Monday, 9 January 2017

Talking Tech for Jan 10 2016

Talking Tech for Jan 10 2016


In this weeks show, I spend most of the show talking about my experiences using the Xbox One game console from Microsoft with the builtin screen reader Narrator.

In the next week or so, I will be producing a podcast on using the Xbox and will post it on my feed at:


Some Items from CES 2017 that Caught my Attension


The Blitab Tablet for the vision impaired shown off at CES 2017 from Tech Crunch:


Speech and Braille notetaker based on Android using liquid to form the Braille.  Reported to see for aaround $500 when it comes to market.


From Smart Canes to Wheel Chairs from Tech Crunch:


The idea of having a cane that gives your GPs location, and if you have a fall or need help, you can get the cane to text or email an identified person for assistance.


Why Accessibility Matters To Tech Leaders: talk presented at CES 2017:


I think it was great that accessibility overall got a good showing at CES 2017, and this panel talk just highlighted why accessibility is important for everyone.


Interesting use of Smart Glass’s linked up to a smart phone to give live video/audio assistance to the user, already available, and is planned based: i.e. how many times you use the service.


Aira uses Smart Glass’s to assist the Vision Impaired at presented at CES 2017 from Engadget.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Talking Tech for December 20 2016

As I said last week, I would confirm the pairing of Focus Blue displays from FS with the newly released iOs 10.2 which is now confirmed.  Following is a technical support bulletin from FS. 


Speaking of iOS: besides iOS 10.2 being released, you’ll find updates for watch os, Apple TV os, and Mac OS: no accessibility improvements to note as yet.


Olitech Mobile Phone


Just a reminder to folks that the Olitech is a large print mobile phone suitable for folks with low vision, not for people who are blind or who use speech output: only the keypad speaks, not the menus of the phone.


Windows 10 upcoming release in Spring (US) 2017 has a number of accessibility improvements including finally support for refreshable Braille displays:


Microsoft continues its excellent development work in accessibility improvements for Word on Mac, iPhone and iPad:


AccessWorld for December 2016


In this issue, these articles caught my attention: Microsoft Word with NVDA Training Guide, Game Review - Timecrest: The Door, Accessible Recipes for Cooking and Entertaining, and What is NEW in Mac Sierra and the New MacBooks.


AirPods arrived, but no chance to put them through their paces, will report back in the new year with a podcast.


In case you don’t want to wait for my podcast, here is a guide on the use of the AirPods from iMore:


Similarly, I have now got my hands on a loan MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, and will report what I think in the new year.


Dr Robert Carter who produces the Tech doctor Blog and Podcast has done an excellent job of overviewing the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar:


For those that may need a bit of help with their Apple products over the Christmas/new year period from an accessibility point of view, the Apple Accessibility Helpdesk is only closed in the US on Christmas and New Years day, so you can still contact them outside of these days on 1300 365 083.


I haven’t checked the operational hours for the Disability Helpdesk from Microsoft: but they can be contacted on 1800 280 300.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Talking Tech for December 13 2016

Vision Australia and Vision Telco now Selling Mobile Phones and Plans


The Telstra 2G Network is now Closed


Podcast from me: My Podcasting and work Set-up at Home


Braille On display


A Blind Legend Comes to the Mac


Netflix Adds Offline Viewing for iOS


How Major Tech Company’s are Improving Accessibility for People with Disabilities


Fake Apple Chargers are worse Than you Think


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Talking Tech for Dec 6 2016

Saying Good Bye to the Mac by Jonathan Mosen


Jonathan makes some valid points in this article all of which I agree with.  As Jonathan states this his personal point of view to leave and its my personal point of view smile that I’m still staying with the Mac.


Make a Speaker Call Using Siri


Hey Siri call David Woodbridge Using Speaker: great if you want to make a call hands free and be able to hear it.


Attenborough Story of Life from the BBC


Over 1000 hours of video clips from Sir David Attenborough’s 60 years of documentaries.


Wikipedia Audio


Great website where the article’s are spoken out with text to speech.


Electric Cars and Hybrids Will Soon Have to Announce Their Presence

Monday, 28 November 2016

Talking tech for November 29 2016


My Christmas Ideas


Before I get on to my Main Stream Tech ideas for Christmas, last show I mentioned the Synapptic software for Android phones, I have now produced my first episode in a series for the Synapptic software which can be purchase from the Vision Australia Equipment Solutions shop.


Christmas Ideas


No links or costs, just straight product names or broad categories just to give you some ideas


Audible, Amazon, iTunes or Harvey Norman etc gift cards


Charging Dock for Smart Phone or Tablets


Charging power brick for various devices


Portable External Hard drive


Apple Magic Keyboard


Samsung tv with Audio Guidance


Apple Watch or Apple Watch bands


iOS or  Android phone or tablet


AirPods if They Get Here in Time


Hope this gives you a few ideas.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Talking Tech for November 22 2016

Christmas Ideas from the Vision Australia Equipment Solutions shop


Oletech large print Mobile Phone


Synapptic Software on a Samsung Core Prime phone


EZ See Large Print Keyboards


Daylight Foldi Portable Desk Lamp


Talking Kitchen Scales


Talking Measuring Jug


Talking Indoor/Outdoor thermometer


Bump Ons


Liquid Level Sensor 2 levels


Loc Dots: 6 pack


Talking Key Ring Clock


Talking Calendar Alarm Clock


Small Tactile Timer


Big Button Speaker Phone


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Talking Tech for November 15 2016

Some Thoughts of my Recent Purchase of Tile



Tile is a little plastic tile with a button which allows you to find an object that it is attached to locate that item.  If you press the button on the Tile, it locates the smart phone that it is attached to.


The Android version is more accessible than the iOs version, but still works.


The developer has said that improvements to accessibility should be coming down the track particularly for the iOS version: i.e. only get Tile name and not map location in the iOS version.


iOS demo of Tile



Android demo of Tile follow-up


Watch Aussie TV Anywhere on your Smart phone


Freview FV is a way of watching digital tV free on your smart phone: the Android version of this app is more accessible than the iOS version, but still works.








A Bit of Information on How the MacBook Pro Touch Bar Works with VoiceOver


Yes the Touch bar does work in the new MacBook Pro, you can use your VoiceOver gestures to flick left right, and 1 finger double tap to activate an item.  You can also hold down the Command key and triple tap the Touch ID to start/stop VoiceOver.  As the new Macbook Pro’s don’t have a function key line, holding down the FN key turns the number row in to the function key row.


Quick Tip if You Can’t Remember Mac VoiceOver Commands


VO+HH will bring up the VoiceOver Commands Help menu, if you start typing the word that a command should contain you will get a list of suggestions: comes in very handy..


MacBook Buyers Guide


With the new MacBook Pro’s coming in, Apple’s line up of MacBooks is getting more and more complicated, this article from iMore will hopefully make things a bit clearer.