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Submission + - Access Board Releases New Draft of 508 ICT Rule fo (

beetle496 writes: "The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment a revised draft of updated accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. This latest version includes changes made in response to public feedback received on an earlier draft issued last year. The released draft is available for public comment until March 7. During the comment period, the Board will hold public hearings in Washington, D.C. on January 11 and at the annual CSUN Conference in San Diego on March 1."

Comment We have seen this before! (Score 1) 194

Apple is about to do for living room game consoles what they did for MP3 players, smart phones, and tablet computers. I cannot wait!

Apple is not a gamer company... Gamers want to be able to tweak their hardware and Apple is not likely to allow this... [Apple] won't be willing or able to provide high end gaming gear to the hardcore gaming crowd.

Agreed, but your are talking about a tiny slice of the potential market.

Apple hardware scores badly in the cost vs performance tradeoff.

Not for the bulk of consumers, not when usability is a factor in measuring performance (and value).

Apple won't be able to compete with the Wii on the low end.

Not at all! the AppleTV retails for less than the Wii!

Comment We have seen this before (Score 0) 194

Sony and MS's current offerings are actually unbelievably similar
Nintendo looks increasingly like a successful toy manufacturer

Excellent observations! MS and Sony do not grok family entertainment, they only seem to care about teenage males. The Wii is cute, but I am too much of snob to buy new tech that only supports 480p. Apple is about to do for living room game consoles what they did for MP3 players, smart phones, and tablet computers. I cannot wait!


Submission + - Microsoft Backtracks on Accessibility in WP7 (

beetle496 writes: One of the things Microsoft has done well for many years now (since they got called on the carpet about Windows 95) is providing compatibility with assistive technology used by the blind. Their current push is for a set of APIs called User Automation. Many of us in the field have remained skeptical of the early promises, especially those related to cross-platform compatibility. The news that Microsoft is now backtracking is disappointing, but hardly surprising. It looks like IAccessible2 is the way to go.

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