Overview of the Apple’s Keynote 2019 from the accessibility perspective

In this podcast published September 18, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier discuss about the Apple’s Keynote held on September 10th. Highlights are the two new services, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, a new iPad, a new series of Apple Watch and three new iPhones, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. And what about the accessibility? Our two presenters will be with you to discuss the benefits of these new services and devices from a blindness perspective. At the end of this show, a short presentation of what's new in iOS 13 in terms of accessibility will be available as well as a little warning about the migration to iOS 13 because, although this version has several new features in regard to the accessibility, many important bugs remain at this time.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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The Fire TV Stick, an accessible tool to transform your TV into a smart TV

In this podcast published September 11, 2019, we begin a new series related to the accessibility of devices allowing to watch TV available on the market. As the first episode of this series, discover the Fire TV Stick, a device available from Amazon that allows you to transform your TV into a smart one and listen to multimedia content online. The Fire TV Stick includes a screen reader called VoiceView as well as a remote control with a microphone use to talk to Alexa. Alexandre explains what can be accomplished with this device in an accessible way: access Prime Video or Amazon Music, listen to the radio, browse the Web thank to the integrated accessible browser and much more. However, there are still some accessibility issues when using YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify, so by listening to this podcast, you'll also learn about the limitations that exist so far when using the Fire TV Stick with a screen reader.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Set up an iOS device using VoiceOver without any assistance, it’s possible! See how!

Have you purchased a new iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and you don’t know how to configure it? Have you replaced your existing device for a newest one or just exchange it under warranty and want to transfer your data from your old device to the new one? In this podcast published July 30th, 2019, Alexandre explains step by step how it is possible to configure your device using VoiceOver, how to make sure that it is up to date, how to restore the encrypted backup of your old device to the new one and finally, you'll learn about a great new feature in iOS 12.4 that allows to transfer data from an old device to a new one without using iTunes or iCloud.

As a reminder, it is always best to make an encrypted backup of your device using iTunes on a regular basis or before making a transfer. See how it can be done by referring to our podcast about encrypted backup.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Meet the Bose Frames, Bluetooth sunglasses that will surprise you!

In this podcast published on July 19th, 2019, Olivier and Alexandre discuss about the Bose frames, a pair of sunglasses that can be used as Bluetooth headphones. They give you a physical description of the device and show it to you in action. You'll learn about functionalities available and you'll be able to hear how the microphone sounds like. The microphone of the glasses will also be compared with some other microphones that come with other Bluetooth headphones available on the market.

Also, if you request it, please note that we'll have the possibility to record a demonstration using the glasses outside. That way, you will have the possibility to hear how the microphones sound in a noisy environment.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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After the Kangaroo, here is our new powerful Mini PC!

Did you ever decide to not purchase a Kangaroo because this computer was not suiting your needs? If so, things have changed. In this podcast, Alexandre and Olivier introduce you to a new PC more powerful than the Kangaroo and that will better suite your needs. Alexandre and Olivier give you a physical description of the device and show it to you in action.

As you will see, this is a pretty fast computer that will allow you to efficiently perform tasks related to your work, studies or leisure. If you are blind or partially sighted, this new computer will be your perfect companion knowing that all your assistive software can be installed on it and it can also support Braille displays and also provides two HDMI ports meaning that you can connect two monitors at the same time. This computer will be delivered to you based on your needs, so you'll be ready to go by just pressing the power button!

Please note that the computer is not on our website yet as of today, July 5th, 2019, but should be added soon. Don't hesitate to contact us to obtain a personalized quote.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Did you ever decide to not purchase a Kangaroo because this computer was not suiting your needs? If so, things have changed. In this podcast, Alexandre and Olivier introduce you to a new PC more powerful than the Kangaroo and that will better suite your needs. Alexandre and Olivier give you a physical description of the device and show it to you in action.

The BuzzClip, an obstacle detector based on ultrasound technology

In this podcast published on June 28, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier presents the BuzzClip, an obstacle detector based on ultrasound technology. It is a mobility aid that can detect obstacles at a higher than what can be detected by the white cane. This tool indicates the presence of obstacles to the user through a vibration system. The BuzzClip can be attached to your white cane, to your clothes or you can simply hold it in your hand.

Note that the BuzzClip can’t replace your traditional mobility aid, it is simply a complement to them.

To learn more or to place an order, you can consult the BuzzClip product page by following this link.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Learn how to back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod before it’s too late!

In this podcast published April 27, 2019, Alexandre explains how it is possible to back up data from your Apple mobile device. It is essential to maintain an up-to-date backup of your devices in case of a crash or simply if you want to transfer your data to a new device. There are three types of backups available: iCloud backup, regular iTunes backup, and iTunes encrypted backup. Alexandre will help you shed light on the best way to save your precious data to make sure you’ll not lose anything!

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Introducing the new Vocalizer voices Management utility now available in JAWS 2019

Since the January update of JAWS 2019, it is now possible to add or remove Vocalizer voices directly from the JAWS interface without the need of consulting the Freedom Scientific website anymore. In this podcast, Alexandre explains the benefits of this new utility, how to navigate inside this new dialog box and how to easily manage the high-quality Vocalizer voices that are comparable to human voices. He also makes a reminder on how to use the "Voice adjustment" dialog and presents new features added to it since the January update of JAWS.

As a reminder, Alexandre and Olivier also made a Podcast about exploring voice profiles settings available with JAWS that you can listen if you want to learn more about the different voice settings available. If you are using an older version of JAWS or if you prefer to continue using the old method to manage your Vocalizer Expressive voices, we invite you to listen to the Podcast about installing Vocalizer voices with JAWS. Even if it was published at the end of 2017, this podcast is still relevant.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Learn how to easily setup and manage your Google Home smart speakers!

Have you purchased a Google smart speaker such as a Google Home Mini, Google Home, or Google Home Max and have trouble setting it up? Would you like to learn more about the parameters that can be modified in order to make your experience better? In this podcast part of our Smart Speakers series, Alexandre gives you step-by-step instructions on how to setup your speaker that integrate the Google Assistant so you can set it up by yourself, without any accessibility issues, even if you are a user of a screen reader. In addition, you'll learn more about how the Google Home app works as well as on settings you can change there, so you can get the best from your connected Google speaker.

As a reminder, if you would like a brief overview of Google Home Smart Speakers capabilities, we invite you to listen to the introductory podcast of the Google Home Mini made by Olivier.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Meet Alexa, Amazon’s smart voice assistant!

After receiving the visit of Google Assistant and Siri, it's now Alexa's turn to visit the Canadialog studios! In this podcast of more than two hours duration, Olivier and Alexandre introduce you to Alexa, the voice assistant designed by Amazon. They show you the interface of the Amazon Alexa mobile app, as well as what it is possible to do with Alexa and Echo connected speakers: making calls, sending messages, controlling smart plugs and much more. Knowing that Amazon's smart speakers are controlled exclusively by using your voice and the Alexa assistant, these are fully accessible and can be used without any issue by blind or visually impaired persons. In fact, Alexa can be so helpful for you to accomplish tasks in your daily life.

Although the demonstrations were made on Echo and Echo Dot devices, please note that Alexa is also available on smart speakers that have not been manufactured by Amazon, such as some models in the Sonos line, but with limited features. For example, features that affect telecommunication, such as messaging, calling and Drop In are not supported by Sonos at this time. Finally, if you want to become more familiar with Alexa before purchasing an Amazon smart speaker, note that it is also possible to use the Amazon assistant directly from your smartphone or tablet.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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