For most hearing impaired people, the inability to properly and precisely communicate with the hearing often leads to frustration, anger, and isolation. Unless a hearing person knows sign language, which is unlikely, the deaf are forced to communicate by pen and paper using a sort of pigeon English.
However, with the advancement of speech and other technologies, several solutions aiming to lower the communication barrier are hitting the market. Considering that there are roughly 250 million deaf people in the world, according to the World Health Organization, this is indeed welcome news.
MotionSavvy, a startup from Alameda, Calif., has just taken the wraps off UNI, an assistive device that features a tablet, smart case, and mobile app. Using gesture and speech recognition, sign language is converted to audio, and spoken word is translated to text in real time without needing a Web connection.
“Every aspect of interaction with a hearing person is difficult, to the point that we feel hopeless,” said Ryan Hait-Campbell, CEO and co-founder of MotionSavvy, in an email. “We feel so hopeless that there is nothing that can be done. We are trying to give deaf people the ability to live the life that they want without any limits.”
Some paedophiles with images of child abuse will escape prosecution, the head of the National Crime Agency has said.
Keith Bristow said expecting all the estimated 50,000 people in the UK who have accessed abuse images to be brought to justice was “not realistic”.
He said police would have to focus on those who posed most risk.
Labour called it “disgraceful”, adding that the NCA was not fit for dealing with the problem. The Home Office said all crimes should be investigated.
Some 660 arrests were made during a recent operation targeting people who had accessed child abuse images online.
However, the BBC understands that as part of that investigation, as many as 20,000-30,000 individuals were identified as potential offenders.
Originally posted on Naked Security:
Thanks to Gabor Szappanos of SophosLabs for his work on this article.
You may have heard or seen mention of the latest catchily-named malware attack: “Sandworm.”
The name is rather dramatically borrowed from the famous 1960s science fiction epic Dune, where it refers to a sort of worm-like creature, hundreds or even thousands of metres long and as good as indestructible except with nuclear weapons.
In the current context, the name applies to a strain of malware, announced with fanfare by a security company that claims to have seen it used recently in the wild in targeted attacks.
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