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Mosen At Large

English, Technology, 1 season, 287 episodes, 6 days, 18 hours, 56 minutes
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Podcasting since 2004, Jonathan Mosen MNZM is a totally blind Chief Executive, advocate, entrepreneur, technology expert and broadcaster. Direct from his studio in Wellington New Zealand, Jonathan talks about anything that takes his fancy this week, from helping you make sense of technology to music to politics to disability issues and much more. And listeners love to talk back. It's a captivating listen in which you can be informed, entertained, amused, in strong agreement and strong frustration all in one episode. Have your say! Email a voice clip or something in writing to jonathan at MushroomFM dot com. Or call the listener line, +1-864-606-6736. That's +1-864-60Mosen
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Episode 287:New VoiceOver features in iOS 18, more on blind people and the legal profession, and the Be My Eyes Inclusive Language Guide

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 287 0:00 I will miss Michael Mosley 0:53 iOS 18 7:27 Listen Later 13:27 AI is a game changer 14:18 accessible ways to learn about yoga 19:53 Be My Eyes and their bonkers Inclusive Language Guide 26:26 Read the Language Guide here. Bryan Bashin from Be My Eyes discusses the Be My Eyes Inclusive Language Guide 41:51 Sonos 1:25:04 Serious Facebook Messenger issue on iOS 1:32:35 Chapters in Apple Podcasts 1:33:43 Melatonin 1:35:49 Apple Watch and talking obsolescence 1:38:29 Listen Later, Braille, experiences with lawyers, independent voting 1:40:00 Zoom recorders and Beatles 1:46:39 Blind people and the legal profession 1:52:56 Closing and contact info 1:58:27
6/15/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 286:A recap of Apple's WWDC keynote from a blindness perspective

Jonathan Mosen is joined by Heidi Taylor, Mike Feir and Judy Dixon to discuss this year's feature-packed Apple keynote. Please share your thoughts with us about what Apple unveiled. We'll play a selection of listener comments in the next episode.
6/10/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 285:The positives and negatives of airline travel when blind, how’s Voice Dream Reader doing as a subscription product, and the pros and cons of new Windows computers with ARM processors

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 285 0:00 Something you should know about the PhonakTV Connect 3:07 Travelling on airlines when you're blind 11:48 Microsoft Natural Voices for SAPI 5 31:02 Check out the project here The VictorReader Stream 3 33:08 ID.ME 40:16 Cochlea implants, Android, and readers 42:16 Accessibility issues on the ElevenLabs website 44:31 No one should subscribe to Voice DreamReader 45:52 New Windows ARM computers 48:36 Glen Gordon from Vispero discusses JAWS and ARM processors 57:21 An update on Instacart 1:24:45 AI and how it got me in trouble at work 1:27:05 Missing phone calls on my iPhone 1:34:15 Google doesn't seem committed to accessibility 1:35:08 using IntelliJ as a blind person 1:39:04 The Rabbit R1 isn't accessible 1:40:29 iOS poor performance in Safari 1:47:54 Mantis carrying cases and Instacart accessibility 1:50:24 Thoughts on Glide 1:54:14 The Myriad broadcasting software 1:56:18 What was that thing you were talking to? 1:57:46 Closing and contact info 1:58:42
6/8/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 284:celebrating 200 years of Braille and a bright future, lawyers who think all blind people can't read, and Sonos makes progress while understating the impact of recent events

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 284 0:00 Apple's WWDC will be huge this year 0:50 Jonathan Mosen's keynote address to the International Council on English Braille 6:55 A frustrating legal experience 1:05:54 Slow but steady progress with Sonos 1:10:47 Choosing a laptop 1:17:01 Working with SharePoint 1:26:09 A positive Apple accessibility experience and a question about recording phone calls using the Zoom H series recorders 1:27:42 anyone done anything with FairPhone? 1:32:52 iTunes, and chapters in Apple Podcasts 1:35:49 Voting in Oregon has become less accessible 1:38:05 a review of the Activator from HelpTech 1:42:02 Facebook accessibility, and NLS eReaders 1:48:59 Play-by-play when attending live sports 1:53:30 Closing and contact info 1:58:13
6/1/20241 hour, 59 minutes
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Episode 283:Ray-ban Meta Smart Glasses, is Instacart becoming less accessible, and blind audio describer Christine Malec

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 283 0:00 Comments on recent episodes 4:36 New hearing aids purchased 9:28 for users of the Rode Smartlav interview kit needing USB C connectivity 15:47 Wanting a podcast app for my Chromebook 17:59 Blind yoga? 19:33 Broadcasting systems for visually impaired accessibility 21:46 Downloading from YoUTube 27:18 Microsoft Copilot 28:39 Tax and identity verification 30:40 Microsoft Office on my new laptop 33:02 The security of scanning mail with my phone 34:07 New undesirable requirements from Instacart 38:36 The best case for my Mantis 42:57 Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses 47:51 Audible on the Victor Reader Stream 3 52:11 Home automation experiences 53:57 Blind audio describer Christine Malec discusses her craft, the Luminato Festival Toronto and more 1:07:06 Thoughts on Glide 1:54:36 Google Podcasts closing down 1:56:00 Closing and contact info 1:57:52
5/25/20241 hour, 58 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 282:AI is about to change our lives yet again, more on Sonos accessibility, the International Council on English Brailles General Assembly, and ListenLater.net

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 282 0:00 A lot is about to change in our lives thanks to ChatGPT 4O 2:26 Sonos comments on recent accessibility regressions 11:35 Listener comments on Sonos 19:11 Essential Series button layout descriptions available 36:19 the importance of blindness agencies leading by example when it comes to accessibility 37:21 new hearing aids 43:07 improving the quality of iPhone calls in challenging environments 52:23 Judy Dixon, President of the International Council on English Braille, discusses their forthcoming General Assembly and Braille today 55:58 Interview with Yalim Gerger, creator of ListenLater.net 1:14:09 A demonstration of ListenLater.net 1:44:49 Closing and contact info 2:02:14
5/18/20242 hours, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 281:contemptuous behaviour from Sonos, following sports events when at the venue, and Canadas federal Parliament hears testimony on shabby airline treatment

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 281 0:00 The new apps from Sonos are nothing short of appalling 4:03 Following sports events when you're at the venue 24:45 Zoom Recorders 44:27 Pocketcasts for Android 48:12 Is Android viable for you now? 50:32 Unimpressed with the ARA device 56:30 Seeing AI unavailable in Uganda 1:06:11 Canada's federal Parliament discusses poor service to disabled people from airlines in Canada 1:10:38 Translation app 1:56:44 Closing and contact info 1:57:31
5/11/20241 hour, 58 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 280:Audible comes to the Victor Reader Stream 3, Sonos accessibility may deteriorate dramatically, and supercharge your research with Perplexity

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 280 0:00 Zoom improves accessibility of their H Essential Series 3:02 It appears Sonos accessibility is about to experience a significant regression 6:00 Mathieu Paquette from HumanWare talks Audible support for the Victor Reader Stream 3 and more new features 23:01 A demonstration of Perplexity 1:01:48 An Apple album purchase I can no longer play 1:21:41 Thoughts on Glide 1:29:26 NFB's DeafBlind Division is looking for volunteer special service support providers 1:47:54 Hetlioz and melatonin 1:51:04 In search of a powerful, portable laptop 1:53:34 Problems with the YouTube app are typical 1:56:59 Closing and contact info 1:59:01
5/4/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 279:A user review of the Seleste Smart Glasses, an accessible Washer dryer from LG, and going in-depth into accessible Phonak hearing aid technology

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 279 0:00 A user review of the Seleste Smart Glasses 3:05 Demonstration of an accessible LG washer dryer 11:05 Microsoft Copilot on Windows 10 23:03 Problems with accessible YouTube Downloader 25:10 New hearing aids 28:42 Review and demonstration of the MyPhonak app 47:21 Review of the Phonak Roger On V2, and the MyRogerMic app 1:14:48 The Jonathan and Bonnie Bulletin 1:40:10 Closing and contact info 1:57:51
4/27/20241 hour, 58 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 278:The benefits of home automation and how to get started, notetakers in the past, present and future, and verifying your identity online

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 278 0:00 In loving memory of Pauline Mosen 2:22 Downloading from YouTube on iOS 10:17 Looking for accessible real-time translation app 11:35 Keeping access to Windows 10, and Zoom H Essential Recorders 13:25 YouTube accessibility issue 18:31.684 Notetakers in the past, present and future 22:40 Verifying identity online in the US 38:23 Braille Sense notification that won't go away 43:10 Baseball commentary accessibility when at the venue 44:29 The ARA device 48:27 Blind people in wheelchairs at the airport 49:22 Crossword puzzle apps that work with JAWS 54:48 Mastodon versus Bluesky 55:38 Dustin Boggus from the MyHomeKitHome podcast discusses home automation 1:01:30 New hearing aids 1:40:11 It is wrong to boycott Israeli assistive technology 1:47:02 The Subtitle Reader add-on for NVDA 1:48:53 Setting up complex medication schedules in Apple Health 1:50:31 Sound Without Sight brings audio creative professionals together 1:51:44 The BT Speak is excellent value for money 1:52:59 Comments on episode 277 1:57:27 Closing and contact info 1:59:10
4/20/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 277:Glide is a revolutionary mobility device that may change everything, Voice Dream Reader is back on track, and a difficult conversation about a topical issue

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 277 0:00 Existing Voice Dream Reader customers can keep what they paid for 2:59 Amos Miller discusses the forthcoming Glide mobility device 8:41 Guiding in the swimming pool 1:10:58 Non-24 and managing insomnia 1:11:53 Boycotting Israeli technology products 1:22:20 First impressions of my Phonak Lumity hearing aid trial 1:44:30 Closing and contact info 1:59:32.108
4/13/20242 hours, 13 seconds
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Episode 276:Voice Dream Reader at odds with Apple's App Review Guidelines, iOS 17.4 feedback, and track your ketosis accessibly using the Keyto Breath Sensor

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 276 0:00 More on Voice Dream Reader 2:07 intersectionality, the BT Speak, customer service and swimming 30:43 Tempo Perfect, an accessible metronome app 35:52 contacting TSA Cares 38:33 Transcriptions in Apple Podcasts 39:48 Why VoiceOver switches languages in the status bar in iOS 17.4 42:14 Comments on the Deane Blazie interview 52:21 Dictation in iOS 17.4 59:04 Problems with the Guardian app 1:02:12 Windows 10 and 11 1:03:32 I saw an Apple Vision Pro 1:06:44 Comments on some recent topics 1:08:56 Victor Reader Stream 2 and Audible 1:19:35 Review of the Keyto Breath Sensor 1:21:31 Comments on iOS 17.4 1:31:58 Dolby Atmos 1:33:27 Thoughts on episode 271 1:38:19 Apple Podcast notifications 1:43:09 New hearing aids 1:45:18 Zoom H Essential series recorders 1:50:48 Petition to restore the EnvisionCollege Success program 1:54:28 If you wish to sign the petition, it is available here. Closing and contact info 1:57:55.019
4/6/20241 hour, 58 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 275:Voice Dream Reader moves to subscriptions for all users, blind people and Linux, old DOS apps, and Jonathan's new hearing aid journey

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 275 0:00 Voice Dream Reader to charge a subscription to people who paid for the app 2:10 Kishin Manglani from Applause Group discusses the Voice Dream Reader subscription controversy, and the future of the app 23:42 Living Blindfully Plus 57:29 Joining a Zoom meeting when recording is in progress 59:15 The Zoom HEssential handy recorders 1:02:01 Blind people using Linux 1:21:07 Running old DOS programmes on today's Windows 1:33:36 Help with Oticon hearing aids 1:51:36 It's new hearing aid time 1:53:57 Closing and contact info 2:00:15
3/30/20242 hours, 50 seconds
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Episode 274:Jonathan Mosen's demonstration and review of the Zoom H1Essential Handy Recorder

Jonathan's series on the Essential recorders from Zoom, which have accessibility features, concludes on this Living Blindfully extra with the look at the Zoom H1Essential. This is the smallest member of the family and sells for just $99 USD. It can fit in any pocket, and offers high-quality 32-bit float recording. While understandably the recorder lacks some of the features of its larger siblings, it also boasts some features unique to this member of the family. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 274 0:00 Introduction 1:18 Orientation 3:10 First start 9:29 Recording, marking, and playing 11:58 H1Essential menus 23:08 Overdubbing with the H1Essential 33:20 More menu options 37:54 Installing firmware updates 42:09 Installing or updating accessibility files 52:41 Using the H1Essential as a USB microphone 55:56 Conclusion 59:12 Closing and contact info 1:01:24
3/29/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 273:Jonathan Mosen's demonstration and review of the Zoom H4Essential Handy Recorder

Continuing his extensive look at the accessible Zoom Essential family, Jonathan demonstrates and reviews the Zoom H4Essential in this Living Blindfully Extra. With its compact size, powerful features and priced at just $199 USD, the H4Essential may be the Goldilocks recorder for many. While this review stands alone and therefore revisits many of the features found in the H6Essential, Jonathan expands further on the powerful mixer functionality and some other features. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 273 0:00 Introduction 0:59 Orientation 4:22 Inaccessible arming function 17:33 Exploring the menus 21:08 The inaccessible File List 46:16 The Mixer 55:56 Setting markers in a recording 1:06:38 The input jack 1:08:43 Using the H4Essential as an audio interface 1:09:40 The H4Essential Control app 1:12:16 Conclusion 1:16:55 Closing and contact info 1:20:13
3/28/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 272:Jonathan Mosen's review and demonstration of the Zoom H6Essential handy recorder

In this Living Blindfully extra, Jonathan Mosen begins his reviews of all three recorders in the Essential series, with the Zoom H6Essential Zoom has provided these units so the reviews can be produced, but have not heard these reviews before publication, nor influence what they contain. There is considerable interest from the blind community in the Zoom Essential series, due to the accessibility features available in this professional class of equipment. The h6Essential is the most capable member of the series, providing six tracks of recording, interchangeable microphone capsules, 32 bit float, a playback mixer, audio interface capability and more. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 272 0:00 Introduction 1:15 Description and physical layout 5:35 Setting up the Zoom H6Essential 21:35 A look at the Settings 25:51 The completely inaccessible File List, and working with recordings you've made 38:26 Recording content, inserting markers 43:40 The mixer 52:11 Using storage mode with a PC 54:45 Using the H6Essential as an audio interface 57:01 Controlling the H6Essential via its iPhone app 1:07:44 Conclusion 1:14:58 Closing and contact info 1:17:46
3/27/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 271:Aira joins the AI party, new devices at CSUN, and a user review of the All Terrain cane

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 271 0:00 Troy Otillio and Everette Bacon from Aira discuss Access AI and more 1:51 A look at Aira's Access AI feature 45:49 Other items of note at CSUN 1:06:06 Things to know when trying to charge a Qardiobase scale 1:09:27 Running a DOS programme on Windows 1:11:47 Goodmaps in German 1:14:04 Mixer to record phone conversations 1:15:26 the All-Terrain Cane and duo Lingo on a smartphone 1:17:44 Samsung and Microsoft integration 1:21:06 Best notetaker for college 1:23:27 Trouble in Zoom meetings 1:27:14 Do we still need dedicated digital talking book players 1:31:18 Email composition focus in iOS 17.4 1:35:17 Linux for blind users 1:37:41 Comments on episode 268 1:40:15 Podcast chapters in Spotify 1:48:41 Why do blind people so frequently get asked to sit in a wheelchair at airports 1:56:10 Closing and contact info 2:00:05
3/23/20242 hours, 59 seconds
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Episode 270:A conversation with Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie, accessibility is a fundamental human right, and welcome to the Matrix

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 270 0:00 Jonathan Mosen speaks with Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jenny Lay-Flurrie 3:15 Accessibility is a fundamental human right 47:29 You may not know texts are being truncated, and generalSiri thoughts 57:12 Impressed with my Chromebook 1:10:49 Questions about Sonos and Dolby Atmos 1:12:31 Lectrote interactive fiction interpreter 1:20:15 Transporting and caring for kids 1:22:49 Blind people and video editing 1:25:16 The good and bad of the new Stuff website 1:29:58 Everything you ever wanted to know about Matrix 1:32:37 Make Windows 10 free for blind people 1:46:22 Where is the NFB Newsline Android app? 1:54:05 What laptop keyboard meets my needs 1:55:44 Closing and contact info 1:58:42
3/16/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 269:What's next for the Envision smart glasses and app, iOS 17.4, and AI image recognition comes to JAWS

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 269 0:00 Three extra episodes coming up 1:35 The founders of Envision, Karthik Mahadevan and Karthik Kannan, discuss Envision today and in the near future 4:26 iOS 17.4 is a significant release 1:07:57 JAWS introduces AI image recognition 1:22:23 Comments on the Deane Blazie interview 1:37:46 More memories of David Holladay 1:42:03 The Bonnie bulletin 1:44:28 Closing and contact info 1:59:59
3/9/20242 hours, 39 seconds
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Episode 268:Blindness technology icon Deane Blazie goes down memory lane, then discusses his new notetaker, BT Speak, from Blazie Technologies

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 268 0:00 Jonathan Mosen speaks with Deane Blazie about Deane's significant role in blindness technology history 2:58 Deane Blazie tells Jonathan Mosen about the new BT Speak line from Blazie Technologies 1:09:05 Remembering David Holladay 1:38:50 Response to episode 267 on intersectionality 1:40:36 Can I swim with the FeelSpace Navibelt? 1:45:01 Where to obtain the Blind Alive accessible workouts 1:47:40 Pursuing a career in customer service 1:49:09 Impressions of the Seleste Smart Glasses, and Apple thoughts 1:51:23 Be My AI, and airlines with Braille safety cards 1:53:51 Vocaster 2 with the Mac 1:56:01 Best and worst airline security experiences 1:57:27 Closing and contact info 1:59:58
3/2/20242 hours, 55 seconds
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Episode 267:Remembering blindness technology pioneer David Holladay, and emotions run high as ACB struggles with intersectionality

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 267 0:00 Blindness technology pioneer David Holladay has died 1:31 Read David Holladay's history of Raised Dot Computing Leah Gardner, President of Blind LGBT Pride International, talks about why they aren't participating in the American Council of the Blind's convention 11:12 ACB President,Deb Cook Lewis, responds to the LeahGardner interview and discusses questions of intersectionality 54:06 Closing and contact info 2:01:20
2/24/20242 hours, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 266:An interview with Zoom about their new accessible Essential recorders, your best and worst airline security experiences, and sharing the transport duties when you're a blind parent

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 266 0:00 HeardThat now offers a remote microphone kit 5:37 The future of Castro Podcasts looks bright 8:58 Samuel Greene from Zoom North America discusses their new and accessible Essential Series of recorders 11:55 More on advocacy strategies and responsibilities 45:43 best and worst experiences going through airport security 59:33 Sharing the parenting duties when it comes to transport 1:15:12 deep fakes in the US presidential election, blood pressure monitoring, Apple accessibility 1:20:04 iPhone Action Button and Facebook extra verbosity 1:27:08 Video editing as a blind person 1:29:08 Sonos question 1:32:49 Are other New York Times puzzles accessible? 1:35:03 Accessible Crypto options 1:36:17 Google Password Manager on BrailleNote Touch+ 1:37:55 Update on Apple tech support woes 1:38:25 Problem with iPhone notifications 1:39:37 AI tools I use regularly 1:42:59 Some products mentioned include: Perplexity, You.com, Pi.ai, YouTube Summary, Whisper transcription on Windows, Free Subtitles, MacWhisper, Open AI NVDA add-on, AI Content Describer, i What do people know about matrix 1:51:28 Lost speech after iOS update 1:53:23 Closing and contact info 1:59:31
2/17/20242 hours, 24 seconds
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Episode 265:Advocacy strategies that don't burn us out, how good are Framework computers, and the Seleste Smart Glasses

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 265 0:00 Advocacy comments in episode 263 5:10 Two users of Framework computers comment on their experiences 14:46 Inaccessible date pickers on travel agency websites 27:28 Using Emoji on Mac and Windows 31:29 What are accessible options for those interested in crypto currency? 39:11 Samsung Accessibility uses Audio-eye 41:41 Questions about the iOS health app and the need for an Apple Watch 42:19 Blind people generating images with AI 49:39 Suno.ai, all the subscriptions, and improvements in mainstream gaming 55:53 Shubh Mittal tells us about the Seleste Glasses 1:02:27 Feedback on the Seleste Glasses, and a Minecraft accessibility mod 1:34:01 Wanting to learn more about multiline Braille displays 1:37:48 How can I advocate to save Gmail's basic HTML? 1:39:20 Volunteering to be in a Be My Eyes group gives people more than they bargained for 1:41:50 Update on new guide dogt and technology for developing countries 1:44:21 Problem with my iPhone SE 1:51:59 Sound on my Dell computer 1:54:27 Blindness terminology and new iPhone 15 1:55:59 Closing and contact info 1:59:24
2/10/20242 hours, 9 seconds
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Episode 264:Accessible recorders from Zoom are on their way, revisiting blindness in the Bible, and the FeelSpace NaviBelt

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 264 0:00 A tribute to Paul Paravano 1:52 Zoom are about to release audio recorders with accessibility features 9:04 Potentially good news for Castro users 13:27 Machine-generated transcripts coming to Apple Podcasts 18:01 Some blindness stories 19:03 Helpful Samsung TV accessibility hints 26:40 How do I share images to Be My AI on Android? 30:10 Apple Tech Support woes 31:56 OS choices, why I don't have a new Stream, routers and more 39:17 Vocalizer voices, DAB receivers and Life Unseen 57:24 The Feelspace Navibelt is a high tech Orientation and mobility tool 1:10:21 Fitness apps 1:39:53 Habel pricing discrepancies 1:43:03 Thoughts on assistive technology 1:44:44 Disabling automatic language detection on iPhone 1:51:52 eBikes and scooters taking over New York City 1:53:27 Question about Goodmaps Outdoors 1:57:40 Closing and contact info 1:59:11
2/3/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 263:Blind seems to be the hardest word, Ryan Jones from Vispero talks screen reading in the present and future, and a new key is coming to your Windows computer

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome back for 2024 0:00 Episode 263 1:54 Blind is fine 3:45 Jonathan Mosen speaks with Ryan Jones,VicePresident, Software Product Management at Vispero 13:20 Level Access buys Userway 1:15:15 A new key is coming to your Windows keyboard 1:21:30 The AI Microsoft DisabilityAnswer Desk 1:29:16 My favourite podcast app 1:34:50 Sonos ERA300 versus FIVE 1:36:49 Looking for a laptop that does audio production 1:40:22 Making the iPhone Action Button do double duty 1:42:39 The BonnieBulletin, Yoto, ThinkPads, tablets and terminology 1:45:59 Closing and contact info 1:59:12
1/27/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 262:Create songs with Suno.ai, learning to use Face ID, and reflections on 25 years doing Internet radio

A reminder that this is the last episode of the current season. We will be publishing again from 28 January 2024. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 262 0:00 Reflecting on a remarkable year for Living Blindfully 4:15 My 25th anniversary of live Internet broadcasting 7:54 Drafts working around a serious iOS bug 14:50 Hearing technology 17:45 iPhone call volume not being remembered 18:46 Update on using Salesforce at work 20:42 Follow-up on switching to Windows for music production 26:00 Learning to use Face ID 31:45 Changing the WiFi network on Sonos 48:35 Making technology available to developing countries 49:52 Tap to wake, and Be My AI 55:13 JAWS country license and Marmite 57:19 A demonstration of Suno.ai 1:04:57 Amazon Echo users beware of changing your password 1:42:43 I am getting my first iPad. How do I learn to use it? 1:44:36 Trouble with the Peacock app 1:49:50 Closing for 2023 1:55:01
12/16/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 261:Castro insists it's not dead, choosing a default notification sound in iOS 17.2, and take control of accessibility overlays with AccessiByeBye

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. The ---- ------------------------------------ --------------penultimate episode for 2023 0:17 Welcome to 261 3:19 Hurry! Voting soon closes in the MushroomFm holiday countdown 6:17 A big week for Android accessibility 9:27 Very impressed with the Qardiobase X smartscale 12:28 Accessible appliances 19:09 Close, but no cigar 26:04 Thorium reader 32:03 Victor Reader Stream 3 33:42 Ignorant customer service interactions 35:16 The accessibility of Duolingo is getting worse, and they don't seem to care 37:11 How do we sign documents? 47:47 What's the best way to get into ChatGPT? 50:44 How do I delete folders in Outlook that I no longer need? 52:39 Aria Mastering 56:15 All the Light we Cannot See 59:12 Castro says it's not dead 1:01:01 Rejoyce! iOS 17.2 lets you set a default notification sound 1:07:24 A serious bug that has crept into iOS affectingDrafts and other apps 1:11:07 Demonstration of the updated AccessiByeBye extension from Pneuma Solutions 1:14:13 Declining Accessibility of Eleven Labs 1:29:37 The Bonnie Bulletin and the comedy of errors 1:34:38 Closing and contact info 1:59:01
12/9/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 260:Bye bye to the Castro podcast app, why cant Vispero products and RIM just get along, and a catch-up with Pneuma Solutions

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Living Blindfully taking a break over the New Zealand summer 0:00 Welcome to 260 with some help from ChatGPT 1:35 There's still time to vote in the Mushroom FM holiday countdown 4:35 The Castro podcast app is being shut down 7:50 JAWS and Fusion aren't as accessible with RIM as they should be, and users are the losers 17:52 The quality of iOS Vocalizer voices has become really bad 38:19 Anyone know of an accessible DAB radio? 40:45 Wireless Lavalier microphones that don't breakVoiceOver 42:46 Vosh, travel, and notetakers 49:25 A fun travel story 57:34 Catch-up with Pneuma Solutions 1:02:35 Problem with my Sonos ARC 1:45:26 Bose versus Sonos 1:47:44 The language rotor in iOS 1:50:13 Object orientation with Be My AI 1:52:26 Spectrum Access app and PhoneLink 1:53:38 Closing and contact info 1:56:46
12/2/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 259:It’s not easy being a blind pedestrian, more thoughts on a third-party screen reader for MacOS, and Justin Ng from Sneaky Crab talks about Timecrest

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to the placeless 259 0:17 Hell freezes over. Apple will support RCS 2:48 We'd love to get your top 10 holiday songs for our annual countdown 6:58 Cast your vote today at https://MushroomFm.com/countdown2023 Accessibility on the job 20:25 Memories of the KGS graphical Braille display 23:37 Thoughts on the Vosh third-party screen reader for MacOS 26:34 Apple Watch streaming radio app 34:27 Vosh, All the Light we Cannot See and more 35:59 Questions about Gmail, audio and more 41:12 Justin Ng fromSneakyCrab discusses the game Timecrest 49:05 In Toronto, they built a bike path on a sidewalk 1:20:53 The Bonnie Bulletin 1:31:33 Closing and contact info 1:57:21
11/25/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 258:VoiceOver on MacOS may get competition, Be My Eyes touts blindness-specific customer service powered by AI, and some Victor Reader Stream 3 users have buyers remorse

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 258 0:00 A third-party screen reader for Mac may be on the way 3:23 Is blindness-aware AI customer service the future? Be My AI comes to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk 11:17 A funny thing happened to me on my way home 37:14 Can't hear VoiceOver on a call 42:56 Transitioning to Windows for music production 49:10 Is this an ableist job description for a disability role? 54:36 Keypad problem when updating iPhone 1:12:26 Comments on Selena Mills interview 1:13:55 Not happy with the Victor Reader Stream 3 1:17:22 Any tips for a new Mantis Q40 user? 1:29:38 Uber accessibility and self-identification 1:33:23 All the Light we Cannot See, and Apple accessibility bugs 1:42:22 My iPhone 15 is still the bane of my existence 1:48:13 Closing and contact info 1:58:54
11/18/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 257:More Victor Reader Stream feedback, a call to boycott Apples Feedback Assistant, and the powerful, accessible Evo16 audio interface from Audient

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 257 0:00 Comments about the Victor Reader Stream 3 1:50 A thorough description of the Beatles' Now and Then music video 6:03 Read the description here. New bug in the iOS weather app 7:56 Apple developer calls for boycott of Apple's Feedback Assistant 8:53 Inaccessible appliances 15:35 iOS Personal Voice 18:33 All the light we cannot see on Netflix 26:00 Voice feedback during Apple Watch workouts 29:00 A book recommendation and tactile graphics array 32:41 iOS View Finder not multilingual, and ZoomPodtrak P4 36:36 Determining the orientation of a printed page with iPhone 38:25 Sharesies accessibility issues 40:05 Bird buddy 42:26 Hand gestures on Apple Watch 47:40 Bose versus Sonos 48:26 Trouble reading Kindle books inBraille on my iPhone 51:59 More positive feedback on the HeardThat app 55:32 Introduction to the review of the Audient Evo 16 59:27 Evo 16 orientation 1:05:11 Smartgain is an accessible way to set your levels 1:08:34 Evo in the Windows System Tray 1:11:23 The Evo Mixer 1:16:01 System Panel 1:32:41 The accessible clipping indicator 1:37:34 Conclusion 1:38:29 Trouble using a wireless mic with my iPhone 1:39:28 Contacting the developer of Mona for Mastodon 1:42:32 The Bonnie Bulletin 1:44:21 Closing and contact info 1:55:01.504
11/11/20231 hour, 55 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 256:The Beatles new single is here, is the current Victor Reader Stream disappointing, and author of Life Unseen, Selena Mills

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 256 0:00 Now and then is out, and there's more Beatles magic coming 1:17 ACB's National Office is now on Mastodon 7:42 Comments on the Userway interview 8:25 Enjoying my Mantis Q40 17:09 Responding to Ring video doorbell notifications efficiently 22:20 Enabling audio description on Samsung TVs 24:42 The Victor Reader Stream 27:35 Songs that make me feel weird 36:07 Seeking language learning apps 37:43 Comments on recent topics 38:57 Audio description resources 45:57 Finding Employment 47:40 Personal Voice, BrailleNote Touch and an Audacity question 50:21 Experiments with hearing technology 52:49 Author of "Life Unseen",Selena Mills 1:05:46 Closing and contact info 2:00:06
11/4/20232 hours, 52 seconds
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Episode 255:The final Beatles song is nearly here, More Apple Talk, and Farmer Noah is an orientation and mobility training tool

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 255 0:00 Join me on Mushroom FM for the reveal of the Beatles' new song 1:20 Reaper version 7 has been released 7:35 iOS 17 live voicemail 12:00 Notifications from Apple Podcasts have stopped 17:35 Workout progress on Apple Watch 21:24 where did my language rotor go in iOS 17.1? 22:57 Struggling with getting used to my iPhone 15 26:18 increased double-tap sensitivity on iPhone and Apple Watch 32:26 Can Face ID work if you can't open your eyes? 36:45 Things to be aware of in iOS 17.1 38:03 Thoughts after my iPhone 15 upgrade 44:02 Transferring between a Mac and iPhone 54:09 Finding wall studs 58:08 iOS versus Android 58:58 Chris Hekimian discusses his invention, an orientation and mobility training tool called Farmer Noah 1:08:03 Comments on recent episodes 1:33:02 The Bonnie Bulletin, it's not easy to leave New Zealand 1:38:28 Closing and contact info 1:58:32
10/28/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 254:What should the future of web accessibility be, with Userway co-founder, Lionel Wolberger

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 254 0:00 Lionel Wolberger, co-founder of Userway 2:23 In this in-depth and lively interview, Jonathan Mosen speaks with Lionel about Userway, why it was founded, what it does, whether the approach it is taking is making the web a more accessible place, and how blind people can evaluate the impact the company's offerings are having. Closing and contact info 2:02:09
10/21/20232 hours, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 253:Should Eloquence come to SensePlayer, PortCaster from Centrance is a portable podcast recording powerhouse, and more on iOS 17

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Predicting the future is a dangerous thing 0:00 Welcome to 253 1:46 Revisiting area code 250 yet again 2:43 SensePlayer email list and an open letter 6:43. You can read and sign the open letter here. Comments on episode 252 8:07 iOS 17 14:42 Introduction to the Centrance PortCaster review 21:39 First impressions of build quality, and purpose of the product 22:52 Description of the Centrance PivotMic PM1 30:55 Preparing an SD card for use in the PortCaster 33:19 Orientation to the device 35:46 Bringing a FaceTime audio call into the recording 49:16 A few mic facts 51:18 Pros, cons, comparisons 53:39 A chat with CEO and founder of Centrance, Michael Goodman 1:05:41 Streaming web radio links on Chromecast 1:38:52 Changing the Google Home voice through the Assistant app 1:40:31 The HeardThat app 1:44:17 Comments on episode 249 1:47:34 Using the BrailleNote Touch Plus with NLS BARD 1:52:47 Problem withVoice Dream Reader and Dropbox 1:53:55 Be My AI is impressive 1:56:10 Closing and contact info 2:00:10
10/14/20232 hours, 1 minute, 17 seconds
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Episode 252:iOS 17 and iPhone 15 experiences, what its like to work with a guide dog, and accessible voting in New Zealand

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 252 0:00 Correcting the record about area code 250 1:32 My pick for speaker 2:17 Taking on an additional role 3:08 New Zealanders are voting in the general election. Here's how we do it 4:39 iOS 17 12:45 Why waste money on a pro iPhone when you're blind? 19:14 My new iPhone is really hot, and not in a good way 37:11 iOS 17 handwriting still problematic 39:07 Moving apps around in iOS 17 is a drag 43:07 Classifying USB audio devices in iOS 17.1 45:55 I just switched back from Android to iOS. Here's what I think 50:47 The new iOS default notification sound is horrible 54:35 Finding a person when you both have iPhone 15 devices 58:42 Mac versus PC 1:01:23 Demonstration of RSS Reader for Windows 1:14:00 Working with a guide dog 1:27:23 Living with blindness and other impairments 1:45:40 Front porch security 1:51:54 Sounds that make me feel weird 1:54:24 Closing and contact info 1:57:51
10/7/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 251:Blind people from around the world comment on recent Apple releases, Be my AI is open to everyone on iOS, and Focusrite Scarlets get more accessible

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Be My AI available on iOS and faces are recognised again 1:32 Comments on recent Apple releases 10:57 The HeardThat app 1:01:43 Freedom Scientific's Next Big Thing isn't global 1:03:40 Lyft drivers and service dogs 1:04:36 Accessibility improvements with Focusrite Scarlet 1:07:38 Not happy with my BrailleNote Touch 1:11:48 Accessible appliances 1:13:17 The AllTerrainCane and my Braille reading story 1:17:08 Looking for a small mixer 1:27:56 Ad blocking and cookie preferences 1:30:22 Recording Zoom 1:32:00 Samsung accessibility has poor support 1:39:09 iCloud not syncing anymore 1:41:36 SamsungTV and Sonos ARC 1:44:25 Reading the show notes for a podcast episode 1:48:33 More on ableist language 1:52:18 I like Weatherology 1:55:27 New Zealand's Zoomy ride share service gets a rebrand 1:56:23 Favourite cane and cane technique 1:57:19 Closing and contact info 1:59:01.926
9/30/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 250:Jonathan's first impressions of the iPhone 15 Pro max, and a comprehensive look at what's new in iOS 17 from a blindness perspective

Note, this podcast is published earlier than normal so you get the scoop on the iPhone 15 Pro Max as soon as possible. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to our 250th episode 0:30 Country and area code 250 4:11 Recording using the Samson Q2U on the iPhone 15 Pro Max 6:14 The Focusrite Vocaster 2 connected to iPhone 15 ProMax in the studio 10:10 The front cardiod microphone in the iPhone 15 Pro Max 11:58 The bottom omnidirectional mic in the iPhone 15 Pro Max 12:58 The front omnidirectional microphone of the iPhone 15 ProMax 13:13 Configuring and using theAction Button 13:28 Greater control of battery health in iPhone 15 models 24:07 VoiceOver Point and Speak and Magnifier features 28:55 Improved configurability of VoiceOver voices 37:07 More control over VoiceOver verbosity 46:54 Braille improvements 54:51 Locate the centre of the screen from your keyboard 58:15 Lock your rotor in place 1:00:29 Siri loses the Hey in some countries 1:02:13 Two new UK Siri voices 1:03:31 Vary Siri's speaking speed 1:04:51 Personal Voice 1:05:47 Liven up your home screen with interactive widgets 1:15:20 New ring and alert tones 1:35:45 Changes to the Messages app 1:38:18 Manage your grocery list in the Reminders app 1:45:42 Notes in Notes can now link to other notes 1:54:57 Track your mental health in the Health app 1:59:17 Live voicemail and FaceTime voicemail 2:10:10 Improved predictive text and dictation 2:11:24 Improved sharing with people close by 2:14:00 Sharing AirTags 2:18:37 Standby Mode 2:19:42 Apple Music changes 2:20:24 Some Safari improvements 2:22:15 Closing and contact info 2:24:55
9/22/20232 hours, 25 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 249:Comments on new Apple things, hear better in noisy environments with the HeardThat app, and when should you tell a potential employer that you're blind?

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 249, and a shout out to the 248 people 0:29 JAWS 2024 and Freedom Scientific's next big thing competition 3:13 iOS 17 and new iPhones 10:17 ACB and mastodon 25:08 Lyft discrimination 43:00 Be MyAI not describing faces, and now refusing to describe photos containing people 53:52 Bruce Sharpe, founder and CEO of Singular Hearing, talks about the HeardThat app for iOS and Android 1:04:34 Demonstration of the HeardThat app 1:27:16 The Bonnie Bulletin, what's it like to work with and care for a guide dog? 1:34:29 Disclosing your blindness to a potential or soon to be employer 1:53:19 Closing and contact info 2:00:59
9/16/20232 hours, 1 minute, 46 seconds
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Episode 248:A recap of Apple's Wonderlust event from a blindness perspective

Jonathan Mosen is joined by Heidi Taylor, Michael Feir and Judy Dixon to talk Apple Watch series 9, Apple Watch Ultra 2, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro.
9/12/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 247:ACB no closer to Mastodon, how easy is it to use Face ID, and Sammy Sweet Spirit wants sighted people to look at it this way

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 247 0:30 Apple Event special coming up in episode 248 3:24 iOS 17 5:22 Lyft Driver advocating for service animal discrimination 9:15 A litany of excuses for ACB still not being on Mastodon 13:15 Looking for a stud finder 33:35 For people who need technology assistance 34:19 Bikes, iOS and rugby 36:17 Drafts and the Sonos Roam 38:31.569 How easy is Face ID to use 42:21 Recording your screen withVoiceOver speech in iOS 50:23 Be my AI and favourite cane 57:11 Sammy Sweet Spirit discusses her book, Look at it this way 1:03:58 Closing and contact info 1:59:01
9/9/20232 hours, 1 second
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Episode 246:More fallout from a lawbreaking Lyft driver, Apple names the day of its big reveal, and a smart watch running full Android

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 246 0:32 Ride share discrimination 2:26 Apple event coming up, and iOS 17 gets closer 9:50 Significant accessibility regression with the latest Kindle for iOS 29:46 Another Focus 40 Blue failure story 33:11 You can get Alexa talking to ChatGPT 41:44 apps I miss and canes I like 52:16 Comments on Optima 54:58 How is MushroomFM run? 59:34 Elijah Massey reviews the Lemfo Lem16 smart watch 1:05:32 Old technology memories and looking for an accessible doorbell 1:25:24 Another example of poor Google accessibility support 1:29:17 Good news for Sky Sport Now customers in New Zealand 1:34:29 Accessible appliances 1:34:50 Recommending Luna RSS as a Windows-based podcast app 1:36:49 Be my AI and more old technology that is new again 1:37:54 The ableist Beatles 1:45:06 Loving the HeardThat app, and thoughts on old phone feedback lines 1:48:08 Closing and contact info 1:57:33.183
9/2/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 245:The difficult search for accessible household appliances, Lyft driver encourages colleagues to discriminate, and catching up with Bookshare

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 245 0:29 Home appliances, the final frontier 1:34 Welcome to almost citizen Bonnie 17:03 YouTube video from LYFT driver coaches drivers on how to avoid transporting guide dog handlers 21:22 Here is a link to the YouTube video in question. You can flag this video, and you can also report this using YouTube's other legal complaint form for violating civil rights legislation in your country. iOS 17 is in quite good shape ahead of release 34:13 Be my AI not recognising faces 38:18 Audible and the Victor Reader Stream 40:57 More on accessible TVs 42:50 Comments on various recent topics 52:05 Searching for a bingo card 53:42 A work-around for inaccessible chapter buttons inApple Podcasts 55:05 Maryann Mendez talks NFB conventions and answers some Bookshare questions 1:01:37 Jack Mendez talks tech training and the future of accessibility 1:24:35 PC versus Mac 1:40:27 Searching for text on the BrailleSense 1:48:53 Closing and contact info 1:57:09
8/26/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 244:iOS 17 towards the end of its test phase, listeners comment on SensePlayer 2.0, and some concerning absences from Mastodon

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 244 0:30 Thoughts on iOS 17 1:48 SensePlayer firmware 2.0 23:28 Correction regarding DCanes 34:54 Hearing in noisy places 37:43 Looking for a French discussion email list 45:14 Hearing aid programme for blind Australians 49:32 Mastodon updates 56:36 Comments on Reaper, and notetakers 1:12:29 Lack of support fromGoogle 1:20:38 Accessibility testing 1:27:37 Comments on episode 241 1:34:48 Here's a link to the cane provider mentioned by this contributor. Comments on the Activator 1:38:58 The new Outlook for Windows 1:41:54 Fiverr accessibility 1:44:31 Using your iPhone to work with appliances 1:45:55 The Optima 1:48:35 Remembering old iPhone apps 1:50:03 Comments on episode 243 1:55:51 Closing and contact info 1:59:40
8/19/20232 hours, 23 seconds
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Episode 243:Critical Braille bugs remain as the iOS 17 release looms, an update from Orbit Research and AccessMind, and can a horse be your guide?

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 243 0:30 We got a ticket to ride 2:12 The Be My AI test is expanding 5:05 HIMS releases version 2.0 of the SensePlayer firmware 6:39 Critical Braille bugs remain as iOS 17 release looms 8:25 Home Dialysis changed my life 17:46 Hearing in noisy places 27:25 Typing and Braille reading speeds according to ChatGPT 46:58 Portable VoiceOver for Mac preferences explained 52:10 Does anyone know anything about guide horses? 56:43 Orbit and Access Mind discuss Optima, OrbitSpeak and more 1:05:48 Remembering old iOS apps that no longer exist 1:45:52 Closing and contact info 1:56:08
8/12/20231 hour, 56 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 242:Listeners share their smart TV recommendations, remembering discontinued iOS apps, and the new Activator Braille display from Help Tech

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 242 0:30 Smart TV recommendations 2:44 Here's a link to the Insignia 24 inch TV. Here's a link to the Tyler portable 14 inch monitor. Here's a link to the TLC 65 inch TV. The Monarch has me excited and concerned 19:06 Demanding equality of quality from big tech 24:50 Remembering iOS apps that have left this world 31:34 The Country of the Blind and another interesting read 35:07 Types of cane 41:10 Introducing the Activator from HelpTech 46:44 Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee maker demo 1:37:09 New Zealand's Sky Sport Now app has serious accessibility issues 1:45:28 I love my new Mantis 1:47:31 Charging my EuroBraille display 1:51:19 The Bonnie Bulletin prepares for Sir Paul 1:52:27 Closing and contact info 1:58:51.509
8/5/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 241:The wait continues for Audible support on the Victor Reader Stream 3, remembering iPhone apps from years past, and HumanWare and APH update us on the Monarch

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 241 0:30 iOS 17 beta 2:06 What old iOS apps do you remember with fondness? 5:50 A wonderful cane and a positive development 13:17 Adding descriptions to videos with Mona for mastodon 14:27 JAWS for Android 16:48 iBeacons are still a thing 21:16 Here's a link to the Kwenda app referenced in this section. Any accessible TV recommendations? 24:01 Accessibility issues with Fiverr 27:21 Comments on Apple Podcast Connectgate 30:23 Accessibility issues with Express VPN 35:30 Things aren't looking good for Audible support with the Victor Reader Stream 3 38:09 HumanWare and APH update us on the Monarch Braille device 47:05 Demo of the Weatherology app for iOS 1:19:33 Closing and contact info 1:58:09
7/29/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 240:An Apple Podcasts Connectgate update, Uber frustrations, and author of the Country of the Blind, Andrew Leland

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 240 0:00 Apple Podcast Connectgate update 1:30 Thought-provoking issues around new-generation AI visual recognition 16:40. You can read the New York Times article. Hearing aids 20:57 Keeper Security 27:58 Things Siri should do 31:37 How much does it cost to fix a Braille display? 33:51 Audio description on Netflix 37:14 Qardio Arm and other products 43:24 I'm looking for a quality cane 44:53 Noisy places are inaccessible places 46:52 Bonnie's Seeing Eye interview 56:29 A troubling Uber experience 58:10 Author of The Country of the Blind, Andrew Leland 1:05:42 The nature of literacy 1:53:06 Where did Backpack Studio go? 1:56:17 Closing and contact info 1:58:38
7/22/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 239:Confronting systemic discrimination by mainstream tech companies, exciting updates at Be My Eyes, and our NFB convention travel log

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction and a heads up about future podcasts 0:00 Welcome to country code and area code 239 2:49 My address to the NFB convention 5:05. If you'd like to publicise the address, please feel free to direct people to https://mosen.org/nfb23 Feedback on the NFB address 35:07 An update on Apple Podcast Connectgate 40:45 Interested in being an accessibility professional 48:50 A primer on web accessibility basics 51:34. Visit the article here. Bose versus Sonos 52:40 Tips on cooking when blind 53:32 Be my Eyes, AI image recognition and more 56:41. Check out Mini GPT4, and LLAVA. Jonathan and Bonnie's NFB audio travel log 1:05:35 First thoughts from Houston 1:10:49 Update on Sunday 1:16:28 Tuesday afternoon at convention 1:30:46 At the gate heading home 1:40:51 A post script from home 1:55:07 Closing and contact info 2:02:36
7/15/20232 hours, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 238:A comprehensive look from a blindness perspective at the powerful Drafts app for Apple operating systems

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to Cabo Verde 0:58 Interview with the creator of Drafts, Greg Pierce 2:26 A Listner perspective on Drafts 37:38 Jonathan Mosen's Drafts review, introduction 48:17 Demonstration of sending text to multiple places 52:14 Exploring the screen 57:41 The Drafts list 1:02:21 Performing actions on multiple drafts 1:06:11 Workspaces 1:08:56 Navigation mode 1:18:57 Options from the iOS Home Screen 1:22:25 Dictating text 1:24:16 Transcribing text 1:28:37 Linking to another draft 1:29:18 Creating a draft via the web 1:31:46 Working with Actions 1:34:01 Conclusion 2:29:32 Audio demonstration from Wenwei Fisher 2:31:01 Closing and contact info 2:36:55
7/8/20232 hours, 37 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 237:More on Oko and accessible traffic signals, the nature of blindness and how we perceive it, and Melissa Allman from the Seeing Eye

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to Cameroon 0:58 Busily recording at the NFB convention in Houston 2:34 Thoughts on Oko 5:58 Accessible traffic signals in Budapest 7:54 Oko and Apple's inaccessible websites 13:57 Vision Pro 19:24 We all have deficits 23:17 The All Terrain Cane and blind pride 32:52 Lire is showing me too much 34:00 Melissa Allman fromSeeing Eye talks guide dog issues in the United States 37:28 Closing and contact info 1:58:24
7/1/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 236:Apple locks blind podcast creators out of monetising content, travel anywhere thanks to the AllTerrainCane, and is the idea of living a full life as a blind person a myth

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 236 0:00 The sale of Voice Dream Reader is official 1:11 The struggle to get Apple to care about locking blind people out of one of their services 7:47 I am concerned about Oko 28:00 I don't like being blind 33:07 Ableist Language. Are you blind? 47:15 How accessible is the Qardio Arm? 49:51 David Epstein introduces the All Terrain Cane 1:01:11 Google is also not taking accessibility seriously 1:24:40 Spin bike demo 1:26:06 Entering into the world of hearing aids 1:36:08 The Bonnie Bulletin 1:45:43 Closing and contact info 1:58:01
6/24/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 235:A Vision Pro reality check, more on the Stream and SensePlayer, Oko promises access to traffic signals, and a new Beatles song

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. HiChad! 0:00 RIM for Mac is released 1:39 The Reddit blackout 4:34 Third-party apps do not have access to the Vision Pro camera 11:04 Read the Upload VR article referenced in the episode. Bookshare's place in a world of mainstream accessible options 19:22 Influential European organisation discourages the use of accessibility overlays 25:39 Effective ad blocking tools 34:40 Looking for cookbook recommendations 37:16 More on the Victor Reader Stream and SensePlayer 41:52 Here's the link to the Executive products case for the Stream 3, and here's the link for the Executive Products SensePlayer case. The lonely little Hotel Pennsylvania 55:12 More on the Focus Braille displays including comment from Vispero 56:45 The Oko app helps with inaccessible traffic lights 1:03:54 Coping with assistance we may not want 1:28:37 Update on Castro and a demo of how sluggish Overcast is 1:35:00 A New Beatles single?Wow! 1:41:38 Features lacking in digital assistants 1:54:00 Closing and contact info 1:59:20
6/17/20232 hours, 3 seconds
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Episode 234:Does Apples Vision Pro mark a new era of accessibility, more on the justification for Bookshare, and our access to Reddit is under threat

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 234 0:00 Hi from the Audient Evo 16 1:35 See you at the NFB convention in Houston 4:41 Follow-up from Apple's WWDC 7:48 Listener comments on Apple 17:59 Bookshare's price increase and its ongoing relevance 28:42 Bose versus Sonos 58:33 Blind people's quality access to Reddit under threat 1:08:19 Check out the Save 3rd party apps subreddit Read a statement by the blackout organisers If you'd like to voice your own support for the cause, here's a letter template. Using Seeing AI to read subtitles 1:53:24 Handy hint for navigating the menus on the Zoom PodTrak M2 1:56:10 Providing guidance on website accessibility 1:58:43 Closing and contact info 2:00:15
6/10/20232 hours, 58 seconds
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Episode 233:Recapping Apple's WWDC 2023 keynote from a blindness perspective

Apple's marathon WWDC keynote included new Macs, updates to all of Apple's operating systems, and the much-anticipated mixed reality headset which Apple is calling Vision Pro. In this episode recorded immediately after the keynote, Judy Dixon, Heidi Taylor and Mike Feir join Jonathan Mosen to discuss the meaning of it all from a blindness perspective.
6/5/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 232:Apples accessibility bugs, can Bookshare be justified in an era of Apple Books and Kindle, and the CEO of AccessiBe says he's sorry

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction and welcome to Sierra Leone 0:00 M2 CHAP=Comments on Apple accessibility and ongoing bugs 2:12 M3 CHAP=AccessiBe CEO, Shir Ekerling 17:55 M4 CHAP=Is there justification for Bookshare given the availability of mainstream solutions? 1:46:28 M5 CHAP=Closing and contact info 1:58:58
6/3/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 231:Do audiology companies understand the needs of blind hearing aid wearers, is Bookshare's subscription increase excessive, and the Zoom M2 MicTrak is a microphone that records

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to episode 231 0:00 Special episode coming on the WWDC keynote 1:52 Technology's great when it works, but it doesn't always work 5:53 Listening and charging via USB 23:41 Following up on problems with the Victor Reader Stream second generation 25:23 Bookshare is increasing the price of its subscription 26:37 Comments on Google Music LM 34:30 Strategies for dealing with offers of help 38:03 The status of advocacy on quiet cars 46:02 Inadequate meet and assist service at airports 52:32 What is the Zoom M2 Mictrak? 1:00:35 Orientation 1:08:30 Initial setup 1:16:16 A comprehensive rundown of every menu option 1:19:42 Testing the microphone 1:30:47 First recording 1:33:50 Recording into Reaper with the M2 as a USB microphone 1:42:21 Recording in the field 1:46:56 Conclusion 1:51:50 Closing and contact info 1:53:01.947
5/27/20231 hour, 53 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 230:Apples accessibility announcements, Googles Music LM, Microsoft's audio transcription, and what's new with Hable One

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to episode 230 0:00 Gratitude for our accessibility progress 3:31 Summary of and commentary on Apple's accessibility announcements 5:41. You can read Apple's full press release. Demonstration of Google Music LM 27:56 Try ElevenLabs professional voice cloning free 39:20. Register your interest here. The Value of Notetakers 40:53 Transcribing audio using Microsoft Word 43:14 Time to open iOS 52:37 What's new with Hable One 1:01:53. Netflix, audio description and Dolby Atmos 1:16:26 Focus 40 Blue reliability and repairs 1:18:25 Integrating Living Blindfully Plus with SensePlayer 1:22:08 How do we, and how should we, respond to offers of help we don't want? 1:30:23 Old VoiceNote gives a no flashdisk error 1:52:04 Jingles for podcasts 1:54:27 Voices for Apple Watch 1:56:43 Closing and contact info 1:58:16
5/20/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 229:Google IO talks Google AI, patronising airline behaviour, and what are we doing about quiet electric cars?

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introductory comments 0:00 Trying to sign up for mastodon 4:53 The Federation and Freedom on the fediverse - NFB and Freedom Scientific come to Mastodon 8:51 Voice Dream Reader and subscriptions 13:12 Old Main Menu episodes 23:56 Pennsylvania 65000 26:31 ChatGPT on iPhone 35:24 More quality control issues with the Focus 40 Blue 45:47 Disabling Braille on BrailleNote Touch Plus 49:16 Impressions from a new Victor Reader Stream 3 user 50:27 Installing Kurzweil 1000 on a new machine 52:19 I want Microsoft to offer Somali text-to-speech 53:40 Choose this link to sign the open letter in support of this initiative. Comments on the Adrian Spratt interview 56:56 Google IO recap 1:02:59 Depression in the blind community 1:26:09 There is a way to use Living Blindfully Plus onAlexa 1:31:15 Another example of poor airline service 1:32:36 Following Pneuma Solutions on Mastodon 1:40:24 Do you speed up your audio? 1:40:52 Can't disable effects on my Asus laptop 1:46:10 The dangers posed by electric cars 1:47:25 Having a major frustration with Audible 1:49:12 Trouble with iOS medicine reminders 1:54:58 Closing and contact info 2:01:20
5/13/20232 hours, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 228:Mr BlueSky please tell us why, standing up against the e-scooter corporate lobbyists, and Shelly Brisbin talks all things Apple

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to 228 0:00 Pneuma Solutions arrives on Mastodon 1:26 A reality check on Bluesky 3:00 Those dreadful e-scooters, a Canadian perspective 23:57 the police's engagement with blind people 35:37 Jenny Axler from HIMS responds to recent feedback 39:21 Extremely sluggish ZoomText 54:29 Hints on NVDA and Braille 1:01:51 Shelly Brisbin discusses her latest edition of iOS Access for All and Apple-related things 1:09:58 The VarioUltra is still around 1:55:47 M13 CHAP=Wanting recommendations for fitness resources for the blind 1:56:56 Closing and contact info 2:00:44
5/6/20232 hours, 1 minute, 43 seconds
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Episode 227:A tutorial on Mona for Mastodon, the most powerful, accessible way to do Mastodon on your iPhone, iPad and Mac

This special episode is devoted to Mona, a Mastodon app for iOS, iPadOS and MacOS. It has exceptional VoiceOver accessibility, and during its development, the developer has consulted extensively with the blind community. The app is a powerful, friendly way to engage with Mastodon and the developer's hard work deserves our support. The lengthy tutorial is segmented by chapter for easy navigation. Here's what we cover. Introduction and welcome to 227 0:00 Mona tutorial introduction 2:41 How Mona came to be 3:13 Versions of Mona and introductory pricing 12:21 Setting up your first account 17:56 Exploring the Tab Bar 26:33 Interacting with posts on the Home Tab 31:09 Filtering content in your HomeTab 1:07:23 Viewing your notifications 1:15:45 Connect with other instances via the Communities Tab 1:23:56 Hashtags. Why they are critical on Mastodon and how to interact with them in Mona 1:29:21 Searching for people and content 1:33:55 the Profile tab 1:38:46 Check out what's trending 1:44:51 Working with multiple accounts 1:45:22 Creating and voting in polls 1:48:11 Mona's extensive settings 1:58:00 Mona's keyboard shortcuts 2:26:00 Conclusion 2:28:08 Closing and contact info 2:28:43
5/1/20232 hours, 29 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 226:Voice Dream Reader has a nightmare week and ignites a subscription debate, how do e-scooters disrupt your life, and do police sometimes fail to take crimes against blind people seriously?

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to the episode, country code, and area code 226 0:00 Voice Dream Reader adopts a subscription model for new customers, ignites subscription debate 2:13 Hints in iOS 23:23 Robert J Sawyer's WWW trilogy 25:09 Thoughts on Reaper and Braille 26:24 Reading poetry without Braille 36:49 Sonos app concerns 42:36 Mesh systems 50:45 The Be My Eyes Virtual Volunteer 53:24 Seeing AI in-door navigation 54:29 Those horrible E-scooters 1:02:36 Victor Reader Stream podcasts bug 1:09:51 Apps for the keto diet 1:15:58 The quest for my ultimate Braille device 1:20:31 FeelSpace 1:39:31 Limiting beliefs 1:43:28 The Bonnie Bulletin 1:46:17 Closing and contact info 1:59:28
4/29/20232 hours, 7 seconds
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Episode 225:Its long past time for key players in the blindness field to get on Mastodon, and blind novel writer Adrian Spratt

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction and a welcome to 225 0:00 It's long past time for many entities in our field to get on Mastodon. 2:15 More thoughts on SensePlayer 17:37 Living Blindfully Plus 27:15 David Kingsbury's Windows Screen Reader Primer updated 30:28 Praise for the ProtoArc XK01 folding keyboard 31:23 Various tech topics including Optima 32:56 Author Adrian Spratt discusses his book Caroline, and debates ableist language 48:01 Reading text formatting in Braille 1:46:56 Castro 1:48:19 Underwhelmed by Apple Music Classical 1:50:04 Can you get the VoiceWare voices on Windows? 1:53:44 Hulu and audio description 1:55:48 Closing and contact info 1:58:57
4/25/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 224:A discussion with HIMS and user review of the SensePlayer, and adding Living Blindfully Plus on the Victor Reader Stream 2

Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to the first Living Blindfully episode 0:00 Country and area codes for 223 and 224 0:56 Living Blindfully Plus on the Victor Reader Stream 3:23 Comments on the change to Living Blindfully 17:30 Comments on episode 220 21:18 Comments on the keto lifestyle 22:53 Earle Harrison from HIMS discusses SensePlayer and other HIMS products 34:26 Vaughn Bennison reviews and demonstrates SensePlayer from HIMS 1:14:37 If you'd like to learn more about SensePlayer, you can download the official SensePlayer audio tutorial from HIMS. The BlindShellClassic on AT&T 1:56:42 Closing and contact info 1:59:26
4/15/20232 hours, 4 seconds
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Episode 223:The future of Mosen at Large is Living Blindfully

This is a special episode containing Jonathan Mosen's presentation on the future of Mosen at Large, which from now on will be called Living Blindfully. Here is a summary of the key points and when you can hear them. The episode, as usual is segmented by chapter. Introduction from Bonnie Mosen,0:00 Introduction from Jonathan Mosen,4:15 A new name to reflect what the podcast has become,8:55 Our new logo,14:24 Contributing to Living Blindfully,15:06 LivingBlindfully.com and some of its features,15:50 Living Blindfully and the Fediverse,24:14 Offloading some of the tasks,26:58 Advertising on Living Blindfully,29:16 Living Blindfully Plus,30:57 Presentation Conclusion,35:42 Caller1,37:38 Caller2,38:53 Caller3,42:43 Caller4,43:56 Caller5,45:34 Caller6,50:11 Written question1,52:42 Caller7,53:34 Caller8,56:37 Caller9,58:36 Caller10,1:00:07 Caller11,1:02:14 Caller12,1:07:27 Written question2,1:12:09 Caller13,1:14:03 Caller14,1:18:48 Caller15,1:25:13 Caller16,1:28:17 Caller17,1:33:39 Caller18,1:37:41 Caller19,1:42:04 Caller20,1:45:29 Caller21,1:50:34 Caller22,1:56:50 Caller23,2:00:25 Caller24,2:03:07 Caller25,2:04:48 Caller26,2:06:31 Caller27,2:09:54 Caller28,2:12:52 Caller29,2:16:43 Caller30,2:18:32 Caller31,2:21:23 Caller32,2:25:20 Caller33,2:30:29 Caller34,2:33:17 Caller35,2:35:55 Caller36,2:38:36 Caller37,2:43:21 Caller38,2:46:29 Caller39,2:49:33 Caller40,2:52:57 Caller41,2:55:24 Caller42,2:56:39 Closing,3:00:08
4/9/20233 hours, 58 seconds
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Episode 222:A comprehensive demonstration of the Be My Eyes Virtual Volunteer, and Chat GPT pontificates on the pros and cons of being blind

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Final reminder about a webinar with an important announcement about the future of this podcast,1:45 Demonstration of the Be My Eyes Virtual Volunteer powered by Chat GPT,3:10 Sonos surround sound adventures with the Era 300,56:02 Sonos Roam question,1:02:25 I want to learn more about Reaper,1:03:43 Hubspot's inaccessibility,1:08:08 Can I get Google Assistant on Windows?,1:09:04 Comments on several recent topics,1:10:09 Producing podcasts on iPhone,1:21:26 Chat bots go political,1:27:09. Here's the article referred to in this contribution. Cybercriminals are getting smarter,1:30:31 Spring for Twitter is back for now,1:33:42 I can't stand YouTube Shorts either,1:35:37 Windows Mini Computer,1:37:40 Looking for a way to read news that isn't littered with ads,1:38:36 USB-C audio and charging recommendations for a Pixel 7,1:41:41 Comments on various recent topics,1:43:34 Chat GPT's reflections on the pros and cons of being blind,1:47:08 Google Docs tips and tricks,1:56:32 Closing and contact info,1:59:57
4/7/20232 hours, 21 seconds
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Episode 221:An upcoming webinar announcing the future of this podcast, The Be My Eyes Virtual Volunteer, Sonos has new speakers and features

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Can we claim this area code?,0:00 Join me for an announcement about this podcast's future, 1:00 Chat GPT turns its hand to punditry about the webinar's purpose,4:47 Hans Wiberg and Mike Buckley from Be My Eyes talk about the service in general and its new Virtual Volunteer in beta,7:51 I have the Sonos Era 300,37:27 Optima and Braille display thoughts,1:01:03 Apple issues and comments,1:20:17 Wanting to improve my English,1:34:08 Keeping TalkBack speech on my Android device,1:35:19 The Braille Doodle, a book on disability justice, and remembering Judith Heumann",1:36:13 Accessible wireless mesh recommendations,1:39:08 Sense Player and Victor Reader Stream,1:45:43 Vizling is an app that makes comics accessible to blind people,1:48:14 Reading poetry inBraille,1:49:25 Blindness and literature,1:55:43 Closing and contact info,1:59:29
4/1/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 220:Going in-depth on the Optima, more on well-being, and the blindness portable player discussion continues

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to Ohio,0:00 Adi Kushnir and Venkatesh Chari discuss the Optima, a forthcoming device that will be a laptop with a Braille display",3:01 Blind people being denied alcohol,1:08:43 Using Biblos to Turn ebooks into audiobooks,1:11:12 Advocacy to Google on a Google Calendar issue,1:13:17 Feedback on a few tech topics from recent episodes,1:15:45 Comments on Bing and Eleven Labs,1:18:12 Comments on episode 218,1:21:55 TaskManagers,1:24:58 Diet and well-being,1:26:46 Sense Player and Victor Reader Stream feedback,1:33:09 Podcast apps,1:48:11 Census and mail security,1:55:16 Closing and contact info,2:00:22
3/25/20232 hours, 47 seconds
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Episode 219:AI makes its presence felt in the blind community, exciting news from CSUN, and first-hand experiences of the Sense Player and Victor Reader Stream

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Indiana,0:00 Be my Eyes and Envision embrace Chat GPT,2:00 Optima is an exciting new product set for next year,13:04 TechRoundup,24:13 Windows podcast players and twitter,28:06 Scanner/Printer combo,34:26 The difficulty getting Braille manuals for Braille embossers,35:29 Questions about the new Bing,39:56 Notey,40:55 Eleven Labs,42:34 Ad blockers,50:41 Braille display recommendations,53:06 Survey on accessible poker,1:02:56. Complete the survey at https://bit.ly/blindpoker The Castro podcast app has become less accessible,1:04:44 Comments on Sense Player and similar devices,1:14:35 iOS 16 bugs,1:52:50 Closing and contact info,2:00:57
3/18/20232 hours, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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Episode 218:More advocacy success, what's your favourite Braille display, depression in the blind community, and the Sense Player from Hims

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to Minnesota,0:13 The New Zealand census and a story of effective advocacy,3:37 deteriorating compatibility between JAWS and some Microsoft apps,14:40 Depression in the blind community,16:26 Tech Roundup,36:11 Comments on episode 214,41:37 Which Braille display should I buy?,46:40 Dictation has gotten really bad on my iPhone,49:47 Bad Apple experience inSouthAfrica,55:55 Brian Hartgen discusses the Sense Player from Hims,1:05:01 Ableist language,1:38:48 Looking for an accessible CRM,1:51:30 Poor support from Zoom,1:55:55 Following up on the Microsoft Access inquiry,1:57:51 Closing and contact info,1:58:42
3/11/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 217:A demo of the new Bing powered by Chat GPT, tips for editing video in Windows accessibly, and the new Victor Reader Stream is arriving for early adopters

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Illinois,0:00 Looking for a good ad-blocker for my iPhone,1:53 Looking for some advice on Microsoft Access,5:33 More discrimination stories,7:45 I want to permanently disable YouTube Shorts,12:04 Task management apps,13:57 Tech Roundup,19:41 Keeping your iPhone unlocked,25:34 A serious problem with Apple's subscriptions page,26:32 Looping audio on the iPhone,31:28 Blind subculture,33:23 Microsoft Remote Desktop for iOS,36:04 The Victor Reader Stream,37:35 We're eager to cover the Sense Player from hims on this podcast,40:14 Why I use a Victor Reader Stream,43:30 Comments on Eleven Labs and the future of audiobook narrators,47:47 The new Microsoft Bing powered by Chat GPT,1:01:11 Anyone got scanner printer combo recommendations?,1:30:39 Editing video in Windows,1:31:53 My thoughts on the Brainport,1:33:38 The Bonnie Bulletin talks Google Docs and learning new things,1:40:47 Bonnie and the gremlins,1:48:33 Bonnie and the engineers,1:52:53 Bonnie and the granddaughter,1:55:57 Closing announcement and contact info,2:00:09
3/4/20232 hours, 33 seconds
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Episode 216:Progress on ableist language in the New Zealand media, where to go for great mastodon hosting, and President-elect of AER MarkRichert

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here's the list of what's in this episode and when it happens. Welcome Cleveland,0:00 Making progress on the ableist language issue,1:47 A shout out and thank you to Masto.host,14:12 TechRoundup,21:16 Interview with AER President Elect, Mark Richert",27:05 Closing and contact info,2:10:03
2/25/20232 hours, 10 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 215:More thoughts on the Victor Reader Stream, what are your favourite PC speakers, and the astounding new voice AI technology fromEleven Labs

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Pennsylvania,0:00 Sending love to those affected by natural disasters,1:24 The Victor Reader Stream,4:03 Learning JAWS,17:53 Braille support in Android TalkBack, and hearing aids",23:41 Our Eleven Labs feature begins with a tech roundup,31:07 More Eleven Labs samples,35:42 Interview with Mati Staniszewski from Eleven Labs,43:56 iPhone DFU and other matters,1:31:28 Braille instruction,1:35:41 IP Braille table,1:38:37 Looping audio on the iPhone,1:42:36 Court reporting and captioning,1:45:16 I love Sonos,1:50:54 Ham Radio,1:52:44 Comments on several products,1:54:54 Looking for PC speakers,1:58:51 Closing and contact info,2:01:08
2/18/20232 hours, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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Episode 214:More Victor Reader Stream thoughts, Apple discussion, and an atrocious case of airline discrimination against blind parents

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Dallas,0:00 Thoughts on the Victor Reader Stream,2:04 This week's tech roundup,28:16 Mastodon and other social media,34:33 A Happy conclusion on the Brailliant Enter issue,44:20 VoiceOver speech not returning after a call,45:22 Braille Screen Input flaky in iOS 16.3,46:41 Flaky pairing between iPhone 13 Mini and Focus 40 Blue,47:30 How can I beta test iOS?,48:31 Denial of service and feedback on Aira,51:43 eythor thrastarson talks about his horrific airline discrimination experience,54:12 accounts of discrimination,1:29:16 The original BlindShell has been abandoned and I don't like it,1:36:43 Do we have a blind subculture?,1:40:29 Audio description without Dolby Atmos,1:42:25 Has anyone used the BrainPort?,1:47:38 More on meditation,1:50:32 Any advice on being a DJ?,1:55:52 Closing and contact info,1:58:42
2/11/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 213:Comments on the new Victor Reader Stream, RIM has new pay as you go plans and prepares to come to Mac, and why is it so hard to get a Braille manual for a Braille embosser?

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Los Angeles,0:00 Why the show sounds a bit different,1:20 You can sign an open letter to Audible on the Victor Reader Stream,4:53 Comments on the Victor Reader Stream Third Generation,6:07 The Qardio Arm and issues facing blind Americans with diabetes,27:37 Aira pricing changes,31:15 The Apple Watch Ultra,33:32 ThinkPad battery issues,37:40 Web services to a gay couple,41:45 Envision glasses, the struggle for a Braille manual, and Sonos",44:20 I like my iPhone 14,54:41 Curious about the Apple Magic Keyboard,1:01:19 Door detection and getting back to my front door,1:02:56 Should I upgrade to iOS 16?,1:07:40 The Brailliant and the Enter key in iOS,1:09:35 RIM from Pneuma Solutions announces pay as you go plans and is coming to the Mac,1:10:54 What is network radio?,1:34:29 Closing and contact info,1:59:47
2/4/20232 hours, 12 seconds
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Episode 212:All that's new in HumanWare's Victor Reader Stream third generation, is it time for us to do visual interpretation differently, and an Australian bar says if you're blind and by yourself, it's a safety risk for you to drink

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro and some notes for new listeners,0:00 Mathieu Paquette and Dominic Labbe from HumanWare discuss the Victor Reader Stream Third Generation,1:43 Statement from New Zealand's Braille Authority on always capitalising the word Braille ,52:57 Apple Watch Ultra,55:30 BARD and Zoom now on the BlindshellClassic 2,1:01:04 Pneuma Solutions bringing RIM to the Mac,1:02:25 The blind community could reinvent visual interpretation,1:03:42 Envision announces a range of price points for its glasses,1:11:10 Bar refuses to serve a woman because she's blind and has no carer,1:18:22 The Bonnie Bulletin says hi to 212,1:31:53 She's here! She's here!,1:33:52 How we ended up with our SunStream Evolve 10 infrared Sauna,1:41:22 The Qardio Arm blood pressure monitor,1:48:52 The Shure MV7,1:53:29 Brailliant follow-up,1:55:11 Mastodon, Cricket and Internet radio",1:56:01 Closing and Contact info,2:00:14
1/28/20232 hours, 39 seconds
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Episode 211:There's an all too common problem with some Lenovo ThinkPads, unboxing an Apple Watch Ultra, and the audio game Evidence 111

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. This is the last episode for 2022. Mosen at Large is now taking a summer break and will return on 29 January. You are welcome to keep the contributions coming in during the break, so that we have a packed first show. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to the final show for 2022,0:00 Giving you the info on 211,1:26 Plenty of great holiday programming on MushroomFM,3:20 There is a fault affecting a good number of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th gen machines,4:21. Here is the long thread I referred to on the podcast. Apple Watch Ultra unboxing and setup,33:35 Evidence 111 is a compelling audio game for iOS and Android,1:19:56 Deep Fried turkey,1:36:18 Audio description,1:38:01 Is there a Dvorak keyboard tutor app?,1:43:25 Crossing in a straight line,1:44:16 Microsoft Teams,1:46:24 Newspaper content in audio,1:48:36 Performing an iPhone clean install,1:49:41 CCLVI,1:53:54 IPA Braille,1:54:47. Here is the article referred to about IPA Braille. Wanting to be independent in health clubs and other places,1:55:21 Keep the contributions coming over the break,2:00:43
12/17/20222 hours, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Episode 210:Your very last chance to vote for your top 10 holiday songs, BlindShell USA, and those annoying RealTek Windows drivers again

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. It's our penultimate edition for 2022,0:00 Welcome y'all in San Antonio,1:01 A final reminder to vote for your top 10 holiday songs and join our special party,4:01 Feedback from the Aira interview,7:23 Alternative contacts app for iOS,10:14 Determining if a light is active on a charger,10:45 Guide dog refusals and responsibility,14:54 Mastodon,22:38 Amateur radio,27:11 Disability labels,39:07 A gift can brighten someone's day,48:41 Chromevox granularity shortcut,54:02 Staticless AM radio,54:55 Bari Azman and Diane Ducharme from BlindShell USA,1:00:56 Blind people working with the International Phonetic Alphabet,1:38:43 HidrateSpark smart water bottle,1:39:45 The frustrating RealTek Windows drivers and screen readers,1:41:48 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:45:24 Closing and contact info,1:56:43
12/10/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 209:Aira to increase prices and make free offers less generous, Mastodon adoption increases rapidly, and be sure to vote for your top 10 holiday songs

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Mosen at Large taking a summer break,0:00 Like totally like welcome California,2:15 Have you voted in the holiday countdown yet?,3:45 Troy Otillio and Jenine Stanley from Aira,10:29 Mastodon and the changing social media landscape,1:08:27 More on iOS VoiceOver focus issues in lists,1:24:27 My Siri doesn't understand me,1:25:27 Guide dog refusals,1:28:13 Reaction to the Johny Cassidy interview,1:30:32 New York Times accessibility, and audio readings of newspapers",1:31:39 Windows Defender versus a paid solution,1:40:23 Sony WM1000 XM5,1:44:19 Staying straight while crossing a street,1:48:25 Navigating by sentence in JAWS,1:52:15 Question about Overcast,1:53:30 The closure we seek,1:55:44 Closing and contact info,1:57:50
12/3/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 208:Why Mushroom FM had gone all in on Mastodon, Dan Clarke from Focusrite talks about their accessibility initiatives, and a demo of the updated Vocaster Hub

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome to Idaho,0:00 Voting is open in Mushroom FM's holiday countdown and Christmas party,3:03 Mushroom FM goes all in on Mastodon,6:29 Spontaneous iPhone reboots,20:04 Multiple iOS 16 issues,21:55 Emergency SOS satellite feature on iPhone,27:29 VoiceOver focus issues,31:56 Amateur radio,33:53 Windows usability,39:04 Guide dog refusal stories,51:18 Dan Clarke fromFocusrite,1:02:02 Vocaster Hub update,1:29:57 DecTalk on iOS?,1:37:24 Dragon Naturally Speaking and the Windows Start Menu,1:38:53 Bluetooth Transceiver,1:41:11 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:43:42 Closing and contact info,1:58:11
11/26/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 207:The Windows Start Menu verbosity saga, Mastodon continues to gain traction, and the need to make data journalism accessible

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Maine,0:00 Tweesecake launches a new Mastodon instance,2:13 Follow Mosen at Large on Mastodon,6:47 The Windows Start Menu took a temporary productivity hit for screen readers,8:52 Another Eset update,21:24 Amateur radio,26:49 Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Flip,36:02 Going back to the hotel that didn't want us,41:24 Mosen at the Museum,59:06 Siri is being flaky,1:02:54 My iPhone is rebooting spontaneously,1:07:21 Apple's texting via satellite is live in the US,1:10:17 Some thoughts on voice assistants,1:12:55 All blind people are the same and thoughts on Uber,1:22:55 Johny Cassidy discusses making data journalism accessible,1:30:08 Closing and contact info,2:01:32
11/19/20222 hours, 1 minute, 57 seconds
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Episode 206:Mastering Mastodon, how do you get started with ham radio, and a fix for the Eset issues plaguing screen reader users

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Seattle,0:00 An introduction to Mastodon from a blindness perspective,1:08 Using Mastodon on various platforms,24:31 Concluding thoughts on Mastodon,53:29 Here are some additional resources to get you started with Mastodon. Changeling’s Guide to mastodon for Screen Reader Users. Mastodon for Writers/Readers, written from a blindness perspective. Mastodon Help Guide. Fedi.Tips – An Unofficial Guide to Mastodon and the Fediverse A fix for screen readers and Eset,59:21 Jim Kutsch offers an introduction to Amateur radio from a blindness perspective,1:03:30 To subscribe to the Blind Hams list, send a blank email to: [email protected] Using a Chromebook with Focus 40 Blue,1:51:06 Using the iPhone as a phone,1:53:43 JAWS and the Dvorak keyboard,1:55:47 Closing and contact info,1:59:32
11/12/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 205:My most bizarre Windows experience ever, the real-world impact of iOS bugs, how to maintain maximum iPhone battery health for years, and audiobooks on the BlindShell Classic 2

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Alabama,0:00 My most bizarre Windows experience ever,0:57 Audio description,11:28 New iPhone setup experience and iOS 16 thoughts,24:31 More on VoiceOver being extremely quiet on calls,30:17 New iPhone 14 doesn't work with my hearing aids,35:19 VoiceOver focus issue affecting recent contacts causes embarrassment,37:34 Problem with Braille auto-panning in Apple Books,47:31 Treating your battery right can keep it healthy for a long time,49:09 Envision Smart Glasses feedback,52:59 Flip 4 and Android thoughts,56:49 The BlindShellClassic 2 and audiobooks,1:09:24 Positive news on a discrimination complaint,1:39:58 High Tech hot water bottle,1:42:10 Using the word sight when you actually mean blind,1:43:14 The Bonnie Bulletin. Should we go back after a discrimination experience?,1:50:11 Closing and contact info,2:00:37
11/5/20222 hours, 1 minute, 1 second
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Episode 204:iOS 16 bugs, more Envision Smart Glasses Feedback, and the history, art, and technicalities of audio description with Joel Snyder

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome Manitoba,0:00 Join me on Mushroom FM for my ABBA Special, Mosen at the Museum,1:10 Trouble sending a text with iOS 16 and my Brailliant,6:03 VoiceOver causing iPhone to call the wrong person,9:56 App Switcher issue appears resolved,10:56 VoiceOver quiet on calls,11:12 VoiceOver chattering when a call starts,22:39 Editing text from within iPhone's Braille Screen Input,23:36 More feedback on the Envision Smart Glasses,26:42 Can't read by sentence in JAWS,33:04 The misleading way TV ads speak prices,34:33 All things audio description with Joel Snyder,37:10 Closing and Contact info,1:58:58
10/29/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 203:iPhone and iOS feedback, comments on the Envision Smart Glasses, another Beatles remix and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Hello Connecticut!,0:00 My iPhone 14 Pro Max is here,0:49 The Beatles Revolver album is being remixed. Don't miss the Mushroom FM special,19:33 Comments on the Envision Smart Glasses demo,24:55 I completely lost speech on my iPhone as well,45:20 iOS bugs are making me contemplate Android,48:02 Digging deep into the problem of VoiceOver being quiet on calls,56:25 An Apple tech support rep was rude and unhelpful,1:11:18 The App Switcher in iOS16 is not working correctly for me,1:18:06 thoughts on jingles, Optacons and iOS,1:20:46 Should AIra retain its free calls?,1:24:52 Editing text without leaving Braille Screen Input for iOS,1:31:05 The Graphiti Braille display,1:37:27 Recording voice messages and melatonin concerns,1:43:40 Various tech topics,1:48:28 Vispero supporting the Assistive Technology Affordability Act,1:53:08 Closing and contact info,1:57:15
10/22/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 202:A comprehensive demonstration and review of the Envision Smart Glasses

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction to the Envision Smart Glasses,0:00 Learning the gestures,8:07 A quick tour of the Main Menu,15:32 The Read Menu,17:03 Reading printed mail,19:48 Out for a drive and off to the mall,36:28 Call an ally,49:52 Call and Aira agent,1:00:12 Describe Scene,1:07:53 Detect light,1:12:00 Recognise cash,1:15:31 Scan QR code,1:18:07 Detect Colours,1:25:53 Find objects,1:27:04 Find people,1:29:57 Explore,1:36:17 Device settings,1:37:27 Feature preferences,1:51:54 Help,2:00:30 Conclusion,2:01:53 Closing and contact info,2:09:20
10/15/20222 hours, 9 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 201:Casting a secret ballot shouldn't be this hard, VoiceOver quiet when on phone calls, and is it time Aira ditched its free calls-

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Welcome New Jersey!,0:00 Unacceptable, inaccessible voting process,1:34 The Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill,5:52 My Sonos PORT died on the same day as the Queen,9:08 Eloquence works a bit differently in iOS 16 compared to JAWS,19:10 Notifications in iOS 16,22:22 VoiceOver quiet on phone calls,23:35 Powering on an iPhone isn't as straightforward as it used to be, and a problem with my audio mixer,33:15 Some TV ads are audio described in the UK,40:05 Fantastical issues, and Amazon Echo inquiry,43:49 The dreaded high school reunion,50:45 JAM jingles and StationPlaylist questions,56:42 Nuphy Air75 keyboard review,1:11:00 More comments on the Optacon,1:19:40 Dictation in Microsoft Office,1:20:56 iPhones and coffee cups,1:25:32 How can I stay straighter when crossing the street?,1:27:40 Accessibility issues with the KFC New Zealand website,1:29:37 The Castro podcast client for iOS,1:32:21 Very odd problem with Skype,1:34:40 My cochlea implant experience,1:35:39 The Braille letter W,1:46:21 Aira needs to ditch the free calls and look after paying customers,1:48:36 Closing and contact info,1:59:32
10/8/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 200:New Zealand says yes to Braille with an uppercase B, Apple feedback, Envision glasses and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Some reflections as we produce our 200th episode,0:00 Braille with an uppercase B is now the standard in New Zealand,8:49 Oddities after installing iOS 16,11:44 Still on iOS 15. Should I upgrade yet?,19:21 Recovering deleted messages in iOS 16,21:31 Thoughts on iOS 16 and iPhone 14 Pro,22:21 Why the Apple Watch Ultra interests me,23:34 The new satellite support in iPhone 14 could save your life,27:20 VoiceOver is impossibly quiet on a call,30:16 Loving my new iPhone 14 Pro but have questions,37:50 Voiceover having trouble keeping my place on some web pages and emails,42:03 User feedback on the Envision Smart Glasses,44:44 Hable One,50:35 Tech memories,52:48 Adding apps to the Favourites in the BlindShell Classic 2,1:03:33 An extended Bonnie bulletin on our recent travels,1:05:57 Closing and contact info,1:58:35
10/1/20221 hour, 59 minutes
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Episode 199:Meet the Hable One, and David Andrews remembers the early days of assistive computer technology

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. An unwelcome visitor, and no new iPhone yet,0:00 The Hable One is an innovative Braille input keyboard for your smartphone,4:39 David Andrews remembers the early days of computer technology,46:40 Closing and contact info,1:49:16
9/24/20221 hour, 49 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 198:Microphone advice, laptop advice, and one of these 26 things is not like the other

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Classic 99 demo,0:48 Demo of the Sing my Number Alexa skill,13:08 Grammar checker,17:58 Looking for a microphone,20:28 Why does Winamp not stay in focus?,23:47 Mantis with multiple devices,26:44 What's up with the Braille letter W?,28:45 Mental wellness apps,31:03 5% blind,38:51 The accessibility of Roku devices needs work,45:13 More thoughts on self-description,46:22 Getting numbers from Pinecast,48:13 Blind pride,51:01 We should be pushing harder for audio described ads on TV,53:42 I'm looking for a new laptop,56:09 my iPhone is full,1:01:59 Various tech topics,1:09:35 Lost focus,1:13:27 Looking for web accessibility resources,1:15:17 Blindisms,1:16:55 Victor Reader Stream,1:27:01 Fixing ears at home,1:28:32 A WhatsApp tip,1:29:46 Comments on Aira,1:31:34 Online accessibility advocacy,1:36:03 A problem with Backpack Studio,1:40:13 A review of the ARX Vision Headset,1:42:49 Looking for an accessible Twitter scheduler,1:54:00 Closing and contact info,1:57:39
9/17/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 197:iOS 16, demo and explanation of some of its new features

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction to this review and to iOS 16,0:00 Third party voices can be OS-wide,1:50 Eloquence and other new voices,3:11 Customisable lock screens,4:07 Door detection and Magnifier changes,5:35 More granular control of text to speech punctuation,27:14 Torch/Flashlight notification,30:59 Rotor items for Dot Pad and similar multi-line Braille devices,31:24 Apple Watch mirroring,32:35 What's new with Siri and dictation,35:40 Privacy settings,44:29 App Privacy Report,48:54 Changes to Messages,52:53 New features in Mail,1:01:56 Improvements to Focus,1:05:39 Medication tracking in the Health app,1:26:04 Transfer eSIMS via Bluetooth,1:43:16 Weather changes,1:44:28 Closing and contact info,1:54:08
9/10/20221 hour, 54 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 196:Apple's Far Out event from a blindness perspective

Jonathan Mosen, Judy Dixon, Anthony Horvath and Heidi Taylor consider Apple's new product offerings announced at its 7 September Far Out event from a blindness perspective. We discuss Apple Watch, Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Ultra, new AirPods Pro, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
9/7/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 195:One guys thoughts on iOS podcast apps, looking ahead to Apple's Far Out event, and could the Dot Pad be the holy Braille?

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Looking ahead to Apple's Far Out event,0:00 Will the Castro podcasts app be ready for iOS 16, and what's the best alternative?,3:32 Apple topics,27:47 The Louis Braille Museum and other travel tips,40:05 Elevators at the NFB convention,1:00:53 Dot Incorporated CEO, Eric Kim talks about Dot Pad",1:05:31 Robots at the ACB convention,1:35:05 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:49:09 Closing and contact info,2:04:31
9/3/20222 hours, 4 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 194:Aira comes to the Envision Smart Glasses, Apples got new iPhones coming, and a final discussion about literacy in a blindness context

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. The big reveal,0:00 Next week, Mosen at Large welcomes a sponsor,1:29 Apple's Far Out event is 7 September,3:32 Final thoughts on literacy in a blindness context,6:16 Sony noise cancelling headphones,49:42 Karthik Kannan talks about Aira on the Envision Glasses and more,58:53 Siri, iOS 16 and more,1:43:11 We should capitalise Google when using it as a verb, and here’s the Grammar Girl podcast notes on the matter,1:54:46 Comments on episode 187,1:56:47 Closing and contact info,2:00:13
8/27/20222 hours, 38 seconds
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Episode 193:What does literacy mean in a blindness context, travel tips, and a thorough look at the Zoom F3 digital field recorder

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Feedback on the Mark Riccobono interview,0:00 What constitutes literacy in a blindness context?,2:40 Noise cancelling headphones,30:52.151 Travel tips,35:34 Zoom F3 introduction,42:44 Zoom F3 physical description,45:59 Zoom F3 menu structure,1:01:54 The Zoom F3 Control app,1:10:41 ZoomF3 conclusion,1:39:51 Recap of charger and power products,1:47:36 Braille improvements in iOS 15.6,1:50:30 The Bonnie Bulletin recorded on the Zoom F3,1:51:04 Closing and contact info,1:59:11
8/20/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 192:Listeners respond to the Mark Riccobono interview, siri reliability issues, and Waymap is new navigation technology

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Listener feedback on the Mark Riccobono interview,0:00 Abuse at schools for the blind,14:58 Problems with Siri and delayed notifications,30:13 Learning DutchBraille,41:52 Looking for eReader advice,42:23 Comments on episode 187,46:06 Blind people and the medical profession,49:38 Aira outside its service area,58:40 Waymap CEO Tom Pey,1:05:19 Alt+Tab, and renaming files,1:38:48 System Error Five on Victor Reader Stream,1:40:49 A guide to using Lyft with VoiceOver on iOS,1:43:53 iBeacons,1:51:17 Sony WH-1000XM5 and Sony WF-1000XM4,1:53:02
8/13/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 191:National Federation of the Blind President, Mark Riccobono

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. This week’s episode is devoted to an interview with National Federation of the Blind President, Mark Riccobono. Here is a timeline of the key topics covered. These are also chapters in the MP3 file. Introduction,0:00 Early life and background,1:44 NFB membership numbers and the place of advocacy organisations in the Internet age,7:44 Feeding the family,16:43 Is NFB advancing a left wing agenda?,18:02 COVID at the 2022 convention,22:18 Is NFB truly a democratic organisation?,24:47 Perceived conflicts of interest,42:32 sexual misconduct,56:20 The place of Federation philosophy today,1:30:33 How does NFB determine which individual advocacy cases to take on?,1:34:55 Accessible COVID tests,1:37:55 accessible voting,1:40:04 advocacy for new accessibility legislation,1:42:05 The Museum of the Blind Peoples' Movement,1:44:57 Reunification?,1:47:35 Concluding questions,1:50:26 Closing and contact info,1:54:41
8/6/20221 hour, 55 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 190:The visual description debate goes viral, more on abuse at schools for the blind, and Remote Incident Manager from Pneuma Solutions

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Abuse at schools for the blind,0:27 Siri, Sonos and Alexa problems,11:05 Give the JAWS unified keyboard processing a try,19:57 Looking for a mood tracker that is accessible,22:04 Big improvements to the accessibility of the Phonak app,27:37 Word auto-correct isn't as good as it should be,29:02 Matt Campbell and Mike Calvo from Pneuma Solutions talk about the new Remote Incident Manager,31:46 Remote Incident Manager demo and comments,1:00:15 How to leave a podcast review,1:24:54 The Bonnie Bulletin from the comfy chair,1:29:28 The debate about visual descriptions has gone really viral,1:32:11 We've given up on the Cygnett ChargeUp Edge,1:44:45 We broke up with Menulog. It's not us, it's them,1:46:59 Travel plans, cool recording gear, and they're in hot water at Buckingham palace,1:52:25 Closing and contact info,1:55:39
7/30/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 189:Giving public evidence on school for the blind abuse, more on ableist language, and a comprehensive demonstration of the Vocaster Two audio interface fromFocusrite

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Giving public evidence to the Royal Commission on Abuse inCare,1:48 Revisiting ableist language and some tech topics,12:37 Introduction to a review of the Focusrite Vocaster Two,31:15 Bundled software,39:59 Unboxing,42:33 Detailed layout description,45:50 Installing the drivers and Vocaster Hub on Windows,54:06 Working with built-in Windows support,1:00:54 Vocaster Hub for Windows,1:14:29 Working with Vocaster Two in Reaper,1:34:41 Pairing Vocaster Two with iPhone via Bluetooth,1:38:43 Using a TRRS cable between Vocaster Two and iPhone,1:47:14 Final thoughts,1:55:31 Closing and contact info,1:59:10
7/23/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 188:ACB says no toBraille with a capital b, and an extended interview with Slau Halatyn

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. ACB will continue to spell Braille with a lower case b,0:00 Text selection in iOS 15.5,6:50 Demeaning attitudes towards blind people,7:24 Problems with new Amazon Echo devices,12:10 Playing guitar while wearing Oticon S1,16:05 Questions about Microsoft Office 365,20:38 Interview with Slau Halatyn,22:17. You can find Slau’s tutorial on Pto Tools from a blindness perspective at http://ptaccess.github.io Closing and contact info,1:55:28
7/16/20221 hour, 55 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 187:Aira arriving on new devices, differing Uber experiences, and tech tips for travel

Transcript Transcripts are made possible by Pneuma Solutions, a global leader in accessible cloud technologies. On the web at http://PneumaSolutions.com. You can read the full transcript below, download the transcript in Microsoft Word format, or download the transcript as an accessible PDF file. Pneuma Solutions' RIM now in public beta,0:00 Netflix rolling out spatial audio,3:41 The Alt+Tab Problem,5:46 Things you can't do with JAWS laptop layout,9:05 When I create a group call, my iPhone uses its speaker,15:37 TVNZ Plus has no on-demand audio description,18:10 More on the Clear Vision Project,19:12 Emojis aren't available when using a foreign language keyboard on my iPhone,25:00 Dolby Atmos and audio description,25:48 VO voice switching and earpiece issues on iPhone,28:23 Guns in the United States,32:35 Uber and Lyft with VoiceOver,41:26 Tips for finding the URL of a stream,47:50 Loving my new NLS Braille device,51:51 Becoming a grandpa,52:52 Jenine Stanley from Aira talks about the suite of Aira Everywhere announcements,54:29 The Bonnie bulletin. It's amazing what you blind people can do,1:36:10 Travel tech tips,1:45:26.805 Closing and contact info,1:56:43
7/9/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 186:JAWS for ARM processors available for testing, Leasey version 7 is packed with new features, and gadgets for travelling

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. You can now test JAWS for ARM processors,0:00 The RODECaster Pro II from a blindness perspective,5:32 Learn how to write software in Python,7:35 Subscribe to Top Tech Tidbits to keep up with the latest in tech,9:30 More info on the new JAWS Notification Manager,10:21 COVID prevention strategies at the US blindness conventions,12:24 Dark chocolate and QR codes,16:18 My ALT+Tab stops speaking at random,19:28 Trouble using the insert key on my new laptop,24:40 My law school is discriminating against me,26:42 I want to learn audio production. How do I get started?,30:12 Looking for tools to automate some work I'm doing in Excel,35:06 Are blind people likely to get autonomous vehicles any time soon?,37:33 Avoiding speech cut-off in NVDA,39:42 I can't reach the NVDA website anymore,42:17 Brian Hartgen of Hartgen Consultancy discusses Leasey version 7,43:40 Bonnie and Jonathan have been booking travel,1:43:18 ZNew gadgets for the big trip,1:47:42 Bonnie discusses the book Hush Little Baby By R H Herron,1:51:16 Closing and contact info,1:57:10
7/2/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 185:RNZ told to lift its disability game, ACB, NFB andCOVID19, and part 2 of the BlindShell 2 review

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. New Zealand's public broadcaster told to lift its disability game,0:00 The different COVID policies of ACB and NFB say it all,20:32 Braille andEloquence,30:36 Looking ahead to MacOS 13 Venturer,37:21 Braille with a capital B,39:00 The history of Braille and comments on Eloquence,40:43 Grandparenting,47:15 Remembering Neil Rush,49:40 Finding the URLs of radio station streams,50:34 iOS passwords and Braille,51:35 the good old iPod Touch,52:28 Thoughts on the WeWalk smart cane, and I want an iTunes alternative,56:50 I just want to be a court reporter,1:00:26 Part 2 of Chris Gray's look at the BlindShell 2,1:08:16 Karen Carpenter's solo album,1:44:25 Getting help with Microsoft Office, and I've got stuttering speech,1:48:46 Apple maps mixing up east and west,1:52:45 Digital Braille isn't as good as it should be,1:54:03 Closing and contact info,1:57:05
6/25/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 184:More about Eloquence in iOS 16, Braille should always be spelled with a capital B, and JAWS lets you take control of Windows notifications

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. What is Eloquence and why is its arrival on Apple products such a big deal?,0:00 iOS 16 won't run on older devices,6:56 Thoughts on iOS 16 so far,9:27 Capitalising Braille,11:09 ACB and NFB,17:22 Is Grammarly accessible?,18:24 Thoughts on Twitter, online payments, and smartphone choice,21:28 Are hearing aids getting worse in some respects?,25:51 Cool meat thermometer from Meter,31:42 Another voice is speaking on my iPhone,32:40 I found the answer to my iPhone output switching problem,34:23 Jury service and overseas travel,41:20 Learning Braille from Hadley,46:34 The gun crisis in the United States,47:10 Questions about Chromebooks,59:18 How do you get hearing aids to connect to a 3.5mm cable?,1:02:13 Which version of StationPlaylist Studio?,1:04:14 JAWS notification history now lets you manage what is spoken and Brailled,1:05:45 The UK Parkrun Magazine pilot isn't accessible,1:30:37 Entering passwords with a Braille display, and thoughts on Sonos Voice,1:35:17 Review of the Chessman Electric Kettle,1:38:32 The Conscious Breathing Summit,1:42:40 The Granny Bon Bon Bulletin,1:43:29 Will Bonnie switch to Eloquence on her iPhone?,1:45:50 Travel plans,1:46:54 Water water everywhere, except at Mosen Towers,1:48:57 The quest for a capable cleaner,1:50:41 Closing and contact info,1:58:06
6/18/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 183:Apple surprises and delights the blind community with Eloquence, HumanWare talks Braille HID, and to capital B or not to capital B?

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Apple springs a wonderful surprise. Eloquence is coming to iOS 16,0:00 Should you install the iOS 16 developer beta?,5:34 A look at new English iOS 16 text to speech options,10:17 Listener feedback on Apple announcements,31:57 The accessibility of Zendesk with screen readers,41:01 Using virtual machines,46:29 The Spirit Fitness XBR55 recumbent bike,50:53 Humanware's Andrew Flatres talks about Braille HID and Android,55:25 To capital b or not to capital B? Jonathan and Paul Edwards have the debate,1:10:02 Closing and contact info,2:00:44
6/11/20222 hours, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Episode 182:A recap of WWDC from a blindness perspective

Tim Cook and his team presented Apple’s WWDC keynote on 6 June 2022, revealing what’s coming in the next generation of Apple’s operating systems and more. Jonathan Mosen is joined by Heidi Taylor, Michael Feir and Anthony Horvath to provide analysis of this year’s event from a blindness perspective. In the next episode of the podcast, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to hear what you think of what was announced. We welcome your views via email, either written down or via an audio attachment, to Jonathan at Mushroomfm.com or by phoning in a voicemail to our listener line, +1-864-606-6736.
6/6/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 181:Braille HID expectations and complexity, a demo of Sonos Voice Control, and a joyous personal announcement

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Reminder: a special episode coming up wrapping the WWDC keynote,0:00 Paying tribute to Neville Kerr,1:21 Google's Braille HID Quandary,4:46 Will the Bulgarian TTS in iOS 16 be fit for purpose?,15:08 Learning remotely,25:28 Sonos and meditation,29:46 ACB and NFB, guide dogs and more,33:53 The quality of Ambutech canes,42:07 How accessible is Zendesk?,43:23 iPod Touch memories,44:25 Negotiating withSpark,50:21 How do I get the direct URL of an audio stream?,51:57 Coupons inMicrosoftEdge,55:24 Selecting text in iOS with the Mantis Q40,57:11 Where can I get tutorials on Microsoft 365?,1:01:26 Thoughts on various recent topics,1:03:49 Still can't input iOS Passwords with a Braille entry keyboard,1:12:02 Dodgy customer support,1:13:27 Review of Sonos Voice Control,1:15:34 A very special and happy announcement,1:45:02 Closing and contact info,1:58:10
6/4/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 180:Looking ahead to WWDC, Google finally answers the Braille question, And author of After Steve, Tripp Mickle

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. What are you hoping Apple will announce at WWDC?,0:00 Braille in Talkback. Google finally answers the HID question,10:23 The technology press doesn't want the fairy tale ruined,19:15 Focus 40 Blue repair,23:14 The My Chart app is an accessible experience,24:32 Problem with VoiceOver output on iPhone SE 3,26:57 I got fit by going to the gym,29:25 Blind people fooling with the phone,37:06 Author of the book "After Steve", Tripp Mickle",1:00:29 Bonnie and Jonathan are going on a voyage,1:47:18 Closing and contact info,1:57:40
5/28/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 179:Apples forthcoming accessibility features, groundhog day at Google Accessibility Support, and accessible learning from Fable Pathways

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Forthcoming Apple accessibility features,0:00 The quest for a straight answer from Google about Braille,14:35 It's worth taking care of your health, and Google support experiences,28:33 Could NFB and ACB reunite?,36:29 ACB International Voice Contest,37:34 Blind people serving on juries,40:21 What's the best app for getting restaurant menus on my iPhone?,45:07 Earphones recommendation and favourite streaming services,47:49 Braille displays, streaming services and radio memories,53:44 The Blind Doctor, the Jacob Bolotin Story,1:00:28 Lynette Frison talks about the launch of Fable Pathways,1:01:57 From iPad Mini to Mantis,1:12:05 How do I stop skipping lines when reading Braille?,1:14:03 Working with virtual machines,1:17:37 Comments on various issues raised in the podcast,1:21:09 Having trouble with OneDrive concepts,1:27:04 Tips on improving Braille reading speed,1:33:43 Spring for Twitter, and Twitter lists,1:40:13 The Bonnie Bulletin. Audiobooks aren't read anymore, they are performed,1:43:40 NFB and ACB,1:46:36 Bonnie's worst tech support experiences,1:53:59 Closing and contact info,1:57:26
5/21/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 178:Some Braille users may be locked out of the new TalkBack Braille support, The ReVision Fitness app, and farewell to the iPod Touch

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction, new microphone boom arm,0:00 TalkBack finally gets built-in Braille support, but there's a big catch,4:48. Watch the video about accessibility changes for blind people in Android 13. Is it time for NFB and ACB to bury the hatchet?,11:29 Jonathan's review of "After Steve" by Tripp Mickle,22:24 Listener comments on "After Steve,28:09 Jury service,46:37 The BlindshellClassic 2,49:27 Accessibility issues with YouTube for iOS,59:35 Tyler Merren talks about his ReVision Fitness app,1:01:29 The Bonnie Bulletin - Why isn't the Kentucky Derby winner going for the triple crown?,1:49:58 Bye bye iPod,1:54:06 Closing and contact info,1:58:36
5/14/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 177:Blind people on juries, ACB's advocacy priorities, an explosive new book about Apple, and part 1 of an extensive look at the Blindshell Classic 2

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Michael Feir has released the second edition of iOS Personal Power,0:00 Book recommendation: "After Steve" by Tripp Mickle,3:15 Clark Rachfal from the American Council of the Blind talks jury service and other legislative initiatives,7:39 Listener accounts of jury service,44:44 Food delivery apps from a UK perspective,1:06:15 A story of exceptional customer service,1:11:16 More on speaking clocks,1:19:28 How accessible do people find EventBright?,1:22:44 Like I can't, like, like or dislike on YouTube anymore,1:24:26 Freedom Scientific recruitment, and searching for past content in the Mosen at Large archives,1:25:36 part 1 of Chris Gray's look at the BlindshellClassic 2,1:28:42 Closing and contact info,1:54:48
5/7/20221 hour, 55 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 176:Elon Musk is buying Twitter, have you ever served on a jury, and APHs Braille revolution

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Elon Musk is buying Twitter. What does it all mean?,0:00. You can find the blind person’s guide to Mastodon here. Feedback and more information about the Spring Twitter app for Apple devices,16:05 Windows Insider questions,20:51 Technology for dogs to talk back to us,23:08 Do blind people have few advantages in life?,28:54 Playing with the telephone,32:36 Getting Windows 10 sounds on Windows 11,35:43 Learn piano hands free with Express Scribe from NCH Software,37:21 The outrageous inaccessibility of diabetes equipment,40:13 Please share your experiences of jury service,43:51 The Braille Sense 6 is alive and well,46:11 Concerning problems with the WhatsApp beta for iOS,46:38 How can I record live YouTube streams?,50:05 Is there a way to retrofit audio description to old DVDs?,55:28 Greg Stilson and William Freeman from APH discuss the eBRF standard, multiline displays, Mantis and more,1:01:29 Does Spotify support podcast chapters?,1:45:17 I want an accessible macro recorder for Windows,1:46:41 How accessible is DigiSign?,1:48:43 I am annoyed by the vertical scroll bar in the iOS Photos app,1:50:01 Some email messages are locking up my computer,1:52:24 A tribute to New Zealand broadcaster Bruce Russell,1:54:22 Closing and contact info,1:55:58
4/30/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 175:If you could only choose one video streaming service, which one would you pick, And a review and demonstration of the Spring Twitter app for Apple devices

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. We're with U recap,0:00 Jonathan speaking at Perkins and Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey next week,3:45. Register for the career launch event at Perkins. Learn about VLANJ Tech Talks. If you could only keep one streaming video service, which one would it be?,5:28 Comments on episode 172,11:45 Braille, broadcasting and streaming live to Facebook and YouTube,20:22 How Voice Dream Reader could be even better,27:02 Can anyone recommend books about Louis Braille?,28:04 Changing the function key on Lenovo laptops,30:03 Preamble to our demo of the Spring Twitter app for Apple devices,31:48 Two versions of Spring,40:45 Setting up your Twitter account with Spring,42:41 Basic navigation and operation of Spring,43:13 Searching for people and tracking hashtags in Spring,59:35 Managing your profile and working with people in Spring,1:06:28 Keyboard shortcuts for Spring,1:13:05 Spring on the iOS Share Sheet,1:16:35 Support for multiple accounts inSpring,1:18:02 Feature request for spring. Multiple tweet/tweet storm support,1:18:49 Customising Spring via the Settings tab,1:19:43 How to advise people about accessibility,1:44:56 Petition on Apple accessibility,1:48:45 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:52:27 Closing and contact info,1:59:51
4/23/20222 hours, 16 seconds
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Episode 174:We're with U is almost here, make ringtones right from your iPhone, and Michael Lauf talks about his new site, Laufware

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Final reminder about We're with U,0:00 Pneuma Solutions teases a major update to Remote Incident Manager,8:46 Good songs and bad songs,15:54 How does handoff between iPhone and Apple Watch work?,18:07 Bluetooth speaker cutting off speech,23:46 Producing a podcast when travelling,25:28 Very happy with my Blindshell Classic,30:33 More on Apple Music and gapless playback,32:11 Using the coupons offered by Microsoft Edge,33:14 Review of the iOS app Music to Ringtone,34:36 What's going on with the Braille Sense 6?,47:14 Interview with Michael Lauf about laufware and more,48:25 Closing and contact info,1:48:34
4/15/20221 hour, 48 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 173:We're with U coming this Saturday, a comprehensive review of Fantastical for iOS, what's your favourite food delivery service and why

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Tune in next Saturday for the We're with U Ukrainian benefit concert,0:00 HumanWare responds to reports of data loss with Brailliant Braille displays,8:30 A way for blind people to produced synchronised DAISY text and audio,11:48 Label it: A book on ways to label things,12:27 Please share effective strategies for advocating when apps or websites aren't accessible,12:48 The letter t on my iPhone is possessed!,16:23 Radio and telephone memories and fun,23:01 Accessibility issues with the updated Overcast podcast app for iOS,45:56 iOS passwords when a Braille display is paired,51:47 The benefits of LinkedIn for networking, and its horrible clunky user interface with VoiceOver on iOS,54:59 Review of the Fantastical calendar app fromFlexibits,1:00:18 The Bonnie Bulletin behind the altered mic,1:40:09 Comment on the invasion of Ukraine,1:41:47 Leaks at MosenTowers,1:46:17 Take the pressure down!,1:48:50 Menulog expanded again, and Doordash is to launch in New Zealand,1:51:29 Transmission Gully is finally open,1:54:28 My great invention idea,1:56:20 Closing and contact info,1:58:30
4/9/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 172:Memories of radio station launches, your favourite antivirus for Windows, your favourite labelling system and seeking national office when blind

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Update on the We're With U event,0:00 CapitalisingBraille when referring to the code,5:25 Looking for labelling tool recommendations,13:16 Best choices for computer security,15:14 Problems with iCloud for Windows,20:10 Radio station memories,23:25 I don't like Menulog either,52:10 Why doesn't iPhone make a sound when it starts?,55:44 Hints on how to perform a two-finger scrub,57:21 Thoughts on Android, computers and RealTek,59:18 Rebecca Blaevoet talks about being a candidate for Parliament inCanada's recent federal election,1:06:50 Looking for an accessible way to produce synchronised DAISY text and audio,1:46:33 The Zoom F3 and F6 digital recorders,1:48:36 Blindness, dark, fear,1:50:25 The Brailliant from HumanWare,1:51:19 What's the most accessible crowd funding site?,1:51:57 Seeking a dictaphone that plays MP3 files,1:53:07 Closing and contact info,1:54:21
4/2/20221 hour, 54 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 171:Ubers making progress, the big Brailliant bug, and memories of radio station launches

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Update on the We're With U concert for Ukraine. Learn more by visiting the web page,0:00 New Zealand taking a poll on Braille with an uppercase B. If you’re a New Zealand Braille user, please vote yes to give Louis Braille the honour and respect he is due. You can read my blog post on why the Braille code should be capitalised.,10:25 Some fixes implemented from Uber, more hopefully on the way,16:15 There is a serious bug with the HumanWare Brailliant's editor,24:17 Highlights of CSUN 2022,29:31 Thoughts on JAWS for ARM processors,32:26 Slow startup onWindows machines,34:32 Another Thermostat recommendation,38:02 More info wanted on Sony LinkBuds,39:05 Songs with ableist language and songs people like and loathe,40:34 In memory of Andrea Sherry,45:23 The unexpected benefits of technical issues,47:21 Apple holds webinar on accessibility features,51:03 Memories of radio launches,1:01:41 A quick look at Linux,1:44:34 Closing and contact info,2:01:28
3/26/20222 hours, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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Episode 170:Be a part of our benefit concert for Ukraine, feedback on ableist language, and your JAWS could have arms too

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. We're With You, the blind community's global benefit concert for Ukraine,0:00 Feedback on ableist language,14:23 the new iPhone SE,29:34 Menulog,32:11 Review of the new Sony LinkBuds,37:50 My Brailliant is misbehaving and so is my Firestick,41:35 The algorithms deserve to be castigated,45:35 issues with the Countdown app,49:45 Comments on recent episodes,54:20 Glen Gordon talks about job opportunities and future plans at Vispero,1:00:05 Strange issue with JAWS,1:21:08 What do people know about the Envision glasses?,1:22:23 Clubhouse and mixer questions,1:25:47 Running 1Password with Brave,1:26:49 Songs from the Music HallEra,1:28:07 Mystery of the two-finger scrub solved,1:30:03 Castro and Braille display,1:33:09 I want a new laptop,1:34:37 Revisiting Dolby Atmos and audio description,1:37:33 Can anyone make Adobe Audition accessible, and podcast comments,1:45:46 Accessible thermostats,1:53:38
3/19/20221 hour, 55 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 169:persistence pays off when it comes to advocacy, Apples Peak Performance event, and David Kingsburys free Windows Screen Reader Primer

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Advocacy on the harm caused by ableist language,0:00 A recap of Apple's Peak Performance event,13:32 The ongoing saga of Uber iOS bugs,31:18 iOS screen recognition can be a hindrance when not needed,49:59 David Kingsbury discusses his new Windows Screen Reader Primer book,1:00:51 Using the APH Mantis with JAWS,1:39:10 The Bonnie Bulletin where we are feeling drained,1:42:52 In the thick of an omicron outbreak,1:50:20 Shortwave radio memories,1:53:49 Closing and contact info,2:00:20
3/12/20222 hours, 44 seconds
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Episode 168:New natural voices for Windows Narrator, new Apple hardware, new Uber bugs and new Leasey 7

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Condolences on the death of Zane nadella,0:00 An extensive look at the new Narrator natural voices in Windows 11,2:16 Apple has new hardware being announced on 8 March,20:32 Comments on Apple Music and Braille problems,24:29 Trouble with the two-finger scrub gesture with VoiceOver in iOS,26:42 How to assign a VoiceOver gesture to execute a shortcut,28:16 Uber's VoiceOver accessibility issues get worse,33:12 Ukraine, bulletin boards and more,40:52 Songs we love, songs we can't stand,50:35 Blind people and carpentry,54:35 Audible level meter in Goldwave,56:09 Walking unaided on a treadmill,56:39 Brian Hartgen tells us what's new in Leasey 7,59:15 I want recommendations for a good recording app for Android,1:49:36 Braille devices with speech,1:51:41 My 1Password doesn't work like your 1Password,1:53:48 Closing and contact info,1:55:52
3/5/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 167:Russias invasion of Ukraine from a blindness perspective, tell me the songs you love and hate, and your old bulletin board memories

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. A different episode from the one anticipated,0:00 Andre Polykanine is a blind Ukrainian now living inGermany,4:13 Various Apple items including more Braille reports,44:16 Review of LSoft Active@ Disk Image for Windows,51:18 A question about the Signal messaging app,53:52 Looking for a headset recommendation,56:08 Apple Music gapless playback is broken,57:54 A sunburn remedy,1:00:41 Freedom Scientific issues a technical support notice about some Dell computers,1:01:53 Why can't text to speech engines just speak what's actually on the screen?,1:04:14 Face ID with a mask in iOS 15.4,1:10:22 Learn Unified English Braille online,1:12:20 I'm lucky and glad to be alive,1:13:03 I love using Linux and Braille together,1:22:31 The Fediverse and memories of the good old computer bulletin boards,1:25:51 The Bonnie Bulletin begins with thoughts on the Ukraine invasion,1:36:58 Songs you like most, songs you like least, and songs your mother used to sing to you,1:46:53 Bonnie and Jonathan invite you to a celebration,1:51:28 Closing and contact info,1:54:24
2/25/20221 hour, 54 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 166:Revolutionary blindness navigation with Biped, review of the WeWalk Smart Cane, ongoing iOS Braille issues and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Water in the iPhone,2:16 Apple Braille bugs,6:42 Jonathan's review of the WeWalk Smart Cane,15:29 How to hear South African cricket radio commentary,31:51 Tim's New Hearing Aids part 4,35:27 Tech innovations and hearing aid comments,43:02 Menulog is off the menu,48:38 Maël Fabien, co-founder of the new Biped navigation device for blind people,1:11:17 Thoughts on the ThinkPad x1Carbon, and 1Password comments,1:33:51 Various tech questions,1:37:45 Jobs with Lighthouse Central Florida,1:40:01 Spotty nephew has a guardian angel,1:41:11 Closing and contact info,1:47:21
2/19/20221 hour, 47 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 165:workarounds for Ubers buggy apps, running on a treadmill without holding on, the latest version of iOS Access for All is out

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 A revamped Mosen Explosion on Mushroom FM,1:07 More on Apple Braille bugs,2:34 Work-arounds for serious bugs with Uber's apps,4:47 Thoughts on buggy apps, treadmills and more,13:01 The word rehab,21:08 Tim's New Hearing Aids part 3,22:52 The Freestyle Libre 14-day sensor,37:35 How can we hear South African radio cricket commentary?,48:04 Anyone tried the Omnisense cane tip?,49:46 Thoughts on the Beatles Get Back documentary,50:04 Any tips on blind people doing carpentry?,51:36 Questions on Zoom conferencing,52:30 Looking for Accessible VU meters,54:28 I want unattended JAWS Tandem sessions,57:40 When broadcasting, how do I hear my screen reader without my listeners hearing it?,1:01:42 Shelly Brisbin discusses the latest version of iOS Access for All,1:08:01 Having VoiceOver not speak notifications,1:30:14 Sleep Plus+,1:32:17 A review of the Surface Pro 7,1:35:57 Closing and contact info,1:46:25
2/12/20221 hour, 46 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 164:More on Apples Braille bugs, a guide to help you teach iPhone to the sighted, and disabled New Zealanders protest the appointment of a nondisabled person to a key role

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 More on ongoing Apple Braille bugs,0:30 Can't find how to turn iPhone auto-lock off,14:04 Various Apple thoughts and Overdrive improves accessibility,15:47 Backpack Studio latency issue,20:32 What Apple Watch should I buy?,22:44 How does the iOS 15.4 face ID face mask feature play with VoiceOver?,28:38 Poor telco customer service, and how do you advocate for accessibility when you can't get past the front line?,30:25 Tim's New Hearing Aids part 2,43:06 Alexa skill for Samsung TVs,50:58 Feedback on service from Freedom Scientific,52:48 More on self-description,54:20 Protest rally after a nondisabled person is appointed Establishment Director for New Zealand's Ministry for Disabled People,1:02:44 Keyboards for controlling multiple devices,1:16:09 Telling whether lights are on or off with a voice command,1:21:42 Accessibility issues with Monday.com,1:22:59 Accessible treadmill feedback,1:24:05 A comprehensive guide on teaching iPhone to the sighted,1:25:36 Does a Chromebook have Home and End commands?,1:45:35 Blind Ghetto products,1:47:25 I hate the word rehab,1:56:09 Closing and contact info,2:00:58
2/5/20222 hours, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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Episode 163:A post-holiday catch-up, Apple has broken iOS Braille yet again, and some cool gadgets at this years Consumer Electronics Show

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 My little boy got married,1:08 NZ appoints a nondisabled person to head the Ministry for Disabled People Transition Unit,5:02 Amazon Alexa skills and Google actions for Mushroom FM and MushroomEscape,8:11 A fun family Christmas,11:03 A lesson on how not to do customer service,14:11 A cool techy Christmas,26:41 Best Christmas present,29:40 Laptop considerations,32:02 Apple has broken Braille yet again,35:04 Tim's New Hearing Aids part 1,44:54 Mike May and Gena Harper talk about the Consumer Electronics Show,54:19 Just some of the products mentioned include: Robo Rock Vacuum (Smart Home Appliance) It has rubber rollers to address dog hair without having to cut out hair. Potential mopping feature, an auto empty doc where it goes and empties itself, self-washing, self-refilling and self-cleaning. My Eli (Smart Health) website not in English Bracelet for security such as falling. Sends a message to all of your contacts. Also, can send a follow-up text saying you are ok, very attractive looking bracelet. GPS tracking, alarm and audio. Circular Smart Ring from France (Smart Health) Track 24/7 health data. sleep, steps, biometric heart rate sensor, oxygenation. Comes in silver, black, gold, rose gold. Planning to come to market in March of Approx. $259, can pre-order. Letsfit (Smart Health) Automatically track your heart rate, distance traveled, calories burned, time spent active, all accessed through the app. Multicolor bands. Has a ten-hour battery life. Approx. $50-70 Picoo (Electronic Game/Gift) It’s a game console with 4 hand-held controllers. The controllers make sounds, have lights and vibrate. Buy them through Picoo. Working with a Dutch organization that works with visually impaired children. There is also an app to choose different games. Launched on Jan 5th. Approx.$250 Govee (Home) Aura Smart Table Lamp. Personalize simple color patterns, 20 different scene options, hands free voice control through Alexa or google assistant, timer schedule to turn on/off, and syncs to music. Approx.$64.99 Edge Sound Research (Audio) Experiential Audio. ResonX is a modular device that can be attached to the back of a chair to turn the chair into the diaphragm of a speaker so that you can feel and hear every sound for maximum immersion. Jordilight (Outdoor) Swiss army knife on flashlight. Dog collar accessory, junior model in development. Flexible, magnetic. 19 LED lights controlled in the app, each can be set independently to a range of 256 colors, and brightness. 7 preset modes, SOS mode, 100, 50, 25 % brightness, night rider, party, and compass modes. Waterproof. Launches last week of March. Liddle speaker by D3 Products (Audio) Bluetooth speaker, compatible portable speaker can be attached to any surface and works with all devices. Airxom (COVID) A respiratory device protective mask to filter microparticles, bacteria, and everything from. Charge the mask with usb and lasts 8 hours. French company. Approx. $350 coming out March 2022. Steam-box (Home) Self-heating lunchbox. Tactile dots to set 5 minutes of heating and other features. Enjoy a hot meal anywhere, anytime. Rechargeable, uses an app. Weighs 3 pounds. $230 in April, presale price of $189 Invoxia Smart Dog Collar (Electronic Dog) The first biometric health collar for dogs, ready this summer. It has an app, $99 $13/mo fee. Smart Dog Collar (Electronic Dog) Make clear and reliable phone calls to your pet on AT&T‘s nationwide network. Stream music to your dog. No SIM cards. No Activation Fees. GPS tracking and training techniques such as clicking, beeping and pain-free vibrating. Data bundles are $10/mo for 1 gb data, 500 minutes of calling, 2000 minutes of music, or $15 for unlimited. From $199 GAF Energy (Home) Solar shingles performance of a standard roofing shingle, Bosch (Smart Home Appliances) 24” oven that works with Alexa, you can verbally tell the oven to cook, what temperature to bake and for how long. A refrigerator that keeps track of your food and offers up suggestions on what you can make with the ingredients you have in the fridge. A dishwasher that can figure out what is in the dishwasher and what setting it needs to use to clean those specific dishes. You can also make favorite settings such as it is lasagna night and it knows what types of dishes you will be putting in it for lasagna night and you can choose the lasagna night setting. Miela (COVID) Air purifier, has 7 filters, subscription plan, app. Has ability to turn off and on by the air purifier. Don’t need an app ActivMotion (Smart Communication) Ears and hands-free communications. Two models, Eminentia clips over the ear and Crura also has a module along the cheek housing the microphone Shiftall Mutalk (Smart Communication) Bluetooth microphone that prevents your voice from leaking out. It goes over your mouth to trap sound. Can strap around your head or simply be held to your mouth. Targus (Accessory) Eco Smart, Cypress Collection. All from recycled products. Backpacks and suitcases. They are in the price range of $129 - $149. TO9 office anti-microbial, price $119. My Manu (Smart Communication) Affiliated with T-Mobile. All voice activated. Can stream from Spotify, translate, text message, cell service, total hands free, 4G connected. Has ear buds and a thin that hangs down around your neck. Coming out later this year, price point around $150. Lovebox (Communication Gift) Little box with a heart on the front. Visual, screen is inside the box, send messages through an app. Can purchase different hearts and icons for the front of the box. Motion Pillow (Smart Health) Machine learns your sleeping habits, and inflates and deflates airbags to rotate head to open the airway. Benjilocks (Smart Home) Fingerprint locks. Array by Hampton is the app for the locks. Hydrow Connected Fitness Rower (Smart Health) $2,295 + $38/mo membership (might be a discounted price) Rowing machine with screen and classes Clmbr (Smart Health) Two models, one has a small touch screen, the other is a large. Bluetooth enabled screen. Touch screen with all their on-demand content. Has companion app called clmbr. $2,799 + subscription of $40/mo Starcase (Smart Communication) Smart LED Battery case, provides full recharge of your phone, syncs with contacts and other apps. Different lights, icons, scrolling texts and notifications. $149. IHome (Smart Home) Charges, usb chords, humidifiers, Ear buds, headsets, blue tooth products Navitas (Technology) Fast charging charges that can be purchased on Amazon The Bonnie Bulletin recounts an unpleasant guide dog-related incident with a happy ending,1:53:42 Closing and contact info,2:03:45
1/29/20222 hours, 4 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 162:Blind people teaching iPhone to the sighted, more on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon, and a little festive fun

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Merry Christmas from the technology,2:21 Accessible treadmills,5:38 Reading BRF files,12:21 A tip for SSD users,14:57 Creating an accessible venue,16:27 Dental anxiety,18:32 In praise of the ChilliPad,19:39 Improving employment outcomes for blind people,21:46 Android help in Houston, and formatting documents",27:17 Blind people teaching iPhones to sighted people,29:08 Audio description,31:43 Responses to various recent topics,34:12 Apple-related contributions,36:16 The WeWalk Smart Cane,39:21 Some Android thoughts,42:05 New Zealand is banning cigarette smoking,46:35 Main Menu Legacy,49:36 Blindness versus mainstream technology,50:10 Accessible tech support remote assistance options,1:07:17 Comments on recent topics,1:10:54 Visual description at meetings,1:13:35 Comments on the Cameron Algie interview,1:17:04 Problems with the Amazon Alexa app,1:23:00 Vispero comments on tech support,1:26:06 The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon,1:28:03 The festive Bonnie Bulletin,1:40:27 Louis, the Blind Christmas Elf,2:00:34 Closing and contact info,2:20:11
12/18/20212 hours, 20 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 161:Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon, more on mainstream vs blindness tech, and a new book designed to give hope to newly blind people and their families

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Where did summer go?,0:26 Mini review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th generation from a blindness perspective,1:57 Voting closes soon in our holiday countdown. Be sure to cast your vote,18:24 I want the Google driving car for Christmas,20:52 The pros and cons of blindness and mainstream tech,23:33 Aira announces rationing of free services during peak time,41:09 Accessibility issues with the Alexa iOS app,52:16 Thoughts from an LG TV owner,57:25 Adding a Windows 11 shortcut to the desktop,58:11 A bad experience with Freedom Scientific Tech Support,1:01:29 Cameron Algie talks about his new book, I Can SeeClearly,1:05:36 The lack of accessible tech support remote control solutions,1:53:27 Hiss from the headphone jack of a Samson Q2U,1:56:33 A collection of tech questions,1:58:05 Closing and contact info,2:02:00
12/11/20212 hours, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 160:What are your top 10 holiday songs of all time, your Chromebook has TalkBack built in, and do you need a dedicated blindness device when a smartphone app does the same thing?

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Bitten by the black Friday bug, I bought a WeWalk Smart Cane",0:59 Cast your vote for your top 10 favourite holiday songs,6:42 You can run TalkBack on yourChromeBook,17:09 Beatles and Brailliant,26:05 Audio description,29:17 More comment on visual description of presenters at meetings,39:09 Accessible medical forms in the United States,44:47 Do dedicated blindness devices still have a place?,46:30 Windows XP,57:16 Speed of text-to-speech in demonstrations,59:58 Old Main Menu shows and can I downgrade a new Windows 11 system to 10?,1:01:51 Blind gun ownership in the United States,1:07:31 Hints on sending quality bug reports to Apple,1:08:53 Alert systems for the DeafBlind,1:12:01 Project Hail Mary,1:15:14 Hearing aid discussion,1:16:04 My family thinks an accommodation for my anxiety is weird,1:25:32 Looking for recommendations from people who know the Houston area,1:29:53 Doorbell recommendations,1:31:28 Retro things,1:37:02 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:42:01
12/4/20211 hour, 56 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 159:The unacceptable price blind audiophiles pay for audio description, 20 years since George Harrison died, and our Chromebook series concludes

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 The Beatles Get Back documentary is incredible, but it highlights a big audio description problem for blind people,2:15 Remembering George Harrison on the 20th anniversary of his death. To find out when the tribute is on where you live, check the Mushroom FM Schedule,11:50 More comments on visual description of presenters at conferences and meetings,16:06 Comments on Dell and Realtek compatibility issues, and my new ThinkPad is on its way. If you live in New Zealand and want to buy the Dell XPS15 9500, check out the TradeMe listing,31:26 A research study on the accessibility and enjoyability of video games,39:01 A working from home opportunity, becoming a third-party seller,41:33 Standardising the spelling of DeafBlind,49:21 How Mosen At Large is produced using Reaper,51:51 Concluding our Chromebook series with a look at running Android apps and managing files,1:00:20 How do you add shortcuts to the desktop in Windows 11?,1:24:42 Some handy hints for working with GPS apps on your smartphone,1:26:18 Hearing aids and watchingTV,1:30:01 Comments on a variety of recent talking points,1:32:43 Does anyone have experience with the accessibility of LG TVs?,1:37:48 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:39:54 Closing and contact info,1:56:43
11/27/20211 hour, 57 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 158:New Realtek driver causes problems for some Dell owners, presenters describing themselves at meetings, and more on Chromebooks

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Great Buzzfeed article on ableist language,1:38 The Blind man and the dell. And my new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon,2:46 Scribe for Personal Documents feedback,27:03 More thoughts on meeting presenters describing themselves,29:16 Our Chromebook demo continues with a look at Braille support,59:56 Some thoughts onChromebooks,1:28:12 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:46:16 Should Apple police third-party accessibility?,1:54:35 Android thoughts,1:57:19 Closing and contact info,1:59:30
11/20/20211 hour, 59 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 157:Is visual description a step too far, changes to JAWS Tandem, and the big reveal ofScribe from Pneuma Solutions

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 New Zealand and Australia to meet in the cricket T20 World Cup,0:36 Oh no! I have a broken Dell XPS15,3:06 Visual descriptions at conferences and meetings - handy or a step too far?,13:19 Glen Gordon talks about updates to JAWS Tandem,28:19. Interview with Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell about Scribe from Pneuma Solutions,44:09. Check out Scribe from 15 November at http://scribeit.io Demonstration of Scribe from Pneuma Solutions,1:11:38 In praise of Digit-eyes for iOS,1:42:49 Listener contributions on Apple things,1:45:45 Chrome OS,1:47:37 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:55:41 Closing and contact info,2:04:20
11/13/20212 hours, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 156:Part 2 of our Chromebook tutorial, Amazon removes some email functionality from Alexa, a radio app for your Apple Watch and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Jonathan interviewed on The Detail,1:30. You can search for The Detail in any podcast app and subscribe there, or check out the episode here. Feedback onChromebooks,3:16 How I use my EchoDot,9:41 Amazon removing Gmail and Microsoft email support for Alexa devices,13:59 Apple questions and comments,16:10 Games blind and sighted people can play together,26:41 Part 2 of our Chromebook and Chromevox review and demonstration,35:09 Scanning with smartphones,1:23:59 Sighted people crying over blindness,1:26:26 Smoke detectors and the Deaf or hearing impaired,1:28:21 Thoughts on good VPN options,1:30:15 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:33:30 Review of the Streamlets radio app for Apple Watch,1:44:17 Jump Desktop question,1:47:32 Encouraging research for those with Norries Disease and similar degenerative hearing loss,1:49:07 Clubhouse has a music mode,1:52:03 Android comments,1:54:29 What's the best barcode scanning app for iPhone?,1:57:53 Closing and contact info,1:59:27
11/6/20211 hour, 59 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 155:Apple SharePlay, JAWS 2022, part 1 of our Chromebook review and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Jonathan and Heidi demonstrate SharePlay in iOS 15.1,0:26 Some of the new features in JAWS 2022,16:06 Part 1 of Jonathan Mosen's Chromebook review,33:55 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:29:42 Windows XP turns 20,1:43:27 Games blind parents can play with their sighted kids,1:49:52 Closing and contact info,1:58:25
10/30/20211 hour, 58 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 154:New tech from Apple and Google, what games can a blind person play with their sighted kids, and a review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 New products from Apple and Google,1:46 Apple questions and comments,19:17 Android feedback,27:15 Training centres in the United States,35:43 Made for iPhone hearing aids,40:24 Anyone using RadioBOSS?,42:59 Reflections on blind pride,46:07 What games can a blind parent play with their sighted kids,47:29 Thoughts on blindisms,51:05 The right TV to go with a Sonos ARC,55:39 The Radio App skill for Amazon Alexa,59:48 Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G,1:02:12 What do you use your Amazon Alexa for?,1:34:51 Abuse at a school for the blind,1:36:38 Comments on Blackboard and civil defense,1:40:21 iOS shortcuts,1:44:42 A Ronnie Milsap story,1:50:31 Closing and contact info,1:57:14
10/23/20211 hour, 57 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 153:Feedback from Windows 11 early adopters, Apple and Android discussion, and meet the Voxmate suite for Android

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Apple event on 18 October,0:39 Feedback on Windows 11 and Siri's evolution,2:42 Being a disabled parent,13:31 Braille display firmware updates,14:40 Android feedback,17:00 Feedback on various Apple things,26:37 Interview with Gleb zevkov and Jakob Rosin from Voxmate,48:04 Demonstration of Voxmate,1:14:49 Attending a blindness training centre,1:39:44 Hoping someone will do a review of The Vale from fallingsquirrel,1:43:00 Thoughts on recurring appointments and Moon,1:44:45 The BlindShell Classic,1:51:35 Comments on blind versus brown,1:53:38 Looking for technology to help with hybrid meetings,1:57:04 Closing and contact info,2:01:19
10/16/20212 hours, 1 minute, 43 seconds
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Episode 152:Welcome to the world Windows 11, happy 10th birthday Siri, and a new book shares perspectives on being a disabled parent

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00. In the intro I mention my upcoming webinar with AbilityNet. You can register for the webinar here. Matt Campbell and Terry Bray join me for a look at the just released Windows 11. Should you upgrade? Will you upgrade?,2:01 Apple feedback including good news on broken Siri functionality,19:33 Happy 10th birthday Siri,28:18 A new book, “A celebration of family, Stories of Parents with Disabilities", I’m joined by the editor, Dave Matheis and contributors Jason Jones and Kimberley Parsley. Camps, calendars and culture,1:29:49 There is also a Deafblind culture,1:35:19 Comments on “There Plant Eyes”,1:44:35 David Edick reviews the CEntrance Portcaster and Mixerface,1:48:55 Closing and contact info,1:59:47
10/9/20212 hours, 12 seconds
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Episode 151:Goodmaps acquires the former Sendero GPS mobile apps and makes them free, adventures in Android, and Siri loses smarts

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 The former SenderoGPS mobile technology is now free and comes to Android. Mike May of Goodmaps and Troy Otillio of Aira have all the details and look to the future.,0:27 Ever wonder what became of the Sendero GPS subscription apps, Seeing Eye GPS, RNIB Navigator and Guide Dogs NSW? There is one word to describe them now: free, free, free! GoodMaps is pleased to announce the impending release of these former Sendero apps in all respective markets under the name GoodMaps Outdoors. The apps will now be free and there is an Android version for the first time in addition to the iOS version. GoodMaps Outdoors is an excellent complement to GoodMaps Explore, which features a simple interface and indoor navigation where available. GoodMaps Outdoors has features not available in other GPS apps such as: detailed intersection description built-in route directions with detailed turning prompts a bread-crumb waypoint route mode the benefit of features suggested by users over the past eight years as well as the rich expertise of Mike May and the GoodMaps team For more about GoodMaps Explore and GoodMaps Outdoors, visit goodmaps.com/apps/outdoors. Feedback on iOS 15,42:55 Siri has lost some features on all iOS versions,1:00:30 Adventures inAndroid,1:05:26 Listener feedback on Android,1:22:00. Check this page for more info on the Commentary screen reader for Android. Hints for using a slate and stylus,1:39:42 New Microsoft devices are coming,1:48:12 I know someone who regularly cries about my blindness,1:48:48 A demonstration of Jump Desktop,1:51:47 Closing and contact info,1:59:08
10/2/20211 hour, 59 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 150:iOS 15 reaction, Ed Green from the Blind Android Users Podcast, and listener feedback on Android

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 iOS 15 and other Apple stuff,4:00 Ed Green from the Blind Android Users Podcast,35:49 Listener feedback onAndroid,1:40:30 Closing and contact info,2:00:08
9/25/20212 hours, 33 seconds
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Episode 149:iOS 15, new Apple hardware, and adventures in Android

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 iOS 15 system requirements,2:11 iOS 15 bugs,2:52 iOS 15 Accessibility changes,5:43 iOS 15 VoiceOver Quick Settings,7:11 iOS 15 VoiceOver navigation style,14:19 iOS 15 VoiceOver Image Explorer,19:07 iOS 15 accessibility settings for hearing impaired people,23:47 iOS 15 Live Text,26:48 iOS 15 Spotlight Search improvements,32:54 iOS 15 Focus modes,38:13 iOS 15 notification summaries and management,45:13 iOS 15 FaceTime face lift,49:03 iOS 15 Safari changes,1:05:21 iOS 15 iCloud Plus,1:12:00 iOS 15 Siri changes,1:18:25 iOS 15 Voice Memos app,1:23:41 iOS 15 shared with you,1:29:52 iOS 15 conclusion,1:31:04 More info on and listener reaction to Apple's recent announcements,1:34:47 Adventures in Android, the mission to get the right device,2:04:09
9/18/20212 hours, 24 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 148:A recap of Apple's California Streaming event from a blindness perspective

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Apple has concluded its California Streaming event having announced a new iPad, iPad Mini and the iPhone 13 range. I’m joined by our expert panel, Heidi Taylor, Judy Dixon and Michael Feir to discuss what it all means from a blindness perspective. Will you be buying anything new this year from Apple? If so, what are you upgrading from, or will this be your first item in the product category you’re buying?
9/14/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 147:September 11 memories, Apples big reveal, advice on starting a business and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 New hardware from Apple being announced,1:05 The verdict is in on Apple vs Epic Games,10:47 Some tech stories of interest this week,15:32 Where in the world is Jonathan Mosen?,22:16 My reflections on 11 September 2001,24:05 Memories of 9/11 from around the world,34:19 Abuse at schools for the blind,1:16:32 Eliminating blindisms,1:20:05 Chromebooks and Voxmate,1:24:39 Celebrity interviews,1:25:44 Thoughts on AccessiBe,1:29:20 How to get into real estate?,1:31:07 What methods exist to control computers remotely?,1:34:31 I can't allow a blind man to buy me coffee,1:37:28 Looking for help picking a digital recorder,1:41:01 Questions about the Zoom conferencing platform,1:42:31 How can I improve my speed when writing with a Braille slate?,1:46:10 Have any of our blind listeners had near death experiences?,1:47:48 I want to start my own business. Any tips?,1:49:30 How to contact the show,1:59:00
9/11/20211 hour, 59 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 146:New Zealand's Royal Commission into abuse in care, blindisms, tech topics and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 A reminder about chapter marks,0:27 Plenty of beta testing drawing to a close,2:52 Apple delaying its CSAM prevention measures,5:49 Paul Gibson on New Zealand's Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care,7:03 My experience with the Abuse In Care Commission so far, and how to contact it,45:48 Listener comments on abuse at schools for the blind,50:22 The NZ COVID Tracer app,54:17 More perspectives on ableist language,59:46 Using Alexa to manage your Calendar,1:07:57 The Clubhouse hallway could do with some accessibility love,1:17:14 Strategies for curing blindisms?,1:21:03 How do I learn how to use the iPhone camera?,1:28:24 What's accessibility like these days with Synology NAS devices?,1:35:55 The Bonnie Bulletin, we've conquered the Uber Eats obsession,1:41:53 Share the DNA and learn a lot,1:47:01 The world is full of strife, but at least we finally have new ABBA music,1:53:39 How to contact the show,1:59:11
9/4/20211 hour, 55 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 145:A COVID-19 check-in, blind people in the media, and flying toCanada now takes extra effort

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 COVID-19, how are things going for you?,0:33 Portrayal of blind people in the media,25:40 Disability-related submissions on the Radio New Zealand Charter,36:13 I don't believe ableist language exists,59:40 More onFlickType,1:16:41 You now have to go through extra hoops to get into Canada. How accessible is the process?,1:33:36 The Bonnie Bulletin, watch the Watch,1:55:27 New Abba songs at last! Squee!,1:56:55 Recycled Beatles material coming,1:59:04 Bonnie in COVID level 4,2:01:31 Closing and contact info,2:09:19
8/28/20212 hours, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 144:FlickType has gone and Apple is to blame, how to use Braille Screen input, more on alternative iOS calendar apps

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro from a locked down New Zealand,0:00 The story behind the demise of the FlickType accessible keyboard for iOS and what you can do about it,1:02 Listener comments onFlickType,30:33 Judy Dixon demonstrates Braille Screen Input,38:49 Apple Calendar apps and child safety initiative,54:20 The concept of being registered blind in the UK,1:14:57 How accessible is Descript?,1:20:40 iOS email still buggy,1:23:32 Etiquette when receiving remote assistance,1:27:41 VO Starter,1:31:47 The new Apple TV Siri remote,1:32:59 iOS mispronunciations,1:35:12 Ring video doorbell,1:37:44 Thanks for the advice on staying in step with a cane,1:39:59 Audio description and subtitles. There is actually a bit of a difference,1:40:57 The birthday Bonnie bulletin in lockdown,1:43:16 Bonnie gets a totally unexpected birthday present,1:51:22 Closing announcement and contact info,1:57:52
8/21/20211 hour, 58 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 143:Thoughts on what it means to be blind, calendar apps for iPhone and has Apple lost its moral authority on privacy?

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 The Broadcasting Standards Authority rules on my ableist language complaint. What next?,1:42 Listener thoughts on blind pride, blind culture and recent interviews,13:45 Amanda's auditory compensation skill's survey,49:43 I don't feel like I fit into the blind community,53:33 Is there something better than the built-in iOS Calendar app?,1:00:59 Where are we going with Lidar and AI?,1:07:53 Will Apple continue to ship a cable with the iPhone?,1:11:31 Do you have summer camp memories?,1:15:14 Can anything be done about the loud system sounds from AirPods Pro?,1:19:56 Amazon Alexa on Samsung TVs,1:21:52 Apple's new child safety initiatives. Have they lost the plot on privacy?,1:23:55 How accessible is iTunes for Windows really?,1:38:39 Poor email behaviour and the quality of Apple Accessibility Support,1:41:08 An accessible vaccination booking process in NZ, and a new sport radio network,1:50:09 Closing and contact info,1:59:40
8/14/20212 hours, 4 seconds
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Episode 142:Leona Godin, author of There Plant Eyes, a Personal and Cultural History of Blindness

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 A survey on the audio compensatory techniques used by blind people,0:56. To complete the survey, visit http://bit.ly/blindaudio Discussion inspired by the Shermeen Khan interview,5:19 Interview with Leona Godin, author of "There Plant Eyes, a Personal and Cultural History of Blindness",29:13 Closing and contact info,1:54:55.711
8/7/20211 hour, 55 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 141:Staying in step with a cane, is blindness your dominant culture, weird iOS mispronunciations and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. introduction,0:00 New Apple and Amazon stuff,0:29 Hints on staying in step with a cane,5:21 The blind ghetto from a wider perspective,9:48 Mike Calvo says he's not going to say blind ghetto anymore,21:13 Pneuma solutions answers listener questions,24:10 Looking for a USB adapter,31:17 Trouble accessing Audible.com,32:32 People think they have the right to invade a blind person's space,36:35 Thoughts on effective advocacy,40:41 Burning music from Apple ontoCD,45:35 text-to-speech on iPhone doing bizarre mispronunciation,52:16 More radio automation memories,53:30 Shermeen Khan says she's more blind than brown,57:45 Here is the article that inspired the interview. The Bonnie Bulletin optophone and Optacon reflections,1:41:35 The number of taxi drivers claiming allergies seem to be on the rise,1:48:26 sticking to a ketogenic diet,1:53:03 Closing and contact info,2:02:15
7/31/20212 hours, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 140:Amazon Echo's new voice, the Apple MagSafe Battery, meet the Optophone, a reading machine invented in the early 1900s and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Amazon Echo gets a new voice,1:16 The ACB convention,6:01 Sky New Zealand's Olympics app has accessibility issues,10:47 More feedback on OrCam MyEye,12:41 iOS 14.7 is out,19:05 The social model of disability is so last century!,22:57 Calling ableism out might upset the nondisabled,35:07 Feedback on the Pneuma Solutions interview,42:52 Edd Thomas talks about the Optophone,48:11 You can [read the Optophone article here(https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/dawn-of-electronics/a-century-ago-the-optophone-allowed-blind-people-to-hear-the-printed-word) The Bonnie Bulletin in scary times,1:29:03 The Bonnie Bulletin in sad times,1:31:52 Unboxing the Apple MagSafe battery,1:34:21 Bonnie comments on getting on the job ladder,1:42:00 YouTube not working with Safari on iOS,1:45:17 Looking for hints on staying in step with a white cane,1:47:18 Coping with Non-24 Sleep/Wake disorder,1:49:39 Legacy Android gestures aren't so bad once explained properly,1:52:29 Why doesn't the keyboard shortcut list work with the Apple Wireless Keyboard on my iPhone?,1:55:27 How does the Touchbar work with VoiceOver on a Mac?,1:56:38 Closing and contact info,1:59:16
7/24/20210
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Episode 139:The great tech conference with an ableist name, blindness tech support from Microsoft and Apple, scribe for meetings demo and blind ghetto products

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Sight Tech Global is back without a name change,0:54 Thoughts on blindness-specific support from Microsoft and Apple,11:46 Are their blind people using OrCam My Eye who like it?,28:06 Interview with Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell from Pneuma Solutions,33:25 Scribe for meetings demonstration,1:18:42 Use of the term blind ghetto to describe some assistive technology,1:52:32 Frustrations looking for work,1:58:38 Closing and contact info,2:07:24
7/17/20212 hours, 7 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 138:Why we're going podcast-only, what will and won't Apple's Accessibility Team help you with, and blindness employment discussion

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Mosen At Large is going podcast only. Here's why.,0:39 What will Apple Accessibility help you with?,10:14 How to take control of VoiceOver's screen recognition feature in iOS,23:52 various contributions on employment,29:49 This company needs a good grilling,41:08 Is there an accessible way to navigate DVD menus?,1:11:33 What sound card do I need,1:13:16 The Bonnie Bulletin. Glued to the blindness convention coverage,1:15:30 More thoughts on the medical profession's attitude to disability,1:21:52 Employment discussion,1:28:33 Closing and contact info,1:34:55
7/10/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 137:Work with superb-quality remote audio. Meet Cleanfeed

Cleanfeed is a tool which even offers an unlimited free tier that will take the audio quality of your remote podcast interviews to the next level. But there’s so much more you can use Cleanfeed for than podcasting. If you want to work with remote guests or co-hosts on Internet radio, or you do audio production and want to produce a talent who has their own studio, Cleanfeed will do it all without breaking a sweat. This outstanding service has been designed by audio professionals, for anyone who cares about the audio they produce. In this demo, I take you on a thorough tour of Cleanfeed’s features and how and why you use them, all from the perspective of a blind person using JAWS for Windows. Check out Cleanfeed at http://cleanfeed.net
7/7/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 136:The variable quality of PDFs, can you be proud of one impairment but not another, more great radio memories

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Financial data in PDF format,3:13 Windows 11,13:15 Radio memories,27:03 Watching movies with the family on Disney Plus,47:32 Why Braille is important to me,52:11 Disability pride, including if you can be proud of one impairment but not of another",57:10 Helpful resources for learning Windows 10 and JAWS,1:16:27 More on blind people's interaction with the medical profession,1:17:38 The Bonnie Bulletin wishes you a happy 4th and stop with the fireworks already!,1:21:45 The great Samsung washing machine saga resolution,1:25:06 I found my Find My,1:30:05 Falling for a guide dog,1:32:33 The Brilliant Hartgen Consultancy scripts and tutorial for Microsoft Teams,1:36:30 Bonnie comments on several topics of conversation on the show,1:37:14 Closing and contact info,1:43:31
7/3/20211 hour, 41 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 135:Windows 11 comments, inaccessible financial data, have we gone soft on blindness advocacy and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Windows 11 comments,0:47 More childhood radio memories,10:50 Have we gone too soft on blindness advocacy?,35:56 Taxing times,51:46 More on the Oticon More,55:16 Problems with Safari on iOS,57:45 Looking for an AirPlay transmitter,1:00:37 The positive side of being blind,1:04:30 More on the TPLink saga,1:07:32 Easter eggs in the washing machine,1:09:49 Battery issues with an iPhone X,1:12:25 I want to start a podcast,1:13:47 Electronic signatures,1:19:08 The Bonnie Bulletin on Bonnie's wedding anniversary. Amazingly, it's Jonathan's too!,1:20:31
6/26/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 134:Windows 11 from a blindness perspective

On 24 June US time, Microsoft announced Windows 11, a more radical revamp of Windows than many had anticipated. Sadly, at the time of recording, Microsoft's accessibility team had said absolutely nothing about accessibility in Windows 11, although while the recording was taking place, they did send a short series of tweets promising to reveal information soon. We'll look at what's in Windows 11 and examine it all through a blindness lens. I'm joined by Matt Campbell and Terry Bray on our panel, plus we hear some listener comments from Clubhouse.
6/26/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 133:childhood radio memories, non-24, what do you want in Windows 11 and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Childhood radio memories,2:09 I think I have non-24. Any tips for dealing with it?,39:24 What are you hoping for from Windows 11?,54:38 iOS 15 questions and comments,1:08:53 The quest to find a printer I could use as someone with low vision,1:16:38 A demonstration of the Sirius XM app,1:21:06 mic stand recommendations,1:30:54 Expressing gratitude,1:33:07 Cryptocurrency and other things,1:38:49 The Bonnie Bulletin begins with radio memories,1:42:33 Getting into some great sci-fi reading,1:48:13 Update on the washing machine crisis,1:54:55 Jonathan geeking out some more with an M1 Mac,1:55:59 Closing and contact info,1:57:46
6/19/20211 hour, 58 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 132:New Zealand broadcasting and entertainment icon, Don Linden

In this episode, I speak with a New Zealand broadcasting and entertainment legend, Don Linden. Don has enjoyed a career as an actor and entertainer, and is much loved for his Small World radio show. Beginning in 1977, Small World was known as “the kids’ show for the whole family”. Spanning multiple decades and multiple radio stations, and spinning off into a very successful series of CDs, Don’s show, and the material he played, is much loved. Don and I have been collaborating over the last six months on a revival of Small World, which I will host on Mushroom Escape, the drama and comedy channel. You can hear it at 12, 4, and 8 AM and PM North American Eastern time every Sunday. The Mushroom Escape schedule will display in your time zone for you. In this interview, Don talks a little about his childhood, his work as an entertainer, and a lot about Small World. It’s my great honour not just to bring the show back, but through the Internet, to bring it to a global audience.
6/14/202150 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 131:A detailed look at the forthcoming iOS 15 focus options, when social services says being blind means you can't be a parent and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Improve your productivity and take control of notifications with Focusses in iOS15,0:27 Listener comments onWWDC,17:21 Blind people and the medical profession,31:21 Do we need a different approach to accessibility?,46:02 Zed10 mixer and Zoom Cloud Meetings,49:45 Resources for upskilling with JAWS,52:29 A few issues with a new Dell computer,54:13 How are people getting on these days with JAWS and iTunes?,58:11 Blind people recording things,59:22 Digital to Analogue converters,1:03:01 It shouldn't be so hard to repair a Mac,1:04:05 Standing up against misuse of the word blind,1:07:27 Can you input in Braille when the Mantis is a terminal?,1:10:39 The one-eyes man and blind pride,1:12:12 Why people use the Victor Reader Stream,1:21:45 An ElBraille review,1:24:54 Collaborating with others using Word on the Mac,1:27:56 The Echo Studio not playing nice with the Apple TV,1:28:40 What is the Soup Drinker and where can I get it?,1:32:28 The Bonnie Bulletin ,1:34:32 The Zoom Podtrak P4 works well as a little mixer at the office,1:36:25 The new Samsung Washing machine in crisis,1:38:45 Closing and contact info,1:50:11
6/12/20211 hour, 50 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 130:You're invited to participate in the Sonaar research project to improve the quality of image descriptions on the web

The web has made a profound difference to the lives of blind people. But when images are poorly described or not described at all, it makes the web a less inclusive, accessible place. What if, when one person took the time to describe an image really well, that same description could be used across the web? That’s the aim of a research project from the University of Lisbon called Sonaar. In this episode, I speak with Dr Carlos Duarte about this project and what it aims to achieve. The University is looking for people who are willing to install the Sonaar Chrome extension and/or Android app and then give them feedback. If you would like to learn more and participate in the research, visit Sonaar’s home on the web at http://www.di.fc.ul.pt/~cad/SONAAR/
6/9/202129 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 129:Recapping the WWDC keynote from a blindness perspective

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Apple presented its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote today, and it was one of the most feature-packed keynotes we’ve seen in a long while, particularly where iOS is concerned. There were announcements of new versions of iOS, watchOS, MacOS and tvOS. Our panel, Michael Feir, Heidi Taylor and Judy Dixon join me to discuss these new features from a blindness perspective, then we hear some thoughts from listeners on Clubhouse.
6/7/20212 hours, 45 seconds
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Episode 128:Pre-WWDC wishes, headset reviews and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Guidelines for contributing to the show,0:46 The remarkable story of how Small World comes to MushroomEscape,3:22 Apple pre-WWDC wishes,12:04 Withdrawing from a COVID vaccine trial due to discriminatory requirements,35:34 Banned from a treadmill for a stress test due to blindness,44:30 Exodus wallet is an accessible way to handle cryptocurrency,45:49 disagreeing without being disagreeable,47:03 It's getting harder for blind people to be transcribers,47:58 Demo and overview of five microphone headsets,57:39 Difficulty getting a job can mean we put up with a lot when we get one,1:03:04 When people say they forget we're blind,1:09:10 To disclose or not to disclose on tech support calls,1:11:42 Why gratitude is over-rated,1:16:25 Grateful for the transcripts of this podcast,1:21:28 Bitcoin, screen readers and more,1:24:00 Hypnosis and other means of keeping one's brain active, and looking for laptop recommendations,1:30:20 The Bonnie bulletin with the partially vaccinated Bonnie,1:34:13 Questions about the Zoom Podtrak P4,1:49:50 Broken Bluetooth,1:54:23 What are people prepared to pay for in a podcast, and the harm of social media,1:56:29 Comments on Haroon's horror Dell update,2:07:16 JAWS scripts are great until they break,2:11:58 Amadeus on the Mac and the Mosen Consulting tutorial, and looking for mic recommendations,2:18:10 Closing and contact info,2:23:31
6/5/20212 hours, 23 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 127:Janet Ingber discusses her updated Mac Basics book and why you might want a Mac in your life

Interest in the Mac from the blind community has increased, particularly since iPhone was made accessible. And blind or not, many have had their interest in the Mac peaked or rekindled as a result of the remarkable technological prowess of the new Macs that sport the M1 chip. Operating systems change over time, so Janet Ingber has updated her popular book on Mac Basics. It’s published by National Braille Press. I spoke with Janet about her book and the Mac in general. We were in Clubhouse, so we also got some great contributions from the Mosen At Large community discussing the pros and cons of the Mac in conjunction with VoiceOver, its built-in screen reader.
6/2/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 126:Wishes, washes, and presses

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 My top 10 wish list for iOS 15,0:27 Community wishes for Apple's next OS updates,18:07 Comments on Hims Braille products,32:12 A COVID vaccination update,43:18 A mixer for podcasting?,44:04 The one-eyes man,47:47 Twitter spaces,50:05 The actions rotor, and scheduling an Uber ride seems broken,52:34 A Samsung Quickdrive smart washer comes to MosenTowers,57:47 More thoughts on whether horse racing is a cruel sport,1:10:30 The service dog standards debate in Canada is back,1:17:38 Hospital staff and disability confidence,1:25:58 Coding symposium,1:29:15 Political parties on Clubhouse,1:30:22 Bose getting into the hearing aid business,1:31:41 Use a Bluetooth keyboard to simplify IVR interaction on iPhone,1:33:07 What's the most accessible way to access Sirius XM?,1:39:07 Digitising cassettes,1:42:51 Bye Bye TPLink switch, and the digital divide,1:44:12 Positive changes to BBC iPlayer,1:47:00 Memories of the Braille Link Braille display,1:49:55 Closing,1:54:03
5/29/20211 hour, 54 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 125:Record remote interviews from your iPhone with Backpack Live

Backpack Studio is an app for iOS for recording podcasts in real-time or streaming live. Boasting advanced features like dynamic audio compression, a sound board and saving to various destinations in a variety of formats, it’s a powerful tool, and its developer, Ed Filowat, has ensured that the app’s VoiceOver accessibility is exemplary. Ed it hitting it out of the park with a new feature in beta right now, Backpack Live. With Backpack Live, you can get together with remote guests in a session which can be recorded and/or streamed live. I recorded this interview with Ed using Backpack Live in Backpack Studio, so you can hear what it sounds like. The feature is in open beta right now and will be a monthly subscription when it is released. Find out more at http://backpack.live
5/26/202136 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 124:Plenty of Apple news, a laptop update that went badly wrong, screen reader comparisons and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Apple foreshadows a series of new accessibility features,5:35 Apple announces major changes to the way you'll hear music,12:35 JAWS for Windows versus VoiceOver for MacOS, and is touch support any good with Windows screen readers?,28:17 Thoughts from a cochlear implant wearer,37:24 An update to a Dell computer that went badly wrong,45:12 Daylight saving experiments,1:00:01 Braille in iOS 14.5 and reassigning NVDA keys to not use Insert or Capslock,1:00:36 Maria's musings on recent episodes including a request for feedback on Amazon tablets,1:04:26 Experiences with video doorbells,1:14:50 Hurtful and incredibly ignorant discrimination,1:17:49 This week on the Bonnie bulletin, is horse racing a cruel sport?,1:22:10 Listening to Internet radio with Siri has changed in iOS 14.5,1:45:47 Oticon More hearing aids,1:49:51 Sexual abuse on a bus. Warning, contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some,1:51:05 How easy is it to enable AmazonSmile in the mobile app,1:55:07 More thoughts on text-to-speech engines,1:56:46 Airports, disabled people and diversity,1:59:18 The second,2:12:17 Blind with a capital B,2:13:48 An exercise bike recommendation,2:14:37 Closing and contact info,2:17:58
5/22/20212 hours, 18 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 123:Brian Hartgen of Hartgen Consultancy

Brian Hartgen of Hartgen Consultancy joins me for this episode. We’ll learn how Brian became interested in computing, discuss the state of the screen reading industry, and learn about the latest info about Hartgen Consultancy products including Leasey, J-SAY, scripts for StationPlaylist Studio, Zoom scripts, numerous audio tutorials and more.
5/19/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 122:The moral dilemma of boycotts, more on the Zoom Potrak P4, the Rivo2 keyboard, super-charging the Windows clipboard and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. JAWS bringing spoken download notifications back to Microsoft Edge,0:00 Various work-arounds for the Edge/JAWS download issue and thoughts on the Brave browser,3:03 Is it morally wrong to use the Brave browser, and thoughts on so-called cancel culture,12:06 More thoughts on JAWS for Windows versus VoiceOver on Mac,20:15 More on the Sonos Roam and Bluetooth pairing,35:45 Questions and thoughts about the Zoom Podtrak P4,39:15 Best way to digitise casettes?,49:48 Sources for nature sounds,51:17 Bluetooth headphones for BTE hearing aid users,52:00 Thoughts on ElBraille,54:16 The Bonnie bulletin on location recorded on a new gadget,56:39 More on the Rivo 2 portable keyboard,1:06:44 Using other remotes to control Apple TV,1:12:10 Using the Samson Q2U microphone with iPhone,1:13:59 The benefits of gratitude,1:16:39 Struggles being accommodated on the job,1:19:14 TPLink says it's not going to do anything about accessibility,1:27:27 When people say they forget we're blind,1:32:11 Apple Watch reports very high heart rate when working a guide dog,1:35:34 Setting up and working with a Windows clipboard history,1:40:07 Looking for a good portable recorder,1:47:20 Closing and contact info,1:50:06
5/15/20211 hour, 50 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 121:Blind pride, blind people at the airport, plenty of tech questions and opinions

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Thoughts on blind pride and the social model of disability,0:27 Blind people at the airport,24:19 Clubhouse has dwindling participation but improving features,1:09:28 Survey for blind coders,1:13:15 the link mentioned in the survey is https://tinyurl.com/blindcodersurvey uh oh! There's a big accessibility problem with the Sonos Roam,1:14:24 What's a data breach?,1:17:53 For UK listeners, a Sky Q review,1:18:53 Thoughts from a new user of the QBraille from Hims,1:34:12 Why do Android Braille devices become outdated so quickly?,1:38:03 JAWS versus VoiceOver,1:43:14 App purchases,1:54:40 What's the best way to learn how to use Twitter?,2:04:14 What accessible Bitcoin options exist?,2:07:19
5/8/20212 hours, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 120:Twitter Spaces from the perspective of a blind person using the VoiceOver screen reader

Earlier this week, Twitter’s social audio competitor to Clubhouse called Spaces became more widely available. As a blind person using VoiceOver, the screen reader built into iOS, I’ll introduce Spaces, show you how to create a space, discuss who can currently create a space and how to participate in one. Inevitably, I’ll also compare it with Clubhouse and look to what the future may hold.
5/4/202141 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 119:Blind pride, accommodations we don't want at airports, AirTag thoughts and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Revisiting the Brave browser,0:54. Check out Brave at http://brave.com Get free admission to Podfest Masterclass with my promo code,7:58. Head on over to https://bit.ly/3nIdfpt to get your tickets. Apply the promo code blindpodmaker for $99 off. Listener thoughts on blind pride,12:34 Why I am proud to be blind,24:08 Blind people, wheelchairs and airports,33:44 COVID vaccinations from a blindness perspective,40:53 Where can I get jingles for my podcast?,58:11 Thoughts and questions about AirTags,1:00:08 Myths about sight,1:12:54 iPhone audio via the Lightning port,1:19:00 Thoughts on daylight saving,1:20:19 Atheism versus agnosticism,1:23:45 The Bonnie bulletin on AirTags and whether we should be able to make phone calls on planes,1:27:59 Support Give Kids the World Village through John Moore's fundraiser,1:42:28. If you can,please make a donation at https://give.gktw.org/fundraiser/3231996 Thoughts on text-to-speech engines and ableist language,1:45:49 Listener feedback on the Sonos Roam,1:53:19 What accessibility changes have their been in Clubhouse recently?,2:00:38 What video doorbell should I get?,2:06:10 Kids can be cruel,2:11:26 Bringing blind children into the world,2:15:56 Looking for suggestions for accessible exercise equipment,2:16:47 Braille is not a language!,2:18:12 Closing and contact info,2:21:15
5/1/20212 hours, 21 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 118:Apple changes the game for blind people locating lost stuff, with their stunningly accessible AirTags

After the many months we have been speculating about Apple’s new AirTags for tracking lost items, I thought I would probably like them. What I didn’t expect after using one was a realisation that as a blind person, my quality of life just improved. With AirTags and a newer device capable of the precision finding feature, Apple has changed the game for blind people wishing to find lost items. In this episode, Heidi Taylor joins me as we discuss what AirTags are, what they do and why you might use them. Then we unbox them, set them up, and show you how easy it is to find something in your house, even when you have absolutely no clue where it is. Congratulations and thank you Apple, you’ve done something really special here.
4/30/202133 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 117:Transcripts come to Mosen At Large, Sonos Roam set up and reviewed, and more on ableist language

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 I ordered the AirTags but have one little gripe,0:26 Mosen At Large to offer transcripts for the Deafblind community,2:50. For more information, please read this blog post, and feel free to share it widely, thank you. TheBonnie Bulletin begins our review of the Sonos Roam,10:20 Unboxing the Sonos Roam,12:41 Orientation to the Sonos Roam,16:44 Setting up the Sonos Roam,17:53 Adding a voice assistant to the Sonos Roam,31:52 Exploring other Sonos Roam settings,37:44 Using the Sonos Roam as a Bluetooth speaker,44:22 Demonstration of Sound Swap on the Sonos Roam,46:27 Using Sonos Roam as an AirPlay speaker,49:08 Specs and final thoughts on the Sonos Roam,51:24 New Zealand's public broadcaster comments on ableist language,58:11 Thoughts on text-to-speech engines,1:16:03 Ableist language spans more than English, TTS thoughts,1:22:34 More on understanding cursors in Apple land,1:27:48
4/24/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 116:Tim Cumings demonstrates the Zoom Podtrak P4 from a blindness perspective

Podcasting is fun! If you’d like a new piece of equipment to help you do some of the trickier things more easily, like recording multiple local or remote guests, having a portable device to carry around offering multiple mic and headphone sockets and even allowing you to use your smartphone as a telephone hybrid, then you’ll be very interested in this demo by Tim Cumings of the Zoom Podtrak P4. For  its cost, it does a lot, and a blind person can become familiar enough with it to use it well.   If you are interested in these sorts of topics, be sure to subscribe to our Blind Podmaker Creator’s group by sending a blank email to [email protected]
4/21/202134 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 115:A recap of Apple's Spring Loaded event from a blindness perspective

Apple has announced new products at its Spring Loaded event, including the much-awaited AirTags. Podcast subscriptions, a new iMac based on the M1 chip, and a new iPad Pro based on the M1 chip.   We opened up the Mushroom FM club room in Clubhouse to get some instant reaction. Here’s a recap of the Apple event followed by some listener opinions.
4/20/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 114:Microsoft bought Nuance, what's the best text-to-speech in the world, getting vaccinated and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Join us for a post-Apple event recap onClubhouse,0:27 Microsoft buys Nuance and what's your favourite text-to-speech engine?,3:04 More ableist language thoughts and examples,22:53. Here’s the excellent article on ableist language from the BBC website. How is the vaccination process going?,44:37 Comments on meditation,1:02:04. Comments on various issues discussed this week,1:10:22 Dating blind,1:11:38 Demonstration of two audio news apps, curio and audm,1:17:17 iOS voice control,1:27:36 Headphones that work with behind the ear hearing aids,1:28:45 Looking for backup service recommendations and thoughts on podcatchers",1:30:44 Frustration with mainstream tech support,1:36:38 Contactless thermometers,1:39:38 Markdown and WordPress,1:40:39 Questions about creating headings in Constant Contact,1:44:03 PHP speech and Braille displays,1:47:00 Scribl is a source of audiobooks from independent authors,1:55:19
4/17/20211 hour, 59 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 113:The many benefits of meditation, how I discovered them and how you can too

On this episode, I’m sharing something that’s very special to me and has radically changed my life for the better. I’ll discuss my journey to adopting a meditation practice, what the science says and what it has done for me. Most important, I’ll discuss what it can do for you and how to get started. I’ll even take you through a brief mindfulness meditation.   I have a lot of resources including books, apps, and websites to help you on your journey. If you would like to access my list of resources, just send a blank email to meditation at Mosen dot org. It’s an automated system that within a few minutes will email you back my list. I am still very much a traveler on this journey, I am definitely no expert. If you also practice meditation and have stories to tell, techniques to share, books or apps to recommend, please do contribute to the podcast so we can all benefit from your experience. I wish you peace and improved well-being, and hope this episode helps.
4/14/202153 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 112:New Cloudflare feature could put some blind people's jobs in jeopardy, attitudes towards knowingly bringing blind children into the world, high-quality Siri voices with iOS Speak Screen and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Intro,0:00 Cloudflare's new remote browser isolation is currently inaccessible and a threat to the jobs of blind people,0:28 The importance of children having blind adult mentors,20:27 Attitudes towards bringing blind children into the world,26:49 Comments on new Siri voices,40:08 Using the Speak Screen feature to get top quality Siri voices reading to you,42:23 Find My in iOS 14.5 has an Items tab,54:43 Braille with an uppercase B,56:19 Tape recorder memories,1:01:10 Word spell check alternatives?,1:03:32 misuse of the word blind,1:05:33 Blind culture and dating blind,1:14:05 Loving my Amazon Fire TV,1:23:00 New Zoom audio recorders with 32 bit float,1:24:44 Looking for iPhone microphone recommendations,1:25:52 Comments on Dell computers,1:29:50 Uber guide dog refusals,1:38:26 Helpful hints on handling cheques,1:39:56 The Bonnie Bulletin remembers Prince Philip,1:44:29 Closing and contact info,1:56:44
4/10/20211 hour, 57 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 111:Thinking Cap Innovations, makers of the Alexa Skills Thinking Cap Math and Thinking Cap Spanish

What a difference a good teacher makes. Chances are you remember with fondness the lessons you learned from teachers who made learning interesting and even had the skills to turn learning into a game. Well, your Alexa-enabled device has the skills to do just that too. They’re skills from Thinking Cap Innovations. I speak with one of the co-founders, Misha Feigenson, about the two skills they have developed, Thinking Cap Math and Thinking Cap Spanish. Then I give you a taster of both skills. These skills are free to use, so just ask your Alexa device to enable them, and have fun.
4/7/202129 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 110:New Siri voices, ableist use of the word "blind" in the media, cochlea implants, iOS hints and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Introduction and a preview of the new Siri voices in iOS 14.5,0:00 Feedback on the new Siri voices, the explosion of audio social networking, and blind dating,6:32 Subscribe to the Blind Podmaker podcast. The Apple Podcasts link is: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/the-blind-podmaker/id1560929891 and the link to the RSS feed is https://pinecast.com/feed/the-blind-podmaker,12:02 Two appalling examples of misuse of the word blind in the media,13:57 Daylight saving, love it or loathe it?,28:14 Cochlea implant and hearing aid comments,30:59 Editing with the touch screen in iOS,47:07 Creating custom voice commands in iOS,1:04:08 Some thoughts on politics, healthcare and other social policy,1:14:15 Talkback voice commands,1:27:42 Politics and podcast length,1:34:29 Reliability issues with Focus Braille displays,1:38:11 Looking for resources for learning how to code,1:45:26 Copying and pasting text on my iPhone, Apple couldn't help,1:46:11 A couple of JAWS issues,1:49:15 How best to communicate accessibility issues to developers?,1:54:14 The Bonnie Bulletin notes Uber has been seriously pinged in the US over guide dog refusals,1:58:11 Does Microsoft Edge have shortcut keys for pause and resume?,2:03:55 DJay for iOS,2:05:21 Issues with USB Braille displays and JAWS,2:09:37 Integrating Markdown into your workflow,2:10:57 How to get Alexa to play Mosen At large reliably every time, and other Amazon Echo feedback,2:14:57 Closing announcement and contact info,2:20:20
4/3/20212 hours, 20 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 109:How to get high quality audio into Clubhouse

Kia ora Mosen at Largers. Clubhouse is hot right now, but sometimes, the audio is not. If you're a content creator who cares about your brand, you don't want to be on Clubhouse with audio that doesn't meet your usual high standards. In this episode, I'm going to tell you how to get the audio from your pro audio gear into Clubhouse. Others also chime in to tell us about microphones and tools that can do a great job of lifting your quality. Plus, at the beginning of the episode, I provide a tip we all can use, even with the built-in mic of the iPhone.
3/30/202153 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 108:New resources for blind podcasters, cochlea implants, blind culture and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Intro and Apple reaching a major podcast milestone,0:00 New initiatives on Clubhouse and elsewhere for blind podcast creators,2:03 A prominent member of our community is having a cochlea implant,8:19 Reactions to the idea of a blind culture,30:52 HBO Max has audio description but there's a catch,1:04:31 Dating when blind,1:06:08 Comments on AccessiBe,1:29:42 Article on the dangers of free assistive technology?,1:35:26 What are people's experiences withOrcam?,1:38:28 Podcasts with VLC,1:40:04 The Bonnie Bulletin with a good old daylight saving rant,1:42:07 We went to the symphony concert and enjoyed another guide dog refusal fromUber,1:49:51 Disabled New Zealanders marched on Parliament this week,1:53:10 Closing and contact info,2:00:09   Share your thoughts on these topics or any others. Drop me an email in writing or with
3/27/20212 hours, 33 seconds
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Episode 107:Is there such a thing as blind culture?

It is generally accepted that there is a Deaf culture, and it’s something in which Deaf people take a lot of pride. Do we have a blind culture? Amanda Gough, who long-time listeners will remember as my former wife then known as Amanda Mosen, thinks so. She’s socialized and worked with blind people throughout the years and believes a blind culture not only exists, but it’s something blind people should embrace and be proud of. She believes the benefits in doing so are considerable.   Also, Bonnie is here with her bulletin which includes some reflections on the blind culture issue, as well as thoughts on Clubhouse and New Zealand’s epic Americas Cup win.
3/24/202156 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 106:Widespread concern about accessibility overlays leads to a new Chrome extension to block them. dating when blind, Braille comments and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Introduction,0:00 Feedback on accessibility overlays,0:28 AccessiByeBye blocks accessibility overlays in your browser. We speak with Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell,21:16 Dating blind,34:11 Brailliant findings and great news about the iOS 14.5 beta,55:54 Questions and comments about the APH Mantis and other Braille displays,1:06:46 Comment on Clubhouse,1:22:27 Saving Facebook Live as Mp3,1:26:22 Amazon Echo questions,1:26:57 Phone theft inBritain,1:30:06 Seeking the ultimate PC for Internet streaming,1:33:18 Alternative search engine, and why would anyone not capitalise Braille?,1:41:44 Maths and scanning,1:49:34 Ride share refusals,1:52:38 Closing and contact info,1:57:31
3/20/20211 hour, 57 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 105:The AccessiBe controversy. Can AI make the web fully accessible in a few short years, or might it make matters worse?

Through a combination of awareness-raising and legal action, many people like to think that the web has become a more inclusive place. But there is much left to do. Entrepreneurs have seen an opportunity, and several companies have created technology they believe can make accessibility easier to implement for businesses, making the web a much more accessible place for us all. Some say this technology is revolutionary and in a relatively short time could make inaccessible websites a thing of the past, something that they say the current traditional approach will never do. Others say we are seeing a looming accessibility disaster as businesses purchase what is nothing but high-tech snake oil, thinking they have solved a problem and inoculated themselves against lawsuits when in fact they may have made matters worse. The most talked about company in this space is AccessiBe. It would appear to be the most deployed accessibility overlay, it is very well-funded, and they have recently appointed a high-profile name in our community as their Chief Vision Officer. Tensions and passions are high on social media and in the accessibility community about accessibility overlays in general and AccessiBe in particular. That’s not surprising because given what’s at steak, it’s one of the most important issues we face as a blind community. This week, it’s my goal to give you a range of perspectives and to question those who have strong views on either side, so you can make up your own mind. The podcast is segmented by chapter for those using podcast apps that support this feature. But here’s what you can hear and when. Introduction,0:00 Accessibility professional Sam Evans,5:54 Listener comment from Stephen Clower,22:37. He mentions his [AccessiBe Gone website(https://sclower.github.io/accessibegone/), with instructions on how to block the service should you wish to. Chancey Fleet, accessibility advocate, tech expert, vocal opponent of AccessiBe's approach,36:38 Michael Hingson, Chief Vision Officer at AccessiBe,1:08:05 Curtis Chong, technology expert and advocate,2:24:06 Listener feedback,2:50:55 Closing and contact info,2:57:56
3/13/20212 hours, 58 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 104:Shelly Brisbin

Today I’m joined by podcaster, journalist, geek and author Shelly Brisbin. We discuss her career, her views on the state of Apple’s accessibility efforts and the way the mainstream media cover it, and of course the iOS 14 edition of her book, “iOS Access for All”. Be sure to check out her podcast, parallel, available wherever you get your podcasts.
3/10/20210
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Episode 103:New Zealand making waves, dating when blind, maths equipment, iOS 14.5 beta 3 and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Now streaming live on Facebook and YouTube,0:00 Mushroom FM's new server brings improved audio quality, back on Apple Music,0:59 Join the Blind Podmaker club for blind podcasters onClubhouse,3:30 Thanks for the wonderful reviews this week,5:29 New Zealand's been making waves this week,6:42 Perspectives on dating when blind,15:04 Studying maths and maths equipment,46:10 Netflix accessibility on the website,48:54 Comments on past episodes,52:11 iOS 14.5 beta 3 is out,58:06 Braille scrolling problems persist,1:00:07 The Facebook Back button in iOS,1:03:53 I don't want notifications to duck the audio,1:04:45 Mixers versus audio interfaces, captcha on iPhone, revisiting a restaurant afterdiscrimination,1:08:27 Widex hearing aids?,1:23:49 The importance of looking good,1:32:18 The Bonnie bulletin on dating blind,1:33:33 Closing and contact info,1:44:15
3/6/20211 hour, 44 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 102:Louie Voice Control for Android

Some of us take to smart phone use like a duck to water. Others understand their potential, but really struggle and want to throw the thing out the jolly old window. And then there are those who want any tool that might help them complete a task with maximum efficiency. If you’re an Android user, you should check out Louie Voice Control, a free and quite remarkable app.   I speak with its creator, Pramit Bhargava, and then my son Richard Mosen joins me as we put the app through its paces. I didn’t expect to be that impressed, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
3/3/202146 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 101:Respecting opinions different from your own, maths equipment of the past, more on Clubhouse and the importance of an open Internet

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   A weekend of COVID alert changes and technical outages,0:00 Podcast reviews are a one-way street. So here's my reply to one.,3:01 Quick tips. Braille in iOS 14.4 and a recommended Bluetooth headset,18:51 Britain's NHS is alive, well and healthy,20:44 Low-cost but effective solutions for scanning print in Windows?,22:01 Reminiscing about maths equipment of the past,26:57 More on Facebook and the Australian Government,42:18 More thoughts onClubhouse,1:02:17 More on guide dog refusals by ride share and taxi drivers,1:11:49 Braille is great but screen reader support can be frustrating,1:18:16 Feedback on iOS voice control,1:20:46 Using wired headphones with your iPhone,1:24:32 Is there an app that will help me read the display on things like battery chargers?,1:28:13 iPhone sounds and memorising the location of app controls,1:29:19 What is direct Touch in VoiceOver?,1:32:41 Facebook for iOS. There is no going back,1:34:27 Thoughts on Apple innovation, accessibility resourcing and quality control. And has anyone had success with online dating?,1:35:50 What it's like to be a part of a COVID vaccine trial,1:44:30 Looking for a high quality XLR headset,1:53:40 New build of APH Studio recorder and answering the scanner question,1:56:31 Wanting an app for cleaning the iOS cache,1:58:18 The Bonnie Bulletin. Uber eats has a new feature, but be careful!,1:58:58 Closing announcement and contact info,2:04:25
2/27/20212 hours, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 100:Australian Government setting a dangerous precedent, plenty of Braille display talk, home automation and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Reflections on 100 episodes,0:00 It pains me to say it, but Facebook is in the right,3:32 A Muslim perspective on the guide dog issue,17:55 iOS 14.5 public beta 2,28:23 iOS voice control,30:30 Crazy bug creating iOS folders,35:00 How to restore VoiceOver container sounds,38:57 What are Seeing AI beacons?,41:15 In praise of Podbean,46:07 Roku accessibility,48:28 Another new computer recommendation,49:56 The new Brailliant range,52:43 Apple Music and Amazon Echo,55:05 The APH Chameleon Braille display,57:36 The Amazon Smart Oven,1:08:58 Hearing aid funding in the Netherlands,1:20:05 TheCube Slate and other tools blind people used for maths,1:26:22 Home automation with HomeKit-compatible accessories,1:30:03 Mantis and Ulysses,1:42:23 Closing and contact info,1:47:33
2/20/20211 hour, 47 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 99:All you need to know about Clubhouse from a blindness perspective

Kia ora Mosen At Largers.   I’ve had a lot of requests to produce this, so here it is, a tutorial, review and demonstration of Clubhouse, the audio social network, from a blindness perspective.   This podcast is segmented by chapters to help you navigate it if you’re learning about how to use it. Please note that Clubhouse is in beta and changing rapidly, but this is a snapshot of how the app looked as of publication in late February 2021.   In this episode:   Introduction and navigation of this episode,0:00 What is Clubhouse?,1:20 How do you get ontoClubhouse?,7:15 A Quick tour of the hallway,9:03 The Explore screen,16:42 The Invite Friends screen,28:42 The Bulletin screen,29:07 Scheduling and sharing an event,36:53 The Activity screen,43:36 More on configuring your profile and notifications,45:34 Starting a room. Rooms and clubs explained,50:01 Concluding thoughts. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats,55:20 Direct from a Clubhouse event, some blind people share their impressions of the platform,1:03:49 Angie Matney,1:10:01 Gary ODonoghue,1:14:36 Michael Babcock,1:18:49 Bonnie Mosen,1:23:27 Geno J,1:25:55 Michael Lauf,1:31:22 Kenny No,1:34:31 Closing announcement and contact info,1:39:07
2/18/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 98:Some Apple slices. Moving apps, using Voice Control with VoiceOver, and reassigning thumb keys on the APH Mantis and similar Braille displays

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Moving apps in iOS,0:00 Using iOS Voice Control withVoiceOver,8:16 Changing thumb key assignments on an APH Mantis and similar Braille displays,27:01 Closing and contact info,34:50
2/17/20210
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Episode 97:Following every moment of the impeachment trial, more on when disability rights and religion collide, thoughts on Clubhouse and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Technology for following every minute of the Trump impeachment trial,0:00 A regretful Trump supporter and the importance of the way blind people dress,14:33 Why are you back onFacebook?,21:59 iOS issues and the challenges of blindness product management,24:07 Samsung/Google Galaxy Talkback,36:13 Ideal specs for a computer running JAWS,39:36 Best setup for quality Zoom audio conferencing,48:28 Guide dog discrimination views and stories,52:16 Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes discusses conflicting human rights and how to resolve the conflict,1:14:57 iOS Braille Screen Input problems,1:33:23 Can you get a PC stick with internal audio and speaker?,1:36:20 Jingle all the way,1:36:52 How do you read BRF files on a Windows PC?,1:40:46 Giving Android a try,1:42:27 Technology theft in the UK,1:46:53 Hearing aids and headphones,1:49:16 The Bonnie Bulletin talks the Clubhouse audio social network,1:52:02 Closing and contact info,2:04:13
2/13/20212 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 96:Nick Zammarelli reviews the new version of Google Talkback included with Samsung smartphones

Samsung has recently released a new Galaxy range, plus they are going back and upgrading some older models to Android 11. As part of that upgrade, the Voice Assistant screen reader has been replaced by a new version of Talkback from Google. It boasts multitouch gestures and other improvements. In this episode, Nick Zammarelli introduces us to the new Google Talkback and shares his thoughts on his likes and dislikes.
2/10/202138 minutes
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Episode 95:Advocacy strategies for better VoiceOver reliability, when religion and disability rights collide, tech tips and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. A selection of listener concerns about the current quality of iOS,0:00 Advocacy strategies for improving VoiceOver quality control,18:31 When disability rights and religion collide,33:17 Cool Christmas gifts,58:23 Thoughts on HumanWare's new Brailliant family,1:02:26 BrailleNote Apex reaches end of life. Upgrades offered.,1:08:40 Looking for an accessible tool for DVD audio extracting,1:10:31 Meditation apps,1:11:33 Dealing with mainstream tech support,1:14:16 Syncing podcasts between Amazon echo devices,1:15:10 Looking ahead to the new decade,1:17:32 In praise of HomePod Mini,1:20:41 Synology Network Attached Storage devices,1:22:47 MisbehavingCastro,1:26:23 Social media behaviours that cause accessibility annoyances,1:28:11 The Mac Podcasts app,1:36:13 Thoughts on Seeing AI, Braille and other things,1:37:24 Returning the AirPods Max,1:44:03 The Oticon More hearing aids are a potential game changer,1:49:13 Anyone using an Amazon Smart Oven?,1:59:04 Another new laptop to consider,2:03:05 The Brief Bonnie Bulletin,2:05:04 Closing,2:09:24
2/6/20212 hours, 9 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 94:HumanWare talks about its new generation Brailliant Braille displays, and a review of the Brailliant BI20X

HumanWare has launched a new generation of Brailliant Braille displays. They are notable not only for what they do out of the box today, but also for the tantalising promise of some great future features thanks to some very capable hardware. I speak with Andrew Flatres, who manages the Brailliant product line at HumanWare, and Peter Tucic, who’s the Braille Ambassador for HumanWare in the US. Then I give you a comprehensive review of the Brailliant BI20X, which HumanWare sent me to review. Find out more about Brailliant from your HumanWare distributor, or http://HumanWare.com
2/3/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 93:Braille bugs in iOS 14.4, laptops you like and don't, Uber guide dog discrimination and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Intro,0:00 Braille issues in iOS 14.4,0:29 Anticipating the Brailliant episode,14:25 Laptops you like...and don't,16:57 A solution to dodgy laptop keyboards,24:06 Mainstream tech support and blind people,27:45 Rivo2 and Microsoft Outlook on the blink,36:12 The Castro podcast app for iOS,41:56 Are AirPods Max worth the money?,53:07 Seeing AI,1:01:29 Remembering Larry King,1:05:51 Learning to take good pictures with iPhone,1:13:35 The golden age of moon exploration,1:16:48 Zoom recorders,1:18:41 Upskilling and Braille displays,1:20:40 Ringtones and WhatsApp,1:22:50 Fire TV,1:24:26 Alexa sounds,1:25:26 Skipping to the Bonnie Bulletin,1:27:44 Learning and supporting each other online,1:31:57 Uber guide dog refusal,1:37:36 Closing and contact info,1:45:42
1/30/20211 hour, 46 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 92:Interview with Microsoft Seeing AI founder Saqib Shaikh, and a walk around Mosen Towers to demonstrate Seeing AI's World Channel

Microsoft's free Seeing AI app helps blind and low vision iPhone and iPad users with visual tasks. And now, it's added lidar for Pro Apple devices that come with the feature. I speak with Microsoft Seeing AI's founder, Saqib Shaikh, a blind person himself who came up with a practical solution to tackle many of the visual tasks we as blind people face daily. We talk about Seeing AI's future and where it's going. Then I take a walk around Mosen Towers with my iPhone 12 Pro Max to give you a practical demonstration of Seeing AI's World Channel. I recommend listening to this demonstration with headphones to get the full immersive experience.
1/27/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 91:New laptops at Mosen Towers, mainstream tech support and blind people, a Rivo2 review and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. introduction,0:00 Review of the Dell XPS-15 2020 edition and the tech support experience that prompted me to buy it,2:39 Tech support story,31:08 Blind people making the most of pitch,33:42 Looking for an SSH app for iOS,34:37 Bluetooth keyboard recommendations,35:48 Fire TV feedback,37:53 The quest for the missing Emoji,40:30 Review, Family Duel Alexa skill",41:35 Comment on the Nixon deep fake,45:57 Is it worth switching to Office 365?,49:43 Lidar on the Pro iPhones,55:19 Review of the Rivo 2 keyboard,1:01:38 APH Mantis thoughts,1:21:51 Welcome back and Scribe for Meetings,1:35:02 The Bonnie Bulletin starts with her most frequent source of mainstream tech support nightmares,1:36:59 Bonnie MacMosen. The M1 arrives at Mosen Towers,1:41:20 Fondly remembering Larry King,1:53:04 Closing,1:55:48
1/23/20211 hour, 56 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 90:Unboxing, installing, setting up and using an Amazon Fire TV Stick with the VoiceView screen reader

in our final episode of the decade, we unbox, install and set up an Amazon Fire TV stick, then enable the VoiceView screen reader and put it through its paces. Thank you for an amazing year for Mosen at Large. I appreciate the time you have taken to listen, and Bonnie and I wish you a safe and restful holiday season. Mosen At Large will be back for the new decade on 23 January 2021.
12/19/20201 hour, 41 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 89:This decades tech in review, I still want a Google self-driving car for Christmas, and being on the front line of the COVID-19 fight

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Introduction,0:00 I want the Google Driving Car for Christmas,2:15. If you like it, you can always vote for it inMushroom FM’s countdown and listen to the song on YouTube. John Lennon Book recommendation,5:21 Vote now in Mushroom FM's Holiday countdown. Voting closes on Friday,10:01 Milestones and graduations,11:49 Songs that have kept you going during the pandemic,15:46 The decade is about to end,18:23 The biggest tech highlights of the decade from a blindness perspective,24:56 Are my dodgy Apple Watch days behind me?,1:04:19 Apple Fitness Plus,1:09:32 AirPods Max,1:11:24 Exposure notifications finally come to New Zealand,1:13:15 Inaccessible TV ads,1:16:41 It's frightening on the front line of the COVID-19 fight,1:20:43 Don't forget good old Ludwig,1:25:28 How to read or hear Louis the Blind Christmas elf,1:41:34 Closing,1:43:04
12/12/20201 hour, 43 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 88:Remembering John Lennon, the pros and cons of social media, Apple things, Windows things, Sonos things and more things

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Intro,0:00 Vote now for our 2020 holiday countdown and score an invitation to our highly exclusive Christmas party,5:00 The day John Lennon died and what he and the Beatles mean to us,19:57 Memories of tape recorders, the Beatles and the day John died,38:54 Social media, the pros and cons,47:57 More tape recorder memories,1:01:50 Thoughts on various recent topics,1:32:18 Praise for the Orbit Writer,1:45:06 Samsung and Sonos Arc,1:47:48 The search for lost things,1:50:48 Optimising settings for Windows notifications,1:51:48 Questions on mixers and thoughts on social media,1:53:25 More AppleFeedback,1:58:01 New iPhone Mini,1:58:55 Any hints on using Apple Music with iTunes for Windows?,2:03:33 Update on Watch and email problems,2:07:01 What do you use your Apple Watch for?,2:10:25 Misc Apple News,2:17:15 The increasing accuracy of deep fake,2:18:34 The strangulation of TuneIn in the UK,2:27:02 The Bonnie Bulletin on squeaky tapes, John Lennon and impact with attitude,2:30:31 Closing,2:41:57
12/5/20202 hours, 42 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 87:Tape recorder memories, eating in public, Mantis Q40 questions and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Introduction,0:00 It's beginning to feel like summer with the return of cricket,2:15 Thanksgiving. Daily gratitude works wonders,3:11 The search for the lost cord,5:08 Send me your Beatles and John Lennon memories for the next episode,12:09 Book recommendation: "Breath, the new science of a lost art", by James Nestor,15:35 More tape recorder memories,17:33 Bluetooth keyboard recommendations,1:07:10 iOS app recommendation, NFC Tools,1:09:49 How accessible is the Ancestral Quest app?,1:11:36 Product recommendation, Keyto Breath Sensor,1:12:36 Mantis Q40 comments,1:15:09 Facebook for iOS accessibility bug, and why do people still use Facebook anyway?,1:18:02 Several topics from South Africa including blind people eating in public,1:23:11 Tips for diagnosing and resolving your own computer problems,1:36:37 Windows podcast app recommendation, Speak OnMedia Suite,1:46:12 Windows Notifications and reaction to the MFI hearing aid issue,1:50:18 Various thoughts from the UK,1:58:02 Good maps and questions about the Mantis Q40,2:04:38 Two-factor authentication with 1Password and Amazon Sidewalk explained,2:08:50 Closing and contact info,2:16:16   Share your thoughts on these topics or any others. Drop me an email in writing or with an audio attachment, Jonathan at MushroomFm.com, or phone the listener line in the United States, +1864-60Mosen, that's +18646066736. Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links to interesting news stories, sneak peeks about what's coming up and more. If you'd like to subscribe to our announcements only email list, please send email to [email protected] And if you like the show, we'd love a positive review and for you to spread the word. Thank you.
11/28/20202 hours, 16 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 86:WayAround, the easy to use labelling system that works with the phone you always have with you

Chances are that you’ve tried one of the many audio labelling gadgets that have come and gone over the years. They were all handy, but it was another device to carry around, charge or have a fresh set of batteries to hand, and potentially lose. What is you could have even better functionality using the smartphone you have with you anyway?   This episode is all about WayAround, a system that uses the NFC reader on most Android phones and on all current iPhones. It’s simple to use, elegant, and it works. I’m now using to label everything from clothing to household items.   I’ll speak with Jessica Hipp from WayAround, then give you a demo of the iOS app.
11/25/202050 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 85:US election craziness, remembering our old tape recorders, Apple feedback and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Intro,0:00   US political musings,2:15   Family circumstances have caused me to rethink my politics,11:45   Memories of tape recorders you have used,20:30   New Zealand's COVID contact tracing app,1:03:57   Old tape recorder and new iPhone Mini,1:06:43   The latest state of Android andChromeOS,1:08:36   Can anyone recommend a small Bluetooth keyboard?,1:09:32   Apple Feedback starts with naming your iPhone,1:11:38   Mac privacy concerns,1:12:50   MFI hearing aid problems largely resolved,1:18:50   iMessage weirdness,1:32:43   Email keeps coming back,1:33:48   Just Press Record and stereo recording,1:37:22   Election thoughts and iPhone 12 findings,1:39:19   Lak of widespread Microsoft Soundscape availability,1:42:08   Talking microwave perhaps a bit patronising?,1:44:46   In the Bonnie Bulletin, Bonnie's got a Mantis and many tape recorder memories,1:48:20   Closing and contact info,1:58:42
11/21/20201 hour, 59 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 84:US elections and voting systems, a miscellany of tech topics, new iPhone feedback and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.   Intro,0:00 More comments on the US election and voting system,2:15 Why are so many people unwilling to wear masks?,20:32 Getting a US iTunes account when you're not in the US,29:50 Speech cutting out in Windows,34:14.288. This section makes reference to the Silenzio app for Windows. This link will download the executable file. In praise of the Blind Shell Classic,36:17 Looking for an accessible stand-alone Internet radio,38:59 Subscribing to SiriusXM Online outside the US,40:21 Talking smart oven,44:46 More technology memories,47:48 Problems with Zoom screen sharing,50:21 Controlling Lire storage,53:58 The good old podcast app for Windows question,56:02 Making the HumanWare Victor Reader StreamBluetooth-capable,57:36 Niche hobbies and accessibility,58:58 The old Blind Side Podcast Alexa skill,1:01:56 Our Apple Feedback Section begins with comments on Apple Music,1:04:02 iPhone SE battery life and handy shortcuts for managing your battery,1:06:48 SimpleNote cross-platform note taking app,1:13:47 What's causing all this iPhone verbosity?,1:15:20 Can't get VoiceOver to use the Siri voice on Apple Watch series 6,1:19:35 MFI hearing aids and the iPhone 12 range,1:22:13 Yea for new iPhones,1:26:33 DIY password management,1:32:16 Feedback on various past topics,1:36:08 More on the future of mobility,1:40:46 More misc feedback,1:45:22 Reading faster with a screen reader,1:48:44 Closing and contact info,1:50:45
11/14/20201 hour, 51 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 83:An Apple special. First impressions of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, demonstration of the lidar-based people detection feature, and a discussion about the new Apple Silicon Macs

Yes, I know I originally said I would skip a new iPhone this year, but some people are just beyond help. I'll give you my initial impressions of the iPhone 12 Pro Max as a blind person running Apple's VoiceOver screen reader after 24 hours of use. The reason I purchased a new iPhone after all was because of the exciting world of Lidar. Heidi Taylor joins me as we demonstrate the People Detection feature, designed specifically for blind people and built into the latest version of iOS. Then I'm joined by Katie Frederick and Janet Ingber to discuss Apple's One More Thing event in which they announced the release of the first three Macs based on Apple Silicon.
11/14/202051 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 82:Review and demonstration of the Mantis Q40 Braille display from APH

The Mantis Q40 from APH is a 40-cell Braille display with a qwerty keyboard. At the time of recording this review, you can use it stand-alone with its built-in apps, plus as a display for your PC, iDevice or Mac.   In this comprehensive review, I’ll describe the Mantis and what it can do, discuss where it does well and where it falls short.   The Mantis Q40 is available from APH in the United States. International distribution is being handled by HumanWare.   You can learn more about the Mantis Q40 on the APH website.
11/10/202052 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 81:The Biden Harris victory, another Apple event coming up, new iPhone pre-orders, Google Lookout for Android and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00.000 My thoughts on the US election,2:15 Listener feedback on the US presidential election,18:26 Random and frivolous thoughts on the election coverage,44:56 Apple feedback starts this week with the iPhone 12,49:02 Yet another Apple event in the coming week,1:01:56 iPhone SE battery life feedback from owners,1:08:03 Demo of new object detection in the iOS 14 Camera app,1:21:32 Problems updating to iOS 14,1:24:05 Using Outlook for iOS,1:25:23 Demonstration of Google Lookout,1:29:21 Comments on various topics,1:40:49 Hearing aids and echo location,1:46:15 Comments on RSS,1:51:29 The Bonnie Bulletin. Bonnie has her husband back,1:54:32
11/7/20202 hours, 33 seconds
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Episode 80:Have the news come to you accessibly with Lire RSS Reader for iOS

There are services that curate the news for you. Some learn about your tastes over time. But there are downsides to having algorithms choosing your news. Still, such apps are tempting because so many news sites are cluttered, full of ads and have varying levels of accessibility. An RSS reader is the answer, and my favourite for iOS is called Lire. With this one app, you can read news from your favourite websites with all the clutter stripped away, and the level of customisation with VoiceOver is remarkable. In this episode, I speak with Kunal Sood, the developer of Lire RSS Reader following a recent rewrite of the app. We learn about what inspired him to write Lire and how it became one of the best examples of VoiceOver accessibility in the App Store. Then, I'll take you through a demo of Lire from a blindness perspective.
11/4/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 79:US election day nears, Apple brings yet another accessibility breakthrough, the future of blind travel and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 I'm testing a new gadget,2:15 Election day looms in the United States,3:25 Where do you get your news?,8:18 The mantis and low carb,9:25 Why did New Zealanders vote against legalising marijuana?,12:15 The Conversation Builder app,16:00 Choosing a sound mixer,19:04 Plenty of Apple feedback starting with iPhone SE battery life,21:41 The app Switcher. To close or not to close?,30:00 What value do people find in Apple Shortcuts?,34:40 Screen protectors that don't get sticky,43:55 Apple One is here,46:05 iOS 14.2 golden master introduces game changing lidar features for blind and low vision iPhone 12 Pro users,47:13 Recorded on the iPhone 12,54:48 The future of mobility,1:02:02 Voting,1:21:44 Apple Watch sounds the alert,1:28:14 The Bonnie Bulletin. Thou shalt not covet the Mantis,1:33:19 M20,Closing and contact info,1:45:38
10/31/20201 hour, 46 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 78:Ned Desmond talks the Sight Tech Global virtual technology conference and more

In this episode I'm joined by acclaimed technology journalist Ned Desmond. Ned is leading a team putting together a new virtual conference on blindness technology called Sight Tech Global, which has an impressive selection of speakers lined up. Because it's virtual, you can attend from the comfort of home, and it's free. We'll learn a bit about Ned, why he has created this conference and some of the speakers you can look forward to. We'll also discuss the way assistive technology is covered, or sometimes just ignored, by the mainstream tech press. To learn more and register for Sight Tech Global, you can visit http://SightTechGlobal.com
10/28/202037 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 77:Will guide dogs go the way of the horse and buggy, lots of Apple comments, disability immigration discrimination and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Will guide dogs go the way of the horse and buggy?,3:07 Listener comments on guide robots,17:46 Apple questions and feedback,33:26 Hopefully not jinxing it but have tamed the Apple Watch battery Beast,41:55 Is battery life on the iPhone SE2020 terrible?,54:28 A new iPhone 12 user,59:20 Blindness education,1:05:04 A first time voter,1:10:26 1Password questions and feedback,1:13:33 Getting into Sonos for surround sound,1:20:12 Envision AI problems sorted,1:24:35 Immigration disability discrimination,1:26:10 Hearing aids and echo location,1:41:11 Comments on a variety of topics,1:47:08 The Bonnie bulletin with a very contented guide dog handler,1:52:53 Closing and contact info,2:02:29
10/24/20202 hours, 2 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 76:Nick Zammarelli demonstrates the WeWalk Smart Cane

If we're blind and use a white cane, they're with us whenever we travel. So in 2020, why are they still just a stick that does nothing? A company called WeWalk aims to change all that, with their WeWalk Smart Cane. Mosen At Large listener and frequent contributor Nick Zammarelli bought a WeWalk Smart Cane early. In this review, he demonstrates the app that offers turn by turn navigation complete with haptic vibration and voice prompts from the cane. Then, we let Nick Loose on the streets armed only with his phone and his smart cane. To learn more about the WeWalk Smart Cane, visit the website at http://WeWalk.io
10/21/202053 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 75:Historic election results in New Zealand, who's buying a new iPhone, the International Council on English Braille, self-driving cars and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 A resounding New Zealand election win for Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party,2:15 Feedback on various Apple issues,10:31 Who wants a self-driving car? Still me me me!,28:01 Education experiences,35:54 Thoughts on open source software and Narrator's capabilities,42:04 Thoughts on various issues,44:38 Voting in Australia,52:31 Hints for working effectively with online courses,54:08 1Password thoughts and questions,1:01:50 The International Council on English Braille general assembly,1:08:40 A brief look at Microsoft's new Surface Laptop Go,1:21:59 Thoughts on various issues from recent episodes,1:30:32 The things sighted people think we can do,1:40:26 How accessible is iCloud for Windows?,1:41:23 What's a good wireless microphone/headset for the computer?,1:45:23 Closing,1:47:07
10/17/20201 hour, 47 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 74:Review and demonstration of the 1Password password manager

In response to a lot of listener demand, this episode is devoted to the 1Password password manager. Versions of 1Password are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, watchOS, Android and other operating systems, as well as extensions for most browsers. With 1Password, you can enjoy the peace of mind of having a unique password for every site you visit. You can share the app with your family, and store other data securely in its vaults. It's totally accessible and reputable.
10/15/202036 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 73:Recapping Apple's October 2020 event from a blindness perspective

Kia ora Mosen at Largers. Joining me to recap Apple's October 2020 event are Judy Dixon, Michael Feir and Heidi Taylor. We'll discuss the HomePod Mini and the new iPhone 12 range, all from a blindness perspective. I'd love to know what you think. Has Apple done enough to move you to upgrade, and if so, what are you going for? If not, what would it have taken for you to hand over some cash? Let us know for inclusion in the next episode.
10/13/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 72:Apples next big event, the four big tech companies under scrutiny, who wants a self-driving car and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Reporting back on the Bose Portable Smart Speaker performance,2:15 What to expect at Apple's next big event,6:22 Congressional report slams four big tech companies,13:35 Who wants a self-driving car? Me me me!,26:42 More thoughts on education,41:45 iPhone online busking,57:46 Assisted dying referendum in New Zealand,59:09 Is Narrator ready for daily use?,1:06:33 Audio apps for the PC. Switch Sound File Converter and Studio Recorder,1:10:17 What's a good microphone for the Victor Reader Stream?,1:13:02 Multitasking,1:13:43 Striving for success,1:18:45 Memories of Clark and Smith talking book machines,1:21:41 Podcast apps,1:24:46 Does education level help with success?,1:25:23 In praise of Ubiquiti equipment,1:27:17 Thoughts on iOS, audiobooks and education,1:30:53 Dolby Atmos,1:36:11 A little business that went the extra mile,1:40:04 A Bluetooth speaker recommendation,1:42:09 Never mind self-driving cars. Some people think blind people are already driving,1:43:42 How often should I reformat my hard drive?,1:47:52 Talking news papers on your smartphone and AmazonEcho,1:50:11 Thoughts onEnvision,1:54:03 Closing announcement,1:56:44
10/10/20201 hour, 57 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 71:Speaker reviews and unboxing a Bose portable Smart Speaker

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Inspired by the spring getaway Bonnie and I decided to take, this episode is all about Bluetooth and other speakers, in particular unboxing a Bose portable Smart Speaker. It is not without its accessibility challenges when using it with the Bose Music app, but works well as a Bluetooth speaker. Here’s a summary of what you can hear when in this episode. If your podcast app supports chapters, you can easily skip forward and backward between these sections of the podcast. Introduction,0:00 Jonathan and Heidi review speakers they looked at and unbox the winner,2:15 Listener recommendations,43:00 Closing announcement,57:40
10/7/202058 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 70:Ableism in stand-up comedy, blindness education experiences, what's happened to the Apple Music radio directory and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Defending blind pride. It seems ableism counts as stand-up comedy,2:15 Listening to Internet radio on a fire TV stick,8:38 The Charlotte Podcast Festival offers free webinars on podcasting,11:21 Connecting my guitar to my iPhone,14:16 Constructing a network diagram when you're blind,17:15 Many more thoughts on educating blind children,17:52 Why have so many radio stations including Mushroom FM vanished from Apple Music?,57:59 Use of words, iPhone cases and education,1:02:07 Feedback on Apple's new software releases,1:07:37 Using the Apple Watch,1:21:53 In defence of iPhone cases,1:31:44 Is anyone using the Envision Smart Glasses in their daily life?,1:34:34 What's wrong with Apple Podcasts?,1:37:50 The Bonnie Bulletin,1:43:41 Extra episode coming all about Speakers,1:48:05 Closing announcement,1:49:46
10/3/20201 hour, 50 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 69:Unboxing and setting up an Apple Watch series 6

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Today’s episode focuses on Apple Watch. If you’ve never owned an Apple Watch but are thinking about it, or you’re considering upgrading and you haven’t done that before, join Heidi Taylor and me as we unbox and set up a brand new series 6 Apple Watch. Here’s a summary of what you can hear when in this episode. If your podcast app supports chapters, you can easily skip forward and backward between these sections of the podcast. Introduction,0:00 Unboxing and setting up an Apple Watch series 6,2:15 Not smooth sailing when setting up a new watch,39:14 Heidi needs her own podcast...and technology fund,40:52 Closing announcement and contact info,45:04
9/30/202045 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 68:more Apple software feedback, mainstreaming versus schools for the blind, travel tips and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 The times are a-changing...again!,2:15 Special Apple Watch unboxing episode coming up,4:37 The case of the missing microphone,5:15 New range of Amazon Echo devices and more announced this week,9:16 Meet Me Accessibly to be withdrawn on 30 September,11:19 Thanks to all who supported the watchOS beta petition. Here's what happens next,13:43 More feedback on Apple's new software releases,14:53 The pros and cons of mainstreaming and schools for the blind,30:43 Is Bookshare available where I live and making the most of your Bluetooth speaker,1:12:37 A strange new accessibility problem on some websites,1:14:20 iPhone cases and travel tips,1:16:44 Word and pronunciation annoyances,1:36:49 A couple of Sonos questions,1:43:14 More tech memories,1:46:32 Is there a way to turn off the language translation in Microsoft Edge?,1:50:26 Steve's Talking Clock is back!,1:52:18 Closing announcement and contact information,1:53:09
9/26/20201 hour, 53 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 67:Karthik Kannan, co-founder of Envision AI

On this episode, I speak with Karthik Kannan, co-founder of Envision AI. Envision AI is a mobile app available in the iOS App Store and the Android Google Play Store. Its purpose is to make visual information accessible, including printed text, photographs, colour and bar code information. Karthik tells me how Envision got started and what he believes sets it apart from the competition. We also discuss the new Envision Smart Glasses. Based on the new generation of Google Glass, Envision see these glasses as a platform on which they, and third-party developers, will provide a range of services.
9/23/202054 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 66:Your thoughts on Apple's new OS releases, reading blind, voting blind and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Extra episode about Envision coming soon,2:15 Listener comments on iOS, iPadOS and tvOS 14, watchOS 7, new AirPods firmware and Apple Watch",2:29 The Orbit Writer,53:47 Word processing and reading notes on iPhone,56:12 More thoughts on audiobooks,59:54 Speeding up video playback inWinamp,1:19:23 Voting blind,1:19:58 reading Braille quietly when you're being recorded,1:28:06 App recommendation, VoiceOCR,1:34:59 Dvorak keyboards,1:36:04 Giving up gluton,1:38:12 Thoughts on TuneIn Radio recording and Air Fryers,1:40:50 The Bonnie Bulletin, air fryers and getaways,1:43:35 Last chance to sign the watchOS public beta petition,1:48:44 Closing announcement,1:49:31
9/19/20201 hour, 49 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 65:iOS 14 and watchOS 7, demonstrations of some new features with VoiceOver

Kia ora once again Mosen At Largers. Apple is about to release this years operating systems for Apple Watch and iPhone, watchOS 7 and iOS 14 respectively. Most of the features available in iOS are also available on iPadOS. Not sure if you want to take the plunge? Want to know what's in it for you? This podcast will help. I'll go through some of the new iOS features including the impressive new screen recognition capabilities, the app library, making your Home Screen come to life with widgets, the new translation app and much more. On watchOS, VoiceOver has become a lot more capable with Braille, the rotor and multiple voices, although some features are a little rough around the edges. I'll also show you sleep tracking, hand washing and more.
9/16/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 64:Recap of Apple's Time Flies event from a blindness perspective

Kia ora, welcome to this special event in which right after the Apple event concluded, Judy Dixon, Michael Feir, Heidi Taylor and I, Jonathan Mosen, got together to discuss it from a blindness perspective. This is the recording as is, unedited so we can get it to you promptly. At the time of publication, new Apple operating systems are being released tomorrow, so I will soon publish a podcast with some of my highlights in iOS and watchOS.
9/15/202059 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 63:Legal action against TuneIn in the UK takes effect and could set a dangerous precedent, remembering Charlie Crawford, voting blind, audiobooks and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 We'll be here with another Apple event special,2:15 Listeners in the UK can now only hear UK radio stations onTuneIn,5:53 Voting blind,27:14 Remembering Charlie Crawford,57:10 More thoughts on Audiobooks,1:12:45 How do you make Apple watch tell taptic time reliably?,1:29:50 Looking for Bluetooth speaker recommendations,1:32:19 Voting in Australia and Bluetooth speaker recommendation,1:35:16 responses on learning Braille as an adult,1:37:45 How to interface with and learn Reaper,1:45:02 Congratulations to the winner of our Libro.fm giveaway,2:04:59 Smart home questions,2:06:09 I like the Orbit Writer,2:12:51 Email marketing and a microphone recommendation,2:13:59 Closing announcement,2:18:38
9/12/20202 hours, 19 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 62:Listener reflections on audiobooks, and introducing Libro.fm for access to over 150,000 DRM-free audiobooks

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Thanks for checking out another episode, and for all the great listener contributions that make this show what it is. This episode is devoted to audiobooks. Introduction,0:00 Listener thoughts on Audiobooks,2:15 Introducing Libro.fm, offering a library of over 150,000 cage-free audiobooks that support your local book store,36:33 Closing,1:03:49 Thanks to the team at Libro.fm for working with us on a couple of promotions. When you sign up for a monthly plan for \$14.95 with Libro.fm, use the coupon code Mosen and get an extra audiobook. This offer doesn’t expire, so no matter when you’re stumbling upon this episode, give it a try. You can activate the offer by choosing this link. Also, if you make a contribution by email for next week’s show, be it through an audio attachment or written down, and you let me know you’d like to be put into the draw, you could win three free months of Libro.fm membership.
9/9/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 61:Tech questions and hints, more walks down tech memory lane, staying organised in the kitchen and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Father's Day,2:15 Special podcast devoted to audiobooks coming out mid-week,2:45 Anyone using the Orbit Writer?,3:54 Horrible CAPTCHA,5:56 CD ripper recommendations,11:12 DVD ripping recommendations and video editing,14:21 Most accessible email newsletter software,15:16 WordPress accessibility,17:22 Google listens, a positive accessibility experience,20:09 Braille magazine memories,25:20 Amazon accessibility issue that was fixed is now broken again, and no one seem to be listening",25:58 How does a blind person handle artwork when establishing a podcast?,30:57 A lost technology story dramatised for podcast by Jonathan Mosen,35:00 JAWS BrailleIn,36:54 Are QR codes excluding us from accessing some services?,39:24 Accessible Samsung TV,45:18 Is there anything you can do to get an app from your old iPhone to your new one when the app is no longer in the Store?,46:49 BackPackStudio has a big update in the Store,52:10 Low-tech ideas for functioning in the kitchen and the need for Braille labels on commercial items,53:18 Good Maps Explorer is in the US AppStore,1:01:44 Bleeping Facebook,1:04:39 Thoughts on various topics raised on previous shows,1:06:57 Which iPhone should I get?,1:16:04 Another walk down technology memory lane,1:18:00 Good zoom practices and Zoom adds a high fidelity option,1:28:49 How do you get Cortana to talk to Gmail?,1:31:12 Can I be a fluent Braille reader if I start in my 50s?,1:34:27 The Envision smart glasses show a lot of promise,1:37:48 Closing,1:43:08
9/5/20201 hour, 43 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 60:Larry Skutchan from the American Printing House for the Blind talks new Braille displays, Nearby Explorer online, an updated Studio Recorder and more

Kia ora Mosen at Largers. Recently, it was a pleasure to sit down virtually with the legend that is Larry Skutchan to talk about all that APH has been working on lately. The Mantis, their new Braille display with a qwerty keyboard is creating quite a buzz, and we'll be discussing it in-depth. We'll also talk Studio Recorder, Nearby Explorer Online, learning to code and learning to type, crossword puzzles and more. This was one of the last interviews recorded with Larry in an APH capacity, as he retired from the organisation on 31 August. I'm sure you will join me in thanking Larry for his incredible contribution to the lives of blind people throughout the world. We hope to hear him regularly as a Mosen At Large contributor.
9/2/202051 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 59:Learning to cook, upgrading and backing up a hard drive, Apple opinions, tech memories and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction and advisory of a special episode featuring Larry Skutchan,0:00 This week I did something heart-sinkingly stupid,3:08 Importing files into Ulysses for iOS,9:11 Taking a full computer backup,11:15 An opponent of my Apple public beta petition has a change of heart,15:13 iTunes for Windows bug,22:19 Beta testing iOS,24:13 We should be grateful,26:57 Feedback on the low carb episode,31:09 How did you learn to cook?,42:09 Is it worth beta testing iOS?,50:19 Is it worth upgrading a PC hard drive to solid state and how is it done?,52:19 Me versus I,1:00:30 Blindness email lists,1:02:28 Technology memories,1:06:16 Braille magazine memories,1:15:41 Braille watches,1:17:01 Can't hear the podcast on QCast,1:21:37 Why can't people find my podcast?,1:23:43 Where's the prog rock?,1:27:36 Revisiting the question of hearing multiple sources from the same place,1:29:47 In The Bonnie Bulletin we are eating and preparing food,1:32:25 Thoughts from the UK on Winamp and more,1:40:17 Tech memories and trying to pre-record a radio show,1:45:08 Closing announcement,1:51:53
8/29/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 58:By popular request, we talk keto, low carb, and other transformative lifestyle changes

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. After a lot of requests, here’s the special episode people have been asking for regarding low carb eating and other healthy options. Feel free to share your own experiences for future episodes. \Here's what the episode contains. Introduction,0:00 Jonathan's low carb journey, low carb explained, and plenty of resources,2:16 Dan Frye has lost almost 160 pounds going low carb,47:36 David Mosen has gone low carb to help with his physical fitness,56:37 Blind people being independent in the kitchen,1:03:54 Consider paleo,1:11:03 Contact info and close,1:14:11 I mentioned plenty of resources in this show. Here is a summary. I have not included links to books mentioned because people’s format preferences differ and will vary depending on where they are located. “The China Study, The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health” by T Colin Campbell, advocating a diet with low or no animal products. “Why we get fat: an what to do about it” by Gary Taubes. “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes. “The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes. "The Big Fat Surprise. Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet" by Nina Teicholz “Eat Fat, Get Thin” by Mark Hyman. “Food, what the heck should I eat”, by Mark Hyman. “The Doctor’s Farmacy” podcast by Mark Hyman. “Livin' La Vida Low-Carb” podcast by Jimmy Moore. “Keto Clarity” book by Jimmy Moore. "Always hungry" by David Ludwig The Diet Doctor website Ditch the Carbs offers low carb recipes. Some healthy low carb recipes can be found on PaleoLeap.com. Book, “The Complete guide to fasting” by Jimmy Moore. Dr Axe’s website for health and fitness news and natural remedies Butcher Box grass-fed meat subscription delivery service in the United States.
8/26/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 57:Why are email lists so badly behaved, Braille magazines we used to read, Apple betas and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Low carb podcast coming later this week,2:15 Email lists,4:55 "Who still uses a Braille watch, and Braille magazines from days of yore",24:48 Aira limits its five minute call offer,30:32 Accessible DVD ripper for Windows,32:34 More views on how accessible the web is,34:21 Update and comments on the Apple beta petition,39:37 Latest iOS 14 public beta, some steps forward, some steps back,57:55 Siri performance and knowledge,1:04:06 How do I get Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer back in a new Windows 10 installation?,1:07:57 Use of the word Blind,1:12:02 TalkDescription to me podcast and COVID 19 in New Zealand,1:18:10 Sony Bravia tips,1:25:55 Do light therapy boxes work for blind people with no light perception?,1:27:12 Is there such a thing as blind culture?,1:28:21 Editing audio and video in Windows,1:31:24 Healthcare Things it can be hard to learn without one on one instruction,1:33:05 External recording with an iPhone now there is no headphone jack,1:36:54 iOS email client that plays a different sound for each account,1:38:39 Send us your demonstrations of old technology,1:40:46 Closing and contact info,1:44:01
8/22/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 56:Apple excludes blind people from its first ever watchOS public beta, and that's not OK

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Apple excludes blind people from the watchOS public beta,2:15. Even if you don’t own an Apple Watch yourself but believe we all benefit when as many blind people have as much time to provide constructive feedback to Apple as possible, please sign and share my petition. You can find it at petition.mosen.org. Listener comments on the watchOS public beta,15:25 Is Siri getting really slow for anyone else?,40:12 Audible.com changes and questions,41:26 watchOS beta, using Uber and more,1:40:06 David Kingsbury fromThe CarrollCenter's new book When One Web Browser is not enough,59:43 Integrating note taking on your iPhone with other devices and tasks,1:45:33 A Sydney perspective on a bunch of issues,1:52:14 Being taught piano remotely,1:57:12 Petition reminder and closing,1:59:13
8/15/20201 hour, 59 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 55:Favourite GPS apps, Apple releases a beta build of watchOS knowing VoiceOver is broken, COVID-19 around the world and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 COVID in New Zealand,2:15 Bad tech karma leads to new computer,9:45 More bad tech karma from India,18:19 More on whether you'd choose your computer or smartphone,22:20 COVID-19 reports,31:59 Favourite GPS apps,38:05 Is it now harder to sync Audible books from your PC to a device?,51:48 An update from Guernsey,55:28 The latest developer beta build of watchOS was knowingly released with VoiceOver broken,1:00:29 Facial vision and a funny dog story,1:16:33 Sky Lab keeps falling on my head,1:20:55 Bonnie and Jonathan face off in the Blind Technology Trivia Alexa skill,1:22:15 Podcasting thoughts,1:32:41 The importance of spell checking,1:43:00 computer versus smartphone and self-advocacy,1:45:05 Setting up computer without sighted assistance,1:48:24 Techniques for taking notes with your iPhone,1:50:21 Dude!,1:57:13 Closing,1:59:16
8/8/20201 hour, 59 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 54:A review of podcast hosting services, and Matt Basta from Pinecast

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. If you’re an audio geek, a podcasting geek, or someone who would love to start your own podcast, this episode is for you. Here's what's in store for you this week. Introduction,0:00 Comparison of podcast hosting companies,2:15 Services mentioned in this section: Libsyn, Anchor, Podbean, SoundCloud, Buzzsprout, Captivate, Transistor, Simplecast, Castos, and my favourite podcast host of the moment and new home for Mosen At Large, Pinecast. I also made mention of the Auphonic post-production service, and Rev for podcast transcriptions. If you’d like to take Pinecast for a spin, use my referral code to get a 40% discount for your first four months and help out with the costs of running Mosen At Large at the same time. The code is: r-dac7da Matt Basta, founder of our new podcast host Pinecast,34:28 Podcasting questions,1:08:03 Produce great audio on your smartphone with the Irig Duo Media I/O,1:20:11 Closing,1:26:41
8/5/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 53:If you had to choose between your computer and smartphone, which would you keep? Braille display comparisons, weather apps and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Special episode coming mid-week on podcasting and podcast hosting services,2:15 This is the first Mosen At Large using the new Focusrite Scarlett 8I6 audio interface,3:58 Thoughts on various Braille displays,15:08 The Focus Braille display,29:06 Learning Braille and choosing a display,34:50 Favourite iOS weather apps,41:20 The joys of Braille Screen Input,44:12 Computer versus smartphone. If you could only keep one, which one would you choose?,45:53 Is there a way to block an entire prefix with an iPhone?,1:02:33 Reflections on the ADA,1:05:59 Books and podcasts I would recommend,1:11:08 Synology NAS accessibility and working with VMWare Fusion,1:24:05 Recommendations for accessible accounting apps,1:28:45 Setting up a new Windows computer without sighted assistance,1:30:57 Wishes for future iOS versions,1:33:27 Working with Ferrite for iOS,1:38:00 The Bonnie bulletin begins with Bonnie choosing between her computer and smartphone,1:40:18 Space splash downs past and present,1:42:16 Things that make us unsubscribe from podcasts,1:44:28 YouTube for iOS,1:48:18 Moving more from Eloquence toVocalizer,1:49:30 How's the Zoom F6 portable field recorder working out?,1:51:03 Questions inspired by past shows,1:54:16 Closing,1:58:58
8/1/20201 hour, 59 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 52:Reflections as the ADA turns 30, the secrets of effective advocacy, people-first language, smart homes, TTS preferences and Braille displays

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Intro,0:00 Reflections and questions on the ADA's 30th anniversary,2:15 The blind vending programme in the US,14:08 Are we too willing to accept a life of living off the Government?,19:22 Is people-first language actually hurting us? And what is the secret to successful advocacy,24:00 I'm in high school. What is realistic for me to aspire to for a career?,39:45 The term visually impaired confuses people,45:46 More thoughts on Braille displays,50:26 TTS voices we love and loathe,1:01:32 How do you start building a smart home?,1:17:01 Terminology and smart home thoughts,1:27:22 Tips for running Windows on a Mac,1:30:01 Why some blind Americans confuse sense and since,1:35:18 TTS and Braille comments,1:39:31 The advice given to parents of blind kids can make or break lives,1:43:17 Proctoring has privacy risks,1:46:02 special tableware for blind people? It's essential apparently,1:48:04
7/25/20201 hour, 51 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 51:The text-to-speech engines you love and loathe, things to know when buying a Braille display, and the controversy surrounding IAAP

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 Buying and using a Braille display,2:15 Blindisms,18:13 Thoughts on text-to-speech engines,20:20 Various thoughts on TTS and Braille displays,30:19 Direct transfer between Focus and iPhone,46:49 Getting smoother Braille in JAWS,50:27 The International Association of Accessibility Professionals,54:29 Read the NFB's resolutions including the one concerning IAAP. Read IAAP's point-by-point rebuttal Comments on testing and IAAP,1:37:25 USB Braille displays and iOS,1:40:40 What if your Braille display has a melt-down when you need it most?,1:43:28 Thoughts on Braille and TTS,1:47:11 The word blind and perceptions of blindness,1:52:34 Various comments including another markdown editor recommendation,2:02:46 Another blind person burned by limitations in Sony's new TV range,2:05:28 Closing,2:09:48
7/18/20202 hours, 10 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 50:Judy Dixons book Capturing and Sharing the World, and Marco Salsiccia discusses audio description in less than the optimal format

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. A reminder that this podcast is indexed by chapter. If you listen with a podcast client that offers chapter support, you can easily skip between segments. Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each. Introduction,0:00 You made it to our new podcast home,2:15 IAAP interview in the next episode,2:40 Judy Dixon discusses her new book: Capturing and Sharing the World,3:35 Marco Salsiccia discusses the inferior format choices for some audio described content,17:54 Closing,33:58
7/14/202034 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 49:How you use your smartphone's camera, more on the word "blind" as a pejorative, how do you handle religious people who want to heal us and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Here's what's in store for you this week.Introduction and contact info,0:00.000Another Mosen At Large interview extra is coming,2:15.487COVID-19 update,2:48.849I've been evaluating podcast hosting companies and we may be moving,4:19.514What do you use your smartphone camera for and what apps are you using?,9:34.548The pejorative and multiple meanings of the word blind,21:09.590Religious people who want to cure us,46:14.399Low vision videographers,49:06.280the first public beta of iOS 14 is out. What do you think?,49:36.171Samsung's Bixby is more accessible than it used to be,52:10.669Looking for a quality microphone for iOS,53:06.093Zoom releases its new H8 portable recorder,57:20.236Blindness and mental health,59:04.975More on the Zoom H8,1:08:51.928iOS microphone recommendation,1:09:41.916Can hearing aids and AirPods co-exist?,1:10:19.545Looking for accessible podcast apps for Android,1:13:06.734Zoom conferencing screen sharing accessibility,1:16:02.824Irony alert! The inaccessibility of the exams for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals,1:16:50.834Hands free activating of Alexa coming to the iOS app,1:21:42.111What do you think of virtual blindness conventions?,1:23:35.866Is Apple deliberately depriving the iPhone SE 2 of features?,1:25:34.718Sight and Sound holding webinar about Microsoft Teams for anyone in the world to attend,1:28:08.615The Bonnie Bulletin begins with comments on blind people inappropriately placed in facilities for people with learning impairments,1:32:42.579Self care and maintaining perspective,1:38:18.233Bonnie listened to a lot of the ACB virtual convention,1:43:34.020Closing announcement,1:46:30.645Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links to interesting news stories, sneap peeks about what's coming up and more. If you'd like to subscribe to our announcements only email list, please send email to [email protected]
7/11/20201 hour, 46 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 48:Write beautifully formatted documents anywhere with markdown, and how does the Optimise Battery feature on your iPhone work?

For those of us who have been using computers for a long time, inserting little strings of text into a document to denote formatting may seem like a backward step. I felt that way for years, doggedly holding on to my view that WYSIWYG, (what you see is what you get), was inherently superior. I now realise how much that was holding me back.Markdown is a simple series of commands you can insert into any text file that allows you to create beautifully formatted documents in almost any format you want, including web pages, PDF files, ePub files and even Word documents. Thanks to markdown, I'm now creating good-looking documents on any device I have to hand, including the very basic scratchpad in my Focus 40 Blue 5th gen Braille display.And here's the kicker! When you're ready to do the final edit of your document or collaborate with others, there's a free plug-in that lets you open, edit and save Markdown right within Microsoft Word. This workflow has been a game-changer for me.In this episode, I'll introduce you to the basics of Markdown and show you how you can create and work with documents consistently on a wide range of devices.Products mentioned in this feature include: Writage, a Markdown plug-in for Microsoft Word, the Ulysses app for iOS, iPadOS and Mac, IA Writer, and the Focus 40 Blue from Vispero. I also explain a little about how the optimise battery feature works on iOS.Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links to interesting news stories, sneap peeks about what's coming up and more. If you'd like to subscribe to our announcements only email list, please send email to [email protected]
7/8/202031 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 47:Is it OK for people to use the word blind to mean something other than the absence of sight, would you buy an iPhone without a charger, favourite Bluetooth keyboards and more

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Here's what's in store for you this week.Opening and contact information,0:00.000An extra episode coming later in the week,2:15.544Is it OK for the word Blind to be used to mean something other than the absence of sight?,2:59.791Is it right for Apple to consider not bundling a charger in the box for its next iPhones?,15:15.684Echolocation and facial vision,19:44.187Blindisms,28:41.414Sunuband,29:38.308Reaction to no iPhone charging brick in the box,33:35.088More on use of the word "blind" to mean things other than not having sight,35:25.245Braille display comments,42:02.439Reducing your shortcuts security settings to help with Castro and other apps,50:55.490More on use of the word "blind"",53:17.161Favourite game and favourite Bluetooth keyboard,54:04.328Hot Dog! It's the Bonnie Bulletin!,1:12:43.372Bonnie chimes in on the word blind being used to mean something other than absence of sight,1:14:08.123Review of Samson Meteor USB Condenser microphone,1:22:00.871Review of Yamaha RA602 receiver,1:29:46.458More feedback on using the word "blind" to mean something other than the absence of sight,1:32:12.915RSS reader for Windows recommendation, INL Reader, and use of read later services like Instapaper and Pocket,1:33:25.928Demo of using your iPhone as a hotel room key,1:40:20.939Dedicated Android media devices, Samsung SmartThings and Withings smart scales,1:45:35.455Working with Google products and question about Fantastical. Check out the Mystic Access Google tutorial,1:49:20.416Closing announcement,1:52:19.028Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links to interesting news stories, sneap peeks about what's coming up and more. If you'd like to subscribe to our announcements only email list, please send email to [email protected]
7/4/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 46:Plenty of news from Apple's WWDC, facial vision and echo location, Braille displays, and a Twitter bot to get descriptions of images

In this week's show:Opening and contact info,0:00.000COVID-19 in New Zealand,2:15.595The audio described Atmos problem is just the tip of the iceberg and it needs to be addressed,3:00.633. To read more about this read my blog post, Atmos Fear.Masks are interfering with facial vision. How do we use echolocation and facial vision in normal times?,6:03.503Once again no iOS Without the Eye this year,14:43.227Plenty of new information about what's coming fromApple,16:30.279Listener reactions to Apple's announcements,40:21.412Masks and blindness techniques,45:02.747Braille displays,48:35.101Castro questions and tips,49:17.649Listening to radio with your iPhone at sports events,53:31.455Origins of the Samsung TV voice,56:19.248Reassigning of the visual cortex in blind people,56:55.981Why does Narrator make using Braille so clunky?,58:03.246Cole Gleason joins us to talk about his new Twitter bot to make images accessible. Follow Cole on Twitter and read his paper that led to the creation of the bot,1:01:54.915Human Interface Driver for Braille,1:17:42.066What do iOS 14 audio changes mean for TeamTalk?,1:18:14.135Masks and echolocation,1:19:00.164RSS readers for windows, Qfeed from Get Accessible Apps,1:19:40.865Accessible podcast client for Windows, Qcast,1:23:18.364Best Twitter client for Windows? TWBlue,1:25:17.912Where do blindisms come from?,1:26:22.800Review of the Mantis Braille display from APH,1:27:08.336Hints on the QBraille from Hims,1:31:05.219RSS for Windows recommendation Luna,1:32:35.531WWDC thoughts,1:33:12.144Masks and blind people,1:35:26.846The Bonnie bulletin on our anniversary,1:36:32.990Bonnie's view on latest Braille devices,1:39:16.093Sonos pros cons and alternatives,1:42:51.822Echolocation and facial vision,1:53:16.418Obtaining the Mantis internationally,1:56:10.692Leasey offers RSS for Windows and much more,1:56:32.175Using echolocation after being discouraged from doing so at school,1:57:29.747Sonic guide devices could help with social distancing,2:01:57.757Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links to interesting news stories, sneap peeks about what's coming up and more. If you'd like to subscribe to our announcements only email list, please send email to [email protected]
6/27/20202 hours, 9 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 45:Looking at Apple's WWDC Keynote from a blindness perspective

In the first ever virtual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team announced changes to all their operating systems and a very big day for the Mac.Technology experts Anna Dresner and Michael Feir join Jonathan Mosen and Heidi Taylor to discuss the WWDC keynote from a blindness perspective.What do you think? Are you excited about what's ahead or was it underwhelming? Were there things not announced that you were hoping for? Be sure to send in your views so we can include them on the next episode. Email a voice attachment or written email to Jonathan at MushroomFm.com or call +18646066736.
6/22/20201 hour, 39 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 44:What's in your Apple Watch dock, Castro just got some epic new Siri smarts, JAWS works around dodgy audio Windows driver issues and preparing for experimental sight restoration

Kia ora koutou Mosen At Largers. We are prolific just at the moment and here is our second podcast episode of the weekend. Here's a summary of what you can hear and when you can hear it. Remember also that if you use a podcast app that supports chapters, you can easily navigate between these sections.Introduction and contact info,0:00.000COVID-19 in New Zealand,2:15.631The Mosen At large Podcast is ready for WWDC. Are you?,4:26.533I have the latest Windows 10 update and Narrator keeps getting better and better,8:01.792Robin and Jonathan tell us what's in their Apple Watch dock. What is in yours?,10:35.832What's the difference between a mixer and an audio interface?,30:24.019Thoughts on Braille displays and notetakers,33:23.887The Bonnie Bulletin begins with predictions,40:50.869Bonnie chimes in on our new Samsung smart TV reviewed in episode 43,43:27.896Tidal plays some music in Dolby Atmos but not from Sonos directly,46:11.845iOS 14 wish list,47:33.994My favourite podcast app for iOS Castro just got a lot of new Siri smarts,50:11.516Castro's chapter support,1:11:37.773Preparing for experimental sight restoration surgery,1:13:49.716JAWS 2020 introduces a feature to overcome problems with many laptop Windows audio drivers,1:19:28.470The Tiffany Report on Braille Screen Input problems,1:26:49.812Praise for the new Microsoft Edge,1:30:28.732Closing announcement,1:32:03.734Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links to interesting news stories, sneap peeks about what's coming up and more. If you'd like to subscribe to our announcements only email list, please send email to [email protected]
6/20/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 43:Review and demonstration of the Samsung TU8500 smart TV from a blindness perspective

Kia ora Mosen At Largers.Recently we had a new arrival at Mosen Towers. It was necessary to return our Sony X8500G and replace it with one from the Samsung 2020 range, the 55-inch TU8500. This TV is the most accessible I've come across from a blind person's point of view.I'll discuss setting up the TV yourself if you're blind, learning about the remote, discovering the TV's functions, using the accessible programme guide and some of the apps.Stay in touch with Mosen At large. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter, phone our listener line with your thoughts on +18666066736, or drop me an email, Jonathan at MushroomFM.com
6/20/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 42:Wishes for iOS 14, new Ubiquiti Unifi gear, sight restoration and why blind Sonos Arc users should avoid Sony TVs for now

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. It's wonderful to be back again with another week of news and views. Thanks for making this such a great community.Coming up this week.Opening and contact info,0:00.000Receive announcements about Mosen At Large via email. Send a blank email to [email protected]. ,1:43.614Follow-up on issues raised in our Sonos Arc podcast,4:24.799A mini review of our new Ubiquiti Unifi network at Mosen Towers,11:04.013My top 10 wish list for iOS 14 and some listener views,22:16.358More thoughts on whether people would take sight if it were offered,51:51.056Questions about Zoom,1:09:26.147Exercise equipment recommendations,1:12:59.297Using a GPS app to make location-specific notes,1:13:59.692Good experience with the Google Docs mobile app,1:15:12.316Pocketcasts is a cross-platform podcast app,1:17:28.403Reddit apps for iOS. Join the Dystopia for Reddit Testflight beta. ,1:19:49.379iOS Bluetooth keyboard recommendations wanted,1:23:05.241The case for wireless charging,1:28:48.251Demonstration of the benefits of using an audio mixer,1:30:06.968The Tiffany Report looks at Microsoft Teams,1:37:39.168The Bonnie Bulletin is blasting!,1:42:53.513Too book recommendations,1:44:29.686More iOS 14 wishes,1:46:26.144How are people digitising their cassettes these days?,1:47:14.114More feedback on Microsoft Teams,1:48:58.806iOS 14 wishes,1:50:52.594Use this app in the COVID-19 era to cheer from afar,1:52:10.021
6/13/20201 hour, 59 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 41:Unboxing and setup of Sonos Arc, and serious impediments to blind people enjoying Dolby Atmos

Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Isn't it a pleasant surprise to have something you've been looking forward to arrive well ahead of schedule? Sonos Arc, Sonos's new flagship sound bar with Dolby Atmos, Alexa, Google Assistant, AirPlay and phenomenal sound, is now here at Mosen Towers. I had the Zoom F6 portable field recorder running with a couple of Sony ECM77B microphones as my daughter Heidi, son-in-law Henry and I unboxed it and set it up.Arc runs on Sonos's new S2 operating system, and while I've not had any issues with Sonos before the S2 upgrade, Sonos and my network are currently not getting on well at all. You'll here how problematic the set-up was for me. I would be surprised if it is this bad for you.I also want to draw the blind community's attention to some serious impediments you may find when it comes to enjoying Dolby Atmos content. On my TV, you can't enable the EARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) feature and have an Android TV screen reader running at the same time. And to my dismay, I have found that in many if not all cases, audio described content is encoded in 5.1 but not Atmos. You have to turn audio description off to get the Atmos.I hope you find the podcast helpful. Despite the problems, it is a phenomenal upgrade from my Sonos PLAYBAR.
6/11/202047 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 40:If you were offered sight tomorrow would you take it? Funny stories about our guide dogs and pets, Sonos users are getting a huge upgrade this week, tips for switching to Android and more

Kia ora everyone. On the show this week. Intro contact and navigation info,0:00.000 COVID-19 in New Zealand and the mask evidence appears to be firming up,1:43.464 Would you take sight if it were offered to you?,4:34.419 Why quarantine if you make masks compulsory?,16:04.321 Some hints for those wanting to switch to Android,17:42.182 More on bionic eyes,23:48.146 Modifying glasses for those with light sensitivity,25:14.465 The new Microsoft Edge now coming down via Windows update,26:34.231 The navigation slider in YouTube for iOS works again,29:15.986 Funny stories about guide dogs and pets,30:02.113 Let's share knowledge about accessible exercise equipment,42:15.158 More feedback on bionic eyes,47:12.776 Live on the edge and get the test builds,48:29.423 More on bionic eyes and reflections on the Deaf culture,50:26.063 self-driving cars,55:20.896 Portless iPhones,56:42.554 A big week for Sonos fans as a major software update looms,1:02:10.490 More dog stories,1:08:25.588 Samsung's Bixby gets Seeing AI-like features built in,1:09:49.066 You can't make this up. Someone has invented an accessible urinal,1:12:23.165 A trip down memory lane with several talking clock demos,1:16:37.696 Does anyone else walk their pet dog with the aid of a white cane?,1:22:21.187 Bonnie is starting to talk like a text-to-speech engine,1:25:39.664 Bionic Bonnie?,1:26:56.888 What ever happened to Window-eyes?,1:32:10.459 SteelSeries Arctis 5 - RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset ,1:35:57.798 If you often close Chrome or Edge and wish you hadn't there's a better way to configure your browser,1:40:23.459 Accessible exercise equipment,1:41:01.192 Bionic eyes and awesome guide dogs,1:42:43.169 Of course guide dogs understand directions,1:47:43.639 Closing and contact info,1:48:23.120
6/6/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 39:Some are being locked out of iOS apps, Android about to improve significantly for blind users, working from home with multiple talking devices and your memories of talking clocks of the past

Kia ora Mosen at Largers. Here's what we're all discussing this week.Intro,0:00.000Some people are locked out of iOS apps,1:05.694Hurray! Android 11 supports multi-finger gestures for screen readers,4:05.996Remembering talking clocks from days gone by,12:12.629Cables for hearing multiple audio sources at once,17:55.328Any software solution for balancing audio sources?,21:31.306The joys of VOIP and working from home,24:54.229Talking clocks,26:37.051Tipping in America,30:32.413TV remote problems will a universal remote help?,32:55.102LearningFace ID,36:06.533The Tiffany Report episode 2. Making the most of lockdown and robotic vacuum cleaner recommendations,40:36.508Keeping JAWS on the same audio device even when Windows sets a new default,44:12.677JAWS Adding a feature to work-around an increasingly common Windows audio annoyance,48:42.824In defense of cash,51:40.832A recommendation for the Brydge keyboards for iPad and questions about maintaining cheat sheets in Ulysses,53:41.084Baseball in empty stadia,1:02:01.517Anyone tried a new ElBraille?,1:03:28.647Questions about mixers,1:04:45.212Talking clock demo,1:13:39.682Looking for a low cost simple portable recorder,1:16:12.227Talking clocks,1:19:03.672Blindness technology pranks,1:21:04.879The Bonnie Bulletin COVID-19 New Zealand update,1:23:47.239Sad news for Seeing Eye grads,1:32:45.128Less intrusive sighted assistance one advantage of the pandemic,1:35:29.239IRTI,1:41:59.048More blindness tech pranks,1:43:37.602iOS text to speech has changed for some but not others,1:44:46.623New Zealand has the world's longest place name,1:47:43.024SonicCloud is a hearing assistant for iOS,1:48:49.513how to contribute to Mosen At Large,1:52:35.613
6/2/20201 hour, 53 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 38:Would you buy an iPhone without any ports at all, Windows 10 May 2020 update is out, some cool talking clock demos and socialising via Zoom

Kia ora Mosen At largers. Thank you for your wonderful contributions which make the show what it is. Don't be shy, feel free to have your say. There are a few things in this episode you may have an opinion about.Here's a list of topics discussed and when we discuss them. Remember, if you use a podcast client that supports chapters, you can skip easily between segments.Intro,0:00.000One active case of COVID-19 left in the whole of New Zealand,1:05.652Robert J Sawyer has a new book The Oppenheimer Alternative,2:37.329Apple fixed its app running bug with a massive number of reissues,4:52.925Rumours Apple is going to produce a portless iPhone,7:39.198Popular BBC radio drama The Archers is back but not as we know it,11:31.256Google Keep and other apps to maintain lists across platforms,13:15.090Transferring content between two people's iPhones,15:45.009Should I make the switch to Android?,19:59.806hearing aids and experience with handytech Braille displays,23:22.870Do you have the brand new Windows 10 yet?,27:33.668Talking clock memories and are wireless chargers really worth the bother?,33:12.174Windows 10 built-in voices are yuck,37:49.981Talking clock demo and living in New Zealand rocks,39:49.858wireless charging and portless iPhones,42:54.502The Tiffany Report on socialising via Zoom and balancing audio between Zoom and JAWS,44:40.900External microphones for an iPhone and what the soup is a dongle anyway?,51:59.048Book recommendation Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld,1:00:24.995A demonstration of that classic Sharp talking clock calculator,1:03:09.220The Samson Q2U dynamic microphone,1:07:29.757The benefits of Windows 10 default audio device behaviour,1:09:01.733Looking for weather apps and skills recommendations,1:09:55.370Thanks to this podcast I got a mixer and love it,1:13:10.783If you don't have the 18 watt Apple Charging brick you should grab one,1:16:07.775Can no longer use the track slider in YouTube for iOS,1:17:03.656Mosen At Large is on YouTube and live for 3 hours each week on Mushroom FM,1:19:31.948Closing,1:23:43.468
5/30/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 37:The Sony X8500G smart TV with HomeKit support and ready for Sonos ARC, working from home tips, accommodations to cope with COVID-19 and New Zealand is unlocked

Kia ora Mosen at largers. New Zealand is unlocked, unleashed and getting back on its feet again. We wish you well wherever in the world you are during this challenging time. Here's what's in store for you in another packed episode. Intro,0:00.000 Apple's Voice Control causing frustration,2:55.224 Audiophile's impression of the Sonos Move,10:01.254 Braille note takers versus Braille displays connected to mainstream devices,13:38.714 Using iPhone with a Braille display to deliver presentations,19:34.114 Writing maths in Braille without a notetaker,27:03.122 Participating in video conferences as a blind person,30:51.002 Facebook rolls out FacebookRooms,34:29.755 Listening to speech from your iPhone and PC at the same time,35:09.608 Why it was right to stick with Nemeth Braille for maths,39:11.846 Is it right for us to ask for priority delivery from supermarkets during the pandemic?,41:59.887 A look at the Sony X8550G smart TV with HomeKit support and ready for Sonos ARC,54:11.151 Low tech suggestion for hearing iPhone and PC speech at once,1:21:21.989 Microphone recommendation,1:23:39.688 The Bonnie Bulletin begins and New Zealand is unlocked!,1:26:18.216 Low cost lapel microphone recommendation,1:40:11.248 A powerful demonstration of how calling the podcast makes technology behave,1:42:57.958 Ongoing debate about the necessity of masks,1:44:22.926 Headspace is free if you are in the US and unemployed,1:48:22.491 Some report serious battery drain when the new iPad pro is used with the new Magic Keyboard,1:50:38.825 Google Chrome will let you save tab groups,1:52:01.101 Apple News Plus considering adding audio articles,1:53:23.036 Closing,1:54:51.036
5/16/20201 hour, 55 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 36:Notetakers versus mainstream solutions, this week's big Sonos announcements explained, recording on the Zoom F6 and we look ahead to WWDC

Kia ora Mosen at largers. Thanks to all your incredible contributions, it's another busy show this week. Here's what's in it.Intro,0:00.000COVID-19 update, and mask debate,1:05.580Notetakers versus Braille displays with mainstream devices,6:28.249iOS and Braille displays together are just too dodgy,11:02.897Setting up the Zoom F6 when blind,18:58.667Tipping and notetakers,20:38.914Notetakers and iPhoneSE,23:27.985New 13-inch MacBook Pro is out,25:58.339Parasites may have just been lucky,27:05.743Jonathan recording on the Zoom F6 digital recorder,30:35.721Apple needs to engage with blind people re Braille,38:43.173The benefits of Apple's USB 3.0 Camera Connector Kit,42:13.962Report from New York and notetaker thoughts,43:52.673ZoomF6 versus voice guided recorders,51:03.707I need many devices to do what I do,52:17.662Recommending a book called The Blind Doctor,54:13.317Why Americans need to tip,55:18.514Cryptocurrency and should a 50 year old bother to learn Braille,58:10.954Is technology going to cause Braille to di out?,1:00:09.619Recommending the Sonos MOVE portable speaker,1:02:04.525ClickAndPost.com could be an alternative to Apple's defunct Cards app,1:03:28.666Accessibility frustrations during COVID-19,1:04:03.392Learning Braille in adulthood,1:10:54.557Why I gave up my notetaker,1:12:14.829The Benefits of mainstream devices and what happens when hearing aids break during the pandemic?,1:15:23.722A look at the big announcements from Sonos especially their new ARC sound bar,1:18:27.519VPN clients that work well on Windows and iOS,1:34:32.574iPhone SE and lockdown comments,1:35:53.131The Bonnie Bulletin begins with comments on blind people and video conferencing,1:39:35.713Should I switch from Windows to Mac?,1:47:42.785More notetaker feedback,1:59:33.101We'll know what's in iOS 14 on 22 June,2:02:19.127The Overcast podcast app just got way better on the Apple Watch Cellular,2:04:10.363Tile will soon be built into some new laptops,2:05:40.584Has Google Chrome removed voice search?,2:06:46.055Eloquence for iOS isn't going to happen,2:07:52.254Closing,2:10:20.580
5/10/20202 hours, 10 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 35:Gary ODonoghue reviews and demonstrates the Zoom F6 multi-track field recorder and its iOS app from a blindness perspective

If you're blind and need to record dependable audio when you're out and about, the Zoom F6 multi-track field recorder is worthy of your serious consideration.When you can't see the pretty level meters on these recorders, ensuring you're recording at the correct level can be a challenge. The 32-bit float recording feature of the Zoom F6 takes care of that, allowing you to eliminate clipping or hiss caused by bad levels.Equally as exciting is that with an optional accessory, the Zoom F6 works with an iOS app that is fairly accessible, offering a range of control and configuration options.In this episode, Gary ODonoghue takes us on a tour of the Zoom F6 and its features, shows us the iOS app, and gives us practical demonstrations of the benefits offered by 32-bit float recording.
5/6/202056 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 34:is there strong science behind the public wearing masks, iPhone SE 2 reviews, conferencing apps, notetakers versus a smartphone-based solution and more

Kia ora Mosen at largers. We trust you're keeping safe and well, both physically and mentally. At this time where we all need connection, it's a bumper podcast episode for you this week, full of listener contributions.Sonos move experiences,1:05.481COVID-19 and the uncertain science of face covering for members of the public,2:24.783How is the iPhone SE 2 working out?,9:15.250More trouble with Samsung devices,11:04.690Advice from the Scottish Government on protective covering for the public and COVID-19,12:42.740More iPhone SE 2 feedback,16:26.573Audio processing on Mushroom FM,17:21.644Is there an alternative to Apple's discontinued Cards app?,19:07.651YouTube Music on Sonos,20:47.817Blind people and crypto currency,22:02.081More on the Zoom F6 digital recorder,23:28.874Success with Braille Screen Input on a Samsung device and question about Braille input on a PC,29:42.255Zoom Cloud Meetings questions,32:11.663iPhone SE 2 thoughts and envy in the blind community,36:26.381More on Zoom Cloud Meetings,43:53.133Granular control of different iOS volumes,45:03.552The cloud meeting space is really heating up,49:01.190Notetakers versus a Braille display and an iPhone,54:27.150Question about places where blind people can meet during COVID-19,1:02:53.178Notetakers versus a Braille display and iPhone,1:04:27.788Michael Feir talks about his book Personal Power iOS edition,1:05:06.043Talk stations in New Zealand,1:11:00.291Phone Soap poor customer experience,1:12:14.328Migrating data from one iPhone to another,1:15:08.999The Bonnie Bulletin begins with a COVID-19 update,1:16:20.652Bonnie's take on notetakers versus an iPhone with a Braille display,1:21:19.643A request for a stereophonic Bonnie Bulletin,1:22:52.706The iOS Camera Adapter kit,1:23:14.840Reading Recommendation The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor,1:25:25.999Microsoft Word 365 dictation is worth checking out,1:29:03.604Thankfully Microsoft Word is now flagging two spaces after a period/full stop as an error,1:29:44.876Michael Feir's book and a new version of Ulysses for iOS and Mac,1:31:47.075Exciting updates coming for Sonos,1:32:39.819Tipping in the US versus New Zealand,1:35:27.555Blind people in Hong Kong advocating for more accessible media apps,1:42:34.615National Braille Press has some free kids' books to give away,1:44:32.848British blind man says people are being judgmental about blind people during COVID-19,1:45:30.443InstaCart and comments on tipping in America,1:47:31.566Mike Feir's Book Personal Power iOS Edition,1:49:18.843iPhone SE 2,1:51:32.013Ways for blind people to connect during COVID-19,1:52:03.430Closing,1:54:20.552
5/3/20201 hour, 55 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 33:Mushroom FM turns 10, a celebration

On 25 April 2010, after a week of hard work and a massive social media build-up, the Internet radio station Mushroom FM launched. It's with pride and gratitude that we celebrate Mushroom Fm's 10th birthday by delving into Mushroom FM's extensive archives, hearing stories from its founders about the how and the why, telling the story of how it relaunched stronger than ever after a hiatus, andplaying congratulatory messages from its listeners who are affectionately called the Mushroom Crowd.
4/25/20202 hours, 43 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 32:Contributions now open for our Mushroom FM 10th anniversary episode, a detailed look at iPhone SE 2nd generation, who needs a note taker these days and more

Hi Mosen at Largers. We hope you're keeping safe and well. We have another busy podcast for you this week as we prepare for Mushroom FM's 10th birthday celebrations, in which you can participate in several ways. On the show this week:Intro,0:00.000COVID-19 in New Zealand,1:05.496iPhone XR very sensitive,2:27.891Send in your Mushroom FM memories for our special podcast next week,3:10.456You can still register for Mushroom FM's virtual music festival Mushroomstock,5:25.995The iPhone SE second generation explained,6:51.924What's old is new again,21:54.949Feedback on the new TalkBackBraille keyboard,25:29.116JAWS in the workplace and laptop layout,28:47.851Zoom Cloud Meetings audio,31:08.694CleanFeed is an incredible service for live and recorded audio,37:54.541Microphone for iPhone mxlmm130 review,41:39.228Finding inspiration to keep job hunting during a crisis,43:49.803COVID-19 inAustinTX,49:38.037New iPhone SE has dual SIM,51:07.060Update from Madrid,52:47.620Follow-up to Zoom Cloud Meetings question,58:51.005Zoom F6 portable recorder,59:41.871YouTube music on iOS and Sonos,1:05:18.197Fighting COVID-19 in South Korea, see this Guardian article,1:07:23.842Bluetooth speakers and VoiceOver for iOS,1:09:16.133The Bonnie Bulletin begins with a COVID-19 update,1:12:00.404Note taker options,1:14:59.128Job hunting in this difficult economy,1:17:05.981Typewriters and telex machines,1:23:33.756Running a personal blog,1:29:10.051The Optacon is technology that has never really been improved upon,1:30:57.528Focus Blue 5th generation stand-alone,1:33:37.756COVID-19 brings an end to The Archers 69-year streak,1:35:48.115Get your contributions in for our special Mushroom FM 10th birthday episode,1:38:51.650Closing,1:40:34.134
4/19/20201 hour, 41 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 31:Mushroom FM soon turns 10, Main Menu just turned 20, Nest Video Doorbell review, plenty of tech and audio geekery

Hello Mosen At Largers. We trust you're keeping safe and in good mental health during these tough times. This week there's over 100 minutes of content to keep you entertained and informed. Thanks to everyone who has so generously contributed. Intro,0:00.000 COVID-19 in New Zealand,1:05.501 MushroomFM prepares to celebrate our 10th birthday with a huge virtual music festival. Register for Mushroomstock today,3:26.358 Seeing AI and Envision AI compared,7:57.695 COVID-19 in Ireland,10:45.336 iPhone annoyances,14:30.137 Mixer demise,20:27.387 NFB confirms this year's convention will be virtual,22:42.188 Best mixer and mic for an Internet radio station,26:07.446 More on the Envision smart glasses,30:03.778 Waterproof Bluetooth headset recommendation,33:36.153 Google delivers a Braille virtual keyboard for Android,37:11.022 iPhone hardware failure?,40:36.521 Google and Apple work together on a COVID-19 contact tracing API,44:38.273 Recording YouTube videos and iOS bugs,48:09.775 Follow-up to iOS bugs,53:43.830 Google Nest Video Doorbell demo,57:46.255 Reflections on the 20th anniversary of Main Menu,1:03:00.063 Getting around glitches when using Zoom for podcast recording,1:10:36.012 Archives of early Main Menu shows,1:12:29.030 Wireless broadband and New Zealand's remote education initiatives,1:14:26.667 The Bonnie Bulletin begins discussing if masks for the public really work,1:15:53.384 Easter for kids in lockdown,1:17:47.366 Podcast recommendation 13 Minutes to the Moon Season 2,1:20:06.381 Some American English voices in iOS are saying Yestertay,1:24:21.371 A couple of science fiction book recommendations,1:26:02.323 Report from Rhode Island,1:28:06.968 Dell Mobile Connect and its iOS support has promise,1:32:49.830 Configuring Zoom's advanced settings with Internet Explorer 11,1:34:10.858 Apple patent reveals they are thinking about bedding products for sleep tracking,1:36:49.226 AirPower may be back on track,1:38:46.737 Mix Minus recording with the Allen & Heath mixer,1:40:12.861 Closing and Mushroomstock reminder,1:45:41.586
4/12/20201 hour, 46 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 30:Is it time to give up on Zoom Cloud Meetings, Apple working on massive improvements to the way the camera works for blind people, and listeners report in on COVID-19

Hi Mosen at Largers. Bonnie and I send our best to you as we all navigate these difficult waters together in isolation. We wish you safety and good health. Today:Intro,0:00.000An interesting new book, Fast Asleep by Michael Mosley,0:37.371Acts of kindness and the SoupDrinker,2:10.880COVID-19 in Quebec,7:27.633Bluetooth headset recommendations,11:27.177External microphones when using video conference iOS apps,12:53.293Sounds in Microsoft Office and Microsoft announces Microsoft 365,19:38.496Political comments on the podcast and Envision Smart Glasses,23:29.294It's not as efficient to use the iPhone as it used to be,30:24.607Major Apple Watch series 5 battery drain after update,36:10.443Many little things are so different inCalifornia,38:36.134Bluetooth headsets or earbuds you can wear in the shower,43:34.880Plug a powered USB hub into your iPhone,44:39.214Is it time to give up on Zoom Cloud Meetings?,45:35.209The tech companies warned us this was coming,53:32.377Working from home seems to generate more work,54:36.007Facebook unveils new features inspired by COVID-19,55:46.697The Bonnie bulletin in lockdown,57:58.613Techniques for recording YouTube videos when blind,1:01:37.503Some fine things have been laid upon your table but you only want the ones you can't get,1:05:58.447Lord of the rings movies with audio description?,1:07:22.725Report from New York,1:10:02.104Apple files patent that dramatically improves the use of the camera for blind people,1:15:58.528Looks like it's the iPhone SE 2,1:18:39.787Dell says you can now control iPhone from its computers,1:20:13.372People inventing reasons to get in touch during the lockdown,1:21:11.753Loved ones in self-isolation,1:22:00.066Other medical procedures suffering due to COVID-19,1:22:41.264Big improvements to the Spotify app for Apple Watch,1:24:28.026Closing,1:25:05.170
4/4/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 29:More blind people report in from around the world, audio graphing with iOS and VoiceOver, tips for hearing aid wearers, a new Sonos operating system and more

Hi Mosen At Largers. I'm back again with another jam-packed episode put together by our wonderful community. Don't forget, many of us are staying in touch twice a day every week day at the moment on Mushroom FM, and you're very welcome to tune in and tell us how you're doing. Let's stick together and support each other.Here's what's on the show today.Introduction,0:00.000Very strict lockdown in New Zealand,0:51.951New Zealand receives a nationwide emergency alert,9:50.505A guest appearance from someone famous,14:54.072German perspective,17:03.292An unwelcome hint in iOS 13.4 Mail,17:53.878Why are even seasoned work from homers finding this time so tough,19:01.360Sites to help record podcast interviews,23:23.316. Sites mentioned include Squadcast,Zencastr and CleanFeed.NFB is doing a live presidential release and other consumer organisations holding virtual gatherings,30:10.278Strict delivery requirements at a complex for the over 55s,32:50.808A report from Scotland and question about the LBC app,35:09.608Speaking out against the catastrophic COVID-19 response in the US,39:11.428Revisiting the question of VoiceOver sounds coming through the speaker when using MFI hearing aids,42:00.965Will we get remixes of earlier Beatles albums?,47:10.540Getting up to speed with Backpack Studio and Zoom,48:45.736Checking in with Canada,51:53.632Update from a schoolteacher in New York,56:03.723Report fromWashingtonDC,59:50.438Podcast hosting recommendations,1:03:18.846. Sites mentioned include Libsyn,Podbean,Pinecast and Anker. Where to buy the Sharp Talking Time,1:05:04.157Bluetooth hearing solutions for an RIC hearing aid wearer,1:06:44.919Guide dog treats for when the usuals don't turn up,1:09:06.468Recent experience of Zencastr,1:09:31.004Oh the places you'll go when in lockdown,1:11:45.552The Bonnie Bulletin in lockdown,1:13:43.154Is Britbox accessible?,1:19:24.880Different approaches to getting work for disabled people,1:23:56.187Answer to the Bluetooth headphones for RIC hearing aid wearers question,1:29:04.598Allen and Heath Zed-12FX versus Zed-24FX mixer,1:29:45.883Little known feature. Audio presentation of graphical data in iOS 13,1:33:17.855ECG and irregular heart rate notifications have come to New Zealand onAppleWatch,1:34:45.457Webcam recommendations,1:35:03.781Blindness providers in New Zealand,1:39:44.984Apps for maintaining a journal,1:40:21.662My Sonosthesia book and big changes coming to Sonos with their new S2 operating system,1:42:01.095Google Podcast is now available for iOS and you can hear Mosen At Large with it,1:44:15.864Journal app recommendation Day One Journal,1:44:57.703More on Apple's audio graphing,1:45:25.281
3/29/20201 hour, 47 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 28:The benefits of meditation, and the fully accessible FitMind app, with Liam McClintock

Hi Mosen at largers. Welcome to this extra episode. First, I hope you and yours are doing well during this global crisis.I've heard from many listeners throughout the week from all over the world, emailing this podcast and also contributing to the live radio shows I've been doing twice a day to help us stay connected with each other. For some people, self-isolation is proving very tough, especially for those on their own.So this seems like the perfect time to interview the founder of a meditation app I discovered recently that has really impressed me. It's called FitMind. It's fully accessible, and there's something in it for you whether you've always wanted to start a meditation practice or whether you've been meditating for years.You can download the iOS app for free. To use it fully, you'll need a subscription, but FitMind's founder, Liam McClintock who joins us on this episode, gives an email address you can contact if you feel you'd benefit from the app but genuinely can't afford to buy it at this difficult time. Thanks to Liam for that very generous offer.In this discussion, we explore what meditation is, what its benefits are, the science behind it and some blindness-specific aspects of meditation you don't hear about in mainstream podcasts.For further information about FitMind, you can visit the FitMind website.
3/28/202043 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 27:COVID-19 perspectives experiences and fears from around the world, new hardware and software from Apple, and yea for accessible Rubik's cubes

Hi Mosen at Largers. This week's show is a little longer than usual to give you a bit more fresh content to listen to. It also demonstrates the amazing sense of community we've built up in the last 21 years I've been connected with you via Internet radio and podcasting.Please note that to keep our community in touch with one another and to provide some connection during this difficult time, whenever possible I will be hosting my show on Mushroom FM during the week live, twice a day from Monday to Friday. There will be a new show at 2 AM US Eastern time and another new show at 2 PM US Eastern time. For details about where that is where you are, check the Mushroom FM schedule.This week on the show.Introduction,0:00.000Temporarily, I'm live twice a day during the week on Mushroom FM,0:47.810COVID-19 from a blindness perspective,2:48.436Keeping fit during COVID-19 isolation with reference to the awesome fully described workouts from http://BlindAlive.com ,8:12.267Accessible Rubik's Cube,9:55.920Thoughts from Christopher on iOS 14,12:55.737Listener comment on familiar voices at a difficult time,21:04.402Listener question about accounts in multiple Apple App Stores,21:53.941My audiobook on Zoom is now free,28:57.670A UK perspective onCOVID-19,30:45.392Will summer help lessen the spread ofCOVID-19,32:53.421A California perspective,35:00.960COVID-19 thoughts fromWisconsin,36:00.694Simple Singles is a new podcast from Mushroom FM's Sara Hillis,39:12.449Helping older parents during these tough times,48:54.769A New York perspective,54:49.832Will The Archers continue without abreak,55:14.872Employment discrimination, carrying cash safely and video doorbells,59:59.331Giveaways to help during the COVID-19 pandemic,1:06:34.262Are any of the recommendations on this show financially incentivised?,1:11:35.723Zoom questions,1:16:28.378Is there a camera app for Windows that speaks face detection like iOS?,1:19:26.760Eloquence on iOS,1:21:48.882COVID-19 brings with it unsettling times,1:23:45.406The Bonnie Bulletin begins with a New Zealand COVID-19 perspective,1:29:29.227Poor quality of Facebook live and other video streams,1:39:46.267Success with Zoom,1:44:41.087 WHO's onFacebook andWHO's on WhatsApp,1:45:19.091iOS 13.4 coming this week and new hardware from Apple is here,1:46:16.698The Mac is great for Windows but VoiceOver is unreliable,1:51:18.095Where can you still get the SharpTalkingTime,1:54:19.410Problems with Braille Screen input in iOS,1:56:37.759Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus,1:57:35.830Looking overseas for examples of leadership,1:58:21.182
3/22/20202 hours, 11 seconds
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Episode 26:COVID-19 thoughts and advice, what's coming in iOS 14, a PhoneSoap Pro review, and new technology at CSUN 20

Hi Mosen at Largers. If you're in self-isolation or even more directly affected by COVID-19, I wish you all the best. These are unprecedented experiences in our lifetimes, but we will get through them.On today's show.Intro,0:00.000Tips for working from home,1:07.315Clear instructions about how to thoroughly wash your hands,9:05.152A blast from the past as a ringtone,16:13.625Aira Horizon glasses and Uber PIN,18:11.442Product review of PhoneSoap Pro,20:28.476Direct audio input for hearing aids assists with accessible voting,25:34.799Apparent massive leak tells us what might be coming in iOS 14,26:14.331More working from home tips,35:30.959Apple Tags,37:02.129Monopoly,38:24.893Gratitude for what we have and Quentin C's playroom,44:01.866The future of aira,49:31.904The Bonnie Bulletin red puppy appeal,55:04.253New Zealand's response to COVID-19,1:02:06.031iOS 14 wishes,1:08:39.041New blindness technology at CSUN,1:13:09.659iOS 14,1:18:24.204Why haven't the Olympics been cancelled yet?,1:19:20.764
3/15/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 25:I got hacked, memories of Monopoly, standing up to hate speech and CSUN is still happening

Hi Mosen At Largers. Thank you for listening, and also for the reviews and 5 star ratings people have left. And of course we have received a mountain of contributions again this week, so thank you also for those. Here's what's on this week's episode followed by the time in the file that you can hear it. Remember, if you use a podcast app with chapter support, Mosen At Large fully supports chapters to make it easy to skip to sections of the podcast.Introduction,0:00.000Earlier this week I got hacked,1:35.203Blind job preparedness and praise for Ulysses for iOS,5:22.166Using Overcast with voice control,11:12.230Learning to use a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone,13:25.035Can you get a sighted person to control your iPhone remotely?,16:59.208The fascinating history of Monopoly and versions we have played over the years,19:04.044Accessible routers and antivirus software,33:19.165Sighted people questioning whether blind people should be parents and problems with VoiceOver for iOS losing speech persist,37:04.257iOS beta issues and the future of cricket audio commentary in New Zealand,42:16.102Accessible radon detectors,47:33.621Remembering a tough New Zealand anniversary and what it teaches us about standing up to hate speech,48:53.740Games on the good old Apple II E,57:47.956Why is the CSUN conference still happening?,58:47.225Memories of 15 March from New Zealand,1:02:58.057Do you ever call your voice assistant instead of your guide dog?,1:03:42.280Aira is discontinuing Horizon,1:05:46.235The Bonnie bulletin begins with talk of tornados inTennessee,1:11:37.764New Zealand's Red Puppy appeal is approaching,1:14:13.927requiring proof of guide dog certification,1:17:00.163Aira feedback,1:23:56.704Making ringtones and blindness agencies that use vision in their name,1:25:38.506Protect your Uber rides with a PIN,1:27:06.023New studies show that a keto diet is good for brain health as we get older,1:28:51.256Closing and contact info,1:32:41.031
3/8/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 24:Common misconceptions sighted people have about blind people

Hi Mosen at largers. It's another very busy show thanks to your input. Remember, in a podcast player supporting chapter marks, you can easily skip forward and back between segments. Here's each item followed by its time in the file.Intro,0:00.000It's Leap Year's Day as we record this,0:57.276Learning to code,7:43.444Alternative calendars that don't require a leap day every four years,8:59.318Listener comment on people who think all blind people are alike,10:01.901A remarkable iPhone survival and customer service story,12:18.344An Alexa skill that won't disable,18:29.928Listener praise for a Samson microphone,20:22.389Who wears their Apple Watch in the shower,22:25.295Listener comment on audio apps and YouMail,23:18.014Apple Watch fall detection,27:44.930Listener comment on misconceptions about blindness,28:32.533Listener comment on bullying and envy in the blind community,29:15.060Listener comment on a blindness agency that won't let you identify as blind,34:44.123Listener questions about 1Password,38:19.828As blind people how do we know that cold callers are who they say they are,46:32.317iOS 13.4 beta 3 update,51:33.124Tom Dooley sequel,59:19.708Listener question on routers and access points with the most accessible interfaces,1:00:09.350The Bonnie Bulletin would it be so bad to have official guide dog certification in the US,1:02:58.484Misconceptions about blind people,1:14:31.189A listener review of the WeWalk smart cane,1:16:40.036Listener comment on attitudes in the blind community and a forthcoming free iOS guide,1:21:28.941Listener comment on the responsibility of guide dog handlers,1:24:00.893Listener comment on bullying,1:25:31.767Listener question on stopping JAWS showing formatting in Braille,1:28:01.835Significant changes happening for Bluetooth audio including hearing aids,1:30:55.592Closing,1:33:14.349
3/1/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 23:Bullying ruins people's lives and even kills them, tech news and comments

Hello Mosen at largers. Today we're talking in part about a subject I knew would come up sooner or later – bullying both online and off. If this topic raises upsetting issues for you, you need not go through this by yourself. Depending on the nature of the bullying, you may have legal redress, you certainly don't need to put up with it. Please seek appropriate assistance in your country. Bullying can happen to people who are even thought to be important or famous, and it can hurt you no matter who you are. We send love to everyone who has experienced this or is going through it, and especially Australian nine-year-old Quaden Bayles who is in the news this week.Here's what's on the show.Intro,0:00.000"Listener comment, Amazon Echo having responsiveness issues",0:36.253"Bullying, it's everywhere, including in the blind community",4:21.388The WeWalk Smart Cane sounds really cool. Anyone using it and how is it going?,20:01.260"Listener comment, Duck DuckGo's Bang commands, alternative browsers toChrome, and iOS audio apps",21:55.416Apple is offering a free replacement for XS and XS Max extended battery cases,34:52.270"Listener comment, Siri US election support, and voicemail providers",38:57.195"Listener comment, annoyed by people who don't correct dictation errors",42:26.996Google in trouble for guessing where punctuation is needed in dictation,44:21.166"Listener comment, 1Password and good security in general",45:13.435"Listener comment, cool collaboration with Microsoft Office, and removing clutter from websites",54:50.961"Listener comment, the WeWalkSmart Cane",1:01:01.666"The Bonnie Bulletin begins, the dreaded shingles, a listener relates",1:03:50.220"Listener info, the story of Tom Dula",1:09:16.440"Listener comment, the Blind Shell Classic smartphone, and there had better be peanut butter in heaven",1:12:34.096"Listener question, being productive with Braille",1:18:25.078"Listener question,Castro and protected feeds",1:21:45.326"Listener comment, in praise of the Ulysses word processor for iOS",1:25:48.949"Listener comment, setting up Waltr2 onWindows",1:26:33.028"Listener question, customising iOS gestures",1:28:20.626Cricket on the radio under threat in New Zealand,1:29:30.794"Listener comment, 1Password and gasslighting",1:31:40.071
2/23/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 22:How to make and transfer ringtones to your iPhone without ever touching iTunes, and we give away five copies of Cash Reader for iOS

Hello Mosen at Largers. A very busy show this week with plenty of listener feedback, plus our big Cash Reader for iOS giveaway.Here's what's in store, followed by the time each thing happens in the show.Intro,0:00.000"Listener comment, Ringtones, Face ID",1:43.577The Anchor app and service for creating podcasts,7:44.380"Listener comment,Ringtones and Castro Podcast Player",10:45.010"Listener comment on the name Lighthouse, and ringtones",13:17.497"Listener question, how accessible is Audacity?",15:52.928Listener comment, Ringtones and Waltr2",17:10.888"Listener comment, Ringtones",19:14.653"Listener question, accessible audio editors for iOS", we mention a couple of accessible apps from Wooji Juice,20:46.328"Listener comment, using short text strings for Uber, ringtones and blindness agency names",22:32.805Creating a ringtone and transferring it to your iPhone using Waltr2,27:59.133"Listener comment, Castro, mechanical keyboard",41:43.151YouTube Premium is a worthwhile investment on iOS,45:17.876Listener comment on metal ringtones,45:51.414"Listener comment, making your own ringtones and Alexa's Apple Podcast integration",47:41.993"Listener comment, Castro Podcast Player is great but lacks some important features",49:36.205"The Bonnie bulletin begins, ain't got time to fix the shingles",51:19.828Valentine's Day,58:19.997Who/what is the Tom Dooley song about?,1:04:39.476"Listener comment, Waltr2, the Rode Wireless Go, and has Alexa become less responsive for anyone else?",1:12:16.192Apple claims that Siri can update you on all things US election. But does it work for anyone?,1:15:03.666Let's draw the five lucky winners in our Cash Reader for iOS giveaway,1:17:48.630"Listener comment, ringtones",1:20:21.221"Listener comment, ringtones",1:21:06.643"Listener comment, how Vision Australia got its name, and Castro Podcast Player",1:22:07.923"Listener comment, ringtones",1:27:04.326"Listener comment, the value of Echo Show to blind people",1:28:29.586I've found I don't like going without Google,1:29:07.096Five star reviews really really help independent podcast producers. If you have time, thanks in advance for giving us a positive review.
2/16/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 21:Win $25,000 in the San Francisco Lighthouse's Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, do you use ringtones other than the defaults, tech news, and we miss the Iowa scream

Hi Mosen at Largers. Here's a summary of what's on the podcast this week, with the item first followed by its time in the show. Introduction,0:00.000 "Ringtones and texttones, Do you make your own, buy your own or just use the defaults?",0:36.390 Blind parents and potty training. For helpful resources on blind parenting, check out the NFB Blind Parents site,10:47.245 "Neil Young says the MacbookPro's audio quality if ""Fisher Price""",15:10.039 "Listener comment, Buy duplicates of your hearing accessories.",17:42.604 "Listeners questions on the Holman prize, and how did lighthouses in a blindness context get their name?",22:41.537 An innocent-sounding question from the Beatles Twitter account gets an unexpected response,27:27.302 "New iOS, tvOS, watchOS and MacOS betas". Here's a link to the Water Minder app I mentioned in this section,29:05.644 "Listener comment, VoiceOver suddenly just stopped working altogether on iPhone SE",34:49.586 "More listener comments on the Lighthouse name, and how the Lighthouse in FL positively changed a listener's life",39:19.861 Lee Kumutat from the San Francisco Lighthouse talks about the Holman Prize for blind ambition. The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition will be accepting applications until March 15. From traversing the Bosporus Straight via solo kayak, to hosting the first conference in Mexico for blind children and their families led by blind professionals, to creating an app to enable blind citizen scientists to participate in the search for exoplanets by listening to space, the nine winners so far (hailing from five countries on four continents), have each found unique ways to forever change the world’s perception of blindness. Applications and information is available here: https://holman.lighthouse-sf.org/apply/.,42:39.299 Listener question: how easy is it to use Google Sheets efficiently with a screen reader?,57:33.791 More listener feedback on ringtones,1:04:14.489 The Bonnie Bulletin begins with discussion of a threat to RNZ Concert. Please sign the Save RNZ Concert petition,1:09:45.650 We look at the Iowa debacle and long for the days of the good old Iowa scream,1:14:09.327 Listener comments and questions on Overcast and Castro,1:17:30.131 Cash Reader app and a giveaway for Mosen At Large listeners,1:18:53.439 "Listener question, screen time on iOS not behaving as expected",1:22:02.215 "Microsoft Power Toys are back, and a new cool one called Keyboard Shortcut Manager is coming",1:25:03.126 Amazon Echo Show now identifies products via barcodes,1:28:02.126 "Microsoft Teams exploded in some parts of the world this week, because someone forgot to put a virtual coin in a virtual metre",1:29:01.239 Listener feedback about the EchoShow,1:30:20.614 The When Did I app,1:31:13.428 "There's a major rewrite of my favourite iOS calendar app, Fantastical",1:33:19.795 "If you're a podcaster, Squadcast might improve your remote interviews substantially",1:36:04.499 More thoughts on EchoShow,1:39:28.126
2/9/20201 hour, 40 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 20:Why is it so hard getting a refund from Apple's App Store, tech news and questions, Brexit, impeachment shambles and US guide dog users need to have their say

Hi Mosen at largers, here's what's on this week's packed episode, but before I tell you that, a reminder that reviews and word of mouth really help small independent producers. If you like the podcast, please give it a five star review if your podcast service offers this, or just spread the word on social media, email lists and to friends. Thanks so much mate.In this summary, you'll find the topic first, followed by the time it happens in the episode.It's far too complicated to get a refund from Apple for an inaccessible app,1:28.660Ridding myself of Google's invasive data collection,12:34.183A listener has a dodgy Lyft experience and we talk about rating and ride sharing,14:09.165A listener experiences odd unlocking issues with Touch ID,21:27.208A listener responds to the question about leaving your wallet at home in the era of ApplePay and recommends wallet cases,23:12.500Enabling Google Chrome extensions in Microsoft's awesome new Edge browser,25:23.695Most accessible ways to access Reddit, all of them on iOS",26:43.949. Apps mentioned include Dystopia, which you must obtain from TestFlight,Apollo, and BaconReader.A listener asks if there's any way to stop Windows from asking if she likes what she sees,29:27.929Being in the heart of US primary country,30:34.674Listener feedback on app refunds,32:39.743Podcasts on Presidential politics past and present,36:39.642Brexit and impeachment, an historic week,41:45.153Listener app recommendation, RSSRadio",51:58.807"Overcast has an update where Voice Boost has been rewritten, A big Castro update coming soon",56:29.320Sonosequencer is heaven for any Sonos geek,57:38.794The Bonnie Bulletin begins with Bonnie's impressions of the Castro Podcast app,1:01:04.372"Listener inquiry, Getting Facebook to show content chronologically",1:03:28.658Big changes may be in store for US guide dog handlers,1:06:12.653"More feedback on going walletless in the iPhone era, and a hearing aid crisis",1:13:36.047A listener asks for typing tutor recommendations,1:18:30.025"Believe it or not, there's a browser extension called Detrumpify",1:19:59.704"The decade's beginning, and case of Braille rear their heads again",1:20:34.801"A listener inquiry on efficient ways to keep up with news, particularly technology news",1:22:00.621"Are we close to the release of iPhone 9? Yes, you read that right.",1:27:15.155Former New Zealand Prime Minister and WTO Director General Mike Moore has died,1:28:24.333"Netflix recommendation, Miss Americana",1:29:43.797
2/2/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 19:Gadgetry and geekery, no, the new decade has absolutely not started yet, and do you ever leave your wallet at home?

Hi again Mosen at largers. I'm back after a summer break, having been geeking out with a lot of tech, just for the fun of it. Please note that in response to many requests, the podcast is now produced with chapter marks, making it easy for you to move between items in the podcast in any good podcast player. I'll also provide time stamps in the show notes.01:21 Bonnie has a new laptop, I describe what we chose and why.05:50 geeking out with Reaper, and podcast chapters.06:17 an earthquake provides a rude awakening.07:45 A listener reports that after a Windows update, she must log in twice09:06 Reaper, chapter marks, and the remarkable auphonic service.12:23, The facts are very clear. Why the new decade doesn't start until next year, and why it matters.21:12, There's an impeachin' going on!23:27 Memoirs by musicians.A listener recommends a podcast called American Elections, wicked game.27:56 In this high tech age, do you leave your wallet at home?30:35 The new Microsoft Edge is released, and it's excellent. I've been using it with the alternative search engine DuckDuckGo, which promises not to track you.35:26. Software to help with family organisation and security including Apple's Reminder's app. 1Password and AnyList.42:23 A listener inquires about starting a podcast. We talk about Backpack Studio,Anchor,Libsyn,Pinecast and the Mosen Consulting Unleash your Inner Podcast series.49:04 I bought a Zoom H6 portable digital recorder. I wish I hadn't taken so long to do it.54:53 It's been the week from hell for Sonos and the drama will continue. But I still bought a new Sonos Port.65:06 Gary O'Donoghue shares some useful Zoom H6 tips.70:47 The Bonnie bulletin. Bonnie gets all controversial about Harry and Megan, we have an air fryer in our lives, and more of a moving story.
1/26/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 18:Castro Podcast Player, the best podcast app for iOS I've ever used

In this special edition of Mosen At Large, I want to introduce you to the new podcast app in my life.For years, I've been a happy user of Overcast, but a podcast app for iOS named Castro Podcast Player kept being mentioned by people who consume a lot of podcasts. Some time ago, I checked it out and found significant accessibility issues for blind people like me who use the VoiceOver screen reader built into iOS. That's no longer the case, and it's by far the best iOS podcast app I've ever come across.Key features include:Easily import your podcasts from many other third-party apps.By default, all your podcast episodes are placed in an email-like inbox, so it's easy to see what new content you have and get to the stuff you want to hear.Exclude certain podcasts from your Inbox while staying subscribed.Features Overcast listeners have come to love, like compressing pauses and improving speech quality.The best chapter support in any podcast app I've used, including the ability to deselect certain chapters to skip the parts of episodes that don't interest you.Copy any audio file into a special folder on your computer and it appears in Castro.Convert video to audio and play it from your podcast app.A raft of Siri shortcuts.Many more really slick features.Castro is free but it's quite limited in the free state. To unlock its full potential, you'll need to make an in-app purchase but there is a free trial, so it costs you nothing to give it a try.Visit Castro's website, and find Castro in the App Store.Follow Castro Podcast Player on Twitter.
1/24/202054 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 17:Create podcasts and even broadcast live with the Backpack Studio app for iOS

I hope the final year of the decade has begun well for you.This special episode of the podcast is devoted to Backpack Studio, a recording app that with an in-app purchase will also let you create live Internet radio right from your iPhone or iPad.Additionally, the app will create video files out of audio, which is a great feature for people who'd like to post audio content to social media services that require video.The support for VoiceOver, Apple's built-in screen reader that makes iOS devices usable by blind people, is brilliant. It's not just that it complies with Apple's best practice guidelines for accessibility, there are features specifically to make the app rock from a blindness perspective.Get Backpack Studio from the App Store.
1/16/202056 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 16:Hark, and lo, voting in our holiday countdown will soon close

Hi Mosen at largers. Hark! Hark closely! Verily I say unto you, it's Christmas, so lo, time is running out to vote in the Mushroom FM holiday countdown. It's so easy, and participating on the day is such a fun experience. Get your top 10 holiday songs into us today! Otherwise, a song you really like might be low. And lo, that would not be good. Then you might say, "oh, hark!"You know, having a birthday on or close to Christmas day has the potential to be quite blah. We have a chat about this.iOS 13.3 is out and while there might be a few accessibility improvements for some, the bugs persist with several listeners chiming in on this.When you vote in the Mushroom FM holiday countdown, you get an invitation to our Christmas party where you have a chance to win virtual Christmas crackers for your table. Since Christmas crackers aren't very common in the US, I explain what they are.A listener points out how to get some very useful visual assistance from Apple if you have two devices.Aira has a shopping promotion on right now if you need some help with in-person or online shopping.We have an extremely glowing listener review of Disney Plus, and another from a listener who won't be subscribing now their trial is up.It just became much easier to play and sync podcasts between Spotify or Apple Music and Amazon Echo.Boris Johnson is flying high after the British general election, but it's interesting to contemplate how different the outcome would have been under proportional representation.The tension mounts at Mosen Towers as, finally, with the Apple Watch Cellular being supported by a New Zealand carrier, mine is about to arrive at Mosen Towers.Bonnie is here with her bulletin as we look ahead to the big New Zealand close-down and provide an update on the great Mosen carrier migration. She also talks about how she's going with her new AirPods Pros.I explain why as a blind person I find it handy to have a sound mixer on my desk in my office.I've had a bad week with Uber who have refused to correct an error and flat out lied about a trip I took.It's been a very tough week for us here in New Zealand following the eruption of White Island and the resulting loss of life.Do you have any crazy Christmas musical or talking ornaments around the place? We have several, one of which scarily came back from the dead.Could we be about to see the release of the iPhone 9?This is the last Mosen At Large podcast of 2019. We'll see you back on 25 January 2020. You can tune into Mushroom FM throughout the holiday season for great programming, including our holiday countdown and my special shows for both Christmas day and new year's eve.
12/15/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 15:Christmas songs with crazy lyrics and themes, tech highs and lows of the week, and cast your vote in our Christmas countdown

Hi Mosen at largers. 'Tis the season and all that. And it seems I'm not the only one who finds the line in the Christmas song Silent Night, "holy infant so tender and mild", quite bizarre. This week we look at other odd Christmas songs and lines, including the most bizarre one of all, Little Drummer Boy.We discuss salutations at the beginning of emails. Do we need them, and what should we use?We remember mainstream games, some of them quite old now, that have been accessible.With the gift season upon us, a listener asks for advice on mechanical keyboards.Have we become more disrespectful over time? Is it now OK that people don't seem to have a problem with kids calling adults by their first names?Sometimes, doing something as simple as changing mobile phone providers is such a mission! I recount my adventures trying to do that this week.I am looking forward with considerable anticipation to the UK election later in the week.Bonnie is here with her bulletin.Tile stickers have arrived in our house. I describe what they are and why you might use them.There are rumours that Apple will introduce an iPhone with no ports at all. How do you feel about that?A listener asks about ProTools accessibility with JAWS.A listener asks about US TV streaming.With the end of 2019 fast approaching, we have to put up with annoying people who can't count and think that the decade is about to end.Twitter has had to abandon for now an initiative that would have freed up old usernames.There's a warning about a new Samsung Galaxy update affecting dictation with Voice Assistant.And in a shameless self-promotion, I play the Christmas song I recorded in the hope that when you vote in our holiday countdown, you might send it to number one!
12/8/20191 hour, 26 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 14:ACB Radio turns 20, vote for your top 10 holiday songs, and the Ulysses word processor for iOS reviewed

Hi Mosen At largers. Wow, where did that time go? It was 20 years ago today that I pushed the button to launch ACB Radio and begin working with some great Internet radio pioneers. If you'd like to read an account of how ACB Radio got started and some memories of the building of the station in those early days, you can download my free ebook on The Mosen Consulting site.People have been buying up tiles in black Friday sales, so we talk about the accessibility of the Tile app.I hope you, your friends, your family and even your enemies will cast your vote for the top 10 holiday songs. You can vote here and I explain this cool tradition in the podcast. Voting gets you an exclusive invitation to our Christmas party.Are you frustrated by focus issues after deleting mail in iOS 13? Well if it's any comfort, you're not alone.A listener shares his experience of MFI cochlea implants in iOS 13, and asks how other blind cochlea implants are getting on in general.What's the most memorable Christmas gift you've ever been given and why?I tell you about a cool app I recently learned about called Music Harbour, and is nothing sacred? Pentatonix and the London Symphony Orchestra, by the miracle of digital technology, are working with Bing Crosby on one of the most iconic Christmas songs.I bring you a review of Ulysses, a word processor app which in conjunction with all the new content creation features for VoiceOver in iOS 13 has radically changed the way I create content.Bonnie is here with her bulletin.A listener is looking for recommendations of exercise equipment with accessible iOS apps.A listener reports on how well Microsoft Soundscape now works with Bose Frames.All this and much more.
12/1/20191 hour, 27 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 13:Ride share refusals and other guide dog discrimination, more grammatical pet peeves, and do you say please to your virtual assistant?

Hi Mosen at Largers. We've made the big time at last and are now on Spotify, so welcome if you're listening to us there. Speaking of which, Spotify has introduced a new daily playlist to help you discover new podcast content.During the week, Bonnie and I were refused an Uber ride because of her Seeing Eye dog. I recount the experience and how Uber handled it, and seek your own experiences like this. Do you think it's better for blind people to disclose when they are travelling with a guide dog, or should we simply expect any driver to follow the law?Aira has released an update taking advantage of dual and triple cameras in newer iPhones.More listeners chime in on grammatical and linguistic pet peeves.Apple is apparently rethinking the way it tests iOS builds for quality following multiple serious bugs with iOS 13. It's not before time, but will it really make any difference?A listener asks for help selecting text with VoiceOver in iOS.There's a bit of enthusiasm for a book I recommended on The Mosen Explosion last week, "Get Back, Imagine, Saving John Lennon" by Donovan Day.Are you still watching See on Apple TV Plus. A listener suggests it's worth persevering with.More thoughts on using an iPhone or iPad as your notetaker versus using a dedicated blindness-specific product.Bonnie is here once again with her bulletin.Do you ever say "please" to your virtual assistant, such as Siri of soup drinker? We have some interesting data on who does and does not.If the big juicy batteries of the new iPhone aren't enough for you, Apple has released battery cases for its latest iPhone range with an interesting user interface enhancement.Google has just announced a cool new parenting feature called My Storytime.And there is every indication that those two new Abba songs we were promised last year could be about to turn into a full new Abba album! Dude!
11/24/20191 hour, 32 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 12:Grammatical and linguistic pet peeves, Disney Plus launches, there's a new MacBook Pro and much more

Hi again Mosen At Largers. Today the listening audience bonds over linguistic and grammatical pet peeves. So, like, um, totally listen irregardless? You know?We hear some more about MFI hearing aids and their co-existence with the latest version of iOS.The Brave Browser, which touts super security and privacy, is officially released with version 1.0 now available, and it works again with NVDA.A listener is getting some more helpful information about compatibility issues with Sendero GPS and iOS 13.Disney+ is now out and had a bit of a rocky start. We hear a few thoughts on whether it's worthwhile.Makers of Twitterrific, The Icon Factory, have released a new radio app called Triode. Does it add enough value beyond what Siri in iOS 13 can already offer?Do live audio described performances adequately accommodate the hearing impaired? Bonnie and I discuss and a couple of listeners chime in, and we celebrate the arrival of our latest gadget, the light and fluffy omelette maker. Yum.If you're in the UK and missing access to most BBC streams on TuneIn, you'll be pleased to know that the BBC Sounds app supports Siri Shortcuts.Apple has unveiled a new MacBook Pro, with plenty of attention being paid to the input and output side of the audio. Is your mouth watering?We solve the mystery raised last week of how to get out of the add task screen in the latest version of my task manager of choice, Todoist. And it's very simple. Bah!
11/17/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 11:A fix for the iOS 13.2 MFI hearing aid issue, hope for LinkedIn improvements, auto-speak on Apple Watch, a big week for Microsoft and more

Hi Mosen At Largers. We begin this episode with a fix for the issue where MFI hearing aid wearers have been hearing VoiceOver sounds played over their device's speaker rather than through the aids.Twitterific has already come out with a bug fix for a VoiceOver problem that began over the last week, but maybe we should have just embraced the null?We hear some listener advice on making a Reaper Bleeper and I'm inspired to delve into the archives for my favourite piece of audio production that I've done that uses bleeping.I enjoy the quality of discourse on LinkedIn, but have been frustrated for a long time by how cumbersome it is to use on iOS, so I wrote an article detailing my concerns on LinkedIn, which has received a response from LinkedIn's head of accessibility. It sounds like good times are ahead, and I applaud Microsoft for their willingness to engage with our community.A listener reports problems with the Sendero GPS app in iOS 13.2 and asks for others' recommendations on good GPS apps.Has your Google Home been bricked by a recent software update that went badly wrong? A listener advises the best process for getting it sorted.A listener talks about her excellent experience with a Hims QBrailleXL in conjunction with a Microsoft Surface pro.New gadgets are arriving for listeners including Echo Buds, Echo Studio and of course AirPods Pro.I give a quick demonstration of auto-speak on the Apple Watch, how it works and why it's useful.In the US, there've been reactions ranging from amusement to perplexity to grief as hundreds of thousands of texts from Valentine's Day have just turned up.What would you recommend for someone who wants a no frills, no touch screen computer that's reliable and good to type on?I mention the new podcast from Workbridge here in New Zealand called Mahi, which talks about what the organisation is doing and issues around disability employment. Search for Mahi in all good podcast apps.I share some ideas for items Apple might like to add for customisation by way of VoiceOver activities in iOS in future.We here from a listener who is happy with my recommendation of Todoist as a brilliant task manager for iOS, apart from one bug.Microsoft has had a big week with their Ignite conference making several exciting announcements.Good news for those who use Google Assistant and Sirius XM in the US. They have now partnered.Netflix wants to give you the chance to speed up playback, but some content creators says this violates their copyright. What on earth is up with that?Brit Box is coming to the UK with a grand total of 0 audio described titles.
11/10/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 10:iOS 13.2 has new bugs, audio issues on various devices, Apple TV Plus and more

Hi again Mosen at Largers. In this bigger than huge, bumper episode, iOS 13.2 is out. There are still serious bugs, one in particular of high impact that is new to this release affecting Made for iPhone hearing aid users who also use VoiceOver. We deserve better.Clocks have been going forward and back depending on where in the world you are. Is daylight saving a failed experiment we should abandon, or do you appreciate that extra daylight at the end of a summer's day?A listener talks about one of his favourite games for iOS, Timecrestc.We discuss guide dogs. A listener asks how much difference do they make really, and are they too much hassle for what you get back?Apple TV+ has arrived. There was plenty of interest in the blind community in See. I talk about my initial impressions of the service and some of the shows including See.We talk some more about the Brave Browser, based on the Chromium engine, also accessible in iOS.Various listeners have a chat about mechanical keyboards and why you might want one.In the Bonnie bulletin, it's time for me to feel the fear and do it anyway, get back on the virtual bike, and go to a cricket match. Bonnie also talks about snoring. It's something not often discussed, but it can cause a bit of friction. We ask if anyone's found any good techniques for managing it.A listener asks why I stick with Focus Braille displays and whether I have looked at others.We revisit the question of dodgy audio in Windows. All this, and so much more.
11/2/20191 hour, 57 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 9:bleeping personal assistants, is Apple losing its accessibility edge, password managers, blind face and more

Hi again Mosen at Largers. This week, we ask if our personal assistant devices are just going a bit too far in trying to protect our delicate ears. I provide some examples of famous songs that have now incurred the wrath of the Siri and Alexa censors.More listeners talk about their food loves and hates.There's yet more discussion about whether Braille should always begin with an uppercase B. I say, let's put it to a global vote. I have no doubt which way it would go.A listener chimes in on the concerning state of Catalyst apps on the Mac, and I highlight the difference in the frequency and quality of engagement Apple has with our community compared with other mainstream companies.We look at the Apple TV app for Fire TVs and discuss what it can do.A listener asks a question about iCloud keychain versus 1Password.The Apple Radio Directory appears to be removing some smaller stations. Its days are probably numbered.Bonnie and I talk about a concept I have dubbed "blind face". Should we speak up more about people who think they know what it's like to be blind because they have been under blindfold? And should there be Government funding of guide dog schools?The BBC has released a new news skill for Alexa that has some awesome new features.Research has proven definitively that dark mode has a massive positive impact on your phone's battery life, particularly if you have a phone with an OLED display.We discuss some linguistic differences in the show this week, including whether companies are singular or plural, and the way Americans use the word "fix" to mean prepare, when most people only use it to mean "repair".
10/27/20191 hour, 35 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 8:Food glorious food, new tiles, Uber Pet, the awesome Microsoft Edge Chromium beta and more

Hi Mosen at Largers. Thanks for joining me again. Are you as enthralled by the Brexit drama as me? Before putting the show together, I pulled an all-nighter watching coverage of the unusual and dramatic Saturday session of the UK House of Commons. I offer a few thoughts.We talk about food you absolutely adore, and food you detest. Even though the answer to this question should be blatantly obvious, at a listener's request I outline just a few of the things that make soup an abomination.I review and highly recommend "A Day Like Today", an autobiography by British journalist and recently-retired BBC interviewer John Humphrys.Shawn calls in to recommend a book called the ABCs of UEB. You can find it here.We hear a listener's perspective on running Windows on a virtual machine on the Mac.Keeping with our food theme, Bonnie joins me to discuss some of her most and least favourite food as well as her first taste of a New Zealand culinary institution.We look at a few items of tech news, including announcements around Disney Plus, Uber Pet, Google's Pixel event and the cool new recorder in the new devices, the ability to easily move music and other audio between your Google Home devices, Tile has some new products including Tile Stickers.I discuss how I have now made the Microsoft Edge Chromium beta my web browser of choice.
10/20/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 7:Google's big reveal is coming, Apple Music vs Spotify, WeWalk smart cane and more

Hi Mosen at Largers. Many will be tuning in for Google's big event. They'll reveal the Pixel 4 this coming week and there'll be other things unveiled too. A listener asks me to talk about anything I'd like to see announced.Are you a Mac user looking forward to a greater variety of apps? It appears Apple may have seriously dropped the accessibility ball with its new Catalyst project.We hear some inside information on Apple's new series about a world full of blind people called "See", and get confirmation that all Apple TV Plus series will contain audio description.I give you my recommendation for the BBC Radio 4 Feedback podcast and tell you why I find it so entertaining.Change in something as fundamental as the way you read can be disconcerting. A listener questions whether the Unified English Braille code is advancing the cause of Braille.A listener seeks advice, is it safe to upgrade an iPhone 6s to iOS 13? Is speed faster, slower or roughly the same?We're not shy of tackling the controversial questions on this show. Oh boy! A listener wants to know which is better, Apple Music or Spotify? I give you my take and you're welcome to share yours.We hear from a listener who owns a WeWalk Smart Cane. I'd love to hear from others who have one of these to find out how it's working out for you.Google Maps has enhanced walking directions for blind people who live in the US or Japan, and BlindSquare now has tight Aira integration.We discuss techniques for keeping your new phone battery in top shape.Now I know I have a hearing impairment, but I think I heard via Twitter that October is meet the blond month. I think that's right. So my favourite blonde, Bonnie Mosen, is on the show. Bonnie and I have a good old rant about the insulting inappropriateness of postal ballots in elections without any accessible alternative.And just how lucky am I really?
10/13/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 6:VoiceOver bugs, big announcements from Amazon, Ulysses review, and let's stop disrespecting Braille

Hi Mosen at Largers. This week, a listener reviews a set of bone conduction headphones he particularly likes.A listener recounts his experiences transferring all his data from his old iPhone to his shiny new one using Apple's phone to phone method. We discuss serious iOS 13 bugs and possible ways around them, especially the freezing after a call.Why does Bana and some other Braille authorities ask us to disrespect Braille, the man and the code, by suggesting it not be capitalised unless we're referring to the individual? This is something I feel very strongly about. Here's my blog post on the subject. I urge those who feel the same way to bring this to their consumer conventions next year by way of resolution. Let's get this fixed.I provide some hints on giving presentations with a Braille display and iPhone.I describe my experience with Ulysses, a writing app for iOS with a Mac version also available, that is fully accessible and wonderful to use, but currently has one show stopper of a bug when I use it with my iPhone.I discuss the deluge of announcements that came from Amazon, with plenty of innovative hardware and software changes to look forward to.Bonnie has a new toy! She gives us some initial impressions of her Focus 40 Blue from Vispero.We here about a couple of fun Alexa skills, Box of Cats and Audible Clock.Finally, we look ahead to Apple TV Plus.
10/6/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 5:iPhone 11 Pro Max, iOS 13, the best book you've ever read and more

Hi Mosen at Largers. Thanks for checking out this episode in which I discuss my new iPhone 11 Pro Max and a very serious accessibility issue I've been trying to get past. If you'd like to read the Mac Stories iOS 13 review I mentioned, it's available here.I ask you a challenging question. If you had to pick just one book, just one that is your all-time favourite, what would it be? We hear some listener thoughts; you may get some good book recommendations to follow up.David Mosen joins me for a Banana Report where he talks about his role in my investiture ceremony, and offers a photographer's view of the iPhone 11 Pro.Bonnie and I recount the saga of the lost keys and talk about the investiture ceremony.A listener inquired about a talking washer/dryer module. Here's an article about it.I look ahead to Amazon's big event later this week, as well as their announcement of Amazon HD, a streaming lossless music service as the lowest price yet.All this and so much more. Thanks for listening and for spreading the word.
9/22/20191 hour, 29 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 4:Comprehensive Apple Event recap and listener comments, good and bad customer service and more

Welcome back to the podcast. For those who can see it, hope you dig the new logo! It was designed by a graphic designer and everything!There’s plenty of talk about Apple’s By Innovation event on this week’s show. I’ll bring you comprehensive analysis of what it all means from a blindness perspective, discuss some questions that remain unanswered, provide some thoughts on who might want to upgrade their iPhone, and I reveal whether I could resist upgrading this year or not. We’ll hear plenty of listener reaction to the event.There was a crisis at Mosen Towers just ahead of the Apple event when we found that we had a fried Apple TV. But luckily, a free replacement is coming our way.Audio geeks rejoice! I answer a question about my studio and how I produce this podcast.In a week of drama, our Ring Video Doorbell broke as well. Oh no! It's often the case that we all have a good rant when we receive poor customer service, so Bonnie and I wanted to recount the outstanding experience we had with Ring Customer Support.Bonnie talks about her struggles reading tactile diagrams, and her introduction to the game of Swish.There appears to be an accessibility bug with new Samsung devices, and a listener had a horrible customer service experience trying to get it investigated.Thanks to a listener contribution, we revisit the question of free screen readers and when it's appropriate to use them.Finally, we hear more thoughts on the Optacon and the unique information it conveyed to blind people. Whew, it's a busy show!
9/15/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 3:Our comprehensive Apple event preview, sayings said to you in your childhood, ketogenic eating, other tech and more

Hi again at largers! There's plenty about the forthcoming Apple event and iOS 13 this week, including a look at what we can expect on the hardware front and what some of us wish for. I briefly demonstrate the powerful new Voice Control functions of iOS 13.I answer a listener question about how and why I chose to adopt ketogenic eating, and its many health benefits.It definitely won't be happening this year, but could Touch ID be returning to future iPhones?We hear that some users are holding onto older iPhones due to concerns about losing the Home Button. Is this a factor for you? What is it about the Home button that makes you want to keep it around?I reflect on another remarkable week in the UK as they struggle with Brexit.I tell the story of why I ended up getting my mouth washed out with soap.We look at what's coming up in watchOS 6 including the possibility of sleep tracking.I talk a bit about my experiences with task tracking apps, and compare the new, rewritten Reminders app in iOS 13 with Omnifocus and Todoist. Todoist is now my personal favourite.In other tech news,WD introduces a new range of My Passport drives, Sonos has new devices including its first battery-operated speaker, and Roomba wants to mow your lawns.
9/8/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 2:Flashbulb moments, dual SIM iPhones, spontaneous accordion music, Google Assistant on iOS and more

We all have flashbulb moments. Events that had such an impact on our lives that we remember vividly where we were and what we were doing when we heard about them. I discuss some of my own and we hear some listener reflections.After one of our listeners received a surprising visit from an accordion teacher she hadn't seen for 40 years, she dusts off the instrument and plays a little traditional Scottish music for us.What are the benefits of eSIM, and how do you use it if you have an iPhone XS, XS Max or XR? I'll give you a quick demo.We talk about using Google Assistant for iOS and how it's doing some pretty smart things to be useful even on the highly restricted iPhone.The Twitter account of Twitter's CEO got hacked. What's up with that?We talk more about the importance of our assistive technology being efficient, and how blindness OCR packages aren't meeting everyone's needs.All this and much more on this week's Mosen At Large.
9/1/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 1:Windows 95 is 24, efficient assistive tech, meditate for better sleep, the Dolby Atmos quest and more

Dude! He just couldn't stay away. Welcome to Mosen At Large.Now there are some who say, "Jonathan, you're full of...tech!" And it's true, while not all episodes of this show will have technology in them, we're really geeking out with this one.Windows 95 has turned 24, so I share my memories and we hear some great stories from listeners. I express concerns about funders maybe thinking that less featured screen readers are enough for us to succeed on the job, this could put our hard-won jobs at risk.We talk about the benefits of meditation on sleep, I update you on my quest to hear the Abbey Road Dolby Atmos mix, and I make the case for dedicated OCR apps like Kurzweil 1000 and OpenBook.
8/31/201959 minutes, 20 seconds