Posts Tagged ‘deaf’

Court Rules iPods Don’t Deafen

December 31, 2009

Apple has won an appeal to an earlier ruling in its favour against the claim that the its iPod hardware was responsible for hearing loss among those who listen to the device at high volumes.

According to TechRadar, the case was levelled by two claimants who asserted that the iPod line range is “defective,” in that it allows user to listen to their various media at volumes in excess of those determined to be safe for sustained listening. David Thompson, the judge involved in the case issued a statement, in which he pointed out that,

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EU Suggests Volume Limits… Again

December 14, 2009

The European Commission is calling for limitations to be placed on the maximum volume that MP3 players can output at. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, but it’s certainly gathering momentum.

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This time, news comes from the BBC that the European Commission wants to see all MP3 players to have the same maximum volume. Of course, it’s all a little up in the air for the moment. The commission’s recommendation would see the maximum volume cap placed at the 85 decibel range, with users able to voluntarily choose to go up as far as 100 decibels if they felt that they really want the extra bit of volume.

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Automatic Subtitles Rolling Out on Youtube

November 23, 2009

Google has announced that it is to deploy automatic captions across certain YouTube channels in an attempt to reach out to deaf users and make the service a little more accessible.

In a post about the latest update on the Official Google Blog, the company points out that for as long as it’s had the ability to add captions to YouTube videos, it’s had the ability to add multiple caption tracks. The new captions are automatically generated, which means that videos on any of the channels offering subtitles will, for now, be machine generated. While we’re sure that’ll cause some issues with lost-in-translation moments, it’s certainly the best way of gearing up to caption a significant portion of YouTube’s content.

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