Monday, 6 July 2015

Talking Tech for July 7 2015

Along with Apple music and Beats 1 being available last week, iOS 8.4 was also released.


Apple music available in iTunes on Mac and Windows, and iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad).


iOS 8.4 bringing some more stability improvements along with the previously mentioned Apple music.


Info on Apple music from Applevis


FAQ about Apple music from iMore


First Audio Described Movie in the Australian iTunes Store: Home


Just thought I’d let everyone know that the Movie Home was released on the iTunes Store On July 1 with audio description.


This appears to be the first AD movie in the iTunes Australian catalog.  Whilst CC (Closed Captioning)is mentioned in the iTunes Store, AD is not, I’ve already feed this back to Apple.


On the Mac (iTunes), iPhone/iPod touch/iPad or Apple tv, if video description is on in Settings within Accessibility, the movie will start with AD running.


In Windows (iTunes), under Languages for the movie, you’ll see United States Audio Described.


Here is the description of the movie: rating is PG.


Based on the critically acclaimed book "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex. In "Home" an alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl. The two become unlikely buddies and embark on a comical globe-trotting adventure to right his wrongs, in which our alien hero learns what it really means to be human.


The link in the iTunes Store:


Apple quietly pulls the iPad mini 1


This was of course the original iPad mini without a retina display, now gone.


Briefly, iPad mini 2 Retina 16/32gb, and iPad mini 3 retina with Touch ID 16/64/128gb.


Google Maps with haptic turn by turn feedback when walking


This sounds great.  Of course this is very similar to what the Apple watch does, but you don’t need an Apple watch and an iPhone to do it (smile).


Register now for Dreaming Of Streaming” July 29 at 7:30PM ESD


On July 29 at 7.30pm Vision Australia will host a webinar on accessing online streaming. The Dreaming of Streaming webinar will focus on how people who are blind or have low vision can access online video streaming services such as Netflix, iView and Apple TV.


The webinar will be run as a panel Q&A and will be live-streamed. Participants will be able to watch the session and ask questions live.


For more information/contact details go to: 

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NVDA Remote Access available


Haven’t  tried this yet, but this is really exciting news for those of us who use the free Windows screen reader NVDA, and now with remote support.


Great episode from FSCast 109: Windows 10 and comments from Dr Denise Robinson


Great information about Windows 10 released on July 29, and some interesting comments on using screen readers to prepare oneself for the work place.


Considerations for upgrading to Windows 10 for screen and screen magnification users from the Microsoft Accessibility blog

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