Talking Tech 12th December 2017

December 12, 2017

Stephen and David talk about the CA I app from Microsoft from low vision perspective and also discuss the iPhone X. 

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Talking Tech 28th November 2017

November 28, 2017

Not Tech Related - Vision Australia Enfield Head Office closes Dec 1 2017


Vision Australia moves from Enfield to Parramatta.  A bit of a sad day for me as I remember attending the then RBS of NSW Enfield office in 1980, and then working from Enfield from 1990 until 2010.  The great thing about the new location is that it is close to public transport and the hub of Parramatta.


Some Christmas items from the Vision Australia Vision Store


Talking Microwave

Talking Jug

Talking Kitchen Scales

Talking Bathroom Scales

Talking Builders Tape Measure

Talking Pedometer

Talking Meat Thermometer

Talking fever thermometer

Talking Pedometer

Audio Liquid Level

Large print mobile phone.


Other Phone Ideas for Christmas


Via Vision Australia and Vision Telco ( you can get great phone and mobile plans for Samsung, iPhone, Olitech large print phone, and Synapptic software on a Samsung phone.


3D Printable Phones


We haven’t talked about these 3D printable phones for quite a while, but basically these phones are for people to have a simple to use and customisable pre-dial numbers phone for safety and to feel safe when they they are at home or out and about.

Catch up more about these phones at:


Talking Tech 21st November 2017

November 21, 2017

Seeing AI Now Available in Australia


Great this excellent app has now come to Australia with all of its camera functions: short text, document scanning, bar code, person identification, and scene preview (what the camera view is).

I’m finding Short text works great for quickly finding out the text on shopping items etc.  The less useful is the scene preview which gets things waring on. A regular basis.

Person identification is great, but until we can start wearing glass’s that does this (so some extent like the Orcam) I don’t see the need for this.


Orbit News


Finally, we have units at Vision Australia which will be field tested by staff and identified library customers.  Sales should start at the end of Jan 2018, but they are really here now.


Home Pod


Well looks like no Home Pod to put under the Christmas tree, Apple as postponed the launch of the Home Pod until early 2018.


BlindFold Games Issue and Resolution


Simply put Apple App Store  staff refused any more new or updates from BlindFold because they said the games were all the same.  A lot of people gave feedback and now this somewhat idiotic decision has now been reversed.


Twitter and 280 Charactersµ


There was a bug in Twitter for iOS VoiceOver users where 140 characters was still the limit when 280 characters was introduced.  Now fixed.  However, Twitter for the Mac is still limited to 140.

Twitterific for the Mac allows 280 characters.

Podcast from me: Google Home Mini


Finally got my Google Home Mini and am really liking it: micro USB port, slide selecter switch for mic mute, no bass which is great for spoken word like radio and podcasts, and the small round size is great to stick anywhere in the house.  Still fills up a room with sound when playing music.  At only $80 compared to $200 for the Google Home, the mini gets my vote.


Visit to VisionAustralia By Microsoft’s Jenny Lay-Flurrie Chief Accessibility officer