A chat About the Canute from a User Perspective
We have Eden Kizer on the show to give us her experiences of using the Canute.
Quantum RLV will be bringing the Canute in to Australia, and should be available in March.
Samsung Announced Last Week There New Samsung Phone Series
The Samsung S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra.
As always, more camera power, better screen, and larger battery.
A reminder of the Vision Store and the AT Help Desk Operating Hours
Both the Vision Store and AT Help Desk are available up to 7PM EDST Monday to Friday on 1300 847 466.
My Thoughts on the Belkin Portable Tablet Stand
Recently purchased this stand, in some ways I like it, and in others I don’t.
With the ScanJig as I learned not being available any more rather than the stock from Amazon, thought I’d better do a demo on the Belkin Portable stand.
A Point About Power Banks and MacBooks in Particular
I just purchased a power bank which besides being able to charge my iPhone and iPad, also can charge my MacBook Pro UsB C MacBooks.
Speaking of Power Banks, Purchased a Petrol Generator
Never thought I’d own a petrol generator, but the hassle with the recent black outs on the Central Coast of NSW, I now have an easy to use and fairly cheap Petrol generator.
2 power points, 12v connection, 10AMPS, will charge phones, tablets and Macbooks, will also run fridge etc.
Got this from Bunnings Warehouse, Ozito Inverter 2500W Generator $499.
AT Helpdesk and the Vision Store Reminder Opening Hours
Vision Store up to 9PM, and the AT Helpdesk up to 8PM ESDT on 1300 847 466.
Guide Connect with Remote
A Chat about how the simple Guide Connect software for getting online works with a physical remote.
Guide can be purchased from the Vision Australia Vision Store at http://shop.visionaustralia.org
Latest Podcast from Me - InsideOne demo 2
In this podcast, I show folks how to switch between the simple Home, and NVDA or JaWS.
Just Purchased a Another HomePod - Must Say Most Forward Smart Speaker to Install
Courtesy of a gift card from my Son’s Karate, I purchased a 3rd HomePod, was again amazed how easy it was to install, and now will be my party speaker for entertaining outside.
CES 2020 seem to be mainly about Connected cars, Smart Home and the Internet Of Things, and AI.
Code Jumper to be demonstrated at this Weeks SPEV Conference in Adelaide
Besides being shown off at CES 2020, Tony Wu from Vision Australia will be demonstrating Code Jumper at the SPEVI conference for educators.
Code Jumper Website:
Still waiting for a release date, it is hoped to be Feb or March.
Completed the MacBook Pro 16 Podcast
I did complete my MacBook Pro 16 podcast, and I still think this is the best MacBook Pro ever for quite a long time, just the keyboard and sound are amazing.
A Note About the Extended Trial of the Vision Store and AT Helpdesk Operating Hours
For Jan 2020, both the Vision Store and the AT Helpdesk can be contacted by phone up to 9PM for the Store, and 8PM for the Helpdesk ESDT BD via 1300 847 466.
January 4 2020, Celebration of Braille
Yes it is still around, yes it is as important as ever, and advances in technology are making it more relevant. As myself and others keep saying, It Is Not Going Away.
The Bush Fires
Stephen and I hope you all stay safe over this trying and awful period with these horrific bush fires.
Here are 3 apps in particular that may assist in allowing you to keep track of what is going on, and contacting emergency services.
The Fires Near Me NSW iOS App
Whilst not fantastically accessible, you can at least set watch zones including around your current area, get notifications when a bush fire starts near you, and change the view to List to get a list of all the Bush Fires in NSW.
This has come in handy a few times for my family over the Christmas New Years break.
Fires Near ME NSW iOs app:
To cover the rest of Australia, the Fires Near Me Australia app works much the same.
iOS version of Fires Near Me Australia:
Have a Battery Operated Radio with You
Its been pointed out that having a battery operated radio especially if you are near any Bush Fires is the best way to stay in contact with emergency announcements in case the power goes out, your mobile phone is out of service etc.
Especially if your travelling and you need to switch frequency’s to the local ABC, the Sangean Accessible Radio isn’t a bad idea: this is the very reason why I purchased mine before Christmas.
Accessible Sangean radio link to the Vision Australia Vision Store:
My podcast on the Accessible radio itself:
Some News Items from the Vision Australia Vision store and the Assistive Technology Help Desk
Vision Store phone line will be open to 9PM AEDT business days for the Month of Jan 2020.
Phone 1300 847 466.
Shopping from the online
Vision Store, enter the Promo Code WELCOME2020 (in all caps) when you check out to get free shipping on a specific order.
A reminder from last weeks show, for the Month of Jan 2020, the Assistive Technology Help Desk from Vision Australia will be trialing extended hours to 8PM AEDT business days for the Month of Jan 2020.
Phone 1300 847 466.
Code Jumper to be Released at This Weeks Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020
Finally will be not only announced but be available via Humanware world wide.
I will go in to more detail about Code Jumper in next weeks show, and also share the link to my evaluation of this amazing product.
I’ll also do a bit of a round up of CES 2020 as well.
Code Jumper website:
Code Jumper tutorials from APH Youtube links (already available):
The Code Jumper Windows 10 app
Play and Pause Pods
Selection and Merge Pods
Extension Cable and Nested Loops
Adding Custom Sounds
Now for my Newest Toy:
The Ryze Tello Edu Drone for use with Swift Playgrounds, yes, people who are blind can fly, well sort of.
Will be doing a podcast on flying the drone myself in the next week or so.
Here is a link to the Apple Online Store if you want to have a bit of a read about the Drone (which is classified still as a toy and a beginner drone).
Other podcasts from me over the Christmas break/new year (and coming up):
Inside One Windows 10 Braille Tablet
Over the Christmas break, I did an initial podcast of the Inside One Windows 10 Braille display which I’m pretty impressed by.
Besides my already mentioned Drone demo (fingers crossed), I have a podcast on a review of the MacBook 16 Pro, a 2nd podcast on the InsideOne, and all going well, a podcast on my review of the Code Jumper system.
In this weeks Talking Tech, Steven and David catch up with Damian Mcmorrow who looks after the Assistive Technology Service at Vision Australia.
Damian goes through what the service offers, how to contact for an assessment or assistance, and outlines the new trial of the AT Helpdesk for January 2020 with extended operating hours up to 8PM Eastern Day Light Time Monday to Friday.
In this weeks Talking Tech, Stephen and David have some suggestions for entertaining yourself over the Christmas and new period, plus some suggestions for getting help with your Apple, Microsoft, and Google products.
David’s Last Tech Friday for 2019 in Newcastle Was a Great Day
With more than 25 attending, we had a great chat about my current tech toys.
Just an item that I did show was the Dot Smart Watch.
Plans for the new year for Tech Fridays - cycling through Newcastle, Gosford, Parramatta, Ashfield, Carringbah, and perhaps Wollongong VA offices as well.
A note - Aira Free Shopping (either online or physically) Offer Until the 10th of Jan 2020
Great Numbers to Have Over the Christmas and New Years Period
Apple Accessibility 1300 365 083
Microsoft Disability Help Desk 1800 283 300
Google Accessibility Help Desk available via the free Be My eyes app.
Apps You May Want to Try Out
The free Be My Eyes app, and the Aira app.
Remember that besides catching up with Talking Tech, you can always catch Vision Australia Radio on your Smart Speaker:
Just say “Magic Words: and then “Play Vision Australia Radio Melbourne” or “Play Vision Australia Radio Adelaide”.
Recommended Entertainment from Me for the Holiday Period
Alison Brownstone series
By Judith Berens
10 books in series
The Last Survivors Box Set: The Complete Apocalyptic Series (books 1 to 6)
By Bobby Adair
The Chronicles of William Wilde
By Davis Ashura
5 books in series
Demon Accords series
By John Conroe
18 books in series
Monster Hunter series
By Larry Correia
10 books in series
The Revelations of Oriceran
by Martha Carr and Michael Anderle
24 books in series
The Temeraire Series
By Naomi Novik
9 books in series
Most if not all of the Audible books have Kindle versions as well where you can either save on the purchase of the Audible book if you buy it first or just by the Kindle book which most of the time is cheaper than the Audible book version.
Remember you can always access books, magazines, and Newspapers from the Vision Australia online library.
The best author I can suggest on Apple Books is Terry Brooks, he has written some amazing series. Check out for example the Black Elfstone: Book one of the Fall of Shannara.
Dot To Dot
iSee Using Various Technology’s from a Blind Persons Perspective
RNIB Tech Talk
Daily Tech News Show
Vector with Rene Ritchie