Learn about NFC tags, a solution that can be used to label items and do much more!

In this podcast published on January 25th, 2020 Olivier and Alexandre discuss about NFC tags, which are stickers that you put on objects. These stickers allow you to write text labels on them and having these labels read back to you by your smartphone.

What is NFC? This is the acronym for near field communication. NFC tags are available for sale on different Web platforms like Amazon at a very low cost. Even if these tags are not considered as a specialized assistive product, this technology can help a lot of users who are living with a vision loss.

Alexandre and Olivier will show you different apps available on iOS to read and write NFC tags. In order to use these apps, you need an iPhone 7 or higher. A demonstration on Android will also be made. At the end of the podcast, we will demonstrate the voice label feature only available on some Samsung smartphone allowing to associate an audio label to a tag that will be played as soon we tap the tag.

You will also learn how it is possible to launch automations by simply taping your iPhone on an NFC tags with the Shortcuts app on iOS. However, please note that this feature requires an iPhone XS, XR, XS Max or later in order to work.

Here is a list of the apps demonstrated in this podcast:

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The Dot watch, a Braille watch that change the way to interact with your smartphone!

In this podcast published January 9th, 2020, Alexandre and Olivier are with you to talk about the Dot Watch. What is the Dot Watch? This is a Braille watch that provides 4 Braille cells, 6 dots each, that can be paired to your existing smartphone (iPhone or Android). Using this watch, you’ll be able to read the time and date, use the stopwatch, the timer, read the notifications received on your smartphone, read memos, see whose calling and decide if you want to answer or decline the call, find your smartphone and much more, all by reading Braille!

You can interact with the Dot Watch using the 4 cells Braille display, by feeling vibrations provided by the watch, use the two touch sensors, the two buttons or even the crown that can be turned. At this time, the Dot Watch cannot be used to interact with your smartphone like sending text messages, reply to emails, Etc. Expect to be able to read out your notifications with this watch but not to reply to them.

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Speech and sounds schemes, a JAWS tool allowing to be informed about text formatting while reading

In this podcast published on December 23, 2019, Alexandre will be with you to talk about a JAWS tool that many of you ignore the existence: speech and sounds schemes. This tool makes it easier to check certain visual aspects of a text document, change the way how commands and controls are announced by JAWS and even replace certain long or recurring sentences by shortest ones or simply by sounds.

When checking formatting of a text using speech and sounds schemes, this feature allows, among other things, to announce font type changes, to be noticed about font size in use and even to identify, when reading a document, parts of text using a determined color. All can be done by playing sounds, by reading the blocks of text concerned with a different voice or by simply announcing the change. Note that the text analyzer can do a part of this work by detecting certain inconsistencies, however this will not provide the precision that can be provided by speech and sounds schemes.

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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Stream what you hear, an app allowing to broadcast the sound of your PC via a network connection!

In this podcast published December 6, 2019, Alexandre talk about the application Stream what you hear (SWYH). Although this podcast is for more advanced users of technology, this application is very easy to use. This application allows you to stream the sound of your Windows computer over your network, allowing you to listen to your PC's sound on a smartphone, a new generation Victor Stream, a Victor Trek, on Sonos speakers, or any other devices that can handle audio streaming as well as accept a custom URL.

Although this application offers interesting possibilities, expect a delay between the moment your PC plays the sound versus when it will be played by the device used to listen to the streaming.

Here are some useful links:

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Learn VoiceOver how to correctly pronounce a mispronounced word in few easy steps!

In this podcast published November 29, 2019, Alexandre will be with you to show you how easy it is to change a mispronounced word on iOS by using the pronunciation dictionary integrated in VoiceOver. You’ll see how to change the pronunciation by using a different spelling for the word that cause problem or by recording the right pronunciation. You’ll also learn how to affect this modification to a specific language or voice as well as on other options available there.

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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Clew, an application that can guide you indoor!

In this podcast published November 21, 2019, Alexandre talks about the application Clew. This mobile application available on iOS, can guide you when walking indoor. Indications are based on a route that must be first registered in the system. The application uses Apple ARKit (Augmented Reality) technology to explore what’s around you and provide you accurate instructions to find the desired anchor point.

By listening to this podcast, you’ll learn how to use the application: how to orient your iPhone the right way when traveling, how to create routes, how to navigate along a previously saved route and how to adjust the settings for optimal use.

You can also visit the Clew App website to learn more.

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 Apple Watch, an accessible Watch that can do much more than just telling the time!

Have you thought about what you can do with a smart watch? A smart watch is a great complement to your smart phone, but it can also provides data on your health and do more. In this podcast published November 6th, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier will be with you to introduce you to the Apple Watch. You’ll learn more about what it can do and how accessible it is. With the Apple Watch, you can read your notifications, place phone calls, get some important data about your health, send messages, read the time based on a haptic feedback system and much more!

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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Stay safe with Windows Defender antivirus

In this podcast published October 29, 2019, Olivier will be with you to give you tips and tricks on how to use Windows Defender antivirus integrated into Windows. Using Windows Narrator on Windows 10, you’ll learn how to navigate in the Windows Defender interface, how to scan your computer against threat, different types of scan available and how to verify your settings to stay safe.

Remember that you can turn on or off the Windows 10 Narrator by pressing CTRL + Windows + Enter.

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 create shortcuts on your desktop to save time in all circumstances!

In this podcast published October 17, 2019, Alexandre explains how it is possible to create shortcuts on your desktop. Shortcuts can help you access applications, documents, websites, files, folders, etc. that you use frequently. The podcast is suitable for Windows 10 and JAWS.

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Get more with picture smart, a JAWS feature that can describes images!

Since JAWS 2019, it is now possible to get description of images on demand based on artificial intelligence. In this podcast published October 11, 2019, Alexandre explains you how it is possible to use this feature to know what the content of an image is and give you more info about known limitation of this feature.

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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