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Jingle All the Way with Christmas Songs for iOS

November 29, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 32-minute podcast, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow carol through the evening as they demonstrate the Christmas Songs iOS app.

Whether you just want to listen to your favorite traditional Christmas songs or you need a convenient way to access song lyrics while caroling, this easy-to-use, fun app may just be the ticket.

We mentioned a number of additional ways to enjoy holiday music on your iOS device:

  • Check out the AccuHolidays genre on the AccuRadio app.
  • Install Christmas Radio on your iOS device to hear your favorite holiday tunes being played live on radio stations around the world.
  • Buy the accessible ooTunes app and browse the Christmas genre for even more Christmas radio listening enjoyment. If you are new to ooTunes, we invite you to listen to our podcast to explore and learn more about how to use the app.

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: iPhone, podcast

Drop It While It’s Hot with Droptext for iOS

August 13, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 16-minute podcast, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow demonstrate Droptext, a simple iOS app for creating and editing text files in Dropbox.

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: iPhone, podcast

Write It Fast: Type Easily with Fleksy for iOS

July 24, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 46-minute podcast, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow talk with Ioannis Verdelis all about a new app that can improve the speed and accuracy of typing for blind people who use iOS devices. Verdelis, the chief operating officer of Syntellia, creators of Fleksy, joined us on Monday, July 23, for an exciting live question-and-answer session on the Out-Of-Sight chat community.

Resources

Buy Fleksy, learn more about it and hear demonstrations of this flexible new technology.

We appreciate Ioannis Verdelis for taking the time to talk with us and answer all our questions. Thanks. We had a great time!

We thank Jeff Bishop for his tireless hours of post-production work editing this challenging audio recording.

Our thanks also go to Debi Black and the rest of the people at Out-Of-Sight for hosting and promoting our live Q&A session.

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: iPhone, podcast

Let Literacy Ring: an Overview of the NFB BELL Program for Blind Children

July 7, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 11-minute podcast, Allison Hilliker and Emily Gibbs talk about a summer Braille learning program for blind children. The two-week Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program focuses on intensive Braille instruction for children with some residual sight who might not otherwise be granted the opportunity to learn this important skill.

For more information about the BELL Program, please contact:
Emily Gibbs
Education Programs Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
EGibbs (at) nfb.org
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2407

We are excited to report that the BELL Program was the recipient of this year’s
Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award at the 2012 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Dallas on July 5.

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: Braille, podcast

Tune in the World of Live, Streaming Internet Radio: ooTunes for iOS

June 28, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 25-minute podcast, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow demonstrate the accessible and popular ooTunes app for listening to more than 30,000 radio stations on your iOS device.

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: iPhone, podcast

Ready, Set, Fight! Object Identification Apps Battle It Out On iOS

June 28, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this one-hour show, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow demonstrate the Digit-Eyes, LookTel Recognizer and VizWiz iOS object-recognition apps with six typical household products.

This podcast was recorded on March 25. Since that time, Digit-Eyes has been updated to include product information from Directions For Me. We do not believe any other significant changes have taken place with object-recognition apps since we did the testing demonstrated in this episode of the show.

Additional Resources

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: iPhone, podcast

Convention Tech: Packing Your iOS Suitcase

June 25, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

It will soon be time for many blind Americans to travel to the summer convention of the National Federation of the Blind or the American Council of the Blind. In this approximately 30-minute podcast, let Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow help you pack your virtual convention suitcase by sharing with you all about the iPhone apps they use during conferences.

Convention Resources

Apps

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Accessibility Report on Foursquare 5.0 for iOS

June 7, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 26-minute podcast, Darrell Shandrow demonstrates some of the VoiceOver accessibility concerns found in the latest Foursquare 5.0 iOS app update.

On the heels of its Wednesday update, Foursquare posted a brief article on its support website stating that accessibility is a “top priority,” inviting users to submit problem reports to accessibility@foursquare.com. We urge all blind Foursquare users who rely on VoiceOver to submit a clearly-written accessibility report to Foursquare as soon as possible.

The following accessibility report has been sent to Foursquare’s development team at accessibility@foursquare.com for their consideration.

Hello Foursquare Development Team,

I am writing to thank you for inviting the blind VoiceOver user community to be part of the Foursquare accessibility development process and to report my accessibility concerns with Foursquare 5.0.

There are two primary accessibility issues throughout the new app’s user interface: unlabeled buttons and elements that provide no accessible information. I will demonstrate these by way of a podcast and a step-by-step write-up. It is my hope that the podcast will serve as a live example while the write-up will represent a concise description of the issues.

Please be sure VoiceOver is enabled on your iOS device in Settings > General > Accessibility >VoiceOver before opening Foursquare and following these steps.

Friends Tab

  1. Double tap the Friends tab in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Flick to the right repeatedly through this screen, listening to VoiceOver speak each user interface element.
  3. Listen to VoiceOver read elements such as “button,” “activity btn comment” and “activity btn like.”
  4. Observe that it takes five or six right flicks to read the information about each friend in the new user interface where it used to require just one.
  5. Notice there’s no longer an option to select between “near by” and “world wide” friends. Either this option is no longer available or it is not accessible to VoiceOver users.

Checkin

  1. Tap the top of the Friends screen with four fingers to make sure you are at the top. VoiceOver should say “Logo.”
  2. Flick right once to and double tap the “Global Checkin” button.
  3. Flick right repeatedly through the checkin screen, listening to VoiceOver read each user interface element.
  4. Notice that VoiceOver says “map” before reading the first place on the list. The meaning of this is unclear. Are we missing some important context or information?
  5. Continuing to flick right through the list, listen for an element that says “current location.” Double tapping this element seems to do nothing except repeat “current location.” What is happening with this item?

Explore

  1. Tap the top of the screen with four fingers. VoiceOver should say “Logo.”
  2. Flick to the right repeatedly through this screen, listening to VoiceOver speak each user interface element.
  3. Notice that VoiceOver says “map” before reading the first place on the list. The meaning of this is unclear. Are we missing some important context or information?
  4. Continuing to flick right through the list, listen for an element that says “current location.” Double tapping this element seems to do nothing except repeat “current location.” What is happening with this item?
  5. As you flick to the right, observe several elements where VoiceOver clicks and says nothing.

Please feel free to let me know if I may beta test or be of further assistance in your accessibility efforts.

Regards,
Darrell Shandrow
BlindAccessJournal.com

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

What’s the Latest? Stay Current with NFB-Newsline for iOS

June 5, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 37-minute show, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow demonstrate the NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile app, which opens the world of accessible magazines, newspapers and TV listings to blind people who use iOS devices.

NFB-Newsline provides more than 340 magazines and newspapers, as well as accessible TV listings, to eligible people with print-reading disabilities through a telephone-based speech-output reading system, Bookshare, an accessible website and, now, a fully VoiceOver-accessible app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users.

If you would like to sign up, call your state’s talking book library, dial NFB-NEWSLINE directly at 1-866-504-7300 or visit the NFB-NEWSLINE website.

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: iPhone, podcast

Shop Smart with Blind Bargains for iOS

April 5, 2012 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 33-minute show, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow demonstrate the new Blind Bargains app for iOS, which provides a simplified way of accessing the deals and news available on the popular blind-community website.

Follow Blind Bargains (@BlindBargains) and A T Guys (@atguys) on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news about the Blind Bargains website and the assistive technology sales company that operates the service.

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

If you use Twitter, let’s get connected! Please follow Allison (@AlliTalk) and Darrell (@darrell).

Categories: iPhone, podcast