Change ringtone, notification sounds and vibrations on iOS

In this podcast published on September 23, 2020, Alexandre explains how to change the ringtone, sounds and vibrations on iOS when you receive calls or notifications. In addition to changing the default alert sounds and vibrations, you will learn how to assign a custom ringtone and how to change the sound heard when receiving an SMS for a specific contact. Note, however, that we will not discuss in this podcast the possibility to change notification sounds for some third-party apps.

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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Warning, iOS 14 will be launched today, Wednesday September 16, 2020, potential impact in terms of accessibility

iOS 14, a new iteration of the operating system for Apple's mobile devices (iPhone, iPod, and iPad) will be launched this afternoon, normally around 1:00 p.m.

Knowing that this is a major version of the operating system, you might, if you use accessibility tools like VoiceOver, run into some issues, although this new version looks promising. When a new version of iOS is released, it is possible that after the first few days you will experience accessibility issues. Apple is expected to make the fixes in the coming weeks following the release of iOS version 14.

So, if you are less familiar with the tech and prefer stability over recklessness, then it might be wise to wait a few days / weeks before updating, just in case.

To make sure that your phone does not automatically update without your knowledge, you will have to change a few settings knowing that Apple recently activated automatic updates on all devices when installing one of the latest versions of iOS 13.

So, take the following steps, preferably before 1:00 p.m. today:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on General
  3. Click on Software Update
  4. If your software is not up to date to iOS 13.7, you can proceed with the update, however, be sure to install iOS 13.7 and not iOS 14. If so, do not proceed with the update. . If you need to update, perform steps 1 through 3 again after completing the installation of the update to iOS 13.7.
  5. Click on customize automatic updates
  6. First, make sure that the Install iOS updates option is turned off. If not, you will need to turn it off.
  7. Finally, you will need to turn off the download iOS updates option.

In a few weeks, when the major accessibility bugs will be fixed, you will be able to update manually by going to your Settings, General and Software Update.

Stay tuned by reading accessibility news in the next few days and we will also keep you informed here.

Tips to better manage your emails with Outlook and JAWS

In this podcast published on August 21, 2020, Alexandre provides you with some tips on managing emails with Outlook. See how to sort and organize your emails, change the layout to make it more user-friendly, how to make the CCI field appear, choose which folder Outlook starts in, quickly search in your emails and, finally, you will learn a very simple way to attach files and save attachments that will save you time and energy!

If you have any tips to share with us on using Outlook or if you’d like to learn more about another specific features of this software, feel free to let us know!

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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Easily navigate in Windows open and save dialogs with your screen reader

In this podcast published on July 24, 2020, Alexandre teaches you, using JAWS, how to navigate through dialogs used to open or save a file. These dialogs are used very often in Windows; however, many users are having a hard time when trying to use them or to navigate across options in there. You will learn how to navigate in these dialog boxes, how to choose a specific location to save a file, how to easily locate a file you’d like to open 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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Ninite, a tool that installs/updates several apps at once

In this podcast publish on June 8, 2020, Alexandre shows you how it is possible to install or update most of your preferred apps at once. This can be achieved with the website ninite.com. Ninite is fully accessible and supports a lot of great apps like NVDA which is a free screen reader.

Being able to install multiple applications at once can be useful after formatting a computer or if you got a new one and you’d like to quickly find back all your stuff in a minute. And, with Ninite, you have nothing to do… Simply run the installer and let it do all the work!

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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A virtual Braille keyboard is finally available for TalkBack users on Android!

In this podcast published on May 15th, 2020, you will learn more about the new virtual Braille keyboard that has recently become available to users of the TalkBack screen reader on Android. This new keyboard is comparable to the Braille screen input available since many years on iOS.

You will see how to make the first setup of this keyboard, we will go through the tutorial, we will explain the different gestures to use and we will give you tips and tricks for optimal use.

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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Let’s have some fun talking about our devices injuries and see how did they survived! Part 1

In this podcast recorded during the holydays 2019 and published on May 1st 2020, Alexandre and Olivier tell you funny stories about their devices. The goal of this podcast was to change a bit of what we’re used to do and to have some fun sharing our experiences with our listeners. You will learn how our devices survived or not to different type of damages.

Before telling you about our devices, Alexandre will discuss about some wrong informations found in the podcast regarding free licenses for JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion provided for the Covid-19. This should be useful to you if you need to use JAWS remote access and/or tandem direct feature. Next, Alexandre will tell you about an update that came out for the Bose Frames glasses which provide a way to adjust the volume by turning your head.

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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See how to get a free license of JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion for the Covid-19

UPDATE: If you need to use Remote Access or Tandem Direct, note that your existing license for previous version of JAWS will not remain in place after activating the free license if you have chosen JAWS when you initially did your license choice on the portal. To keep your existing JAWS license active for previous versions when using the free license for 2020, make sure to choose Fusion when subscribing and select JAWS when downloading the activation file.

In this podcast published April 17th, 2020, see how to retrieve free licenses of JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion software provided by Vispero for the Covid-19. These licenses will be valid until June 30th and you can use them if you’re working at home, for school or if you simply want to do some tests. See also how looks like the new Freedom Scientific’s portal available in the U.S. since more than a year. The license portal can be accessed at http://portal.freedomscientific.com.

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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Easily reclaim space on your hard drive using Windows Disk Cleanup utility

In this short podcast published on April 3, 2020, Alexandre is with you to explain how you can free up space on your hard drive using an easy-to-use utility: Windows Disk Cleanup. With this utility, see if unnecessary files can be trashed from your hard drive such as old files belonging to the system, files generated during the upgrade of your PC, temporary files, etc.

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 Chromecast, an accessible device for streaming content to your TV

In this podcast published on March 23, 2020, learn more about the Chromecast, a small device from Google that allows you to stream the content of your choice to your TV from your phone, tablet or computer.

Alexandre will be with you to give you some advice on accessibility, teach you the different steps to configure the device, what you can stream from your iPhone or Android device, how to broadcast the screen of your PC wirelessly or how to stream content using your voice and a smart speaker. The Chromecast will broadcast both the image and the sound of your equipment on the TV to which it is connected. Since the Google Home app is required to configure the Chromecast, see our Google Home setup podcast here to find out more information on this app

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.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

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