A big hi to the AppleVis community,
My name is Alex and I am the developer for NewsPlaya (pronounced: News-player) - a talking RSS and Twitter app. I developed the app because I wanted to consume news articles and tweets hands-free, for example whilst I am at the gym and commuting. I am not visually impaired.
The first version was released a month ago and the latest version adds support for VoiceOver. Kudos to the Apple Team for making VoiceOver-integration simple for App developers! My first pass was to add accessibility hints and appropriate labels, however I thought the interface at that point was limited - so I introduced a separate view that kicks in if NewsPlaya detects VoiceOver is enabled. The separate view here feels like the right approach, but I am open to guidance from the community.
Whereas the interactive elements deliver speech using VoiceOver, the actual reading of articles is delegated to a familiar Siri-like speech engine. This allows me to rotate the voices, to avoid sounding overly monotonous. In addition to Talking, the app allows you to search through all your feeds and enable notifications on certain keywords, as and when new articles come in. Finally, in an effort to provide more context around news articles - NewsPlaya will extract keywords and link to Wikipedia for a fuller definition.
NewsPlaya also supports Apple Watch and airplay to Apple TV.
If it sounds like something you might be interested in, please do take the time to try it out. I am very open to and appreciative of feedback and want to drive the app in the best possible 'accessible' direction.
The app store link is:
As a developer, I would also be keen to gather people's thoughts on whether my app fulfils a real need 'better' than some of the mainstream apps which support VoiceOver. For example I guess the go-to apps for RSS would be flipboard, feedly etc. Along with Tweetbot and the Official Twitter app.
Thanks for your time and looking forward to getting to know AppleVis member of the next few months.