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The Blind Side Podcast 87, Rich De Steno, lawyer, game developer and now musician, and what do you want to see in iOS 12 and other next generation Apple software?

Rich De Steno is one of those people who has put into practice the adage that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. As a lawyer by profession, he found there wasn’t an accessible version of a game he wanted to play, so he taught himself how to code in the …

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The Blind Side Podcast 86, in loving memory of Marlaina Lieberg

Marlaina Lieberg has made so many contributions to the blind community that it’s hard to know how to describe her. Internet broadcasting icon, advocate, technologist, and the list goes on. One way to summarise her immense contribution is to say that whatever she did, she made a difference. Sadly, marlaina Lieberg died last week. In …

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The Blind Side Podcast 85, The Daily Fibre Premium podcast. What it is, why we’re doing it, how to get it and a free demo episode.

Following many requests, The Daily Fibre, the technology news show Jonathan Mosen produces for Mushroom FM, is available as a podcast. Producing it is time-consuming, and that’s why it’s been made a premium podcast, costing just a quarter per episode, $5 USD per month. Jonathan discusses how this podcast came about, what it contains, and …

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The Blind Side Podcast 84, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. how to get it now, summary and demonstrations of some new features

Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update will be coming to a PC near you very soon. It’s available now if you’d like to be an early adopter. Visit the Windows download page to get started. Jonathan Mosen discusses new features in the Windows 10 April 2018 update, demonstrating Timeline, Focus Assist, and some cool new …

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The Blind Side Podcast 83, federal hands are off Canadian harnesses, write Alexa skills without knowing a line of code using Amazon Blueprints

In the previous episode, we led with the breaking news that the Canadian General Standards Board has abandoned plans to adopt a federal standard for service dog animals, following a widespread backlash. Jonathan Mosen speaks with Yvonne Peters and Tom Dekker, who played critical roles in this successful advocacy campaign. Even if you’re not directly …

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The Blind Side Podcast 82, victory for Canadian guide dog handlers, Braille readers give their testimonies, should the sighted give up their seats for us, and Pam MacNeill from Disability Responsiveness New Zealand

We lead with the breaking news that the Canadian General Standards Board has abandoned its proposed service dogs standards, covered extensively in episode 43 of this podcast. Many listeners emailed or called with feedback about the difference Braille has made to their lives. We include a selection of the comments. We learn about new legislation …

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The Blind Side Podcast 81, En-Vision America, deleting Facebook, and long live Braille

Jonathan has a couple of new gadgets. A new Samsung wireless charger that allows the iPhone X to be upright which helps with Face ID, and a Bluetooth transmitter dongle that he hopes will help him and Bonnie to use Aira at the same time. He describes both cool new toys. To subscribe to the …

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The Blind Side Podcast 80, Microsoft Research brings Virtual reality to the blind with Canetroller, and are we blind people, or people who are blind?

Microsoft has delivered some innovative new products to blind people in recent times. We’ve talked about Seeing AI and Soundscape on the podcast before. Now, Microsoft researchers are considering how virtual reality, a technology many of us think of as inherently visual, might be put to use in a blindness context. The Canetroller just might …

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The Blind Side Podcast 79, comprehensive summary of Apple’s Let’s Take a field trip event, CSUN observations, Aira revolutionising our lives

We’re pleased to unveil our new listener line for The Blind Side Podcast. Want to have your say? Call us any time and leave a message, on (719) 270-5114 We begin with information, hot off the press at time of publication, about all that Apple has announced today at its education-focused event in Chicago. Jonathan …

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The Blind Side Podcast 78, Rica report on inaccessible gym equipment, Andrew Kranichfeld hopes to set up a dating service for disabled people

Based in the UK, Rica is an organisation conducting research with a focus on the needs of disabled people and seniors. They’ve produced a report thanks to the sponsorship of the Thomas Pocklington Trust on the inaccessibility of gym equipment to blind people. If you’ve splashed out on that membership and turned up ready to …

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