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December 2014
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17 December 2014 Digital technology highlights of 2014
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect back on the significant accessibility improvements that we’ve seen in digital technology...
05 December 2014 Jeenee Mobile donating connections for improved access
Social enterprise Jeenee Mobile has announced that it will increase access to mobile phone connections for people with a disability through donating...
November 2014
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28 November 2014 Samsung announces new eye-controlled mouse
Electronics company Samsung has announced that it has created a new eye-controllable mouse, EYECAN+, to allow people with disabilities to browse the...
28 November 2014 Westpac banking app inaccessible: Former Disability Commissioner
Former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes is lodging a complaint against major Australian bank Westpac due to the alleged...
27 November 2014 3D printers to improve classroom access
While not traditionally thought of as media, 3D printers are emerging as a new way for students to access learning and information.
13 November 2014 Understanding the experience of gamers with disabilities
Gamers with disabilities often face challenges due to accessibility issues found in games, despite some good resources for developers who want to...
October 2014
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29 October 2014 Facebook introduces VoiceOver gestures for iOS Messenger app
Facebook has recently announced the addition of gesture-based accessibility features in the latest version of its Messenger app for iOS8.
17 October 2014 Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop
Google has announced the availability of the next version of its Android operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
10 October 2014 Google Glass to have captions
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed an app which will provide real-time captions on Google Glass, and potentially be of...
09 October 2014 Texpo to showcase new assistive technology for the blind
Vision Australia’s Texpo 14, which starts in Melbourne on Friday, will showcase the latest assistive technology which has been developed to improve...
08 October 2014 Accessible consumer technologies and the cloud: VisAbility Tech Outlook 2014
Dr Scott Hollier's keynote presentation at the VisAbility Tech Outlook 2014 is now available to download via SlideShare.
03 October 2014 Assistive technology: choice never greater
Despite an often slow and mixed development history, the choice and availability of assistive technology to help people with disabilities access PCs...
September 2014
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17 September 2014 ACCAN announces Apps For All Challenge winners
The winners of the inaugural competition to recognise the work of Australian accessible app developers, the Apps For All Challenge 2014, have been...
17 September 2014 Google launches Android One smartphone
Google has announced its new low-cost smartphone, the Android One, potentially opening up smartphone features to the world's poorest 5 billion people...
15 September 2014 Cavena announces text-to-speech system for ‘audio subtitling’
Cavena, a major developer of captioning software based in Sweden, has announced a new system for vocalising the subtitles on foreign language films,...
11 September 2014 Apple launches new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with accessibility features
Apple has launched a series of new products including two new iPhone models and the long awaited smartwatch, with the iPhones containing a number of...
09 September 2014 Australian accessible apps developers to be honoured
The shortlist for the inaugural competition to recognise the work of Australian accessible app developers, the Apps For All Challenge 2014, has been...
August 2014
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06 August 2014 New device to provide access to graphical information
Curtin University has developed a new device aimed at enabling people with vision impairments to read complex printed information such as graphics,...
04 August 2014 NDIS service providers urged to consider ICT accessibility
Service providers to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been advised to consider the accessibility of their information...
July 2014
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25 July 2014 OwnFone launches ‘world's first braille mobile phone’ in Australia
OwnFone has launched a braille-based mobile phone for blind and vision impaired users in Australia—a world-first, according to the mobile technology...