The pandemic shows that the future of aid is cash | Axios

The pandemic shows that the future of aid is cash | Axios

The pandemic shows that the future of aid is cash:

I and others have been saying this for a while. Articles like this will persuade those that need to be persuaded (legislators) that this is the only way out of this.

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Microsoft invests $2.5M in CREATE, a new center for accessible tech at the University of Washington

Microsoft invests $2.5M in CREATE, a new center for accessible tech at the University of Washington
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The University of Washington is launching a new Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE) and Microsoft is helping to fund the effort with a $2.5 million inaugural investment.

Microsoft and the UW have long been aligned in a shared commitment to accessible technology and a world that is more accessible through technology. With a leadership team from six campus departments in three different colleges, CREATE will build upon the UW’s existing work in education, research and translation.

“This is the next step in a long-standing journey to empower people with disabilities with accessibility and technology advancements,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a news release Thursday. “UW has truly embedded accessibility as part of their culture and we’re proud to support their next step to drive thought leadership on accessibility to empower people with disabilities.”

Microsoft and the university have worked together in the space for more than a decade, driving innovation in accessibility research. This partnership has led to student internship and career opportunities, and ongoing research engagements with the Ability Team at Microsoft Research.

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How leaders can bring employees together during COVID-19

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There is a saying in technology, “Eating Your Own Dog Food”. Here is an example in these trying times.

(“Eating Your Own Dog Food,” 2020)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his leadership team wanted to bring Microsoft together after asking company employees to work from home in response to COVID-19.

“We wanted to be able to bring everyone together virtually in a way that would allow our leaders to share their thoughts with employees, but also to address many of the hard questions that we knew employees were asking,” says John Cirone, director of employee communications at Microsoft. “We wanted to share a moment where we could talk about how we were mobilizing our response to COVID-19 across our employees, customers, and our communities…”

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How Cloud Computing Can Help Solve Coronavirus | The New Stack

How Cloud Computing Can Help Solve Coronavirus | The New Stack
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With Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) causing more deaths than the 2003 SARS outbreak and showing no signs of containment, one thing becomes clear: the disease is out of our control right now and we’re going to have to get innovative if we want to catch up with it.

The disease originated in China back in December, and while there’s been a lot of controversy around how it was handled, it’s important to recognize that our energy is best spent finding solutions.

Now, more than ever, the world needs to come together. We have to bring forth the best minds in healthcare and technology and innovate if we’re going to outsmart this disease.

Here is where the 3 main Cloud providers can get together to help solve this issue that affects everyone.

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Chrome OS has failed to innovate, says Android Police

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Ah, what could have been. At least it’s still a foundational open-source point for my favorite Web Browser, Vivaldi!

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KitoTech lands $1.5M for skin-healing ‘microstaple’ bandage | GeekWire

KitoTech lands $1.5M for skin-healing ‘microstaple’ bandage | GeekWire

I am not sure that there is an equivalent to GeekWire in other parts of the nation (there is absolutely not one in the SE/Carolinas), so in that respect this would be a local story. However, I do follow them, and it is tangentially related to an earlier post this week about a regional Medical School.

Being a Wound Care patient myself, any innovation to improve my interactions with the leg wound that is chronic is a plus and welcomed.

KitoTech Medical’s microMend device uses microstaples to hold wounds closed as they heal. (KitoTech Photo) via GeekWire

New funding: Seattle startup KitoTech Medical raised $1.5 million as part of a convertible note round to fund the development of its microMend wound closure device, which was made from technology originally developed at the University of Washington.

The startup says that microMend, which is currently undergoing clinical trials, can heal wounds up to three times faster than those closed with traditional sutures

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Microsoft went all in on accessible design. This is what happened afterwards | Fast Company

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller is one of the most telling products in how design as we know it is changing. It’s a boxy controller with two giant buttons and over a dozen ports for external peripherals, to allow people with disabilities the option to play Xbox in any manner they can…

But the Xbox Adaptive Controller was just the first step into more inclusive video games and voting machines. And we’re seeing that proven in a new, companion product developed by the mouse and keyboard giant Logitech. Called the Adaptive Gaming Kit, it’s a collection of mix-and-matchable buttons that plug into the Xbox Adaptive Controller for additional customization…

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Being paralyzed as a teen didn’t stop David Cooks from fulfilling his purpose! | Alabama NewsCenter

Being paralyzed as a teen didn’t stop David Cooks from fulfilling his purpose! | Alabama NewsCenter
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I’m really glad to see that my former long term bank Regions, decided to bring Mr. Cook in to impart his wisdom for the bank’s benefit.

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Alabama Athletics receives sensory-inclusive certification from KultureCity | Alabama NewsCenter

Alabama Athletics receives sensory-inclusive certification from KultureCity | Alabama NewsCenter
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We compete on the athletic fields, courts, courses, etc. However this should be included at Jordan-Hare, Samford, Neyland, and all other stadiums in the SEC.

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Microsoft + The Jackson Laboratory: Using AI to fight cancer

Microsoft + The Jackson Laboratory: Using AI to fight cancer
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Biomedical researchers are embracing artificial intelligence to accelerate the implementation of cancer treatments that target patients’ specific genomic profiles, a type of precision medicine that in some cases is more effective than traditional chemotherapy and has fewer side effects.

Curating CKB

Mockus and her colleagues are using Microsoft’s machine reading technology to curate CKB, which stores structured information about genomic mutations that drive cancer, drugs that target cancer genes and the response of patients to those drugs.

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To be successful, Poon and his team need to train machine learning models in such a way that they catch all the potentially relevant information – ensure there are no gaps in content – and, at the same time, weed out irrelevant information sufficiently to make the curation process more efficient.

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Samsung and other Google partners show interest in Fuchsia – 9to5Google

Samsung and other Google partners show interest in Fuchsia – 9to5Google

Not frequent enough for my tastes, but it looks like Fuchsia is near the point of being the official successor of Android. And more importantly from Google’s point of view is direct control, unlike Android which is open source. Here’s hoping for more consistent news on that front.

This may be related to this announcement and article on ZDNet.

Over the past two years, we’ve closely followed the development of Google’s Fuchsia OS and the various hardware products it supports. Thus far, these products have almost all been Made by Google devices like the Pixelbook and Nest Hub, used simply as testbeds for Fuchsia on various form factors. But if Fuchsia is to ever succeed, Google will need to partner with other companies on developing their own Fuchsia-based hardware and software projects.

This week in Fuchsia Friday, we take a look at the various Google partners that have looked into Fuchsia OS, including familiar names like Samsung and Sony.

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Breakthrough research led by Auburn University professor fuels new product that forecasts long-term drought | Alabama NewsCenter

from Alabama Newscenter & Auburn University

This is not to say that great things aren’t happening at the “other” University in the state, it’s just that I don’t really recognize them, though I should.

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Surface reveals new holiday lineup and introduces a new category of dual-screen devices built for mobile productivity

Surface reveals new holiday lineup and introduces a new category of dual-screen devices built for mobile productivity:

These devices are awesome and inventive. If I had the money or was in their target market, I would absolutely want one or more of these items. But since I’m not, one can dream.

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Why Microsoft won’t unplug government agencies despite opposition to Trump policies | GeekWire

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From Wikipedia, who left out the other author in the main credit place, Carol Anne Browne

Why Microsoft won’t unplug government agencies despite opposition to Trump policies:

Microsoft has been known to go against the grain when it sees fit to do so. Actually, I’m kind of glad they are here. Easier said than done when you are a distant 2nd in the cloud space, but I still admire their stance on this, though part of me wouldn’t want to deal with anything this administration does.

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More than 60% of Ethereum nodes run in the cloud, mostly on Amazon Web Services | The Next Web

More than 60% of Ethereum nodes run in the cloud, mostly on Amazon Web Services | The Next Web

 

I guess there is no true way of getting around the centralization part of decentralized technologies. Just when you think that distributed nodes are a great thing, the party is always spoiled.

More than 60% of Ethereum nodes run in the cloud, mostly on Amazon Web Services

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John’s Crazy Socks spreads joy, shows power of hiring people with disabilities | Transform from Microsoft

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John and Mark Cronin, of John’s Crazy Socks H/T: Microsoft Transform blog.

This inspiring story slipped past my attention over the past week or so, but I am so glad I found it. Everyone has a talent; So thankful for the opportunity to highlight those who has nearly always been forgotten, but in today’s environment, might as well not even exist.

Then Cronin, who is 22 and has Down syndrome, reflected on his sartorial flair for colorful outfits and socks, a passion that began in fourth grade to the occasional shriek of his older brother: “Dad, you can’t let him go out like that!”

 

But Cronin’s fashion resolve led to his lightbulb idea for John’s Crazy Socks, a flourishing online store launched in late 2016. Based in Huntington, New York, the company has grown into a multi-million-dollar business with an inventory of more than 2,000 unique, cheerful and vibrant socks. They include socks with googly-eyed pineapples, smiling corgis, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and trolls with hair you can comb.

 

“They’re fun, colorful, creative and let me be me,” Cronin says of his affinity for joyous footwear.

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Could basic income help the emancipation of people with disabilities?

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This is a 2-month-old article just brought to my attention by Scott Santens, an advocate for Universal Basic Income. What is happening right now is Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has made a bold proposal that has some roots in Basic Income but using the tax code to effect it (Lowrey, 2018 para. 2).

Could basic income help the emancipation of people with disabilities?:

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Voice dictation coming to Microsoft’s Office web apps

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Caveat: Some platforms do not include voice capabilities natively.

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Announcing the first AI for Accessibility grantee: Zyrobotics

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Satya Nadella (C) with Zyrobotics CEO Dr. Johnetta MacCalla (L) and CTO Dr. Ayanna Howard (R) courtesy of Microsoft

Announcing the first AI for Accessibility grantee: Zyrobotics

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Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

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