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Posted on Thursday 1 March 2012 by AppleVis

We are pleased to announce the two apps chosen this month by users of the AppleVis website for induction into our iOS App Hall of Fame.

Our goal for the Hall of Fame is to showcase the passion and hard work that developers put into creating great apps that are fully accessible to VoiceOver users, and we think both of your choices are worthy inductees.

The first inductee is Dropbox, an...

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Posted on Tuesday 28 February 2012 by David Goodwin

A quick word of caution about an app that's just been released called VisionAssist.

The app has been developed specifically for those with low-vision, and claims to offer the same functionality and  performance that you would expect from a handheld electronic magnifier, but with a few extra features and the advantages of being on your phone.

I had high hopes for...

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Posted on Saturday 25 February 2012 by David Goodwin

LookTel have just released a new app that promises fast and accurate recognition of everyday items, such as cans, packages, ID or credit cards and DVDs.

LookTel Recognizer enables you to store images of objects in a library or database. You then simply point your iPhone's camera at an object and the phone will instantly recognize and describe the item. A barcode scanner...

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Posted on Thursday 23 February 2012 by David Goodwin

It's been reported that Sendero is in the early stages of developing a full-featured GPS application for the iPhone.

Most of you are probably aware of the Sendero Group, and many of you will have used their location-based information and navigation systems for the blind. Considering how highly-regarded these GPS systems are, and the company's near 20 years of experience, it is easy to be excited by news of an iOS...

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Posted on Friday 17 February 2012 by AppleVis

This month we are encouraging you all to contact Starbucks and ask that they make their iOS app accessible to their many blind and low-vision customers.

Earlier versions of their app were usable with VoiceOver, but this all changed when new features were added that enabled customers to use the app to pay for purchases and to manage their Starbucks Cards. The app is now totally inaccessible with VoiceOver. Considering Starbucks' commitment elsewhere to equality of access, including...

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Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2012 by David Goodwin

The number of people visiting the AppleVis website continues to grow each month. Naturally we are thrilled by this, but when combined with the additional features and resources that we've added over the past few months, it has placed an increasing strain on our current web hosting.

We have decided, therefore, to move the AppleVis website to a new server. This will remove some of the problems that we currently experience, and also allow us to ensure the future stability and...

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Posted on Thursday 2 February 2012 by Scott Davert

One of the many things that one can do with a mobile phone is keep up with current news events. For users of iPhones who are blind and deaf-blind, this is no different. But are the most popular apps accessible? Below, the three most popular free news apps for the iOS platform are reviewed for their usability with VoiceOver and Braille displays.

The three apps evaluated are: NYTIMES (the New York Times Company), CNN (CNN Interactive Group Inc.), and Fox News (Fox News Digital). These...

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Posted on Wednesday 1 February 2012 by AppleVis

We are pleased to announce the two apps chosen this month by the users of this site for induction into our iOS App Hall of Fame.

Our goal for the Hall of Fame is to showcase the passion and hard work that developers put into creating great apps that are fully accessible to VoiceOver users, and we think the apps that you have chosen are great examples of this.

The first inductee is Downcast, a...

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Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2012 by AppleVis

For the second year running, AppleVis has been nominated in the category for the "Best Blindness-related Website or blog" in the Blind Bargains Annual Access Awards.

We are very flattered by this, and would like to thank all of you who nominated us.

This will be the 5th time that Blind Bargains have invited the blindness community to vote for the best products, innovations and technologies, and as always there are some difficult choices to make.

In total there are 12...

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Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2012 by David Goodwin

Scott, one of our Editorial Team, talks about the AppleVis web site on the latest podcast from Accessible Devices.

This podcast is always entertaining listening, and Scott does an excellent job of adding to the usual mood of irreverence, whilst still managing to talk about some of the things that we are trying to do with this site.

You can subscribe to the podcast here or...

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