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January 2014
Date Published News headline and description
16 January 2014 Test of Android 4.4 KitKat on the Moto G smartphone
We’re entering an era where cost doesn’t mean we have to compromise on accessibility. Last year, Motorola announced its $US179 Moto G smartphone....
14 January 2014 Accessibility highlights from the Consumer Electronics Show
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held last week in Las Vegas, revealing a number of interesting new products that are likely to turn up...
09 January 2014 Vimeo enhances accessibility
The video sharing website Vimeo has introduced several new features, including support for closed captions and foreign language subtitles on its...
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.
07 January 2014 Government changes web accessibility plan
The Australian Government has released its progress report on the National Transition Strategy (NTS) – its schedule to make its websites conform to...
December 2013
Date Published News headline and description
23 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: television caption quality
In June, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released its long-awaited caption standard, setting out the criteria it will use...
20 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Foxtel’s On Demand movies captioned
Deaf and hearing impaired viewers have seen large increases in caption levels on television in recent years, but at the same time have been...
20 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: access in the air
As many of our readers prepare to jet off on summer holidays, people will be curious about how their access needs will be accommodated by airlines. A...
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...
17 December 2013 Highlights of 2013 – getting captions into the classroom
cap that! is our national awareness campaign encouraging teachers to turn on captions in the classroom to help improve learning and literacy for all...
16 December 2013 Unscrambling caption quality control
In 2014 Media Access Australia will release the world’s first review of how the quality of closed captions and subtitles for the Deaf and hearing...
13 December 2013 Highlights of 2013 – a Christmas card from Western Australia
Western Australia, with its strong community groups and thriving accessibility scene, contributes a huge amount to Australia’s progress towards...
12 December 2013 British online video provider improves accessibility
The video on demand provider YouView has announced a range of improvements to make its services easier to use for blind and vision impaired people,...
10 December 2013 New audio description business flourishes in South Australia
Over the last four years a team of dedicated arts access workers in South Australia have worked towards establishing Access2Arts, a disability arts...
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.
06 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Talking TVs released in Australia
Over the past few years, the increasing availability of text-to-speech technology in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices has made...
05 December 2013 Forty years of captioned news
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s first captioned news program, which went to air on America’s PBS network at 11pm on 3 December...
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...
03 December 2013 Telstra bans CAPTCHA tests
Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has won the day by announcing it will no longer use CAPTCHA tests on its apps and websites.

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