Monday, 22 December 2014

TAlking TEch for 23 Dec 2014

For this program, some sources of reading, suggested apps if your getting a new iOS device, and some podcasts to listen to over the summer break here in Australia.


Sources for Reading:


Kindle app on either iOS or Android.


iBooks on iOS or Mac (Yosemite).


Vision Australia: 3000 daisy books, 400 newspapers/magazines and a selection of podcasts from Va radio:

 via I-Access reading on the 3g daisy player, in Voice Dream Reader on iOS or Darwin Reader on Android.


Apps To Get You Started on iOS


ABC Radio


ABC iView,




Audio Archery


BBC iPlayer


Blind Square






Find my Friends


Find My iPhone




KNFB Reader




Light Detector


Money Reader




Pandora radio






Voice Dream Reader






A selection of main stream and tech related podcasts to add in to your podcast player such as iTunes on Mac or windows or Downcast on iOS.


ACB Radio Main Menu


Access Talk


Accessible Devices


All About Android




Assistive Technology Update


Apple Keynotes


Cool Blind Tech


Computalk (VA Radio)


Daily Tech News Show


Download This Show (Radio National)


Freedom Scientific FSCast


iMore Show


iSee - learning about Apple products from a blind perspective


iFive for the iPhone


iPad Today


Mac Break Weekly




Nosilla Podcast


Security Now


Talking Tech (VA Radio)


The Tech Doctor podcast


Tech News Today


Tech News Tonight


This Week In Google


This Week In Tech


Windows Weekly


Your Tech Life


Summer Break


There will be a summer edition of Talking Tech, I will be back with Stephen in March 2015.  For now, have a happy new year.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Talking Tech for DEc 16 2014

How To Use A DVD etc ON A Mac without A DVD Drive - from How To Geek


These days lots of computers come without a DVD drive, this article explains how you can still do this. 

Liquid Metals Help The Blind See Tech 


A prototype of a possible tactile or Braille display device using electric Magnets in a Ferro solution. 

CAVI CAST: prototype of remote control for NvDA


Only a prototype at the moment to enable remote support using NVDA.  Funding sources need to be found to bring the project to completion.


The following link will play an mp3 file of the CAVI podcast. 

Access World for December 2014


main article that caught my attention was the MountBatten Brailler, good to see it getting a mention again: fantastic tool for students and teachers.


Remember you can also get the MBCom iOS or Android app for the Mountbatten as well.


Just another quick note, you can get the AccessWorld app for reading this and other articles or back issues. 

Freedom Scientific Releases 90 day Trial License of JaWS For Windows


This allows developers or anyone else to buy a licensed version of JaWS for Windows, and the 90 day trial will go towards the total cost of a full license: further 90 day licenses can be purchased. 

Best Bluetooth Speakers for 2014


A great run down of available Bluetooth speakers for less than $50, $100 to $300 range, and $300 and above.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Talking Tech for Dec 9 2014

A Quick “How Many Does it Take” Joke

Q: How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None, it’s a hardware problem.
Well: I thought it was funny (smile).


I’m Not Sure If I would Buy This Satechi’s Bluetooth Keyboard: but 5 devices supported.

The Satechi’s BT keyboard: This just sounded like a great keyboard from Amazon and I certainly could access 5 devices from the same keyboard: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and work laptop. 

Thinking About Christmas Or All Year Round: Remember the Aldi iOS App For Grabbing deals

Aldi has specials on a regular basis, and besides groceries, you can grab some great technology hardware as well such as tablets, cordless phones, wifi extenders, power boards etc. This week I picked up a great slim line tower fan with remote which has tactile buttons on both the fan and remote.

Finally got To Play with the DAISY 3g player From Vision Australia

I must say, I am quite impressed by this player with the ability to be able to just turn the daisy player on, and within a minute or two access my daisy books, newspapers, magazines, and podcasts directly from the Vision Australia I-Access Online Library service.


Note: I’m not sure how well this app for iOS or Android works with Braille: seems to work ok with voiceOver on iOS, but not yet checked out Android and Talkback.

The National Relay Service (NRS) is for any Australian who is deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired who wants to make phone calls.

The app provides easier ways to make calls through the NRS in Australia.

This app gives you access to the following call options:
• internet relay – if you want to type and read your conversation
• Speak and Listen – if you are hard to understand on the phone  
• video relay – if you use Auslan
• captioned relay – if you can speak but can’t hear clearly.

The app is a world-first in combining a range of relay calls and support functions in a single app.

For both internet relay and Speak and Listen the app provides additional benefits or features that are only available through the app. These include:
• the ability to use customised phrases and call set-ups that you can pre-store on your phone or tablet
• the ability to ‘click through’ from contacts stored on the device
• better notification for incoming internet relay calls
• the option of inserting text for users making Speak and Listen calls
• the ability to utilise the device’s GPS in providing location information.

The app and any calls you make using the app are free. However, you will be connecting to the internet and will be using broadband data. How you are charged for this data will depend on the plan you have with your service provider. 



to find out more about the NRS or the NRS app.

Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

The Disability Answer Desk is where people with disabilities can get support with Microsoft products and accessibility features.
Connect with a Microsoft expert:
Call 1800 280 300
Hours of operation:
Every day: 8 AM – 9 PM (AEST)


Dictating beter

A lot of tips on how to improve your dictating ability.


How to Wipe your Phone or Tablet before Selling It

You may well want to know "How to Wipe Your Phone or Tablet Before You Sell It", CNET provides guidance.

Next three Shows: my favourite iOs/Mac apps, Podcasts, and Audio Books Suggestions For the Holidays

In the next several shows I will be going through my favourite iOS apps, Mac apps, the podcasts I listen to all the time with recommended podcast listening programs, and some audio book suggestions for the Christmas holidays.



Monday, 1 December 2014

Talking TEch for Dec 2 2014

Talking Tech for November 25 2014



Serotek Loses Another Staff Member


Jamie Pauls (the sixth person) has also resigned from Serotek last week.


Guess we will just have to wait and see what impact this has upon their services. 



International Day for Persons with a Disability


The International Day for Persons With a Disability is on the 3rd d of December 2014 the main focus of which is   the development of sustainable technology.


Just have a think about how many main stream products and now becoming more and more accessible (such as Apple, Android, and Microsoft), and what you can do to encourage the continuing development of current and future products.


Family Sharing from Apple on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite


Family sharing is across iOS and OS X allowing you to share music, apps, movies, TV shows, and Books.


All of this content can therefore be shared between iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV or Mac.


You can setup family sharing up to 6 people in iCloud on both iOS and Mac.


You will find the family purchased items under purchased in the Apps, iBooks and iTunes Store: For the Apple TV, look under shared in the Movies or TV shows tab.


In addition family members also get access to shared reminders, Calendar, and photos.


An indirect way of giving someone a great christmas present in your family.


However, please be aware that purchases made by family members will get build back to the main organisers credit card.  If a family member has iTunes gift card credit, this will be used first, except if they are the organiser in which case it will be ignored as it is seen as personal credit.


For more info on family sharing go to:



Finger Key ADDS Touch ID to your Mac


This nifty application that you run both on your iPhone and Mac, allows you to unlock your Mac by using touch id from your iPhone, and works well with Voiceover on both iOS and OS X.


Mac app 


iOS app

Monday, 24 November 2014

Talking TEch for Nov 25 2014

Serotek Announced the resignation of 5 Staff Last Friday in the US


Letting 5 staff go for what ever reason really should have been immediately followed up by a proper press release.


These are the folks that produce System Access, SAMN, Docuscan, iBlink Radio, and several well known podcasts including Serotek’s weekly technology podcast.


Official statement link follows but this could have been handled a lot better on Twitter over the week end where it got a bit nasty on Serotek’s behalf of which these Tweets by the company have now been deleted.


The official blog release didn’t arrive until Monday Aussie time, a bit late.



So no more podcasts it looks like from Serotek, but we’ll have to wait and see.


According to the company their still on track for the future.


Global RED Campaign to Fight AIdS Supported by Apple


From November 24 through to December 4, Apple is supporting the RED global campaign to fight the spread of AIDS through sales on the app store and their retails stores.  When you purchase specific apps or products, a part of the sale goes to support this vital campaign.


In Other Apple News: Free button changes to Get button in the iOS App Store


Don’t be put off if your looking for the Free button to purchase a free app now in the iOS App Store: it has now been changed to Get button instead.


Some Tech Christmas Ideas for 2014


Thought it would be nice to list  some tech type items to put under the Christmas tree for 2014 or to purchase any time for that matter.


From Amazon or from their own Suppliers


The BEM Bluetooth Speaker band for use with iPhone or Android..

Fitbit Flex band for tracking your steps etc for iPhone or Android..

Kindle Fire HDX Android based tablet for Kindle books etc.

AQ Audio Speakers for cost effective Airplay speakers around the house.

Aftershokz Bluetooth bone conduction  ear phones.

RIVO keyboard for iOs or Android.


From Apple or Apple Retailers


Apple TV.

iPod nano or iPod shuffle.

iPod touch.

iPhone or iPad.

iTunes gift cards that can be read by the iPhone or Mac camera to get the code.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Talking Tech for November 18 2014

Talking Tech for Nov 18 2014


More Yosemite Podcasts from me:


Changing your Login iCloud to use your iCloud (AppleID) Password,

Setting up SMS Text forwarding from iPhone to Mac,

New browsing mode in Safari,

Voice dictation and voice commands, and

Using iBooks, and

Sending a voice mail message with Messages.



In Apple news: from OS X Daily


OS X 10.10.1 is released:


Mainly wifi and email fix’s. 8.1.1 is also released:


iOS 8.1.1 released 


Main notes were in relation to making iOS 8 more stable on iPhone 4s and iPad 2. on the iOS 8.1.1 update from Applevis:


iOS 8.1.1 Accessibility Updates from Applevis 

iOS8.1.1 is now available to go get if you are running iOS8. One of the very welcome fixes is the automatic announcement of who is calling again while the phone is ringing. Siri is fixed and acts correctly now

AccessWorld for November 2014


A review of the KNFB Reader app (which quite impressed the reviewer), for iOS,a review of several mobile connected  health devices (most of which are not accessible), and making music with the Beamz: a great tool for fun and education.



Google to Test Fly Balloons which transmit wi-fi over Western QLD: from the Guardian


This is  just very cool indeed.  These balloons fly at twice the hight of a jet and stay up for 100 days.  Testing will be done by Google in conjunction with Telstra for the test trial.  This type of thing would be of great benefit in covering disaster sites etc.  From the same Google lab that has brought  us Google glass’s, and the Google driving car.


Article from the Guardian from SMH

Monday, 10 November 2014

Talking Tech for November 11 2014

Talking tech for November 11 2014


A bit of a mixed bag this week.


Podcasts from me


I’ve started producing a number of podcasts on Yosemite (OS X 10.10).  At this time they include making calls from your Mac via iPhone, answering calls on your Mac via iPhone, Hand Off between iPhone and Mac, Notifications Centre, iBooks, and toggling adjustment volume sound.

Have posted 4 of these so far to my podcast blog at: 

iOS app: Tap To Share


When doing my demo of Notifications Centre and Tweeting about what I was doing a demo on, a person on Twitter commented that it would be nice to be able to tweet from Notifications Centre on iOS, not just in Yosemite as was previously available.  A person commented with the Tap To Share app which puts a widget in the Notifications Centre to post to Facebook and twitter.


Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel more accessible on iOS with VoiceOver


Earlier this week Applevis tweeted that  Word and Excel were now more accessible on iOS with VoiceOver.  I’ve briefly tried Word, and whilst it is better, spell checking still seems to be an issue: i.e. Pages much better for this.


Microsoft Word: Applevis 

Microsoft Excel: Applevis: 

How to Migrate files to iCloud from Dropbox andWhy you may Want to Wait: from iMore


By the looks of this article, Dropbox or another general cloud drive service is still better than iCloud. 


How to Prevent iTunes from Syncing Automatically with your iPhone: from iBlog


This article is handy if you don’t want iTunes always connecting when you plug your iPhone in.