Satya Nadella unveiled Microsoft Teams today, just one week after Microsoft announced a new lineup of Surface devices and the new Creators Update version of Windows which will arrive next Spring. Microsoft Teams works on PC’s, Mac OS, Android, and iOS. It creates a team workspace where all your conversations, content tools, and contacts are available in one place. Microsoft Teams provides built in access to SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Skype for business. Microsoft assures us that Teams is secure and accessible. To find out more, visit Microsoft’s product page for Microsoft Teams.
Under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, blind and visually impaired people have the right to vote independently. The National Federation of the Blind has put together a comprehensive guide to help you know your rights. You can access it here.
The NFB has also set up a hotline for anyone who encounters problems voting. The number is: 877-632-1940.
Apple now has a website for anyone who wants to know about accessibility features on any Apple device. Do you need to know more about Switch Control, Live Listen, Speak Screen, VoiceOver, audio description, or display settings? No matter which Apple device you are using, this is the one stop place for all your accessibility inquiries. Click here to visit Apple’s new accessibility webpage.
Tune in Nov. 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. ET to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Office CVP Kirk Koenigsbauer and special guests to learn more.
Join Jessica with Tamas, Leo and Joel for another exciting VIP! This week, Google held their Google Event on October 4th, where they announced several new products. You won’t want to miss this exciting update as our team brings you the latest news and insights about these exciting new products, including the new Pixel phones, the all new Google Assistant, the Chromecast and the all new Google Home and Google Router. Google has stepped up their game in the world of virtual reality with their new Google Daydream VR Headset (Pictures) Daydream Product Info
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For years, blind and visually impaired people who wanted to use a Kindle were left with a lot of frustration and even hassle. Amazon released their Kindle readers with only the barest of text to speech. Amazon did make their apps on iOS and Android accessible but only after significant push back from the visually impaired community. That, however, looks like it’s going to change. Recently, Amazon has announced, publically, that they are bringing VoiceView to their Kindle e-readers, starting with Kindle Paperwhite, so that visually impaired customers can enjoy reading on Kindle devices.
Across the internet, many people and various tech sites were disappointed by the developer-focused conference Google holds every year, known as IO. Much of the major news out of IO was revealed on the first keynote two weeks ago, but we wanted the hubbub to die down first, so that our analysis and idea of what has changed is more clear. It’s easy to dismiss an event when we first hear or read about it. It is far more difficult, then, to still keep an objective viewpoint and understand what we’re shown. Nevertheless, our aim is to provide you this non-bias, no-nonsense perspective.
When iOS 8 launched last year, it was definitely not a smooth start to the life of a new operating system. It was the first year during which you could install iOS as a public beta; This opened up an entirely new avenue of people who would now be streaming their feedback to Cupertino. The release was no slouch, either. Building upon the momentum of iOS 7, 8 included such niceties as a redesigned notification center, health kit and a health app, Continuity features, spotlight redesign, and a new multitasking switcher. A month after release, we had 8.0.1, which completely broke the radio of the new iPhone 6, and apps crashed more frequently. VoiceOver was riddled with a far greater number of bugs, including the famous “app store clearing search” issue.
“While there are other apps that provide text-to-speech features, users of Voice Dream who have tried many other tools are aware of the uniquely fluid user experience.” – Quartz