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The iPad could be the best mobile accessibility device on the market

June 02, 2010, 03:10:08 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

How accessible is the iPad for the visually impaired? Apple products like iPod, iPhone and Ipad are not only praised because of their design and new user-interface, but also because they are be made accessible for the visually impaired by default.

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Submitted Speakers Materials CSUN Available

April 13, 2010, 06:45:48 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

From 22 to 27 March 2010 The 25th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference was held in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego USA.
On the CSUN webiste you can now download the submitted speakers materials.

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Nuance launches TALKS 5.0 Mobile Phone Screen Reader

March 31, 2010, 03:59:23 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Nuance Communications has launched a new version of the TALKS software which is not set at v5.0. This version was made for the S60 5th Edition handsets and besides reading a text message to the user – blind or visually impaired – it also has other good features.

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Dolphin Releases Version 11.5 of Screen Reader and Magnifier Software

February 18, 2010, 08:46:23 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

A free major upgrade for all version 11 users of SuperNova Reader Magnifier, Hal Screen Reader, Lunar Screen Magnifier and LunarPlus Enhanced Screen Magnifier is available today. Version 11 users will receive their free upgrade quickly and conveniently via the Dolphin Internet updater found in the Help menu of their Dolphin software.

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Oratio Screen Reader for BlackBerry® is now available

February 05, 2010, 12:59:51 PM by Peter Verhoeven in .

HumanWare and Code Factory announce that Oratio for BlackBerry(R) smartphones is now available for purchase. Formally known as Orator for BlackBerry smartphones, Oratio is the first screen reader software solution that enables visually impaired users to access and operate BlackBerry smartphones using state of the art Text-To-Speech technology to convert the visual information displayed on the BlackBerry smartphone screen into a intuitive speech output.

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Mozilla Sponsors GNOME Accessibility Efforts

February 05, 2010, 04:02:21 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The GNOME foundation has announced that Mozilla has granted the project $10,000 for 2010 to work on accessibility.

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Zoom In and Out Your Desktop with Windows 7 Magnifier

November 12, 2009, 03:13:13 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The new Windows Magnifier is a long missed tool that should have been included in the previous versions. With larger and larger monitors get more and more popular, a tool like this becomes a must-have for many savvy users. It also makes doing presentation much more enjoyable for both presenters and audients. For people with low vision it is an indispensable feature! Microsoft finally covered that piece and killed all other similar 3rd party apps to death, accept the professional screen magnifiers like ZoomText, Lunar or Magic..

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Disabled users will be in Windows Seventh heaven

November 12, 2009, 02:34:34 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The release of Windows 7 has been widely welcomed as a big step forward from Vista. But the benefits extend beyond obvious improvements, as it greatly enhances accessibility for disabled users.

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HumanWare Launches the BrailleNote Apex

November 12, 2009, 02:23:09 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

HumanWare has launched the BrailleNote Apex, the thinnest and lightest notetaker especially for professionals and students who are blind.

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Intel Launches Ereader for the Visually Impaired

November 12, 2009, 02:14:25 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Intel this week launched the Intel Reader, a device aimed at helping the blind and people with reading-based disabilities such as Dyslexia or low vision.

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Dolphin Computer Access today announced the forthcoming availability of a free major upgrade for all version 11 users of SuperNova Screen Reader Magnifier, Hal Screen Reader, Lunar Screen Magnifier and LunarPlus Enhanced Screen Magnifier

October 26, 2009, 05:07:50 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Scheduled for late 2009, version 11.50 will deliver Dolphin magnification, speech and Braille users a host of performance, productivity and usability improvements, as well as building on version 11 its support for Microsoft newest operating system, Windows 7.

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More Accessibility Features in Open Source Operating System for Mobile Phones Android 1.6

October 21, 2009, 02:10:31 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The most recent release of Android 1.6, a.k.a. Donut, introduces accessibility features designed to make Android apps more widely usable by blind and low-vision users. In brief, Android 1.6 includes a built-in screenreader and text-to-speech (TTS) engine which make it possible to use most Android applications, as well as all of Androids default UI, when not looking at the screen.

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Freedom Scientific Releases JAWS® 11

October 20, 2009, 01:44:50 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Freedom Scientific announced the English release of JAWS version 11, the worlds leading screen reader for visually impaired computer users. This new release includes features that will expand educational and employment opportunities for users at all levels. These new features include Research It, Word Index, a free software DAISY player, and enhancements specifically for Windows 7, including UI Automation support and improved ARIA support.

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How Accessible is the Apple iPhone 3GS Smartphone for Visually Impaired?

August 24, 2009, 05:19:19 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The Apple iPhone, seemed to be one of the most inaccessible smartphones, because of its TouchScreen.
But the latest iPhone model 3GS, is the first smartphone with a screen reader called VoiceOver.
In his blog Mark Taylor reviewed the Apple iPhone 3GS with regard to user accessibility for the blind and low vision.

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Windows 7 Screen Magnifier on Youtube

July 14, 2009, 05:30:33 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Windows 7 is the first Windows edition that includes a full-screen screen magnifier that is of high value for visually impaired users.

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Magnifying Glass Pro 1.8 Released!

July 13, 2009, 05:35:43 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Magnifying Glass Pro is one of the better screen magnifiers in the area of freeware and shareware. It has an unique mix of features for different groups of people and excellent support. With the release of Magnifying Glass Pro Worker Collection again improves this screen magnifier for Windows.

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Accessible Interface Twitter

July 10, 2009, 05:52:50 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Accessible Twitter is an alternative to the web site. It is designed to be easier to use and is optimized for disabled users. You can use your regular Twitter username and password to login.

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Dolphin Releases Version 11.03

July 09, 2009, 04:45:09 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Dolphin has released a free 11.03 update of there screen reader and screen magnifier software Supernova, Hal, Lunarplus and Lunar.
The update include some new minor features and bug fixes.

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Software Express Becomes Dolphin Computer Access

July 09, 2009, 04:10:36 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Software Express Limited, a part of the Dolphin Computer Access Group of companies today officially announced their new company name, Dolphin Computer Access (North) Limited. Trading as Dolphin Computer Access, their Guide software will also be renamed as Dolphin Guide, with the handsfree version becoming Dolphin Guide HandsFree.

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TALKS and ZOOMS 4.0 for Series 60 Now Available from Nuance Mobile

June 25, 2009, 08:19:06 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

With Nuance TALKS and ZOOMS, blind and visually impaired users are able to take advantage of the many features found on todays popular mobile phones, including contact directories, caller ID, text messaging, help files, access to Web browsers, and other screen content. And TALKS and ZOOMS 4.0 enables consumers to choose the TTS software they want to use to power all updated features, including Nuance trusted Vocalizer Mobile and ETI-Eloquence.

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