In a stunning move, Microsoft and Amazon announced that Cortana and Alexa will now be able to work with one another. By the end of the year, you will be able to have Cortana open Alexa on your computer or mobile device, and you will be able to have Alexa open Cortana on your Alexa enabled device.
NV Access, the makers of the popular NVDA screen reader, will no longer be able to support older versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. The change will take place with the release of NVDA 2017.4, which should be released at the end of November. NV Access will continue to offer NVDA 2017.3 for people who can not update to a newer operating system.
In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James bring you the top stories from Cool Blind Tech. And of course, it wouldn’t be a VIP without their Cool Picks.
Johnson Controls has built a new smart thermostat that uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and is powered by Cortana, Microsoft’s voice activated assistant. GLAS is a beautiful device for your home or business. It displays the temperature, air quality, and your calendar. It is activated by a touch screen or by voice. The thermostat is able to monitor the air quality outside the home, and it can also tell when someone is in the room. It uses this information to better control the environment and be more energy efficient. GLAS should be available later this year, or sometime next year.
Using a voice activated speaker to do your shopping is becoming more popular, which is exactly what companies like Amazon were hoping would happen. Currently, Google Home users can shop with their device for products from companies that are connected with Google Express. Google Express features companies like Target, Costco, and Walgreens. And now, Walmart will be a part of Google Express by the end of September. Also, Google Express is dropping its membership fee in an attempt to generate more participation.
If you have a Google Home voice activated speaker, you can now make calls in the U.S. and Canada to anyone in your contacts list and local businesses. Just say things like:
In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Christopher McMillan. Listen in as they discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech, and as always, they will bring you some great Cool Picks.
In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with James Teh, prior to his departure from NVAccess, to discuss the following subjects:
In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech, and as always, they announce their Cool Picks for the week.
On August 21, much of the United States will experience total darkness in the middle of the day as a full Solar eclipse of the Sun sweeps across the country.
A Solar eclipse is always an exciting event, and people who are blind want to be able to experience it as well.