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Vodafone Foundation Accessibility Awards promote apps for disabled and elderly

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Vodafone Foundation has launched a competition to promote the development of software applications that improve the lives of people with disabilities, and older people.

The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards, supported and co-organised by AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum, will award the best Android 2.2+ application based on four criteria: social participation, independent living, mobility and wellbeing.

Each entry will be assessed on effectiveness, availability and affordability, user friendliness, usability and accessibility, and universal design.


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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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ACCAN Standing Advisory Committee members appointed

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Media Access Australia Project Manager Dr Scott Hollier and board member Victoria Rubensohn have been appointed to the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) Standing Advisory Committees for 2011-2013.

ACCAN is the peak body that represents Australian consumers on communications issues, working towards the availability, accessibility and affordability of communications.

Dr Hollier has been reappointed to its Standing Advisory Committee for Disability Issues (SACDI), which assists ACCAN in identifying communications issues faced by people with disabilities and planning strategies to address them.


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