Touchscreens and digital graphics are everywhere, but for people who are visually impaired, they can be a major hurdle to using modern technology. But this is set to change, thanks to tactile technology that automatically converts complex digital graphics into braille and stick-on smartphone buttons that make apps navigable by touch.
If you want to make a call on your iPhone and your phone’s just out of reach, don’t forget that you can get Siri to start a speakerphone call for you, handsfree.
Continuing its partnership with Amazon, Microsoft has rolled out its Skype calling service to Alexa-enabled devices this week. This will not only allow Amazon’s Echo range to make basic Skype calls but will also enable devices like the Echo Show to include video calling support for the Skype service.
Microsoft has released updates for their new Skype v8 app for desktop devices including Windows and Mac systems. The company says it has made the new changes to improve the app’s accessibility features. Here’s the full list:
Google renamed TalkBack to Android Accessibility Suite back in June. It’s a collection of the company’s assistive services for phones and tablets to help with eyes-free usage. Version 7.2 for Android Accessibility Suite is widely rolling out with a number of updates.
Netflix is looking to improve accessibility where its iOS app is concerned and, as such, has shown off a feature called Eye Nav, which will allow users to control it with various facial movements.
Months after announcing its privacy-focused DNS service, Cloudflare is bringing 220.127.116.11 to mobile users for iOS and Android.
Amazon’s Alexa-controlled speakers can now keep up with their favorite musicians, thanks to Amazon Music’s New Release Notifications feature.
25.5 million adults in the United States have reported vision loss, ranging from partial to total blindness. One of those individuals is David Furukawa, who was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease in college and gradually lost his sight. As he felt a loss his independence in tandem with vision loss, Furukawa shared his pain points with friends Tara Williams and Chris Webb.
The Center for Hearing and Communication awarded Apple the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for its efforts toward creating accessible products and technologies for people living with disabilities.