LookTel Money Reader: The iPhone as a tool for the blind [video]

By on March 10, 2011 at 12:27 PM.

LookTel Money Reader: The iPhone as a tool for the blind [video]

In January 2009, legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder went to the Consumer Electronics Show and asked companies to consider the blind when building their wares. At the time, Wonder had the iPhone in mind — and Apple would answer the call. The company made its popular smartphone much more accessible to the blind in its subsequent software release by adding a great VoiceOver feature. According to recent rumors, the iPhone could soon become even more accessible thanks to the introduction of more robust voice controls. But developers are doing their part as well, and one in particular recently released an application that helps emphasize the kind of power smartphones have to make people’s lives easier. More →

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The FCC wants to lower your cellphone bill

By on May 11, 2010 at 2:25 PM.

The FCC wants to lower your cellphone bill

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You might finally have some peace of mind about your cellphone bill if a new initiative being spearheaded by Joel Gurin, the head of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, becomes a reality. Designed to eliminate “bill shock”, the system would notify mobile subscribers via an unspecified method if their current cellphone usage is likely to result in a bill that is significantly higher than their monthly plan. A similar practice has been in place in the European Union since 2009. Said Gurin: “We’re issuing a Public Notice to see if there’s any reason that American carriers can’t use similar automatic alerts to inform consumers when they are at risk of running up a high bill. This is an avoidable problem. Avoiding bill shock is good for consumers and ultimately good business for wireless carriers as well.” Score one for the government, or are you the sort of person that prefers to handle your own messes? More →

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