On this week’s episode of Double Tap Canada the team of Steven Scott, Tim Schwartz and Shaun Preece discuss a wide range of topics as usual in their own inimitable style.
First Steps With Screenreaders
It’s not unusual for Steven Scott to start the show off talking about himself – and yes he’s done it again. Dcclaring himself the “best husband ever”, he tells us how he has been helping his wife learn JAWS following a dramatic reduction in her vision has forced her to begin using the screenreader. The discussion that follows explains the challenges that everyone on the team has faced in learning new software like this as it is such a departure from the usual ways to use a computer.
Lots of new features in the new public beta of JAWS 2019 which was released this week. Improvements on handling Office 365, new custom key commands for Skype and the ability to mute certain of the most-used keys on the keyboard such as Esc or Tab are just some of the features. The guys suggest however that you do not update to this if you are a fairly intermediate user who is happy with the way your computer works just now!
Google Event Rumours
There are many rumours out there ahead of Google’s launch event on October 9th and Double Tap Canada is cutting through the noise and bringing you what it thinks is the most plausible rumours and suggestions for next week’s event. These include:
- There will be a new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphone
- A new Google Pixelbook 2 with a 4k screen, thinner bezels and the possibility of an LTE SIM card slot built-in
- New Google Pixel Buds (or at least some software making them better than the original ones)
- A Google Home Hub of some kind – a sort of competitor to the Amazon Echo Show
- A Google Pixel docking station which could offer a way to turn your charging smartphone into a Google Home assistant
- Any new Google Home hardware, such as the Mini, Home or Max
- A new Google Pixel smartwatch featuring Wear OS software (despite it possibly becoming a major competitor to Apple, especially for blind people if they get the accessibility right)
- Listen to next week’s Double Tap Canada (Episode 52) for full coverage and to see if we got anything right!
No Home Button For New iPhones – Is It An Accessibility Issue?
Listener Gordon got in touch to ask if not having a home button on Steven’s new iPhone XS meant he had issues turning Voiceover on and off? If set up, you can use the home button to open the accessibility settings (three presses on the home button once set up) and you can select Voiceover, which speaks the menu options even if it’s turned off.
The new iPhone XS range, like the X last year, only has a side button. The good news though is by doing the same three-press action on the side button you can achieve the same result. So no major loss there!
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I am an absolute geek who loves technology. I also happen to be severely sight impaired and that has meant my journey with new technology has been challenging. What I've learnt is what I want to share with others and I do that on air in the UK on RNIB Connect Radio's weekly Tech Talk radio show and podcast, and on AMI-Audio's Double Tap Canada radio show and podcast. I'm also a very lucky husband and the owner of the world's coolest dog!