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January 2015
Date Published News headline and description
28 January 2015 Call for participants in new Twitter and communication disabilities study
A new Australian study into the ways in which people with communication disabilities use the social media platform Twitter for information exchange...
28 January 2015 Virtual reality (VR): Accessing its potential
Virtual reality (VR) is coming closer to realisation and mainstream adoption, opening up both potential and pitfalls for people with disabilities.
27 January 2015 Accessible documents and automated tools
Media Access Australia spoke to Dr Jason Guo, Systems Architect and Web Developer at XiNG Digital, ahead of his presentation on using an automated...
22 January 2015 Red Bee Media asks for feedback from caption users
The major captioning provider Red Bee Media Australia is seeking feedback about the positioning of captions on the popular Seven Network program My...
22 January 2015 ACMA posts preliminary caption exemptions
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has commenced posting this year’s round of draft exemption and target reduction orders,...
20 January 2015 Mobile device usage surges in Australia
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released new research showing the growing use of tablet computers which, in turn,...
08 January 2015 Intel offers glimpse of emerging accessible technologies
Computer chip manufacturer Intel has revealed new technologies it is working on which will make devices such as smart phones, tablets and PCs more...
07 January 2015 AbleGamers select most accessible games of 2014
AbleGamers, the organisation working to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games, has named...
05 January 2015 Android 5.0 Lollipop accessibility features – hands-on initial impressions and tips
Dr Scott Hollier provides some useful tips and initial hands-on impressions of the accessibility features available in the latest version of Google's...
December 2014
Date Published News headline and description
23 December 2014 Noteworthy accessible game releases in 2014
Just in time to help you relax over the holidays, we've enlisted the help of UX designer, accessibility specialist and co-author of the Game...
23 December 2014 Get in on the act of describing art for everyone
Museum Victoria is seeking public contributions to help add value to its online collection of artifacts. In adding alternative texts to over 45,000...
19 December 2014 Accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014
Looking for that special something for that special someone—a Christmas present that is both accessible and awesome? Look no further than Media...
19 December 2014 Education highlights of 2014
This year we have further explored accessible media and resources available to support students with diverse learning needs.
18 December 2014 TV & Video highlights of 2014: Captions on Plus7
In April, the Seven Network’s Plus7 became the first commercial TV catch-up service in Australia to provide closed captions on its major programs.
18 December 2014 AMI launches audio described French-language channel
The Canadian accessibility company Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has launched AMI-télé, the world's first French-language channel to present its entire...
17 December 2014 Digital technology highlights of 2014
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect back on the significant accessibility improvements that we’ve seen in digital technology...
17 December 2014 UK regulator issues latest video on demand accessibility report
The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) has released its 2014 report on the provision of access on video on demand (VOD) services in the UK....
16 December 2014 Senate caption inquiry posts submissions
Submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations have now...
16 December 2014 Skype Translator moves closer to general availability
Microsoft has announced that its Skype Translator tool—which provides real time translations of different spoken languages to text captions—has moved...
15 December 2014 Cinema and the arts highlights of 2014
2014 had a number of highlights in the areas of cinema and the arts. Where cinema developments over the last few years could be considered full steam...

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