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Vision Australia's Senior Adaptive Technology Consultant David Woodbridge talks with Stephen Jolley about the latest from the tech world from a blindness and low vision perspective.

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Talking Tech 10th September 2019

My Fantastic Experience at the Microsoft Store Last Week Amazing experience at the Microsoft Store the other week to get my Surface Pro fixed or exchanged with fantastic customer support and the fact that the staff member knew about Narrator and made sure it was on before I left the store. Lego is Finally Introducing Audio and Braille Building Instructions 4 basic Lego sets to start off with via audio or text description, but an excellent start. https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/08/lego-is-finally-introducing-audio-and-braille-building-instructions-for-the-visually-impaired/ Speaking of 3D Models - Just got My Larger BallyLand 3D Printer Figures completed A few months ago I talked about running a coding workshop using the Ballyland Code 1 app with a 3D printed grid and characters. As these characters are reasonably small, I went ahead and got 3D printed larger versions of the characters so that next time I run another coding workshop, the students can get a good idea of each of the characters, especially with the helicopter as he has blades, and the Cars wheels turn. The other reason I mention this is because these days you can get almost anything 3D printed as a model, in fact, I’m planning on contacting Central Coast Printing (the place I used), and get myself a 3D model of the International Space Station as I have never felt a model of it, as with the Ballyland figures, I just need to send in the appropriate 3D printer file and pay for the subsequent model smile. Ballyland Code 1 (including link to the 3D printer files for the small and large characters): https://www.sonokids.org/ballyland-early-learning/ballyland-game-apps/ballyland-code-1-say-hello/ Central Coast 3D Printing (excellent service and happy with my Ballyland 3D figures): https://www.cc3dprint.com.au Smart Phones, We are Upgrading Less Often With innovation slowing down a bit, people are holding on to their phones longer. https://www.zdnet.com/article/smartphones-were-upgrading-less-often-as-prices-rise-and-innovation-declines/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0g&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5d6053e557819f00016910d6&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter Upcoming Apple Event for September 10 in the US 11th our Time iOS 13, and iPadOS. 13 for certain. 3 new iPhones with multiple colours, bi-directional charging, the expensive models with 3 cameras, and wider angle for FaceID - speculation. Series 5 Apple Watch: possibly with new titanium casing - speculation. Watch os 6. Apple TV 13. Speaking of perhaps putting off purchasing a new iPhone, people may be waiting until the iPhone supports 5g. Possibly a new product: the Apple Airtag to track your items. https://www.imore.com/apple-event-september-2019 Upcoming podcasts and articles on all the new Apple Stuff, Where to Look iMore, Tech Doctor, MacCast, MacBreak Weekly, iOS Today, and Applevis are my main sources.

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Talking Tech 10th September 2019

Talking Tech 3rd September 2019

Last Demo For Now in Davids Dash the Educational Robot Coding Series This one is for trying to work out whether or not Dash has his lights on. https://s129.podbean.com/pb/5031645a42d3ba35312ba5ed33689fc6/5d54bf7c/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Dash_demo_how_to_tell_if_Dash_has_his_lights_on.mp3?pbss=c9cfe885-076f-51af-9fc6-f3d7d9f48e6f New Audio Game iOS - Audio Wizards Excellent audio game where you assist the Wizard to fight off elementals. https://apps.apple.com/za/app/audiowizards/id1475627591 Dolphin Easy Reader Easy software for accessing the Vision Australia library and other sources. Hopefully in the next month or so we should see a little box that you can plug in to your TV which will give you access to the Va Library as well. https://yourdolphin.com/products/individuals/easyreader-for-windows If You by An iPod touch, Get a Case and Screen Protecter from Amazon Oddly I found that the online Apple store does not have cases or screen protecters for the iPod touch, but you can abso...

14 MIN2 weeks ago
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Talking Tech 3rd September 2019

Talking Tech 27th August 2019

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Talking Tech 27th August 2019

Talking Tech 20th August 2019

To give you a bit of time to shop for Father’s Day, Stephen and I invited Amanda Daizli (Retail Coordinator from the Vision Australia Parramatta Vision Store) to come on to the program to chat about some Father's Day gift ideas from the Vision Store. Large Silver Talking Watch https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/large-silver-talking-watch-stretch-band Explore 8 electronic magnifier https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/explore-8-handheld-electronic-magnifier Book Light https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/daylight-smart-clip-book-light Clover 5 electronic magnifier https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/clover-5-video-magnifier-whandle My own two picks from the Vision Store which I’ve already purchased smile are: Google Home https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/google-home Google Home: Talking Builders Tape Measure https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/talking-builders-tape-measure I also talk about my early Father’s day present:...

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Talking Tech 20th August 2019

Talking Tech 13th August 2019

Apple WWDC 2019 Videos and Transcripts Now Available https://developer.apple.com/videos/wwdc2019/ Blind Alive Eyes Free Fitness is Still Available to Download Free Workouts etc https://www.blindalive.com A Twist on - What Technology is Most Likely to be Obsolete in Fifty Years https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/07/what-technology-is-most-likely-to-become-obsolete-during-your-lifetime/ BrailleNote Touch Verses BrailleSense Polaris from AccessWorld https://www.afb.org/aw/20/7/16711 Blind Bargains Podcast Interviews from NFB and ACB 2019 Quite a wide ranging number of podcasts from both the NFB and ACB conferences. https://www.blindbargains.com/audio/ Two Recent Tech Friday Sessions Worth a Chat About: Daisy Players, and Sunu Band verses the Buzz Clip In the Daisy workshop I went through the Victor Stratas, Victor Reader Stream, and the Envoy Connect and discussed the differences. Had a great discussion on the pros and cons of either using the Sunu Band or the Buzz Clip. Catch the podcast...

14 MINAUG 13
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Talking Tech 13th August 2019

Talking Tech 6th August 2019

Just an Article to Consider from Apple’s Recent Financial 3rd Quarter Update Apple Watch and AirPods now outselling iPads. https://www.cultofmac.com/642334/airpods-and-apple-watch-are-now-a-bigger-money-spinner-than-ipad/ Amazon and Google Follow Apples Lead on Human Voice Assistant Review Policies Looks like human review of speaking to your smart device snippet recordings is on hold whilst there is a review on privacy. https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/08/02/amazon-google-follow-apples-lead-on-voice-assistant-review-policies Register for Game Your Way with Xbox - Webinar from Microsoft This Webinar which is part of the Microsoft Accessibility series will be on August 21 from 12PM to 1PM Pacific US time and will be great to find out the state of Xbox accessibility/gaming, and ask any questions. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUMk1GM1JOWEM1UllDWVFEWFEzS1BaWFdLNC4u Web Aim Screen Reader Survey Number 8 This is a great ...

14 MINAUG 6
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Talking Tech 6th August 2019

Talking Tech 30th July 2019

In this weeks show, Stephen and David catch up withRay again to have a chat about a couple of GPS apps that Ray has been looking at from a low vision perspective. Also a handy reminder from the folks at Sydney Airport. Remember that you can use Aira for free on your smart phone to get sighted assistance when you are navigating the airport, you don’t have to be a paid subscriber (Explorer) to use the service when you are at Sydney Airport, similar to visiting all Vision Australia office locations. For more info about Aira go to: http://aira.io/Australia both iPhone and Android supported.

14 MINJUL 30
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Talking Tech 30th July 2019

Talking Tech 23rd July 2019

In this show, Stephen and David catch up with one of our Tech volunteers to get his opinions on iOS 13 from a low vision perspective.

14 MINJUL 23
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Talking Tech 23rd July 2019

Talking Tech 16th July 2019

Another Interesting Product from the Vision Store - Braille Overlay for the Keyboard https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/braille-keyboard-overlay Some Thoughts from David on his Coding with Dash podcast series https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/category/robot/

13 MINJUL 16
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Talking Tech 16th July 2019

Talking Tech 9th July 2019

New Amazing Product Comes to the Vision Store - Olitech Easy Tel 3G Desktop Phone https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/olitech-easytel-3g-desktop-mobile-phone Oh My Goodness - Why Didn’t I Know This Existed - Lost Your WiFi Password Find It on your Mac https://appletoolbox.com/find-wi-fi-password-using-mac/ Sunu Band and Aftershokz Trekz Special Offer https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/sunu-band-and-aftershokz-trekz-air-wireless-headphones-special-offer Braille Canute 360 Multi Line Braille display.Reader http://www.bristolbraille.co.uk Apple Adds over 100.000 Radio Stations to Siri Ahead of iOs 13 Launch in September https://www.imore.com/apple-begins-adding-support-over-100000-radio-stations-ios-devices-and-homepod?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheIphoneBlog+%28iMore%29 iPod touch 7th Generation Review Notes Excellent entry level iOS device. 4 inch touch screen. Aluminium back. A10 Fusion chip. 2GB RM (up from 1GB). 8MPS back and 1...

14 MINJUL 9
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Talking Tech 9th July 2019

Latest Episodes

Talking Tech 10th September 2019

My Fantastic Experience at the Microsoft Store Last Week Amazing experience at the Microsoft Store the other week to get my Surface Pro fixed or exchanged with fantastic customer support and the fact that the staff member knew about Narrator and made sure it was on before I left the store. Lego is Finally Introducing Audio and Braille Building Instructions 4 basic Lego sets to start off with via audio or text description, but an excellent start. https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/08/lego-is-finally-introducing-audio-and-braille-building-instructions-for-the-visually-impaired/ Speaking of 3D Models - Just got My Larger BallyLand 3D Printer Figures completed A few months ago I talked about running a coding workshop using the Ballyland Code 1 app with a 3D printed grid and characters. As these characters are reasonably small, I went ahead and got 3D printed larger versions of the characters so that next time I run another coding workshop, the students can get a good idea of each of the characters, especially with the helicopter as he has blades, and the Cars wheels turn. The other reason I mention this is because these days you can get almost anything 3D printed as a model, in fact, I’m planning on contacting Central Coast Printing (the place I used), and get myself a 3D model of the International Space Station as I have never felt a model of it, as with the Ballyland figures, I just need to send in the appropriate 3D printer file and pay for the subsequent model smile. Ballyland Code 1 (including link to the 3D printer files for the small and large characters): https://www.sonokids.org/ballyland-early-learning/ballyland-game-apps/ballyland-code-1-say-hello/ Central Coast 3D Printing (excellent service and happy with my Ballyland 3D figures): https://www.cc3dprint.com.au Smart Phones, We are Upgrading Less Often With innovation slowing down a bit, people are holding on to their phones longer. https://www.zdnet.com/article/smartphones-were-upgrading-less-often-as-prices-rise-and-innovation-declines/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0g&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5d6053e557819f00016910d6&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter Upcoming Apple Event for September 10 in the US 11th our Time iOS 13, and iPadOS. 13 for certain. 3 new iPhones with multiple colours, bi-directional charging, the expensive models with 3 cameras, and wider angle for FaceID - speculation. Series 5 Apple Watch: possibly with new titanium casing - speculation. Watch os 6. Apple TV 13. Speaking of perhaps putting off purchasing a new iPhone, people may be waiting until the iPhone supports 5g. Possibly a new product: the Apple Airtag to track your items. https://www.imore.com/apple-event-september-2019 Upcoming podcasts and articles on all the new Apple Stuff, Where to Look iMore, Tech Doctor, MacCast, MacBreak Weekly, iOS Today, and Applevis are my main sources.

14 MIN1 weeks ago
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Talking Tech 10th September 2019

Talking Tech 3rd September 2019

Last Demo For Now in Davids Dash the Educational Robot Coding Series This one is for trying to work out whether or not Dash has his lights on. https://s129.podbean.com/pb/5031645a42d3ba35312ba5ed33689fc6/5d54bf7c/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Dash_demo_how_to_tell_if_Dash_has_his_lights_on.mp3?pbss=c9cfe885-076f-51af-9fc6-f3d7d9f48e6f New Audio Game iOS - Audio Wizards Excellent audio game where you assist the Wizard to fight off elementals. https://apps.apple.com/za/app/audiowizards/id1475627591 Dolphin Easy Reader Easy software for accessing the Vision Australia library and other sources. Hopefully in the next month or so we should see a little box that you can plug in to your TV which will give you access to the Va Library as well. https://yourdolphin.com/products/individuals/easyreader-for-windows If You by An iPod touch, Get a Case and Screen Protecter from Amazon Oddly I found that the online Apple store does not have cases or screen protecters for the iPod touch, but you can abso...

14 MIN2 weeks ago
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Talking Tech 3rd September 2019

Talking Tech 27th August 2019

14 MIN3 weeks ago
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Talking Tech 27th August 2019

Talking Tech 20th August 2019

To give you a bit of time to shop for Father’s Day, Stephen and I invited Amanda Daizli (Retail Coordinator from the Vision Australia Parramatta Vision Store) to come on to the program to chat about some Father's Day gift ideas from the Vision Store. Large Silver Talking Watch https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/large-silver-talking-watch-stretch-band Explore 8 electronic magnifier https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/explore-8-handheld-electronic-magnifier Book Light https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/daylight-smart-clip-book-light Clover 5 electronic magnifier https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/clover-5-video-magnifier-whandle My own two picks from the Vision Store which I’ve already purchased smile are: Google Home https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/google-home Google Home: Talking Builders Tape Measure https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/talking-builders-tape-measure I also talk about my early Father’s day present:...

14 MINAUG 20
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Talking Tech 20th August 2019

Talking Tech 13th August 2019

Apple WWDC 2019 Videos and Transcripts Now Available https://developer.apple.com/videos/wwdc2019/ Blind Alive Eyes Free Fitness is Still Available to Download Free Workouts etc https://www.blindalive.com A Twist on - What Technology is Most Likely to be Obsolete in Fifty Years https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/07/what-technology-is-most-likely-to-become-obsolete-during-your-lifetime/ BrailleNote Touch Verses BrailleSense Polaris from AccessWorld https://www.afb.org/aw/20/7/16711 Blind Bargains Podcast Interviews from NFB and ACB 2019 Quite a wide ranging number of podcasts from both the NFB and ACB conferences. https://www.blindbargains.com/audio/ Two Recent Tech Friday Sessions Worth a Chat About: Daisy Players, and Sunu Band verses the Buzz Clip In the Daisy workshop I went through the Victor Stratas, Victor Reader Stream, and the Envoy Connect and discussed the differences. Had a great discussion on the pros and cons of either using the Sunu Band or the Buzz Clip. Catch the podcast...

14 MINAUG 13
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Talking Tech 13th August 2019

Talking Tech 6th August 2019

Just an Article to Consider from Apple’s Recent Financial 3rd Quarter Update Apple Watch and AirPods now outselling iPads. https://www.cultofmac.com/642334/airpods-and-apple-watch-are-now-a-bigger-money-spinner-than-ipad/ Amazon and Google Follow Apples Lead on Human Voice Assistant Review Policies Looks like human review of speaking to your smart device snippet recordings is on hold whilst there is a review on privacy. https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/08/02/amazon-google-follow-apples-lead-on-voice-assistant-review-policies Register for Game Your Way with Xbox - Webinar from Microsoft This Webinar which is part of the Microsoft Accessibility series will be on August 21 from 12PM to 1PM Pacific US time and will be great to find out the state of Xbox accessibility/gaming, and ask any questions. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUMk1GM1JOWEM1UllDWVFEWFEzS1BaWFdLNC4u Web Aim Screen Reader Survey Number 8 This is a great ...

14 MINAUG 6
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Talking Tech 6th August 2019

Talking Tech 30th July 2019

In this weeks show, Stephen and David catch up withRay again to have a chat about a couple of GPS apps that Ray has been looking at from a low vision perspective. Also a handy reminder from the folks at Sydney Airport. Remember that you can use Aira for free on your smart phone to get sighted assistance when you are navigating the airport, you don’t have to be a paid subscriber (Explorer) to use the service when you are at Sydney Airport, similar to visiting all Vision Australia office locations. For more info about Aira go to: http://aira.io/Australia both iPhone and Android supported.

14 MINJUL 30
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Talking Tech 30th July 2019

Talking Tech 23rd July 2019

In this show, Stephen and David catch up with one of our Tech volunteers to get his opinions on iOS 13 from a low vision perspective.

14 MINJUL 23
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Talking Tech 23rd July 2019

Talking Tech 16th July 2019

Another Interesting Product from the Vision Store - Braille Overlay for the Keyboard https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/braille-keyboard-overlay Some Thoughts from David on his Coding with Dash podcast series https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/category/robot/

13 MINJUL 16
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Talking Tech 16th July 2019

Talking Tech 9th July 2019

New Amazing Product Comes to the Vision Store - Olitech Easy Tel 3G Desktop Phone https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/olitech-easytel-3g-desktop-mobile-phone Oh My Goodness - Why Didn’t I Know This Existed - Lost Your WiFi Password Find It on your Mac https://appletoolbox.com/find-wi-fi-password-using-mac/ Sunu Band and Aftershokz Trekz Special Offer https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/sunu-band-and-aftershokz-trekz-air-wireless-headphones-special-offer Braille Canute 360 Multi Line Braille display.Reader http://www.bristolbraille.co.uk Apple Adds over 100.000 Radio Stations to Siri Ahead of iOs 13 Launch in September https://www.imore.com/apple-begins-adding-support-over-100000-radio-stations-ios-devices-and-homepod?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheIphoneBlog+%28iMore%29 iPod touch 7th Generation Review Notes Excellent entry level iOS device. 4 inch touch screen. Aluminium back. A10 Fusion chip. 2GB RM (up from 1GB). 8MPS back and 1...

14 MINJUL 9
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Talking Tech 9th July 2019

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