Earl

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Description of App: 

Earl™ lets you use your voice to open a newspaper and have it read to you. "When I lost my sight, I kind of gave up. Earl has restored my confidence and faith in living," (Earl Barlow). We built Earl™ for him, so that he and others like him could read the news again and re-connect with the world. We named it "Earl" so we would remember why.

Just double-tap your screen, speak a few straightforward commands and Earl will read articles you select from 250 plus newspapers from around the world, without ever having to see the screen. From national news sources to your local newspaper, Earl makes the latest news accessible to you, anytime, anywhere. All you need is an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod Touch®, an Internet connection and a desire to keep up on what's happening in your community and around the world. Earl is uncomplicated, accessible without or with VoiceOver® and just plain fun to use.

Once you've purchased and installed Earl on your device, you'll have control of Earl's features. You'll be able to read up to three articles a day that you select from our list of 250 plus newspapers and news sites from around the world. When you upgrade and purchase a monthly or yearly subscription to our Earl service, you'll have unlimited access to all of Earl's features and news content. You'll be able to read as many articles as you want every day.

You can get Earl for just $0.99. Using in-app purchase, you can subscribe to our service by the month for $9.99 with monthly renewals, or subscribe to Earl for a full year for $99.99 and enjoy 12 months of our full service for the price of 10 months and only have to renew once a year. Payment will be charged to your iTunes® account upon confirmation of the subscription. Cancellation of the current monthly subscription or current yearly subscription is not allowed during the active subscription period.

Earl is powered by iSpeech.

Earl's Features:

Just double-tap and speak: There are no complicated buttons or gestures to learn; access every feature by double-tapping anywhere on the screen and speaking one of Earl's commands.

No need to look at the screen: All of Earl's features, controls and content are fully accessible to users without or with vision.

Customize your own newspaper list: Once you've selected your favorites from local, national and international newspapers, your newspaper list will be there for you every time you launch Earl.

It's just like reading a regular newspaper: Select the newspaper, section and article you want by double-tapping and speaking your selection and Earl will read it to you.

You control what you read: Use Earl's voice commands to stop and start reading, read again, move up or move down by paragraph or skip ahead to the next article in the section; or use one of Earl's optional quick navigation gestures to execute these same actions with a quick swipe of two or three fingers.

Jump quickly between screens: Double-tap and say "Newspapers," "Sections" or "Articles" and Earl will take you there in a snap.

Bookmark your daily reading: Add selected articles to your bookmarks list for quick access and a streamlined reading experience.

Earl helps keep you on track: Earl tells you what your command options are at the end of every list or article so you never have to guess what to do next.

Ask Earl for help when you need it: Get help anywhere in Earl by double-tapping the screen and saying "Help."

Customize your reading experience: Adjust Earl's speech rate and choose from one of Earl's five male and female reading voices, all using Earl's double-tap-and-speak user interface.

Save your customizations: Your customized Earl settings are saved to iCloud® so you'll never lose them even when you upgrade your device and reinstall Earl from your Apple® account.

Privacy Policy: http://www.earlspeech.com/privacy

Version: 

1.1

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 5

Accessibility Comments: 

I've not subscribed to the full service yet, but so far this is fairly simple to use - once you have familiarized yourself with all the voice commands and custom gestures!

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible without the use of VoiceOver