#20 – Access Ninja Duo is Back Together With Accessibility News

Jonathan and Rachel are back in the studio together. In this episode, we try out a new Quick Tech Tip section on using Siri to calculate tips. Jonathan gives up an update on some Android accessibility efforts through Morse Code support and a new Accessibility Menu coming to Android P. Rachel talks about an update to the Farrago soundboard app and discusses her experiences using the Microsoft SoundScape app.

 

 

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Show Notes:

Android P’s Accessibility Menu: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/03/android-ps-accessibility-menu-replaces-gestures-hardware-buttons/

Google adds Morse Code feature to Gboard: https://www.blog.google/products/search/making-morse-code-available-more-people-gboard/

SoundScape app by Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/

Farrago by Rogue Amoeba: https://rogueamoeba.com/farrago/

#19 – Accessibility News with Rachel Magario

Rachel is solo in the studio this week. In this episode, Rachel discusses recent accessibility news including an appropriations bill, the passing of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Bill, and a report of a new USB Standard designed to make Braille Displays easier to setup and use.

 

 

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Show Notes:

Appropriations Bill instructing DOJ to clarify web accessibility requirements: https://www.levelaccess.com/appropriations-bill-instruct-doj-clarify-web-accessibility-requirements/

Marrakesh Treaty Bill: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/blind-users-celebrate-marrakesh-treaty-implementation-bill-drops

New USB Standard for Braille displays: https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-assistive-technology-braille-news/new-usb-standard-aims-make-it-easier-use-braille

#18 – iOS Accessibility Features Everyone Can Enjoy

Jonathan is solo in the studio this week. In this episode, Jonathan walks through various iOS accessibility features that can be helpful even if you don’t have a disability. Including how to use VoiceOver to save a broken iPhone, how to turn any text article into a spoken one, which accessibility feature can save a phone with broken buttons, and more.

 

 

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#17 – Apple WWDC 2018

In this episode Jonathan and Rachel discuss the 2018 Apple World Wide Developer conference announcements from an accessibility angle. We learn about new features that impact accessibility in iOS 12, Mac OS, Sierra, and Apple Watch OS 5. They also discuss some of the accessibility oriented workshops Apple provided to developers.

 

 

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Show Notes

Apple WWDC Keynote Video: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2018/

iOS 12 Preview: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview/

Mac OS Sierra Preview: https://www.apple.com/macos/mojave-preview/

Apple Watch OS 5 Preview: https://www.apple.com/watchos-preview/

Workflow App for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/workflow/id915249334?mt=8

Apple Accessibility Developer Sessions

Deliver an Exceptional Accessibility Experience: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2018/230/

VoiceOver: App Testing Beyond The Visuals: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2018/226

Accessible Drag and Drop: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2018/241/

AVSpeechSynthesizer: Making iOS Talk: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2018/236/

#16 – Microsoft Adaptive Controller and Apple Coding Classes For The Blind And Deaf Students

In this episode, Rachel and Jonathan discuss two announcements for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller for the Xbox and Apple bringing their Everyone Can Code program to schools for the blind and deaf.

 

 

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Show Notes:

Xbox adaptive Controller: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/xbox-adaptive-controller

Apple brings Everyone Can Code to schools serving blind and deaf students nationwide: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/05/apple-brings-everyone-can-code-to-schools-serving-blind-and-deaf-students/

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/17/for-apple-this-years-global-accessibility-awareness-day-is-all-about-education/

Blind Gaming YouTuber, Illegally Sighted: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0ZrgEzJQeZgEo5A2ERu0NA

Access Ninja Episode 015: Google Duplex and Holman Prize Update

In this episode, Jonathan and Rachel discuss the accessibility possibilities and ethical questions around the Google Duplex feature announced at Google I/O. Rachel gives an update on her submission to the Holman Prize.

 

 

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Show Notes

The Verge article on Google Duplex: https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/9/17334658/google-ai-phone-call-assistant-duplex-ethical-social-implications

Holman Prize: https://holman.lighthouse-sf.org

Rachel’s Holman Prize submission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EnUfT5MQBU

Access Ninja Episode 014: PDF Woes, Assistance Etiquette, and Website Updates

In this episode, Jonathan suggests trying a cold open which doesn’t go the way he expected. Rachel shares a story of PDF accessibility problems. And finally Jonathan and Rachel go on a rant about the right and wrong ways to offer assistance to people with disabilities.

 

 

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Show Notes:

QRead: The Accessible eBook reader for the blind – https://q-continuum.net/qread/