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March 2013
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04 March 2013 Blind Maps: a new way to get around town
A prototype for a device has been designed in Denmark which converts walking directions into a Braille-like pattern.  By connecting to an iPhone and...
February 2013
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27 February 2013 If we had Glass: the access potential for Google Glass
Google released a promotional website for its Project Glass last week, a device worn as glasses which integrates smartphone technology. Among much...
18 February 2013 American Foundation of the Blind launches note-taking app
A specialised iPhone and iPad app called AccessNote has been launched by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), enabling blind and vision...
11 February 2013 Educational app review: captions for learning
Educational apps are increasingly being used by teachers as a fun and interactive way of engaging students, but captions are often lacking on the...
07 February 2013 Apple TV software update improves accessibility
Apple TVs are now easier to use for everybody after a software update to the device improved access features. Included in this update is support for...
01 February 2013 Older people with sight loss excluded online
Research conducted by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and BT Group in the UK has highlighted the impact of older people being...
January 2013
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30 January 2013 Amazon acquires text-to-speech software company
Amazon has announced it has acquired IVONA Software, a text-to-speech and voice recognition company, suggesting the accessibility of its future...
21 January 2013 Introducing Glassbrick, Australia’s home-grown screen magnifier
Have you ever used a piece of technology and thought “I could make a better one of these”? Sierra Asher, a 27-year-old game designer from Brisbane,...
15 January 2013 Winners of the inaugural Golden Apple awards
AppleVis has announced the winners of its first ever Golden Apple awards, celebrating innovations that enable and empower blind and vision impaired...
09 January 2013 Pressure increases on Amazon with AppleVis campaign
eBook giant Amazon has been under increasing pressure from disability groups due to its failure to provide accessibility features in its Kindle...
December 2012
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19 December 2012 US regulator announces winners for innovation in technology
America’s communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the winners of the FCC Chairman Awards for Advancement...
19 December 2012 Assistive Android apps recognised
The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards were held yesterday in Belgium to celebrate innovative apps for Android smartphones designed to...
17 December 2012 New initiative promotes technology designed for everybody
A major initiative recently launched in London is raising awareness of the need for technology design that includes people with a disability.
14 December 2012 Top 12 of 2012 #10 – helping seniors get online
An important part of life for many older Australians is keeping in touch with family and friends, researching hobbies and interests and staying up-to...
12 December 2012 Accessibility added to Kindle Fire as blind group plans protest
Amazon has announced it will add accessibility features to its Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets, increasing access to content on the tablets...
10 December 2012 Access to social media can save lives
When Hurricane Sandy bore down on the USA’s east coast, people turned to social media such as Twitter for the latest information. Sadly, due to the...
07 December 2012 Media Access Australia contributes to the NDIS
Media Access Australia will be creating a Providers Accessibility Guide as part of a suite of projects announced by the Australian Government this...
06 December 2012 Partnership to provide training for deafblind
Telstra and non-profit organisation Able Australia have joined together in a program to help increase access to technology for Australians who are...
03 December 2012 Access achievements honoured at National Disability Awards
Individuals and organisations committed to improving access to media foe people with disability were honoured at the National Disability Awards,...
November 2012
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30 November 2012 App increases mobility for blind in Dublin
A navigation app for Apple iOS devices called Walk Dublin will help to increase the mobility of blind and vision impaired users by providing walking...

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