NYC, San Francisco Launch Text-to-911
You can now contact emergency dispatchers in New York City and San Francisco by texting 911. The service is intended primarily for the deaf, hard of hearing, and survivors of domestic violence. For everyone else, a voice call is still the recommended method to contact 911. Text-to-911 is already available in many other cities and counties, including Los Angeles, Seattle, and Dallas.
Feb 4, 2019
Google has two new apps rolling out designed to help the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing use their smartphones to understand people speaking aloud around them. Live Transcribe is an app that listens, converts speech to text, and simply displays a live transcript on the screen of what's being said aloud nearby.
Jun 12, 2018
Google today said more phone makers now part of its Android Enterprise Recommended program. The Android Enterprise Recommended program, which was launched in February of this year, "establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services, backed by a thorough testing process conducted by Google."
Dec 19, 2017
Facebook has added several ways to help people avoid harassment on the social network. First, Facebook says it is improving efforts to detect fake, inauthentic, or duplicate accounts that are created in order to get around blocks.
Aug 16, 2018
Google today said that it partnered with GN Hearing to create an open specification meant to stream audio to hearing aids. The published spec is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels.
Jun 18, 2018
Apple today said iPhones will soon provide 911 emergency services with more exact locations of callers. Since 2015, Apple has relied on HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location), which uses cellular, GPS, and wifi access points to estimate 911 callers' locations.
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