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Speaking Mobiles For Visually Impaired in Cyprus

November 08, 2006, 05:22:42 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

AN INNOVATIVE new scheme to enable blind or partially sighted individuals to use mobile phones was introduced by CyTA in a news conference yesterday.

The new service comes under the framework of CyTAs social programme entitled We all have the right to communication and has been in use for about two months. With this new speaking phone, people with visual disabilities will have easier access to communication and control their private life when it comes to their mobile phone.

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New SAPPHIRE™ Portable Video Magnifier

September 25, 2008, 08:16:46 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Freedom Scientific today announced the new SAPPHIRE™ portable video magnifier. This new product offers features for on-the-go low vision users and is an companion to the companys current line of desktop video magnifiers, distance viewing solutions, and screen magnification software.

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Introduction Using Android Phones by visually Impaired

August 11, 2010, 01:38:29 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

All Android phones that have Android version 1.6 or later have built-in support for speech output and accessibility, completely free.

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Issist Assistive Technologies Announced the Availability of iZoom 3.0 Screen Magnifier and Reader

December 21, 2008, 05:56:17 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

iZoom 3.0 represents a leap in screen magnification technology with support for 64 bit operating systems, crystal clear font smoothing at all zoom levels, SmartAlign and much more! iZoom 3.0 raises the bar in screen magnification technology, offering complete portability, ease of use and revolutionary new features not found in any other magnifier.

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Touch Sight - Digital Camera for the Visually Impaired

July 31, 2008, 03:29:06 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Touch Sight is a digital camera for visually impaired people. Easy to use, it includes a unique feature which records sound for three seconds after pressing the shutter button. The user can then use the sound as reference when reviewing and managing the photos. Touch Sight does not have an LCD but instead has a lightweight, flexible Braille display sheet which displays a 3D image by embossing the surface, allowing the user to touch the image.

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Apples new iPod shuffle MP3 player is user-friendly, even for the visually impaired

February 17, 2005, 02:35:43 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

By Ridzwan A. Rahim

Apples new iPod shuffle MP3 player is user-friendly, even for the visually impaired. RIDZWAN A. RAHIM finds out why. WHEN Apple unveiled its new iPod shuffle MP3 player, it sparked a controversy. The reason: the player comes without a display. But what is seen as a design flaw by detractors may just win Apple a new set of fans from a group often wrongly perceived as technologically backward, the visually impaired.

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Issist Releases Beta version of iZoom 3.1

March 05, 2009, 12:34:51 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Issist Assistive Technologies, manufacturer of the worlds most portable professional screen magnifier and reader is pleased to announce the availability of iZoom 3.1 Beta. After a tremendous response to iZoom 3.0 in January at ATIA 2009, iZoom now includes high quality IVONA male and female voices.

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Issist Inc Announces iZoom2Go Screen Magnifier on USB Drive

November 10, 2005, 05:07:15 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

License agreements preventing you from using software YOU own? Tired of installing your favorite magnifier over and over on different machines just to use it for a few minutes? Need an administrator to grant you access before you can install anything?

iZoom2Go is the worlds first truly portable access solution available on a USB drive. You simply plug it in and it starts up. No installation, no administrative access, no license agreements, no hassles. It simply works... PERIOD!

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HumanWare introduces four new portable video magnifiers for low vision

July 09, 2008, 05:57:52 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

HumanWare expands its low vision product line with the announcement of four new video magnifiers at Vision 2008, an international conference on low vision being held in Montreal this week. With these new products, HumanWare is better able to serve the needs of the growing number of people with low vision, those whose vision cannot be completely corrected even with the most powerful prescription glasses.

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Code Factory initiates the beta testing program for the first ever full-screen magnification software for Smartphones powered by the Windows Mobile operating system. Free licenses will be given to the most active testers.

June 22, 2007, 11:19:25 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

(Terrassa, Spain; June 22, 2007) – Code Factory, makers of the most successful line of software products providing the blind and visually impaired with full access to mainstream mobile devices, invites you to take part in beta testing the first version of Mobile Magnifier for windows mobile Smartphones. Testers with high-quality contributions during the test cycle will get free licenses of this new and exciting product as well as Mobile Speak Smartphone, the leading full-fledged screen reader for devices based on the Windows Mobile standard (Smartphone) edition. 

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Freedom Scientific Releases JAWS® 10

November 04, 2008, 01:53:56 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Freedom Scientific today announced the English release of JAWS version 10, the worlds leading screen reader for visually impaired computer users. This new release includes new features that will expand employment, training, and educational opportunities for users at all levels. These new features include AutoForms Mode, JAWS Tandem, and RealSpeak™ Direct Solo.

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Dolphin Releases version 7 of Supernova, Hal, Lunarplus en Lunar

June 01, 2006, 06:02:38 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Dolpin has released version 7 of their range of access software. Supernova is a screen reader plus screen magnifier for the Windows platform, including braille, speech en magnification suppot.

Hal is a screen reader, including braille en speech support.

Lunarplus is a screen magnifier with speech supot and Lunar is a professional screen magnifier.

It seems, that version 7 of the Dolphin products does not include much new features and it is a pity that Dolphin does not solve the major problem in their software: inaccessibility to a lot of programs.

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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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Optelec Announces Innovated Near and Distance Low Vision Solution with the FarView

November 28, 2008, 03:48:14 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Optelec announced the release of FarView, a portable and powerful magnification solution that redefines how low vision users are able to access, store, review and share information.

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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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Lighthouse International Develops Free, Innovative Web Browser Software For People Who Are Visually Impaired

July 16, 2008, 05:21:02 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Lighthouse International, a leader in advocating accessibility for people with low vision, is announcing an innovative new add-on software tool that will enable millions of people worldwide with low vision to access previously inaccessible web pages.

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No Second Life For Visually Impaired

April 02, 2007, 07:35:59 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Is a virtual world where U2 gives a virtual concert a game, or a public place to meet others?
Is a virtual world where governments, including european Union (EU), spend money paid by all citizens a game or public place?
The question is, is Second Liefe a game or a public place that has to be accessible for everyone?
Why does not any screen reader or screen magnifier let you access Second Life. Trying to login into Second Life stops speech, braille and magnificaiton.

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New DinoView Portable Round-the-Neck Electronic Magnifier Introduced in the United States by Independent Living Aids, Inc.

April 02, 2008, 12:57:27 PM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Pocket or Round-the-Neck Electronic Magnifier Allows Visually Impaired to Enlarge Print from 5X to 20X on Menus, Cans, Prescriptions, Newspapers etc. Portable electronic magnifiers have been available for several years, but this is the smallest, lightest, and most flexible one on the market

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Magic Lens Max 4.0 Released!

March 25, 2008, 02:13:42 PM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Magic Lens Max screen magnifier utility generates real-time enhanced and sharp visual effects, with Magic Lens Max you can magnify, rotate, lighten, sharpen and capture any area of the screen display, even in a full- screen mode.

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Zoomtext on YouTube

October 28, 2007, 09:10:19 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

On YouTube you can now view a demonstration of the professional screen magnifier Zoomtext. This kind of video product demonstrations can highly help people understand what a screen magnifier is and how it works. If you find a video or audio presentation of any assistive technology product for the visually impaired on the Internet, please let me know.

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