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Posted on Sunday 19 June 2011 by David Goodwin

A new GPS app has just been released in the iTunes App Store that offers some innovative features for blind and low vision users of Apple iDevices.

Ariadne GPS enables you to know your position at any time and to monitor it whilst walking. You can configure the app to update you with information as you are walking, such as telling you street numbers or the current street name.

There is also the option to save specific locations and be alerted when you approach one of them,...

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Posted on Tuesday 19 April 2011 by David Goodwin

Digitalis have just released two games that have been optimised to take advantage of the advanced accessibility features available on Apple's iDevices.

Your Toast is a card game suitable for all ages. You can compete against friends or on your own.

Animal Pack is...

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Posted on Tuesday 5 April 2011 by David Goodwin

The much-anticipated ZoomReader app from Ai Squared is now available from the iTunes App Store.

Priced at $19.99, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converting the image into text using Optical Character Recognition technology. ZoomReader will then read the text back to you.

ZoomReader also...

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Posted on Wednesday 2 March 2011 by David Goodwin

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) has released an iOS app that enables RFB&D members to
explore RFB&D’s extensive library of more than 64,000 downloadable DAISY formatted books.

The main features of the new app are:

  • Seamlessly navigate through audiobooks by using chapters and page numbers as points of reference
  • Adjust reading speed to your tastes by increasing or decreasing the speed of...
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Posted on Wednesday 23 February 2011 by David Goodwin

A new app has recently been released that could make life easier for blind people in the Toronto area.

Next Streetcar provides real-time arrival times for TTC (Toronto Transit) streetcars based on the user’s location. The app will automatically locate the user on launch or allow for manual selection of all routes and stops. Furthermore, you can add stops to your personal favourites for easy access at any time.

Next Streetcar claims to offer enhanced support for VoiceOver users...

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Posted on Tuesday 8 February 2011 by David Goodwin

Rumours about the impending launch of the iPad 2 and the release of iOS 4.3 appear to be converging.

There now appears to be a growing consensus that Apple will launch the iPad 2 on the 13th of February with iOS 4.3 coming one day later.

Macstories quotes a reliable source to support the above statement, adding that iOS 4.3 will be live by 1000 PST. iOS 4.3 will bring improved support for AirPlay, clean up the existing code and introduce iTunes app subscriptions that will...

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Posted on Tuesday 8 February 2011 by David Goodwin

The BBC are reported to be releasing their long-awaited iPlayer app this Thursday, February 10th.

For now there will only be an iPad version, but it is possible that a version for the iPhone might follow. The iPlayer app will also only be available in the United Kingdom for now.

It is reported that an app for BBC America will be released later this year, perhaps as early as July.

We can only hope that this app proves to be more accessible than the BBC's news app.

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Posted on Friday 4 February 2011 by David Goodwin

An updated version of the Chess-wise app has just been released that offers significantly improved accessibility for VoiceOver users.

The developer of this app has worked closely with a number of blind iDevice users, and early reports from the VIPhone mailing list indicate that this new version of the chess game is very accessible.

You can navigate the board using a one-finger swipe, or you can just slide one finger around the board and VoiceOver will announce the coordinates...

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Posted on Wednesday 26 January 2011 by David Goodwin

Bookshare have today posted the following information about their forthcoming iOS app:

"Our members talked, and we listened! Announcing the new Read2Go App, the DAISY reader for Bookshare on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Read2Go is an accessible e-book reader that was developed by Benetech (the parent nonprofit for Bookshare), in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co. Ltd (best known for its PLEXTALK® brand of digital talking book players).

Read2Go is the most full-...

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Posted on Tuesday 25 January 2011 by David Goodwin

Apple and their products feature prominently in the nominations for Blind Bargains' 4th Annual Access Awards..

The iPhone 4 appears in 2 categories; Best New Product Or Innovation and Best Hardware Product. VoiceOver is nominated for the title of Best Screen Access Program.

Apple itself is nominated for the title of Best Company, whilst the iPad goes up against the iPhone 4 for the crown of Best New Product Or Innovation.

You can view the nominations and cast your votes...

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