G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Weekend Roundup for 28 June 2014

Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …

Links for iOS

How iOS 8’s keyboards, text prediction, and third-party keyboards will work.

Article about the new Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller – more iPhone home automation hardware and software with huge accessibility relevance!

The Apple accessibility advantage is good for businesses – Danish hearing aids group GN Store Nord has seen a jump in its U.S. costumer base following the launch of a new product developed jointly with Apple for the iPhone.

Teenage girl with long braided brown hair, wearing a purple T-shirt and holding a normal looking iPad Mini.
Grace with her iPad Mini in a Lifeproof Fre case with shoulder strap.

A great review of iPad mini LifeProof Fre case from the perspective of it’s usefulness for an AAC user.

Updated iOS Software

Version 3.1 of the VoiceDream Reader App is out, with improved focused reading mode. You can set 1, 3, or 5 visible lines of text, plus lots of small improvements.

TextExpander Touch updated to add support for Flesky keyboard.

Diceworld now has audio tutorials for voiceover users.

Emergency update to fix navigation app BlindSquare 2.2 is now available.

AccessNote, an iOS notetaker from the AFB designed specifically for VoiceOver users, is now free!

Links for OS X

How to Obtain and Use Enhanced-Quality System Voices in OS X – these sound a lot nicer than the standard ones!

Two white men on a stage, an older man standing behind a podium and a younger man in a manual wheelchair. Screen inset says "Welcome. One switch, one head, the world." Photo is shot from a low angle as if taken by an audience member.
Christopher and Garry Hills on stage at the Inclusive Learning Technologies conference 2014.

Fantastic presentation by and about switch user Christopher Hills. First presented at the ILT 2014 conference this year and well worth the half hour viewing.

Password manager 1Password has introduced a new Watchtower service in their OS X app to remind you to change passwords for websites which have had security issues.


Users noticing significant improvements in Apple maps data with quicker corrections, especially to point of interest data.

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Did you see anything else online that I missed? Leave a comment or drop me a line!

– Ricky

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