iPhone owners can listen as their Facebook messages are read to them out loud automatically via the Messages Aloud application, created by VoiZapp, Inc. According to the developers, this is the first iOS app to bring optimized state of the art text-to-speech technology to Facebook messages on all iOS devices.
Developer: Wesson Systems, Inc.
Price: $2.99 Download on the App Store
"Facebook has become an integral part of our lives, and mobile has fundamentally changed the way we access and use social networking services", said Dr. Robert B. Wesson, Voizapp's CEO. "You can now stay in touch with your Facebook friends while safely driving, walking, exercising — anywhere your eyes are otherwise occupied. Messages Aloud also gives the visually-impaired and elderly an audible window into their friends' and families' lives by allowing them to hear all of their messages read aloud."
Messages Aloud Will:
⇒ Read aloud the latest Facebook messages in a pleasant, easy-to-understand young woman's voice
⇒ Scroll through each message on screen or tap around to read messages at random
⇒ Automatically switch between reading existing messages in reverse time order (most recent first) or just reading new messages as they arrive for as long as desired
⇒ Play, pause, and skip forward/back using intuitive controls, just like the iPod
⇒ Continue reading aloud while in the background, just like the iPod
⇒ Understand and read common computer jargon such as smiley faces and texting-style abbreviations (LOL, ROTFLMAO, happy/sad faces, etc.)
Messages Aloud 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through Apple's App Store in the Social Networking category. Messages Aloud Lite reads the latest 10 messages only, and is available for free.