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Month: May 2013

Follow Friday: #FF with Laura Legendary of @Accessible_Info

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Welcome, once again, to Follow Friday (or as frequent Twitter followers call it—#FF). The weekly #FF trend highlights interesting “tweeters” worth following,, and since it’s one of the Fedora team’s goals to share noteworthy people and brands within the blindness community, we felt it necessary to jump in feet first on the weekly Follow Friday craze. Each Friday, we’ll profile another Twitter user through the Follow Friday series on the Delivering Access blog.

Who are we showcasing this Friday? For this week’s profile, I’ve picked Laura Legendary from Accessible Insights. What’s this? You haven’t heard of Laura and Accessible Insights? Well, get that cup of coffee or tea, sit back and read about whom she is and what her organization has to offer.

How to Add a Contact to Favorites in iOS

Posted in Apple Inc

We all have family and friends that we communicate with often, sometimes several times a day. Those folks are definitely our favorites, and on the iPhone, there is a tab in the Phone app devoted to them. It’s a neat, handy little way to get to the contacts we call most frequently.

When a contact is chosen as a “Favorite”, the way this is done differs slightly depending on whether the contact has only one phone number assigned, or multiple phone numbers associated with it. And, as with many tasks on the iPhone, there are several ways to accomplish the same thing.

To “add a contact to favorites” from the Contacts app, follow these directions:

  • 1. Open the Contacts app with a single-finger double tap.
  • 2. Find the contact you’d like to add to “Favorites”.
  • 3. Single-finger double tap the contact name. It will open up and reveal the info about that contact.
  • 4. Single-finger flick right until you reach “add to favorites,” then single-finger double tap.

If the contact has only one phone number assigned to them, go directly to step 5. If the contact has multiple phone numbers, do the following”

Single-finger flick right to the phone number you’d like to add as a favorite, such as a home or mobile phone number, and single-finger double tap to select it. Now, head to step 5.

  • 5. The phone number you’ve just selected will be presented, and you’ll be asked if you’d like to add this phone number as a voice or FaceTime call.
  • 6. If this phone number is not the one you wanted to select, double tap “Cancel”. Otherwise, single-finger flick right to the selection you’d like to add and single-finger double tap it to make your selection.

Congratulations! Your selection has just been added as a “Favorite” in the Phone app. Check it by opening the Phone app with a single-finger double tap, then another single-finger double tap on the “Favorites” tab at the bottom-left.

As I mentioned, iOS has several ways of accomplishing the same task—and we’ve shared a few more ways to work with your contacts list in our very first ebook, “The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility”. For just $9.99, we’ll walk you through everything you’ll need to know to become a master of Apple’s accessible iGadgets.

Visit this link to learn more about “The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility”, and get your copy in either iBooks, PDF or DOC format!

How many “Favorites” have you added to your iPhone—and what does it take to earn this distinction?

Digit Eyes – Old Hat App Review

Posted in Apple Inc

There is a ringing noise in my ears and its from a quick response unit of either the fire department, police station or a ambulance on their way to assist someone. You can get similar assistance by using this app and even if its an identifying/labeling emergency you can feel at ease when your life is labeled and in order.


Name:Digit Eyes

Accessibility Rating: 4 Hats   Completely accessible

Version: 1.3.11

Developer: Digital Miracles LLC

App URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/digit-eyes/id376424490?mt=8

Price at time of review: $19.99

Category: Lifestyle

Platform: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Our Review

Digit-Eyes was one of the first apps I got on my iPhone that changed my life forever. I was looking for a way to label clothing, identify items in my food cabinet easier. The Digit-Eyes app did those things and more. If you need to use a quick response technology then this is the app for you. You can label the world and you’ll find identifying the labeled items a breeze with this must have companion.

Do you want to purchase an app, but just aren’t sure how accessible it REALLY is? Let us spend the cash to find out! Let us know which apps you’d like to see reviewed here by submitting an iOS app for review here.

Want to Come and Hangout with a Few of Your Favorite App Developers?

#AccessChat is a monthly Twitter chat focused on connecting the blindness community with app developers, software engineers and other professionals putting the spotlight on accessibility. Guests include companies like SpeedDots, Fleksy, Digit-Eyes and Sendero.

Don’t miss a single second of the conversation. Submit your details in the form below, and we’ll send you alerts for upcoming chats, share announcements about future guests and give you a heads up when we’re giving away cool prizes during the chat.


Trip It – Old Hat App Rview

Posted in Apple Inc

Its a bird. Its a plain. Nope maybe its a train or a car. It doesn’t matter how you travel this app is for any mode of transportation you choose except for time travel.

Name: TripIt

Accessibility Rating: 4 Hats   Completely accessible

Version: 4.0.1

Developer: TripIt

App URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tripit-travel-organizer-free/id311035142?mt=8

Price at time of review: Free

Category: Travel

Platform: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Our Review

The app is a set it and forget it type of app. If you make hotel reservations, make flight arrangements or make any type of travel plans…get this app!

You can also send your reservations to plans@tripit.com and it will automatically parse your itinerary and add it to the Trip- It app along with reminders of your flight time and addresses for lodging and events. Simply awesome and easy!

Do you want to purchase an app, but just aren’t sure how accessible it REALLY is? Let us spend the cash to find out! Let us know which apps you’d like to see reviewed here by submitting an iOS app for review here.

Want to Come and Hangout with a Few of Your Favorite App Developers?

#AccessChat is a monthly Twitter chat focused on connecting the blindness community with app developers, software engineers and other professionals putting the spotlight on accessibility. Guests include companies like SpeedDots, Fleksy, Digit-Eyes and Sendero.

Don’t miss a single second of the conversation. Submit your details in the form below, and we’ll send you alerts for upcoming chats, share announcements about future guests and give you a heads up when we’re giving away cool prizes during the chat.


#FollowFriday: American Foundation for the Blind (@AFB1921)

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There’s a trend happening each Friday on Twitter—and it’s called Follow Friday (or #FF to frequent “tweeters”). Since we love to share cool people and brands serving the blindness community (and we happen to have a pretty happening Twitter feed of our own), we want to bring this phenomenon to the Delivering Access blog each Friday.

As I thought about who we’d feature on our first #FollowFriday post, I couldn’t think of anyone else besides the American Foundation for the Blind (tweeting as @AFB1921), whose tweets are powered by savvy media guy and social media manager, John Mackin. Take a second to go beyond the 140 character limit with us as I talk with John about AFB’s tweets and his involvement with the social media account.

Fedora Outlier Wednesday Roundup For May 8, 2013

Posted in Apple Inc

In this weeks edition of the Fedora Outlier Wednesday Roundup we have a great assortment of stories for you all to enjoy. First up is an in depth review of the newly accessible Kindle app for iOS, and then you will read about 5 technologies that only ten years ago would have only been seen in a science fiction film. Then is a story about Eric Weihenmayer, a blind adventurer
who skis with the help from a sighted guide.

Our fourth story is one that will most likely upset most of us in the blindness community, but I think that is a very important article for all of us to read. It is about 2 blind people in Belfast being denied entrance to an airplane because they are blind. Finally we have another Old Hat Guide app review. This one is on the very popular PayPal app for iOS. So what do you say? Let’s get to it.

PayPal – Old Hat App Review

Posted in Apple Inc

Ever been at a convention and wanted to make a purchase, but the vendor didn’t take credit or debit cards? How about visiting a website and trying to make a purchase and it was so complicated you just gave up? We run into these things all the time, but fear no more. Let me introduce you to my little friend.

Name: PayPal

Accessibility Rating: 4 Hats   Completely accessible

Version: 4.6

Developer: PayPal, an E-Bay Company

App URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paypal/id283646709?mt=8

Price at time of review: $0.00

Category: Finance

Platform: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Our Review

April Additions: Meet Chris Ingram

Posted in Apple Inc

Last month, our team expanded its abilities by adding two new members, Chris Ingram and Damshe Thomas. Both of these gentlemen bring a wealth of knowledge to the table about assistive technology, and we’re thrilled to have them aboard.

Take a second to introduce Chris, as he shares a bit about his background and the skill set he brings to our team. We look forward to sharing more about Chris and Damashe in the coming weeks!