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Welcome to the August 2017 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which aims to
highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll
find a selection of the best
content posted to AppleVis – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest news and podcasts. For
easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3,
and each individual item is at
heading level 4.
New and Noteworthy App Entries
1. Blindfold Deal Or Not (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
Blindfold Deal or Not is a fully accessible trivia game inspired by the TV
Game Show “Deal or No Deal”.
You start off by picking an envelope that contains cash, but you are not
told how much cash is in your envelope. The game board starts with 26
envelopes, and once you’ve picked your envelopes, there are 25 envelopes
In the first round, you pick 7 envelopes to remove from the game board, and
as each is removed, you are told how much was in that envelope. At the end
of the first round, the banker will make you an offer to pay you for your
envelope. If you accept the offer, you receive the cash offered by the
banker. If you reject the offer, you continue to the next round.
The game continues in this manner for several more rounds, until you are at
the last envelope. You can either pick that envelope, or keep your envelope.
Once you pick one of the envelopes, you are told what you now have, and what
you gave up. You get to keep the cash in the envelope you pick.
There are about 10 rooms where the game is played with different amounts of
cash, and you can enter any of the rooms if you’ve won enough cash.
Blindfold Deal or Not comes with coins to play for free, and then you can
purchase unlimited play.
Current Version: 1.1.9 (August 29, 2017)
Read Blindfold Deal Or Not’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
Visit Blindfold Deal Or Not’s App Store page
2. Blindfold Flappy (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
Blindfold Flappy is a fully accessible audio game, inspired by the mobile
game Flappy Bird. The objective is to move your bird so it’s flies through
the holes in the pipes.
Your bird is at the left side of the screen, and falls from the top of the
screen to the bottom; your bird pops up a little each time you tap the
Constantly moving towards your bird are pipes that run from the top of the
screen to the bottom of the screen; each pipe has a gap, or a hole, in it.
Your task is to move your bird so that when the pipe is about to hit your
bird, your bird is lined up with the hole, and passes through it.
This game can be played with or without headphones or earbuds, but when you
are starting out, earbuds will make it easier. Once you get the hang of it,
you can just listen to the sounds.
In your left ear, you hear a tone that indicates where your bird is. As the
bird drops, the tone drops in pitch. Each time you tap the screen, the tone
increases in pitch. In your right ear, you hear a tone that indicates where
the mid-point of the hole in the pipe is. As the pipe gets closer and closer
to you, the sound gets louder.
To ensure your bird will make it through the hole, you want the tones in
both your ears to be as close in pitch as possible.
The game comes with coins; you need one coin to play. More coins are
available as an in-app upgrade.
Current Version: 1.0.8 (August 19, 2017)
Read Blindfold Flappy’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
Visit Blindfold Flappy’s App Store page
3. Eclipse Soundscapes (iOS, Free)
The Eclipse Soundscapes Project app is specially designed so that people who
are blind and visually impaired can share in the awe and wonder of
astronomical events in real time with their sighted peers.
The app is a joint effort between The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
(SAO), NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC), the National Center
for Accessible Media (NCAM), and the National Park Service (NPS). Features
include an interactive “Rumble map”; audio descriptions of key features of
the eclipse; a play-by-play description of the total solar eclipse as it is
happening in the user’s area; and a countdown clock to the next upcoming
The “Rumble Map” gives the user the sensation of “feeling” the Sun during an
eclipse. Our technology translates images of key eclipse features into a
series of unique frequency modulated tones that map out variations in light
and dark as the user explores the image with their fingertips. These tones
are specially designed to make the user’s mobile device shake, or rumble, in
response to the changes.
After the eclipse, the Eclipse Soundscapes app will provide access to a
database of soundscape recordings from U.S. National Parks and other urban
and rural locations so that users can experience how eclipses change the
behavior of different species, including humans. During the next five years,
the app will expand to include other eclipses and astronomical objects of
interest giving people who are blind and visually impaired – and everyone
else – a new way to engage with the universe around them.
Current Version: 1.2.3 (August 16, 2017)
Read Eclipse Soundscapes’ AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
Visit Eclipse Soundscapes’ App Store page
4. iAccessibility (iOS, Free)
iAccessibility believes that everyone can use technology, and our goal is to
make technology accessible to everyone. With the iAccessibility app, you can
read about new technologies, listen to our podcasts, and learn more from an
amazing community of technology enthusiasts.
Current Version: 1.0.1 (August 9, 2017)
Read iAccessibility’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit iAccessibility’s App Store page
5. IFTTT (iOS, Free)
Applets bring your favorite services together to create new experiences.
Over 500 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive,
Twitch, Weather Underground, Instagram, Gmail, and devices like Google Home,
Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your iPhone. The IFTTT app also
integrates with the Health app, so you can easily track and maintain your
Turn on Applets and:
. Control everything around you with your voice and Amazon Alexa or
. Stay informed about what’s happening from publications like The New
York Times and ProPublica
. Always stay prepared for the weather with custom daily forecast
. Message roommates when you’re near the local grocery
. Get an alert as soon as there’s a new Craigslist listing that
matches you search
. Stay safe with automated and intelligent home security alerts
. Streamline your social media
. Back up and share your iOS photos automatically
. Back up important files, photos, and contacts to cloud-storage
solutions, such as Dropbox or Google Drive
. Set your home thermostat to an optimal temperature when you arrive
. Post all your Instagrams as Twitter photos or Pinterest pins
. Trigger events based on your current location
There are thousands of other use cases! New services are added every week.
Some popular ones include: Twitch, Telegram, Spotify, YouTube, Google
Calendar, Tumblr, Medium, Pocket, Square, eBay, Giphy, Automatic, LIFX,
Fitbit, Withings, littleBits, Google WiFi, Evernote, Reddit, Digg, Skype,
Slack, LINE, MailChimp, Salesforce, Todoist, and hundreds more.
Current Version: 3.3.10 (August 18, 2017)
Read IFTTT’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit IFTTT’s App Store page
6. Paladins: Choices Game (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
A text adventure RPG where YOU play the characters in a medieval fantasy
novel! The story is set in the rich world of Dezrel created by author David
Dalglish. You play several different characters including a Paladin of
Ashhur, a wolf-man pack leader, a scrappy farmer, and more!
Put yourself into the shoes of the characters and watch the story unfold,
but be careful what choices you make. Death is always near.
64 chapters of adventure, over 100 achievements, and TONS of interesting
choices. And it’s all free. Sweet, sweet, freedom.
This interactive novel is based on David Dalglish’s Paladins Series of
fantasy novels. Mr. Dalglish has partnered with Delight Games to “gamify”
his novel. As far as we know, this is the first time a traditional novel has
been gamified like this. Download it and be among the first to experience a
novel in this novel way. 😉
Current Version: 1.13 (August 4, 2017)
Read Paladins: Choices Game’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
Visit Paladins: Choices Game’s App Store page
7. Word Search War: Puzzle Guru (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
Word War! is a word search with a spin. Play a a single player word search
or challenge an opponent to a timed or a live word battle and search for
word simultaneously. Launch attacks against your opponents to slow them down
and win the battle.
Word War! was created for the visually impaired, but fun for all to play.
Available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and
Japanese to allow you to test your skill against opponents all over the
. Facebook friends
. Twitter followers
. Random opponents
Key Features include:
. Over 150+ word categories!
. Single player or multiplayer games!
. Multiplayer timed and live games!
. Smoke bombs to slow down opponents!
. Letter bombs to remove letters!
. Chat with your friends
. Multiple lingual support for chat text!
. Level progressions with promotion criteria!
. Advanced stats and leaderboards!
. Lightning fast game play!
. 100% Voiceover accessible!
If you like word searches, you need to try Word War! Download for free and
start a Word War today!
Current Version: 1.0.2 (August 25, 2017)
Read Word Search War’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Word Search War’s App Store Page
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