The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to make it easier for those who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate. The organization recently announced it will develop an open-source video platform for users to communicate with businesses and government agencies using American Sign Language.
The platform will be available for mobile and desktop operating systems, and it will provide text, voice and high-quality video calling.
“It is time for people who speak with their hands and hear with their eyes to enjoy modern advancements in communications technologies,” said Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, at the 2015 TDI Conference in Baltimore. “It’s time for you to be able to have your video products work together, so you can call whomever you wish, whenever you wish, from anywhere. The platform we are launching has tremendous potential to ensure that you will be able to do this.”
Amazon to drop Adobe Flash
Amazon is the latest company to announce it is dropping Adobe Flash. Mozilla recently blocked Flash in Firefox, and YouTube dropped Flash in favor of HTML5 earlier this year.
Starting Sept. 1, Amazon will no longer accept Flash ads on Amazon.com, Amazon Advertising Platform and other Interactive Advertising Bureau standard placements.
“This is driven by recent browser settings updates from Google Chrome, and existing browser settings from Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari, that limits Flash content displayed on Web pages,” the company stated.