Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My Time with the Apple Watch

A bit more on the Apple watch plus the fact that its still the only smart watch that is accessible for blind or low vision.

 

The Apple watch interface again is basically: clock face screen (can choose different clock faces), home app screen (from which apps are run), apps, notifications, Glances, friends, and Siri.

 

In this blog post you’ll find:

Podcasts and blogs on the Apple watch and a link to the Apple watch user guide,

My confirmed 12 reasons why I want to keep using the Apple watch,

3rd party apps that I have found useful, and

Bugs with the Apple watch/VoiceOver.

 

 

Some resources: podcasts, blogs and the Apple watch user guide from Apple

 

My 34 podcasts on the Apple watch ranging from setup and navigation, to using most of the apps onto Apple watch such as the Activity app, Mail, Music, Phone, Remote etc.

 

My podcast page for Apple watch demos:

 

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com 

I have done a podcast with DR Robert Carter who does the Tech doctor, podcast and Allison Sheridan Nosilla podcast.

 

Link to the Tech Doctor podcast:

 

http://www.dr-carter.com/?p=359 

Link to the Nosilla Podcast:

 

http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2015/05/523/ 

 

Presentation at the Apple Store Sydney May 19 2015 for Global Access day 21 May 2015

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/events-at-the-apple-store/id409812684?mt=2

 

 

A Blog from Tim Noonan on his continuing experience with the Apple watch:

 

http://timnoonan.com.au/tim-noonans-apple-watch-access-chronology/ 

Apple watch users guide from Apple

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/apple-watch-user-guide/id985786488?mt=11 

12 reasons why I thought (and confirmed) I needed an Apple watch

 

1. Conveniently being able to check notifications from Mail, Calendar, Messages, and Twitter.

 

Yes: certainly happening.

 

2. Being able to pick up calls on the Apple watch rather than on my Mac or iPhone is again going to be very handy.  I.e. I don’t have to go back to the iPhone or Mac to answer a call, particularly if I’m gardening or washing the car.

 

Yes: certainly happening plus the benefit of making calls out from the Apple watch.

 

3. As I usually have my iPhone plugged in to my Mac via the lightening cable for charging, use the iPhone as a personal hotspot, and use “hay Siri” because the iPhone is powered, it again seems natural to expect the “Hay Siri” hands free functionality  on the Apple watch by just raising my wrist.

 

Yes: certainly happening.  Raise on wrist activation for the Apple watch and consequently Siri handy, but VoiceOver tends to speak to much if I move my arm and the Apple watch wakes up, so I usually only use this when cooking for using the Timer or when using Maps.  Otherwise, have raise wrist turned off, tap the Apple watch screen to wake it up, and then use hay Siri.

 

4. I use GPS a fair bit on my iPhone, and I am very curious to use the haptic feedback on the Apple watch maps for turn by turn directions.

Yes: certainly happening.  Actually presently surprised on how well the audio and haptic feedback works when you need to turn left or right when walking around.

 

5. As I work in a several story building, my partner has to either ring me or iMessage me when she is approaching so that I can meet her down stairs on the street just in case she can’t get a parking spot.  With haptic vibrating taps on the Apple watch, she can just notify me as it were, which will be a lot more convenient particularly if I am on the phone, which being on a help desk is most of the time.  Oh and yes, she will be getting an Apple watch as well.

 

Yes: certainly happening.  Partner did get an Apple watch sports 38mm, and tapping me to let me know she is outside works extremely well.

 

6. My partner and I some times have to let each other know that we’re running out of time to do something: e.g. get off the phone we have to go: being able to send different haptic vibrating taps I’m assuming is going to be a lot more polite (smile).

 

Yes: certainly happening.  This functionality like tapping me to let me know my partner is outside, works well for this type of situation as well.

 

7. This is one thing which my Fitbit flex doesn’t do for me, let me know when I’ve been sitting for to long and its time to move a bit,this is exactly what the Activity app will do, and make my work day that bit healthier.

 

 

Yes: certainly happening.  Vision Australia is very big on cultivating a healthy work place and work practises, and one of our items we are supposed to do is make sure you stand for a little bit at least every hour.  So, having a personal reminder is great, as I tend to sit to long at my desk and forget the time.

 

8. Speaking of the Fitbit flex, I won’t have to weir two devices any more: my iPod nano and the Fitbit Flex: just the Apple watch.

 

Yes: certainly happened.  Both my iPod nano watch and my Fitbit flex are now back in my tech box.  When Blind Square GPs gets an extension happening on the watch as well, my BEM Speaker band will go in to the box as well.

 

9. Being able to control my Apple tv from the Remote app on the Apple watch is going to be great.  Rather than having to grab my iPhone or worse, find where my boys have dropped/hidden the physical Apple remote.

 

Yes: certainly happening.  Actually this reason is amazing me as my Remote (Remote app on the Apple watch) is always with me, no more mucking around.

 

10. For the last several years I have been using my iPod nano 6th generation as a watch with wired ear phones.  besides getting a much more stylish device on my wrist, I can do away with the wired ear phones and use Bluetooth ear phones instead: i.e. my bone conduction head phones or my Beats Wireless head phones: much safer.

 

Yes: certainly happening.  Whilst I loved my iPod nano watch, having to use wired head phones was a bit of a pest when walking around.

 

11. As I do most of the cooking in my family, I use the timer function in Siri to time how long things have to cook, and for items that have to be put on so I can arrive with everything being cooked at the same time, I often have to check how the timer is going.  I either have to have my iPhone plugged in to use Siri or hold down the Home button to use Siri, which if you been cooking, can be a bit messy.  With the Apple watch, I can just hold up my wrist and ask away.

 

Yes: certainly happening.  AS I said above, I tend to turn on Raise on Wrist on in order to use hay Siri and launch apps such as the Timer when cooking.

 

12. As both of my boys are on medication, I have reminders on my iPhone to make sure that they take their medication throughout the day.  Sometimes if we go swimming etc, I usually leave my iPhone in the car for safety, and then usually forget about the medication.  Having the Apple watch on the spot as it were, will again be helpful.

 

Yes: certainly happening.  Like the Apple Remote app, having alarms/reminders to keep me on track with my boys medication is fantastic.

 

Four things I didn’t expect about the Apple watch:

 

The first thing I did not expect is how handy the Apple watch would be for my partner, in being able to contact me if she can’t reach her iPhone due to her having a fall: i.e. partner prone to falling due to a particular physical disability.

 

The second thing was (and I didn’t realise it was going to be in the Apple watch) was the ability to be able to Ping My iPhone and locate where in the house I put it down: very very nice.

 

Thirdly, the digital crown navigation which can be turned on by doing a two finger triple tap, allows you to use the digital crown to scroll (flick back) left and right through the Apple watch interface rather than having to flick left or right on the screen.

 

Fourthly, the set of gestures that VoiceOver uses on the Apple watch are a sub-set of what you use on VoiceOver on the iPhone.  The main gesture differences are:

iPhone -  3 finger flick down on status line for Notifications from status line, and 2 finger flick down on Clock Face for Notifications.

iPhone - 3 finger flick up on status line for control centre - 2 finger flick up on Clock face for Glances.

iPhone - 3 finger scrolling - Apple watch 2 finger scrolling.

There is also no rotor, no keyboard to use (you voice dictate or choose preset/custom responses), and half of the VoiceOver settings are split between the Apple watch and the Apple watch iOS app running on the iPhone:

Screen curtain and volume adjust on the Apple watch (two finger double tap and hold slide up or down to adjust volume), and

Screen curtain, voice rate, voice volume, speak hints, and speak on wrist raise.

Got a quite a surprise, when you adjust speech rate and volume on the Apple watch iOS app and if the watch is awake, you hear the volume or speech rate adjust as you move the slider on the iPhone.

 

VoiceOver gestures still the same from iOS (iPhone etc):1 finger flick left or right move by item,

1 finger double tap activate item,

1 finger flick up or down adjust slider or use action item, and

two finger double tap answer/hang up a call (not start/stop playing music).

 

 

3rd party apps that I have found useful:

 

Initial list.  With OS 1.01 update, a number of these apps became more accessible: eg Double Post for posting to Twitter, buttons report correctly.

 

Note - These apps install on your iPhone with a corresponding app running on the Apple watch.  To manage apps on the Apple watch, use the Apple watch app on the iPhone.

 

Alo - hear yourself speak immediately in a different language

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/alo-instant-voice-translation./id929895722?mt=8

 

Animal Watch -fun animal sounds (on iPhone nothing accessible on screen for VO users, watch app is ok)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/animal-watch-wild-fun-animal/id992004450?mt=8

 

Apple Store

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/apple-store/id375380948?mt=8

 

 Around Me (what’s around me for services, shops etc)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/aroundme/id290051590?mt=8

 

Binaural Sleep Beats

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/binaural-sleep-beats-insomnia/id683039880?mt=8

 

BlackJack for Apple Watch

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/blackjack-for-apple-watch/id983633314?mt=8

 

Browser for Apple Watch

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/web-browser-for-apple-watch/id982543266?mt=8

 

BitList: grocery shopping list etc

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bitlist-grocery-shopping-list/id991255041?mt=8

 

Calculator Watch Pro free

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/calculator-watch-pro-free/id981227146?mt=8 

 

Carrot Weather: talking weather

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/carrot-weather-talking-forecast/id961390574?mt=8

 

CNN News

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cnn-app-for-iphone/id331786748?mt=8

 

Decibl (sound metre)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/decibl/id972535975?mt=8

 

Dictionary

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dictionary.com-dictionary/id308750436?mt=8

 

Double Post (post to Facebook and Twitter)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/doublepost-quickly-update/id655299042?mt=8

 

FlipBoard (news)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/flipboard-your-social-news/id358801284?mt=8

 

FourSquare (find places to eat, drink etc)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/foursquare-find-places-to/id306934924?mt=8 

 

Google News

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/google-news-weather/id913753848?mt=8

 

Just Big Text (communicate by “big text”)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/just-big-text/id380965096?mt=8

 

iLight Flashlight

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ilights-flashlight-free-for/id381243792?mt=8

 

JokesNow

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/jokes-now/id989607270?mt=8

 

Life Line (text adventure game)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/lifeline.../id982354972?mt=8

 

Metronome M1

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/metronome-m1-free/id955014087?mt=8

 

Navigon (Australian version)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/navigon-australia/id322416630?mt=8

  

Ny Times

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nytimes-breaking-national/id284862083?mt=8

 

Overcast (podcast player)

 

 https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/overcast-podcast-player/id888422857?mt=8

 

Pandora Radio (music streaming)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pandora-radio/id284035177?mt=8

 

Phone Mate (check iPhone battery from watch)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/phonemate/id983823696?mt=8

 

Speech To Notes (saved dictated notes back to iPhone)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/speech-to-notes/id978993313?mt=8

 

Simple Mic (save recordings back to iPhone)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/simplemic-audio-recorder-notes/id546037865?mt=8

 

Skype

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/skype-for-iphone/id304878510?mt=8

 

SMH Skim (Sydney Morning Herald top stories)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/smh-skim/id980431157?mt=8

 

Tiny Tic Tac Toe

  

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/tinytictactoe-tiny-version/id985020624?mt=8

 

Time For Zombies (text adventure)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/time-for-zombies/id986882596?mt=8

 

Remote Sounds (play sounds on your iPhone  via your Apple watch)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/remote-sound/id982205991?mt=8

 

Tripview Sydney (bus, train, and ferry time tabling)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/tripview-sydney/id294730339?mt=8

 

TuneIn Radio Pro

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/tunein-radio-stream-free-music/id418987775?mt=8

 

Tweetings (Twitter client)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/tweetings-2-for-twitter-iphone/id705350439?mt=8

 

Units Premium (convert a range of units)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/units-premium/id443122482?mt=8

 

Ventriloquist (make your iPhone speak)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pocket-ventriloquist/id992014109?mt=8

 

Watch Out - find your phone with fun

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/watch-out-find-your-phone/id985547089?mt=8

 

Yellow Pages

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/yellow-pages/id284809790?mt=8

 

Yelp

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/yelp/id284910350?mt=8

 

Bugs

 

Bugs, some of which were squished in the May OS 1.01 update plus improvements to VoiceOver to work better with 3rd party apps that hadn’t previously been working with VoiceOver: e.g. buttons not being identified correctly.

 

Fixed in 1.01: Get stuck in Notifications screen after force touch to clear all notifications.

 

Fixed in 1.01: In the Calendar app, again, get stuck in the screen after force touch to change view between day and list view.

 

Not fixed: Can send, but can’t playback a heart beat.

 

Fixed in 1.01: In the Mail app, 1 finger flick up/down for actions, deleting a message doesn’t work.

 

Fixed in 1.01: In Messages, deleting a Message doesn’t appear to clear it from the Apple watch.

 

Not fixed: In the Workout app, minutes is read out as seconds.

 

Not fixed: In the Timer complication, Timer value reports as 15 minutes remaining.

 

When replying to a text message, the dictated text gets sent straightaway with no chance to change or cancel as when replying to an iMessage.

 

Not a bug as such, but if you go in to Power Reserve mode, you won’t get any speech with VoiceOver as its only the time shown when the Friends button pressed.  Hold in Friends button for 4 seconds to restart back to standard operation.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Talking Tech for May 19 2015

Accessing a number of VA services: did you know?

Including - the AT help desk, Vision Australia library I-Access, digital access, Vision Australia radio, Equipment Solutions, purchasable technology training programs, highlighting a number of products from the Equipment Solutions shop at Vision Australia, and some mobile phone suggestions other than the traditional smart phones on the market for those that just want a simple mobile phone solution.

 

AT Help Desk

 

You can contact the VA Help Desk on 1300 847 466 (ask for the Adaptive Technology Help Desk) or email athelp@visionaustralai.org.  Any question welcome from anyone on technology related queries for blind or low vision access.

 

Equipment Solutions Shop

 

Equipment solutions shops at Vision Australia can be contacted on 1300 847 466 and you can be directed to your local main shops in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.  Remember that most VA branch’s have an equipment display where you can mail order products or buy online at:

 

http://www.visionaustralia.org/shop 

 

Vision Australia I-Access online daisy service

 

The online Vision Australia I-Access service can be found on the web at:

 

http://i-accessonline.visionaustralia.orgYou will need a VA library member number and pin to use the service.  You can sign up to the service by contacting the VA library on:

1300 645656.

 

The I-Access service can be accessed on desktop and mobile operating systems and daisy players are also available for both.

In addition, the daisy 3g player is great for those who just want to receive there content automatically and don’t want to muck about with desktop or mobile devices.

 

Vision Australia Digital Access:

 

Specialising in web accessibility assessment and development.  Email them at webpage:

http://www.visionaustralia.org/business-and-professionals/digital-accessibility-services/contact-digital-access

or phone:

1300 367055.

 

go to the main webpage for VA digital access at:

http://www.visionaustralia.org/business-and-professionals/digital-accessibility-services

 

Vision Australia radio:

 

Vision Australia radio can be listen to live at:

 

Melbourne

 

http://smedia.hdxen.com:8000/listen.plsComputer training material to purchase from VA: 

Adelaide

 

http://rphadelaide.org.au:8000/listen.pls

 

Remember that shows like Talking Tech and Talking Vision can be accessed as podcasts as can other shows that are aired on Vision Australia radio.

 

Visit the Vision Australia main radio page at:

 

http://radio.visionaustralia.org

Training material available to purchase from Vision Australia (including the online shop):

 

Operate a personal computer course: Zoomtext.

Operate a personal computer course: NVDA.

Operate a personal computer: JaWS.

Operate a personal computer course: Magic.

Operate a personal computer course: wwin7 mag.

Introduction to the Internet: keystrokes.

Introduction to Internet: JaWS.

Introduction to the Internet: NVDA.

Producing simple Word process docs: JaWS.

Producing simple word process docs: keystrokes.

Using email with Live Mail and keystrokes.

Introduction to spreadsheets: keystrokes.

Introduction to spreadsheets: JAWS.

Using iPhone 5 with iOS 6 accessibility features.

 

All these course can be found at:

 

http://www.visionaustralia.org/shop/product-list/-in-department/departments/computer-access

 

Some useful tech style products from Equipment Solutions which you may find useful:

 

Visionkeys big bold keyboard stickers: black/white or white/black/white $10.

EZ See large print keyboards: $39.90.

 10 second voice recorder: $10 (low stock).

Aftershokz bone conduction head phones: 

$99.90 (low stock).

Learning jumbo universal remote control: $34.00.

Loc Dots 6 pack: $6.00.

 

The VA Adaptive Technology Help Desk often gets asked about mobile phones other than the smart phones on the market.  Not in the VA Equipment Solutions shop, but there are two 3d printable phones that people can access: either the Ownfone or the KISA phone.

 

KISA

 

http://kisaphone.com.au

 

Ownfone

 

https://www.ownfone.com.au

Monday, 11 May 2015

Talking tech for May 12 2015

In the show today we would like to go through some recording and editing tips for recording lectures or meetings, and recording podcasts: plus some devices with which to record and two recommended PC and Mac software to get you started.

 

Recording lectures,  meetings or training sessions

 

Don’t use the internal Mike in a laptop, use an external microphone or a device which has recording capabilities,

If there is going to be a bit of noise on the surface where the mike is, put on another surface to stand,

Do a test record before hand,

Try and get the recording device as close to the person speaking as possible,

if you are able to, pause the recording when you don’t have to record what is going on,

if its for others, edit the recording to take out any material that doesn’t need to be in there.

 

Recording a podcast:

 

Be mindful of where you are doing the recording (stay away from rooms that echo, and any external noise sources, 

Have notes on what you are going to do a podcast on,

Don’t use the internal Mike in a laptop, use an external microphone or a device which has recording capabilities,

If there is going to be a bit of noise on the surface where the mike is, put on another surface or  stand,

Do a number of test records before hand,

if you are recording speech, has speech same volume as your voice and a nice easy to listen speed,

Using a mixer is great for recording a device with speech and your own voice,

Make sure you edit the recording before posting or giving to others, taking out noisy breathing, odd noises etc.

Post the podcast: usually uploading to a host, giving it a title, description, categorising and then publishing.

 

Recording devices that I have used:

 

Lectures etc

 

iPhone - voice memo,

Mac air  with Yeti USB microphone.

 

Podcasts

 

Mac air with mixer,

Mac air with UsB Yeti microphone.

 

Recording software

 

Pc - Studio recorder from American Printing House (APH).

 

http://tech.aph.org/sr_info.htmMac - Amadeus pro or Sound Studio. 

 

Mac: Amadeus Pro.

 

http://tech.aph.org/sr_info.htm

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Talking Tech for April 27 and May 5 2015

Slipping behind in getting the stories up on the site, so am doing last week and this week, and will be back on the ball next week.

 

Talking Tech for April 27 2015

  

My experiences with using Netflix and audio description:

 

Have had a great deal of fun watching/listening to Marvel’s Daredevil and listening to other shows on Netflix.

 

My several days experience using the Apple watch:

 

Got my Apple watch last Friday, and just a few notes on its use so far.

 

What your Apple watch can do by itself (not connected to the iPhone):

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-watch-without-your-iphone/ 

The FM radio in your pocket and why you can’t use it:

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2015/04/16/400178385/the-hidden-fm-radio-inside-your-pocket-and-why-you-cant-use-it 

How to add the beep sounds like on iOS when plugging your Macbook in to power:

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/04/19/beep-beep-charging-sound-vibration/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter 

 

How a high tech home can make it easier for people with disabilities:

 

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/hometech/how-a-hightech-home-can-make-life-easier-for-people-with-disabilities-20150411-1meh3o.html?utm_content=bufferaf43d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

How to disable the eye-sight camera on your Mac:

 

http://macdailynews.com/2015/02/19/how-to-disable-the-isight-camera-on-your-mac/ 

 

Talking tech for May 5 2015

 

Catch up on my podcasts for the year

 

Just a quick run down of the 16 demos I’ve completed this year so far (excluding  the 30 or so I just completed for the Apple watch).

The podcasts can be found at:

 

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com

 

A demo of the Apple watch itself

 

Netflix on the Apple TV,

 

Netflix and the ABC iView app with audio description,

 

Text to speech copy of my blog article: first play with the Apple watch

 

Speculation demo of bringing together the iPod nano touch screen with the click wheel from the older nano.

 

Demo of getting the Mac system clock to speech quarter, half or on the hour

 

Printing to a PDF file on the Mac

 

Demo of the initial release of the Apple watch companion app

 

Demo of how to restore the Apple tv from the Mac

 

Demo of where to enable VoiceOver at the Login screen in OS X

 

Demo of how to password protect a folder in OS X

 

Demo of where to access family content in OS X, iOS and the Apple tv

 

Demo of playing back voice messages in OS X Yosemite

 

Demo of the Apple Remote iOS app with the Apple tv

 

Demo of Quicktime player on OS X to record the iPhone screen

 

Demo of the Trackpad commander in OS X to access the status line

 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Talking Tech for April 21 posted April 27 2015

 

Late Posting of April 21 Talking Tech Show

 

Sorry all, I got side tracked by the black outs on the Central Coast of NSW last week and didn’t post the show notes for Talking Tech for April 21 2015, so here they are now: again: apologies.

 

In this weeks show:

 

ABC iView audio description:

 

To Find all of the 14 hours of Audio Described content available on ABC iView per week on the ABC iOS iView app: choose Programs A-Z, and select Show Audio Described Programs.  You will then get the list in alphabetical order of all of the audio described programs.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/help/audio_description_trial.htm 

AFB AccessWorld for April 2015:

 

In this issue the article which caught my attention was the effort that the accessibility team in putting in to Facebook.

 

http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp 

AFB AccessWorld for March 2015:

 

In this issue the article which caught my attention was an article on the Phonak ComPilot: a wearable for augmenting residual hearing.

 

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw1603toc 

Getting Started with iOS 8:

 

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS8.html 

Learning Yosemite with VoiceOver:

 

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/MAC-YOSEMITE.html

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

ABC iView Audio Description trial and Netflix Audio Description availability

This week Audio Description became available on the aBC iView app in Australia on iOs as part of a 15 month trial.  Android, web, and TV support to becoming soon according to the ABC.

To access Audio Description: access main menu, Programs A-Z, Show Audio Description Programs, choose program, and select the Play Audio Description button.

 

Netflix also announced this week that they are providing Audio Description on specific content: such as the series Marvels Daredevil.  At this time I have been able to access it on the Netflix iOS app, but not the Apple TV (see update below - success smile), and I’ve not yet tried the Android app.  To start accessing Audio Description on Netflix (use show as an example above): once you are at the Play video screen, select the Language options button, and choose Audio Described track.

 

I have done an audio demo of using both the ABC iView and the Netflix app on my iPhone, link follows:

 

http://s61.podbean.com/pb/528089f88980efe469fa4de8200e13e8/552dd59b/data1/blogs24/339150/uploads/ListeningtoaudiodescribedcontentonABCiViewandNetflix.mp3

 

I was able to successfully get Audio Description running on the Apple TV with Netflix, the issue was only a matter of logging out and back in again to Netflix on the Apple TV, so here is the other demo of using Netflix on the Apple TV as well with Audio Description with Marvel’s Daredevil:

 

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/dis95h/listeningtoaudiodescribedcontentontheAppletvusingNetflix.mp3

 

Happy listening.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Talking Tech for April 14 2015

In this show:

 

This show is all about the Apple watch and my couple of hours hands on experience with it at Apple Head Quarters in Sydney on the 8th of April before pre-orders.

 

In the show I will go through physical description, low vision, speech, Siri, and a number of reasons why I feel I want an Apple watch.

 

These items are all explained in my hands on with the Apple watch blog article from this site)available at:

 

My Hands-on article with the Apple watch - text version:

 

http://davidwoodbridge.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/pre-release-notes-of-my-experience-with.html 

My hands-on article with the Apple watch - audio version:

 

 

http://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9mv2p-5537b5 

Some other links to do with the Apple watch:

 

The Accessibility Apple Watch page from Apple:

 

http://www.apple.com/accessibility/watch 

The general Apple watch page:

 

http://www.apple.com/watch/

 

 from iMore:

 

http://m.imore.com/apple-watch-picks-support-slew-healthcare-apps

 

Overcast gets Apple watch support:

 

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2015/04/popular-podcast-app-overcast-gains-apple-watch-support-and-other-improvements