HomePodCast

February 12th, 2018

In this podcast, the Tech Doctors sit down with David Woodbridge to examine Apple’s new smart speaker called the
HomePod.

It seems that everyone who hears it in person agrees that the audio is spectacular. Once again, Apple has created some incredible hardware.

At the time of this podcast, a subscription to Apple Music is the best way to fully enjoy music on the HomePod. Airplay can be used to send audio from other devices that support Airplay to the HomePod. The HomePod makes excellent use of the Siri voice interface to control both music and smart home devices. David and the Tech Doctors are interested to see what else Apple will do in future software to compliment this outstanding speaker.

Be sure to go
Here
To listen to all of David Woodbridge’s other excellent podcasts.

Thanks, David, it was a pleasure having you on the Tech Doctor Podcast.

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Using the iPhone Without Looking or Touching the Screen

January 30th, 2018

In this podcast, the Tech Doctors begin by discussing how they feel about their recent Apple purchases. They then move on to a discussion and demonstration of a remote control for the iPhone called O6.

This product offers a new way to work with the iPhone that makes excellent use of VoiceOver.

To learn more, go to
The O6 Website

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Three Excellent Books

January 25th, 2018

In this podcast, the tech doctors have the pleasure of talking with Anna Dresner about her three latest books. Anna’s books are available from the
National Braille press.
The easiest way to locate them on the National Braille Press website is to do a search for “Anna Dresner.” That way, you get to see all of Anna’s books.

The first book that we discuss called “How to Learn About Almost Anything” is an excellent review of iOS apps that are educational in nature. There are apps for children and adults and there is something here for everyone. The variety is astounding.

The second book entitled “Ten Thousand Steps” is all about apps that help with fitness and wellness. VoiceOver users have lots of choices when it comes to exercise and self care.

The third book “you and Your Apple Watch” is a very thorough exploration of how to select, configure and use the Apple Watch. The tech doctors believe that this book contains everything that a VoiceOver user needs to know to get up an running with an Apple Watch.

If you are considering whether or not to purchase an Apple Watch, the tech doctors recommend combining Anna’s book with Lisa Salinger’s Apple Watch audio tutorial. This way, you get Anna’s clear and concise written explanations and Lisa’s audio demonstrations of how the watch actually sounds with VoiceOver running.. Lisa’s tutorial is available at
Mystic Access.

Thanks Anna. It was great to podcast with you again.

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BrailleTalk

December 5th, 2017

In this podcast, the Tech Doctors are joined by Aleeha Dudley of the
i Accessibility Cast
To discuss three popular Refreshable Braille products.

Aleeha owns the
BrailleNote Touch,
Robert purchased the
BrailleSense Polaris
And Allison has the
VarioUltra

The information that was discussed in the podcast was based on our experiences at the time of recording which was on December 2nd, 2017. It is likely that many things will have changed by the time you listen to this recording.

The Tech Doctors encourage everyone to evaluate these devices by getting hands on experience and by asking the product representatives for up-to-date information on current features and bug fixes.

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The Tech Doctors Examine iPhone X

November 20th, 2017

In this podcast, the Tech Doctors discuss their experiences with the new
iPhone X.
This is an all new design with an edge to edge OLED screen, no home button and Face ID in in stead of Touch ID. The phone has glass on both the front and back to support wireless charging. It is a tiny bit larger than the iPhone 8 but smaller than the plus phones. It feels fabulous in the hand.

Even though the phone feels and operates like an iPhone, no home button means that there are some new gestures and some new habits to get into when using this phone. The Tech Doctors explore all of these changes in detail.

The Tech Doctors are pleased that Apple has, once again, made this phone completely VoiceOver accessible right out of the box. Both Tech Doctors ran into some setup glitches which they describe in the podcast.

Being early adopters who love new technology, the Tech Doctors are thrilled with the new iPhone X. Apple is selling seven models of the iPhone in addition to the iPhone X. There is something there for everyone and they are all excellent phones. You just have to figure out which one is right for you.

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Updated Operating Systems and New Hardware

September 25th, 2017

In this podcast, the Tech Doctors share their experiences with iOS 11, tvOS 11, Watch OS 4, Apple TV 4K and the Series 3 Apple Watch. More information about all of these products is available on
Apple’s Website.

Serenity Caldwell posted an excellent review of the new LTE Series 3 Apple Watch. It is available
Here.

If you are a VoiceOver user who wants to learn about using iOS 11, the Tech Doctors highly recommend Jonathan Mosen’s book
iOS 11 without the Eye.

Finally, the Tech Doctors appreciate Wade Wingler mentioning our podcast on his excellent
Assistive Technology Update podcast.

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Apple’s Fall Event

September 13th, 2017

In this Tech Doctor podcast, Allison, Robert and David Woodbridge discuss all of the important announcements that Apple made during its September 12, 2017 fall event. This keynote featured a new Apple Watch, a new Apple TV and three new iPhones. It was also the first event to take place in the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park.

Relax and enjoy. There is a lot to cover in this podcast.

The Tech Doctors thank David Woodbridge for helping us cover it all.

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Learning More About WWDC

June 13th, 2017

In this podcast, the Tech Doctors have the pleasure of spending the hour with Chuck Joiner the creator and host of all of the excellent video and audio content that he produces at
MacVoices

Our discussion centers around the fact that Chuck attended one of the conferences that runs alongside WWDC called AltConf. As always, Chuck did lots of excellent interviews and is rolling them out on Mac Voices. They will automatically appear in your Mac Voices podcast feed. You are a Mac Voices subscriber aren’t you?

The Tech Doctors learned a lot about how Chuck and Mac Voices has evolved over the years to become the amazing resource that it is today.

We are confident that you will enjoy Chuck’s perspective on Apple and WWDC. Chuck and the Tech Doctors are especially excited about the HomePod. We can’t help it. Perhaps our enthusiasm is infectious and we are certain that you too will hear lots to be excited about as you listen to this podcast. This was a WWDC filled with both software and hardware announcements. We are still digesting it all.

Thanks Chuck, it was delightful having you onboard.

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WWDC 2017 Keynote

June 6th, 2017

In this mostly unedited one hour and fifteen minute podcast, the Tech Doctors, along with David Woodbridge, examine and diagnose Apple’s 2017 WWDC keynote presentation.

The Tech Doctors wanted you to hear our perspective on these exciting announcements right away. In future podcasts, we will fill in more details as they become available. In the meantime, enjoy this glimpse into the future.

Thanks David, it was great having you onboard.

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Getting Started with the iPhone: Not just for the Beginner

April 9th, 2017

In this podcast, Allison and Robert visit with Anna Dresner who has just published the iOS 10 version of Getting Started with the iPhone.

Once again, Anna has done an excellent job of providing VoiceOver Users with what they need to know to get up and running with iOS 10. This book is also great for experienced iPhone users who occasionally need a refresher on a forgotten command or procedure.

As always, the book is available in multiple electronic and hardcopy formats from
The National Braille Press.

In the second half of the podcast, Anna, Allison and Robert talk about Allison’s new MacBook Pro, new iPad Pro and believe it or not new Apple Watch.

They discuss the excellent job that the Icon Factory is doing making their Twitterrific twitter client accessible by VoiceOver on both the Mac and iOS platforms.

Robert, Anna and Allison bring the podcast to a close by discussing some of Anna’s current projects.

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