April 2016 Technology Newsletter
New Vision News and Updates
News: New Vision had a very successful event on April the 1st called “Music to Remember”. We appreciate the communities support and that of the Miss Virginia Family.
Editors Note: There’s a number of podcasts featuring interviews and product highlights from the recent CSUN conference. These are listed below under the heading, “CSUN 2016 Podcasts”.
Check out this Blind Bargains Podcast 57 episode. This episode has a wrap-up of various CSUN 2016 observations; especially concerning Braille devices, portable Magnifiers, and Apple’s new iPad Pro. See link Below. http://www.podtrac.com/…/www.blindbargains…/audio/bbq057.mp3
Ever wondered what was happening in that Disney movie your kids or Grand-kids were watching? On this Blind Bargains episode Patrick demonstrates an amazing audio description App from Disney. J.J. also demos his new Samsung Galaxy S7 smarthphone and Joe gives us a tip of the week for Windows 10’s Start Menu. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq056.mp3
Do you have more questions about the Amazon Echo or the new versions that were just released? If so, you might find them answered by Liam, the Gadget Guy, in episode 55 of the Blind Bargains Podcast. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq055.mp3
Check out this Main Menu episode, released April 1st. CSUN 2016, TapTapSee, and Uber are all discussed. See link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-04-01
On this Main Menu episode Jenine Stanley discusses several different iOS Scanning Apps. If you’re interested in OCR and Object recognition this episode is for your. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-03-25
On this Main Menu learn more about Shelly’s new book IOS Access for All. You’ll also find a smack down between, three voice assistants; SIRI, Google Now, and Hound App. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-03-11
On Assistive Technology Update episode 254 you’ll learn a little about Cybathlon, with Dr Robert Riener. Also you’ll learn about Facebook’s new initiative to uses artificial intelligence to label photos for those using screen readers. Additionally learn about Twitter’s initiate to add ALT tags, See link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atupdate/ATU040816.mp3
Interested in Fashion and Technology. Check out episode 253 of Assistive Technology Update. Has an interview with Emily Davison from FashionEyesta.com. See the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atupdate/ATU040116.mp3
On AT Frequently Asked Questions episode 26 you’ll hear feedback on the following questions. Are there Apps on Android that would mimic the iOS Speak Selection and Speak Screen commands? Various questions about accessible appliances Q3. And finally, “How do I reset my Windows 10 computer?”. For this an much more see the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atfaq/ATFAQ026.mp3
On AT Frequently Asked Questions episode 25 you’ll hear feedback on the following questions. Are there audio tutorials for the NVDA screen reader? Are there any suggestions for an accessible password manager? Do you know of any accessible travel websites? How different is Windows 10 from Windows 7? These questions and many more will be featured on this episode of AT-FAQ, see the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atfaq/ATFAQ025.mp3
Do you enjoy Trivia Games? If so Quizoid might be the App for you. Listen to this brief description on Accessibility Minute Podcast; see the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/accessibilityminute/AM177.mp3
CSUN 2016 Podcasts
A $49 tablet that is accessible with a built in screen reader or via a screen magnifier, does such a thing exist? Listen to J.J. as he interviews Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect at Amazon, about the Amazon Fire Tablet. I think you’ll be surprised. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Amazon.mp3
HumanWare announced a new product at the CSUN show, the newest BrailleNote running Android and with a touch screen interface. Listen to J.J.’s extensive interview about this product with a 32-cell and 18-cell Braille Display. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_humanware.mp3
A Braille Electronic Book Reader with a $700 price point, is it possible? In this interview, J.J. speaks with Ed Rogers and Dave Williams about the progress of development on the Canute. Bristol Braille Technology Canute reader has eight-lines of 32-cell Braille. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160322_Bristol_Braille.mp3
In this interview, J.J. talks with three representatives from Google about TalkBack an other accessibility features of Android. Other Google services are also discussed. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_google.mp3
J.J. speaks with Larry Skutchan, of the American Printing House for the Blind about the new Orbit Reader 20 Braille display which should sell for around $500. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160327_aph.mp3
About 75% of the students who attend classes at the Tech Center use Ambutech canes. Listen to Joe’s discussion with Ambutech about their canes and new tips. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Ambutech.mp3
Joe sits down with Brian and Louise Hartgen to talk about updates of Leasey a productivity suite designed to work with JAWS. See the link below for more. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Hartgen_Consultancy.mp3
J.J. examines a prototype of a Braille smart watch, by Dot Incorporated. Listen to his interview with Eric Kim. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_dot.mp3
Check out Joe’s conversation with Ian Hamilton and Adriane Kuzminski about audio games. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160327_Audio_Games_with_Ian_Hamilton.mp3
Danel Novak, from BlindShell, is interviewed about a new Android Phone his company has produced with accessibility in mind. See the link below for the interview. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_blindshell.mp3
Can smartphones help the upcoming generation learn Braille? Listen to this interview with Han Kim, of Ohfatech, about their new product that claims to do just that. Even allowing sighted parents who might not know Braille to be in a position to help their Blind child as she or he learns Braille. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Ohfatech.mp3
What happens when you combine a Windows 10 tablet with a 32-cell Braille display? You’ve got a new product from Inside Vision. Learn more via the interview below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_insidevision.mp3
In this interview with Tony Han, of NeoAccess, J.J. asks about the new Neobraille, a 32-cell Braille display that runs on Android 5.1 system. Hear the interview at the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_neobraille.mp3
Shelly speaks with James McCarthy, President of HIMS Inc., about the company’s new GoVision video magnifier. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_HIMS_low_vision.mp3
Several of our Students at the Tech Center have Ruby handheld magnifiers. Check out this interview with Freedom Scientific about the new Ruby 7inch unit and their other low-vision products. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_freedom_low_vision.mp3
Shelly Brisbin talks with Jeff Bazer, of Dolphin Computer Access, about the exciting enhancements to SuperNova Software Magnifier. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Dolphin.mp3
Listen to Erik Bondemark, the CEO of Low Vision International, as he’s interviewed by Shelly Brisbin about the new MagniLink S and MagniLink Pro magnifiers, with built in OCR. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160327_LVI.mp3
J.J. interviews Bjorn Lefstedt, of Index Braille, about the newest offerings and the V5 embosser which includes new text-to-speech support, printing from a USB flash drives, and a way to print from mobile devices. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_index.mp3
Shelly Brisbin talks with Wendy Greenwood, of Reinecker U.S., about the Mezzo Vario, a compact CCTV device. Learn more via the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_Reinecker.mp3
Check out J.J.’s interview with the folks over at AiSquared as they talk about the new ZoomText Fusion. It combines a screen reader with a screen magnifier. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_ai_squared.mp3
To see more coverage from CSUn 2016 go to Blind Bargains via the link below. http://blindbargains.com/search.php?kw=%23CSUN16
iPhone & iPad Info Nugget
In a recent iOS software update, version 9.3, several new features were released. First off-line dictation is now available. As an example, you can have an iPad that’s not on WiFi and still dictate to any typing input field. And to be clear this feature is not synonymous with SIRI; SIRI still requires an internet connection. A second feature that may be useful to low-vision users involves blue light filtering for night time usage. Several studies show that exposure to blue light at night can affect people’s ability to get a good nights rest. Now on iOS you can set the display to automatically reduce blue light at night time. Unfortunately this feature is disabled for those who use “Inverted Colors” or other color filtering for low-vision needs.
SIRI Info Nugget
Have you ever wondered if SIRI would do or could do something? Here’s an awesome list of voice commands assembled over at AppleVis and recently mentioned on ATU Episode 253. See the link below for the list. http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios/ios-7-siri-command-list?utm_content=buffer37541&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Did you know?
Do to the coverage CSUN has taken up in this months newsletter will simply refer you to the AppleVis Unlimited Newsletter. See the link below. http://www.applevis.com/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-february-2016
Local News and Events
Reoccurring Events: Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting of the Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) will be on Wednesday the 20th of April at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Dianne Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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