Category Archives: Network

Now, Here’s Some Savvy Consumer Advocacy

A group of folks have started a campaign to get Netflix to add audio description to more of its streaming videos. What’s so savvy? They recognize that the studios that create the videos have a role to play, not just … Continue reading

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Cloudy captions

Online captions make videos accessible to people with hearing or language disabilities, and make content indexing and searching possible for everyone.  There are more than a few online captioning tools.  But SpeakerText is a bit different.  It uses speech recognition … Continue reading

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LookTel

Continuing in the parade of useful smartphone apps: LookTel (price TBD), uses graphic codes, image recognition, and live human support to identify and announce any object you point the camera at. It’s touted for blind folks, but we think it’s … Continue reading

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PhoneTag Live, you’re it!

Ditech Networks (not the lenders) has had a voice mail transcription service for a while.  Now they’re offering live transcription for conference calls.  This is a mainstream version of the real-time captioning service that’s been available for deaf and hard … Continue reading

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Layared look

Layar is billed as the first commercially viable augmented reality service.  For Android devices, aim your camera at any location or object that’s been indexed — a fort, a bar, a train station — and information pops onto the screen, … Continue reading

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Tubal location

If your wireless device has GPS and a compass, this new soon-to-be-an-iPhone-app projects info onto the camera image, showing you how to find the nearest underground station.  If you’re in London, that is.  Location-aware augmented reality apps like this will … Continue reading

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