Microsoft is giving away 9 free Christmas albums today. You need to grab this gift before midnight tonight, Pacific Standard Time. Here are the links to the free downloads.
Aymar de Lencquesaing, president of Motorola, and Senior vice-president at Lenovo, announced that a new module will be coming to the Moto Z which will add Tango functionality to the smart phone. Until now, only the Lenovo phab2 has included Tango functionality. Google fell under some criticism for not including its own Project Tango on its new flagship phone, the Google Pixel. Tango offers many exciting possibilities for the blind and visually impaired community. Tango uses cameras and special software to map indoor environments for augmented reality. To get a taste of what Tango can bring to our community, listen to this Spotlight interview between Cool Blind Tech’s Jessica Rickards and the people from Float, who have developed a navigation app for the blind that uses Tango. To read the full details of Mr. Lencquesaing’s announcement, visit PCMag.
Google has trained a deep learning algorithm to detect Diabetic Retinopathy which affects the blood vessels in the Retina, and is the leading cause of blindness in people with Diabetes. This form of automated machine learning which analyzes several pictures of the back of the eye for signs of the disease can make it possible for people to receive a rapid diagnosis and be quickly referred to a Retina specialist before the condition becomes irreversible. In 2014, Google also developed smart contact lenses which were designed to detect diabetes in the eyes. Obviously, Google is working hard on developing methods that can be used to help people with Diabetes before this disease blinds them. The details and results of the algorithm testing can be read here.
Anmol Tukrel, 17, from Toronto, Canada has created an app that helps visually impaired people identify objects and text. A Grade 12 student at Holy Trinity, Anmol designed a new app for the blind that describes things you take photos of with your iPhone or iPad.
nuTonomy has already been testing self-driving cars in Singapore, and now they will begin testing in Boston Massachusetts by the end of 2016. Mayor Martin
Walsh announced a partnership with nuTonomy to successfully launch this life changing project. The benefit to those who are unable to travel independently is enormous. Although many are still apprehensive about autonomous vehicles on the streets of their city, it is a technology that is evolving. Uber has already launched a similar project in cooperation with the city of Pittsburg Pennsylvania. Expect to see many more of these types of collaborations.
coming to a town near you.
Story curtesy of The Daily Free Press.
Per Vodafone, the Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL will be eligible for the 7.1.1 Nougat update on December 05. Until now, only the Pixel phones could get 7.1 Nougat. The update includes a security patch. The update brings app shortcut menus to the Nexus 6P, and the Pixel will get new features like tap to wake and raise to wake.
Are you dying to get your hands on a first-generation Apple Watch this Christmas? How about an iPhone 6S or a Mac without a touch bar? If so, Apple will give you a gift card on Black Friday when you purchase one of these items. If you would prefer an iPhone 7, a second-generation Apple Watch, or the newest Mac Book Pro with a touch bar, you will not get any deal from Apple. Fortunately, many other stores such as Target and best Buy are offering actual deals on the Apple products that you want to buy this year. For more information about Apple’s return to Black Friday and where you can find deals that you want, head on over to 9to5mac for the best coverage of Apple product deals for Christmas.
A student from the University of Manchester has developed a prototype tool that could assist in transforming the lives of the blind and visually impaired.
Sense 1952, We have been able to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on NBC, but for the first time, we will be able to view it live on YouTube. This makes one of the greatest holiday traditions accessible from virtually any platform and any location. Tune in on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM EST to watch your favorite marching bands, dancers, clowns, Broadway performers, floats, and of course, the amazing giant balloon characters. Here is the link for the live stream.