Triple-click Home Episode 26: The iCoffee
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 26: The iCoffee Welcome to the first Triple-click Home podcast of 2014. This month, Jamie Pauls joins Alena and Buddy to discuss the Apple news stories of the past month. John was unable to be a part of the Triple-click Home team this time around, but we trust that he will join us again next month. In addition to our plentiful crop of news stories, Jamie kicks off our new spotlight segment by talking with Shannon Reese whose daughter Eilish has Down Syndrome. Jamie and Shannon discuss the use of the iPad in Eilish’s education. Apps discussed in this interview include those from The Conover Company as well as a brief discussion of the augmentative alternative communication app Proloquo2Go Of course, our podcast wouldn’t be complete without your feedback, and we include that as well. Without further ado, let’s jump right to the … Top of the News Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion in Cash CES 2014: Smart thermostat EverSense shows off ‘Aura’ iBeacons to intelligently adjust room temperature CES 2014: iPhone/iPad Bluetooth accessories for the home & body dominate the show Mac Sales Rose in 4th Quarter. Or Fell. Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates Apple Pushes Developers To iOS 7 Apple Devices Flow Into Corporate World Apple patent details optical image stabilization for iPhone cameras T-Mobile’s ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card:’ they’ll pay your early termination fee to switch Yahoo announces News Digest, a new iOS app that provides only essential news stories A T Talk SeroSpectives: This Year in Tech for 2013 SPN Goes to the UN Update to Sendero GPS Announcing the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2013 Digit-Eyes 2.0 has a completely NEW and simplified user interface design plus NEW other New features Opinion Opinion: What “three revolutionary devices” will the iWatch be? Apple Knows Exactly What It’s Doing With Its iPhone Business 2014: The year of the iPhone-controlled everything Mailbag From Beth: Hi, I have been researching and have found stuff about using accuators to do Braille instead of pins. Here are a few links. Displaying Braille for Mobile Use with the Micro-vibration of SMA Wires haptic posts on CNET First-ever Braille smartphone could hit stores this year The “Feel Screen”: The Pros and Cons of a Tactile Interface for the Next iPad (or iPhone?) Blog comment from Zivan Krisher During the podcast I think it was Buddy who stated that it is impossible to turn off Zoom while VoiceOver is turned on. This is not true. I’m a low vision IOS user and often use VoiceOver in combination with Zoom. When Zoom is turned on, double tapping 3 fingers becomes the Zoom toggle. and triple tapping 3 fingers becomes the VoiceOver toggle. Wrapping Up This Pressure-Sensitive Case May Change How You Use Your iPhone The strange, shady world of $1,000 iOS apps The 12 Apps You Should Delete from Your Phone in 2014 Contacting the Team The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
23 Jan 2014
Triple-click Home Episode 25: Welcome Back to the Present
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 25: Welcome Back to the Present It’s hard to believe that we have arrived at the end of another year. This month, the Triple-click Home team takes a look at the top Apple stories of 2013. Also, Lisa Salinger brings us a review of the Dropbox app for iOS. This Year in Apple News One year, four departed execs, and a lot to be determined for Apple So, what is Apple’s next big thing going to be? Insiders “now confident” Apple will launch lower-priced, lightweight iPhone as early as June Apple beefs up iCloud, Apple ID security with two-step verification Jony Ive Leaves His Mark As Skeuomorphism Concept Vanishes From One App Apple announces WWDC 2013 details, promises new iOS and OSX builds Tim Cook issues an apology to Apple’s Chinese customers Apple reveals details of 50 billionth App Store download SeroTalk Podcast 153 Discusses the Accessibility of the Kindle App WWDC 2013, A Lot of Announcements | MacForTheBlind Apple posts OS X Mavericks preview page Nobody Has Tried The Real iOS 7 Voice Dream Interview by Alena Roberts An App For All Creatures Great and Small — Zoomed In Seeing Eye GPS: a Turn-by-Turn GPS application for the iPhone Developed Specifically for the Blind Apple’s cheaper and not so cheap iPhone explained Why a Gold iPhone 5S Actually Makes Sense Apple announces the multicolor iPhone 5C, $99 for 16GB Apple announces iPhone 5S: What you need to know Blind Bargains: A Review of the BARD Mobile App Mailbag Hello, This is for the Triple Click Home team. Perhaps you guys can cover this in the mail bag for the next podcast. For those of you that are using Mail in standard view, with organize by conversation enabled, in messages that contain original messages part of a reply, and it says “see more from sender”. When you activate the link with Control+Option+Space, have you guys found Voice Over does not do anything when you press the up and down arrow keys after expanding the rest of the conversation? Thank you, Ali Moosa Hello there! As always, I was looking forward to the new episode, and, as always, you did not disappoint me. It was a pleasure to listen to it! • I have got very little problems with TouchID on my new 5S. Actually, when I first set it up, I didn|t have much time to listen to all the instructions and saved one finger print with three different fingers / right thumb and index finger when holding iPhone in left hand and left thumb when holding iPhone in right hand. this worked although I saved it as one finger print. I did delete it in the meantime and saved the three digits in three finger prints. • A few days ago, you retweeted a review of Open Office – was it a CNet article_ I think it was. Has anybody tested Open Office for its accessibility recently? I remember that this wasn’t too good a while back. Have there been improvements? I am in the middle of writing my PhD and don’t have much time to play around with office suites. It was time-consuming and therefore annoying enough that I had to convert a few work-in-progress documents from RTF to docx. Aaargh! • quite a large number of people are looking forward to getting RTF back in Pages. Me too! However, is there a risk that the navigability of tables in Pages is going to go again, at least in RTF format? • One last question for now to you and your listeners, a question for which I have not yet got an answer from Apple nor from an Apple accessibility mailing list in which I am active: For links in emails and on websites we can adjust in the VoiceOver settings how they are announced. That’s fine. Nonetheless, when there is a link in an email and I arrow-key my way into it, VoiceOver says: “web url detected” – with a voice as if she was breathing through a helium balloon. There must be a separate setting for this as the verbosity settings in the VoiceOver Utility don’t seem to have an effect on this phenomenon. any ideas? That’s it from me. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. Greetings from Ireland, Markus Hi, it’s me again! I want to share this with you, but the other email would have got too long, so I post it here. I reported the accessibility issues in the file export menu in Pages to Apple Accessibility and got the following…personal!…response, not the standard template. In the meantime we can explain the dialog box to allow you to complete the process. In the Pages File Menu, if you selected Word, then Word is automatically selected in the export dialog. If, at that point, you press Enter, then you will be taken to the Save as Dialog box to choose where you want to save the exported file. The file will export as a word doc with the default settings of a) No password required to open the file and b) Using the .docx format instead of the older .doc ( Word 1997-2003) compatible format. If instead you chose PDF in the Export Menu, then the dialog box will default to PDF as the exported filed type. Pressing Enter will again then take you to the Save as dialog box with the pre-determined settings of Good Image quality and no password required to open the file. If you choose to move within the dialog box, there are 5 tabbed areas: PDF, Word, Plain Text, ePub, and Pages ’09. These are the 5 Unknown labels you are hearing. Each has some further text or options associated with each option: Under PDF, the text reads; “To Change PDF layout settings, Choose File > Print.” The PDF options are; Image Quality: with a pull down menu for Good, Better, or Best. The default is good. And a check box for Require password to open. The default is unchecked. Under Word, the options are; Require password to open check box and a disclosure triangle revealing the format options pull down menu of .docx or .doc .docx is the default choice. Under Plain Text there is only the text; Create a plain text document that includes only body text without formatting. Under ePub, the options are; Three text boxes including Title, Author and Primary Category and a disclosure triangle revealing an additional text box for Language as well as a check box for Use the first page as the book cover image. The default is unchecked. Under Pages ’09; The only option is the Require password to open check box. The default is an unchecked check box. Markus Böttner Wrapping Up From iPad Air to Mac Pro: everything you need to know about Apple’s fall event My Review of the iPhone 5S | MacForTheBlind Apple promises to bring back missing iWork for Mac features in six months All The Changes In iOS 7.1 Beta You’ll Actually Notice Joe Steinkamp interviews the developers of the MovieReading app in SeroTalk Podcast 179 Apple to Usher in New Age of In-Store Shopping With iBeacon Rollout The Brilliant Hack That Brought Foursquare Back From the Dead Contacting the Team The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
19 Dec 2013
Triple-click Home Episode 23: Earth to iTunes
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 23: Earth to iTunes Apple gave us so much to talk about this month that it was hard to know where to start. That said, the Triple-click Home team along with special guest Justin Romack gave it their best shot. There is one other very special guest who appears briefly in this podcast. We’ll give you a hint—think That Android Show and it isn’t Joe Steinkamp. Finally, Alena Roberts visits with Alex McMillan, who was the original lead developer of the very popular iOS game Zombies, Run! Stories covered in this episode include: From iPad Air to Mac Pro: everything you need to know about Apple’s fall event Flybridge About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9 My Review of the iPhone 5S | MacForTheBlind Apple Launches iPhone Tips and Tricks Guides Why I Hacked Apple’s TouchID, And Still Think It Is Awesome. iOS 7 nabs more than 50 percent of Apple users in first week What’s New in iOS 7? A low vision user’s view of iOS 7 Apple releases iOS 7.0.3: iCloud Keychain, iMessage fixes, sensor fixes, Touch ID improvements Ahrendts Hire Emphasizes Apple’s Focus on High End Gold iPhone 5s Sells for $10K on eBay iPhone Map Leads To The Tarmac At Fairbanks Airport Martha Stewart Angers Apple With Broken iPad Tweets Meet the woman behind the voice of Siri After 30 years, lost ‘Steve Jobs Time Capsule’ finally recovered Contacting the Team The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
29 Oct 2013
Triple-click Home Episode 28: Turn Right On “A” Street
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 28: Turn Right On “A” Street Welcome to another packed episode of Triple-click Home. Join JJ, Ana and Steve as they discuss all things Apple. Then, Jamie Pauls visits with David Ward about Braille Sonar Pro, an indispensable app for referencing Braille contractions. Because David is awesome and he thinks our Triple-click listeners are too, he has dropped the price of the app in half for a limited time, so go grab it now. Stories discussed in this episode include: In the News [What’s New and Changed for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 7.1](http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple/whats-new-and-changed-blind-and-low-vision-users-ios- 71) Apple Ordering 90 Million iPhone 6 to Meet Huge Demand (Report) [Apple reportedly working on expanding Siri partnerships, iWatch support](http://www.imore.com/apple-reportedly-working-expanding-siri-partnerships-iwatch- support) Is an Apple Credit Card the Next Big Move? New Beacons Installed at Petco Park How SXSW plans to use iBeacons to improve the attendee experience [SXSW First Look: Store Shelves That Talk To Your Phone](http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-technology/2014/03/09/sxsw-first-look-store-shelves-that-talk-to- your-phone/) [Class action suit claims Apple Store POS system discriminates against visually impaired](http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/05/class-action-suit- claims-apple-store-pos-system-discriminates-against-visually-impaired) [Running Windows under VMWare Fusion: Remapping your Keyboard to Create an Insert Key](http://www.applevis.com/guides/mac-apps/running-windows-under-vmware- fusion-remapping-your-keyboard-create-insert-key) Ask iMore: How the #@$& do you find anything with App Store search? How to easily back up and restore your Mac with Time Machine on OS X Mavericks Make use of the iCloud keychain [Apple TV remote: 7 amazing shortcuts you need to know!](http://www.imore.com/top-shortcuts-you-need-know-when-using-your-apple-tv-remote? utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter) Parcel – Delivery tracking By Ivan Pavlov [Jawbone’s ‘Up Coffee’ app tracks your caffeine intake, estimates when you’ll finally be able to sleep](http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/06/jawbone-up- coffee-app/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter) Mailbag Hi Guys! Episode 27 was a pleasure to listen to, as usual. I would like to comment on a few points from the episode • Subsidized phones are available in other countries outside the US. As buddy said, they are available in the UK. They are also available in Germany, Ireland and other countries. My sister in Germany started a new bill contract recently: 30 euros per month = 40 dollars, for 200 minutes and texts to any mobile network and landlines, 300 MB of data and the iPhone 5C for the equivalent of 1.35 Dollars. My contract here in Ireland costs me the equivalent of 55 dollars per month, 350 flexible units, i.e. 350 minutes or 700 text messages to any network, unlimited calls and messages to my own network, 2 Terabytes – yes, I said Terabytes, of data and the iPhone 5S for the equivalent of 199 Dollars. Not bad at all! One point which really surprised me in the episode was the comment about paying for incoming calls. Do you have to pay for incoming calls in the USA? The only time I have had to pay for incoming calls was when I was abroad with a previous SIM card. • Reading Marco’s article about switching back to Windows and the reactions to it are very interesting from a social perspective. There are the Windows users who say: Ha, I knew it all along! Then there are the Mac users who say: don’t he dare point out imperfections in Macs! And then there are the Mac users who say: I know what he means, but now I’m stuck with this thing. I agree with Marco in his comment about the way Apple deals with reports and requests. Most replies I have got from Accessibility@Apple.com read something like: “thank you for your interest. We will pass it on to the appropriate people, but we don’t know when and whether this will be fixed.” I have got some very helpful personal emails but the majority read like templates. This, however, is no Apple speciality. I heard from a number of beta testers that Apple knew about VoiceOver’s “Page-2 Issue” at a very early beta stage. It still has not been fixed, and this is frustrating. One point in Marco’s article with which I do not agree at all is the criticism of the object interaction. One person said in the comment section that they can’t use their Mac one-handed. I do not understand this. I work with quickNavigation and the TrackPad and can operate my MacBook Air quite well while holding a cup of coffee in my left hand. This comment brought back memories of several installations using JAWS – routing teh JAWS cursor to the PC cursor which does not move any further, then looking for my “Next” button with the JAWS cursor, then route the PC cursor to the JAWS cursor and activate the item. And how many fingers on how many hands does it take to turn on the virtual cursor on a webpage? NVDA, too, requires at least two fingers on at least two hands to navigate. I think that the whole interaction argument is rubbish. I like interaction and think that I am much quicker than I am in Windows. However, this is all a matter of taste. I knew when I bought my Mac one year ago that I would need my Windows laptop for some tasks. Most of those tasks have now been moved to the Mac. I am a researcher in phonetics and phonology and use symbols of the phonetic alphabet and am happy that voiceOver does not only read them but that I can access them so easily on the standard keyboard. Great job, Apple! Looking forward to your next episode! All the best and greetings from Ireland. Markus Hi Guys, You talked about Spotify in this episode and that it is possible to listen to individual songs on the iPad but not on the iPhone. this is not a bug but is advertized by spotify. I have heard in one of their ads “If you want to listen to individual songs, you can do this on your iPad.” or something like that. ‘JustSaying all the best. Markus From Jenine Stanley Hmmm, I’m thinking this long winter has gotten to all of us. Listening to the February TCH, or Episode 27, whichever you choose to refer to it, you all sounded just a tad worked up about life. Granted, I pride myself in being just as cynical and jaded as you all, I have to say that you took it just a bit too far this time. What Jenine? You, the Serotalk Fan Girl, saying we took it a bit too far? Whatever could you mean? Well, in the discussion of the article about switching back to Windows, the whole issue of interaction under Mac’s Voice Over went to the dark side. You doth protest too much. My biggest adjustment when moving from Windows to Mac was the whole idea of interaction. I get the whole moving from a larger to a smaller thing but we move from larger to smaller in IOS and don’t have the need to take this extra step. It’s just that too, an extra step. What would Mac VO look like if it operated like VO does in IOS? I think that’s what many of us new to Mac but coming from IOS on our phones are thinking and becoming frustrated with. The way you all were ranting though made it sound like we were unworthy for even thinking this way. It really would have turned me off on asking for help had I not known that you guys are among some of the most helpful people out there when it comes to the switch. There was way too much justification of the method for me and not enough empathy about yes, this is different and there may be some questions at first if you come from IOS world to Mac as many of us are doing. I’ve made the change over to Mac and am quite happy not to have my screen reader stopping at least twice a day in the middle of something and all the other nice things that come with Mac. Do I like interaction? Truth? I don’t mind it now but do wish I could just explore the entire screen at once without having to go in and out of interactions. that said, I do it because it’s there and things work but does that have to be the perfect way to do things? Oh and I totally agree with you about the whole “God Bless you” thing and all interactions, human ones that is, being about the dog. My answer to these people is usually to reflect back their attitude of benevelance by just saying “You too!” when being blessed. Oh, all sorts of snark come to mind but in most cases, unless truly pushed, I’ll try to be nice. I have a dear friend who is an atheist. This kind of thing just sends her around the bend because she feels she can’t ever argue and say that she is offended by being blessed but can’t say that because it will only open up another avenue for evangelizing. Well, let’s hope March brings us some interesting Apple news that doesn’t involve brow beating each other. Keep up the good work. Jenine Stanley Wrapping Up [Apple’s ‘attack detection mode’ would protect iPhone owners in emergency situations](http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/06/apples-attack-detection- mode-protects-iphone-owners-in-emergency-situations) [2-year-old boy saves mom using FaceTime app](http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/03/10/2-year-old-boy-saves-mom-using-facetime-app/? utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fhealth+%28Internal+-+Health+-+Text%29) Contacting the Team We’ve had our say, now its your turn. Drop us a line at email@example.com or send us a tweet at [our official Twitter page.](https://twitter.com/tripleclickhome) You can also follow our hosts by visiting Ana’s Accessible Android blog or JJ at AndroidAccess.net. Finally, Check out Steve’s Twitter feed. Thanks for listening!
1 Apr 2014
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Triple-click Home Episode 27: Will You Be My Family?
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 27: Will You Be My Family? This month, guest host Allison Hartley joins the Triple-click Home team to discuss the top news stories of the week. In addition to the news, Alena Roberts talks with Tom Green of Somethin’ Else, makers of Papa Sangre, Papa Sangre II and The Nightjar. As always, we include your feedback in the show. Top of the News The future of the Mac: What will the next 30 years bring us? Why Apple ‘computers’ outselling Microsoft may not be fair, but is incredibly important The real reason Macs never got in the enterprise Apple maintains enterprise dominance; Windows Phone lags Report: New content could arrive with new Apple TV “by Christmas” The iWatch Will Not Be An iPhone On Your Wrist Apple Reportedly Hires Sleep Expert For iWatch Team Apple pledges $100 million in iPads, computers and other tools toward Obama’s ConnectED education program Apple’s iPad Air Has The Longest Lasting Battery Among Current Tablets News in iOS 7 New iOS 7.1 Details 5 problems a 5-inch iPhone solves for Apple Verizon confirms ‘More Everything,’ brings price cuts, more data, global texting Patrick Perdue demos Zoom IQ5 mid/side stereo microphone for iOS devices Check out BackBlaze, a #VoiceOver accessible cloud backup solution. An Overview of Five iOS Text Editors Switching back to Windows Spotlight: Games Play a Free iOS Game and Help with University Research ‘Flappy Bird’ Creator: Game Was Pulled Because It Became an ‘Addictive Product’ mailbag From Jenine Stanley: So, I’m excited about the usability of the MicroWave audio editor for the Mac. I am stuck though on a couple concepts that don’t seem to be covered by the very well done manual. Where might I go to find more info about using this audio editor with Voice Over? I’m particularly interested in the keyboard commands for selecting text. Everything else looks dandy but that one has me stumped. Another from Jenine: Loved the last show, as always but was thinking as I transition to the Mac, that it might be good to have a segment of your show that looks at the practical side of using Apple products. Here’s how it might go. Let’s say we choose a task, like creating, editing and reading documents. Then we talk about the programs available, which we use and why, and how they might differ for someone coming from the Windows environment. I know you guys sometimes do this anyway but a more structured look might be helpful. I, for example, am about to take on Pages. I can open a document to read or edit and see the places for headers, footers and body text but then can’t seem to get much further. I know there’s something I’m missing but just don’t know what it is. Alena does a great job of pointing out things like Text Edit and the 1-page issue which is hugely helpful. Let’s have more of that. I’m just glad I can finally understand what you all and David Woodbridge are talking about when it comes to Mac OS stuff now. I usually tuned out if it wasn’t IOS. Keep up the good work. Finally from Jenine: I’m testing out a borrowed Macbook Pro and am down to only two major elements keeping me from the switch. I have to test it with my printer, but I see no issues there. The Macbook is dated 2012 and is running Mavrix latest version. I currently scan documents using Acrobat Pro for my scanning needs on my Windows7 desktop. Besides Docuscan Plus, are there other programs that work with the Mac? References I saw on Applevis were no longer available in the app store. Any help would be greatly appreciated. From Chris Nusbaum: Hello to the Triple Click Home Team, As always I very much enjoyed Episode 26 of the podcast. There was a lot of good information and commentary provided and the interview with Shannon Reese was enlightening. You and the whole gang at SPN provide a wonderful service to the blind community and I am very appreciative of it. I would like to make a few comments and ask a question in response to some of the topics discussed in the most recent podcast. Firstly, I agree with and relate to the frustrations which Jamie and Buddy expressed about the Learning Ally app. The lack of a rewind/fast forward feature does make it inefficient and annoying; indeed, I find it makes reading my textbook take much more time than it should. If I am answering a question which requires information that is at the bottom of a page, I have to listen to everything on the page to get that information. If I miss what I need once, I have to listen to the entire page yet again. After Jamie suggested this workaround, I downloaded the textbook onto my Victor Reader Stream and am finding that it is much better. Now there is some news on this subject which I would like to share. I called Learning Ally tech support today for an unrelated matter, but also told them about the issues mentioned above with the iOS app. The tech support specialist told me that they had heard this from many users and were adding a 10-second rewind/fast forward feature in the next app update. The rep did not have a definite release date for the app update, as it is still in the testing stages. She assured me, however, that this improvement can be expected in the near future. This is definitely a sign of progress. Now onto my question. There was discussion during the podcast about Twitterrific and, more generally, apps which are not compatible with iOS 7. I used and enjoyed Twitterrific on my old iPhone 4S running iOS 6. However, I found that it was not working very well at all when I updated to iOS 7. It would take a long time to load and the app would often crash altogether before it even loaded, kicking me back out to the home screen. I ended up switching from Twitterrific to TweetList when I was asked to handle the live tweeting of the NFB of Maryland convention, partly because of my lack of success with Twitterrific and partly because I found TweetList to work better with multiple accounts. I realize that this was on an iPhone 4s, which did not work very well with iOS 7 anyway. However, I now have an iPhone 5C. So, have you found Twitterrific to work better on the newer iPhone models? Does it load any faster or have better responsiveness with the new iPhones as compared to the 4S? If so, perhaps I will redownload Twitterrific on my 5C and see how it works. I look forward to hearing your feedback on this. Thanks for all you do; keep up the great work. Blog comment from Jan Blüher: Hello Triple Click Home Team, I wondered why Alena cannot see the weather info in notification center although others can, and started a little search. It seems that the location services have to be enabled for the Weather app to make this happen: Settings; Privacy; Location Services. Maybe you try this. Keep on going with the podcast. It’s a very nice show. I like it. Blog comment from Chris McKnight: I share your frustration with the touch screen controls and their inaccessibility to blind people. In particular with regard to home appliances, I agree go see them in the store for yourself and many times you can find them with raised buttons on those smooth front panels, which I was able to do with my new dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer units. I had the same problem with cooking ranges, however, where controls have no tactile buttons. My solution was to give up on any that had dynamic touch screen menu controls (like KitchenAid models), but I did buy a Kenmore model with smooth touch panel controls, but no menus to deal with. The solution? My sighted girlfriend affixed those little adhesive rubber markers right next to the buttons I needed to locate to control the oven, which I can use as landmarks to find the “buttons” I need. The bumpy markers are placed next to, and not on top of, the “buttons” because they are in fact touch sensitive, not pressure sensitive, so I didn’t wan t to obstruct the buttons from detecting my fingertips. This solution has worked for me and I’m able to independently control my new oven, no problem at all. Great show, guys. Never miss an episode! From Richard Applegate If you want the weather summary to appear in your Notification Center, simply go into Setting/Notification Center and enable Today Summary. You can disable the display of the obnoxious calendar as well. Odds and Ends HuffPost Tech – Why you should put down your smartphone and talk to a stranger Time capsule containing Steve Jobs’ 1983 Apple mouse excavated Contacting the Team The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
26 Feb 2014
Triple-click Home Episode 24: Luxury Versus Necessity
Listen to Triple-click Home episode 24: Luxury Versus Necessity Help us turn two in this episode of the podcast as the Triple-click Home team discusses all things Mac and iOS includeing Mavericks, iWork and iOS 7. In addition to the news and possibly a rant or two, Jamie Pauls visits with Dmitriy Konopatskiy about the recent changes to the extremely popular image recognition app TapTapSee and what we can expect in future updates to the product. Here is a direct link to TapTapSee in the app store. Top of the News Apple Launches OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 For Registered Developers Apple promises to bring back missing iWork for Mac features in six months All The Changes In iOS 7.1 Beta You’ll Actually Notice Sendero GPS LookAround for iOS gets a nice update and goes free: A review of five iOS navigation apps Voice Dream Reader, Truly a Dream App Papa Sangre II on the App Store on iTunes Blind Bargains: Review: Bring On the Horror With Papa Sangre 2 TapTapSee becomes a paid service Apple and Samsung together account for… 109% of industry profits Apple still tops in tablets, despite dwindling market share Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won Pandora: iTunes Radio? Pshaw. We’re doing just fine. iPad Air beats the iPad 4 by 80 percent in benchmark tests iPad Air topped by Kindle Fire HDX in display quality test Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review Surprise! Apple’s now selling the iPad Mini with Retina display online The Retina iPad Mini teardown reveals cross between iPad Air & iPhone 5s Apple’s New Fingerprint Scanner Is An Epic Fail For Some Mailbag Dear Triple-click Home Team, I am a vision impaired university student and would like to share my experience with using Windows on my MacBook Pro. For the most part Windows 7 runs the best I’ve ever seen it run on any computer, probably because it’s running on a Mac! I use both Boot Camp and VMWare Fusion 4 when working in the Windows environment when I have to. I only need to run Windows in the first place because of my Transformer, long/short distance viewer. One thing I would like to note about running Windows on a Mac is that a Mac battery, 7 hours, will be cut down to a Windows battery, 2-3 hours when running Windows on a Mac laptop. Of course one wouldn’t have to worry about battery life reduction when running Windows on a desktop Mac, but because I am a student, I need to be mobile. One last thing I would like to note is that even when running Windows directly via Boot Camp, my MacBook Pro really heats up more than it would ever when using the Mac side of the computer – probably due to the intense graphics processing and operating system structure. Also, I noticed a few times last year that I got the Blue Screen of Death when directly running Windows. So i have to be careful not to put it to sleep to often when in the Windows environment, especially when I’m just seconds away from needing to use it in class. Overall, in my opinion, I believe Apple handles the Windows environment really well and just to know when one wants to use the Windows environment, their going to get a Windows environment. I would greatly appreciate it, and even more important, I believe a brief summary of this email would be good to include in the next Triple-click Home podcast for others to take note of. From Michael Michael’s World Visually Impaired Student www.mts.net/~wefour Wrapping Up Apple will now pay you for a water-damaged iPhone or iPad The craziest things you can plug into your iPhone’s audio jack Here’s What Happened When 17 Ordinary People Met Steve Jobs Audioboo / 2013 DJ Marathon – The Karen Jacobsen Interview In Full Sprint and Best Buy Team Up to Give Students a Free Phone Line for a Year! Contacting the Team The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
27 Nov 2013
Triple-click Home Episode 22: We’re S People
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 22: We’re S People What should you do while you’re waiting for your i-device to update to iOS 7? Should you bite your fingernails? Repeatedly swipe your phone in hopes that Voiceover will give you some sort of a progress indicator? Why not listen to the latest episode of the Triple-click Home podcast? This month, Alena, Buddy, John, Derek and Jamie all weigh in with their thoughts on the iPhone 5c and 5s as well as iOS 7. Also, Alena Roberts interviews Jonathan Mosen about his new book, iOS 7 Without the Eye. Jonathan and Alena don’t just talk about the book, though. They discuss the state of accessibility in all of Apple’s products and even talk a bit about Android. Yes, you read that right–a discussion of Android on an episode of Triple-click Home. So sit back, don’t touch your i-device while it’s updating, and enjoy the podcast. The music heard in Alena’s interview was provided courtesy of Andre Louis. Be sure to visit his Web site and purchase his music. Apple’s overhauled iOS 7 is coming September 18 to an iDevice near you New Default Ringtones for iOS 7 Apple announces the multicolor iPhone 5C, $99 for 16GB Apple announces iPhone 5S: What you need to know iPhone 5S sports new M7 processor to handle motion apps Apple iPhone 5S camera promises bigger pixels, slow-mo, better image processing iPhone 5S comes with Touch ID fingerprint scanner Apple TV Software Update to Arrive Alongside iOS 7 on September 18 Apple TV update adds channels for Vevo, Disney, Weather & Smithsonian Apple launches iTunes Radio on September 18 Apple’s iWork suite (plus iMovie and iPhoto) free with new iOS devices For archives of Apple’s live presentations, visit Apple’s Events page You must buy a new iPhone to use Apple’s now-confirmed trade-in program Walmart will credit you up to $300 for your old smartphone PayPal Beacon: Finally an Easier Way to Pay in Stores Than Swiping a Credit Card Apple patent turns the iPhone into an intelligent universal media, ‘smart home’ remote control Mailbag This month, Laura writes us to say: Hello, musicians: Has anybody figured out how to use the iPad version of Garage Band with Voice Over? I would really like to learn. Thanks. Laura Mulraney The team has some great answers to this question so be sure to listen. Regarding last month’s exploding phone article, regular contributor Jenine Stanley writes: Funny that you should mention this book. As I download it to read, I asked my dear spouse if I’d see his name in it. He worked for AT&T for over 35 years and was on the team that chased down some of the phone freaks during their heyday. He was also on a team of inside hackers who got to try to break things for a living within The Phone Company. He tells me that the recent revelations regarding NSA are nothing new at all. And that’s all he can tell me as he’s still under certain orders never to talk about what his team did. He will tell you though that his time on those projects was a geek’s dream. Jenine Stanley Triple-click Home Team App Picks Here is a link to the Apple II e emulator discussed on the podcast New Podcast: Codename Cygnus for iOS: Play the Hero in your own Secret Agent Drama Audioboo / Here’s an all too common sound, hopefully redone in a cool way: Tritone Contacting the Team The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Derek Lane on Twitter Follow Jamie Pauls on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
18 Sep 2013
Triple-click Home Episode 33: Where’s the Braille
Listen to Triple-click Home episode 33: Where’s the Braille The entire Triple-click Home team is back for this month’s podcast. Jamie and Derek join the team to discuss the recent Apple event announcing new iPhones plus the unveiling of Apple Watch. Discussion next turns to the good, the bad and the undecided with regard to iOS 8. Also included are some AppleVis links not discussed in the podcast. Hands-On First Impressions of the New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus iPhones with bigger screens may find eager senior buyers Apple Pay Is The Most Important News Out Of Today’s Launch Event Why Apple Pay could be the mobile-payment system you’ll actually use Why Walmart and Best Buy aren’t backing Apple Pay Sources Say The Next Version Of The Apple Watch Is Going To Be Much Better Exclusive: Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work Everything That You Need to Know About iOS 8 Will Be On AppleVis On Release Day Acapela Voices Temporarily Not Available in iOS 8 The Accessibility Bugs in iOS 8: From Serious To Minor What’s New in iOS 8 Accessibility for Blind, Low-Vision, and Deaf-Blind Users Mailbag From Jenine Stanley: Oh can I relate to Buddy’s Pro Tip for those of us who find ourselves straddling both worlds. My work laptop is a Windows machine and it’s good for what it does, sort of, but I’m really enjoying most of my leisure and home chores on my MacBook Pro. Nope, those Mac commands do not work in Windows and sometimes they do very bad things to your work. I recently went all the way to getting a trouble ticket written for a problem I was having. When I talked to the tech at the outside support service, he asked me for exact steps. I told him and he laughed, in that way you know you’re not supposed to do but … “Ma’am, that’s a Mac command. Do you use a Mac at home?” “Uh, yeah, I do. thanks. I’m going to just dig a big ole hole now.” And yes, Alena, I was taught way back when to start with any new program by exploring the menu system. See what it offers and how to do those things. It’s held me in good stead for many years, many more than I care to think about. And Buddy, evil as you are, I’m with ya in the playing pranks on the computer teacher. Of course we’d just gotten the IBM Selectric typewriters when I was in high school and the Trash 80 computers didn’t come out until a couple years later. I had my fun at work. We set up the old DOS machines we had so that the screen came up with a red background and red letters. Then I did a whole demo on some aspect of accessibility. Then I got called into my boss’s office to hear how that wasn’t funny. Made my point though. Oh and you could indeed set up some key commands, like hot keys, outside of the screen reader, for Windows and more for DOS. Could I remember how to do it now? No, but I had a couple cool ones back in the day. Blog comment from Jesse There seems to be a lot of wining about a larger iPhone screen in recent episodes. True, some people don’t want larger screens and that’s fine. But there are many blind and low vision users, low vision users especially, who are really looking forward to a larger iPhone, myself included. I have looked at several Android phones with larger screens, and would love to have an iPhone with these types of screens. Simply getting an iPad Mini isn’t a good solution either, for a couple of reasons. first, as a low vision user, I use the camera in my phone all the time. The camera in all iPad models isn’t as good, and for some reason, Apple has yet to add a camera flash, making many camera apps on the iPads rather pointless. I use my phone as a portable CCTV all the time and absolutely love it. A little larger screen would be very helpful, and when combined with a more open camera for developers, will make the iPhone even more comparable to dedicated handheld CCTV’s. Also, I use data everywhere on my phone, and don’t intend to pay for an expanded data plan to have data on my iPad. I’m fine with a Wi-Fi only iPad for now. These are just my thoughts though. I say, “Bring on the bigger phone.” Otherwise, I love the podcast, and keep up the great work. From Beth Hi, I was introduced to the slate and stylus in mid elementary school but I tended toward wrist rolling and hand pain when using it and, since I was adept at the Perkins Brailler, I did not persevere with the slate and haven’t since, with no desire to. I have no need to write stuff down when I’m out and I use the Perkins and the PC at home. I was fortunate to have parents and teachers who took my individual needs into account. I wonder about the wisdom of teaching screen readers at a very young age. Computers and phones are more intuitive if you have vision, since direct action can be done with the mouse or touch screen. Screen readers place a bridge of gestures and/or keyboard commands between the user and the device. Yes, very young kids’ brains are pliable and can soak up knowledge well but should so much info be thrown at such a young brain? Also, who will have or take the time to teach a very young child a screen reader? Most kids now are in homes where both parents work and, in general, parents do not have the time, energy or enthusiasm to learn a screen reader themselves, let alone teach it. We don’t have the resources to have that many teachers of the visually impaired to teach that many kids. Beth Wrapping Up Apple Creates Tool for Users to Delete Unwanted U2 Album The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
23 Sep 2014
Triple-click Home Episode 32: That’s How We Roll
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 32: That’s How We Roll The Triple-click Home team has been super busy this summer, so we decided to give them a bit of a vacation–well, most of them, anyway. Jamie and Buddy decided to change up the podcast a bit this month, and the rest of the gang agreed. This time around, Jamie Pauls takes a few minutes to demonstrate our shiny new version of iBlink Radio for the Mac. Lisa shows us how to use Fantastical 2, a calendar for iOS that meets her specific needs in a way that the native calendar does not. Finally, Jamie interviews the developers of Crossly, a crossword puzzle game for iOS that many in the blind community are enjoying. Next time around, the team hopes to be able to talk about all the cool stuff Apple plans to release this year. That should make for a full show, indeed and we will include your feedback as well. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer! Closing Credits The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
26 Aug 2014
Triple-click Home Episode 31: Tin Cans and String
Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 31: Tin Cans and String Welcome to a jam packed episode of the Triple-click Home Podcast. John Panarese was unable to join the team this time around for exciting and mysterious reasons of which we cannot yet speak, so Jamie joined Alena and Buddy for this week’s show. From the top of the news to the unveiling of a new reference book for Voiceover users of the Mac, there is a lot to love about this month’s offering. Add in a dash of lively discussion surrounding your feedback, and we have quite a show for you this time around. Enough with the introductions. Let’s jump right to the … Top of the News NFB Adopts Resolution Urging Apple to Require All iOS Apps to Be Accessible KNFBReader iOS App Announced for $99 Expensive Apps For iPhone and iPad New update to iBlink Radio Apple announces iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more Apple iMac 21.5-Inch (2014) Review & Rating Top 10 keyboard shortcuts every new Mac owner needs to know! Apple TV adds ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and redesigned Flickr app How to use Apple TV: The ultimate guide New privacy enhancements coming to iOS 8 in the fall Another rumor claims September 19 iPhone 6 launch, no 16GB version How Disney Could Help Apple Create a Killer iWatch Apple’s software ju-jitsu Interview This month, Jamie interviews Janet Ingber about her new book Learning to Use the Mac with Voiceover. This is an extremely valuable resource for anyone who is new to the Mac as well as those who simply want a good reference book at their fingertips, and who doesn’t need that from time to time. Our thanks to Janet for sharing her time with us this month. Also check out iOS Access for All: Your comprehensive guide to accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. by Shelly Brisbin You can also listen to Lisa Salinger’s interview with Shelly on SeroTalk Podcast 203. AudioSpeed Racing now available for Mac and PC Weather Radio by WDT AFB Launches an App for AFB CareerConnect and It’s FREE! Announcing the launch of Spoken 21; an accessible blackjack game The Drive: An app designed to lead the blind safely 5 Years of VoiceOver: Look How Far We’ve Come Team Picks This time around, Jamie recommends weather radio, discussed earlier in the podcast. There appears to be a dirth of new apps in the Brannan household, but not to worry as Alena comes to the rescue with the following recommendations Exploring Braille Blindfold Racer And finally, Math Robot. Closing credits The Triple-click Home team would love to hear from you. Here is how you can get in touch with them: Follow Alena Roberts on Twitter Follow Buddy Brannan on Twitter Follow John Panarese on Twitter Follow Jamie Pauls on Twitter Follow Triple-click Home on Twitter Thanks for listening!
23 Jul 2014