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NCBI Technology Podcast

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.

 

You can browse the archive and show notes from this page, or you can subscribe to our RSS feed to have our monthly episodes downloaded automatically.

 

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for future podcasts, please do not hesitate to contact Stuart Lawler our podcast editor.

 

Technology Podcast Episode 38: July 2015

This month:

  • We begin with a reminder about Sight Village 2015, which is taking place later this month in Birmingham.
  • We've an important announcement relating to the imminent arrival of Microsoft's Windows 10 from Collyn Kenny in our Tech Support department.
  • Sharon Lyons is back to talk more shortcuts, this time, we're looking at how to navigate amongst files and folders, and, we find out why Sharon has less hair than she did on the last episode! If you'd like to know more, here's how it all happened!
  • Saleem Rahman is back with Stuart to analyse this year's Apple WWDC event, at which the much awaited Apple Music was finally unveiled.
  • Finally, Stuart meets Conor McGuire, a newly recruited NCBI technology volunteer. Conor has created a really exciting online social group, so please check it out if you'd like to get involved.
Audio file: 
podcast_july_2015.mp3

Technology Podcast Episode 37: June 2015

This month:

  • Sharon Lyons returns to give us a couple of handy shortcuts which will help when saving files.
  • Stuart catches up with Daniel Novak from BlindShell, at the Sight City Assistive Technology exhibition in Germany. BlindShell have made some changes to their product, which offers a simplified user interface for those blind or low vision people using Android.
  • We attend the community launch event for the DigiPlace4All project, which is coordinated by NCBI. We meet a number of people who are getting involved with this new and exciting on-line community, as well as hearing from members of staff from NCBI and some highlights of presentations given at the launch event.
  • Finally, we bring you the audio from an on-line video featuring NCBI Service User Daniel Daly, who is talking about how he uses technology in the classroom.
Audio file: 
podcast_june_2015.mp3

Technology Podcast Episode 36: May 2015

This month:

  • Stuart mentions the recently introduced audio description service on Netflix and gives us a taste of what is currently available.
  • We meet Mobeen Iqbal, who is part of a small group of people who run a weekly helpline to support users of technology, Braille and to answer general questions on living with sight loss.
    You can contact the helpline each Monday evening, between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm Irish time by dialling 090 646 4162, and, when connected, dial 219-030-76.
  • Sharon Lyons is here for the next instalment in the popular Sharon’s Shortcuts feature, this time, telling us all about formatting text.
  • We’re delighted to welcome Brian Hartgen back once again, and he’s telling us about Hartgen Consultancy's Summer scripting course as well as updating us on the latest version of LEASEY.
  • Finally, we hear an excerpt from a presentation given by Dr. Mark Magennis, at the AHEAD Annual Conference, which took place in March.
Audio file: 
podcast_may_2015.mp3

Technology Podcast Episode 35: April 2015

This month:

  • We meet Barry McDermott, one of a group of students at the national University of Ireland, Galway, who have come up with an ingenious solution to a particular problem for some blind people.
  • Gary Worn is an NCBI volunteer, living in Newbridge, and tells us about his work supporting blind and low vision people in Kildare.
  • Rich Cavallaro introduces us to the VarioUltra, one of the hot products at this year's CSUN Assistive Technology conference, in San Diego.
  • Sharon Lyons is back for the second instalment of our newly launched feature 'Sharon's Shortcuts', this time, looking at a range of handy keystrokes available in Microsoft Word.
  • Finally, we're joined by Martin Lawlor, who is here to demonstrate the Blaze EZ OCR Multi-Player, from Hims.

Technology Podcast Episode 34: March 2015

This month:

  • We’re joined by our Technical support Officer Paul Traynor, who talks about his work, how best to use our telephone support service and also some of the tools that can help you find answers to common questions, such as Paul’s Visually Impaired Students email list.
  • We meet Steve Crawford, founder of Azabat, a company specialising in the development of accessible computer games and much more.
  • NCBI Technology trainer Sharon Lyons is with Stuart for the first instalment in a new series called Sharon’s Shortcuts. This month, we find out a few very handy tips when using Microsoft Word.
  • Finally, Stuart is joined by Cearbhall O’Meadhra, who is conducting a really interesting survey about Braille display usage in Ireland.

Technology Podcast Episode 33: February 2015

This month:

  • We meet Niall Gallagher, who is living in Sligo and has recently graduated with a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Limerick. We discuss Niall's use of technology and the importance of having good IT skills when accessing higher education.
  • Stuart is joined by Ed Rogers and Steph Tyszka, from Bristol Braille Technology, to talk about a new multi-line Braille reader called Canute.
  • We announce details of an information session run by INBAF, the Irish National braille and Alternative Formats Association, to introduce the Unified English Braille (UEB) and Updated Irish Braille (UIB) codes, taking place in Galway in early March.
  • Finally, Eleanor Burke joins Stuart from London, to discuss her use of technology, both screen magnification and screen reading, as well as OCR and particularly, the recently released KNFB Reader for iOS.

Technology Podcast Episode 32: January 2015

This month:

  • We meet Darren Reid from Dublin, who has just set up a new video blog. He talks a little about the process and what he hopes to achieve by running it.
  • We hear an interesting article from this year's Consumer Electronics Show, about a new set of speakers produced by Philips.
  • Stuart is demonstrating some of the functionality of Narrator, the built-in screen reader on Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Finally, we meet Pierre Gagne, who is part of a project that are creating an accessible computer game that can be played by blind and sighted people alike.

Technology Podcast Episode 31: December 2014

This month:

  • Stuart reports from NCBI's Technology Day, which took place in Claregalway College, on Saturday November 29th. The day was aimed at those in primary and secondary education, their parents, teachers and other support workers, by talking about and demonstrating new and emerging technology.
  • We re-visit Brian and Louise Hartgen, who have just released their latest product. Named LEASEY, it provides a huge range of tools to make computing far easier for beginner and more advanced users.
  • Finally, Stuart is demonstrating the recently released KNFB reader for iOS.

The NCBI Technology Podcast team would like to wish all our listeners a very happy Christmas, and all the best for the year ahead!

Technology Podcast Episode 30: November 2014

This month:

  • Stuart speaks with Natasha Beauharnais, marketing manager for GeorgiePhone, a family of accessible apps that can be downloaded and installed to an Android phone.
  • We meet Marco Zehe, who works as an accessibility engineer with Mozilla, and who is telling us about a fascinating experiment he undertook earlier in the Summer, entitled 30 Days With Android.
  • Finally, Dr. Mark Magennis, from NCBI's Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT) is here to give us an update on the European Union funded project called DICE, an introduce us to the project's new website, DigiPlace4All.

Technology Podcast Episode 29: October 2014

This month:

  • We begin with an update on NCBI's Assistive Technology roadshow, which is visiting Wexford, Athlone and Dublin later this month.
  • We meet David Woodbridge, who is talking about his recently published free E-book, entitled ' iSee - Getting the Most out of Your Apple Product’s from a Blind Person’s Perspective'. You can email David if you'd like to get a copy.
  • Stuart reports from this year's RNIB Techshare Conference, which took place in Glasgow, and we hear excerpts from two presentations given by Neil Heslop, director of RNIB Solutions, and Robin Spinks, Digital accessibility Manager at RNIB.
  • We're joined by Kerie Doyle, David Nason and Saleem Rahman, who are talking about changes in Apple's recently released iOS operating system, and the exciting new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.
    Amongst items referenced in this discussion are a list of new features in iOS 8 for accessibility, Frequently Asked Questions about iOS 8 and The Accessibility Bugs in iOS 8: From Serious To Minor.
  • Finally, we meet Rich Cavallaro, who works as a technology instructor, in the orientation centre of the Iowa Department for the Blind.
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