Talking Tech 20th February 2018

February 20, 2018

In this weeks talking tech, Stephen and David spend most of the show talking about Apple’s new music/smart speaker, HomePod.

To have a read of David’s thoughts and access the podcasts on the HomePod, go to


David and Stephen also share some feedback concerning what listeners would like to hear on further episodes of the show.


Talking Tech 13th February 2018

February 13, 2018

Google Playbooks Now Offers Audio Books


Note, on iOS you can search for and sample books, but you can’t purchase them as Google wants to avoid paying Apple 30 percent, so use the website for Google play Books or just use Google Play Books on Android where you can sample, put them on a wish list or buy the book.


Demo of playing Google Play audio books


Link to the Google Play Store


Google Disability Support Email


Email - response within 72 hours.




Remember to checkout the iOS AccessWorld app to get the current and past issues of this magazine.


HomePod Pre-Orders from Jan 27 and Available Feb 9 2018


Will be interested to hear if anyone is purchasing a HomePod.

Both multi room and dual stereo will be coming later this year.

The HomePod will retail in Australia for $499.


A Great Siri Tip for Checking Battery Status


Just say Hey Siri “what is the battery status of all my devices” or replace all devices with AirPods, Apple Watch or iPhone.


Jonathan Mosen’s New Daily Fibre Tech Show on Mushroom FM

Heard in Australia at 7AM and 7PM repeated.

No podcast available, but you can record the show on various devices including the Victor Reader Stream.


Switch Control on iOS and Sharing Same Switch’s between Other Devices


Intro podcast from David.


Talking Tech 6th February 2017

February 6, 2018

At the beginning of Feb this year 2018, the Amazon Echo Smart Speaker range became available in Australia. Stephen and I interview Robin Christopherson from the UK about the Amazon Echo as he is well known for his podcast series Dot To Dot - all about skills for the Amazon echo.


For those of us in Australia, here is the link to the Amazon Alexa app in both the Google and iOs stores


iOS link to the AmazonAlexa App


Google Play Store


The New Voice for the Amazon Echo - Sounds Quite Good for the English Australia voice for getting quick info.  However, for listening to Kindle books, the voice is slow and pauses significantly between paragraphs.


A demo of what the English Australia voice sounds like for the echo


Demo of setting up the Amazon Echo in Australia via the Amazon Alexa app


Talking Tech 30th January 2017

January 30, 2018

If you would like to give us feedback about the program concerning topics we cover or topics you would like us to cover, please feel free to email David at


Did You Know


You can add up to 15 items on the dock on the iPad: just move the apps you wish or a folder of apps in the usual way to the Dock - rather than just the default 6.


Some Added Touch Controls to the Google Home Mini


Google has been slowly adding back in more touch controls on the Google Mini.  For us in Australia:

Long press on either side - stop/play music or

Long press on either side: stop a timer or alarm.


Some More Google Home Tips


Restarting your Google Home at least once a week seems to clear things so for example you can get the latest episode of your favourite podcast.

If you have a Google Home and its not responding to your voice, try and blow in to the mic holes to clear the dust out of them: this worked for me (David).

There seems to be a bug in the Google Home Mini, if you set a reminder, whilst the mini says it has done it, it hasn’t.


Screen Protecters for the Apple Watch


I finally have a solid plastic screen protecter for my Apple Watch which clips on underneath each side.  The only issue is that I can not do a 2 finger double tap to answer a call, but flicking left or right and 1 finger double tapping is fine.  The screen protecters that I have used where the protecter gets stuck on to the actual glass of the watch, never seem to stick and fall off.


Google Home and Chromecast  May be affecting your wifi network


VA Connect app for iOs and Android has Now been Updated


Links follow for the Play and iOS Stores.






Bluetooth Device to change a Speaker in to a BT Speaker


Talking Tech 23rd January 2018

January 23, 2018

Online Voice Dictation


This online voice dictation via Google Chrome on Windows or Mac looks very interesting, particularly as you don’t have to installed anything.


Podcasts I Completed over the 2017/2018 Holiday Period


Demo of Changing the Bass and Treble on Google Home


Demo of a Handy Amazon Skill (Remember This) That I Use to Organise my Weekly Shopping


Demo of the Sensibo Sky Device for Controlling my Air Conditioner


Updated demo of using the Sensibo Sky via its web interface giving access to the Mode (dry, cold etc), Fan (high, low etc), and Temperature settings which are not accessible in the iOS version of the Sensibo iOs app.


Amazon Echo (Drum Roll) Available in Australia Feb 1 2018


Finally its arriving, and I can use the Alexa app on my iOS or android device officially with my 3 Amazon Echo Dots.  Available Feb 1 2018.


Up to Feb 1 you can pre-order an Amazon Echo for a markedly reduced price: for example the Amazon Echo Dot pre-order is only $48.


A Tip for Mac Users updating to Mac OS High Sierra and the voiceOver Speech Rotor


In Mac OS High Sierra the speech rotor which was VO+Command+Arrow keys now requires that you use the Shift key as well.  VO+Command+Arrow keys itself is now the VoiceOver rotor that you find with VoiceOver on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.


A Handy tip - Use the Apple Support app on iOS to check your Hardware Coverage on your Devices


Go to the Accounts tab within the app after signing in with your Apple ID and select one of your devices to check hardware coverage.

Simply search for Apple Support App on the iOS App Store.


Sharing Your Wi-Fi Password with Guests from iOS 11 or Mac High Sierra


Great article from iMore explaining on how you go about sharing your Wi-Fi password with guests that are in your contact list.


Security document from Apple explains on how this works (page 34).


Talking Tech 16th January 2018

January 16, 2018

Some Tech to Expect in 2018

Amazon Echo officially supported in Australia.


Google Max becomes available in Australia.


Love to see Vision Australia I-Access being accessed via Google Home or the Amazon echo.


Improvements to indoor navigation.


Apple’s smart speaker Home Pod arrives.


Along with the Home Pod, I really do want to see an improvement with Siri across all devices.  My number wish for Siri at the very least is to do multiple timers.


Apple Music becomes a subscribe service on Google Home.


Samsung produces its own Smart Speaker powered by Bixby.


Apple’s AirPower wireless charger to charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.


New iPhones, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Macs, and iPads: be interesting to see if we get a new iPad mini as like the Mac mini its not been updated in a whil.e

Continued development of the Seeing AI app from Microsoft adding more channels, and possibly an Android version.  I’d like to see Australian currency added to currency channel, an Acoustic Ruler, QR code reader like the Bar Code (product) reader.


Cheaper daisy players coming to the market.


More smart home gadgets becoming available in Australia: especially alarm systems, accessible washing machines etc.


According to Tech Crunch, we’ll see smart home devices, Smart Speakers, AR/VR, wearables health, and cars.,


Podcasts I Completed over the 2017/2018 Holiday Period


Demo of Changing the Bass and Treble on Google Home


Demo of a Handy Amazon Skill (Remember This) That I Use to Organise my Weekly Shopping


Demo of the Sensibo Sky Device for Controlling my Air Conditioner


Talking Tech 9th January 2018

January 9, 2018

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018 from Jan 9 to Jan 12 2018 Kicks Off in the US


This is a preview show where manufacturers and developers show off what they may bring to the market place this year in 2018.

According to Tech Crunch, we’ll see smart home devices, Smart Speakers, AR/VR, wearables health, and cars.,


Finishing Off What Caught My Attention in 2017


O6 Bluetooth controller for iPhone.


Kapsys Smart Vision 2 mobile phone


Talking Typer App for iOS


Tile Tag Tracking System (app became accessible this year 2017)




Zoom US Web Conferencing System


Apple Watch series 3

Stability update for the Vision Australia Connect app for iOs and Android.


Talking Tech 2nd January 2018

January 2, 2018

My favourite Tech Gadgets and Software for 2017


Apple Discontinues the iPod nano and shuffle


Window-Eyes is discontinued


Google Home and Google Home Mini comes to Australia.


Google Assistant comes to the App Store in Australia  Plus Google Home to support Google Home/Mini.


Chromecast and Chromecast Audio Devices.


Seeing AI, Prizmo Go, and KNFB Reader for Microsoft Windows.


Notable games: Blind Cricket, and Blindfold Battleship.


Type to Siri becomes available on iOS 11 and Mac High Sierra.


The iOS TV App Finally becomes Available in Australia which brings access to the various TV style apps in to one interface.


Twitterific for the Mac Released with full accessibility.


Sony Bravia range of Smart TVS are Fully accessibl.e


iPhone 8 with wireless charging plus fast charge capability.


Belkin Wireless Charger for iPhone 8/X.


Samsung S8 with Bixby personal assistant.


Microsoft Windows 10 supports Braille displays.


Talking Tech 26th December 2017

December 22, 2017

Update for the Seeing AI app from Microsoft


The Seeing AI app has been recently updated with 4 extra channels: currency, Colour, hand writing, and Light.

I have updated my podcast on the Seeing AI app to include these channels.


JAWS2018 Update


The latest JaWS2018 update includes to interesting features: Speech On demand and Screen Shade.

To toggle Speech on Demand: JAWS+Space+S.

To toggle Screen Shade: JaWS+Space+Print Screen.

If you are using a MacBook keyboard with Windows 10, then the keyboard command for Screen Shade is: JAWS+Space+Fn+Shift+F11.


A Play Around with a New device - Sensivo Sky


This device allows you to control your Air Conditioner as the device emulates your remote, and via the app you can control and monitor your Air Conditioner.  In addition, you can link the device account up to Google Home or Amazon Echo and turn the temperature up and down, change to cool to heat, and check temp or humidity readings on the AC.


Different ways of Catching Up with Talking Tech or Vision Australia Radio over the Summer 

You can catch the show via Vision Australia I-Access with the VA Connect app for iOS or Android, listen to it on the Victor Stream, or any pod catching app.

As vision Australia Radio is online, you can listen via Tune-In Radio or even say something like on Google Home: Ok Google play Vision Australia Radio Melbourne.


Microsoft and Apple’s Accessibility Support phone numbers for the Christmas New Year Holiday Period

Apple: 1300 365 083.

Microsoft: 1800 280 300.


Where to watch Audio Described Content Over the Summer

iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon Prime video. Also accessible cinemas.

Keep an eye out for the BAMDescribe iOs app, exciting times may be ahead.


Where to Access Books Over  the Summer

Vision Australia I-Access via Va Connect app, Audible, Kindle, Google Play Books.


Talking Tech 19th December 2017

December 19, 2017

In this show, David catch’s up with Blake from Humanware to discuss the Victor Reader Trek.