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Accessibility in technology is king, but how many are taking advantage of it? Plus we cover podcasts done in the time it takes to record, mind control in Silicon Valley, and new aviation grants from the FAA.

How accessible are you?

Although digital accessibility has been around for decades, companies have not recently caught on to its benefits. In its latest survey, the WebAIM Million analysis of 1 million home pages found accessibility errors on 97.4% of the websites evaluated.

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Podcasts in a few minutes

A new product has launched which intends to capitalize on the growing live audio market. Callin automatically produces podcasts from live audio in just a few minutes by transcribing entire conversations and allowing users to edit transcript text. While the product is predominantly targeted to users in a non-corporate setting, sending out your next product update as a podcast could be pretty neat.

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Mind control in Silicon Valley

“Data from the pandemic can guide organizations struggling to reimagine the new office.” ”Regardless of what research establishes in the long run about productivity, many workers are already demanding flexibility in their schedules. While only about 28 percent of US office workers were back onsite by June 2021, employees who had become used to more flexibility were demanding it remains.”

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Grants for aviation carbon reduction

“The nation’s largest airlines this year pledged to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050, but it is not clear how they will achieve that goal. Electric airplanes that can carry a few hundred people do not exist and may not be feasible for many years or decades. Some companies, like Boeing, have said replacing or supplementing oil-based jet fuel with alternatives, sometimes made from waste, could help reduce emissions. Airbus is working on developing a hydrogen-powered plane. It’s not clear how viable either approach will be.”

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About Signol

Signol is a software platform that draws on insights from behavioral economics to encourage employees to make more efficient decisions. Signol provides personalized feedback through multiple communication channels, as well as data analysis for managers. In aviation, Signol aims to use behavioral "nudges" and incentives to reduce pollution and fuel waste and cut operating costs.

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