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.


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



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