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Google Adds Real-time Captioning to Hangouts

Google+ Hangout is a collaboration service that lets as many as 10 participants see and hear each other, sharing screens or documents. It all gets recorded as well and can be easily posted to YouTube.

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Verizon: Texting to 911 Coming in 2013

Verizon has announced its plans to make a nationwide system allowing cell phone users to text message 911 sometime in 2013. This service will be helpful for the deaf or hard of hearing who find voice calls difficult if not impossible. Verizon has said:

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EnableTalk gloves allow sign language to speech

EnableTalk is creating gloves with embedded sensors that will allow a person using sign language to communicate via a computer-mediated voice.

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Website Lets You Search For Captioned Videos AND Learn Sign Language

Open Captions is a website that lets you search for captioned YouTube videos. As the video is playing, if you click on a word in the captions, a small window opens and shows you the ASL sign for that word.

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QuickTime Pro Captioning Tutorial

3PlayMedia has developed a clear, concise step-by-step tutorial for creating closed captions/subtitles for any i-device (iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc) and Apple iOS using QuickTime Pro.

Unfortunately it can only be done on a Mac - the PC version of QuickTime Pro does not yet provide support for the necessary SCC caption format. 

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Better Hearing Institute's List of Most Hearing-Aid Compatible Cell Phones

An informative list has been compiled by the Better Hearing Institute. It is their complete list of U.S. phones with are the most compatible with hearing aids (meaning, carrying the highest rating of M4/T4*)

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Web CapTel: Telephone Captioning on the Go or at Home

Web CapTel captions telephone conversations through web-based captioning. Any phone (including smart phones) may be used; all captions are viewed on a computer screen instead of a standard CapTel display screen.

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AT&T Updates Its Video Relay Service

AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2, which allows deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive Background Article on Relay.

">VRS and point-to-point (P2P) videophone calls wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available.

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