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., 

 

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/02/what-to-expect-at-ces-2018/

 

Podcasts I Completed over the 2017/2018 Holiday Period

 

Demo of Changing the Bass and Treble on Google Home

 

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/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

 

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-a-handy-amazon-echo-skill-remember-this-that-i-use-to-organise-my-weekly-grocery-shopping/

 

Demo of the Sensibo Sky Device for Controlling my Air Conditioner

 

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-the-sensibo-sky-remote-device-for-your-air-conditioner-system/

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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., 

 

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/02/what-to-expect-at-ces-2018/

 

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)

 

Xbox

 

Zoom US Web Conferencing System

 

Apple Watch series 3

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Get Outlook for iOS

 

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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 (www.visiontelco.com.au) 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:

www.kisaphone.com.au

www.ownfone.com.au

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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.

 

http://mosen.org/an-open-letter-to-tim-cook-about-those-blindfold-games-surely-one-of-your-departments-has-gone-rogue/

 

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

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