[Loadstone] [Bulk] cell phone access for free
DavidGreenwood at rogers.com
Tue Jun 9 17:28:53 BST 2009
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Subject: [Bulk] [Loadstone] cell phone access for free
thought you may be interested in this. maybe loadstone could be made to work with this?
> Subject: Cell Phone accessibility for free
> Looks like we might have a fully accessible phone here for no extra cost!
> Let's hope it is as good as it sounds.
>>> The following information comes from Apple:
>>> The same VoiceOver screen reader made popular on the Mac is now a
>>> standard feature on the iPhone 3G S. It's the world's first
>>> gesture-based screen reader,
>>> enabling you to enjoy the fun and simplicity of the iPhone even
>>> if you can't see the screen.
>>> What makes VoiceOver on iPhone truly remarkable is that you
>>> control it using simple gestures that let you physically interact
>>> with items on screen. It's
>>> easy to learn and fun to use. Instead of memorizing hundreds of
>>> keyboard commands, or endlessly pressing tiny arrow keys to find
>>> what you're looking for,
>>> with VoiceOver, you simply touch the screen to hear a description
>>> of the item under your finger, then gesture with a double-tap,
>>> drag, or flick to control
>>> the phone.
>>> VoiceOver delivers an experience unlike any screen reader you've
>>> ever used before. Traditional screen readers describe individual
>>> elements on the screen,
>>> but struggle to communicate where each element is located or
>>> provide information about adjoining objects. This contextual
>>> information is very important
>>> but typically filtered out by other screen readers. For example,
>>> "off-screen" models used by traditional screen readers to
>>> represent applications and web
>>> pages intentionally strip away contextual information and
>>> describe web pages as a list or menu of items. But with
>>> VoiceOver on iPhone 3G S, you'll experience
>>> something entirely new.
>>> Because VoiceOver works with iPhone's touchscreen, you interact
>>> directly with objects on the screen and can naturally understand
>>> their location and context.
>>> So, when you touch the upper-left corner of the screen, you'll
>>> hear what's in the upper left corner of a web page, and as you
>>> drag your finger around the
>>> screen, you'll learn what's nearby, providing an amazing new
>>> sense of context and relationship between the items you hear.
>>> For many, VoiceOver on iPhone
>>> will provide, perhaps for the first time, a true sense of how
>>> things appear on screen, not just descriptions of what they are.
>>> You'll hear descriptions of every item on the screen, including
>>> status information such as battery level, Wi-Fi and cellular
>>> network signal levels, the
>>> cellular network provider, and time of day. It even lets you
>>> know when the display changes to landscape or portrait
>>> orientation, and when the screen is
>>> locked or unlocked.
>>> The speaking rate is adjustable so you can set it to a speed that
>>> best suits your listening ability. VoiceOver uses distinctive
>>> sound effects to alert you
>>> when an application opens, when the screen is updated, when a
>>> message dialog appears, and more. And, when Voiceover is
>>> talking, the volume of background
>>> sounds and music are automatically lowered, "ducking" under the
>>> voice, so you can clearly hear what VoiceOver is telling you.
>>> It speaks your language
>>> VoiceOver includes built-in voices that speak 21 languages
>>> including Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan),
>>> Dutch, English (US), English
>>> (UK), Finnish, French (Canada), French (France), German, Italian,
>>> Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil),
>>> Portuguese (Portugal), Russian,
>>> Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), and Swedish.
>>> Getting started
>>> VoiceOver is built right into the iPhone 3G S. There's nothing
>>> extra to purchase or install. All you need is the iPhone 3G S,
>>> iTunes 8.2 or later, and a
>>> Mac or PC. You can activate your iPhone and enable VoiceOver
>>> without sighted assistance using iTunes with a compatible screen
>>> reader like VoiceOver included
>>> in Mac OS X and GW-Micro Window-Eyes(r) for Windows XP and
>>> Windows Vista (sold separately). When you activate iPhone using
>>> iTunes, you can enable VoiceOver
>>> on the iPhone to start using it right away. Sighted users can
>>> also enable VoiceOver for you directly on iPhone using the
>>> Accessibility menu in the Settings
>>> How it works
>>> With VoiceOver enabled, you'll use a different, but simple set of
>>> gestures to control the iPhone. For example, instead of tapping
>>> to click a button or select
>>> an item, you tap to hear a description of the item you touch and
>>> double-tap to click or select it.
>>> When an item on the screen is selected, a black rectangle called
>>> the VoiceOver cursor appears around it. The VoiceOver cursor is
>>> displayed for the benefit
>>> of sighted users with whom you may be sharing your phone. When
>>> you prefer privacy, VoiceOver includes a screen curtain that
>>> turns off the display so no
>>> one can read it without your knowledge.
>>> In addition to touching and dragging around the screen, you can
>>> also flick left and right to move the VoiceOver cursor precisely
>>> to the next or previous
>>> item on the screen-no matter how big or small it is. By
>>> flicking, you have precise control of what you hear even when it
>>> might otherwise be difficult to
>>> place your finger on it.
>>> Entering Text
>>> When you're typing text, such as an email message or a note,
>>> VoiceOver echoes each character on the keyboard as you touch it,
>>> and again to confirm when
>>> you enter it. You can also have VoiceOver speak each completed
>>> word instead of and in addition to individual characters as you
>>> type them. A flick up or
>>> down while typing moves the insertion point cursor left and right
>>> within the text so you can edit a word just as easily and
>>> precisely as typing a new word.
>>> To help you type more quickly and accurately, iPhone features
>>> word prediction and suggests the correct spelling when you type a
>>> word incorrectly. With Speak
>>> Auto-text enabled, you'll hear a sound effect and the suggested
>>> word spoken automatically. You can just keep typing to ignore
>>> it, or press the space key
>>> to have iPhone type it for you.
>>> The Rotor
>>> Two fingers touching a Multi-Touch trackpad and a
>>> counter-clockwise arrow indicating how to enter a rotate gesture.
>>> VoiceOver features an innovate new virtual control called a
>>> "rotor." Turning the rotor- by rotating two fingers on the screen
>>> as if you were turning an
>>> actual dial - changes the way VoiceOver moves through a document
>>> based on a setting you choose. For example, a flick up or down
>>> might move through text
>>> word by word. But when you choose the "character" setting, each
>>> time you flick up or down VoiceOver will move through the text
>>> character by character -
>>> perfect when you're proofreading or editing text.
>>> You can also use the rotor to navigate web pages. When you're on
>>> a web page, the rotor contains the names of common items, such as
>>> headers, links, tables,
>>> images, and more. You select a setting, then flick up and down
>>> to move to the previous or next occurrence of that item on the
>>> page, skipping over items
>>> in between.
>>> VoiceOver works with all of the built-in applications that come
>>> with iPhone 3G S, such as Phone, iPod, iTunes, Mail, Safari, and
>>> Maps. So, you can place
>>> and receive calls, surf the web, text and email your friends,
>>> check your stocks and the weather, and much, much more. Apple is
>>> also working with iPhone
>>> software developers so they can make their applications VoiceOver
>>> Voice Control
>>> In addition to gestures, you can use your voice to play music and
>>> make a phone call. Just press and hold the home button, listen
>>> for the audio prompt, and
>>> speak the name of the artist, album, or playlist you want to
>>> hear. You can pause, play, change tracks, even shuffle your
>>> When you want to make a call, speak the name or telephone number
>>> of the person you want to call. iPhone 3G S understands 21
>>> different languages.
>>> Two iPhones. The iPhone in the background is displaying the
>>> weather application. The iPhone in the foreground shows the
>>> weather application zoomed 200%
>>> While many iPhone applications let you zoom in and out specific
>>> elements such as images in Mail, or webpage columns in Safari,
>>> Zoom lets you magnify the
>>> entire screen of any application you're using to help you see
>>> what's on the display. Zoom can be enabled on iPhone 3G S using
>>> iTunes when you're setting
>>> up the iPhone, for yourself or someone else, or later, using the
>>> Accessibility menu in the Settings application on the iPhone.
>>> Zoom works everywhere, including the Home, Unlock, and Spotlight
>>> screens-even with applications you purchase from the App store.
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