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First Magnifier for Windows Mobile Smartphones is Now Available!

October 18, 2007, 08:32:00 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Code Factory releases the public beta of Mobile Magnifier for Windows Mobile Smartphones. The product provides unparalleled flexibility, supports an extraordinary range of devices, and includes font and graphics smoothing.

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Free Full Screen Magnifier For Windows DesktopZoom 2.1 Now Features Tracking

October 13, 2007, 09:02:39 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

A new revolution in the area of free screen magnification is here, DesktopZoom now features tracking of all kind of Windows objects, including Windows Start menu, menus, buttons, check boxes and radio boxes. With this release the gap between freeware screen magnification and professional screen magnification declines.

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7-128 Software Announces the Release of PERCEPTIONS Game Book, Specifically Designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Computer Game Enthusiasts

October 06, 2007, 06:13:48 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The Game Book is the engine that operates all 7-128 Simply Entertainment games. It comes pre-loaded with 4 games. All of the games in the PERCEPTIONS Game Book are blind and visually impaired accessible.

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Suit may spur greater Web access for blind

October 04, 2007, 02:10:00 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

A ruling by a judge in San Francisco could mean that businesses would have to make their websites accessible to the blind, something disability rights advocates say is vital as the routine transactions of everyday life take place more and more on the Internet.

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NVDA Free Open Source Screen Reader For Windows Reviewed

September 30, 2007, 08:38:11 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Good news for those who can not pay the price of a commercial screen reader like Jaws, Window-Eyes or Hal. Also good news for those who want access to any computer on any place, because NVDA can run from any USB stick. NVDA is a free open source screen reader for Windows XP and Vista.

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IBM Making Virtual Worlds Accessible to the Visually Impaired

September 23, 2007, 06:56:11 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Computer accessibility has come a long way since the early screen readers for MS-DOS, and it still has a long way to go - but IBM has decided that being blind should be no hindrance to enjoying virtual worlds, and have introduced a project called Accessibility in Virtual Worlds, aimed at researching at developing methods to make places like Second Life (the researchers actually used Active Worlds, which they described as more flexible for their needs) more hospitable to the visually impaired.

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Expanding the View: A Review of Mobile Magnifier and ZOOMS

August 07, 2007, 06:56:46 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Mobile Magnifier from Code Factory and ZOOMS from Nuance are both screen magnifiers for mobile phones running the Symbian operating system. In the July edition of AccessWorld these two screen magnifiers are reviewed.

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Will Apple iPhone And IPod Be Accessible For Visually Impaired Soon?

August 03, 2007, 06:14:31 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

A growing number of new mobile devices on the market have a visual-tactile interface. These products are inaccessible to the visuaaly impaired and can be dangerous while driving a car or crossing a street. Apples patents show ongoing effort to bring voice commands to its portable devices.

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Yahoo! Asked to Reasonably Accomodate the Visually Impaired by Adding Audio CAPTCHA

August 03, 2007, 05:06:19 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

An online petition is being circulated worldwide asking Yahoo! to implement an audio alternative to their graphical CAPTCHA (visual verification) process so that the blind and visually impaired will be afforded the same level of access enjoyed by the sighted. All Internet users are asked to sign this petition and support the concept that the blind and visually impaired should be reasonably accomodated with respect to multifactor authentication and visual verification systems.

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iZoom Web Questions Answered

August 03, 2007, 02:49:11 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

After publishing the review on iZoom Web free Web-based professional screen magnifier with speech support for Windows 2000, XP and Vista, I received some questions. Below are the answers on these questions.

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iZoom Web - The First Web-based Free Screen Magnifier Reviewed

August 01, 2007, 06:10:26 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

It seems a new tendency in Assistive Technology, web-based screen reading and magnificaiton. Web-based means, that the screen magnifier or screen reader software comes from a server on the Internet. Nothing has to be installed, nothing is realy changed on the computer, like professional screen magnifiers and screen readers often do. The only thing you have to do launching your screen reader or magnifier is, surf to a web page on the Internet, allow a small program to install or open and there you go!

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The Magnifier 1.5 Beta - Now With Support For Full Screen Magnification

July 31, 2007, 05:46:06 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Innovation Management Group has released a public beta of The Magnifier 1.5. The Magnifier 1.5 is cheap screen magnification utility for Windows 2000, XP and Vista and now includes full screen magnificaiton.

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US mobile phone industry turns a deaf ear to Visually Impaired mobile phone customers

July 27, 2007, 04:25:36 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Today is the 17th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a piece of historic legislation dealing with the civil rights of disabled US citizens. But, amongst those that will not be joining in with the the congratulations and cork-popping are US mobile handset makers and carriers who, according to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have so far failed to meet the needs of blind or visually impaired customers in many ways.

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AT&T Expands Wireless Offerings for Customers With Disabilities

July 18, 2007, 06:09:51 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

AT&T Inc. has announced plans to launch new wireless software products this year to increase usability for customers who are blind or visually impaired. AT&T will partner with Code Factory to offer two new products: Mobile Speak and Mobile Magnifier, both for Windows Mobile and Symbian Series 60 operating system devices.

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Google Book Search Gets Text Layer

July 05, 2007, 08:52:44 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Google Book Search has, up until now, provided images of text; these were fine for reading, but not so great for anything else. So the service is taking a step forward and offering true text layers of many of its out-of-copyright books.

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Dolphin Released Supernova, Hal, Lunarplus and Lunar Version 8 For Windows Vista, Free Upgrade For Version 7 Owners

July 03, 2007, 06:30:00 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Supernova - The Worlds Only Combined Magnification and Full Screen Reader for Windows Vista Launched today, Version 8 of Supernova heralds the release of the Worlds only full screen reader with inbuilt screen magnification that supports Microsofts newest operating system, Windows Vista.

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Sony Boosts Television For The Visually Impaired With Latest Bravia Models

July 02, 2007, 04:25:19 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Sony is aiming to improve TV for the blind and partially-sighted people with the introduction of Audio Description to its latest Bravia range.

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Freedom Scientific Announces the PAC Mate Omni™ - the Ultimate Mobile Computing Solution for the Visually Impaired

July 02, 2007, 02:03:22 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Freedom Scientific today announced the next generation of the PAC Mate™ accessible Pocket PC, the PAC Mate Omni. The PAC Mate series incorporates JAWS®, the worlds most popular screen reading software, and Microsoft Windows Mobile® to create the worlds first accessible Pocket PC device for the visually impaired. The new PAC Mate Omni is a combination of enhanced hardware with expanded functionality and powerful new software that features the latest advances from Freedom Scientific and Microsoft®.

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Issest Released Beta Version Of The First Web-based Screen Magnifier iZoom Web

June 29, 2007, 08:50:48 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Issist, manufacturer of the worlds best free screen magnifier spawned a new revolution in screen magnification today through the Beta release of iZoom Web, the worlds first web based screen magnifier. iZoom Web is the only screen magnifier that runs directly from a webpage.

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Magnifying Glass Pro 1.4 Screen Magnifier Released

June 25, 2007, 04:03:36 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Workers Coollection has released version 1.4 of Magnifying Glass Pro. Most important new feature, is support for Windows Vista.

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