Archives November 2013

Wednesday Roundup For November 27, 2013

Hey, back again? Welcome and thanks for reading the Wednesday Roundup for November 27, 2013 brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC. We found lots of things out on the web that may interest you. Items include stories about technology, new apps, and tips for those getting ready to find employment, articles about individuals in all walks of life who overcame challenges to become successful members of society, and even an item for you animal lovers out there. It’s getting cold out there, so grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa,(or whatever your favorite beverage for this time of year is), find a comfy spot, and settle in for some thought provoking and enlightening information from the wonderful world of the web.

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Using Apple Maps On iOS 7

A few months ago I went to a sporting event with a friend of mine. We ended up having to park about the half mile from the venue in a grassy field. With this event ending late at night and thousands of cars around us, how would we ever get back to our car? If you have an iPhone with iOS 7, then this predicament would not be a predicament at all.

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Changing The Default Sounds On iOS

Do you like to have a different sound for various things on your iOS devices? Do you like a different sound when new mail comes in and when you send email? You might want to have a different sound when a calendar alert comes in than when a reminder does. Personally, I love having different sounds for all of the different things that can happen on my devices, especially different ring tones for each of the people in my life that call me the most.

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Delivering Access Podcast Episode 16 with David Lepofsky

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

 

This weeks guest is David Lepofsky

 

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

 

Tools and technology:

Windows computer

iPhone

Contact Info:

AODA

website: aodaalliance.org

e-mail: aodafeedback@gmail.com

twitter: @aodaalliance or @davidlepofsky

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Follow Friday With Lee Huffman Of Access World

Happy Friday Everyone. I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away. Are any of you planning to shop on Black Friday? Not me! I’ll be staying inside where it’s nice and warm catching up on some very necessary rest, relaxation, and reading. However, I am getting ahead of myself just a bit. Today is Friday, my favorite day of the week because it means that another edition of Fedora Outlier’s Follow Friday interview series is available for all to read.

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Hotel Coupons For iOS, Old Hat App Review

Do you love to travel? Perhaps you do so quite frequently, or maybe every so often to visit family or friends in another city or state. Well, just like saving money at the grocery store, this app delivers savings at many hotels across the country, savings of 50% or more so they claim.

Name: HotelCoupons

Accessibility Rating: 0 Hats Completely Inaccessible

Version: 3.5.2

Developer: http://hotelcoupons.com

App URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hotelcoupons/id376640047?mt=8

Price at time of review: Free

Category: Travel

Platform: Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, requires iOS 5.0 or later

Our Review

According to the description, you can save 50% or more on your next hotel room by using HotelCoupons.com. It has some of the best deals on more than 5,200 hotels throughout the United States. You don’t need a negotiator, you just need to download the free HotelCoupons.com app. You can search for hotels near your current location, or in any location you fill in the search box. If you are on the road, you can search for the city you are heading to, find the best deal, and even email the hotel to let them know you are coming and that you have a coupon.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? There’s only one little problem. The app is completely inaccessible. Yes, you heard me right. When you open the app, you get nothing. You can slide your finger around from now to next Tuesday, and all you’ll had is that bonking sound. And you know what that means, right? So, I encourage all of you to contact the developer, send feedback to custserv@travelmediagroup.com, and let them know you would like them to make their app accessible. I have already written to them, right in the middle of writing this review. If enough of us contact them, and request accessibility, then hopefully they will honor our requests and indeed work to make this app usable for everyone in the blindness community.

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 weekly 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.

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Wednesday Roundup For November 13, 2013

Hi there…welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Roundup for November 13, 2013 brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC. Today we are bringing you stories about technology, science research and discoveries, and human interest items that highlight individuals triumph over blindness. Find that favorite comfy spot after grabbing your favorite beverage and lets start surfing the wonderful world of the web.

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