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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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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 19, 2016

00:50 Malicious email shutting VoiceOver down by creating a buffer overload on iOS
devices and Mac computers. It is not a virus, but it does affect Apple TTS synthesizer.  Nuance voices such as Samantha seem to be immune to the buffer overload.

04:30 Clarification on free BookShare memberships. Currently, only available in New York State for NLS patrons who are blind and visually impaired and registered with the New York Public Library.

06:30 Writing an App Review using VoiceOver in the App Store appears to be broken.  Both Brian and Ed were unable to write reviews for Apps in the App Store.

09:25 Bian gives kudos to Facebook for accessibility. Loves the double-tap actions
and the rotor action settings. Trillion, Menu Tab and Current for Facebook on the Mac. Many low and no vision users access Facebook with the  www.m.facebook.com url on their computers.

17:30 iOS and Mac browsers.  We do have choices.  Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Firefox's sync feature for sharing bookmarks and passworded websites works well cross platform. Use master password to protect your information on shared computers.

21:34 Meet our guest Allison Hartley, co-host of the Tech Doctor podcast.

21:53 From Jailbreaker to Tech Doctor co-host. Allison talks about her entre into
podcasting.

24:40 Allison gives in to the iPhone in 2010 after participating in a workshop where she had access to an iPad.

29:00 VPN offers added security, especially when using public WiFi.  Allison prefers
TunnelBear VPN for iOS and PC. Ed uses proXPN VPN for his iOS devices and Windows computers.

32:10 Brian started using Launch Bar after listening to the Tech Doctor podcast. Great for newbies to the Mac.  

34:32 Allison is now running El Capitan. She is not noticing any major issues since the last few updates. Mail seems to work really well in El Capitan.

37:32 HP Stream, great inexpensive laptop. Very powerful and runs JAWS, ZoomText  and NVDA well.

39:53 Google self driving cars. The potential freedom to move about independently is incredible.  Uber is nice, but the concept of a self driving car will help level the playing field for blind and visually impaired. Allison looks forward to an Apple autonomous vehicle.

45:08  Macstock Conference & Expo, July 16 & 17, 2016 in Chicago.  Allison will be presenting Mac and iOS accessibility at this years conference.

47:55 VMware has outsourced their development.  Fusion will continue to be supported.

51:25 Listen to The Tech Doctor Podcast, and how to reach out to Allison on Twitter @applealli.

53:30 Brian ventures over to the Dark Side, but returns from the land of Droid at warp speed. The Droid experience made Brian appreciate iOS and the apple ecosystem so much more. Once a fanboy, always a fanboy.  

1:01:40 Capti Narrator did responnd to Brian's email and they are working to fix the accessibility issues with their App.

Please contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions at: iAccessVO@gmail.com
    Visit our website: www.AccessQuest.org
    Follow us on Twitter: @iAccessVO
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iAccessVO, Making It Happen With VoiceOver Accessibility.
    Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher
    Content Director: Brian Fischler
    Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette
    Music Provided by: Rishi "Drummerboy" Mack
    Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2016 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved

Feb 4, 2016

00:43 Cam Find App has followers?

03:15 iOS 9.2.1 update. Double dot updates usually represent bug fixes and security updates.

05:35 Amazon App update breaks accessibility.  Kudos to Amazon for responding quickly to complaint posted on Twitter.

08:19 Even though there is no Amazon Apps for the AppleTV, if you are a prime subscriber, you can still stream music and video to your AppleTV by using Air Play.

09:05 Our listeners respond, and confirm that the movie, The Martian is sold and rented with described video in iTunes.

10:15 How to get described video on your iOS device. Go to Settings, General, Accessibility, Audio Descriptions, and double-tap with one finger to turn on Prefer Audio Descriptions.

11:42 There is a petition being circulated to get Hulu to offer described video.  Do a google search for the petition and sign it in support of this effort.

12:03 Bluetooth keyboards. MacAlly keyboard, Apple has new bluetooth keyboard, with on/off slider switch.  Nice layout and design, but can only pare to one device at a time, no hotkey switch over. AppleTV 4th generation now working with bluetooth keyboards. Logitech, K760 solar bluetooth keyboard, well built and sturdy.

15:58 Go to Twitter Apps, Twitterrific App is clean, accessible and easy to use. Also works well with 3D touch. Tweetings App is good when working with lists. New native Twitter App for Mac, very accessible.

19:30 Lets welcome Jonathan Mosen of Mosen Consulting from New Zealand, founder of ACB Radio.

25:10 eBook, Tweeting Blind by Jonathan Mosen.

28:22 Louie The Blind Christmas Elf, an audio production by Jonathan Mosen.

29:36 Mosen Consulting website designed with Word Press.  It is very accessible with VoiceOver on the Mac, and JAWS.

32:33 Braille input devices.  Jonathan Mosen was one of the designers of the Focus 40 Blue Refreshable Braille Display by Freedom Scientific. Focus 40 and 14 are very reliable and consistant when it comes to paring and staying pared with your devices.

33:45 Jonathan uses Braille screen input on his iPhone 6 S Plus. It is now his primary method of adding text to the iPhone. Jonathan loves the added screen real estate of the iPhone 6 S Plus, Bigger is better, will never go back to a smaller iPhone. Loves the optical image stabilization for KNFB Reader App.

37:48 The internet of things.

38:50 Jonathan Mosen discusses his concerns about Apple's rumored removal of the 3.5 mm audio input jack on the iPhone 7.

42:15 Sonos Speakers, very accessible multiple room speaker technology.

49:03 BookShare subscriptions now free for NLS patrons who are registered with the New York Public Library. Reading with Bard Mobile App, Capti Narrator App and Voice Dream Reader App.

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.
    Co-hosts: Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher
    Content Director: Brian Fischler
    Post Production Engineer: Patrick Lafayette
    Music Provided by: Rishi "Drummerboy" Mack
    Executive Producer: Ed Plumacher

© Copyright 2016 iAccessVO  All Rights Reserved

 

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