IDEAL Group Apps4Android Releases Innovative Knowledge Mining App for People with Print Disabilities

New “Document Knowledge Miner” enables those with print disabilities to more easily acquire knowledge from digital files, increasing the usability of mobile wireless technologies. HILLIARD, OH –August 20, 2014 – IDEAL Group Apps4Android today announced the release of “Document Knowledge Miner,” an Android application that enables individuals with print disabilities to acquire knowledge from digital [...]

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FCC aims for mobile device theft solution within 6 months

The Federal Communications Commission hosted a workshop on the prevention of mobile device theft June 19, in an effort to rally stakeholders and put forth an implementable solution within six months. “The issue has been identified. The low-hanging fruit solutions to this issue have been picked. It’s time to climb higher up the tree,” said [...]

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July FCC Vote Expected On IP Clip Captioning

Broadcasters and cable operators may be battling over retrans, but they are on the same side when it comes to closed captioning online clips of shows originally aired on TV. The buzz around the commission is that the chairman is planning to circulate an item for a vote at the July 11 open meeting requiring [...]

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Mobile ‘net neutrality’ faces new day of reckoning at FCC

(Reuters) – A surge in mobile Internet usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for such a change. The Federal Communications Commission is now rewriting the so-called “net neutrality” rules, aimed at ensuring that [...]

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Apps4Android Announces Update to GuideDroid®, a Fully-Accessible, Mainstream GPS Application

Providing Walking, Biking, Driving, and Transit Directions for the Masses   Media Contact: Apps4Android, Inc. Media Relations HILLIARD, Ohio (BUSINESS WIRE), March 10, 2014 – Apps4Android today announced an update to GuideDroid®, a fully-accessible, mainstream GPS application for use by everyone, including individuals with cognitive (and other) print disabilities. The update makes it possible for users [...]


IDEAL Group’s Wireless Device Donation Program

IDEAL Group, Inc. and Apps4Android, Inc. serve as “Pass-Through Agents (PTAs)” for wireless device manufacturers and wireless service providers from around the world wishing to donate devices to not-for-profit 501(C)(3) R&D organizations focused on developing mobile applications in support of people with disabilities. As PTAs, both IDEAL Group and Apps4Android assume full responsibility for receiving, [...]

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FCC Requires Mobile Phone Manufacturers and Service Providers to Make Internet Browsers Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired by October 2013

The FCC recently released a Second Report and Order addressing the accessibility requirements of Internet browsers on mobile phones for the blind and visually impaired that it failed to address in January 2012 when it released a Report and Order implementing provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) to ensure that [...]

G3ict Releases Preliminary Findings from ICT Report

September 2013 – Disabled People International (DPI) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technology (G3ICT) have release preliminary findings from the upcoming third edition of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Progress Report on the accessibility of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The report outlines the actions taken [...]

Amazon, Sony Ask FCC to Waive E-Readers From Handicap Accessibility Rules

A coalition consisting of Amazon, Sony and Kobo has petitioned the FCC to waive e-readers from its rules governing access to advanced communications services (ACS) and equipment by people with disabilities. The coalition argues that although e-readers can be used for ACS, they are primarily designed for reading and should therefore be exempt from the law. [...]

Technology and Disability Policy Highlights from the Wireless RERC

September, 2013 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights reports on national and local public policy events and recent wireless technological advances and political activities; and tracks emerging issues of interest to individuals with disabilities.  Technology and Disability Policy Highlights is published monthly by the Wireless RERC. The Wireless RERC is a research center that promotes universal [...]