Excerpt: “Audible is the world’s largest producer of audiobooks; it has served millions of listeners and continues to move literate listening closer to the media and entertainment mainstream” (Audible, Inc, 2012). The Audible site is built around the ease of finding what you want to read, and the social aspect of sharing what you as a reader believe is a good book. It is decidedly text based with a few graphics, which makes the site highly responsive, even on a low bandwidth internet connection. That being said, this does mean that new comers to the site may find they have a sense of information overload since there is so much being shown to them.
Excerpt: The Motorola MOTOROKR S305 Wireless Stereo Headphones are behind the head, over the ear Bluetooth headphones (Motorola Mobility LLC, 2012). They connect to a Bluetooth enabled device wirelessly, enabling the user remote listening without any cables which classical headphones require. Additionally, the headphones come with a built in microphone which means the user can use the headset to talk on their Bluetooth enabled phone or computer. Controls embedded in the right hand speaker allow the user to control volume, playback, and power of the headset itself.
Human to Human Interaction in Human to Computer Interactions
Excerpt: The organizational and social perspectives are, in my opinion, the two most important factors to consider within HCI. Specifically, the organizational perspective brings with it the issues surrounding the psychological, cognitive, and affective aspects of how computers and humans interact (Te'eni, Carey, & Zhang, 2007, p. 6). While the social perspective focuses on the ability of humans to communicate and collaborate using the computers in question.
Excerpt: Within the Windows operating system, specifically Windows 7, is a small program called Sound Recorder (Microsoft Corporation, 2012). It does exactly what it says, records sounds from a microphone. However, its interface, while simple, is lacking in the extreme. Essentially, it is a box with a label called “Start Recording” with a red dot to the left of it, to the right of the label is a time stamp starting at 0:00:00 which increases as the recording continues, to the right of that is a bar which shows how loud the current sound is that is being heard by the microphone (not necessarily being recorded), finally to the right of that is a question mark in a blue circle with a down arrow next to it.
Walden University versus University of Liverpool, a Website Comparison
Excerpt: In today’s world of ubiquitous online presence, developers need to keep in mind disabled users accessibility when building their sites. Not having an accessible site means a portion of their user base will be unable to access their site’s content. Fortunately, W3C offer guidelines on how to build accessible sites. Using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 this paper reviews two university websites, the University of Liverpool and Walden University, to see if they follow the WCAG principles (University of Liverpool, 2012) (Walden University, 2012) (W3C, 2008).
Excerpt: Accessibility is of great concern for those people who have an impairment which does not allow them to access content available to unimpaired individuals. As such, countries are beginning to enforce the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (for instance the UK or Australia), while the United States already enforces Section 508 of the disabilities act. The best outcome of these accessibility concerns is that the digital divide should be removed for those impaired individuals who live in countries where internet access is available (W3C, 2008) (United States Government, 2010).
Excerpt: The six disabilities addressed in this week’s content were: color blindness, epilepsy, vision impairment, blindness, hearing impairment, deafness, and physical impairment. Each of these disabilities has a drastic effect on the overall accessibility of digital content. However, this does not mean that persons with one or more disabilities should be unable to access that content.