Category: accessibility

Announcing the Accessible Phones for the Blind email group

Back in the days of Symbian and Windows mobile, Talks and MobileSpeak, I operated a popular email group called BlindPhones. We actively encouraged product comparisons on the list, so not only could you compare the different platforms and discuss how accessible they were, you could compare screen readers for those platforms. It was a handy …

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We’re unboxing Apple things later today on our podcast

I hope you’re enjoying the many benefits of iOS 11, and managing to cope with its few, (hopefully very short-lived), serious bugs. Thanks to the magic of time zones, it’s already 22 September in New Zealand. This means that New Zealanders will very shortly be getting their hands on new Apple hardware. Still on the …

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Face ID Accessibility. Apple offers some answers

As discussed in The Blind Side Podcast episode 53, Apple today made a series of hardware announcements. Understandably, the announcement that has caused the most social media chatter in the blind community relates to the iPhone X, and it’s new Face ID feature. Apple has earned our trust over the years by ensuring that its …

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“iOS 11 Without the Eye” is coming, here’s how to get it

The “iOS Without the Eye” series is our most popular tutorial. We’re thrilled that so many VoiceOver users find it an indispensable tool for getting to grips with all the changes in the software powering their iDevice. Thanks so much to everyone who purchases these books and recommends them to their friends. You rock. You …

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Make accessibility discussion more accessible, don’t use the #a11y hashtag

18 May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This is an excellent initiative which seeks to put accessibility on the radars of those who may not think about it very often. Many web and app developers either don’t know that assistive technology exists, or due to their limited exposure to assistive technology users, think that no …

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Synology DiskStation Manager, now significantly more accessible

It’s said that good things come to those who wait. Those of us who’ve had Synology network attached storage devices for sometime have been concerned by the lack of accessibility in the user interface for the operating system powering these devices, DiskStation Manager, affectionately known as DSM for short. In May 2014, I purchased a …

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Weight! Weight! Do tell me! My search for a reliable, accessible smart scale

Background I’ve not become one of those people who uses their Apple Watch for tasks I previously did with my phone. For the most part, I still text, email, tweet, and talk to Siri on my iPhone. But my Apple Watch has become an essential fitness companion. I’m moving, exercising, and standing more than I …

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Apple, don’t take my headphone jack away

I like thin, lightweight technology, but it isn’t the only criterion that determines what I use. If thin and light doesn’t give me the performance I need, I’m happy to choose something heavier or bigger. When the iPhone 6 Plus came out, I bought one. Initially, it seemed absolutely enormous, and I thought I’d never …

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The Bradley Time Piece – Functional, Fashionable and Fun

Introduction – it has ceased to be Another Braille watch died on me recently. Based on the responses to my revealing of this fact on Twitter, there seems widespread dissatisfaction with the build quality and appearance of many of today’s Braille watch options. Some distributors of Braille watches now refer to them as tactile watches. …

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