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Kindle for iOS Accessibility Gestures – Quick Reference Guide

So the new update to the Amazon Kindle app is now accessible with VoiceOver.  I have not used the app due to its inaccessibility and thus now have to learn a new app.  Gee I really am upset over that one :).  I have found a few Kindle books that I want and so now I can download them.  You can not buy books in the app its self.  You will need to go to the Amazon website and login with the same account you used when setting up the Kindle app.  Now you can find Kindle edition books and send them to your device.

If you are looking for a guide to using the Kindle app on your iDevice using VoiceOver I would check out this free Kindle book.  You can get it at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=B00CL5NIGU.

Happy Reading!

Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB

Offers Twice the Storage Capacity to Create & Enjoy Even More Incredible Content

Apple® announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and every day they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime® HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance**. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks, and iTunes Match℠ subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud®.

iPad runs over 800,000 apps available on the App Store℠, including more than 300,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore℠.

Pricing & Availability
The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Reprinted from Apple’s Press Release http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/01/29Apple-Increases-iPad-with-Retina-Display-to-128GB.html

iOS 6.1 released today

Apple has released iOS 6.1 today. It seems that some issues have been fixed for VoiceOver users.

  • Fixed VO focus issue while navigating the Home screens.
  • Fixed VO will save language setting when changed using the Rotor.
  • Fixed VO will save custom labels.
  • Fixed VO background music in app not choppy.
  • Fixed VO calendar will now display number of events in month view.
  • Fixed VO remembers Screen Curtain state.
  • Fixed VO now more responsive on older devices.

You can update your iOS device by going to the Setting app.

Now go to General and then Software Update.  It will search for the new iOS.

Once it has been found you will see a button that says Download and Install you will want to activate this button and it will install the new iOS.  Please note that the button may just say Install if your device has already downloaded the iOS.  That is fine just activate it and you will be off and running.

Keep watching for more information.

AirServer

AirServer is an AirPlay receiver for Mac/PC. It allows you to receive AirPlay feeds, similar to an Apple TV, so you can stream content or Mirror your display from your iOS devices or Mountain Lion.

AirServer now delivers full 1080p HD mirroring and is faster and more powerful than ever. The update for AirServer is free for existing users, and gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better.

AirServer for PC hits version 1.0 and is now feature complete, with audio, movie and photo streaming. All good things come to those who wait.  

Check out AirServer at http://www.airserverapp.com/

Grants for iDevices

There are a many places that specialize in getting funds to children who need them. Applying for an iPad through these organizations is not a guarantee, but it’s worth a shot!

  • Little Bear Gives: Little Bear Gives is sponsoring grants to get iPads to children with CVI.
  • Babies with iPads: This site collects donations and purchases iPads for children with significant developmental and/or medical issues. The grants are rewarded as the funds are available.
  • Conover Company: The Conover Mobile Technology Grant is designed to help people with disabilities (adults and children) lead more independent lives. You can fill out their application online.
  • Different Needz Foundation: This organization raises money throughout the year to fund their grant program. Their grants go to families with children with special needs. You can tell them specifically what you want (such as an iPad) and how much it will cost.
  • First Hand Foundation: First Hand will help children with special needs fund assistive technology equipment (among other things) that isn’t covered by your insurance. They do have financial guidelines.
  • Gia Nicole Angel Foundation: This program helps by purchasing a specific item for children with special needs. Funds are awarded on a case by case basis with preference given to lower income and single parent families.
  • Gracie’s Hope: Gracie’s Hope is committed to help improve the lives of children with special needs. They can help provide needed equipment not covered by insurance.
  • Hanna’s Helping Hands: This grant is aimed at helping low-income families with children with special needs. They focus on Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Michigan, Rhode Island, and New York.
  • iHelp for Special Needs: This program provides iPads and iPad apps to families with children with special needs.
  • The Lindsay Foundation: The Lindsay Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to assist families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.
  • LoudMommy: This site is dedicated to helping children who are non-verbal. They grant iPads to children who could use them to aid communication.
  • Maggie Welby Foundation: This foundation offers grants for children and families that have a financial need for a particular purpose. If awarded, they will purchase the item for you.
  • Small Steps in Speech: The mission of Small Steps in Speech is to help children with speech and/or language disorders take the steps needed to be better communicators. They offer grants to purchase communication devices (including iPads).
  • Special Kids Therapy: Special Kids Therapy’s mission is to serve children with various developmental, physical and/or emotional difficulties and their families, principally by raising money for therapies and services not covered by private/public insurance.
  • Zane’s Foundation: This site provides grants to families with children with special needs in Northeast Ohio. The geographic location is limited, but the grant can be used for anything related to your child’s needs, including an iPad.

The autism community has been especially vocal about the benefits of the iPad and because of this there are many grants aimed specifically at getting iPads for children with autism. If your child is diagnosed with autism, you may want to look into these grants:

  • Autism Care & Treatment: ACT awards quarterly grants between $100 and $5,000 to families with children with autism.
  • Autism Cares: Autism Cares sponsors a technology grant to purchase tech equipment for children with autism.
  • HollyRod Foundation: The HollyRod Foundation will assist families with children with autism in obtaining adaptive equipment (including iPads).
  • iTaalk: iTaalk’s tag line is “giving children with autism a voice… one iPad at a time!”
  • Let’s Chat Autism: Let’s Chat Autism sponsors an “iPad’s for Autism” grant.
This list was taken from http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/ipad-funding-special-needs

Steve Jobs: President Obama pays tribute

Barack Obama, President of the United States

Steve Jobs

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators

—brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

iOS 5 is Coming this Fall

ios5_iconApple demonstrated the new iOS 5 that will be released this fall for the iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4, 3rd and 4th gen iPod Touch, iPad, and iPad2.  They have added over 200 new features in this update.  Some features that have been highlighted are:

  • Notification Center
  • iMessage
  • Newsstand
  • Reminders
  • Twitter Integration
  • Updates to Camera
  • Updates to Photos
  • Updates to Safari
  • Updates to Game Center
  • PC Free
  • WI-FI Sync
  • and more…

Here is what Apple is saying about the new accessibility features in iOS5:

iOS 5 comes with innovative new features that make it easier for people with mobility, hearing, vision, and cognitive disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. iOS 5 works with specialized hardware accessories. The LED flash and custom vibration settings let you see and feel when someone’s calling. And improvements to VoiceOver include custom element labeling. These are just a few of the ways iOS 5 continues making advances in the field of accessibility.

To read more go to http://www.apple.com/ios/ios5/features.html.