iPod touch

Apple announces iOS 5 with accessibility improvements

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The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, has been announced with new and improved accessibility features for people with disabilities.

New accessibility features in iOS 5 include:

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Netflix adds captions to iOS app

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A new update to the Netflix app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now allows you to watch movies and TV episodes with captions.

Netflix began releasing titles with closed captions in April last year, but until the recent update to its iOS app, users could not turn on captions when using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Captions are particularly useful for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, as well as those who are viewing content in a noisy environment, teaching or training, or learning English.

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Latest Skype app supports video calls on WiFi and 3G

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People who are Deaf or hearing impaired can now use the latest version of Skype for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to communicate using sign language via Skype-to-Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G.

Skype for iPhone 3.0 works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (fourth generation) running the operating system iOS 4 or above. Owners of the iPod touch (third generation) or iPad can still receive video calls but cannot make video calls as there is no inbuilt camera. Making video calls from the iPhone 3GS can also be cumbersome without a forward facing camera.

The update opens up more options for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, providing an alternative to FaceTime. FaceTime provides video chat only to iPhone 4 owners, and only when connected to WiFi.

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