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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 48: May 2016

This month:

  • In the first of two segments devoted to the social network Twitter, and continuing from our chat with Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick on the April edition, Stuart demonstrates how to use Twitter on a PC. We discuss some of the available Twitter clients and show you one of them.
  • Rebecca Lenehan is a second year Biomedical Engineering student at the National University of Ireland Galway, and, along with some of her classmates, she has developed a very interesting variant of the long cane. Rebecca also has a personal interest in this area, as you'll hear on the podcast.
  • Finally, we meet Maria Pileidi, who is totally blind and living in Dublin. We find out a little about Maria and then discuss her use of the Android operating system. You'll find out what Maria uses, as well as what she likes and doesn't like about Android.
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Technology Podcast Episode 47: April 2016

This month:

  • Dave Nason is with Stuart to talk about his ‘Month with Android’ experiment, which he has just completed and documented on his blog. We’ll hear what worked well and what didn’t for Dave, who is an iPhone user.
  • Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick, NCBI’s Corporate Engagement Executive is with Stuart to talk about Twitter. We learn what it is, how it can be useful and some of Amie’s top tips to make your Twitter experience a good one!
  • Brian Hartgen is here, fresh from this year’s CSUN assistive Technology Conference in San Diego.
    We hear some of Brian’s top finds from this year’s event, including ElBraille, Humanware’s new BrailleNote Touch, the new Orbit Reader 20 Braille display and the Amazon Fire Tablet.
  • Finally, we have some information from the Newbridge Computer Club, about their next meeting which is taking place on April 22nd.

Technology Podcast Episode 46: March 2016

This month:

  • Stuart has information on a technology course, being run under the ‘BenefIT’ funding scheme by NCBI, over two Saturdays in April.
  • We meet William Campbell, producer of ‘Here’s How’, Ireland’s political, social and current affairs podcast, which is well worth subscribing to!
  • NCBI’s Chief Technical Support Officer Paul Traynor is back with us to answer a number of questions that we’ve received recently about Windows 10.
  • Finally, Stuart is meeting Jemin Joseph, who has produced a unique Braille device as part of this year’s BT Young Scientist competition.

Technology Podcast Episode 45: February 2016

This month:

  • We meet Sky Mundell, a totally blind gentleman living and working in British Columbia. Sky is involved in an interesting project to increase awareness of the window-Eyes screen reader and tells us about it. He also explains the differences between the free Window-Eyes for Office offering and the fully paid version of the screen reader.
  • We bring you information about an Assistive Technology evening hosted by University College Cork on February 10th and some exciting news from the Newbridge computer Club about a new set of meetings to assist those with iPhones or other touch screen devices.
  • Sharon Lyons is back to start a series of shortcut sessions all about the internet.
  • Finally, Stuart meets Deirdre Hughes and Alaidh Fox, two students from Claregalway College, who participated in this year’s Young Scientist exhibition, and won a number of prizes!

Technology Podcast Episode 44: January 2016

This month:

  • In one of our lifestyle slots, we meet Bobbie Hickey, a young lady full of energy and with an enthusiasm for life that is somewhat infectious! Bobbie tells us about a recent TEDx talk that she delivered and it is well worth watching.
  • Dave Nason is here to tell us all about the new Apple TV (4th generation) which was launched late last year.
  • Finally, Stuart is chatting with Brian Hartgen about the Sonos range of audio devices. These are an audio enthusiasts dream and Brian has written a very concise review on his website which is well worth reading.

Technology Podcast Episode 43: December 2015

This month:

  • Niall Gallagher makes a welcome return to tell us about TTS Guides, a new website and training service that he's just launched.
    Niall has a very special Christmas gift for listeners to our Technology Podcast, if you use the code PODCAST2015 when making any purchases on his website.
  • Stuart is catching up with Accessibility Consultant Josh O'Connor, who has recently started his own company. Josh talks about developments and challenges in the area of accessibility and has some particularly positive news for those of us who may find airline websites difficult to use.
  • Finally, Stuart is talking with Arjun Mali and Bin Liu, co-founders of iMercive Technologies, a Canadian company who have recently announced details of BuzzClip, a new piece of wearable assistive technology, coming in early 2016.

Technology Podcast Episode 42: November 2015

This month:

  • Our Group CEO Chris White joins Stuart to tell us about the new NCBI mobile app, which is now available for Android and iOS. We welcome your feedback so please test it out and let us know what you think!
  • Stuart attends the launch of Abair, the Irish speech synthesiser and speaks with Ronan McGuirk and Christoph Wendler, two of the key people behind the project.
  • Sharon Lyons returns to talk about file attachments and how to manage them.
  • Finally, Stuart speaks with Melanie Leamey, who came to Ireland from Germany in 2010 and has started her own business.

Technology Podcast Episode 41: October 2015

This month:

Technology Podcast Episode 40: September 2015

This month:

  • We start with information on NCBI’s DigiPlace4All seminar, which is taking place on Friday September 18th.
  • Niall Gallagher is with Stuart to talk about using Microsoft Office products on iOS, which he has also written about on his blog.
  • Paul Traynor, NCBI’s Chief technical Support Officer is with us to talk about Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system, and points us towards a really useful blog post written by Darragh Ó Héiligh.
  • Sharon Lyons is back for another round of shortcuts, this time, we’re looking at email basics.
  • Dominique Farrell, a long-time listener to our podcast is with Stuart to talk a little about herself and the technology she uses.
  • Finally, if you’ve ever wanted a way to easily identify the photos on your iPhone, Stuart has a quick tip!

Technology Podcast Episode 39: August 2015

This month:

  • Ed Rogers from Bristol Braille Technology makes a welcome return to give us an update on development of the Canute, which we spoke about at length on February 2015's podcast. There's also info on how you can get a chance to try out the Canute for yourself, so please get in touch if you'd like to do just that.
  • Stuart catches up with Collyn Kenny, NCBI's Information Systems Manager, and finds out a little about Collyn and the work he does.
  • Sharon Lyons is back this time to talk about copying, moving and backing up files and folders.
  • Finally, Stuart meets John O'Regan, who is living in Cork and who has set up a blog called The A11y Files.
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