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My love affair with Siri: is the honeymoon over?

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Ever since I purchased my iPhone 4S a few weeks ago, I have been evaluating my use of Siri: in doing so I have come to a few realisations about how I use technology in general. The one theme that prevails is that nothing is infallible. No technology is perfect and, as an end user, I find that I am forever making adjustments and adaptations, and that isn't such a bad thing.

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Is Apple accessibility the best kept secret?

There is no question that Apple products are an integral part of my daily life and I shudder to think what I would do without them. But, and it's a big but, I am downright furious with Apple Inc. Why? Because, despite being lobbied a gazillion times by as many people, they fail to recognise or understand the importance of engaging with disabled people.

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Hello Steve Jobs. What’s at your core?

As anyone who reads this blog will know, and for those of you who don't, I am an Apple-tastic, Mac geek, iAnything kind of girl. I love the fact that accessibility features are inherent in their systems and are graciously given cool product names that don't make us disabled types feel like aliens, but like part of the in-crowd. They are the living, breathing example of inclusive technology, so why oh why will they not talk to any of us disabled folk who are desperate to get the word of just how great their products are out on the street?

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Getting around VoiceOver – the love fest with Apple continues

As is our usual shopping routine, we arrived at the mall bright and early on Saturday morning and I meandered around the January sales like the good Jewish girl that I am, but somehow the geek in me always prevails and we found ourselves in the Apple store, again.

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A visually impaired geek finds happiness with a small but perfectly formed Mac Mini

Although I purchased my beloved Mac Mini on the same day I got my iPhone back in June, I wanted to wait a while to have the experience of using it day in and day out, as I anticipated there was going to be an adjustment period since I did port over from a PC running the dreaded Vista after all. It is not like me to wholeheartedly diss something outright, but really, it is just not right when you have regular freezes and crashes because of conflicts between your operating system and software when they are made by the same company!

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Why the iPhone 3GS made this visually impaired girl happy

I was in geek heaven when I found out that Apple were bringing out an accessible iPhone with plenty of features for visually impaired users. And calling it an iPhone is a bit of a misnomer, but I guess they couldn’t really call it the iPhone-iPod-iEmail-iInternet-iCamera-iEtc now could they?

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