Category: Android

A review of Aira. What it is, how it works, and the ways it has changed my life

Author’s note. Due to the amount of interest in this post, I update it from time-to-time with additional information and experiences. If you would like to support keeping this post current, I’d be super grateful if, when joining Aira, you would use my referral link. Thanks so much. This post was last updated on 31 …

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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 …

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One Blind Guy’s Experience with Android. How accessible is it really?

Revision History 17 June 2016 Expanded on the use of OK Google Refined discussion of Focus Speech Audio   Introduction If you read this blog on a regular basis, you’ll already know that I enjoy playing with new technology. Since one of my roles here at Mosen Consulting is to train people in the use …

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Input on your Touch Screen: Is it Under your Thumbs, or at your Fingertips?

As I’ve said before on my blog and in some of my books, growing up when I did has given me an appreciation of how much change today’s assistive technology had delivered. I well remember having to memorise how many times you had to scroll through a menu on an inaccessible cell phone just to …

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My New Book, “Tweeting Blind”, is Now Available

Although “iOS 7 Without the Eye” was released in September, “Tweeting Blind” is actually the first tech-related book I wrote. It’s been a much bigger project, and I’m proud that it’s available today in a wide range of formats through the Mosen Consulting website and the National Braille Press. About the Book “Tweeting Blind” is …

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Interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand National

I’ve always enjoyed Kathryn Ryan’s interviewing style. So it was a pleasure to go into the Radio New Zealand Wellington studios today to meet her and talk accessibility to a mainstream audience. Her questions were excellent, and hopefully introduced more people to the notion of blind people being able to operate a wide variety of …

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Why I Want Android Accessibility to Succeed

Presently, I’m working on an exciting new project. To prepare for it, I bought a Google Nexus 7 tablet. This seems to be the way a number of blind people who want to experience Android have gone. The tablet is reasonably priced, it runs the latest version of Android, it’s the stock Android firmware, and …

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