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Revolutionary New Text Entry App for Blind IOS Users

Normally, Heather Rupert covers the technology beat, but there's a hot new iPhone app that I'm excited to tell you about.

Fleksy is a revolutionary text input application for IOS devices. From the website:

How does a blind person type on an iPhone? Soon, they will be typing as quickly and easily as everyone else. If not faster. Yes, it’s possible.
For the first time ever, blind and visually impaired people can quickly and easily type text on touch screen phones and tablets.

I bought this app yesterday, and after a very short time with it, I was typing around twice as fast as I could using the touch typing method.

Sneak Peak at Jaws 14

As happens each year, Freedom scientific is set to release a new version of Jaws.

In a conference held in July at the NFB Convention in Texas, Product specialist Eric Damery spoke about the new Features of Jaws 13.0 and gave a sneak preview of the soon to be released Jaws 14.0.

Of course, given that Windows 8 will be released soon, Freedom scientific has been very hard at work trying to ensure that the next Operating system from Microsoft is supported.

Windows Phone 8

I was surfing Microsoft's web side a couple of days ago, and came across a new news item about Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8 is suppose to resemble its big brother interface which is set to launch soon.  In case you haven't guessed it, yes, that would be Windows 8.  Apparently the new phone interface is expected to interface with Windows 8, include features such as networking, media browsing, security, and web browsing as well.

Like the news feed states, with this technology in mind developers will be able to create, and develop more applications for the phone.

A Mountain Lion Teaser

in this post, I'd like to take the time to discuss the new and up coming version of Mac OS 10, Mountain Lion.

I've been reading all the scoop on this amazing upgrade set to be released from Apple in July.

Among the many features, Mountain Lion promises to have a  similar look and feel to that of the iPhone, meaning you will be able to perform the same jesters as on the iPhone and/or iPad using your trackpad.

Mountain Lion will allow users to send iMessages to iDevices.

Finally, Mountain Lion promises to be more robust and have better performance stability.

I seriously can't wait to have this new release from Apple.

GarageBand Accessibility On Mac

a couple of months ago I posted a blog with regards to the Garage band App on the iPhone.

This week, I’d like to take the time to talk about the accessibility of Garage band on either a Mac book Pro, or iMac or for that matter any new Mac system one buys on the market.

When you buy a Mac, it comes standard with a music application called Garage Band.

This is a music application which allows the user to record audio, or midi (musical digital data interface.)

GT EFFECTS 100 GUITAR EFFECTS

Hello, it’s the master of music Mike brining you some information on a new guitar effects processor I picked up just recently.

Advocating for the Rights of Consumers

In last week's blog post, I was extremely upset on how a company like Presonus could make a product so inaccessible to the visually impaired, and how this company was not willing to invest the time to make their products accessible. Well, I did two things to make me feel a lot better.

PreSonus Accessibility

Good day readers. If you remember a few posts ago, I was telling you all about my troubles with a PDF document that I came across while downloading the latest drivers for the v-studio 100 audio card from Roland. Well, I'd like to share with you all today that I finally got an answer from the company telling me that they had replaced the non accessible file, and put up an accessible version of the document. However after testing out the card on the Mac platform, I found that there were other issues that made it impossible to work with Protools a music sequencing software package. "Fine, I can live with that," and decided to trade in the card for another model.

A Blind Trek Through Android - Part 1: Unwrapping the Ice cream sandwich (Getting Started)

There are a lot of conflicting opinions about the relative accessibility or inaccessibility to blind consumers of the Android platform from Google. 

I have been involved in the testing, development and evaluation of accessible mobile devices for well over 10 years.  I have used some of the very early proprietary devices, the phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Symbian, the blackberry OS, Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

My Initial Thoughts on the iO Dock from Alesis

On April 7, 2012 I purchased a new product called the iO Doc from Alesis.

The iO Doc is a docking station that allows the iPad to function as an external audio interface that works with music software such as Sonar and Protools. Further, the docking station can function as a standalone audio recorder and surface control console. These apps can be downloaded from the apple app store, and I can tell you that there are hundreds of software applications available that work in conjunction with the docking station and iPad. Since this is a professional docking external interface, the unit has the best in shielding with regards to noise and audio quality.

The docking station is laid out to make it very easy to locate the volume controls and connections.

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