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Belated summer round up: stories and issues relating to older and disabled people

In Monthly round up: Older People and Disability issues on November 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

1.      Whitehall

·     Jeremy Moore has been appointed as the new Director of Independent Living and the Office for Disability Issues (ODI). Jeremy’s remit will encompass all disability issues, including employment, rights, benefits and ODI, reflecting a more joined-up approach across Government.

See: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2011/jul-2011/dwp084-11.shtml   

2.        Smartphones

·     Cross Research claim Apple’s Siri voice-recognition technology, which is available on its new iPhone 4S, could prove a landmark in consumer technology. Analyst Shannon Cross said: “We believe the use of natural language and potentially the ability to distinguish between voices could one day change the way we interact with electronic devices and provide a substantial technology advantage to Apple. Quite simply, we have not seen a demonstration of comparable AI in any other consumer system.”

More: http://allthingsd.com/20111010/siri-game-changer-not-gimmick/?reflink=ATD_mktw_quotes

·     A new iPhone app enables wheelchair users to access the Internet through their wheelchair controls. Dynamic Control’s iPortal is designed to allow powerchair users to surf the internet, make phone calls, access social networking sites, play music, send text messages and emails, take photos, read ebooks and also use the speech assistance functions, all without needing to touch the device. There is more about the iPortal here: http://www.dynamiccontrols.com/iportal/ and a report by Medtech Business is here: http://www.medtechbusiness.com/news/2011/09/From-wheelchair-to-Web 

 

·     NHS Bristol is rolling out a new telehealth service for patients with long-term conditions. The primary care trust has signed a £1.4 million contract with technology company Safe Patient Systems, which will see 600 patients with either chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure issued with smartphones loaded with a health application.

See the report by E-Health Inside: http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/EHI/7034/nhs-bristol-uses-phones-for-telehealth

 

·     Trials have been successfully run of a prototype open source live document translation system that allows users to transfer files between devices while simultaneously converting them into more accessible formats including audio versions and larger text sizes. ‘MyDocStore’ uses cloud computing to allow people to convert files easily, including to mobile devices such as smartphones.

See: http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/news/detail/2011/SBRI_result

 

3.        Health

·      A non-emergency telephone number for NHS services is to launch across England. The 111 number, which has been tested in four areas, will be available nationally by April 2013.The service will replace NHS Direct, which the government announced it was scrapping last year and will give health advice and information about services such as out-of-hours GPs, walk-in centres, emergency dentists and pharmacies.

More at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15138597?dm_i=4X7,K44V,3EI9TZ,1MVOH,1. 

 

·      In an article in the Daily Telegraph, the medical director of the NHS says that patients will routinely be able to consult with doctors over the internet from their own homes within ‘a year rather than a decade’, and that telehealth services will be useful for those who need to see a specialist about a chronic condition such as diabetes, or people with visible conditions like skin complaints.

Read the article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8623517/Doctors-to-see-patients-by-video-link.html?dm_i=4X7,GY6S,3EI9TZ,1DSRY,1

4.        Disability

 

·      The Employers’ Forum on Disability has launched the new Disability Standard, an online management and benchmark tool which enables business to measure and improve on performance for disabled customers, clients or service users, employees and stakeholders. EFD has piloted the new standard with 19 organisations from across the private and public sector. The evaluation process will run until June 2012, with the Disability Standard Awards taking place in late 2012.

More details at: http://www.thiis.co.uk/news-snippets/new-disability-standard-sept11.aspx and  via : http://www.efd.org.uk/

 

·      The first ‘Try before you buy’ centre has opened at Disability Action’s Headquarters in Belfast. The centre will showcase products, specifically designed for people with disabilities, and is part of a network of more than 200 centres across the UK offering people of all age groups the chance to try out products designed to suit their own individual requirements. It is a partnership between the charity and BT. Visitors will benefit from the expertise of professionals and volunteers who work in the centre and in return BT gathers feedback on what works well and what doesn’t.

More: www.btplc.com/inclusion/TrybeforeYouBuy .

 

 

5.        Subtitles

·      People who are deaf or hard of hearing complain that going to watch a film can be an unsatisfactory experience, with subtitled films on at unsociable times and often suffering from technical problems. A BBC News item (NB: it’s video) about the development of special glasses which allow the wearer to see subtitles directly in front of their eyes is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14654339 

6.        Video Relay

·           BT is piloting BSL access via video relay for its own Deaf customers who prefer to communicate with them in British Sign Language.  BT will start the pilot in November, subject to internal testing, and it will run for 6 months in order to demonstrate that the service works for our customers.  The facility will link to the SignVideo telephone interpreting service.

7.        Digital Inclusion

·     The Guardian reported on an initiative which sees schoolchildren being recruited in care homes to make sure that older people are not left behind in the digital age.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/sep/20/adopt-a-care-home-internet-older-people?INTCMP=SRCH

 

·     They also provided a list of “The 10 best apps for Older People”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/sep/21/apps-for-older-people

 

·     Organisations from across the voluntary, private and public sectors have formed the Age Action Alliance, with the aim of working which will work together to improve the lives of older people and help transform communities into a better place to grow older. It will tackle several issues relevant to older people, including public health and active lifestyles, safe warm homes, improving the lives of excluded groups, combating loneliness and isolation, working on age-friendly neighbourhoods, promoting digital inclusion and new attitudes to ageing. 

Visit: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2011/sep-2011/dwp113-11.shtml

 

8.        Web Accessibility

·     The RNIB is set to conduct its largest ever manual website accessibility testing exercise later this year, when it will check all 433 UK local authority sites against a specially-devised set of criteria.

 

The project will form the charity’s latest contribution to the annual ‘Better Connected’ review of UK council websites conducted by the public sector Society of IT Management (Socitm).

 

In previous years RNIB has run initial automated accessibility tests on all the sites, only carrying out more detailed manual assessment on those passing a certain threshold. This year, however, it will carry out manual checks on all sites based on attempts to perform three practical tasks on each such as paying council tax or renewing a library book online. A few other random top level pages will also be checked.

 

‘Better Connected’ reviews are carried out in November and December, with all results including accessibility test results due to be published at the end of February 2012.

 

·     The WebAIM site (Web Accessibility in Mind) has a wide range of articles on web accessibility, including user reviews of assistive technology products and tips for ways to improve website navigation for people with both cognitive and physical disabilities. The resources are maintained by the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University: http://webaim.org/about

 

·     Betagov Standard: The forthcoming ‘beta’ version of the new digital platform for UK government services – due to launch in January 2012 – is to be one of the first major websites to be designed in compliance with the British Standard BS8878 Web Accessibility Code of Practice, the project’s accessibility consultant Léonie Watson has revealed. The site’s developers will be documenting all accessibility-related decisions taken throughout the lifecycle of the beta site, as well as carrying out extensive user testing and consulting with various disability organisations, Watson told E- Access Bulletin’s sister publication E-Government Bulletin.

 

9.        Other

·     The Royal National Institute of Blind People has launched a campaign to get Britain’s banks to enable their cash machines to talk and has published a report on this issue.

More details here: http://www.rnib.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/yourmoney/cashmachine/Pages/cash-machine-campaign.aspx

June 11: stories and issues relating to older and disabled people which have caught my eye in the last month

In Monthly round up: Older People and Disability issues on June 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm

1.         Third Sector

  • A free BT web kit offers charities and community groups a free service to raise their profile. More than 3,500 websites in the UK have been built on the BT Community Web Kit service so far. The kit’s website service provides free website hosting as well as a free website address. Users can also choose layouts and design while uploading images and pictures to make each website unique with a professional look and feel.

 

Find out more:  www.btck.co.uk

2.         Smartphones / Apps

  • A smartphone application which transcribes audio museum tours into captions and sign language has been released.  Developed by the Australian Communication Exchange, the Smart Auslan service can be downloaded to a personal smartphone or accessed through museum-owned phones across Australia. The user scans a ‘Quick Response code’ on each exhibit which prompts the phone to display the relevant captions and sign language video:

Find out more: http://bit.ly/iiFNl4

3.         Services for Older People

  • Linda Natansohn, COO of eons.com, a US social networking site aimed at baby boomers, admitted the site is struggling to persuade the advertising industry that it offers access to an appealing demographic, but insisted: “This group has two trillion dollars in disposable income, and they are very web savvy.”

Read more: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/making-sense-of-news/112370/seniors-increasingly-read-news-online-use-social-media-to-stay-connected/

  • In May, a plan to establish a new public service video-on-demand digital web TV channel which will focus on, and broadcast topical news and information relevant and of particular interest to, everyone aged 50 and over was announced.  Entitled BeetrootTV – you might like to see the Beetroot TV Briefing Note and Beetroot TV Q&A.  And the ‘taster’ web-site can be found at http://www.BeetrootTV.org

Beetroot TV is being developed by Sheena McDonald and Simon Gallimore in collaboration with Independent Age, enabled by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

 
     

4.         Telecare and Telehealth

  • The Guardian suggests Scotland is ahead of England in its approach to implementing telecare and telehealth technologies. Dr James Ferguson, the lead clinician at the Scottish Centre for Telehealth, argues that because patients in Scotland are often a long way from clinicians, there has been a drive to include remote monitoring and support as an integral part of care packages.

Read the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/healthcare-network/2011/apr/13/scotland-teach-england-telehealth-james-ferguson

  • A survey of 200 patients using telehealth in North Yorkshire showed that patients with long term conditions prefer to be monitored from home. 96% of those currently using telehealth would recommend the technology to others.

http://www.nyytelehealth.co.uk/news/ninety_six_percent_of_north_yorkshire_patients_would_recommend_telehealth/

5.         Disability

  • A new government report argues that the 2012 Paralympic Games should transform perceptions of disabled people. The report also argues that London 2012 is already delivering improvements to the lives of people with disabilities, including offering jobs, training, sport opportunities and an uplift in awareness across the UK.

 Read the report here:  http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/8058.aspx

  • Disabled People’s User-led Organisations have been given access to a new £3million initiative announced by the Minister for Disabled People, which includes a Facilitation Fund allowing these bodies to bid for small amounts of money for specific projects to improve their overall sustainability.

Read more: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/odi-projects/user-led-organisations.php

6.         Web

  • A report by Gartner claimed that “digital media will cannibalise print media” after a study of consumers across six countries, including the UK and US, found more than half of tablet users preferred reading text on screens to print, with older demographics expressing the most attachment to paper products.

See: http://www.techeye.net/business/paper-screwed-up-in-favour-of-digital-readers

  • DCMS has published a set of 10 principles for inclusive web design to highlight the importance of building websites that can be used by as wide a range of people as possible.

The principles were written by Sandi Wassmer, managing director of web design company Copious and can be viewed on the DCMS site: http://bit.ly/mfx9ax

The ten principles are broken down into keywords such as equitable; flexible; straightforward; and perceptible, each followed by a brief explanatory statement to give guidance on how the term relates to inclusive website design.

  • Google and FutureGov  are holding a hack event later this month focussed on making the web accessible to older generations: http://goo.gl/7Gf8e

7.         TV / Advertising

  • A Wall Street Journal report on the US TV industry said networks are adjusting their pitch to advertisers as average audiences age, arguing the current generation of baby-boomers is fundamentally different from earlier generations who wound down their spending after the age of 55.

CBS chief research officer David Poltrack said: “Rather than saying a 22-year-old is more valuable than a 58-year-old, we’re saying, ‘Look, the fact is an affluent 58-year-old is certainly more valuable than a 22-year-old who is just getting by.”

See: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559604576174983272665032.html

8.         Consumer

  • The Guardian has an article on the costs of calling 118 directory enquiry services. [Our] “research shows that being connected to a number via a 118 service can cost in excess of £10 for five minutes from a mobile. Calling directory enquiries from a mobile can cost more than £2, while a typical 45-second 118 call costs an average of £1.75 from a landline, research shows.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/may/16/warning-118-directory-enquiries-charges

9.         Innovation, Ageing and Healthcare

  • Slides, and a short contextual blog post, from Simon Roberts based on his talk (in February) to Imperial Business School.

Visit: http://bit.ly/f8KvzN

 

Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-March 2011 to mid-April 2011

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on April 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Tablets

US cable operator Cablevision Systems has launched an iPad app allowing subscribers to its Optimum package to watch some 300 TV channels via the tablet device at home. Content is delivered via the group’s cable network, offering access to owners of non-web enabled iPads.
 

Carphone Warehouse is scaling back laptop sales, with the devices likely to be dropped completely from some stores as the retailer increases its focus on tablets.

iPlayer streaming requests via the iPad were up 22% month-on-month in February at 2.1m following the launch of its dedicated app.
 

Mobile

Android handsetsare the most popular smartphones in the UK. A survey for digital banking provider Intelligent Environments found that some 28% of smartphone users in the UK own an Android, while 26% have an iPhone and 14% rely on a BlackBerry.

Samsung, the world’s second largest mobiles maker, said it aims to become one of the top three network equipment manufacturers by 2015, forecasting the global market for 4G LTE equipment will grow four-fold from $3bn this year to $12bn in 2014.
 

Global smartphone shipments will grow 50% this year to pass the 450m units mark.

Smartphones using the Windows Phone 7 platform predicted to surpass the iPhone by 2015. IDC said Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia will see the Windows Phone share of the market jump from 5.5% this year to 21% within four years.

China Mobile user numbers climbed to 584m by the end of last year, including 20.7m 3G customers. Full-year profits climbed 3.9% to US$18.2bn, on revenues up 7.3%.
 

iPhone vs. Android – 45,000 Tests Prove Whose Browser is Faster  Key Findings: Android 52% faster on average, iPhone slower on 84% of sites, Android even faster on non-mobile sites.

Spend on mobile media grew 116% year-on-year in 2010 to £83m.

 

News

Five must-see presentations on digital news

New York Times‘ New Paywall vs. WSJ and Newsday

The best infographics for understanding the crisis in Japan

The percentage of people who say they get news online at least three times a week surpassed newspapers for the first time. In December, 41% of Americans said they got most of their news about national issues on the internet – up from 17% a year earlier. The report, by Pew, also revealed that newsroom staff numbers have fallen by 30% since 2000.
 

Google

Google is to start using more private data on Gmail users’ interests in a move towards “interest-based advertising”. Google said the use of behavioural targeting will allow it to establish profiles of users and serve more relevant advertising, users who do not want their emails scanned will be able to opt out of the system.
 

Google has been named the most successful digital media company in the US in a list compiled by paidContent. The top 50 list, which is based on digital sales, has Yahoo! next and Apple third. Microsoft and Netflix made up the top five companies bringing in the most money from online content and advertising.

 

Social Media – General

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media – Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda.

Social media most popular UK online destination – according Experian Hitwise.

 

Social Media – Facebook

Experian Hitwise figures showed Facebook was the most commonly searched-for brand in the UK last year, ahead of eBay and Amazon, with the BBC fifth and Sky seventh.
 

Social media service GetGlue has struck a deal with NBC Universal for users to receive virtual rewards when they alert friends that they are watching its shows via Facebook.

15 Most Engaged Pages On Facebook

Facebook is launching a site for creative ad agencies to discuss ideas and campaigns.
 

Social Media – LinkedIn

LinkedInsays new members are joining at a rate of one per second, it now has more than 100m users.

 

Social Media – Twitter

Twitter celebrated its fifth birthday, saying users send an average of 1bn tweets per week, with daily activity up 180% on a year ago.
 

TV & Video

YouTube has almost tripled session time over the past few years after working on its recommendation technology to improve relevance.

Research group In-Stat said it anticipates about 100 linear 3D channels will have been launched globally by 2014, with competition between pay-TV groups proving the driver.
 

US online video consumers was up just 3.1% year-on-year in January, however average viewing time was 45% higher than the previous year at 4h 39m, driven by the increasing popularity of long-form content.

 

Technology

A study by network measurement firm Epitiro found web users relying on home WiFi connections achieve significantly slower speeds than from fixed broadband, but appear willing to sacrifice performance for flexibility.
 

Using carbon nanotubes rather than metal wires to access digital memory in mobiles and laptops could cut power consumption and boost battery life by up to 100 times, raising the prospect of handsets that can run for months between charges.
 

BBC World Service is to receive a “significant” sum of money from the US government towards helping stop the blocking of internet and TV services in countries such as Iran and China.

Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence argued increasing data volumes can be a hindrance to business leaders attempting to establish a clear picture of industry trends. He said: “The amount of data is obscene. The managers that are going to be successful are going to be the ones who are prepared to take a knife to the amount of data… Otherwise, it’s like a virus.”

Stories and issues relating to older and disabled people which have caught my eye in the last month

In Monthly round up: Older People and Disability issues on April 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

1.         Disability

  • Dr Rachel Perkins has been appointed by the Minister for Disabled People to the Chair of Equality 2025. She will take up her role from 1 April 2011 for a three-year term.

Equality 2025 is a non-departmental public body of publicly appointed disabled people, which was established in December 2006.   The group offers strategic, confidential advice to Government on issues that affect disabled people. It reports to the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.

See: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/docs/abo/eq2025-chair-110328.pdf

 

  • Disability and ICT charity AbilityNet has launched the first Technology4Good awards. The awards scheme aims to  celebrate the hard work of the many charities, businesses and individuals across the UK who use digital technologies to help change our communities for the better.

 See: http://www.technology4goodawards.org.uk/

Nominations are open until 5pm on Monday 9th May, with the winners announced at an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 7th June.

 

  • The British Stammering Association welcomed the success of the Oscar winning movie ‘The King’s Speech’, calling it ‘a golden opportunity to talk openly about stammering’. See the views here: http://www.stammering.org/kspoints.html

 

  • Scope’s latest Disabled People’s Panel survey focuses on the attitudes and behaviours that disabled people experience in everyday life. They are asking for people who are disabled or the parent of a disabled child, to participate in a short online survey. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and responses will remain anonymous. To take part visit: http://www.scope.org.uk/news/attitudes-towards-disabled-people

 

  • Monday 2nd May to Sunday 8th May 2011 is Deaf Awareness Week.  This year the week will ask you to ‘Look At Me’ aiming to improve understanding of the different types of deafness and the many different methods of communication used by deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people, such as sign language and lipreading.

Supported by over one hundred deaf charities and organisations under the umbrella of the UK Council on Deafness, Deaf Awareness Week involves a UK wide series of national and local events. More at: http://www.deafcouncil.org.uk/daw/index.htm

 

  • Writing in the Observer, Aleks Krotoski, asked how the internet affects society and the way we live today, with a focus on disability. She noted:

 “The web has transformed the personal experiences of disabled people by creating a playing field for empowerment with access to information, connections and a platform for change. Yet we must reflect on our social attitudes to disability in the offline world instead of ignoring what we can’t see online. Only then will the web’s effect on disability become truly clear.”

See the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/06/untangling-web-aleks-krotoski-disability

 

 2.         Third Sector

  • The Media Trust has closed their Community Newswire service as a result of changes in their funding following the Government spending review.

 

  • The Public Sector Equality Duty came into effect on 5 April. The Duty replaces the three existing public sector equality duties covering disability, race and gender. It also extends to other protected characteristics covered in the Equality Act 2010.

 

3.         Public Sector

The Duty has three aims. When developing or implementing policy, it requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups
  • foster good relations between people from different groups.

This means that public bodies need to consciously consider these three aims when making decisions that will affect the public. For example, the Duty covers how a public authority acts as an employer, how it develops policies, how it designs and delivers services and how it procures services.

‘Due regard’ means to consciously consider these three aims when making decisions about policy or practice which would affect people.  For example, the duty covers:

  • how a public authority acts as an employer
  • how it develops policies
  • how it designs and delivers services
  • how it procures services.

 

If a public authority fails to give due regard to the duty, it could be challenged through a judicial review made by an individual or by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

For more information visit: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/disabled-people-and-legislation/disability-equality-duty-and-impact-assessments.php

  • The Department of Health’s Care Networks are being closed and the last telecare e-newsletter went out in February which is here (pdf – 902Kb) or here (doc – 1.22Mb). The DH Care Network’s telecare website will close by 31 March and the Telecare LIN website will be hosted by Telecare LIN Ltd here.

The Department is exploring how it can help ‘third parties communicate latest policy and practice information on telecare and telehealth in the future’.

In the meantime, the WSDAN (Whole System Demonstrator Action Network) website hosted by the King’s Fund will continue. This provides a portal to the latest news on three large-scale telehealth and telecare pilots and the evidence-base on telehealth and telecare.

Recent publications include: 

  • an update on telecare users and expenditure
  • PCT weblinks for telehealth and the telehealth Google map
  • Evaluating telecare and telehealth interventions

The Kings Fund website is at: http://www.wsdactionnetwork.org.uk/

A blog on the King’s Fund website looks at how local authorities and the new GP commissioners can be convinced of the need to invest in telehealth and telecare. Find out more: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/the_future_of.html

 

4.         Accessibility

  • Writing in Computer Weekly, Robin Christopherson -head of digital inclusion at accessibility charity AbilityNet – talks about his love affair for Apple and how , in some cases mainstream technology is replacing specialist devices designed specifically for disabled users.

He cites Apple’s mobile operating system, which features screen reading – the VoiceOver function – and magnification, or Zoom. Noting: “As the first gesture-based screen reader, VoiceOver merely requires the user to touch the screen to hear a description of the item under their finger, then double-tap, drag, or flick to action a command. VoiceOver also features an innovative virtual control called a rotor. Turning the rotor – by rotating two fingers on the screen as if you were turning an actual dial – changes the way VoiceOver moves through a document or a web page based on a setting you choose. For example, a flick up or down might move through text word by word, by header, link or image.

It is also easy for a blind user to memorise the layout of screens and commonly-used applications. A quick tap confirms you have hit the right control and then a double-tap activates it. It really is almost as if you could see the screen.”

He later adds that “an iPhone can do as much as a specialist talking portable computer developed for blind users that costs between £1,000 and £2,000, and much, much more besides. With the addition of free navigation software an iOS device can replace bespoke talking GPS devices that are priced at around £750. Similarly, with the addition of an app costing a few pounds, they can replace a specialist communication device for those with a speech impairment; Proloquo2Go retails for around £100 and can transform an iPad into a fully functioning communication solution previously costing a prohibitive £2,000.”

“People who find the touch-screen difficult due to a physical impairment are not excluded either. The iOS devices also have in-built connectivity via Bluetooth or a cable dock to allow peripherals such as an external keyboard to be used. There is also free voice-recognition software to enable you to dictate your documents and e-mails. This way the blind touch-typist can have the best of both worlds and use an iPad or iPod Touch much as they would a laptop.”

The article is also available in Third Sector magazine: http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/news/Article/1060183/technologies-I-use-support-people-impaired-vision/

 

5.         Mobile

  • Richard Cappin of DialToSave.co.uk, one of the UK’s first-ever mobile phone price comparison websites, recently published a report which states that smartphone users are set to rocket from 20 million to 50 million by 2015.  As a result, he has argued that the mobile phone industry is missing out on a “multi-million pound market” by ignoring the needs of users who are over the age of 55. This group is now the second-fastest growing Internet user group and 45-64 year olds are now the second largest group of mobile phone users.

 

  • Cappin said, “Mobile companies need to look to Silver Surfers for inspiration and ideas because their needs are being ignored. Smartphones are mainly targeted at tech-savvy youngsters and despite growing interest from older people they are often perplexed by jargon like Android, Symbian and 3G HSDPA.”

See the press release here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/03/prweb5127504.htm

 

6.         Older People

 

  • A report by the Centre for Policy on Ageing gives examples of councils investing in low-level support and practical assistance to help older people maintain their health, well-being, social engagement and independence. Services highlighted include telecare, handyperson schemes, housing adaptations, falls prevention, home safety checks, and information projects.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation commissioned the report, which is available at: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/local-authorities-better-outcomes-older-people

 

  • According to the Alzheimer’s Society, in 2021 over half a million people will be living with dementia that has gone undiagnosed. Dorset has the lowest rates of diagnosis with only a quarter (26%) of people really knowing they have dementia. In contrast, two thirds (69%) of people living in Belfast with dementia have had a diagnosis.

 See: http://www.alzheimers-tesco.org.uk/news/56_over_half_a_million_people_will_have_undiagnosed_dementia_in_2021

 

  • Stephanie Flanders, the BBC’s economics editor, looks at the rise of the older worker, noting that “at the end of 2010 there were 870,000 people over 65 in formal employment in the UK. That number has more than doubled since 2001. This age group now makes up 3% of the workforce, up from 1.5% in 2001.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/2011/03/older_workers_make_their_mark.html

Her article was in response to new data from the ONS on ‘Older people in the labour market’:  http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=2648

Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-Jan 2011 to mid-Feb 2011

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on March 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Material I bookmarked in the last month and that I thought worth sharing.

 

Apps

Apple’s App Store hits 10 billion downloads

Android Market growth rate outstrips Apple App Store

App Tells Your Friends What You’re Watching – iPhone app analyzes sound to determine what’s on your TV.

Websites and apps for bargain hunters

The Apps Are Here: World Bank Apps for Development Challenge Now Open For Voting The World Bank is giving its data away for free using a contest challenging developers to build apps on top of the data. Apps have come from 30 different countries and more were built in Africa than in Europe.

Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life – The Locker Project, an open source service will capture  data from users’ activities around the web and offline via sensors, put it firmly in their own possession and then allow them to run local apps that are built to leverage their data.

Mobile App Market: $25 Billion by 2015 – according to a new report from World Mobile Applications Market. The mobile app market was $6.8 billion this year, the report says, but will grow steadily over the next four years to reach $25 billion. Out of that $25 billion, Apple’s App Store will account for 20.5% of total revenues.

 

News and Journalism

Hands On with The Daily – report on the launch of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only newspaper ‘The Daily’.

The Guardian Launches Its New Subscription-Based iPhone App

The Newsonomics of 2011 news metrics to watch » Nieman Journalism Lab »

Washington Post to Launch Free Personalized News Site  – The Washington Post Co. is to launch a free news-aggregation website, called Trove. It lets readers build their own news site based on topics they choose. By sifting through more than 10,000 news sources,  delivering articles to a personalised page using algorithms that take into account articles a person has read and personal interests. Trove apps for devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry are also in the pipeline.

Paper.li Raises $2.1 Million To Open Operations In The U.S. And Asia

 

America

FCC To Reshape Phone Subsidy Program to Help Boost Rural Broadband – Plan to convert the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone services into one that will help pay for broadband in underserved areas. The plan will involve reshaping the Universal Service Fund, a decade-old subsidy which is paid for by fees added onto most consumers’ phone bills. That money is then distributed among phone companies to help subsidize the costs of providing services to rural areas.

Vocus Releases Annual Study: State of the Media in 2011 – report sees the US media industry stabilizing; layoffs and closures slow, digital and mobile see growth, Patch.com sites pressure competitive local news

 

Developing World/Middle East

U.S. Military Can Restore a Country’s Internet – Whether It Likes It or Not – The U.S. military, it turns out, can force a country that has disconnected itself from the Internet back online.

Vodafone Forced to Send Pro-Government Text Messages in Egypt – Vodafone says it was forced to send pro-government messages to its subscribers in Egypt during the country’s recent protests.

Middle East unrest according to Glenn Beck and friends … – Guardian curated round up – with video clips – from US rightwing commentators on recent upheaval in the Middle East.

 

Advertising

Super Bowl 2011: Christina Aguilera and Groupon fluff their … “The history books will say that the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 2011’s Super Bowl XLV – but on the night the biggest losers were the pop star Christina Aguilera and the cut-price internet site Groupon.”

Why Groupon’s Super Bowl Ad Was So Offensive

Group-buying – does it deliver? | Money | The Guardian

Foursquare Launches Business Pages

 

Mobile

Smartphones Outsell PCs – According to IDC, smartphone manufacturers shipped 100.9 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2010, while PC manufacturers shipped 92.1 million units worldwide. Or, more simply put, smartphones just outsold PCs for the first time ever.

 

Social Networking

Social Media Marketing By The Numbers [Infographic]

Everything (almost) that you need to know about social networks -Infographic crib sheet with facts about Facebook and Twitter as well as social networking around the world.

Social Network Ad Outlook Is Modest And Unclear – Deloitte predicts that in 2011 social networks are likely to surpass the milestone of one billion unique members. They may deliver over 2 trillion advertisements.

A Question for Quora – Technology Review – “Quality of content and community is diametrically opposed to mass market success,” says Burbidge. “Having worked on Answers, I can tell that the level of quality is going to drop from the very high level it is at now as more people sign up.”

Social networking under fresh attack …

Facebook ‘friends’ did not act on suicide note …

 

Social Media Tools

Training Handouts « Claire Wardle, PhD – Six terrific ‘slideshows’: Google Advanced Search, Delicious, Aggregators and RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Image & Audio tools: Flickr, Picfog and Audioboo

YouTube – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy – fun video with a social media message

5 Ways to publish your social media messages – 10,000 Words

 

Twitter

Who are the top UK journalists on twitter?

100 Most Influential UK Journalists on Twitter

Twitter’s Advertising Revenue May Triple to $150 Million

 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn plans to float this year | Technology | guardian.co.ukLinkedIn plans to float this year – Private shares in the company changed hands at an implied valuation of $2.5bn (£1.6bn).

LinkedIn Said to Be Worth Almost $3 Billion in Secondary Sale …

5 things you didn’t know you could do with LinkedIn – 10,000 …

 

AOL

LEAKED: AOL’s Master Plan – Leaked slides and editorial summary of AOL’s vision for the next couple of years.

Huffington Post to be sold to AOL for $315m

Huffington Post sale: who gets the $315m?

 

Everything Else

Microsoft Ships 8 Million Kinect Devices, to Add Hulu

Google, Microsoft Added Internet-Search Market Share in December

10 per cent of users take 90 per cent of mobile data …

The State of the Blogosphere 2010 ” – Brian Solis

Chancellor crowdsources for budget ideas – No 11’s ‘online portal’ where the public can submit ideas for the March 23 budget.

Can We Crowdfund Our Lives? – “What do a chipped tooth, a world record and the relocation of a popular café in downtown Oakland all have in common? Each needed money to achieve a goal and, rather than going the usual routes of taking out loans or operating on credit, each found funding through crowd funding.”

7 Innovative online maps – 10,000 Words

MC Hammer Is Just Another Tech Geek – the 90’s rap icon MC Hammer made a fortune, lost it, and is now an investor in 8 different tech companies.

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What I learnt over the summer aka Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links for August and early September 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on September 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Here’s the best of what I’ve read in the past four-six weeks relating to social networking, social media, technology et al. Comments, additions and your own contributions are very welcome.

General

50 Best Websites 2010 – file under ‘stuff to do on a rainy day’. List by Time Magazine. 

Best Blogs of 2010 more of the same from Time.

Internet 2009 in numbers from Royal Pingdom.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia will double their Internet users to 1.2 billion by 2015

Social Networking

The top countries on Facebook (chart) | Royal Pingdom

Web Users Now Spend More Time on Facebook Than Google

Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies

The Next 5 Years in Social Media

How News Consumption is Shifting to the Personalized Social News Stream

75% of news consumed online is through shared news from social networking sites or e-mail. Social news is finding us.

Gender, Education, Age and Income analysed for social networks around the world, including many I’d never heard of!

MySpace has struck a deal with Facebook which will allow users to “sync” their status updates on both social networks. 
 

Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley told the Sunday Times the location-based social network, which boasts 3m users, does not regard Facebook’s newly launched Places service as a direct threat, saying: “I use Facebook, but not to announce which bar I’m in. That’s for your good friends, not for some half-forgotten college acquaintance.” Ouch!

Apple said 1m people signed up to Ping, its music-based social network, in the 48 hours after its launch

Virgin Media has launched Sofa Stadium, a new dual-screen app which coincides with the start of the Premier League season, giving fans match stats and social networking feeds alongside televised games.

Blogging

A Look Back at the Last 5 Years in Blogging

Royal Opera House threatens to sue blogger over photo row

Without Prejudice – why all the Royal Opera House posts have disappeared

Non-profit blog threatened by legal action from the Royal Opera House for using unauthorised images of the ROH. This post lists the correspondence.

Consumer

Leading article: Thanks to the internet, the customer is king again …

Hoteliers to take their revenge on TripAdvisor’s critiques in court …

Search

9 Awesome Search Engines That Aren’t Named Google

“On Google, 34,000 searches occur each second….”

Search Google like an expert

Selected coverage of Google Instant:

Mobile

Google phones set to overhaul competitors in four years – Business News …

Quarter of all searches on Android devices in the US are now made using voice.

Government

Town halls ‘saving millions by embracing new technology’ – Telegraph

How Flickr can work on a local government website – a nice example from Walsall.

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing tubestrike info

TV online

Research by SeeSaw.com and Radio Times found 34% now watch their favourite shows online, rising to 56% among students. Radio Times editor Ben Preston said: “The couch potato is dead, the age of the hunter-gatherer is nigh. Technology means television isn’t a passive activity any more. We hunt down what we want to watch, we gather up great shows we’ve missed and we chat and joke about what we’ve seen – whether friends and family are sitting next to us or are online thousands of miles away.”

Apple iPhone users accessed 5.3m BBC programmes in July, according to new figures. New Media Age reported that an average of 230,016 Apple mobile handset owners visited the BBC iPlayer service to download shows each week during the month.

4oD accounted for 25% of TV watched by students with YouTube accounting for a further 13%.

TiVo has announced a research project that will see the company monitor how much time users spend watching online content on their TV sets alongside regular programmes.

Privacy

New Facebook safety concerns have emerged after the social networking giant launched a feature in the US which automatically shares location information of users with their ‘friends’. People will be able to “check in” at locations, with the information shared among their chosen online contacts. But US Privacy Rights Clearinghouse spokeswoman Rainey Reitman warned: “What we see with Facebook is a massive learning curve. Every time they make a change, consumers scramble to figure out the privacy settings. Location data is tied to people’s safety – if people know where you are, they know where you’re not. Your location data is some of the most sensitive data we have.”
Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/aug/19/facebook-places-location-tool-unveiled and http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/de665226-ab2e-11df-9e6b-00144feabdc0.html

Defending the new Facebook Places feature, product manager Ana Yang said: “People are already sharing their location on Facebook, so we looked at this to see if we could make it easier, more consistent and more social. But if it means removing friends you don’t know or even blocking someone, we support all those things because you’ll have more control. People should be establishing the social norms that it’s OK to block the sketchy ex-boyfriend and in some ways it’s easier to do this on Facebook than in real life.” She added that users could opt to be notified if they are tagged at a location, and said a total opt-out of “places” tags was available.
 

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has suggested a radical plan for today’s teenagers whose social networking site activities could embarrass them into their adult lives – change your name. In an online debate hosted by the Wall Street Journal, he predicted this could be an effective way of disowning potentially compromising photographs and comments preserved for all time on social media sites, stating: “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time.”
See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/16/schmidt_wsj/ and http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-on-privacy-change-your-name-20100817-127xj.html?from=smh_sb