Launch of new Mobile @Vodacom Kiosk for the blind and visually impaired at @CouncilForBlind

In partnership with Vodacom, the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) officially launched a mobile service kiosk at their Pretoria offices yesterday (Wednesday 8 June), bringing mobile communication closer to visually impaired people.

These days, smartphones come with built-in accessibility features on both Android and iOS platforms enabling people with various disabilities to also have access to the amazing world of independence and the internet.

The kiosk will provide step-by-step guidance and serve as an information hub and one stop shop for blind and visually impaired people who are interested in accessible phones.

For more information, please contact the SANCB on 012-452-3811.

LG G4 – A worthwhile buy?

So, here we have the LG G4.  Yes, I know it was already released in April of this year, 2015, it’s almost time for newer flagships but, better late than never.  I promise, I did try my best to get a review unit but, I guess this phone was just so popular that there was just not enough units to go around.

 

In my view, the G4 is an upgrade to the G3 which was in-turn an upgrade to the G2.  A worthwhile one though, especially if you have the G2.

 

Before jumping in, let’s look at the things you should know.

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South African Mobile Telecommunications Accessibility Survey 2015

As South Africans who are living with disabilities, we find that we are sidelined as customers especially by the mobile networks.

 

The mobile networks, especially, are not necessarily interested in hearing what we’ve got to say.  They only try to conform to the minimum requirements enforced, (if ever) by ICASA.  I’m specifically thinking of MTN, who told me that they (know what they are doing, thank you very much); and that was more than five years ago.

 

Vodacom has a special needs helpdesk but, I, in particular, had a very bad experience with them and thus, I’m not a customer of theirs.

 

We should not be limited to a particular network just because they have a special needs desk.

 

The other networks have a lot to offer and they can actually provide the special needs assistance, if they really want to, without breaking the bank.

 

In 2013, we wanted to get your input on the accessibility for persons living with disabilities of the mobile networks in South Africa.

 

Many of you completed the survey.  Thank you.

 

I’ve engaged with Telkom Mobile and provided them with the statistics of the survey but, I haven’t received any feedback from them yet.

 

 

Just over 2 years later, I’ve decided to ask you for your input once again.

 

Please Click here to complete the survey.

 

It should not take you longer than 20 minutes but, depending on how much you have to add, it may just take a bit longer than that.

 

Should you require any assistance, you can contact us during office hours on 0127533663 and we will try to assist.  Alternatively, you can email us at admin@AccessTech.co.za.

 

Let’s try and use this platform to enable us to provide solutions suggestions to the mobile providers in addressing our needs as persons living with disabilities.

Comparing the Apple iPhone, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus

Not sure if you should upgrade to the latest iPhone?

Don’t worry, it is rather confusing but, hopefully the below table will give you a quick idea of the major differences.

 

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What we know about the upcoming Blackberry Priv

Blackberry is really trying hard to get it right and for their sake, I hope it will give them some leverage.

The Priv features a 5.4″ Quad HD display with curved glass and runs on the Snapdragon 808 chip with dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 and quad-core 1.44GHz Cortex-A53 CPU plus Adreno 418 GPU.

The main camera of the BlackBerry Priv is an 18MP Sony MX230-S with 4K video recording and a dual-LED flash.

The BlackBerry’s setup also features Schneider-Kreuznach optics.

The Priv will be running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with some BlackBerry exclusive apps and services. There will be an app to help you transfer content from various devices, including old BlackBerries.

 

From an accessibility point of view, and probably for the physical qwerty keyboard fans, this is going to be an interesting option as the selection on Android phones with physical qwerty keyboards are really small and I don’t think that there are any devices in South Africa at present.  The old and outdated ones doesn’t count.

 

Below is the video, introducing the Priv.

 

I will update this post the moment I learn anything else.