Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC,) has announced that as of December 1st, 2017, all individual and small business wireless consumers will have the right to have their mobile devices unlocked free of charge upon request, while all newly purchased devices must be provided unlocked staring December 1,2017.
This week the Cool Blind Tech team along with a special guest host, discuss the latest happenings in the world of Accessible Technology. Join Joel, Jessica and Darrell Hilliker as they share their opinions on this week’s news and bring to you some very Cool Picks. Make sure to press play or download this week’s special show.
The ability to make and receive voice calls and messages on Alexa devices has been a welcoming feature for many users. However, one important feature that is enjoyed on most if not all messaging services has been missing: the ability to block unwanted contacts. According to The Verge, Amazon has recently released an update to the Alexa app that lets you do just that. You simply find the person in the app, and choose block contact. Be sure to update your Alexa app before using the feature.
App-specific passwords are set to become a mandatory requirement for third-party apps that access iCloud user data, according to Apple Support.
The good old days of Mac users being immune from getting hack are coming to an end. Apple has introduced Two-Factor authentication. When enabled, it will allow you to access your account only on the devices you trust, even if someone has succeeded in stealing your password, they cannot get access to your account.
CBT continues to discover even more accessibility features in iOS 11. As mainstream tech news organizations dig deep into new features found for mainstream readers, we dig deeper to find new accessibility features for accessibility users. Here is a few more improvements you might like with more to come.
Smart Invert is a new setting to be added to the Invert Colors section of Accessibility in iOS 11. Smart Invert inverts only the areas where necessary which is helpful for a low vision user. Images are not affected by this feature.
In this weeks Cool Picks, James Oates, Joel Ramos, Tamas Geczy, and Jessica Rickards get together to share their latest findings in the world of assistive tech.
Being in our connected world, there’s something most look forward to every year in June. That is,
Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference
There were quite a few features summarized in the keynote on June 5th, but this post will focus on a few of my personal favorites that I can’t wait to begin using.
Though information is slim now, it’s still fun to anticipate what’s coming.
Apple users have been asking for customization of the control center found in Android and now they have it in the first release of iOS 11 beta. iOS 11’s new modular design allows selecting widgets and you can literally fill the whole screen with icons in the control center. Also, 3D touch adds even more functionality where you can expand access to any subcategory.