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Radio Garden is an extraordinary new website that allows visitors to listen to over 8,000 live radio stations from around the world. Created by Jonathan Puckey with financial support from the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision, Radio Garden utilizes a number of open sourced technologies and the contributions of radio stations from around the globe. As Jonathan Puckey explains in a recent interview with NPR, the project emerged when the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision approached Puckey about creating a museum exhibition for a recent, multi-university European research project called Transnational Radio Encounters. Puckey and his team decided to create this website instead. By clicking the above link, visitors will automatically be taken to the Live portion of this website and will be directed to the radio station closest to their current location. From here, visitors can explore other stations around the globe via an interactive map. When visitors select cities with multiple participating stations, a list will appear on the right side of the browser, allowing visitors to choose which station to listen to. By selecting the History tab or Jingles tab, visitors can explore historic radio broadcasts and station jingles from across time and space. Finally, the Stories tab features a number of moving interviews with individuals about the role of radio in their lives. [MMB]

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Ava for Professionals

 

Ava is a mobile application that provides real time captions to empower deaf and hard of hearing people to participate better in conversations. It connects people’s smartphones to each other, and captures the audio from a conversation, to translate all the speech into text. This way, a deaf or hard of hearing person can follow exactly who is saying what. 

Above is a video that shows you what this can look like:

In a group conversation, each smartphone with Ava is turned into a smart microphone for each person. Ava captions what people says in less than a second. Always looking at the best for your clients? Offer them the forefront of accessibility: many mobile ears and an artificial intelligence to complement hearing aids.

How does Ava works for group conversations.

Hearing aids, lip-reading or other assistive listening devices are not always enough for your deaf/hard-of-hearing clients to follow conversations. Restaurants, group conversations, spending time with friends, these are all situations that are challenging because. Not anymore – these situations are exactly what Ava has been designed for.

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Ava is a mobile app that everyone (coworkers, family members, friends) download on their smartphone. By connecting each other via the app, every smartphone becomes a microphone, and Ava captions what the group says on the deaf/hard-of-hearing person phone. They can then answer by either talking, or if they have a “Deaf” voice, typing. Ava can even voice the deaf person’s answer.

Ava is free, try and see for yourself: click here to download the app.

All NYC subway stations will have cell service by January 9th–engadget.com

Jon Fingas@jonfingas

01.06.17 in Transportation

When officials recently vowed that all New York City underground subway stations would have cellular coverage sometime in early 2017, they weren’t joking. Governor Cuomo has revealed that all active stations will have service from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon on January 9th. That’s on top of WiFi, which went live just before 2016 came to a close. The only exceptions are four stations that are either in mid-renovation or about to go through renovations, but they’ll have live service as soon as the makeovers are finished.

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IRS Publication 2043, IRS Refund Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community, has been updated for 2017. The publication provides the latest refund information and guidelines to advise clients who are expecting refunds.

This year’s update includes information about a new law that requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. The IRS will begin to release EITC/ACTC refunds starting Feb. 15. However, these refunds likely will not reach taxpayers until the week of Feb. 27.

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The governor said in his veto message that the measure, which provided for a phased-in, seven-year state takeover of indigent criminal legal defense costs now paid by New York City and counties outside the city, was too expensive. He contended it could obligate the state to pick more than $800 million each year when fully implemented. READ MORE »

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