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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Join the Cool Blind Tech team this week as Alex, Leo and Tomi discuss the latest rumblings on WWDC and the recently hosted third annual NVDACon. The team also shares their opinions on some beneficial updates to Netflix, Facebook Messenger and Google Music. Top these items off with this week’s Cool Picks and you definitely have one podcast you don’t want to miss!
The Microsoft Build Conference took place a few weeks ago, and as always, it gave us a good glimpse into how Microsoft is shaping up and the ways in which it can entice developers. Let’s face it: Windows 10, in its current state, features only 60-70% of apps people would want — and the problem is compounded further on the phone platform. For the past few years, the reality of so-called universal apps has materialized, though even that still only created minor ripples in the Windows App Store quality. We finally heard of projects which allow for developers to (relatively easily) port over apps they created for the iPhone to Windows last year, along with a similar bridge for Android. This Android bridge was codenamed Project Astoria, and unfortunately was killed off earlier this year (which is quite a shame, as Android apps are far greater, though one could debate the quality of those in either store depending on price or content).
In this episode, Justin is joined by Leo and Jessica, as they go through interesting Cool Picks:
In this podcast, Justin demonstrates how to use Roger for iOS. While there are many different ways of sending audio messages to friends around the world, Roger offers something that cannot be matched: audio quality. Justin proceeds to show us the customizability that the app offers, as well as how to send and listen to voice messages. A big thank you goes to the developers of Roger, who took special effort to make their app accessible with VoiceOver, and who have pledged to continue this support in the future.
Have you ever been curious about the mystical world hidden within the realm of Dungeons And Dragons? Have you ever wanted to join your sighted peers on a campaign to, for instance, stop some rogue thieves from getting your treasure in real time? Well come out from behind your keyboard, fellow gamer, because the world of tabletop gaming is now fully accessible to those of us who can’t fill in pen and paper character sheets. The same technology that brought us online multiplayer role playing games, iCloud, Dropbox, and spreadsheets, can now be used to interact in live action tabletop games. This brief guide will show you how to create an accessible character sheet and roll dice other than D6. A potential accessible battle grid is proposed. Additional resources are also provided to help you get acquainted with the world of Dungeons And Dragons.
Welcome to another edition of VIP. In this episode, Justin is joined by Leo and Jessica, as they proceed to go through some interesting news from the past week. They discuss the fact that Google released a blog post outlining some accessibility improvements that they have made in the past few weeks. Along this same line, Microsoft also announced some big changes to Narrator making it easier to use than ever before. Changing gears a little bit, they also discuss the Lechal shoes and insoles, which give directions to users by vibrating as the user is walking around.