You can earn the first ever achievement metal offered by Apple for working out in addition to all that binge eating and football watching on November 24. You will also get a special messaging sticker for completing the challenge that you can then send to all your friends who will be sleeping off their food marathon while you are coming down from your runners high. Below is the text from Apple sent out to U.S. residents only.
Some iPhone 6s manufactured between September and October 2015 are shutting down unexpectedly, and require a battery replacement. Per Apple, this is not a safety issue. To determine if your iPhone is eligible for the replacement, contact an authorized Apple service provider or visit an Apple store.
For full details, visit Apple’s support page.
Of the estimated 285 million people who are visually impaired around the world, 90 percent live in low-income settings, while 80 percent of cases could be cured or prevented, according to the World Health Organization.
Cool Blind Tech’s James Oates
Spotlight Interview with Jenny Lay-Flurrie,
Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft
Owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV are slowly starting to get more television subscription options. In addition to Sling TV, Apple TV owners can now subscribe to PlayStation Vue. PlayStation subscriptions start as low as $29.99 per month. Click here to see a list of all the stations and packages available in your area.
At Microsoft’s second annual Connect Online Developers Conference, there were many exciting announcements. Here are just a few:
Electric and hybrid vehicles purchased after September 01, 2019 are required to make noise when traveling less than 18.6 MPH. These cars are very quiet and endanger the lives of pedestrians, especially the blind and visually impaired. Congress passed the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act in 2010, and the NHTSA was supposed to have rules in place by January 2014. The delays have put the lives of many blind and visually impaired pedestrians at risk. The full text of the rule can be seen here.
Two engineers at Microsoft have developed an iOS app that makes it possible for people with color blindness to distinguish colors using an iPhone camera and an app called Color Binoculars. Here is a description from the developer:
Using your iPhone’s camera, Color Binoculars adjusts the colors that you see to replace difficult color combinations, like red and green, with more easily distinguishable combinations, like pink and green. Color Binoculars supports all three common forms of color blindness. Whether it’s picking out flowers for a loved one, experiencing the beauty of nature, or choosing matching clothes for your outfit, let Color Binoculars help you take a better look at the world.
Color Binoculars is a Microsoft app that was developed as part of the Microsoft Garage Project.
The competition among so called smart speakers is heating up. This is no doubt fueled by Google and other players looking into entering this game; The natural interaction it could provide would result in a huge technological shift across our societies again. Later, its maturity could even embrace a screen-driven design, where you can still use voice but read your feedback visually, for those who are hard of hearing or deaf. I would suspect that others with various disabilities impacting speech could still use a speech-to-text tool and communicate with such devices, though at that point the timeliness of return diminishes a little – couldn’t they just type these same responses directly to the AI?
With the updated PayPal app, you can send money to anyone in your contacts list by just telling Siri, “Send John Doe $50 using PayPal.” John Doe will receive an email confirming that you sent him $50. It is incredibly simple to send and receive money this way.
Facebook is also integrated with Siri in iOS 10. To post to Facebook, just tell Siri, “Post to Facebook.” Siri will ask you what to post, and then Siri will confirm with you before posting. I think I might start posting to Facebook more often now. To find out more about using apps that are integrated with Siri in iOS 10, listen to our podcast on Siri integration.