In this edition of CBT, Brandon Cross shows new users of the NVDA screen reader how to navigate the basic elements of a web page. He describes the different ways one can move around, and demonstrates the feedback users can expect.
With a piece of software called Winstaller from Levtec, one no longer needs to use an answer file for unattended deployment of Windows operating system. This opens up huge opportunities for those of us who cannot see and wish to work in a professional IT setting, or just for fixing our home computers.
Microsoft has launched a preview version of Office Touch, which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The preview version is available for Insiders running Windows10 Technical Preview in a desktop environment. It can be downloaded for free from the Windows Store, but links will be provided below. These are universal apps, so they will also be available for tablets and phones running Windows10 at a later date. Keep in mind that these are Mobil versions of the applications, and are not intended to replace Office 365 or desktop versions of Office. Office Touch is already available in a final release version for iOS and Android. Links to those applications will be provided below as well.
In this episode, James Oates demonstrates LookTel Money Reader on an iPhone5 running iOS8.1.2.
LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people experiencing visual impairments or blindness to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Point the camera of your iOS device at a bill and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time. Twenty one currencies are supported: the US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Bahraini Dinar, Brazilian Real, Belarusian Ruble, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Euro, Hungarian Forint, Israeli Shekel, Indian Rupee, Japanese Yen, Kuwaiti Dinar, Mexican Peso, New Zealand Dollar, Polish Zloty, Russian Ruble, Saudi Arabian Riyal, Singapore Dollar, and United Arab Emirates Dirham.
In his first ever podcast with Cool Blind Tech, Brandon Cross informs Android users about a popular Twitter client called Tweetings. Though it is a mainstream client with images and video content, Tweetings is accessible to Talkback users. With Tweetings any Android user can enjoy all the facets of Twitter, and elements like lists, direct messages and mentions are separated into categories which can either be accessed through the navigation drawer or by swiping right or left with two fingers.
Microsoft’s Yammer team announced updates for Yammer mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Greg Lopez gives us a basic introduction to Talkback, the built-in screen reader for Android devices. Download Talkback for your Android device via the Play Store by clicking here.
NVDA is a free alternative to screen readers like Jaws and Window-Eyes One of its features- in fact, the one I’ll be covering today- is extensibility. So, how is NVDA extensible? Through add-ons, which are packaged zip files with an .nvda extension that contain the necessary files to add or modify the functionality of NVDA. So, let’s discuss how to download and install add-ons, as well as how to manage them afterward.
While Apple is definitely making strides toward squashing those pesky bugs in Voiceover for iOS8, the infestation around Safari still remains rather strong, especially when it comes to focus issues.
This gave me a mission, to find another alternative. Let’s face it, a mobile device needs to be able to browse the web. What kind of a mobile device can’t these days? Even though Safari works most of the time, there had to be another option for those situations when it didn’t.
I explored several options and discovered that the Google Chrome app for iOS is extremely accessible and actually very nice to use.
The accessibility is amazing! Not only does Voiceover tend to read everything, but the browser is fast and page element navigation works fully. HTML5 multimedia content such as Youtube videos and audio content from our own podcasts play right inside the browser. Add in the Google voice search feature and you have a really nice alternative to Safari.
Check out his quick overview of a few things you can accomplish with this really nice cool pick.
Within the depths of the Google play store, there exists a staggering amount of launchers, which allow for the customization of your phone’s home screen. Just as car enthusiasts can debate the interior of which car they like best, so can Android users have a heated discussion on which launcher fits their perfect needs and esthetic desires.