Chrome OS finally supports virtual desktops
Chrome OS is adding a mainstay feature that other computer platforms have had for years: virtual desktops. The newly released Chrome OS 76 supports "Virtual Desks" that, like elsewhere, lets you create app layouts you can switch to in a heartbeat. You could have a writing-focused space that revolves around Google Docs, for example, and another space that helps you keep up on your social networks. The update also brings easier media controls that include a centralized control in the system menu. And if accessibility is an issue, an Automatic Clicks option can activate whatever's under your pointer if you have difficulty with button presses.
The internet can be a difficult place to navigate for people who are blind or who have low vision . To address the issue, Google has announced a new feature for Chrome which will use machine It is based on the same technology which lets users search for images by keyword, and the description
To help blind and low - vision users , Google is using machine learning to generate descriptions for millions of images . Currently, the tool has labeled more than 10 million images during a few months of testing. It’s being slowly rolled out to users , and Chrome is promoting it specifically to people who
The internet can be a difficult place to navigate for people who are. A large portion of content on the internet is visual, and unless website creators use to label their images, it's hard for users of screen readers or Braille displays to know what they show.
To address the issue, Google has announced a new feature for Chrome which will use machine learning to recognize images and offer text descriptions of what they show. It is based on the same technology which lets users, and the description of the image is auto-generated.
"The unfortunate state right now is that there are still millions and millions of unlabeled images across the web," said Laura Allen, a senior program manager on the Chrome accessibility team. She understands the issue as she has low vision herself. "When you're navigating with a screen reader or a Braille display, when you get to one of those images, you'll actually just basically hear 'image' or 'unlabeled graphic,' or my favorite, a super long string of numbers which is the file name, which is just totally irrelevant."
Alexa’s Show and Tell feature IDs objects for blind and low-vision users
For people with vision impairments, figuring out what's in a can or jar of food without opening it can be difficult or impossible. Amazon thinks it has a solution to that and other daily challenges that its blind and low-vision users face. Today, the company unveiled a new Show and Tell feature that allows users to hold an item in front of an Echo Show and ask "Alexa, what am I holding?" Using computer vision and machine learning for object recognition, the Alexa-powered device will respond with its best guess.
Kuo also predicts a new low -cost iPhone SE model will land sometime in the first quarter of 2020 and sees the return to scissor-key MacBook keyboards (ditching its troubled butterfly keyboard mechanism) in the future, too.
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An example of a descriptive text given by the feature would be "Appears to be fruits and vegetables at the market" for an image of a market stall. The descriptions are couched with "appears to be" so users know they are generated by a computer and may not be fully accurate.
The feature is available only for users with screen readers that output spoken feedback or Braille. The images descriptions will be read by the screen reader, but will not appear visually on the screen.
To enable image descriptions on Chrome, go to Settings, then to Advanced at the bottom of the settings page. Find the "Accessibility" section and enable "Get image descriptions from Google." The feature can also be enabled for single web pages by right clicking to bring up the context menu and selecting "Get Image Descriptions from Google."
Lego launches Braille bricks for blind and visually impaired children
Lego Group, the world's largest toy maker, announced today. April that he would launch a new range of bricks in Braille, to promote the teaching of this particular writing for blind children and visually impaired.
The very concept of an educational game. The world's best known Danish bricks are preparing to promote Braille, the writing of the blind and visually impaired. Lego Group made the world launch of its new Lego Braille Bricks range on Wednesday at the Carroussel du Louvre in Paris, in the presence of Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State for Disability. Each set in this range contains about 250 bricks covering not only the alphabet, but also numbers from 0 to 9 and mathematical symbols. The product is currently being tested in Danish, Norwegian, English and Portuguese and is due to land on French soil during the third quarter of 2019. The final product is scheduled for 2020 and will be distributed free of charge to some establishments.
The concept is rather simple: each brick, usually composed of eight tenons or studs (the rounded parts located above a piece, which serve to hang the bricks between them), will this time be composed of a number and a different order of tenons depending on the meaning of the brick. In other words, for a brick "A", a single tenon on the top left, for an "E", a tenon on the top left, another on the middle on the right, etc. Namely, the non-blind can also participate in the games, because each brick will also include a letter or a printed character.
This edutainment project hopes to partially overcome the difficulties of learning braille for blind and visually impaired young people. Indeed, according to Philippe Chazal, treasurer of the European Blind Union, "with thousands of audiobooks and computer programs now available, fewer children are learning to read Braille." Philippe Chazal hopes that the Braille approach through play will help to "reinforce the level of interest in learning braille," especially for children aged six to nine.
According to a 2009 study by the National Federation of the Blind, only 10% of children with low vision in the United States learn Braille, a figure that falls below 5% in the United Kingdom. Philippe Chazal is particularly concerned about his data because "we know that Braille users are often more independent, have a higher level of education and have better job prospects". About 75% of European adults with visual impairments are unemployed.Inclusive Approach
This range of Braille bricks also aims to foster exchanges with their bright comrades around the famous game. This inclusive approach is particularly important for the Lego group's artistic director, Morten Bonde, who suffers himself. a genetic eye disorder making him progressively blind. He currently has a view of 4 degrees, but does not plan to isolate himself from others. "Experiencing student and teacher feedback on Lego Braille Bricks has been extremely inspiring [...] The level of engagement of children and their interest in being independent and being included as equals in society are obvious. I am moved to see the impact of this product on the development of the trust and curiosity of blind and partially sighted children. "
Lego is not at its first step in favor of disability. In 2016, already, the mastodon of the toy already launched his box City which included a figurine in wheelchair. Similarly, in February 2019, another toy giant, Mattel, was talked about marketing two disabled Barbies: the first wheelchair, the second amputee. The toy industry seems to have been deeply sensitized by the 2015 "Toy Like Me" campaign, which has since called for the representation of disabilities in children's toys, calls on major brands to diversify their toys, like different children. These initiatives are reminiscent of the fact that, according to WHO, 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired, of whom about 1.4 million are irreversibly blind. More generally, 150 million children around the world suffer from disability.
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Google plans to give slow websites a new badge of shame in Chrome .
Google experimenting with lots of different badge optionsA new badge could appear in the future that’s designed to highlight sites that are “authored in a way that makes them slow generally.” Google will look at historical load latencies to figure out which sites are guilty of slow load times and flag them, and the Chrome team is also exploring identifying sites that will load slowly based on device hardware or network connectivity.