The new Windows Creator’s update will now use Cortana to help you set up windows right out-of-the-box. Whether you do a clean install of windows or purchase a new computer with the Creator’s Update, Cortana will now walk you through the set up process. You can still set up windows by using a keyboard and mouse. But, if you prefer to sit back, relax, and respond to Cortana’s questions you can set up most of The Creator’s Update without touching a peripheral device.
There are many apps out there that will monitor and present information about your computer, but one in particular does it in a unique way. CHARM from DragonApps is a simple Windows utility that sits in your system tray and reports changes in your computer’s activity such as CPU load, ram and disk usage—just by using sounds!
Agnitio is a speech recognition program for
Windows that lets you control your computer by using your voice. Anitio is a free download. It lets you perform basic commands, open browsers, and make Google searches. It runs on Windows 10, Windows 8 and 8.1, and Windows 7. Give it a try by clicking here.
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Inside Vision has created one of the coolest products for people who are blind. The InsideOne is a full size Windows 10 tablet with 32cells of refreshable braille located along the bottom of the screen. This device also allows a person to type in braille on the screen, but there is no longer a need to make sure that your fingers are perfectly allied to be recognized. There are indentations in the glass, and this is where you place your fingers when typing in braille. I think this is a much better design than trying to add a Perkins style physical keyboard in addition to the 32cell line of refreshable braille. It also makes it feel more in line with a traditional Windows tablet. You don’t have to use braille input. There is an option for a virtual on screen keyboard. In addition, you could use a Bluetooth connected keyboard or a USB connected keyboard. The tablet still has a touch sensitive glass screen that responds to Windows 10 gestures.
Tomorrow, March 7, Microsoft is holding a live session to announce the same day release of Visual Studio 2017.
Microsoft is holding a two-day virtual event to present the latest integrated development environment (IDE) in detail, and all developers will be able to follow the live stream and learn how to get started with interactive technical demos.
The event will kick off tomorrow at 8AM PST with a keynote introducing the latest innovations in Visual Studio, .NET, Xamarin, Azure, and more. If this is too early for you, you’re still welcome to watch the following Q&A sessions and demos that will cover native Android, iOS, and Windows Development in C# with Xamarin, Azure Development in Visual Studio 2017 and more.
On Wednesday, March 8, get ready for a full-day of live interacting trainings covering mobile, desktop and web development with the latest IDE. All sessions will be live streamed on the dedicated website.
Hugo Gallegos visits with Joel Zimba from the National Federation of the Blind to discuss KNFB Reader for Windows 10 devices. Until now, KNFB Reader has only been available for iOS and Android devices, but you can now download it on any phone, tablet, or PC running Windows 10.
Learn more about this exciting new release here.
KNFB Reader has been a household name in text recognition for quite some time now, at least within the community. The original dreams of the Kurzweil solutions was to make KNFB affordable, even though back then it was still exclusively on Nokia phones.
According to the World Blind Union, there is over 285 million people around the world affected by blindness It is promising to think that we are at a stage in development where 4 out of 5 cases of blindness are preventable or curable, with the other fifth of those cases likely being curable in the near future.
In November of 2016, Jenny Lay-Flurrie revealed to Cool Blind Tech, in an exclusive announcement, that braille support was coming to Narrator. Now the feature has rolled out in Windows 10 insiders build 15025. It is still in beta, but James Oates has decided to give us an early look at this new feature.
He also shows us the new mono-audio feature that has been added to Narrator.