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Welcome to NCBI's Technology Podcast.
Our monthly programmes which can be found on this page bring you the latest technical innovations from NCBI, as well as contributions from our listeners, interviews with Assistive Technology companies and tutorials and demonstrations showing products that our listeners are using.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for future podcasts, please do not hesitate to contact Stuart Lawler our podcast editor.
On Tuesday 8th April Microsoft officially retired Windows XP and will no longer support the operating system with security patches and general updates.
We know that lots of NCBI service users and listeners to our technology podcast have questions and concerns about how this end of support may impact on their use of Windows XP, and we have therefore produced this special Technology Podcast Extra.
Joining Stuart on Skype is NCBI's Technology Support Officer Paul Traynor who outlines some of the main issues to be considered, talks a little about what users of XP can do to keep their machines running safely and gives some recommendations for upgrades and alternative software solutions.
Amongst the offerings mentioned are AVG and Avast, both of which offer excellent protection free of charge against viruses and Kaspersky Internet Security 2014, a paid product which offers 'premium PC protection from all internet threats'.
If you have queries after listening to the podcast you can contact Paul Traynor by calling our tech support help line on 1850 92 30 60.
- BBC journalist Emma Tracey is with us following her trip to the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), in San Diego, California. There are lots of useful web resources relating to CSUN that are mentioned, including Curb Cut, who have produced a really thorough collection of presentations, people, and news happenings from the conference, a video from NBC where musician Stevie Wonder visits the exhibition and news on a new and exciting product called Blaze, from HIMS.
- Apple enthusiasts Kerie Doyle and David Nason are with us to talk about what's new and changed for Blind and Low Vision users in iOS 7.1, the latest release of Apple's mobile operating system.
- Stuart speaks with Sam Jewell, inventor of the Giraffe Stand, which provides a secure stand for your iPhone while it performs scanning and OCR. Derry Lawlor, who is a user of this device, follows Sam's interview with a quick demonstration.
- Finally, NCBI's Sharon Lyons is interviewing Stuart about his use of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet, which is now accessible with a number of windows-based screen readers, as well as with Microsoft's own Narrator screen access tool.
- Jonathan Mosen joins us from New Zealand, to tell us about his new company Appcessible.net, which offers a really innovative service to developers, who want to make sure that their Android and iOS apps are fully accessible.
- Independent radio producer Cathal Joyce is here to chair a panel discussion all about technology and people with low vision. Our panellists are Derbhile Graham, Oran O'Neill and Byron Lee, the creator of a new website called Low Vision Rants.
Our panellists discuss everything from using different magnification packages, to using a handheld magnifier to see your computer or mobile device's screen. some of their favourite websites and applications include Balabolka, which allows the conversion of documents into a variety of audio formats, Janetter, a very nice Twitter client which will certainly suit some users with low vision and finally High Contrast, a podcast produced by Serotek Corporation, which has lots of useful tips for low vision users of technology.
- Kerie Doyle is with us to talk about Fleksy VO, a recently released variant of the very popular Fleksy iOS app, which makes typing on your touch screen much easier.
- Stuart continues his series on accessing podcasts, this time demonstrating the use of Downcast, a really nice app for subscribing, listening to and managing podcasts on your iOS device.
- NCBI's Technical Support Officer Paul Traynor is with us to talk about the end-of-life for Windows XP and the recently announced Window-Eyes for Office, from GW Micro and Microsoft.
- Finally, Stuart meets DR. Esther Murphy, from the Centre For Inclusive Technology at NCBI, who is telling us all about a new initiative called DICE.
- we meet Daniel Britton, a transition year student from Donegal, who has created a blog all about low vision technology. He also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook and encourages anyone with low vision to get in touch with him.
- Stuart demonstrates two ways to access our podcast, either by streaming the audio from your computer, or subscribing to our RSS feed.
- We meet two students from St Benildus College, who have developed an accessible car racing game for this year's BT Young Scientist competition.
- Finally, Sean Randall joins us from the UK, to talk about some fantastic online courses available from the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired (CAVI)
- We meet Geraldine from Southern Optics, an Irish company based in Cork, who produce a range of handheld magnifiers, and who attended our recent Assistive Technology roadshow.
- David Nason is with us to give us a user's perspective on BlindSquare GPS, which we introduced on our November episode. David also tells us about his recently launched Youtube channel, which has lots of tips for blind and low vision users of Apple products.
- We catch up with Dave Salisbury from Dolphin Computer Access, who is telling us, amongst other things, about Dolphins' new large print keyboard.
- We meet Markus Boettner, who is totally blind, originally from Germany, and now living in Galway with his Irish wife. Markus is a technology enthusiast and tells us a little about his use of a range of hardware and software.
- We meet James from Enhanced Vision, a low vision company in the UK, who specialise in electronic low vision aids.
- Finally, we're delighted to catch up once again with Ellis from VisionAid, who produce low vision and OCR solutions with speech and magnification.
The NCBI Technology Podcast team would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas, and all the best for the year ahead!
- we talk to Kerie Doyle, our mobile phone trainer, who introduces us to the Alto Gold, now available from NCBI's Equipment Shop.
- We meet Ilkka Pirttimaa, a software developer living in Finland, and the creator of the BlindSquare iOS app.
- Joanna Siadul from our Equipment shop is here to chat about some new Doro mobile phones, which are particularly useful for people with low vision.
- We explore the world of Kindle, show you how to buy books, and read them on your iOS device, before interviewing our group CEO Des Kenny, who has recently published his own volume of poetry on the kindle store.
- Finally, we're catching up with Elisa from Sight and Sound, one of the exhibitors who attended our recent Assistive Technology Roadshow.
- We have information on NCBI's Assistive Technology Road Show, which is visiting three cities on October 23rd, 24th and 25th.
- Kerie Doyle and David Nason are here to talk about all the changes in Apple's recently released iOS 7 operating system.
- We catch up with Martin Roberts from Humanware Europe, who has news on some of their newest Braille products.
- Stuart continues his review of Windows 8, this time, looking at the operating system using the Jaws screen reader.
- Finally, Róisín Mulligan, Technology Trainer with NCBI in Dundalk, is with us to talk about a recent awards ceremony, for participants involved in the Sensory Engagement Project (SEP).
- Eloise Cahill reports from the recent NCBI Focus day, where Dolphin Computer Access and Optelec UK were showing some of their latest products.
- We speak with Jamie Pauls and Lisa Salinger from Serotek Corporation, who are telling us about the Socialiser, which offers easy access to social networks and on-line services, including Skype, Facebook and Twitter. Serotek have produced a very comprehensive tutorial that takes you step-by-step through the Socialiser and how to get the most from it.
- We hear highlights from a presentation given at Sight Village Birmingham by Mike May, president and CEO of Sendero Group, who tells us about accessible GPS.
- Finally, Terry Clasper from Optelec UK is showing us the new EasyLink 12 Touch Braille display.
On this month's episode
- We hear details of an Information Technology day which is being hosted by NCBI on Friday 30th August.
- David Nason is along to review the Logitech K760 Bluetooth keyboard, which allows you to pair up to three devices at one time.
- Dónal Fitzpatrick, Brian Hartgen, Kerie Doyle and Neil Jarvis are back with us for another roundtable discussion about recent developments, in both the mainstream and Assistive technology space. Amongst the items discussed are accessibility in the Kindle app for iOS, an interesting blog post about the lack of innovation in screen readers and a new product called Synapptic, which makes using an Android device much easier.
- Finally, Eric Damery, Vice President of software product management with Freedom Scientific is with us to talk about new features in Jaws version 15.