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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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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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Apple iPad 2 launches in Australia today

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The Apple iPad 2 will be launched in Australia at 5pm AEDT this afternoon.

The reduced weight of the new model and the $50 price cut makes the new iPad 2 an attractive, accessible device for people with disabilities.

The accessibility features of the new iPad are similar to those in the current version with many options to support the needs of people with disabilities including:

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