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June 2014
Date Published News headline and description
23 June 2014 Describing Judy Dixey
Judy Dixey is the Executive Director of VocalEyes, the United Kingdom’s premier audio description company for performing arts. After ten very...
20 June 2014 US communications regulator FCC seeks comment on tech accessibility
The US communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has put out a call for industry and public comment on the accessibility...
19 June 2014 WA to host Accessibility Camp event
The Western Australian web accessibility community have come together to create a second Accessibility Camp day to be held on 1 August 2014.
19 June 2014 Amazon touts accessibility of Fire smartphone
Amazon has announced that accessibility has taken centre stage in its new Fire smartphone.
19 June 2014 Accessible gaming: An interview with Ian Hamilton: Part 2
Media Access Australia spoke to Ian Hamilton, UX designer, accessibility specialist and co-author of the Game Accessibility Guidelines about...
18 June 2014 Accessible gaming: An interview with Ian Hamilton: Part 1
Media Access Australia spoke to Ian Hamilton, UX designer, accessibility specialist and co-author of the Game Accessibility Guidelines about...
16 June 2014 ACMA finds Prime and GTV9 breached caption regulations
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Prime Television failed to meet its captioning obligations by broadcasting a...
16 June 2014 Spanish website provides accessibility reviews of smartphones
Spanish organisation Fundación ONCE has created a website, Amóvil, designed to provide accessibility reviews of popular European smartphones.
11 June 2014 ACMA releases subscription TV captioning compliance reports
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today released captioning compliance reports for subscription television services for the...
11 June 2014 Winners of US Awards for Advancement in Accessibility announced
America’s communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the winners of the 2014 FCC Chairman Awards for...
10 June 2014 Claims EU, US accessibility rules are falling off the agenda
Warnings have been issued that requirements to make websites accessible in Europe and the US are falling behind schedule.
06 June 2014 Tech companies urged to address ‘untapped billion’ disabled users
Mobile device manufacturers have been urged to better address a great untapped market that is globally worth US$8 trillion a year — people with a...
06 June 2014 The ultimate game experience for blind World Cup fans
With the largest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup, starting in Brazil on 12 June (13 June Australian time), with an estimated billion...
05 June 2014 Nominations are open for annual captioning awards
Innovations and great access through captioning are celebrated and rewarded at the annual Deafness Forum Captioning Awards. There are six categories...
05 June 2014 YouTube’s new DIY captioning tool
YouTube has introduced a new feature which makes it easier to create closed captions and add them to your videos.
04 June 2014 Apple Yosemite and iOS8 accessibility roundup
Apple this week announced the launch of its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, and its new mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its annual developer...
04 June 2014 cap that! promotes literacy through captions
The annual cap that! education campaign, a Media Access Australia initiative, launches today for another round promoting captions on video as a...
May 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 May 2014 Irish regulator suggests modest audio description targets
The Irish broadcasting regulator, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, has commenced a consultation period looking at possible changes to the...
29 May 2014 The digital accessible cinema chain: Part 3 – exhibitors: at the coalface of accessible cinema
In the final part of our three-part series on accessible cinema, Media Access Australia project manager Ally Woodford tackles the often-misunderstood...
29 May 2014 Skype Translator offers real time voice translation
Microsoft has demonstrated a new application, Skype Translator, which provides near real-time voice and caption translation of different languages.

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