For those of us who use an iPad, you'll find that the Control Centre includes the app switcher, Control centre icons, Dock, and Suggestions.

In this demo I show you how to navigate the Control Centre on the iPad, and how to customise it.

note - the control centre icons are what an iPhone or iPod touch user would experience without the App Switcher orDock (including the Dock suggestions).

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In this demo, I show you how you can set the left or right AirPod to perform a different action including Siri, Play/Pause, Next Track, Previous Track, and off.

As I mention in the demo, I'm not sure when this update became available, but the software version that this demo is based on is 3.7.2 which you can check when the AirPods are connected in Settings, General, About, AirPods.

 

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Just showing off an iOS 11 feature with being able to access the dock from within an app, a note on suggestions on the Dock, and a bit of a play around with the side app switcher (the name of which I've probably got incorrect smile).

 

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In this demo, I alert fellow Australians to the arrival of the TV app on the Apple TV which integrates the various TV apps (and your movies) in to one app (Movies and TV shows are still on the Home screen).

With this update, the default function of the Home button has changed to taking you to the TV app, then if you press Home button again you'll go back to the Home screen.  As I like all of my Home buttons to work the same, I show you how to change it back to its previous default setting of taking you back to the Home screen.

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I thought in this demo I'd take you through updating from iOS 10 to iOS 11 using VoiceOver.

I always find its handy to know how long that silent bit last when you loose speech when iOS is updating.

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In this demo I take you through a physical description of the O6 which is essentially a round device with a Centre button and a dial surrounding this button.  Either the Centre button and Ring dial can be press or held in for extended functionality and the ring dial itself can be turned clockwise or counter clockwise for more functionality.

Two modes Basic hold ring dial in until single long pulse or Advanced hold ring dial in until short two double pulses (vibrates.

In this demo, I take you through the functions that I use most of the time in either Basic or Advanced modes.

For more information on the O6 or to grab the manual, go to:

http://www.o6app.com

 

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In this demo, I show you how easy it is to get the next bus or traing times from Google Home simply by asking.

To have this function work from your Home address or Work, you'll have to set these within the Google Home app.

After the recording I also asked for the next ferry here on the Central Coast New South Wales from Ettalong Beach to Palm Beach and Google Told me the next ferry time as well.

I also did several different locations for bus and train and got the same result: i.e. next time of a bus or train.

Here is hoping that Home Pod will do a similar thing.

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In this demo I give you a brief demo of Chromecasting from Google Play Music on my iPhone to individual speakers in my house and speaker groups.

Like Airplay, VoiceOver speech stays local on your device whilst the music goes out to individual or group speakers.

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In this demo I show you how I have organised my Google Home Speakers and Chromecast Audio devices (attached to various speakers throughout my house), and then take you through setting up and using groups to pla audio.

I also demo my favorite couple of features that of being able to tell what is playing on a speaker, adjusting volume, and then being able to adjust individual speaker volumes within a speaker group.

For me, this is just a cost effective way of setting up speakers through out my house without having to spend to much money by using the existing speakers.

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In late August 2017 I discovered within the Google Home App on my iPhone (Device, DeviceName, Settings, Bluetooth) that I could now use my Google Home Smart Speaker as a Bluetooth speaker.

In this demo I take you through the steps of setting up the Google Home smart Speaker as a BT speaker using my iPhone and of course the Google Home app.

I just wish when these firmware updates became active that the user got notified such as "Hey, did you know your Google Home Speaker can now do Bluetooth".

The great thing is that when your using the sGH as a BT speaker, the Google Assistant is stil active as well as the physical gestures for the GH speaker itself.

A bit sluggish with VoiceOver gestures, but not to bad for short navigation sessions.

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In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Chromecast Audio device, go through the setup via the Google Home app, and show you how to use it via the Google Home speaker.

Note - Chromecast Audio is purely to play music etc to speakers that can take a 3.5mm audio jack.  For watching Youtube, Netflix etc You will need a Chromecast device.

Since I purchased my AQ Smart Speakers several years ago which not only support Airplay but take a 3.5mm audio jack, I've been able to turn all of my Airplay speakers in to Chromecast Audio speakers.  This means that I can setup speakers in a group and control their volume etc independently of each other.

Looking forward to purchasing more Chromecast Audio devices.

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In this demo I show you how to go about changing the Assistant speech language (I did from US back to Australia) as there appears to be more functionality with various languages: i.e. with the US voice there seems to be more games than currently with the Australian voice.

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In this demo I show you how to enable the Start and End sounds for Google Home so that you know it has reacted.  I also describe the ChromeCast device and show you how easy it is to stream a movie from Netflix.

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In this demo, I take you through a number of common tasks between Google Home which is officially supported in Australia and the Amazon Echo which is not.

 

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Physical description of the Fitbit Charge 2, tips on installation, and a brief run through of using the Fitbit app on the iPhone using VoiceOver.

Apology for recording quality in this demo.

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What is in the box, physical description, and an overviw of the phones functions.

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Demo of connecting and pairing the keyboard and the trackpad to the Mac, and using the keyboard on the iPhone with VoiceOver.

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A quick comparison demo between the new Beats Pill+ and the older Beats Pill using VoiceOver, playing music, and lisening to an audio book.

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Mosen Consulting is giving away the first part of Meet Me In The Cloud, which talks you through how to attend your first Zoom meeting on both Windows and iOS.

 

If you’d like to know much more about being a power participant or host on Zoom, then the complete audiobook is for you access from:

http://mosen.org/zoom

 

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In this demo I take you through seting up a Macbook Pro with Touch Bar out of the box, and then several settings that I enable with a new Mac.

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In this demo I take you through a physical description of the ElBraille, turning on, navigating, switching the Focus 14 to another BT device (in my case iPhone using VoiceOver) and back, and closing the unit down.

For further info and support of ElBraille in Australia contact Quantum RLV on 1300 791 777.

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I've always wanted to be able to use my AirPods with two devices: left say for my iPhone, and the right for my Mac.  Since at the moment this is not able to be done, I got a 2nd set of AirPods to achieve my original idea.

 

So in this demo, I show you how to use the left AirPod from set 1 with my iPhone, and the right AirPod from the second set with my Mac.

Sort of overkill, but it works smile.

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This is a great app for teaching sighted or people who are blind UEB using an iPad.

For VoiceOver users, a Bluetooth keyboard is required.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/braille-tutor-free/id878463116?mt=8

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In this demo, I take you through the VO Lab training tutorial for VoiceOver on my iPad.

This is a fun way of learning VoiceOver.

The app is self voicing, extremely easy to navigate, and as I said a great way for young people or the young at heart to learn how to use the basic gestures in VoiceOver.

This is the link to the BallyLand Magic app for young children that I did last year in 2016:

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/teach-young-children-how-to-use-voiceover-gestures-on-ios-ballyland-magic-app-demoo/

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In this second Ring Video Doorbell demo, I show you how to find/use the Live View Feature which allows you to listen, see or speak with the Ring Doorbell anytime you like, rather than just responding to a Ring or Motion event.

The Live view feature has been in the Ring app for a while now, but I’ve not until now got around to showing the feature off in a demo.

If you are not familiar with the Ring Video Doorbell, the following link will play my first Ring Video Doorbell demo where I went through a description, installation, and use:

 

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/ring-video-doorbell-physical-installationsetup-with-the-ring-app-on-an-iphone-6s-using-voiceover/

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***warning*** NumPad does not support VoiceOver NumPad Commander when used with the Shift, Control, Option or Command keys: only the NumPad keys itself and the 0 key combinations.

In this demo, I take you through using a Bluetooth numeric keypad for use with VoiceOver using VoiceOver NumPad Commander.

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In this Home Kit enabled devices demo using Siri and VoiceOver, I take you through my house describing the various Ellgato Eve devices (Eve Room, Eve Weather, Eve Window/Door sensors, and the Eve Energy switch power point plug.

A demo of using Siri with these various devices follows.

I then take you through setting-up a second Eve Energy power point plug using the Eve app, and completing a scene to turn on a  lamp and radio on when I am away from the house.

We then move over to the Apple TV to show how it can access your Home Kit Enabled devices.

Finally I demo how you can use Control Centre, the Eve or Home App to use the devices manually and to check their status or to turn them on or off in case of the switch’s.

 

 

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Talking Typer for iOS

 

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$7 Australian.

 

Description:

Talking Typer finally makes its way to iOS. Help students make typing progress with this fun-to-use self-voicing app!

 

Talking Typer, an accessible typing and computer keyboard tutorial app with a keyboard game to help increase speed and accuracy in a fun environment!

 

Learn to type or improve your skills with drills, practice lessons, keyboard explorer, and an entertaining game. It is designed for blind and visually impaired students, but can be used by sighted students too. This makes it a great tool for the whole class. Works with iOS® devices running iOS 8 or later.

 

35 Built-in Lessons, Talking TyperTM for iOS devices comes with 35 built-in lessons at levels 1-10. Teachers and parents can create new lessons, edit lessons, and assign lessons to individual students or groups. Speed, accuracy, and typing level can also be set for individual students or groups. The app saves the results of each drill allowing students, teachers, and parents to monitor improvement.

 

Hurry Scurry Game, the app also includes the exciting game Hurry Scurry, where students earn points by typing letters before the ball drops. It’s fun for all ages and skill levels!

 

Self-Voicing and Apple® VoiceOver Accessible, the app is both self-voicing and accessible with Apple’s VoiceOver. The onboard keyboard of your device can be used with Talking Typer, but an external keyboard is recommended.

The app can also be used with a refreshable braille display, like APH’s Refreshabraille 18TM Bluetooth®-enabled device, making it accessible for students who are deafblind as well.

Installed as: Talking Typer.

 

Really is designed to be used by a Bluetooth keyboard.

 

Talking Typer main screen:

Top left: Login button, top middle, title “Talking typer: top right Log out button.

Next line: Current User: doesn’t show user name.

Rest of screen main menu of app including:

Lessons and drills button

keyboard explorer button

Games button

Administrator button

Help button

 

App can be navigated by selecting the items going down further in to each selection.  Back button top left of sub-screens to go back or use the VoiceOver 2 finger scrub.

In the Hurry Scurry game: use the Quit button to come back out of this screen: no back button.

 

35 lessons: 14 beginner, and 21 advanced.

 

When interacting with the I (Info) buttons with a Braille display, adjusting the msg time out in VoiceOver Braille settings may help for reading these dialogs.

Space+T (Tab) on a Braille display handy for repeating in Braille characters/words to be typed.

 

Lessons and drills (contains the following options):

Heading: learning modes

Name of current user: David Woodbridge

Practise drills button (divided up in to Beginner and Advanced heading levels) - practise drills do not count against lessons.

Lessons button (divided in to Beginner and Advanced heading levels)

Custom lessons (edit, copy for crate custom lessons)

 

keyboard explorer:

When entering the app, spoken info “Keyboard exploration  Just start typing.  Press escape key to exit”.

On-screen keyboard does appear at bottom of screen.

Character being typed appears at top of screen.

Back button at top left of screen.

 

Games:

Hurry Scurry

Using the I button (Info) button description of game is:

Type all the letters or word before the ball hits the floor.

Tap the start button to begin play.

Whilst playing, press the Tab key to repeat the next character.

To stop the game, press the Escape key twice or double tap the stop button.

Game screen contains:

Quit button

I button (Info)

speed button (28% default adjustable)

Start button

Score

Ball

No back button.

 

Administrator:

Students button

Groups button

App preferences button Containing):

—teacher name and password button

—Echo correct keys toggle

—speech button (rate, pitch, voice, test, reset)

—lesson text size button (22% default adjustable)

 

Help:

Quick start button

Email support button

Copyright information

Two Quick start buttons, do not used first one: 2nd one brings up html navigational page.

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This is the 2nd part of my using Swift Playgrounds with VoiceOver.

In this demo, I show you how I use Lego to construct the World Grid, character, gem, and switch to help conceptualise in a tactile form how to use the grid when coding.

Thanks to my son Owen for loaning his Lego, he can now have his Lego back.

 

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In this demo, I show you how to use Find My iPhone to locte your AirPods by sound which comes in very handy if you have put them down somewhere in the house.

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Update to the Tile app as of March 2017, fully accessible with VoiceOver to track your Tile Tagged items.

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This demo gives you an introduction to using Swift Playgrounds with VoiceOver.

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In this demo I take you through using the game: navigating the menus, Settings, Tutorial, Practise, and playing a game of cricket.  Note: because the game is self voicing you will need to turn off VoiceOver.  The game is free. The other app in this series is the Audio Game Hub.

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February 12, 2017

Why I Keep Using The Mac

Why I use A Mac

 

The reason why I stay using the Mac, is that it is well integrated with everything else that I use. for both home and work: the Mac, the Apple Watch, the Apple TV, and of course the iPhone.

 

I have been using a Mac now for over 10 years and iOS for almost 8 years.  One thing that has always stood out for me with the Mac is that as a person who is blind, I can completely trouble shoot or re-install the OS completely independently without sighted assistance.  My interaction with a Windows machine over these years when something has failed, has always meant I have needed someone with sight to let me know what was happening on screen or to assist me getting the screen reader up and going again.  I know that with the latest Windows 10 preview build, that you can now kick in Narrator which is a great thing.

 

I am a poor speller at the best of times, and when writing on the Mac, spelling suggestions don’t even work because I’ve mangled  a word so badly.  Siri comes to the rescue with “Spell Yogurt” which is a particular word that I always forget to spell when doing a shopping list, and yes, I used Siri to spell it just now.

 

With FaceTime, I can make and answer calls via my iPhone, and since I’m already on the Mac, can use Textedit or Pages to take notes whilst I’m chatting on the phone as it were.

 

Being able to ask Siri for directions to a location, then within Maps, share to my iPhone: ready to follow the directions when I leave the house.

 

Quickly looking up a word within the dictionary app is always helpful.

 

I really enjoy the TWiT TV Network which most of the time I listen to on my iPhone, but sometimes its just nice listening to via the TWIT TV app on the Mac.

 

Both Skype for business and skype work well with voiceOver, so when working with folks at work or chatting with people for a podcast, its all covered.

 

I still appreciate the fact that when I plug power in to the Mac, a chime plays to let me know that power is on and my Mac is charging: no need to check the charging status.

 

My family and friends all use iOs devices, so rather than having to pick up my iPhone to send a Message, I use Message on the Mac to send and receive messages.

 

Our family uses Find My Friends to keep track of each other.  Rather than having to get out my iPhone, I can check in the Notifications Centre on the Mac to see where folks are.

 

As the Mac comes with the Mac App Store, most of the apps that I use on the Mac are from this source.  I feel better protected, and the apps work reasonably well such as Twitter.

 

As I am a big fan of using iBooks on my iPhone, being able to read these same books on the Mac with VoiceOver is a huge plus.

 

The iWork suite works well with VoiceOver on the Mac, but what is great as well particularly for work is the fact that Microsoft Office works well: I Particularly use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook on the Mac all the time these days.

 

My main source for social media is Twitter, the Mac client works fairly well, and some times I live it running it in the background and just listen to the Tweets.

 

Universal copy between the Mac and my iPhone comes in very handy for copying phone numbers or URLS in either direction, and nothing could be easier than selecting copy on one device, and paste on the other.

 

As I produce a fair number of instructional documents, some of which folks want in an audio format, using Add To iTunes As A Spoken Track, comes in very handy for quickly converting a text document in to an audio file.

 

As I where away the hours when working on the Mac, rather than having to check the time manually, I have the Mac system clock tell me the time every 15 minutes so I can automatically keep track of time passing, and don’t miss an appointment.

 

Speaking of appointments, I use Reminders and Calendar appointments on my iPhone which of course come across to the Mac as well.

 

When shopping, I use the Notes app on the Mac to make a check list of items to check off when I pick up the Note on my iPhone when shopping.

 

Adjusting the sound of the Mac with audio feedback I’ve always found handy for both VoiceOver and general sound output on the Mac.

 

I tend to use both Google Chrome and Safari on the Mac for slightly different purposes.  I use Chrome for the client management system at work and Safari for reading articles on the web via the Reader mode which strips out the html code just leaving the text of the article to read.

 

As iTunes originally was developed for the Mac, I seem to have less issues with it from an accessibility point of view that I do when using iTunes on Windows.  Consequently when there is an update to iTunes, I don’t get as nervous that something may have broken from the screen reader point of view.

 

Speaking of iTunes and music, I have a number of Airplay speakers including number of Apple TVs around the house, depending on what I am doing and where I am, I just pipe the music to the appropriate speaker or Apple TV.

 

I certainly enjoy listening to Audio Described movies from the iTunes Store since Apple is making a considerable effort in making these available.

 

When  my family goes and stays over night if we are visiting, I always take our family MacBook Pro which has my boys favourite movies on it plus the Apple TV so I can stream them from the Mac on to the TV via the Apple TV.

 

I seem to be given iTunes cards from family and friends on a regular basis.  Like the iPhone, I can use the camera in the Mac to input the iTunes gift card straight in to iTunes.

 

Using my AirPods across all devices: particularly Apple Watch, iPhone and the Mac: means I can just use one bluetooth head phone for all my devices.

 

As I use an Apple watch, having my Mac simply unlock when I sit down to use my Mac is fantastic and much more convenient and faster than waiting for the screen VoiceOver to speak out the security prompt, and for me to type inn my password.  There have been times when I have got a bit impatient and have started typing in my password before VoiceOver has started talking, only do find that I have sent the last person in Messages my password smile.

 

As I still enjoy the occasional game of chess, having the default Chess application in the Mac speak out its moves lets me enjoy a good game of chess, even though I mostly loose to the Mac.

 

I know that I can use Siri to cary out calculations, but having the Calculator app also speak out its results is very handy for me as a screen reader user.

 

One of the dreaded things I absolutely hate on Windows is that sometimes sound is muted, and there is no keyboard short-cut to get it back.  On the Mac there is a short-cut and I’ve never not been able to get sound back on the Mac and consequently keep using VoiceOver.

 

Siri works well for launching apps, finding documents, and checking my Calendar.

 

I use preview on the Mac for quickly listing to audio files or checking a document, rather than having to launch an application to access the file.

 

Being able to check the status of what accessibility options I have turned on is quite useful, particularly when using other accessibility options other than VoiceOver.

 

Having the Mac speak out system messages or read what is on the screen through a keyboard command is again extremely handy.

 

Since I use some different bits of hardware in the house to control lights, lamps, check the indoor and outdoor temperature, and check who is at my door: rather than me having to pick up my iPhone to access these different systems, I can use my Mac as well.

 

VoiceOver on iOS and Mac OS have similar gestures and keyboard commands which makes transferring from one to the other a breeze, plus from a training point of view, very consistent and easy to explain and re-enforce ways of navigating.  In some ways, you are using one screen reader for mobile or desktop.

 

I forget sometimes how many different ways VoiceOver allows me to navigate: main keyboard commands, Lock VoiceOver keys, Quick Nav, numeric keypad, and of course the trackpad.

 

The sounds that VoiceOver on the Mac users to let you know what is going on is one of those things that when you don’t have it, you really miss it when I use Windows.

 

Using screen curtain to blank the screen so that people can’t see what I am doing when I’m reading a report on the train or reading a confidential document at work is extremely valuable.

 

Having a training mode in a screen reader to teach you how to use its basic functions is very important for new users.

 

When I am not using my MacBook Air Or MacBook Pro with the inbuilt trackpad, I can still use my Magic Trackpad with my iMac.

 

AS far as I know, VoiceOver is still the only screen reader that allows the launching of applications from its own Keyboard commander.  All the applications that I use regularly on the Mac have their own VoiceOver Keyboard Commander short-cut such as K for Skype, G for Google Chrome, A for Amadeus Pro, M for MarsEdit etc.

 

I still find VoiceOver on the Mac the easiest screen reader to install a Braille display.  For UsB, plug it in and VoiceOver will detect it.  With a Bluetooth Braille display, choose the Braille display you want to use and off I go.

 

As the cursor movement on both the Mac and iPhone are the same with VoiceOver when navigating: cursor is to the left or right of the character when moving: I don’t have to double check myself when switching between mobile and desktop.

 

No matter if I am typing in Messages, Notes, Mail, Pages, Safari etc, it its always nice to know that my typing is being spelled checked: did I mention I was a poor speller.

 

The strong integration between the Mac OS and VoiceOver, means that I never have an issue with the screen reader not working, hanging, not working with the video card, loosing its authorisation etc: it just keeps working.

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In this demo, I show you a few apps and I use on the Xbox One plus have a bit of a play around with Cortana.

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In this Xbox One demo 2: I take you briefly through Settings, download and install an app (demoing pinning to the Home screen and quitting), purchasing and watching a movie, using Live TV to watch my talking digital set top box, and take you through navigating the Xbox One Console with the UsB QWERRTY keyboard plus Narrator specific keyboard commands.

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January 12, 2017

Xbox One demo using Narrator

In this demo I take you through the features of the Xbox One. What is in the box, physical description of the Xbox One and the Controller, installing the battery's to the Controller, plugging in the Xbox One to the TV, setup steps after turning on (currently not accessible), toggling Narrator on, a run through of the Home screen (Home, Community, One Guide and Store), Guide, Settings/Ease of Access/Narrator, organisation of My Games and Apps, and shutting down the Xbox one using Narrator.

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In this demo, I take you through what is in the box, a physical description of the MBP, use of the keyboard with VoiceOver without the function keys, a bit of a run through using the Touch Bar, and then the Touch ID.

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In this demo I go through what is in the AirPod box, a description of the charging case and AirPods themselves: using the AirPods with the iPhone, Apple watch, Mac and Apple TV: then finish off with some general comments.

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cIn this demo, I take you through the self voicing app: Ballyland Rotor: which is an excellent app on how to teach children the iOS VoiceOver rotor gestures of two finger rotate and 1 finger flick up or down to choose an item.

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In this demo, I go through my podcasting setup and how I use it not only for podcasting, but for work as well.

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I take you through the main menu options, list some of the scenes I've already played, and play several scenes to give you an idea of the game.

I've played this game on Android and iOS, great its now availalbe on the Mac and just as fun to play.

 

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Demo of the Synapptic menu structure, Help, Settings, and voice control.

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Played with the Android version of this app today and it is much more accessible than the iOS version: so a quick demo called for.  Developers hopefully will be making improvements to the iOs version, but this demo does show how well it could work on iOS with VoiceOver.

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In this demo I show you how you can use the Tile app to locate your Tiles and the objects that the Tiles are attached to.  Some parts of the app are not very accessible, but at least for playing a sound on a tile to locate it for the most part actually works.

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As soon as I posted my first demo yesterday on unboxing and setup, V2 of the BrailleNote Touch software cam out: hence this demo of updating, KNFB Reader, and the Braille Termainal mode to allow VoiceOver access from the iPhone.

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Demo of the new VoiceOver Rotor Action for moving and deleting apps.

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Demo of the Apple Watch Series 2 using VoiceOver.

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Demo of the iPhone 7 plus using VoiceOver.

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