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January 2014
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08 January 2014 New app brings enhanced accessibility to Perth bus network
A new app for Android smartphones has been released to help Perth residents who are blind or vision impaired get around on buses.
December 2013
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19 December 2013 Top five podcast episodes of 2013
Each week, we help produce a segment for Vision Australia Radio. Presented by community broadcasting legend Roberta Ashby, these offer a special...
19 December 2013 Highlights 2013: Accessibility improvements in navigation apps
In 2013, there have been some significant developments for accessibility in navigation apps. Navigation apps allow people to use their mobile devices...
09 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Australian made apps
Australia has made a huge contribution to the world of assistive apps this year. As part of our Highlights series, we look back at just a few.
04 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Accessibility in mainstream devices
In 2013 people with disability have been offered more choice in smartphones and tablet computers. While Apple still dominates this market, this year...
November 2013
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27 November 2013 Nokia assistive app competition
Smartphone company Nokia and the Royal National Institute for Blind People in the UK have partnered in a competition for apps which assist people who...
15 November 2013 An accessible smartphone for under $200
Motorola has produced a smartphone that for $US179 carries all the accessibility features of premium models.
October 2013
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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
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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.