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New AIM client helps deaf people IM

Posted in AOL,Instant Messaging by Nino Marchetti on January 15th, 2008

aim-real-time.jpgAOL is giving those who are deaf and hard of hearing a new avenue for instant messaging which will let them watch text conversations unfold one letter at a time. This feature is currently available in the just released beta version 6.8 of AOL’s AIM software.

This new feature, developed in conjunction with Gallaudet University and the Trace Research and Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, lets users see “each letter that a buddy types rather than waiting for a friend to press the send button to view and read a message. This enables deaf users to respond and react to words as they are typed just as hearing people would do as words are spoken in a voice conversation.”

AOL slashes workforce

Posted in AOL,News by Chetz on October 15th, 2007

AOL cuts 20% of its workforce to trim costsSome bad news turned up in the email inboxes of AOL employees today when the company’s Chief Executive Randy Falco said that 20% of its global workforce (in other words 2,000 employees from AOL’s 10K) will begin to be laid off starting tomorrow. According to the email Falco told the suddenly scared workers that AOL needs to continue to trim the overhead as the company shifts its revenue generating gears from an ISP to a company dependent on internet advertising sales.

Napster Nabs Exclusive Deal with AOL Music

Posted in AOL,music,Napster by Paul Patterson on January 14th, 2007

Napster has been named the exclusive provider of subscriptions for AOL Music. Napster will be replacing AOL Music Now as the only music subscription service integrated into the popular music destination.

The AOL Music Now service currently has 350,000 subscribers. These customers will be notified that their accounts are being migrated to Napster and will be given the option to opt out of the service. The companies expect the migration to be completed within the next 60 days.

Napster, a pioneer of digital music, now offers an expanding portfolio of Web-based music listening and sharing applications, as well as various subscription services.

This is a final move in AOL’s shift away from a fee-based music to focus on free music supported by advertising. AOL will continue promote the Napster service throughout the popular AOL Music site.

AOL and Haier Build Smartscreen Media Device

Posted in AOL,Digital Audio,Digital Video,Haier by Darrin Olson on January 11th, 2007

AOL and Haier Smartscreen Media DeviceAOL and Haier displayed a hard-drive based music and video player to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that seemed to have come out of nowhere.

The device, wittingly named the “Smartscreens Media Device”, plays music as well as WMV and MPEG4 videos and works with music stores supporting Windows Media, but the real kicker is that this player supports WiFi and Bluetooth connections. The WiFi enables it to directly download music from an open WiFi network through the Linux OS that it runs on, as well as streaming internet radio. Audio can be then listened to through wireless Bluetooth headphones.

The Linux OS framework that runs this audio and video gadget was designed with the intent of letting individual software developers as well as companies wishing to partner, to be able to write and add their own applications to run …