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iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility

An A11Y podcast for blind and visually impaired users of iOS devices, Mac & Windows PC's, screen readers, magnification software, OCR products and other adaptive technologies.
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Dec 21, 2015

Accessible Entertainment: New Video Guide App by Yahoo, Gifting, Games, and interview with Marty Schultz of Blindfold Games. (iAVO-006)

(01:01)  iOS 9.2 seems to be running well.  A little glitchier than iOS 9.1 at times on the iPhone 4 S, but not bad.

(01:48)  New Video Guide App by Yahoo.  Very impressive, 100% accessible, great channel and service offerings.  Works well and layout is very intuitive. Thumbs up to Yahoo!

(04:08)  Accessible iOS games. Dice World games, Blindfold series of games, Theta Poker Pro, Blindfold Wildcard, Blindfold Bowling and Farkel.

(05:50)  Gifting. It's better to give than to receive. Gifting made easy with the App Store.  Your gift can help blind and visually impaired friends and family buy apps, music and games.

(06:55)  Oldies but Goodies.  More accessible iOS games.Rollit, Naval Combat, King of Dragon Past, BlindSide and  Audio Archery.

(07:45)  Playing accessible games on iOS devices help improve listening skills and gesture technique.

(08:15)  Blindfold games.  Blindfold Wildcard, Blindfold Bowling, Blindfold Air Hockey, Blindfold Vee Ball, Blindfold Solitaire, Blindfold Dominoes,

(09:25)  Interview with Marty Schultz, developer of Blindfold Games.

(10:23)  How Marty got started in accessible game development.

(14:25)  Of the 25+ blindfold games available on the App Store, blindfold Bowling is the most popular.

(14:59)  New Juggling Game in final development, soon to be released.

(24:24)  Marty explains his pricing models for the blindfold series of games.

(31:43)  Are you interested in becoming a beta tester for Blindfold games, if yes, you can contact Marty at marty@blindfoldgames.org

(34:36)  New Cortana App release for iOS devices. While competition is always good, Siri is still top dog on the iOS platform.

(36:26)  Finally!  Apple releases updated Remote App that works with the new Apple TV, 4th generation.

iAccessVO, is a production of AccessQuest, Inc.
    Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher
    Content Director: Brian Fischler
    Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette
    Music Provided by: Rishie "Drummerboy" Mack
    Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2015 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved

Dec 11, 2015

VoiceOver goes mainstream with TV commercial featuring Stevie Wonder. Settings, gestures and Mac talk with John Panarese. A little etiquette,
please. (iAVO-005)

(01:50) - Downcast App update breaks accessibility.  The developer response quickly and issues an update to fix issues.

(03:23) - VoiceOver goes mainstream. Apple's new television commercial features VoiceOver with Stevie Wonder.

(05:40) - iOS Settings.

(06:10) - New search field for Settings.

(06:38) - Brian likes to use Siri to quickly get to items in settings.

(07:12) - It's all about Gestures.  Help mode is easy to access with a four finger double-tap.  Provides real-time audio feedback, that lets you know if you are performing your gestures correctly.

(09:21) - VoiceOver seems to have some focus issues in the app updates section of the App Store.

(11:01) - Did you know that you can use Siri to post on your timeline in Facebook?

(11:32) - Macally keyboard, can pair with 5 devices plus it has a USB connection. Great keyboard which includes a numbers pad. It is an iAccessVO favorite.

(13:12) - Apple bluetooth keyboard does not have a good on/off switch for blind and visually impaired users. Brian and Ed both remove or flip the battery when traveling so that the keyboard does not activate their iOS devices. People have been locked out of their devices due to their keyboards communication with their devices when in a backpack or travel bag.  

(15:03) - Are these bugs? Notification Center - loss of focus in Today View and notifications stuck on lock screen.

17:08 - Guest: John Panarese of Mac for the Blind.

18:03 - Caps Lock Modifier Key available in El Capitan.

20:38 - Item Chooser appears to be working better in El Capitan. Resetting VoiceOver preferences seems to clear up a lot of little glitches.  John has an audio
tutorial for the VoiceOver Utility on his website that discusses how to reset VoiceOver Preferences.

23:20 - Brian loves using Webspots in Safari. Not great for websites like Facebook, that refresh often.

24:00 - Window Spots and Content Chooser, are two new features in El Capitan, that John thinks have a lot of potential.

31:00 - We Can Hear You! VoiceOver Etiquette. A simple set of wired or bluetooth ear buds can make all the difference in the world.

34:39 - If you don't use or have the fingerprint reader, you can use the rotor to access the handwriting option. Use your finger to draw your passcode numbers on the screen.  VoiceOver does not read the numbers aloud, giving you the privacy you need when unlocking your iPhone in public.

Please contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions at: iAccessVO@gmail.com
    Visit our website: www.AccessQuest.org
    Follow us on Twitter: @iAccessVO
    Visit and Like us on Facebook.

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility is a production of AccessQuest, Inc.
    Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher
    Content Director: Brian Fischler
    Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette
    Music Provided by: Rishie "Drummerboy" Mack
    Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2015 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved

Nov 26, 2015

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility, hosted by Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher.

iPad Pro Release, In The News - Accessible News Apps, VO Impact with Alvaro Gutierrez (iAVO-004)

01:10 - iPad Pro Release, new A9x chip brings lots of graphics and processing power to Apple's new iPad Pro.

04:30 - Apple TV 4th generation update and recap from previous episode.  Audio described movies are available on Netflix, but you have to call and speak to customer service to get that option activated.  

07:45 - ESPN Apps on 3rd gen and older Apple TV's are accessible with all buttons and functions labeled, not so on the new 4th gen Apple TV.  Before the latest release, it appears that Apple on full control over all Apps, not it is up to the individual App developers to properly label their Apps and support accessibility.  

11:10 - News Apps, how do you like to keep up with goings on?  

11:47 - NFB-Newsline Mobile App by National Federation of the Blind.  Great App for accessing newspapers and magazines from all over the United States.  Free App download and free registration.

12:37 - Main Stream News, CNN App and USA Today App's still not accessible.  

14:25 - News Apps that are accessible.
Apple's native News App

14:32 - Google News.  Use the App or access the website on Safari, use share feature and add it to your iOS device "Home Screen".  It looks and feels like and App, plus you now have the "Reader" button available for text only reading.  Its quick, easy and very accessible.

15:52 - Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine. Flipboard used to be a very popular and accessible App, not so much today.

16:48 - Local News Apps, many are very accessible.
Here in New York.
Fox5NY
NBC New York
CBS Local
Even if News Apps are not accessible, the news alerts can still be very handy and informative.
NYT Now
Blockfeed - The NYC News App
News Cues
Timeline - News In Context
BuzzFeed
Digg
Not all Apps are 100% accessible, but check them out to find what works for you.

20:00 - VO Impact with blindness advocate, Alvaro Gutierrez from Bogota, Columbia.  Alvaro has Retinitis Pigmentosa, Cataracts, and is being tested to determine if he has Ushers Syndrome.  He is an  iPhone VoiceOver "Power User", and the host of the LVB Podcast Show.

21:02 -NYPL Visible Lives - Oral History Project, Alvaro Gutierrez interview.

24:35 - Alvaro admits that initially, he was intimidated by his new iPhone 4s.

32:42 - WhatsApp Messenger, very accessible and great for international communication.

33:40 - Apple's native Camera App is very accessible and helpful for taking pictures and videos.

35:05 - Mastering the Rotor gestures and settings is key to using the iPhone.  Especially helpful when using multiple languages on your iOS device.

36:25 - Many GPS applications not available in Columbia, South America.  Google Maps is not available on the Columbian App Store. Sendero GPS Look Around, not available in Columbia.

39:05 - Alvaro upgraded from the 4s to the 6 plus.  Eventhough he can not read the screen, the larger screen with invert colors allows him to recognize print lines, buttons and icon shapes to navigate his iPhone a little faster and easier.  Zoom also helps him at times.  

43:23 - Alvaro is now learning to use his new MacBook Pro.

46:33 - Brian thanks all those who came out to support Laugh For Sight, it was a great time and fantastic event.

Please contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions at: iAccessVO@gmail.com
    Visit our website: www.AccessQuest.org
    Follow us on Twitter: @iAccessVO
    Visit and Like us on Facebook.

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility is a production of AccessQuest, Inc.
    Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher
    Content Director: Brian Fischler
    Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette
    Music Provided by: Rishie Mack
    Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2015 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved

Nov 10, 2015

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility, hosted by Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher.

Apple TV Review, OS X El Capitan Update, Podcasting and Accessible Podcast Apps (iAVO-003)

01:05  Running iOS 9.1 on iPhone 4s, 5 & 5c
Some issues are App Specific.

03:25  Amazon Fresh sets new pricing, annual fee of $299.00 to use service.  Brian is switching to Peapod.

04:30  Lets talk Apple TV

06:45  Surprise, Surprise, NetFlix does not offer video description on native tvOS App.
       
08:29  Hulu App not accessible with VoiceOver.

09:40  Setting up Described Video on your iPhone for NetFlix.

10:30  When will the iTunes Store offer described video as an option for video purchases.

12:40  BlueTooth Keyboards not an option for Apple TV 4th generation.

15:44  John Panarese of Mac For The Blind, joins Brian to discuss Apple's
newest operating system, OS X El Capitan, 10.11.1.

16:50  John recommends resetting VoiceOver preferences to eliminate some of the little nagging bugs and issues.

26:20  Updating to El Capitan is a personal choice, no need to rush. If it's not broken, don't fix it.

28:05  Podcasts: many options and players in the arena. Google, Spotify, Tune-In Radio, Stitcher, Spreaker Radio and iHeart Radio.

30:25  Apple's native Podcast App has accessibility issues with latest iOS 9.1 update.

31:50 DownCast App for managing and listening to your podcasts. Very
accessible, and developer is committed to accessibility and communicating
with the blind community. Shake to skip, great feature.

34:30 OverCast App. Once a premium App, OverCast is now a free App.  Great features, very accessible, intuitive and easy to use.

39:00  Laugh For Sight Fundraiser

Please contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions at: iAccessVO@gmail.com
    Visit our website: www.AccessQuest.org
    Follow us on Twitter: @iAccessVO
    Visit and Like us on Facebook.

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility is a production of AccessQuest, Inc.
 
   Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher
    Content Director: Brian Fischler
    Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette
    Music Provided by: Rishie Mack
    Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2015 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved 

Oct 26, 2015

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility, hosted by Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher.


App updates, broken accessibility, shopping, banking and managing finances. (iAVO-002)


01:54 - iOS 9.1, have you updated yet. Seems like some things are working better.


03:25 - Closing App's using App Switcher & restarting your device.  Keep your iDevice running well, especially older models.  


06:45 - App Updates, do you update automatically, regularly and/or on an as needed basis.


08:20 - App's breaking accessibility & communicating with App developers.
Sometimes app updates break accessibility, when this occurs it is important to notify app developers and communicate issues with the blind community.

12:55 - App roll-back.  If you update an app and it is unusable, you can always roll-back.

App Roll-Backs: How to Reinstall the Previous Version of an iOS App
   
15:13 - Shopping with Apps - For blind and visually impaired, it is now very easy and convenient to shop with accessible apps.
Amazon App
AmazonFresh App
Amazon Prime Now App
FreshDirect App
Peapod App
Say Shopping App for Target
 
20:10 - Managing Finances with Apps - Who needs a computer for online banking, when your bank probably has an accessible app for your iDevice.
Citi Mobile (Citibank App)
Chase Mobile (Chase Bank App)
Paypal App
 
22:36 - Laugh For Sight Fundraiser
 

23:22 - Square App with credit card reader. Use your iDevice to accept and process credit card payments.
Square Register App
 
27:03 - Monitoring finances with Mint.com on desktop and with iOS App
Mint App by Mint.com
 
28:15 - iAccessVO now available on the iTunes Store. Download and subscribe on Apple's Podcast App, or app of your choice.
iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility
 
Please contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions at: iAccessVO@gmail.com
  
 Visit our website: www.AccessQuest.org
    Follow us on Twitter: @iAccessVO
    Visit and Like us on Facebook.

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility is a production of AccessQuest, Inc.
 
   Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher
    Content Director: Brian Fischler
    Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette
    Music Provided by: Rishie Mack
    Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2015 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved 

Oct 15, 2015

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility, hosted by Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher.

Getting Started. (iAVO-001)

Welcome to our first iAccessVO podcast, a bi-monthly presentation of VoiceOver accessibility on iOS devices and Apple Mac computers, hosted by Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher.

It's not all about Apple.

We praise Apple for their accessibility efforts and call them out when they fall short of community expectations.

Early Adopters vs. those who wait to upgrade. 

It is a personal preference based on needs.

 

Please contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions at: iAccessVO@gmail.com

Visit our website at: www.AccessQuest.org

Like us on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/AccessQuest?ref=hl

 

iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility is a production of AccessQuest, Inc.

Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher

Content Director: Brian Fischler

Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette

Music Provided by: Rishie Mack

Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2015 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved 

 

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