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I think the new Accessibility API, announced in WWDC 2014, will be of help to OS X developers, and encourage better accessibility support and features in OS X applications.   As for the AFB, I can't speak to their positions, since I am a low-vision person, and not totally blind. The point I want to make here…is that there is a range of different types of disabilities, and variation of opinions among disabled people on various topics…just like that of the public at large....
My eyes are very sensitive to bright lights, and normally I view the display in Inverse Colors. Then, if I need to see images correctly, I use a short-cut key to quickly switch back to normal display mode. So, I am interested in 'dark mode', but the question is…how many screen elements will have the 'dark mode' capability? Apparently the top menus and dock are included. Will the screen background, application sidebars, or other textual areas on applications go 'dark'? Will...
I have to agree, that the NYT article on Tim Cook's stewardship of Apple, was terrible. Basically, the authors did not appreciate how significant WWDC 2014 really was, in terms of software development: especially the iOS and OS X extensions newly available to third-party developers, the new 'Continuity' features, and not even a mention of the new system language called Swift.   Instead, the authors fell back on commentators of dubious technical experience, such as...
I have had a Doxie Go for a number of years, and highly recommend it for people with poor vision. I use it primarily to read the important documents that come in my physical mailbox, and not by email. The OCR accuracy is very good, and I end up reading searchable PDFs on my zoomed 24 inch 2007 iMac. I have most of my business correspondence sent by email, and most businesses are happy to oblige, because electronic mail is cheaper than paper mail.   And yes, that 2007...
I picked up on Tim Cook's reference to the blind in his response during that Apple shareholder meeting. As a person who is both visually and aurally impaired, Apple has my confidence, based on their track record, that they will provide a reasonable fix.
I have one of those 'streamers' that connects my hearing aids to my 3rd generation iPad via Bluetooth. Works great with the Music and Podcast apps, and also with the VoiceOver screenreader. Yes, it is expensive, but if you need it, you are glad to have this option.   The first items I saw regarding 'Made for iPhone' hearing aids were iOS apps that allowed a hearing aid user to manipulate various hearing aid controls. To me that was not was much of an advance,...
Lucky me…IMovie 10.0.1 works on my 2007 iMac with an ATI HD2600 Pro video card of 256KB VRAM. OS X is at 10.9 Mavericks. I probably will get another iMac next year, just because this set of components is getting more outdated than I like. This iMac has provided great value for the original cost.
Because the 2006 iMac has a Core Duo CPU, which is 32-bit. ML and Mavericks are 64-bit OS(s) only.   http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_Duo/
I am in a similar situation, with a mid-2007 iMac, 4GB of RAM, and ML installed. The machine is still going strong. The original internal HDD is backed up via TM, with a newer external HDD connected to a Firewire 800 port.   With Mavericks installed in the future, there should be some additional performance benefits -- due to Memory Compression and Timer Coalescing system software enhancements.   Edit: Ignore Timer Coalescing, which intended to lengthen battery...
"…to read aloud more than 1.8 million titles from the Kindle Store."   Always glad to hear of new iOS apps supporting VoiceOver. Cocoa does most of the enabling  automatically. As I understand it, developers generally need to add some additional labeling to screen elements where needed.
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