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RIM launches BlackBerry Screen Reader

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Research In Motion (RIM) has launched BlackBerry Screen Reader, a free software application that helps customers who are blind or visually impaired operate their BlackBerry smartphone. BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on visual information displayed on a BlackBerry smartphone.
“We are excited to introduce BlackBerry Screen Reader as part of our suite of accessibility solutions for BlackBerry smartphones,” says Greg Fields, senior product manager.
“BlackBerry Screen Reader helps customers with visual impairments stay connected with the people and information that matter most to them, and is representative of RIM’s continuing commitment to support customers with disabilities.”
Key features of BlackBerry Screen Reader include:
* Support for core applications – users can easily access core BlackBerry applications including e-mail, calendar, phone calls and more.
* Speech settings – users can customise the text-to-speech settings (volume, pitch and speech rate) and preferences for punctuation, verbosity and password security.
* Keyboard shortcuts – users can set speech and audio preferences quickly and easily through (physical) keyboard shortcuts.
* Accessible documentation – User Guide available in accessible HTML through a desktop Web browser.
BlackBerry Screen Reader is available now as a free download from the BlackBerry Web site for the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones. The application is available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.