AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for September 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Welcome to the September 2015 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy in the accessible app landscape. Below, you'll find a recap of the best content posted to AppleVis - from new app entries, to app updates, to podcasts and blogs. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

Audio Rally Racing (US$14.99)

AUDIO RALLY RACING is an audiogame about car rally racing, in which you can experience the thrill of speed and reckless driving on country roads and city streets.

Game elements

  • First you choose a car, then you can start competing in the various races and circuits available. Most of the items are available beginning in 'SINGLE PATH - SINGLE CIRCUIT' mode. Many others can only be played in TOURNAMENT mode, completing the circuits and winning them.
  • The navigator is an important element of the game: he (or she) will give us the necessary instructions to be able to drive at full speed, pointing out the curves and other obstacles on the way.
  • Each route consists of straight roads, in variable lengths, and curves, also variable in their difficulty.

Current version: 1.0 (September 10, 2015)

Read Audio Rally Racing’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Audio Rally Racing’s page on the App Store

CrowdViz (Free with In-App Purchases)

CrowdViz is an iOS app that unites blind people with our trusted sighted assistants. Blind users can receive immediate sighted help by connecting to a trusted assistant and it is as easy as a click of a single button. A quality experience with CrowdViz comprises not only of excellent assistance but also fast response time, one on one trained assistance, and 24 by 7 availability. Also, user's have the ability to rate their experience, so that we can continually provide a high quality service.

Current version: 1.0 (September 7, 2015)

Read CrowdViz’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit CrowdViz’s page on the App Store

Crystal - Block Ads, Browse Faster (US$0.99)

Crystal is a content blocker for iPhone & iPad designed to make the mobile web a great experience.

It blocks Adverts, User Tracking and improves speed, data use and battery life of your device as a result.

Crystal installs directly into Safari, so you don't have to change any your browsing habits. Just activate Crystal and enjoy a greater web.

Current version: 1.0.1 (September 17, 2015)

Read Crystal’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Crystal’s page on the App Store

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT (Free with In-App Purchases)

Guide Dogs Australia, the leading providers of orientation and mobility services for people who are blind or visually impaired in Australia, and Sendero Group, the pioneers of accessible GPS, have collaborated to add new features to the app called Guide Dogs NSW ACT. Almost 20 years of user feedback and feature requests are behind the design of all Sendero GPS products. Guide Dogs NSW ACT is a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS iPhone app with all the normal navigation features plus features unique to blind users.

Current version: 2.0 (September 14, 2015)

Read Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s page on the App Store

LISTERINE Smile Detector (Free)

Never miss a smile. LISTERINE Smile Detector uses your camera to detect when someone is smiling at you, so even if you can’t see a smile, there’s another way so you can still feel one.

Simply direct your camera towards those around you and the app will vibrate or make a sound when you are being smiled at.

Current version: 1.0.0 (September 3, 2015)

Read LISTERINE Smile Detector’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit LISTERINE Smile Detector’s page on the App Store

Purify Blocker: No Ads. No Tracking. Lightning-fast Safari (US$1.99)

Browse in Peace with the best, simplest, and fastest premium blocker for Safari on iOS.

No ads, no tracking. Purify works seamlessly with Safari, right out of the box.

Here's why you'll love Purify:

  • Instantly make your browsing up to 2x FASTER
  • Reduce your data consumption on Cellular & Wi-Fi by up to 50%
  • Browse the web clutter-free, restore precious screen space taken up by junk
  • Ultimate privacy: Purify never intercepts or sees any of your traffic

Current version: 1.1 (September 30, 2015)

Read Purify’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Purify’s page on the App Store

Voice Braille Reader (US$14.99)

Enjoy listening to your favorite Braille Books at favorite places!

Voice Braille Reader is a reading app designed to be handy and casual for those who are visually impaired and help to translate braille into words and voice. Voice Braille Reader recites all your BRF (braille associated) and BRL files and as the result, collection of your audio book will be larger than ever!

It is simple and easy to use.

Both Bookshare and NLS provide a web service for the visually impaired to access braille files that users can download directly from Safari for Voice Braille Reader to use. This compatibility with the web services allows for a greater amount of storage for files from them. You may also import existing braille files in iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote or other storage systems and Voice Braille Reader will translate and read them for your convenience.

Voice Braille Reader integrates well with any of your iOS devices and takes from its VoiceOver and Dynamic Type functions to make the app even better.

Current version: 1.0 (September 14, 2015)

Read Voice Braille Reader’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Voice Braille Reader’s page on the App Store

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Notable App Updates

Dice World! Yatzy Farkle Threes Pig Balut & 1-4-24! Free! (Free with In-App Purchases)

Dice World! The best dice game in the world!

Yatzy, Farkle, Threes, 1-4-24, Balut, and PIG!

You can play Dice World with anyone, anytime, anywhere around the world!

Play against:

  • Computer
  • Friends
  • Contacts
  • Facebook friends
  • Twitter followers
  • Random opponents
  • the possibilities are endless!

Key Features:

  • Daily Tournaments!
  • Play multiple games against different opponents at the same time.
  • Turn based game play. There is no need for both players to be online at the same time.
  • Track from which countries around the world your opponents are playing!
  • Superior stats - Wins, Losses, Ties, High Scores, it’s all recorded!
  • Leaderboard - Are you good enough to make it onto the worldwide leader board? Represent your country!
  • Chat with your friends during game play - multiple lingual support for chat text (even user names support all languages)!
  • Player ranking - work your way up from a starting level of DiceJoke to the surprise highest level! Be the first in your country to accomplish this feat!
  • Offline? No problem - play some games against the computer opponents to hone your skills!
  • Seamless integration with Push Notifications for lightning fast game play.
  • Detailed help for each game to help new players get up to speed.
  • 100% Voice over Accessible!

Current Version: 7.02 (September 28, 2015)

Summary of Changes in Version 7.02
  • UI Enhancements!
  • Statistics Upgrade - You can now sort your stats and see who you own.. and who owns you!
  • New settings to customize your home screen, including hiding all finished games.

Voiceover Enhancements Including:

  • Settings to customize your home screen. Choose what you want to have in your dashboard!
  • Statistics improvements. Now easy to use with voiceover!
  • De-cluttering of game screens.

Critical Balut Fix! - iPhone 4 screen fix.

Read Dice World's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Dice World's App Store page

KNFBReader (US$99.99)

The KNFB Reader converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button on the iPhone. Picture accuracy is facilitated by a Field of View Report, Automatic Page Detection, and Tilt Control.

Our app allows users to capture pictures of virtually any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos and many other documents that you may encounter.

Proprietary document analysis technology determines the words and reads them aloud to the user with high quality text-to-speech and Braille access. Individuals with print disabilities will benefit from the synchronized speech and text highlighting capabilities.

KNFB Reader will revolutionize access to print materials for the mobile professional and busy student by providing advanced state of the art mobile reading technology in a single hand-held device.

Current Version: 2.4 (September 21, 2015)

Summary of Changes in Version 2.4
  • Speech rate fixed for iOS 9 compatibility
  • "Lens covered" message in automatic mode triggered to fast. This has now been fixed.

Read KNFBReader's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit KNFBReader's page on the App Store

Periscope (Free)

Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Current Version: 1.2.2 (September 26, 2015)

Summary of Changes in September 2015 Updates

There have been three updates during September, bringing a range of changes and fixes. However, for VoiceOver users, the most notable release was version 1.2, which specifically mentioned accessibility in the release notes and fixed a number of bugs. There still remain some issues for VoiceOver users, but it seems that accessibility is now firmly on the developer’s roadmap.

Read Periscope's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Periscope's page on the App Store

Shazam (Free)

Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by more than 100 million people each month to identify music, get song lyrics, and now to discover the music that artists discover themselves.

Identify music instantly and share in the thrill of music discovery with the artists you love.

Current Version: 9.0.0 (September 21, 2015)

Summary of Changes in Version 9.0.0

With iOS 9 Apple have made big changes to search, meaning that you can now find Shazam songs and artists straight from your iPhone home screen. Simply swipe down from your home screen, search for your favorite song or artist and the result will launch you directly into the Shazam app. Discovering new music is THAT easy.

For those of you with a shiny new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you’ll be delighted to know that Shazam is already 3D Touch-enabled! Just press firmly on the Shazam app icon, and you’ll have a shortcut to start Shazaming immediately. Also you can now name that tune in one less tap.

Although not specifically mentioned in the release notes, this update fixes some major accessibility problems which had made the previous version mostly unusable with VoiceOver.

Read Shazam's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Shazam's page on the App Store

Voice Dream Writer (US$9.99)

Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better: Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you use the right words, and an active outline helps you organize and improve the structure of your writing.

The app is not only fully accessible, it was designed with students and adults with print disabilities in mind. There are special tools for VoiceOver users to manage the cursor, select text, and find and correct misspelled words by stepping through them. Voice-based Proofreading and Phonetic Search are invaluable for people with dyslexia. Also included is the research-proven Dyslexie font.

Current Version: 1.3.0 (September 23, 2015)

Summary of Changes in Version 1.3.0

Voice Dream Writer has been updated for iOS 9, plus a few new features.

  • Split-screen support for iOS 9.
  • New free voice available in iOS 9: Alex.
  • Support for iOS 9 keyboard shortcut bar.
  • Support for iOS 9 Spotlight search (System-wide search from Home screen).
  • Preview and print with multiple themes.
  • Saving cursor location (local only and not synched through iCloud).
  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

Note: in iOS 9, 3-finger swipe left or right to show or hide sidebars do not work with Accessibility Zoom enabled.

Read Voice Dream Writer's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Voice Dream Writer's page on the App Store

Recent News and Views

The Accessibility Bugs in OS X 10.11 El Capitan: From Serious to Minor

By AppleVis | September 30, 2015

Apple has today released OS X 10.11 El Capitan. As with any major upgrade, it brings a number of exciting new accessibility features, but a number of new bugs have also been introduced. If you have not already upgraded, we strongly recommend that you read this list (and any user-submitted comments posted thereafter) before doing so, as we believe there are a number of bugs present in OS X El Capitan which may have a negative impact on the experience for some VoiceOver users.

At this point, it is worth noting that our testing of OS X 10.11 El Capitan has been somewhat limited; not all of our team uses Macs, and those who do have varying levels of experience. Accordingly, we would greatly appreciate the help of other blind and low vision users--both to confirm whether they are experiencing the same issues we have reported here (or found workarounds), as well as to identify any issues we may have missed.

:Of course, more important is that anyone experiencing accessibility issues submit reports directly to Apple's Accessibility Team by sending an e-mail to Accessibility@Apple.com, as Apple is ultimately the only one who can make these bugs go away. This post explains how to go about reporting accessibility issues to Apple, as well as what information to include in an effective bug report.

Read More: “The Accessibility Bugs in OS X 10.11 El Capitan: From Serious to Minor

What's New in OS X 10.11 El Capitan for VoiceOver Users

By mehgcap | September 30, 2015

Today, Apple released OS X 10.11 El Capitan, a free update that will run on any Mac which supports Yosemite. Apple addressed some bugs in this release, as well as including a lot of new features in VoiceOver, and we think you'll really enjoy these updates and improvements. If you find any we missed, especially regarding braille or Zoom--which none of us have the capability to test--please leave a comment and let us know.

Read More: “What's New in OS X 10.11 El Capitan for VoiceOver Users”

Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 with Bug Fixes and Improvements

By AppleVis | September 30, 2015

Two weeks to the day after releasing iOS 9 and a week after releasing iOS 9.0.1, Apple has today released iOS 9.0.2 to the public.

According to Apple's release notes via Mac Rumors, iOS 9.0.2 contains the following:

This update contains bug fixes and improvements including:

  • Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
  • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
  • Resolves an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
  • Improves the stability of Podcasts

Read More: “Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 with Bug Fixes and Improvements”

The VoiceOver User's Guide to 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s

By Scott Davert | September 27, 2015

3D Touch is arguably one of the biggest features of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. Before we get in to specifics about how it works with VoiceOver, I thought it would be helpful to go directly to Apple's 3D Touch webpage to get an overview of exactly what 3D Touch is:

iPhone 6s introduces an entirely new way to interact with your phone. For the first time, iPhone senses how much pressure you apply to the display. In addition to familiar Multi-Touch gestures like Tap, Swipe, and Pinch, 3D Touch introduces Peek and Pop. This brings a new dimension of functionality to the iPhone experience. And when you use 3D Touch, your iPhone responds with subtle taps. So not only will you see what a press can do, you’ll feel it.

Continuing in what has now become conventional fashion for Apple, 3D touch is usable for VoiceOver users. There are actually 2 ways to utilize both the Force Touch and the Peek and Pop features, each of which will be discussed below.

Read More: “The VoiceOver User's Guide to 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s”

Three Hours with the iPhone 6s: a VoiceOver User's Perspective

By Scott Davert | September 26, 2015

There is a very slight difference in the thickness of the iPhone 6s when compared to the 6. And because it's thicker, just like with human beings, that means it weighs slightly more. However, until I held the 6s in one hand and the 6 in another, I couldn't really tell that there was a difference in the weight or girth of the phone. Take this with a grain of salt then, quite literally, as that's about the difference in thickness between the 2 devices. This is good news, though, since it means that most cases designed for the 6 should work on the 6s. That said, with the new 7000 Series aluminum, the phone feels more sturdy in my hand. I haven't tried to bend my phone, since it's new and a device I plan to hold on to for a year or two, but it doesn't feel like it would bend very easily.

Read More: “Three Hours with the iPhone 6s: a VoiceOver User's Perspective”

Follow-Up: Why I'm Delighted I Held onto my iPhone 5 for One More Year

By mehgcap | September 23, 2015

When the iPhone 6 was announced last year, I wrote a blog post detailing my plans to resist temptation and hang onto my trusty iPhone 5 until the 6s came out. That year has now passed, and the iPhone 6s is here. In re-reading that post, I realized just what a good thing it was that I waited. I'm upgrading my phone this year, and the only question now is: Plus or no Plus?

Read More: “Follow-Up: Why I'm Delighted I Held onto my iPhone 5 for One More Year”

Apple Releases watchOS 2, Bringing a Range of Refinements and New Features to the Apple Watch

By AppleVis | September 21, 2015

Apple has today released watchOS 2, marking the first major update to the Apple Watch operating system since the device was released in April.

According to Apple. this release brings a mixture of refinements and new features to the Apple Watch:

With watchOS 2, we’ve refined it. There are more faces to choose from. Faster, more powerful apps. Enhanced communication options. And innovative new ways to make your Apple Watch your own.

Read More: “Apple Releases watchOS 2, Bringing a Range of Refinements and New Features to the Apple Watch”

Apple News, RSS, or Both?

By mehgcap | September 18, 2015

In June, Apple unveiled its News app, which pulls together news from around the web and lets you read it all in one place, like an RSS reader. Unlike traditional RSS services, though, News can get an idea of what sources and topics interest you, then pull articles from everywhere that it thinks relate to the things you like. It's a curated news service, rather than the simple pipe of RSS feeds. In other words, instead of getting every article published by sources you follow, News gives you interesting articles from a wide array of sources.

This approach has a lot of advantages over RSS, but it also has its downsides. Unfortunately, many of us have to choose one or the other; there simply isn't enough time in a day to keep up with high-traffic RSS feeds and Apple News. As you try to figure out what to do, consider the following.

Read More: “Apple News, RSS, or Both?”

iOS 9's Mainstream Features from a VoiceOver User's Perspective

By mehgcap | September 16, 2015

AppleVis already has posts on iOS 9: we've seen an overview of the new accessibility features, a podcast covering all that iOS 9 brings to the table, a list of bugs in iOS 9, and more. This post, though, is all about the new features that are not accessibility-specific. We'll look at the "back to app" button, Notes feature, and more. Yes, these are all mainstream items, but this post aims to show you how to use them with VoiceOver. I'll go in the same order as Apple's What's New in iOS 9 page.

Read More: “iOS 9's Mainstream Features from a VoiceOver User's Perspective”

Apple Releases iTunes 12.3 with VoiceOver Fixes and More

By AppleVis | September 16, 2015

Apple has released iTunes 12.3 to add support for today’s public release of iOS 9 and the soon to be released Mac OS X El Capitan.

According to 9To5Mac this release includes a number of fixes, including improvements for using Apple Music with VoiceOver:

Also included in the update is a set of bug fixes for using Apple Music with VoiceOver, recently played radio stations not being listed, and ‘loved’ songs on iOS not syncing back to the Mac properly. Apple has also fixed a bug related to the Up Next feature not allowing users to reorder upcoming songs.

Read More: “Apple Releases iTunes 12.3 with VoiceOver Fixes and More”

What’s New and Changed in iOS 9 Accessibility for Blind and Deaf-Blind Users

By Scott Davert | September 16, 2015

It's September, and that means my annual reminder that I’m growing older has arrived. It also means Apple is doing their annual ‘coming out with more new stuff’ or in my case, birthday presents. The good news is that if you have been running iOS 8, your device is going to be able to run iOS 9. As a general rule, iOS 9 seems to run about as well as iOS 8 has on other devices, so if you find the features worth upgrading to, go for it.

Just like each year previous to now, there are many mainstream enhancements to iOS 9. Some examples include a new news app, a more advanced Notes app, a new low power mode, and many enhancements to the iPad related to multitasking. This article will not focus so much on these changes, but the less-documented changes related to accessibility features impacting those who are blind or deaf-blind. Without a doubt, there will be other features not documented here that people discover as they get their hands on the new iOS. While I've been running the betas since June, I am certain I will learn even more things about it as the masses get their opportunity to play with it. Please note that this article is not intended as a comprehensive guide to iOS as a whole; rather, it is only designed to document changes in iOS 9 likely to be of particular interest to users who are blind or deaf-blind.

Those of you who pay attention to such things may have realized that I did not include low vision in the title of this article. This, sadly, was not due to an error, but is due to the fact that I did not get what I felt was sufficient feedback from low vision users to comment on the changes related to low vision. As such, it is my hope that someone from the low vision community can cover these features in more detail and with more real life experience than I can. The general comments from those with some vision have been that very little has changed other than the new keyboard enhancement found under Settings/General/Accessibility/Interaction.

Read More: “What’s New and Changed in iOS 9 Accessibility for Blind and Deaf-Blind Users”

The Accessibility Bugs in iOS 9: From Serious To Minor

By AppleVis | September 16, 2015

Detailed in this post are possible accessibility-related bugs which members of the AppleVis Editorial Team have identified during their testing of iOS 9. If you have not already updated your device to iOS 9, we strongly recommend that you read through this post and any comments before doing so, as we believe that there are some new bugs in this release which might have a negative impact on the user experience for some blind and low vision users.

Read More: “The Accessibility Bugs in iOS 9: From Serious To Minor”

Apple Releases iOS 9, Bringing a Range of Enhancements and New Features

By AppleVis | September 16, 2015

Apple has today released iOS 9. According to Apple. this release brings a mixture of enhancements and new features to iOS devices:

iOS 9 is full of enhancements you’ll appreciate every day. Your apps become more essential. New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive. Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life and security. The more you do with iOS 9, the more you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.

Read More: “Apple Releases iOS 9, Bringing a Range of Enhancements and New Features”

Pending Charges: My Life With a Perpetual Eye on my iPhone’s Battery Level

By Morgan | September 15, 2015

I would rather walk face first through a giant spider web than go shopping. I truly hate walking into large cavernous spaces with grumblings, rumblings, and piercing screeches resounding, rebounding, and reflecting from every surface. I tire of unbridled children pawing at my guide dog, and I could really do without the adults who treat shopping as a contact sport. Make that three giant spider webs that I'd be willing to walk through. If I cannot escape to the parking lot, I mentally retreat and perform my primary function as the designated guardian of the shopping cart and purse.

There is a singular exception to my retail aversion. I love walking into the local Apple Store to touch things. That may sound creepy, but it really isn't. I spent a lot of time holding new iPhones. The iPhone 6 was comfortable and familiar. However, the bigger iPhone 6 Plus called to me. For many months, I went to the Apple Store to make sure that the iPhone 6 Plus was not too big for my hands and that it would still glide into my shirt pocket. You cannot be too careful. Things might have changed. I just needed to be sure.

Read More: “Pending Charges: My Life With a Perpetual Eye on my iPhone’s Battery Level”

Apple Confirms Peek and Pop Features of New iPhone 6s Will Be Accessible to VoiceOver Users

By AppleVis | September 12, 2015

Apple this week launched the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. One of the headline features introduced on these is 3D Touch, a slight variation on the Force Touch seen on the Apple Watch and newest MacBooks and heralded by Apple as ‘the next generation of multi-touch’.

Wired offers a good explanation of 3D Touch which we will share here so as to avoid the need to reinvent the wheel:

3D Touch basically enables the phone to measure not just when you move your finger up and down, left and right, but now also through. When you press a little harder, you get what’s called “Peek”—a pop-up of the contents of an email, or the status of a flight, or a quick way to call the business you’re tapping on in Maps. Press more, and you “Pop.” That’s when you jump to a new place in the operating system. You can press on icons on the homescreen, too, and jump straight to the selfie cam or call your mom without ever actually opening the Phone app.

It was perhaps not surprising that the introduction of a completely new form of interaction sparked some discussion and concern amongst VoiceOver users. As with accessibility support on the new Apple TV, VoiceOver users need not have worried; we are pleased to report that Apple has confirmed to us that the 3D Touch features on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be accessible to blind and low vision users.

Read More: “Apple Confirms Peek and Pop Features of New iPhone 6s Will Be Accessible to VoiceOver Users”

Recap of Apple's 'Hey Siri' Event (September 2015)

By mehgcap | September 9, 2015

It's September again, and that means another media event from Apple. Apple usually uses these to announce the newest iPhones, the release date of the next major versions of iOS and OS X, and any other big secrets it's been hiding. Normally, the iPad gets either a silent update or a smaller event later in the year, but this time, Apple broke with tradition.

Today, at an event entitled "Hey Siri", Tim Cook and friends delightedly showed off a whole range of new products: the iPhone we all expected, but also an updated iPad Mini, an entirely new category of iPad (the 12.9-inch Pro), a new Apple TV, gold and rose gold versions of the Apple Watch Sport, and a set of new Apple Watch bands. Each of these items is a big deal on its own--the Apple Watch color and band choices perhaps less than the rest--and Apple has a great holiday shopping season in store. Let's have a look at everything and see why your wallet may soon be lighter than you'd planned. I know mine will be!

Read More: “Recap of Apple's 'Hey Siri' Event (September 2015)”

Apple Details Accessibility Features of New Apple TV

By AppleVis | September 9, 2015

Shortly after announcing the release of the new Apple TV and launching the tvOS operating system, Apple has today published a new webpage detailing the accessibility features of the new set-top box.

According to the Vision section of the tvOS Accessibility webpage, the new Apple TV will include both VoiceOver and Zoom, as well as a number of other standard accessibility features for blind and low vision users.

Read More: “Apple Details Accessibility Features of New Apple TV”

Job Searching, iOS and I... My Experience with Searching for a Job on iOS

By Niall Gallagher | September 4, 2015

This post will offer you an account of my experience with conducting the job search on iOS. I will begin with a little information concerning the pre-requisites to beginning the job search, and the changing trends regarding how businesses advertise vacant positions.

The current post will then consider the 3 primary iOS applications which I used during my job search, and I will also inform you as to the services offered by recruitment agencies and the possibility of other iOS applications specific to your location.

After covering the above material, I will summarise the key points put forward and offer some suggestions as to what you should do next to start your very own job search.

Read More: “Job Searching, iOS and I... My Experience with Searching for a Job on iOS”

Full-text RSS Reader Shootout: lire vs. Unread vs. Newsify vs. Feeddler Pro 2

By Amir | September 2, 2015

For many of us -- hard-core internet surfers, RSS is a familiar term. By the same token, the phrase "RSS reader" isn't esoteric at all. But let me talk a bit about RSS and RSS readers before moving on to the main focus of this post. According to the Pro Blogger website:

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication." … It is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites. In the "old days" of the web to keep track of updates on a website, you had to ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added. … RSS flips things around a little and is a technology that provides you with a method of getting relevant and up to date information sent to you for you to read in your own time. It saves you time and helps you get the information you want quickly after it was published. … It’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically; but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published, it is delivered to your "RSS Reader" every time your favorite website updates.

So it's easy to conclude that an RSS reader is an app which allows you to handle your RSS feeds. It collects website updates in the background at user configurable intervals. You can click each article, news headline or website update to see a short description of that post, and click or open the original news webpage in the mini-browser of an RSS reader or in the default browser.

Read More: “Full-text RSS Reader Shootout: lire vs. Unread vs. Newsify vs. Feeddler Pro 2”

This Month in Podcasts

There have been far more podcasts this month than is typical, so only a small selection is listed below. A complete list of all podcasts posted to the AppleVis website in the past month can be found at www.applevis.com/podcasts.

Exploring Some of the New Accessibility Features in OS X 10.11 El Capitan

In this podcast, Alex Hall explores some of the new accessibility features in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, released on 30 September 2015.

Listen to “Exploring Some of the New Accessibility Features in OS X 10.11 El Capitan”

Quickly Record Audio Memos using your Apple Watch with Just Press Record

In this podcast, Milorad Pejic gives us a demonstration of using the Just Press Record app on an Apple Watch. This simple audio recorder uses iCloud Drive to instantly syncs your recordings across all your devices and is perfect for capturing ideas, thoughts and memos on the go.

Listen to “Quickly Record Audio Memos using your Apple Watch with Just Press Record”
Visit Just Press Record’s page in the iTunes App Store

Beginners’ Guide to the iPhone: Using the iCloud Drive App

< In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Apple’s iCloud Drive app which is new in iOS 9. This app makes it easier for you to access and manage the files that you have stored in iCloud Drive.

Listen to “Beginners’ Guide to the iPhone: Using the iCloud Drive App”

A Demonstration of Using 3D Touch with VoiceOver on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

In this podcast, updated on 9/27, Scott Davert demonstrates how to use 3D Touch, the flagship new feature introduced on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Described by Apple as “the next generation of Multi-Touch”, 3D Touch is:

an entirely new way to interact with your phone. For the first time, iPhone senses how much pressure you apply to the display. In addition to familiar Multi-Touch gestures like Tap, Swipe and Pinch, 3D Touch introduces Peek and Pop. This brings a new dimension of functionality to the iPhone experience. And when you use 3D Touch, your iPhone responds with subtle taps. So not only will you see what a press can do, you’ll feel it.

Listen to “A Demonstration of Using 3D Touch with VoiceOver on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus”

Beginners’ Guide to the iPhone: Using Apple’s News App

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Apple’s News app which is new in iOS 9.

News collects all the stories you want to read, from top news sources, based on topics you’re most interested in, so you no longer need to move from app to app to stay informed.

Explore a huge selection of topics from sources including top news organizations and indie publications. Choose the ones you want to add to your favorites so you can get the news that interests you — like business, technology, fashion, sports, and more.

The more you read, the better News gets at understanding your interests, refining the selection of stories delivered to your screen so they are relevant to you. Easily share articles with others and save them to read offline.

Note that at the time of posting, the News app is only available in the United States. It is anticipated that it will roll-out to more countries over the coming months.

Listen to “Beginners’ Guide to the iPhone: Using Apple’s News App”

iOS 9 Quick Tip: the New Text Selection Tool in the VoiceOver Rotor

In this podcast, David Woodbridge demonstrates how to access and use the text selection tool that’s been added to the VoiceOver rotor in iOS 9.

Listen to “iOS 9 Quick Tip: the New Text Selection Tool in the VoiceOver Rotor”

Quick Tip: Creating an Encrypted Disk Image on Your Mac to Securely Store Important Files

In this podcast, Jonathan Simeone walks us through the process of creating a encrypted location on your Mac in which you can securely store files.

Listen to “Quick Tip: Creating an Encrypted Disk Image on Your Mac to Securely Store Important Files”

Enjoy Fast, Clutter-free Web Browsing in Safari on iOS 9 with Purify Blocker

In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a walk-through and demonstration of Purify Blocker: No Ads. No Tracking. Lightning-fast Safari.

Purify is a content blocker for Safari on iOS 9 that blocks ads, tracking, and more. Purify's engine is professionally hand-crafted to optimize your browsing experience. With free regular updates, all users receive the best and latest of Purify.

Listen to “Enjoy Fast, Clutter-free Web Browsing in Safari on iOS 9 with Purify Blocker” Visit Purify’s page in the iTunes App Store

What’s New in iOS 9 for Braille Display Users

In this podcast, Scott Davert takes a look at some of what’s new and changed in iOS 9 for those who use Braille displays.

Listen to “What’s New in iOS 9 for Braille Display Users”

Exploring Some of the New Accessibility Features for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 9

In this podcast, AnonyMouse gives us an overview of the new accessibility features in iOS 9 likely to be of interest to blind and low vision users.

Listen to “Exploring Some of the New Accessibility Features for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 9”

Exploring Some of the New Features in iOS 9

In this podcast, AnonyMouse gives us an overview of some of the new features in iOS 9.

Listen to “Exploring Some of the New Features in iOS 9”

Quick Tip; Using the Finder to Restore a Single File from the Time Machine Backup

In this podcast, Jonathan Simeone walks us through the process of using the Finder in Mac OS X to find and restore a single file from a Time Machine backup.

This offers an alternative to the method demonstrated in a previous podcast which involved using the Time Machine application itself to restore a file.

Listen to “Quick Tip; Using the Finder to Restore a Single File from the Time Machine Backup”

Experience the Thrill of Speed and Reckless Driving with Audio Rally Racing for iOS

In this podcast, Khalfan Bin Dhaher introduces us to Audio Rally Racing, a newly released iOS game in which you can experience the thrill of speed and reckless driving on country roads and city streets. First you choose a car, then you can start competing in the various races and circuits available.

Listen to “Experience the Thrill of Speed and Reckless Driving with Audio Rally Racing for iOS”
Visit the Audio Rally Racing page in the iTunes App Store

A complete list of all podcasts posted to the AppleVis website in the past month can be found at www.applevis.com/podcasts

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