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Talking Tech 20th April 2021

Talking Tech 20th April 2021

April 20, 2021

Apple Event for April 21 Wednesday in Australia called “Spring Loaded”

 

As we miss this event, we’ll catch up about it in next weeks show.

Remember you can follow me on Twitter @dwoodbridge where I’ll be certainly retweeting or commenting about the event and perhaps some new hardware that I’ll want to get my hands on.

In the meantime, here is the link to the Apple Event page where you can watch the live event and access past events.

 

https://www.apple.com/apple-events/

 

Register for My Next Exploring Tech Webinar - Braille Devices

 

As usual, the last Wednesday of the Month from 12.30 to 1.30 

AEST.

 

Register at:

 

https://www.apple.com/apple-events/

 

Assistive Technology Survey 2021

 

This survey is for folks in Australia or New Zealand who use Assistive Technology to better show case and urge further development of good design for websites and apps.

 

https://intopia.digital/assistive-technology-survey-2021-welcome/

 

It is Here - From the Developers of Feer - Sonar Islands

 

I’ve only done the tutorial and practise island, but looks very interesting and lots of fun.

 

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/sonar-islands

 

Microsoft Acquires Nuance

 

Aimed at accelerating its cloud health strategy.

 

https://news.microsoft.com/april-12-2021/

 

Microsoft Windows Insider Update Build 21359

 

A small, but significant change, Ease of Access change to Accessibility, bringing Windows in to line with other OS: Mac, iOS, and Android: i.e. Accessibility is located in Settings/Accessibility.

 

https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/04/14/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-21359/

 

Apple TV Plus Now on Chromecast with Google TV

 

Select and install the Apple TV Plus app on the Chromecast with Google TV, and sign in with your Apple ID, and off you go.

 

Find Your iPhone via Google Nest

 

Just say Ok Google Fine iPhone and your iPhone on which you use Google Home will play a notification to allow you to find it.

 

BrailleSense 6 Webinar Demo from HIMS InC

 

A good demo of this new BrailleSense from HIMS.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM3eY8MJLQM

 

Vision Australia radio Live Listen Page

 

Offers easier access to listen to the various online VA Radio stations.

 

https://radio.visionaustralia.org/listen-live

Talking Tech 13th April 2021

Talking Tech 13th April 2021

April 13, 2021

Whoops, A Belated Happy Birthday to Apple April 1 1976

 

On Apple’s Birthday each year, I always tend to look back fondly on my first Apple computer which was an Apple IIE: CPU and keyboard in one unit, single floppy disk drive, and a very tiny monitor. For access, I used an Echo synthesiser, TextTalker software, and several talking programs like WordTalk.

 

https://www.macobserver.com/news/happy-birthday-apple-founded-april-1-1976/

 

Tech Friday for Newcastle April 2021 - Smart Home Tech

 

Andreas, Rebecca, Ray and I share our smart home tech we use plus some other suggestions.

 

Video Link:

 

https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/rec/play/DREf3bnMllHfc4KwjtY-PTwD3EXK1jssMjy_ZQs3Spwuh-CUCvr0CKBDEyWSpID_TOGv0ioxYaXJgw9l.JlQAvmKtHBu8COzL?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=2e6Or3WzR8WKoDJsPSUnCQ.1617940416126.c644e99ffce760db9a670aa3855f4335&_x_zm_rhtaid=930

 

Exploring Technology with David Woodbridge - In the Kitchen low and High Tech

 

In my latest Exploring Tech Webinar for March, in the Kitchen, Alex, Tony and I share low and high tech ideas for working in the kitchen.

 

Video Link:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVODmlqHGw8

 

Product Video from Me - Victor Reader Stream

 

In my continuing product video series on my favourite products from the Vision australia Vision Store, this one is a mini get up and going with the Victor Reader Stream which allows you to play daisy books, take recorded notes, read documents, listen to podcasts and radio stations online.

 

Video Link:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIcVNtNU0EM

 

Vision australia Vision Store product link for the Victor Reader Stream:

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/esrm021

 

Code Jumper Now Available on the Android Google Play Store

 

Code Jumper which is the physical series of pods to teach the concept of block programming for students available from APH and developed by Microsoft, now has it’s Code Jumper software available on Android, not just Windows 10 computers.

Tip - like Windows 10, your screen reader (Talkback) will speak out of the Hub speaker on Android as the Code Jumper Hub which the pods are connected to acts as a hBT head set.

Whole setup works extremely well.

 

Android Play Store Link to Code Jumper:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aph.codejumper

 

Vision australia Vision Store Product Link for Code Jumper hardware link:

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/es1208-so

 

Code Jumper website for All tutorials, Curriculum etc: 

 

https://codejumper.com

 

Smart Tab Plus

 

 

The new way to find items from Samsung.

 

https://news.samsung.com/global/introducing-the-new-galaxy-smarttagplus-the-smart-way-to-find-lost-items?utm_source=nr_twitter&utm_medium=social

 

How to Find 3rd Party Accessories Using Apple’s Find My

 

3rd party support for Find My Items Tab in Find My from Apple, still no sign of AirTags.

 

https://9to5mac.com/2021/04/10/how-to-track-third-party-accessories-using-apples-find-my/

 

All the Best Head Phones for Working at Home in 2021

 

This article which goes through a variety of head phones is just a good reminder what is available and at different prices.

 

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-best-headphones-for-work-at-home-for-2021/?ServiceType=twitter&UniqueID=CD12D100-99FE-11EB-9F14-8B263A982C1E&ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&PostType=link&TheTime=2021-04-10T13%3A15%3A20

 

How Often Should One Shut Down Their iPhone

 

Looks like at least once a week.

 

https://www.idropnews.com/news/heres-how-often-you-should-shut-down-your-iphone-and-why/98673/

 

The Latest Trade in Deals for Apple Devices in Australia

 

The old story, the longer you wait to trade something in to upgrade, the less the trade in price is. However, I think having a backup to your iPhone by keeping an older one around is still a great idea.

 

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/04/new-apple-iphone-ipad-watch-trade-in-deals-australia/

Talking Tech 6th April 2021

Talking Tech 6th April 2021

April 6, 2021

Read Aloud and Immersive  Reader in Microsoft Edge on the Mac

 

Really like using the feature, press F9 to strip out all the code of an article and just leave the text (Immersive Reader), and use Shift+Command+U to launch Read Aloud.

Read Aloud is great especially with the Microsoft Online Natural Sounding Voices.     

 

Apple Announces WWDC 2021

 

The next World Wide Developers Conference will be held on the 7th of June in the US.

The OS’s will be announced for developers as usual and who knows, we might get a hardware announcement as well.

 

https://sixcolors.com/link/2021/03/wwdc-2021-kicks-off-june-7/

 

AirTags from Apple Still Coming

 

Speaking of announcements, AirTags are still a sort of rumour. However, in the Mac OS Big Sur beta that I am using, the 3rd Tab in Find My has Item, which I’m assuming is all about keeping track of your Items using 

AirTags.

 

https://www.macrumors.com/guide/airtags/

 

Feedback About my Issue with Hand Off Between HomePod and iPhone

 

Looks like I’m not alone, 3 other people have reported the same issue that I have and that older phones concluding the iPhone SE 2020 worked, but their iPhone 11 and 12 didn’t.

 

How To Adjust Siri’s Volume on the HomePod or HomePod mini

 

Thought I actually knew how to do this, but I was incorrect.

say to Siri Increase or Decrease Speaking Volume or Speak At Volume 50 percent to adjust Siri Voice volume on HomePod or HomePod mini.

 

https://osxdaily.com/2021/03/10/how-change-siri-volume-homepod/

 

Another Siri Tip

 

Enabling Type To Siri on Mac or iOS under Accessibility comes in handy in the middle of the night when you are using your Mac, want to use Siri, but don’t want to get caught by your wife speaking out loud smile.

 

In iOS 14.5 Beta 6, Siri Gets New Voices and won’t default to Female

 

Users will now be prompted to choose what voice to use, this change also extends to the Mac. All part of Apple’s diverse and inclusive design.

The link to the article below has a sample of all of these voices plus explaining the changes.

 

https://9to5mac.com/2021/03/31/ios-14-5-siri-no-longer-defaults-to-a-female-voice-two-new-voices-added/

 

Microsoft Shuts Down Cortana app for iOS and Android

 

Well that is officially it for using Cortana on iOS and Androin, the apps are no longer supported by Microsoft.

 

https://www.macrumors.com/2021/03/31/microsoft-shuts-down-cortana-app-ios-android/

 

Apple Fitness Verses Google Fit Apps

 

This article explores why you may want to use Google Fitness which only became available to iOs users recently, even though it has been around for 6 years on Android.

Of course, if you are an Android user, this the Google Fitness app is pretty good indeed.

 

https://www.idropnews.com/apps/apple-fitness-vs-google-fit-which-fitness-app-is-best-for-you-in-2021/155003/

Talking Tech 30th march 2021

Talking Tech 30th march 2021

March 30, 2021

O’dear, Another Security Update for iOS, This Time IOS 14.4.2

 

Guess Apple is keeping all the bad people out.

 

https://www.imore.com/you-should-definitely-get-latest-ios-14-update-heres-why?utm_source=im_tw&utm_medium=tw_card&utm_content=74516&utm_campaign=social

 

Blind and Low Vision Australian’s Shut  Out Off COVID Vaccine Finder Website - Article from the Guardian

 

Honestly this doesn’t surprise me, and whilst there are automated test systems to test for web compliance, you need humans to do the real test.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/26/blind-and-low-vision-australians-shut-out-of-covid-vaccine-finder-website

 

A $15 US Remote Replacement for the Not So Good Apple TV Siri Remote

 

Yes, buttons and no touch screen what so ever.

 

https://bgr.com/2021/03/26/apple-tv-remote-replacement-amazon-prime-no-touchpad/

 

Calls TV Series on Apple TV Plus

 

Review

 

A haunting Scifi TV Series in the vein of the Twilight zone based around seemingly random phone conversations with only audio wave forms on the screen: fully Audio Described.

Very much like watching a radio Scifi drama back in the day.

 

https://www.ign.com/articles/calls-season-1-review-apple-tv-plus-pedro-pascal-rosario-dawson

 

Apple TV Plus Official Trailler of Calls

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfpzdSJlv6o

 

Anyone Else Having Issues with Hand Off Between iPhone and HomePod

 

Oddly enough at the moment, I can hand Off between my iPhone Se 2020 and my HomePod by bringing the iPhone close to the speaker, oddly this doesn’t work on my iPhone 12 Pro.

 

A Note About The New Talking Bathroom Scales from Vision Australia

 

I received mine last week and noticed 2 things that the manual states and which seem to be incorrect:

The unit takes 2 AAA battery’s not 3, and

There is no actual button to change units of weight measurement (actually no button).

I also had to chuckle in the manual under Care the following line:

Do not drop or beat the device.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/es0365

 

Mac OS X turns 20

 

Amazing it has been around for 20 years, but still good to note that VoiceOver did not actually appear until 2005, and before that with System 9 for the Macs, there were no screen readers.

 

https://www.cultofmac.com/738104/mac-os-x-turns-20-most-important-software-in-apple-history/?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

 

Talking Tech 23rd March 2021

Talking Tech 23rd March 2021

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:

 

https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_foBkS8xGQEanaKCuHsYbZg

 

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.

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pvip

 

Lookout for Android - Similar App In Function to Seeing AI App for iOS

 

Functions include:

Explore, object recognition

Food labels, bar code?

Text mode, short OCR text

Document, full OCR

Currency, identify Australian  bank notes?

 

Play Store link:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.accessibility.reveal

 

Look out doesn’t support Australian bank notes (nor does Seeing AI for iOS), I suggest using CashReader for both Android and iOS.

 

Android:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.martindoudera.cashreader

 

iOS:

 

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/cash-reader-bill-identifier/id1344802905

 

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.

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B084NTF5ZY

 

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.

 

Windows:

 

Part of the Ease Of Access Centre in Windows 10, check out the following link on how to set this:

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/252226/how-to-make-windows-play-a-sound-when-you-press-caps-lock-num-lock-or-scroll-lock/

 

Mac:

 

Download this utility which will give both visual and audio notifications if Caps Lock is on (Capsys)

 

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/capsy/id1093804328?mt=12

 

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.

 

https://www.mactrast.com/2021/03/airpods-mac-3c39-firmware-said-to-fix-smart-case-battery-drain-issues/

 

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:

 

https://App.speakhub.io

 

All the public domain books are from:

 

https://www.librivox.org

 

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

Black Beauty

Cindderella

Treasure Island

Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The Happy Prince And Other Tales

Frog Prince And Other Stories

Heidi

Jungle Book

Snow White and the 7 Dwards

The Little Match Girl

Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

Peter Pan

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

Sea Wolf

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

Dracula

Frankenstine

Gulliver’s Travels

Mobidick

Time Machine

Secret Garden

Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

39 Steps

3 Ghost Stories

Dragons Secret

Thing From The Lake

12 Creepy Tales

Invisible Man

War Of The Worlds

Hamlet

Cosmic Computer

Origin Of Species

The Headless Horseman

A Silent Witness

Magic Skin

Star Born

Talking Tech 16th March 2021

Talking Tech 16th March 2021

March 16, 2021

CSUN, Not That Exciting After all

 

I didn’t pay for the conference, but only attended the Exhibit Hall.

Website for getting to exhibitors could have been done better, seemed to have a maximum of 100 people in a Zoom Room, sometimes got wait for host to admit you to the room which never happened etc.

Other exhibitors just had pre-recordeed videos you could watch.

Overall a bit disappointed.

Like to hear what you thought, as always, send your feedback to:

David.woodbridge@visionaustralia.org

 

Newcastle Tech Friday for March 2021

 

Using QR codes, LIDAR, Lookout for Android, Audio Description, Apple Pay, and other discussion points.

 

https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/rec/play/zzGCtuwtJlBIOT8rvqvlgJtDQjncxpIx0ElkAaxcYIBCU-bGaSExIqGJDjJ5d9rIrYqC3c72MdYDgyDV.zncXQlpDEKA_2Dg-?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=4HRFKxyeR0CK85oEQLR7_A.1615679488569.7ed03b59ad8c9d02d0412e903a76466e&_x_zm_rhtaid=980

 

Voice Control on iOS Using VoiceOver

 

Voice Control is very handy on the iPhone with VoiceOver.

You do get better results if you use head phones.

Turn on Voice Control in Settings, Accessibility, voice Control.

You may need to set Voice Control Language to United States rather than Uk in Voice Control Settings.

 

Podcast demo of using Voice Control with VoiceOver on the iPhone:

 

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/ck98uf/voice_control_demo8b31s.mp3

 

Handy Voice Control Commands:

 

What can I Say? (Need to use VoiceOver to read screen.

 

Go To Sleep,

Wake up,

Go Home,

Go Back,

Scroll Left, Right, Up or Down,

Open App Switcher,

Open Notifications Centre,

Open Control Centre,

Open AppName,

Open Siri,

Open Spotlight,

Tap or Press NameOfControl,

Turn Up Volume,

Turn Down Volume,

Repeat X Times,

Search for ItemName,

Command Mode,

Dictation Mode,

VoiceOver Select Next Item,

VoiceOver Select Previous Item,

VoiceOver Activate,

VoiceOver Read All,

VoiceOver Stop Speaking,

VoiceOver Select First Item,

VoiceOver Select Last Item,

VoiceOver Select Status Bar,

VoiceOver Magic Tap,

VoiceOver Select Next Rotor,

Voiceover Select Previous Rotor,

VoiceOver Select Next Rotor Option,

VoiceOver Select Previous Rotor Option,

VoiceOver Item Chooser.

 

HomePod Discontinued, Apple Focusing on HomePod mini

 

The original HomePod never got a hardware update since it was first introduced in 2017, and I think the bottom line was it was to costly compared to other smart speakers on the market.

Really does make more sense for Apple to focus on the $149Au HomePod mini.

 

https://9to5mac.com/2021/03/12/apple-discontinues-original-homepod/

 

iOS 14.41 ReleasedFix’s Mantis Q40 Connection Issue

 

According to APH, the Mantis Q40 connection issue has been resolved.

Along with this of course, a fairly major security bug also got squashed.

 

https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-and-ipados-1441-macos-big-sur-1123-and-watchos-732-security-updates-and-one

 

BlindDrive - New Exciting Game for iOS, Mac, Android, Windows

 

Exciting new game game for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

Fully self voicing once you enable Accessibility mode on iOS or Mac, haven’t tried Android or Windows.

 

Podcast demo of BlindDrive:

 

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/9uhbap/BlindDrive_demoaxyt8.mp3

 

Website:

 

https://blinddrivegame.com

 

Vision australia  AT Help Desk

 

Just a Reminder you can contact the VA AT Help Desk on 1300 847 466 or via athelp@visionaustralia.org

Talking Tech 9th March 2021

Talking Tech 9th March 2021

March 9, 2021

A Reminder that the CSUN COD Tech Conference 2021 on this Week

 

As we spoken about last week, the free Exhibit Hall is open from Wednesday to Saturday our time in Australia with the hours of opening being up to 2PM Sydney time, giving us a civilised time to attend.

All you have to do to attend is to register, and again, it is free.

 

https://csunconference.org/exhibit-hall/

 

New Vision Australia Talking Microwave

 

Simple to use with only 4 buttons, 15 volumes, and best of all it is only $600.

 

Product Shop Page:

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/es0245

 

Video Demo of Features and Benefits

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kk2wcSPiYQ&t=59s

 

Arkon Kitchen, crafting, videoing etc smart phone Stand

 

This is now available in the Vision Store by phone order at the moment, my best stand I’ve used yet and keep using.

Product ID is ES0115.

 

Vision Store Youtube Channel

 

Here is the direct link to the Vision Store Youtube channel where all my product videos are including the demo of the New Vision Australia Talking Microwave, and my Exploring Tech Monthly Webiknars.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-YhQt9EmZ6Nl-w8kWZbjA

 

Exploring Technology Webinar - Apple Accessibility and Beyond

 

The Feb 24 Exploring Tech Webinar with David Woodbridge - Apple Accessibility and Beyond - is now up on the Vision Store Youtube channel, here is the direct  link:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57-rws8kjtw&t=109s

 

Next Exploring Tech Webinar with David Woodbridge - In tThe Kitchen

 

Alex and myself will be going through low and high tech stuff for you to use in the kitchen.

 

Registration page:

 

https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_foBkS8xGQEanaKCuHsYbZg

 

Demo of Using Airdrop from Mac to iPhone and iPhone to Mac

 

AS I am doing product videos for work, this is how I get the videos from meh iPhone to my Mac, and more often than not, when I need to read articles on my Mac, I usually sent them to my iPhone to read.

This demo is exactly about this process.

 

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-using-airdrop-from-iphone-to-mac-and-mac-to-iphone/

 

Comments on my new Braided Solo Apple Watch Band

 

There are two types of Solo Bands: the Solo Band, and the Braided Solo Band.

The Solo Band is the cheapest, very much like the Sports Band, whilst the Braided Solo Band almost reminds me of the Sport Loop with the Loop and Hook.

Having one continuous band for my Apple Watch that I can just slide on and off is very convenient.

 

https://www.apple.com/au/shop/watch/bands

Talking Tech 2nd March 2021

Talking Tech 2nd March 2021

March 2, 2021

Interview with Sam Taylor from Pacific Vision Australia - Envision Smart Glasses

 

Wearable smart glasses for people who are blind or low vision, $4995 Australian.

Read text, read hand writing, identify objects, face recognition and 

more.

It will be interesting to see where this platform takes us in to the future.

Contact Sam Taylor at Pacific Vision Australia for more info or use the following link for more info and contact information.

 

https://au.1lowvision.com/index.php?route=product/product&manufacturer_id=31&product_id=302

 

CSUN 36Th Assistive Technology Virtual Conference Week of March 8 2021

 

Just a note that this is a virtual conference this year, and you can join the exhibit hall for free by registering.

Tines for the exhibit hall are Pacific Time. However, here in Australia the exhibit hall will be open certainly up to midday ESDT.

 

https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/2021/index.php/public/website_pages/view/25

Talking Tech 23rd February 2021

Talking Tech 23rd February 2021

February 23, 2021

FaceBook Bands News Viewing or Sharing in Australia

 

Lots of points of view, here is just one article from the Sydney Morning Herald, there are certainly arguments on both sides of the fence.

 

https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/in-refusing-to-play-ball-facebook-takes-itself-out-of-the-game-20210221-p574g1.html

 

My Experiences with the iPhone 12 Pro and LIDAR

 

Well as far as the iPhone 12 Pro goes, so much for being 4 times more drop resistant. The stainless steel band is now chipped only after a week or so having the phone and only dropped once.

I must say though, LIDAR handy for lining up in a queue.

My favourite cases so far: MagSafe Leather cover, and Wallet.

 

2 Recent Demos from Me

 

The Apple Duo, and the Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3 in 1 MagSafe wireless chargers.

 

https://s303.podbean.com/pb/760d152b94c49133e3746767100595f7/6031e13c/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/MagSafe_Duo_Charger_and_Belkin_3_in_1admjz.mp3?pbss=54cfb1fe-acf7-529c-9a92-428ada90bf28

 

MagSafe Leather Case and the Leather Wallet

 

https://s305.podbean.com/pb/d0b27e8bc0a9f0b0e3f498473e28ed5c/60331645/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/MagSafe_case_and_wallet_demoaqdgx.mp3?pbss=86dd318c-af24-5c86-8172-b4519d82346a

 

One Advantage of Home Kit devices Over Most Others!

 

Tip - As Home Kit devices are connected via Bluetooth, if your Internet goes down, they keep working.

 

Some of my Favourite All Time Games on My iPhone

 

Accessible Hangman.

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1528856181

 

Audio Game Hub, 8 or so audio games.

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audio-game-hub/id1101972684

 

Blind Cricket.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blind-cricket/id1198892910?mt=8

 

BlindFold Games Launcher, lots and lots of games to launch from Blind

Fold Games.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/app/blindfold-games/id1067124446?mt=8

 

BlindFold Dominoes.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-dominoes/id1028906591?mt=8

 

BlindFold Sea Battle.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/blindfold-sea-battle/id1273870713?mt=8

 

Choose Your Face, Deal or No Deal style game.

 

https://apps.apple.com/app/escoge-tu-cara/id1537309376

 

Dice World, 6 games.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dice-world-farkle-yatzy-balut/id553269986?mt=8

 

Feer, The Game of Running Blind, two games Forest and Factory.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1422421760

 

 

 

 

Frotz, lots of Text Adventures.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frotz/id287653015?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

RS-Games, lots of games.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-rs-games/id1118710108?mt=8

 

Zany Touch Lite, Bop-It style game.

 

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/zany-touch-lite/id354661008

Talking Tech 16th February 2021

Talking Tech 16th February 2021

February 16, 2021

2nd Exploring Technology Webinar with David Woodbridge - Apple Accessibility and Beyond

 

Feb 24 2021 from 12.30 to 2.00 ESDT.

Register at the following link.

https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TeCBlsSHQaysoXkJ3d4Lqg

 

Update from Humanware on the New Brailliant BI 20X and 40X

 

Lauren from Humanware joins us to chat about the new Brailliant BI 20X and 40X.

 

https://store.humanware.com/heu/brailliant-bi-40x-braille-display.html

 

 

 

Microsoft Screen Reader Voices Survey

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR7afTI9gwt5JlZ1kFok_MnZUM05MTlRLNTlaSUZKMEdZT0c1SDZEVDA2Sy4u

Updating to Android 11 on Samsun S10 Does Away  with Voice Assistant

 

Samsung has now dropped Voice Assistant on Samsung phones and I’m assuming tablets when you update to Android 11 now, replaced by Android Talkback.

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