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

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