Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Talking Tech for August 30 2016

7 Things that Android Users can Do That iOS Users Can’t


Get more Choice in their device.

Personalise their device.

Use widgets.

Add more and flexible storage.

Multitasking via multiwindow.

Smoother notifications.

Free up space quickly.




And just for the record: 7 Things that iPhone Users Can Do that Android Users Can’t


iOS apps are usually released first and better looking.

Instant Os updates for all.

Simple easy to use system wide search.

iPhones are more secure.

Better support for new technologies.

Works great with all your devices.

Lightening is miles better than micro usb.




Twelve Things that Your Smart Phone has Replaced


Standard phones.


MP3 players.

Portable gaming consoles.

Alarm clocks.


Remote controls.


Photo albums.



Flash lights.


For me from a assistive technology perspective:


Light detecter.

Money identifier.

Daisy player.

Digital recorder.

GPS device.

Talking clock/watch.





How to Adjust Base Response for your iPhone or iPad Ear Phones


Settings, Music, EQ, Base Response Booster: amongst other Equaliser settings.




Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Talking Tech for August 23 2016

July and August AccessWorld Catch Up




The article that stood out for me the most in the July edition of AccessWorld was the item relating to Amazon bringing speech output to the Amazon Kindle Paper White version 7 with the Audio Adapter..






BrailleNote Touch, The I.D. Mate Galaxy, sonar Glasses, and Low Vision Access Technology part 2.




Sound Cloud demo of the Samsung Ultra HD TV Voice Guide Feature


A bit of a unprepared  demo, but this demo gives you some idea of the capabilities of Voice Guidance in the Samsung TV.




Two Blog Articles from Holly Bonner re OrCam Part 1 and 2


Part 1: Journey to OrCam:




Part 2: experiencing OrCam:




Google Duo: simple video calling app for Android and iOS


Nice simple video calling app that works well with iPhone and Android phones: i.e. the app is tied to a phone number.




Android App Link




iOS App Link




Google Talkback Update


Main improvements:

Announcement when there are no new elements of a given type on a webpage: e.g. no more headings.

Supports text editing in Chrome.

Supports multipage views: e.g. page 2 of 5.

Announces text that has been selected, cut/copied pasted.

Global context menu new option: copy last spoken phrase to clipboard.




A Single Cable to Charge your Android and iOs devices


You can find this on Amazon: the Just Mobile AluCable  Duo: nice to have one cable that does both Micro UsB and Lightening: unfortunately now I have a Nexus phone with a UsB C style connector.




How to Clean a MacBook Keyboard without Activating Keys


Keyboard Cleaner which is a 3rd party app for the Mac locks all the keys down besides Command+Q (Quit) so that you can clean the keyboard without activating keys: particularly the power key.



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Talking Tech for August 9 and August 16 2016

Last few weeks have been very busy, just catching up now.  Here are the notes for Talking Tech for August 9 and August 16 2016.


My Adventures with Getting the NBN on


The wait from Telstra to get connected (fibre to the node), buying an actual modem to speed up the process didn’t work (still had to wait for the official modem to turn up), several appointment changes, but now it’s on: just over 3 weeks.


Everything is now faster: downloading movies on the Apple TV, uploading podcasts, everyone can stream in the house at the same time, downloading Audible books is faster etc etc.


Now have two Wi-Fi networks coming off the NBN modem: a 2.4 and a 5g network: 5g better for Phones, laptops, and tablets.


App News


Olympics on 7


Olympics On 7 to watch highlights of the Olympics sort of accessible: unlabelled buttons but you can listen to the highlights.

 Youtube Kids


Youtube Kids: if you have children and are worried about the content they are watching on Youtube, Youtube Kids tries to minimise the amount of inappropriate content that they can get access to: I just found Youtube even with it’s safe mote wasn’t working that well for my family, this does.

 KNFB Reader to go Free Sort of (smile)


KNFB Reader to be released for Free if you are a BrailleNote Touch customer for the next release of KeySoft in September.


WeMo Updates with Accessibility Improvements


WeMo app got updated with accessibility improvements: now identified each device connected correctly.

 ABC iView no Longer Supporting Audio Description


ABC iView no longer supporting Audio Description: trial complete and not extended.  The option under Programs A-Z no longer has the Audio Description selection.

 Blind Fold App developer releases RS Games for iOS, not just Mac or PC


BlindFold RS Games for iOS now available:  besides PC/Mac.  20 games, limited time to play each game and then an in-app purchase.

 Remote app for the Apple tv 4th Generation Allows you to Use Siri


Remote app for Apple TV allows you to use Siri via the Remote app to the Apple TV: did a podcast on this, and its great using Siri on the Remote app on my iPhone to control the Apple TV.

 Apple Store app Keeps Updated with Recommendations


Apple Store app gets updated with new recommendation features: don’t think it is as good it’s made out to be, I got a recommendation for an iPhone 6s Battery case which I already have.

 Looktel Money Reader get a New Name and Goes Free


Looktel Money Reader gets a new name and goes free: now called Nantmobile Money Reader.


My Story About My Apple Watch 42MM with the tough Sapphire Glass Breaking


Slither of Sapphire glass came off the top edge of the watch, took it to the Apple Store and locally enough it was covered under my Apple Care plan.  So rather than costing $435 for a replacement, it only cost me $119.  Just shows good to have insurance for your devices, in this case Apple Care.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Now Available as an eBook


As this book is primarily the script for the play, having the name of each character announced and then that character speaking as it were was a bit off putting at first, but after a while you do get used to it.


You can find this book either in the Kindle store or on iBooks.




How to Change how Much you Skip Forward or Backwards in an Audio Book in iBooks 



Monday, 15 August 2016

My Favorite Assistive and General Technology Podcasts

My favourite Assistive Technology and General Technology Podcasts


Under each of the podcasts titles you’ll find a straight text version of the podcasts hyper link which you can paste in to your pod catcher of choice such as Downcast for Mac OS and iOS.


Assistive Technology Related Podcasts


AppleVis Podcast




Assistive Technology Podcast with Wade Wingler




Blind Abilities




Blind Access Journal




Blind Bargains




The Blind Side with Jonathan Mosen




iBlind Tech (accessible work flows with Apple)




iSee with David Woodbridge




Main Menu




Talking Tech Vision Australia




Talking Vision Vision Australia




The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast




General Technology Related Podcasts


All About Android




Apple Byte




Apple Keynotes




Download This Show (ABC Australia tech show))




iMore (Apple)




The iOS Show




iOS Today




Life and Technology with Charlie Brown (2gb Australia tech show)




MacBreak Weekly












NosillaCast Mac Podcast




This Week in Google




TWiT Live Specials




Tech News Today




This Week in Tech




Windows Weekly