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Reviewing the QwerkyWriter Mechanical Keyboard: A Little Qwerky, but way Better than Qwerty!

Aug 4, 2018 15:03

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Dive into this podcast to learn about the Qwerky Writer Mechanical Keyboard, a keyboard dedicated to those who want the greatest typewriter feeling under their fingertips at all times. Thanks to arrangements done by Qwerkytoys, what's reviewed here is of the latest QwerkyWriter S model. As you can hear, I could not be more than pleased with the design, build, and overall retro feel of this product. As you also hear, there are some some negatives, such as the right-shift key, but these to me have not detracted from using the device at all. While you can pick up another keyboard claiming a typewriter feel, I truly challenge you in these three qualities produced by the breadth of attention put in by the QwerkyWriter team. 4 connections at once. That includes a USB machine, and 3 over Bluetooth. At once, yes, you can have 4 devices at the same time and seamlessly switch among them. This can include a mix of mobile, desktop and gaming devices. Quality of build. These keys now use Cherry Blue switches, and beyond the one minor difference in my podcast, they are fully compatible with any key set you want to change it into. The customization is yours, and you get the superb clicky blue switches with a nice plating that gives it a typewriter clicking sound. I change my keys with the 104-key keycap set by Aukey to prevent the metal chrome on the original set from chipping in a non-portable situation that I'm using this keyboard in, such as my job. Finally, A stand which fits a Braille display. When it comes to both my Refreshabraille 18, and VarioUltra 40, this device will handle them comfortably. The Tablet stand, design to originally accommodate tablets fits Braille displays of many sizes and types. Let us know if yours also can fit in to the keyboard! I can use my displays slightly tilted with the cells towards me to read off any text as I type on the keyboard, increasing productivity. I definitely don't need a combined solution for a premium price, no sir, it's part of my keyboard. Overall, I could not be more than satisfied with the feel of each key, as they are consistent among presses. The entire plate of this QwerkyWriter is metal, and it is noticeable in quality to keyboards I previously tested. I'm confident that this keyboard will last me for years to come, and that it is a worthwhile product for many people, thus I bring this review to you as a journalist and professional.

CBT Live! at Google I/O ’18: Accessibility for AR and VR

May 11, 2018 34:53

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In this session, Google covers ways to make Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality more accessible to more users.

CBT Live! At Google I/O ’18: What’s new in Android accessibility

May 9, 2018 40:14

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Learn about the latest feature additions to Android P, get an update on accessibility testing and best practices, and hear about new APIs that developers can use to create more accessible app experiences. This session will also offer a unique look into how Google conducts UX research for users with disabilities.

Are These iQ Podz the AirPods Killer?

Mar 18, 2018 8:39

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CBT checks out these true wireless headphones with no cords and no tangles — just great audio. Charge/Storage case allows convenient recharging — charge up to three times while on-the- go. Features: The iQ Podz provide superb sound quality with deep bass and noise cancellation. Built-in microphone for taking calls on-the-go. IPX4 water resistance protects against splashing water such as rain and sweat. Includes charging/storage case, Micro USB cable and three sizes of ear tips. Compatible via Bluetooth v4.1 with almost any Apple or Android device. Multi-connection capability allows you to connect to two devices at once. Rechargeable battery. Music playing: 3 hours. Calling talk time: 2-3 hours. Standby time: 100 hours. Charging storage case allows you to recharge up to 3 times on-the-go.

Spotlight with Gilles Pepin – CEO of HumanWare

Feb 23, 2018 38:13

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In this weeks Spotlight CBT features Mr. Gilles Pepin, the CEO of HumanWare. With more than 25 years experience, Mr. Pepin has built a solid worldwide reputation in the field of assistive technology and in the arena of visual impairment. In 1988, Mr. Pepin founded VisuAide, a successful company specialized in high technology for people who are blind or visually impaired. VisuAide merged with PDI in 2005 to form HumanWare. For over 25 years, HumanWare's inspirational vision has resulted in a range of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions that empower people who are blind or with low vision by giving them the independence to participate effectively within a sighted world. For more information, contact HumanWare below: USA Toll free: 1-800-722-3393 info@humanware.com CANADA Toll free: 1-888-723-7273 info@humanware.com AUSTRALIA/ASIA Tel: 1300-551-864 or 02-9686-2600 au.sales@humanware.com UK/EUROPE Tel: 44-1933-415-800 eu.sales@humanware.com

Turning On VoiceView and Setting Up Fire 7 Tablet 7th Generation

Jan 16, 2018 33:23

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The next generation of Amazon's best-selling Fire tablet ever - now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. According to Amazon, it is more durable than the latest iPad. CBT initializes VoiceView and goes through the setup of Amazon's newest Fire 7 Tablet. The accessibility features allows you to magnify the screen and increase the size of text in menus on your Fire tablet. You can also navigate your device using VoiceView gestures and hear spoken feedback about the items you touch and open The Fire 7 Tablet has a 7" IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage. Enjoy millions of Kindle eBooks, games, and apps - including Prime Video, Netflix, Facebook, Prime Music, Spotify and more. Prime members get unlimited access to over one million songs, thousands of movies and TV episodes, and unlimited photo storage - at no additional cost. Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership or Netflix plan. Technical Details Display 17.7 cm touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution at 171 ppi, SD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter Size 192 x 115 x 9.6 mm Weight 295 grams (Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.) CPU & RAM Quad-Core 1.3 GHz with 1 GB of RAM Storage 8 GB (4.5 GB available to user) or 16 GB (11.6 GB available to user) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 256 GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, music, photos, personal videos, and apps. (Some apps may require that they are installed on internal storage.) Battery Life Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary. Charge Time Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adaptor included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adaptors that you may already have Wi-Fi Connectivity Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks. Ports USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adaptor; microSD slot for external storage Audio 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM) Sensors Accelerometer Camera Specs VGA front-facing camera. 2 MP rear-facing HD camera Location Services Location-based services via Wi-Fi Additional Features External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories support Accessibility Features VoiceView screen reader and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. Fire tablets also include system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, colour correction, colour inversion, and high contrast text. A variety of book reading option are provided such as adjustable colours, text spacing, and font sizes. System Requirements Fire 7 is ready to use right out of the box—no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content Included in the Box 7th generation Fire 7 tablet, USB 2.0 cable,

Braille Mail: The Sequel to the Prequel

Jan 1, 2018 25:49

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The CBT Team kicks off its new Braille Mail Show, with James and Nelson as your hosts. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Kevin Barry James, A while back, in one of the regular CBT podcasts, you recommended Google's new $160 wireless ear buds. I recall being surprised at your recommendation as at that time not only had that item not shipped but no reviewers had used it. Now that many reviews are indeed out, and they seem quite negative, I was wondering if you still recommend this item? Also, do you think it is a good idea to recommend something before you or anyone else has had a chance to use it? From: Brennen Kinch Hi I would like to get a Roku for Christmas but I am not sure which one would be the right one to get for Accessibility I listen to a podcast that was done on your site about a year ago that talked about Roku and its accessibility but a year has passed since the podcast was released so I guess what I am wondering is how has accessibility improved over the last year and what in your opinion would be the best model to get. From: Cruz Ramos Hello, my name is Cruz Ramos I have an account with you all guys but I forgot my username and password. I was also wondering if you except podcast from the public? I like doing podcasting. From: Erin Jepsen Do you know of a games-based SCREENREADER accessible software that teaches concepts like logic and programming skills? We have a windows PC, a Chromebook, a BrailleNote or an iPad with VoiceOver available to use. It needs to be basic and usable by a fourth grader. Please hit us with options!!! From: Scott Spaulding I need to replace my microphone for my podcast that I do from my iPhone. I use Spreaker, if that matters. Do you have any recommendations of units that aren't too expensive. I had an iRig mic cast previously. From: Syed Hussain Hi, This is Syed Hussain from India. I used VR head set recently. Thought I may share the experience here. How should I post here? Should I send it to you and get posted by you? From: Cuauhtli Padilla Arias Hi Cool blind tech! My name is Cuau, co-founder of Sunu. We developed a smart watch that enables the blind and visually impaired to better sense and navigate their surroundings. here you can learn more about it! http://igg.me/at/sunu-band/x/12767022 Thanks in advance for any support in our mission to empower to provide more independence to people with visual impairments. our Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/sunu.io From: Dave Ransley I enjoyed your last podcast, informative and professional. I am now a subscriber, keep them coming.

Google Home Mini for the First Time

Dec 31, 2017 27:22

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CBT takes a look at the Google Home Mini with updated touch controls. Shortly after launching the Mini, Google disabled all touch controls due to an issue with the touch control on the top of the device constantly being triggered even when not touched. Google recently added some touch controls back to it’s Mini speaker. Here's what you can do: To play, pause, stop music playback or end a phone call, long-press on either side of the Home Mini. Stop a timer or alarm with a tap on either side of the device. Tap the left side to decrease volume. Tap the right side to increase volume. Touch control on the top of the Home Mini is still missing. You will need to summon Google Assistant using your voice, instead of a long-press on the top of Home Mini as was originally intended. If the long-press actions aren't working for you quite yet, be patient. An update is rolling out to all Google Home Mini devices to add the new touch controls.

Google Pixel 2 XL Unboxing Day

Dec 27, 2017 12:26

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CBT gives you our first impressions of the Google Pixel 2 XL. Find out how this maybe the best of 2017. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors with 4GB RAM. (You can also choose between 64GB and 128GB options.) They have the same camera, processor, and speaker specs. They have 12.2-megapixel rear cameras that have an autofocus with laser and dual-pixel phase detection, and optical and electronic image stabilization. In the front, the Pixels have a fixed-focus 8-megapixel camera. Both phones use USB-C, but no wireless charging. There is no headphone jack and it runs on Bluetooth 5.0. The Pixel 2 XL has a bigger battery and a 6-inch screen with a 2880 x 1440 smart OLED resolution; the Pixel 2 has a 5-inch screen and 1920 x 1080 OLED resolution. This year’s XL is slightly bigger than last year’s 5.5-inch screen. The Pixel 2 is also slightly lighter and slimmer than the XL. The Pixel 2 comes in “kind of blue,” “just black,” and “clearly white. The regular price for the Pixel 2 64GB is $649, while the Pixel 2 XL 64GB costs $849. The 128GB variant costs $749 and 949. Look out for holiday discounts!

VIP: Get a Good Dongle

Dec 20, 2017 44:53

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories from assistive tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. News Flash: Apple Support Now Has A Dedicated YouTube Channel! Virgin Atlantic Launches In-Flight Entertainment For Blind Travelers Top Stories The New iPhone X Unboxing And First Impressions Smart TV App Helps The Color Blind See Better Developer Making The First Bitcoin Wallet For The Blind Cool Picks Talking Tuner for iOS HotPaw Talking Tuner is a hands-off, sound-activated, talking musical instrument tuner. It talks to tell you if your instrument is in tune or not, so you don't even have to look at it or touch the display. Talking Tuner uses speech synthesis, and works with or without VoiceOver being enabled. Essential PH-1, A Premium Phone Without The Premium Price The Essential Phone’ has a stunning edge-to-edge Full Display and is a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

Ultimate Ears ROLL 2: Designed to Take Your Music Where it Shouldn’t Go!

Dec 16, 2017 8:45

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CBT takes a dip in the water with the Ultimate Ears roll 2. Will this portable bluetooth speaker sink or swim? No speaker has the same versatility or unique portability that ROLL 2 does. Strap it to your backpack, and it’ll still be there. Wirelessly Double Up with a second Ultimate Ears ROLL 2 speaker and take your sound to a whole new level. every ROLL 2 comes with a free inflatable floatie. Now while you're lounging on your giant inflatable swan, your ROLL 2 can float right beside you. SPECIFICATIONS WATERPROOF IPX7 rated: ROLL 2 can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes. BLOCK PARTY Block Party lets you and your friends all play music through ROLL 2. POWER With a battery life of up to 9 hours, you have no excuse to stop the party. WIRELESS RANGE ROLL 2 plays music up to 30m or (100 ft). WIRELESS CAPABILITIES Pair up to 8 Bluetooth ® enabled devices – Connect up to two source devices at the same time. Wirelessly play (stream) to two ROLL 2s from one source. COMPATIBILITY For Audio Playback - Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth® wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output. DIMENSIONS Diameter: 135mm. Height: 40mm. Weight: 330 g

Diving Into GarageBand Part 3

Dec 11, 2017 29:12

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This time out we take a look at recording audio. This covers everything from setting up the computer to know which device/microphone to record from to telling GarageBand which track to record onto. Especially useful in projects with more than one tracks.So warm up those vocal pipes or playing fingers and lets continue our dive into recording with GarageBand. Keyboard Commands Covered in this Episode: K = Toggle Metronome on/off Shift K = toggle Count In on/off R = Start recording SpaceBar = Start/Stop Playback (technically play/pause), Stop Recording Return = Go to beginning of the project Command K = Toggle Musical Typing Keyboard on/off Control+R = Toggle Record Enable for the selected track Other Useful Keyboard Commands: Command+Option+A = Add a New Audio Track Command+Option+S = Add a New Software Instrument Track Period = Move Forward by Measure Comma = Move Backwards by Measure Command+T = Split Region At Playhead S = Solo Selected Track M = Mute Selected Track

Diving Into GarageBand Part 2

Dec 10, 2017 35:58

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In this episode we get into the basics of doing some midi recording. You’ll hear the lovely Steinway Grand Piano on a childhood classic while learning some  concepts of how GarageBand handles recording. Grab a copy of GarageBand and lets dive in! Keyboard Commands Covered in this Episode: K = Toggle Metronome on/off Shift K = toggle Count In on/off R = Start recording SpaceBar = Start/Stop Playback (technically play/pause), Stop Recording Return = Go to beginning of the project Command K = Toggle Musical Typing Keyboard on/off Q = Quantize (Defaults to 16th Note) Option+UpArrow = Transpose MIDI note up a semi tone Option+DownArrow = Transpose MIDI Note Down a semi tone Option+Shift+UpArrow = Transpose MIDI Note up an octave Option+Shift+DownArrow = Transpose MIDI note down an octave Command+Option+S = Add a New Software Instrument Track Period = Move Forward by Measure Comma = Move Backwards by Measure Command+T = Split Region At Playhead S = Solo Selected Track M = Mute Selected Track

Diving Into GarageBand

Dec 9, 2017 33:16

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Packed with the greatest hits of sounds from its big brother Logic, GarageBand frees you up to be creative without any of the overwhelming sensation of option paralysis that can confront a new comer in more “Pro” apps. In this introduction we cover acquiring GarageBand, setting up the app, and getting familiar with its interface. Also showing off one of its cool features to get you playing with just your Mac. Grab a copy of GarageBand and lets dive in!

Monster Adventurer Bluetooth Speaker Drop Test!

Dec 8, 2017 8:07

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We put the Monster Bluetooth speaker to a sound and drop test, guess what happens? Your life is an adventure, and you need to have CBT wherever your adventure takes you. With an “everything proof” exterior (weatherproof, rust-proof, dust-proof), the Monster® Adventurer can follow you into the fray and survive the most harsh climates and environment. Be prepared! Charging your devices is easy with Adventurer's battery reserve. As you rise to meet any challenge, the Monster Adventurer's sound performance will thrill and excite you. Meet the Adventurer, Monster’s “All-Proof” speaker for your adventurous lifestyle. Features: All-proof design: Weatherproof, dust-proof, rust-proof, shock-proof Charge up your phone: Easily charge your cell phone with the USB charge-out feature Up to 14 hours continuous play with awesome bass NFC pairing for super-quick connect to your phone Superb quality speaker phone with echo cancellation 4 LED indicator lights to see remaining power

Monster Adventurer Bluetooth Speaker Drop Test!

Dec 8, 2017 8:07

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We put the Monster Bluetooth speaker to a sound and drop test, guess what happens? Your life is an adventure, and you need to have CBT wherever your adventure takes you. With an “everything proof” exterior (weatherproof, rust-proof, dust-proof), the Monster® Adventurer can follow you into the fray and survive the most harsh climates and environment. Be prepared! Charging your devices is easy with Adventurer's battery reserve. As you rise to meet any challenge, the Monster Adventurer's sound performance will thrill and excite you. Meet the Adventurer, Monster’s “All-Proof” speaker for your adventurous lifestyle. Features: All-proof design: Weatherproof, dust-proof, rust-proof, shock-proof Charge up your phone: Easily charge your cell phone with the USB charge-out feature Up to 14 hours continuous play with awesome bass NFC pairing for super-quick connect to your phone Superb quality speaker phone with echo cancellation 4 LED indicator lights to see remaining power

Victor Reader Stream New Generation First Impressions

Dec 6, 2017 21:57

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The Victor Reader Stream is ubiquitous in the blindness community with over 36000 units in circulation. Imagine having the latest novels, magazines, your favorite music, audio-described films, texts and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its new lightweight and compact design, Victor Reader Stream delivers hours of listening pleasure ANYWHERE! The new Victor Reader Stream is 28% smaller than its predecessor. Its new sleek design is thinner and features rounded shapes, making it more comfortable to hold. The new Stream opens new possibilities for receiving content wirelessly, from books and newspapers to podcasts and radio. It also features a louder speaker, superior text-to-speech, and improved recording. The high contrast, robust, tactile keypad and popular Victor Reader bookshelf navigation still make this Stream the easiest to use hand-held player on the market. Taking your books, music and much more everywhere you go is so easy with the new Victor Reader Stream’s excellent features: Supports up to 32GB removable SD cards and external USB flash drives; Read books from DAISY libraries: NLS, Bookshare, Learning Ally; Enjoy books and music from iTunes; Play text documents with built-in text-to-speech from Acapela. What's in the box Power adaptor NA USB-A 5V 1A Micro USB cable Short Micro USB cable long Earbuds SD card Silicone case Color Booklet USA Toll free: 1-800-722-3393 info@humanware.com CANADA Toll free: 1-888-723-7273 info@humanware.com AUSTRALIA/ASIA Tel: 1300-551-864 or 02-9686-2600 au.sales@humanware.com UK/EUROPE Tel: 44-1933-415-800 eu.sales@humanware.com

Victor Reader Stream New Generation First Impressions

Dec 6, 2017 21:57

Description:

The Victor Reader Stream is ubiquitous in the blindness community with over 36000 units in circulation. Imagine having the latest novels, magazines, your favorite music, audio-described films, texts and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its new lightweight and compact design, Victor Reader Stream delivers hours of listening pleasure ANYWHERE! The new Victor Reader Stream is 28% smaller than its predecessor. Its new sleek design is thinner and features rounded shapes, making it more comfortable to hold. The new Stream opens new possibilities for receiving content wirelessly, from books and newspapers to podcasts and radio. It also features a louder speaker, superior text-to-speech, and improved recording. The high contrast, robust, tactile keypad and popular Victor Reader bookshelf navigation still make this Stream the easiest to use hand-held player on the market. Taking your books, music and much more everywhere you go is so easy with the new Victor Reader Stream’s excellent features: Supports up to 32GB removable SD cards and external USB flash drives; Read books from DAISY libraries: NLS, Bookshare, Learning Ally; Enjoy books and music from iTunes; Play text documents with built-in text-to-speech from Acapela. What's in the box Power adaptor NA USB-A 5V 1A Micro USB cable Short Micro USB cable long Earbuds SD card Silicone case Color Booklet USA Toll free: 1-800-722-3393 info@humanware.com CANADA Toll free: 1-888-723-7273 info@humanware.com AUSTRALIA/ASIA Tel: 1300-551-864 or 02-9686-2600 au.sales@humanware.com UK/EUROPE Tel: 44-1933-415-800 eu.sales@humanware.com

Essential PH-1, A Premium Phone Without the Premium Price

Dec 3, 2017 26:21

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CBT gives you the first impressions of the new Essential Phone. The Essential Phone’ has a stunning edge-to-edge Full Display and is a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Essential PH-1 features Materials Titanium body Ceramic back Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass Dimensions Height: 141.5mm Width: 71.1mm Thickness: 7.8mm Weight: < 185 grams Display Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD Aspect Ratio: 19:10 Diagonal Size: 5.71” with radiused corners Brightness: 500 nits (typical) Contrast Ratio: > 1000:1 (typical) Technology: CGS / LTPS Human Input + Sensors 10 finger multitouch; palm and water-error rejection Fingerprint reader: fastest available technology Proximity / Ambient light sensor Volume buttons, Power button Environmental pressure sensor (barometer) Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope Audio Microphone: 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming Low Audio (earpiece) High Audio: (loudspeaker) Rear Camera 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology 13MP True Monochrome mode f/1.85 lens Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps Front Camera 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps Battery 3040mAh. Fast charging via USB Memory & Storage RAM: 4GB Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 Connectivity Bluetooth: 5.0 LE WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO NFC: yes Positioning: GPS and GLONASS Network / Bands UMTS/HSPA+: 1, 2, 4, 5 6, 8 GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 0, 1, 10 FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66 TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 TD-SCDMA: 34, 39 System Architecture / OS Android Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit Ports USB Type-C 60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector 2x accessory power pins NanoSIM tray with pin eject Water and Dust Resistant IP54 From Andy Rubin, Essential CEO, Android Founder Why I started Essential I know people are going to ask me a lot of questions about why I started this company. Why didn’t I just travel the world, ride my motorcycle, tinker with my robots, hang out at my bakery with friends and family. And to be honest I still do ask myself that sometimes…but not too often. So why did I create Essential? Well, my hardware engineers wanted me to talk about how we are bringing real passion and craftsmanship back into this category. My software engineers wanted me to talk about our vision for making all devices, even those we don't make ourselves, play well together. My partners wanted me to talk about how we are using methods that could change how successful technology companies are built forever. But the real reason is because of what happened during a night out with an old friend of mine... Read more Accessories that simply Click Don’t you hate it when you have to buy new dongles, chargers, and accessories every time your phone is upgraded? We do too. So we decided to make this a thing of the past. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date. All accessories magnetically snap to the phone.

Essential PH-1, A Premium Phone Without the Premium Price

Dec 3, 2017 26:21

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CBT gives you the first impressions of the new Essential Phone. The Essential Phone’ has a stunning edge-to-edge Full Display and is a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Essential PH-1 features Materials Titanium body Ceramic back Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass Dimensions Height: 141.5mm Width: 71.1mm Thickness: 7.8mm Weight: < 185 grams Display Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD Aspect Ratio: 19:10 Diagonal Size: 5.71” with radiused corners Brightness: 500 nits (typical) Contrast Ratio: > 1000:1 (typical) Technology: CGS / LTPS Human Input + Sensors 10 finger multitouch; palm and water-error rejection Fingerprint reader: fastest available technology Proximity / Ambient light sensor Volume buttons, Power button Environmental pressure sensor (barometer) Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope Audio Microphone: 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming Low Audio (earpiece) High Audio: (loudspeaker) Rear Camera 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology 13MP True Monochrome mode f/1.85 lens Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps Front Camera 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps Battery 3040mAh. Fast charging via USB Memory & Storage RAM: 4GB Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 Connectivity Bluetooth: 5.0 LE WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO NFC: yes Positioning: GPS and GLONASS Network / Bands UMTS/HSPA+: 1, 2, 4, 5 6, 8 GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 0, 1, 10 FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66 TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 TD-SCDMA: 34, 39 System Architecture / OS Android Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit Ports USB Type-C 60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector 2x accessory power pins NanoSIM tray with pin eject Water and Dust Resistant IP54 From Andy Rubin, Essential CEO, Android Founder Why I started Essential I know people are going to ask me a lot of questions about why I started this company. Why didn’t I just travel the world, ride my motorcycle, tinker with my robots, hang out at my bakery with friends and family. And to be honest I still do ask myself that sometimes…but not too often. So why did I create Essential? Well, my hardware engineers wanted me to talk about how we are bringing real passion and craftsmanship back into this category. My software engineers wanted me to talk about our vision for making all devices, even those we don't make ourselves, play well together. My partners wanted me to talk about how we are using methods that could change how successful technology companies are built forever. But the real reason is because of what happened during a night out with an old friend of mine... Read more Accessories that simply Click Don’t you hate it when you have to buy new dongles, chargers, and accessories every time your phone is upgraded? We do too. So we decided to make this a thing of the past. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date. All accessories magnetically snap to the phone.

Fanmail: November 27, 2017

Nov 28, 2017 36:43

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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show? Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Kelley Armstrong Hi everyone, I just want to say thank you for putting all of this educational information out there! I have been a long time listener for years! This is my weigh in on the iPhone ten unboxing! You know I opted not to ever set up emergency sos because of the fear of accidentally activating the darn thing! I am one who has severe anxiety and sudden loud noises scare me! My family had an alarm system and I had a medical alert pendant! So did my mom and dad and my grandmother! I triggered mine accidentally and it scared the bejesus out of me! Sirens going off and lights flashing and the loud voice of emergency services! Never mind that the alarm system contracts are the hardest things to get out of and I don’t recommend it! I am really surprised that apple made this feature so easily accessible! The 911 system has been overloaded with calls that were accidentally made! However I’m glad to know what it sounds like! There should be a prompt before a call is sent out! Hit okay or cancel! Something apple should have took more time to think it through! I think the watch would be better suited for a feature like this! From: Dr. Lester I am looking for a smartphone to replace my iPhone 7, in your pro opinion do you think that the android screen reader “talkback” is better then Voice Over for the iPhone at this time? Before I lost my vision I was user of android and at that time talkback was a pain to use…. I would be grateful for any help you could be to me in this. From: Henk-Jeroen van Groningen schinkel Thank you for your wonderful Podcasts. Although the products you’re presenting aren’t all available in The Netherlands, I love to hear about the tech possibilities for blind folks. And it was your podcast that made me buy the Sunu band. This will arrive soon. And I am the First to experiment in this country. Go on with your wonderful shows. And perhaps, once I can join your podcast. But First I have to buy some good microphone and other stuff. ;-) Kind regards, Bilthoven The Netherlands

VIP: Moving On Up with BCAB

Nov 25, 2017 39:50

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Jackie Brown from the British Computer Association of the Blind. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some of their favorite Cool Picks. Established in 1969, BCAB is the oldest association of blind and partially sighted technology users in the world. Members include people of all skill levels, ages and interests. Top Stories RUDY The Robot Is Now Available To Care For Seniors Engineering Students Develop Pulse, An Advanced Sensory System For The Blind Cool Picks Wemo® Switch Smart Plug Sleep Sounds lets you play ambient sounds to help you sleep peacefully or block out unwanted noise at work or home. Bubble Level for iPhone and iPad

New Gestures and Button Controls for the iPhone X Using VoiceOver

Nov 21, 2017 13:34

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Nelson Régo demonstrates the new gestures and button controls for the iPhone X! Oh yeah, just one more thing… Nelson shows a hidden trick for a virtual Home button.

Setting Up the iPhone X with VoiceOver

Nov 20, 2017 35:01

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CBT is back setting up the new iPhone X!

The New iPhone X Unboxing and First Impressions

Nov 15, 2017 9:24

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CBT is back with the unveiling of the new iPhone X! Is this iPhone for you? Find out by listening in as we give our impressions and show what happens when you call emergency services! From Apple: Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality. Say hello to the future. iPhone X Features: Face ID TrueDepth Camera Dual 12MP Cameras A11 Bionic Wireless Charging and more…

VIP: How To Unbutton the Google Assistant Button

Nov 8, 2017 25:42

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Carlos Alvarez. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. Top Stories Airport Announces New Service For Blind and Low Vision Passengers Reviewing the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, Microsofts revision to a vision: Part 1 Reviewing the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, Microsofts revision to a vision: Part 2 LG Electronics Releasing Voice-Command Washers to Visually Impaired This Year Cool Picks Google Home Mini Mini is powered by the Google Assistant. So whenever you need help, it’s by your side. Get personalized help with your schedule, reminders, calls, news and more, whenever Google Home Mini recognizes your voice. Mini works with Chromecast, so you can stream shows, movies and music on your TV or speakers. LastPass remembers all your passwords, so you don't have to. Once you save a password in LastPass, you'll always have it when you need it; logging in is fast and easy. WiFi Guard - Protect your network from intruders Laggy Wi-Fi? Maybe your neighbor has hacked your password and quietly use it. With WiFi Guard app you will be able to prevent unauthorized access to your network. This application scans your Wi-Fi and detects all connected devices.

Bubble Level: Creative Ways in Balancing Your Home

Nov 2, 2017 13:26

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CBT shows some creative uses for Bubble Level for iPhone and iPad. The 5 in 1 app could be the handiest utility app and it is FREE! Grab it now! New and UNIQUE features and functionalities: Object alignment. Angle measurement. Surface flatness. Metal detection - detect wire inside the wall before drilling it. Inclinometer - Also known as a tilt – meter; will help drivers during off-road journeys, to control and minimize the risk of roll-over. With all the new features of this app, you'll always have carpenter and off-road navigator with you! From now, with the help of Bubble Level, you’ll never have the issues regarding: Alignment of the picture, board, furniture, wall and etc.! Calculation of different angles in various situations! Checking your table, shelf and surface level of every face-up objects! Detecting metal and even wire inside the wall. Tracking the inclination of bike, car and etc. These are the main occasions of app usage, but you’ll find MUCH MORE in practice! Get Bubble Level here! What's New in Version 3.0 Huge update came with lots of news and improvements! - New GUI - Plumb Line added - Metal Detector added - now you can even detect wire inside the wall before you drill Updated: May 02, 2017 Size: 25.5 MB Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Fanmail: October 25,2017

Oct 26, 2017 16:40

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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show? Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. Win a chance to get a $50 Amazon gift card by helping us renaming the Fanmail show. Keep sending us your suggestions and we will pick the best one. Eligible entries must have an Amazon.com or Amazon.ca account. You have until November 15, 2017. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Charlie Smith I started listening to the podcast about 2 years ago, and have been hooked ever since. This podcast is most definitely in the top 5 best podcasts on my iPhone. Anyway, just writing to encourage you all, to keep up that great work, have as much fun as possible, and above all, keep up that laughter. From: Pat Hornell I just heard your latest Fan Mail podcast, and I took note of the comment someone made about not having a separate podcast for the Cool Picks. Personally, I like to have these separate podcasts the way they are right now. Sometimes I like to listen to the VIP, including the Cool Picks. However, there may be a Cool Pick that sparks my interest, and so I may come along later and just want to hear the Cool Picks without listening to the entire VIP podcast. So I hope you continue to do exactly what you are doing on this one. If anybody else doesn’t like the redundancy of the separate Cool Picks podcast, they can always delete that one. On another note, I just recently purchased a Google Home, and I have found it very advantageous to go to your web site and review all the podcasts and even the articles about the Google Home. They have been a great help for me to set up my Google Home device and also my Chromecast Audio devices. My next job will be to set up the Chromecast Ultra for my flat screen TV – not exactly 4K, but I am sure that will happen soon, as my wife, who is fully sighted, will surely want one of those soon. One point of caution I would like to mention, though, and it’s a minor one, but when you are doing the unboxing podcasts, make sure to keep tabs on your microphone. Most of the time, it’s pretty good, but there was one recent unboxing – I think it was for the Series 3 Apple watch, where Mr. Nelson got a little far away from his microphone, and so his voice became a little faint at times. Thanks for your fine podcasts. Keep up the good work. Your friend from the great White North, eh. From: Rebecca Skipper Are there accessible games designed for the Apple TV? From: Scott Voice message

Cranking Up the Volume on the iPhone 8 Plus!

Oct 18, 2017 7:14

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The CBT Team cranks it up with this test! According to Apple the latest iPhones are 25 percent louder than last years version, can you tell the difference? We compare the loudness between the iPhone 7 Plus and the new iPhone 8 Plus.

VIP: The Naked Truth About Pixels

Oct 17, 2017 45:07

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are back talking about the top stories from the world of assistive tech and give you their Cool Picks. News Flash Say Goodbye to Groove Music and Hello to Spotify Be My Eyes is Now Available for Android You Can Now Change Your Google Assistant in to a Male Amazon Echo Can Now Call Canada, US and Mexico for Free More Accessibility Features Come To Forza Motorsport 7 Pornhub Gives Blind and Visually Impaired Users More Accessibility Top Stories Google’s Pixel Event In 6 Minutes Google announced the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; a camera called Google Clips; Google Home Mini and Max; a Pixelbook and a new Google Daydream. Sonos Smart Speaker Unveils with Multiple Personal Assistants and AirPlay 2 Support The Sonos system has been accessible for blind and low vision users for the past few years and now they have unveiled a new ‘Sonos One’ smart speaker that is capable of supporting multiple voice services. New Tactile Reading System Claims to be Easier to Learn Than Braille According to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), just 1% of the blind population is born without sight; the vast majority of the estimated 10 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired lost their vision later in life. In 1987, Andrew Chepaitis’s grandmother became part of that statistic: She started to lose her vision due to macular degeneration. It was this experience that would lead Chepaitis, 13 years later, to found ELIA Life Technology, a company that wants to mass-produce an easy-to-learn tactile reading system based on the Roman alphabet. Cool Picks Introducing Google Pixel Buds Google Pixel Buds are designed for high-quality audio and fit comfortably in your ear. The all-new Pixel 2. When you purchase a Pixel 2, you'll get a promo code for a Mini.

Wireless Charging Comparison for the New iPhone

Oct 14, 2017 5:29

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The CBT Team compares 2 of the top wireless chargers recommended for the new iPhone 8 Plus. The Mophie wireless charging base uses the Qi wireless charging standard and is optimized to charge iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X making charging easier than ever. Experience a new and effortless way to charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — wirelessly. Simply set your iPhone down on the Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad and get fast wireless charging performance.

Realtime Speed Test! iPhone 8 Plus vs the iPhone 7 Plus

Oct 13, 2017 7:56

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The CBT Team puts the new iPhone 8 Plus to the test by comparing it to the iPhone 7 Plus. Find out if it is worth the upgrade.

Reviewing the Braille Coach, a perfect companion to a label maker

Oct 11, 2017 18:46

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A few months ago, I reviewed a label maker by Logan Tech which really raised the bar on how labels are created in terms of both ease of creation and the resulting crispness. While perhaps out of the price range for some, I still considered it a worthwhile investment which would enrich your life, well, for a lifetime of Braille. That's both important and powerful to me. But what if you don't yet know Braille? Label makers become useless for this target of the population, unless, of course, you can also teach them how to fish. (Or in our case, read Braille.) You have the option of buying both the Braille Coach and label maker as a combo, or Buy the coach learning system alone. It is true that the Braille Coach is significantly greater of an investment than the label maker, however it is also one of the best transition-aids to Braille as you get an entire RFID-reading system for pre-recording your own voice tags. For some, having speech as well as the tactile feedback could significantly improve the learning of Braille. Dive into this podcast to find out how the system works and the ways in which it can help perhaps enhance your life.

New Siri Voices on the iPhone 8 Plus

Oct 10, 2017 9:33

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The CBT Team checks out some of the new Siri voices and how to make it your default voice for the new iPhone 8 Plus.

Fanmail: October 6, 2017

Oct 6, 2017 11:27

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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show, with James and Nelson as your hosts. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Alden Can you make a podcast how to downgrade to iOS 10 from iOS 11? From: LeDon What do you guys use to back up your files off site?   Is it easily accessible? From: Beth Hi, enjoyed your latest podcast and here is info about another Second Sight product. From: John Covici

Spotlight with Kirk Adams: President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind

Oct 2, 2017 29:57

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In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Kirk Adams, the president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind to discuss the mission of the AFB and the most pressing issues that blind people face in the 21st century. Helpful Resources AFB Website AFB’s Career Connect Page AFB’s Access World Publication AFB Press AFB’s Family Connect Page AFB’s Vision Aware Page AFB’s Publication, “College Bound” Learning Ally Cogswell Macy Act The American Council of the Blind The National Federation of the Blind

VIP: Bouncy House Special with Allison Sheridan

Sep 30, 2017 1:04:19

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Allison Sheridan from Podfeet. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. Top Stories Amazon Introduces New Accessibility Features for Blind and Visually Impaired Customers Brain Implant Launching Clinical Trial to Restore Vision to Patients Court Finds That Accessibility Rules Apply to Retail Websites Show links Interview with Second Sight at CSUN Tutorial of Recording Skype with Audio Hijack Soundflower on Github (3 years ago) egrips for iPhone Cool Picks Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack iPhone 8 Plus from Apple Facebook on the App Store for iOS.

iPhone 8 Plus Unboxing

Sep 26, 2017 6:56

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The CBT Team gets their hands on the new iPhone 8 Plus and gives their first impressions of the familiar design with some new features. The iPhone 8 Plus introduces an all‑new glass design. The world's most popular camera, now even better. The smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. With no charging cable required, iPhone 8 Plus is truly designed for the future of wireless. Charge with wireless charging stations and mats in hotels, cafés and airports around the world. Tech Specs 5.5-inch display. The glass back enables easy wireless charging. Retina HD Display. Now with True Tone. Features a more advanced 12MP camera. optical image stabilization for photos and videos. Portrait Lighting. A11 Bionic chip and more… What’s in the Box EarPods with Lightning Connector iPhone Lightning to USB Cable 5W USB Power Adapter Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad Unboxing

Sep 25, 2017 3:19

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CBT is back with another unboxing of a wireless charger, this time from Belkin. Experience a new and effortless way to charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — wirelessly. Simply set your iPhone down on the Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad and get fast wireless charging performance. Experience wireless charging using the Qi wireless standard, which delivers up to 7.5W to your iPhone. A subtle LED indicator allows you to know as soon as your device is placed on the pad and charging. It can charge through most cases - up to 3mm. Fast wireless charging is enabled with a free software update coming later this year. What’s in the Box Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad AC Adapter Quick Start Guide Tech Specs Power Source: AC Height: 1.46 cm (0.57 inches) Length: 11.86 cm (4.7 inches) Width: 11.86 cm (4.7 inches)

Mophie Wireless Charging Base Unboxing

Sep 25, 2017 4:39

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The CBT Team unboxes the Mophie wireless charging base for the new iPhones . The charging base is optimized to charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X quickly and easily. Simply set your iPhone on the wireless base and charging begins immediately. The non-slip housing ensures perfect placement and the included wall adapter means you have everything you need to get charging right in the box. The Mophie wireless charging base uses the Qi wireless charging standard and is optimized to charge iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X making charging easier than ever. What’s in the Box Wireless charging base Power wall adapter Tech Specs Cable length: 1.5 m (59 inches) Power Source: AC Height: 11.5 mm (0.45 inches) Length: 97 mm (3.82 inches) Width: 97 mm (3.82 inches) Weight: 124 g (4.37 oz)

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE Unboxing

Sep 23, 2017 8:24

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In this show Nelson Régo Unboxes the New Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. The series 3 38MM Apple Watch will have a Wi-Fi version priced at $329 and a LTE version priced at $399. The 42MM model costs an additional $30. The cellular version can take and receive calls and use apps without having to have an iPhone nearby. The watch’s phone number must be the same as the phone number already assigned to an iPhone 6 or later. The watch has 16GB of memory and has a distinctive red crown that distinguishes it from non-cellular models. Although Apple will still offer the series 1 watch for $249, the series 2 has been removed from their website.

VIP: Picking Apple Watches from Jeff’s Tree

Sep 23, 2017 1:01:48

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Jeff Thompson from Blind Abilities and Randy Rusnak from ACB Radio. They discuss the top stories from Apple’s Keynote Event and give you some Cool Picks and tips. Top Stories Accessibility Changes Coming On The iPhone X The new iPhone X has an edge-to-edge screen and no Home Button, but will be using the Sleep/Wake button on the upper right hand side instead for functions such as the triple click feature for accessibility users and initiating Siri commands. Although we have yet to get our hands on the device to test accessibility features for VoiceOver users, Sighted users can wake the iPhone X by tapping on the screen. Users can then access the home screen by swiping up from the bottom of the phone. Switching between apps also requires swiping up from the bottom of the displays. Additionally, users can switch between apps by swiping from the bottom left of the phone. Unlocking the phone is done with the company new Face ID technology. The phone will remain locked until the iPhone X is able to see the user and positively identify their face using the phone’s TrueDepth camera system. We reached out to Apple on how VoiceOver users will be accommodated on the iPhone x and this is what they told us: "The iPhone X has been designed with a number of accessibility features to support its use. An Overview Of the Apple Event Apple announced this fall’s additions to their hardware lineup. They unveiled the Series 3 Apple Watch, a 4K version of the Apple TV, the iPhone 8 and 8+, along with a special iPhone X addition. Cool Picks All-New Element 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - Fire TV Edition LG HBS-910 Tone Infinim Bluetooth Stereo Headset - Black Bank of America Mobile Banking Monster Blaster Boombox Wireless Speaker

Cool Picks: September 19, 2017

Sep 19, 2017 10:37

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In this week’s Cool Picks, the CBT Team are joined by Rob Minault from the AT Banter podcast. They discuss some of their favourite Cool Picks. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. Cool Picks YouTube Kids by Google, Inc. Nelson has a great recommendation for parents who want their kids to have a safe place to play on the internet. Marty's Blindfold Games Rob is blown away by the number of audio-games a blind person can play on the iPhone. TuneIn Premium For just $9.99 per month, James has found more audio-books, podcasts, news broadcasts, and sporting events than he could ever listen to.

VIP: Hey Google, Get Off My Lawn

Sep 18, 2017 39:13

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Rob Minault from the AT Banter podcast. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. News Flash Google launches disability answer desk. Apple and Microsoft already have dedicated staff who are made available to help customers with accessibility related questions. Now Google will do the same in a limited capacity. The disability support team is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00AM to 5:00PM PST by email only. The team will respond to your questions within 72 hours. Top Stories 68 Top Scoring Companies That Are The Best PLACES to Work for Disability Inclusion US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have released the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) the third year measured by the Index. 110 companies participated in the 2017 DEI, with results indicating where companies are excelling in their commitment to inclusive environmental, social, and governance policies. Bionic Lens Improves Eyesight Beyond Normal Vision Ocumetics Technology Corporation is developing a replacement for the lens found in the human eye. Called the Bionic Lens, it could radically improve eyesight, prevent cataracts, and provide new ways to see the world. LG’s Robot Lawn Mower Works with Alexa and Google Assistant At the IFA consumer electronics trade show, LG showed off a robot lawn mower that they first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The robot can be controlled with your voice via the Amazon Alexa or Google voice assistant. You need to setup a perimeter wire around your lawn, so that the mower will know where to stop mowing. But after that, everything is easy. The mower also comes equipped with GPS, so if it is stolen, you will be able to track it down. Cool Picks YouTube Kids by Google, Inc. Nelson has a great recommendation for parents who want their kids to have a safe place to play on the internet. TuneIn Premium For just $9.99 per month, James has found more audio-books, podcasts, news broadcasts, and sporting events than he could ever listen to. Marty's Blindfold Games Rob is blown away by the number of audio-games a blind person can play on the iPhone.

Fanmail: September 16, 2017

Sep 16, 2017 14:22

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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show? Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Harry Brown Hi there, Just wanted to let you all know that cool blind tech is now on Alexa!!! Just enable the Anypod skill, then, just say, "Alexa, ask Anypod to play cool blind tech", and she will first, tell the listener what the show is about, then, play the podcast! From: Naomi Scott Hi, I heard your podcast on braille display/notetaker options and am wondering if any of you have any hands on experience with Blitab? There was talk of Blitab being commercially available and I think there is an ability to preorder, (though am not certain about that), and anyways I have been searching for stats and updates on the device and haven’t found anything recent. Their website doesn’t really make it clear as to which OS it runs, how exactly the braille cells operate and all the other information you would typically find on other products such as Braille Note or Braille Sense. I am interested in Blitab as opposed to the other options because apparently the user would have the ability to view an entire 15-or-so line page of braille at once, and the device is affordably priced. Even BrailleNote does not give the possibility of viewing an entire page before having to press the scroll button. I think a device where you could view an entire page at once similarly to how sighted people read on Kindle, is quite revolutionary. There may be braille displays out there with full page support (I don’t know), but this is the only device I have heard of that merges the capabilities of a tablet with the braille cell capacity of a full-page display, all in one device. and I am equally interested in the price as it apparently costs no more than a mobile phone, making it a much more available choice for people who do not have state/student programs to purchase the product. It could make braille tech access much more attainable in countries around the world that don’t have such widespread state sponsored support programs. I want to buy a braille device and am primarily interested in Blitab for its unique features. Does anyone at CBT have experience with the product? Any recent news as to its availability for order? What is it like to actually use the product? Does it have quality braille cells in terms of clarity? does anyone know the details of the stats for the device? Thanks! From: Michael Hello. Would it be possible for you to do a podcast discussing in greater depth the ElBraille note taker by Freedom scientific? I have not seen very many reviews of it online and I would like to learn more about it. From: David Keats Voice message

Cool Picks: September 12, 2017

Sep 13, 2017 14:09

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In this week’s Cool Picks, The CBT Team bring you their top picks from the assistive tech world. Cool Picks Ring Chime Pro, Indoor Chime and Wi-Fi Extender ONLY for Ring Network Devices Nelson is extending the range of his Ring devices. Now he will never miss any of his many visitors. Instacart James has decided that having his groceries delivered with the help of the Instacart app is easier than dealing with the crowds at the store.

VIP: We are Taking You to the Movies

Sep 10, 2017 38:05

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James bring you the top stories from Cool Blind Tech along with some really Cool Picks. Top Stories MoviePass Subscribers Can See Unlimited Movies for $9.95 per Month In a move that has angered many movie theatres, MoviePass has offered its customers a Netflix like subscription service to see unlimited movies in theatres for only $9.95 per month. AMC in particular has express that they will attempt to block this program, but there isn’t a lot that they can do, sense MoviePass purchases the tickets at full price from the theatres. Cortana and Alexa Join Forces in the Battle of the Voice Assistants In a stunning move, Microsoft and Amazon announced that Cortana and Alexa will now be able to work with one another. By the end of the year, you will be able to have Cortana open Alexa on your computer or mobile device, and you will be able to have Alexa open Cortana on your Alexa enabled device. ‘Bionic Eye’ Allows Mother to See Her Youngest Child for First Time A Quebec mother of four can partially see again thanks to a “bionic eye” that was implanted in March in the first such operation of its kind in the province. Sandra Cassell was diagnosed in 2001 with retinitis pigmentosa, a form of retinal dystrophy that affects around 3,000 Quebecers. Cool Picks Instacart James has decided that having his groceries delivered with the help of the Instacart app is easier than dealing with the crowds at the store. Ring Chime Pro, Indoor Chime and Wi-Fi Extender ONLY for Ring Network Devices Nelson is extending the range of his Ring devices. Now he will never miss any of his many visitors.

Fanmail: September 6, 2017

Sep 7, 2017 22:34

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The CBT Team returns with another Fanmail show? Tell us if we should stay with the show title or if all of you can come up with a better name. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From Daniel Hawkins: Hello Cool Blind Tech, I enjoy listing to your podcasts and all the news you put on your site. My name is Daniel, and I am a AT trainer for a small CIL in southwestern Illinois. One struggle I have right now is printing Envelopes with addresses on it. As of now, I can go through MS Word to Mailing to Envelopes and put in delivery and return address. However when I print, there is a Manual feed dialogue box come up. My IT Director and I tried working on this. Botton line is that I can alt + c to continue in this inaccessible box. However, half of the time it does not work the way you want too. So, it have suggested to me get a label maker unit and print labels to stick on the envelopes. Do you guys know any accessible but reasonably priced label printer for home us for our consumers? How would you guys do Label printing? Thanks guys! From Dalton Lane: If I were to make a podcast for your team what kind of equipment would I need to use.  Also, could I use voice memos for my recording source? From Graham Langford,: Hi, I, like many other people, probably listen to your Podcasts on a Victor reader stream or on an iPad When you mention an app or a device would you be kind enough to spell out the name of either the Apple device as it is not always that obvious how it is spelled I'm so we can find it easily I trust this makes sense. From Beatriz Loeza,: Dear CBT, I am curious to know how the iOS 11 is treating you if you were brave and jumped into the beta program? I really want to check out the beta but I don't have a working computer so I can't back up and restore if I don't like it. From Lisa Godsey My husband, Michael Godsey, was recently blinded and has really enjoyed listening to your podcasts. Before his accident he was very "techie”, so your sight is perfect! He heard about the T-Fal ActiFry on your podcast, but is wondering how a blind person accesses the recipes to use it? Thanks for your help.

Cool Picks: September 5, 2017

Sep 5, 2017 8:34

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In this week’s Cool Picks, Nelson and James bring you their top gadgets and gizmos and everything in between. Cool Picks Ring Video Doorbell Pro (Wiring Required), Works with Amazon Alexa With the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Nelson always knows when his deliveries have arrived. Dropbox Plus Now that he has Dropbox Plus, James has more cloud storage than he knows what to do with.

VIP: It’s Better to Look Good Than to Feel Good

Sep 1, 2017 31:05

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James bring you the top stories from Cool Blind Tech. And of course, it wouldn’t be a VIP without their Cool Picks. Top Stories APH and HumanWare team up to create a new intelligent magnifier HumanWare has announced a partnership with The American Printing House to provide a new powerful tool for visually impaired students combining a high-performance digital magnifier with the versatility of an Android tablet, the MATT Connect. This Fashionable Tech Helps Blind and Low-Vision People Navigate UK-based designer Emilios Farrington-Arnas has created a wearable for the blind and low-vision with the emphasis on merging fashion with technology. Maptic uses small feedback units, which can be clipped onto clothing or worn around the wrist, and a visual sensor that can be worn as a necklace. Handsfree Calling Comes to Google Home If you have a Google Home voice activated speaker, you can now make calls in the U.S. and Canada to anyone in your contacts list and local businesses. Just say things like: • Ok Google, call John Smith Cool Picks Dropbox Plus Now that he has Dropbox Plus, James has more cloud storage than he knows what to do with. Ring Video Doorbell Pro (Wiring Required), Works with Amazon Alexa With the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Nelson always knows when his deliveries have arrived.

Cool Picks: August 29, 2017

Aug 30, 2017 9:04

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Join the CBT Team this week as they bring to you some of their latest Cool Picks. Cool Picks: Swarm Simulator FitStar Ability on the Google Home speaker Littlebook - for Facebook on Apple Watch

VIP: The Braille Bananza!

Aug 25, 2017 38:02

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Join the CBT Team as they enter into the exciting world of Braille technology. Both mainstream and assistive technologies have experienced revolutionary developments over the last year, and it's no surprise that Braille displays and note takers have also experienced these changes. Luxury Braille Displays, will they make it? Our team compare the VarioUltra by Baum, The Elbraille by Vision Freedom Optelec, and the Braille Sense Polaris by Hims. How about for those who don't want to break the bank? Our team discuss the lower cost Orbit Reader, and the future of the Orbit Graphiti. A special segment for those who are deaf blind and use an Amazon Fire; how they can enjoy Closed Captioned programming on Hulu Cool Picks:

Cool Picks: August 22, 2017

Aug 23, 2017 12:59

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https://Www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/coolblindtech/Cool_Picks-_August_22_2017.mp3 In this week’s Cool Picks, Nelson and James are joined by Christopher McMillan. Listen in as they discuss their favourite tech on Cool Blind Tech. Cool Picks Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm Watch your step! Nelson is keeping an eye on you with this incredible home security camera system. Unboxing and Setting up the Aira Glasses for the Visually Impaired Christopher has his eyes on these glasses from Aira after listening to an unboxing podcast from Cool Blind Tech. AudioShare - audio document manager James is having a blast recording everything on his iPhone with AudioShare for iOS.

VIP: Those Who CeekTechnology, Shall FindTechnology

Aug 19, 2017 38:41

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Christopher McMillan. Listen in as they discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech, and as always, they will bring you some great Cool Picks. Top Stories ACB Radio Offers a Live Audio-Described Broadcast of the Upcoming Solar Eclipse On August 21, much of the United States will experience total darkness in the middle of the day as a full Solar eclipse of the Sun sweeps across the country. A Solar eclipse is always an exciting event, and people who are blind want to be able to experience it as well. Just released! BlindSight, a Free Android App That Implements Advanced AI Features Neuro X Labs have just released BlindSight, a free Android app that implements advanced AI features, narrating the scenes fed to it by the phone camera. It requires no internet connection, collects no user data and the app is only 50MB. The app is in its early stages but Neuro X Labs are looking for feedback. The American Foundation for the Blind’s CareerConnect Program Helps Job Seekers Who are Blind One of the biggest and most important obstacles that blind people face is meaningful employment. The American Foundation for the Blind recognizes this problem, and has established a CareerConnect page on their website that helps blind people overcome some of the difficulties that they encounter when seeking employment. Cool Picks Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm Watch your step! Nelson is keeping an eye on you with this incredible home security camera system. AudioShare - audio document manager James is having a blast recording everything on his iPhone with AudioShare for iOS. Unboxing and Setting up the Aira Glasses for the Visually Impaired Christopher has his eyes on these glasses from Aira after listening to an unboxing podcast from Cool Blind Tech.

Cool Picks: August 15, 2017

Aug 16, 2017 22:00

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In this week’s show, the CBT Team discuss their top Cool Picks on Cool Blind Tech. Cool Picks The Home Depot for iOS With the help of the Home Depot app on iOS, Nelson will hammer in the morning and Hammer in the evening. Ambutech Canes With his new cane from Ambutech, James can get around a lot more quickly, and that is extremely important when Nelson is swinging his hammer.

Spotlight with James Teh: Former Director at NVAccess

Aug 15, 2017 36:43

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In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with James Teh, prior to his departure from NVAccess, to discuss the following subjects: The history of NVDA NVDA’s business model Keeping up with an ever evolving Windows environment NVDA in a corporate environment Add-ons for NVDA Voices available for NVDA The user guide and tutorials for NVDA Getting certified as a NVDA expert Telephone support for NVDA OSARA extension for Reaper Editor's note: James Teh will still be a Director (of the Board, just not an employee, and thus not an Executive Director.

VIP: If I Had a Hammer

Aug 12, 2017 45:48

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech, and as always, they announce their Cool Picks for the week. Top Stories Amazon’s Alexa May Be Your Next Teacher On July 27, Canvas by Instructure announced that its teaming up with Amazon Alexa to help students, teachers, advisors, and parents ask questions, carry out quick tasks, and get information from Canvas on Alexa-enabled devices. The new feature was announced by InstructureCon and marks an ongoing effort scale up Canvas’s voice-activated applications. A Device to Test Infants’ Vision is Now Possible An advanced device to measure the field of vision of infants has been developed by scientists at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. The device, named paediatric perimeter, can be used to test the eyesight of infants between two and 12 months. GlovEye Brings Braille to Your Finger Tip At this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup, a team from Hungary developed a glove that has a refreshable braille cell built into the index finger of the glove. The GlovEye works with an app on your smart phone. Just point the phone’s camera at some text, and braille will appear on the glove. Cool Picks The Home Depot for iOS With the help of the Home Depot app on iOS, Nelson will hammer in the morning and Hammer in the evening. Ambutech Canes With his new cane from Ambutech, James can get around a lot more quickly, and that is extremely important when Nelson is swinging his hammer.

Cool Picks: August 8, 2017

Aug 9, 2017 5:20

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In this week’s Cool Picks, Nelson and James discuss their top acquisitions in assistive tech. You can show your support for Cool Blind Tech by giving us a 5 star rating on iTunes. Cool Picks Shout Color Catchers James wants to keep your whites whiter and your colors brighter with this handy laundry product. Pocket Juice 2-in-1 Portable Charger 12,000 mAh Charges Phones and Tablets Nelson is on the Pocket Juice! He is pumped up for you to get this portable charger!

VIP: Keeping it Clean

Aug 4, 2017 20:36

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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech. They also delve into the subject of housekeeping. Top Stories Talking Laundry Module Makes GE Washers and Dryers Accessible for the Blind. The Talking Laundry Module is a box that plugs into existing and many new General Electric washers and dryers. The device mounts on the side of the washer or dryer by way of magnets that are on the back of the box. One module can work with both the washer and dryer. The Sunu Band Helps the Blind Navigate with Sonar and Haptic Feedback. The Sunu band is a smart watch that is specifically designed to help the blind navigate around people and objects. It sends out ultrasonic waves up to 13FT away, and then provides haptic feedback to make blind people aware of objects and people. The range and feedback are fully customizable by way of an app. Apple’s HomePod Comes with VoiceOver. A recent firmware update to Apple’s HomePod shows that accessibility support has been added to the operating system, and that includes VoiceOver. The device is voice activated, but it does have a touch surface that allows the user to long press Siri and adjust the volume. With VoiceOver included, this touch surface will be accessible to the visually impaired. Cool Picks Shout Color Catchers James wants to keep your whites whiter and your colors brighter with this handy laundry product. Pocket Juice 2-in-1 Portable Charger 12,000 mAh Charges Phones and Tablets Nelson is on the juice, and he thinks everyone should get this portable charger.

Fanmail: August 2, 2017

Aug 2, 2017 17:26

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The CBT Team dedicates this show to our listeners because we know that you are responsible for our success. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. 1. From Dalton Lane: What do you think about the new braille note touch? I have played around with it some but I'm still currently using an apex. My cool pick would probably have to be the braille note touch though. I enjoy exploring the different types of accessible peaces of technology. 2. From Richard Merryfield I'm working on a blind accessible game that is intended to both be fully playable for the blind, as well as offer a sighted player a unique mechanic. The goal is to try to give nearly an equivalent experience for both types of players. We want to use the game as a proof of concept to demonstrate that mainstream commercial games have the potential to have accessibility navigation implemented into their design. If this game is successful, our next step will be to create a generalized API that can be used in a wide variety of VR settings, ranging from video games to potentially even drafting software. You can download our game here. Make sure to enable accessibility mode by going into the config.ini file and changing access=0 to access=1. We are still building out a configuration application for the game. Sorry for the inconvenience. However, once you have accessible mode running you can experience it for yourself. Website 3. From Rebecca Skipper: Hi, What Android device would you recommend for someone who already uses an iPhone and just wants a tablet with a keyboard to learn how to use Android? I have an amazon Kindle Fire HD 6th Generation Tablet, but this is not the traditional Android setup. Should I invest in a Chrome Book or are there other affordable options? Thanks. 4. From Lisa McLaughlin Hi there, I was wondering if you guys could help assist me with my new android phone. It's running android marshmallow. I'm using talk back plus I've downloaded the eloquence text to speech. I would be grateful if you can give me some advice and support regarding navigating around the touchscreen. I have been an Apple iPhone user for many years and I now fancy a change. I did listen to the talk back Tutorialggo but feel to fully understand how to navigate around the touchscreen using the talk back gestures. I would appreciate any help that you can offer, many thanks, Lisa Mclaughlin 5. From Jimmy Musk I am looking to publish my article on your blog. Is there any opportunity. Please let me know the procedure? 6. From Rusty Hilliard: Love the site, and enjoy the podcasts. I am a full-time preacher, and thus in preparing sermons, use a lot of tech. Thanks for the info. Have you guys done a podcast on building websites using Wordpress? Could you guys do a podcast on good Windows based Twitter clients?

VIP: Happy 1 Million Birthday!

Jul 30, 2017 1:11:50

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CBT has gathered everyone from the past and present that was responsible for reaching this incredible milestone. This show is a thank you to all of our supporters who have been there with us these past four years. So from all of us here at CBT to all of you where ever you may be thank you for helping us reach 1 million downloads!

Spotlight On LoganTech: Opening Doors Through Braille and Communication for All

Jul 29, 2017 34:02

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Join Jessica for an exclusive interview with Glen Dobbs, President and Founder of LoganTech. Learn about their incredible journey from a small, parent-founded company with a singular purpose, to a growing distributor of Assistive Technology providing communication solutions and braille products. Learn how LoganTech is providing a way for everyone to communicate, regardless of ability, and how they are opening up doors to braille literacy through the Braille Coach and 6Dot Braille Label Maker. If you would like to know more about the products provided by LoganTech, check out their Youtube. If you would like to know more about Proxtalker, you can connect with Proxtalker on Facebook, or you can follow Proxtalker on Twitter. If you would like to know more about the 6Dot Braille Label Maker, you can follow 6Dot on Twitter, or connect with 6Dot on Facebook. We always enjoy listener feedback. If you enjoy this Spotlight Interview, we welcome your comments. Please feel free to send us an email, give us a Tweet, or find us on Facebook.

Cool Picks: July 27, 2017

Jul 28, 2017 10:04

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This week the CBT Team returns with special guest host from the AT Banter podcast Ryan Fleury to discuss their Cool Picks. Make sure to check out their site and download this week's VIP for all the fun CBT Banter. Cool Picks this Week Include: Old Time Radio Player Ryan tells us about an app he uses on his Android device to listen to some great radio dramas from the golden years of radio. Seeing AI for iOS This app is definitely going to be a Cool Pick for many over the next few weeks. However, Leo chose it first and so he gets to talk about it as his pick of the week. M-Audio Keystation 49 II Joel continues to try out all the cool things he can do with Reaper. The next step is working with midi and so he gets to show off this great midi keyboard that works quite well with Reaper.

VIP: Hands Free Podcasting

Jul 22, 2017 35:27

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This week Joel, Leo and special guest host from the AT Banter podcast Ryan Fleury get together to discuss the latest happenings in the world of accessible tech. Make sure to check out their site and download this week's VIP for all the fun CBT Banter. Articles This week Include the Following: Artificial Intelligence And Text Recognition Unite In Microsoft’s Latest IPhone App, For Free Everyone is talking about the new app from Microsoft called Seeing AI. Is it a revolutionary game changer for the blind or is it just a toy app? Find out what the guys have to say about the latest accessible app from Microsoft. Hands Free Typing: Dictate Speech Recognition For Microsoft Office Virtual assistants have come a long way in helping both the blind and sighted community with being able to do many tasks without the use of their hands. It seems that Microsoft may be starting a new trend on the PC with their latest Dictation add-on. Listen in to see if Leo, Ryan or Joel are going to start dictating all their emails and documents from now on. U.S. To Fund Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces This week may seem like we're talking about a new plot for the latest spy-fiction best seller. However, there's no fiction in what a branch of the department of defense is looking to do with your brain. Tune in to see who's first on the show to get wired up with a neural-interface. Fan Feedback: We love it here at Cool Blind Tech when our listeners send us email. This week, CBT responds to questions about the accessible virtual DJ software. The company is called Algoriddim and the software is called DJay Pro for the Mac. Although the software works with several DJ consoles, the one that we recommend is the Pioneer DDJ SB2 which can be bought on Amazon or various musical instrument retail stores. Check out the podcast for more details on this incredible software. Update: During the show we mention that the Windows 10 version of DJay was in beta. It is no longer in beta and can be purchased through the Windows app store or downloaded from algoriddim as a demo. Stay tune to hear about first impressions for the windows version of this app. Cool Picks this Week Include: Old Time Radio Player Ryan tells us about an app he uses on his Android device to listen to some great radio dramas from the golden years of radio. Seeing AI for iOS This app is definitely going to be a Cool Pick for many over the next few weeks. However, Leo chose it first and so he gets to talk about it as his pick of the week. M-Audio Keystation 49 II Joel continues to try out all the cool things he can do with Reaper. The next step is working with midi and so he gets to show off this great midi keyboard that works quite well with Reaper.

Cool Picks: July 20, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 13:24

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The Cool Blind Tech team has some great fun discussing their Cool Picks. Make sure to download this latest episode or press play to listen along! Cool Picks This Week Include: Alexa can notify you when your Amazon packages are out for delivery Leo is hoping to use his Amazon Echo to inform him of the purchases he plans to make. This new skill will make a sound notification and will respond when you ask "Alexa, what did I miss?" JBL Charge 3 Nelson tells us about the latest acquisition to his audio equipment collection. All three team members give it there seal of approval for sound and features. Windows 10 Creators Edition Joel tries out an old sound card on Windows 10 and is surprised to see that windows recognized it and set it up with no problems. The team encourages everyone to upgrade to the latest version of windows and provides some great reasons on why you should.

Spotlight On Embro: Travel Like A Pro with the Walk Pro

Jul 20, 2017 29:48

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Join Jessica Rickards for an exciting Spotlight with Ronit Williams, Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Embro, makers of the Walk Pro, WalkX, and the Keller Sight. Ronit explains how this company is developing products for a variety of abilities, from vision impairment to hearing and speech disabilities. A more in-depth discussion is explored about the virtual cane technology that was developed in the Walk products and what sets it apart from other products currently available, and the features available in each product. The WalkX and Walk Pro are both available for Pre-Order. To contact Embro, or if you have questions about their products, you can contact them. To follow Embro for the latest updates and developments, you can connect with Embro on Twitter. If you enjoyed this spotlight interview, don't forget to leave us feedback. We always enjoy hearing from our fans.

CBT Live! Partying it up with the Braille Sense Polaris

Jul 18, 2017 20:16

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In this interview, Rachel Feinberg speaks with Dave Wilkinson from HIMS about the brand-new BrailleSensePolaris. this product was just launched, and Dave takes us through some of the spectacular features this Braille and Android tablet has to offer. However, he throws in a bonus at the end and shows us some of his own hidden talents. So stick around for the entirety of this one! Grab the popcorn and you will enjoy! Guaranteed!

VIP: Getting Back to Work

Jul 14, 2017 35:14

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This week Joel is joined by Leo and Nelson to discuss the latest happenings in Accessible Tech. The Cool Blind Tech team has some great fun discussing the news and how to keep cool in this summer heat. Make sure to download this latest episode or press play to listen along! Support Actiview! Discussed in this week's show is a great app for iOS that has the potential to change how the blind enjoy the movie-going experience. You can find out more by reading this article or download the app to show your support. Topics This Week Include the Following: The Haptic Wave Is Helping Blind Audio Engineers ‘Feel’ Sound Waves Haptic feedback is all the rage right now in many fields. But, can it help the blind tackle a sound wave problem in the field of audio engineering? Listen in to see what the team thinks about this new prototype. Summer Academy Enhancing Independence For Blind And Low-Vision Students Summer may be a time for many to enjoy the beach, travel to new places or simply relax at the movies. But, for many young adults it's a time to acquire new skills and prepare for the future! Find out how as the team wishes they had these opportunities. Blind Programmer Develops Life-changing Software Think you can change how the blind use the internet with your coding skills? The team admires one such person who did and debate the pros and cons of companies being responsible for accessibility. Cool Picks This Week Include: Alexa can notify you when your Amazon packages are out for delivery Leo is hoping to use his Amazon Echo to inform him of the purchases he plans to make on Prime Day. This new skill will make a sound notification and will respond when you ask "Alexa, what did I miss?" JBL Charge 3 Nelson tells us about the latest acquisition to his audio equipment collection. All three team members give it there seal of approval for sound and features. Windows 10 Creators Edition Joel tries out an old sound card on Windows 10 and is surprised to see that windows recognized it and set it up with no problems. The team encourages everyone to upgrade to the latest version of windows and provides some great reasons on why you should.

Artificial Intelligence and Text Recognition unite in Microsoft’s Seeing Ai iPhone App

Jul 13, 2017 14:30

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Not a month has gone by since We posted an article on Narrator including AI-driven image tags and Microsoft is back at it yet again, though with an older project which finally has made public fruition. Introduced at Build 2016, this project had a goal of bringing powerful image recognition technology which could be used to augment every day life, especially when combined with the power of the cloud. Today, The app is available in the iOS app store in the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore, for free. In a post to the Microsoft Accessibility blog, Microsoft explains it in this fashion . The app uses artificial intelligence and the camera on your iPhone to perform a number of useful functions. Reading documents, including spoken hints to capture all corners of a document so that you capture the full page. It then recognizes the structure of the document, such as headings, paragraphs and lists, allowing you to rapidly skip through the document using voiceover. Identifying a product based on its barcode. Move the phone’s camera over the product; beeps indicate how close the barcode is – the faster the beeps, the closer you are – until the full barcode is detected. It then snaps a photo and reads the name of the product. Recognizing people based on their face, and providing a description of their visual appearance, such as their gender, facial expression and other identifying characteristics. Recognizing images within other apps – just tap Share, and Recognize with Seeing AI. In our experience, the app is able to even read computer screens in the short-text channel mode, and does so instantly as you move your arm towards and away from text. Reading coupons in a newspaper is more intuitive than having to wait for a picture to be snapped, and bar codes are often recognized in under 30 seconds thanks to the way it guides the user to it. Face recognition works well and can be taught to recall faces of loved ones after you take 3 pictures of them. Easily, this app rivals more expensive solutions and will become a must-have tool within any vision-impaired iOS user's arsenal. The incredible power of Seeing AI lies in not just the cloud, but also at being able to perform this recognition offline and in real-time. Turning airplane mode on during a page scan still kept up with scrolling printed text, however features such as bar code and face/scene detection will require one. Join Jessica to understand just how intuitive the app really is in this podcast and see for yourself what Seeing AI can do, as not even ten thousand words could give it full justification. She walks through the app, from the quick start guide to the various channels in great detail. The official tutorials for the app, comprised of 9 videos, can be found at this link of a YouTube playlist.

Cool Picks: July 12, 2017

Jul 13, 2017 12:14

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In this weeks Cool Picks, James, Jessica, and Nelson bring us some of the top technology from the AT world. Cool Picks Alexa Dungeon Adventure Skill Jessica goes old-school gaming with the latest tech. Listen as she demos a Dungeon and Dragons style game on an Amazon Echo device. MXL 770 Condenser Microphone As a veteran podcaster, Nelson has always sounded great on the air. Just ask him. He will tell you it is true. But even he can’t believe how good he sounds with this new microphone. Hulu It doesn’t have audio-description yet, but James just can’t stop binge watching all of the greatest shows on Hulu. How else will he be able to keep up with the Kardashians?

Spotlight ON Right-Hear: Indoor Navigation Made Accessible One Spot At a Time

Jul 13, 2017 28:43

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Join Jessica Rickards for an exclusive spotlight interview with Idan Meir, co-founder and CEO of Right-Hear, an Israel-based company focused on providing an auditory indoor navigation solution to the blind and visually impaired. Right-Hear is a free iOS app and is also available free on the Google Play Store. Users are able to obtain information about an area through Accessible Spots installed by the individual businesses. For a full demonstration of how the app works, please watch the Youtube video Connect with Right-Hear on Facebook Follow Right-Hear on Twitter

CBT Live! Giving People Information with Innovative Products That Change Lives Every Day

Jul 12, 2017 4:03

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Rachel chats with Dan Gardner, CEO of ViewPlus Technologies. For the past 18 years ViewPlus have been giving people access to information through innovative products that change lives every day. Innovations such as color and black ink with Braille, talking tactile graphics, fully accessible math, powerful graphics editing and translation software have provided access to information for their customers.

CBT Live! Megastore for the Blind and Low Vision

Jul 11, 2017 2:53

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Rachel talks with Cody Mitchell, from Irie-AT. Irie-AT could possibly be the Amazon for the blind and low-vision with a long list of products such as: Braille and Tactile Graphics Magnifiers and Readers Computer Access Daily Living Aids Video Magnifiers Index Braille embossers Braille Embossers Braille Notetakers SuperNova Magnifier and Screen Reader Tactile Graphics Document Conversion Optics Daily Living Aids and much more… For more information check out the Irie-AT website.

CBT Live! Talking Between the Sheets with Distinctive Beddings

Jul 11, 2017 3:54

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Rachel is live at ACB 17 interviewing Ruby Russell and Louie Scheel, co-founders of Distinctive Beddings. Listen in as they give us advice on what to do in the bed. Get intimate with Distinctive Beddings on FaceBook here.

VIP: Drawing the Short Straw

Jul 8, 2017 35:34

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In this informative VIP, James, Jessica, and Nelson bring us some of the top stories from the CBT website. They also give us their Cool Picks for the week, and answer some fan feedback. Top Stories Portable Speaker is the First Speaker That Turns Your iPhone Into a Conference System Rayz Rally is a pocket-sized speaker, together with the Rayz App it makes calling easier & clearer anytime, anywhere. The clarity of a conference system, in a palm sized portable speaker that’s powered by your iPhone or computer. Plug it in and it works. One smart button handles everything you need. It’s that simple. The only portable speaker on the market that offers conference call quality sound. New VR Headset to Help Visually Impaired See With a swipe of your finger this new technology, called Iris Vision, uses Samsung VR headset combined with software uploaded to a Samsung Galaxy phone. People with low vision are able to get up close and personal to the world around them. Users see a bubble appear that they can make bigger or smaller. Then within the bubble, a person can zoom in or zoom back out. The image looks like a giant wide screen TV right in front of the eyes, so it works for so many people with different eye conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and diabetes related eye diseases. Complete list of Braille Commands for iOS 11: and How to Customize Them. If you have a braille display with a Perkins style keyboard, you can control your iOS device by entering certain key combinations. I will include a list of these braille keyboard commands. While some of them will work with iOS 10 as well, iOS 11 will allow you to assign keyboard commands where none currently exist, and also change existing keyboard commands. How To Find Which Apps Are Not Compatible On IPhone And IPad In IOS 11 The CBT team have told you about some of the exciting new features coming to your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11, but there’s one “feature” that many users are going to be upset about: Some of your apps, possibly including apps you use every day, will stop working. What does this mean for you? It could mean nothing. You may not use any apps that are still 32-bit, meaning the developers have updated their apps to 64-bit, which is Apple’s newest specs. If you’re concerned that an app you love or use often may be affected and you want to make sure you know what you’re getting into before downloading iOS 11, you can check if the apps on your phone are 32-bit. Cool Picks MXL 770 Condenser Microphone As a veteran podcaster, Nelson has always sounded great on the air. Just ask him. He will tell you it is true. But even he can’t believe how good he sounds with this new microphone. Alexa Dungeon Adventure Skill Jessica goes old-school gaming with the latest tech. Listen as she demos a Dungeon and Dragons style game on an Amazon Echo device. Hulu It doesn’t have audio-description yet, but James just can’t stop binge watching all of the greatest shows on Hulu. How else will he be able to keep up with the Kardashians?

Unboxing and Setting up the Aira Glasses for the Visually Impaired

Jul 6, 2017 16:35

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In this episode, James Oates takes us through an unboxing of the Aira glasses. He describes everything that come with the glasses. He also shows us how to set them up and make a call using the Aira app on an iPhone.

Cool Picks: July 5,2017

Jul 5, 2017 6:14

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Join the CBT Team as they explore this week's latest Cool Picks. Cool Picks Actiview App Dolphin EasyReader for iOS Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

Spotlight On Computers for the Blind: Nobody Should Go Without Access To Technology

Jul 5, 2017 30:58

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Join Jessica Rickards for an exclusive spotlight with David Jeppson, executive director of Computers for the blind, a Texas-based organization providing computers to blind and visually impaired individuals across the United States regardless of circumstance. computers for the blind accepts refurbished windows computers and is run by volunteers. This organization is open to volunteer opportunities across the country; from those who wish to give time in their local Texas refurbishment center, to tech support professionals who can provide remote assistance, to those who can contribute financially. If you are interested in learning more about this organization, feel free to contact them via telephone or email via their website. If you do a lot of online shopping, Computers for the Blind is also partnered with

VIP: Let’s Go To the Movies!

Jun 30, 2017 21:54

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Join Jessica, Tomi, and Rachel for another exciting VIP as they explore this week's latest in technology. This week, it's all about movies, and the devices you watch them on. Check out these exciting stories. Show highlights Amazon announces half-price Prime memberships for families in the U.S. Receiving assistance and announces the availability of Audio Description on several Amazon Video titles. New accessibility features found in iOS 11 which also include low vision enhancements like Smart Invert Actiview comes to an accessible theatre near you with the premier of Cars 3 Cool Picks Actiview App Dolphin EasyReader for iOS Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

Cool Picks: June 28, 2017

Jun 29, 2017 7:08

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Join CBT this week as they talk about their favourite Cool Picks. Cool Picks As Joel is the audio master on the CBT team, his pick of choice is the app he uses to do all his audio magic. Reaper Since Jessica is the traveling ninja, she wants to tell us all about this new transit app she makes extensive use of. CityMapper Transit App for iOS, web and Android While at the gym, Rachel really enjoys a great thriller to keep her energized throughout her workout. She has chosen Voicedream Reader You can read pretty much anything, with a variety of voices or fonts to help consume the content the way you want. Listen and enjoy!

Accessibility Settings in iOS 11 Beta

Jun 28, 2017 12:22

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In this podcast, James Oates takes a look at the new accessibility settings in iOS 11 Beta. Join us as he uncovers some exciting new features for VoiceOver and braille users.

Spotlight with Stephen Ewell: Executive Director of the CTA Foundation

Jun 27, 2017 35:09

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In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Stephen Ewell, the executive director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation. The CTA Foundation, a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, was launched in 2012 with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. The foundation strategically supports programs that affect these communities and facilitates dialog between industry, consumers, government, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders. Steve talks about the foundation’s role in featuring accessible products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the foundation’s role in producing the first fully accessible self-driving vehicle, and his trips to CSUN and South by Southwest. You can follow Stephen Ewell on Twitter here, and you can follow the CTA Foundation on Twitter here.

Now Available In Narrator! AI-tagged Image Descriptions

Jun 27, 2017 16:02

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If there was a word which is to define the era that dominates this early 21st century, it no doubt would be the cloud. Everything has moved to incorporating some cloud-based feature or another. Whilst screen reading has done OCR and other image recognition prior, this too was relegated to locally performed magic, rather than anything that used the cloud to process data. The rise of huge AI clusters which now can process trillions of calculations a second has created a better opportunity for so much more to be off-loaded to these systems. For Microsoft, this is called Cognitive services and it is a platform any developer can leverage to create AI-generated content for an image. Once you combine this with a screen reader, things get very interesting. Such has happened in the latest Windows 10 insider build, 16226 Could a screen reader some day suggest labels for controls through an intelligent API which can interpret the icons? Could a computer describe a powerPoint presentation, typically full of rectangles and decorations? To be clear, Apple is also doing this in iOS 11, though the image processing they use is all on-hardware, not cloud-based. Microsoft is first to announce this to the public, and users will be able to compare it to that of iOS 11 once the public beta of it is released. Narrator is noteable for being able to generate full-sentence descriptions of images, rather than just a few words or phrases which explain its content, as done on iOS and Facebook. The insider program is open to anyone, and submitting feedback is highly encouraged if you venture into this world. As well as having lots of patience, and perhaps not a main computer that you install it on but a virtual machine or spare. Do you see ways in which you would use this technology for yourself to help understand the web or apps better? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

Introduction to TWBlue

Jun 24, 2017 26:30

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There are many twitter clients that are available for Windows, but very few are designed to work with screen readers. In this podcast, Leonid demonstrates the interface, as well as several useful features on TWBlue, a free, open source twitter client. Let us know what you think in the comments!

VIP: Let Me See You Work It!

Jun 23, 2017 35:18

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This week, the team is quite active! Join Rachel, Jessica, and Joel, as they discuss topics from a 9-month National Fitness Challenge, to the Ecobee4 Thermostat, to the Amazon Echo stepping into the communication market. A 9-Month Fitness Challenge? Students from the Georgia Blind Sports Association along with the United Association of Blind Athletes and the Amerigroup are taking part in a 9-month fitness challenge. Read about it here there are always things to say when it comes to getting out there and being active! Listen as the team shares their thoughts on this challenge and the devices used to promote friendly competition. "Introducing a new way to be together" How to make calls from your Amazon Echo. In this section, Joel and Jessica demonstrate how the Amazon Echo and the Alexa app now have the ability to make calls and send messages to other Echo users who have enabled this service. Get all the details here Getting Smart with the Ecobee4 Thermostat After all those workouts, being able to set that AC to a cool temperature would be fantastic. Is it doable with this unit? Take a look here Cool Picks As Joel is the audio master on the CBT team, his pick of choice is the app he uses to do all his audio magic. Reaper Since Jessica is the traveling ninja, she wants to tell us all about this new transit app she makes extensive use of. CityMapper Transit App for iOS, web and Android While at the gym, Rachel really enjoys a great thriller to keep her energized throughout her workout. She has chosen Voicedream Reader You can read pretty much anything, with a variety of voices or fonts to help consume the content the way you want. Listen and enjoy!

Setting Up Audio Description on the Amazon Prime Video App

Jun 22, 2017 3:50

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In this podcast, Rachel demonstrates how to enable audio description for the movies and TV shows that have this feature in the Amazon Prime Video app. One must have an Amazon Prime membership which entitles a viewer to some free content. Other movies and TV shows that have audio description, can be purchased for a small fee. If you want to know which content has description: Look no further! Enjoy!

Customizable Control Center on iOS 11 Beta

Jun 21, 2017 9:40

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In this podcast, James Oates takes a look at the new customizable control center in iOS 11. He shows us how to add items to the control center, and tries out some of the more interesting additions that are now available.

Cool Picks: June 19, 2017

Jun 20, 2017 9:11

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This week Joel, Jessica and Darrell Hilliker share their opinions on this week's Cool Picks. Cool Picks This Week Include the Following: Aira Visual Interpreter for the Blind Darrell shows us how he uses his Cool Pick for help with day-to-day tasks around the house. Google Calendar Find out how Jessica manages her insane schedule with her Cool Pick this week. Microsoft OneNote Joel shows us how he uses OneNote to quickly send thoughts and ideas across his devices.

Spotlight on The Read Read: Making Braille Literacy Accessible to All

Jun 19, 2017 28:21

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Join Jessica for an exclusive interview with Alex Tavares, Harvard University graduate and developer of The Read Read, an innovative new Braille literacy device which allows students to independently engage in the process of learning Braille. If you would like to see The Read Read become a reality in classrooms everywhere, please Donate to The Read Read Kickstarter Campaign. Currently, this campaign funds The Read Read for classrooms across the U.S. However, if their goal is met, it will be possible to expand The Read Read.

VIP: Let Me Change Your Mind

Jun 16, 2017 47:17

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This week the Cool Blind Tech team along with a special guest host, discuss the latest happenings in the world of Accessible Technology. Join Joel, Jessica and Darrell Hilliker as they share their opinions on this week's news and bring to you some very Cool Picks. Make sure to press play or download this week's special show. Topics This Week Include the Following: Visually Impaired People Testing Driverless Pods A new system for the blind to navigate one of the world's busiest airports is currently being tested. Check out what the team has to say and where they hope it will be used in the future. Microsoft Hosts First Accessibility Summit For People With Disabilities The inclusion of accessibility in all products or services requires that businesses look at accessibility from a different perspective. Listen to the team discuss how summits are now taking place to do just that. Adobe Announces A Free Solution For Optical Character Recognition On Your Smart Phone New and free alternatives for OCR continue to help the visually impaired. Does this mean the end of paid solutions that are specifically made for the blind? Find out what the team has to say on this topic and what they suggest for OCR. Cool Picks This Week Include the Following: Google Calendar Find out how Jessica manages her insane schedule with her Cool Pick this week. Aira Visual Interpreter for the Blind Darrell shows us how he uses his Cool Pick for help with day-to-day tasks around the house. Microsoft OneNote Joel shows us how he uses OneNote to quickly send thoughts and ideas across his devices.

Cool Picks: June 11, 2017

Jun 11, 2017 6:35

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In this weeks Cool Picks, James Oates, Joel Ramos, Tamas Geczy, and Jessica Rickards get together to share their latest findings in the world of assistive tech. Cool Picks Duolingo Jessica shows us how to learn another language while having fun. Sleep Watch - Auto sleep monitor using your watch Tomi is all about getting a good nights sleep with the help of the Apple Watch. Home Pod Joel just can't wait until December to get his hands on Apple's new voice activated home speaker. Office 365 James talks about staying productive on all of your devices with Microsoft Office 365.

Enhanced Siri on iOS 11 Beta

Jun 10, 2017 7:15

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In this podcast, James Oates takes a listen to the new enhanced Siri voice on iOS 11. He also checks out Siri’s ability to translate phrases into other languages. He then tests out the new type to Siri feature, and talks about Siri suggestions.

The 6-dot Braille Label Maker makes labeling for everyone fun!

Jun 9, 2017

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There are only a few ways people can create Braille labels these days. One could use a $500-1000 Perkins Brailler and feed the tape into it, after which you cut it yourself per label. There are other handheld labeling devices sold which provide a stamping mechanism for labels; These take time and require rotating the disc after each strike. Not convenient. Logan Tech's Label Maker solves this problem quite well by offering a solution even those with sight could integrate with. In this case, the device allows for a qwerty keyboard to be hooked up over micro-USB, providing labeling as well. A note about the recording from after it was recorded. At one point, I pondered if the batteries in the unit can be recharged or are rechargeable. There is an FAQ page which explains that using batteries which recharge is not recommended. These may damage the unit as they cannot provide exact currents that it may require. In the few weeks of constant use the unit has received, I have not had to replace the batteries however, so expect quite some time out of them. For anyone looking to make labels for a family member, schools which wish to keep a unit on-hand to deliver crisp labels quickly to students will find their world opened by this option as well. If you would like to know more about the products provided by LoganTech, check out their Youtube. If you would like to know more about the 6Dot Braille Label Maker, you can follow 6Dot on Twitter, or connect with 6Dot on Facebook.

VIP: Recapping Apple’s 2017 World Wide Developers Conference

Jun 9, 2017 57:42

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In this special VIP, James Oates, Joel Ramos, Tamas Geczy, and Jessica Rickards get together to go over all of the many announcements coming out of this year’s WWDC. Listen in to find out everything new that is coming to iOS, MacOS, and Watch OS. There might also be some new hardware announcements as well. Cool Picks Office 365 James talks about staying productive on all of your devices with Microsoft Office 365. Duolingo Jessica shows us how to learn another language while having fun. Home Pod Joel just can't wait until December to get his hands on Apple's new voice activated home speaker. Sleep Watch - Auto sleep monitor using your watch Tomi is all about getting a good nights sleep with the help of the Apple Watch.

Cool Picks: June 8, 2017

Jun 9, 2017 11:11

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This week the Cool Blind Tech team brings you this week's latest Cool Picks in the world of Accessible Technology. Download the podcast or click on play to listen to this week's fun-filled show. Cool Picks This Week Include the Following Just Press Record Don't you wish there was an app that can help you capture ideas, lectures or musical creations quickly and easily? Tamas shares with us an app that he uses on his Apple Watch that does just that. IFTTT for Web, iOS and Android Why spend so much time clicking on things when you can simply automate those processes? Check out Jessica's Cool Pick this week to see how you can make your life more efficient or play some cool pranks. Youtube TV App Joel shares with us an app for those who are looking to cut the cord. Check out how accessible the Youtube TV app is and how you can get it on both iOS and Android.

Cool Tip: How to: Make an iPhone Ringtone Using Reaper with Help from GoldWave

Jun 8, 2017 6:55

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In this podcast, I demonstrate how to use Reaper to import a piece of audio, select a portion of it, and export it to GoldWave in order to make a ringtone for the iPhone. Those wishing to make tones for Android may follow these steps, but no exporting to GoldWave is necessary. Just save it in Reaper and transfer it to your phone. Have fun! If you're wishing to get Reaper and GoldWave, look no further: Here's Reaper Here's GoldWave

Spotlight with Brad Turner: VP of Global Literacy at Benetech

Jun 5, 2017

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In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Brad Turner, the vice president of global literacy at Benetech. They discuss: Benetech Brad tells us about the organization and its mission. Bookshare Brad tells us about how the organization has grown into such a successful digital platform that makes more than a half a million books available for blind and visually impaired individuals. Born Accessible Brad talks about Benetech’s mission to ensure that as more and more print material is born in a digital format, it also needs to be born in an accessible format. The Marrakesh Treaty Brad updates us on the current status of the Marrakesh Treaty in the US Senate. He also discusses the global benefit of this treaty. Spotlight Gateway Brad finally talks about Benetech’s efforts to help with Spotlight Gateway, which is a project designed to help those who have a visually impairment gain access to the power of reading through a combination of the Spotlight Text app, a Bookshare membership, and an iPad. Students who are eligible can receive all of these for free through the Spotlight Gateway program

VIP: A Is for Apple, B Is for Braille

Jun 3, 2017 39:25

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This week the Cool Blind Tech team is making some predictions on the Apple Keynote presentation taking place next week. Make sure to catch hosts Joel, Jessica and Tamas as they discuss the lead up to the keynote and bring you this week's latest news in the world of Accessible Technology. Download the podcast or click on play to listen to this week's fun-filled show. Topics This Week Include the Following Deaf-Blind People Can Now Access Television With New Software The team discuss some new software that will help individuals who are deaf-blind access television in real time. Check out how the software works and where it is currently being tested. The Read Read: An Interactive Tool That Makes Learning Braille Easy. Learning Braille can be difficult for the young and old alike. But, a new device is currently being tested which will make it easier for anyone to learn Braille. The team talk about how this device can benefit individuals who are blind and where it is being created. Android O: New Accessibility Features In TalkBack 6.0.0 New updates to the Android screen reader called Talkback is making people think twice about which phone to go with when it comes to accessibility. Listen to see which one of our hosts may be switching and who will still stick to iOS. Cool Picks This Week Include the Following IFTTT for Web, iOS and Android Why spend so much time clicking on things when you can simply automate those processes? Check out Jessica's Cool Pick this week to see how you can make your life more efficient or play some cool pranks. Just Press Record Don't you wish there was an app that can help you capture ideas, lectures or musical creations quickly and easily? Tamas shares with us an app that he uses on his Apple Watch that does just that. Youtube TV App Joel shares with us an app for those who are looking to cut the cord. Check out how accessible the Youtube TV app is and how you can get it on both iOS and Android.

Cool Picks: May 31, 2017

Jun 1, 2017 10:23

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The CBT team cools down from the heat wave. This week, Joel, Jessica and Nelson discuss their latest Cool Picks Cool Picks This Week Include the Following The Google Assistant for iOS Jessica might be switching to a new virtual assistant on her iPhone with the latest release of the Google Assistant on the app store. Aura Luxury Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Airplay Nelson has found the ultimate Bluetooth speaker with his Cool Pick this week. The way he talks about the speaker, it must sound incredible! Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable Joel is digging in the crates for old school vinyl with his cool pick this week. It's a new twist on how to play records via USB.

VIP: In With the New, Out With the Old

May 27, 2017 46:57

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The Cool Blind Tech team is on top of the news in the world of accessible technology. This week, Joel, Jessica and Nelson discuss the latest happenings from Google, NVDA and say goodbye to an old friend. Make sure to download the podcast or press play to listen to this week's information filled show. Topics This Week Include the Following What We Liked From Google IO 2017 The team shares its opinions on the most recent developers conference from Google. There is a lot of great features in the works and Joel, Nelson and Jessica share their favorites. It's So Hard to Say Goodbye By now the news of the screen reader Window Eyes being discontinued by the VFO group has been heard by most. But, how will it impact the blind community? The team discuss this and provide some links below to alternate screen readers that are available for the PC. NVDA Jaws Windows Narrator ScreenReader by Dolphin Computer Access System Access NVDACon 2017 One of those alternate screen readers discussed by the team is NVDA. The team discuss its development and how it is used by the CBT team to bring you such great content as these podcasts. If you wish to listen to recordings of the conference, take a look here. If you wish to contribute to the future development of NVDA and projects like Osara, you can donate here. Cool Picks This Week Include the Following Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable Joel is digging in the crates for old school vinyl with his cool pick this week. It's a new twist on how to play records via USB. The Google Assistant for iOS Jessica might be switching to a new virtual assistant on her iPhone with the latest release of the Google Assistant on the app store. Aura Luxury Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Airplay Nelson claims to have found the ultimate Bluetooth speaker with his Cool Pick this week. The way he talks about the speaker, it must sound incredible!

Android O: New Accessibility Features in TalkBack 6.0.0.

May 27, 2017 10:08

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The over the air update for the Android O developer preview has arrived, and there are some very interesting new features for those of us who use TalkBack. Listen to this podcast to find out what accessibility improvements are on the way. If you are considering installing the developer preview of Android O, make sure that you backup your device before enrolling in the Android Beta program, and downloading the update. Listen to this podcast on how too backup and enroll an Android device in the Beta program, if you need a step by step guide on how to do it.

Cool Picks: May 21, 2017

May 22, 2017 8:06

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This week the Cool Blind Tech team gives us some of their latest Cool Picks in the world of accessible technology. It's another jam-packed show that can't be missed. Cool Picks This Week Include Google Play Music Jessica is loving the variety of music she has available to listen to just by saying "ok Google" on her Google Home Speaker. If carrying too many cables for your devices is a problem for you, check out Rachel's Cool Pick this week. It can definitely help you stream line your life or at the least, untangle it a bit. Franklin's Gourmet Popcorn Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper Who says that you can't have popcorn at home that tastes just like at the movies? Joel shows off a very accessible stove top popper that can help you get that movie experience at home.

VIP: Are You Ready for Prime Time?

May 20, 2017 32:13

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This week the Cool Blind Tech team reviews some of the latest happenings in the world of accessible technology. Join hosts Joel, Jessica and Rachel as they discuss new laptops, navigational aids for the blind and of course their Cool Picks of the week. It's another jam-packed show that can't be missed. Topics This Week Include the Following New Laptops from Microsoft Is Microsoft and the Narrator screenreader ready for prime time on the new Windows 10S operating system? Check out what the team has to say and how it may affect you. Boosting Smart City Inclusion Is your city ready to become a smart city? Find out how steps are being made to ensure that no one with a disability is left behind when city managers decide its time to upgrade. Touchable Tablets Could Guide the Blind New magnetic technology is providing a portable navigational aid for the blind. Find out who is creating this device and how you can use it for traveling. Cool Picks This Week Include Google Play Music Jessica is loving the variety of music she has available to listen to just by saying "ok Google" on her Google Home Speaker. If carrying too many cables for your devices is a problem for you, check out Rachel's Cool Pick this week. It can definitely help you stream line your life or at the least, untangle it a bit. Franklin's Gourmet Popcorn Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper Who says that you can't have popcorn at home that tastes just like at the movies? Joel shows off a very accessible stove top popper that can help you get that movie experience at home.

Cool Picks: May 15, 2017

May 16, 2017 11:02

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This week Jessica, Joel, and Hugo drop some knowledge in their latest Cool Picks! Cool Picks: NuWave 30242 PIC Gold Precision Induction Cooktop with 10.5" Fry Pan, Black Talking Typer by American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Rockville studio monitor speakers

Spotlight Interview with Andrew Lahart: Head of Accessibility, Enablement, and Competency at IBM

May 15, 2017 36:46

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In this exciting Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Andrew Lahart, the head of accessibility, enablement, and competency at IBM, to talk about: Accessible Olli, the first fully accessible self-driving vehicle created by Local Motors, the CTA Foundation, and IBM Research MERA, a Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant NavCog, an indoor/outdoor navigation system for the blind AccProbe, an open-source project for developers to make sure their applications are accessible for people who are using assistive technology Enjoy listening to Drew’s explanations of IBM’s tremendous accomplishments, and what they are planning for the future. Follow Drew and IBM Accessibility on Twitter, and bookmark IBM’s accessibility webpage.

VIP: Can’t Touch This! Hands-Free Tech Meets Fashion, and More!

May 12, 2017 28:56

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Join Jessica, Joel, and Hugo for another exciting VIP! This week, our team explore everything from fashionista Alexa, to Google's latest venture which might just allow you to use that smart phone with greasy hands. Here's a taste of what's coming in this exciting episode! Alexa Goes Fashionista With Echo Look Google Play Best Accessibility Experience Award Nominees for 2017 Touching screens with messy hands may be a thing of the past with Google's Project Soli Google Assistant is being introduced to third party developers Cool Picks: NuWave 30242 PIC Gold Precision Induction Cooktop with 10.5" Fry Pan, Black Talking Typer by American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Rockville studio monitor speakers

Cool Picks: May 1, 2017

May 2, 2017 13:41

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Join Jessica, Nelson, and Joel for their exciting Cool Picks this week. Cool Picks: Mr. Coffee Single Cup K-Cup Brewer Status Audio CD-1 Headphones T-fal Actifry Express Air Fryer, redesigned and most technologically advanced Actifry model yet. Extra-large capacity (up to 6 people).

VIP: From Biotech to Personalized Assistants, To frying Up Cookies

Apr 27, 2017 32:19

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Join Jessica, Nelson, and Joel for an exciting VIP. This week, we have some dynamic stories. Here is what's been happening in the world of tech: 72-Year Old Man Regains Sight Through Tooth Extraction DCMP Makes Hundreds of TV Episodes Available In Closed Captioning and Audio Description Google Home Now Supports Multiple User Account Profiles With Unique Voice Recognition Cool Picks: Mr. Coffee Single Cup K-Cup Brewer Status Audio CD-1 Headphones T-fal Actifry Express Air Fryer, redesigned and most technologically advanced Actifry model yet. Extra-large capacity (up to 6 people).

Cool Picks: April 24,2017

Apr 24, 2017 8:31

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Join the CBT Team as they discuss some of their favourite Cool Picks this week. Cool Picks The BuzzClip Nelson lets us know what all the buzz is about. The BuzzClip is a complementary mobility tool to address upper body and head level obstacles. Crafting Kingdom for iOS Jessica dares you to build an empire and join her on a quest with the iOS game, Crafting Kingdom. Year Zero: A Novel by Rob Reid James invites you to share in his strange reading habits by delving into this unusual science fiction novel by Rob Reid, the founder of Rhapsody. How to get all of the content offered by Cool Blind Tech Subscribe to our podcast feed here. Subscribe to our RSS feed here. The RSS feed has all of our articles and podcasts.

VIP: Beaming Directly in to Your Brain

Apr 20, 2017 32:12

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Join James, Jessica, and Nelson as they discuss some of the top stories from CBT this week. The Windows 10 Creators Update Has Finally Arrived. The team talks about the new features available in the Windows 10 Creators Update. They let you know what new accessibility features are available, and talk about how you can get the update. Make sure that you click the link above so that you can read Tamas Geczy’s review of the next version of Windows. The article is in two parts and is full of a wealth of information. ASU Professor Helps Develop a Medical Device to Help the Blind See. Arizona State associate professor, Bradley Greger, has developed an implant that is placed directly in the visual cortex of the brain to provide visual data to those who don’t have functional retinas. Virtual Assistant Guiding a Blind Man in Marathon. With help from Aira, Erich Manser, a member of the accessibility team at IBM, is making an amazing run in the Boston Marathon. Cool Picks The BuzzClip Nelson lets us know what all the buzz is about. The BuzzClip is a complementary mobility tool to address upper body and head level obstacles. Crafting Kingdom for iOS Jessica dares you to build an empire and join her on a quest with the iOS game, Crafting Kingdom. Year Zero: A Novel by Rob Reid James invites you to share in his strange reading habits by delving into this unusual science fiction novel by Rob Reid, the founder of Rhapsody. How to get all of the content offered by Cool Blind Tech Subscribe to our podcast feed here. Subscribe to our RSS feed here. The RSS feed has all of our articles and podcasts.

Cool Picks: April 16, 2017

Apr 17, 2017 9:09

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Hugo, Jessica, and Joel share their Cool Picks this week that you can’t miss! Cool Picks This Week Include: T-Mobile Content Transfer App Hugo tells us about an app that can help you transfer content from your old phone to your new one with T-Mobile. Take a listen to his experiences with this app and how easy it is to use on both iOS and Android TinyInvoice for iOS Jessica shows us how she keeps track of her invoices on an incredible app available for your iOS devices. If you're looking to do the same, then make sure to download her suggestion. The New Apple iPad Joel picks up the new iPad and praises how fast and responsive the latest tablet from Apple is while using voiceover. If you're looking for a new tablet to buy, you might just want to pick up a new iPad

Spotlight with iMerciv: Creators of the BuzzClip

Apr 16, 2017 33:24

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In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Bin Liu and Arjun Mali, the founders of iMerciv and creators of the BuzzClip, which is a standalone wearable that helps people who are blind familiarize themselves with their surroundings and navigate unfamiliar areas both indoors and outdoors. From the Developers of the BuzzClip The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable for people that are blind or partially sighted. The device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one's path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter. The BuzzClip offers essential head level obstacle detection and can be easily attached to many forms of clothing, making it a highly versatile and useful device. All aspects of the BuzzClip from its design to its functionality have been created with our customers in mind. It is a new spin on existing ultrasound technology and can dramatically change the lives of people living with blindness or severe vision loss, particularly for those who have just recently lost their vision. It is an extremely practical mobility tool that can reduce fears of travelling and it provides a reliable way to inform a user of their immediate surroundings and prevent collisions.

VIP: I Got a Feeling Somebody’s Watching Me

Apr 13, 2017 36:22

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This week the Cool Blind Tech team discuss some major issues affecting your privacy while you are logged on to the internet. Joel, Jessica, and Hugo share their thoughts on Virtual Private Networks, how it affects you and why you should care. Plenty of important and fun topics are just waiting for you to press play on your favorite podcast player. Topics This Week Include the Following: I Can Set Up Windows With Just My Voice? The Microsoft team continues to work on making the out-of-box experience for everyone as easy and fun as possible. You'll be amazed at the latest changes they made and how it can help you with your next installation of windows 10. If you're still using Windows 7 or XP, this will definitely get you to upgrade. There May Soon Be Help for Purchasing Accessible Technology A new bill currently making its way through the US House of Representatives may help blind Americans with the cost of accessible technology. Joel, Jessica and Hugo discuss how it can benefit those who pay for accessible technology with out of pocket costs. Having the Best of Both Worlds With Virtual Assistants The Cool Blind Tech team discuss a fun new device that will benefit those who are torn on whether to join the Alexa team or the Google Assistant team. If you're like Joel, Jessica, and Hugo and want the best of both worlds, then you definitely have to find out about this new device coming out in June 2017. Cool Picks This Week Include: TinyInvoice for iOS Jessica shows us how she keeps track of her invoices on an incredible app available for your iOS devices. If you're looking to do the same, then make sure to download her suggestion. T-Mobile Content Transfer App Hugo tells us about an app that can help you transfer content from your old phone to your new one with T-Mobile. Take a listen to his experiences with this app and how easy it is to use on both iOS and Android The New Apple iPad Joel picks up the new iPad and praises how fast and responsive the latest tablet from Apple is while using voiceover. If you're looking for a new tablet to buy, you might just want to pick up a new iPad

Cool Picks: April 10, 2017

Apr 11, 2017 11:41

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Join Jessica, Nelson and Joel as they discuss some of their Cool Picks from the tech world. Cool Picks This Week Include: iFax for iOS Jessica shows us iFaxfrom the Apple App Store that helps you send faxes from your mobile device. Tile - Find & Track Your Lost Phone Nelson demonstrates a cool device that works with an app on your smart phone to help you find those lost items. Check out the podcast and grab the Tile app. Android Nougat Features Joel is enjoying the new features that Nougat version 7.0 is bringing to his Moto G4 phone. If you're running Marshmallow on your cell phone, you might want to see if it's listed for an update to Nougat.

A Demonstration of the Google Home Voice Activated Speaker

Apr 7, 2017 9:50

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In a previous podcast, James Oates showed us the features available on a Google Home voice activated speaker. Now he gives us a live demonstration of those features in action. After listening to this podcast, you should have a good understanding of what the Google Home can do.

VIP: Explosive Accessible Technology

Apr 6, 2017

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This week the Cool Blind Tech Team discusses some of the important questions surrounding the headlines in the tech world. Join Joel, Jessica, and Nelson as they share their opinions on whether or not a companies reputation should influence their decision on what accessible technology to buy. These answers and more are just waiting for you to press play and listen. Topics discussed on this week's show include: The Price of Braille Reading Devices Continues to Become More Affordable Check out the team's view on the "Canute" and how it is making believers of non-Braille readers like Joel. Augmented Reality Glasses Continue to Produce Accessible Apps A year ago Micro Soft announced a new device which they called Hololens. The team discusses some amazing apps that have been developed for these incredible AR glasses. Check it out here to get an idea of some of the apps discussed. Look Mom! No hands! Dictation apps are available now in just about all platforms and with many virtual assistants. But, what about an app that helps you do more than just dictation? See how much you can do with one of the team's latest finds. Cool Picks This Week Include: iFax for iOS Jessica shows us iFaxfrom the Apple App Store that helps you send faxes from your mobile device. Tile - Find & Track Your Lost Phone Nelson demonstrates a cool device that works with an app on your smart phone to help you find those lost items. Check out the podcast and grab the Tile app. Android Nougat Features Joel is enjoying the new features that Nougat version 7.0 is bringing to his Moto G4 phone. If you're running Marshmallow on your cell phone, you might want to see if it's listed for an update to Nougat.

Cool Picks: April 3, 2017

Apr 4, 2017 7:26

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In this week’s, Cool Picks, James Oates, Joel Ramos, and Rachel Feinberg discuss their favourite gizmos and gadgets. Cool Picks James gets cooking with the West Bend 86604 Programmable Steamer. West Bend 12-hour Programmable Steamer provides consumers a healthy option for steaming vegetables, fish, chicken, and rice. This versatile small electric includes two stackable 3-1/2-quart steam baskets, and a 5-cup rice bowl and drip tray. Complete with brushed stainless steel accents to provide an upscale statement to this item. Rachel can’t wait for keyboard shortcuts and notification channels coming to Android O This Fall. Android enthusiasts, this is a great time for you. Android O first developer preview is now available for installation via flashing to your device. Joel is crooning over the DBX 286S Microphone Processor. One device to get all those vocal effects into your recording and not worry about adding them later. It has built-in compression, noise gate and more.

VoiceOver Basics: April 1, 2017

Apr 2, 2017

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The CBT Team would like to introduce Alfonso Foolsdaé, as he demos some of the latest features of VoiceOver on the Mac!

Spotlight On COMMTECH USA: Empowering Through Technology

Apr 1, 2017 34:06

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Join Jessica for an exciting spotlight interview with Gabe Vega, CEO of Commtech USA.. He provides some insight into why he started the company and introduces us to his exciting new video project, Commtech Academy. Commtech USA offers a variety of products and services taylored for the blind and visually impaired, including Remote Training. For those living in Arizona, Commtech also prupides local training out of their Tucson offices. Please be sure and tune in to this spotlight, as Commtech is offering our listeners a special discount code which you can only get when you tune in ! Be sure and check out Commtech USA on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Please don't leave without sending us a comment about what you enjoyed, or would like to see more of, in our shows. We love to hear from you, the listeners.

The Cool Blind Tech Microphone Shootout!

Mar 31, 2017

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Ever wonder what type of microphone the Cool Blind Tech team is using on their podcasts? Better yet, thinking of starting your very own podcast and want to know which microphone to buy? This week, Joel showcases three very popular microphones that will answer both questions. Whether you are a seasoned podcaster or the next podcasting superstar, you will definitely get some great information on three of the most highly used microphones for podcasting. The team has personally used and in many cases continues to use these very same microphones to record the incredible podcasts found on this web site. So, if you agree with our selection or want to share with us your favorite microphone, make sure to take a listen and leave a comment. Who knows, your recommendation for best microphone may be on our next microphone shootout.

VIP: Don’t TalkBack with Your Mouth Full of Oreos

Mar 30, 2017

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In this week’s, VIP, James Oates, Joel Ramos, and Rachel Feinberg discuss the top headlines concerning: A Security Threat to Apple Customers New Products from Apple The First Glimpse at the Next Version of Android And What’s New in TalkBack for Android They also examine the top stories from CBT concerning: The Flying Eye Hospital from Orbis Tactile Ultrasounds for Blind Parents who are Expecting And a Fantastic Way to Read Graphs with Your Web Browser Cool Picks James gets cooking with the West Bend 86604 Programmable Steamer. West Bend 12-hour Programmable Steamer provides consumers a healthy option for steaming vegetables, fish, chicken, and rice. This versatile small electric includes two stackable 3-1/2-quart steam baskets, and a 5-cup rice bowl and drip tray. Complete with brushed stainless steel accents to provide an upscale statement to this item. Rachel can’t wait for keyboard shortcuts and notification channels coming to Android O This Fall. Android enthusiasts, this is a great time for you. Android O first developer preview is now available for installation via flashing to your device. Joel is crooning over the DBX 286S Microphone Processor. One device to get all those vocal effects into your recording and not worry about adding them later. It has built-in compression, noise gate and more.

TalkBack 5.2 Gets Major Changes in Beta Release

Mar 27, 2017

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Version numbers are not always what they are cracked to be. Windows 10, for example, has kept the version at 10.0, with only incremental build numbers which are prefixed by the month and year. Google is a little different. Talkback has undergone major evolution even in minor releases. Yet in the last few ones from 5.0 up to now, the changes to Talkback have refined much of what we experience. In 5.0, screen dimming, and in 5.1, abilities q export custom labels and more intelligent interaction handling removed many pain points for the user. With 5.2, perhaps one of the largest ones is addressed. Have the accessibility developers behind Talkback made the right choice with the redesigned sounds? For the first time, there is a mobile screen reader which allows for desktop-quality granular control. Is this useful? Be sure to check out this article to get the full Changeling of to this release.

Cool Picks: March 26, 2017

Mar 27, 2017

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Join Jessica, James, and Nelson for another Cool Picks as they discuss the latest happenings in accessible tech! Cool Picks Breaking News by Vijay Anand for iOS Breaking News by Vijay Anand for Android Move To Measure - Flying Ruler by Alexey Brilev (paid) iOS app LoDel, local food delivery If you have enjoyed this podcast, please leave us feedback! We'd love to hear from you! Who knows, you may be featured on one of our future podcasts.

Spotlight with Charlene Xia of Team Tactile: Creators of Tactile: A Real-Time Text to Braille Device

Mar 25, 2017

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In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Charlene Xia of Team Tactile, the creators of Tactile, which is a handheld real-time text to braille device, about the size of a candy bar. Six young women who are all engineering students at MIT have designed a device called Tactile. This device has a camera on the back and 36cells of braille on the front. You run it over text, and the camera captures the text, OCR software recognizes and converts the text, and it is displayed on the front in braille. Listen to the podcast to get all the details.

VIP: To Measure Or Not to Measure?

Mar 23, 2017

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Join Jessica, James, and Nelson for another exciting VIP as they discuss the latest happenings in accessible tech. Lots of excitement this week, and we've got you covered! Here are our stories : Highlights From South by Southwest Speaker's Panel focuses on the future of accessibility in design Levi's Smart Jacket shows promise for accessible features Featured Stories Microsoft Introduces In-Game Text-To-Speech and Speech-To-Text Chat Transcription (Halo Wars II ONLY to start) Kindle for PC is now accessible with NVDA for the first time Introducing Macaron by Oseyeris: Measurement and Navigation Device Cool Picks Breaking News by Vijay Anand for iOS Breaking News by Vijay Anand for Android Move To Measure - Flying Ruler by Alexey Brilev (paid) iOS app LoDel, local food delivery If you have enjoyed this podcast, please leave us feedback! We'd love to hear from you! Who knows, you may be featured on one of our future podcasts.

Cool Clips: March 21, 2017

Mar 22, 2017

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The CBT Team would like to thank you for your feedback and emails. Although we are unable to reply to every email we read every email we receive. We have picked out a few of our favourites to reply to. From Leo Bissonnette: Interested in confirming if the VizLens is available in the App Store. I am in Canada and didn't find it. Or, is the app still in a beta testing stage where the developers might be interested in getting testers. From Bruce Huffman: I cannot find vizlens in the "iOS” app store. From Rebecca Skipper: Hi, Although VizLens is impressive, I think it would be more useful as a orientation aid to appliances allowing the user to reduce the amount of labels needed. Labeling, in my view, should be used in case the app malfunctions or the user loses Internet connectivity. I am a Braille reader and find tactile feedback more efficient than apps or screen readers when identifying products. From Elexis Repetto: I am looking for recommendations for a new computer that can run ZoomText. Every computer I have ever used it with has not been able to handle the software. I want to buy a desktop or laptop or Mac and would love some input. Also, if there is a better screen reader than ZoomText that you would recommend I am open. I am a low vision user and rely both on magnification and screen reading. I am not looking for the cheapest solution but rather the best. Thank you for such an informative podcast, I listen to every one that has tech which may apply to my situation. Row 8 Column 2 From Beth Rose: Hi, I saw the post about the 3D models which can be printed to help visually impaired students during sex education lessons. I work for BBC Ouch - the disability strand of the BBC - and thought it might be interesting to learn a little more about it. At what stage are you at? Have any students road-tested this idea yet? Who came up with the idea and was there a particular reason why they did? Are there any images you can send me of the various models? I'm also presuming that this is just a US-based project at the moment? If you could let me know the answers to the above questions or provide me with any extra information that would be really helpful, Thanks!

Cool Picks: March 20, 2017

Mar 21, 2017

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Cool Picks returns with Jessica Rickards, Joel Ramos, and Hugo Gallegos as they tell us all about their latest tech. Cool Picks Amazon Registries: Gift Shopping Made Simple Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Power Bank with Qualcomm Quick 2.0 and PowerPort+ 1 with Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger SoundSource gives you one place to go for all Mac's most important audio controls

How to Back up a Pixel Phone and Enroll it in the Android Beta Program

Mar 18, 2017

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Google is offering some users the opportunity to get a sneak preview of Android Nougat 7.1.2. To take advantage of this offer, you must enroll in the Android Beta program and have an eligible device. To enroll, just visit android.com/beta and provide your Google sign in credentials. The following devices are eligible at this time. Pixel PixelXL Nexus 5X Nexus Player Pixel C Google has confirmed that the Nexus 6P will also be eligible. Before launching the Beta version of Android Nougat, you should back up your device. In this podcast, James Oates shows us how to back up a Pixel phone and enroll it in the Beta program.

Spotlight On Everett Elam: Experiencing The World Through Study Abroad

Mar 18, 2017

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Join Jessica for another special CoolBlindTech Spotlight Interview. This time we feature Everett Elam, recipient of the Gilman Scholarship Program. He shares some amazing experiences and highlights from his exciting experience which are not featured anywhere else. If you enjoyed this content, please feel free to leave us a comment, send us an email or follow us on our social media. We'd love to hear from you.

VIP: Setting Assistive Tech on Fire!

Mar 16, 2017

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In this VIP, Joel Ramos, Hugo Gallegos, and Jessica “Fyre” Rickards tell us all about what is burning up the Assistive Tech World. Cool Picks Amazon Registries: Gift Shopping Made Simple Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Power Bank with Qualcomm Quick 2.0 and PowerPort+ 1 with Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger SoundSource gives you one place to go for all Mac's most important audio controls

Cool Picks- March 11, 2017

Mar 12, 2017

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In this episode of Cool Picks, Joel Ramos, Hugo Gallegos, and Rachel Feinberg tell us all about their favourite gadgets from this year’s Assistive Technology Conference, hosted by California State University Northridge. Cool Picks Orbit Reader 20 KNFB Reader for Windows 10 ChromeVox Screen Reader

Spotlight with Grapheel: Making STEM Education Accessible for Blind Students

Mar 11, 2017

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In this exciting Spotlight interview, James Oates sits down with the highly intelligent team at Grapheel Innovation. The team consists of: • Daniel Hajas: Blind, theoretical physics student with PhD in Informatics, special research interest on accessible STEM. • Tim Lingard: Programmer and physicist, PhD student at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (Portsmouth), Head of Information Systems and online services. • David Turner: Physics student at Sussex, Head of R&D at Grapheel, researching engineering solutions for the Tactile Graphics Display. The team discusses the enormous problem that exist in providing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education to people who are blind or visually impaired. They explained the three-pronged approach that they have devised to conquer this problem. Step one is called “Iris,” which is a science community based image description service specifically for STEM graphical content used as teaching material. The student uploads an image, and receives a detailed description from a volunteer who is a professional in that field of study. The second is a consultancy scheme where they will advise on solutions that are in existence for accessible science. Various assistive software, hardware, teaching resources, good practice in science accessibility and so on. The third is the development of a Tactile Graphics Display. They wish to carry out hardware research and development and concentrate on materials science for developing cost and performance efficient actuators. They also wish to collaborate with the various initiatives developing their own tactile displays and open their operating system for third party developers. This way Grapheel could develop STEM specific applications for already existing tactile graphics display devices, since there are organizations like the American Printing House for the Blind, doing a great job in the hardware development front. Visit Grapheel’s website to learn more or get involved in helping in this remarkable effort. You can also follow Grapheel on Twitter.

VIP: CSUN 2017 Special Event!

Mar 9, 2017

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In this very special VIP, Joel Ramos, Hugo Gallegos, and Rachel Feinberg tell us all about their exciting experiences at this year’s Assistive Technology Conference, hosted by California State University Northridge. Cool Picks Orbit Reader 20 Rachel is hoping that the Orbit Reader from the American Printing House for the blind is available soon. With its small footprint and large capabilities, this is a device you will want to have soon as well. KNFB Reader for Windows 10 Hugo grabbed the KNFB Reader while it was on sale during the CSUN convention. Although it is no longer on sale it is a great low cost solution for scanning printed text on your Windows 10 computers. ChromeVox Screen Reader Joel is heading off to the nearest Best Buy to start looking at ChromeBooks so he can use the new ChromeVox screen reader. The new capabilities and options available now will ChromeVox will make you want to buy one as well.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17- Dot Braille Smart Watch Demo!

Mar 8, 2017

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The CBT Team can’t get enough of the Dot Smart Watch as Hugo Gallegos gets a demonstration from Alex Lee of Dot Incorporated. The watch will be go into production later this month.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: The ElBraille, A Compact Mobile Braille Display and PC

Mar 7, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos speaks with Adi from Elita Group about the ElBraille docking station for the Focus Blue 14 and the ElBraille 40. ElBraille is a portable device designed for users who are blind or deaf-blind and want to stay connected at school, at workplace or home as well as on the go. A user can utilize braille and/or speech for output and braille for the input. The device supports Windows 10 functionality, including third party applications accessible with JAWS. ElBraille has specially designed software installed on it as well. ElBraille is powered by Windows 10, JAWS 18.0 screen reading software and a Focus 14 Blue Braille display. ElBraille is a full-featured portable PC. It will allow its owner not only to quickly create notes and read e-mail, but also work in popular Microsoft Office apps,

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: Braille Sense Polaris, A Braille Display, and an Android Tablet

Mar 7, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos speaks with Damian Pickering, Vice President of Sales at HIMS Incorporated, about the new Braille Sense Polaris. The Braille Sense Polaris is the first Virtual Braille Tablet for the blind. Polaris is the latest in the popular BrailleSense Notetaker family and features state-of-the-art hardware and software including Android’s Lollipop operating system and the name-sake Polaris Office Suite found on millions of Smart Phones worldwide. Polaris integrates a touch-sensitive Braille display with Miracast connectivity to the mainstream computer or tablet of your choice. At less than 2 pounds, Polaris is a sleek, professional mobile tool seamlessly blending the feel of a traditional Notetaker with innovative access to mainstream applications and Google Services such as Docs, Drive, Slides, Sheets, and Classroom.

CBT Live From CSUNATC17: Dolphin Computer Access, Don’t Let Low Vision or Blindness Hold You Back

Mar 7, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos talks to Steve Bennett from Dolphin Computer Access about the GuideReader Pod and the upcoming release of the GuideReader Tablet. Dolphin Computer Access was founded in 1986 from one small office in Worcester UK, this UK-owned company has grown to become a global market leader, with more than 50 staff worldwide specializing in software developing solutions to suit all types of reading impairment – from low vision to blindness and dyslexia.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: The Fusion of ZoomText and JAWS for Windows

Mar 6, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos speaks with Douglas Gerry of VFO about a new product called ZoomText Fusion, which combines ZoomText and JAWS for Windows to create a powerful magnifier and screen reader that can be controlled with a keyboard. AI Squared is offering a 60day free trial, which you can download here.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: eSight Believes That Everybody Deserves to See!

Mar 6, 2017

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Joel Ramos speaks with Patrick Wallace, ‎Vice President of Business Development at eSight, about the eSight 3, which brings a revolutionary technology to those who can no longer see. eSight 3 is a versatile, wearable, hands-free solution that provides sight without the need for any surgery. It is a game-changing breakthrough that uses advanced technology, built upon many years of research and development, to replicate sight for an individual who is legally blind or living with low vision.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: NuEyes ODG Smart glasses, A Hands-Free Device for the Visually Impaired

Mar 6, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos speaks with Regina from NuEyes who introduces us to a whole new way to view the world. NuEyes smart glasses are voice activated magnification glasses with optical character recognition and text to speech software built in.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: San Francisco Lighthouse Connects Those Who Have Vision or Hearing Loss

Mar 6, 2017

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Joel Ramos speaks with Shen Kuan of the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind about a program that provides equipment and training for those who have experienced vision or hearing loss. The program is designed to help those individuals stay connected with people and the world around them.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: KNFB Reader, Now Available for Windows 10 Devices

Mar 6, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos visits with Joel Zimba from the National Federation of the Blind to discuss KNFB Reader for Windows 10 devices. Until now, KNFB Reader has only been available for iOS and Android devices, but you can now download it on any phone, tablet, or PC running Windows 10. Learn more about this exciting new release here.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: Aira, Real-time Visual Interpreter for the Blind

Mar 6, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos visits the Aira booth at CSUN17 to find out more about this amazing pair of smart glasses that connect the user to a real-time visual interpreter. To learn more about Aira, listen to our Spotlight Interview with Aira’s CEO, Suman Kanuganti.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: The Dot Braille Smart Watch is Here!

Mar 6, 2017

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Joel Ramos visits with Alex Lee of Dot Incorporated to get a good look at the new Dot braille smart watch. This gadget has caught a great deal of attention because it brings new possibilities and benefits of the networked digital age to the wrists of millions of Blind & Visually Impaired people worldwide.

CBT Live From #CSUNATC17: Orbit Research Demonstrates the Orbit Reader and Orbit Graphiti.

Mar 6, 2017

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Hugo Gallegos visits the Orbit Research booth at CSUNATC17, where he gets a hands-on look at the Orbit Reader 20 braille display, which is also a note taker and book reader. Hugo also has a blast playing with the Orbit Graphiti interactive graphics display.

Spotlight with Suman Kanuganti: Cofounder and CEO of Aira.

Mar 4, 2017

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In this CBT Spotlight interview, James Oates sits down with Suman Kanuganti, the cofounder and CEO of Aira Visual Interpreter for the Blind, to discuss a life changing new service for those who are blind or visually impaired. Aira takes advantage of the technology found in advanced smart glasses, like Google Glass, to connect blind people with sighted agents who can use the information transmitted by those glasses to help them with anything that might require visual feedback. That could be anything the user would like an extra pair of eyes for. Smart glasses not only have a camera that transmits visual information to the agent, but also other sensors that send detailed information to the agent’s dashboard, such as GPS information that is incorporated into Google Maps. For now, the glasses will need to be paired with a smart phone, but you should listen to this podcast to hear all the spectacular improvements that Suman is planning. You can visit their website, email Aira, or email Suman directly for more information. You can also call Aira at: (858) 876-2472.

Cool Picks: March 2, 2017

Mar 3, 2017

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Join Joel, Jessica and Cool Blind Tech's newest team member Rachel as they discuss their Cool Picks. Cool Picks of the Week Jessica shows us a cool skill that is available on both the Alexa line of products and the Google Home Assistant. The "Dr. Doggy" skill is a must have for owners of seeing eye dogs or those who care greatly for man's best friend. Rachel highlights the benefits of using the Yelp app on her iPhone before heading out for a day of fun. Check out how you can plan your next outing as well. Joel has found a new way to have fun on his iPhone with the new Reverb app. Listen in to find out how you can now bring along a well known virtual assistant with you on both android and iOS devices.

VIP: Live! From the Mobile World Gaming Assistive Tech Convention!

Mar 2, 2017

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This week the team has way too many conventions to choose from and they all have great assistive technology to talk about. Join Joel, Jessica and Cool Blind Tech's newest team member Rachel as they discuss the happenings in A.T. Whether this cool Tech shows up in Barcelona, Spain or San Diego, California you can guarantee that the team has an opinion and plenty of techie details. Accessibility Makes Itself Known At This Year’s Game Developers Conference San Francisco, California is hosting this year's GDC 2017 and accessibility is a major topic of discussion. Yes, you did read that correctly, make sure to listen and find out how. Can VR Help the Visually Impaired See Better? Barcelona Spain, is hosting the Mobile World Congress this week and Samsung is showcasing a VR app called Relumino which can help the visually impaired more efficiently read books and watch tv. Can this replace current assistive devices for less? Make sure to hit play and find out. Real Time Graphics on a Braille Display San Diego California, is hosting the annual CSUN convention this week as well and Orbit Research along with the APH is presenting the Orbit Graphiti. The team talks about all the things it can do and who will get their hands on one first. Cool Picks of the Week Jessica shows us a cool skill that is available on both the Alexa line of products and the Google Home Assistant. The "Dr. Doggy" skill is a must have for owners of seeing eye dogs or those who care greatly for man's best friend. Rachel highlights the benefits of using the Yelp app on her iPhone before heading out for a day of fun. Check out how you can plan your next outing as well. Joel has found a new way to have fun on his iPhone with the new Reverb app. Listen in to find out how you can now bring along a well known virtual assistant with you on both android and iOS devices.

Taking a Look at the Features Available on the Google Home Voice Activated Speaker.

Feb 27, 2017

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Google released the Google Home, which is a voice activated speaker that can control your smart home devices, play your music, answer your questions about almost anything, stream the news from sources you select, and so much more. In this episode, James Oates tells us how to setup the Google Home, and walks us through the Google Home app on his Pixel phone. Here he shows us all the different configuration options available for the Google Home. The Google Assistant is built-in to the Google Home, and it is amazing how many things it can do.

Cool Picks: February 24, 2017

Feb 25, 2017

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Tune in to this jam packed show where James Oates with fellow hosts Joel Ramos and Nelson Régo let you in on their latest Cool Picks. Cool Picks: djay Pro for the Mac. djay Pro provides a complete DJ Software for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights. Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Document Scanner. • Fast color, grayscale and monochrome scan speeds of up to 12 double sided pages per minute • 10-page Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) • One touch searchable PDF Creation • Automatic paper size detection, automatic color detection, automatic cropping, blank page deletion and de-skew • Scan to: Evernote, SugarSync, Google Docs, Salesforce Chatter and Dropbox,1 year Limited Warranty Google BrailleBack. BrailleBack is an Accessibility Service that helps blind users make use of braille devices. It works together with the TalkBack app to give a combined braille and speech experience. This app lets you connect a supported refreshable braille display to your device via Bluetooth. Screen content will be presented on the braille display and you can navigate and interact with your device using the keys on the display. It is possible to input text using the braille keyboard.

VIP: Money’s No Object!

Feb 23, 2017

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Don’t worry about how much it costs! Just go out and buy it! Tune in to this jam packed VIP where James Oates steps out of his comfort zone to take on the job as host with fellow hosts Joel Ramos and Nelson Régo. Using a Haptic Device, Blind People Can See Microscope Images: A team at Purdue University in Indiana has developed a haptic device that lets blind people feel images generated by a microscope. It has always been a huge undertaking to help the blind understand microscopic images. Sometimes, a sighted person just must describe it, which is problematic sense each description differs, and the blind person can’t always understand the description. Also, tactile images can be created and labelled in braille, but this is labor intensive and requires a sighted individual with the knowledge, time, and skill to do it. This new device is a haptic feedback joystick that plugs into a computer that also has a microscope connected to it. It has been tested on red and white blood cells. The blind person navigates the cell with the joystick, and receives a pushback when encountering a cell wall, and different vibrations when hovering over different textured objects. So far, tests have indicated that a blind person can identify the difference between a white and red blood cell more accurately using this device than by means of other methods. Handheld Scanner Converts Text to 36Cell Refreshable Braille: Cost, About $100: Six women, all undergraduate engineering students at MIT, won last year’s MakeMIT Hackathon by creating a device that can easily change the world for people who are blind. They call themselves Team-Tactile, and they did something that should have been done a long time ago. They created a device that is the size of a candy bar. It has a camera on the back, it runs OCR software, and it has 36cells of refreshable braille on the front. You just move the device, for now called Tactile, over printed text, and it is immediately displayed in braille on the front. Think about what an improvement this is over current methods of taking pictures, waiting for OCR software to convert to text, and then having to have a very expensive braille device connected to whatever you used to take the picture and convert to text. The team only had 15 hours to create this device during the hackathon competition, and it only costs around one hundred dollars. The problem in the braille display market is that no one has been motivated to create anything new and affordable. We are still using technology that is decades old, and the cost for these devices are in the thousands of dollars. It is about time that new options come to those who desperately need it. Only 10% of blind people can read braille, 70% of blind people are unemployed, and 80% of blind people who are employed can read braille. You do the math. Having easy access to braille material directly correlates to a more educated and productive blind community. Orca 3.24 Screen Reader and Magnifier Has Entered Development: Public Preview is Available for Download: Orca, the popular screen reader, and magnifier for Linux, has entered development in anticipation of the public launch of version 3.24 on March 23rd. Version 3.23.4 is available now for testing, if you would like to get a head start on the new release. You can download it here. Some of the improvements include: • Better support for webpages • Improved ARIA support • Improved support for the LibreOffice office suite • Improvements in handling the SeaMonkey mail client The New ChromeVox Screen Reader for Blind Users of Chrome Books is Now Ready: All Chromebooks released in 2017 will have the ability to run Android apps, some of the new Chromebooks have greatly improved specs, and now Google is also making improvements to its ChromeVox screen reader. Maybe it’s time to stop and take a serious look at Chromebooks again. Here’s what’s new in ChromeVox:

Cool Picks- February 20, 2017

Feb 21, 2017

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Join Jessica Rickards, James Oates, and Nelson Régo this week with their Cool Picks. Cool Picks: Instant Pot Six-In-One (or Seven-In-One) Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Reference Article

VIP: Is Science Fiction Our New Reality?

Feb 15, 2017

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Join Jessica Rickards, James Oates, and Nelson Rego for this exciting VIP. It's all about the future with these incredible stories. Here's a look at what you can expect in this fun, yet educational episode. 3D Printing Can Help Blind Students Learn About Sex Amazon launches monthly subscription program to help children learn about math and science High Tech Glove Helps You Feel in VR" Cool Picks: Instant Pot Six-In-One (or Seven-In-One) Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Reference Article

Reviewing TalkBack Settings in Android Nougat on a Google Pixel Phone.

Feb 15, 2017

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In this episode, we look at the TalkBack settings on a Google Pixel running Android Nougat 7.1.1. James Oates gives a brief overview of accessibility settings while primarily focusing on the settings for TalkcBack 5.1. He also shows us Moves, which are specialized gestures for Android that can be toggled on or off, depending on your preferences. Although James is new to Android, he is very impressed with the Google Pixel, and looks forward to bringing more Android content to our listeners.

Cool Picks- February 12, 2017

Feb 13, 2017

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Listen in as Joel Ramos, Jessica Rickards and newcomer Gabriel Vega, CEO of Commtech. give us their Cool Picks for this week. Cool Picks: MediGuard provides you with easy to understand health information, safety alerts & recalls and drug interactions. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again! BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer

Windows 10 Insiders Build 15025: Using a Braille Display with Narrator and New Mono-Audio Feature.

Feb 12, 2017

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In November of 2016, Jenny Lay-Flurrie revealed to Cool Blind Tech, in an exclusive announcement, that braille support was coming to Narrator. Now the feature has rolled out in Windows 10 insiders build 15025. It is still in beta, but James Oates has decided to give us an early look at this new feature. He also shows us the new mono-audio feature that has been added to Narrator.

VIP: To Braille or Not to Braille?

Feb 9, 2017

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What is your deepest darkest secret? Listen in as we open the doors to the VIP room with one of your favourite host Joel Ramos, as he opens up to his fellow hosts Jessica Rickards and newcomer Gabriel Vega, CEO of Commtech. VizLens helps the blind operate appliances with digital screens and unlabeled buttons Think about the number of electronic appliances you encounter on a daily basis – using a microwave, adjusting the thermostat in your home, or buying a snack from the office vending machine. Now, imagine trying to operate any of these if you were blind. Impossible? Anhong Guo, Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), is turning this into a reality with the development of an interactive screen reader called VizLens. Windows 10 build 15025 brings braille support for Narrator Microsoft is excited to announce braille support for Narrator. This experience is currently in beta. So try it out and give feedback! In order to use braille with Narrator, you will need to do the following: • Ensure Narrator is running. Then go to Settings > Ease of Access (WIN + U) and under the Narrator settings, activate the “Download Braille” button. You will be prompted to install braille support. • Under Settings > Ease of Access, activate the “Enable braille” button and add a braille display. Note that USB and serial connections for the display are supported. • Under Settings > Ease of Access, choose the language and braille table you want to use. Note detailed documentation about braille display key mappings will be made available in the Narrator User Guide closer to when the Windows 10 Creators Update is released. NOTE: There are coexistence issues with braille support and third party screen readers. Until the documentation is available, we recommend that braille be enabled for Narrator only on PCs that do not also have a third-party screen reader configured to use a braille display. New mono audio option in Ease of Access settings Visually impaired users use a screen reader application to read the PC screen content and information to them, and frequently use headphones or earbuds to hear the computer when in meetings or having conversations with others. When doing so, they generally use only one earbud to hear the PC in one ear so the other ear is free to hear conversations and sounds around them. That can cause them to not hear sounds that may be directed to the other earbud. In order to change the sound to be mono mode and so all audio is directed to both ears, they used to need a physical earphone adapter. You can now switch your audio to mono straight from the new Audio section under Settings > Ease of Access > Other options. A new startup, Innovision, has recognized to problem that exists for those who are blind Although voice feedback is convenient, and it opens many opportunities, it doesn’t promote literacy. Blind people need access to braille material, and current pricing on braille displays keeps most people from being able to access the printed word, especially in developing countries. Innovision has created the BrailleMe, which is a simple braille display that plugs directly into your phone or computer. It also has Bluetooth capabilities. Cool Picks: MediGuard provides you with easy to understand health information, safety alerts & recalls and drug interactions. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again! BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer

Cool Picks: February 5, 2017

Feb 5, 2017

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Join Jessica Rickards and James Oates for another exciting Cool Picks as they discuss some of their favourite technology. Cool Picks: Braigo Companion by Braigo Labs, LLC ETI Eloquence for Windows Please feel free to leave feedback about your own accessible voting experiences, or how you've handled voting, whether you're from the U.S. or other another country.

Accessible Way to Take a Selfie Using TalkBack and Android Nougat 7.1.

Feb 5, 2017

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In this episode, James Oates shows off a new accessibility feature which allows anyone using an Android phone running Nougat 7.1 or higher. If you open the camera app, and you have Talkback 5.1 or higher running, Talkback will automatically give feedback concerning how many people are in the frame, if the faces are centered, and what percentage of the screen is occupied by the face or faces. This is a great way for a person who is blind to take selfies and capture important moments. James also shows us how to give the photo a description, and share it to social media, cloud drive services, or by email.

VIP: Accessible Voting Empowers Blind People

Feb 2, 2017

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Join Jessica Rickards and James Oates for another exciting VIP as they discuss accessible voting in the United States. Here's a look at what you can expect: Accessible Voting in Texas Accessible voting in Brevard County Florida Instructional Video for Florida Poll Werkers S-Automark Voting Machine Cool Picks: Braigo Companion by Braigo Labs, LLC ETI Eloquence for Windows Please feel free to leave feedback about your own accessible voting experiences, or how you've handled voting, whether you're from the U.S. or other another country.

Cool Picks: January 28, 2017

Jan 29, 2017

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Join hosts Joel Ramos, James Oates and Jessica Rickards as they discuss their Cool Picks. Not a week goes by that we don't bring you "Cool Picks" that we use on a daily basis: The UberEats app comes in handy when you just got to have that burger. Make sure to listen to catch Jessica's favorite orders on the app. It's available for both Android and iOS. Planning on upgrading to a new phone or simply want to make sure you don't lose all those important contacts on your smart phone? Then you definitely want to check out James' recommendation of the "My Contacts Backup" app for iOS. If you find that you are the forgetful type or know someone that leaves something behind everywhere you go. Then you are going to enjoy Joel's suggestion of the "Don't Leave It" app for iOS

Spotlight On TellMe TV: A Futuristic Approach To Described Television

Jan 28, 2017

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Join Jessica Rickards along with TellMe TV CEO, Kevin Shaw, for this spotlight on TellMe TV. Gone is the old name and website for this fantastic audio description service, and what has replaced it is a more streamline, futuristic site with greater mobile device integration and app support. If you would like to try out this incredible service, TellMe TV is offering a special promotion just for our listeners. If you would like to start a free trial of TellMe TV, enter promo code TELLME17 when you sign up and you'll receive 3 months free. If you'd like to keep up to date with what's happening at TellMe TV, you can follow TellMe TV on Twitter, connect with TellMe TV on Facebook, or

VIP: How Dare You Call Your Virtual Assistant That!

Jan 26, 2017

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This week's episode of VIP has plenty of surprises and interesting information. Join hosts Joel Ramos, James Oates and Jessica Rickards as they discuss the happenings in the world of accessible technology. This week's first surprise has nothing to do with tech but will leave plenty of the guys heartbroken. You've been warned! This week's topics include the following: The future of care for the elderly is here with the latest robot prototype from IBM and Rice University. Listen to find out how IBM Mera can impact the elderly who wish to live a more independent life. The battle to see which company can get its virtual assistant on the most devices continues. This week Vizio and LG both announce that they will now work with the Google Home Assistant. The team take a quick poll to see which one they use the most. Were you one of the many who didn't upgrade your MacBook Pro last October when Apple announced its latest computers? Check out the latest rumors to see what Apple plans to release later this year. Is it too late or not? Not a week goes by that we don't bring you "Cool Picks" that we use on a daily basis: The UberEats app comes in handy when you just got to have that burger. Make sure to listen to catch Jessica's favorite orders on the app. It's available for both Android and iOS. Planning on upgrading to a new phone or simply want to make sure you don't lose all those important contacts on your smart phone? Then you definitely want to check out James' recommendation of the "My Contacts Backup" app for iOS. If you find that you are the forgetful type or know someone that leaves something behind everywhere you go. Then you are going to enjoy Joel's suggestion of the "Don't Leave It" app for iOS

Unboxing and Setting Up the Google Pixel Using TalkBack.

Jan 24, 2017

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In this episode, James Oates gets out of his comfort zone, and tries out his first ever Android phone. He describes the Pixel, shows us how to start TalkBack, navigates through the TalkBack tutorial, and shows us how to setup the phone.

Cool Picks- January 21, 2017

Jan 22, 2017

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Join Joel Ramos, Nelson Régo and guest host Hugo Gallegos as they discuss their latest Cool Picks. Cool Picks: Virtual assistants are everywhere now and Microsoft's very own Cortana is still a great option to use for reminders, information and good old fashioned fun. FreshBooks is Small Business Accounting Software That Makes Billing Painless. Struggling with swapping SIM cards between two phones? The Digits Program from T-Mobile may be something you'll want to take a look at on this week's show.

Alexa is on Fire!

Jan 22, 2017

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Amazon’s virtual assistant was first introduced on the Echo, as well as the Echo dot. It only made sense that Alexa would eventually expand onto the rest of Amazon’s devices. If you own any of the new fire tablets including the fifth generation—or the hd tablets, you have access to Alexa, including her skills! In this podcast, Leo demonstrates several ways to interact with the virtual assistant on the Fire tablet. Keep in mind that your tablet will need to run the latest version of Fire OS. What do you think of Alexa on Fire tablets? Let us know in the comments!

Windows, Cars and Underwear, Oh My!

Jan 19, 2017

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What do Windows, Cars and Underwear have in common? They're all topics on this week's episode of VIP. Join Joel Ramos, Nelson Rego and guest host Hugo Gallegos as they discuss the latest in accessible technology. Don't worry, all three hosts are fully clothed for this week's recording. Topics discussed this week include the following: Windows 10 Build 15002 and its accessibility features. Olli, the World's Most Accessible Self-Driving Vehicle. New technology from the UK that may help save the sight of many around the world called Arclight. As always, the team has some great "Cool Picks" to share as well: Virtual assistants are everywhere now and Microsoft's very own Cortana is still a great option to use for reminders, information and good old fashioned fun. FreshBooks is Small Business Accounting Software That Makes Billing Painless. Struggling with swapping SIM cards between two phones? The Digits Program from T-Mobile may be something you'll want to take a look at on this week's show to help you.

Cool Picks: January 13, 2017

Jan 14, 2017

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This week, join Nelson Régo and Joel Ramos as they showcase some of the hottest Cool Picks. This week's "Cool Picks" Include the following : Algoriddim continues to provide incredible accessibility with their line of DJ products. The new DJay Pro for the iPhone is no exception. The video found on the page for the app highlights some great features but, sadly no descriptive video... Tired of flight simulators? Try out the SYMA Sky Thunder RC D63 Drone Runner

Talking New Year, New Resolutions and New Tech for 2017

Jan 12, 2017

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The New Year traditionally is about setting new goals and resolutions for improving ourselves throughout the coming year. But, at Cool Blind Tech we're all about highlighting new technology and products that improve the lives of those with disabilities no matter the time of year. This week, join Nelson Rego and Joel Ramos as they showcase some of the hottest accessible technology presented at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show that took place in Las Vegas Nevada. Game changers this year included an innovative refreshable Braille tablet from Blitab Technologies called the BLITAB Tablet. The way this tablet presents Braille is incredible and you got to hear it to believe. Many products discussed on this week's show also received prestigious awards in the category of accessible technology and products. Some of these include the PCEye Mini which is an eye tracking device that allows individuals with mobility impairments to use a computer. The ReSound Enzo was also a recipient of an award for its Smart Hearing Aid for individuals with severe hearing loss. Nominees also included the Dring Smart Cane which packs a ton of technology into a mobility cane for individuals with physical disabilities who are prone to falling. This week's "Cool Picks" Include the following : Algoriddim continues to provide incredible accessibility with their line of DJ products. The new DJay Pro for the IPhone is no exception. The video found on the page for the app highlights some great features but, sadly no descriptive video... Tired of flight simulators? Try out the SYMA Sky Thunder RC D63 Drone Runner

Spotlight Interview with the Founder of Spotlight Gateway: A Project That Provides Free iPads to the Visually Impaired.

Dec 30, 2016

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In this Spotlight interview, James Oates sits down with Dr. Howard Kaplan, a retina surgeon, and the developer of Spotlight Text. Spotlight Text is an app that works with Bookshare to make eBooks accessible to the visually impaired. The app displays white text on a black background, and can make the text as large as a reader needs. It works only on iPads, but can also be airplayed to a TV screen by way of a dongle or an Apple TV. This allows for much larger text than can be provided with normal magnification software. The application also works with VoiceOver and braille displays, so that anyone with a visual impairment can use it. Working in cooperation with Bookshare, the app can access more than 450,000 books, and this number is constantly rising. To ensure that students with visual impairments have access to printed materials, Dr. Kaplan has founded Spotlight Gateway, an organization that provides free access to his app, a free Bookshare membership, and a free iPad to those who are in financial need. Students need to be certified as having a visual impairment by a licensed Ophthalmologist, and they need to show that there is a financial need for the program. You can try out a light version of the application to see if it works for you.

Accessibility of the new native instruments kontakt 5.6.1. and native keys pro software

Dec 23, 2016

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Accessibility of the new native instruments kontakt 5.6.1. and native keys pro software working together. part 1 main features. On this episode we are going to demonstrate how the sampler Native Instruments kontakt 5.6.1 works in a joint with Native Keys pro. With Native Keys pro, visually impaired users can gain access to virtual instruments, and effects in VST and DX formats. Such instruments include: Native Instruments Kontakt5 , Spectrasonic Omnisphere, Spectrasonic Stilus, Toontrack Superior Drummer, Sylenth, Reveal Sound Spire, Serum , and many others! To find more about the project and get a list of supported plug-ins, visit the website https://www.nativekeys.mostinfo.ru/en/ We, the developers, Victor Gorelov and Vadim Lukyanchuk. If you want to test the waters with Native Keys pro and all supported plugins, please, contact us via Skype: Victor Gorelov magicsquareproject Vadim Lukyanchuk vlook1986 Please, forward your questions and queries to NativeKeys@yandex.ru

Spotlight On Shelly Brisbin: When Mainstream Meets Accessibility

Dec 23, 2016

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Join Jessica for this exciting spotlight interview with well-known author, tech journalist and podcaster Shelly Brisbin. Find out the latest about her very helpful book, iOS Access For All/ and her podcast, The Parallel. To get in touch with Shelly, follow her on Twitter, connect with Shelly on LinkedIn, or subscribe to her podcast feed.

Cool Picks 2016: Its About More Than a Store!

Dec 19, 2016

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The CBT Team are back with their Cool Picks of 2016. Featuring James, Jessica, Joel, Leo, Alex and Nelson with a introduction to our newest team member, Jessica Silva from Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired. Cool Picks: Sonos Echo Dot (2nd Generation Google Home speaker. Fire Tablet. Apple iPhone SE Google Pixel Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd gen).

Windows Calendar: Using Narrator with ETI Eloquence for Windows

Dec 18, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates demonstrates how to setup Windows Calendar on a PC running Windows 10 Anniversary Update. He shows us how to create an event and send out a calendar invite. He reviews the keyboard shortcuts available in Windows Calendar, and he creates an event using Cortana. During this demonstration, James uses Narrator with ETI Eloquence for Windows. Eloquence is an add-on that can be purchased here.

Spotlight with Mark Riccobono: President of the National Federation of the Blind.

Dec 16, 2016

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In this Spotlight interview, James Oates sits down with Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind to discuss: The purpose and history of the federation. Accessible voting. Self-driving technology. Equal access to education. Future technologies. Braille and literacy. The Marrakesh treaty. How to join the NFB. Follow Mark Riccobono and the NFB on Twitter, and visit the NFB’s website.

Spotlight With Kim Charlson: National President Of The ACB And Director Of The Perkins Library

Dec 12, 2016

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In this Spotlight interview, James Oates sits down with Kim Charlson, the National President of the American Council of the Blind and the Executive Director of the Perkins Library. The topics include: A brief history of Perkins what the organization looks like today, The Perkins Blog(/a> Perkins Solutions Perkins eLearning Perkins International the Perkins School Library services including the Perkins Library the Perkins newsletter the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Info Eyes virtual reference library service BARD the application process for the Perkins Library and the Library Without Walls program, a monthly recommended reads list. New actions taken by the Library of Congress About the Orbit Reader 20 from the American Printing House for the Blind The current status of the Marrakesh Treaty The mission of the ACB ACB state affiliates and local chapters the ACB Link app for iOS devices the ACB Braille Forum Progress being made in audio described film and television distribution the success of structured negotiations with Netflix The struggles with government agencies to enforce website accessibility guidelines and to provide accessible tactile paper currency. To learn more about Perkins and the American Council of the Blind, follow these Twitter Accounts: @perkinsvision @perkins_library @acbnational

Roku adds a screen reader to its current products, surprising many

Dec 11, 2016

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As of this ending year of 2016, we have seen multiple and rapid developments in the choices available to those who wish to cut the cord but are reliant on speech or low-vision tools. Before, the Apple TV was the only usable choice for a long time. Google had the Nexus Player, which in its way was one of the first companies aside from Apple to implement a standard screen reader. We saw Amazon add a screen reader to the Fire stick which, while has issues of some inaccessible content providers, still can provide speech and the use of Alexa independently to the screen reader user. Today we have a new player to the game: Roku. Roku sells several streaming products, ranging from $39 US to $129 US. These also range in features. The lowest device is the Express and Express+. It is compatible with older televisions, such as those which use composite video. The stick, which starts at USD $59, offers a thumb-drive sized device which plugs into your TV directly and runs off a Micro USB cable. Both of these products also lack a remote with voice recognition, so you will have to opt for a higher-end model if you wish to dictate or use voice search. The Roku Premier and Ultra both support 4K video playback, with the premier starting at $79. The Premier Plus, for $99, gives you other features such as a headphone jack built into the remote for listening to the TV elsewhere. Finally, Roku Ultra is $129 but is fully loaded with features such as a lost remote finder. Handy,, right? Now let's talk Accessibility. All of this year's Roku line-up, along with any Roku-driven smart televisions should get a new screen reader called Audio Guide. You can learn about the feature here. By pressing the menu key four times rapidly after the streaming device has started up, a robotic voice will provide spoken feedback for all menus and screen. Or does it? Find out whether this new TV solution lives up to your standards of what accessible should be. It's worth noting: The software update, 7.5, is not yet available for all devices or has been rolled out to them. Generally, if you have a Roku with an ethernet jack, updates are checked for during the start of setup. Wi-fi only models will require sighted assistance to connect to a network and then update, if audio guide is not present that is.

Cool Clips: November 22, 2016

Nov 23, 2016

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Jenny Lay-Flurrie, (Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer), discusses Cities Unlocked, (Microsoft’s 3D sound scaping project), that helps the blind navigate the world around them.

Lost Cities for iOS: An Accessible Card Game

Nov 22, 2016

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Join Jessica as she demonstrates Lost Cities, a fun and exciting game for iOS using VoiceOver. From The Developer: Lost Cities by the world-renowned board-game author Reiner Knizia takes you on a journey to undiscovered countries and mythical places. Compete against a friend, a stranger or one of 4 different computer players, in what has been called a “two player Solitaire with an extra portion of suspense”. Designed and polished for the iPhone by TheCodingMonkeys, makers of critically acclaimed Carcassonne for iOS. Lost Cities is a card game played by two players. The objective of the game is to mount profitable expeditions to one or more of the five lost cities (the Himalayas, the Brazilian Rain Forest, the Desert Sands, the Ancient Volcanos and Neptune’s Realm). It won a International Gamers Award in 2000. Key Features: online matches against game center friends or strangers 4 different AI players with distinct skill levels and play styles voice acted interactive tutorial and comprehensive rules beautiful full-length atmospheric soundtrack For questions and support, please contact us on Twitter or Facebook, or send us an email. For common questions check our FAQ. An electronic press kit is available.

Hey Siri: Welcome to macOS Sierra.

Nov 17, 2016

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In this demo, James Oates shows us how to setup and configure Siri on the Mac. He shows us how to enable Siri, choose a language, select a voice for Siri, enable voice feedback, select which microphone Siri will use, determine which keyboard shortcut will activate Siri, leave or remove Siri from your menu bar, enable location services, and how to allow Siri and dictation permission to access location services, Low vision viewers are encouraged to give feedback on our YouTube video so that We can determine if We are using the appropriate visual settings in the comment section blow.

Spotlight Interview with Jenny Lay-Flurrie: Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft.

Nov 15, 2016

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In this powerful Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Jenny Lay-Flurrie, (Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft), to discuss the inner workings of accessibility at Microsoft. Jenny explains the challenges facing Microsoft, the progress that has been made in Windows 10, Office 365, and cloud services. She goes on to outline Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in all its products across all platforms. She explains the importance of inclusive hiring for Microsoft to achieve its accessibility goals. She talks about Microsoft’s past reliance on third party applications and the company’s continued commitment to work with third party providers of assistive technology. Jenny then makes a major announcement that Microsoft has not made public until this time. Cool Blind Tech is excited to bring you this exclusive story. To find out what else was discussed, listen to the entire interview. Below is a list of helpful resources that are related to the topics in the interview. Microsoft’s Accessibility Home Page. Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies Office 365 accessibility webpage Inclusive Hiring for People with Disabilities Narrator User Guide. Accessibility Roadmaps. Accessibility Feedback. Disability Answer Desk. Cities Unlocked. Use Narrator on Xbox One Console. To read the transcription, click here.click here.

Cool Picks: NOVEMBER 7, 2016

Nov 7, 2016

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Join Jessica, James, Leo and Tomi for a very special Cool Picks: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) OBi202 VoIP Telephone Adapter To help you create, the Microsoft all-in-one keyboard Cribbage Pro for iOS and Android

VIP: It’s A Tech Buffet With Microsoft and Apple!

Nov 7, 2016

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Join Jessica, James, Leo and Tomi for a very special VIP. It’s all about creativity and innovation this year as we continue to provide exclusive after-event headlines from the leaders in technology today. Microsoft and Apple both recently held their events, where the major focus seemed to include accessibility, integration, and innovation. Here are some of the great stories from these events: Microsoft introduces Surface Studio all-in-one and Surface Book i7 More about the Surface Book Microsoft introduces Windows 10 Creators Edition Microsoft highlights accessibility right from the start. audio described video about Windows 10 craftsmanship Microsoft acquires Beam Live Streaming Service and incorporates the Hololens into more of the Windows 10 experience Apple redesigns Accessibility website and highlights their focus on accessibility at the start of the event Apple launches new TV app Meet the new Macbook Pro with all new Touch ID! Cool Picks: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) OBi202 VoIP Telephone Adapter To help you create, the Microsoft all-in-one keyboard Cribbage Pro for iOS and Android

Spotlight On Cydalion: Taking Navigation To Mythical Proportions

Nov 4, 2016

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Join Jessica for an exclusive Spotlight interview with Chad Udell, Managing Director, and Steve Richey, lead director at Float, makers of Cydalion. Cydalion is a revolutionary new app based on the Tango platform for Android which allows blind and visually impaired users to navigate indoor spaces using augmented audio technology. You won't want to miss this exciting episode. To find out more, follow @gowithfloat on twitter or check out their website

Nearby Explorer for iOS: Putting GPS to the Test

Nov 2, 2016

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Spend a day with a member of the CBT Team as we review our first GPS app from APH. Hugo takes Nearby Explorer to work, a coffee shop, a restaurant and then back home for a walk around his neighborhood. From the App Store: Nearby Explorer by American Printing House for the Blind is a full featured GPS app designed for use by people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics. It uses onboard maps, so a data connection is not required, but if you have one, Nearby Explorer supplements the on board map data with crowd collected locations from Foursquare or Google Places. It includes complete maps for the United States and Canada which contain millions of points of interest. The onboard maps are over 4GB in size, so be sure the device you plan to use has enough available space before purchasing. Nearby Explorer works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver. All iPhones contain GPS receivers. Nearby Explorer works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include both typical items like street name and address, and specialized options like approaching streets, intersection configurations, and nearby places and the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This keeps both hands free and let's your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move. You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for businesses, even in a moving vehicle, or tilting it vertically to function as a compass, including a listing of streets in the indicated direction. This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with the touch screen while moving. You may even mark a point, then use the position of the device to get haptic feedback about that point's location. Nearby Explorer includes a transit feature that provides detailed mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and Canada. It treats transit stops just like favorites and points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you move, but in addition, transit stops add next vehicle stop time, direction of travel, and route name to the announcements. You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even follow a route. You may virtually move to any area in the U.S. or Canada and explore the road network, search, or use the transit maps for that area. For complete details about Nearby Explorer, see American Printing House for the Blind

Can you master all the manamon?

Oct 31, 2016

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We're always excited to see good quality audio games, particularly ones with high bars in sound and game play hit the market. One fault many games suffer from is replay-ability - can I still do cool post-game action and have things feel more random in the story after I'm done? Or have I just wasted $39 of my money for a week's worth of distractions, anticipation, and nervous fits over not being able to complete my game? When playing Manamon, these were some of the factors that lead us to consider it a great choice for an Audio game. It's at least a year's worth of development effort which culminates in an action-packed adventure featuring a Pokemon-style environment with similar concepts. For example, trainers are tamers, but just like Pokemon, you have starter characters and types. You complete quests on a journey to uncover the hidden operations of the Shadow Kingdom, and battle to become more and more powerful through levelling up your Manamon and turn-based fighting opponents. We recommend two resources for your journey, friend. The main Manamon game page for downloading and ordering, and The Audiogames.net forum topic where you can find a turn-by-turn walkthrough of the game, if you get a little stuck in a puzzle. I wouldn't completely spoil the fun with it, though - but in-game clues are sometimes less obvious. Good luck on your travels, and may Ziognioss be with you.

REAPER on Windows Part 5: Mixing, Takes and Automation

Oct 30, 2016

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In this episode of the REAPER series, Alex shows you how to switch and combine takes in an audio track to make one cohesive track. We listen to some seriously underwhelming takes, and some really cool and intricate ones. Takes are sections of audio that are recorded, most likely multiple times and are able to be combined to make a "perfect" section of music. Next, he discusses automation. Automation is a way to alter plugin or track parameters by creating an envelope that automatically gets triggered when the project is played. For example, increase a track's volume for a guitar solo or vocal line. In the example Alex increases and decreases the volume of his solo/lead guitar track to emphasize various parts where needed. Alex then shows us track templates and their conveniences.

A Review of the New Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) and Amazon’s Unlimited Music

Oct 26, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates reviews the new Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation). He describes the configuration, and tells the lay-out of the physical buttons, and what they do. If you need help setting up your new Echo device, listen to this podcast from Leonid Prazdnik of Cool Blind Tech. James then talks about Amazon’s new unlimited music subscription which rivals the other major music subscription services already available. He demonstrates how well the Echo works with Amazon’s music subscription.

Voicemail Transcription In iOS 10: Do You See What I Hear?

Oct 22, 2016

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In this brief episode, James Oates shows us the new voicemail transcription feature in iOS 10. He explains how to find and read the transcription and how to submit feedback to Apple so that the service can improve over time.

Do More With Siri: Siri Can Control Third Party Apps In iOS 10

Oct 18, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates demonstrates new third party application integration with Siri in iOS 10. He shows us how to find out which applications are available for Siri integration, and how to activate them. He selects three applications to take on a test run. See how well Uber, Skype, and Roger work with Siri.

Windows Mail Using Narrator: Third Party Screen Reader Not Required!

Oct 16, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates introduces us to the built in Windows Mail client, which is a part of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. He shows us how to configure multiple accounts, create a signature line for our outgoing mail, how to create and send a message, how to reply to a message, how to activate a link within a message, how to quickly navigate a webpage using Microsoft Edge, how to search for a message, how to find all of your mail folders, how to use mail filters, how to format text in a message, and how to create and send a message using Cortana. Throughout this podcast, James uses Narrator, the built-in screen reader from Microsoft. He also shows us most of the handy keyboard shortcuts for Windows Mail.

VIP: Google Brings It Back To The Future!

Oct 15, 2016

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Join Jessica with Tamas, Leo and Joel for another exciting VIP! This week, Google held their Google Event on October 4th, where they announced several new products. You won't want to miss this exciting update as our team brings you the latest news and insights about these exciting new products, including the new Pixel phones, the all new Google Assistant, the Chromecast and the all new Google Home and Google Router. Google has stepped up their game in the world of virtual reality with their new Google Daydream VR Headset (Pictures) Daydream Product Info Cool Picks: Jessica recommends handmade iPhone cases for their price, aesthetics and tactile appeal. Check your local vendors for hand crafted cases that fit your needs. Leo: Google Allo Joel: Fire HD 10 Tablet Tamas: Sleep++, for tracking your sleep using an Apple Watch on the device itself. Please let us know how you like the new format. we'd love to hear your feedback via comments, questions or email.

Cool Picks: OCTOBER 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016

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Join Jessica with Tamas, Leo and Joel for another exciting Cool Picks: Jessica recommends handmade iPhone cases for their price, aesthetics and tactile appeal. Check your local vendors for hand crafted cases that fit your needs. Leo: Google Allo Joel: Fire HD 10 Tablet Tamas: Sleep++, for tracking your sleep using an Apple Watch on the device itself. Please let us know how you like the new format. we'd love to hear your feedback via comments, questions or email.

Supplemental: Superior Drummer and REAPER Part 2: Nerd Code for Good Tone!

Oct 10, 2016

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Welcome back. Here, Alex walks us through editing presets by hand using Notepad. Since basically everything that's good isn't accessible in the music world, you gotta do silly and time-consuming workarounds. Depending on what kind of tone maniac and audio aficionado you are, you might decide to go through this.

Quentin C’s Playroom On The Web: Games, Games, And More Games!

Oct 2, 2016

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Do you enjoy board games? Would you like to play them with your sighted friends? How about board games and online socialization? Welcome to Quentin C's Playroom, a platform that can be accessed via The Web for iOS, Android and Mac or via a downloadable program For PC. With over 26 games to choose from, an online social chat interface and a graphical interface, this client is perfect for just about everyone. If you enjoy this podcast and would like additional content about this platform, please feel free to leave a comment below.

It’s time to Play with fire: Install the Play Store on the Amazon Fire Tablet

Sep 27, 2016

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The amazon's Fire tablet has a lot of content to offer via its app store including games, apps and more. The problem is that not all apps that are on other app stores make it to amazon's ecosystem. Fortunately, since FireOS is based on Android, it's possible to get the Google Play Store onto your Fire tablet. In this Podcast, Leo demonstrates how to install the play store using a script from Root Junky. Keep in mind that if you haven’t already, you will need to obtain the Google USB drivers for the tablet. Have you found the Play store on the Fire tablet useful? Let us know what you think!

Cool Picks: SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Sep 26, 2016

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Join Jessica Rickards along with James Oates, Joel Ramos and Nelson Rego for another Cool Picks: Acorns Mobile Investing Light Detector By EveryWare Technologies Paste Bot For Mac Tech21 Evo Mesh Case for iPhone 7 Plus

VIP: Going Deep Under Water!

Sep 25, 2016

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Join Jessica Rickards along with James Oates, Joel Ramos and Nelson Rego for another exciting tech-filled VIP. You won't want to miss a minute of this week's exclusive content as we take you from the latest NFL Twitter Revolution to the newest announcements from Google about their new line of products. For all the Apple fans, you won't be disappointed. We've got a lot of cool topics lined up for you as well, including a discussion of the latest updates to iOS 10 and TV OS. You'll want to stay with us to the very end for our special treat as Nelson reveals, for the first time on this VIP, his brand new iPhone 7+! Cool Picks: Acorns Mobile Investing Light Detector By EveryWare Technologies Paste Bot For Mac Tech21 Evo Mesh Case for iPhone 7 Plus

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Mail Has Amazing New Features In iOS 10

Sep 24, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates demonstrates the new features in the Mail app for iOS10. He shows us the new unsubscribe feature which allows us to quickly unsubscribe from unwanted mailing lists. He shows us how to arrange messages that appear in a thread, and how to easily navigate through those messages with a new feature that has been added to the rotor. He shows us how to filter mail which is an indispensable feature for those who have a large number of messages. Finally, he shows us how to use the new edit feature on the rotor which appears when composing an email. This allows for some basic formatting, and James shows us how to use this feature to add an email attachment to an outgoing email.

Don’t Touch That Remote! I’m Watching Apple TV

Sep 21, 2016

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The Apple TV 4th Generation recently received an update to TV OS 10. Joel shows off these updates and demonstrates how easy it is to change settings for Blind, Low Vision and Mobility Impaired users of the Apple TV. Apple has provided a great article on all of these changes through their Apple TV support pages. Sit back, relax and let Siri do the channel surfing tonight. !

This Browser Has Teeth: Exploring Safari On iOS 10

Sep 21, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates shows us how to enable Apple Pay for Safari, how to temporarily disable add blockers on a web page, and how to close all Safari tabs at once. He also demonstrates the new media interface for Safari by showing us how to upload photos and videos to Facebook, and by showing us how to record and upload videos to YouTube.

iOS 10 What’s new: Emergency Bypass

Sep 19, 2016

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In IOS 10, a new and potentially useful feature known as emergency bypass breaks through do not disturb, meaning that someone can contact you even if it is turned on. This means that a contact no longer has to be in the favourites list to break through the do not disturb filter. Note that this has to be enabled separately for calls and texts. In this podcast, Justin shows us how to activate emergency bypass, and explains how it can be implemented.

Raise To Wake In iOS 10: It’s Alive

Sep 19, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates demonstrates the Raise to Wake feature in iOS 10. He shows us how it works, and he shows us how to disable it. He also shows us how to turn off the lock screen sound, if We are so inclined. Note: Raise to wake only applies to the iPhone 6S and above.

New Voices In iOS10: The Voices In My Head

Sep 17, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates demonstrates the new voices in iOS10. You definitely want to listen to this because Apple has brought some of the best voices out there to help voice-over users. Sighted users want high resolution displays, and visually impaired users want high quality voices.

iOS 10 What’s new: Rock Your Clock

Sep 17, 2016

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the clock app in iOS 10, alone with adding a new 3D Touch shortcut, has added a new feature called "Bed Time." In this podcast, Justin goes over what this feature is and how to use it.

Don’t Take The Long Way Home: Disable Press Home To Unlock On iOS 10

Sep 16, 2016

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In this brief episode, James Oates demonstrates the new press home to unlock feature in iOS 10. He then shows us how to disable this feature for those who prefer the previous way of unlocking their iPhone.

iOS 10 What’s new: It’s Time To Move It!

Sep 16, 2016

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One of the biggest VoiceOver additions in iOS 10 is the ability to move applications around the home screen using the rotor. Justin shows us how to keep organized with this handy feature in this podcast, helping him keep his home screen clean in the process.

iOS 10 what’s new: Big Changes In The Messages App

Sep 16, 2016

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One of Apple's major talking points in the new iOS 10 is the revamped messages app, and in this podcast, Justin goes over the new features including digital touch, individual read receipts and more.

iOS 10 What’s new: Braille Screen Input Catching Up

Sep 15, 2016

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In Braille Screen Input for iOS 10, Voiceover users now have the ability to reverse the dot positioning of the fingers when typing, making it similar to apps from third parties that have had this as a feature previously. Additionally, typing in contracted braille now follows keyboard echo.In this podcast, Justin takes us through the steps of how to use the reverse dot feature, as well as a little bug to watch out for.

iOS 10: A Swipe Through the Major New Features

Sep 13, 2016

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In this podcast Alex demonstrates iOS10 and some of its major new features and enhancements. These include: The new lock and home screen;VoiceOver's new way of arranging apps;Removing stock apps;VoiceOver new voices and features;and Messages (which still needs some accessibility help in the iMessage apps drawer). Sit back and enjoy!

Groove Music For Windows: It’s Time To Put On Your Boogie Shoes And Dance The Night Away!

Sep 4, 2016

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In this podcast, James Oates shows us how to use the Groove Music app. Groove Music is a built in application that comes with Windows10. He provides us with all of the key strokes that are available for Groove Music. He shows us how to search for music and create a playlist. He demonstrates the new feature that allows us to edit a song’s metadata. He shows us how easy it is to control Groove Music by using voice commands with Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana. Finally, he shows us how to stream music to a mobile device without having to purchase a Groove Music Pass. It has taken awhile, but Microsoft finally has a legitimate rival to Apple’s iTunes application.

Cool Picks: AUGUST 31, 2016

Sep 1, 2016

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Join Joel, James and Alex as they discuss new Cool picks: James Alex Joel

VIP: Talking About What’s Hot and What’s Not

Aug 31, 2016

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This week the Cool Blind Tech team catches up on all the headlines making news throughout the accessible tech world. Join Joel, James and Alex as they discuss the new Windows 10 anniversary edition and decide whether or not Microsoft has fulfilled its commitment to accessibility that it made in February 2016. Talk of a new Braille display coming in 2017 and of our favorite topic, new games for our iOS devices round off this must-listen-to show. Cool picks: James Alex Joel

Audacity for Windows Part 2: Usage and Pink Feathers

Aug 28, 2016

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In this episode of the Audacity for Windows series, we go through some every-day edit commands. Sprinkled with humor and sarcasm, Alex brings you to the wonderful world of checking general loudness of audio selections and exporting some uncompressed glory. Mac users: Stay tuned; we have Audacity things in the works. There are few but vital differences between Windows and Mac builds of Audacity. Note: Some effects (like the reverb) are separate from Audacity and can be downloaded by searching Google. There are several excellent VST plug-ins for many audio applications.

Spotlight On Blindfold RS Games: RS Games Is Now Available On Your iOS Device.

Aug 24, 2016 25:10

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Join James Oates in this Spotlight interview with Kevin Andrews of RS Games and Marty Schultz, the developer of Blindfold Games. Blindfold Games features more than 45 popular iOS audio games such as; Blindfold Racer, Blindfold Road Trip, Blindfold Bingo, and many others. RS Games specializes in the development of accessible games for the blind and visually impaired. It is an online multi-player platform for the PC and Mac, and now is available on your iOS device as well. If you enjoy this interview, download the Blindfold RS Games app and the Blindfold Games app, and start having fun! You can also listen to our demonstration of the Blindfold RS Games app here.

Comparing Braille Displays: Choices Choices Choices!

Aug 23, 2016

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Do you ever wish shopping for the perfect Braille Display could be as simple as walking into a store and comparing tablets? Jessica shows you how it can be by comparing three similar types of Braille devices, the Braille Sense U2 Mini, the Perkins Mini Seika and the APH Refreshabraille 18. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to hear more content similar to this, please feel free to leave comments below.

It’s A Whole New World: Audio Described Movies with The Disney Movies Anywhere App.

Aug 22, 2016

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In this episode, James Oates introduces us to the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iOS. You probably heard about people using this app to enjoy an audio described version of “Finding Dory” in the movie theatres this summer. But were you aware that you can also enjoy audio described Disney movies at home? James shows us which movies are currently available, and how to use the app. He finishes by playing the opening scene from “Finding Nemo”, audio described. The Disney Movies Anywhere App is free to download from both the iOS App Store and Google Play.

Dexter For iOS: Become A Pokémon Master

Aug 19, 2016

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In light of the recent Pokémon GO craze, Justin explains what Dexter is, how to view info about any Pokémon, comparing Pokémon Stats, building a team and a few other tips. Not mentioned in the podcast but equally as important is The petition to Make Pokémon GO accessible. Even though the game is not, it is still possible to battle competitively, which is where Dexter comes in handy.

Supplemental: Superior Drummer and REAPER Part 1: The Plugin Interface Walkthrough

Aug 14, 2016

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This supplemental series is for those who have the Superior Drummer plugin from Toontrack. We already assume you have the plug installed, and move into navigating the interface, which is actually quite usable for simple things with NVDA. If you need to add drum libraries to your drum path, you've come to the right place. Part 2 covers advanced topics.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: A Complete and Concise Overview.

Aug 10, 2016

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In this podcast, James Oates tells you everything you need to know about the latest update to Windows 10. He explains the Task Viewer, virtual desktops, the new Start Menu, Cortana’s enhanced performance, Microsoft Edge, extensions for Microsoft Edge, the all new and powerful Narrator, Windows Ink Workspace, the new Settings app, projecting to your computer from other devices, the new Feedback app, the find your Windows Phone feature, how to lock your screen, and the new short cut for accessing your calendar. He also shows you how to setup the new Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Spotlight On Comics Empower: The First Virtual Comic Book Store For The Blind And Visually Impaired

Aug 7, 2016

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Join Jessica in this Spotlight interview with the creator and visionary of Comics Empower, Guy Hasson. Comic book novices and avid fans alike will appreciate this insightful discussion of the latest developments to this powerful online comic book store for the blind and visually impaired. If you enjoyed this interview, please check out the store! The winners of the blind comic writer's competition have been chosen! Check out Bakasura! Comics Empower encourages listeners to participate in an interactive podcast. Join the conversation!

Blindfold RS Games: Play Your Favorite Games On Your iOS Device

Aug 3, 2016

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It turns out they weren’t bluffing: The developers of Blindfold Games and RS Games have come together to bring us the RS Games client on mobile devices. RS Games has been available on Windows and Mac OS for five years. Now you can play with your friends and family or against a computer bot anytime, anywhere. James Oates walks us through the app and tells us which games are available, and how much they cost. He reviews the settings for the app and he goes over how to use the app; and he quickly demonstrates how to play Monopoly, his favorite board game ever! Download the app, and start having fun right now! From the developer: RS Games specializes in the development of accessible games, products and software for the blind and visually impaired. RS Games are played by thousands of visually impaired people on Windows and Mac computers, and Blindfold Games and RS Games teamed up to create this app. Now you can play any of the 20 different multi-player games on an iPhone, iPad or iPod. Just login with your RS Games account, or create a new account, and start playing. Several of the games are free, and others are available with an in-app upgrade. You can start a public game or a private game, or you can join one of the public games that haven't started yet. You can add computer bot players to your game to make it more exciting.

Introducing the Amazon Echo

Aug 2, 2016

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The Amazon Echo is amazon’s Wi-Fi voice controlled speaker. Using just your voice, you can ask the Echo to do a number of things such as play your music library, check the weather, give you news updates, and much more! Additionally, third-party skills allow the Echo to expand its capabilities. In this podcast, Leo covers setting up the echo for the first time, as well as some of the things you can do with the echo, as well as its accompanying Alexa app. Are there any particular features or skills you would like to be covered in a future podcast? Let us know!

Kayak For iOS: Happy Trails to You

Jul 27, 2016

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One of the biggest obstacles for many people when it comes to travel is the hit it takes on the bank account. Luckily, Justin is here to show off the solution, which is Kayak. In this demonstration, he takes us through the essential components of the iOS app. He shows us how to view prices for flights and hotels, track flights using the application, and a few other handy little tricks. Kayak is also available via website and an app for Android as well.

C-Span Radio for iOS: Republicans Versus Democrats.

Jul 23, 2016

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In this podcast, James Oates demonstrates how to navigate the C-Span Radio app on iOS. He shows us how to listen to live broadcasts, check today’s broadcast schedule, and enjoy in-depth podcasts. From the developer: Listen to the network that covers Washington like no other. The C-SPAN Radio app delivers live audio streams of commercial-free public affairs programming (C-SPAN Radio, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3) and audio podcasts of some of our regularly scheduled programs around the clock, wherever you are. Hear Congressional hearings and key speeches from national and world leaders. Our daily Washington Journal call-in program, our recap of the stories of the day on Washington Today and the Sunday network talk programs. Authors on Book TV and rare archival audio from historical leaders and events on American History TV. C-SPAN Radio 90.1 FM in the Washington area and on XM Channel 455. Created by Cable. Offered as a public service. The app is available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play.

Drop The Hottest New Tracks With DJay Pro In The Mix With Spotify

Jul 21, 2016

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DJing with the world’s largest musical library! This one is for aspiring and professional DJ’s alike. Joel shows us how to connect a Spotify Premium account to DJAY Pro For the Mac by Algoridium. Once connected, DJ’s can perform to their heart’s content with the entire Spotify library through high quality streaming. The possibilities are endless!

BeSpecular: Helping The Blind Through Community Input

Jul 12, 2016

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BeSpecular is the best way to do a good deed so that even when you have a busy schedule, you can help someone who’s blind. As a blind/visually impaired person, you can ask text/voice questions and receive quick replies that are friendly and helpful. Join Hugo as he demonstrates the features of BeSpecular. Do you want to help/volunteer in your community, but you don’t have the time? Helping your community should be simple, convenient, and fun. Now you can help someone who’s blind by using your smartphone. You can spend a few seconds listening to the question, look at the picture(s), and reply with a friendly voice note or text message. You can: Use your eyes and intuition, which are invaluable compared to the limited capabilities of a computer. Help blind or visually impaired people from around the world. Learn what it’s like to live blind. Do a good deed and feel amazing. Make a real contribution to someone else’s life. Are you blind or visually impaired and need that extra little bit of extra help? Now you can conveniently ask your questions and know that someone who’s sighted will happily and quickly be able to help. Now you’re able to personalize your questions to find out exactly what you’re looking for. You can upload or take photos and ask a voice/text question. You’ll receive as many friendly and helpful replies as you need. As a blind user you can: Ask your question and receive your reply shortly after. Use the app in various situations, e.g. getting more detailed descriptions of items you’d like to buy online, reading the ad insert you found in the mail, understanding what’s going on with your computer when your Screen Reader won’t work, re-living memories with beautiful descriptions of your photographs, etc. Remain on a first-name basis, no need to reveal any personal info. Ask as many questions as often as you’d like.

Foobar2000 for iOS: A Simple and Free Media Player

Jul 7, 2016

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In this podcast Alex quickly demos foobar2000 preview for iOS. Some workarounds to its shortcomings and accessibility regarding the playback screen are also explained. Foobar2000 is an audio player for the Microsoft Windows platform. Recently, there has been much effort put into making this amazing player available for other platforms such as Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices.

Cool Picks: JUNE 21, 2016

Jun 22, 2016

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Joining Jessica this week is Alex and Tamas with their Cool Picks: foobar2000 on iOS Moovit for iOS Moovit for Android Stalking the Shadows: Ancient Destiny, Book 1 | BJ Edwards on Audible

VIP on WWDC: What About Freddy?

Jun 21, 2016

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Jessica Rickards makes her first appearance as host of VIP. Joining Jessica this week is Alex and Tamas with their impressions on Apple’s latest announcements. 1: Apple unveils watchOS 3 with major app speed improvements 2: Apple announces tvOS improvements including dark mode, Live Tune In 3: Apple announces macOS Sierra at WWDC with Apple Pay, Auto Unlock, Universal Clipboard 4: Apple Pay comes to the Mac using iPhone or Apple Watch 5: iOS 10 coming this fall, developer beta available now and public beta in July 6: Apple announces Swift Playgrounds for iPad at WWDC, public release in fall 7: Apple announces all-new Music app with lyrics support coming with iOS 10 8: In iOS 10, Photos adds Map view, automatic face recognition and object recognition 9: Apple announces Siri will integrate with third-party apps in iOS 10 10: Apple unveils iOS 10 at WWDC 2016, new lock screen, Siri SDK, much more Cool Picks: foobar2000 on iOS Moovit for iOS Moovit for Android Stalking the Shadows: Ancient Destiny, Book 1 | BJ Edwards on Audible

Spotlight On Zagga TV: Entertainment For All!

Jun 20, 2016

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Join Jessica as she revisits Kevin Shaw, founder of Zagga TV. Find out how you, the listener, can be part of an amazing opportunity to help make the vision of entertainment for all a reality. Listen to a demonstration of the Zagga TV website at the end of the interview Watch a Ted Talks featuring Zagga TV Get a 2 month free trial of Zagga TV. Take advantage of a special CoolBlindTech listener discount when you sign up today!

iPhone SE: Why I Decided It Was for Me

Jun 6, 2016

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In this podcast Leo explains some of the reasons why he switched from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone SE.

Audacity for Windows Part 1: Introduction and Interface Navigation

May 29, 2016

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Alex begins a little tutorial on Audacity for Windows using NVDA. He goes through some preferences that are useful and then shows off the interface a bit. Future episodes in this series will cover real editing: Selection, cutting and pasting, zooming in and out to really hone in on a bit of audio you wish to manipulate. Stay tuned!

SoundCloud for iOS: Bringing Great Music Straight To You

May 18, 2016

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Discovering and promoting new music is something that Has become easier than ever before with SoundCloud,. In this podcast, Justin takes us through how to do just that. He proceeds to look at his music stream, shamelessly promote some of his own music, and explain what playlists and radio stations are, as well as how to use them.

REAPER On Windows Part 4: Tracking Your Next Single

May 15, 2016

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In part 4 of REAPER, we record a simple multi-track music project using VST plugins, MIDI drums, guitar amp simulators and some equalizers. Remember that in Part 3, we created our tracks and made a guitar folder to make things simpler to quickly navigate the tracks in your project. In Part 4, we proceed to record two guitar tracks as well as a bass track. After, we briefly learn about the master track and limiters. Recabinet and Thermionik An excellent freeware master limiter Superior Drummer PS: This episode is noticeably quieter than previous ones. This is because of the nature of demonstrating effects. I didn't want to degrade the properties of a limiter and other things.

How To Turn Off Shake To Undo On iOS – and Save My Sanity In the Process

May 11, 2016

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Apple's shake to undo feature allows the user to shake the iOS device and then press a button if they want an action to be undone. The only problem with this however, is that this feature has a tendency to be activated by accident, causing much annoyance and frustration. As a result, Justin shows us how to turn this feature off in the settings app.

REAPER On Windows Part 3 : Configure To Play

May 5, 2016

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Part 3 is finally here. Alex shows some preliminary configuration options for setting up REAPER to record music on Windows. This includes per-project media folders and using the metronome. He also quickly blabs about MIDI devices. Stay tuned for part 4 where we record an actual bit of music. PS: A vocal mixing episode is in the future, as well as basic external effect mixing and processing. All from a hard rock and metal musician prospective, of course. :)

Cool Picks: MAY 3, 2016

May 4, 2016

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Join the Cool Blind Tech team as Alex, Leo and Tomi discuss the latest Cool Picks: Andrea Electronics 3D Surround Sound Recording Phones Raspberry Pi 3 Thermionik ñ Professional Native Amp Modeling

VIP: It’s A Goody Bag

May 3, 2016

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Join the Cool Blind Tech team this week as Alex, Leo and Tomi discuss the latest rumblings on WWDC and the recently hosted third annual NVDACon. The team also shares their opinions on some beneficial updates to Netflix, Facebook Messenger and Google Music. Top these items off with this week's Cool Picks and you definitely have one podcast you don't want to miss! Cool Picks: Andrea Electronics 3D Surround Sound Recording Phones Raspberry Pi 3 Thermionik ñ Professional Native Amp Modeling

The Scrip Ability Program: Making Prescriptions Accessible and Easy

Apr 26, 2016

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In this episode Noah demonstrates the Scrip Talk. He covers the Scrip Ability program and Scrip Braille services.

Cool Picks: APRIL 24, 2016

Apr 25, 2016

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In this episode, Justin is joined by Leo and Jessica, as they go through interesting Cool Picks: Roger Caption Bot Microsoft Excel for iOS

Roger for iOS: A New Virtual Walkie Talkie for the Blind

Apr 24, 2016

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In this podcast, Justin demonstrates how to use Roger for iOS. While there are many different ways of sending audio messages to friends around the world, Roger offers something that cannot be matched: audio quality. Justin proceeds to show us the customizability that the app offers, as well as how to send and listen to voice messages. A big thank you goes to the developers of Roger, who took special effort to make their app accessible with VoiceOver, and who have pledged to continue this support in the future. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1-855-837-4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

VIP: Reviving Old Screen Readers

Apr 23, 2016

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Welcome to another edition of VIP. In this episode, Justin is joined by Leo and Jessica, as they proceed to go through some interesting news from the past week. They discuss the fact that Google released a blog post outlining some accessibility improvements that they have made in the past few weeks. Along this same line, Microsoft also announced some big changes to Narrator making it easier to use than ever before. Changing gears a little bit, they also discuss the Lechal shoes and insoles, which give directions to users by vibrating as the user is walking around. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1-855-837-4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here. Cool Picks: Roger Caption Bot Microsoft Excel for iOS

How Secure Is Your Internet Connection? A Review of PIA VPN

Apr 20, 2016

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If you frequently connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots, it is possible for anyone with the right tools to eavesdrop on your online activity. Perhaps you wish to browse the web without revealing your IP address—which exposes your identity to the world. There’s a solution to all of these potential problems called a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between your connection and a trusted VPN server, so that way when you access the internet, it looks like you’re connecting from a different IP Address. Furthermore, your connection becomes more secure and cannot be easily tracked by malicious hackers. There are several VPN providers out there. One popular VPN service is called PIA VPN. The best thing about PIA VPN is that it is entirely cross-platform. This means that you have the ability to run it on any operating system you use. PIA also gives you the freedom to connect from several regions, so you don’t have to stick to one particular location. Would you find aVPN useful? Do you use a different one? Let us know what you think! eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1-855-837-4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

VIP: Listening To the Big Picture

Apr 16, 2016 29:06

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This week we join VIP featuring, for the first time, a feedback segment. Join Jessica, Leo and Nelson as they take a look at accessible images for everyone. When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired. Automatic alternative text, or automatic alt text, is a new development from Facebook that generates a description of a photo using advancements in object recognition technology. People using screen readers on iOS devices will hear a list of items a photo may contain as they swipe past photos on Facebook. Before today, people using screen readers would only hear the name of the person who shared the photo, followed by the term “photo” when they came upon an image in News Feed. For instance, someone could now hear, “Image may contain three people, smiling, outdoor.” Saqib is a core Microsoft developer living in London who lost the use of his eyes at age 7. He found inspiration in computing and is helping build Seeing AI, a research project that helps people who are visually impaired or blind to better understand who and what is around them. The app is built using intelligence APIs from Microsoft Cognitive Services . eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1-855-837-4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here. If you enjoy what we do here at Cool Blind Tech, you can support us by using our Audible link when you want to sign up with Audible.com Cool Picks: Sing! Karaoke by Smule iPhone SE Sony MDR-ZX330BT bluetooth headphones FeedBack: Name: Teresa Blaes Hello. are you guys aware of any accessible blogging software similar to Mars edit for the mac, or what used to be windows Live writer? sense Microsoft shut it down, its ben a bit of a pain to find something that works. Thanks, Teresa as a note, I use Wordpress I'd also be up for knowing how you guys blog, I currently use Jaws on one pc, and WindowEyes on another. again, thanks for the help Name: Ainslee   Hi Cool Blind Tech, I wanted to let you know about the latest feature from local transit app, Moovit, designed to help the blind community to navigate public transportation with much greater ease. With the new accessibility functionality, the Moovit app is a handy companion for those who live with blindness, by providing users with turn-by-turn directions and a smooth travel experience. By leveraging the VoiceOver and TalkBack enabled on iOS and Android devices, the Moovit app is removing the guesswork involved in traveling on public transport. Best, Ainslee

Cool Picks: APRIL 15, 2016

Apr 15, 2016

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Join Jessica, Leo and Nelson as they take a look at Cool Picks for everyone. Cool Picks: Sing! Karaoke by Smule iPhone SE Sony MDR-ZX330BT bluetooth headphones

How To Encrypt the iPhone – Because Privacy Does Matter

Apr 9, 2016

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In light of Apple’s recent opposition against the FBI’s demands, knowing how to encrypt an iPhone is a valuable skill, and Justin is here to help teach it. He explains what encryption is, how to encrypt the iPhone by setting a passcode, and proceeds to set up Touch ID and take us through the other settings relating to security on the iPhone. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1-855-837-4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

What’s New In iOS 9.3

Apr 3, 2016 10:00

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There have been a lot of new and exciting changes released in this version of iOS. In particular, Apple appears to be focusing on multitasking and ease of use, as they continue to improve apps and provide a more user-friendly experience. Here are just a few features of particular interest: Four Finger Swipe Multitasking; This is not a new gesture for those using the iPad, but it has finally been introduced to the iPhone. Night Shift: Changes the display's brightness and color scheme to a warmer yellowish tone instead of the normal blue after sunset. Sunset is determined by the user's geolocation and clock settings. Locked Notes: Ever wanted to protect that precious credit card number you've written down on your phone? Well now you can, with your fingerprint and a secure password. Only devices with this technology can view locked notes, so they will appear invisible except when viewed on your iOS 9.3 device or your Mac running the latest version of OsX. Improvements to Apple Music, News and Health. Improvements to third party keyboards. Click here for more information, and to view a complete list of features. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Cool Picks: APRIL 2, 2016

Apr 3, 2016

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Don’t miss Tamas, Leo and Jessica with their Cool Picks: Zomato - Food & Restaurant Finder ModBox Module Player Private Internet Access™ Anonymous VPN Service

Get Your Geek On With #CSUN16 Coverage In the VIP Room

Apr 2, 2016 29:01

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After fighting it out on the #CSUN16 exhibition floor in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Joel returns to VIP to share with our listeners on the latest in assistive tech from sunny San Diego. Don’t miss Tamas, Leo and Jessica with their analyses and of course we can’t forget our Cool Picks. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here. Cool Picks: Zomato - Food & Restaurant Finder ModBox Module Player Private Internet Access™ Anonymous VPN Service

CBT Live From #CSUN16: Freedom Scientific Makes Historic Announcements

Mar 30, 2016 7:30

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Eric Damery from Freedom Scientific talks to us about the mergers and partnerships announced at CSUN with Optelec, American Printing House (APH) and Wells Fargo. He also gives us details on the new Ruby 7 HD handheld video magnifier and a sneak peek at the exciting new ElBraille, which has everyone who tries it out buzzing. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

CBT Live From #CSUN16: Dolphin Computer Access Provides Solutions for All Situations

Mar 30, 2016 8:07

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Gareth Collins talks to us about the wide range of applications available from

CBT Live From #CSUN16: Blazing 4G Speed On The New Neo Access Braille Notetaker

Mar 29, 2016 4:51

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One of this year's newest companies to CSUN turned out to be the most talked about. Thomas Simpson from Neo Access Ltd. discusses all the features and benefits on their new NeoBraille Notetaker. One of its biggest highlights, the ability to pop in a Sim card and use 4G speeds through the AT&T network was making everyone take a second look. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

CBT Live From #CSUN16: HumanWare Breaks The Mold By Doing Away With Keys On The Latest BrailleNote Touch

Mar 28, 2016 7:52

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One of the most anticipated releases this year was HumanWare's BrailleNote Touch. This device may look like your traditional note taker with a Perkins style keyboard and Braille display, but lift the cover on the top and out slides a slick looking tablet with either an 18 or 32 cell Braille display that uses the screen as a virtual BrailleTouch interface. Mike Tindell demonstrates this revolutionary device and shows us all the new innovations in HumanWare's latest note taker. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

CBT Live From #CSUN16: Freedom Scientific And Optelec Join Forces

Mar 28, 2016 4:38

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Tyler Donnelly from Optelec shows us the new Traveller HD and just how portable and easy it is to use. He also discusses the recent merger with Freedom Scientific and how, combined, the two companies are now providing low vision products to a much wider audience. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

CBT Live From #CSUN16: On The Go With Low-Vision Devices From Hims Inc.

Mar 27, 2016 6:22

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Dave Wilkinson from Hims Inc. talks about their latest HD video magnifier the GoVision, which proves that you don't have to give up screen size for portability. Dave also discusses some upcoming updates for owners of current Hims products and the creation of the HimsTastic political party, so make sure to take a listen. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

CBT Live From #CSUN16: Amazon Is On Fire With Accessibility

Mar 26, 2016 44:58

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Need to find a great SteakHouse, listen to last night’s sports scores or just have a good book read to you? Just say “Alexa” and let Amazon’s virtual assistant do the work. Peter from Amazon shows us all the things you can do with Alexa on the different speakers available for the family of Echo products. Additionally, he shows us just how accessible the Fire tablets are with its latest release of VoiceView, Amazon’s very own screen reader for the Fire tablets. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

CBT Live From #CSUN16: MatterHackers 3-D Printing To Provide Solutions For All Needs

Mar 25, 2016 7:20

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Mara Hitner from MatterHackers demonstrates 3-D printing using an affordable printer that can be used to provide tactile models of printed items from animal pictures to complex maps. Listen to her provide information on how easy and affordable it is to provide the blind with a tactile world that only years ago was far out of reach for most. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

CBT Live from #CSUN16: BAUM VarioUltra Braille Display and Notetaker

Mar 25, 2016 8:15

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Who Said that notetakers can’t be slick and stylish? Listen to David Bradburn from BAUM Inc. describe the VarioUltra 20 and 40 cell notetakers. Described as the MacBook pro’s of notetakers, these slick devices prove that performance and beautiful image can go hand-in-hand. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

NVDA Remote: A Fast and Free Remote Access Tool

Mar 24, 2016 7:55

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In this podcast, Alex demonstrates NVDA Remote, a free add-on for NVDA that makes it possible to control another computer using speech and Braille. This lends itself to many uses: tech support, accessibility testing, remote programming and just all around fun. Visit NVDARemote.Com to download the add-on. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Aipoly Vision: Artificial Intelligence for Your iDevice Camera

Mar 21, 2016 11:52

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There are several apps out there that can identify an object in front of your camera, as well as its color. Apps like TapTapSee for example, use a conventional method to do this called crowdsourcing. This means that as soon as you take a picture of an object, it is transmitted to a server where it is then analyzed by a group of people. Once they determine what the image represents, the result is instantly sent back to you. This insures that you will almost always get accurate results, but then one drawback to this method is that you usually have to wait a while for your image to be recognized; not to mention that the device you’re sending the image from has to be connected to the internet the entire time. Aipoly Vision uses a different approach. Instead of sending your image to a server, Aipoly Vision processes and announces your image on your device, without requiring an internet connection! Unlike other apps, there is no need to take a few pictures and wait a while for your results. As soon as Aipoly is on, it instantly starts to scan and announce anything in its view. As of now, Aipoly recognizes 954 types of colors, and is able to process images at the rate of three times a second. The down side to this method is that you may find that Aipoly vision is not as accurate as other apps, but since it uses artificial intelligence, it learns about new objects every time! Teaching Aipoly vision is as easy as switching to the teach Aipoly mode, and then typing a description of an item in its view. Would you replace other OCR apps with it? Do you think Aipoly has potential? Let us know what you think! eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Keyboard Shortcuts for iOS: Quick and Painless Typing

Mar 20, 2016 5:15

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In this podcast, Justin explains what keyboard shortcuts are, and explains how to use them. Although they cannot be used with braille screen input or the handwriting features on the iPhone, they still can make typing much easier. eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Cool Picks: MARCH 18, 2016

Mar 18, 2016

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This week, Alex Justin and Joel Explore the accessibility features on the latest Cool Picks: Focus for iOS Launch center pro fongo

VIP: International Men of Mystery or Tin Foil Men

Mar 18, 2016 43:13

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This week, Alex Justin and Joel Explore the new accessibility features on the latest release of Android N developer edition. They also discuss the latest updates from amazon that may be better suited to a 007 movie. Opinions on the latest accessibility claims from Microsoft and this week's Cool Picks round off another great edition of VIP. If you enjoy what we do here at Cool Blind Tech, you can support us by using our Audible link when you want to sign up with Audible.com eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here. Cool Picks: Focus for iOS Launch center pro fongo

All About Viewing and Changing NVDA Keyboard Commands

Mar 14, 2016 8:25

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In this podcast, Alex describes the NVDA gestures dialog and remapping or adding keystrokes for NVDA's commands. Visit the NVDA Homepage eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Cool Picks: MARCH 9, 2016

Mar 10, 2016

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Joel, Alex and tomi discuss their latest Cool Picks: Avira antivirus TeamTalk for iOS Undead Assault

VIP: Mobile World Congress Wrap Up and CSUN Dreams

Mar 9, 2016 46:26

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From Barcelona Spain to San Diego California, this week's show has you virtually travelling the world like a pro and making sure you don't miss out on the happenings in the world of accessible tech. Joel, Alex and tomi discuss upcoming tech recently presented at Mobile World Congress (MWC). The team then shares it's opinions on the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI. They share their wish list for the highly anticipated CSUN convention. Finally, without a bit of jet lag between them, they share their cool picks of the week on this must-listen-to show. If you enjoy what we do here at Cool Blind Tech, you can support us by using our Audible link when you want to sign up with Audible.com eSight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here. Cool Picks: Avira antivirus TeamTalk for iOS Undead Assault

Frotz for iOS: Interactive Fiction at Your Fingertips

Mar 1, 2016

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Nostalgic for a simpler time? Then take advantage of those crisp high-resolution fonts to relive the glory days of the Great Underground Empire, or play any of hundreds of great works from the Interactive Fiction archive. Frotz lets you play free works of Interactive Fiction (a.k.a. text adventure games) on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Frotz plays titles written in the Z-Machine format. This format was invented by Infocom and was used to produce classic text adventures from the 80s such as the Zork Trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Trinity. In the past decade, text adventures have experienced a renaissance due to the efforts of a diverse Internet community of talented interactive fiction writers and fans. Many of these games are written using the same engine that powered Infocom's titles, thanks to the Inform compiler and authoring system created by Graham Nelson.

Cool Picks: FEBRUARY 28, 2016

Feb 29, 2016

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This week Joel, Leo and Alex discuss Cool Picks: Quartz for iOS Capriccio for iOS Aipoly Vision for iOS

VIP: Benefits of Battling Best Browsers

Feb 28, 2016 29:42

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Changes, changes and more changes in the world of accessible tech are brought to you this week by Joel, Leo and Alex. Your VIP hosts discuss how podcasting as we know it will soon be changing with an update from Facebook and a new app called ZCast. The battle for top mobile browser is also making it possible for people to switch from PC to Mac and your smart phone with ease. As always, the team's Cool Picks round off this can't miss show. ESight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here. Cool Picks: Quartz for iOS Capriccio for iOS Aipoly Vision for iOS

TeamTalk for iOS Is Here, Bringing Clarity to Voice Communication

Feb 27, 2016 15:43

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In the world of VOIP (Voice Over IP) communication, apps abound which provide you with many functions and features for good voice communication. Some of these are straight forward, used for simplicity like Skype. Others, such as Ventrilo, TeamSpeak and TeamTalk offer a more flexible approach, with servers and channels that people use to attain higher depths in voice quality. TeamTalk, which is available for Android and other platforms such as Linux, Windows, And Mac OS, has just made an appearance in the iOS App store which now allows people of a huge variety of platforms and devices. Let's dive into how customizable and easy to use the iOS app is, which was designed from the start with accessibility and convenience in mind. ESight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Reaper Part 2: Rudimentary Recording for Windows

Feb 23, 2016 9:48

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In this episode, Alex quickly shows you how to start recording with REAPER. He then edits out a burp and explains the various ripple modes used for splitting and removing items. ESight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Parcel for iOS: A Popular Way to Track Packages

Feb 13, 2016

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In this podcast, Justin shows us how to use the Parcel app to track incoming packages on your iPhone. He proceeds to explain what the app does, demonstrate the settings, show off tracking information, and add a new delivery that can be tracked on Parcel. ESight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

How to See the Actual Signal Strength of Your iPhone: Breaking Through the Bars

Feb 12, 2016

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In this podcast, Justin takes us through all the basics of seeing your iPhone's signal strength in DBM, or decibel-milliwatts. Though this may extremely complicated, Justin reveals that it is actually very simple and demonstrates how to change your signal strength to DBM, then how to take it back to the default settings.

Reaper on Windows Part 1: General Introduction, Why Reaper is Awesome

Jan 26, 2016 9:21

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Welcome to the Reaper on Windows series. In this series, Alex will show you how to start using Reaper for your audio needs. Reaper is a full-featured digital audio workstation (DAW) with tons of capability for a reasonable price tag. In this episode, Alex demonstrates installing the unofficial OSARA keymap and explains some features of OSARA and Reaper. At the end we make silly noises with effects. This is intended as a general overview and why Alex enjoys REAPER so much. We'll get into specific topics later. In future episodes, we'll explore recording, in-depth effects usage, actually getting things done. Suggestions are welcome. If Alex has the know-how, it'll most likely make it into this series. OSARA is an open-source Reaper extension that allows screen reader users to enjoy Reaper more fully by exposing inaccessible features of Reaper and making controls speak better and more accurately. The Reaper homepage OSARA Homepage ESight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here. You can support CBT, by picking up your free audiobook here.

Feel the Vibe: Creating Custom Vibrations in Contacts for iOS

Jan 22, 2016 5:23

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In this podcast, Justin takes us through the custom vibrations on iOS. He shows us how to assign vibrations to specific contacts, the default ones that iOS comes with and how to create new custom vibrations. ESight enables people with legal blindness to actually see. Want to try eSight? Get in touch with their team by calling : 1 855 837 4448 You can fill out the Try eSight form here.

Virtualize This: Install Windows 10 On a Virtual Machine

Dec 5, 2015 11:40

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If you have always wanted to try out an operating system but you don’t want to risk losing your files, one good solution is to install it on a virtual machine. A virtual machine allows you to install an OS in an isolated environment, so even if anything goes wrong, your primary OS is still intact. It also lets you experiment without forcing you to part with your current OS. In this podcast, Leo walks you through installing Windows 10 on VMware Player, a free software which allows you to install an operating system on a virtual machine. If you don’t have a copy of windows 10, the best way to obtain an iso image is through the media creation tool. To help with the initial install, the talking Windows PE iso is also used. Only the initial install of windows 10 is covered, so if you’re stuck at the welcome screen, this podcast will show you how to complete the installation. Enjoy!

Using Samsung’s S-pen with Talkback: a case for the phablet

Nov 27, 2015 7:48

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No doubt the word phablet has entered every day vocabulary among the general population. The larger screen allows not only for more precise on-screen navigation, but also provides an opportunity for more content and video to be viewed. On some phablets, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 5, a stylus is included which can detect not only precise finger movement, but also pressure in the form of greater line thickness. For professionals, artists, and general consumers alike, this provides the ability to write with handwritten notes or drawings. A picture's worth a thousand words, or so they say. What about other stylus advantages? Samsung has built a special "hover" gesture, which allows swiping and various screen actions without touching the physical phone. This is similar but very, very different from Apple's 3D touch. The reason we make this comparison is simple: Some air gestures can preview content or interact with it in contextual ways. However, it is worth "noting" that 3D touch requires a firm press on the screen, while this is the opposite, whereby you lift the stylus half an inch above it. What about accessibility? Lucky for us, Samsung has built in Talkback support for the stylus. While not ideal, it allows you to swipe around the keyboard, tap items or keys, and see a more "3D" overview of the screen. With a physical stylus, your entire wrist and hand are involved in the touch exploration process. Drawing might also be useful for those who have some vision, as you can create large-print notes for yourself. Join as the question is explored: Is the Note 5's stylus capability worth it for the visually impaired?

Boost the VoiceOver Maximum Speech Rate for Your Mac

Nov 22, 2015 6:08

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In this podcast, we show how you can increase your VoiceOver TTS above the standard 100% on a Mac. This was recorded using OSX Mavericks, but still works great in El Capitan and Yosemite. If text is more your thing, the same instructions may be found here: First, get everything in VO set up the way you want. Then, go into VO utility, and Command-shift-e to export your settings. Export all of them, and save the .voprefs somewhere you'll remember. Open this .voprefs in textEdit by pressing Option-Control-Shift-m, and navigate to Open With > Other... Choose textEdit from the open dialog, and press Return. The .voprefs will open in readable text you can edit. Search for rate by pressing Command-f, and typing rate and pressing Return. Hit escape so you're back in the window and see where you are. There's a line that says "100" below that huge key with "rate" in it. Find the "100,” or whatever your TTS rate is, and change it to something else. You can also do this with volume (some legacy voices like Fred need this to be as loud as the rest of your system). Note: If you have multiple activities that use different voices and rates, be sure to edit the right one. Do this by searching for the voice name and finding the corresponding rate. Once that's completed, Command-s to save, open VO Utility again and import your settings, or just press return on the .voprefs file. Caution: If you get into trouble with increasing the speech rate too fast, you can press Command -Option-Control-down arrow.

Speedtest for iOS: Geekiness Made Easy

Nov 19, 2015

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In this podcast, Justin goes over the Speedtest.net app for iOS. He explains what it is used for, how it is useful in real world applications, and demonstrates how to proficiently navigate the application.

A Quick Look at Firefox for iOS

Nov 19, 2015

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In this podcast, Alex takes us on a brief tour of the recently released Mozilla Firefox for iOS. There are some bugs and issues, but overall it's a smooth browsing experience. See Marco Zehe's post for more information.

Claria: a new vision of technology

Nov 16, 2015 16:13

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This week on Spotlight the Cool Blind Tech Team features Claria Zoom. Claria Zoom is an all-in-one application helping elderly & people suffering from eye diseases (AMD, glaucoma…) stay active and independent. Download it now Claria Zoom won the Golden Silmo award at the 2014 World Optics Fair in Paris. Unrivalled reading & writing comfort Extra large characters Contrasted color themes Big keyboards Speech activation available on any screen Interface Claria Zoom FeaturesGrey copie 20+ redesigned functionalities Communication: Phone, Text messages, Emails Daily tools: GPS, Calendar, Clock, Calculator, Voice memos, Notes, Weather, File explorer Entertainment: Music player, Newspapers, Radio player, Audio book reader, Web browser Camera: Take a photo/video, Electronic magnifier, Optical character recognition (OCR)

KNFB Reader, compared on both Android and iOS

Nov 11, 2015 14:19

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With the recent release of KNFB Reader for Android, we can now see how text recognition and accuracy can differ among various smartphones. Does iOS still have an edge over recognition quality? What are some of the shortcomings of the Android app? Taking the same document, we run it through the camera of a Galaxy Note 5 and an iPhone 6s, which offer the 2015-era top notch camera quality from both Apple and Samsung. You can grab the Android version of KNFB Reader here Or grab the iOS one from the iTunes Store here.

Spotlight with iMerciv: Feel the Buzz! Not the Bump!

Oct 30, 2015 21:58

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In the Spotlight we talk to Bin Liu and Arjun Mali developers of the BuzzClip. iMerciv has developed a small, discreet and versatile wearable for people that are blind or living with significant vision loss. The BuzzClip, uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one's path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may walk into. PRE ORDER NOW!

Comics for the Blind: A Spotlight Interview with Guy Hasson from Comics Empower

Oct 22, 2015 23:36

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Comics Empower is featured in this weeks Spotlight Interview. The online comic book shop that was created by Guy Hasson. who makes comics for the blind and the visually impaired! After more than 20 years writing for theatre, writing science fiction stories and books, and writing for film, Guy created the indie comic book company New Worlds Comics. Among other things, he initiated the Comics Empower Project, where real people told their real stories about how comics empowered, helped, or inspired them. The real stories showed him how deeply comics empower people for decades. This inspired the creation of the Comics Empower store, the comic book store for the blind and the visually impaired. More than that, it inspired the creation of the exclusive series, Aurora, an adventure sci-fi series with a blind hero. Useful links: First Timer's Ultimate Guide to Comics. Check out the writing competition for blind or visually impaired writers.

VIP Android Event: Enter the Nexus, or “Nexai!”

Oct 9, 2015

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The grammar-precise side of me cringes a little when using the word "nexai," but from an accessibility perspective, it fits well! Join Me, Leo, and Quentin on a Marshmallow expedition in this edition of the VIP roundtable podcast, as Cool Blind Tech dissects the Google event and uncovers an array of nexus devices. First, we have the Nexus 5X. The device features a 5.2 inch screen at a resolution of 1080 x 1920, a Snapdragon 64-bit 808 processor, and 2 gigabytes of ram. It comes in 16 or 32 GB versions. Google also talked up their new always-on OK Google feature, but why not listen to the podcast to find out more? The phone starts at $379 USD. The other phone, The Nexus 6P features a larger 5.7 inch screen, a faster CPU, but at a higher $499 price point. Finally, we spoke of some of the features in Marshmallow, such as the new features for permissions. Find a list of features here, as posted on the Android website. Google also introduced a slew of Chromecast devices. One is the Regular $35 Chromecast which features better wifi with dual-band AC, plus a detachable HDMI cable. Another is the Chromecast Audio , which is also $35 but is geared towards audio-only streaming, through a 3.5 MM aux jack to your stereo or through optical input.

3D Touch On the iPhone 6s: Just Press Deeper

Oct 5, 2015 12:50

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In this podcast, Justin goes through how to use the 3D Touch features on the iPhone 6s. He shows us how to do this on the home screen, to peak into things as well as pop into them and finally the settings available for this new feature.

CrowdViz: A Spotlight Interview with the Person Behind the Eyes

Oct 1, 2015

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In this Spotlight interview we feature Akash Khanolkar the CEO of CrowdViz. CrowdViz is an iOS app that unites blind people with our trusted sighted assistants. Blind users can receive immediate sighted assistance by connecting to an assistant and it is as easy as a click of a single button.

Voice Dream reader on Android: A Spotlight Interview with Michael Scott

Sep 18, 2015 36:25

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At the very tail end of August, Voice Dream Reader, the wildly popular book reading app, launched on Android. This opens up a huge potential market, ranging from students who want to read college coursework on-the-go, to professionals who drive a lot and need an easy way of reading materials with high-quality voices. Because of the excellent price range of Android devices, you can now own a book reader for under $100. We've interview Winston Chen who developed the iOS application, which has now grown into a comprehensive app. Getting this to work on Android from scratch was a unique challenge, as it requires a great effort and collaboration between features and platforms. Michael Scott developed the Android version of Voice Dream Reader, and it has many of the same functionality as found on iOS: Bookmarks, various high quality voices from Acapela (at the moment, Ivona is expected in a future update), along with bookmarking support, DRM-free Epubs, bookshelf views, Bookshare, Dropbox,One drive integration, visual adjustment of the document's contents, highlighting, built-in web browser... Just what does it take to develop an Android app anyway? How difficult was it to have all of these features migrate over from the iOS world? What are some future plans for the app? Ultimately, what goals might the team have in mind for its purpose? We sit down with both Michael and Winston to talk about the development and story of Voice Dream reader.

Windows 10 Start Menu is Traditional and Trendy

Aug 20, 2015 12:47

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Was your most favorite part of Windows 7 the handy search box that you first landed in when you opened it? Were you fighting against upgrading to Windows 8.1 because you could not be parted with your beloved search box companion? Well, not to worry, as Microsoft has heard you loud and clear. The new Windows 10 start menu combines the traditional look and feel of Windows 7 and merged it with many of the modern features of Windows 8. In this podcast, Cory demonstrates how NVDA is navigating the Windows 10 start menu and shows you how to quickly jump to various sections. Get the best of both the Windows 7 and Windows 8 worlds with the new Windows 10 start menu.

NVDA Is Living On The Edge

Jul 28, 2015 4:15

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Just when we thought Microsoft’s new modern browser Edge would not be accessible, the folks over at NV Access had to show everyone that NVDA is literally on the Edge. While the functionality demonstrated here is only available at this time in the next release versions of the NVDA software and certainly is not recommended for production environments, the fact that it seems to be working very well gives us a very promising glimpse at what we can expect from Microsoft’s accessibility support and NVDA itself. Give this podcast a listen to hear how NVDA is successfully reading webpages in its virtual browser, just as it always has.

Windows 10 Rises

Jul 28, 2015 1:19:19

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We are back to tell you the latest and greatest when it comes to Windows 10. Join us to hear our take on it and how you can best have an enjoyable experience with this revolutionary new version of Microsoft’s newest release. Cory Martin, Thomas Geczy and Leonid Prazdnik all welcome Quentin Christensen from 22 Point, a blogger and developer who also happens to be writing a book on Windows 10 from a blindness/low vision perspective. To view Quentin's excellent blog, click here. So pull up a chair and join us as we discuss our experiences thus far. Here are the highlights: Windows 10 will launch on July 29th. The release will be staggered releases starting with desktop/laptops, then phones and Xbox. The upgrade path for Windows 7/8 will be free if the upgrade offer is used within the first year, however a single user license is estimated at $129/£99/€135 to start. The free upgrade will be free for the duration of the lifecycle of the product it is running on. Windows 10 is expected to be the last version ever, being upgraded with feature releases as time goes on. There will be a total of 7 versions: IoT, Mobile, Home, Enterprise and Professional, Mobile Enterprise, and Education. Cortana is improved from the early beta days and now has the ability to dictate E-mail, as well as being more tightly integrated in to the OS with a highly polished feel. Microsoft Edge will be the new browser from Microsoft, though for legacy support, Internet Explorer will also be offered. As screen reader users we may need to stay away from Edge for the time being, unless you’re willing to run nightly beta software. Virtual desktops will be offered in Windows 10 and are quite useful, though may pose some key conflicts with other favorite Twitter software in the community. The start menu has returned to an older style, though still offering the tiled approach for the modern apps. The notification center has been greatly enhanced and now replaces notification balloons, allowing the user to scroll through and selectively or collectively dismiss notifications. Screen readers are expected to support Windows 10 at launch, though currently NVDA is pulling ahead of the pack in terms of support. Give the show a listen to hear us discuss all of these highlights and much more. As always, feel free to contact us with any feedback you may have, we’d love to hear from you.

A Keyboard Worth Typing on for Android, Designed with Accessibility in mind

Jul 21, 2015 13:45

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If you are a fan of Android, you might be aware of how different the typing experience on most keyboard solutions can be for the platform. Samsung, LG, and even Google all design specific keyboards which differ in the way they present key layouts or even speak some of the names for keys. For some, typing on Android might also seem slower than on rival operating systems. Usually this sluggish behavior is noticed when your finger makes contact with the keys on the keyboard - it takes a few seconds for the screen reader to announce which key you have touched. Enter the Blind Accessibility Keyboard , a $3 app which is designed specifically for blind and low vision users. Unlike most other products, it announces the key your finger lands on by using the default TTS engine on your device. Other customization options, such as the height of the keyboard, labels for specific keys, and even a settings backup/ restore function are provided for advanced users. In our experience, the keyboard can be a hit or miss depending on your device. For slower, more budget phones, typing might be slower or equal to the current stock solutions. For phones that are better with processor speed, it will probably feel faster and smoother. Other issues, such as not being able to hold the delete key to quickly erase text, are being addressed by the developer in a future update.

Adding Web Pages To the Home Screen On iOS – A Very Handy Short Cut

Jul 2, 2015 3:52

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In this podcast, Justin shows us how to add web pages to the home screen on iOS. He also demonstrates how to give the icons custom names and launch them. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community and possibly join the CBT Team, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles.

Galaxy Talkback on the new Samsung Galaxy S6

Jun 26, 2015 18:10

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In this podcast, Yannick gives us an introduction to the new Samsung Galaxy S6, and its own screen reader named Galaxy Talkback. Feel free to send Yannick any comments or suggestions below or via twitter at @YPlassiard. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community and possibly join the CBT Team, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles.

Exploring the roots of Nexus Root Toolkit

Jun 24, 2015

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The Nexus Root Toolkit is a very useful utility which can help you easily root your Google Nexus device. Despite its name however, this utility has much more to offer. It can lock or relock your bootloader, help you flash custom and stock roms, perform a backup and restore of your device among many other things. In this podcast, we walk you through the NRT interface and demonstrate a few of its features. Please keep in mind that NRT relies on ADB and Fastboot in order to work properly. Let us know which features you find most useful!

iOS 9 Accessibility

Jun 19, 2015 32:05

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iOS has transformed the lives of many users with a range of physical and learning disabilities. Learn how to create apps that leverage the power and simplicity of Apple's assistive technologies to make them accessible to the broadest audience possible. Hear about the latest advancements in iOS accessibility and how you can take advantage of them today. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community and possibly join the CBT Team, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles.

Apple Watch Accessibility

Jun 19, 2015 30:16

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Building on the strong accessibility support in iOS, Apple Watch offers assistive features like VoiceOver and Zoom. Gain insights into how these accessibility features work on Apple Watch, and how to make sure your app can be accessible to all users. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community and possibly join the CBT Team, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles.

WWDC Highlights: Apples are becoming self aware through watching us, and now they can make music, too!

Jun 17, 2015 1:24:19

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What a busy week! We return with another VIP Roundtable podcast, with me as your host alongside Hugo, Nelson, and Justin. This year's WWDC event was a large one, as it is where Apple reveals to us its mysteries at their core. OK, maybe not quite, but we did gain a nice glimpse into what is coming down the pipe especially in terms of software. Join us as we talk about Mac OS 10.11 and how mature the platform might be, iOS 9 and its features or surprises, along with the Apple Watch which is becoming so much more, quicker than people have thought. The big push for Apple this year dealt with making iOS more aware of your routine and habits, while keeping your privacy intact. Can they pull it off? Will the new Apple Music be good enough to gain interest for people? We also talk about a new assistant on the block, which could seriously Hound both Apple and Google and their artificial intelligent creations. Cool picks: Tomi Brain Baths Nelson: Periscope ( Android Version is here) Justin: the WWDC app from apple. Hugo: the newly released NLS Bard app for Android

Googlicious: Macadamia Moment

Jun 17, 2015

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Greg, Leo and Cory welcome a new crew member, Dan Mathis to the show to discuss what's new and up-coming with the world of Google and the latest from Google IO. First up was the newest version of Android, Internally Code Named: Macadamia Nut Cookie, which is focusing on polish and quality It was announced that Android M should be available for Q3 2015, September of this year. The newest version of Android will initially be Launched on most of the flagship Devices: Nexus 5, 6, 9 and player, though the Nexus 7 likely will not be supported. Not to be out-done, Google is launching Android Pay which is coming to any devices with NFC running KitKat or above. Android pay will allow a user to just unlock and place the device on a compatible terminal. Additionally, Android M will allow Android Pay to work with third party apps. Along with Google Pay, Fingerprint reader support will be globally be available in Android M. As part of the shiny new polish, Android M introduces Doze, which is a state of deep sleep where the device senses whether it has been motionless for an extended period of time and manages it's power consumption accordingly. Android M devices will be introducing USB-C support. USB-C connectors work regardless of which way the cable is connected and support USB 3. Additionally, USB-C connectors support higher levels of power transfer. Continuing the new shine, Android M overhauls permissions. Apps will request permissions on an as-needed basis and are individually controllable. If needed, the possibility exists to revoke particular permissions. Audio is not to be left out as well, with volume granularity being enhanced with extended customizability. Chrome has been improved with site-customized tabs and tighter integration in to the OS for apps to display web content. Last but certainly not least, On Tap, will now be hanging out in your Google Now on your home button. This feature will be an Opt-in option for privacy reasons. While we can only speculate at the possibilities as it is Not available yet in Android M betas. What is it? A feature which will automatically attempt to find information based on your current activity and the context of the content you are viewing. Google certainly has some interesting new projects in the works: Project Jacquard: Conductive cloth for wearables. Project ARA: Building phones which have replaceable components Project Vault: SD card with its own OS and encrypted data store. Google Photos: Specific cloud service which is cross-platform for storing photos automatically. The new service supports facial recognition and has unlimited storage. New Version of Google Cardboard: Now compatible with iPhone and larger devices. Project Soli: A hand-motion tracking system that allows us to interact with our devices without even touching them. Gestures like volume control could be controlled with hand movement. Android Wear: Introducing low-power black and white viewing mode. Project Brillo: A stripped down version of Android intended for Internet of Things devices such as your smart lightbulb, allowing cross-platform control and communication with these devices. And finally, the Google Session: Improving your Android app's Accessibility: Discussed methods which developers can use to improve their apps for accessible use and provides techniques to doing this to developers. Additionally, the President of NFB appeared at the discussion. Cool Picks: Leo: Periscope Greg: Google Hand writing Dan: Zedge Cory: Smart Selfie

Google I/O 2015 – Improve your Android app’s accessibility

Jun 8, 2015 40:55

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When you improve your app's accessibility, you improve your product for everyone, including the billion people worldwide who live with a disability. This talk will introduce you to Android accessibility services and show how they make your app work in new ways for a wide range of users. You will learn some accessibility best practices, and get introduced to new automated testing tools that bring accessibility into your existing app development workflow.

Paying With Fruit – Using the intuitive and easy Apple Pay System

Jun 4, 2015 8:36

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Apple introduced NFC-based digital technology into their iPhone last year with the 6 and 6+, a technology which has been present in many other phones for a long time. The hardware allows you to make seamless purchases at supporting stores with only a touch of your finger on the home button. In this quick demo, we take a look at adding a card to the Apple Pay system, as well as making purchases at a sandwich store. Besides letting you enter in the details manually, there's another option that allows you to take a photo of your credit card when setting up payment sources. If it takes off in more places, Apple Pay could become a real threat to finger-happy purchases, while perhaps also shortening long lines in the process. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community and possibly join the CBT Team, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles.

Williams Legato Digital Piano Review

Jun 4, 2015 10:43

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In this first Cool Blind Tech podcast of mine, I give you a short review of the new Williams Legato Digital Piano. I do my best to explain the button layout and functions, and at the end there is a demonstration of the main piano instrument that I just sort of came up with on the spot. Enjoy, and feel free to send me any feedback. My email address is joseph.king2010@gmail.com We want to hear from you. Just leave a comment below to share your thoughts. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community and possibly join the CBT Team, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles.

Uber On iOS – Is it really worth it?

Jun 2, 2015 27:18

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In this tag team review of Uber for iOS, Hugo demonstrates his personal experience with the Uber services and finds out you don’t always get what you pay for. Justin follows with a quick demonstration of Uber on an Apple Watch. We want to hear from you on your experiences with Uber or similar taxi services. Just leave a comment below to share your thoughts with our community. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community and possibly join the CBT Team, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles. Here is the description from the developer: Uber is your private driver in more than 50 countries. ・ Request a ride using the app and get picked up within minutes. On-demand service means you always have a ride right when you need one. ・ Compare rates for different vehicles and get fare quotes in the app. Add a credit card to your secure account so you never need cash on hand. ・ Easily set your pickup location on the map, even if you don't know the exact address. Get connected to your personal driver and track your Uber in real-time. ・ Sit back, relax, and ride anywhere you want. We'll email you a receipt when you arrive at your destination. An entirely new and modern way to travel is at your fingertips.

Rooting Galaxy devices is not complicated, but will forever void warranties

May 24, 2015 17:26

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Let's talk about rooting Android devices. While previously we have discussed flashing a Nexus back to factory settings for tinkerers out there, we have not yet touched upon how most Galaxy devices are rooted. This podcast is applicable to non-newer Samsung's, anything S5 and below. For most of Samsung's flagships, the guide applies, although some might have different ways to boot into recovery or boot loader mode. This was tested personally to work on Galaxy S4 and S5 models, but the procedure is the same for Galaxy Note 3/4 as well. Grab the proper zip for your device, inside which you will find Odin for flashing. You will also need the ADB setup file This will provide you with the Samsung drivers you will need in order to access the boot loader and recovery modes. If for some reason those don't work, Grab Samsung's official driver here. We cannot stress this further, but doing this guide will forever void your manufacturer warranty. While you will still have insurance through your carrier if you have purchased it, Samsung's support centers will not be able to help you. Happy flashing!

How To Gift and Redeem Apps on iOS Using voiceover

May 20, 2015 12:31

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Did you forget to give a gift to that special person in your life? Well, Hugo is going to show you how to redeem yourself with an iOS app from the Appstore. He demonstrates on how to gift an app using voiceOver and then proceeds to redeem the app from a secondary iOS device. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. CBT would like to thank our loyal listeners for listening to this podcast by inviting you to join our Community, where you can submit your own podcasts or articles.

Staying Fit With the Apple Watch – Move It Or Lose It

May 14, 2015 17:35

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In this motivating demonstration, Justin introduces us to the fitness features on the Apple Watch, and shows us what we can do with them. He goes over the workout and activity apps on the watch, and the activity and health apps on the iPhone. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. Thank you for listening to this podcast.

Sounds and Haptics On the Apple Watch – No More Embarrassing Meetings

May 3, 2015 5:59

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In this short demonstration, Justin takes us through the various sound settings for the Apple Watch. He shows us how to adjust the volume of the ringer, adjust haptic feedback as well as some other useful settings. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. Thank you for listening to this podcast.

Samsung S6 Edge Is Reinventing Accessibility For Android Users

May 3, 2015 33:50

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In this podcast Hugo demonstrates some of the accessibility features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung has developed their own version of TalkBack similar to Google TalkBack allowing you to navigate the screen with their own customized interface. Dark screen allows you to dim the screen. Turning the Accessibility shortcut on, enables you to long-press the power button, and then place two fingers on the screen for a few seconds to turn on TalkBack. permitting you to navigate the interface. Voice Label works in conjunction with writable NFC tags allowing you to scan an NFC tag, and record a voice memo helping you to understand what you tapped your phone to. Accessibility features for low vision users: Magnification gestures allows you to do a triple tap on the screen to zoom the entire interface and also pinch in and out with two fingers to adjust the zoom level. Magnifier window zooms in on areas of the screen with a permanent "window" that can be moved around. Font size allows you to adjust the font size to various levels. The Negative colors option changes the entire interface to a color palette that's easier to see. The interface switches to mostly white, with black text and red or pink elements. Color adjustment enables the interface to align colors by order of shade and color to your preference. Greyscale changes the interface to shades of black and grey.

Installing Apps On the Apple Watch – As Long As They Don’t Fart

May 2, 2015 7:09

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In this podcast, Justin goes over how to install and uninstall third party apps from the Apple App Store. He installs the app on the iPhone, displays it on the Apple Watch and then proceeds to uninstall and delete the app. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. Thank you for listening to this podcast.

The Android Crew: Want A Side of Droid With That?

May 1, 2015 57:47

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For our second show, Greg Lopez, Leo Prazdnik, Tomi Geczy and Cory Martin meet to discuss the latest happenings in the world of Android. The crew kicks off the show with a discussion on Google’s TalkBack user survey and it’s results in the form of the Talkback 4.2 beta. Here’s some links to other items which were discussed: Microsoft reveals plans to expand further into the Android ecosystem with a partnership with Dell.Google expands Android's smart lock features with on-body smart lock feature to deter would-be thieves. The crew discusses Google's Project Ara, a fully customizable phone built from modular components. It's been confirmed... You can uninstall most preinstalled apps from the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge. Would you rather write then type? Google's got you covered with their new handwriting input app. APH has released an updated version of Nearby Explorer with Open Street Map support. Do you like using TeamTalk? It's now available in the Play Store. Want to try out Meerkat? It's now in public beta and accepting signups. Looking for your missing Android? Just type Find My Phone into your favorite web browser after signing into your Google account to find it. Google's Project Fi, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) kicks off with a beta for Nexus 6 devices. Cool Picks Cory: TeamTalk for Android Greg: Chromecast (Requires Chromecast or Nexus Player device) Tomi: Talking Stones Leo: Trivia Crack Finally, the crew would like to announce that they have a special guest lined up for May's show... We won't say more then that at the moment, but we're definitely looking forward to our special guest. As usual, if you have any feedback, feel free to get in touch with us in the usual ways, and if using Twitter, please add the hash tag #CBTDroid on the end so we know it's specific to The Android Crew. Thanks for listening, and tell your friends.

Accessibility Settings On The Apple Watch – Access Granted

Apr 30, 2015 12:51

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In this podcast, Justin shows us the accessibility settings on the Apple watch, from the iPhone and the watch itself. The Apple Watch includes the following accessibility features: • VoiceOver • Zoom • Grayscale • Bold Text • Reduce Motion • Reduce Transparency • On/Off Labels • Mono Audio • Left-Right Stereo Balance You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. Thank you for listening to this podcast.

Communicating On The Apple Watch – I’m So Glad I Have A Social Life

Apr 29, 2015 18:57

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In this episode, Justin demonstrates the various features of communicating with the stock apps on the Apple Watch. He shows us how to use Siri for Communication, the phone application, sending text messages, interacting with Apple Watch friends and the mail application. This episode is not recommended for children. Viewer discretion is advised. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. Thank you for listening to this podcast.

Demonstrating the Clock On the Apple Watch – Time At Its Best

Apr 29, 2015 10:24

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In this demonstration, Justin walks us through the clock application on the Apple Watch. We learn how to change the clock face, customize faces and how to change settings for the Apple Watch clock on the iPhone. You can support the Cool Blind Tech Community By giving us a 5 star rating in iTunes. Thank you for listening to this podcast.

Glances On The Apple Watch – Quick Info At Your Finger Tips

Apr 28, 2015

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In this demonstration, Justin goes over how to use glances on the Apple Watch. He shows how to get to the glances section, to go to the next or previous glance, how to delete and reorder glances in the settings on the iPhone and how to add new glances through the iPhone settings. Justin also shows the Ping option allowing you to locate your iPhone using the Apple Watch.

Comcast Voice Guidance – It’s Actually A Reality

Apr 27, 2015 29:02

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In this podcast, Raymond gives a brief demonstration of Comcast’s Voice guidance service and explains a little about how it works and the reasons why. Also, he points out the fact that Comcast is not charging for the accessibility. Coming soon to a screen near you! VOICE REMOTE Say it. See it. The voice remote provides a new level of independence to customers who have limited mobility or dexterity, or have a visual disability. By using simple voice commands, customers can change channels, search for shows, enable closed captioning and more. The voice remote also includes a backlit keypad making it easier to see the buttons in the dark.

Apple Watch First Impressions – Where Time and Tech Merge

Apr 27, 2015 7:07

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In this podcast, Justin proceeds to do a general overview of the Apple Watch including design, VoiceOver jesters that are new to it, and some of his favourite features. The Apple Watch was released to the public on April 24 and is available for order on Apple's online store, along with accessories and more. It includes the popular VoiceOver screen reader that is found on all of Apple's newer devices, as well as accessibility features for people with hearing impairments and low vision.

An Initial Look At Speech In Windows 10 – A Comparison of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8.1

Apr 23, 2015 18:37

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In this episode Quentin gives a demonstration of the currant version of Microsoft’s Windows 10. He looks at the differences in TTS and other features in Windows 10 as compared to previous versions of Windows. It is advised when installation of any beta or technical preview software be installed on a secondary testing device as it may result in corruption or loss of data.

How To Flash Your Android

Apr 11, 2015

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In this podcast Leonid demonstrates a simple way to flash a stock Android rom on to a Google Nexus device. The factory images can be downloaded here. The following tools were used to flash the image: Download the 7-zip utility to extract the compressed image here. The ADB and Fastboot tools are used to flash the image on the Nexus device. Download the Minimal ADB and Fastboot installer here. Please be sure to back up any important data before proceeding!

Podcast Addict for Android: A quick introduction

Apr 9, 2015 5:02

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Brandon Cross gives a short introduction to Podcast Addict which is a podcast aggregator app for the Android operating system. He gives a brief overview of how easy it is to add a podcast via search engine. If you enjoyed this podcast and think this app might be something you will like, you can download it from the Google PlayStore. More from developer With Podcast Addict, manage all your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube channels and RSS News feeds from your Android device. Subscribe to your favorite podcasts using the embedded networks (5by5, ABC, AfterBuzz TV, BBC, CNN, Carolla Digital, ESPN, FrogPants, LibriVox, Nerdist, NPR, Revision3, Smodcast, Ted Talks, Twit and Cool Blind Tech…). You can also import your podcasts subscriptions from an iTunes or Google Reader OPML file, or use the embedded search engine to browse Podcasts Addict (200K podcasts) or iTunes databases (250K podcasts). Finally you can also copy and paste your podcasts RSS feeds in order to subscribe. The app displays a small ad banner at the bottom of the screen. If you want to support Podcast Addict and/or disable the ad banner, you can buy Podcast Addict - Donate app Features: • Android Wear notifications & controls (Android 4.3+ only) • chromecast support • minimal permission requirement • manage Audio & Video podcasts, iTunes podcasts, Soundcloud url, Youtube Channels & RSS News feeds • standalone player (MP3, local files, streaming) • support both download & streaming • automatic update • automatic download • advanced automatic deletion features (trash...) • advanced Custom Settings per Podcast • automatic podcasts Flattr • podcast & episode search engine (use both Podcast Addict database & iTunes database) • audio & video player with resume, shuffle, loop, ... • variable playback speed, volume boost and skip silence (available for Android 4.1+) • audio & video playlist • customizable widgets • full app backup / restore • themes • lock screen widgets (Android 4.0+ only) • sleep timer • both list & grid mode display (podcasts & episodes) • authenticated feeds • virtual podcasts (handle a folder content as a podcast) • trending, new, TOP 250 most successful podcasts • Browse podcasts by category • OPML import (iTunes, Google Reader...) • OPML export • Full screen reading mode for RSS news feed • Podcasts suggestions • comments download feature • episode & podcast sharing • episode search engine • pebble support (player notifications) • support for Nova Launcher TeslaUnread plugin • support for Tasker, AutomateIT, ...

Hartgen Consultancy Leads Innovation Towards Bringing The Star Trek Computer To Your PC

Apr 2, 2015 45:41

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On this edition of Spotlight, Cory Martin meets with Mr. Brian Hartgen, owner of Hartgen Consultancy and a well-known leader in the Assistive Technology field who has brought amazing advancements to the way people with multiple disabilities use their computers. With Brian’s bridging product, J-Say, it is possible for a person to completely control their computer by voice alone, using both JAWS for Windows from Freedom Scientific and Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking. While J-Say has been improved over a number of years, Hartgen Consultancy brings a number of new products to the table, such as J-Dictate, a product which is focused on the professional or student who wishes to still use the Keyboard but receive audible feedback from JAWS, or transcribe notes in to text. In addition, Brian’s product Leasey makes it possible for beginners and power users alike to interact with their computers in a simplified and meaningful way with a straight-forward command structure and several tools to improve the computing experience. Brian discusses his beginnings, he tells us how he got started in the assistive technology field and how J-Say came to exist. Finally, Brian tells us about some of the new advancements to his Leasey product including all new support for complex iTunes tasks and the Spotify music streaming service. If you would like, click this link to visit Hartgen.org or if you wish to hear Brian demonstrate his various products, you may listen to his Laircast podcast with comprehensive demos.

iOS 8.3 beta introduces new emoji diversity even for VoiceOver users

Mar 24, 2015

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Emoji characters have taken off across the world in the last 5 years as an affective way of communicating through images. There are those who will tell their messages in pure Emoji fashion. With over 200 characters to choose from, what's not to love? An unfortunate limitation of Emojis was their lack of diversity. Different sexual orientations, skin tones, and other cultural aspects were not portrayed well within the tiny images. Apple started proposing changes to this last year, and the results of this now bare fruit in iOS 8.3's beta releases. For iOS 8.2 and below users, these new symbols will not work as they would in 8.3. An emoji of a family might show up as separate "man's head, boy's head, woman's head, and girl's head" as opposed to "family with woman, man, and son." iOS can now essentially stitch multiple symbols together, and of course the representations of skin colour will not show up for earlier users either. iOS 8.3 entered public beta on March 16, which means that it is no longer exclusive to developers or internal testers. Interested users can click this link and join the beta program. Note that the iOS 8.3 beta might not be available right away for some, so you might have to wait. The beta program is not for everyone, however. If you are ok with sometimes having work-arounds, with having little to no support in finding those, and updating your device once or twice a month, then feel free to join. Beta users can submit feedback using a feedback app found on the home screen, allowing a more direct input into the way iOS is created.

The Android Crew Premiere – Metal Bodies and Virtual Magnets

Mar 21, 2015 57:50

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For our first show, the Android Crew, Greg Lopez, Tomi Geczy, Brandon Cross and Cory Martin all meet to hash out the latest Android happenings, starting with new hardware announced at Mobile World Congress. The crew starts out with the Samsung Galaxy S6 by discussing the pros and cons of the drastic new design. Here are a few links to some of the items which they discussed: Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge reportedly facing touchscreen issues - SamMobile https://is.gd/Y7hOc1 Here is a link to the new accessibility features for the galaxy S6 https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/eyes-free/bpaJIotS1kE Here is a PDF for the Samsung S6 manual that talks about the accessibility features https://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201503/20150303094626458/SM-G920F_UM_EU_Lollipop_Eng_Rev.1.0_150302.pdf The new Loop Pay on the S6 looks possibly better than other NFC-based payment options, offering backward compatibility with existing point-of-sale hardware. Loop Pay on S6: https://www.nfcworld.com/2015/03/01/334371/samsung-unveils-galaxy-s6-with-nfc-and-looppay-mobile-payments/ S6/S6 Edge available via US and Canadian carriers on 4/10/2015, prices still unknown https://mobilesyrup.com/2015/03/10/samsung-galaxy-s6-gold-canada/ Wireless charging and Fast Charge 2.0 technologies are contrasted, speed versus convenience? It is suggested that wireless charging might be detrimental to battery-life. One of the sources of this information came from the Wikipedia article provided here. Wireless charging may generate additional heat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging Finally, it was unanimously decided that the Samsung Galaxy S6 would make an excellent choice for those considering switching to Android from other platforms. The S6 wasn't the only cool phone announced, with HTC and their M9 now boasting a 20 Megapixel camera and 2800 MA battery which might be important for another soon to be announced app: https://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/htc-one-m9-what-we-want-to-see-1266545 At finally long last, Blind Bargains brings us an interview from CSUN where it is suggested that the KNFB Reader app might soon be coming to Android: https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12451 Those monster megapixel cameras on these Android phones might soon be a very important tool for us who are blind or visually impaired. For those of us who might need to conserve the cash, the new Motorola E now has LTE, 4.5 inch screen, 5 MP camera, yet has no flash according to All about Android It is suggested that the phone may have a price-point of $150.00 US. If you're in to unusual, you might enjoy the Alcatel One-Touch Idol-3 Handset with earpiece on front at top and bottom. Check out this article, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 can take phone calls even when upside down https://www.engadget.com/2015/03/01/alcatel-onetouch-idol-3/ Finally, if you're a fan of the stock droid experience, All Huawei phones released are running stock android: https://www.theverge.com/2015/3/3/8140837/huawei-watch-design-interview-mwc-2015 What will be laid to rest is the Google Nexus 5 according to this article, Nexus 5 no longer for sale https://www.cnet.com/news/google-puts-the-kibosh-on-nexus-5-sales/ Of course, the Apple Watch may have some competition as the Samsung Gear series of watches appear to come with similar accessibility features including a built-in screen-reader, negative colors and a privacy screen option among many others, check out the links to some details on the Samsung Gear accessibility features: Samsung Gear S Specs: https://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gears/gears_specs.html Samsung Gear S Accessibility User Guide: https://eguides.sprint.com/support/eguides/samsunggears/index.html#samsung_gear_s_ug/accessibility_settings.html Of course, if you're in to the immersive experience, the HTC Vibe definitely has you covered with a whole series...

Sideloading Explained

Mar 20, 2015 7:33

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In this episode we geek out with Cool Blind Tech’s own Greg Lopez as he introduces us to the basics of sideloading applications on Android devices, including why installing apps from outside the Google Play store isn't enabled by default and how to enable this before beginning the sideloading process. If you'd like to know more about sideloading, click here to read what Android Central says about the subject.

Travel is Easy and Accessible with Expedia

Mar 18, 2015 14:51

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In this podcast, Cory Martin gives an overview of the Expedia app for iOS. He demonstrates how to locate flights, search for hotels and filter based on various preferences. At the time of this podcast, the iOS app from Expedia is extremely easy and accessible to use and highly recommended if you have the travel bug. Click here to download Expedia from the App store in Canada or Click here to download from iTunes in the US. Expedia is available in both the United States and Canada as well as The UK among others. Expedia is one of the largest and most popular online travel companies in the world and incorporates approximately a dozen of the world's most notable travel brands.

The Revolutionary Reality of VR for everyone

Mar 14, 2015 11:24

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VR, or virtual reality, is still in its infant stages of development. Most use head-strapped gear, such as a headset, which track the movement of your body as you walk around. A lot of VR's benefits are visual, or so most would believe. Dolby, however, thinks otherwise. While they are well known for high-end audio systems, they are making an entry into this new market through a multitude of Android apps in partnership with Jaunt Inc. These previews are meant to simulate virtual reality environments, offering an immersive experience even for those who are blind. Join us in this podcast as we explore two of these apps. To download them yourself or any of the other trailers, visit the Google Play developer page for Jaunt Inc. Please note that in order to use them with talkback, you must first suspend speech after starting your desired app. Once this is done, you can tap near the top / center half of the screen in landscape mode to find the start button. Don't worry, going back to your home screen is difficult, unless you tap near the bottom. Hold the phone with the home button facing to the right.

Voice Search and Play Songs and Videos with “Say Play” for iOS

Mar 12, 2015

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In this episode, James Oates demonstrates the iOS app “Say Play”. This application allows you to dictate a song or video title, and then the app will find and play it. Here is the description from the developer: Play any song in the world by just saying its name.   Say Play uses a powerful voice search and plays your desired song immediately.   It's easy:   1. Just say a name of a song 2. Say Play will find your song and play it   ****************** "Say Play iOS app makes music streaming as easy as speaking the name of the track" - 9to5mac ******************   Supported languages:   • English • Spanish • German • Arabic • Hebrew • French • Italian • Russian • Czech • Dutch • Norwegian • Portuguese • Romanian • Swedish • Polish  

The Freedom to Read: A Spotlight Interview with the Developer of Spotlight Text.

Mar 4, 2015

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Dr. Howard Kaplan, the developer of the iOS app, Spotlight Text, sits down with the team at Cool Blind Tech to discuss his amazing eBook reading app for people with low vision problems. Dr. Kaplan tells us the story of why he became a Retina surgeon, and how his concern for his patients led to him becoming an accessibility advocate. Many of his patients are dealing with Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosis, or complications resulting from Diabetes. After the launch of Kindle eBook reader, Dr. Kaplan was disturbed to find that most of his patients could not read digital material, and there was no good reason for this to be the case. After fruitlessly trying to get the content providers to make their material accessible, he began the process of trying to do it himself. Spotlight Text works in conjunction with Bookshare, a company that provides more than 250,000 eBooks to persons with vision problems. Here is a description of the app from the App Store: Spotlight Text is the first eBook reader crafted specifically for individuals with vision loss. How to get started, instructions, and watch a video demonstration here.   “We Read to Know That We Are Not Alone.” - C.S. Lewis   - Access Bookshare's 250,000+ collection of books (including best sellers and new releases). - Designed for maximum legibility - Multiple reading modes including one designed specifically for individuals with RP Constricted Field - Autoplay mode with customizable speeds - Increase or decrease font size to your desire - Simple and easy to navigate user interface - Unlimited Screen Size with Apple TV or Direct HDMI Contact   Visit https://www.SpotlightText.com to learn more about the application and for help signing up for Bookshare.   Focus Reading Technology is dedicated to the belief that through superior product design incorporating cutting edge user interface technology and access to e-content, visual and print disabilities can be addressed and overcome, and the joy of reading restored.  

Unravel the enigma of NVDA Object Nav.

Feb 27, 2015 46:38

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In this latest episode, Cory Martin takes a look at the latest NVDA 2015.1 and gives an explanation of NVDA Object navigation and how one can use it in a variety of ways. Cory shows using object navigation on the web, to manipulate dialogue boxes, to maneuver between different windows, copying text from on-screen and to check out object navigation in Microsoft Word. He also gives a hint of what is possible with touch screens or a traditional mouse/touchpad. Lastly, Cory gives a brief overview of the new reading mode in Microsoft Word which uses the web-based browse mode to navigate Word documents. If you’ve struggled with understanding how to use object navigation in NVDA before, hopefully this podcast will help clear up some of that mystery.

Amazon Prime Music – Another Benefit for Amazon Prime Members.

Feb 25, 2015 10:44

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In this episode, James Oates talks about Amazon Prime Music, which is one of several benefits provided to Amazon Prime members. In addition to free two day shipping, streaming instant video, and the Kindle lending library, Amazon Prime members can also stream free music. James demonstrates this benefit on an iPhone 5, using the Amazon Music app provided in the app store.  

Introduction to Speakerphone Ex

Feb 24, 2015 8:15

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Greg Lopez introduces Speakerphone Ex, a speakerphone automation tool for Android. You can get either the free version here or the pro version for around $1.50 US here.

Finding Diamonds in the Rough – a Spotlight Interview with Brent Harbolt from the Harbolt Company

Feb 24, 2015 59:12

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Here at Cool Blind Tech it’s not just about technology, but also about people and today we had a unique opportunity to speak to a visually impaired entrepreneur, Brent Harbolt from The Harbolt Company, a store which focuses on unique and cool mainstream gadgets we can all use as blind or visually impaired individuals. We speak with Brent about his beginnings and how he started his store, we hear about some of the challenges that Brent has faced as a blind person starting his own business and how he has met and overcome these difficulties. Brent tells us about his business and how his passion for customer service and interaction with people has formed the vision and mission for his store. Brent describes his methods for locating items he sells and how he has fun with his business. Brent also is offering our listeners a discount at his store, so give the podcast a listen to hear how this rather unique business got started and for an exclusive coupon code for Cool Blind Tech listeners should you find a gadget you just must have. If you wish to visit The Harbolt Company, you may follow this link: www.harboltcompany.com You may also visit The Harbolt Company Contact Page by Clicking Here should you wish to speak with Brent directly.

It’s Alive! Windows Setup Speaks.

Feb 21, 2015 10:15

Description:

We have shown you that Levtec Winstaller works with the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926 from Microsoft, however that demonstration used the Winstaller driver to deploy the Windows image. Winstaller does support loading NVDA with the actual Windows setup. With this option enabled in the Winstaller image, a visually impaired person can use the same setup program that a sighted person would utilize. If you would prefer to use the setup program provided by Microsoft, such as if you were doing an install over a previous installation of Windows or repairing a copy of Windows that was not booting, this might interest you. This is a quick demonstration of what the Windows setup program looks like and how it works. Please remember that we are demonstrating what would be considered to be an advanced topic and you should not attempt this yourself unless you have an understanding of what you are doing. This has the ability to erase data and therefore if you intend to deploy and install Windows in this way, please remember to keep backups of your data and prepare yourself to restore your computer to a previous state if necessary. Cool Blind Tech is not responsible for damage resulting out of the use of the information provided here.

NPR One: a New Universal App for Windows.

Feb 19, 2015 3:47

Description:

In this episode, James Oates demonstrates “NPR One”, a universal app from National Public Radio, available on all Windows devices. He shows how to start playing NPR with just a simple key stroke on a PC, and a voice command on a Windows Phone. If you enjoy National Public Radio, you will love this app. NPR One is also available for iOS and Android.  

Need Linux made Easy? Check out Vinux.

Feb 17, 2015

Description:

Have you been curious about Linux and were not sure how to start using it? Are you looking for a free alternative to traditional operating systems such as Mac or Windows with some great built-in productivity? This podcast is going to give a brief overview of one of the simplest ways to explore a complete free and open-source operating system, Linux. Vinux from Vinux Project is a great way to take Linux for a test drive without selling out on your current operating system. It offers everything under the hood you need to get started and has a pretty easy learning curve. Be warned that this is an operating system and therefore can be installed on to your own physical hardware. It does have the ability to erase your drives or data and you should only install this if you understand the risks of doing so and know what you are doing. We demonstrate the use of this software in a Virtual Machine and would recommend this as an initial approach. If you do decide to install the software please exercise appropriate measures such as a full backup of your data and have a method readily available to restore your computer to a prior state before installation. We will not be held responsible for trouble-shooting failed installations, related issues of usage of the software nor will we be responsible for damage resulting out of the use of or inability to use the software.With the legal information out of the way, give this podcast a play to hear about the pros and cons of Vinux. Additionally you will hear an overview of setting options and general functions for Orca, the included free screen reader; which gives a rather comprehensive list of features including reading web pages, navigating by page elements such as headings, mouse review and pointer tracking and support for dynamic content on web pages. An overview of the Unity desktop environment will be presented, along with a peek at Mozilla Firefox with Orca, the included text editor, as well as the included LibreOffice word processor. We plan to present more podcasts on the use of this and other distributions of Linux. For now, this is a very brief overview. We would definitely like to hear your comments, questions and suggestions as we wade in to these relatively uncharted waters of Linux podcasts.

Hey Cortana: Welcome to the PC.

Feb 14, 2015

Description:

In this episode, James Oates updates us on the status of Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926. In this build, Microsoft has added Cortana, an interactive personal assistant, to their operating system. It is currently limited and in its early stages, but it still is very impressive. He also uses Narrator as the primary screen reader, since NVDA and JAWS are still not currently able to work with Universal apps.  

Vocalizer For Android: A Review

Feb 12, 2015 6:34

Description:

Brandon Cross demonstrates the Vocalizer voices for Android in this edition of Cool Blind Tech. He shows off the performance of the Ava US English voice by moving through the home screen. Then, he demonstrates the voice by typing in an edit box on the Google Play store, opens the page for the Vocalizer app and allows the voice to read a short excerpt from the page. Brandon then arranges a display of various samples in the Vocalizer app. Click here to go to the Vocalizer app in the Play Store.

Lights! Cameras! Amazon!: Get Instant Access with the Amazon Instant Video App!

Feb 9, 2015

Description:

Amazon Prime members receive access to: Free Two-Day Shipping, Instant Videos & the Kindle Lending Library In this episode, James Oates demonstrates how to use the Amazon Instant Video app for iOS. This is one of the benefits listed above for Amazon Prime members. He shows us that it is completely accessible for Voice Over users, and how easy it is to find and play your favorite movies and television shows on an iOS device.  

An Introduction to NVDA: Basic Navigation

Feb 8, 2015 10:50

Description:

In this edition of CBT, Brandon Cross shows new users of the NVDA screen reader how to navigate the basic elements of a web page. He describes the different ways one can move around, and demonstrates the feedback users can expect. Click here to navigate to NVDA’s home page.

Levtec Winstaller makes Windows 10 Chatty

Feb 7, 2015

Description:

With a piece of software called Winstaller from Levtec, one no longer needs to use an answer file for unattended deployment of Windows operating system. This opens up huge opportunities for those of us who cannot see and wish to work in a professional IT setting, or just for fixing our home computers. While Winstaller has existed for some time, there have been a number of advancements in the software. One of the biggest of these is that Winstaller is able to deploy the latest version of Windows 10 Technical Preview which at the time of this demonstration is build 9926. In this podcast I will show you how this can be done and I will provide all the links to the tools you will need to install your own copy of the latest technical preview from Microsoft. Firstly, you will want to visit this page to download the technical preview. You may also visit your favorite search engine such as Google, Bing or Yahoo to search for "Download Windows 10 technical preview". You can obtain Winstaller from Clicking here to visit the Levtec Winstaller page. Next, you will need a method of mounting .ISO files, which are images of CD or DVD disks. Once you have obtained the .ISO for the technical preview, you may mount it with a free utility called Slysoft Virtual Clone Drive. This software will emulate a virtual DVD drive on your system and can load various image types, one of which happens to be .iso files. If you wish to install in a Virtual Machine or VM, I highly recommend using VMWare Player at this link. Give the podcast a listen to hear me create the image, deploy it to .ISO for use or to a USB drive and to install it in a virtual machine.

LookTel Money Reader: An iOS Essential App:

Feb 6, 2015 2:22

Description:

In this episode, James Oates demonstrates LookTel Money Reader on an iPhone5 running iOS8.1.2. LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people experiencing visual impairments or blindness to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Point the camera of your iOS device at a bill and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time. Twenty one currencies are supported: the US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Bahraini Dinar, Brazilian Real, Belarusian Ruble, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Euro, Hungarian Forint, Israeli Shekel, Indian Rupee, Japanese Yen, Kuwaiti Dinar, Mexican Peso, New Zealand Dollar, Polish Zloty, Russian Ruble, Saudi Arabian Riyal, Singapore Dollar, and United Arab Emirates Dirham.

A Quick Look At Tweetings: Getting to Know This Twitter Client

Feb 4, 2015 7:11

Description:

In his first ever podcast with Cool Blind Tech, Brandon Cross informs Android users about a popular Twitter client called Tweetings. Though it is a mainstream client with images and video content, Tweetings is accessible to Talkback users. With Tweetings any Android user can enjoy all the facets of Twitter, and elements like lists, direct messages and mentions are separated into categories which can either be accessed through the navigation drawer or by swiping right or left with two fingers. Grab Tweetings from the Play Store

An Introduction to Talkback

Feb 4, 2015 9:24

Description:

Greg Lopez gives us a basic introduction to Talkback, the built-in screen reader for Android devices. Download Talkback for your Android device via the Play Store by clicking here.

Safari is no longer alone in the iOS-verse, make room for Google Chrome

Feb 2, 2015 11:10

Description:

While Apple is definitely making strides toward squashing those pesky bugs in Voiceover for iOS8, the infestation around Safari still remains rather strong, especially when it comes to focus issues. This gave me a mission, to find another alternative. Let's face it, a mobile device needs to be able to browse the web. What kind of a mobile device can't these days? Even though Safari works most of the time, there had to be another option for those situations when it didn't. I explored several options and discovered that the Google Chrome app for iOS is extremely accessible and actually very nice to use. The accessibility is amazing! Not only does Voiceover tend to read everything, but the browser is fast and page element navigation works fully. HTML5 multimedia content such as Youtube videos and audio content from our own podcasts play right inside the browser. Add in the Google voice search feature and you have a really nice alternative to Safari. Check out his quick overview of a few things you can accomplish with this really nice cool pick.

The official Microsoft Outlook App Designed For iPhone and iPad.

Jan 31, 2015

Description:

In this episode, James Oates reviews Microsoft Outlook for iPhone and iPad. He demonstrates the email client and calendar features. He shows us how to access files on cloud services, open them with additional apps, and send them as attachments. He then proceeds to show how to send and view messages from your contact list. Finally, he walks us through the settings for the application. This is an incredibly complex and powerful application which will prove useful for many users of iOS. From the developer: Why use Outlook?   Manage your inbox • Outlook automatically triages your inbox for you, surfacing your most important email. Less relevant email is placed in your “Other” inbox. • Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages. • Schedule emails and they will return to your inbox at a later time.   Your calendar built-in • Switching between your email and calendar apps is a thing of the past. Outlook includes your calendar and notifies you with appointment reminders. • Find available meeting times and share them in email or schedule a meeting.   Attachments made easy • View and attach any file from your email, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other accounts with just a few taps. • Send large files even if you haven’t downloaded them to your phone.   Find anything fast • Filter your inbox to only show messages that are unread, flagged, or have attachments, with a single tap. • Quickly find the right messages, people and files by typing just a few letters. • Outlook shows people you communicate with most often, and lets you conveniently drill down to see all related emails, meetings and files.  

Windows Phone8.1 (Part III): Music, Netflix, and Tweetium:

Jan 30, 2015 10:06

Description:

In this episode, James Oates demonstrates how to stream music and play a radio station using an Xbox Music Pass subscription. He shows us how to play a movie on Netflix and pin a favorite TV show to the start screen. Finally, he reviews the accessibility of the popular Twitter client, Tweetium. Throughout the episode, James is relying heavily on Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant. Since Cortana is integrated into the Music and Netflix applications, it makes the experience quite simple.

Quit Smoking With The Help Of An E-Cigarette:

Jan 28, 2015

Description:

For all of our listeners who have resolved to quit smoking this year: In this episode, James Oates talks about how to purchase the right E-cigarette. He reviews the different components of the device and how which ones are easier for a person with a visual disability to use. He emphasizes the importance of choosing a vapor liquid with the correct nicotine level. The products discussed in this episode can be found at: Beach Side Vapors.

Breaking in Windows Premiere – Windows 10 and a piece of Star Trek?

Jan 24, 2015 1:09:39

Description:

The new year is also a fresh look for us! With that we are launching Breaking in Windows, a show dedicated to the discussion, review and demonstration of all things Microsoft and Windows related. What better a way to Break out our new show than to bring you what's new with Windows 10! It's almost straight out of Star Trek! James Oates brings Cory Martin, a recent addition to the CBT team on board to discuss the Microsoft event and to hash out what this could mean from an accessibility perspective. The year of 2015 is shaping up to be a very active one with some exciting changes at Microsoft, we will need to stay tuned to see how things play out and to see how the assistive technology venders will innovate to stay ahead of this ever-shifting landscape. Finally, although holographic technology may not be useable by those of us who are traversing life in the dark, the impact on product design might hold some surprising and possibly very welcoming changes for us. To hear us discuss this event in detail give this show a listen!

Announcing Voice Dream Writer. A Spotlight Interview.

Jan 21, 2015

Description:

Winston Chen, the developer of the iOS app, Voice Dream Reader, sits down with the team at Cool Blind Tech to tell the story of how having been inspired by a Ted Talk podcast, his departure from mainstream tech, life on an Artic island north of Norway, and how that led to the development of Voice Dream Reader. Mr. Chen describes  the original intent for Voice Dream Reader, and how that later manifested into an app for educators, the blind, and dyslexic. Mr. Chen proceeds to announce the release of a new iOS word processing application which is designed specifically with blind people in mind. The new app is called, Voice Dream Writer, and is available shortly in the App Store for $9.99. Here's the iTunes description. Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better: Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you find the right words, and an active outline improves the structure of your writing. Text-To-Speech Proofreading. Professional proofreaders recommend reading out loud as the best way to catch mistakes. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer reads your writing using text-to-speech, so you can easily spot awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos. Also, it can read words and sentences as you type or voice dictate. This way, you can type faster because you no longer have to look up to check the text you just wrote. Word Finder. Voice Dream Writer helps you find the right words using phonetic search and meaning search. For example, search for "inuf" phonetically, and you will find "enough", and search for "Fast Africa Cat" by meaning and you will find "Cheetah." Word Finder also shows you the dictionary definition of a word as you type without you having to select anything or open another program. Outline. As you write, Voice Dream Writer automatically creates an outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps you structure your document better by giving you an always-on overview. You can also quickly navigate to a section in a long document without endless scrolling. Finally, you can drag and drop elements in the Outline to organize your writing. No more selecting, cutting and pasting large blocks of text. Besides these unique features, Voice Dream Writer also comes with everything you would expect from any great writing tool:

Googles Nexus Player – An Accessible Streaming Media Device.

Dec 2, 2014

Description:

Introducing GoogleÕs Nexus Player, a streaming media and gaming device that displays content on your television by way of a Wi-Fi connection and a HDMI cable. In this episode, James Oates demonstrates how to perform a voice search using the remote controlÕs built in microphone. He shows us which applications come pre-installed, and how to download and install additional applications. Most importantly, he shows us how to activate and use Talkback, a built in screen reader for devices running Android.

Windows Phone 8.1 – Part 2 – Staying Connected.

Nov 3, 2014

Description:

In this episode, James Oates shows us how to add a Skype contact and make a Skype call using Cortana. He shows us how to compose a Tweet and check our timeline on Twitter. Finally, he demonstrates the functionality of the email application. Threw out the episode, he is using the built in screen reader, Narrator, on a Nokia Lumia 635 running Windows Phone 8.1.

Remapping your CapsLock key for use as the VoiceOver modifier keys.

Oct 26, 2014

Description:

In this episode Garth demonstrates the installation and setup of the applications Karabiner and Seil to allow the remapping of your CapsLock key for use as the VoiceOver modifier key. He also shows you how to set up another keyboard shortcut to enable and disable capsLock. Go into System Preferences, Keyboard. In the keyboard tab of the dialog, activate the Modifier Keys button. In the table, find the CapsLock key option and assign “No Action”. From pqrs.org, download and install the applications Karabiner and Seil. Open Seil, and in the Settings tab, find the first table. In the table expand the row which relates to the CapsLock key. Activate this option by checking the checkbox. Move VO focus over to the Key Code field and VO+Spacebar on it. Now, overtype it from 51 to 110. . Open Karabiner. You’ll receive a system notification the first time you run the utility. You’ll be prompted to allow Karabiner to control the computer using Accessibility Features. Follow the prompt and you should be taken to the Security and Privacy pain of System Preferences where you can grant access to Karabiner. Back in the “Change Key” tab of Karabiner, use the search field to find the appropriate configuration in the table. You can search for blind and the list will be narrowed to the appropriate entry, Use CapsLock as VoiceOver key. Check this checkbox and you’re ready to use your CapsLock key as the VoiceOver modifier. To setup a CapsLock key replacement, go to the “Change Key” tab of Karabiner. In the Remapping Table, find the entry, Shift+Escape to CapsLock and check it. Now you’re able to use these keys to toggle CapsLock on and off.

Scanning Credit Cards Using Safari.

Oct 20, 2014

Description:

p>In this episode Hugo demonstrates how to scan credit cards using Safari.

Windows10 Technical Preview – Peering into the future.

Oct 17, 2014

Description:

In this episode, James Oates tells us about Microsoft's new operating system coming in 2015. He shows us the new Start Menu, Task Viewer, and the Virtual Desktop Viewer contained in the current version of Windows10 Technical Preview.

Exploring Windows8.1 Part 4 – Reading In The Dark.

Oct 9, 2014

Description:

In episode four, James Oates introduces us to Tweet Free, a fully accessible Twitter client for Windows8.1. He walks us through version eleven of Adobe Reader for reading PDF files. He demonstrates Adobe Digital Additions for reading eBooks. He shows us how to add a RSS feed to Microsoft Outlook. Finally, he demonstrates making a phone call using Google Voice inside of Google Hangouts.

In Depth Test Of knfbReader App.

Oct 7, 2014

Description:

The knfbReader app is the focus of this episode. It’s UI, it’s features, and some comparisons with other OCR applications available on iOS. This podcast was recorded after the initial release and installed on an iPhone 5 running iOS8. Garth shows the use of the current feature set in a few real world situations, gives tips on how to get the best out of it, and run in to a bug or two on the way. If you are still on the fence with respect to the purchase of knfbReader, than you will find this demonstration useful in making up your own mind.

iOS 8 Braille Screen Input Breakdown.

Sep 29, 2014

Description:

Apple introduces braille screen input for iOS users. Follow along as Hugo guides us through the setup and functionality of the new braille input now available on iOS 8. To report any issues with accessibility on iOs8, you can email Apple directly at: accessibility@apple.com Apple feedback

Highlights And Features Of iOS 8.

Sep 27, 2014

Description:

In this overview, Hugo demonstrates some of the latest features in iOS 8. Looking for tips on using your iOS device? Now you can with the Tips app. Hey Siri is put through the hands free test and Siri now incorporates Shazam, a great feature for music enthusiasts. Hugo then moves on to showing you how to use Spotlight, if you’re looking for a contact or an app. Sometimes you’re looking for answers. Spotlight now gives you suggestions from Wikipedia entries, places nearby, trending news and more. Other features included are audio ducking, battery usage on individual apps, weather app, contacts in the app switcher, and notification centre. To report any issues with accessibility on iOs8, you can email Apple directly at: accessibility@apple.com Apple feedback

Exploring Windows 8.1 Part 3 – Staying connected and having fun.

Sep 22, 2014

Description:

In episode 3 of James Oates Exploring Windows 8.1 series, James switches from JAWS15 to NVDA2014.3 and shows us four free popular applications from the Windows Store. He walks us threw how to use Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and YouTube. James also demonstrates Xbox Radio and Google Hangouts. Many thanks to Brandon Cross for his time in editing this podcast.

Hands On With The phone we all have been waiting for!

Sep 11, 2014

Description:

In this first episode of a series, James Oates gives us an overview of accessibility options on Windows Phone8.1. Using an entry level Nokia Lumia 635, he demonstrates the built in screen reader Narrator, and runs through the apps you will find on your phones start screen. A run through of the Ease of Use options, a quick look at Internet Explorer and an introduction to Cortana, your personal assistant gives us a great insight to how Microsoft are shaping up after their slow start in Windows Phone accessibility.

Exploring Windows 8.1 Part 2 – My God, Its Full Of Apps!

Sep 1, 2014

Description:

In part two of Exploring Windows 8.1, James Oates takes us on a tour of all of the applications that are pre-installed on the start screen. The following applications are included in the demonstration: Mail, Skype, One Drive, Reading List, Calendar, Weather, Finance, Video, Music, Sports, Internet Explorer, News, and the Windows Store. James also briefly demonstrates Google Now on Chrome.

Exploring Windows 8.1 – I’m At The Start Screen. Now What!

Jul 24, 2014 21:12

Description:

In this podcast, James Oates walks you through the layout of Windows 8.1. He explains live tiles, and how to change the appearance of the start screen. He shows you how to find your applications, and how to add them to your start screen or task bar. He shows you how to use the file explorer and search feature, add keyboard short cuts to access your most frequently used programs from anywhere on the computer, how to have your computer show the desktop at startup instead of the start screen, and how to bypass the login screen when starting your computer.

New Voice For iOS – Alex Sounds Amazing

Jun 25, 2014 5:56

Description:

A sneak peek into possible new voices on iOS 8 beta. Join Hugo for an exploration of the features that iOS offers for the blind and low vision with a quick sample of Alex, originally found on the Mac.

Focus 40 Blue Wireless Braille Display: Let Your Fingers Do The Talking

Feb 13, 2014 45:31

Description:

Hugo gives an in-depth demonstration of the Focus 40 Blue Wireless Braille Display from Freedom Scientific. The new Focus 40 Blue combines the latest Braille technology, the most user friendly keyboard and control layout, and both USB and Bluetooth connectivity in an extremely lightweight and compact design. Use the Focus 40 Blue with BrailleIn to enter contracted Braille, switch to display modes such as structured and line mode, or perform all keyboard commands for complete control of your PC. The comfort and response of the refined Perkins-style keyboard permits hours of effortless Braille text input.

AudioTechnica AT2005USB, Podcast Like a Pro

Dec 22, 2013

Description:

Hugo unveils his new microphone, Audio-Technica’s new AT2005USB is an all-purpose microphone designed to take you from the stage to the studio and beyond. This rugged handheld microphone offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound system’s conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The AT2005USB also offers a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use.  

Papa Sangre II, it will scare you to death!

Nov 5, 2013 25:59

Description:

If you are reading this, you are already dead! Follow Hugo to get back to the other side!  Papa Sangre II is a survival horror game told entirely through sound. You must hunt for memories from the deceased to get back to the other side. Trapped in the peculiar afterlife, death for you is just the beginning. An innovative and truly immersive “audio only” survival horror game. Explore the all-new world of Papa Sangre II and enter his Museum of Memories. 18 levels of cinema-quality 3D sound. Fully accessible, you will be running from monsters, avoiding traps and shooting ducks. The iPhone 4 is not supported, but the game works perfectly on iPhone 4S.  

iPhone 5s Unboxing and Setup

Sep 25, 2013

Description:

Hugo demonstrates the new release of the iPhone 5s.  Listen as he configures the fingerprint sensor, Touch ID and browses the features in iOS7.  

My Local TV On iOS Devices

Sep 7, 2013

Description:

Hugo fights off his oversized pet as he heroically demonstrates the free app, My Local TV for iOS devices.  

How To Install Blinds

Aug 21, 2013

Description:

Garth goes from tech-man to tool-man in this episode as he demonstrates his handyman skills on how to install blinds.  This is one for all those people who ask you how you shave or cook when you are blind.  Don't let us down Garth.  

Nova Launcher Improves Accessibility On Samsung Galaxy S4.

Aug 7, 2013 22:54

Description:

Garth improves the accessibility of the Samsung Galaxy S4 by installing Nova Launcher.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Unboxing.

Aug 7, 2013 37:38

Description:

Garth scales over Apple's garden wall to unbox and configure his first Android device, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

How To Upgrade Tiny Tunes

Jun 29, 2013 4:28

Description:

In this episode Cullen demonstrates how to upgrade to the latest version of Tiny Tunes using Windows XP.

WWDC – Getting Under The Hood Of Accessibility

Jun 14, 2013 59:22

Description:

In this episode we take you behind the scenes with a look inside Apple’s developer conference. Here is where you will learn how media selection works and find out how to author media with accessibility features like subtitles and closed captions. Going beyond the basics to use AV Foundation for customizing subtitle appearance and presentation.

Apple Accessibility In OS X Mavericks.

Jun 13, 2013 40:14

Description:

In this Episode we continue with WWDC coverage. Leveraging the industry-leading support for accessibility in OS X Mavericks can let you reach new markets. Hear about exciting new products, new API additions and improved security for both accessibility hosts and clients; all designed to help applications reach wider audiences and provide unparalleled access for users with disabilities. Learn techniques to make even the most custom UI accessible.

Apple Accessibility In iOS 7.

Jun 12, 2013 49:29

Description:

In this Episode we learn as iOS 7 offers unmatched accessibility support that you can use to reach a wider audience. Hear about the latest changes in GuidedAccess and VoiceOver and how you can take advantage of these technologies to help people with disabilities stay on task and get more value out of your app.

Google Sessions On ChromeVox.

Jun 4, 2013 34:54

Description:

In this Episode, Charles Chen, David Tseng and Volker Sorge from Google demonstrate the latest version of ChromeVox. This screen reader offers advanced navigation facilities for complex content such as tables and mathematical formulas as well as support for Braille and new HTML5 UI controls such as date/time, and media controls. ChromeVox is specifically built to handle modern web content in all its richness and is Javascript based making it easy for developers to create cutting-edge accessible web applications.

Canes, Trains and Automobiles.

May 31, 2013 53:05

Description:

Today I want to take you on a journey. Sorry, or should I say, thankfully, not my life's journey, just the simple daily journey of my commute to work. Other than by my wonderful Guide Dog Earl, the successful navigation of each of the legs of my journey was improved by some kind of assistive tech in the environment. I used the Olympus DN-5 Voice Recorder to capture my walk to the train, than bus ride and finally my arrival at work. I hope you enjoy the soundscapes ranging from an early morning walk along the lake to a bus ride with an overly exuberant driver.

Google Sessions On Android.

May 19, 2013 1:57:03

Description:

In this episode, we have an exclusive recording of the Google Accessibility Development Team demonstrating Talkback on the Android platform. TV Raman and his fellow Googlers enlighten us on the features of Talkback, zoom, contrast, and magnification.

Siberians and Labradors and Canes, Oh My!

May 1, 2013 19:12

Description:

In our final instalment from the CSUN13 convention floor, CBT could not forget about canes and guide dogs. There was Gordon from AmbuTech featuring canes such as a prototype telescopic fibreglass cane that locks by twisting at the top of the handle, a rigid folding cane with an American made oak wood handle with a natural finish. We also meet a gentleman and his guide dogs, a 3 year old Siberian husky and 11 year old labrador.

PLEXTALK Product Line.

Apr 24, 2013 13:05

Description:

In this episode we get an overview of the products from PLEXTALK, offering better reading environments to people with visual impairments or print disability in the world by supplying accessible digital talking book players or recorders that comply with DAISY(*) standard.

Pico Pen – Enabling Drawing For The Blind.

Apr 22, 2013 3:50

Description:

In this episode which is unedited coverage from CSUN13. As we were leaving the convention floor, we came across an amazing pen for the blind before it was packed away and returned to Japan. Nippon Telesoft, makers of the Seika braille displays were showcasing tactile artwork drawn by blind Japanese students, using a pen-shaped device called the Pico which transfers balls of wax into raised lines.

Orion Webbox & Iris Webradio.

Apr 20, 2013 7:34

Description:

In this episode we get a glimpse of the Orion Webbox and Iris webradio from Solutions - Radio. As blind and visually impaired are dependent on audible information. For the VI community, contribution and distribution of sound or audio is essential to be in touch with the outside world. The Orion Webbox and Iris webradio on the other hand is a user friendly, stand-alone device, which when connected to the Internet allows you to listen to it without the use of a PC! The Webradio is ideal for the blind or visually impaired as it has a simple user interface. To operate the unit press only the on/off button. Within seconds a pre-selected station can be heard. Pre-selects can be programmed to meet the demand of the individual listener. The scroll button enables you to choose from your personalized selection. This could be the daily newspaper, a book, or any other special program. A future feature will be a text-to-speech version of the Webradio.

EmploymentLink 2013 – Insights Into Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities.

Apr 20, 2013 4:28

Description:

In this episode CBT would like to feature EmploymentLink 2013: Insights into Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities Thursday, 2 May 2013, Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley CA 94703 Co-hosted by Adaptive Technology Services and Sterling Adaptives, EmploymentLINK is an annual one day educational seminar for employers, disability employment professionals, and leaders. EmploymentLink will provide employers with new insights into the full potential of employees with disabilities and will provide opportunities to explore and better understand strategies and resources to empower employers to retain the skills of experienced employees who may have developed a disability that is impacting their performance and productivity. Interact with employment and HR professionals. Hear from businesses who explain how hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities positively impacts their bottom line. Learn from software developers who are working to make their products accessible. Meet technology manufacturers and service providers that support this community. Speakers include representatives from Intuit, Inc., and "My Blind Spot" To ask a question or reserve your space contact: Chrissy Dodds: CDodds@AdaptiveTec.com Lesley Ann Gibbons: Lesley@SterlingAdaptives.com

Orion TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator – Coming To A School Near You.

Apr 19, 2013 13:44

Description:

In this episode Ken from APH introduces the Orion TI-84 Plus, Which consists of a compact accessory that is attached to the top of the TI-84 Plus enabling a user who is visually impaired to interact with the TI-84 Plus using speech, audio, and haptic (vibration) feedback? All textual and symbolic information on the screen, as well as each key-press is spoken using high-quality synthesized speech. Most importantly, graphs can be explored using either spoken announcements or the SonoGraph™ audio and haptic feedback. The user can also review the contents of the screen at any time, including all text and graphical information, without affecting the calculation. The unit is fully expandable with hardware accessories through a USB port and can also print or emboss graphs when connected to a printer or braille embosser.

VoiceEye Is The Revolutionary Way To Make Text Accessible.

Apr 18, 2013 5:15

Description:

In this episode Shane from VOICEYE Inc. demonstrates the VOICEYE app. VOICEYE is about allowing a print impaired person to access any printed information using 2-dimensional code technology and it is also described as the revolutionary way to make printed information accessible.

Large Print Keyboards and Skins.

Apr 16, 2013 5:27

Description:

In this episode Allen from LogicKeyboard shows us how a mainstream company can adapt existing keyboards to be accessible for the low vision community.

Milestone Audio Player.

Apr 16, 2013 6:03

Description:

In this episode Robert Kempf from Bones shows us three versions of the Milestone line of audio players for the blind and low vision play audio books and music, record lectures and messages, read text files and eBooks, enable you to label objects and much more. Soon, they will also talk to public transportation vehicles.

Focus 14 Blue Wireless Braille Display.

Apr 13, 2013 9:50

Description:

In this Episode Bobby showcases the Focus 14 Blue Wireless Braille Display for the Blind by Freedom Scientific. With superior portability and advanced features, the Focus 14 Blue is the ultimate go-anywhere Braille interface device. Read text messages, navigate your smartphone screen, and enter text all without taking your phone off your belt or out of your bag. The Focus 14 Blue features an efficient, full featured Braille keyboard for your smartphone, plus the ability to read your smartphone’s display silently.

Mobience Small QWERTY MQ-1000B Keyboard.

Apr 9, 2013 8:37

Description:

In this episode we are treated to a demonstration by Changheon Woo, Jaekyeong Yoon, and Jaewoo Ahn from Mobience. This amazing bluetooth keyboard called SmallQWERTY MQ-1000B. This keyboard is 60% the size of an iPhone and with the patented keyboard system it is quick to type and navigate.

FreeVoxTouch, First Smart Watch for the Blind

Apr 5, 2013

Description:

In this episode we discover the World's only smart watch available for the VI community. FreeVoxTouch is a smart watch. This means that in addition to a speaking watch function for both blind and sighted, the FreeVoxTouch is a memo recorder, a music player, and a stopwatch / countdown timer. All controlled through a touch screen and working on an Android operating system.

CandyGrip & LifeStyle HD desktop Video Magnifiers From HIMS

Apr 4, 2013

Description:

In this episode Scott demonstrates two low vision products from HIMS Inc. The CANDY GRIP is the first, and currently the only, handheld (with handle) 5.0″ LCD HD video magnifier. Its unique, ergonomic 3-position handle is comfortably held in the center-balanced position, for right-handed or left-handed use. The LifeStyle desktop video magnifiers are among the most helpful macular degeneration vision aids for extended reading and writing comfort, viewing photos and performing hobbies and crafts.

Voice Sense and Voice Sense Qwerty & Book Sense From HIMS.

Apr 1, 2013 8:51

Description:

In this episode we speak with Scott from Hims Inc, who explains the differences between Voice Sense QWERTY and the Voice Sense. We also get our hands on the BookSense, which is a compact and lightweight portable DAISY player. This multi-function DAISY reader is compatible with a variety of audio formats including DAISY and MP3. It has a built-in text to speech engine which enables a wide range of electronic documents to be easily accessible.

Sixth Sense – A Zombies Nightmare.

Mar 31, 2013 12:30

Description:

In this episode Hugo is a killing machine! He shows us the iOS, 3D audio game Sixth Sense. Don’t let the Zombies get you...

Olympus LS-14, DM-620 & LS-100

Mar 28, 2013 7:58

Description:

In this episode we tune in on the Olympus LS-14 recorder and touch on the accessibility of the DM-620 and the LS-100. Musicians, meet your new best friend. Unparalleled recording quality captured by the new Tresmic three microphone system along with enhanced music functions make the LS-14 the perfect companion for any musician.

Victor Reader Stream Generation 2

Mar 25, 2013 10:01

Description:

In this episode we speak with Matt from HumanWare introducing the new generation Victor Reader Stream. Imagine having the latest novels, magazines, your favourite music, audio-described films, texts and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its new lightweight and compact design, Victor Reader Stream delivers hours of listening pleasure ANYWHERE!

iGlasses From Ambutech – Peek-A-Boo!

Mar 24, 2013

Description:

In this episode we talk to Gordon Hudek from AmbuTech about the iGlasses. These are a head-mounted, ultrasonic Mobility Aid that enable a more informed, confident, and efficient pedestrian travel. Objects in your path are detected by the ultrasonic sensors and communicated via gentle vibrations. As obstacles get nearer the frequency of the vibration will increase. The device is intended as a secondary mobility device to complement the traditional long cane or guide dog.

ClearView + Speech From Optelec.

Mar 23, 2013 8:44

Description:

In this episode Tyler from Optelec gives us a sneak peek at the Optelec ClearView+Speech. This innovative product uniquely magnifies any printed document than allows the user to have sections of the document read aloud.

Compact 4 HD From Optelec.

Mar 23, 2013 2:21

Description:

In this episode Tyler from Optelec introduces the new Compact 4 HD. Combining High Definition auto-focus camera technology, innovative lighting and a generous size 4.3-inch widescreen, the Compact 4 HD offers superior quality images. Using the high contrast semi-colours, text characters appear smoother whilst reading and images appear clearer thanks to the high brightness screen.

ScripTalk Station from En-Vision America.

Mar 22, 2013 6:00

Description:

In this episode David Raistrick shows us the importance of the ScripTalk Station. Currently, there are many people that have difficulty reading or understanding the contents and instructions of their prescription medications. The small print and look-alike packaging of medicine vials can lead to confusion, non-compliance, and mistakes. En-Vision America has created a solution to this serious issue with ScripTalk Station. You can reach David at 1-800-890-1180

ID Mate From En-Vision America.

Mar 20, 2013 6:19

Description:

In this episode David Raistrick from en-Vision America demonstrates the capabilities of the 5th generation i.d. mate Quest bar code scanner. For more information North American listeners can call 1-800-890-1180

Windows Surface RT Works For Me.

Mar 20, 2013 9:53

Description:

In this episode Daniel Hubbell from Microsoft shows us the accessibility features of Surface RT and explains the differences between Surface RT and Surface Pro. Microsoft Accessibility Support is now available in North America at 1-800-936-5900

Windows Phone 8 – Accessible For Low Vision.

Mar 19, 2013 7:52

Description:

In this episode we look at the accessibility features of Windows Phone 8 for low vision users at the CSUN 2013 conference.

CSUN 2013 Keynote.

Mar 17, 2013 41:01

Description:

In this episode we have a recording from the Keynote presentation at the CSUN 2013 conference in California. The keynote address this year was delivered by Dr Deana McDonagh.

Introduction – Thank You Larry Skutchan.

Mar 15, 2013

Description:

Welcome to Episode 1 of Cool Blind Tech. This episode is a brief introduction to the show. We would love you to subscribe to the show in your favourite pod catcher app. If you have any questions, requests or want to lend a hand then feel free to send us mail by writing to cbt@coolblindtech.com. Thanks for listening.