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The Slog

After putting some grubby clothes in the washing at first light, I went down the apps rabbit hole again today. The new Windows 10 photo-imports app (it didn’t require an app until two years ago, but now it does) worked like a dream first time last Wednesday. I tried to use it this morning, but it refused to notice the Coolpix camera it cuddled up to three days ago. It kept saying ‘try again’ before I’d actually tried as such, which is never a good sign. So I decided to see if it liked my mobile phone.

Not only did Mr App like my 4G Samsung, he knew its first name right down to the last letter. Then he asked, when a row of numbers came up, is this your password for Sammy Sung and I said no. So it cancelled the operation. I rebooted in order to fox the…

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Disability Innovations: App enables people with hearing impairments to use the phone

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Disability Innovations is a blog series that gathers some of the most interesting new products and services that aim to make disabled people’s lives easier. We hope it will inspire more innovation in the disability field.

What is RogerVoice?

RogerVoice is an App that enables people with hearing impairments to have conversations on the phone, by converting speech to subtitles in real time. This innovative use of existing technology has already allowed deaf people to make their first ever phone calls, and has the potential to include millions of people in an activity which most of us take for granted. It has already received much positive media attention, so last week I excitedly tested it out with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder Olivier Jeannel to understand how it works and what the potential for it is.

What’s the story behind it?

Olivier grew up in the US where he…

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Turkey’s Grisly Dances with the Islamic State

On October 10, Turkey woke up to the worst single terror attack in its history. The twin suicide-bomb attack in Ankara killed 97 and injured nearly 250 people, with more than 60 of the wounded being treated in intensive care. As of October 14, no one had claimed responsibility, but all indications pointed to the Islamic State (ISIS, or IS) — the same jihadists Turkey’s Islamist government once helped logistically, in the hope that they would facilitate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s downfall and the establishment of an Islamist regime there.

In fact, the attack in front of the main train station in downtown Ankara looked like a bigger-scale version of a July 20 attack in Suruc, a small town on Turkey’s border with Syria. A Turkish-Kurdish suicide-bomber with ties to the Islamic State murdered 33 people at a pro-Kurdish meeting in Suruc, and paved the way for a spiral of violence that has since claimed hundreds of lives. Actually, since most of the deaths resulted mostly from Turkish-Kurdish clashes, the attacks may have claimed thousands: Kurdish militants’ casualties remain unknown. Since July 20, more than 150 Turkish police and military officers have been killed.

One of the two perpetrators of the Ankara bombings now is believed to be the brother of the Suruc bomber. The second suspect also has alleged ties with jihadist groups.


Paper Art

For artist Calvin Nicholls, paper art that comes in one of its two forms, two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

His technique seems to be a cross between drawing and sculpture. He uses fine lines of an intricate sketch, yet captures three-dimensionality of a statue.

This is a collection of some of his spectacular work. To view more of his art, visit his website 99998 99999