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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.
- 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.
- We announce details of NCBI's Assistive Technology Roadshow, which is visiting Wexford, Athlone and Dublin, on Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of October.
- We meet Daniel Novak, who is telling us about a new Android application called BlindShell, which provides a simplified interface for your mobile device.
- Sean Randall is along to talk about and demonstrate the Chromecast, which allows you to stream content from a range of online sources to your home entertainment system.
- We meet Mark Nelson from My Digital Apex, a company who are producing a fantastic suite of training material for a number of software packages and platforms.
- Finally, James Gashel from KNFB Reading Technologies is here to tell us all about the soon-to-be released KNFB Reader for iOS.
- Kerie Doyle is here to talk about the Visually Impaired computer Society of Ireland (VICS) and their up-coming technology weekend and AGM, which takes place in Mayo from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September. If you wish to get more information you can send an email to Kerie.
- Stuart is speaking to Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management with Freedom Scientific, who is telling us about the latest enhancements in the soon to be released JAWS Screen reader, version 16.
- We're joined by Brian Hartgen and Lulu Keel, who are talking about and demonstrating a new and very exciting product called Leasey.
- Finally, Maria de la Puente joins us on Skype from Holland, to talk about a new iOS app called SoundFace, to make Facebook easier to use.
- We're joined by Mark Magennis, director of the Centre for Inclusive Technology at NCBI, who is discussing the results of a recent survey of blind and low vision users of mobile phones.
- Stuart introduces a website called Blindy TV, which allows you to listen to a range of audio described programming, across a number of genres.
- We meet Dr. Ganesh Ramachandran, a lecturer at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, who talks about his own work, and gives us some inkling into the future of technology.
- We have information on this year's Sight Village assistive technology exhibition and a reminder of NCBI's first ever seminar with Freedom Scientific on Friday 18th July.
- Finally, Dave Nason is with Stuart to introduce us to the new RNIB Navigator app and discuss some recent updates to BlindSquare GPS.
- As our podcast turns two, we reminisce and play you the beginning of our very first episode, from June 2012.
- We meet students and instructors who are part of an exciting new training initiative in NCBI called 'BenefIT'.
- Ronan McGuirk joins Stuart to talk about the implementation of refreshable Irish Braille in the free and open source screen reader NVDA. Ronan is very anxious to have the new Irish Braille code tested by users of NVDA, and you can contact him directly if you'd like to get involved.
- We visit the Sight City assistive technology exhibition in Frankfurt, and meet Solomon, from HIMS, who is telling us about their latest Braille products.
- Finally, Kerie Doyle is with Stuart to draw the winner of our first ever technology podcast competition.
- David Nason is with Stuart to talk about Jailbreaking your iOS device. We learn what Jailbreaking is and talk about some of the possible advantages.
- Mark Courtney, a final year Computer Science student at the Dublin Institute of Technology is chatting with Stuart about a new app which could prove extremely useful to blind users traveling to a new location for the first time.
- We continue our look at the Microsoft Surface Pro, this time, using the touch screen gestures in conjunction with Jaws.
- Our communications manager Fionnuala Murphy is with Stuart to talk about NCBI's first ever iOS app, called AMD Aware.
- Finally, we announce our first ever technology podcast competition, to celebrate our second birthday.
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.