid-range phone in terms of specs. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and has only 3 GB of RAM, with 32 GB of storage and a microSD card slot expansion. The 1620×1080 screen resolution might seem a bit odd but, considering it’s only 4.5 inches in size, it has a decent pixel density.That unusual screen gives way to the KEYone’s key feature, pun totally intended. That’s the always visible and always available QWERTY keyboard that (most) thumb typists love. Beyond the hardware, however, the KEYone also boasts of BlackBerry’s enterprise-grade software security suite and productivity apps.Despite those perks, the $549.99 price tag on the BlackBerry KEYone might be a tad too much for some to take. If so, a temporary $499.99 change might make it a bit more attractive. On October 18, starting 12:00 am CT until 11:59 pm CT, the KEYone will be available on Best Buy’s Deal of the Day and on Amazon for exactly that price. This covers both unlocked GSM and unlocked CDMA for Verizon models.The BlackBerry KEYone has been one of BlackBerry’s higher profile models of late, especially when it became notorious for easily popped off screens. It also has a few variants in other markets, including an all black model and one with 4 GB of RAM. For those who do want a BlackBerry but don’t care for the QWERTY, the all-screen BlackBerry Motion has just been announced, though no word yet on when, or even if, it will make its way to the US. Android users might have been distracted by the shiny new Google Pixel 2 or even the “intelligent” Huawei Mate 10, but let’s not forget some phones that, while just a wee bit older, might offer just as much or even more. One such model is the BlackBerry KEYone, so far the last QWERTY Android phone in the market. While not exactly the strongest link in this year’s chain, it offers a few special features that might make it worth its price. Especially now that, for 24 hours only, the phone will be available $50 cheaper on Best Buy.
Under Armour has teamed up with JBL to launch the UA Sport Wireless Flex, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds designed specifically for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The UA Sport Wireless Flex feature a Flex Zone neckband, enabling the user to adjust the fit so that it best meets their needs. In addition to the adjustable neckband, the UA Sport Wireless Flex has fast charging that enables users to get a full hour of playback after only five minutes on the charger. Fast charging is arguably a necessity in a world where devices are increasingly packing a battery. Having to charge a phone can be hassle enough, but adding earbuds and more on top of that is too much for some. Enter fast charging, which rapidly charges a battery so that the user gets a notable amount of run time after a short time on the charger. With the UA Sport Wireless Flex, users get more than 11 hours of run time when the battery has been fully charged.In addition to fast charging, the UA Sport Wireless Flex have embedded LEDs as part of a feature the maker calls RunSafe. With RunSafe, users can present one of three different flashing modes that make them extra visible to cars that may be nearby. This feature has become increasingly popular on earbuds designed for fitness enthusiasts.In addition, this model offers JBL Charged Sound, an optimized sound signature that was developed specifically for Under Armour’s headphones. This is joined by Sport Flex ear tips, which comes in three sizes comprised of two components. The ear pieces also feature magnets that allow them to clasp together so that they stay in place when not in the user’s ears.Finally, the UA Sport Wireless Flex earbuds have four buttons for taking calls, controlling RunSafe, initiating Google Now and Siri, and controlling music/calls. The headphones, which cost $129.95 and are up for preorder, include a year’s subscription to MapMyRun Premium, which ordinarily costs $29.99.
If Hyperloop is to succeed as a transportation option, it needs to be more than just a fast train carriage in a tube: it needs to fit seamlessly into an overall travel ecosystem. That’s just what Virgin Hyperloop One is aiming to show off at CES 2018 today, bringing along not only its first-generation pod but showcasing an app that it says could preview how the high-speed transportation might fit in with other transit options. For example, you could start out your trip by ride-sharing, getting a Lyft from your home to the nearest Hyperloop station. After traveling on that at potentially hundreds of miles per hour, you might transfer to a bus, and then finally get indoor walking directions for the final sub-mile of your journey. HERE’s data includes indoor walking directions for shopping centers, venues, and other large transit centers and venues. Formerly known as just Hyperloop One, the company inked a deal with Virgin in October 2017. Billionaire Richard Branson joined the company’s board as chairman, though details on an actual launch are still in short supply.Currently, of course, there’s no publicly-accessible Virgin Hyperloop One to actually use the app with. The company has brought along its latest XP-1 pod that hit 240 mph in recent phase three testing to CES 2018, the first design of a full-scale Hyperloop pod that relies on the firm’s homegrown electric motor for use in the low-pressure tube. However, Virgin Hyperloop One and HERE plan to release the app for public use in 2018, even if the Hyperloop itself won’t be a commercial option. Users will be able to set route preferences including fastest, cheapest, and greenest. It’s been built in collaboration with HERE, the mapping company, built on the HERE Technologies Mobile Software Development Kit for Business. That already includes location, mapping, and navigation support for more than 1,300 cities spread across 136 countries. For Virgin Hyperloop One, it’s added in the Hyperloop too. “Hyperloop is not just about A to B, it’s an end-to-end passenger experience – that means no waiting at any point along the journey,” Matt Jones, SVP of software engineering at the company said of the app demo. The software will allow for a mixed-method route to be planned, of which travel by Hyperloop is only one part. “We will redefine the passenger experience by offering real time, on demand travel connecting hyperloop, other modes, and even indoor walking directions,” Jones suggests.