My first brush with accessibility tech was with closed captioning. Like most people, I took it for granted and mostly ignored it as a setting on my TV. But one day, when I was fed up pausing my movie for the billionth time because an ambulance was blaring down our street, I decided to turn it on. Over time, it changed the way I watch TV -- to the point where I miss it when it's not there.This is the ideal for people like Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft's head of accessibility. She doesn't just want the world to accommodate people with disabilities, she wants technology just to get better, and as a result benefit disabled people.One example is live transcription, something Microsoft's been working on for years. During the company's Build developer conference last week, it showed a program that can identify people in a meeting, transcribe what they're saying and even pull out to-do items from the conversation. Of course, many people in the disabled community benefit from that idea, but so … [Read more...] about Microsoft wants to help put disabled people on an equal footing with everyone else
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Have you ever considered writing in a font that mimics your favorite artist’s handwriting? No? Well, now you can anyway. A website creatively named ‘Songwriters Fonts‘ hosts free typefaces modelled after legendary musicians. So far these include the scrawls of Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, and Serge Gainsbourg. They all happen to be dead, which probably helps avoid legal skirmishes. On the other hand, it has a weird vibe somewhat like other posthumous likenesses – hologram Tupac comes to mind. At least the designers aren’t making money off it. According to the website’s brief description, the typefaces were created using the artist’s own handwritten notes. The idea seems to be channeling the artists to “give musicians inspiration”: Write songs as the ones who inspired you before. The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration. Writing lyrics with the handwriting of influential … [Read more...] about These free fonts let you write like David Bowie, John Lennon, and other music legends
virtualisation?” Is there that many people spelling virtualization wrong because even WordPress and Microsoft Word kept trying to auto-correct the spelling to virtualization? Doing a little research I found Wikipedia has caught on and has the following virtualisation description (full post link): “In computing, virtualization (or virtualisation) is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as a hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or network resources.” I even found a really long article on ComputerWeekly with this incorrect spelling: Virtualisation making IT more cost effective. Related searches for Virtualisation: Does that mean somewhere in another universe there is a VMware Virtualisation Software or Hyper-V and XenServer Virtualisation Software? As you can see in the Google search (left) there are 10 topic variations all using the virtualisation spelling. Did you … [Read more...] about Is Virtualisation a Parallel Universe of Virtualization?
Ransomware detection and recovery tools and techniques are getting better. Unfortunately, so are ransomware developers. They are making ransomware harder to find and encrypted files harder to recover.One advantage that security operations have had over ransomware is that it’s predictable. It works in a linear fashion, which gives security tools and teams an opportunity to limit damage once ransomware is detected. Now we’re seeing signs that ransomware creators are making their craft less predictable.“At the end of the day, ransomware has to do one thing, and that’s overwrite or lock the file system,” says Brian Bartholomew, senior security researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky Lab. The linear activity associated with overwriting or locking up data makes ransomware easy to detect, he notes. “If you think of all the files on a system as a list, ransomware just goes right down the list and starts encrypting them,” … [Read more...] about 11 ways ransomware is evolving
Artificial Intelligence is here and our world is getting better every day! Except, not yet, not really, and not without a lot of work. But, hey, that describes all deployments of automation from digital assistants to paint robots.To make good on the promises of AI, we need to take a closer look at content. Content powers AI – today and will well into the future. There’s a very specific type of content that makes systems like Watson smarter: content that is structured, organised by taxonomy, infused with metadata, and easily managed, tracked, and updated. In other words: Smart Content. What is Artificial Intelligence?There is considerable hype about the deployment of AI. It's a catchy phrase and an intriguing concept: That a computer can "think," as in answer a question, in a way that was not the result of calculation by pre-defined algorithms (i.e. traditional software code). There are different types of AI – some say three types, others say 33 types. … [Read more...] about Make good on the promise of AI with smart content
How do you follow the Apple Pencil, arguably the best stylus in the world right now? We can't wait to find out. In this article we examine the latest leaks and rumours and discuss the Apple Pencil 2's likely release date, tech specs, new features, design changes and pricing. You can buy the current Apple Pencil for £99/$99 on Apple's Store. But if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, take a look at the 12 best styluses for iPad. When will the Apple Pencil 2 be released? The first Apple Pencil was unveiled alongside the 12.9in iPad Pro in September 2015, so the most obvious time to expect an update was in autumn 2016. But 2016 (and 2017) came and went with no Pencil-related news (except for the new features unlocked by iOS 11). We're starting to feel that an update is overdue. There's a decent chance it will appear at the end of March 2018. Apple announced an education-focused event on 27 March, and the vaguely calligraphic theme of the invitation graphic makes us think that … [Read more...] about Will Apple Pencil 2 be announced at March education event?
Data, artificial intelligence, machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL): These make up the zeitgeist of our current times. We read these words constantly. We also hear they will leave no area or industry untouched. But what about the arts? How have they influenced or aided highly creative areas? Let’s take a look at some ways people have started to pair these technologies with art. Art installations and performances Astrocyte, Philip Beesley Architect Inc. At Toronto’s 2017 Expo for Design, Innovation, and Technology (EDIT), architects suspended in the air a large, intricate glasswork, inspired by the shape of a nerve cell, in an old, abandoned soap factory. The exhibit was interactive. Participants could walk around and under the art piece, and it changed its light pattern and surround sound in response to participants’ movements, which were usually reverential. The exhibit used artificial intelligence to identify participants’ movements and respond. It … [Read more...] about 7 examples of how AI and machine learning are changing the arts
If you have never heard of SharePoint, you have probably been living under a rock. Microsoft’s enterprise collaboration platform is embedded in almost all medium and large organizations in some fashion or form, and SharePoint Online is part of the Office 365 subscription service, meaning that hundreds of thousands of users have access to the software. As part of the Office 365 subscription, you automatically get the latest version of the software. But SharePoint is as complex as ever, and if you’ve used earlier versions of SharePoint, you’ll find that in the 2016 and Office 365 “next wave” releases, Microsoft has definitely moved the cheese. The interface is different than it was in earlier versions of SharePoint, and some ways you interact with the software have changed. Or perhaps you are new to SharePoint, or are interested in teasing out the power of SharePoint Online as you work with your team. That’s what this cheat sheet is for. Inside, … [Read more...] about SharePoint Online cheat sheet
Many TechSpot readers are experts in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) and its many subdivisions. Some may even be educators in computer science. But I wonder, how many of us (myself included) could teach computer courses to a classroom full of middle school students without having access to a PC? That is exactly what 33-year-old ICT teacher Owura Kwadwo Hottish has been doing at M/A Junior High School in Kumasi, Ghana, for the last six years. He does not just instruct the students about computers (what they are, how they work, etc.), he shows and teaches them how to use a PC without having one himself. Instead, Hottish's low-tech (no-tech) approach involves a blackboard and some colored chalk. Every day, he makes painstakingly accurate drawings of desktops, windows and icons to illustrate how to use various computer programs like Microsoft Word (pictured below). Hottish’s efforts were thrust into the spotlight when one of his Facebook posts featuring … [Read more...] about Ghana ICT teacher instructs students in low-tech style
Affiliate disclosure: CNET earns commissions from the products & services featured on this page. Welcome to CNET's 2018 directory of password managers. This is our one-stop home for the overview of the best password managers, which can be used to tame the chaos of all those accounts and passwords. And -- let's be honest with each other -- "chaos" is an accurate description. The use of user IDs and passwords for account authentication is a fundamentally flawed security mechanism. User IDs are often guessable, derived from the account holder's name or other characteristics. Complex passwords are difficult to remember, so many users have defaulted to passwords like "password," "abc123," their pet's name and other easily guessable or breakable naming conventions. And in a world where the size of password breaches can number in the hundreds of millions or more, it's plausible that your passwords may already be floating around the seedier corners of the internet. The entire … [Read more...] about The best password managers for 2018