It was only seven years ago that Apple rolled out its first iPhone to the general public, introducing the world to the iOS operating system. In 2008, the HTC Dream was the first commercially available smartphone to run the Android operating system from Google. How times have changed! iOS and Android have quickly become the most ubiquitous mobile operating systems on the planet. Apple and Google remain in fierce competition over market share in the mobile OS space. So what does this mean for consumers who are blind and visually impaired? This level of competition, along with a concerted effort by smartphone manufacturers to offer a higher level of built-in accessibility, has resulted in a continual increase in options for consumers with visual impairments.
Have you ever purchased an e-book, but could only use it on a single device or app? That’s because digital rights management (DRM) is preventing you from moving it to other devices. By definition, DRM is any technology that sellers build into an electronic product or service to limit the range of the file’s uses after purchase. DRM is designed to prevent customers from using digital technology beyond what a bookseller or mobile device manufacturer intended.
Why is DRM used? Considering the amount of time and money authors and publishers invest in a new book, it’s no surprise that they would want to protect their work from piracy. DRM systems can place a wide range of restrictions on content purchased legally, such as blocking the conversion of e-books into different formats and imposing limitations on e-book sharing with multiple users and different devices.
Though the language used in its commercial smacks of “so simple, even a woman can understand it,” I must admit that the Cuff is a pretty cool invention. It’s a little chip (or “tiny device with technology inside,” as the commercial puts it) worn in a piece of jew
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In this podcast, David Woodbridge briefly discusses the bug introduced in iOS 7.1 which causes problems for VoiceOver users when trying to use a Bluetooth keyboard. He then describes a temporary workaround which should improve things somewhat until Apple fixes the bug.
Technology has changed a lot since 2000, when the U.S. Access Board issued its first accessiblity guidelines for federal IT.
On Wednesday, the Access Board released its long-awaited proposed rule to update accessibility guidelines for federal information and communication technology (ICT) subject to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. It also provides similar updates for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act.
"The Board's proposal is responsive to widespread changes and innovations in the IT and communication industries," said Sachin Dev Pavithran, vice chairman of the Access Board, in a release. "It is important that the 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines stay abreast of the ever-evolving technologies they cover so that accessibility for people with disabilities is properly addressed."
The proposed rule incorporates the latest version of the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.
Today we are proud to give you the most comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.
"New iOS users may not realize that both the iPad and iPhone feature "undo" and "redo" text options. The undo and redo buttons on the iPad are quite easy to access, while the process of undoing and redoing text on the iPhone is kind of silly."
America’s seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to newly released data from the Pew Research Center. In this report, we take advantage of a particularly large survey to conduct a unique exploration not only of technology use between Americans ages 65 or older and the rest of the population, but within the senior population as well.
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