Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Talking Tech for End of September and early to middle October

Talking Tech Sep 29 2015


ABC iView with Audio Description Update


Now available with Audio Described option on the Android Play Store.


According to Media Access Australia in a recent podcast from them, over 20.000 have used ABC iView since the the 15 month trial started in April 2015.


Considering it was only available on iOs, and recently Android, its a great number.


the ABC iView website should be supporting audio description late October or November, but no date has been announced.


So far I have listened to Glitch, Humans, and now currently Doctor Who.


A Small Number of Disney Audio Described movies on iTunes


In iTunes, if you type in “Blind Viewers” you will get a listing of several dedicated audio described movies.


A small number, but hopefully the start of better things to come.


Apps Specific for Seniors page Launched on the Australian iTunes Store 



Keynote - Free Typing Tutor for Mac and Windows


Very excited that there is now a typing tutor application now available for the first time for the Mac that works with VoiceOver. 



Guide Dogs NSW/ACT GPs app


This is a subscription based GPs app.  At the moment it’s being offered for $12.99 for a yearly subscription, but I believe after the first 500 downloads of the app, that the price of the subscription will increase dramatically.


Interesting app, although I’m not certain about why we need Altitude, why round abouts are identified as unnamed, and why include a Maps section if it’s not accessible.


One thing I do like is the orientation to an intersection: e.g. if its running left or right.




Voice Dream Reader Now Available in the Android Play Store


This excellent app for reading out docs with text to speech for iOS, is now available for Android.



Access World for September 2015


The item of note in this issue was: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac: a first look. 


Games from kids friendly software


I’ve tried a few of these games in the past and found them quite good, but didn’t realise until recently that they have quite a few including:


Blindfold Blackjack,

Blindfold simon,

Blindfold dominos,

Blindfold pong,

Blindfold Hopper,

Blindfold Cryptogram,

Blind Video Poker,

Blindfold Sudoku,

Blindfold Sudoku mini, and

Blindfold racer.


And quite a few card games from Kid Friendly Games:

Blindfold Hearts,

Blindfold Spades,

Blindfold War,

Blindfold Solitair,

Blindfold Wildcard, and

Blindfold Crazy Eights.



Talking Tech for  first week of October 6 2015


Watch OS 2

Mail: Can now reply from watch.

Activity: get weekly stats via force touch.

Alarm: press Digital crown to snooze alarm or Friends button to stop.

FaceTime audio calling: can make/receive FaceTime audio calls.

Add groups of friends to Friends with the standard 12 contacts per friends group.

 Mute Stand Reminder for rest of day: great when your stuck in the car.

Time Travel: scroll digital crown on Clock Face to see current complications change in past or in the future: i.e. next Calendar item, Weather at 2PM etc.

Support for 3rd party complications.

New watch clock faces: time elapsed and Photos.

New colours in complications:

Switching from clock face to home screen, no interim jump to Clock on home screen.

Settings Glance: AirPlay options for choosing Apple watch speaker or BT device.

Can check Apple watch battery level from iOS 9 Notifications Today screen.



Ask Siri to open a glance “open heart beat glance” or “open settings glance”.

Start a workout directly by saying “start Indoor Walk Workout”.

Get a definition of a word “define telephone”.




Wake up watch mis-labelled but with new time setting.


Apple watch on iPhone renamed to watch and contains the new complications screen.



Can set an alarm, but can’t edit or delete.


More about iPhone 6 3D Touch and Watch OS 2


How to use 3D Touch on iPhone 6s from iMore 


A demo from Jonathan Mosen concerning iPhone 6s Siri issues and a quick demo of 3d touch 


An initial blog post from Applevis first 3 hours with the iPhone 6s 


Talking tech for 2nd week of Oct 2015


Catch up on Podcasts from September


Podcasts from me concerning iOS 9 and the Apple watch os 2 update


Watch os 2

Checking battery level of Apple watch from iOS 9 Notifications Today screen on iPhone,

Replying to email on the Apple watch,

Muting Stand Reminders for the day,

Demo of Night Stand mode and snoozing or stopping an alarm via the digital crown and friends buttons

Demo of Time Travel in watch os 2, and

Demo of upgrading from watch os 1.01 to watch os 2,

demo of accessing the new clock faces and a play around with the Time Lapse clock face in watch os 2

Demo of the slight change in watch os 2 to navigate between clock face and Home screen icons

Demo of using Siri and Glances in watch os 2


iOS 9

Demo of hand writing or Braille Screen Input if selected in VoiceOver practise in iOS 9,

Demo of the new text selection feature in VoiceOver, and

Hay Siri training tutorial.


Other Podcasts

Mac Cast podcast for Sep 24 2015: a chat about the upcoming Apple tv 

Media Access Australia


An update of the aBC iView trial from April this year for 15 months and how it is progressing. 

The Mosen at large podcast


Actually didn’t know this existed, but its Jonathan Mosen’s podcast feed on tech stuff which grabs his attention.


Besides the demo talking about Siri and 3d touch with the iPhone 6s, an interesting demo of live photos on the iPhone 6s and potential accessibility benefits. 


Other Podcasts to keep track of

Blind Bargains

Tech  Doctor

Main Menu

Mac Break Weekly

iOS Today

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Talking Tech for September 15 2015

Apple’s September 9 Keynote announcements


Apple’s Keynote event Sep 9 (which was actually Sep 10 in Australia smile) gave us the following announcements (in the following order):

Demo of watch os 2, new Apple watch bands, new iPad pro, new Apple tv, and of course the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus.



Stream the Apple Keynote Event

The Apple Keynote for Sep 9 can be streamed from Apple’s event page at:


Watch os 2 release Sep 16 2015.


We’ll go more in to this when it is released, for now, use the following link to see what is new in watch os 2.


I’m personally looking forward to native apps running on the watch, replying to emails on the watch, and using the night stand mode which uses the Friends and Digital crown to turn off or sleep the alarm.


New Apple watch bands included more colours for the sports band, and a new range of bands for sports and the Apple watch.  The product red (band) is available for the Apple watch.


You will also be able to get the Apple watch sports in Rose gold.


iPad pro release November 2015


Main features:

a9x chip,

improved cameras,

12.9 inch display,

quad speakers,

improved screen touch sensitivity to support the Apple pencil),

10 hour battery life,

Will take advantage of iOS 9 two apps on  screen at same time,

Apple pencil (yes it’s a stylus smile),

Smart keyboard,

New covers.


I think this will be aimed at the enterprise market.


We will still have the iPad air and iPad air 2, with a new iPad mini 4 (small version of the iPad air 2) and the iPad mini 2.


Looks like the price will be in the range of $1300, the Apple pencil $99, and the Smart Keyboard $129.


Apple tv release October 2015


Main features:

3gb and 6gb flash storage models,

a 3rd thicker than the existing Apple tv,

No optical out (as with previous versions),

Siri/touch remote,

Universal search via Siri across apps,

General Siri functionality (such what as what is the Weather),

Support multiple game controllers (including Remote app from iOS devices),

TV os app store,

New screen savers,

Apple music, and

New accessibility features (including Zoom).


The OS of the Apple tv is now TV os, and Apple made a special mention of the new accessibility options in the box and the remote on Apple’s dedicated accessibility page:

Because the optical port is gone, I took the opportunity to purchase a new Amplifier (Yamaha xv-479) which allows more HDMI connectivity, Airplay, Bluetooth, UsB stick music play, internet access to Spotify or Pandora, and can be controlled via an app (AV Controller).


If your interested in reading about the Yamaha model, I’ve put in a link below.  I will not be installing the amplifier until I get the new Apple tv, so will let everyone know how it goes.  In addition, people have told me that there are some issues with the AV Controller app, so I will report back on this as well. 


32gb $149,

64gb, $199.


It looks as if the existing 3rd generation Apple tv may be staying around at $109. 

iOS 9 release Sep 16 2015


We’ll go more in to this when it is released, for now, use the following link to see what is new in iOS 9.


I am looking forward to the Low Power mode option, having Hay Siri only respond to your voice via the Hay Siri training tutorial, and the new News app.


Preparing your iOS device for iOS 9


You may also want to consider reading this article on preparing your iOS device for iOS 9, and remember, if your device runs iOS 8, it’ll probably run iOS 9.


iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 plus release Sep 25 2015


Just in case your wondering, know I didn’t buy and iPhone 6s or 6s plus smile.


The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus feel the same as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.


Main new features are: 

a9 and m9 (motion) chip,

12mp rear camera, and 5mp front camera,

3d touch, and

Hay Siri functionality on all the time.

New cases.


3d touch which takes force touch further which is currently found on the Apple watch and newestMacbook pro’s will be fully accessible by VoiceOver as reported by Applevis on there blog relating to 3d touch: Peak (short touch), and pop (long touch):


New iPhones will of course come with iOS 9.


iPhone 6s and 6s plus pre-orders from Sep 11 with available in stores Sep 25 2015.


Due to the Australian dollar and the fact that Apple apparently increased the price of the iPhone by $100.00, all iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus models are over a thousand dollars.

iPhone 6s 16gb 1079,

64gb $1229, and

128gb $1379.


iPhone 6s plus 16gb $1229,

64gb $1379, and

128gb $1529.


The iPhone 5c has gone, leaving us with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 plus with the following prices:

iPhone 5s 16gb $749, and

32gb $829.


iPhone 6 16gb $929, and

64gb $1079.


iPhone 6 plus 16gb $1079, and

64gb $1229.


I think it is still painful that the 16gb is the bottom the range, should be 32gb, and a bit pushy of Apple to only make the 128gb version on the latest models.


Link to plans outlining what the Australian Telco’s plans are for the iPhone 6s:

Monday, 7 September 2015

Talking Tech for September 8 2015

FSCast 113 - What Is New in JAWS 17 preview Part 1


Public beta after the 10th of September with release with the end of October.

Language localisations will be faster.

Continue improvements with Windows 10.

Web smart navigation: recommended to try out smart Navigation with Semi-Forms mode..

FS has added the ability to script webpages.

Under the hood improvements to Braille with the addition of another Braille translation library: Liblouis: the US to start using UEB In January 2016.


FSCast 114 - What is new in JAWS 17 preview part 2 should be coming out in the week of the 7th of September 2015. 


Apple’s Keynote for September 9 to be Streamed on Windows (10) for the First Time


If you have Windows 10, you’ll be able to stream Apple’s Keynote for the first time using Windows: before only able to be streamed on iOS, OS X or the Apple TV.


Australian EST will be 3AM on Thursday the 10th.


Some of the announcements perhaps to include:

New iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus.

iOS 9.

Watch OS 2.

New colour watch bands.

New iPad pro.

New Apple TV.


Regardless of how your listening to it, use the following link to go to the event page:


An Interview About the RealSam from RealThing


This week in Talking Tech, we have Nick Chaperon from RealThing to talk to us about the RealSam media player.


The questions covered in the interview concerning the RealSam portable Newspaper, RSS player, eBook reader, and podcast player included:


What does the company RealThing do?

What is the objective or goal of the RealSAM as a device for the customer?

Describe it physically.

Explain the functionality and range of content.

What do people tell you about what it means for them?

Explain availability and cost.

How is it upgraded.

What is the help desk or ongoing support for the customer?

How does someone with an interest take the next step?


A demo of RealSam can be found on Youtube at:

Monday, 24 August 2015

Talking Tech for August 25 and 18 2015

To shows posted at once this week: the 25th show and the 18th show for ugust 2015


Talking Tech for August 25th 2015


A Demo and Discussion of My Belkin WeMo Smart Switch’s and Link Smart Bulbs


AccessWorld for August 2015


Upgrading to Windows 10 (republish of an article from Cool Blind Tech posted in July), and a review of the book by Jonathan Mosen: Stream It! Movies, Music and more on the Apple TV with voiceOver.


Stephen Jolley: Audio Description on Free to Air TV Campaign


Vision Australia: Tell the Whole Story: Audio Description on Free to Air TV campaign


BBC iPlayer Announces new Audio Description Channel


This is great, but sadly I found that the Global BBC iPlayer app has been discontinued since about June this year.


Light Detector App now Available on Android


When I went to use my Light Detector app on my iPhone the other day, I got a nice message, saying it was also available on Android and to share the news, so I’m sharing the news.


KNFB Reader V2.0 Released with New Features


Main new features Document Stand profile, and Dropbox linked functionality.  Confusion with Free Trial announcement with V2.0 with In-App purchase, now put back to V2.1 release.


Android version of KNFB Reader coming soon.




A demo by me of the KNFB Reader V2.0 Dropbox and Document Stand Options


In the demo I mention that the app can be purchased free with In-App purchase, but this is no longer true due to some issues according to the company, now not available until version 2.1.


Transport NSW Releases New Transport App for the Blind: Stop Announcer: for Android: from Media Access Australia




Scientists from Royal Holloway University have launched a new iPad app to help people with macular disease, the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. The new app, MD_evReader, is designed to enhance the eccentric viewing technique for reading eBooks. It enables users to scroll text from any ePub document in a single stream, like a news ’ticker’. The text is presented into the reader’s best point of eccentric vision and helps them to maintain a ‘steady eye’. The speed in which the text appears can be changed using a simple trackpad according to the reader’s needs. The app also allows users to make changes to background and text colour, and allows content to be displayed on digital television screens, enabling very large font sizes to be used.


From the app store link:





Talking Tech August 18 2015


A Bit of a Trap when Purchasing Audio Books on your iOS device


This has been coming up a bit on the AT Help Desk at Vision Australia, so I thought I would mention it here in respect to buying audio books from the iTunes store on your iOS device.


The story is, if you purchase an audio book on your iOS device, it will not show up on another iOS device.  If you try and get the same book to download on another iOS device, you’ll have to purchase it again.


The trick is to use iTunes on a Pc or Mac to do your audio book purchase’s from the iTunes Store and then you can sync them to any iOS device without having to re-purchase.


Another Great New Series on ABC iView which is Audio Described: Humans


Humans is set in a parallel present, where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly-developed robotic servant, eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way his family lives, father Joe Hawkins purchases a Synth against the wishes of his wife, only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.




My experiences in setting up and using the Belkin WeMo Smart Switch’s and the Belkin LED Lighting  Starter Kit using VoiceOver on the iPhone 6 plus


I wanted to have a taste of setting up a connected smart home, so I decided to give the Belkin WeMo systems a go in order to control plugged in devices (Belkin WeMo Switch), and the general house lights (Belkin LED Light Starter Kit).


The Belkin WeMo switch plugs in to a power point or power board, and connects to your Wi-Fi network and allows you to turn on/off electrical appliances that you plug in to the switch such as a electric blanket, lamp, radio, fan etc.


The Belkin WeMo switch’s are setup and subsequently controlled (turning on/off or setting start/end timer rules) via the Belkin WeMo app on an iOS or Android device: I am using my iPhone 6 plus.  I am also using an app called Quick Switch which allows me to control all of the Belkin WeMo Switch’s from my Apple watch.


I am currently using 6 Belkin WeMo Switch’s for the master bed room electric blanket and lamp, my boys lamps in their bed rooms, and the kitchen radio.


In the box you simply get the Belkin WeMo Switch and a quick start getting started guide.  However, user guides, FAQS, trouble shooting tips are all accessible via the Belkin WeMo app.


The Belkin WeMo LED Starter Kit comprises a  Link box which plugs in to a power point or power board, and two smart LED bulbs (bayonet or screw) which you can plug in to any light socket.  The Link box connects to your Wi-Fi network and allows you to control the smart bulbs that you are using: in this case two.


The Belkin WeMo Link box is setup ] and controlled in the same way as the Belkin WeMo switch’s via the WeMo app and and the Quick Switch app running on my Apple watch.


the two smart led light bulbs I have installed in my front outdoor light, and in the main lounge room light.


In the box you get the Belkin WeMo Link Box, and two smart LED bulbs and a quick start getting started guide.  However, user guides, FAQS, trouble shooting tips are all accessible via the Belkin WeMo app.


Setting up and installing the Belkin WeMo switch’s and Belkin WeMo Link box was extremely easy.  Plug them in, in my case connect my iPhone to the Belkin WeMo device (come up as their own Wi-Fi hotspot), run the WeMo app which detects the device to be setup, put in my password to connect to my home Wi-Fi, give the device a name, and allow remote access (control the device when away from home).  Once a device is setup, it comes up in a list when you run the WeMo app (rather than the app searching for a device to be setup).


Now when I run the Belkin WeMo app from my Wi-Fi network or when out and about, I simply have a list of my named devices with a toggle button after each one to simply turn it on or off.  As far as VoiceOver is concerned, the toggle button is labeled “WeMo button), but when I double tap it using the voiceOver activate gesture, the actual device state changes between on or off.


I believe the Belkin WeMo Light Link system can control up to 50 light bulbs, and the number of Belkin WeMo switch’s is only limited by how many Wi-Fi devices your home Wi-Fi network will support.


My boys love the fact that they can now turn on/off their own lamps in their bed rooms from their iPads, my wife can turn on her electric blanket when she wants or the lamp before she walks in to the bed room, and we can turn on the outdoor or lounge room lights when we come home when it is dark.  Also having the ability to just quickly turn on the radio to catch up with the news whilst I am making breakfast for the family is quite handy.


I must say that the ability to be able to turn things on or off remotely is fantastic, especially when my wife and the boys come home late from Karate and need to turn the outdoor light on.


Over the next 3 to 6 months I will be adding more smart switch’s and smart light bulbs so that I can control most of the devices and lights at home.


The switch’s practically work best with a device that has a mechanical switch for turning the device on or off (such as a lamp, fan, radio, electric blanket etc).  With a device that as a digital switch (such as a TV, stereo etc), you will still need the remote that came with the device to start using it.


At this time the only challenge I have is setting up the timer rules to control when each device can come on or turn off.  For example, turning the outdoor light on at sunset, turning the electric blanket on at 9:00PM and off again at 10:00PM etc: at this time the Rules tab within the WeMo app are a bit difficult to use with VoiceOver.  The rest of the Belkin WeMo app is very accessible.


Belkin does sell other smart devices, but these are the two that I decided to use in my home to give me a feel of what it is like to have some kind of a smart connected home.


Overall very happy, its a portable solution to control devices in the home, and its not tied to any particular operating system.



Belkin WeMo Switch: $69 per switch.

Belkin WeMo Light LED Starter Kit (with Link box and two bulbs): $179 (either the bayonet or screw bulbs starter kit).

Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bayonet or screw bulb: $59 per bulb.




Belkin WeMo Switch:


Belkin WeMo LED Light Starter Kit Bayonet bulb:


Belkin WeMo LED Light Starter Kit Screw Bulb:


Belkin WeMo LED Smart Bulb Bayonet:


Belkin LED Smart Bulb Screw Bulb:

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Talking Tech for August 11 2015

A follow-up to the Dreaming of Streaming Webinar held on July 23 2015


In the following news item from Vision Australia, you can watch the video of the webinar, read a transcript, see a video of how to use the ABC iView service for accessing Audio Description with voiceOver, and send feedback about the webinar or send in suggestions for further webinars. 


Vision Australia Bursary open for 2016


Applications for the 2016 Vision Australia Further Education Bursaries are now open as of 1 August 2015.


Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision. 


The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help the students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life. 


Since the inception of the bursary scheme in 1996, over 300 students have been supported in their further education journey. 


Please read the information document, then complete the Application form and Declaration below, and follow the steps in the checklist document to complete your application.



Windows 10 was released on July 29 2015, Vision Australia Help Desk recommendation for Windows 10: is not to upgrade as yet.


Some links on Windows 10


Podcast Blind Bargains BBCast 25 on Windows 10


About 55 minutes in to the podcast commences the discussion of Windows 10. 

Podcast Cool Blind Tech: Windows 10 rises podcast 

Blog 22 Point Blog:discussion of Windows 10 from a low vision perspective


Windows 10 review from Mashable


Main Stream review. 

Podcast  Windows Weekly 420 from the TWiT Network: Windows 10


Main stream  discussion. 

AT Supplier  info


Freedom Scientific JAWS 16.0.4350 build is targeted at Windows 10:


NV Access NVDA 2015.2 supports Windows 10 (2015.3 expected in August will have further optimisations)


AiSquared: ZoomText 10.1.14; and Window-Eyes 9.2:


Other Stories


Now people who are Blind can Read Braille on a Smart Watch


The Dot gives people who are Braille readers access to this Fitbit size Smart Watch giving you access to Messages, Notifications, time, Alarm, and other functions from the smart phone via Bluetooth 4.0.  The Dot has 4 Braille cells, and has a total usage of time pperday of 10 hours.  Text (Braille) schools across the 4 cells and the user can adjust the reading/scrolling speed.  Can also be used to teach a user Braille.


People with a Disability Still an After Thought with Tech Design

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Talking tech for August 4 2015 (a bit late sorry)


Vision Australia has gone with Windows phone’s to be our mobile phone of choice for our staff, so I have spent the last couple of weeks putting Windows phone 8.1 with Narrator through it’s paces and here are some of my findings.


1. Phone, Mail, SMS and Internet Explorer are quite usable.  Starting up, locking and unlocking the phone was also very straightforward.

2. Not all of the inbuilt apps that I used on the Microsoft Lumia 640 were accessible: eg Calculator, Maps, News, Podcasts etc.

3. Narrator uses similar gestures to that of the iPhone such as 1 finger flick left or right to move to the previous and next items, and a modified version of the rotor found in iOS.

4. Have been having issues using automated systems where you have to use the keypad to enter your choice: i.e. number doesn’t seem to be recognised by the system being used.  eg had great difficulty setting up voice mail when I had to enter in the 6 digit pin.

5. Absolutely excellent that the Lumia 640 has an FM radio with the use of the head phones.

6. Two finger flicking between the Quick Launch and the Application Windows on the main screen is very straightforward.  I particularly like the fact that you can pin your most used apps or webpages to the Quick Launch Window.

7. The Back, Start Menu, and Search buttons at the bottom of all screens are fairly easy to work out their Functions.  Back is for Back a screen, Start Menu take you to the Start Menu, and the Search let’s you conduct a search.

8. The App Bar when in App which gives you access to more functions, appears to be slightly above the bottom buttons (Back, Start and search) and over to the right: 1 finger double tap on this to expand the items inside the App Bar.

9. You can change the ringer for different tones by tapping on each tone name or to hear a ring tone, just press on the button after each ring tone name.

10.  Setting the Lock Screen pin number I could not achieve due to the focus on the keypad jumping around making it impossible to enter the same pin number for verification.

11. Narrator voice settings include: selecting a male or female voice, changing the speech rate, turning on touch typing, and toggle of hints.  Narrator doesn’t support Braille.

12. Can only seem to activate speech search via my Apple ear pods with the microphone: can dial a number, search for items on the Internet, and open apps.


Dial Number or Contact Name.

Open App Name.

Send Text - respond to prompts for number/contact, message, and send/try again/cancel.

Call Voice Mail.

Find Item to Find on the Internet.



a useful link for getting started with Windows Phone

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Talking Tech for July 28 2015

Dreaming of Streaming reminder


Quick reminder of Dreaming   of Streaming happening this Wednesday the 29th at 7:30PM EST.




Applevis Celebrates its 5th birthday with a week long celebration of give aways


Applevis 5th Birthday celebrations. 


Twenty Fifth Birthday of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA): from CNN


Apple Celebrates 25 years of the American’s with Disabilities Act with Accessibility app list


From the iTunes page: For more than 20 years, Apple has provided innovative solutions for people with disabilities. Built into iOS, VoiceOver is the world’s first gesture-based screen reader, allowing people who are blind or have low vision to enjoy the touchscreen simplicity of iPhone and iPad. Using VoiceOver, you can interact with objects on the screen and intuitively gauge their location and context from audio cues. These popular apps deliver a great VoiceOver experience for all users. 


Apple launch’s page to highlight apps that take advantage of iOS VoiceOver


From the iTunes page: We’re proud to have an App Store full of tools that improve lives. Using the Accessibility features on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, these apps help with everything from routine tasks to communication and language skills. 


Some of the Biggest tech company’s want more  app Makers to Consider accessibility a Bigger Priority: from the Virge 


Apple releases new iPod nano, shuffle, and iPod touch -blog from Applevis


A blog post on the new Apple iPod nano, shuffle and iPod touch updates from Applevis. 


ABC Drama: Glitch: running on ABC iView with Audio Description


Just a reminder that the ABC iView Audio Description trial is still going on and if you like a show with a bit of a twist of people coming back to life after climbing out of their graves, then this great 6 part series is for you. 


Podcast highlights


Another new section where (again) every two weeks we will be highlighting from various adaptive technology (and perhaps main stream) podcasts, interviews or demos of particular interest to our listeners.


Here are a few to kick us off.


ACB Main Menu

Accessing Windows 10 with the newly released JAWS 16.3048.



An introduction to apple music 1 July

A taste of what you can ask Siri to do with Apple music 9 July.


Blind Bargains Audio featuring the BBCast


Always has good general and blind or low vision related news items on the BBCast plus audio interviews and demos from conferences such as the recent Sight Village conference in the UK, and the NFB and ACB conventions in the US.

eg Sight village auto demos over 12 interviews, BBCast 23 conversation of the NfB and ACB conventions, a number of demos from NFB and ACB etc.




Freedom Scientific excellent podcast on what is going on with FS products.

eg: FSCast 111 post convention round up for NFB and ACB, and a jam I discovered, a two part interview with Ted Henter the Father of JaWS 104/104, and 100 a discussion of Leasy.



July AccessWorld


Evaluation of the Leasey

Running Galaxy Talkback on the Galaxy s6