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New version of Apple iBooks includes read-aloud feature

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The latest version of the Apple iBooks app includes a new read-aloud feature, allowing publishers to include human-voice narration in their books.

The feature, included in select children’s books purchased through the iBookstore, uses a real narrator to read out the book to you. In some books, the words are highlighted as they are read aloud so children can follow along.

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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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VizWiz now available in iTunes store

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VizWiz, a new iPhone app which enables people who are blind or vision impaired to recruit sighted users to answer questions about an item they have taken a photo of, is now available in the iTunes store.

The app allows iPhone users to take a photo of an item they have a query about, record their question and send the photo and question to a team of real-life people to answer. These people record the answer, which is then sent back to the user.

You can now download VizWiz from the iTunes store free of cost.

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iPhone app uses real-life people to answer questions for blind and vision impaired

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A new iPhone app enables people who are blind or vision impaired to recruit sighted users to answer questions about an item they have taken a photo of.

The VizWiz app, being developed by Rochester Human Computer Interaction, allows iPhone users to take a photo of an item they have a query about, record their question and send the photo and question to a team of real-life people to answer. These people record the answer, which is then sent back to the user.

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