Articles for 2012

Join one or many and Popular Accessibility-Related Linkedin Groups Today!

We cordially invite you to join one or many and Popular Accessibility-Related Linkedin Groups Today! Why wait! It’s free to join… and very beneficial professionally. We have over 13,000 members from all corners of the world interested in networking on a wide range of accessibility-related technology, rehabilitation, speech, language, hearing, vision, STEM content, legislation and [...]

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Apps4Android Applications are being Used by Subscribers of 70 Wireless Service Providers

Listing of Apps4Android’s 700,000 installations by Wireless Services Provider. Listing of Wireless Services Providers Supported: Boost Mobile® KT® Movistar® Orange® Singtel® AT&T® Atento® au by KDDI® Bell® Ben® Boost® Bouygues Telecom® B-You® C Spire Wireless® China Mobile® Claro® Cleartalk® Crazy John’s® Cricket® Disney Mobile® Docomo® E-Plus® Era® Hi® Iusacell® KPN® LG U+® lusacell® M1® MetroPCS® [...]

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Relative Percentage of Active Android Devices Running Different Versions of the Android Platform

The following chart provides the relative percentage of active Android devices running different versions of the Android platform. The following table is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending on December 3, 2012. Version Codename API Distribution 1.5 Cupcake 3 0.10% 1.6 Donut 4 0.30% [...]

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Inaccessible eBook Readers: A Sampling of Articles Highlighting the Issues

Amazon’s Pushing to Put inaccessible Kindle E-books in Schools: IDEAL Group / Apps4Android’s Response DOJ Targeted Public Library for Lending E-Books ‘Inaccessible’ to the Blind Make Kindle E-books Accessible Justice Department Settles with Sacramento, Calif., Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible “E-Reader” Devices National Federation of the Blind to Protest Outside Amazon Headquarters Over Push to [...]

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Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards 2012 Finalists Announced

IDEAL Group Reader Selected as a Finalist FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Apps4Android, Inc. Media Relations media-relations@apps4android.org Hilliard, OH (BUSINESS WIRE) – December 10, 2012 – Steve Jacobs, President, IDEAL Group and CEO Apps4Android today announced that IDEAL Group Reader was selected as a finalist in Vodafone’s Smart Accessibility Awards 2012 competition. IDEAL Group Reader is [...]

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National Federation of the Blind Condemns Amazon’s Push to Put Kindle E-books in Schools

Amazon recently launched an aggressive initiative to get inaccessible Kindle e-books into K-12 classrooms across the country.  Given that the Kindle is not accessible to students with disabilities… they are going to be disenfranchised. Amazon recently launched an aggressive initiative to get inaccessible Kindle e-books into K-12 classrooms across the country.  Given that the Kindle [...]

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Sampling of Federal Grants

Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) Dates: 10/01/00 – 9/30/06 Grant Number: H133A000405 U.S. Department of Education, NIDRR Funding Objective: Promote the creation, use and dissemination of accessible telecommunications and information technology (IT) by providing technical assistance, training and information. http://www.ittatc.org/ Enhanced Academic Achievement and Transition Outcomes Through Technology—Phase II Dates: 10/01/2005 – [...]

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Sampling of City, State and Other Grants

Initiative on the New Economy (INE) Program Dates: 6/01/03 – 06/01/07 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Funded Objective: studied how computers, the Internet, and other information technologies (IT) can increase the quality of life and employment of Canadians with disabilities in the knowledge-driven new economy. Topics of focus included; Passages to [...]

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STEM Education Success Powered by IDEAL Group Reader

Thirty seven years ago, when I began my high-tech career, I never gave a second thought to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). My college education was saturated with STEM courses… and STEM concepts were woven into the fabric of my being. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables [...]

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Distribution of Android Firmware

The following pie chart and table is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending on the data collection date noted below. Version Codename API Distribution 1.5 Cupcake 3 0.1% 1.6 Donut 4 0.3% 2.1 Eclair 7 3.1% 2.2 Froyo 8 12% 2.3 – 2.3.2 Gingerbread [...]

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Welcome to Android 4.2, the latest version of Jelly Bean!

Android 4.2 has performance optimizations, a refreshed system UI, and great new features for users and developers. This document provides a glimpse of what’s new for developers. See the Android 4.2 APIs document for a detailed look at the new developer APIs. Find out more about the new Jelly Bean features for users at www.android.com. [...]

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Android Device Screen Sizes and Densities

This article provides data about the relative number of active devices that have a particular screen configuration, defined by a combination of screen size and density. To simplify the way that you design your user interfaces for different screen configurations, Android divides the range of actual screen sizes and densities into: A set of four [...]

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Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Newsletter for November, 2012… now Available!

Funded since 2001, the Wireless RERC is a recognized leader on issues and solutions related to the accessibility and usability of mobile wireless products and services by people with disabilities. Here are a few highlights of what is presented in this month’s “Re:Wireless” Newsletter: Third update to the Survey of User Needs (SUN) 2012 Survey [...]

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Technology and Disability Policy Highlights

October 2012 This is a publication of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education, grant #H133E110002.  The opinions contained in this publication are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of [...]

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Best 10 Android Apps for the Visually Impaired

Android is a resourceful invention of technology that also includes certain applications that help visually impaired and blind people in functioning. In this article we will discuss some of these applications. 1. Ideal Accessibility Installer This application is also called Platform Access Installer. It contains different packages such as KickBack, TalkBack, and SoundBack (TKS) applications [...]

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AT&T and T-Mobile Open Networks to Customers of Both Carriers in New York and New Jersey

October 31, 2012 03:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time DALLAS & BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, AT&T and T-Mobile are taking extraordinary measures to make sure our customers can stay in touch. AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies [...]

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Landmark Court Ruling Allows University Libraries to Make Ten Million Accessible Books Available to Blind Readers around the Country

On October 10, 2012, Judge Harold Baer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the National Federation of the Blind’s Motion for Summary Judgment in The Authors’ Guild v. HathiTrust case. Dan Goldstein, Laura Abelson, and Jessie Weber from Brown, Goldstein & Levy represented the National Federation of [...]

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