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Talking Tech 8th June 2021

Talking Tech 8th June 2021

June 8, 2021

Vision Australia Vision Store End of Financial Year Sale


For the month of June, the store at Vision Australia is having an end of year sale.


To pick up some bargains either at your local Va office or via the web shop, ask your local VA staff or go to the web shop at:


WWDC 2021


Apple’s WWDC 2021 developers conference was held today the 7th of June 2021.

It was an amazing packed keynote presentation with lots of feature announcements across Apple’s product line.


As usual, the event was audio Described.


For me the things that stood out:


FaceTime with Spacial audio (Hear where the people are in the room,

Better noise cancellation for FaceTime calls,

People can join a FaceTime call by being sent a link that don’t use FaceTime,

SharePlay to share music and videos when on a FaceTime call,

AirPods get Conversation Boost (like Live Listen) to make it easier to listen during conversations,

AirPods Pro work with Find My with proximity detection,

AirPods Pro will notify you if you try and leave them behind,

Notifications get an update with Focus, 

increased privacy for mail, apps, and Safari,

Siri gets more secure and faster with its processing being done locally,,

Voice search available in Safari,

Find My comes to the Apple Watch,

New Mindfulness app comes to the Apple Watch,

Sleep app on Apple Watch monitors respiration,

Health data sharing amongst family members,

Widgets for the iPad,

App Library arrives on the iPad,

Better multi-tasking for the iPad as well as full keyboard support,

Swift Playgrounds lets users code and submit apps to the App Store,

Quick Notes for iOS and the Mac,

New Mac OS titled is Monterey,

Shortcuts come to the Mac,

Universal Control allowing what you are working on to be easily swiped between Mac and iPad using the Macs keyboard/trackpad on the iPad,

New Safari Tab groups, extensions, and a cleaner interface across all devices,

Spacial Audio starting to roll out today.


Keep in mind that the releases for iOS 15, iPad OS 15, TV OS 15, Watch OS 8, and Mac OS Monterey are developer betas for the next month, then public betas, and we (consumers) won’t see the software on our devices until September.


Link to the June WWDC 2021 Events Page:


Everything announced at WWDC from iMore

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Talking Tech 1st June 2021

Talking Tech 1st June 2021

June 1, 2021

Zoom Podtrak P4 Demos


Here are all of my initial Zoom Podtrak P4 demos on my iSee website (direct links) for this excellent multi-track recorder, mixer, and audio device.


First demo using the Podtrak P4


Description of the Zoom Podtrak P4


Recording iPhone or other devices in to the Zoom Podtrak P4


Using the Sound Pad menu on the Zoom Podtrak P4 to change Sound Pad sounds


Using the Files Transfer menu on the Zoom Podtrak P4 to easily transfer sound files to/from the P4


Using the Files Menu on the Podtrak P4 to play back and delete recordings


Google IO 2021 Event Recap


Android 12.

Tweaks fro ware OS with a Ware OS Fitbit (remember Google brought Fitbit), and Ware OS coming to Samsung Watch’s.


Update to Google Maps.

As its a dev developer conference, a lot of other items, read the link below.

No hardware announced.


Audible and Credits


We all know that you can’t buy books within the Audible app on iOS (as you can on Android), but you can use your existing credits to get books.


Interview with Andreas Buchmueller (Access Technology Consultant) from Vision Australia Newcastle


We find a bit about Andreas, and what he does as an Access Technology Specialist in Newcastle in NSW.

We also asked Andreas being sighted himself, how he keeps up with software and hardware for blind or low vision given that he doesn’t use this software or hardware himself.

Talking Tech 25th May 2021

Talking Tech 25th May 2021

May 25, 2021

Interview with Ahrum Choi - Director of Social Impact at Dot Incorporation - Makers of the Smart Braille Watch


Stephen and I interview Ahrum and find out about Dot Incorporation, and of course, how the Dot Watch itself works.




Here are my notes about the Dot Watch.


Product Evaluation Form


Product name:


Dot Watch.




Dot Incorporated.


Manufacturer   website:


App: Dot Watch 2 (Android and iOS).








Tutorial and user guide within the Dot Watch 2 app or the following online link.


The product box also contains a quick start guide in Braille for using the Dot Watch (no print version).


Video and promotional material produced by Dot Incorporated:


Brief product description:


4 cell refreshable Braille smart watch with magnetic loop band for small and large wrist sizes. Can be used in stand alone or connected to iOS or Android.

Note - via the Dot watch 2 smart phone app, the Dot Watch can either be set to be used as a traditional Braille watch or tactile watch with cell and dot positions being used to display main functions such as battery status, time etc.

When purchasing, Dot Watch with small band or Dot Watch with large band are sold as an entire unit: i.e. can not swap out bands.


Physical description:


Round large wrist watch.


White top with silver surround.


4 horizontal refreshable Braille cells in middle of watch face.


2 touch scroll points below cells 2 and 3 for scrolling left/right.


Right side of watch if warn on left wrist - dot crown in middle, Home and Select buttons on either side of Dot crown.


Magnetic  metal loop band (silver).


Charging port for magnetic charger bottom opposite side to Home, Crown, and buttons.


What is in the box:

Well constructed product box with Braille identifying the Dot Watch.


Dot watch with metal band attached.


Braille booklet.


Magnetic charger with attached USB cable.


Three moisture and dust protective skins (fourth protective skin already installed on watch as shipped).


Main features:


  1. Compatible devices:


The dot watch is compatible with the following versions of iOS and Android.


iOS V9 and above.


Android V4.4.4 and above.


  1. Pairing the Dot Watch.


Easy to pair using the Dot Watch 2 smart app, select Pair from the main app screen.


Setup process will take user through a tutorial on how to use the Dot watch.


  1. Dot Watch 2 Smart app.


Easy to navigate and use.


Works with VoiceOver or iOS or Talkback on Android/Samsung.


  1. From the Dot Watch itself (Main Menu)


Connection status to smart phone.


Battery status.


Time (shown by default, can also show seconds and date).


Notifications (if turned on from Smart Phone app)..


Stop watch.


Timer (set minutes and seconds)..


Memo (if written from smart phone)..


  1. From the Dot Watch 2 app.


Alarm (set up to 10 alarms).


Hourly time toggle.


Find Dot Watch (makes Dot Watch vibrate, press Select button on watch to stop).


NB - from the Dot Watch itself, press Select and Home buttons twice to activate Find My Phone, will make phone play a loud sound each time this command is used.


Add, edit, and delete memos.


Access and delete saved notifications.


Study Braille.


  1. Dot Watch 2 Dot Watch Settings.


Output settings.


Display settings.


Notification settings.


Language settings.


Firmware update.


Watch information.






Can be either used as a traditional Braille watch or for non Braille users tactile watch with cell and pin positions representing main functions such as battery level, time etc (Braille or tactile mode set via the Dot Watch 2 app).


As a stand alone refreshable  Braille Display watch. Time on watch can be set manually without the use of a smart phone.


Works with both Android and iOS.


4 cell refreshable Braille Display which can be scrolled to read further text in notifications or memos.

Clear and easy to read Braille or tactile dots.


When pressing the Select button, time is display. Other menu options can then be easily accessed.


Hourly time can be toggled which will display time and cause the Dot Watch to also vibrate on the 



10 alarms can be set via the Dot Watch 2 app. When alarm goes off, alarm 1, alarm 2 etc will be displayed on the Dot Watch: eg a l NumberSign 1, a l NumberSign 2 etc.


10 memos can be added, edited or deleted from the Dot Watch 2 smart phone app (240 characters max per memo).


The Dot Watch can display 12 or 24 hour time via the Dot Watch smart phone app.


The Dot Watch can display date in Month Day or Day Month via the Dot Watch 2 smart phone app.


Via the Dot Watch 2 app, vibration intensity, auto scrolling speed, display timeout duration, reverse buttons to where on right hand, Braille or tactile modes  can be all adjusted.


Protective skins are there to protect the Braille cells from dust etc (note protective skin already installed on watch, not using the protective skin may void warranty). More skins can be obtained.


As magnetic loop strap is used, band can be adjusted for comfort.


Good mechanical feedback when pressing either Home or Select buttons, and when turning the Dot Crown.


Solid connection via Bluetooth to smart phone.


When Dot Watch moves out of Bluetooth range of smart phone, msg displayed on watch or can be checked by connection status. Similarly, msg displayed when reconnected or can again be checked in status connection.


Dot Watch is easily firmware updated via the Dot Watch 2 Smart phone app (can check within app if there is new firmware available).


The Dot Watch can be fully turned on and off, besides being in standby mode which is the usual state of operation.


The Dot Watch itself can be hardware reset (please consult user manual).


Points to consider:


As pointed out in the manual, when the display updates, do not hold your finger down on the display as this will prevent the dots from updating correctly. Most of the time you can hear the Braille dots settle after less than a second.


If the stop watch or timer functions are being used, you can hear the Braille display update, but this is quite a soft sound.


Be a little bit careful when taking off the band as the end of the band can slide through the connecting slot on the side of the Dot Watch.


As the band is magnetic, it may stick to the magnetic charger base when placing the Dot Watch on charge, just something to simply be aware of which is also pointed out helpfully in the manual.


To make it easier for users, the receiving slot on the side of the Dot Watch which takes the band does protrude from the side of the Dot Watch.


Due to the need for battery and the Braille Display, the Dot Watch does sit out a bit from the wrist.


Do not remove the protective skin from the dot Watch.


Hints and Tips:


Holding in Home button for 3 seconds will turn Dot Watch fully off, holding the Home button in again for another 3 seconds will turn the unit back on.


When Dot Watch in sleep (standby) press Select button to activate menu, time will be displayed.


Use Dot Crown to scroll up and down menu, scroll away for battery status and connectivity status, scroll towards you for rest of menu items. Each time the menu option changes, a vibration will be felt.


Use Select button to activate an item from the main menu once moved to it via the Dot Crown.


When in one of the menu options, you can press Home button to exit.


When displaying items on the main menu, some menu options are abbreviated to fit in to the 4 cells: noti for notifications, stop for stop watch, and timr for timer, 


When time displayed, pressing Select button will show seconds, pressing Select button again will display date, and pressing Select button will show the time again.


When selecting stop watch, press Select button to start/pause stop watch, hold in Select button to reset stop watch.


When selecting timer, adjust minutes with Dot Crown, press Select button, adjust seconds with Dot Crown, press Select button to start timer. When complete Dot Watch will pulse vibrate with the word tout for time out. To reset timer back to starting value, hold in Select button for a few seconds.


When notifications selected, use Dot Crown to scroll through numbered list of notifications from smart phone, press Select button to select a notification start reading with touch pad buttons or auto scroll via holding in Select button.


Use Home button to put display to sleep or wait for display timeout.

Use the touch sensor area below cell 2 and 3 to scroll left or right within a memo or notification.


Dot Watch will vibrate when receiving a notification from the smart phone.


When receiving incoming call to smart phone, press Home to reject or Select to answer: on iPhone, first press of Select button will display caller ID, and 2nd press of the Select button will answer call.


Besides Find Dot Watch from the smart phone app to find the Dot Watch, press Select and Home buttons twice to make smart phone play a sound so the phone itself can be located (of course within Bluetooth range). 


Charging and Battery life:


3 hours charging time.


No issues placing Dot Watch on charger and charging unit.


3 days battery life depending on use.




Within Dot Watch 2 app for contact/support details.


Email -


Online manual -




USD $299.00.


Similar products:


No similar refreshable Braille smart watch’s on the market.


Who is the product for:


People who are Deaf blind or people who wish to use a refreshable Braille watch either in Braille mode or tactile mode with their smart phones.


Overall rating/thoughts:


Excellent product, does exactly as advertised and outlined in the tutorial and user guide.

Easy to pair and setup through the smart phone app.

Tested on both Android (Samsung S10), and iOS (iPhone 12 Pro).




1 year manufacturer warranty.

Talking Tech 18th May 2021

Talking Tech 18th May 2021

May 18, 2021

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) May 20 2021


Time to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness, raise awareness, and advocate where you can.


Catch Up with all the Online Vision Australia Radio Stations


On your smart speaker of choice you can now say play Vision Australia radio for:







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Vision Australia Newcastle Tech Friday - all about Envision by Sam Taylor Pacific Vision


Webinar recorded May 14 2021:


Next Exploring Tech Webinar with David Woodbridge - Reading Options


Dot Watch from Dot Incorporated


4 cell Braille smart watch that can be used standalone or connected to Android/Samsung or iPhone.

Works extremely well, and as one person once said, I was so impress I purchased the company, but in my case, I purchased the Dot Watch smile.


All sessions from the Ability Summit Now Available


Microsoft Ability Conference from earlier in the month presentations now available for your viewing pleasure: 21 videos spanning inclusive and diverse design.


Zoom Podtrak P4 Review


This is an amazing device.

A multi track recorder designed for podcasting, even for beginners, just connect mics and head phones.

It is a multi-track recorder, mixer, and a 2 channel audio interface to a PC (Mac or Windows).


Main features of the P4:


Use your favorite mics.

Multi track recording supports for channels recorded at the same time, producing a combined file, and individual channel files.

Levels of all 4 mics can be individually altered.

4 Head phone outputs allows everyone to monitor voice levels.

Power can be via UsBC computer, USBC power or two AA battery’s (UsBC power could also be a power brick).

Remote recording of participants: channel 3 for smart phone, and channel for for PC: a Mix Minus function stops remote participants from hearing back an echo.

Instant playback of jingles via the 4 button sound pad.

The UsBC PC port can be used to use the P4 as an audio device to a PC: Mac or Windows.

P4 records at 44.1 kilohertz , 16 bit in Wav format.

Best of all, all main functions are controlled by knobs, buttons, and slide switch’s.

Use the Play, Stop and Record buttons to start/pause recordings. Menu via the Menu button is not accessible, but once options set, no need to access.


NB - when you first get the P4, install the AA battery’s, and get sighted assistance to set time/date via the menu, as well as turning on Mix Minus.

Zoom recommends that you format the SD card within the device itself (SD card not included).

What is cool from my point of view as well, is that whilst I am using the P4 as an audio device to my Mac, I can still use the record function on the P4 to also make a recording: i.e. Amadeus Pro on my Mac recording the podcast, and the P4 also making an audio recording.

Finally, some folks still like people to make local recordings which has the best quality sound, and then give those files to the podcast host who then brings them all together as a multi-track recording: which is why it is so neat that the P4 does a master file recording of all channels, but then individual file channels of each mic input/person speaking locally or remotely.


Further down the page I have listed what is now in my portable podcasting kit. At the very least you will need:

The P4 itself,

Sd card,

2 XLR mics if you are going to record yourself and another  person,

2 mic stands for the mics,

2 3.5mm head phones to monitor sound (including from the sound pad) for yourself and the other person,

Power bank to supply power or just use the AA battery’s,, UsBC charger, or UsBC to UsB A cable to power P4 from a PC (Mac or Windows),,

TRRS cable to plug in an iPhone for remote recording of Facetime or other calls,

Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter for iPhone to support the TRRS cable,

And if you are not going to leave it on a desk, some type of carrying case for the P4.


Physical layout:


Back panel - 4 female XLR mic input ports.


Front panel - 4 output 3.5mm head phone ports.


Left panel front to back - UsBC PC/power, UsBC power, Sd card slot.


Right panel front to back - recessed power on/off, TRRS 3.5mm audio iPhone port, below the TRRS port is a Bluetooth Zoom adapter port to connect via BT to smart phones.


Bottom of unit - back edge 2 rubber feet on either side, and front edge long rubber strip (stops P4 from moving on desk). Above rubber strip, is the battery door for the AA battery’s).


Top face of unit where all the cool knobs, buttons,slide switch’s, and the screen is located (screen takes up part of the right hand face of the P4).


Going from the back top edge towards the front:


4 gain knobs for each of the XLR mic ports from left to right, channel 1, channel 2, channel 3 and channel 4.


Next row, 4 slider switch’s  for each of the mic input ports, again left to right, channel 1, channel 2, channel 3, and channel 4.

Channel 1, and channel 2 slide switch’s have two settings, left Dynamic mic, and right Condenser )phantum power) mic.

Switch channel 3, and switch channel 4 have a 3rd setting on the right: switch channel 3 is to engage iPhone via the TRRS 3.5mm port on the right side, and switch channel 4 is to engage the UsBC PC/power on the left side from a PC (Mac/Windows). 


Next row - 4 mute toggle buttons for each of the mic inputs, again left to right, mute channel 1, mute channel 2, mute channel 3, and mute channel 4.


It is always suggested that when a channel is not being used, mute and turn the gain down for that channel.


Then a group of 4 buttons in a 2 by 2 grid for the Sound Pads (P4 comes with preset sounds if you want to use them or create your own).


Under the Sound Pad buttons, a round knob to adjust volume for all Sound Pads.


To the right of the Sound Pad volume knob, 4 buttons: Menu, Play, Stop, and over to the right, the Record button.


NB - just as an FYI, when in the Menu, Play and Stop buttons move through the menu, and the Record button acts as a select or enter button.


Underneath the volume Knob, are the 4 volume knobs for each of the head sets, for monitoring mic input, corresponding to each of the mic inputs: head phone 1, head phone 2, head phone 3, and head phone 4.


NB, the gain knobs for the mic inputs have no tactile pointer. You can just keep turning them, mark them with something like Loc Dots so you can tell what level you have each of the mic gains set at


Learn about this very much accessible recorder for podcasters in episode 116 on the Mosen podcast recorded by Tim Cumings.

The following link is from a different website to Mosen Explosion which will allow you to download the actual MP3 file as well as listening to it online so you can use it as a resource whilst you are getting used to using the P4.


I also did a podcast on the Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast with Tim as well which will be available this week when I knew absolutely nothing about the P4.

These are just my notes based on Tim’s excellent demo, and some other work on the internet.

As soon as I get my own unit, I will also do a hands on podcast.


General review of the Zoom Podtrack P4 from the general tech industry


This was an interesting article explaing the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones, mainly aimed at producing music and vocals.


This article, this time aimed at using dynamic or condenser microphones for recording podcasts.


I found reading both articles started to give me a good basic understanding of the different types of microphones and the language associated with them.


Quick tip, use a dynamic mic for podcasting, and yes, you absolutely need the TRRS cable and the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter if you want to record from your iPhone for calls etc.


Also, when you use either channel 3 mic input via the 3.5mm port to record iPhone or channel 4 mic input to record via UsBC port to PC, you can not use the channel 3 or 4 mic ports as XLR mic inputs: they are not available.


Zoom Podtrak P4 User manuaL:


Zoom Home Page for the Podtrak P4


This is what my podcasting kit now consists of:


Zoom Podtrak P4, 


4 dynamic mics with stand/puff filters,


4 noise cancelling head sets,


accessible power bank (originally from AT Guys),


several SD cards,


hard shell carrying case for P4,


all necessary cables (TRRS, 3.5MM Lightning adapter, 2 UsBC to UsBA cables, and UsB wall charger), and


SD card reader for M1 MacBook Pro.


10 pack of AA battery’s,


computer bag for carrying.


Of course, M1 MacBook Pro for editing recording from SD card

 from Zoom Podtrak P4.

Talking Tech 11th May 2021

Talking Tech 11th May 2021

May 11, 2021

A Follow-up About AirTags and Privacy


I think the bottom line is, yes you can initially track where the AirTag is, but if it stays away from you, there will be a notification to you or others near by.


My Demo of Setting Up and Using an AirTag


Setup and initial demo.


A Quick Review of the Echo Dot 4 Generation and Echo 4 Generation


Excellent sounding speakers, love the shape, and the buttons are even easier to find on these round models.


Sonos Roam


Physical description of device.

Quality of sound.

How it is controlled.

App, Alexa, Google, Airplay 2, Bluetooth.

Great accessibility of the Sonos Ap.


Vision Australia Vision Store Exploring Tech Webinar with David Woodbridge - Braille Solutions


Now up on the Vision Australia Youtube channel.


Orbit Writer is now back on the Vision Australia Vision Store


This is the very portable, 5 BT and 1 UsB connected device Braille input keyboard: excellent for data entry and navigation for iOs, Android, Windows, and Mac.


A Reminder, If you have a Smart Phone, You can use it as a Video Magnifier for Reading Print


This goes both for Google/Samsung, and Apple smart phones or tablets, just search for magnification or low vision and you should fine more than several.


iOS Microsoft Sound Scape, Now with the  Current Location Button


Don’t know how long this button has been there, but getting proper location with Suburb is a lot more meaningful when you are on a train using Sound Scape rather than just what street or facility is near by.

Talking Tech 4th May 2021

Talking Tech 4th May 2021

May 4, 2021

AirTags and Accessories


Ok I forgot to say this in the show but - “may the Fourth Be With You” grin.




I cover:

What the AirTags are,

A physical description of the AirTag,

The easy setup process (including Naming and Emoji),

Using the AirTag Play Sound button to locate via “sound” in Find My/Items Tab,

The Amazing Find Near By function which Guides You to the AirTag in Find My/Items Tab (what a game changer for people who are blind or low vision),

Accessories for attaching AirTags to items,

How many AirTags you can have on your AppleID, and

Cost of the AirTags.


Here is my link to a demo of the AirTags: setup and use:


All of the software Updates are Here from Apple


Including the:

 ECG function on the Apple Watch now being available in Australia,

Unlock your iPhone via your Apple Watch if FaceID detects you are wearing a mask,

The annoying Voice 1 and Voice 2 choices for voices used by Siri,

 and Voice Control now supporting English Australia.

Not much to report really in the other OS’s.


Samsung Galaxy Unpacked April 2021


Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book 360.


Windows 10 ultra note books with LTE/5G, sorry but not that exciting, and of course, no Audio Description.

Talking Tech 27th April 2021

Talking Tech 27th April 2021

April 27, 2021

Apple April 20 2021 Event


Apple Card Family (if only the Apple Card was available in Australia smile).

Podcast subscriptions.

Updated Purple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini.

Updated Apple TV with new Siri Remote.

Updated iMac 24 inch with M1 chip, 24 inch screen, 7 colours, and Magic keyboard with Touch ID.

Updated iPad Pro with M1 chip.



Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast Appel Event April 20 2021


From CNET, All the Other Items That were Rumored 


Other Stuff from Apple


iOS 14.5, iPad OS 14.5, Apple TV 14.5, Mac Big Sur 11.5, and Watch OS 7.4 is due out this week.

iOS 14.6 beta 1 is already being tested by developers.

Talking Tech 20th April 2021

Talking Tech 20th April 2021

April 20, 2021

Apple Event for April 21 Wednesday in Australia called “Spring Loaded”


As we miss this event, we’ll catch up about it in next weeks show.

Remember you can follow me on Twitter @dwoodbridge where I’ll be certainly retweeting or commenting about the event and perhaps some new hardware that I’ll want to get my hands on.

In the meantime, here is the link to the Apple Event page where you can watch the live event and access past events.


Register for My Next Exploring Tech Webinar - Braille Devices


As usual, the last Wednesday of the Month from 12.30 to 1.30 



Register at:


Assistive Technology Survey 2021


This survey is for folks in Australia or New Zealand who use Assistive Technology to better show case and urge further development of good design for websites and apps.


It is Here - From the Developers of Feer - Sonar Islands


I’ve only done the tutorial and practise island, but looks very interesting and lots of fun.


Microsoft Acquires Nuance


Aimed at accelerating its cloud health strategy.


Microsoft Windows Insider Update Build 21359


A small, but significant change, Ease of Access change to Accessibility, bringing Windows in to line with other OS: Mac, iOS, and Android: i.e. Accessibility is located in Settings/Accessibility.


Apple TV Plus Now on Chromecast with Google TV


Select and install the Apple TV Plus app on the Chromecast with Google TV, and sign in with your Apple ID, and off you go.


Find Your iPhone via Google Nest


Just say Ok Google Fine iPhone and your iPhone on which you use Google Home will play a notification to allow you to find it.


BrailleSense 6 Webinar Demo from HIMS InC


A good demo of this new BrailleSense from HIMS.


Vision Australia radio Live Listen Page


Offers easier access to listen to the various online VA Radio stations.

Talking Tech 13th April 2021

Talking Tech 13th April 2021

April 13, 2021

Whoops, A Belated Happy Birthday to Apple April 1 1976


On Apple’s Birthday each year, I always tend to look back fondly on my first Apple computer which was an Apple IIE: CPU and keyboard in one unit, single floppy disk drive, and a very tiny monitor. For access, I used an Echo synthesiser, TextTalker software, and several talking programs like WordTalk.


Tech Friday for Newcastle April 2021 - Smart Home Tech


Andreas, Rebecca, Ray and I share our smart home tech we use plus some other suggestions.


Video Link:


Exploring Technology with David Woodbridge - In the Kitchen low and High Tech


In my latest Exploring Tech Webinar for March, in the Kitchen, Alex, Tony and I share low and high tech ideas for working in the kitchen.


Video Link:


Product Video from Me - Victor Reader Stream


In my continuing product video series on my favourite products from the Vision australia Vision Store, this one is a mini get up and going with the Victor Reader Stream which allows you to play daisy books, take recorded notes, read documents, listen to podcasts and radio stations online.


Video Link:


Vision australia Vision Store product link for the Victor Reader Stream:


Code Jumper Now Available on the Android Google Play Store


Code Jumper which is the physical series of pods to teach the concept of block programming for students available from APH and developed by Microsoft, now has it’s Code Jumper software available on Android, not just Windows 10 computers.

Tip - like Windows 10, your screen reader (Talkback) will speak out of the Hub speaker on Android as the Code Jumper Hub which the pods are connected to acts as a hBT head set.

Whole setup works extremely well.


Android Play Store Link to Code Jumper:


Vision australia Vision Store Product Link for Code Jumper hardware link:


Code Jumper website for All tutorials, Curriculum etc:


Smart Tab Plus



The new way to find items from Samsung.


How to Find 3rd Party Accessories Using Apple’s Find My


3rd party support for Find My Items Tab in Find My from Apple, still no sign of AirTags.


All the Best Head Phones for Working at Home in 2021


This article which goes through a variety of head phones is just a good reminder what is available and at different prices.


How Often Should One Shut Down Their iPhone


Looks like at least once a week.


The Latest Trade in Deals for Apple Devices in Australia


The old story, the longer you wait to trade something in to upgrade, the less the trade in price is. However, I think having a backup to your iPhone by keeping an older one around is still a great idea.

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