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April 2013
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11 April 2013 Women with disability disadvantaged in ICT
The digital divide experienced by people with disability is wider for women, new research finds. A report released by Women with Disabilities...
02 April 2013 Google Chromebook: an accessible and affordable netbook
Google has finally launched its long-awaited netbook in Australia. This is welcome news for anyone who wants access to an affordable and light-weight...
March 2013
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18 March 2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 accessibility
Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, was launched on Friday with Samsung claiming the device would “bury” its biggest rival, the iPhone 5....
14 March 2013 Voice Search added to Google TV
A new feature added to Google TV called Voice Search could improve how blind, vision impaired or mobility impaired people interact with the device....
08 March 2013 Top take-aways from CSUN 2013
The world’s largest accessible technology conference took place in San Diego, California last week. The Annual International Technology and Persons...
07 March 2013 VoiceOver saved in Apple, Samsung patent battle
Apple's screen reader VoiceOver has been saved from being removed from Apple devices, after a German court ruled against Samsung's claim that...
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...

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