Everyone hopes the need to use emergency services will never arise but if it does we need to be able to make that call quickly and confidently. Siri makes it very easy indeed.
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By Azhar Karim
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The world of technology is fast-moving, exciting and can leave people behind in a hurry. This article will help you identify some useful apps for people who are blind or partially-sighted. If you're new to the iPhone, try reading Continue Reading: Helpful iPhone Apps & Websites
How can a phone with no buttons help someone who is blind/partially sighted? The answer is simple: buttons have been replaced by gestures and iPhones can now talk to their owners much like something out of a science fiction movie. The adv... Continue Reading: How Can an iPhone Help me?
Almost everyone, at some point, has planned ahead to avoid disaster by carrying a spare, whether it's a spare tire, spare keys, or some spare change. It only makes sense that a person with vision loss does the same... Continue Reading: My “Other” Pair Of Eyes
In Toronto, there are several ways to find out when the next bus is coming to your stop, from viewing the official schedule, to downloading an app, to using websites. I find the easiest to be a texting service that... Continue Reading: Riding the TTC - Simplified
Siri is probably the most fun feature of the IPhone but not everyone realizes it can be very helpful as well. Whether you have vision loss or not, there are many useful commands which SIRI can perform to make your everyday life easier. Be... Continue Reading: Everyday Siri Commands
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One of the things that irks me the most with iDevices is the virtual keyboard. Sure, I can tap away quick text messages and the like, but it's not really feasible for long typing sessions. I resort to Bluetooth key... Continue Reading: A New Way To Type On Your iDevice
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Let your iDevice do the reading:
Nope, that's not a spelling error, it's actually a new app that was recently released to the AppStore. What is it? Read on and find out.
In many of my blog entries, I've touched on APPS that let you make phone calls for free, suc... Continue Reading: Say Zello To The World!
Recently there has been a great deal of discussion in the news regarding braille and its use, or lack thereof. The storyline is that since screen reading software is available for computers and mobile devices, braille is in decline. the r... Continue Reading: Using Braille with Mobile Devices
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, you've probably heard all the hoopla, (yes I said hoopla, leave me alone), about this new iPad. Apple has gotten lazy in its nomenclature. They can't even call it something lik... Continue Reading: The New iPad
I was trying to find a snazzy title for this particular entry, but came up empty-handed. Ah well, better luck next time. One of the many things I've been tinkering with recently on my iPhone are podcasts. The music app on the iDevices do ... Continue Reading: Podcasts And Other Stories
It seems that everyone is into the giving mood these days. GW Micro, the makers of Window-Eyes, have come up with a fully accessible interface for Skype. What's even more impressive is that it's free and will work with any screen reader o... Continue Reading: A Gift From GW Micro
CNIB is embarking on a project to create a national digital hub that will enhance the current CNIB library services and broaden its reach to include all Canadians with a print disability.
You are invited to take part in a surve... Continue Reading: Survey On future Library services
Have you ever had the misfortune of dropping your cell phone into a water source, (we won't mentioned which one). Or better yet, knocked over a drink, (hot or cold) onto your keyboard? This weekend, I knocked over a glass of water right i... Continue Reading: When Your Devices Take A Bath
Buying a computer can be a daunting task. Especially if you're hit with the usual computer jargon these days: MHZ, DVD, HDD, RAM, Sd,SSD USB, Ethernet, WIFI. The list goes on. Since the back to school sales are on right now, I thought I... Continue Reading: Buying A New Computer
It seems that many organizations involved in daisy creation and distribution are coming out with their own concept of Daisy presentation on the IDevices. In comes Read2Go from Benetech, the hosts of BookShare and other interesting project... Continue Reading: Yet another Daisy reading App: Read2Go
When most people hear the word DAISY, they think of flowers. At CNIB Library, we think of our popular format of audio books and magazines! We're often asked what DAISY books are and why we produce books in this format. I'll answer those q... Continue Reading: Reading a DAISY (book)
Much has been written about using the iPhone and iPod touch with Voiceover, (Apple's built in screen reader), but not so much about the iPad. So I figured since I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one recently I'd share my experienc... Continue Reading: Test Driving The iPad 2 Using Voiceover
One of the most frustrating things for me when it comes down to computers, is keeping copies of important files up-to-date across my small army of PCs. I recently found a utility called Dropbox and figured this would be a good time to sh... Continue Reading: Sync Your Files With Ease
Personalizing your phone is probably the most fun you can have. Hmm, okay, well there are many other things that are fun, but it is one fun thing, I'll grant you that. You don't have to be a nerd to add nifty new ringtones. For example... Continue Reading: Creating Ringtones for your IPhone
I've been holding off on talking about this ingenious app until it would be available in the Canadian app store. Low and behold, it is. Have you ever had a situation where an extra pair of eyes would have come in handy. Well, I wouldn't m... Continue Reading: VizWiz: Augmenting Your Vision
As promised, here are a few more apps that have made their way onto my IDevices. Let's deal with Life Enhancing apps.
Still my favourite app, find out information of an item by taking its picture and letting the... Continue Reading: IDevices Apps Roundup, Part 2
Most people would say that you have to be egotistical for wanting your computer to speak in your own voice, but let's think about this for a moment. Imagine losing the power of speech. It can happen and it has for a few people, some of th... Continue Reading: Make your PC talk in your own voice
What, it can do that? Yes, oddly enough, the IPhone can indeed make phone calls. I realized that in my plethora of entries on the IPhone, I neglected to talk about its most basic functions, making and receiving phone calls. So, here I am ... Continue Reading: Making a call on an IPhone
Recently, I was asked if I had found any interesting apps to blog about. It got me to thinking... yeah I do that sometimes. It got me to thinking that I should go through my apps and list the ones that I found to be of particular interest... Continue Reading: IDevices Apps Roundup, Part 1
Every so often, I stumble on something that really catches my eye, so to speak. I have about 10 different email lists, various RSS and multiple twitter feeds pushing information to me.
This morning, I found the following scripts ... Continue Reading: ITunes Access with BlindTunes:
One would think that changing a password is an easy task. Well, it is, at most times. For the last couple of weeks, I've been telling myself, self, you should change your work password. To be honest, I did look around a few times and trie... Continue Reading: Changing The Windows Password:
By Martin Courcelles
Oh no! Not another new keyboard?
It seems that every time a new PC and/or laptop rears its ugly head, you need to learn a new keyboard configuration. Well, as a JAWS user, you have ... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Key Learn Mode
By: Martin Courcelles
I've had IDevices for a few months now. It's been a lot of fun to try out new apps and other gadgets in conjunction with these multi-facetted marvels.
So, do I consider myself a Mac... Continue Reading: IDevices Games
By Martin Courcelles
I need to write something down:
Ever have an idea you want to quickly jot down, or just want to quickly note someone's phone number? You could always run Not... Continue Reading: Jot notes down in a flash
One of the most frustrating things for me when it comes down to computers, is keeping copies of important files up-to-date across my small army of PCs. I recently found a utility called Dropbox and figured this would be a good time to sh... Continue Reading: Syncing Information
Many of you have probably wondered where martin's been. Okay, maybe a couple of you. Scratch that, the people at my local Tim Hortons certainly have been wondering. Anyway, I was on holidays participating in a cross-country skiing meet in... Continue Reading: Want virtual sight? Try oMoby
These days, with all the new gadgets coming out every 3 months, it's refreshing to see innovative ideas such as this one; no gadgets required. Previously, when you wanted to record a phone call, you'd need expensive hardware and special c... Continue Reading: Recording A Phone Call
In October of this year, CNIB, as well as other blindness organizations were invited to participate in a 1 day, round table event at Microsoft's offices in Redmond Washington. The topic was their new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Firs... Continue Reading: Microsoft promises accessibility:
Being a nerd can be taxing, especially when it comes down to time-management. Back home, I have a plethora of various PCs, netbooks and notebooks. From time to time, I need to flex my software muscles and attempt a reinstall of the operat... Continue Reading: Configuring A New PC IS A Drag
Okay, I'm actually screwing up an adage. Well, 2 actually.
It's necessity that's the mother of invention. And curiosity that kills the cat. Where was I going with that again? Oh yeah, so my main point is curiosity. Some would say... Continue Reading: Curiosity Is The Mother Of Invention
Some of you may think I wrote all there was to say about online radio, but alas, you were wrong.
While catching up on a bunch of my utterly geeky newsletters this weekend, I happened upon a very snazzy and easy to use Online rad... Continue Reading: Online Radio revisited:
I'm always attracted to simple applications. Much of the CD burning software out there is full of bells and whistles. Sometimes, I'd rather just have a straightforward, no nonsense application and have an easy way of simply burning a CD. ... Continue Reading: Burning CDs; The Simple Way
So, you've heard this term thrown around a lot and are curious as to what is its meaning? Or perhaps, this is the first time you've heard of such an animal. Well, first off, it's not an animal, nor is it a covert government agency. RSS... Continue Reading: What Is RSS?
Wow! Martin has been eating his Nerd cereal this morning, hasn't he? So, what's an input interface? Well, read on and I'll try to shed some light on this oh so interesting topic.
You've got this new shiny IDevice, and you're slo... Continue Reading: IDevice Input Interfaces
By Martin Courcelles
Tired of the humdrum commercial-infested local radio stations? Simply want to listen to your favourite tunes, but don't want to bother with setting up playlists? Or perhaps, you want to visi... Continue Reading: Online Radio
Since many of us are making the migration to Windows 7, I figured this would be a good time to share a few resources which may help in the transition.
Windows 7, taming the monster:
Okay, it's really not a monster, n... Continue Reading: Tips And Tricks: Windows 7 migration
In this blog entry, we'll tackle the subject of using a utility to create powerful shortcut keys.
If reading my muse isn't exhilarating enough, this time I'm venturing into the world of podcasting. That's right, now you also ha... Continue Reading: Creating Shortcuts With Hotkeyz
So what's all this craze for Apple products these days? Well, to put it into 3 words, built-in accessibility; a concept that has finally been implemented within the computer world. In other words, buy any current Mac product and it's ac... Continue Reading: IPod? IPhone? IPad? IDon'tKnow
Ever wanted to retrieve something you copied to the clipboard, but it's now gone since you copied something else? Well, how about having a history of your clippings. This is possible in most office products, however the clipboard manager ... Continue Reading: Clipboard History
So your favourite store just sent you a flyer via email. You're excited because you assume that it'll read just fine. Oh look, are those pigs flying? Oh, no it's superman. Putting all jocularity aside, there will be instances in your life... Continue Reading: Accessing PDF Documents
So I'm sure many of you are getting bored of this Jaws this, Jaws that stuff I've been doing up to now. Well, I guess it's Jaws Tips, so it's warranted. <smile> But, let's face it. We've hit enough Jaws aspects to be able to bran... Continue Reading: Folders And SubFolders
Knowledge is power; or so they tell me. With this in mind, let's explore this new tool, only available in Jaws 11 and higher.
What is Research It?
Well, that's a very good question. I'm glad you asked. It's a quick... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Using ResearchIt
What's that you say?
Don't like the way Jaws pronounces something? No problem. We can fix that.
Speech technology has come a long way, but there are still times where Your computer will say something, but it's just no... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: The JAWS Dictionary
Do you twitter?
This seems to be a question that crops up in conversation rather frequently these days.
Not a big fan of Facebook or similar sites that ask way too many questions when you're subscribing? Notice I haven... Continue Reading: I'm All A twitter
Let's Get Linked In
The Social media never seems to end. Today, we'll be talking about a service called LinkedIn. This is sort of like Facebook, but for professionals.
As with all social media,... Continue Reading: LinkedIn
Youtube, the accessible way:
Since its inception, YouTube has grown by leaps and bounds. This used to be a platform for amateur video and the like, but now organizations have embraced the video forum and appreciate its value a... Continue Reading: Accessible YouTube
Surviving On Facebook
Now that we've tackled the Facebook sign up, let's look at a few different ways of accessing the system.
If you haven't subscribed to Facebook yet, you'll want to read my previous entry on the t... Continue Reading: Facebook: Part 2
Joining the digital revolution.
Yes, I too fought against using Facebook, but here I am, a happy user; keeping up with the cool kids and connecting to old friends and colleagues. But it's not all fun and gam... Continue Reading: Subscribing To Facebook
Setting Up An Outlook Meeting:
Last blog entry, we tackled appointments, and you were all so kind not to have jumped all over me for having forgotten to talk about appointment status. Well, one reason is because I'm using Outl... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Outlook Meetings
Conquering the calendar,
Try saying that three times in a row:
Conquering the calendar Conquering the calendar Conquering the calendar.
Easy for Jaws to say. Anyway…
One of Outlook's useful features is ... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Outlook Appointments
The more you read these tips, the more you'll find that I'm really into customizing. And why not. You spend a lot of time on your computer, so make a few changes, make it comfortable for yourself.
... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Customizing Outlook
Welcome to our next riveting edition of, "As the Jaws Tips Turn".
Last blog entry, I showed you two more quick navigation keys within your browser. Now, I'll demonstrate how the Jaws search function works and 4 more ke... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: JawsFind And Element Lists
Tables and Buttons:
Last blog entry, we touched upon fields and headings within the web browser. Today, we'll venture onto buttons and tables.
A great example of buttons and tables is found at the CBC webpage:
<... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Buttons and Tables