The Onion

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Description of App: 

The Onion is a satirical "news" source presented as entertainment.

As described in the iTunes Store:

This is the official iPhone/iPod Touch application of The Onion, America's Finest News Source. It is the last bastion of unbiased, reliable, and definitive news in a world dominated by superficiality, mediocrity, and non-Onion news outlets.

What's inside:

  • Get the latest from The Onion with nearly all the content you've come to depend on for your survival including news, sports, American Voices, Statshots, Infographics, columns, and more
  • See what's most popular on The Onion's website RIGHT NOW
  • Watch the latest Peabody Award-winning videos from the Onion News Network
  • Listen to award-winning audio reports from the Onion Radio News
  • Search the full web archive
  • Save up to 25 items for permanent, offline access
  • Share your favorites via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail

Version: 

1.0.1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Accessibility Comments: 

The app is partially accessible. The "Back button" is labeled, and the bottom set of buttons, such as Search and Popular, are labeled. Many other buttons are not labeled. The main content is browseable with VoiceOver, however, and you can go through the list of titles and select what to read or listen too. Articles are readable using VoiceOver. Audio can be played as well--flick past the text entry and you will encounter a button labeled "button," flick one more to another unlabeled button and tap to listen. It takes a bit of tinkering but its possible to enjoy The Onion's content.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Few buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

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.

Comments

Selecting categories

Something else to note with this app is the category selection bar. This is displayed at the top of the Home screen. It is a sliding bar, and VoiceOver will only read the categories that are visually displayed. To access more category choices you will need to make sure that VoiceOver focus is on this bar and then do a three-finger swipe to the left or right.

Having trouble with the audio

Hey there. I downloaded the Onion App on my IPhone 4 and I was able to scroll through the titles and click on one and read the text. However, When I scroll to the button to play the audio and click on it, it tells me something about this has been saved and I have 24 slots left. I can't seem to play the audio. Has anyone else ran in to this problem? Thank you. John