NHS Online ORB

19 November 2018
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

The NHS Orb is a new digital platform which is designed to ease access to health advice and care. It is being developed for NHS England and will bring together medical information in one easy-to-use app, which will also help patients manage their own medical conditions. It will offer patients the opportunity to book GP appointments, arrange blood tests and

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BBC Wales: World Sight Day: My life as a blind ‘Luddite’

12 October 2018
Source: BBC Wales

The majority of Wales’ 107,000 visually impaired people do not have access to the internet at home, according to research for World Sight Day. That is despite access to the internet at home being seen as key to reducing levels of social and financial inequality. Neil Prior, a BBC journalist of 18 years, has been totally blind since the age

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Accessibility Updates Coming to Windows 10

4 October 2018
Source: Microsoft

Today (03/10/18) , we are happy to share the upcoming accessibility improvements in the Windows 10 October 2018 updates. These updates reflect our mission by giving you more accessibility features to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates, Narrator, and Learning Tools. Ease of Access makes Windows 10 easier to see with the addition of

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CNBC: Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave, an amplifier, and an in-car gadget

19 September 2018
Source: CNBC

Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year. The new devices include a microwave oven, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer, and an in-car gadget. It reflects Amazon’s ambition to make its Alexa voice assistant ubiquitous, especially in areas where people spend most of their time, like the home and car. Amazon is doubling down

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Henshaws Blog: How accessible are photo and video sharing services if you have a visual impairment?

16 January 2018
Source: Henshaws

In this blog, Henshaws want to focus on the social media platforms that are specifically used for photo and video sharing: Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube. These are very popular and widely used today, but how accessible are they for visually impaired users? Henshaws Blog

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Two weeks to find the winners of the Tech4Good Awards 2017

21 April 2017
Source: AbilityNet

There are just two weeks left to enter the seventh AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards. These awards celebrate the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place. This year’s categories include digital health, digital skills and young pioneers. Entry is free of charge and open to any business, charity, individual or public body in the UK –

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IET: 2016, Chris Lewis “When the Hyper-connected individual meets the Healthcare sector”.

19 January 2017
Source: IET

Listen to 2016s IET Healthcare Award winners and keynote speaker, Chris Lewis, speaking on “When the Hyper-connected individual meets the Healthcare sector”. The advent of wearable technology and the emergence of ubiquitous commoditised connectivity feeding the Internet of Things (IOT) means that we can literally wrap ourselves in communicating technologies. This technology can apply to everyone, including the world’s billion disabled

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Huffington Post: How Accessible Technology Is Moving Into The Mainstream

1 September 2016
Source: Huffington Post

By Robin Spinks, Senior Strategy Manager at RNIB Solutions Facebook recently launched “automatic alternative text”, a piece of software that describes photos for blind and partially sighted people who cannot automatically see them. The system was created by Facebook’s accessibility specialist Matt King who lost his sight in college, according to the social network, and wanted to create a project

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Sense Technology Blog: Review: The BrailleNote Touch is the world’s first Braille tablet

24 May 2016
Source: Sense

Really interesting innovation but what is the present uptake on Braille? Are most VI users of tech using voice over etc? ‘Steven Morris, Digital Champions Coordinator, Online Today project Tablet devices are becoming more and more popular both for personal and professional use. We see them in schools and in the workplace, as well as being used at home, and

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The Verge: Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users

6 April 2016

Ask a member of Facebook’s growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting the company to a billion daily users, and they’ll likely tell you it was photos. The endless stream of pictures, which users have been able to upload since 2005, a year after Facebook’s launch, makes the social network irresistible to a global audience. It’s difficult

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