The only clue that his son was still alive came when his uncle dialed Tang Gongwei’s mobile number on May 16. Someone picked up the phone, which was previously turned off. There was noise. Then nothing. When the Tangs heard that, they rushed to Zhangjiajie again. It was the sixth time in three months that they had come to the city. His son must still be here, Mr. Tang felt. At a local television station, the parents called the police to seek help with the search for their son. The police refused to search Tang Gongwe’s phone records, citing privacy.CreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times He noticed that an arrow icon appeared next to several of the text messages that he had sent daily to his son. He believes that meant those messages were delivered.
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South Korean capital gets ‘first deaf taxi drivers’ By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring These are external links and will open in a new window Image caption Dual tablets with voice-to-text capability enable passengers to connect with hearing-impaired drivers South Korea’s capital Seoul has seen its first ever deaf taxi drivers take to the road this week, thanks to new software that’s been launched to help reduce the local stigma of hiring hearing-impaired people, it’s reported. According to the Korean Times news website, two deaf taxi drivers began transporting passengers around the city this week, aided by software developed by the local Coactus start-up . Describing how it works, the Yonhap News Agency says that dual tablets have been installed in the front and back seat of taxis , which is linked to the firm’s “Goyohan Taxi” or “Silent Taxi” app. The app includes voice-to-text conversion, and enables passengers to specify both destination and preferred drop-off point, as well as their payment method of choice. It was developed by a group of students in the city, led by computer engineering graduate Song Min-pyo. Image caption CEO Song Min-pyo hopes the software will help break the stigma attached to hearing-impaired drivers in South Korea “We wanted to provide deaf people with more job opportunities,” Mr Song told the Korea Times. “We knew Koreans would step out of a taxi the moment the driver tried to communicate with a notepad and a pen… so we developed this app.” Sign-language hack lets Amazon Alexa respond to gestures Mr Song says he was inspired by an initiative launched by taxi hire firm Uber in May 2015 to promote awareness of hearing-impairment, by adding special features to its app for its hard-of-hearing drivers. Yonhap says that Coactus is hoping that more deaf drivers on the road will help break stigma across South Korea about hearing-impaired drivers.