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Talking Tech 31st March 2020

Talking Tech 31st March 2020

March 31, 2020

CoronaVirus Info

 

Before getting on to the  resources.

 

 There is a new feature on the Vision Store Shop webpage.

At the top, Live Chat with Us button where you can chat with a staff member about products during opening hours 8:30 to 7:PM Monday/Friday EST.

 

the best way to shop or order is via the website shop.visionaustralia.org or email visionstore@visionaustrlaia.org

Quantum RLV for Aussie customers needing to work from home,are offering a 90 day license of JAWS, Zoomtext or Fusion - call 1300 883 853 or email info@quantumrlv.com.au

 

If you are in Australia, have a print disability or are blind or low vision, sign up to the @visionaustralia IAccess Online Library service for books, magazines, and newspapers (can access on smart phones/tablets) - i-accessonline.visionaustralia.org

 

Resources:

 

Australian Government Health Page

 

https://www.health.gov.au

 

CoronaVirus Aussie Health App

 

Android

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covid19

 

iOS

 

https://apps.apple.com/au/story/id1504899584

 

Australian Government on what’s App

 

Are you on WhatsApp?

Message +61 400 253 787 or go to aus.gov.au/whatsapp in your web browser to get #COVID19 information you can trust from the official Australian Government chatbot.

 

Whatsapp is available from the Apple Store or Google Play.

#coronavirusaustralia

 

Apple’s cOVID-19 Screening Tool

 

https://www.apple.com/covid19/

 

Blind Citizens Australia to offer Zoomn Catch Up Happy Hours for Blind or Low Vision Community

 

Details on Their FaceBook page.

 

News Article

 

https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2020/03/cheers-the-virtual-happy-hour-connecting-the-blind-community/

 

FaceBook Page for BCA

 

https://www.facebook.com/BlindCitizensAustralia/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARAF-hUgCxfmU-CJqPsH3bCRpww_F1CcY5vI-V6MGa9G4eTrSb_-rULt67n5avGhlecQw_uE46A-YkmO

 

Accessible cOVID-19 Statistics Tracker

 

https://cvstats.net

 

Zoom Cloud Meetings Android and iOS App Links (plus main site for Windows and Mac)

 

Android

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_AU

 

iOS

 

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307

 

Zoom Cloud Meetings Website

 

https://zoom.us

 

Resource - Zoom Keyboard Commands All Platforms

 

https://gttprogram.blog/2020/03/27/resource-zoom-keyboard-commands-all-platforms-by-ryan-fleury/

 

How to Use Face Group Time Calls

 

iOS

 

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209022

 

Mac:

 

https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT208176

Talking Tech 24th March 2020

Talking Tech 24th March 2020

March 24, 2020

A bit of news from CSUN 2020 Conference, and some podcasts from me (David me smile).

 

Some Info Coming Out of CSUN Latest Conference

 

Just a personal note from me and my own opinion, why on earth couldn’t this be a virtual conference or at the very least be cancelled, it is not just about the people that attended, but the community they are returning to.

 

New Devices from APH

 

Braille displays: Chameleon 20, Mantis Q40,

Embossers: PicBlaster, and PageBlaster.

Magnifier: Juno.

 

https://www.aph.org/new-aph-products-coming-soon/

 

Code Jumper from APH/Humanware

 

http://www.codejumper.com

 

Envision Smart Glasses Pre-order

 

https://www.letsenvision.com/glasses

 

Orbit Plus, Orbit Writer, Orbit Reader - 40 Braille Display, and Graphiti.

 

https://www.blindbargains.com/               bargains.php?m=21591

 

Blind Bargains Who Did Decide to Attend the CSUN Conference will be having upcoming Audio interviews over the upcoming weeks, check them out at:

 

http://www.blindbargains.com

 

Aira Dropping the Horizon Glasses

 

https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21576

 

Two Podcasts from me:

 

A tip on setting the alarm or sleep timer on the Accessible Radio from Vision Australia.

 

http://vacast.podbean.com

 

If you happen to have an older device or even a current one that does not support Bluetooth, this little plug in adapter in to the 3.5mm head phone jack while allow your device to play to a Bluetooth device such as a Google Home or Amazon Echo.

 

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-turning-any-device-that-has-a-35mm-head-phone-jack-in-to-a-bluetooth-enabled-device/

Talking Tech 17th March 2020

Talking Tech 17th March 2020

March 17, 2020

Various cOVID-19 Tech info and resources

 

Apple Closes All of It’s Apple Retail Stores Outside of China Until the 27th of March

 

Whilst the Apple retail stores will be closed, you can still access Apple online for shopping, and of course the Apple Helpdesk.

 

Apple’s Australian main Webpage:

 

https://www.apple.com/au/

 

Apple Store for iOS:

 

Best way to shop for Apple Products.

 

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/apple-store/id375380948

 

Some Movements with Upcoming Tech Conferences

 

Apple WWDC 2020 to be a Virtual Conference

 

A great decision by Apple to move the WWDC 2020 conference to a virtual one.

 

https://www.imore.com/apple-announces-wwdc-2020-and-its-all-going-be-online

 

The Microsoft Build conference will also be going virtual, but it appears as if the Google Io Conference is being cancelled.

 

Online Tools to Keep in Mind for Keeping in Touch

 

Zoom seems to be the most popular online conference system at the moment, and is fully accessible.

 

https://zoom.us

 

Of course, our good old friend Skype.

 

https://www.skype.com/en/

 

From Microsoft as well, we have Microsoft Teams which is also accessible.

 

https://products.office.com/en-au/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software

 

From Apple, we have FaceTime which can also be used for FaceTime Group calls.

FaceTime is pre-installed on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

 

https://www.imore.com/facetime

 

Two Very Helpful Video Assistance Services That Use Your Smart Phone Camera

 

Be My Eyes Free), and Aira (up to 5 mins for free).  Both run on either iOS or Android.

 

Be My Eyes Android app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes&hl=en_AU

Be My Eyes iOS app:

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/be-my-eyes/id905177575

 

Aira Android app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.aira.smart&hl=en_AU

Aira iOS app:

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/aira/id1071584352

 

Help desks from Apple, Microsoft, and Google (plus Vision Australia AT Help Desk)

 

Apple - 1300 365 083.

 

Microsoft - 1800 280 300.

 

Google - via the Specialist section within the Be My Eyes app.

 

Vision Australia  Assistive Technology Help Desk - 1300 847 466.

 

Also, lets not Forget Online Shopping

 

Both Coles Online and Woolworths online are excellent.

 

Coles Android App:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coles.android.shopmate&hl=en_AU

Woolworths Android app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.woolworths&hl=en_AU

 

Coles online iOS app:

 https://apps.apple.com/au/app/coles/id529118855

Woolworths online iOS app:

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/woolworths/id975089690

 

Speaking of Online Stores - The Vision Store

 

If your worried about being out and about and you still want to get stuff from Vision Store, remember our shop at:

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org

Talking Tech 10th March 2020

Talking Tech 10th March 2020

March 10, 2020

Accessible Power Bank from the AT Guys

 

This power bank both uses audio tones and vibrations to let you know about the charging state of the power bank, and if devices plugged in are actually charging.

 

Https://www.atguys.com

 

Podcast of the Accessible Power bank

 

https://s161.podbean.com/pb/d454fa9d0f579d05ae49eb9dd4708ba8/5e572937/data4/fs54/339150/uploads/demo_of_the_Enegrid_Accessible_portable_Power_Bank.mp3?pbss=45f36e58-5512-5b88-9958-4749cc00e47b

 

Be My eyes Announces Funding to Carry on Their Work

 

https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/be-my-eyes-announces-funding-to-grow-community-and-expand-specialized-help-service

 

Aira Tech Corporation Acquired by Southern California Investment Group

 

https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21565

 

Cash Reader Main Way to Read Aussie bank notes

 

This seems to be the only iOS or Android app to read current bank notes, particularly on iOS.

 

https://cashreader.app/en/

 

 NvDA 2019.3 Released

 

https://www.nvaccess.org/files/nvda/releases/2019.3.1/nvda_2019.3.1_changes.html

 

13 Letters Podcast By Be My Eyes

 

This episode and the following episode on Mike Shebanek and his work at Apple including bringing Voiceover on the Mac in to reality.

 

https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/who-invented-voiceover

Talking Tech 3rd March 2020

Talking Tech 3rd March 2020

March 3, 2020

Code Jumper Now Launched in Australia

 

In this weeks Talking Tech, Stephen caught up with Anne Durham from the American Pritning House for the Blind (APH) at the Launch of Code Jumper at the VA Kooyong office 27 Feb, and spoke to her about APH itself and what Code Jumper offers to the educational market in teaching blind or low vision students coding.

 

The evening before, APH along with Humanware and Vision Australia, also did a webinar on Code Jumper in Australia. 

 

https://vacast.podbean.com/e/audio-recording-of-the-code-jumper-launch-webinar-in-australia-feb-26-2020-presented-by-va-aph-and-humanware/

 

Code Jumper on the Vision Australia Online Shop

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/microsoft-code-jumper

 

Website for Code Jumper - documentation, and curriculum:

 

Https://www.codejumper.com

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Talking Tech 18th February 2020

Talking Tech 18th February 2020

February 18, 2020

A chat About the Canute from a User Perspective

 

We have Eden Kizer on the show to give us her experiences  of using the Canute.

Quantum RLV will be bringing the Canute in to Australia, and should be available in March.

 

http://www.bristolbraille.co.uk

 

Samsung Announced Last Week There New Samsung Phone Series

 

The Samsung S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra.

As always, more camera power, better screen, and larger battery.

 

https://www.idownloadblog.com/2020/02/11/samsung-galaxy-s20-series-official/

 

A reminder of the Vision Store and the AT Help Desk Operating Hours

 

Both the Vision Store and AT Help Desk are available up to 7PM EDST Monday to Friday on 1300 847 466.

 

My Thoughts on the Belkin Portable Tablet Stand

 

Recently purchased this stand, in some ways I like it, and in others I don’t.

With the ScanJig as I learned not being available any more rather than the stock from Amazon, thought I’d better do a demo on the Belkin Portable stand.

 

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-another-document-stand-for-ocr-video-conferencing-video-magnification-apps-etc/

 

 

A Point About Power Banks and MacBooks in Particular

 

I just purchased a power bank which besides being able to charge my iPhone and iPad, also can charge my MacBook Pro UsB C MacBooks.

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0763H3GMV/ref=pe_2361882_282382012_TE_item

 

Speaking of Power Banks, Purchased a Petrol Generator

 

Never thought I’d own a petrol generator, but the hassle with the recent black outs on the Central Coast of NSW, I now have an easy to use and fairly cheap Petrol generator.

2 power points, 12v connection, 10AMPS, will charge phones, tablets and Macbooks, will also run fridge etc.

Got this from Bunnings Warehouse, Ozito Inverter 2500W Generator $499.

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