BBQ 194 Was the last time we rolled through a proper news section. We thought it was time for it to emerge from the shadows this week. Plus, to continue with the idea of a traditional format show, J.J. demos the Blind Shell Phone. A tip, several emails in Sound Off and fun audio treats are waiting for you at the end of the episode. It s a return to yesteryear for the team in 198.
In The News:
Apple Releases iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2; Bringing Many Bug Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users
The US Supreme Court Domino s Pizza delivery case rejection, dished out
Accessibility, the future, and why Domino s matters
What Domino s Pizza got wrong about internet accessibility
Add Vimeo to the Growing List of Large Websites Taking Accessibility Seriously
At Long Last, ScripTalk Mobile Now Available on iOS
EnVision AI Releases v2.0 for iOS And New Region Based Pricing
Be My Eyes Welcomes the National Federation of the Blind to Specialized Help
Orbit Research introduces the Orbit Teacher Platform
There's a national shortage of Braille teachers and the situation is dire
The Tap Strap wearable keyboard gets better with airmouse gestures
We Found uno Braille at a Local Target, and it's Exactly What you would Expect it to Be
From London, #GAConfEU 2019
Product Overview: Blind Shell Phone
BlindShell is a intuitive and simple cell phone with big, tactile buttons and lots of features. In addition to making phone calls and sending text messages, you can get the current weather forecast, listen to Internet radio, or find out your current location. BlindShell works with AT&T and T-Mobile as well as other GSM networks.
With voice control you can give the phone voice commands without having to use the keypad! With Voice Control you can::
Call and send a message to a contact
Open any application in the phone
Get information about the weather
Get your location. Address and GPS
Instead of using the keypad to input text, just simply say it. The phone will write it down as a text! Among others, you can use voice dictation for these actions:
Dictating your agenda
This phone has a physical keyboard with big, well spaced tangible buttons. We wanted the BlindShell Classic to have a premium keypad, and we believe that we succeeded.
The spacing between the keys makes orientation on the keypad very easy, so you will be able to distinguish between the keys right away. No need to fumble with your fingers around to find the right button. No need to be worried about pressing the wrong button either.
Many useful applications
BlindShell includes a variety of useful features. With the Email client, you can write and receive emails from your friends and colleagues. With Internet radio you can listen to thousands of radio stations from around the world. The weather app will tell you the current weather and forecast for the next three days. The location app can tell you your current GPS location or hte nearest address.
SOS emergency button
If you get in to a situation where quick assistance from someone else is needed, you can use the SOS emergency button. Pressing the button for at least 3 seconds will call your emergency contact. (This contact can be set whenever you want). The outgoing emergency call needs to be confirmed by you, so you do not need to worry about making the call accidentally.
APPLICATIONS & FEATURES
BlindShell Classic is packed with features. You can just make calls and send messages, and nothing else. But, if you want to use the full potential of the phone, there is nothing in your way to make the most out of it.
SMS text messages
SMS to multiple recipients
Backing up and importing contacts
SOS emergency button
If you would like to know more, or order a Blind Shell of your very own, visit the A.T. Guys product page
Tip: iOS 13 Low Data Mode
Low power mode can help you out of a jam when your battery is in those smaller percentage numbers. In iOS 13 the same idea can be applied to your data plan as Low Data Mode will let you conserve your precious megabytes when you start approaching the high end of the data cap allowed. Simply visit Settings, Cellular Data Options and explore the section labeled "Low Data Mode" to activate this tool.
David Partrick starts us off with this question.
I have heard Joe talk about his experience with the Surface Go. I now find myself in possession of one, and I am looking to find a way to use it.
It came with a third party cover and keyboard. It s nice, and small, and I can type on it, but, I cannot get the function keys to work with either JAWS or Narrator. The Function modifier key appears to be ignored.
I am wondering what keyboard Joe is using, and, if the folding keyboard Joe and JJ talked about on a recent BBQ would be a good match for the Surface Go.
Thanks in advance.
The Pluggable Keyboard is the one Joe was using in that episode. You will still need to seek out a case to protect the Surface's screen if you plan to travel with the device. Georgia has some insight about a previous show.
Please have dean back on blind bargains. I was glad to hear about his
chrome book coing out.
Pizza with potatoes on it, and pizza with sweet potatoes. Pineapple, oh
yes had it many times. It is good as well.
The show notes--are they on the app? I could not find them. Having
trouble getting to the bargains part of the app.
Like the tips also. Do you put them in the notes? I am going to see if
I can find those notes.
Greg Portch writes in with this question...
"Hi, Joe was talking about older devices. Is an iphone 6s or Se fast enough for ios 13 if you are a voice over user I mean will the phone be sluggish, not asking about the current bugs in 13. Thanks, /Greg
We haven't had time, what with all the Apple updates for 13 lately, to put the 6s through testing. But we've seen others say that it isnt horible. Probably not desireable for the long haul however. Next, Richard writes in with this comment.
"The two of you talking over and or interrupting
Constqantly makes listening to your pod cast extremely cringing! I started counting and perhaps every 5 seconds one or the other does a talk over so that neither ones comment can be understood.
Check it out and perhaps you will see just how irritating this is to a person trying to listen to every word spoken.
Nuff said and hope I don t have to type to you again."
We posted this email because we like to be transparent about our craft and we do appreciate all remarks about our show. Podcasting is like cooking. A recipe can change according to the talent and background of the person, or people, cooking the ingredients. We never set out to conform to the NPR style or the bombastic over the top formats of morning radio or sports talk programs. Our idea, as it has been for almost a decade, is to make the listener feel like they were smack dab in the middle of a group discussion at a major convention. Technical limitations, such as the delay in voices traveling back and forth through the internet, also play a role in how tight we edited our vocal tracks. Over the years we ve managed to turn those delays into seamless conversation, however as noted by the email above, we recognize that not everyone likes this dialog flow. That is why we try to post our companion show notes in broadcast order for those who don t want to listen to the entire episode. Our audience can skip directly to the portion of the show that interests them by using our notes as a guide. Or, by design, they can just read the notes instead of listening to the show if they prefer.
Over hundreds of recorded hours of us blathering on at one another about stuff, we re most proud of our consistency in tone and sound. We experiment with our format, our focus and formula from time to time. But our style is what we believe sets us apart from others in the field of podcasting. We have the amazing Patrick perdue to thank for all of this as he has been the bedrock of this audio endeavor. And by no means do we diminish his accomplishments out of fear that he has the power to make us look like idiots with the flick of an editorial finger. Nope, no worries at all about that end of year out takes. Episode. Shudder
The upcoming holidays have us thinking about travel and these two links seemed to fit that mindset.
Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket
9 Healthy Travel Snacks eat smarter on the road
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.