For Immediate Release
Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 28, 2010
The iBlink Radio application from the Serotek Corporation has just been updated! The world’s first application for the visually impaired for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is now available on the iTunes App Store. Version 2.0 sports Push Notifications, Localized Content and even more content for you to explore. IBlink Radio offers radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to blind and visually impaired persons; as well as their friends, family, caregivers and those wanting to know what life is like without eyesight. The original release of iBlink Radio has been downloaded thousands of times and it has even been featured on the front page of the iTunes Store. All stations under Community Radio are owned and/or operated by persons with limited or no eye sight. Genres include oldies, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, alternative, classic Rock, Old Time Radio and more. This is a small sampling of SAMNet, Serotek’s award-winning online community dedicated to promoting the digital lifestyle to its low-vision and blind subscribers. Reading services provide narration of newspapers, magazines, periodicals and other print publications including: USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and hundreds more. Podcasts are produced by blind and partially sighted individuals, and cover topics including: broadcasting, computers, radio, technology, Independent Living, Travel, and much more. “We created this application and placed it on the iTunes store, free of charge, for a number of reasons. The blind community is full of people with an astounding and diverse array of talents and skills. These abilities are worthy of being noticed and appreciated by everyone, in both the blind and sighted communities,” said Mike Calvo, CEO. iBlink Radio is the perfect way to showcase the broadcasting talent within the blind community, and the app is available for anyone, blind or sighted, to download. What’s New in Version 2.0 Improved Interface: The new iBlink Radio interface allows even easier navigation across your iDevice of choice. You can use your iPhone, iPod or iPad in either portrait or landscape modes to find your favorite station. Or just move through the lists to discover all new ones. In either case, the tap of a finger will have your selection playing instantly. You can also adjust the volume from iBlink Radio by swiping your finger on the volume control at the bottom of the display. New Easy To Add Favorites: You can add your favorite stations and Reading Services without ever leaving the list page. Tap the bottom left of the display to add the selection to your Favorites list. You can even do this while listening to the station! Push Notifications: You can now set alerts and sounds to notify you when your favorite content has been updated. The new notifications option can be found under the Settings section of your IOS device. Localized Content Having trouble finding the right content for you? Listen to information and entertainment specific to your area with the use of the Localized Content feature. New Content Added 5 new radio stations have been added to the Community Radio section. Several new Radio Reading Services have been added including those from; Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and all five feeds for Voice Print Canada. This upgrade makes it even easier to find and hear the community radio stations, reading services, and podcasts you want, including resources in your area. This upgrade also adds support for a wider variety of audio formats, so you can expect even more resources to be added in the near future.