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NFB-NEWSLINE® Releases iOS Mobile App Version 2.1

December 2, 2015
Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

NFB-NEWSLINE® continues to expand the functionality of its free news and information service with the release of NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile iOS app version 2.1, a free app for the blind and print-disabled.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Living the lives we want means being connected to important news and information at the same time as our sighted peers. We are proud that NFB-NEWSLINE® continues to expand the availability and selection of newspapers and other important information. Its a unique service developed by the blind, for the blind.”

Scott White, Director of NFB-NEWSLINE®, said: “We are excited to release this next version of NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile. We are constantly striving to keep this app relevant and provide more features, and we thank our subscribers for the many useful suggestions that have been implemented in this version.”

NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired or print-disabled, offering over four hundred publications. The service includes national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, sixteen breaking news sources such as CNN and ESPN Online, fourteen international newspapers including the London Telegraph and Vancouver Sun, and countless state newspapers, plus fifty magazines like Time, PC World, Mac World, Guideposts, and more.

The new version of the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile iOS app includes a number of enhancements, including a global search function, allowing subscribers to search across all publications for topics of interest. The weather alert feature will now be linked to the iOS devices GPS, so alerts will be more accurate than ever before. A blind person can hear the beep tones warning of weather emergencies on the television, but cannot read the messages scrolling across the screen. NFB-NEWSLINE® provides any current alerts as soon as subscribers log into the app.

In addition to these features, TV listings have been streamlined, retail ads-previously only available using the telephone access method-have been added, and choosing favorites is now made easier by the addition of an Add/Delete Favorites button on the screen for each publication.

NFB-NEWSLINE®s vast array of publications, information, and announcements can be accessed anytime, on the subscribers schedule, all day, every day. And it is always free. To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE® or to sign up, visit, or call (866) 504-7300.

NFB-NEWSLINE® is a service of the National Federation of the Blind.

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