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Tech Accessibility, Saving ZTE, Moar NES Classic, Hot Curves, Smart Art


May 14 · Issue #40 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Tech Accessibility, Saving ZTE, Moar NES Classic, Hot Curves, Smart Art

Tech for everyone. Most of us take it for granted that we can see, hear, and touch our technology. To be fair, most of it is designed for able-bodied people. But with millions of disabled around the world, accessibility is just as important as new social media app. Thursday is Global Accessibility Day and, to mark it, I sat down with Apple’s Director of Accessibility Sarah Herrlinger to explore how the company has built in accessibility across its tech ecosystem and how it’s expanding beyond Apple hardware. I also met a pair of inspiring differently-abled people who reminded me: There are no limits.
Apple Exec: Accessibility is a human right – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
About Face. After going all hard line against Chinese trade imbalances, President Trump is suddenly jumping to the rescue of Chinese mobile tech manufacturer ZTE. The huge tech company ceased major operations last week after a U.S. government ban on selling parts or software to ZTE. A while back, ZTE was sanctioned for illegally selling parts to Iran. There have even been concerns about the Chinese government using ZTE (and Huawei) products to spy on American consumers. So Trump’s weekend tweet that he was directing the Commerce Department comes as a surprise, to say the least. Perhaps this is part of a new “slap-kiss” global-economic strategy.
ZTE: Trump throws curveball as big week for US-China trade begins
It’s back. A couple of years ago, Nintendo unveiled the retro NES Classic system. They built few boxes and it sold out quickly. A Super NES Classic console followed, and it sold out fast, too. Now both old-school game systems are coming back for round two. The first one, NES Classic, arrives next month. Will it sell out as quickly as the last time? Yes.
The NES Classic Edition Is Getting Re-Released This June
Envy-ous. Curves are in. Nestled among the raft of new business/consumer offerings from HP is a new all-in-one PC featuring a 34-inch wide, curved screen. That’s a lot of screen for a $1,400, Alexa-supporting, 8th Gen Intel Core system. The other notable addition is the new HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3. The business portable is 2.76 lbs. and a little bit more than a half-inch-thick. Personally, I’m interested in the claimed 18 hours of battery life.
HP Envy and Elite PCs: Smallest convertible to widest curved all-in-one | VentureBeat
Cartoon Art. Liza Donnelly is one of my favorite New Yorker Cartoonists who also has the unusual skill of live-cartooning from the field. As a result, she’s chronicled in cartoon art White House press briefings, protests and the 2016 Democratic Convention. I love her drawing style, which is simultaneously loose and specific. She’s also a warm, wonderful presence on Twitter. This profile is a nice introduction for you all.
Liza Donnelly on art and activism: ‘Change comes one person at a time’
P.S. When you stick the landing and people are no longer surprised.
P.S.S. I’m worried about Hawaii
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