Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Talking Tech for August 30 2016

7 Things that Android Users can Do That iOS Users Can’t

 

Get more Choice in their device.

Personalise their device.

Use widgets.

Add more and flexible storage.

Multitasking via multiwindow.

Smoother notifications.

Free up space quickly.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/702034/Android-Vs-iOS-7-Things-Can-Do-Apple-iPhone-Only-Dream-Of?utm_source=applenews&utm_term=Life%20&%20Style&utm_content=Life%20&%20Style&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=applenews 

 

And just for the record: 7 Things that iPhone Users Can Do that Android Users Can’t

 

iOS apps are usually released first and better looking.

Instant Os updates for all.

Simple easy to use system wide search.

iPhones are more secure.

Better support for new technologies.

Works great with all your devices.

Lightening is miles better than micro usb.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/702037/Apple-iPhone-iOS-Things-Better-vs-Android?utm_source=applenews&utm_term=Life%20&%20Style&utm_content=Life%20&%20Style&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=applenews 

 

Twelve Things that Your Smart Phone has Replaced

 

Standard phones.

Cameras.

MP3 players.

Portable gaming consoles.

Alarm clocks.

Books.

Remote controls.

Watchs.

Photo albums.

Calculators.

Wallets.

Flash lights.

 

For me from a assistive technology perspective:

 

Light detecter.

Money identifier.

Daisy player.

Digital recorder.

GPS device.

Talking clock/watch.

Notetaker.

 

http://www.greenbot.com/article/3109064/android/12-things-your-smartphone-has-replaced.html#tk.rss_all 

 

How to Adjust Base Response for your iPhone or iPad Ear Phones

 

Settings, Music, EQ, Base Response Booster: amongst other Equaliser settings.

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http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/08/19/adjust-bass-response-iphone-ipad/

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Talking Tech for August 23 2016

July and August AccessWorld Catch Up

 

July: 

 

The article that stood out for me the most in the July edition of AccessWorld was the item relating to Amazon bringing speech output to the Amazon Kindle Paper White version 7 with the Audio Adapter..

 

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170703 

 

August: 

 

BrailleNote Touch, The I.D. Mate Galaxy, sonar Glasses, and Low Vision Access Technology part 2.

 

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw1708toc 

 

Sound Cloud demo of the Samsung Ultra HD TV Voice Guide Feature

 

A bit of a unprepared  demo, but this demo gives you some idea of the capabilities of Voice Guidance in the Samsung TV.

 

https://twitter.com/dwoodbridge/status/761673854754271233 

 

Two Blog Articles from Holly Bonner re OrCam Part 1 and 2

 

Part 1: Journey to OrCam:

 

http://blindmotherhood.com/blind-motherhood-path-orcam/ 

 

Part 2: experiencing OrCam:

 

http://blindmotherhood.com/experiencing-orcam/ 

 

Google Duo: simple video calling app for Android and iOS

 

Nice simple video calling app that works well with iPhone and Android phones: i.e. the app is tied to a phone number.

 

http://www.redmondpie.com/googles-facetime-like-video-calling-app-duo-now-available-on-ios-and-android/ 

 

Android App Link

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon&hl=en 

 

iOS App Link

 

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Google Talkback 5.0.4.3 Update

 

Main improvements:

Announcement when there are no new elements of a given type on a webpage: e.g. no more headings.

Supports text editing in Chrome.

Supports multipage views: e.g. page 2 of 5.

Announces text that has been selected, cut/copied pasted.

Global context menu new option: copy last spoken phrase to clipboard.

 

http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15754 

 

A Single Cable to Charge your Android and iOs devices

 

You can find this on Amazon: the Just Mobile AluCable  Duo: nice to have one cable that does both Micro UsB and Lightening: unfortunately now I have a Nexus phone with a UsB C style connector.

 

http://bgr.com/2016/08/17/charger-cable-iphone-android-alucable-duo/ 

 

How to Clean a MacBook Keyboard without Activating Keys

 

Keyboard Cleaner which is a 3rd party app for the Mac locks all the keys down besides Command+Q (Quit) so that you can clean the keyboard without activating keys: particularly the power key.

 

http://osxdaily.com/2016/08/20/clean-macbook-keyboard-keyboard-cleaner/

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Talking Tech for August 9 and August 16 2016

Last few weeks have been very busy, just catching up now.  Here are the notes for Talking Tech for August 9 and August 16 2016.

 

My Adventures with Getting the NBN on

 

The wait from Telstra to get connected (fibre to the node), buying an actual modem to speed up the process didn’t work (still had to wait for the official modem to turn up), several appointment changes, but now it’s on: just over 3 weeks.

 

Everything is now faster: downloading movies on the Apple TV, uploading podcasts, everyone can stream in the house at the same time, downloading Audible books is faster etc etc.

 

Now have two Wi-Fi networks coming off the NBN modem: a 2.4 and a 5g network: 5g better for Phones, laptops, and tablets.

 

App News

 

Olympics on 7

 

Olympics On 7 to watch highlights of the Olympics sort of accessible: unlabelled buttons but you can listen to the highlights.

 Youtube Kids

 

Youtube Kids: if you have children and are worried about the content they are watching on Youtube, Youtube Kids tries to minimise the amount of inappropriate content that they can get access to: I just found Youtube even with it’s safe mote wasn’t working that well for my family, this does.

 KNFB Reader to go Free Sort of (smile)

 

KNFB Reader to be released for Free if you are a BrailleNote Touch customer for the next release of KeySoft in September.

 

WeMo Updates with Accessibility Improvements

 

WeMo app got updated with accessibility improvements: now identified each device connected correctly.

 ABC iView no Longer Supporting Audio Description

 

ABC iView no longer supporting Audio Description: trial complete and not extended.  The option under Programs A-Z no longer has the Audio Description selection.

 Blind Fold App developer releases RS Games for iOS, not just Mac or PC

 

BlindFold RS Games for iOS now available:  besides PC/Mac.  20 games, limited time to play each game and then an in-app purchase.

 Remote app for the Apple tv 4th Generation Allows you to Use Siri

 

Remote app for Apple TV allows you to use Siri via the Remote app to the Apple TV: did a podcast on this, and its great using Siri on the Remote app on my iPhone to control the Apple TV.

 Apple Store app Keeps Updated with Recommendations

 

Apple Store app gets updated with new recommendation features: don’t think it is as good it’s made out to be, I got a recommendation for an iPhone 6s Battery case which I already have.

 Looktel Money Reader get a New Name and Goes Free

 

Looktel Money Reader gets a new name and goes free: now called Nantmobile Money Reader.

 

My Story About My Apple Watch 42MM with the tough Sapphire Glass Breaking

 

Slither of Sapphire glass came off the top edge of the watch, took it to the Apple Store and locally enough it was covered under my Apple Care plan.  So rather than costing $435 for a replacement, it only cost me $119.  Just shows good to have insurance for your devices, in this case Apple Care.

 

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Now Available as an eBook

 

As this book is primarily the script for the play, having the name of each character announced and then that character speaking as it were was a bit off putting at first, but after a while you do get used to it.

 

You can find this book either in the Kindle store or on iBooks.

 

 

 

How to Change how Much you Skip Forward or Backwards in an Audio Book in iBooks 

 

http://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-change-how-far-you-skip-backward-and-forward-audio-books-ibooks?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Monday, 15 August 2016

My Favorite Assistive and General Technology Podcasts

My favourite Assistive Technology and General Technology Podcasts

 

Under each of the podcasts titles you’ll find a straight text version of the podcasts hyper link which you can paste in to your pod catcher of choice such as Downcast for Mac OS and iOS.

 

Assistive Technology Related Podcasts

 

AppleVis Podcast

 

http://www.applevis.com/podcasts/feed

 

Assistive Technology Podcast with Wade Wingler

 

http://feeds.feedburner.com/AssistiveTechnologyUpdate

 

Blind Abilities

 

https://blindabilities.com/feed/podcast/?mt=2&ls=1

 

Blind Access Journal

 

http://feeds.feedburner.com/blindaccessjournal

 

Blind Bargains

 

http://www.blindbargains.com/rss/audionoads.xml

 

The Blind Side with Jonathan Mosen

 

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:140299254/sounds.rss

 

iBlind Tech (accessible work flows with Apple)

 

http://www.iblindtech.com/democast/rss.xml

 

iSee with David Woodbridge

 

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/feed

 

Main Menu

 

http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/rss.php

 

Talking Tech Vision Australia

 

http://talkingtech.podbean.com/feed/

 

Talking Vision Vision Australia

 

http://talkingvision.podbean.com/feed/

 

The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast

 

http://www.dr-carter.com/?feed=rss2

 

General Technology Related Podcasts

 

All About Android

 

http://leo.am/podcasts/aaa.xml

 

Apple Byte

 

http://feed.cnet.com/feed/podcast/apple-byte.xml

 

Apple Keynotes

 

http://podcasts.apple.com/apple_keynotes/apple_keynotes.xml

 

Download This Show (ABC Australia tech show))

 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/feed/3777916/podcast.xml

 

iMore (Apple)

 

http://feeds.feedburner.com/PhoneDifferentPodcast

 

The iOS Show

 

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/iphonealley/podcast

 

iOS Today

 

http://feeds.twit.tv/ipad.xml

 

Life and Technology with Charlie Brown (2gb Australia tech show)

 

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/life-and-technology-charlie-brown/feed

 

MacBreak Weekly

 

http://leoville.tv/podcasts/mbw.xml

 

MacCast

 

http://www.maccast.com/erss.xml

 

Macworld

 

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:58576458/sounds.rss

 

NosillaCast Mac Podcast

 

http://www.podfeet.com/NosillaCast/rss.xml

 

This Week in Google

 

http://leoville.tv/podcasts/twig.xml

 

TWiT Live Specials

 

http://leoville.tv/podcasts/ces.xml

 

Tech News Today

 

http://leo.am/podcasts/tnt

 

This Week in Tech

 

http://leoville.tv/podcasts/twit.xml

 

Windows Weekly

 

http://leoville.tv/podcasts/ww.xml

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Talking Tech for July 26 2016

Bursaries Open Again from August 1 2016

 

Six thousand dollar Bursary awards to help with tertiary study have come around again, and you can apply from August 1 2016.  Contact Belinda Wilson at Vision Australia on 1300 847 466.

 

A Reminder - Microsoft Windows Upgrade for Assistive Tech Users to Remain Free After July 29

 

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/156816/20160509/windows-10-upgrade-will-remain-free-for-users-of-assistive-technologies.htm 

A Revolution in Graphical Tactile Displays from APH

 

http://www.aph.org/refreshable-tactile-graphics-display/ 

Vibrating Space Boots Could Help Astronauts  and the Blind From Bumping in to Obstacles

 

http://news.mit.edu/2016/vibrating-footwear-astronauts-visually-impaired-0722 

3D Sound Phone System Offers Sensory Guidance to the Vision Impaired

 

http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2016/jul/3d-sound-system-for-blind.cfm

Monday, 11 July 2016

Talking Tech for July 12 2016

An Interview With the Australian Voice Of Siri

 

In this episode of Talking Tech Stephen talks with Karen Jacobson who’s voice was used for the basis of the Karen voice that VoiceOver on iOS/OS X, GPs devices, and other systems use.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Talking Tech for June 28 2016

VFO group adding AI Squared

 

I’m not sure what the implications of this will be, but now e have a single company selling the two major screen readers: JAWS and Window-Eyes, and the two major screen magnification programs: Zoomtext and MAGic.  Then we have OpenBook as well plus all the low vision hardware from FS and Optalec.

 

http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/167 

Conferences coming up in the US and the UK

 

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Convention June 30 to July 5 2016

 

https://nfb.org/convention 

ACB Conference and Convention July 1-9 2016

 

http://acb.org/2016program 

Sight Village Conferences Uk 

 

Various dates and locations: July, September, and November in the uK.

 

http://www.sightvillage.co.uk 

This App Makes the iPhone or iPad Accessible for Deaf Blind People: 

Open Access Captions

 

Developed by the Brisbane-based Conexu Foundation, the app directly connects callers via a live captioner so that phone conversations can be read as they happen.

 

Currently in trial, use app (free) to indicate interest in the trial or email hello@conexu.com.au.

 

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/06/this-app-makes-your-smartphone-accessible-for-deafblind-people/ 

9Now on the Apple TV

 

Finally got a useful live or replay shows app on the Apple TV, 9Now use is quite usable.

The only issue I had was when trying to sign up via the iOS app the agree to privacy agreement checkbox wasn’t accessible, so ended up doing the signup to get a 9Now profile via the website.

 

 

Creating a Shortcut file for Mac/Win to open webpages

 

I’ve been asked this over the years, and only rediscovered this in the last week or so when I got several questions about the same thing.

 

Very very easy: simply create a file with two lines: [InternetShortCut] URL=“insertWebLink” without the aquotes, and save as a text file with the .url extension.

Note - if your using Textedit on the Mac, turn the rtf Textedit in to a text file via Shift+Command+T.