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Find a mobile device with accessibility features

Smartphones come with many built-in accessibility features that are helpful for people living with disability and those who experience limitations in hearing, vision, dexterity or learning ability.

There are also many mobile apps designed to assist people who have specific accessibility requirements.

The Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) was developed by the Mobile & Wireless Forum to provide a central point of information for consumers interested in the various accessibility features of mobile phones, tablets and apps. It also has information on accessibility features of wearables and smart TVs.

You can visit GARI and find out more about various accessibility features available on mobile devices. You can also search their database to find a device that will be suitable based on your particular accessibility needs.

Click here to read tips about choosing a mobile based on your accessibility needs.

 

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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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Mobile tips for School leavers

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.