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Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Image copyright Raden Two smart luggage firms have closed in May, with both blaming changes to airline policies regarding how lithium batteries can be taken on board planes. Raden and Bluesmart said the changes, by several major airlines in December 2017, had made business impossible. The new rules meant that ...

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US mugshot website owners face criminal charges

Image copyright wademcmillan Image caption Photos are typically taken soon after people are arrested The four alleged owners of a website which publishes photos of people taken soon after they have been arrested, have been arrested themselves. The alleged owners of the mugshots.com website have been accused of extortion and ...

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Airbnb to report homeowners’ income to Danish tax authorities

Image copyright Getty Images Airbnb will automatically report homeowners’ income to tax authorities in Denmark under a landmark move. It will make it easier to spot tax evasion by homeowners renting out rooms and properties via the site. Danish tax minister Karsten Lauritzen said the country wants a “sharing economy” ...

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For Apple, this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day is all about education – TechCrunch

Steven Aquino Contributor Steven Aquino is a freelance tech writer and iOS accessibility expert. More posts by this contributor What Apple’s education announcements mean for accessibility At this month’s WWDC, Apple unveiled refined accessibility tools Following Apple’s education event in Chicago in March, I wrote about what the company’s announcements might ...

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Sending money home if you don’t trust your Dad

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Migrants send more than $600bn to their families back home each year Technology has made it easier and cheaper to send money home to relatives round the world. But what if you don’t trust your Dad not to squander it? No problem – now ...

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Facebook’s accessibility ambitions – TechCrunch

Facebook’s work around accessibility took center stage in 2016 when it launched something called automatic alt-text (AAT) for people using screen readers to identify what’s displayed. AAT uses object recognition technology to generate descriptions of photos on Facebook. But what Facebook deployed in 2016 represented the mere beginning of its ...

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