Archive for July, 2013

Instabrowser Faster Than Safari

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

In this Tech Doctor episode, Robert and Allison talk with, Michael Manesh, the developer of
This iOS app very well may replace Safari as your favorite browser.

Michael designed Instabrowser to load pages extremely fast and to render text in a clean and simple format. It works much like the read it later Instapaper app but operates on webpages in realtime. The table of contents button instantly creates a list of the relevant articles on the page and one can immediately jump to the desired article.

It didn’t occur to Michael that VoiceOver users could benefit from Instabrowser. When I contacted him, however, he had Instabrowser working extremely well with VoiceOver just within a few days. Michael describes the process of making the app accessible and encourages all developers to make their apps work with VoiceOver.

Allison grabs her iPhone and demonstrates just how well Instabrowser works. You get to hear just how fast and efficient it is to locate and read articles with this browser.

One of the ways that Instabrowser achieves such speed and efficiency is that it doesn’t load java script. This means that some pages don’t work well with the mobilizer version of Instabrowser, in such cases, simply tap a toggle button and the webpage is fully loaded just as if you were working in Safari.

Instabrowser is an excellent alternative to Safari and the work that Michael has done to make it fully VoiceOver accessible is greatly appreciated. To learn more about Instabrowser,
Click Here.


App Camp For Girls: Dreams Become Reality

Monday, July 15th, 2013

In this podcast, Robert and Allison speak with the prolific podcaster, Blogger, software support specialist and overall Apple enthusiast Kelly Guimont. This time, however, Kelly is here to tell us about a fabulous project called “App Camp For Girls.”

In this week long day camp, junior high school girls learn all about developing and marketing iOS apps. Their teachers are women who are employed in the technology industry. The girls learn by developing their own app that actually runs on an iPod Touch. At the end of the week, they pitch the app to a group of women investors. The girls learn teamwork by working together in groups of four. This is a wonderful opportunity to show girls what they can do.

To learn more about this project visit
App Camp For Girls

To read stories of successful app developers, visit the sister site
App Stories

Thanks Kelly for telling us about this amazing project.


Tech Doctors Examine Seeing Eye GPS App

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Allison and Robert spend this podcast describing their experiences with the new iOS app from the Sendero Group called
Seeing Eye GPS

Robert and Allison discuss the user interface, provide detailed descriptions of their experiences both walking and driving with the app. They discuss onboard versus server based maps, the appropriateness of a subscription based model and describe the importance of having a blind person take on the role and responsibility of becoming the navigator for a sighted driver.

We think this app is excellent and encourage every iPhone user to give it careful consideration.