Talking Tech 13th March 2018

March 13, 2018

A bit of a mixed bag this week for Talking Tech, with a number of Topics concerning Microsoft.


New Exciting App from Microsoft - Sound Scape


A Survey from Microsoft for Android Users for the Seeing AI App


CSUn Conference March 19 to 23 2018


Microsoft Sessions at Csun 33 from March 19 to 23 2018


Microsoft Experimental Game App playable by Any One


Microsoft Joins Be-My-Eyes app to provide Tech Support to Blind and Low Vision Customers


New Look for the Vision Australia Website


Amazon Acquiring Ring (Video Doorbell)


Repeat Timer For Apple Watch


With the Little Ben app that became inaccessible a month or so ago for timing yourself with auto/haptic vibrations, this app takes it place quite nicely, and is excellent for presentations.


Smart Speaker Survey US by Loup Ventures


Seems as if most people use their smart speaker for playing music and checking the weather.


Talking Tech 6th March 2018

March 6, 2018

In this weeks Talking Tech, Stephen and David catch up with Tony Wu from the Vision Australia Vision Store to talk about IrisVision - the weirable magnification solution.

For further info concerning IrisVision, contact the Vision Store at Vision Australia on 1300 847 466, check it out on the VA Store online shop at or visit the iRisVision web site at


Talking Tech 27th February 2018

February 27, 2018

A number of topics this week includeing:

Skype Becoming Less Usable

Odd thing happening from Microsoft. Whilst they put heaps of effort in to Seeing AI, Microsoft Office etc, they are doing the exact opposite with Skype accessibility and usability across platforms.

USB Power Points

I am finding switching over to UsB power points in my house amazingly fantastic.
Besides the fact I have a UsB port in most areas of the house where I sit or sleep, it also means I have been able to do away with having power boards full of chargers on the floor.

Farago - New Sound Board from Rogue Amoeba for Mac

This is one of this applications that puts different sounds into recordings etc such as drum roll, breaking glass, person screaming in fear etc. so if your a podcaster and you want to have a bit of fun, this Mac app is for you.
Oh and by the way, my signing off this week was done by Ferrago.

Whilst talking about Rogue Amoeba, AirFoil from the same company which pipes audio from your Mac to various AirPlay speakers in your house, will also work with HomePod.
Also, I discussed just having updated AirFoil to V5, that it will also play to Chromecast devices, so I can now use one interface to play to my Chromecast and AirPlay devices.

Yes, I Now Have an iPhone X

Just sharing some thoughts on the iPhone X now that I actually own one. I still find Face ID very clunky and most of the time still have to enter my pin to get in to the phone.

The Apple Watch Sports Loop Band with Loop and Hook

I just purchased this band, and had to let folks know that this band is amazingly comfortable. Like the other Sport bands it retails for $79.


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.