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Talking Tech - Vision Australia Radio

Talking Tech - Vision Australia Radio

Vision Australia

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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. For more Vision Australia Radio podcasts visit varadio.org or subscribe to this podcast feed.

Latest Episodes

Talking Tech 13th October 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.

14 min1 w ago
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Talking Tech 13th October 2020

Talking Tech 6th October 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 ...

14 min2 w ago
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Talking Tech 6th October 2020

Talking Tech 29th September 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 mag...

14 min3 w ago
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Talking Tech 29th September 2020

Talking Tech 22nd September 2020

New Upcoming Webinar From Me: Exploring Technology From The Good Guys I will be going through some of the devices you can access via Vision Australia from the Good Guys, most of which I use myself Date and Time is September 30 12:30PM Sydney time. To register use the following link: https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-FEILPsgQeOZOR1JO7bvzA The Apple Keynote - New Apple Watch’s, iPads,Services, and iOS 14 and Watch OS 7 Released A fantastic Apple Keynote last week, an hour long, and completely Audio Described. You can still watch the Apple Event on: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ For more info on the new Apple Watch S6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Generation, iPad Air, Apple 1, and Apple Fitness Plus, and iOS 14, check them all out on the Apple Aussie website at: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ Quite a few new bands, including the Solo and Braided Solo bands which are one long rubber band which you have to size correctly as you just slip it on and if you have ...

14 minSEP 22
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Talking Tech 22nd September 2020

Talking Tech 15th September 2020

Quick Note About the Apple Event (Aussie Time 3AM on the 16th of September) As scheduling goes, Talking Tech will miss the Apple Event here in Australia, so rather than speculating, we’ll do a full update in next weeks show. In the meantime, you can check out: http://www.applevis.com As always for a comprehensive update of the Apple Event. If you follow podcasts, check out the Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast, MacBreak Weekly, and others. Apple itself usually puts out a podcast of the event on their own podcast feed as well. Newcastle Tech Friday for September 11 2020 In this Newcastle Talking Tech, myself and others, chatted about our favorite tech items. Eg Sangean Accessible Radio, Sunu Band/Aftershokz, and the still excellent $20,00 deal for the Amazon Echo 2 which is still a great smart speaker - all available from the Vision Store: https://shop.visionaustralia.orgfrom the Vision Store. If you want to get hold of the Sleep Phones within Australia you can go to Sleep Solutions in M...

14 minSEP 15
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Talking Tech 15th September 2020

Talking Tech 8th September 2020

Not Tech Related, But What I Got for Fathers Day Ok this is going to sound odd, but I got a fairy village to hide in my garden made out of little concrete figures: 6 little cottages, a fairy on a leaf, 3 fairy doors to put besides the trunk of a tree, and a gargoyle to guard the village. I’ve been gradually getting these types of items from my garden over the last year or so from an artist who lives on the Central Coast here in NSW, and thought I’d would share my recent purchases. I love these cottages as each one is slightly different with the way the roof is done, placement of chimneys, doors, and windows. There is a link to Cherry’s website below, unfortunately it is mainly jpg files but her contact details are at the bottom of the page. PS so far I have a Chinese Dragon who is in one of the garden beds, a few fish around my water fountain, a few other figurines hiding in the hedge, and now this fairy village, just like having tactile things in my garden. http://www.cherryart....

14 minSEP 8
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Talking Tech 8th September 2020

Talking Tech 1st September 2020

Stephen, David, and Hamish Mackenzie Discuss the Orbit writer Both Hamish and Stephen have had their respective Orbit Writers for a few days, and discuss how they have found the experience. David’s Orbit Writer is coming very soon, having landed in Sydney last week. Tip/Warning about JAWS, Zoomtext, Fusion, and Openbook A catch if you are not aware, JAWS, Zoomtext, Fusion or OpenBook (advised by Quantum RLV) will not work on ARM Processors as found in the Surface Pro X from Microsoft. microsoft.com/en-us/surface/… Back to the Future - How Far has Digital Access Come I’m participating in this webinar on September 17 to talk about how far digital access has really come. Use the following link to register. https://events.humanitix.com/back-to-the-future-how-far-has-digital-accessibility-really-come?utm_source=da_events&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08_2020 https://events.humanitix.com/back-to-the-future-how-far-has-digital-accessibility-really-come?utm_source=da_events&utm_medium=em...

14 minSEP 1
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Talking Tech 1st September 2020

Talking Tech 25th August 2020

Orbit Writer Update We spoke about the orbit Writer a few weeks ago, my ordered unit is still sitting in the US waiting to be shipped, so when it gets here we will talk about it. However, Hamish (smile) may be getting his earlier than me, so we may have him on the program again soon. Speaking of orders being delayed, just reminding folks that this also apply’s to orders from the Vision Australia Vision Store even within Australia. We have also been advised, that Apple orders from the Va Store are also running at a 4 to 6 week delay due to supply constraints as well. Sunu Band and Aftershokz Deal still available For $300 you can still pick up the Sunu Band and Aftershokz. I still find the Sunu Band is great for social distancing when I’m out and about in public, particularly when shopping. When coupled to my iPhone with the Sunu Band app, the Aftershokz still let me listen to my environment. https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/sunu-band-and-aftershokz-trekz-air-wireless-h...

14 minAUG 25
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Talking Tech 25th August 2020

Talking Tech 18th August 2020

PS4 Console and game (Last of Us 2) initial Notes Buying the PS4 in Australia results in no Text To Speech being available even if you set Region/Language to the US. Very disappointing. As no Text To Speech at all on the PS4, unable to setup the console independently, had to get sighted assistance. Installing the Last of Us 2, as no Text To Speech, had to get sighted assistance. Enabling Text To Speech for Last of Us 2, required sighted assistance. However, once on, could access Options menu. As a large number of Audio Queues within Last of Us 2, getting used to playing the game with the controller, moving around etc. However, started to feel comfortable with the game after a few hours. Disappointed that within the game, there is no actual description of your environment: eg in a shop, warehouse, first etc, you just seem to follow a line where you through Audio Queues fight monsters, move, get items etc. Still, not bad at all smile. The day after everything was setup, no sighted fol...

14 minAUG 18
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Talking Tech 18th August 2020

Talking Tech 11th August 2020

OpenPay Now Available at the Vision Australia Vision Store This is where you can pay off an item over $1000 from the Vision Store over a period of time. For more info, please contact the Vision Store on 1300 847 466 or visionstore@visionaustralia.org. https://shop.visionaustralia.org/openpay Mosen At Large Episode 54 - A Review of Podcast Hosting Services A good chat about podcast hosting services, including podbean smile. A great way to get your voice out there. Apple Watch OS Beta 4 - VoiceOver Not Working Whilst I understand that this is beta software, I think it is somewhat inexcusable for Apple to release beta software where it is known that VoiceOver is broken (as explained in the beta release notes). There would have been no way I’m assuming if the Apple Watch face wasn’t working visually, that Apple would have released beta 4, so if it is not ok for sighted folks, why is it ok for people who are blind. How do You Use Face ID When Waring a Mask In short you can’t really. A...

14 minAUG 11
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Talking Tech 11th August 2020

Latest Episodes

Talking Tech 13th October 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.

14 min1 w ago
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Talking Tech 13th October 2020

Talking Tech 6th October 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 ...

14 min2 w ago
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Talking Tech 6th October 2020

Talking Tech 29th September 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 mag...

14 min3 w ago
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Talking Tech 29th September 2020

Talking Tech 22nd September 2020

New Upcoming Webinar From Me: Exploring Technology From The Good Guys I will be going through some of the devices you can access via Vision Australia from the Good Guys, most of which I use myself Date and Time is September 30 12:30PM Sydney time. To register use the following link: https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-FEILPsgQeOZOR1JO7bvzA The Apple Keynote - New Apple Watch’s, iPads,Services, and iOS 14 and Watch OS 7 Released A fantastic Apple Keynote last week, an hour long, and completely Audio Described. You can still watch the Apple Event on: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ For more info on the new Apple Watch S6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Generation, iPad Air, Apple 1, and Apple Fitness Plus, and iOS 14, check them all out on the Apple Aussie website at: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ Quite a few new bands, including the Solo and Braided Solo bands which are one long rubber band which you have to size correctly as you just slip it on and if you have ...

14 minSEP 22
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Talking Tech 22nd September 2020

Talking Tech 15th September 2020

Quick Note About the Apple Event (Aussie Time 3AM on the 16th of September) As scheduling goes, Talking Tech will miss the Apple Event here in Australia, so rather than speculating, we’ll do a full update in next weeks show. In the meantime, you can check out: http://www.applevis.com As always for a comprehensive update of the Apple Event. If you follow podcasts, check out the Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast, MacBreak Weekly, and others. Apple itself usually puts out a podcast of the event on their own podcast feed as well. Newcastle Tech Friday for September 11 2020 In this Newcastle Talking Tech, myself and others, chatted about our favorite tech items. Eg Sangean Accessible Radio, Sunu Band/Aftershokz, and the still excellent $20,00 deal for the Amazon Echo 2 which is still a great smart speaker - all available from the Vision Store: https://shop.visionaustralia.orgfrom the Vision Store. If you want to get hold of the Sleep Phones within Australia you can go to Sleep Solutions in M...

14 minSEP 15
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Talking Tech 15th September 2020

Talking Tech 8th September 2020

Not Tech Related, But What I Got for Fathers Day Ok this is going to sound odd, but I got a fairy village to hide in my garden made out of little concrete figures: 6 little cottages, a fairy on a leaf, 3 fairy doors to put besides the trunk of a tree, and a gargoyle to guard the village. I’ve been gradually getting these types of items from my garden over the last year or so from an artist who lives on the Central Coast here in NSW, and thought I’d would share my recent purchases. I love these cottages as each one is slightly different with the way the roof is done, placement of chimneys, doors, and windows. There is a link to Cherry’s website below, unfortunately it is mainly jpg files but her contact details are at the bottom of the page. PS so far I have a Chinese Dragon who is in one of the garden beds, a few fish around my water fountain, a few other figurines hiding in the hedge, and now this fairy village, just like having tactile things in my garden. http://www.cherryart....

14 minSEP 8
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Talking Tech 8th September 2020

Talking Tech 1st September 2020

Stephen, David, and Hamish Mackenzie Discuss the Orbit writer Both Hamish and Stephen have had their respective Orbit Writers for a few days, and discuss how they have found the experience. David’s Orbit Writer is coming very soon, having landed in Sydney last week. Tip/Warning about JAWS, Zoomtext, Fusion, and Openbook A catch if you are not aware, JAWS, Zoomtext, Fusion or OpenBook (advised by Quantum RLV) will not work on ARM Processors as found in the Surface Pro X from Microsoft. microsoft.com/en-us/surface/… Back to the Future - How Far has Digital Access Come I’m participating in this webinar on September 17 to talk about how far digital access has really come. Use the following link to register. https://events.humanitix.com/back-to-the-future-how-far-has-digital-accessibility-really-come?utm_source=da_events&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08_2020 https://events.humanitix.com/back-to-the-future-how-far-has-digital-accessibility-really-come?utm_source=da_events&utm_medium=em...

14 minSEP 1
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Talking Tech 1st September 2020

Talking Tech 25th August 2020

Orbit Writer Update We spoke about the orbit Writer a few weeks ago, my ordered unit is still sitting in the US waiting to be shipped, so when it gets here we will talk about it. However, Hamish (smile) may be getting his earlier than me, so we may have him on the program again soon. Speaking of orders being delayed, just reminding folks that this also apply’s to orders from the Vision Australia Vision Store even within Australia. We have also been advised, that Apple orders from the Va Store are also running at a 4 to 6 week delay due to supply constraints as well. Sunu Band and Aftershokz Deal still available For $300 you can still pick up the Sunu Band and Aftershokz. I still find the Sunu Band is great for social distancing when I’m out and about in public, particularly when shopping. When coupled to my iPhone with the Sunu Band app, the Aftershokz still let me listen to my environment. https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/sunu-band-and-aftershokz-trekz-air-wireless-h...

14 minAUG 25
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Talking Tech 25th August 2020

Talking Tech 18th August 2020

PS4 Console and game (Last of Us 2) initial Notes Buying the PS4 in Australia results in no Text To Speech being available even if you set Region/Language to the US. Very disappointing. As no Text To Speech at all on the PS4, unable to setup the console independently, had to get sighted assistance. Installing the Last of Us 2, as no Text To Speech, had to get sighted assistance. Enabling Text To Speech for Last of Us 2, required sighted assistance. However, once on, could access Options menu. As a large number of Audio Queues within Last of Us 2, getting used to playing the game with the controller, moving around etc. However, started to feel comfortable with the game after a few hours. Disappointed that within the game, there is no actual description of your environment: eg in a shop, warehouse, first etc, you just seem to follow a line where you through Audio Queues fight monsters, move, get items etc. Still, not bad at all smile. The day after everything was setup, no sighted fol...

14 minAUG 18
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Talking Tech 18th August 2020

Talking Tech 11th August 2020

OpenPay Now Available at the Vision Australia Vision Store This is where you can pay off an item over $1000 from the Vision Store over a period of time. For more info, please contact the Vision Store on 1300 847 466 or visionstore@visionaustralia.org. https://shop.visionaustralia.org/openpay Mosen At Large Episode 54 - A Review of Podcast Hosting Services A good chat about podcast hosting services, including podbean smile. A great way to get your voice out there. Apple Watch OS Beta 4 - VoiceOver Not Working Whilst I understand that this is beta software, I think it is somewhat inexcusable for Apple to release beta software where it is known that VoiceOver is broken (as explained in the beta release notes). There would have been no way I’m assuming if the Apple Watch face wasn’t working visually, that Apple would have released beta 4, so if it is not ok for sighted folks, why is it ok for people who are blind. How do You Use Face ID When Waring a Mask In short you can’t really. A...

14 minAUG 11
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Talking Tech 11th August 2020
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