New mobile app facilitates access to information to blind peopleby Ivano Abbadessa - 2016.01.14
Hear News is a free mobile app adapted to the needs of the blind or the visually impaired which aims to facilitate their access to information. The users can listen to the news and articles with the help of a voice synthesizer that reads the news. Every step of the user is accompanied by a voice command of the action, which guides him through the menu. Four Romanian websites are currently available in the app, namely gandul.info, mediafax.ro, historia.ro, and divahair.ro. Hear News is available for all smartphones and tablets that use the Android and iOS systems and can be downloaded from the Play Store and the App Store.
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