Category Archives: Network

Field of Near-Field Communication is … near

Near-Field Communication — we’ve been telling you about it for years — is about to enter the real retail world, letting consumers pay for purchases without swiping a card or signing.  Just having your NFC-equipped mobile device near the store’s … Continue reading

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Gaze in the millinery

We’ve reached the point where a camera-based gesture interface, a pico-projector, and wireless computing has come together in SixthSense, a wearable prototype that lets the user grab information about anything in the vicinity.  Aim at a package on a supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Controls: shape, texture, color, grouping, Gesture interface, Hardware, Information management, Just a prototype so far, Just plain cool, Most or all disabilities, Network, Redundant input, Redundant output, Software, Wireless | 1 Comment

Google gaggle demo steno

Yet another disruptive Google service, for voice communications.  Two years ago Google bought GrandCentral, the call routing and answering service that let you coordinate all your phone lines and devices and manage them by schedule, by caller, etc.  GrandCentral has … Continue reading

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Kindle your iPhone flamelessly

As if Kindle weren’t already embroiled enough in accessibility matters, now you can get a free iPhone app with Kindle functionality for downloading and reading books.  You can even sync bookmarks between the 2 devices.  As to whether the iPhone … Continue reading

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TokTok offers in-call speech recognition for web info

A new offering from Ditech Networks will allow you to access online information like calendars and social networks, just by saying the trigger word “TokTok”.  No technical details on how this works, or what phones and networks it will work … Continue reading

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Just the text, Ma’am

“Page minimizers” are web services that take a rich media web page and strip out cluttericious layouts and graphics, yielding a faster-loading text-only page.  For users with attention issues, this may be as good as it gets; the resulting pages … Continue reading

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