For years, blind and visually impaired people who wanted to use a Kindle were left with a lot of frustration and even hassle. Amazon released their Kindle readers with only the barest of text to speech. Amazon did make their apps on iOS and Android accessible but only after significant push back from the visually impaired community. That, however, looks like it’s going to change. Recently, Amazon has announced, publically, that they are bringing VoiceView to their Kindle e-readers, starting with Kindle Paperwhite, so that visually impaired customers can enjoy reading on Kindle devices.
Across the internet, many people and various tech sites were disappointed by the developer-focused conference Google holds every year, known as IO. Much of the major news out of IO was revealed on the first keynote two weeks ago, but we wanted the hubbub to die down first, so that our analysis and idea of what has changed is more clear. It’s easy to dismiss an event when we first hear or read about it. It is far more difficult, then, to still keep an objective viewpoint and understand what we’re shown. Nevertheless, our aim is to provide you this non-bias, no-nonsense perspective.
Alex begins a little tutorial on Audacity for Windows using NVDA.
He goes through some preferences that are useful and then shows off the interface a bit.
Future episodes in this series will cover real editing: Selection, cutting and pasting, zooming in and out to really hone in on a bit of audio you wish to manipulate. Stay tuned!
Discovering and promoting new music is something that Has become easier than ever before with SoundCloud,. In this podcast, Justin takes us through how to do just that. He proceeds to look at his music stream, shamelessly promote some of his own music, and explain what playlists and radio stations are, as well as how to use them.
In part 4 of REAPER, we record a simple multi-track music project using VST plugins, MIDI drums, guitar amp simulators and some equalizers.
Remember that in Part 3, we created our tracks and made a guitar folder to make things simpler to quickly navigate the tracks in your project. In Part 4, we proceed to record two guitar tracks as well as a bass track. After, we briefly learn about the master track and limiters.
Technology and the Internet are constantly evolving and connecting others to people, information, and opinions. With all of the good the Internet has presented, however, the negative corners of the web are also adapting to how the Internet is growing. With every advancement in technology, there’s a new way harassment could happen. This is why, when starting an anti-bullying project, creators should be very aware of the environment they are wading into. Social Autopsy is the new tool that’s aiming to help with online bullying and harassment. It aims to be a database of every mean thing you’ve ever said online. It sounds like a good idea, on the surface.
Apple’s shake to undo feature allows the user to shake the iOS device and then press a button if they want an action to be undone. The only problem with this however, is that this feature has a tendency to be activated by accident, causing much annoyance and frustration. As a result, Justin shows us how to turn this feature off in the settings app.
A writer struggling with an idea for an article enters a café that’s full to capacity. The song of the year, before it is replaced, squeals out of unseen speakers overhead. I make my way towards a lounge area where other people congregate, all just as homeless and connected as I am. Bodies are hunched over laptops, their brains exuding electrical exile. Various white battery charger cords as long parasitic worms are fed into the walls, leaving spaghetti patterns on the floor, each socket stuffed and sucked. My laptop is dying. I can feel the hollowness and fear in my marrow.
Part 3 is finally here. Alex shows some preliminary configuration options for setting up REAPER to record music on Windows. This includes per-project media folders and using the metronome. He also quickly blabs about MIDI devices.
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