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July 2016
Date Published News headline and description
14 July 2016 Google announces Android Nougat with new accessibility features
Google has officially launched its new version of Android 7.0 Nougat which will feature a number of significant accessibility additions and...
13 July 2016 Barriers for disabled gamers with Pokémon Go
The latest Pokémon game, Pokémon Go, has just been released, and instead of its usual portable game console format, it was released as a phone app....
11 July 2016 Google invests in start-up that identifies images through your phone’s camera
Google has said “oui” (yes) to buying French start-up Moodstocks, a company that specialises in rapid object recognition from smartphones. This...
08 July 2016 New free technology resource for teachers of the Deaf
Australian not-for-profit, Conexu Foundation, has developed a free resource guide for teachers aimed at students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or...
07 July 2016 Governments are toughening up on public sector web accessibility
State and Federal Governments around the globe are toughening up on public sector web accessibility. The latest case is the Alaskan Juneau School...
05 July 2016 UK charity puts pressure on government to enforce web accessibility
Robin Christopherson, head of digital inclusion at Abilitynet, a UK disabilities charity, has written an open letter to the British Parliament, to...
04 July 2016 Apple wins award for accessibility advances
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) has awarded Apple the coveted Robert S. Bray Award for their continued accessibility innovations, which will...
June 2016
Date Published News headline and description
30 June 2016 New ‘game-changing’ phone app enhances phone accessibility
‘OpenAccess Captions’ is a brand new application for iPads and iPhones that was developed by Brisbane-based charity Conexu Foundation. It is an app...
28 June 2016 Channel 4 seeks viewer feedback about its accessibility services
Channel 4 has created a survey to capture as much feedback as possible from people who view their programming with captions (subtitles in the UK),...
27 June 2016 Amazon launches new affordable, more accessible Kindles
Amazon has just launched a new range of Kindle ebook readers, starting at the affordable price of US$79. Best of all, they come with features that...
24 June 2016 Chris Mikul’s captioning legacy
Chris Mikul was the Project Manager of Media Access Australia since its inception and has been an active advocate for better captioning, audio...
23 June 2016 5 simple ways you can dramatically improve your blog’s accessibility
Blogging encourages freedom of personal expression so it should be a right for anyone, regardless of disabilities or requirements, to have access to...
22 June 2016 E3 Gaming conference accessibility announcements
This year at the EA's E3 Gaming Conference, a number of gaming companies and console producers announced their commitment to accessibility. We...
21 June 2016 Call for judges – Australian Web Award 2016
Would you like to be a judge, or do you know a suitably qualified professional who would like to, for this year’s Australian Web Awards? Applications...
20 June 2016 Even Pornhub is now accessible for the blind and vision-impaired
Over recent times, an increasing amount of websites have seen the importance of making their sites accessible, including Pornhub, an adult video site...
17 June 2016 Political websites offer a lesson in access
Election campaigns… The drudgery of all those politicians, political parties and media outlets all vying for your attention. Trying to get the latest...
16 June 2016 Curtin University receives grant to investigate the impact of mobile apps on people with a disability
An investigation by researchers at Curtin University into how mobile apps can support individuals with a disability has been awarded the 2016 Dr...
14 June 2016 Apple announces minor software accessibility improvements at WWDC 2016 conference
Apple has announced a number of new features in its range of products at its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), with a focus on...
14 June 2016 Lets talk cognitive – a communication reviewer’s perspective
Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, recently wrote The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide....
10 June 2016 New Zealand holds an inquiry into captioning
New Zealand’s Government Administration Committee has announced an inquiry into captioning, and is seeking submissions from the public.

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