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iPhone app ZoomReader provides cost effective alternative to more expensive devices

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The new iPhone app ZoomReader enables people who are blind or vision impaired to use their iPhone to convert images taken with their iPhone into text, and at a much more affordable cost than specialised devices with similar kinds of features.

Ai Squared, creators of screen magnification software for people who are vision impaired, including the highly popular screen reader and magnifier software ZoomText, developed ZoomReader after iPhone became the smartphone of choice for the blind and vision impaired community.

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Apple picks up three awards at the 2010 Blind Bargain Access Awards

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Apple has received three awards from the fourth Annual Blind Bargains Access Awards, where both organisations and individuals have been recognised for their contribution towards access for the blind and vision impaired.

The Blind Bargains Access Awards recognizes the best products, websites, stores, and people in the blind community. According to Blind Bargains media release, nearly 500 people participated in the nomination and voting rounds this year.


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Latest Google Chrome (Beta) has voice-to-text capabilities

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Google has announced that the latest version of Google Chrome (Beta) now has voice-to-text capabilities, a feature that will ultimately enable users to input text by speaking into the computer’s microphone rather than use a keyboard.

The newly included HTML speech input API gives developers the ability to include voice-to-text in any webpage (or web app) they are developing. When a user accesses a webpage that uses this feature, you can click on an icon to enable it. You can then speak into your computer’s microphone and the audio (your voice) will be transcribed into text.

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W3C talks accessibility in report on web and television convergence

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) held its Second Web and TV Workshop in February, where key priorities about web and TV convergence were discussed.

The workshop, held in February this year, resulted in the publication of a report by the W3C including but not limited to the following:

  • Home networking and second-screen scenarios
  • The role of metadata and relation to Semantic Web technology
  • Ensuring that convergent solutions are accessible
  • Possible extensions to HTML5 for television

The release of this report is designed to create some consistency in how televisions are incorporating online content. 


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