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May 2013
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02 May 2013 Tactile smartphone in development
The world's first tactile smartphone could be available in stores by the end of the year. Currently in prototype phase, the phone uses a mouldable...
April 2013
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24 April 2013 Facebook Home inaccessible on Android
Android users who rely on assistive technology might have to wait a little longer until Facebook Home becomes accessible. Facebook Home, a new...
22 April 2013 2013 Access Awards winners announced
The winners of the 2013 Access Awards presented by the American Foundation for the Blind have been announced, honouring the work of organisations...
17 April 2013 Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2013
Thursday 9 May marks the second annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising the profile of web accessibility amongst web...
12 April 2013 Feature: SIMO – Australia’s indoor mapping project
For most people, great ideas are triggered by an event or experience that pushes them to do something. For Sydney industrial designer Euan Ramsey-...
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...

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