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July 2014
Date Published News headline and description
23 July 2014 Q&A: Digital literature accessibility
Media Access Australia spoke with Dr. Mike Kent, Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Department of Internet...
17 July 2014 Q&A: TIA on mobile technology and Baby Boomers
Media Access Australia spoke to Brian Scarpelli, Director, Government Affairs at the US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) following his...
09 July 2014 Q&A: How SMS aids Deaf research and communication
Media Access Australia spoke with Erin Walsh and Meaghan Arundell from the Australian National University ahead of their presentations at the...
07 July 2014 Telstra backs ACCAN’s Apps For All challenge
Australian app developers have been encouraged to enter the Apps For All challenge following the news that significant cash and career development...
04 July 2014 Google Glass helping audiences or pirates?
Google Glass has been hailed as a potential access tool for people with disabilities, but two very recent news pieces show how one person’s lifeline...
03 July 2014 ACMA releases data on teens’ web use
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released statistics on how Australian teenagers use the internet, showing that almost...
June 2014
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23 June 2014 Real Thing launches accessible news reader device, RealSAM
Media Access Australia spoke to Nick Howden, CEO of Australian technology company Real Thing, about the launch of RealSAM (Simple Accessible Media),...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
May 2014
Date Published News headline and description
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.
15 May 2014 Global Accessibility Awareness Day: 10 things everyone can do to improve access to media
To celebrate the third Global Accessibility Day, we have compiled a list of tips that everyone can use to make someone’s experience of media a little...
02 May 2014 Google Glass apps for people with disability trialled by Telstra
The potential benefits of Google Glass for people with disability are becoming a reality thanks to a partnership between Telstra and app developers...
April 2014
Date Published News headline and description
15 April 2014 Accessible app competition launched
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission have come together to run the inaugural Apps...
02 April 2014 Qantas improves in-flight accessibility
Australia’s national airline has drastically improved the experience of flying for blind and vision impaired passengers by making the devices used on...
01 April 2014 ARIA becomes an official web standard
Screen reader users can expect to gain greater access to websites thanks to technical guidelines, called WAI-ARIA (Web Accessibility Initiative -...

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