If you are blind or visually impaired, and you have installed Windows10 Technical Preview build 9926, you have discovered that you cannot read the Start Menu with any screen reader. The new Continuum mode makes it impossible for screen readers to bring the items in the Start Menu into focus. The code for the old build 9879 Start Menu is still present, and it can be re-enabled with one simple registry tweak.
Introducing a new application for blind and visually impaired users of iOS devices. “Be My Eyes: delivers as promised. I have used it, and it is amazing! Here is a description from the developer:
I am excited to announce how easy it is to compose and post a Tweet on Windows Phone using Cortana. Just activate Cortana, say Twitter-new Tweet. Wait for a sound effect that indicates the microphone is active and awaiting input. Dictate your post. Wait for Narrator to read back your message. If it is correct, press the Tweet button on your app bar, and your Twitter composition is posted. It is very easy and very quick. The Twitter app on Windows Phone still has many other accessibility problems, but this feature works incredibly well.
Introducing GoogleÕs Nexus Player, a streaming media and gaming device that displays content on your television by way of a Wi-Fi connection and a HDMI cable. In this episode, James Oates demonstrates how to perform a voice search using the remote controlÕs built in microphone. He shows us which applications come pre-installed, and how to download and install additional applications. Most importantly, he shows us how to activate and use Talkback, a built in screen reader for devices running Android.
In this episode, James Oates shows us how to add a Skype contact and make a Skype call using Cortana. He shows us how to compose a Tweet and check our timeline on Twitter. Finally, he demonstrates the functionality of the email application. Threw out the episode, he is using the built in screen reader, Narrator, on a Nokia Lumia 635 running Windows Phone 8.1.
p>In this episode Hugo demonstrates how to scan credit cards using Safari.
In this episode, James Oates tells us about Microsoft’s new operating system coming in 2015. He shows us the new Start Menu, Task Viewer, and the Virtual Desktop Viewer contained in the current version of Windows10 Technical Preview.
In episode four, James Oates introduces us to
a fully accessible Twitter client for Windows8.1. He walks us through version eleven of
for reading PDF files. He demonstrates
Adobe Digital Additions
for reading eBooks. He shows us how to add a RSS feed to
Finally, he demonstrates making a phone call using
inside of Google Hangouts.
The knfbReader app
is the focus of this episode. It’s UI, it’s features, and some comparisons with other OCR applications available on iOS. This podcast was recorded after the initial release and installed on an iPhone 5 running iOS8. Garth shows the use of the current feature set in a few real world situations, gives tips on how to get the best out of it, and run in to a bug or two on the way. If you are still on the fence with respect to the purchase of knfbReader,
than you will find this demonstration useful in making up your own mind.