Monday, 2 May 2016

TAlking Tech for May 3 2016

Cobalt Talking Microwaves Coming to Vision Australia


A few weeks ago we spoke about the talking microwaves from Colbolt and aired on Info Sound: 

Now that Vision Australia is in the process of ordering them in,if your interested, leave your name with Equipment Solutions at Vision Australia.


More info about the microwave from the search page from Colbolt Systems in the UK for the moment: 

4 Ways Google is Building a More Accessible World for the Vision Impaired by funding projects covering:


Gaining equal access to information,

Getting around,

Improving screen readers (Chromvox), and

Creating accessible apps,.



ANZ signs on for Apple Pay


If you didn’t want to use American Express with Apple pay, if you have an ANZ card, you can now use Apple pay to pay for your coffee etc on your iPhone or Apple watch. 

Accessibility Support in office 365 online


Online access to the Microsoft Office portal and screen readers: mainly JAWS and Narrator. 

Android Accessibility Help Main Page from Google



Getting started with Talkback,

Using Talkback with BrailleBack,

Control Android with Voice Assist,

Switch access for Android, and

More Android accessibility features: magnification, large text, high contrast text, colour inversion, captions etc. 

Automatic alt-text for photos is now available on Android for Facebook


Now you can have the benefit of finding out what a photo “may contain on both iOS and Android for photos.  Just use the Facebook app and it’ll appear in your time line.


Dropbox is Testing Place Holders for Online storage


Rather than having your files locally via Dropbox, you will just have a place marker which will allow you to access the folder/file from the could directly without taking up valuable storage space on your hard drive.  Still being tested. 


App for Google Glass helps Vision Impaired Navigate Smart Phone Screens


A group of research’s developed an app to navigate a smart phone screen via Google Glass and hand movements.

The app, developed primarily for the visually impaired, projects a magnified image of the screen to the Google Glass display. Images are sent using Bluetooth, and the user can interact with them by tapping on the stem of the Google Glass device.


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