Optimize iPhone and iPad Battery Life

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate how to optimize your iPhones and iPad’s battery life. Most iOS devices possess about 1000 charge cycles before you start to see battery life degradation. With these tips and tricks, you will be able to stave off charging your device, even if your battery begins to show its age. These tips and tricks will squeeze every bit of life from each charge by simply modifying various settings. All of these items stem from Apple’s support page on iOS battery life.

  • Check out the health of your battery in the Settings > Battery menu
  • Enable Low Power Mode from the battery settings, Control Center, or by asking Siri
  • Deactivate Screen auto brightness and set the screen brightness to a desired level in the Control Center or Displays menu
  • Turn on/off Cellular Data when needed
  • Set Mail and cloud accounts to fetch data in the Accounts menu
  • Turn on/off bluetooth as needed
  • Turn on/off Location Services in the Settings > Location Services menu
  • Turn on/off Background App Refresh in the Setting > General > Background App Refresh menu

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Listening to Podcasts Via Hims Blaze

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate how to listen to podcasts on a Hims Blaze. Hims Blaze series of audio readers offers many features to enjoy various audio content like audio books from NLS BARD and BookShare, FM radio, internet radio, podcasts, and integrated OCR capabilities.
The Hims Blaze audio readers provides countless hours of listening enjoyment for individuals with visual impairments. The easy access to NLS BARD, BookShare, internet radio, integrated FM radio tuner, and ability to capture images and OCR text and colors makes it a wonderful addition to anyone’s technology tool kit. You may listen to the latest best sellers and mail, stream international radio, listen to your local FM radio, and much more. This episode focuses on how to acquire and listen to podcasts. NOTE: This Procedure assumes that a Wifi network is configured on your Hims Blaze.

  • Make sure you are connected to a Wifi network by pressing the Info button located in the top left corner on the face of the Blaze.
  • Press the down arrow on the main menu until you reach Podcasts
  • Press the right arrow or the circular OK button located within the four arrow keys.
  • To add new podcasts, press the Menu button located between the down arrow and #2 keypad buttons.
  • Press the down arrow to navigate to the search function and press the OK button, or just press the #8 button.
  • Use the left and right arrow buttons to navigate between category of word input modes.
  • Press the down arrow to explore options, and the up arrow to return to mode selection.
  • If opting to search for a podcast through word input mode, use the numerical keypad to type in the name of a podcast. Then press the down arrow to view results and left and right arrows to go between results.
  • Press the OK button to subscribe to a podcast.
  • Press the cancel button located above the #1 button to jump to the main podcast menu.
  • On the main podcast screen, use the up and down arrow keys to navigate between podcasts, and then the right or OK button to view episodes.
  • When you find an episode to listen to or to download, press the OK button.
  • Press and hold the cancel button for 2 seconds to delete a podcast.

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Listening to Podcasts on a Victor Reader

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate how to listen to podcasts on a Victor Reader. The Victor Reader series of audio readers provided countless hours of listening enjoyment for individuals with visual impairments. The easy access to NLS BARD, BookShare, internet radio, and podcasts, makes it go to solution to read the latest best seller or catch up on the latest news through podcasts. This episode will focus on how to use the podcast features of the Victor Reader. NOTE: This Procedure assumes that a Wifi network is configured on your Victor Reader Stream .

  • Turn off airplane mode by pressing and holding down the online features key (the top center round button.) This action toggles on and off airplane mode.
  • Press the online features key (the top center round button) until you are using the internal bookshelf. Note: this keystroke is a toggle between the two bookshelves, internal and external.
  • Press the bookshelf key (key 1) to go through the bookshelves until you find the podcast shelve. If you don’t hear the word ‘podcasts’ you are in the wrong bookshelf. Press the bookshelf key again to find the podcast shelf.
  • Press the right arrow (Key 6) or press left arrow (Key 4) until you hear “add a podcast feed”. Then press the confirm key (key #).
  • Press the up arrow (key 2) or the down arrow (key 8) until you hear “title search”. Then press the confirm key (key #).
  • Type in the podcast title (“Blind Vet Tech” in this case) and press the confirm key (key #).
  • Select the podcast title you want from the search list. This creates a folder named “Blind Vet Tech” and the podcasts will be downloaded Into this folder.

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Microsoft’s Seeing AI Is the One Recognition App To Rule Them All

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate Microsoft’s Seeing AI. Microsoft essentially crammed the KNFB Reader, AI Poly, Tap Tap See, Red Laser, Facebook’s AI alt tag, and Apple Camera’s accessibility features into a single app. Unlike other apps which tried to do this, like Talking Goggles, Microsoft’s Seeing AI combines ease of use with fairly high accuracy, making Seeing AI a must have. Let’s just call Seeing AI, the Orcam killer. The main features of Seeing Ai includes:

  • Short Text
  • Document
  • Product
  • Picture and Facial Recognition
  • Scenery
  • Currency

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Five Alexa Commands All Echo Users Should Know

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate five Alexa commands Echo users should know. Listening to music and streaming radio, catching up with the news, setting timers and alarms, playing games, and checking your calendar ranks amongst the most common tasks blind individuals access through an Echo. Bookmark our podcasts on Amazon Echo to learn how to utilize the Echo to its fullest capabilities.

The commands we use include:

  • Alexa play WBBM Radio (or other radio station)
  • Alexa play songs by Pearl Jam (or other artists, song titles, and genres)
  • Alexa stop
  • Alexa next or previous track
  • Alexa play the News
  • Alexa play my flash briefing
  • Alexa next article
  • Alexa set a timer for 1 minute (or other time interval)
  • Alexa how much time is left on the timer
  • Alexa set alarm for 0600 tomorrow
  • Alexa play Jeopardy or Geography Trivia
  • Alexa what is on my calendar for tomorrow

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Amazon Echo: Setting Up The Echo Dot

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we preform step 2 of 2 when setting up an Amazon Echo product, setting up and paring an Amazon Echo Dot. In the prior podcast, we covered step 1, installing the Amazon Alexa app. The Amazon Echo enables you to interface with Alexa and all of your connected devices and other skills. We choose the Echo Dot due to its low cost, ease of use, and portability. Check out our article on Paul’s experience with a smart home from the Heartlander newsletter, and bookmark our podcasts on Amazon Echo to learn how to utilize the Echo to its fullest capabilities.

In this episode we will:

  • Describe the Echo Dot
  • Walk through the process with the Alexa app to set up the Amazon Dot
  • Quickly demonstrate how Voice Over repeating the tutorial commands can activate Alexa

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Amazon Echo: Setting Up The Alexa iOS App

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we preform step 1 of 2 in setting up an Amazon Echo product, installing the Amazon Alexa app. The next episode will feature step 2, setting up and paring an Amazon Echo Dot. The Alexa app is the center of managing any Amazon Echo product, since the app allows you to control your profile, enable new Alexa Skills, and connect new smart home devices to other products. You can even link your contacts with the Alexa app to call up other Amazon Echo users. The Echo’s and Alexa’s simplicity makes adopting the platform as the center of your smart home world a breeze, no matter your technology proficiency. Check out our article on Paul’s experience with a smart home from the Heartlander newsletter, and bookmark our podcasts on Amazon Echo to learn how to utilize the Echo to its fullest capabilities.

In this episode we will:

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Blind Vet Tech News Update: Rise of the Accessible Microsoft Machines

Welcome to this installment of the Blind Vet Tech News Update. In this episode, Terry and I discuss the evolving accessibility culture filtering through Microsoft, our thoughts on Narrator as a stand alone screen reader, the accessibility and usability of One Note and other Microsoft Office products, and why machine learning to recognize objects and text excites us. The combination of these items truly demonstrates what happens when a company, like Microsoft, takes the stance to integrate universal design within its core beliefs.

For those skeptical about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility, watch this Youtube video. It outlines exactly how accessibility is no longer a buzz word where Microsoft passes the responsibilities to fix inaccessible platforms onto third party solutions. Rather Microsoft takes the lead with integrated accessibility tools, accessibility checkers in Office products, and even promoting universal design amongst its partners.

Visit these links if you wish to learn more about how to use the Microsoft integrated accessibility tools or produce completely accessible Office documents.

Regarding Narrator, we both agree its a wonderful screen reader to use. Placing our screen readers where our mouth is, we both have made the commitment to adopt Narrator as our primary screen reader on Windows in the upcoming year. Currently a lack of end user guides exist, but Microsoft released a terrific user guide for those willing to take part in our challenge. Its from this guide we have started to produce the Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials Narrator series.

The final segment quickly reviews machine learning and how its recognizing the world around us. As blindness tech advocates, these complex systems needs to be promoted by our community. Its up to us to share how machine learning to recognize objects works, what type of descriptions would benefit us, and dispel myths about computers rising up against us to take over the world.

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Navigating Webpages and Netflix With Narrator’s Scan Mode

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to navigate around webpages and Netflix with Narrator’s Scan Mode. This episode builds upon our earlier podcast where we describe and demonstrate the basics of Narrator in Windows 10. Once you learn the basics of Scan Mode, navigating around webpages, apps, and other windows will be a breeze. Please refer to the Microsoft’s Scan Mode support page for a complete list of Scan Mode Commands.

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Windows 10 Narrator Basics

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate Windows 10 Narrator. Microsoft’s commitment to integrated accessibility options for the blind received much attention since releasing Windows 10, with more to come. No longer is Narrator the laughing stock of screen readers, but its now almost as powerful as NVDA or JAWS. This episode shows how to use Narrator to navigate around different screens. Here are the key commands used:

  • Windows Key, Control, and Enter to activate or deactivate Narrator
  • Capslock and up or down arrows to change navigational level
  • Capslock and left or right arrow to navigate to the next or previous item at the set navigational level
  • Control to pause/resume Narrator’s speech
  • Capslock and Spacebar to activate or deactivate scan mode
  • When in scan mode, the up and down arrows moves Narrator’s focus and the left and right arrows will move you by character
  • Capslock and plus or minus keys to increase or decrease Narrator’s rate of speech
  • Capslock and A to change the verbosity level
  • Capslock and S to spell the line or word
  • Capslock and W will read the entire screen
  • Capslock and F1 pulls up the Narrator key command list

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Send and Share Your Location Through iOS Messages

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to send or share your location through the iOS Messages app. The Messages app possesses a feature enabling you to share your location with others, so you never need to guess your precise location again. This may be accomplished by preforming the following steps:

  • Open the Messages App.
  • Either compose a new conversation and send a message or open an existing conversation.
  • Find the More Info button in the upper right corner of the conversation screen.
  • Select Send My Location to immediately send your location at that moment.
  • Select Share My Location to allow the recipient(s) to track your location for an hour, day, or indefinitely through Find My Friends.

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iOS Control Center

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate the iOS Control Center. The Control Center provides one with quick access to controls for airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, screen brightness, media controls, and many more. Control Center may be activated by:

  • Do a one finger swipe up from the bottom of the screen, with Voice Over off
  • Place the Voice Over focus in the menu bar and do a three finger flick upwards
  • Tap the Control Center button if Assistive Touch is activated

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Blind Vet Tech News Update: Accessibility and Usability – Blind Vet Tech

Welcome to the first Blind Vet Tech News Update, the podcast presenting news, information, and thoughts related to expansive tech world. In this episode, Terry and I introduce ourselves, review Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, introduce the Web Accessibility Initiative, debate accessibility versus usability, and how these items formed the Information and Communications Technologies Refresh.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act established the core accessibility requirements for electronic and digital informational technologies for Federal, state, and similar entities. Originally established in 1986, the regulations received only two updates. The 1998 update established requirements for items like federal and state websites, web-based services, and other items based on the type of technology. The href=”http://blindvettech.blindnotalone.com/tremendous-victory-for-digital-accessibility-advocates/”>Information and Communications Technologies Refresh redefined web accessibility requirements by adopting the Web Accessibility Initiative’s guidelines and reclassifying technology categories based on their function.

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is a collective of industry leaders, disability advocates, and governmental representatives under the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The aim is to establish a fluid set of accessibility guidelines for the world wide web and anything interacting with it. This becomes more important as devices, like smart phones, wearables, and VR/AR, change how we interact with not just the world wide web by the greater internet. Without a baseline set of accessibility recommendations, we as disabled consumers would be lost.

Both Section 508 and the WAI struggle in one area, what does accessibility and usability mean. Yes, something may be completely accessible but not usable, demonstrating the objective versus subjective nature of the debate. In the comment fields below, what does accessibility and usability mean to you?

The href=”http://blindvettech.blindnotalone.com/tremendous-victory-for-digital-accessibility-advocates/”>Information and Communications Technologies Refresh pulls these three items together and redefines Section 508, Section 255 of the communications act, and so much more. The US Access Board overseen this update, presenting the update in January 2017 with an publication date in March 2017. Federal and State entities have until January2018 to release their updated policies and bring their services into compliance.

Thank you for listening to the Blind Vet Tech News Update. The focus on Section 508, WAI, accessibility versus usability, and the ICT Refresh provided an overview of the accessibility menace in the evolving digital world.

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Cloud Services and You

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we discuss the role of cloud services when syncing across multiple devices. Apple’s iCloud Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Google Drive, and Dropbox represent the most popular cloud services. Each service possesses it own positive and negatives. The range of options and prices enables the individual to either select a single service or mixture of services to meet their needs. Each service, storage amounts, and personal thoughts may be found below.

iCloud Drive
Storage options includes 5GB for free, 50GB for $0.99, 200GB for

  • $2.99, and 1TB for $9.99
  • iCloud Drive comes with all iTunes accounts and is the primary method one may backup their iOS devices. The Storage is used for iCloud email, file storage, Photos, contacts, calendars, and apps using iCloud storage for syncing information. Individuals living in the Apple ecosystem with iOS devices and Apple computers will greatly benefit from the numerous features and integration options from iCloud Drive embedded in iOS and MacOS. However, iCloud Drive is less important if you utilize Windows or Android devices for primary computing or mobile needs.

Microsoft One Drive

  • Storage options includes 5GB for free, 50GB for $1.99, and 1TB for $6.99 to $9.99
  • Microsoft One Drive comes with any Outlook account or subscription to Microsoft 365. Budgetary speaking, one obtains the best savings by subscribing to Microsoft 365, since it bundles 1TB of storage along with Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and One Note. Each of these apps are fully accessible on Windows, MacOS, and iOS with most screen readers and magnification programs. Even if you solely use Apple products, you can easily ignore iCloud Drive if you live through Microsoft Office 365 on all of your devices. Microsoft is even packaging some additional accessibility tools into One Drive to create descriptions for pictures in Office Lens to Power Point.

Google Drive

  • Storage options includes 15GB for free, 100GB for $1.99, 1TB for $9.99, 10TB for $99.99
  • Google Drive offers the largest amount of free storage4 at 15GB with every Google account. However, you basically need this amount if you rely on a Gmail account for regular emailing tasks. Google Drive is a natural fit if you rely on Gmail to sync your email, contacts, calendars, Chrome bookmarks, photos, and Google Docs across your computers and mobile devices. Google Drive is a natural fit for Android and Chromebook users, but users of a mixture of Apple, Android, and Windows devices may find Google drive suitable for their needs.

Dropbox

  • Storage options includes 2GB for free and 1TB for $9.99
  • Dropbox differs from the previous cloud services by restricting usage to file storage and synchronization across all of your devices. However, Dropbox remains the leader in cloud storage for individual to business power users alike. This stems from its ease of use and ability to share, collaborate, and host documents and files through a very simple and accessible interface. Many individuals find themselves relying on iCloud, Outlook, and Gmail to sync mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks, but turn towards Dropbox for file storage.

Each of the cloud services found a way into my regular workflow. My office centers around a late 2016 MacBook Pro and an iPhone 6, while my family utilizes a pair of 2012 MacBook Pro’s and other iPhones. We rely on iCloud Drive for our primary file storage, calendar, Safari bookmarks, and Photos storage across all of these devices. However my most used cloud service is Google Drive, as I rely on Gmail and Google Docs for various tasks. Dropbox hosts many different projects involving the need share and collaborate on various documents and files. Finally, Microsoft One Drive recently entered this picture after some significant accessibility improvements within Office 365. Switching between any of these, regardless if its on my MacBook Pro, iOS devices, or Windows computer is a breeze, thanks to usable apps, simple integration into Finder or IE, and synchronization reliability. It is up to you to determine whether one or a mixture of these options will suit your cloud storage goals.

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Removing the Threatening Pop Up Stating Your Device Is Infected

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to resolve an potentially scary situation when a pop up informs you your device is infected. This pop up sounds extremely official and asks you to contact Apple Support with a toll free number. First, your device is not infected. Secondly, this is not the number for Apple support. Do not panic, and follow these steps:

  • Press the Home button to return to the home screen
  • Place the Voice Over focus on the menu bar and do a three finger swipe up to bring up the Control Panel
  • Turn Airplane mode on and press the Home button
  • Double tap the Home button to bring up the app switcher and close the app
  • Navigate to Settings and find the menu option for Safari
  • Navigate towards the bottom of Safari’s menu and double tap the Clear History and Website Data button
  • Press the Home Button, bring up the Control Panel, turn airplane mode off, and go back to navigating the web

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Voice Over Rotor’s Text Selection and Editing Options

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to select and format text with a few swipes and gestures within Voice Over’s Rotor. It matters not if you are selecting text from a webpage and pasting it into a note, email, or text message, the Voice Over Rotor simplifies and expedites the process. If you are new to the Voice Over Rotor, listen to this podcast first. Below you will find the different options available in both the Text Selection and Edit rotor options as well as a basic list of steps to activate the rotor.

Text Selection

  • Character
  • Word
  • Line
  • Page
  • Select All

Edit

  • Copy
  • Cut
  • Paste
  • Look Up
  • Share
  • Make checklist item (Notes only)
  • Indent Right

Activating and Basic Rotor Gestures

  • Activate the Rotor by placing two fingers on the iOS device screen and pretend you are turning a dial
  • On a paired keyboard, activate Quick Nav by pressing the left and right arrows together and then pressing the Left/right arrow with the up arrow to cycle through options
  • Use a flick up/down or the up/down arrows to cycle through the selected Rotor’s options
  • Use the right/left arrow keys to navigate, select, or de select text
  • Double tap, press VO plus the Spacebar, or press both the up and down arrows to select the Rotor option you are on

this task is very simple for Voice Over users. Here is a list of steps you can use as a reference:

  • After opening up the Netflix app, double tap on the Browse button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Locate the My Downloads button to view any episode or Movie you downloaded.
  • Locate the Available for Download button to view content you can download.
  • When you find a video you wish to download, double tap on it, and swipe until you find the download button.

Please keep in mind that downloading movies and TV shows will require anywhere from 100MB of space to 3GB of storage. If you have limited space, keep track of what you download, as filling up your storage may result in your device slowing down. To delete videos, do the following:

  • Navigate to the My Downloads menu in Netflix
  • Click on the the Edit button in the upper right corner
  • Find a video you already watched and there is an unlabeled button immediately before the name of the episode or show name.
  • Double tap on this unlabeled button to delete the file.
  • Click done in the upper right corner when complete.

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Downloading Netflix Movies and TV Shows to your iOS Device

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to download Netflix movies and TV shows to your iPhone and iPad. Netflix consumers have been wishing for this feature for a number of years, especially after Amazon Prime released a similar feature for its video selection at release. Completing this task is very simple for Voice Over users. Here is a list of steps you can use as a reference:

  • After opening up the Netflix app, double tap on the Browse button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Locate the My Downloads button to view any episode or Movie you downloaded.
  • Locate the Available for Download button to view content you can download.
  • When you find a video you wish to download, double tap on it, and swipe until you find the download button.

Please keep in mind that downloading movies and TV shows will require anywhere from 100MB of space to 3GB of storage. If you have limited space, keep track of what you download, as filling up your storage may result in your device slowing down. To delete videos, do the following:

  • Navigate to the My Downloads menu in Netflix
  • Click on the the Edit button in the upper right corner
  • Find a video you already watched and there is an unlabeled button immediately before the name of the episode or show name.
  • Double tap on this unlabeled button to delete the file.
  • Click done in the upper right corner when complete.

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Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following:

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Siri and the iOS App Store

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate Siri’s commands associated with the iOS App Store. These commands are limited to searching for a specific app, apps by a developer, or apps within a genre. Below you will find example command phrases for Siri.

  • Siri, search for (insert app name here) in the App Store.
  • Siri, get (insert app name here) from the App Store.
  • Siri, search for apps by (insert name of developer here) in the App Store
  • Siri, search for (insert genre here)apps in the App Store.

Thank you for listening to this Blind Vet Tech tutorial on Siri’s commands for the App Store. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com

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Navigating the iOS App Store

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we explore the iOS App Store. The App Store is how we turn an iPhone or iPad into the best mobile accessibility tool in our arsenal of independent living tools. The phrase, “there is an app for that,” originated because of the App Store’s existence. It might be tricky to find those accessibility apps because a plethora of apps exists, however, the five tabs at the bottom of the App Store’s screen makes it a cinch to navigate. Those tabs include:

  • Featured – This lists those apps Apple wishes users to look at. These are generally based on a theme associated with the time of year, as the podcast demonstrated the strong focus on Thanksgiving and holiday traveling apps on the Featured page in November.
  • Categories – This lists the major genres of apps. Keep in mind that there is no accessibility category, and our blindness specific apps might be found in a host of different categories.
  • Top Charts – This identifies the top paid, free, and grossing apps. This is fun to look at to see current trends.
  • Search – This is where you will spend your time finding those accessibility related apps. You can specifically search for the name of an app or just type in blindness to see what comes up.
  • Updates – This is where you will update your apps and see a list of when different apps where updated. Double tapping on the name of the app will allow you to see when the update was published and a list of changes.

Thank you for listening to this Blind Vet Tech tutorial on navigating the iOS App Store. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com

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How to #CripTheVote and be a Voter with a Disability

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we discuss different options for voting with a disability and demonstrate how to use the Electoral Services and Software Express Vote. Your vote as a disabled voter counts the same as anyone else’s, but our fellow Americans with disabilities face voting participation barriers.

The Department of Justice describes the numerous pieces of legislation and regulations protects and encourages our participation in the voting process. These safeguards includes:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act,, through Title II, mandates all aspects of voting, from registration to sights to casting ballots, is completely accessible for everyone.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 permits disabled individuals to select who might assist while voting, including site staff to family members.
  • Voting Accessibility for the elderly and handicapped Act of 1984 requires accessible voting locations or alternative arrangements be made available, like curb side.
  • National Voters Registration Act of 1993 requires public offices and state services serving largely individuals with disabilities a chance to register to vote.
  • Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires every voting site possess at least one accessible voting system.

Click here to learn more about #CripTheVote and where the candidates stand on disability rights.

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Voting Blind through Accessible Voting Machines

Editor’s Note: This article comes from Terry of New Mexico. He describes a recent visually impaired support group of his where Veterans learned how to use the accessible voting machines. It is important we each exercise our voting rights. To remain silent on November 8th is to deny your opinions related to local to national issues.

By Presidential Proclamation, President Obama declared Blind Americans Equality day in October. “Each day, blind and visually impaired Americans contribute to our society, refusing to allow anything to hold them back. In order to ensure more Americans with disabilities can continue participating fully in our country, we must each do our part to promote equal opportunity for all. On Blind Americans Equality Day, we reaffirm the inherent dignity of every human being and recommit to forging a future in which all Americans, including those with visual impairments, can pursue their full measure of happiness. More than two decades ago, one of the most comprehensive civil rights bills in our history, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was signed into law. Ever since, the ADA has helped reduce discrimination and promote equal access to classrooms, workplaces, and transportation — and it is imperative that we build on the significant progress we have made for individuals living with disabilities.”

In celebration of the strides that people with vision disabilities have made, the Rio Grande BVA low vision support group reaffirmed the belief of our full participation in society. At our meeting on October 18, The Dona Ana County board of elections provided an accessible voting machine for our veterans to have a hands-on training in voting independently. The machine is available at all voting sites in our county and provides accessibility for people with physical and visual disabilities. Everyone at our meeting was amazed at how easy the voting machine is to use. The veterans learned that they can vote without assistance. The audio menu system is easy to navigate. Voting time can be reduced by downloading the ballot for your district in advance so that you can easily skim through the actual ballot.

Adding a Pause or Wait to a Phone Number in Contacts

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to add a pause (aka comma) or wait (aka semicolon) to a phone number in Contacts. Any smart phone may preform a similar trick where a comma or semicolon means pause or wait while dialing a number from your contacts list.
Here is how to insert a pause or wait in iOS with Voice Over if you are using the onscreen keyboard.

  • Open a contact where you are dialing a number requiring an access code or numerical prompt system
  • Press the Edit button in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Double tap on the field where you insert the phone number
  • After typing in the phone number, determine if you need to insert a pause (aka comma) or a wait (semicolon)
  • Press the shift button, visually it contains a few symbols like plus and number sign,
  • Find the pause (aka comma) where the 4 button previously was located
  • Find the wait (aka semicolon) where the 6 button previously was located
  • Note: The pause will insert a brief pause into the dialing sequence so multiple commas may be required. The wait inserts a break in the dialing, so you will have to press a button in the in call options screen to continue entering the numerical sequence.

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Siri’s Settings and Basic Commands

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we explore Siri’s Settings and teach you some fun Siri commands for practicing speaking to Siri. Siri is one of the most powerful digital assistants, controlling anything from enabling Voice Over to starting a Skype call. In order to do this, you need to ensure Siri is set up to your liking. Here is how to find Siri’s Settings and some basic practice commands:

  • Manually opening Siri’s Settings
    • Navigate to your Settings App
    • Swipe until you find Siri on the main screen of the Settings menu
    • double tap on Siri
  • Opening Siri’s Settings with Siri
    • Say, “Open Siri’s Settings”
    • Say, “Open your settings”

Here are some fund Siri commands to practice:

  • Say, “What is infinity times infinity”
  • Say, “What is 10 divided (or other math function) by 10”
  • Say, “Spell amazing (or any other word)”
  • Say, “What is the synonym (or antonym) of huge”
  • Say, “Say a tongue twister”
  • Say, “Tell me a story”

There are many more of these types of fun commands to find, so start talking with Siri.

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How to Update to the Latest iOS Updates

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest software update. Periodically Apple publishes updates to address known software and security issues, new features, or behind the scenes updates to improve performance. Knowing when these arrive and how to install them is an important part of owning an iOS device. The updating and installation process is rather straight forwards, and listening to this podcast will alleviate any concerns about completing this on your own. FYI, this podcast uses an iPhone 6 installing iOS 10. Here are a few tips to expedite the process:

  • Have your iTunes or Apple ID and password available before starting.
  • If setting up a new device, the process will differ slightly from one who is updating or restoring their device.
  • Triple Click of the home button on the first screen will activate Voice Over.

Steps to Update:

  • Open your settings app.
  • Navigate to General. If there is an update, a notification will be next to General.
  • Navigate to Software Update. If an update is available a notification will appear.
  • Click on the download and install or the install button to start the process.

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Arranging Apps with Voice Over on iOS

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we describe how to arrange apps on your iPhone and iPad with Voice Over. Two methods exist as of iOS 10. The first involves preforming a one finger double tap and hold to activate app movement. The second is to swipe up or down until you hear an option for arranging apps. Deleting an app requires you to start moving or arranging apps, but then you just double tap or select activate to delete the app.

We hope you enjoy this tutorial about arranging apps on your iPhone or iPad with Voice Over.

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