looking at shuttle: a simple but powerful music player for android

We take a look at shuttle, an audio app I found out about in a game I play called zombie’s run. There are some bugs but the app is very easy to use and i can’t wait to try it out later on on a run. Here is a link to the plus version of the app which I reviewed.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplecity.amp_pro

If you are listening on the anchor app feel free to call into the show.

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.

looking at anchor 3.0 on android

I take a look at anchor 3.0 for android. There are some accessibility issues but they can be gotten around. I would like to thank [jessie from jessie’s blog]((jessiepp.com) for helping me with this podcast.

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Let’s do some youtubeing on android, shall we?

I take a look at youtube for android. This is an all in one solution for watching videos that offers the ability to be subscribed to channels, share videos etc. I even go over uploading to youtube using an external file manager for android I have called total commander. The program is about 90 percent accessible. I love it. I can even see the progress as my video is uploading and being processed.

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let’s have some fun with anchor

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We go over anchor, an for android interesting way to engage with the listening audience. We call into station do shout outs, and more. We even have issues with some features that just rolled out at the time of this recording. Sorry about the clipping. I’m not used to this mic I have. It’s way more powerful than I thought it was going to be.

looking at twitterrific for mac, the good, the bad and what needs work

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We take a look at twitterrific for mac

I take a look at the following:

  • menu bar
    *tweets
    *mentions
    *direct messages

I also show the issues with twitterrific for mac. They do exist. I also suggest disabling buttons such as like and reply in the table itself.

Any suggestions can be left on the disqus frame etc.

let’s view changes in android apps using an easier interface

In this episode we take a look at changes an app that will le tyou view the change log for any app you have on your android phone. There are some minor issues

  1. Tapping the change log for getting rid of the change log for changes itself is not obvious.
  2. There is an unlabeled checkbox when you enter a change log for an app you have on your device.

Over all the app is pretty well designed and very useful if you want to just view change logs for apps or even open the app itself.

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Let’s look at the hooke verse for the very first time.

I take a look at the hooke audio headphones and the companion android app I go over what’s in the box, then pairing the device and you get to hear recordings of what it sounds like right from the app.

I would like to thank @jessiepp for joining me on the podcast. If you want to contact hook audio you may do on their [twitter](http://twitter.com/hookeaudio]

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Let’s rate and share talkback labels with blindo

I take a look at blindo an android app that allows you to share and import talkback labels for a lot of apps. The list is growing every day so take a look

##what’s in the podcast
I take a look at the following items

  1. Rating an app. The user can rate apps based on the accessibility of talkback and shine plus
  2. Importing labels into talkback. The user can import custom label packages using the buttons provided. I did swarm as an example.
  3. Exporting labels into blindo. This is not as intuitive as it should be but it can be done.

Let’s play with reverb. No, not sound this time.

I take a look at [reverb](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reverb-for-amazon-alexa/id1144695621?mt=8) an iOs app that will let you use most of what alexa has to offer, except for music. The app is somewhat easy to use but I had trouble in the alexa app itself toward the end of the podcast.

Enjoy and feel free to leave feedback.

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.

a look at the apple watch work out appp

I look at the apple watch workout app. I’m using watch os 3 in this case. I take you through the main interface and start a workout. I also take you through what happens when I end a workout. I do not take you through said workout.

All comments and questions may be addressed in the comments frame located in the post.

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.

looking at what’s app for mac os: an accessibility epic fail

Note: if you would like to watch the youtube demo, feel free to do so by following the prompts at the bottom of this page.

I go over what’s app for mac os or try to anyway. I could not get the QR code scanned. I fully expected this to be a native app not some app where it needs the phone to be used. I would not mind entering a from my phone into the app, or loging in with facebook.

This to me is a big oversite by what’s app If we could find a way to contact the developers that would be nice. Please leave a comment in the disqus frame with more info. Also please feel free to show what’s app the video . I don’t care for the fact that what’s app made this look like their what’s app web interface. In fact that’s what it says in the title.

Following is a screenshot of said window.

Screenshot of the what's app for web window before the QR code  is scanned. Notice it looks a lot like the what's app web website, not a customised app.

I really hope we can get a customised interface. What if for example you did not have a phone? You could then log on to what’s app for mac or windows via facebook.

Below you will find the video on youtube.

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.

blog post; a way to test your mac for free

When I came across the following article on lifehacker, on speedster I was a bit surprised that someone came up with this app. I’m testing this for accessibility. As most of you know who listen to the podcast or read the blog, I’m totally blind and use a screen reader called voiceover. Voiceover ships with osx 10.4 and above and can be accessed with command f5. Many apps are accessible with voiceover and while some are not, some of the devs I’ve spoken to have worked hard to make the apps accessible and easy to navigate.

main interface of speedster

When you first navigate the program you are presented with a start test and a number of tests remaining. There is an in app purchase that enables you to remove this limit. the following is a screenshot of the speedster window. Notice the start test button that is prominent.

After the start test button is opened, you are presented with a web view of the start test screen. This might appear to be inaccessible to voiceover users, but if you quit interacting with that and go right, you will notice the results. Here are mine.results of the test. Notice the download and upload speed which  in this example is 35 Mbps by 5 Mbps.

exit

Over all the app is very usable with voiceover and free. You only need test your speed maybe once a day or so. I hope you enjoy this app. Feel free to leave a comment and discuss this in the forums as well. I love the way this app is simple to use and I hope you mac users will make use of this tool.

looking at overcast for ios; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

<p>In this episode I go over the iOs app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/overcast-podcast-player/id888422857?mt=8">overcast.</a> I discuss the good and bad and just plain ugly regarding the app. For example, focus is lost a lot when using voiceover, at least on my iPhone 6 running iOs 9.2.1. Also, at least in the version I'm using, which is the latest at the time of this recording, the download option is missing per episode. I also don't like the fact I have to apply my actions to 1 episode at a time. I have to delete twenty-four hundred episodes from my download queue and swiping down to delete is not fun that many times. If you have any questions please contact the developer from their <a href="https://overcast.fm/">website.</a> You can also log in to that website using your overcast info and view and listen to your podcasts from anywhere. They also have a twitter account, however I have not received any answers from them via <a href="http://twitter.com/OvercastFM">twitter @OvercastFM</a> or their email form which can be found on their <a href="https://overcast.fm/contact">contact page.</a> Feel free to share this podcast. Any comments and suggestions are more then welcome.</p>

looking at twitter for osx

I go over the twitter app for osx. Note that the link looks a bit different. Due to some problems in the app store I could not get the link.

I’m not quite impressed with this app as you will see. Many of the keystrokes in the menu for some reason fail to work, at least with voiceover on. I made sure the keyboard commander was off. Still no go. I like how far it has come but it needs to be as good as, or better then night owl, another client for osx.

Any feedback and or comments can go in the disqus frame.

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.

blog post: selecting text across page boundries

The following is a post I had on the applevis site, but i’m modifying it a bit. This shows how to select text across pages in the pages app in osx.

History.

At the time of this writing, and for a year preceding, you cannot select text across pages in pages as it would highlight. This is with voiceover on. I emailed apple about this with no response. I get the feeling that more of us must submit feedback about this. I even put a youtube video about this with no results.
Yet, others can reproduce this. I don’t know why apple cannot or will not fix the issue

I decided to write a guide based on an email I received on how to select text across pages in pages or any other text editor. Following is how to do this. Any comments can go in the disqus frame.

introduction.

Here is a quick written tutorial on how to select text across page boundaries in pages or any other text editor. This is a quote from an email I received. You will need to follow the directions. A blank line is left between what is to be pasted in to the file.

Note: I prefer to use text edit for my editing and saving of these documents. Remember to hit cmd shift t to change to text before following the below directions.

Instructions

As mentioned in the above paragraph you will need to paste this in to a text edit document. Because I’m writing this in mark up separating this should be easy. Just copy the paragraph below the instructions.

Open a TextEdit document and paste in the following without the quotes:

“{ “^y” = “yankAndSelect:”; //control-y “^@” = “setMark:”; //control-@ “^w” = “deleteToMark:”; //control-w “^x” = { //control-x control-x “^x” = “selectToMark:”; }; “^ ” = “setMark:”; //control-space “~f” = “moveWordForward:”; //option-f “~b” = “moveWordBackward:”; //option-b }”

Save the document as:

DefaultKeyBinding.dict

You’ll need to change the extension to .dict manually. You can do this in the save dialogue. If text edit complains, click the use .dic button.

Next steps

After saving the document let’s say on your desktop you will need to go to your user library by going to the Go menu in Finder and using the VO keys to navigate down to Library. You will need to do this if you did not show the library in the show column dialogue (cmd j) in the finder. Alternatively you can just hit cmd shift g and type

~/library

in to the dialogue, pressing enter at the end.

Create a folder Called KeyBindings and put the .dict document into it.

From now on, you should be able to select text in any text editing application by pressing Ctrl-Space to mark the beginning of the selection, and Ctrl-x-x to mark the end of the selection. Everything in between will be selected, including page breaks.

exit

Now that you have a temporary fix for pages, you can now select text across page boundaries like a non voice over would do. Until apple gets this fixed, feel free to use this work around. I hope this helps. I modified the email just a bit to explain some points. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section of this post..

blog post: getting started with syncthing

Syncthing is a program designed to sync files across the Internet and your local area network. it is easy for a beginner to set this up. Following is a guide on how to set this up. If you want more info or to download the program go to their homepage. They also have some very good documentation on the program and their forums are wonderful.

Downloading the program is easy. Unzip the folder to a place where you will remember. I suggest unzipping the program to a place that can be easily gotten to. For mac users I suggest your home directory and no sub folders, so the contents of the syncthing folder is one level deep.

Once you have the file extracted follow these instructions.

step 1.

launch the exe file if you are on windows.. If you are on a mac, start a screen session by typing screen and hit enter. and cd to the directory you stored the syncthing files, and launch ./syncthing.  Once it is launched and the web UI, or user interface, comes up detach from the screen with ctrl plus a, then d. No need to hit enter. to reattach to the screen session if you need to view output (probably will never happen) type screen -r and hit enter, then detach when you are done with control plus a then d, again no need to hit enter.

for windows users just forget the terminal window is there. You guys don’t have screen. So simply launch the exe file and pretend the command line window does not exist.

step 2

from the web UI click add device. This will bring up a dialogue with the following items.

  • Device id. This is the device id you will paste in.
  • Device name (optional). You can give this a name or wait for the field to populate once the user has accepted your adding their device.
  • addresses. Don’t worry about that. This next section is for advanced users.
    *compression (leave this at the default)
  • introducer. Once you check this box all devices with this checked will show up in each others lists according to the help documents.
    *shared folders. You can check the folders you have set up to share with the device.

After you selected the folders click save. The following shows a screenshot of the device window for anyone interested.

screenshot of the add device section

step 3

paste in my computer ID.

X5TDAGJ-FP4LEIT-A4K4OFZ-7LH4Q3D-3QZAKVS-CYM75GQ-CMC3CPU-HGXW6QT 

This is a long string of numbers as seen above. Copying and pasting would be a good idea. If you have any folders you want to share, you check the boxes for the folders. If not go to the next step.

step 4

click save. You can then click actions at the top of the window in the nav bar. Then click restart. Every time you add a device you must restart syncthing.

step 5

The user whose device you added will then get a request. For anyone who gets a request, it will be after the navigation bar. and in the top most section. it will for now be a heading level 3. The user can then click accept, or decline if they don’t expect or know who  you are. 

Folders, folders and folders

Now for the folders. If you are already connected to me and I add a folder, or you do and you share it with me or someone else, an invite on the page. will be shown, and you have to look for it as it will be hidden and in order of your folders list so keep an eye on the web UI every once in a while.

Should you need to reopen the web UI simply go to  

http://127.0.0.1:8384

There you will find actions which is where all of your settings are and your computer’s ID.

hint

Set your folders to master that way you and only you can make changes.  and if you ever need to re-add a folder re-share it by checking the devices that are granted accesses and check master. There is a lot of good documentation that is in a easy to read format that does a better job then I could, also the forums on there are a big help. They helped me get sharing to the outside world with in about an hour.

conclusion

I hope this helps a bit.  As you can see the program is very very easy to use and the more you play with it the more you will learn, more then me. And the developers are willing to make all of the interface very accessible, so tweet them @syncthing with any feedback you might have. I will be updating this eGuide with more as I learn more but for now this should get you started.

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 clean my mac 3

in this episode I take a look at clean my mac3 a program to quickly and easily clean junk out of a mac’s system. True there is only onyx and other pieces of software, how ever sometimes it’s good to have multiple tools under your belt. I upgraded and cleaned about 14 gigs out of my system before the day was done. [^1]

The software is very very accessible and I’m very very glad the developer decided to create this software. it’s more streamline and very easy to use. The software also guides you along the way in terms of what is safe to clean and what is not. I’m an intermediate computer user, how ever I make mistakes all the time.

Feedback on this or any other episode is more then welcome. Feel free to leave a comment in the Disqus forum as this will enable other users who take advantage of these podcasts to benefit from the feedback and tips as well.

[^1]: Remember to always back up your mac via time machine or back blaze, or what ever you use. It’s a safety net in case you make a mistake or somethingn is not working quite right