Some Comments on iOS 12 and Mac OS 10.4
Since everyone else seems to be talking and demoing the iOS and Mac OS betas, thought I’d give you one feature from each which is really impressing me so far.
This sounds very exciting for those of us who find it hard to hear people talking in noisy environments.
Home app on Mac OS Beta
This is something I’ve been waiting for, at last I can control my Home Kit devices now directly from my Mac using the Home app which has been ported over from iOS or of course use Siri.
I Noticed that There are More Games on Google Home in Australia
Just ask Google Home/Mini “What games can I play?” And get a good list to choose from.
If Your Using Aira with your Smart Phone Camera - A Neck Lanyard May Help
Since we’re still waiting on the Smart Glasses to be available in Australia, the neck lanyard is a good idea to be able to use your Aira app on your smart phone hands free. Below is the link to amazon.com.au where I purchased mine for only $12.
Travelear - Listen To the World with 3D Audio
Amazing free app which lets you experience via 3D audio different experiences in the world as if you travelled there. I particularly like the London Underground train trip.
Using HomePods as multi-room speakers or as a Stereo Pair
AirPlay 2 Commands in iOS 11.4
With Airplay 2 now here, I thought it would be handy to have a list of the commands you can now use.
How to Play to HomePod Without a Wi-Fi Connection
This tip is handy as you don’t have to have your HomePod connected to a Wi-Fi network.
In this weeks episode, Stephen and David discuss Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) which took place on the 5th of June: yes David had to get up early.
David talks about the goat videos the were show, highlights of the new betas of iOS 12, Apple watch os 5, TV os 12, and the Mac OS.
If you would like to here a full discussion of what took place at WWDC 2018, David joined up with Robert and Alison from the Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast to do an hour run down of the conference.
Overcast link to the Tech Doctor podcast follows:
Just remember that this is all beta software and we’ll not see it on the shelves as it were until Spring in Australia.
In this weeks program, Stephen and David speak with Kevin Phelan (Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing) from Aira who provide remote assistance by audio/video utilising an app in a smart phone with its camera or smart glasses attached to the smart phone.
Kevin speaks about the company, how the technology works, using the Aira app, and how to subscribe to Aira as a Guest free (Site Access Sites) such as Vision Australia or subscribe to a monthly plan to use the service with a smart phone or smart phone with glasses.
After downloading the app on Android or iOS, you can make an Agent Free Call to learn how to use the service as a Guest or to sign up to use the service as an Aira Explorer including setting up your profile.
After accessing the AIRA app as a Guest or full Explorer, you will have access to the rest of the apps functionality.
Currently the service operates from 9PM to 3PM. After July, the service will be offered 24 hours a day.
To sign up for AIRA or to find out more, use the following link:
1800 765 096..
Round-Up from Google IO
Robot calling human called Duplex,
Google Assistant getting 6 new voices (US language only),
Smart compose for Gmail based on Duplex,
Google Maps and AR with visual position (pointing the correct way when walking),
Robot manners encouraging children to say please (similar to Alexa),
Tackling tech addiction with a new Android Google Dash Board to monitor your phone usage (this may be coming in iOS 12 as well for Apple),
Navigation bar similar to iPhone X for such as taking users between apps and the home screen.
Accessibility at Google IO
Covering new accessibility options in Android P listening, Accessibility menu, Lookout app for blind low vision, selected speech wnow with OCR and new Accessible API’s, accessibility testing and accessibility scanner to check accessibility, user research for example Android will allow users to adjust vibration level on screen due to user research by Google, Voice Access will be coming out of beta, Google to release accessibility options in the Android Accessibility Suite as one package.
Google’s Assistant 6 New Voices
To me they sound a bit creepy smile.
Google in Australia now can give you NRL, and AFL Games, Scores etc.
You can now check when and how your fav team went when it is going to go in the NRL and AFL in Australia.
Announcing LookOut - Helping people who a blind Find Out About The World Around Them
JAWS and Firefox V60 now All Good Again
Ray Pearse App Update
Ray discuss’s a few apps that he has been testing over the last few months.
How to Subscribe to Jonathan Mosen’s Daily Fibre Show
Besides catching up with the Daily Fibre when it is aired, you can now subscribe to a podcast of the show.
Vision Australia and Aira Launch Aira in Australia
Upcoming Themes at the Vision Australia Tech Hub in Parramatta with Tech Fridays
I will be running a series of themed Tech Friday events up until the end of June.
18 May - fitness and health tracking options.
25th of May - reading book options.
1 June - getting the most out of the iPad.
8th of June - using the various smart speakers.
15 June - using the various smart assistants in smart phones.
22nd of June - getting the most out of the Mac.
29th of June - recommended Android and iOS apps.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2018
About GAAD can be found at:
Event pages for GAAD can be found at:
Items Released around Microsoft Build Conference
Just a note, Microsoft is making it clear it doesn’t care if your using iOS, Android, Mac or Windows, it just wants you to utilise its software services.
5 Biggest Announcements from Microsoft Build
Microsoft your phone,
Hay Cortana meet Alexa,
Microsoft running your meeting, and
Ai for Accessibility.
Microsoft Launching 25 Million Dollar AI Program for Accessibility
Trailler for the Microsoft Film - re-imaging Accessibility
Film for Microsoft on Global Access Awareness Day.
Today in Technology film from Microsoft - The History of Braille lives on
The History of Screen Readers and How to Make your Windows Application Accessible by Doug Geoffrey
JAWS and Firefox V60 now All Good Again
The Windows 10 Spring Update rolling Out
Microsoft is rolling out the Spring (or in our case Autumn) Windows 10 RS5 update.
For the latest JAWS, Zoomtext, and Fusion users there doesn’t seem to be an issue with the latest update to Windows if your running the latest versions of these packages.
Listen to FSCast 152 concerning the update, may still be an issue for Dongle users.
As far asNVDA goes, doesn’t seem to be an issue if your running (again) the latest version of NVDA.
As always, if your not sure, don’t update until you have spoken to your assistive tech person.
Mothers day Gift Ideas
As usual, here are a number of tech ideas for Mothers Day.
Samsung range of Smart TVS that include accessibility including Voice Guide (screen reader)
Samsung Powerbot Vacuum Cleaner (can run stand alone or from your Smart Phone/app)
Apple TV (will need an Apple and iTunes account)
Apple Watch (for existing iPhone users otherwise need to purchase an iPhone)
Tile Tag Tracking Device (needs smart phone app to track/play sound on items in your house)
Olitech Large Print Mobile Phone
Explore 8 Portable Video Magnifier
Hope you find some of these suggestions useful.
In this weeks show, in acknowledging ANZAC day, we speak with Tony Wu on how Vision Australia can support DVA customers with technology to assist in everyday activities.
Please contact your local Vision Australia office or Vision Australia main customer number 1300 847 466 for more information.
David and Stephen were contemplating the other day if we had to lay out on a table how many gadgets an iPhone or smart phone in general has replaced, what would those devices be?
Here is the list they arrived at:
AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) devices.
Bar code reader.
Books, newspapers, and magazines.
Clock (plus alarm).
CD or other music player.
Computer for mail, web browsing, word processing, and other activities.
DVDS (movies (audio described or closed Captioned).
Electronic hand held magnifier.
EFTPOS (Apple Pay).
Kitchen (or general) timer.
Keyboard (Braille, QWERTY, hand writing or other input method).
Note currency identifier.
Reference works (dictionary, encyclopaedia, recipes etc).
Would make a fantastic picture smile.
In this weeks show, Stephen and David catch up with Michelle Eunson (Strategic Business Development Manager) Vision Australia about the Vision Store, and her recent trip to the CSUN Technology conference earlier this year and what this means to Vision Australia and the products sold through the store.
The store can be accessed by:
1300 847 466.
David catch’s us up on his experience with his new partners iMac and comments upon how easy it was to use the Migration Assistant to transfer content from the older iMac to the new system.