Monday, 19 October 2015

Talking Tech for October 20 2015

New Accessible Technology Users Group


A new group has recently formed called the Accessible Technology Users Group (ATUG).  This will be an on-going group meeting on the second Wednesday of the month.


Guest speakers will be presenting to us on all sorts of subjects to do with accessible technology for those who are blind or have low vision – from Microsoft to Apple products – iPhones and androids – - Apps – zoom text to gadgets that enhance our daily lives.


The meeting begins at 7:30 pm eastern daylight saving time and concludes at 9:00 pm.


There is no cost to join the group just the cost of the call.


To join the meeting you will need to dial yourself in using the following phone number and access code:


Dial-in Number:

03 8672 0100

Participant Access Code:

767530 then press hash.


We request anyone participating by phone to call five minutes before the start of the meeting if possible to avoid disruption.


For further information about this meeting please email Susie Barrington


If you know of anyone else who may enjoy and benefit from any of our discussions then by all means tell them about this group.  Give them Susie’s email address.  This group is for everyone who wants to learn more and to find out what resources are out there for those who are blind or have low vision.


This group is not affiliated with any organisation.


Apple Updates Siri Resource Page


Ever wondered what commands you can use with Siri, this is a fairly comprehensive list from Apple itself. 


A Siri Tip


Disable “Hey Siri” by Putting your iPhone Screen face Down. 


A Day In My Life Using “Hey Siri”


A podcast in a day of me using “Hey Siri”.


Apple Updates Popular Apps Using VoiceOver Page


This is the US list for popular apps using Voiceover from Applevis. 


Apple Updates iOs and OS X iWork Suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote)


Accessibility improvements for VoiceOver users across Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.  In particular, ability to track changes and comments on both iOS and OS X. 

Apple’s Updated OS X 10.11 El Capitan


Contains VoiceOver and low vision improvements.

VoiceOver: VoiceOver modifier keys, changes to interaction command, and Window Spots.

Low vision: wriggle mouse to locate mouse pointer.


Demo of changing the VoiceOver modifier keys:


Demo of new ways to interact:


Demo of Window Spots:


In particular, like with iOS 9, I really like the fact that you can use Notes to make checkable lists: very useful for crating shopping lists. 


Apple Releases New 21 and 27 Inch iMacs


4k ain 21 inch and 5k in 27 inch iMacs with improved performance and storage.

Also comes with Apple’s new Magic keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2 (which you can change when purchasing for the Magic Trackpad 2 which works better with VoiceOver as mouse doesn’t support VoiceOver).


Apple’s new Magic Keyboard 2, Magic Trackpad 2, and Magic mouse 2


All products can be paired by plugging in a lightening cable to the Mac, and now have a inbuilt rechargeable battery.

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