Category Archives: Public sector purchases

Updates on Section 508

The Access Board has approved its revised rule for Section 508; final review by OMB will soon be followed by publishing the new regulations. The Information Technology Industry Council¬†is updating its¬†Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to reflect the new rule … Continue reading

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Great XPectations

So why is our attention piqued by Windows 7 XP Mode, which will let “small and medium-sized businesses running Windows 7 Professional or higher leverage their existing investments in Windows XP applications”? Well, some assistive technology products never came out … Continue reading

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You’re so square

We’ve been woefully remiss for the last several months in tracking the exploits of Art Lebedev, developer of the world’s most customizable keyboards. To make it up to him, we’ll note that he’s now turning his attention to building a … Continue reading

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Siren song

One of the tired arguments against letting Deaf people drive is that they wouldn’t be able to hear ambulances, fire truck, or other siren-emitting vehicles, which we think is probably more of an argument against the folks who drive around … Continue reading

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Kindle Kaptures Kollege Kash?

Kindle, Amazon’s e-book reader, is poised for a make-over for the education market. It may re-appear in late 2008, full-page size with an improved interface. Duking it out with Apple’s iPod/iTunes (“Axis of Easy”?) will be tough; the textbook market … Continue reading

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I left my car in San Francisco

Good ol’ SF is pioneering wireless technology that can display the whereabouts of currently empty parking spaces on your smartphone or on a street display. While we’re starting with a lot of practical questions–such as: how can you guarantee the … Continue reading

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