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Talking Tech 11th August 2020

Talking Tech 11th August 2020

August 11, 2020

OpenPay Now Available at the Vision Australia Vision Store

 

This is where you can pay off an item over $1000 from the Vision Store over a period of time.

For more info, please contact the Vision Store on 1300 847 466 or visionstore@visionaustralia.org.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/openpay

 

Mosen At Large Episode 54 - A Review of Podcast Hosting Services

 

A good chat about podcast hosting services, including podbean smile.

A great way to get your voice out there.

 

Apple Watch OS Beta 4 - VoiceOver Not Working

 

Whilst I understand that this is beta software, I think it is somewhat inexcusable for Apple to release beta software where it is known that VoiceOver is broken (as explained in the beta release notes).

There would have been no way I’m assuming if the Apple Watch face wasn’t working visually, that Apple would have released beta 4, so if it is not ok for sighted folks, why is it ok for people who are blind.

 

How do You Use Face ID When Waring a Mask

 

In short you can’t really.  An update to iOS 13 allowed FaceID to detect that a mask was being used a promptly bring up the password pin code screen to unlock your iPhone.

This is where I wish Apple would have had both Face ID and Touch ID in the same phone, I don’t have this issue as I use my iPhone SE 2020 when out and about with Touch ID.

 

Why I like my Mac/Apple Products So Much

 

Last week I published a podcast on my iSee feed about why I like using my Mac/Apple stuff so much, here are the main points from that podcast (link to the podcast follows):

 

Hardly any support/re-installation issues,.

MacBook Chimes when plugged in to power.

Apple Watch, Touch ID or keyboard to login in to Mac.

Dictation.

AirDrop.

Universal copy between Mac/iOS.

iCloud/documents in the Cloud.

Spell check where ever you are typing.

Easy switching by shortcut keys between main folders in Finder - Applications, Home, Documents, Utilities, and Downloads.

Talking System Clock for Hour or  Quarter, Half and 3 Quarter hour.

Talking System Messages.

Talking selected text keyboard shortcut.

AirPlay.

Easily switch system sound output via adding  Volume Menu to Status Menu.

The option to Play Sound when adjusting the volume just makes life that bit easier for setting the volume at the wright level.

No getting stuck if someone mutes the volume on the Mac, shortcut key to switch it back on.

Switch easily with my AirPods from Mac, iPhone or Apple Watch.

Siri/Type to Siri also available.

Common apps Mac/iOS - Books, FaceTime, Find My, Home, Mail, Maps, Messages, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Safari, TV, and Voice Memos.

Then we also have Garage Band, Swift Playgrounds, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote that you can also install.

Add to Music )previously iTunes) As a Spoken Track.

Make/receive phone calls via iPhone with FaceTime.

Preview to easily listen to contents of audio files.

Safari Reader mode.

TV/Audio Descriptions.

Still love being Abel to play chess with the computer and myself which is of course fully accessible on the Mac with the Chess app.

Easily add iTunes Gift card codes using the FaceTime camera on the Mac.

Turn on Accessibility Menu on Status Menu to check what accessibility options are active.

Accessibility Shortcut menu or triple use of Power button/Touch ID.

Toggle VoiceOver in several ways - Siri, keyboard short cut or Power/Touch ID on MacBooks.

VoiceOver inbuilt training tutorial to get started.

VoiceOver with Alex Synthesiser still only synthesiser that actually breaths (up to 200 different breaths).

Multiple ways to navigate with VoiceOver - Control+Option or Caps Lock, QuickNav, Lock VO Keys, Numeric Keypad Touch Bar, or Trackpad.

When using my iMac, I can still link up a Magic Trackpad and use VoiceOver gestures (the same as on the trackpad on my MacBook).

VoiceOver keyboard commands similar subset on iOS.

VoiceOver cursor location same as on iOS.

VoiceOver keyboard shortcuts to launch Apple Scripts or applications.

VoiceOver Screen Curtain.

VoiceOver Sounds to assist with navigation.

VoiceOver easily supports a wide range of USB/Bluetooth Braille displays (plug in and Play).

Easily switch sound sources for VoiceOver.

 

The Mac fits my work flow for work and home, be mindful to check if it does for you as well.

 

https://s101.podbean.com/pb/59c7f5333cc4cf84aa905511d121ef20/5f30b3b2/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/why_i_keep_using_the_mac_and_other_apple_productsbqwbw.mp3?pbss=81f76b3e-360d-54e7-b24a-769c54e25512

 

Talking Tech 4th August 2020

Talking Tech 4th August 2020

August 4, 2020

Alexa Accessibility Hub

 

Excellent resource across various accessibility categories for using Alexa on various Amazon Echo devices.

 

https://www.amazon.com/b/?node=21101808011

 

Alexa Tweet-It Twitter Skill

 

Turns your Amazon Echo in to a Sending Tweet device once you have linked up your Twitter account.

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B079BSJSH8/?ref-suffix=ss_copy

 

Microsoft Is Ending Support for Cortana by Jan 2021

 

Microsoft will be ending support for Cortana on iOS and Android in early 2021 including the Harman Kardon Speaker.

 

https://www.idownloadblog.com/2020/07/31/microsoft-ending-cortana-support/?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

 

Apple Confirms That the Launch of the iPhone 12 Will be Delayed

 

Late September or early October.  Here is also hoping we get an Apple Watch Series 6.

 

https://www.imore.com/apple-confirms-launch-iphone-12-will-be-delayed?utm_source=im_tw&utm_medium=tw_card&utm_content=68531&utm_campaign=social

 

Apple Store App Gets New For You Tab

 

As the name suggests, For You are suggestions within the Apple Store app on what you may like to purchase smile.

 

Extra Long Charging Cables to Stop Putting your devices on the Floor Next to the Power Point

 

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2020/07/extra-long-charging-cables-wfh/

 

Orbit Writer Support Page for User and Quick Start Guides

 

Haven’t received mine yet, but this should let you know a bit more about the unit.

 

http://www.orbitresearch.com/support/orbit-writer-support/

 

Another Podcast from Me

 

Demo and Discussion of the Arkon HD8RV29 Kitchen Smart Phone Stand

 

https://s112.podbean.com/pb/702d08fa72f2ee776b604b3f3c21e0e5/5f26f474/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/arkon_kitchen_desk_smart_phone_stand7atai.mp3?pbss=79606961-25d4-51fe-a070-f180690642a7

Talking Tech 28th July 2020

Talking Tech 28th July 2020

July 28, 2020

In this weeks show:

 

 

As of iOS 14 Beta 3, BackTap is Now Available on iPhones with a Home Button

 

This is what I’ve been waiting for, to use Back Tap on my iPhone SE or iPhone 8: i.e. 1 finger double or triple tap on the back of the iPhone to perform System or VoiceOver functions.

 

Vision Australia Podcasts are Now Available Via Spotify

 

Great to see podcasts from VA Radio now available on Spotify including Talking Tech of course smile.

 

Checking Out the Withings Thermo Smart Temporal Thermometer

 

Easy to use, and whilst the app is not 100 percent accessible with VoiceOver at least, it does work for checking your temperature.  Here is a link to my podcast page or you can get it on my iSee podcast feed:

 

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-thewithings-thermo-temporal-thermometer-using-voiceover/

 

Apple Shop link where I purchased the unit from in Australia:

 

https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/HMJL2ZM/A/withings-thermo-smart-temporal-thermometer?cid=twittershare

 

Jumpy Cat - A Free Inclusive Fitness Coach App

 

Great concept for having your work outs custolmised to what you need and works with VoiceOver on iOS.

 

https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/jumpy-cat-free-inclusive-fitness-coach-app-designs-personalised-workouts

 

A List of Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations that Allow Routing of VoiceOver back to iOS

 

It has always been a challenge to find out what Bluetooth speakers allow you to get VoiceOver to go back to your iOS device, rather than having both media and VoiceOver play on the Bluetooth speaker.  This forum from Applevis gives some recommendations on Bluetooth speakers to use or avoid.

 

At Vision Australia, we still sell the Amazon 2nd Generation which does let you split media and VoiceOver for an excellent price of $20.00Au which not only gives you a BT speaker but a smart speaker as well.

 

BT Speaker Forum

 

https://www.applevis.com/forum/hardware-accessories/list-bluetooth-speakers-currently-allow-routing-voiceover-audio-ios

 

Vision Store link to the Amazon Echo 2nd Generation for only $20.00:

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/amazon-echo-dot-2nd-generation

 

Acoustic Probe - Light and Contrast Detecter

 

Rather than having to get your smart phone app to run a light detector app or if you don’t have a smart phone, this is a nice and easy way to tell if you have lights on if your blind, a gadget is on or detecting on what side of a bit of paper there may be writing.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/acoustic-probe-light-and-contrast-detector

 

PlayStation 4 and Last of Us II

 

 

The Last of Us game for the PS4 was released in June this year, and I promised myself when there was an accessible game for the blind that I could play on the Play Station that I would purchase the console.

 

So, this week I have both the PS4 and the Last of Us II accessible game turning up from Amazon and I will let you know how I go over the next weeks.

 

Apparently for both the PS4 to speak and the game, I have to have my language/region set to the US, so we’ll see how it goes.

Talking Tech 21st July 2020

Talking Tech 21st July 2020

July 21, 2020

In this weeks Talking Tech, Stephen and David follow-up from last weeks show on the Chameleon Braille note taker.

 

Last week we focused on Assistive Technology related podcasts, here are a few suggestions for some general Main Stream technology podcasts.

 

Daily Tech News High Lights

Download This Show (from the ABC)

iOS Today (Twit TV)

Mac Cast

Two Blokes Talking Tech

Upgrade

 

If you know of any other interesting assistive or main stream technology podcasts, please email me at David.Woodbridge@visionaustralia.org, especially ones from Australia.

 

Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with Quantum RLV concerning the relatively new product from Orcam, the Orcam Read, a hand held (like a pen) device for reading text.

 

https://www.quantumrlv.com.au/orcam-read.html

 

Checking Out the Withings Thermo Smart Temporal Thermometer

 

As the show went to air this week, I mentioned that I was expecting it in the mail to turn up soon.  As Vision Australia Vision Store has had issues tracking down a Talking Thermometer, this smart thermometer which links up to a smart phone (iPhone or Android) via the Thermo app sounded like at least an alternative solution.

 

I purchased the thermometer from the Apple Store app on my iPhone here in Australia.

 

I'll have more about this thermometer in next weeks show.

 

NB - after the show went to air, check out my quick demo of the Thermo Thermometer on my https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com iSee podcast feed.

 

For info about the Thermometer go to:

 

https://www.withings.com/au/en/thermo

Talking Tech 14th July 2020

Talking Tech 14th July 2020

July 15, 2020

In this weeks show.

 

Assistive Technology  related podcasts: 

 

Want some podcasts to listen to that are Assistive Technology related, here are a number to choose Fromm.

 

Find myself starting to use the following for getting through long podcasts lately: chapters if available, checking episode description, 3 times speed, skipping forward by set amount or in case of too much off topic chat just using the time slider.

 

You can search for any of these podcast titles in your fav pod catcher such as Overcast, Downcast, Castro etc.

 

13 Letters,

 

Applevis, 

 

Assistive Technology Frequently Asked questions,

 

Assistive Technology Update, 

 

Blind Abilities,

 

Blind Access Journal,

 

Blind Bargains,

 

Dot To Dot, 

 

Double Tap Canada,

 

Echo Tips,

 

iSee - Using Various Technology from a blind persons perspective,

 

Main Menu, 

 

Mosen At Large,

 

RNIB Tech Talk,

 

Sight And Sound Technology Podcast,

 

Talking Tech Vision Australia Radio,

 

Tech Doctor Blog And Podcast,

 

That Blind Tech Show, 

 

The VACast Podcast From The Vision Australia Vision Store,

 

2021 Bursary’s Now Open

 

That time again for folks to put their applications in for the next round of Bursary Awards from Vision Australia.

Remember this year, applications have to be in by the end of September.

 

https://www.visionaustralia.org/referral/benefits-and-funding/further-education-bursary

 

Arkon Pro HR8RV29 Phone Stand

 

One of the better stands I’ve used for OCR, videoing products, and participating in video meetings.

Extremely adjustable and easy to use.

Blurb on the Arkon website states it is great for folks who want to demo what they are doing in the kitchen, craft room or live streaming folks who want to show off a gadget or two, and I’d have to agree.

 

https://arkon.com.au/hd8rv29-arkon-kitchen-desk-table-stand-for-periartists-cooking-baking-crafting-scopes.html

 

My Thoughts on the Mantis Q40 and Chameleon Braille displays

 

Looks like the Mantis Q40 (40) cell Braille Display with QWERTY keyboard will be available from Humanware in the first week or so in August 2020.  No mention when the Chameleon with it’s 20 cell Braille Display and Braille Input keyboard will be available.  Both same software offering connectivity to 6 BT devices and 1 UsB connection for Windows, Mac, and iOS: no mention of Android connectivity as of yet.

 

Talking Tech 6th July 2020

Talking Tech 6th July 2020

July 7, 2020

More of a Chat About the BBT Canute 360

 

This is the 9 line E-Reader from Bristol Braille Technology and I’ve now had one to use for a couple of weeks, so some comments.

 

My Podcast overview:

https://s177.podbean.com/pb/f0dc8bd3a48ae94ac1e88873741597d8/5ef7ce61/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Canute_360_demo_bt3h7.mp3?pbss=14e68593-b1e8-5ceb-a8fb-2fc87464f833

 

Manufacturer website:

 

http://www.bristolbraille.co.uk

 

Some Thoughts on the Mantis Q40 and Chameleon Braille Devices

 

Vision Australia currently having a look at these devices, international distribution is via Humanware for APH.

 

Another Sort of Gadget I Purchased, a Simple Head Phone Stand

 

Just keeps your head phones out of the mess on your desk.  One I got is a simple stand that the head phones just sit over and you can wrap the cable around the back.

In the show I said they were about $13, turns out there $39, whoops.

Here is the link to Harvey Norman where I purchased mine, but I’m sure you candy them from almost anywhere.

 

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/red1-aluminium-headphone-stand-black.html 

 

 

My Audio demo of the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset

 

I know I keep going on about this gaming head set which has two sound sources, and a 3.5mm connection you can also make to your smart phone etc, but they are just so good smile.

 

https://s170.podbean.com/pb/e86fd3fdb05b575e5ef287eddf643748/5ef7ddff/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/Overview_demo_of_the_SteelSeries_Arctis_5_Gaming_Headset_9niig.mp3?pbss=2146770f-b747-59bb-b6cb-051b18595ab0

 

How to Tell How Many devices Are on Your Home Wi-Fi

 

Just a good article about managing the devices on your home Wi-Fi network.

 

https://www.idropnews.com/how-to/you-might-have-too-many-devices-on-your-wi-fi-network-heres-how-to-tell/132349/

 

Alexa Just Got Smarter Reminders Across All of Your Echo Devices

 

Rather than just having your Reminders on one Echo, you can now have them on all of them.

 

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/alexa-just-got-smarter-reminders-on-your-amazon-echo-how-to-use-the-new-feature/?UniqueID=A615AA94-B153-11EA-A58D-2C044844363C&TheTime=2020-06-18T11%3A05%3A41&ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&PostType=link&ServiceType=twitter

 

Talking Tech 30th June 2020

Talking Tech 30th June 2020

June 30, 2020

Talking Tech for June 30 2020

 

Catching Up with Some Stuff from WWDC 2020

 

iOS 14 App Library, Widgets, Sound Notifications, 1 finger twice/thrice tap on back of iPhone, and Apple Watch OS 7 Braille Display support.

 

My Demo of using a Braille display on the Apple Watch S3:

 

https://s158.podbean.com/pb/7da252d892a0a6c15c6b657dd384c7e8/5ef7d23f/data4/fs54/339150/uploads/Demo_of_Braille_support_on_Watch_OS_7_beta_6vr3n.mp3?pbss=b93b2d63-0c5d-5050-9ae6-1d83c57ef7a8

 

A First I Believe, an Audio Described version of a Keynote, in This Case the Apple Keynote WWDC 2020

 

https://tv.apple.com/au/movie/wwdc-2020/umc.cmc.54m67p6y1anwos34dojt57fw7

 

Apple’s new Apple silicon Macs Won’t Support Bootcamp

 

Intel chips will still be around for a while, and who knows what VMWare is going to do with Fusion to run Windows in a virtual machine (at the moment, they need to rewrite their code).

 

 

https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/24/21302213/apple-silicon-mac-arm-windows-support-boot-camp

 

As of Sunday June 28, Audio Description Comes to the ABC and SBS

 

This is free to air only in case you were wondering.

 

https://guidedogsaustralia.com/accessible_tv_for_all/

 

CNIB Foundation offers a Free book for Toddlers to Understand iOS

 

A great starter document that you can request fro free from CNIB for teachers, family etc to get their 3 to 8 year olds up and running with iOS on an iPad.

 

https://cnib.ca/en/news/cnib-foundation-offers-free-educational-manual-abcs-ios-voiceover-manual-toddlers-and-beyond?region=on_west

 

Talking Tech 23rd June 2020

Talking Tech 23rd June 2020

June 23, 2020

Points from the WWDC 2020 Keynote today June 23 2020

 

I guess most exciting announcements for me in a nutshell: 

- New touch accommodations allow a double tap or triple tap on the back of the iPhone to enable over 23 actions including Accessibility features or enabling Shortcuts

- New FaceTime feature will recognise people using Sign Language and make their screen bigger in chats

- New AirPods feature to enhance verbal sounds around you

- Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller will work with Apple TV

- VoiceOver Recognition: On-device intelligence recognises key elements displayed on your screen to add VoiceOver support for app and web experiences that don’t have accessibility support built in.

 

But there is so much more I am going to unpack in the area of Cognitive over the coming time period as well. 

 

Links below - love your thoughts. 

No doubt more to share soon!

 

Kind regards, 

Jessica

 

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iOS 14:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/apple-reimagines-the-iphone-experience-with-ios-14/
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-14-preview/
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-14-preview/features/

Accessibility:
Accessibility features include Headphone Accommodations, which amplifies soft sounds and tunes audio to help music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound crisper and clearer, and sign language detection in Group FaceTime, which makes the person signing more prominent in a video call. VoiceOver, the industry’s leading screen reader for the blind community, now automatically recognizes what is displayed visually onscreen so more apps and web experiences are accessible to more people.

FaceTime:
Sign Language Prominence: FaceTime can now detect when a participant is using sign language and make the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call.
Picture-in-Picture: With Picture in Picture for FaceTime, you can continue viewing your call while multitasking.

AirPods:
Headphone Accommodations: This new accessibility feature is designed to amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies for an individual’s hearing, to help music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound more crisp and clear.10 Headphone Accommodations also supports Transparency mode on AirPods Pro, making quiet voices more audible and tuning the sounds of your environment to your hearing needs.
Audio sharing for Apple TV: Connect two sets of AirPods to your Apple TV 4K so you can enjoy movies and shows with someone else without disturbing others.
Automatic Switching: Seamlessly move between devices without manually switching your AirPods.11 If you finish a phone call on your iPhone and pick up your iPad to watch a movie, AirPods automatically switch over. (Also works w/macOS Big Sur).

iOS 14 Accessibility: VoiceOver Recognition: On-device intelligence recognizes key elements displayed on your screen to add VoiceOver support for app and web experiences that don’t have accessibility support built in.
• Image Descriptions: VoiceOver Recognition: Image Descriptions: VoiceOver reads complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web.
• Text Recognition: VoiceOver speaks the text it identifies within images and photos.
• Screen recognition: VoiceOver automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating your apps, making them more accessible.

- New accessibility feature in iOS 14 that can perform quick actions through taps on the back of an iPhone. The Back Tap feature, which can be found in accessibility settings, be used to instantly pull up Control Center, summon Siri, or even run Shortcuts.
There are currently 23 actions in total (aside from any user created Shortcuts), and users can assign two separate tap actions to invoke the run the assigned action. Both double and triple taps are available, and can be used at any time, although it is currently limited to when the device is unlocked.

The Home app makes smart home control even easier with new automation suggestions and expanded controls in Control Center for quicker access to accessories and scenes. Adaptive Lighting for compatible HomeKit-enabled lights automatically adjusts the color temperature throughout the day, and with on-device Face Recognition, compatible video doorbells and cameras can identify friends and family. The Home app and HomeKit are built to be private and secure, so all information about a user’s home accessories is end-to-end encrypted.
Adaptive Lighting: Supported lighting accessories can now automatically adjust color temperature throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity.4Ease into the morning with warmer tones and remove blue light in the evening as you wind down for the night.
Face Recognition and Activity Zones are part of HomeKit Secure Video, the feature that brings video from your camera accessories right to your Home app. It’s secure and private, with all video analysis done on the Apple devices in your home — not in the cloud.

Cycling Directions:
Maps takes elevation into account to let you know if you’re in for an uphill workout or a leisurely, flat ride. You’ll be alerted if there are steep passages along the route or if you’ll need to carry your bike up stairs. You can also choose a route that avoids stairs or busier roads altogether.

Translate
Automatic language detection transcribes the original and translated text on the appropriate sides of the screen, followed by translated audio. Translate uses advanced on-device machine learning and the powerful Apple Neural Engine to enable natural-sounding conversations.

Attention mode:
Enlarge translated text in landscape view, making it easier to read and more effective at getting someone’s attention.

watchOS 7:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/watchos-7-adds-significant-personalization-health-and-fitness-features-to-apple-watch/
https://www.apple.com/watchos/watchos-preview/

• Customers can now use Siri to translate many languages conveniently from the wrist, dictation is handled on device with the power of the Apple Neural Engine for faster and more reliable processing when dictating messages and more, and Apple Watch now supports Announce Messages with Siri.
• The Shortcuts app is also now available on Apple Watch and can be accessed as a complication.
• The bold X-Large face now has an option to add a rich complication.

Hearing:

Following the introduction of the Noise app in watchOS 6 that measures ambient sound levels and duration of exposure, watchOS 7 adds further support for hearing health with headphone audio notifications. Customers can now understand how loudly they are listening to media through their headphones using their iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, and when these levels may impact hearing over time.

When total listening with headphones has reached 100 percent of the safe weekly listening amount, Apple Watch provides a notification to the wearer. This amount is based on World Health Organization recommendations that, for instance, a person can be exposed to 80 decibels for about 40 hours per week without an impact to hearing abilities.Customers can also see how long they have been exposed to high decibel levels each week in the Health app on iPhone and can control the maximum level for headphone volume. No audio from the headphone audio notification feature is recorded or saved by the Health app or Apple Watch. (See image at bottom)

iPadOS 14:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/ipados-14-introduces-new-features-designed-specifically-for-ipad/
https://www.apple.com/ipados/ipados-preview/
https://www.apple.com/ipados/ipados-preview/features/

Scribble: With Scribble, you don’t have to put Apple Pencil away to do other things. Now you can write by hand in any text field across iPadOS, and your words automatically convert to text. Use Apple Pencil to write a quick message or search for something in Safari. Your handwriting will automatically transform to typed text, so you can get back to what you were doing without interrupting your flow.

Notes: Powered by advanced machine learning that distinguishes writing from drawing, Smart Selection lets you select handwritten text using the same gestures you’ve always used for typed text.
Paste handwriting as text: Simply select your handwritten notes and copy them as text. When you paste them into another app, like Pages, they’ll be converted to typed text.

macOS Big Sur:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/apple-introduces-macos-big-sur-with-a-beautiful-new-design/
https://www.apple.com/macos/big-sur-preview/
https://www.apple.com/macos/big-sur-preview/features/

Control Center for Mac:

Designed just for Mac, the new Control Center consolidates your favorite menu bar items into a single place to give you instant access to the controls you use most. Just click the Control Center icon in the menu bar and adjust Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, and other settings — without opening System Preferences. Add controls for the apps and features you use most, like Accessibility or Battery.

Apple TV
Adaptive Xbox Controller support with Apple TV
https://www.windowscentral.com/apple-tv-getting-xbox-elite-controller-series-2-adaptive-controller-support

 

Shortcuts
Shortcuts got some very cool updates in iOS/iPadOS 14:
- Folders
- Disable confirmation for automations
- New compact UI for lists, input dialogs, running shortcuts in share sheet
- Automatic categories for share sheet/Watch
- Copy & paste actions (!)
- New automation triggers
On Apple Watch
 

 

 

WWDC Accessibility Developer Sessions
https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=xpew8919

Make your App Visually Accessible
When you design with accessibility in mind, you empower everyone to use your app. Discover how to create an adaptive interface for your app that takes a thoughtful approach to color, provides readable text, and accommodates other visual settings to maintain a great experience throughout. We've designed this session like our user interfaces — to be accessible to all. If you'd like to learn even more about accessibility and design, you may also enjoy “Visual Design and Accessibility,” “Accessibility Inspector,” “Building Apps with Dynamic Type,” and “Introducing SF Symbols.”
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10020/

Create a seamless speech experience in your apps
Augment your app's accessibility experience with speech synthesis: Discover the best times and places to add speech APIs so that everyone who uses your app can benefit. Learn how to use AVSpeechSynthesizer to complement assistive technologies like VoiceOver, and when to implement alternative APIs. And we'll show you how to route audio to the appropriate source and create apps that integrate speech seamlessly for all who need or want it. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with AVFoundation and the basics of speech synthesis. For an overview, watch “AVSpeechSynthesizer: Making iOS Talk.”
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10022/

Accessibility design for Mac Catalyst
Make your Mac Catalyst app accessible to all — and bring those improvements back to your iPad app. Discover how a great accessible iPad app automatically becomes a great accessible Mac app when adding support for Mac Catalyst. Learn how to further augment your experience with support for mouse and keyboard actions and accessibility element grouping and navigation. And explore how to use new Accessibility Inspector features to test your app and iterate to create a truly great experience for everyone. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with Mac Catalyst, UIKit, and basic accessibility APIs for iOS. To get started, check out “Introducing iPad apps for Mac” and "Auditing your apps for accessibility.“
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10117/

VoiceOver efficiency with custom rotors
Discover how you can integrate custom rotors and help people who use VoiceOver navigate complex situations within your app. Learn how custom rotors can help people explore even the most intricate interfaces, explore how to implement a custom rotor, and find out how rotors can improve navigation for someone who relies on VoiceOver. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with general accessibility principles and VoiceOver accessibility APIs on iOS and iPadOS. For an overview, watch “Making Apps More Accessible with Custom Actions.”
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10116/

App accessibility for Switch Control
Switch Control is a powerful accessibility technology for anyone with very limited mobility. The feature is available natively on iOS, and you can create an even better Switch Control experience in your app with tips, tricks, and a few APIs. We'll walk you through how people use Switch Control, as well as provide best practices for supporting it in your app effectively. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with general accessibility principles and VoiceOver accessibility APIs. Check out "Making Apps More Accessible With Custom Actions," "Writing Great Accessibility Labels, and "VoiceOver: App Testing Beyond The Visuals" for more information.
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10019/

Meg Frost using a Whill
https://twitter.com/WHILL_US/status/1275132806671273984
https://whill.us

Talking Tech 16th June 2020

Talking Tech 16th June 2020

June 16, 2020

My Review of the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset

 

Main notes:

 

UsB head set.

Comfortable fabric style head band with soft over the ear cups.

Mute button.

Retractable microphone.

Master volume on headset.

Windows or Mac detects two sound cards (Game and Chat) which can be used separately.

Volume controller to adjust volume of either sound source: equal, or either one louder or softer.

Dedicated UsB cable port on head set going to volume controller which then plugs in via standard USB to the PC.

3.5mm head phone jack on left ear cup (plug directly in to PC 3.5mm or other device such as a victor Reader Stream.

Adapter cable for end of main cable that plugs in from headset to volume controller to allow this cable to be plugged in to a PC etc as well (do not recommend this as cable is a pain to get back in to the volume controller USB port).

Around each ear cup rim, different light affects can be shown controlled either by Windows or Mac software (this software also controls sound of the music).  The software is not required to use the headset.

The software is quite messy to use under Windows, and I couldn’t get it going at all on the Mac.

 

My demo of the Arctis:

 

https://s170.podbean.com/pb/5767cc96719848fdbfafc54551ac7696/5ee46812/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/Overview_demo_of_the_SteelSeries_Arctis_5_Gaming_Headset_9niig.mp3?pbss=c486bd6b-ef5f-5232-afcd-51d1a9754b28

 

 

Amazon page for the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset:

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/SteelSeries-61443-Arctis-5-Black/dp/B01M16Y46E

 

The Last of Us II - Blind/Low Vision Review of this PS4 Workstation Game

 

Not quite out yet, but this review looks extremely promising especially from a blind perspective.

 

https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34&products_id=317

 

An Interesting Finding at Aldi, reusable Silicon Cable Ties

 

Usually with cable ties, once you have done them up you have to cut them to get them off.  With these ties, you simply twist and slide the connecter rubber slot off.

 

Here is an example of such a thing via amazon as well:

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/Feleph-Colorful-All-Purpose-Silicone-Multi-use/dp/B07FBJDF5C

 

Recent Update to the Sensibo AC controller iOS app as of June 10 Makes it More Accessible

 

You can now use the Mode, Fan, and Temp controls now in the app with VoiceOver.

 

The Orbit Writer PC/Smart Phone Companion (Braille keyboard) is now Available for Pre-Order

 

Compact small Braille input keyboard, works with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS etc.

Now available for pre-order from the AT Guys for $99 US.

 

https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34&products_id=317

 

Just an article Link to Get Us Warmed UP for next Weeks WWDC from Apple

 

What to expect and not to expect at WWDC 2020.

 

https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/06/08/what-to-expect-at-wwdc-2020----and-what-not-to

Talking Tech 9th June 2020

Talking Tech 9th June 2020

June 9, 2020

In this weeks show:

 

Microsoft May 10 2020 Windows 10 Update is Here

 

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/05/27/whats-new-in-the-windows-10-may-2020-update/?ocid=Evergreen_soc_omc_win_tw_Text_lrn_WhatsNewUpdate

 

Sessions from Microsoft’s 10th Ability Summit 2020 on Their Youtube channel

 

Youtube channel

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSKM9uIhS6B77RX56JwUJSw

 

Blog

 

https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/ability-summit-2020/

 

Chatable Apps Launch’s it’s Hearing Assistance App

 

https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/27/chatableapps-ios/

 

Not Sure About This Design Implementation - Miele Releases Guideline Washing Machine in the UK

 

Just seems a bit 90’s.

 

https://www.miele.co.uk/c/wdd-131-guideline-washing-machine-2147.htm

 

Apple Releases Mac Catalina 10.15.5 with New Battery Management Health Feature

 

https://www.idownloadblog.com/2020/05/26/apple-releases-macos-10-15-5/?utm_campaign=twitter

 

Hokusai Audio Editor iOS app - Still Going Strong and Accessible with VoiceOver

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hokusai-audio-editor/id432079746

 

Why You Should Not Force Quit Apps on iOS

 

https://tidbits.com/2020/05/21/why-you-shouldnt-make-a-habit-of-force-quitting-ios-apps-or-restarting-ios-devices/

 

Mantis Q40 - New Braille Display with QWERTY Keyboard

 

https://www.aph.org/product/mantis-q40/

 

Several Podcasts From Me

 

A demo and Review of the iPhone SE 2020

 

https://s182.podbean.com/pb/9d87e23de81bc1676ab5c966ba682f25/5ecef8b5/data3/fs54/339150/uploads/iPhoneSE2020demo72fyl.mp3?pbss=d47a877f-2ccf-561a-afd9-f40db4c7922b

 

How to Insert a SIMM Card in to an iPhone 11 or iPhone SE 2020 (as it is different)

 

https://s182.podbean.com/pb/9fbf7e4ab88b3ecbf3a7e9d2634a5093/5ecee45e/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Demo_of_putting_in_a_SIMM_card_on_either_the_iPhone_11_or_iPhone_SE_2020_84si2.mp3?pbss=9ffac0ce-977d-58ce-8847-68aebfa67c86

 

Demo of the AcousticSheep SleepPhones

 

https://s141.podbean.com/pb/275f3faf6d07f32ee40940b5cf8c9a2d/5ecf0cff/data4/fs54/339150/uploads/SleepPhones.mp3?pbss=071504aa-4d06-5af1-bc47-598a3dd1e6d3

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