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Google TalkBack 5.2 Adds New Spoken Feedback Settings & More
The latest update for the Google TalkBack accessibility app for people with visual impairment has been released on the Google Play Store. It has a number of new features and improvements meant to ennoble the overall user experience of Google’s service. The latest software update for the Google TalkBack service also ships with a completely new accessibility service called Select to Speak. Other notable features of the latest Google TalkBack build include new earcons and spoken character counts for password fields in Chrome.
From Android Headlines, April 27, 2017

Emerging Technologies Have the Ability to Harness the Talents of Persons with Disabilities
With advances in technology such as machine vision, gesture control devices, and emotion recognition succeeding in major advances, people who have been traditionally excluded from the workforce – such as those with disabilities – are becoming more competitive in the workforce.
From Diplomatic Courier, April 26, 2017

Products and Services to be Made More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities in the EU
Key products and services, like phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities, under the proposed European Accessibility Act . The Internal Market Committee amended and approved the rules, which would apply only to products and services placed on the EU market after the directive takes effect.
From European Parliament News, April 25, 2017

Google Play Awards Announce Apps Selected for the Best Accessibility Experience
The Google Play awards are back again at this year’s Google I/O, and a number of apps have been selected for the Best Accessibility Experience. Google Play Awards recognizes the best Android apps across multiple categories. This year Google has added four new categories, taking the total up to 12.
From Coolblindtech.com, April 25, 2017

Assistive Technology: Changing Perceptions of Disabilities
Assistive technology is becoming increasingly more advanced in the modern day world. This umbrella term is one that is constantly evolving over time to incorporate more technological devices designed to aid those living with a disability. Life expectancy has also risen, meaning there are now more people than ever living with a disability.
From Disabledgo.com, April 24, 2017

Tecla Expands its Accessibility Features for Users with Limited Mobility to IOT Devices
Tecla, a device that allows users with limited mobility to control electronic devices is going to get an upgrade. It will integrate controls for connected home devices and expanding the number of devices that can be controlled through the Tecla unit at one time.
From techcrunch.com,, April 24, 2017

eSight Smart Glasses Help Legally Blind
Since its commercial launch in 2013, eSight has been disrupting the assistive technology space through its smart glasses. In February, the company revealed its latest glasses, eSight 3, to help the legally blind or those living with low vision to see with 20/20 vision. eSight said the device’s autofocus capabilities enable users to shift between near, mid, and long-range vision, and its Wifi and HDMI capabilities allow them to stream content and send pictures and videos.
From Betakit.com, April 22, 2017

Why Accessibility Matters to your Startup?
The idea of implementing ‘accessibility’ into the design of a product or website is often seen as the last thing on a list of “nice to have” features. However this doesn’t have to be the case. Building your product to be accessible increases the number of potential users you can target, and can consequently convert into paying customers. It makes the most business sense.
From The Path Forward, April 21, 2017

Why Hawaii Media Need To Better Serve People with Visual Impairment
People with disabilities often feel left out of important public discourse because they simply cannot access the same media materials as everyone else. The technology exists to make our coverage more accessible to all. This isn’t about special treatment, it’s about equality.
From Honolulu Civil Beat, April 20, 2017

Assistive Tech Helping People with Disabilities Gain Independence
With the help of technology, persons with disabilities can now message loved ones, use a smartphone app to pinpoint when the next bus is coming, and access emails or surf the Web via a screen-reader software — restoring a sense of independence.
From Today Online, April 19, 2017

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