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October 2013
Date Published News headline and description
31 October 2013 US adopts rules to make electronic devices more accessible
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a set of rules which will make a wide range of electronic devices more accessible for the...
23 October 2013 OS X Mavericks released with improved accessibility
Apple has updated its operating system for laptop and desktop computers to OS X Mavericks. The update includes a number of improvements which make...
18 October 2013 Windows 8.1 update released with minor accessibility improvements
Microsoft has launched the Windows 8.1 update today, building on the most accessible operating system Microsoft has ever released.
11 October 2013 Blind Arabic speakers left out in iOS 7
Blind Arabic speakers have identified that the quality of the screen reader has gone backwards in the latest update to the Apple iPad and iPhone...
10 October 2013 Demonstrations of Kindle Fire accessibility feaures
The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) in the UK has released a set of videos demonstrating the accessibility features of Amazon’s...
08 October 2013 Internet use higher among people with a disability in UK
More people with a disability are using the internet more frequently for social networking and job seeking than people without a disability,...
September 2013
Date Published News headline and description
27 September 2013 New Amazon Kindle tablets to include accessibility
After promising last year, Amazon announced on Wednesday that its new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets will come with improved...
24 September 2013 The Android accessibility journey: a vision impaired user perspective
Despite the Apple iPhone leading in accessibility, many blind and vision impaired users eschew it in favour of Google Android phones. Dr Scott...
20 September 2013 eReader producers continue fight to avoid accessibility
eReader manufacturers Amazon, Kobo and Sony have petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to seek  exemption from laws requiring...
18 September 2013 Accessibility celebrated at game developer awards
The development of games designed to include people with disabilities will be recognised at this year’s Australian Game Developers Awards with the...
18 September 2013 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards winners announced
Organisations that recognise the need to address web accessibility and digital inclusion were among those celebrated at the Australia and New Zealand...
13 September 2013 Apple’s ‘budget’ iPhone 5C still not affordable
Apple unveiled its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at this week’s launch, with many disappointed about the pricing of its very first ‘budget’ phone, the...
09 September 2013 PointFinder: a new way to get around town
An Australian-made Android app has gone live today which is designed to help blind and vision impaired users navigate between landmarks.
04 September 2013 Print Disability Round Table: call for papers
The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is now calling for presentation abstracts for its May 2014 event.
August 2013
Date Published News headline and description
22 August 2013 Accessible computer game released for young children
Sonokids have recently released an accessible educational computer game called Ballyland for young children who are blind or vision impaired.
16 August 2013 Accessible app challenge announced
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission have announced an accessible app challenge...
16 August 2013 ACCAN calls for new access legislation
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has called for new legislation to ensure the accessibility of online content and...
02 August 2013 Finding the right screen reader
Our information on screen readers has been updated to help you find the one that best suits your needs.
July 2013
Date Published News headline and description
30 July 2013 Getting online with Google: register today
Google is running a workshop for older people and those with disabilities on how to get the most out of the internet.
24 July 2013 Mozilla’s Firefox OS: accessibility to be included
The not-for-profit technology organisation Mozilla is releasing its first operating system for mobile devices, Firefox OS, and its accessibility...