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NVDA 2016.1 Now Available

NV Access released NVDA 2016.1 this morning. NVDA is a free and open source screen reader for Windows.

Highlights of this release include:

  • the ability to optionally lower the volume of other sounds (audio ducking)
  • improved Braille output and display support
  • significant Microsoft Office support bugfixes
  • better handling of browse mode in iTunes
  • reporting of emphasis is now disabled by default 😤

Visit What’s New in NVDA for full details.

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Braille E-Books: Why Can’t You Buy a Budget E-Reader?

The BBC Technology News reporter asks why there isn’t an affordable Braille e-book reader available despite several attempts to make one. The depressing answer is that giants like Amazon aren’t interested in such a specialised niche market.

Small players have tried to fill this innovation gap, but these groups are invariably heavily reliant on government grants and charitable donations. All too often, the funds dry up at the prototype stage and the project stalls.