Articles for 2013

Google, Audi Want to Bring Android to Your Car

(Reuters) – Google is sending its Android software beyond the world of phones to see what it can do for car dashboards. Google and German car manufacturer Audi AG are teaming up to develop a new information and entertainment system based on the former’s successful smartphone operating system. According to reports, the companies plan to [...]

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IDEAL Web Reader V4.0 (IWR V4.0) Documentation Last Updated: December 13, 2013

IDEAL Web Reader V4.0 (IWR V4.0) Documentation Last Updated: December 13, 2013 Documentation in Word Format: http://apps4android.org/IWR-V4-Documentation_121313.doc Important Notes: Given the reported problem of Firefox dropping keyboard support, and reports of accessibility issues with other Android-based browsers, we were motivated to release IDEAL Web Reader V4.0 Beta this afternoon, December 13, 2013. If you discover [...]

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IDEAL Group’s Wireless Device Donation Program

IDEAL Group, Inc. and Apps4Android, Inc. serve as “Pass-Through Agents (PTAs)” for wireless device manufacturers and wireless service providers from around the world wishing to donate devices to not-for-profit 501(C)(3) R&D organizations focused on developing mobile applications in support of people with disabilities. As PTAs, both IDEAL Group and Apps4Android assume full responsibility for receiving, [...]

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IDEAL Web Reader V4.0 Beta (IWR V4.0) Documentation

IDEAL Web Reader V4.0 (IWR V4.0) Documentation Last Updated: 13, 2013 Word Format Important Notes: Given the reported problem of Firefox dropping keyboard support, and reports of accessibility issues with other Android-based browsers, we were motivated to release IDEAL Web Reader V4.0 Beta this afternoon, December 13, 2013. If you discover a bug we would very [...]

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Google’s Schmidt: Android more secure than iPhone

Summary: Executive chairman dances around straight answer while talking up Android security. By John Fontana for Identity Matters | October 8, 2013 — 00:02 GMT (17:02 PDT) ORLANDO — Delivered with a spice of arrogance, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday declared the Android platform more secure than Apple’s iPhone. schmidt-andoid-iphone-gartner-200×158 The comparison, made [...]

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JustSpeak: Controlling Android By Voice

Table of Contents 1 JustSpeak: Controlling  Android By Voice 1.1 Starting  JustSpeak 1.2 Initiating Voice Commands 1.3 Global Voice  Commands 1.4 Local Voice Commands 1.5 Chaining  Commands 1.6 Alternative Means Of Triggering JustSpeak 1 JustSpeak: Controlling  Android By Voice JustSpeak  is an Android Accessibility Service that enables voice control of your Android device. Once enabled, [...]

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About IDEAL Web Reader V3.0 Beta

On September 14, 2013 we released a new version of our accessible browser, IDEAL Web Reader. We are calling it IDEAL Web Reader V3.0 Beta. Noteworthy features include greater compatibility with explore-by-touch gestures in Android 4.0+ and enhanced keyboard commands. Immediately below, is a link to the documentation that further explains these improvements. http://apps4android.org/web-reader-tutorial/ While [...]

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How to turn on Chromebook’s Accessibility Features

You can enable synthesized speech feedback, high contrast mode, and screen magnifier for your Chromebook, if you have visual impairments. Enable accessibility options If you haven’t already, sign in to your Chromebook. You can change your accessibility settings when you turn on your Chromebook for the first time by clicking on the Accessibility area in [...]

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Google’s Android 4.3 Compatibility Requirements Mandating that Accessibility and TTS be Kept Intact

Android Version 4.3 3.10 Accessibility Android 4.3 provides an accessibility layer that helps users with disabilities to navigate their devices more easily. In addition, Android 4.3 provides platform APIs that enable accessibility service implementations to receive callbacks for user and system events and generate alternate feedback mechanisms, such as text-to-speech, haptic feedback, and trackball/d-pad navigation. [...]

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Petition for Class Waiver of commission’s Rules for Access to Advanced Communications by People with Disabilities

REQUEST FOR COMMENT PETITION FOR CLASS WAIVER OF COMMISSION’S RULES FOR ACCESS TO ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES   CG Docket No. 10-213   Comments Due:  September 3, 2013 Reply Comments Due:  September 13, 2013 The Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers (the Coalition), pursuant to section 716(h)(1) of the Communications Act of [...]

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Wireless Manufacturers and Service Providers Take Note: IDEAL Web Reader Beta II to be Released in September

This article is being posted to make wireless manufacturers, wireless service providers and users aware that we will be releasing  a new version of IDEAL Web Reader II, our 5th generation accessible web browser. We have not, as yet, determined how our browser will be distributed or which manufacturer’s or carrier’s devices will have permission [...]

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FCC Requires Mobile Phone Manufacturers and Service Providers to Make Internet Browsers Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired by October 2013

On April 29, 2013, the FCC released a Second Report and Order addressing the accessibility requirements of Internet browsers on mobile phones for the blind and visually impaired that it failed to address in January 2012 when it released a Report and Order implementing provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of [...]

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Technology and Disability Policy Highlights from the Wireless RERC

July 2013 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights reports on national and local public policy events and recent wireless technological advances and political activities; and tracks emerging issues of interest to individuals with disabilities.  Technology and Disability Policy Highlights is published monthly by the Wireless RERC. The Wireless RERC is a research center that promotes universal [...]

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IDEAL Group’s Fully-Accessible MP3 Music and Recorded eBook Player for Android Devices

Introduction: IDEAL Group’s Fully-Accessible, MP3 Music and Recorded eBook Player for Android Devices can also serve to organize and replay classroom recordings through the use of ASR – Free MP3 Sound Recorder. Instructions: Create following directory tree on your SD card: /sdcard/ideal/music/ Create the following, additional, subdirectories based upon the artists (title of eBooks), albums (chapters) and [...]

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BBC Announces Draft Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

The Draft BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines (Mobile S&G) are a set of technology agnostic best practices for mobile web content, hybrid and native applications. Each standard is listed with example code for implementing in HTML, Android, and iOS and steps for testing. The Mobile S&G are intended for use by anyone involved with [...]

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Apps4Android Accessibility Applications are Being Used on Devices Distributed by 545 Wireless Service Providers

3 (Hi3G AccessAB) 3HK A1 ACS Wireless Inc. ACT Mobile Africell Airadigm Communications Aircel Ltd. Aircell Digilink India Ltd. Airtel AIS GSM Aktel Alands Mobiltelefon AB Alaska Digitel LLC Alaska Wireless Communications LLC Alfa Algérie Telecom Alltel Communications Inc. AMC AN Subsidiary LLC Ancel Android Emulator Areeba Afghanistan Areeba-Sudan ArmenTel Astelit AT&T ATL Algar Atlantique [...]

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