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News from NFB-NEWSLINE®
We are pleased to announce that NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile App 2.0 is now available for download in the Apple App Store. We’ve made several improvements and smoothed out some bugs that appeared after the iOS 6.0 update was released by Apple. You should now have a better user experience and access to other information provided by NFB-NEWSLINE®.
Now you can receive your emergency weather alerts right on your iPhone with the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile App. If there is a weather alert for your area and your address and zip code are up to date on your NFB-NEWSLINE® account, you will hear a message saying “weather alert” when you launch the NFB-NEWSLINE®Mobile app and your iPhone will vibrate. Just double tap the weather alert button when you hear the alert, and you can read the entire alert on your iPhone. Please keep in mind only the iPhone will vibrate, as the iPad and iPod have no vibration-motor. Those of you running the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile App on these devices will only receive the voice alert. You can customize your alert preferences via the settings menu. To update your address, call 866-504-7300, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve also added a “Messages” section, so you may read the latest announcements and information posted on NFB-NEWSLINE®. We post messages to inform our subscribers about the latest enhancements and changes to NFB-NEWSLINE®, and these can be read from the Messages section in the NFB-NEWSLINE®Mobile App. The Messages button will appear under the welcome message on your home screen. Please note that messages will only appear if you have active Internet service through a Wi-Fi connection or your mobile carrier. You can read more extensively about these new changes and enhancements to NFB-NEWSLINE® in the “Messages” section.
We have made other small improvements and changes to the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile App that will enhance your user experience. For example, now you can update your subscriptions in the “Subscriptions” section without any problems and the jump to channel on-screen keyboard in the TV listings has been improved with a numeric keypad.
The National Federation of the Blind developed NFB-NEWSLINE® to be used by anyone who cannot read a printed newspaper because of a visual or physical disability. NFB-NEWSLINE® uses the latest digital technology to bring blind and visually impaired readers an easy-to-use telephone service that “reads” all the text from various newspapers across the country. Users need only a touch-tone phone and their personal identification numbers to access the nationwide, toll-free number. By following a touch-tone menu, you will be able to access different sections of the newspaper—the front page, the sports page, the business page, etc. You choose the newspaper and voice you prefer.
The newspapers from Missouri currently available through NFB-NEWSLINE® are:
· Columbia Daily Tribune
· Jefferson City News Tribune
· Kansas City Star
· Saint Joseph News Press
· Saint Louis American
· Saint Louis Post Dispatch
· Southeast Missourian
· Springfield News Leader
Applying for NFB-NEWSLINE® is as easy as a phone call, and there is no application or subscription fee. Call Wolfner Library at 800-392-2614 and staff can sign you up for the service over the telephone. All users are assigned a personal identification number (PIN) and a security code to gain access to NFB-NEWSLINE®.
lfner News is a quarterly newsletter for patrons of Wolfner Library. Choosing a link below will take you to that issue of our newsletter, and editions with a small headphone icon are also online in audio. Additionally, the newsletter is available in large print, on cassette or in braille by contacting Wolfner Library at 1-800-392-2614 (in-state) or 573-751-8720.