[Loadstone] [Bulk] cell phone access for free

David Greenwood DavidGreenwood at rogers.com
Tue Jun 9 17:28:53 BST 2009

Very interesting.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Josh 
  To: loadstone gps 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 10:42 AM
  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.
  > Glenn
  >>> 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
  >>> application.
  >>> 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.
  >>> Applications
  >>> 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
  >>> compatible.
  >>> 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
  >>> music.
  >>> 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.
  >>> Zoom
  >>> 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.
  > Sincerely,

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