Author: Jonathan Mosen

An open letter to Tim Cook, about those Blindfold Games. Surely one of your departments has gone rogue?

Note, this matter has concluded with an excellent outcome. As Marty from Blindfold Games writes on his blog, Apple has put things right.     Dear Mr Cook, a few days ago, I mentioned you in a tweet in which I praised your team members who had clearly put considerable thought into the Face ID …

Read More An open letter to Tim Cook, about those Blindfold Games. Surely one of your departments has gone rogue?

iPhone X, a blind person’s getting started guide

Background Since iPhone X was released, I’ve received numerous emails asking me questions about what it’s like to use one, and especially how Face ID works. There’s still a lot of misunderstanding out there about Face ID and in particular the implications of disabling the require attention function. While we offer one-on-one training and publish …

Read More iPhone X, a blind person’s getting started guide

I’m amazed! My iPhone X has my attention

When Apple announced iPhone X in September, some totally blind users of the product were concerned that we may be excluded from the next big leap in biometric authentication, Face ID. When it comes to experiential paradigm shifts, I think Apple has done enough to earn our trust in this regard, but I was curious …

Read More I’m amazed! My iPhone X has my attention

Bullied by a thief, pirate threatens legal action against me

A couple of days ago, I blogged about being made aware of the organised theft and redistribution of my intellectual property. I thought long and hard about whether to publish the post, and decided to do so for several reasons. First, it gave me the opportunity to communicate how hurtful these acts are for the …

Read More Bullied by a thief, pirate threatens legal action against me

How do some people sleep at night? Blind people ripping off other blind people

Recently on The Blind Side podcast, I was honoured to be able to conduct a fascinating interview with professor Stephen Lockley of Harvard University about non-24. That’s the condition that makes it difficult for many of us in the blind community to maintain consistent sleeping patterns. Perhaps that’s not the only reason some people are …

Read More How do some people sleep at night? Blind people ripping off other blind people

My address to the Blind Citizens Australia convention, “Making the most of Emerging Technologies”

Prologue Sometimes, the technology gods just like to play with you. I’ve seen it when people have practiced and practiced a demo, only to see it go horribly wrong when it really counts. When the tech gods want to play with you, you must either laugh at yourself and the situation, or hope that a …

Read More My address to the Blind Citizens Australia convention, “Making the most of Emerging Technologies”

Announcing the Accessible Phones for the Blind email group

Back in the days of Symbian and Windows mobile, Talks and MobileSpeak, I operated a popular email group called BlindPhones. We actively encouraged product comparisons on the list, so not only could you compare the different platforms and discuss how accessible they were, you could compare screen readers for those platforms. It was a handy …

Read More Announcing the Accessible Phones for the Blind email group

Cupertino, we have a design problem

I read a lot of technology news, and share some of the more interesting titbits of it on the Mosen Consulting Twitter account. Since iOS 11’s release, I’ve been reading numerous articles espousing the view that Apple is no longer producing products with the consistency of design that they once did. The argument goes that …

Read More Cupertino, we have a design problem

We’re unboxing Apple things later today on our podcast

I hope you’re enjoying the many benefits of iOS 11, and managing to cope with its few, (hopefully very short-lived), serious bugs. Thanks to the magic of time zones, it’s already 22 September in New Zealand. This means that New Zealanders will very shortly be getting their hands on new Apple hardware. Still on the …

Read More We’re unboxing Apple things later today on our podcast