Archive for March, 2013

What’s New in iOS 6

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

In this podcast, Allison and Robert speak with Woody Anna Dresner.

Anna graciously visits the Tech Doctor podcast when she publishes a new book. This time she tells us about “iPhone iOS 6 Updates.” Anna explains that this new book is intended to supplement last year’s “Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 5 for Blind Users.” We discuss the fact that while the book is concise, it is packed with good information and may be sufficient on its own for experienced iPhone and iPod Touch users. Folks who are brand new to the iPhone may want to purchase both books. National Braille Press is offering the iOS6 update and the Getting Started with the iPhone books as both separate purchases and as a bundle.

Click on this
to go to the National Braille Press page where all of the iPhone related books are listed.

Once again, Anna has done an excellent job of providing the information that every blind iPhone user needs. The book is organized in such a way that it can be used as both a complete learning tool and a quick reference.


Accessibility Out Of The Closet And In To The Mainstream

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

In this podcast, we talk with Shelly Brisbin, a freelance technology author and fellow podcaster. With a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles to her credit, Shelly has published on topics such as how to use your mac, web publishing and wireless networking. On her podcasts, she does app reviews, explores new technology, let us get to know her husband, Frank, and teaches us how to make tasty beverages. To keep up with what Shelly is doing, check out her

At the time of this podcast, Shelly is writing a new book called “IOS Access For All.” Shelly is a creative critical thinker, talented writer and passionate advocate for accessibility. We are most fortunate that she has chosen the topic of iOS Accessibility for her next book.

As a person with low vision, Shelly understands accessibility from the inside out. She lives it.
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to learn more about the book and give Shelly your feedback.

Stay tuned to the Tech Doctor podcast for updates as this exciting project develops. Thank you, Shelly, for spending this hour with us.


Getting Down with Downcast

Monday, March 11th, 2013

This time on the Tech Doctor podcast, Allison and Robert have the pleasure of talking with Seth McFarland, the developer of one of their favorite iOS apps. Downcast is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to either stream or download podcasts to an iOS device.

In addition to talking about our favorite Downcast features, Seth tells us what it is like to be an Apple developer. We learn that Apple has provided developers with the tools to make their apps work properly with VoiceOver.

We were pleased to learn that Seth is currently developing a version of Downcast for the Mac. It will use iCloud to keep podcasts synced between the Mac and iOS devices.

Finally, as we talked with Seth, it became obvious that he sincerely cares about the Downcast customers. This relationship between developer and customer is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of belonging to the Apple community.

Be sure to check out
in the iOS app store. We are confident that you will love it.


All About AccessNote

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

In this Tech Doctor episode, Robert and Allison talk with Darren Burton the Project Manager at the Technical Evaluation Services branch of The American Foundation for the Blind.

Darren is heading up the development of a new iOS app called “AccessNote.” Darren explains the philosophy behind the creation of AccessNote and walks us through an excellent demonstration of this exciting app.

is currently available in the iOS app store.

Check it out.