Entries filed under 'Digital Connections'

    Using Technology for Good and Creating a Positive "Apptitude"

    October 28, 2016 10:34 AM by Chris Boyer

    It wasn’t that long ago that computers were work-place only appliances, but today we (and our families) walk around with immensely powerful computers in our pockets. Our smartphones are powered by millions of apps and connected to a modern and mobile internet that enables us to do about, well, anything! These devices make it possible for us to connect with friends around the world, stay informed with the news anywhere, make payments, control the lights and temperature in our homes and even hail cars (which will soon be driven by computers as well).

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    For Students, a 21st Century World Means 21st Century Questions

    September 21, 2016 1:32 PM by Andrea Brands

    As the new school year begins across the country, it’s hard not to reminisce about the questions I always had in the back of my mind at the beginning of a new  school year. They ranged from the immediate and critical:  Will I fall from these platform shoes? What was Saturday Night Fever really trying to tell me?  To the really-important-but-abstract: How do I study for the SAT? What is the college application process like?  Am I prepared to compete academically with the other students? And every year, it seemed like questions became more abundant and sophisticated as they grew in number and importance. While some of the answers still require introspection, many of the answers are straightforward; you just need to know where to look. Now, thanks the internet, many of those answers are just a click away.

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    10 Million Pledges and Why It Matters

    August 23, 2016 10:07 AM by Beth Shiroishi

    It happens at least once a day. I’m sitting at a traffic light, idling for more than a minute, and temptation hits.

    One little swipe, just this one time, can’t hurt. 

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    Access and Aging: Leveling the Tech Playing Field

    July 7, 2016 1:21 PM by ROMAN SMITH

    Recently the AT&T Advisory Panel on Access & Aging (AAPAA) met in Washington, D.C. for a semi-annual meeting to discuss needs and trends in the accessibility and aging community with guest speakers and corporate advisors. AAPAA is a group of 15 different organizations that have a vast network of constituencies looking to AT&T to bring innovative technology to the market that allows individuals in accessibility and aging communities to lead fulfilling lives. Like prior gatherings, I had the honor of joining and participating. Over the course of two days, we had the opportunity to hear from both internal AT&T organizations and external speakers on how we are working together to meet the evolving needs of the accessibility and aging communities.

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    Lucy and the #CyberSenior Revolution

    June 30, 2016 9:56 AM by Lauren Crooks

    Although I often take it for granted, there is no doubt I’ve benefitted from growing up in the digital age. I’ve been swiping and tapping since I was at least 10. But our community and family members in older generations have not had this luxury. For many, using a smartphone is as foreign to them as using a typewriter is to me.

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    Schools Learn how AT&T Solutions Support Technology-Rich Education

    June 22, 2016 2:17 PM by John Irwin

    It’s that time of year again. Students look forward to recharging over summer break.

    It’s also the time when school administrators look forward to retooling in preparation for the next school year.

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    Connecting People with Disabilities to their World Through Technology

    May 24, 2016 10:15 AM by Kendra Ragsdale

    AT&T is dedicated to connecting people, regardless of technology experience or capability, with their world. That’s why we created Digital You, a resource for parents, seniors, job seekers, and people with disabilities to help them navigate technology with confidence. In order to further meet the needs of our customers with disabilities, AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office and the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center developed Wireless Independence Now (WIN) Workshops to teach people with disabilities how to use accessibility features installed on their phones and tablets.

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    Help Wanted: Older Adults Keep up with Newer Technology

    May 18, 2016 11:17 AM by Amy VanDeVelde

    “I don’t even know how to turn this thing on.”

    It’s not unusual to hear comments like that from some of the people we work with at OASIS. They are just beginning to learn about the benefits of online activities. It might be hard to believe, but a recent study by Pew Research concluded that 33% of Americans don’t currently have internet at home. Thirty nine percent of these non-adopters are over the age of 65. 

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    AT&T Setting out to Connect More U.S. Residents to the Internet

    April 22, 2016 12:20 PM by AT&T

    “Access from AT&T” is an Affordable Wireline Home Internet Option For Low-Income Households

    DALLAS, April 22, 2016 — AT&T1 is making wireline home Internet service more affordable for low-income households starting today through Access from AT&T, a new program designed to help bridge the digital divide.

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    Improving Communications for the Hard of Hearing through HD Voice

    April 18, 2016 7:15 AM by Susan Diegelman

    For people with disabilities, it is rare that there is a single solution that meets everyone’s accessibility needs. Different circumstances and environments often require different solutions and this is certainly true for people who are hard of hearing or experiencing hearing loss. Hearing aids have become smaller, more comfortable and more powerful in recent years. They can make it possible to undertake activities that were previously more challenging – but they also have their limitations. The development of Hearing Aid Compatibility technologies that improve the ability of hearing aids to amplify mobile devices has greatly enhanced the experience for people with hearing loss, but it isn’t always the best solution for everyone.

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