Talking News


Description of App: 

Developed for the Cotswold Listener charity to deliver 'talking newspapers' to blind or partially sighted users in the Cheltenham and north Cotswolds (Gloucestershire, England) region. Similar talking newspaper organisations will be providing additional content for other regions.Each downloaded news/magazine article is accompanied by a large text headline for the partially sighted, plus a spoken headline for the blind user. The user can select to listen to the full story, or move onto another story. All articles are saved, so the user is not restricted to the need for a network connection. Articles older than 30 days are automatically deleted. Stories can be paused, resumed at any time, and listened to in a continuous loop.To support use by totally blind users, the app utilises the accelerometer to allow the user to navigate through articles by tilting their device left to right and up and down. Partially sighted users are supported by very large text and the ability to select from a range of text/background colour contrasts. The app can also be navigated by touch/gesture alone if preferred.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known



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Device(s) App Was Tested On: 


Accessibility Comments: 

VoiceOver reads absolutely no part of this app.Yes, you read that right ... an iOS app developed specifically for the blind and vision-impaired has zero support for VoiceOver.The utilization of the accelerometer allows for some navigation of stories, but all the gesture-based controls (such as pause and play) are totally inaccessible with VoiceOver.The developer of this app should hang their head in shame at their apparent ignorance of how the blind interact with iOS devices. And whoever appointed them should ask for their money back!

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads no page elements.

Button Labeling: 

No buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.