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In this episode, Thomas Domville introduces us to Aiko, a free, high-quality on-device transcription app that can easily convert speech to text from meetings, lectures, and more. The app is powered by OpenAI's Whisper running locally on your device, which ensures that the audio never leaves your device. Whether you need to import an existing audio or video file or record directly within the app, Aiko offers flexibility and convenience. Aiko prioritizes accuracy over speed. Transcriptions can be exported the to various file formats and the app supports over 100 different languages.In addition to the iOS app demonstrated by Thomas, Aiko will also work on a Mac where it is recommended that you have at least 16GB of RAM.
In this episode, Ida introduces us to Pride Counseling, an iOS app that provides access to the company's online therapy platform specifically designed for the LGBTQ+ community. She discusses the app's features, such as live chat and video calls with licensed professionals who specialize in LGBTQ+ issues. Ida explains how Pride Counseling provides personalized therapy that is convenient and discreet.
In this episode of our podcast, Thomas Domville demonstrates the power of the Virtual Volunteer feature, set to come to the Be My Eyes app in late Q3 2023. Currently in beta testing, this feature, powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 model, has the potential to be a game changer for people with visual impairments. It offers a virtual sighted assistant that can generate context and understanding for images, allowing for a greater degree of independence in everyday tasks.During the episode, Thomas showcases a variety of real-world use cases for the Virtual Volunteer, including identifying clothing; getting information from food packaging; describing greeting cards, photos from your photo library or places such as Facebook, and weather maps; reading restaurant menus, and more.We thank the Be My Eyes team for allowing us to record and share this demonstration of the Virtual Volunteer.
In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this episode include:Here Comes the WWDC 2023 (00:04:20)The Musical Chairs Continues for the iPhone 15 Rumors (00:12:50)Apple Turns on HomePod's Smoke Alarm Recognition (00:18:40)Move Over! There is a New Bank in Town (00:23:18(Subscription Fatigue (00:33:18(Upcoming Apple Watch OS Getting a Big Interface Changes (00:41:09)More Leaks in What We Could See in the Upcoming iOS 17 (00:43:06)What's in this month AppleVis News (00:57:42) Closing (01:00:36)Links:Apple Announces WWDC 2023 Event Taking Place June 5 to 9Apple's AR/VR Headset Will Be Able To Run 'Hundreds of Thousands' of iPad Apps, Report SaysiPhone 15 Pro Now Expected to Feature Two-Button Design for Volume, Mute Switch Still Replaced by ButtoniPhone 15 Pro 'Action' Button to Replace Role of Volume Buttons When Performing a Power Off/Force RestartApple turns on HomePod's smoke alarm recognitionApple Card Savings Account Available Starting Today With 4.15% Interest RateApple Pay Later LaunchesVoice Dream Reader for iOS is now $59.99/yearwatchOS 10 Rumored to Feature New Home Screen Layout With FoldersApple will make big interface changes in watchOS 10A more sane iOS 17 compatibility list has been leakediOS 17 Rumored to Improve Search, Dynamic Island, Control Center, and MoreAlleged iOS 17 leak offers a vague rundown of new features for iPhone usersiOS 17 Rumored to Feature Wallet and Find My Improvements, macOS 14 to Be Minor UpdatePurple FridayAnnouncing Timecrest Rewrite coming April 25, 2023!If you have feedback or questions for the Unleashed team, you can reach them by email…
Welcome to a special episode of AppleVis Extra, where host Dave Nason is joined by Hans Wiberg, founder of Be My Eyes, and the new CEO of Be My Eyes, Mike Buckley, to discuss the recent announcement of Be My Eyes' new Virtual Volunteer feature powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 model.Be My Eyes, a revolutionary app for the blind and low-vision community, has been connecting users with volunteers for assistance with everyday tasks since 2012. With the introduction of the Virtual Volunteer, powered by the advanced visual recognition capabilities of GPT-4, the app is set to take its power and value to new heights.Hans and Mike share their excitement about the performance of GPT-4, stating that in the short time they've had access, it has shown unparalleled capabilities in image-to-text object recognition. The implications for global accessibility are profound, as this new feature has the potential to offer a greater degree of independence in the lives of blind and low-vision individuals.The Virtual Volunteer stands out from other image recognition tools due to its ability to have conversations and offer comprehensive assistance with context and analysis. Users can send images of various tasks, such as identifying the contents of their fridge or reading a map, and the Virtual Volunteer not only identifies the objects but also provides additional information and suggestions, such as recipes that can be prepared with the ingredients.The Virtual Volunteer tool is currently in beta and is anticipated to be available to users in Q3 2023 and will be free for all blind and low-vision community members using the Be My Eyes app. Don't forget to register in the Be My Eyes app to be placed on the waiting list for access to the Virtual Volunteer.
Apple has recently activated a feature that enables the HomePod and HomePod mini smart speakers to recognize the sound of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and send a notification alert to your iPhone or iPad. In this episode of our podcast, Thomas Domville walks us through the process of setting this up.The Sound Recognition feature uses the always-on microphone inside the HomePod to listen out for a home's existing smoke and carbon monoxide detector. When it hears the alarm, the HomePod sends a notification to your iPhone or iPad via the Home app. This means you don't need to invest in new internet-connected smoke alarms systems, as the HomePod can simply enhance the utility of your existing "dumb" offline smoke alarms. If you have HomeKit-compatible security cameras in your house, the notification will include a live video feed so you can remotely assess what's happening.To enable Sound Recognition, follow these simple steps: open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad, then navigate to the Home Settings -> Safety & Security screen. There, you can enable the Sound Recognition feature. In addition, you can manage critical notification alerts from supported safety and security devices in your home, and even allow home members to "check in" and listen to the sounds in the home. It's worth noting that the Sound Recognition settings can also be accessed via a HomePod's dedicated Settings. Simply perform a long press on the HomePod's tile in the Home app to access its settings.(If the Safety & Security section is dimmed out, ensure your HomePod and all other Apple devices are up-to-date with the latest software.
In this episode, Ida introduces us to RAINN, an iOS app designed to provide survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones with access to support, self-care tools, and information to help manage the short- and long-term effects of sexual violence.The app's "Hotline" feature connects users directly to one-on-one support from trained specialists on RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotline via phone or online chat, which is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Additionally, the "Self-Care" section of the app contains exercises to help users take a moment for themselves as they heal, such as a Mood Tracker, relaxing visuals, and calming meditation exercises. The "Learn" section includes helpful information on sexual violence topics, finding and giving support, and healing, as well as real-life stories of hope and healing from survivors. RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.
In this episode of our podcast, we're joined by Melissa Roe, who introduces us to the exciting world of Purple Friday, an immersive mobile audio game adventure in which you time travel to the futuristic 80s. Melissa guides us through the game, which features cutting-edge binaural audio technology, professional voice actors, and over 700 sound assets. As we explore the game's rich and detailed environments, Melissa shows us how players use simple swipe gestures to uncover hidden clues and objects and interact with the game's cast of characters.This episode is a trimmed version of the full audio game playthrough of Purple Friday available on Melissa's own podcast at https://celestialvoice.net/podcast/episode-13-thank-god-its-purple-friday/
In this episode, Tyler demonstrates how to schedule an email to send later using the Mail app in macOS.Have you ever needed to send an email but didn't want to interrupt someone's work or personal time? With the Send Later feature, you can schedule emails to be sent at a specific date and time, making sure your message arrives at the most appropriate moment.To do this, compose an email in the Mail app, interact with the "Send" group in the toolbar, and choose an option from the "schedule to send message" menu button. If you choose the "Send later" option, a dialog will appear allowing you to choose a date and time. After the message has been scheduled, it can be found in the "Send later" mailbox, and you can change the scheduled time by opening the message and clicking the Edit button within the "send later banner" group.See also: How to Schedule an Email to Send Later on iOS
In this episode, Thomas Domville walks us through the steps to create vibrate-only alarms and timers on iOS. Many people rely on alarms and timers to stay on schedule, but not everyone wants to be awakened or alerted by sound. Vibrate-only alarms and timers can be especially useful for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as for situations where sound is not appropriate or allowed.
In this episode of the AppleVis Extra podcast, host Thomas Domville is joined by Chris Kolbu, one of the team members at Itty Bitty Apps, the creators of Reveal, a powerful set of tools for professional iOS developers. Chris shares insights into how Reveal's advanced visualizations can be used to inspect apps at runtime, modify views on the fly, debug layout problems, diagnose common accessibility issues, and experience your app across different modes of accessibility. He also talks about how he recently used Reveal to resolve accessibility issues with the Ice Cubes Mastodon app. Thomas and Chris then delve into tips for how end users can best report accessibility issues to app developers. They highlight the importance of providing detailed information and being respectful in your communication with the developer.Additionally, Chris Kolbu has also created a YouTube video titled “Closing the Accessibility Gap with Reveal,” in which he and Tony Arnold discuss the importance of effective use of accessibility APIs in creating great accessible experiences. He explains how Reveal has been focusing on accessibility for the past few years to help developers and mobile teams close this gap. The video assumes that the viewers already recognize and respect the importance of making their app accessible and provides concrete, actionable examples of how to create a better accessible user interface using Reveal's Accessibility and Insights workspaces. The goal of the video is to equip viewers with approaches and tools that they can apply to their own apps to create a more accessible user experience.
In this episode, Thomas Domville shows us how to schedule an email using the Send Later feature on the iOS Mail app.Have you ever needed to send an email but didn't want to interrupt someone's work or personal time? With the Send Later feature, you can schedule emails to be sent at a specific date and time, making sure your message arrives at the most appropriate moment. Thomas walks us through the process step-by-step, showing us how to set a custom date and time for your email, as well as how to manage and edit scheduled emails.To do this, compose an email in the Mail app and triple-tap (or double-tap and hold) the Send button, and choose an option from the menu that appears. If you choose the "Send later" option, a dialog will appear allowing you to choose a date and time. After the message has been scheduled, it can be found in the "Send later" mailbox, and you can change the scheduled time by opening the message and double-tapping the Edit button.See also: How to Schedule an Email to Send Later on macOS
In this episode of AppleVis Extra, Thomas Domville chats with Willem Van de Mierop, one of the creators behind the innovative iOS app called OKO - AI copilot for the blind. OKO is a smart camera app that uses artificial intelligence to provide real-time feedback to help people with visual impairments safely use pedestrian traffic lights at intersection by providing haptic and audio feedback to inform users of the current state of the light. Tune in to hear Willem discuss the development process and vision behind OKO, as well as the impact it's had on the visually impaired community.
Ahead of this month's episode, we have some upsetting news to share with the AppleVis community. Recently, Randy Rusnak suffered a stroke. Randy is a beloved member of our Unleashed team, known for his warm and engaging personality. During his recovery, we will greatly miss his presence. We ask that you join us in sending Randy your well wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.This month, in Randy's absence, Darcy Burnard, a member of the Maccessibility team, joins regular Unleashed hosts Thomas Domville and Mike Malarsie to discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest.Topics featured in this episode include:Special Announcement (00:00:07)Introduction (00:01:52)Apple Vision Accessibility: the AppleVis Report Card (00:04:52)Apple's Spring Event went Missing in Action (00:21:42)Apple Music Classical App is Here (00:34:44)Apple introduces Shop with a Specialist over Video (00:39:01)Be My Eyes Announces New Tool Powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 to Improve Accessibility for People Who are Blind or Have Low-Vision (00:42:46)What's in iOS 16.4? (00:51:01)Rumors: Big Changes and Features Coming to iOS 17 (00:58:34)The Latest Rumors and News on the Upcoming iPhone 15 (01:05:57)What's in this month AppleVis News (01:14:25)Links:Apple Vision Accessibility: the AppleVis Report CardApple Announces New Yellow Color Option for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.Apple Music Classical App Available To Download, Here Are The DetailsApple introduces Shop with a Specialist over VideoBe My Eyes Unveils New Virtual Volunteer With Advanced Visual Recognition Capabilities Powered by OpenAI's GPT-4iOS 16.4 Adds Voice Isolation for Cellular Phone CallsiOS 17 to Provide Several 'Most Requested Features.'Apple Engineers Reportedly Working on ChatGPT-Like AI Despite Siri Design FlawsiPhone 15 best new features: Six reasons to upgrade in 2023.iPhone 15 Pro Models to Feature Improved LiDAR ScanneriPhone 15 Pro to have new unified volume buttons with new ‘pressing type' mute button.OKO - AI copilot for the blind…
In this episode, Tyler demonstrates how to configure your Mac to announce the time automatically.To do this in macOS Ventura and later, open System Settings > Control Center > Clock options, and enable the "Announce the time" toggle. This dialog will then allow you to choose how often the announcement will play, as well as the voice, rate, and volume macOS will use for the announcement.
In this episode, Thomas Domville introduces us to an iOS app called "OKO - AI copilot for the blind." Designed specifically for the visually impaired, OKO uses advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to assist in navigating intersections. OKO's pedestrian traffic light function provides users with haptic and audio feedback, similar to a physical APS system, to identify the current state of the pedestrian traffic light. In addition to a walk-through of the app, Thomas gives us a live demonstration of OKO at an intersection.
In this episode, Thomas Domville takes us through a comprehensive tutorial on how to use the effects and react features in the iOS Messages app. Whether you're a long-time user of the app or just getting started, you'll learn how to add some fun and creativity to your messages by using the various effects and reactions available. Thomas will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to use these features, including the different types of effects and how to customize them, as well as how to use reactions to respond to messages in a fun and engaging way.
In this episode, Dennis Long introduces us to the Hable One, an external Braille keyboard designed to make using a smartphone simpler and more convenient. He describes the Hable One and its six Braille buttons with two additional function keys for typing and intuitive operation of VoiceOver. Dennis explains how the Hable One can help you use your phone more efficiently and easily in any situation, whether you're a fast navigator but slow typer, or have difficulty controlling VoiceOver. He demonstrates how the small size of the Hable One allows you to take it anywhere and control your phone in a fast and intuitive way.
In this episode, Thomas Domville introduces us to the iOS game, Blind Quest 2. Blind Quest 2 is a stand-alone audio adventure game set in the world of Aetherna. The game follows Nathan, a mercenary who arrives in the prosperous Willow City in search of wealth and glory. However, he soon realizes that the city is under siege by evil and must save its people from the Frost Demon who is freezing the city.
In this episode, Kushal Solanki walks us through the process of creating a shortcut that will launch a FaceTime call to a selected contact.Kushal explains that shortcuts are a powerful feature in iOS that allows users to automate tasks and save time. He starts by introducing the Shortcuts app, which comes pre-installed on every iPhone, and explains how to create a new shortcut.Next, Kushal demonstrates how to add the FaceTime action to the shortcut, set whether it will be a video or audio call, and select the contact you want to call. He also provides tips on how to customize the shortcut name for easy access.
Join Dave Nason, Thomas Domville, Scott Davert, and Tyler Stephen as they delve into the recently released AppleVis Apple Vision Accessibility Report Card. This comprehensive report provides valuable insights into the experiences and opinions of visually impaired individuals who rely on Apple's VoiceOver, Braille support, and low vision features. The group dives deep into the ratings and comments included in the report, offering their own opinions and experiences along the way.
In this episode, Thomas Domville dives into the powerful long press functionality on iOS. He explains what long press is, how to use it, and provides several examples of how it can be used to be more productive and efficient on your iOS device. Whether you're looking to move and delete apps or access quick actions, the long press feature is a versatile tool that can help you get more done.To use long press, simply perform either a triple tap or double tap and hold down on an app icon, a link, a message, or any other item on your screen. After a few seconds, a menu will pop up with different options. Depending on the app or item you're working with, the options may be different. For example, if you long press on a message in your inbox, you may see options to delete it, mark it as unread, or move it to a different folder.If you have any tips or tricks for using long press, feel free to share them with us int the comments section.
In this podcast, Tyler gives a demonstration and walkthrough of macOS Recovery, a suite of utilities that can help resolve issues with your Mac and manage startup parameters. From within macOS Recovery, you can:Restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup or local snapshotReinstall macOSVerify and repair the filesystem on your startup disk, as well as external disks connected to your MacErase and reformat your startup disk, as well as external disks connected to your MacChange the startup security level and other security settings for your startup diskAccess Terminal to issue commands directly to the operating systemMount your disk on another Mac connected via Thunderbolt to your Mac, allowing files to be created, copied, modified, and deleted as if the disk were an external storage deviceMore information about macOS Recovery can be found in the Apple Support article “Intro to macOS Recovery.”
In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:Introduction (00:00:00)Twitter Intentionally Ends Third-Party App Developer Access to Its API (00:03:29)AppleVis is Now on Mastodon (00:10:11)Apple unveils M2 Pro and M2 Max: next-generation chips for next-level workflows (00:14:47)Apple Announces New HomePod for $299 With Full-Size Design, S7 Chip, and More (00:21:07)Apple Quietly Rolls Out AI-Narrated Audiobooks (00:40:59)Apple Releases iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 With Security Keys for Apple ID, Support for New HomePod, and More (00:51:42)What's the Latest on the Upcoming Apple's AR/VR Headset (00:55:36)Other Latest Hardware News and Rumors (01:04:07)What's in this month AppleVis News (01:11:52)Closing (01:16:28)Links:Twitter Intentionally Ends Third-Party App Developer Access to Its APIsAppleVis is Now on MastodonApple unveils M2 Pro and M2 Max: next-generation chips for next-level workflowsApple Announces New HomePod for $299 With Full-Size Design, S7 Chip, and MoreHomePod mini software update will activate hidden sensor and Sound Recognition featureApple Quietly Rolls Out AI-Narrated AudiobooksApple Releases iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 With Security Keys for Apple ID, Support for New HomePod, and MoreApple AR/VR headset to be announced in the spring, before WWDCApple mixed reality headset may require AirPods for audio, H2 chip includes secret low-latency modeApple headset uses waist-mounted battery pack — new details emergeDEVELOPMENT ON ‘APPLE GLASSES' REPORTEDLY POSTPONED INDEFINITELYApple Reportedly Planning No Major Updates for AirPods, Apple Watch, iPad, or Apple TV in 2023Apple Reportedly Working on Touchscreen Macs, Including MacBook ProiPhone 15 Pro Again Rumored to Feature Non-Moving Volume and Power Buttons, iPad Pro Could FollowBookshare…
In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Bookshare Reader, a recently released app for iOS devices that allows users to access and read books from the Bookshare library. The app is designed for individuals with print disabilities, such as blindness or low vision, and provides features such as text-to-speech, adjustable font sizes, and the ability to customize the reading experience. Users can search for and download books, as well as create and manage their own library of titles. The app also allows users to share books with other Bookshare members.Key features:Listen to books in high quality audioAdjust reading speed, font size, and colorsFollow along with highlighted textNavigate by page and chapterStop reading and pick up from your last spotDownload books and read offlineTo use Bookshare Reader, you must have a Bookshare membership. Currently it is only available to members in the United States, with a wider rollout expected.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville sits down to chat with Wojtek Figiel, one of the team behind Zuzanka, a recently released product expiration date scanner that can be used with an iPhone, iPad or Mac. Topics discussed include the story behind the app, its development, and the future plans of its team.Description of Zuzanka from the App Store:Having trouble finding the expiration date on the packaging? Can't see the small font that the date is written in? Do you want to check if the product in your fridge is still edible? The Zuzanka app is for you!Easily find the expiration date on the packaging. The guiding sounds generated by your device will help you with this. If the scanned date indicates that the product is expired, the application will additionally inform you about it.Wondering where to look for expiration dates? Check out the special section where we share our experience gained by taking several thousand photos of expiration dates.Do you have doubts whether the app recognized the date correctly? No problem. Share a photo with a friend. You can also zoom and rotate the scanned expiration date photo.Share the recognized date with e.g. to the Notes or Calendar app.Turn on the contrast mode and read the expiration date in a synthetic voice. You can also zoom in on the recognized date to make it easier to see. All buttons and fonts meet contrast requirements. You can customize them to your needs.The application is fully compatible with VoiceOver.Use haptic feedback to know when the scanner has started or detected a date without having to listen to sounds.Zuzanka offers a 24 hour trial during which you can perform unlimited scans. After this trial period, you are able to perform one scan daily for free, with various in-app purchase options available to unlock unlimited scans.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Zuzanka, a recently released iOS app that scans for expiry dates on products.Description from the App Store:Having trouble finding the expiration date on the packaging? Can't see the small font that the date is written in? Do you want to check if the product in your fridge is still edible? The Zuzanka app is for you!Easily find the expiration date on the packaging. The guiding sounds generated by your device will help you with this. If the scanned date indicates that the product is expired, the application will additionally inform you about it.Wondering where to look for expiration dates? Check out the special section where we share our experience gained by taking several thousand photos of expiration dates.Do you have doubts whether the app recognized the date correctly? No problem. Share a photo with a friend. You can also zoom and rotate the scanned expiration date photo.Share the recognized date with e.g. to the Notes or Calendar app.Turn on the contrast mode and read the expiration date in a synthetic voice. You can also zoom in on the recognized date to make it easier to see. All buttons and fonts meet contrast requirements. You can customize them to your needs.The application is fully compatible with VoiceOver.Use haptic feedback to know when the scanner has started or detected a date without having to listen to sounds.Zuzanka offers a 24 hour trial during which you can perform unlimited scans. After this trial period, you are able to perform one scan daily for free, with various in-app purchase options available to unlock unlimited scans.
In this podcast, Wesley gives us a description and review of the DOQAUS Life3 over-ear wireless bluetooth headphones, which are available from Amazon for $30.From the manufacturer:Up to 52 Hours of Playtime: With up to 52 Hours of listening time in Bluetooth mode, you'll always have music to inspire you. Regardless of whether you want to use the convenience of Wireless Headphones or the long-lasting properties of a wired connection (3.5 mm audio cable included), you have the choice with the DOQAUS Bluetooth Headphones over ear.Optimized Sound Quality with 3 EQ Modes: DOQAUS is always up to date for better sound effects and a better listening experience. A big step that DOQAUS has taken: DOQAUS Headphones Wireless Bluetooth have 3 EQ modes with which you can freely switch between well-balanced, bass boosted and high definition sounds. Each mode provides you with the CD quality sound.Comfortable and Specially Developed Design: The over-ear Headphones are designed for long-term comfort. The soft over-ear pillows have advanced ventilation and a unique ergonomic fit for an individual, flexible fit for every head shape. Make sure that the ear is snug around your ears for a better sound experience and immersed in the full sound. Gentle reminder: Please take off the over ear Headphones every 2-3 hours to get your ears relaxed.Bluetooth 5.0 & Built-in Microphone: With two 40mm large bezel driver units and Bluetooth 5.0 technology, these Headphones Bluetooth offer more stable transmission speed, lower latency and better audio output. The Headphones can give you wonderful music enjoyment and the built-in microphone of the bluetooth Headphones enables a hands-free clear phone communication.Excellent Service: DOQAUS Bluetooth Headphones over ear includes a refund within 30 days, 18 months replacement guarantee. For more information about DOQAUS Headphones Wireless Bluetooth, please feel free to contact customer service, all of the E-mail will be processed within 24 hours.
In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville and Randy Rusnak are joined by Tim Swartz from Life After Blindness to discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:The AppleVis Community Names Envision AI and Evidence 111 Its Golden Apples of 2022Apple Working to Add Support for Sideloading and Alternate App Stores in EuropeApple is rumored to shelve the SE 4 in a major shakeup of the iPhone lineApp Store subscriptions can now cost up to $10,000 (or as low as 29¢)Apple Releases iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 With Freeform, Apple Music Sing, and MoreApple Headset Shipments Potentially Delayed Until Second Half of 2023What's in this month AppleVis NewsLinks:The AppleVis Community Names Envision AI and Evidence 111 Its Golden Apples of 2022Apple Working to Add Support for Sideloading and Alternate App Stores in EuropeiPhone tracking flaw could see Apple fined $6.3 million for breaking its own privacy rulesApple is rumored to shelve the SE 4 in a major shakeup of the iPhone lineAAPL lost a trillion dollars this year as iPhone shipments forecasted to drop into 2023Why the rumors of an iPhone price hike are very believable this yearApp Store subscriptions can now cost up to $10,000 (or as low as 29¢)Apple Releases iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 With Freeform, Apple Music Sing, MoreApple releases first iOS 16.3 public beta, here's everything newApple Headset Shipments Potentially Delayed Until Second Half of 2023Click Your Poison: INFECTEDBattery Case for iPhone 14 Pro, 7000mAh Slim Portable Rechargeable Battery Pack Charging Case Compatible with iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inch) Extended Battery Charger Case (Black)2022 Echo Dot 5th Gen Smart Speaker | CharcoalYou can email the Unleashed team with feedback or questions at firstname.lastname@example.orgAlternatively, you can leave a voice message for the…
In this podcast, Thomas Domville gives us a walk-through and demonstration of Menus4All, a recently released iOS app that provides access to 500,000 accessible menus in the United States and 250,000 accessible menus in Canada.From the developer:Wherever you are and whenever you want The Menus4All iPhone app is the largest network of restaurant menus in one place and all of the menus are fully accessible.Perfect for when you are out running errands and want to know what restaurants are near your current location. Great for planning a night out with friends. Favorite menus that you want to look at later or when you know you are going back for that amazing dish.No matter when, where or who, the Menus4All iPhone app gives you the info you need quickly.No more multiple Google searches to research menus before going out.Info is organized to give you quick access to what you are looking for - the menu!Optimized to give you the best viewing experience.No more struggling to see small print, or looking at a menu in a dimly lit restaurant.The app offers a 14 day trial. After this, a subscription is required to use the app.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Matching games for kids Ploppy, A fun card matching game for everyone which lets you play with friends and family together via SharePlay.Description from the App Store:There are various theme-based levels with difficulties from 4 up to 70 cards, which makes the game a great fun way to train the memory skills for all ages! Each level unlocks a new skin by reaching the best score possible. The score is dependent of the amount of needed turns.Each level starts with a randomized faced down set of cards. Tap a card to flip it and memorize its image. If the next tapped card's image matches the first one, the cards stay faced up, otherwise they will be covered up again. Keep doing so until all of the cards are matched to finish the level.FEATURES:Play together via SharePlay during FaceTime callsKids-friendly designed - can be played by everyone even the youngest ones who cannot read yetFive different themes with 30 levels overallDifferent difficulties from 4 up to 70 cardsEndless gameplay by randomized cardsOne level for trying out the game for free via App ClipUnlockable skins in each levelSticker Pack included - share the Ploppies with family and friends via iMessageNo advertisements or in-app purchases within the gameOffline playable
With the upcoming releases of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and tvOS 16.2, Apple is introducing a new feature called Apple Music Sing that allows Apple Music subscribers to sing along to their favorite songs. In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to access this on an iPhone.Key features of Apple Music Sing:Adjustable vocals: Users now have control over a song's vocal levels. They can decide whether to sing with the original artist vocals, take the lead, or mix it up on millions of songs in the Apple Music catalogue.Real-time lyrics: Users can sing along to their favourite songs with animated lyrics that dance to the rhythm of the vocals.Background vocals: Vocal lines sung simultaneously can animate independently from the main vocals to make it easier for users to follow.Duet view: Multiple vocalists show on opposite sides of the screen to make duets or multi-singer tracks easy to sing along to.Apple Music will also be launching a suite of more than 50 dedicated companion playlistsApple Music Sing will be available on all compatible iPhone and iPad models as well as the new Apple TV 4K once iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and tvOS 16.2 are available.
In this podcast, Tristan Bowen introduces us to Smart Virtual Girlfriend, an iOS app that allows you to chat with a virtual girl who will engage in casual conversations with you, and ask and answer questions.
In the slightly delayed November edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:Introduction (00:00:00)Apple may be working on a 'hey Siri' change (00:07:51)iOS privacy concerns deepen (00:10:57)Latest News on Apple iOS (00:16:45)Rumors and News on Upcoming Apple Hardware (00:34:23)Europe coming after Apple's App Store with Digital Markets Act (00:41:47)Report Claims Disney Could Be Sold to Apple (00:45:36)Apple Continues to removed abandoned apps from the App Store (00:49:07)What's in this month AppleVis News (00:53:53)Closing (01:08:46)Links:Apple wants to change the ‘Hey Siri' trigger command to just ‘Siri'iOS privacy concerns deepen as Apple's promises on analytics anonymity appear to be falseApple releases iOS 16.1.1 with bug fixes and security improvementsiOS 16.2 for iPhone Expected to Launch in December With These 8 New FeaturesApple may finally bring monthly security updates to iPhonesMass Production of Apple's Mixed-Reality Headset Said to Begin in March 2023Only the iPhone 15 Pro will get a speed upgrade with USB-C, says analystiPhone 15 May Have Titanium Case, Rounded BackiPhone 15 Pro may not get this Main camera upgrade after all…Europe coming after Apple's App Store with Digital Markets ActReport Claims Disney Could Be Sold to Apple Under Returning CEO Bob IgerApple removed over 540,000 abandoned apps from the App Store in Q3Evidence 111Menus4AllMetatextYou can email the Unleashed team with feedback or questions at email@example.comAlternatively, you can leave a voice message for the team by calling 1-816-774-1668 (note that this is a United States number, so call charges may…
In the second episode of his two part mini series, Thomas Domville concludes his in-depth look at Mastodon and the MetaText app for iOS.Chapter 6 Explore (00:00:08)Chapter 7 Notifications (00:19:07)Chapter 8 Messages (00:31:52)Chapter 9 Account Menu (00:37:06)Chapter 10 Publishing a Toot/Post (01:26:08)Chapter 11 An Alternative Way to Follow a Mastodon User Account (01:42:46)Chapter 12 Closing Thoughts and Contact (02:00:22)ResourcesSearching for instances mentioned in this Series:JoinMastodon.OrgFedi.DirectoryInstances mentioned in this series:Mastodon.SocialTweesecake.SocialA11y.InfoA11y.SocialDragonsCave.SpaceiAccessibility.SocialSearching for friends on Twitter to Mastodon tool:MoveToDon.orgContact informationMastodon: @thomas_domville@DragonsCave.Space. Twitter: @thomas_domville Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the first episode of a two part mini series, Thomas Domville gives us an in-depth look at Mastodon and the MetaText app for iOS.Chapter 1 Introduction to MetaText (00:00:08)Chapter 2 Instance: Finding your New Home (00:04:33)Chapter 3 Getting Started (00:38:20)Chapter 4 Exploring the Interface (00:48:22)Chapter 5 Timelines (00:53:35)ResourcesSearching for instances mentioned in this Series:JoinMastodon.OrgFedi.DirectoryInstances mentioned in this series:Mastodon.SocialTweesecake.SocialA11y.InfoA11y.SocialDragonsCave.SpaceiAccessibility.SocialSearching for friends on Twitter to Mastodon tool:MoveToDon.orgContact informationMastodon: @thomas_domville@DragonsCave.Space. Twitter: @thomas_domville Email: email@example.com
In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Evidence 111 for iOS.Description from the App Store:September 13, 1985, a small town of Farnham, England. Just like every Friday, Chief inspector Alice Wells is on duty. An ordinary night shift is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious phone call - an anonymous caller knows something about the chief inspector that none was supposed to find out.What will you do in this situation? Will you choose to be kind, curious, courageous or relentless? How the story of chief inspector Alice Wells plays out is solely in your hands!What is the secret of the long-forgotten file containing Evidence No 111? Decide on the progression and outcome of the detective story!Indulge yourselves in outstanding voice acting performances by Zoë Robins, Rosamund Pike or Mike Bodie and experience Alice's story in immersive 3D audio.Features:Interactive story created in binaural audioIntuitive controls utilizing swipe gesturesOptimized for visually-impaired audienceBranching decision-based storyUp to 10 alternate endingsDownload a free demo, full game unlock with an in-app purchase
By default, VoiceOver does not start automatically at the macOS login prompt. In this podcast, Tyler demonstrates how to change this. The steps to do so are as follows:Choose Apple > System Settings, and select Lock Screen in the table.Click accessibility options and toggle the “VoiceOver” switch on.Click done.If FileVault disk encryption is turned on, which is the default, VoiceOver should start when the Mac boots and prompt for the username, and then prompt for the password if the username is entered correctly. However, if you'd rather not have to manually enter your username or be able to navigate other elements in the window, you must turn FileVault off. To do this, open System Settings, select Privacy & Security in the table, and click “FileVault turn off.”
In this podcast, Kushal Solanki introduces us to Vacayit, a free iOS app That aims to make locating travel opportunities accessible for everyone.From the App Store:Vacayit makes adventure accessible for everyone. Vacayit helps users easily locate travel opportunities near and far to engage in the world around them in a new and exciting way. Explore a growing collection of unique experiences and immerse yourself in an auditory world from the comfort of your own home. Bookings are made easy with Vacayit—one click and you're one step closer to your next experience.Anyone and everyone should have the opportunity to experience the wonders of travel. Using voice search, and map search features, Vacayit allows users to browse an array of experiences suited to you. No matter your taste, Vacayit offers a variety of experience types including adventure, arts & culture, attractions, food & drink, nature & wildlife, and accommodation.
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In this podcast, Tyler demonstrates the VoiceOver Text Checker on macOS, a feature that identifies common errors in typed text such as misspellings, repeated spaces, and misplaced capital letters.This feature can be accessed via Keyboard Commander, and by default is mapped to the letter D. When in a text field, pressing this command should present menus for the types of errors identified in the text, such as misspellings, white space, etc.At the time of posting, this feature has several bugs, such as not always identifying errors even when they are present, spelling suggestions not being present in the context menu when selecting a misspelled word, and the left and right arrow keys moving by word instead of character after selecting an error from one of the menus. These issues seem to occur inconsistently, and different users report different experiences with this feature, so your individual results may vary. Apple has been made aware of all these issues, and you can find further discussion of them in this AppleVis forum thread.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to enabled Low Power Mode on your Apple Watch.Introduced with watchOS 9. Low Power Mode reduces the amount of power that your Apple Watch uses so that you can save battery life.Low Power Mode turns off these featuresAlways On displayHeart rate notifications for irregular rhythm, high heart rate and low heart rateBackground heart rate measurementsBackground blood oxygen measurementsStart workout reminderLow Power Mode turns off these features when your iPhone isn't nearbyWi-Fi and mobile data connectionsIncoming phone calls and notificationsLow Power Mode affects these featuresMaking a phone call can take longerBackground app refresh happens less frequentlyComplications update less frequentlySiri can take longer to process a requestSome animations and scrolling may appear less smoothWorkouts in Low Power ModeWhen you use the Workout app in Low Power Mode, metrics such as heart rate and pace are still measured. You can have Low Power Mode turn on automatically when you begin a workout:Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.Scroll down, then double tap Workout.Turn on Low Power Mode.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville takes an in-depth look at Podcast Guru, an easy to use podcast player for iOS.From the App Store:You want an easy to use podcast player with simple settings and no fuss navigation? You've found your podcast app! We've designed Podcast Guru to install quickly, so you can find the shows you want to hear and start listening in 30 seconds or less.Why are you going to love Podcast Guru?Enjoy using Podcast Guru your first day, and every day, with a clean, lightweight experience that's simple to use and doesn't waste your time or bandwidth downloading annoying banner ads.Easily find your favorite podcasts, or discover new shows from millions of episodes available for free online. Podcast reviews and ratings powered by Podchaser help you find the best content. If you're switching from another podcast player, it's easy to import your current subscriptions in OPML file format.Stream content directly to your phone or download episodes to listen offline. Choose to only download content over wifi to avoid using cellular data.Podcast Guru gives listeners powerful features for free that other podcast managers charge for, including sleep timer and variable speed playback.Respects your system preferences - or configure to suit your mood.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and demonstrates a new feature in iOS 16 that provides a customisable time window during which you have the opportunity to change your mind after you send an email.
With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later, you can schedule times to receive a summary of notifications each day so you can catch up when it's convenient for you. The summary is personalised to you and ordered by priority based on how you use your apps. The most relevant notifications will appear at the top.In this podcast, Thomas Domville walks us through the process of setting up a notification summary and shows us how they appear in the Notifications Center.To schedule a notification summary:Go to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary, then turn on Scheduled Summary.Under Apps in Summary, select the apps you want to include in your notification summary.Under Schedule, tap the Add button to add a new schedule or the Remove button to remove a schedule. Then adjust the time for each scheduled summary you've set up.To add new apps to the summary, go back to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary and select the apps under Apps in Summary. Each app will appear with a number, which is the average number of notifications you receive from that app each day.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville demonstrates Parcel - Delivery Tracking, an iOS app that enables you to access tracking information for 300 delivery services, including UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT, LaserShip, Aramex, OnTrac, China Post, Amazon Logistics and many other carriers.You can use its widgets to see your upcoming deliveries and the share extension to add a new delivery directly from any other app.Amazon integration in Parcel allows you to get your packages added automatically from your Amazon account. Once an order is shipped, it will appear in Parcel.Some features, such as push notifications and tracking more than 3 deliveries are limited to premium subscribers. Current price for the premium subscription is $4.99 per year, and may vary from country to country.
With iOS 16, Apple added a new feature for AirPods users called Personalized Spatial Audio. According to Apple, “with Personalised Spatial Audio, the AirPods listening experience is even more immersive,” as you perceive sound individually, based on the size and shape of your head and ears.Personalized Spatial Audio does this by using the TrueDepth camera on an iPhone to analyze the shape of your ears in three dimensions and use this mapping to create a personal sound profile that's tuned just for you. In this podcast, Thomas Domville talks us through and demonstrates the process of mapping your face and ears.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and demonstrates the relocation of the audio messages function in iOS 16. This is now accessed by a iMessage app in the Messages app dock, rather than a button next to the text field where you type your message.
In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to The Klaxo Radio Hour, a free audio-based interactive narrative experience for iOS set in a 1940s radio.Description:Pull up a chair and grab a friend for radio's newest detective: Sandra McCall as Kat Keene, Investigator! Kat is a woman with a knack for finding trouble... and she'll need your help to get out of it! You can navigate the branching story by tuning to different radio channels. Can you help Kat crack her case? Only true sleuths will discover what lurks on the 'empty' channels... and how to solve the radio's curse!Now offering a rare chance to be a part of radio history! Presented by Klaxo effervescent tablets. If life's got you down, you might as well be six feet under... without a Klaxo!
In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville, Randy Rusnak, and Mike Malarsie discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:Post Discussion on the Apple Far Out Event (00:11:42)Apple October Event: New iPad Pro, iPad 10, M2 Macs, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura (00:22:55)Thoughts on the iOS 16 and other iOS News (00:29:56)iPhone hardware subscription service still in the works by Apple, could launch later this year (00:40:50)Apple Pay Later could be delayed to 2023 as it faces ‘significant technical and engineering challenges' (00:44:08)Mailbag (00:46:24)What's in this month AppleVis News (01:00:21)Links:Here's everything Apple announced at its ‘Far Out' iPhone eventUpcoming Apple product announcements could come as press releases, not an October EventApple October Event: New iPad Pro, iPad 10, M2 Macs, iPadOS 16, and macOS VenturaWhat's New in iOS 16 Accessibility for Blind and Deafblind usersThe Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 16 for Blind and Low Vision UsersApple Releases iOS 16.0.2 With Bug Fixes for iPhone 14 Pro Camera Vibration, Copy/Paste Issue and MoreApple Releases iOS 12.5.6 Update for Older iPhones and iPads With Vulnerability FixesiPhone hardware subscription service still in the works by Apple, could launch later this yearApple Pay Later could be delayed to 2023 as it faces ‘significant technical and engineering challenges'Three Apple headsets reportedly in development, first product to be called ‘Apple Reality Pro'Pitch Black A Dusk light StoryYou can email the Unleashed team with feedback or questions at firstname.lastname@example.orgAlternatively, you can leave a voice message for the team by calling 1-816-774-1668 (note that this is a United States number, so call charges may apply depending upon your call plan and location).
In this podcast, Thomas Domville takes us deep in to Focus, an iOS feature that helps you reduce distractions and set boundaries. When you want to concentrate on a specific activity, you can customize one of the provided Focus options—for example Work, Personal, or Sleep—or create a custom Focus. You can use Focus to temporarily silence all notifications, or allow only specific notifications—ones that apply to your task, for example—and let other people and apps know you're busy.More information on Focus is available from this Apple Support page.