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March 2014
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12 March 2014 Free TV Australia requests an end to caption reporting requirements
In a submission to the Department of Communications, Free TV Australia, the organisation which represents Australian free-to-air broadcasters, has...
11 March 2014 Latest DVDs released in February 2014
Since our last report in November, at least 24 movies have been released on DVD with both closed captions and audio description. Of the 61 titles we...
03 March 2014 Mozilla's $25 accessible smartphone
Soon there will be more choice in the accessible smartphone market, with not-for-profit technology organisation Mozilla launching its own mobile...
February 2014
Date Published News headline and description
26 February 2014 Audio desciption at the Adelaide Festival
The annual Adelaide Festival, considered one of the world’s best celebrations of the arts, kicks off on 28 February with a program full of audio...
25 February 2014 Print Disability Round Table: staff picks
The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disability is on in May. Held in Brisbane, the four day conference will cover almost...
24 February 2014 Project Tango: Google's new indoor mapping device
Google is currently working on a new smartphone that is able to create a digital rendering of an environment. The experimental technology has huge...
24 February 2014 US regulator introduces new caption quality rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the USA voted unanimously on 20 February to approve new, comprehensive rules to ensure that closed...
21 February 2014 New tools adds audio description to YouTube videos
Blind or vision impaired people will have an additional way to access audio description services on YouTube videos through a new experimental online...
17 February 2014 Assistive apps in the spotlight
Stop Announcer, the app that helps people who are blind or vision impaired navigate public transport, was profiled on the ABC’s 7.30 WA on Friday....
06 February 2014 Ticketing websites inaccessible, report finds
Music fans with disability face constant obstacles when buying tickets for performances and festivals, according to a report released by UK charity...
05 February 2014 Access conference comes to Brisbane
Registrations for the 2014 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities are now open. The annual conference focuses on how...
03 February 2014 Assistive technology promoted at the Super Bowl
Microsoft has used its advertising slot at the American football championship (known as the Super Bowl) to shed light on how technology enhances the...
03 February 2014 Most accessible game of 2013 announced
The AbleGamers Charity, an international authority on video and computer game accessibility, has announced its awards for games and gaming devices...
January 2014
Date Published News headline and description
30 January 2014 Help us improve our website
In an effort to provide the most relevant information on the most accessible website we can, Media Access Australia is seeking feedback from readers...
23 January 2014 ACMA seeks input from the public
Australia’s media regulator, the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA), is seeking members of the public to apply to sit on its Consumer...
23 January 2014 Coming back to Facebook
Guest contributor and screen reader user Andrew Devenish-Meares shares his experience of giving Facebook another go.
22 January 2014 Telstra Pay TV applies for caption exemptions
Telstra Pay TV has applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for exemptions to caption requirements for its subscription...
20 January 2014 Window-Eyes screen reader made free to Office users
The market for screen readers, software which converts text on computer screens to synthetic voice, is becoming more competitive and people who are...
17 January 2014 Report looks at television access levels across Europe
A major report commissioned by the European Commission has found that levels of captioning, audio description and signing on television vary widely...
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....

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