Narration, captions will help deaf, blind theater patrons

Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group said Wednesday that it will equip its digital theaters with technology that helps deaf, hard of hearing and blind guests enjoy going to the movies.

The technology will provide captions for those hard of hearing and descriptive narration for the blind.

Regal said it plans to roll out the system over the next 12 to 18 months. It expects every one of its 535 theater locations in the U.S. to have digital equipment and be able to offer the technologies for every show time by the end of 2012.

It is teaming up with Captionfish, a unit of Zero Gravity Captions LLC, which is an online search engine for finding captioned movies across the country.

 

Amazon responds in lawsuit over sale of college textbooks

Amazon.com Inc. is asking a judge to declare that the online retailer’s ads for discounted new and used college textbooks are neither false nor misleading, contrary to complaints by the trade association that represents college bookstores.

Amazon filed suit Tuesday in Seattle federal court against the National Association of College Stores Inc., which represents 3,100 college bookstores.

It says in the suit that the bookstore group is “actively seeking” to limit Amazon’s ads that indicate students can save as much as 30 percent off the price on new textbooks and 90 percent on used ones by purchasing textbooks through Amazon.com.

The suit follows a complaint the bookstore group filed with the Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division in New York, calling Amazon’s ads false and misleading.

 

Apple releases software to address iPhone tracking

Apple is updating the iPhone to reduce the amount of time the device stores information about its users’ whereabouts.

The software released Wednesday follows through on Apple’s recent promise to revise a feature that logged iPhone users’ movements for up to a year. Apple says the location data won’t be kept for more than a week after the changes to the iPhone’s operating system are installed.

Apple Inc. faced a backlash from privacy watchdogs and some indignant iPhone owners after researchers showed how the surveillance technology could be abused.

 

UBS AG to pay $160 million, resolve bidding allegations

Big Swiss bank UBS AG has agreed to pay $160 million to resolve allegations of rigging the bidding process to win investment business from cities and towns in 36 states.

The local governments were looking to invest their proceeds from municipal bond sales. The former UBS employees manipulated the bidding process and at times paid kickbacks to bidding agents.