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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 June 2016 Issue  Volume 17  Number 6
Facebook Logo What Facebook Wants You to Know about Automatic Alternative Text
Facebook has recently taken a new approach, replacing the Dynamic Alt Text Generator with a more powerful feature called Automatic Alternative Text, which is currently available on both its iOS and Android apps. This article presents information about this higher level of access to Facebook content.
Bill Holton


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What Facebook Wants You to Know about Automatic Alternative Text
by Bill Holton Facebook has recently taken an interesting new approach, replacing the Dynamic Alt Text Generator with a more powerful feature called Automatic Alternative Text, which is currently available on both its iOS and Android apps. This article presents information about this higher level of access to Facebook content.

Disney Movies Anywhere App: Synced Audio Description for Pixar Movies
by Janet Ingber The Disney Movies Anywhere app for iOS has now been upgraded to offer synced audio description for some Pixar movies. As of this writing, description is available for 16 animated movies including “The Good Dinosaur,” “Inside Out,” “ Monsters University ,” and “Up.” Pixar Animation Studios plans to make the feature available on all future releases.

Low Vision Technology

Choose the Right Electronic Magnifier, Part 1: Identify Your Priorities
by Shelly Brisbin and Lee Huffman People with low vision have more choices than ever when it comes to magnification. You can choose from full-sized desktop electronic magnifiers, portable units that are small enough to fit in a laptop bag, and handhelds you can tuck into a pocket or purse. This article is the first in a three-part series covering electronic magnifiers, and offering advice to readers who want to acquire one.

Deaf-blind Technology

iCanConnect: A National Program Bringing People Together through Accessible Communications Technology and Training
by Paula Slotkin and Jamie Taylor Do you, or does someone you know, have combined significant vision and hearing loss? For those who meet federal income and disability guidelines, iCanConnect provides free communication technology and training to help people to stay connected with family and friends. Learn how you may be able to become a part of this program.

Product Evaluations and Guides

The Talking DAISY Book & Media Player from Accessible Electronics
by Deborah Kendrick For a relatively inexpensive player that is completely accessible and can hold tons of DAISY, MP3, and other files, and is a wonderful digital recorder as well, this is a product you might seriously want to add to your technology tool kit.

Access Issues

Happy 40th Birthday to Apple: A Look Back at Apple's Progress
by Janet Ingber This spring, Apple celebrated its 40th birthday. Although some companies might lose their inventiveness as they age, Apple continues to be a very active and thriving company.

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