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New Zealand’s Lack of Accessibility Options A Good Reason to Beat Geoblocking

Public relations 101. What do you do when you have unpalatable news that you’d like to stay under the radar as much as possible? One of the oldest tricks in the book is to release it just ahead of a long weekend, especially one of the few days where a newspaper isn’t going to be …

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Does an Apple Watch have a place in your life, and on your wrist?

Apple has today concluded an event they called “Spring Forward” – a somewhat odd name given that Apple does have a large number of customers for whom autumn, not spring, is just beginning, and our clocks are falling back. The event was quite substantial. Those of us who follow Apple news have known that the …

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Life After Audioboom. There’s Still a Need for Social Audio

Following Audioboom’s decision last week to prevent those who go to its website from hearing content unless a user has an account and logs in, I deleted my Audioboom account today. It’s been a gradually souring relationship, to be honest. In my view, last year Audioboom turned its back on its original user-base, people using …

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On Radio new Zealand, I talk Be My Eyes, TapTapSee, and KNFB Reader

Simon Morton hosts a great show on Radio New Zealand National called This Way Up. It’s an eclectic weekly programme with a science and technology focus. Simon paid me a visit earlier this week, and I talked about and demonstrated Be My Eyes, KNFB Reader, and TapTapSee. These are three iOS apps that use the …

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Unless they reverse course, I’m done with Audioboom

It looks like I am about to say goodbye to a service on which I’ve created content for around four years. I first became aware of the service known until recently as Audioboo, when British broadcaster Tony Blackburn began posting “boos” from his iPhone. It seemed like the kind of service blind people would really …

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iOS 8’s Speak Screen Feature. Listen to iBooks with your Screen Locked and More

A client of mine is a student who uses iBooks a lot. He was getting frustrated with not having a method to listen to iBooks without locking the screen and without notifications interrupting the book. After I showed him how this was possible using the speak screen feature, he suggested I do an audio presentation …

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iOS Public Betas a Great Start, but only Part of the Solution

In January, I was pleased to see some excellent opinion pieces by, among others, two people named Marco. Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper and developer of the superb Overcast podcast client for iOS, finally confronted the iElephant in the iRoom. Apple’s quality control, particularly when it comes to software, has slipped to the point that …

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Grass Roots Health Hacking. I Haven’t Felt this Good in 20 years

I seem to be going through a phase at present where I’m writing posts a little different from those that normally appear in this blog. However, while this one may appear a bit out of the ordinary, it does have a blindness connection and a technology connection. Technology has changed the way we engage with …

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NZ Cricket Fans are Shamefully Served by Radio Sport

Most of the posts I write here are intended for people with an interest in blindness technology. I hope this one will be of interest to a far wider audience, because quality radio coverage of cricket has been a Kiwi tradition and expectation for generations. As a blind person, the Sky coverage isn’t as enjoyable …

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“iOS 8 Without the Eye” is now in the iBooks Store

The iOS without the Eye series is by far the most popular Mosen Consulting title. The two current books in the series, for iOS 7 and iOS 8, are available from Mosen Consulting in a range of formats, from National Braille Press in hardcopy Braille and other formats, and its success means we’re now rolling …

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