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Posted on Friday 18 November 2011 by David Goodwin

Most of you will probably have noticed that a few stray podcasts have appeared on this site over the past week.

This is something new that we've been testing, and as it appears to be working, I guess it's about time that I actually mention it!

So yes, we now have an AppleVis Podcast. You can even find us in iTunes.

"Hurrah", I hear you all say.

We all know that podcasts can be a great way of demonstrating apps and iOS features, perhaps even more so for VoiceOver...

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Posted on Thursday 17 November 2011 by David Goodwin

If you are a Navigon user, I would encourage you not to update to version 2.0 just yet.

I've updated to this new version and am experiencing major problems.

The update installed fine. I was then required to select which map areas I wanted to download. The download took quite some time, and at various stages VoiceOver became unresponsive.

However, it did eventually complete, and I was presented with a button to start the app. On doing so, things immediately went from bad...

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Posted on Thursday 10 November 2011 by David Goodwin

Earlier this year Kwasi Mensah, creator of Stem Stumper, spoke on iOS game design and accessibility at a conference. His talk inspired at least one developer to make their own game accessible, and the result is now in the App Store.

Meanwhile for iOS is an interactive comic, where the choices you make will determine how the story unfolds.

The plot centers around Little Jimmy,...

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Posted on Wednesday 9 November 2011 by David Goodwin

Just a quick heads-up to let all our U.S. readers know that AT&T has launched its own "Voice over IP" app.

The AT&T Call International App will let you use your existing wireless service to make cheap international long distance calls with your iPhone. There’s no monthly recurring charge, prepaid balance or commitment term required.

Not being in the U.S. myself, I cannot access the app, so do not know how accessible it is.

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Posted on Saturday 5 November 2011 by David Goodwin

I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new feature on the AppleVis site, our Campaign of the Month.

Each month we will select an app that currently has accessibility issues, and ask you all to contact its developers and encourage them to improve VoiceOver support.

To make this easy, we've created a handy little form that will do most of the work for you. The form even includes a draft message that you can either use as it is, or edit to your own liking.

The app we have...

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Posted on Thursday 3 November 2011 by David Goodwin

Apple has officially confirmed that several bugs in iOS 5 are negatively affecting battery life.

In their statement they acknowledge the problem and said that they will "release a software update to address those [bugs] in a few weeks." Apple haven't provided any information on the specifics of the bugs, nor have they offered any temporary work arounds or advice for those experiencing poor battery life.

Shortly after their statement, Apple released a beta build of iOS 5.0.1 to...

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Posted on Wednesday 2 November 2011 by David Goodwin

Google is reportedly on the verge of launching a native Gmail app for iOS. According to these reports, the app has already been submitted to Apple and is awaiting approval.

If these reports are true, the app might give users far greater control over their Gmail than is possible through the iOS mail app. This could include push notifications and better threading of messages.

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Posted on Wednesday 2 November 2011 by Michael Feir

Game available from the iTunes App Store for $9.95 regular price

Produced by A-Sharp Software: www.a-sharp.com/kodp

Fully playable without sighted assistance.

Reviewed by Michael Feir

Rating: 9/10

Introduction:

The Apple iPhone has certainly...

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Posted on Saturday 29 October 2011 by David Goodwin

I just stumbled upon a CNET news article about researchers working on an app that could potentially remove the need for a wireless Braille display.

The app would allow people to use Braille directly on a tablet's touch-screen.

According to the article, the app would have eight keys (similar to a standard Braille keyboard) which would not have a predefined position, but rather work with the location of the fingers. A user simply presses eight fingers anywhere on the screen, and...

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Posted on Wednesday 26 October 2011 by David Goodwin

Just a quick note to warn you all that when browsing the App Store on your iDevice, VoiceOver might not be telling you which apps have in-app purchases.

I just went to check out swackett after allseed's recommendation, and noticed that there was an element at the top of the description which VoiceOver was recognizing but not announcing. After checking, it turned out that this was the text that reads "...

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