All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘blind’

Marlana VanHoose: Blind Teen Belts Rousing National Anthem In Game 6 Of NBA Finals

A 19-year-old teen named Marlana VanHoose wowed the audience as she performed the national anthem during NBA Finals on Tuesday. The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to invite VanHoose to sing the national anthem for Game 6 of NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. High profile artists like Rascal Flatts, Usher and Carlos Santana have all performed the anthem at Cleveland but …

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Roseanne Barr: What’s Causing Her To Go Blind?

Comedienne Roseanne Barr has been through a lot. She has struggled with divorces, weight problems, personal demons and now, she’s fighting a disease that’s slowly robbing her of her eyesight. In a recent interview she gave for The Daily Beast, the stand-up comic admitted that she’s suffering from glaucoma and macular degeneration. The disease is progressive and unfortunately, it also …

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Netflix Adds Narration for Blind Users – Starting with Daredevil

Subtitles for the hearing impaired are commonplace in streaming media, including Netflix. But descriptive narration for the visually impaired is not nearly as ubiquitous. Netflix is taking the first steps to remedy this, announcing a new audio description feature that will debut on its original series Daredevil – a series about a blind superhero. This is more than a coincidence, …

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Internet Explorer 11 Adds Better Accessibility Features For The Blind

The blind and visually impaired are criminally overlooked as technology progresses. There’s been a few improvements to how computers behave to help those with visual impairments, but you could easily argue that not enough is being done to improve accessibility. Microsoft must feel the same way as it’s adding a number of improvements to its latest browser to address these …

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Gun Permits given to Blind in Iowa

Blind Iowa residents are not able to get a driver’s license, but can they carry a gun? Sure. Des Moines Register reports Iowa is allowing people who are legally blind permits that will allow them to carry firearms in public, as well as purchase guns. Seems strange, but the permits are legal, as Iowa law does not deny anyone the …

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Google Glass May Just Help The Blind ‘See’

What do you think of when you hear about Google Glass? Is it Google being stingy about porn and facial recognition, or is it about the potential for crazy augmented reality video games? There’s even more that Google Glass can do, but you probably never thought Google’s AR glasses would ever help the blind see. Say hello to OpenGlass, a …

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Google Self-Driving Car Takes Blind Man To Taco Bell

Google uploaded a video of a self-driving car test, showing Steve Mahan, a legally blind man behind the wheel, and stopping at Taco Bell for a burrito. Google says in the video description, “We announced our self-driving car project in 2010 to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. Having safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, we …

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New Chrome Extension Helps the Blind Participate in Google+ Chat Hangouts

Software Engineer, Mohamed Mansour, developed a new Chrome extension called Accessible Hangouts for Google+ that makes chatting in hangouts more feasible for the blind. In the following video Mansour demonstrates his technology by holdong a chat in hangout with Ken Meadows, a veteran who lost his sight while stationed in Iraq. Every time someone talks in chat their name is …

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iPhone Loss Leaves Man Blind In Atlanta

A Georgia Tech grad student found himself in a compromising position after he lost his smartphone. Vincent Martin is blind and his phone has special software that allows him to interact via voice recognition. Last friday he had to make a special trip to the veterinary clinic to allow his guide dog Karson to undergo a series of diagnostic tests. …

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To The Blind, The Internet Isn’t Always So User-Friendly

When people self-congratulate about the Internet, they usually laud either the speed of communication or the bulk of information that it provides to people. One very big detail that is undoubtedly taken for granted, though, is the fact that Internet accessibility is wholly dependent on the ability of its users to actually see the content on the Internet. When you …

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