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Talking Tech 1st December 2020

Talking Tech 1st December 2020

December 1, 2020

Reminder - Vision Store Orders by 6 Dec 2020

 

Just to make sure you get your delivery’s before Christmas, put your orders in before the 6th of DEc 2020.

 

Speaking of Orders, the Orbit Reader 20 Braille display and note taker, has been reducedback to the introductory price of $600 whilst stocks last.

 

As they say, get it now!

NB - as this is a special order, you will have to ring the Vision Store on 1300 847 466 or visit a Vision Store.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/orbit-reader-20

 

Have Received my HomePod Mini’s

 

These speakers are small, great sound, and does everything the full size HomePod does such as intercom and transferring audio/phone calls etc.

 

Have a listen to my demo of the new HomePod Mini, I’ll think you will be impressed.

 

https://s128.podbean.com/pb/9fe9e031ceab77af52378da67ee3a76d/5fc4611c/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Demo_of_the_HomePod_Mini_using_VoiceOver6mkep.mp3?pbss=e4ba7e2a-e87d-523c-b901-96f5e3e89c17

 

My First M1 Mac mini Demo

 

I’m still extremely impressed by the M1 Mac mini. As you will hear, VoiceOver is simply efficient to use on the new M1 chip, especially with iOS apps running on the Mac.

 

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/m1-mac-minidemo-using-voiceover/

 

David’s Own Christmas Ideas

 

Here are some suggestions from my Toy Room.

 

Dyson Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan.

Dyson V10 Animal Plus Portable Vacuum Cleaner.

Samsung Accessible TV (small).

Apple TV.

ChromeCast with Google TV.

Talking Tech 24th November 2020

Talking Tech 24th November 2020

November 24, 2020

Mac mini Initial Review Notes

 

My First Experiences with Setting Up an M1 Mac (the Mac mini)

 

From the outside, feels like a normal Mac mini, including the physical size of the case.

M1 chip inside of course with 8 cores, 8 GPU Cores, and 16 neural engine core.

I deliberately purchased the standard version: 8GB RAM and 256GB hard drive.

Ports: Ethernet, 2 USBC/Thunder bolt, HDMI, 2 USBA, and 3.5MM ear phone jack.

Under the ports, is a wide vent for the internal fan air flow.

Being a desktop, the Mac mini has to be plugged in to power, no brick as in the very old days.

 

Tips for setting up the M1 Mac mini though: for the initial setup you will need a monitor or at least an HDMI cable that will fool the M1 Mac mini in to thinking it has a monitor plugged in: otherwise you won’t go anywhere.

I also plugged in my Magic Keyboard 2 as a USB keyboard, this made things easier. However, during the setup, the I kept having to dismiss the dialog that wanted me to connect a Mouse or Trackpad.

 

Once I discovered the monitor issue smile, setup was slightly different to what I was used to in setting up a Mac.  Now with Big Sur you have onboarding for accessibility, which whilst I found fantastic, just put in more options to concentrate on in the whole setup process.  By the time I got to choose using two Apple IDS, and not using Fire Vault, my concentration was getting a bit warn, and I ended up getting my I

Ds back to front, and chose Fire Vault.

 

Once setup was complete, my Mac some how decided that I had put in the wrong password to login to the Mac.  After several attempts, I just chose a simple password, which then worked.

 

So usually setting up a new Mac which usually takes me less than 30 minutes, this with all the issues, took me 2 hours.

 

It is great to see the start up chime back, which if you don’t like it, you can turn off in System Preferences, Sound.

 

Once all setup and logged in, the M1 Mac mini has been a dream to use with Big Sur.

 

Because I am using Fire Vault, VoiceOver speech that comes up before the login prompt is using good old Fred, then after logged in, it is back to my usual Karen speech synthesiser.

 

I now don’t need my monitor plugged in, which was my 24 inch TV on my desk for the Apple TV, so now it is plugged back in to the Apple TV box.

 

The first time I ran a non Apple silicon app, I was prompted to install Rosetta, after which all of my usual 3rd party apps were fine: eg Amadeus Pro, Dropbox, Just Press Record, Twitterific, Zoom etc.

 

Now of course, you can run iOS apps on the M1 Macs.

Searching for iOS apps on the Mac App Store is sort of relatively easy.  I tend to search for an item first, then go in to the Toolbar and choose iPhone/iPad apps over the default Mac apps, then usually above my name, is the start of the hit list which I then interact with via VoiceOver.

However, when there is editorial stuff happening or other unknown things, the Mac App Store gets down wright hard to navigate with VoiceOver, I found myself searching on the web for the Mac app link which most of the time brought it up in the Mac App Store.

 

So far I have used (all which have worked) Frotz, Nature Space, Overcast, Sensibo, TravelEar, Voice Timer, Weather Gods, and White Noise.

 

When using iOS apps on the Mac, VoiceOver treats them as “normal” Mac apps.

 

In Big Sur, VoiceOver gives you a keyboard shortcut to get to Notifications Centre VO+O, and the new Control Centre VO+Shift+O.

 

The only thing I could not find in doing all my usual changes to the OS, was Announce Time, it is now under Doc and Menu with in System Preferences.

 

The new VO+Command+Space Actions menu comes in very very handy, and you can also access the context menu from this Actions menu.

 

The only slightly annoying thing I have so far noticed with Big Sur, in the Extras menu for WiFi Connectivity, you don’t get told the name of the network you are connected to.

 

I only got one time the dreaded “busy busy” from VoiceOver during setup.  The only time since I have gotten this is using Twitterific, but no where as bad as it used to be on my other Mac: may be once in the  last 48 hours.

 

The VoiceOver speech rotor VO+Command+Arrow keys, which used to take a second to switch to the next or previous parameter, is still slightly paused on the M1 Mac mini, but certainly usable.

 

The current time accessed with VoiceOver via Right Option+T, is again, a lot more responsive than on my other Macs: a significant delay on older machines.

 

As I type this, I have 18 apps open, am streaming music, and am copying files to an external hard drive.

 

The combination of Voiceover Keyboard commander to allow me to launch apps from the Right Shift key, and all of my favourite apps on the Dock, there is no waiting around on this M1 Mac mini: its actually VoiceOver still speaking whilst the app is sitting there ready to go.

 

As I said, an absolute pleasure to use.

 

Of Course, Big Sur is Now Available

 

New Control Centre, pin Conversations in Messages, and new VoiceOver VO+O command to take user to the Notifications Centre and VO+Shift+O to the Control Centre.

 

https://9to5mac.com/2020/11/12/macos-11-big-sur-now-available/

 

Victor Reader Trek 2.1 avialble

 

 

Main feature is virtual maps like Sound Scape.

 

Chat to Humanware about the new feature or update it from within the unit.

 

 

AssistiveWare and Acapela Announce discontinuation for the Infovox iVox voices

 

Here is some of the text sent to all Acapela voice users:

 

Dear Infovox iVox User,

 

(Vous trouverez ci-dessous une traduction au français du message)

 

Saying goodbye is never easy, but we are thankful to have you as a friend on this journey. After a long talk and much thought, AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have decided to discontinue development of Infovox iVox due to a shrinking user base and increasing development and support costs. This was not an easy decision, but with the current pandemic economic crisis, the fact that macOS allows you to download free multilingual voices, and AssistiveWare’s shifted focus toward AAC, we were compelled to bring up the topic we could no longer ignore. 

 

The Easy Chirp app is no longer Being Maintained

 

This for a long time was the easy way to access Twitter via the web.

Talking Tech 17th November 2020

Talking Tech 17th November 2020

November 17, 2020

Everyday Bits and Bobs from the Vision Australia Vision Store (and some of my favorite ones)

 

David’s Top Five

 

Talking Key Ring Clock

 

As the name suggests, it just attach’s to the key ring and you can check the time and/or have the times spoken on the hour/Alarm as well.

Sometimes I just like a manual way of checking the time.

$23.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/talking-keyring-clock 

 

Audible and Vibrating Liquid Level Indicator

 

Lets you know the level of liquid coming up to the edge of a cup etc.

For me, I’m always adding milk after I’ve made a cup of coffee with my bean coffee machine, and because the milk is Luke warm when I’m poring in to the cup, I still like the fact I get warned from the sensor when the liquid is hitting the top of the cup.

$44.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/audible-and-vibrating-liquid-level-indicator 

 

Talking Kitchen Scales and Easy to See Measuring Jug Set

 

Whilst I find this great for the kitchen, because my wife and I are always sending parcels hear, there, and everywhere, these scales come in great for measuring the weight of your parcel as well smile.

$136.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/talking-kitchen-scale-easy-see-measuring-jug-set 

 

Talking Builders Tape Measure

 

Over the upcoming Christmas break, my talking tape measure is going to come in handy for myself, I have to measure up my office to plan getting some new desks etc for the new year.

$199.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/talking-builders-tape-measure 

 

Sangean Accesible AM/FM Radio

 

Fully accessible radio. I know the price, I know its not Digital, and I know the price is a bit pricy: but hey it works, everything is spoken, and in last years fires I wouldn’t have been without it.

$330.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/sangean-pr-d17-amfm-accessible-radio 

 

Amanda’s Top Five

 

Explorer 8 hand-held video magnifier, board and card games, large print kitchen clock, and large print or Braille (on request) calendars.

 

To search for the Explore 8 and Amanda’s other suggestions, use the general vA shop link:

https://shop.visionaustralia.org

 

Apple’s Recent Event

 

All about the new M1 Chip from Apple in the new MacBook Air range, new MacBook Pros 13 inch, and the new Mac mini.

Note - the Macbook Air’s only come as an M1 chip computer now, whilst the MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini is still available with an Intel chip as well.

Keep in mind, you can also get your hands on a MacBook Pro 16 inch which is still Intel.

As far as we understand at the moment, you can not run Windows on an M1 chip based machine, and we are also not aware that you can do it under a virtual machine either.

 

Check out Apple’s web site for more info on the M1, and go to the events page if you would like to listen to the Apple Keynote.

 

https://apple.com

 

JaWS 2021

The next update foo Job Access With Speech (JAWS) is now available.

I’m quite interested in how the voice recognition within JaWS will go for controlling features, and the image recognition in Word documents.

 

There are also new 2021 versions of Zoomtext, and fusion (combined JAWS and Zoomtext).

 

https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/software/

Talking Tech 10th November 2020

Talking Tech 10th November 2020

November 10, 2020

iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 12 Pro Max now Available to Order

 

To order, easiest way is through the iOs Apple Store app.

Note - you do not need an iPhone 12 Pro Max for LIDAR etc, the iPhone 12 Pro does this as well.

 

People distance function is utilized via the Magnification app.  Listen to how far people are away from you in real time.

 

https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/people-detection-iph41bdfe6c7/ios

 

Other devices that also do LIDAR:

iPad Pro 11 2nd generation, and iiPad Pro 12.9 4th generation.

 

HomePod Mini’s Now Available To Order

 

Best way to order the HomePod Mini is via the iOS Apple Store app.

This is what I have been waiting for, $149 HomePods I can put around the house.

 

Apple Event for Wednesday 5AM November 2020 - One More Thing

 

One more thing. Join us for a special #AppleEvent on 11 November at 5 am AEDT. Tap the ♥️ and we’ll send you a reminder on event day.

 

I’ll be on the Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast after the event.

 

Here is the event page to listen and to catch up to previous Keynotes.

 

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

 

Watch OS, iOS, TV OS, iPad OS, and HomePod  All Updated

 

Watch oS 7.1, iOS/iPad OS 14.2, TV OS 14.2, and HomePod 14.2 all upgraded.

 

http://www.apple.com

 

Logging in via a QR code when you Visit a Business

 

Whilst the iPhone camera does this which has QR Reading turned on already, this app I found for blind folks seems to do a much better job than the iPhone camera in locating the QR code.

 

VIP Code Reader:

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vip-code-reader-blind-scanner/id1273427754

 

CSUN 2021 Online Conference

 

Find out more about CSUN being virtual.

 

https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

 

Some More Podcasts from Me

 

Beats Flex, and using the Intercom Feature on the Apple Watch, iPhone, and HomePod.

Both podcasts available at:

 

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com

 

Orbit Writer

 

For the moment, Vision Australia has decided not to bring in the Orbit Writer in to Australia.

I would suggest ordering it from the AT Guys at:

 

http://www.atguys.com.au

Talking Tech 3rd November 2020

Talking Tech 3rd November 2020

November 4, 2020

An Update about Apple Watch Family Sharing in Australia

 

Since I last did a talk with the Accessible Technology Users Group where I said family sharing wasn’t available yet for the Apple Watch, it now is.

 

An Observation or two about Widgets on the iPhone

 

Just a tip, you can only fit a certain number of widgets on the Home screen without VoiceOver not being able to find them, so I use stack in stead which works much better anyway.

 

Apple 1 is Now Available

 

Bundle up to 6 Apple services in to one subscription:

Apple Music,

Apple TV+,

Apple Arcade,

iCloud,

Apple News+

Apple Fitness+ (coming later this year).

 

Individual (50G), family (200G), and premium (2TB) plans.

 

https://one.apple.com/au/?cc=au&urlDesc=&ign-itsct=one-NA-home-tile-apl-avl-102020&ign-itscg=10000

 

HomePod Mini Available to order November 7

 

No, I didn’t mention this in the show, but I’m getting 6 perhaps smile.

 

https://www.apple.com/au/homepod-mini/

 

One Benefit of the iPhone 12 Pro I’ve been Waiting for!

 

Camera on iPhone 12 pro tells people who are blind how far people are away via LIDAR.

 

https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-adding-customizable-people-detection-capability-lidar-equipped-iphones-and-ipad-pro

 

Beats Flex

 

In The Box:

Beats Flex, very short UsBC to USBC cable, Quick start, and warranty card.

 

Wired neck (flex form cable) style ear buds.

4 pair of different sized ear bud tips.

No in ear wings on the tips to secure them in the ear.

Magnetic ear buds and auto pause (start/stop music or answer call).

 

Each side of the wire as they sit next to your neck has an inline control unit:

The full length of the wire between the ear phones is 32 inch’s or about 81CM.

 The left inline control has the  small round Multi function button, medium rectangular Volume rocker, Microphone, and USBC port, and

The right inline control has a small rectangular pairing/on off button. 

 

No IP rating.

 

Multi feature Button functions:

1 stop/pause music or answer/hang up phone call,

 

If music playing

2 times next track or held fast forward,

3 times previous track or if held rewind.

 

Multi feature button can be thought of as  the  clicker on Apple wired Ear phones.

 

12 hours playing time.

10 minute quick charge for an extra 1.5 hours of playing time.

1 to 2 hours fully charge time.

Easily connect via the W1 chip to Apple Watch, and iPhone. via iOS iCloud.

No active noise cancellation.

Very clear on phone calls.

 

Colours - Black, Yellow, Blue, Grey, 

Can be used as general BT ear phones to other devices.

Medium range sound, great for spoken word, VoiceOver, not so good for music lovers.

Only $79Au.

 

https://www.beatsbydre.com/au/earphones/beats-flex

 

Snap on Cases from the AT Guys for the Orbit Writer

 

A 3D printed case to protect the Orbit Writer, but allow you to use it with the lanyard.

 

https://www.atguys.com

Talking Tech 27th October 2020

Talking Tech 27th October 2020

October 27, 2020

Talking Tech for October 26 2020

 

iOS 14.1 Released for the HomePod, iPhone etc - A Note Concerning Intercom

 

As of 14.1, the Intercom feature is only HomePod to HomePod, 14.2 will have the full Intercom functionality from Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad.

 

Here is my demo of HomePod to HomePod Using  The Intercom Feature

 

https://s302.podbean.com/pb/7c924a75d7efc3d3b685cd02c9543b25/5f910876/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/How_to_use_the_HomePod_to_HomePod_intercom_functionbawfb.mp3?pbss=7eed7e75-1a51-5ac1-924c-f14fe7420b88

 

 

A Note About the Camera View on the iPhone for detecting Objects

 

Due to the chip, this function besides letting you know there is a face in the camera view, is only available on the iPhone X and above, it doesn’t work on the iPhone 8.

I had a few questions from folks over the. Week end who couldn’t find the feature, but they were all using iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.

 

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Now in the Wild

 

Available now at your local Apple Store, online, and now expect a raft of videos etc about unboxing etc etc.

Another snippet of news I learnt over the week end, there is an extra sensor in the iPhone 12 Pro max for stabilization, but besides this, you might as well save yourself some money and just get the iPhone 12 Pro (if you are after a Pro - remember LIDAR) according to some folks on the web.

 

Sound Scape Street View Beta

 

This works well, you can virtually go to a specific location, and then use all the usual Sound Scape commands to look around, and choose “Go” on the Street View screen to keep moving in the direction you are pointing.  If you turn the iPhone, you will hear an orchestral sound and then feel a vibration to say you have locked on to a new direction and way you go again.

 

ChromeCast with Google TV

 

From beginning to completing setup, I was fully able to do this with Talkback in Australia.

To turn on Talkback initially, I held down Back/Down Arrow for 3 seconds to enable Talkback.

 

Hoping to do a podcast very soon.

 

My Demo of the New Nest Audio

 

A month or so ago Google had the event, and I assumed that the new Google Home now called Nest Audio was more or less the same, since no one had actually described it to me, and I didn’t double check on twitter smile.

Simply it is a pill like speaker, about 15CM tall, and similar touch spots to the Google Mini now called and updated Nest Mini which feels like the older Google Mini, but I’m assuming sounding a bit nicer.

At any rate, here is my podcast of playing with the Nest Audio.

 

https://s159.podbean.com/pb/d72e3dbd1c6db8c206c6f45d9cac257f/5f910684/data3/fs54/339150/uploads/a_bit_of_a_play_around_with_the_New_Nest_Audio_that_replaces_the_original_Google_Home6wrxx.mp3?pbss=33efed1b-db82-5260-b82e-7cf7c3034b5a

 

AfterShokz Now Has Their Own Website in Australia.

 

This is excellent news, plus I was able to get a go at the new AfterShokz OpenMove ear phones, and found them quite comfortable and like the fact that it now uses a USBC cable.

 

Here is my podcast of the AfterShokz OpenMove.

 

Https://www.aftershokz.com.au

 

Speaking of Head Phones, the cheap Beats Flex Look Quite Interesting

 

These have been out for a little while, are $79Au, have the H1 chip, have a wire connecting both ear phones, and sound quite good for listening to audio books, podcasts, VoiceOver etc, not brilliant at music if you are a music lover.

 

Hoping to get a pair of these this week, so I’ll let you know.

 

A few More Podcasts From Me

 

Tip on how to Force Quit an app on the Apple Watch, Mac, TV, and iOS devices.

A demo on how I use the workout app on my Apple Watch to do several Workout sub-routines.

Check these out on:

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com

Talking Tech 20th October 2020

Talking Tech 20th October 2020

October 20, 2020

The Apple October Keynote Event

 

Here is the link to the October event (if you have Audio Description enabled it will activate).

 

https://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2020/

 

HomePod Mini

 

HomePod Mini for only $149 Australian.

Note - HomePod still available.

HomePod Mini with Intercom feature, much smaller and lighter, and other features.

Pre-order November 7, and available November 16.

For all of the specs of the HomePod Mini and what it can do, check out the following link.

 

https://www.apple.com/au/homepod-mini/

 

iPhone 12

 

iPhone 12 (and 12 mini).

iPhone 12 Pro (and Pro Max).

 

Note - iPhone 12 Pro only iPhone with LIDAR Scanner and 3rd lens.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro 6.1 inch screen.

iPhone 12 mini 5.4 inch screen, and iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 inch screen.

Ceramic shield (4 times more drop resistant), Mag Safe connectivity, and sort of feels like an iPhone 4 or 5 with the glass front/back, and the stainless steel band around the edge.

All iPhone 12’s have 5G.

Remember, there are no USB chargers or ear phones in the iPhone box any more.  Plus the cable that comes with the iPhone is a lightning to USBC cable, so if you have existing UsB A chargers or USB wall sockets, you’ll need to grab a UsBC to USB adapter.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro  pre-order October 16, available October 23.

iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-order November 7.

Even with the toughened glass, I still recommend putting any phone in a case (such as the Mag Safe cases etc) and a glass screen protecter.

For all the specs of the iPhone 12 in its 4 variations check out the following link.

 

https://www.apple.com/au/iphone-12/

 

A Possible warning about the use of the Amazon FireTV Stick Lite with Alexa Remote in Australia

 

I just want to give you a bit of a warning about the Amazon FireTV stick Lite with Alexa Remote, when I got mine, it seems that because I’m in Australia and my Amazon account is also Australian, the Text to speech for VoiceView to make the FireTV speak does not work.

Alexa is fine, but you won’t be able to navigate with VoiceView unless you have a US account.  When I tried with the help of my son to force my region and language to US, VoiceView worked for about 2 mins and then stopped.

I hope this was me, but something to be careful about if you are considering one of these devices and you are in Australia, and have an Aussie Amazon account.

As we go to air this week, I’m still waiting on my Google TV stick so here is hoping the experience with the screen reader is different.

At any rate, there is still the Apple TV smile. 

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/Fire-TV-Stick-Lite-with-Alexa-Voice-Remote-Lite%C2%A0/dp/B07ZZW1B82/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=amazon+fire+tv+stick+with+alexa+remote&qid=1603068376&sr=8-5

 

Virtual Event - International Council on English Braille  

 

The link to the International Council on English Braille (ICEB)

General Assembly Running from today through to Friday morning from 6:00am AEDT.

Stream commences half an hour earlier.

 

I think it is amazing with these virtual events, that in some ways they are more accessible to a wider audience than people having to travel, pay for accommodation, worrying about physical access or for some folks, they may be well enough to attend virtually but not physically.

 

In some ways, a bit sad that it took a pandemic  to prove a bit of a point about virtual conferences.

 

Links to audio on demand and podcasts also available from the page link below.

 

http://live.braillecast.com

Talking Tech 13th October 2020

Talking Tech 13th October 2020

October 13, 2020

Catching Up with Charlii Parker from Vision Australia Digital Access Team

 

 

Talking to Charlii about what the Digital Access team has been up to, a reminder what it does, and why of course Digital Access is so important.

 

Contact Details:

T: 1300367055 

E: digitalaccess@visionaustralia.org 

https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/digital-access

 

Webinar link 

https://events.humanitix.com/vision-australia-webinar-digital-accessibility-the-law-and-you

 

Other upcoming events

No dates as yet, but updates will be made to the below link

https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/digital-access/training/events

A11y Camp - Understanding accessible procurement

Digital Summit 2020 - Push and pull: Why South Australia leads the way in online accessibility

 

Apple’s Next Keynote Event for October 14 2020 in Australia

 

Like the last Apple Keynote we missed this one by 12 or so hours when the show has to go to air, so just to let you know it is on and you can catch it live or afterwards via the main Apple Event web page:

 

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

 

We’ll talk about it next show smile.

 

Talking Tech 6th October 2020

Talking Tech 6th October 2020

October 6, 2020

New Products from Google

 

Two New  Pixel phones, new Nest Audio (update to the original Google Home), and Chromecast with Google TV.  

 

Because it sounds interesting, I’ve ordered myself a Google TV which I should get in a few weeks, a plug in stick to any TV with an HDMI port, with it’s own Remote, and as I’ve been assured, it will have Talkback.

 

Now my little 24 inch LED TV now has both the Apple TV, and soon the Google TV plugged in to it.

 

good links on the Blind Bargains webpage on the Google Announcement at:

 

https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22013

 

Vision Store is now on Social Media and we’d like you to help build our following. We are generally known as Vision Store VA.

 

So please follow and like us on the following platforms: 

 

Facebook:

 

https://www.facebook.com/VisionStoreVA

 

 

Instagram:

 

 https://www.instagram.com/visionstoreva/

 

Twitter:

 

https://twitter.com/VisionStoreVA

 

 

YouTube:

 

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

 

 

GoldWave on the iOS App Store

 

This app where you can both record and edit with Voiceover looks extremely interesting.

Free with in-app purchases.

 

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/goldwave?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Exploring Technology with David Woodbridge

 

This is a new series that I’ve started via the Vision Store looking at various suppliers and technology.

 

 - This webinar for September 2020, was looking at the relationship between Vision Store and the Good Guys along with some interesting products that I have also purchased.

 

https://s181.podbean.com/pb/606aedd2747c7f68c7b6d43ffb810a63/5f794165/data4/fs145/4313470/uploads/Vision_Store_Webinar_The_Good_Guys7dpmn.mp3?pbss=ed30dcb7-f7ea-531a-99da-081096fd9cd4

 

Upcoming Presentations from Me

 

Newcastle Tech Friday October 9 10AM

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

Topic: Apple, Android, and Security.

Andraes, Ray, and David will be covering this topic.

Date and Time:

Friday 9 October.

10:00AM Sydney time

to join the Zoom Meeting

activate the below link to attend the meeting on pc, smart phone or Mac.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/j/97123337881

 

ATUG October 14 7:30PM

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

topic: All about iOS 14 and other Apple recent updates.

David Woodbridge will be speaking about the recent software updates to Apple devices.

Date and Time:

Wednesday 14 October.

7:30 pm Sydney time

Anyone is welcome to join, only members of ATUG receive recordings of meetings.

to join the Zoom Meeting

activate the below link to attend the meeting on pc, smart phone or Mac.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/814228683?pwd=WTR6L0RLRHB1Nk53dmhFRE5wNUZzUT09

Meeting ID: 814 228 683

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Talking Tech 29th September 2020

Talking Tech 29th September 2020

September 29, 2020

A Reminder About the Upcoming Good Guys Webinar If Your Listening Live This Week, Wednesday 30Th of Sep at 12:30PM Sydney Time Join the Webinar 

Registration page follows, but it will also be recorded, and place on the Vision Store Youtube channel, I’ll post the link to the webinar in next weeks show or check me out on Twitter @dwoodbridge where I will post the link as soon as I have it.

 

https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-FEILPsgQeOZOR1JO7bvzA

 

A new Gadget in My House - Dyson 

Air Purifier, Cooling, and Heating Fan

 

setup was easy: install filters on both sides, plug in to power and turn on with single button.

 

Tactile single button on middle front of unit can be found easily and gives good feedback when pressed.

 

Buttons on the remote don’t stand out that much, but are usable.  Changing modes, timers etc is not accessible via using the remote on the screen of the fan, but using the App or Amazon Echo skill it is.  Simple operation of the fan is possible.

 

The remote magnetically connects to the top of the fan, so you won’t loose it.

 

When turning the unit on or off via the remote, you do hear a beep, although it is very quiet.

 

The Dyson fan supports both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.  I downloaded the Dyson Link app,  logged in as a new user, crated account, and then linked up the Dyson fan to my iPhone via the app.

 

The Dyson Link app I’d have to say is pretty much accessible: i.e. I can turn fan on or off, check indoor and outdoor air quality (in your account you can set your City to get outdoor readings), turn on off Cool, Heat, oscillation etc.  The only issue I had was changing the fan speed, but I found by double tapping and holding then dragging finger up or down using VoiceOver I could change the fan speed.

 

There were two progress bar areas within the app, which I’m assuming are the state of both of the filters, this wasn’t accessible, so sighted assistance I guess to read the LCD screen on the unit itself.

 

The Amazon Echo Dyson skill (you login with your Dyson account via the skill within the Amazon Alexa app) is 100 percent accessible and you can seem to control all functions of the Dyson as I pointed above, pretty damn amazing.

 

Good news is, you can get your filter percentage of use via the Amazon skill, so no need to get assistance for reading the units screen or the Dyson Link app.  In actually fact, I use the Dyson Fan all the time from my Amazon Echo.

 

The above is my initial playing thoughts after a few weeks of use.  Retail was about $850 or so, still impress by how accessible it is.

 

Note - you can order Good Guys products via the Vision Store, email visionstore@visionaustralia.org for more information.

And no, I didn’t buy the unit just to do the Good Guys webinar, it just turned out that way smile.

 

https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/dyson-hp04-pure-hotcool-purifying-fan-heater-whitesilver-244384-01

 

My Two New Apple Watch’s, actually one is Ellen’s

 

Having used both the Apple Watch S6 and SE, I can honestly say it is a huge improvement in responsiveness over the Apple Watch S3.  I find myself using the Workout app on the Watch so much more due to the quick gesture access of VoiceOver, feels like I’m using VoiceOver on my iPhone.

 

 

Note - yes, you can order Apple Watch’s directly from Vision Australia if you wish.

 

Another Small Purchase, 24 Inch LED TV for Me to Use with my Apple TV

 

Just purchased this from Harvey Norman and it works well.  It is not a smart TV with text to speech, simply a small portable TV that is set to HDMI 1 for use with my Apple TV which is of course fully accessible with VoiceOver.  No more asking my boys to use the TV either in the Lounge or Toy Room.  

This 24 inch unit was a generic brand from Harvey Norman and I think was only about $190 or so (even has a DVD drive which I don’t use, and it also has a 12 vault port so you can run it in the car if you wish).

The Youtube Recording of the Digital Access Webinar, Looking in to The Future

 

 

This was posted a week or so ago where Charlii and myself talked about the current and future of Digital access and how we think it is going.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA1UB937tts&feature=youtu.be

 

New Echo Devices

 

I know they are new, but I find the current lot of Echos I used are still doing just fine: i.e. they still run Alexa just fine, so if you don’t need to upgrade, then perhaps you shouldn’t smile, after all they are supposed to be a smart speaker first and a music/media speaker second.

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/s?k=alexa+echo&adgrpid=87733051635&gclid=CjwKCAjw8MD7BRArEiwAGZsrBdWlG5_unFf13iYmwu6JOofScLMyPFHe9CFYjFgIxZ_UhP5dWnpoyhoCP8sQAvD_BwE&hvadid=468016213639&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9071637&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=b&hvrand=18398837950634898145&hvtargid=kwd-296997957011&hydadcr=5371_165395&tag=googhydr0au-22&ref=pd_sl_4yyzy6ybzg_b

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