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iOS 7.1 Brings New Voices, Visual Tweaks for Low-vision, More
Posted Monday, 10-Mar-2014 12:20 PM ET
iOS 7.1 has been released, providing several tweaks and bug fixes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Among the list of improvements are new voices for several countries including British and Australian English. Users can now subscribe to iTunes Match directly from the device; formerly you needed to do this from a computer. This enables you to listen to iTunes Radio without ads. If dictating long messages with Siri, keep your finger on the home button until you are done speaking with a new tweak. Visually speaking, the new bold font now has been expanded to more areas including the keyboard and calculator. More of the visual flare can also now be turned off, If you're still using an old iPhone 4, some optomizations have been made for your device to run faster, though we'll see how this is in practice. IN addition, the new fingerprint censor is now a bit more forgiving and should recognize you more easily. Also, random phone resets which have been reported by some users have been fixed in this update. This post from AppleVis
outlines some more VoiceOver bugs that were fixed in this release as well as issues that are still outstanding.
Refurbished No-Contract Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Smartphone for AT&T for $499.99 [Shipped]
QualityCellz via eBay offers the refurbished No-Contract Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Smartphone for AT&T in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold for $499.99 with free shipping. That's $149 under the lowest total price we could find for a new prepaid iPhone 5s with almost any carrier. It sports an Apple A7 processor, 4 inch 1136x640 Retina display, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 5-element lens with f/2.2 aperture, True Tone flash, and 1080p video capture with 30 fps video shooting (120 fps shooting at 720p slow motion playback), 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID fingerprint reader built into the home button, M7 motion coprocessor, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual microphones.
Posted Tuesday, 28-Jan-2014 11:46 AM ET
Samsung is Adding to Their Galaxy Line With The Blind In Mind
Since being visually impaired means something different for each person, it's great that there are multiple smart phone options for the blind community. In particular, one option that Android users have that iOS users don't, is multiple handset options. For instance, Android users can still get phones that have tactile buttons. This particular option will soon be available on a new addition to the Galaxy line from Samsung. The new Galaxy Core Advanced has built in options that are designed to appeal to the visually impaired. The phone comes with Android 4.2, a 5 megapixel camera, and apps that will assist the visually impaired user. The apps include: optical scan for text recognition, a light sensor app to detect light direction and brightness, and technology built into the camera app that will announce number of faces and their location. This new phone is expected to come out early next year. Pricing has not been announced.
Posted Thursday, 19-Dec-2013 3:57 PM ET
The Fleksy Keyboard May Be Coming to An App Near You
Many Fleksy users were hoping that third party keyboards would be integrated into iOS 7. Sadly this didn't happen, but Fleksy has found a way to bring their keyboard to apps anyway. They have just opened their Software Development Kit (SDK) to app developers, and with their permission, the keyboard can be included in their apps. There are already four apps that have decided to integrate Fleksy. These include: BlindSquare, a very poplar GPS app for the blind, WordBox, a text editor, GV Connect, an app for using Google Voice, and Launch Center Pro, an app that let's you create a speed dial for doing different tasks on your device.
Posted Thursday, 19-Dec-2013 3:53 PM ET