looking at super tile smash: an app for ios and android

I take a look at super tile smash for android. This is a game that is I think like those candy crush games or something where you have to smash tiles around you if you can using the same color or special tiles. I think I had way too much fun with this game. lol! Woodside productions has made it very accessible and I think them very much. Following is a link to the play store where you can download this app for yourself.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=wa.supertilesmash.free

By the way, if you would like to leave a comment, feel free to call in. Your call in will be added to the episode.

Let’s craft a kingdom

I take a look at crafting kingdom an iOs game which is a fun game to play just to play. It does have some accessibility issues and focus issues with voiceover but the developer is hard at work trying their best to fix the issues. I really am loving the game.

Any comments can go in the disqus frame.

addendum to threema: sharing and accessing non mp3 files

Having trouble opening that file a user sent you? Here is 1 of probably many solutions. I actually want to hear more of them as this might be more common than we think.

Join me for this episode where I present only 1 of as stated many solutions to this issue.

Feedback is more than welcome. Leave it in the disqus frame etc.

Let’s talk with threema: a high quality but low cost voice and texting app

I go over threema a low cost, high quality app for iOs and android.. Thanks to all who helped me in this review. All of you rock and you know who you are.

#what is this?
Threema is a low cost high quality chat app for text, voice, media, photos video etc. It is 100 percent accessible with voiceover, and the developers are very good with feedback. I have spoken with them regarding some design changes and they seem as though they want to do said changes.

Any comments, leave them in the disqus frame.

Let’s get adicted withfruit pot: an ios app.

I look at fruit pot, an ios app that will have you adicted in minutes. I’m not the person who will play games like this, but the developers really took the time to make the game accessible. Thanks so much.

Any comments and questions can be left in the discuss frame. Feedback and discussion are welcome.

a look at aira

Happy new year to all. We start this year with a special demo from the folks at ira. This is an informational service for the blind and visually impaired. I’m very impressed with what they have done the last two years. I hope you enjoy this demo as much as I did.

I don’t have a link to the iOs app as of yet, but I will update this post once I get it.

Any comments about what you heard can go in the comment section.

blog post: a big issue with roger

<p>I recently sent the following memo to the roger team so they could take a look. If you would like to skip past it go head. I'll update you guys at the bottom of the memo with a summary of their reply ad my thoughts.</p>

memo

The following covers a big problem with roger regarding battery and iOs devices. I’m using iOs 10 on an iPhone 6 64 gig.

Although this is a wonderful app I noticed over the last 5 days and over the last 24 hours battery usage was quite high, even when the program was on the screen for 1.5 hours. This is a huge issue the developer team must look at as even with a battery case I dropped from 54 percent to 32 percent, in the case of the case, and that was with roger in the background.

Notice that Roger takes up about 63 percent and an average figure not an exact one.

The day statistic is even worse and that’s when I don’t have it on screen. I can have it in the background and the phone will drop to 85 percent in about 30 minutes or less. This issue really must be looked into

the following shows about 68 percent with 1.5 hours on screen and the rest of the time in the background over 24 hours.

Although the app is getting better in terms of battery usage, the developers need to look into what’s going on as I’m hearing reports from other users who are having the battery issue. This by the way is with out voiceover on. I tested it today.

reply

They came back to me about 3 hours later with a reply basically stating that the battery issues had to do with conversations. If you are in any larger ones your battery will drain.

This makes sense, however I’ve used other apps with groups with up to 100 people and the battery never drained. I also use my device in air plain mode and my battery still drains with roger. This in my opinion should not happen, as the app is not uploading anything to the server but storing the recordings locally on the device.

Notice that you can listen to and queue recordings to be uploaded when in airplane mode. the app still takes up more battery than it should, even in this case.

One more thing. I can have roger closed out of the app switcher, and the app is able to bypass all of apple’s safeguards and still be able to be used in the background. That is, you can still listen to and talk to people with out the use of roger. I’m actually surprised apple let this slip. Also if background app refresh is turned off roger will still let you know with the app in the background and out of the app switcher if someone talked to you, this also should not happen. One more thing. Sometimes roger is not even in the app switcher and I’ve heard some feedback that users can still hear other people on roger even when the app is not even launched. This is a big flaw in security to me and should be fixed.

Now I’m not a coder by nature, but I think this is a huge security risk. I’m in several groups where we are discussing these and other points. I’ll give info at the bottom of this message. Noe I’m not talking about the widget. I’m talking about when you have live play both enabled and disabled. I want to be wrong on that point actually.

action

I think if we take the time to email roger with a very professional explanation of what is going on and that the battery usage should be more efficient, they might fix the app.

discussion

I have a roger group where you can discuss the program and its uses. If you want to join click this link in safari on iOs and click open in roger. You can also click that in mac os and share it with iDevice with air drop. Roger will then open and you will be auto added into the group.

See you there, and let’s discuss.

a big issue with roger

I recently sent the following memo to the roger team so they could take a look. If you would like to skip past it go head. I’ll update you guys at the bottom of the memo with a summary of their reply ad my thoughts.

memo

The following covers a big problem with roger regarding battery and iOs devices. I’m using iOs 10 on an iPhone 6 64 gig.

Although this is a wonderful app I noticed over the last 5 days and over the last 24 hours battery usage was quite high, even when the program was on the screen for 1.5 hours. This is a huge issue the developer team must look at as even with a battery case I dropped from 54 percent to 32 percent, in the case of the case, and that was with roger in the background.

Notice that Roger takes up about 63 percent and an average figure not an exact one.

Notice that Roger takes up about 63 percent and an average figure not an exact one.

The day statistic is even worse and that’s when I don’t have it on screen. I can have it in the background and the phone will drop to 85 percent in about 30 minutes or less. This issue really must be looked into
the following shows about 68 percent with 1.5 hours on screen and the rest of the time in the background over 24 hours.

Although the app is getting better in terms of battery usage, the developers need to look into what’s going on as I’m hearing reports from other users who are having the battery issue. This by the way is with out voiceover on. I tested it today.

reply

They came back to me about 3 hours later with a reply basically stating that the battery issues had to do with conversations. If you are in any larger ones your battery will drain.

This makes sense, however I’ve used other apps with groups with up to 100 people and the battery never drained. I also use my device in air plain mode and my battery still drains with roger. This in my opinion should not happen, as the app is not uploading anything to the server but storing the recordings locally on the device.

One more thing. I can have roger closed out of the app switcher, and the app is able to bypass all of apple’s safeguards and still be able to be used in the background. That is, you can still listen to and talk to people with out the use of roger. I’m actually surprised apple let this happen. Now I’m not a coder by nature, but I think this is a huge security risk. I’m in several groups where we are discussing this. I’ll give info at the bottom of this message.

action

I think if we take the time to email roger with a very professional explanation of what is going on and that the battery usage should be more efficient, they might fix the app.

discussion

I have a roger group where you can discuss the program and its uses. If you want to join click this link in safari on iOs and click open in roger. You can also click that in mac os and share it with iDevice with air drop. Roger will then open and you will be auto added into the group.

See you there, and let’s discuss.

blog post: an alternative way to submit feedback to apple when you are in the public beta cycle

The following will cover an alternate way of submitting bugs to apple. This ensures a faster reply for us. I should know, I’ve been a beta tester for going on 5 years now, and I’ve done these exact steps.

for all of us public beta testers submitting feedback through the feedback is all good, however there is another way to do this and it’s a lot easier.

#first step: create a free apple dev account
. create an apple developer account. Make sure it is the free one as you don’t want to pay the $99 a year. this will ensure access to the bug report site. You can find out more at [apple’s developer website.](http://developer.apple.com)

#report the pesky bugs
When you need to report a bug go to [apple’s bug report site](http://bugreport.apple.com) and sign in. After signing in with your apple ID and password you signed up with for your free apple developer account, click new in the tool bar. Now click iOs \(osx if you are testing os 10.12\) and fill out the info. This is an accessible way of submitting said reports, and you can upload screenshots and profiles and logs this way.
##submitting screenshots.
To upload a screenshot or movie of the bug if at all possible do the following. Note that recording a movie will not be gone over here as many systems are different.

1. After you record your movie save it to your desktop
2. Fill in the relevant fields in the bug report such as title, description and steps to reproduce. Also don’t forget to include build numbers.
3. In the heading labeled attachments.
4. Next click the upload file button and find your movie. Hit enter on it and the file will begin uploading when you click submit.

That’s it. I’ve ben a beta tester for 6 years and about 95 percent of my bugs get seen and acted on by the apple devs. You will get a response with in 2-3 days rather then wait and hope the feedback got to them.

#thanks and acknowledgments
I’d like to thank one of my fellow beta testers for reminding me of this method in bug reporting during the public betas. You don’t need to spend any money and you have an accessible platform for reporting. By the way the bug reporter in iOs from apple’s [bug reporter site](http://bugreport.apple.com) is very very accessible via safari on iOs. I’ve had the chance to submit bugs when on the go and update them when I get home from work or school.

Any comments should go to the disqus frame. Anything missing? Let me know.

Looking at roger: a wonderful sounding ptt app

I take a look at roger an iOs app. I go over the settings, then have some fun with amazon Alexa. Next, I show how to transmit using two ways and show how to hide notifications and even mute them. I can’t go over everything as there’s a lot to this simple little app. I do recommend you give the developers some love via their twitter.

All comments can go in the disqus frame. I do respond to them in public.

And addendum to audio game hub

I go over the update to [a href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audio-game-hub/id1101972684?mt=8″audio game hub for iOs />a>
Again. This is a suite of fun time waisting games you can use while waiting for a bus or what not. I love the way these games were designed, and yes high scoring now works. Remember any feedback can go on the disqus form.

lets play blindfold pool

A note to the listener: I messed up on the date. It’s 04-29-2016 not march 29, 2016. Ok, on with the show notes.

I attempt to go over blindfold pool an iOs app. This is yet another game in the series. These guys really do an awesome job. While I’m not good at the game, hopefully you can see a bit of game play. I start by going over the help manual for a bit, then play a few games. My favorite is the one with dave. Lol!

Any feedback can be left in the disqus frame.

Let’s game on with audio hub

In this short demo I take a look at
audio game hub>/a> An ios gaming platform with several games. Here is their itunes description.


Audio Game Hub is a set of eight experimental arcade videogames that use audio as their primary interface – making them accessible for both sighted and non-sighted users.

Dive into a rich world of sounds and experience the unique collection of mini audio games. Close your eyes and let your imagination flow.

Any feedback can be left in the comments. I love this series of games and can see myself using this to just waste time.

Let’s race some horses

I should add that before I begin the show notes, I said the name of the app wrong. Look in the show notes for more info about what the app is called. My appoligies to all who tune in.

I go over blindfold horserace another game in the blindfold series. This is a fun filled, fast paced game that is very exciting to play. The developers really did a good job on this game and I encourage you to try it out.

Let’s have fun moving animals in to a barnyard

I look at blindfold barnyard a very fun iOs game where you move animals into a barn with iOs gestures. This game is relaxing and difficult at the same time. The blindfold developers have done an excellent job at this game as they always do with their series of games. Check them out.

Any feedback is more then welcome. Feel free to comment in the frame below each and every post.

blog post; a review of the braven r-1 water resistant bluetooth speaker

the following will cover the braven r–1 bluetooth speaker. A description will be covered , followed by pros and cons.

Description

The braven r–1 bluetooth speaker is about 5 inches long and maybe 2–3 inches high. There are 4 buttons that operate the unit. Both sides are sloped On the left top slope is volume up and down. You can skip back and forth with these 2 buttons, just hold them down. [1] On the right hand side is power and play. Hold down power and turn it on. You will get a low bass tone that is the same pitch as the droid sound.

The play button also acts as the pair button. To pair a device, hold down play for about 3 seconds until you hear 4 slow beeps that echo, twice. Then follow the directions on your device to pair. If you need to enter a code enter 4 0’s.[2] The play button is also answer and end. If you need to answer a phone call, you hold down play. [3] To end the call hold down play. If no bluetooth signal is present the unit will shut off after 0.5 hours. To turn off the unit, hold down power for 3 seconds. You will hear two tones an octave apart. Warning, they can be loud so turn the unit down first just in case.

On the back of the unit is a cap. Unscrew this to access the other ports. You will find a regular usb 2.0 port that is for charging a device. And a micro port for charging the unit. You will also find a button that shows the battery indicator. There is also a reset button but I’m not sure yet where that is. On the left hand of this circle next to the usb port is the aux port. Use the provided mini patch cord to plug it in. If you need a longer one I’m sure best buy has them. Screw on the cap to make the unit water resistant again.

pros

I love this unit. It is loud and can cover a midsize room. I’ve done it when I’m cooking and the sound is excellent. Not much base from a mono speaker, but enough to make it heard and sometimes felt. The speaker is lite weight and easy to carry.

con

The only con I have with it is it cannot do sd cards or even micro sd cards. Over all though this is an excellent unit.

exit

If I have forgotten anything please let me know. Over all the speaker is a very good sounding speaker and I recommend it to anyone in need of something small.


  1. Note, this will not work everywhere. For example in vlc you cannot skip, nor in the quick look. I had the opportunity to test this in some places and it works fine. It is trial and error.

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  2. the code comes from the manual which you can download from braven’s site. The pdf is accessible to voiceover users. It will take trial and error to learn the buttons.

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  3. A note to voiceover users. For some reason when a call comes in the phone does not pipe the voiceover and the ring through the speaker. This has been an ongoing issue since about iOs 8 or so.

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Looking at ship-rack

I take a look at shiprack in this episode. You forward your packages to packages@ship-rack.com after set up and they are instantly added. The reason I had trouble was because I forgot to put an appropriate subject line in the email I forwarded.

I would like to thank the folks at I think Mystic access for recommending shiprack to me 2 years ago but it was not on ios at the time.

Any feedback can go in the comments section of any post. You will then receive an email when you get a reply.

Looking at blindfold breakout

In this episode I go over blindfold breakout. This is a game where you try and smash bricks in a row or 2, or 10. The game is 100 percent accessible for the blind and the sighted alike. I also make suggestions on what you could do with some of the points, and suggest other improvements. I really love the game and feel that it should be given a try.

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? tweet me, or contact me via the disqus frame or email.

apple live event: Hey siri 09-09-2015

Lots of stuff are discussed including the new iPhone 6s and 6s plus, and siri, plus the new and improved apple tv and its remote. Apple are really going above and beyond here, and I’m proud to be a member of their community. Enjoy this energy packed 2 hours including a performance by one republic.

Looking at ringr: a podcast by Melanie Peskoe

In this episode Melanie goes over ringr an app for recording high definition phone calls. this does not rely on your phone but an email invite code. The calls sound almost as good as face time.

She starts by going over the interface and discussing the few hitches with registration. she then lets us hear 2 excerpts. One in mono and one in stereo so ware head phones if you want to hear both sides of the conversation. This was originally on blind abilities, and audio boom channel which is why she began the way she did. Follow this guest podcaster on twitter

Feedback and comments on this app are more then welcome as my goal is to give this to the developer for discussion of changes to the interface in some areas.

Looking at memory and disk scanner – check system information

I take a look at memmory scanner – check system information an ios app used to reduce clutter.

I go over the main interface, the settings screen and do 2 scans with the app. Feedback and comments are welcome in the comments section below every post.

looking at true or false quiz battle

In this episode I take a look at true or false quiz battle which is a fun filled iOs game. This was a stream archive. I first show a few games then play against someone live and in person. it was fun. If anyone wants to play me my username is ke7zum

Feedback in the disqus forum is more then welcome. I will be showing this to the dev so comments and questions regarding accessibility are recommended.

Looking at purchasing an itunes gift card via siri: the good, the bad, and the buggy.

In this demo I take a look at buying a a gift card for the itunes store via siri. Note this is for the itunes store and not the mac app store. It is also redeamable in the us. I’m not sure about other countries Comments are welcome there as I’m very curious.

looking at perascope’s new interface: a tffp stream archive

In this episode I go over the new and not so streamline periscope interface. The app needs a lot of work in my opinion and the interface is too clunky to even be worth using, plus the people viewing your video and making comments are not that friendly or professional in their comments. They want to it seems take you down and keep you at an all time low.

One note. I messed up and said I was using an iphone 6 32 gig. This is not correct. I’m actually at the time of this recording using an iphone 6 64 gig. I apologize for the slip up.

I’m sure perascope will get better, but I probably will keep with meerkat as the devs are better at changing stuff and fixing accessibility issues.

Feedback is more then welcome on the eps.

looking at the new streamline interface for meerkat – a tffp stream exclusive

I continue my meerkat review by goign over the new update. The developers took time to implement accessibility changes. they admit they have a while to go yet, but so far it’s turnign out to be a good good video streaming app.

comments? Questions? Leave them in the forum below this post.