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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Apple 2016 Review

January 16th, 2017

In this podcast, Allison Hartley, Robert Carter and David Woodbridge discuss three products that Apple introduced in 2016.
the iPhone 7
the Touch Bar MacBook Pro
and
the Apple AirPods

Allison and David have concluded that the removal of the iPhone’s headphone jack has surprisingly not been a problem for them. Robert has come to the realization that the Touch Bar MacBook Pro is the best laptop that he has ever owned. David and Robert share their excitement about the new AirPods.

David and the Tech Doctors encourage everyone to give these products a fair chance by evaluating them for yourself. Only you can determine whether or not a product is right for you. Take advantage of Apple’s 14 day return policy and give yourself the chance to spend two weeks with these devices. You may be pleasantly surprised.

The Tech Doctors appreciate David taking the time to share his perspective. Be sure to
Check out David’s excellent podcast.
You will find hundreds of excellent product demonstrations.

The Tech Doctors are excited to see what Apple will do in 2017. They will be here telling you all about it. All you have to do is keep listening.

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Touch Bar Follow-Up

December 19th, 2016

This Tech Doctor episode is a follow-up to the previous podcast where Allison and Robert took a detailed look at the new Touch Bar MacBook Pro with VoiceOver.

The Tech Doctors begin with a workaround for the problem of not being able to start VoiceOver when booting into the system recovery partition. They briefly discuss the Touch Bar and low vision. Robert and Allison agree to get some low vision experts on the podcast to better understand how folks with low vision are getting along with the the Touch Bar.

Allison and Robert then talk about setting up Macs from scratch. Allison is currently upgrading a 2010 Mac mini and Robert just moved from a 2012 MacBook Pro to the 2016 version.

This will likely be the final Tech Doctor podcast of 2016. We will have a lot to say in early 2017. We are grateful that you choose to join us on this podcasting adventure.

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Touch Bar MacBook Pro with VoiceOver

December 11th, 2016

In this Tech Doctor podcast, Robert and Allison dive deeply into the 2016 13 inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro. They compare this new design with the 2012 MacBook Pro which was the new design four years ago.

Robert demonstrates that the new Touch Bar and Touch ID features are fully accessible with VoiceOver. Once again, Apple has carefully thought through and skillfully implemented VoiceOver into a new technology. Blind people should not fear the Touch Bar.

The Tech Doctors hope that this podcast will give you the necessary information to evaluate this new computer for yourself.

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