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New Apple Film Promotes ‘Personal Voice’ Feature

November 30, 2023

A new film has been produced by Apple in advance of International Day of Persons With Disabilities (December 3rd) and tells the tale of a young girl and her pink, floppy-eared furry friend, as they search high and low for his missing voice, before revealing a uniquely personal moment between a father and a daughter.

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Interview Special: Meet Blind Journalist Robert Kingett

November 28, 2023

This week on Double Tap, Steven Scott sits down with special guest Robert Kingett, a blind author, accessibility consultant and journalist. The conversation delves into Robert’s background and his journey as a journalist who is blind, providing a unique perspective on advocacy and how it has evolved for him over time.

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The Inside Story Of the Award-Winning Audio Description Techniques Of International Digital Centre

November 27, 2023

A company that produces high quality audio description for major TV shows and movies has been recognised at the annual ACB AD Awards Gala. Listen to the story of how International Digital Centre creates, and advocates for, the blind community.

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Turning The Tables On Access Refusals In UK With Guide Dogs’ App

November 26, 2023

If you’re heading out to meet friends or just to sit down for a quiet coffee in a local cafe, the last thing you want as a guide dog owner is to face a refusal. Listen to Robin Christopherson’s demo of an app that can help report such an event.

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Double Tap News Roundup: 25th November

November 25, 2023

OpenAI’s Sam Altman returns as CEO amid company-wide support, while the company unveils free voice-enabled ChatGPT. Apple embraces RCS messaging, bridging iOS-Android gaps. Sonos gears up to challenge Apple with new tech, and Microsoft launches a versatile remote Windows access app. Stay updated every week with Double Tap News.

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Using Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk Via Be My AI (Demo)

November 23, 2023

Be My Eyes has announced the successful deployment of Be My AI, a state of the art visual assistance tool powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 vision model, as a way to contact Microsoft Disability Answer Desk. Listen to Shaun Preece as he demonstrates how it works in practice.

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TechShare Pro Wraps Up For 2023

November 20, 2023

AbilityNet TechShare Pro is Europe’s largest gathering of accessibility and inclusion professionals and their allies, and this year took place on the 14th and 15th November. It featured speakers and contributions from a huge range of experts including business, disability, accessibility, government, charities and many more. Key themes for 2023 included AI and accessibility, the…

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Double Tap News Roundup: 18th November

November 18, 2023

This week, Double Tap News shone a spotlight on Be My Eyes once again, after they made headlines with its innovative AI customer support service developed through a partnership with Microsoft. The “Be My AI” employs OpenAI’s GPT-4 to describe images and tackle customer service queries with a remarkable 90% resolution rate without human aid.…

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CEO of Pneuma Solutions Speaks Out About Lack Of Mention Of Accessibility At Humane Launch

November 17, 2023

There are voices within the disability community who are expressing concern over Humane Inc.’s recent unveiling of their AI Pin. Originating from a San Francisco-based AI firm created by ex-Apple employees, the AI Pin is a small device, akin to the size of a cookie, that fixes to clothing like a lapel through a magnet…

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TuneIn Partners with HumanWare to Enhance Audio Accessibility

November 15, 2023

TuneIn has announced a new integration with HumanWare, an assistive technology device company, to deliver accessible and inclusive listening experiences for blind people. Driven in part by increased customer requests, TuneIn is now installed in HumanWare’s latest digital media audio player, Victor Reader Stream 3, to provide access to TuneIn’s extensive catalog of music, live…

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