• Robin.Christopherson | 26 Jul 2019
    A huge proportion of UK homes now have at least one Amazon Echo and for very good reason - they're super-useful. Many happy Echo owners, however, have never taken advantage of adding extra abilities to Alexa by enabling the many amazing skills she has available - 34,322 to be exact.
  • Robin.Christopherson | 23 Jul 2019
    That was supposed to be a twist on 'Fear and loathing in Las Vegas' - that famous novel from 1971. Let's swiftly accelerate away from that reference by jumping into a fully autonomous vehicle outside our hotel and heading for the strip. Oh, and don't forget to fold up your white cane (or, in my...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 18 Jul 2019
    Yesterday was World Emoji Day and I posted an article about a brilliant free utility for macOS called Rocket - the developer of which was very helpful in making it VoiceOver accessible so that now, at long last, blind users do finally get in on the emoji fun. Among yesterday's coverage of this...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 17 Jul 2019
    Just because you're blind doesn't mean that, on this World Emoji Day, those expressive and oh-so ubiqutous emojis aren't for you. The problem for visually impaired texters and tweeters, however, is easily finding the one you want before frustration sets in and you give up and fall back on the good...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 08 Jul 2019
    We all know that the Echo can wake us up in the morning and time the perfect egg, can keep us up-to-date with the news and weather, and play music and games and so, so much more – but it can also help keep us fit, healthy and safe. Here’s a few top Alexa tips on keeping well.
  • Robin.Christopherson | 26 Jun 2019
    Last week was a good week for accessibility. Thursday 19 June saw the 10th anniversary of blind access to the iPhone and the day after finally saw Alexa calling to landline and mobile phones come to an Echo near you. For those with a motor or dexterity impairment (including those who are completely...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 20 Jun 2019
    10 years ago this week (19 June 2009) Apple introduced it’s screen-reading solution for blind iPhone users. Since then VoiceOver has grown up into a really powerful tool - giving access to all aspects of the iPhone and many millions of apps. Now, however, VoiceOver has really come of age and Apple...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 04 Jun 2019
    Among the numerous (possibly hundreds of) new and eye-opening features for iOS 13 announced in yesterday’s keynote at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) was a startling new addition to the already extensive accessibility suite; full voice control. 
  • Robin.Christopherson | 03 Jun 2019
    Recent additions to the smartspeaker toolkit, enabling products of all shapes and sizes to suddenly become smart, are set to revolutionise access for people with disabilities - oh, and it'll mean that everyone else can save themselves from a lot of boring button-pushing, tiresome screen-tapping and...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 29 May 2019
    Apple's week-long World Wide Developer Conference 2019 kicks off in California next Monday (3 June) and it promises to be a bumper year for updates to the software that powers all their devices. A few rumours in particular, however, signal that the significance that Apple places on accessibility is...

Pages