March 23, 2021
My Next Webinar - Exploring Technology Webinar Series with David Woodbridge - in the Kitchen
Myself and Alex will be looking at low and high tech gadgets plus some tips for cooking and organising in the kitchen.
Registration link is:
A Bit Of A Play Around With Talkback On My Samsung S10 - Including Voice Control
I must say using Talkback now on the Samsung S10 at least in my case is quite enjoyable, and easy to use.
Basic gestures are similar to VoiceOver on iOS: eg flick left or right, then 1 finger double tap.
I do like the angled gestures that Talkback still has and which aren’t that really hard to remember:
Flick up and Left, Home
Flick down and right, back
Flick up and right, global menu
Flick down and right, Talkback settings
In this new version of Talkback, we are now able to control Talkback and basic system commands with our voice.
The gesture is:
Flick right and up, Voice Control.
After the gesture you can say:
Home, takes you back to the Home Screen,
Back, takes you back a screen,
Recent, for recent apps
All apps, takes you to the all apps screen,
Notifications, takes you to the notifications centre
Assistant, launch’s the Google Assistant.
Faster, speaks faster
Slower, speaks slower
The fact that you can completely customise all the gestures of Talkback is fantastic, especially if say you want to mirror some commands from now the non existent Voice Assistant screen reader.
VIP Code Reader For Android
I mentioned this on Talking Tech quite a while ago now, which uses the sonar feature (similar to Seeing AI Product Reader) for detecting QR codes, just tried it on Android with my S10 and it works just as well.
Lookout for Android - Similar App In Function to Seeing AI App for iOS
Explore, object recognition
Food labels, bar code?
Text mode, short OCR text
Document, full OCR
Currency, identify Australian bank notes?
Play Store link:
Look out doesn’t support Australian bank notes (nor does Seeing AI for iOS), I suggest using CashReader for both Android and iOS.
Amazon Echo Show 10 3rd Generation Now Available
Didn’t know this was coming out, may have been just arriving in Australia, but its an Echo Show with a camera as well plus all the other new stuff.
If You Are Low Vision, How To Tell if Caps Lock Is On Or Off On Windows Or Mac
I’ve been getting this question a few times lately, especially with more and more folks buying external large print keyboards, and not being able to see the indicator lights on the keyboard to the state of the Caps Lock key: i.e. if you are about to just keep typing in all capitals.
I was quite surprised to see it is an accessibility setting in Windows, but not on the Mac, on the Mac you need a 3rd party app.
Part of the Ease Of Access Centre in Windows 10, check out the following link on how to set this:
Download this utility which will give both visual and audio notifications if Caps Lock is on (Capsys)
AirPods Max Firmware Update
Recently Apple released a firmware update for the AirPods Max (C39) which fixed the battery drain issue when the AirPods Max are in the smart case (or as I call it Smart Pouch).
This update is automatic, but if you want to check, you can go in on your iOS device: Settings, General, About, and check out the AirPods Max current firmware, as I understand, when you are using the AirPods Max, the system will try and update.
Free Audio Books you Can Play on Google Smart Speakers: BookReader
Of course, you can also use the Google Assistant on your smart phone or tablet to do this as well.
The website the App/skill BookReader is based upon is at:
All the public domain books are from:
The command to invoke the app/skill is:
:Talk to book reader”, And then say the name of the book.
Here are some suggestions to get your imagination going with these public domain style books, some amazing classics to enjoy again.
Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Grimms’ Fairy Tales
English Fairy Tales
Myths And Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome
Anne Of Green Gables
Story of the 3 Little Pigs
The Happy Prince And Other Tales
Frog Prince And Other Stories
Snow White and the 7 Dwards
The Little Match Girl
Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
Wind In The Willows
Voyages Of Doctor Do Little
20 thousand Leagues Under The Sea
Call Of The Wild
Journey To The Centre oOf the Earth
Around The World in 80 Days
Hound of the Baskavilles
Study in Scarlet
Sign Of The 4,
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Tarzan of The Apes
Princess Of Mars
Wood Beyond The World
The Well At The Worlds End
Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
3 Ghost Stories
Thing From The Lake
12 Creepy Tales
War Of The Worlds
Origin Of Species
The Headless Horseman
A Silent Witness