Accessible Android Apps October 2016

This is a list of the apps that I use on my Samsung Note 5, thankfully no exploding batteries with this phone. I use a Logitech K380 Bluetooth keyboard and the default key map in TalkBack.
I also use touch or some combination of touch and keyboard, this makes these apps accessible to me.

Acapela TTS Voices



Amazon Kindle


AquaMail Pro Unlocker


Arcus Pro Key



chomp SMS

Clipper Sync Plugin


Colossal Cave Adventure



File Commander

Freemotion change

Google Opinion Rewards

IDEAL Currency Identifier



KNFB Reader


Music Folder Player Full

My App List

Nearby Explorer Online

NFC Labeler

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher Prime

Pocket Casts

Pro Weather Alert

Scanner Radio Pro

Screen off ultra quick timeout

Sex Offenders Search






TuneIn Radio Pro




Vocalizer Voices

Get started with Narrator in Windows 10

I got this via twitter from the Microsoft Accessibility group.
I’m just passing it along, share it with anyone who would benefit from the information. To access this great resource go to:

Here is a shortened link to the same page:

Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10. This guide describes how to use Narrator with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on desktop PCs, providing you with enough info to start exploring Windows, using apps, and browsing the web. It’s written for those who use a screen reader regularly.

What’s New in NVDA 2016.3

NVDA provides the key to education and employment for many blind people. It also provides access to social networking, online shopping, banking and news.
NVDA works with Microsoft Windows. You can download it to your PC, or to a USB stick which you can use with any computer.
Normally screen readers are expensive, making them unaffordable for many blind people. NVDA is free. It’s been downloaded 70,000+ times, in 43 languages.

You can download NVDA a free & open source screen reading program from:

A great resource for NVDA add-ons can be found at:

What’s New in NVDA
Highlights of this release include the ability to disable individual add-ons; support for form fields in Microsoft Excel; significant improvements to reporting of colors; fixes and improvements related to several braille displays; and fixes and improvements to support for Microsoft Word. New Features
• Browse mode can now be used to read PDF documents in Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. (#5740)
• Strikethrough and double-strikethrough are now reported if appropriate in Microsoft Word. (#5800)
• In Microsoft Word, the title of a table is now reported if one has been provided. If there is a description, it can be accessed using the open long description command (NVDA+d) in browse mode. (#5943)
• In Microsoft Word, NVDA now reports position information when moving paragraphs (alt+shift+downArrow and alt+shift+upArrow). (#5945)
• In Microsoft Word, line spacing is now reported via NVDA’s report formatting command, when changing it with various Microsoft word shortcut keys, and when moving to text with different line spacing if Report Line Spacing is turned on in NVDA’s Document Formatting Settings. (#2961) • In Internet Explorer, HTML5 structural elements are now recognised. (#5591)
• Reporting of comments (such as in Microsoft Word) can now be disabled via a Report Comments checkbox in NVDA’s Document Formatting settings dialog. (#5108)
• It is now possible to disable individual add-ons in the Add-ons Manager. (#3090)
• Additional key assignments have been added for ALVA BC640/680 series braille displays. (#5206)
• There is now a command to move the braille display to the current focus. Currently, only the ALVA BC640/680 series has a key assigned to this command, but it can be assigned manually for other displays in the Input Gestures dialog if desired. (#5250)
• In Microsoft Excel, you can now interact with form fields. You move to form fields using the Elements List or single letter navigation in browse mode. (#4953)
• You can now assign an input gesture to toggle simple review mode using the Input Gestures dialog. (#6173) Changes
• NVDA now reports colors using a basic well-understood set of 9 color hues and 3 shades, with brightness and paleness variations. This is rather than using more subjective and less understood color names. (#6029)
• The existing NVDA+F9 then NVDA+F10 behavior has been modified to select text on the first press of F10. When F10 is pressed twice (in quick succession) the text is copied to the clipboard. (#4636) • Updated eSpeak NG to version Master 11b1a7b (22 June 2016). (#6037) #6037)

Google TalkBack & External Keyboard – A Wonderful Accessible Experience

I don’t know if this new world of accessibility when using TalkBack and an external keyboard started in the latest update to TalkBack or if it was the previous update.
Either way, I didn’t think to make a change in the Key Map for TalkBack until the recent update and wow what a world it has opened for me.

First, lets go change the key map.
The method to get to the TalkBack settings might be slightly different on your device but here is how I get there on my Note 5. Open settings and go to accessibility.
Scroll down to TalkBack and double tap.
Tap on settings in the upper right corner.
Scroll down to the Miscellaneous section and double tap on Manage Keyboard Shortcuts. Double tap on Choose A Keymap.
You will want to change this setting to Default instead of Classic.
You can browse the list of keyboard commands in this area too, its a great place to go back to in case you forget a keyboard shortcut.

While you are in the TalkBack settings make sure that Speak Usage Hints is turned on. TalkBack will tell you when you should press alt Enter to go into edit mode in order to type inside an edit box or if you should press alt enter on an item to activate it.

Now you can use an external keyboard and navigate apps with ease. I use the alt and one of the arrow keys to move around in an app. Alt left or right and Alt up or down.
The tab key is also useful for moving around in an app. You’ll need to try and find what works best for you within a particular app.

I had someone tell me that you cannot use a keyboard in the Uber app to set the address for your location. I told that person they are wrong. Just move around the app with the alt and arrow keys until you are in the area to set your pickup location. At the top is an edit box. Listen to Talkback, if you need to press alt enter to interact with the contents of that edit box, it will tell you.
You can select all with control a and then press the backspace key to clear the edit box.
Now just type in your current address or if you are at a restaurant or store, just type in the name of where you are. You might have to double tap on the one you are at, if the Uber app finds more than one location.
You can use a keyboard to select your level of service and set your destination address too.

The Uber app as well as most others work great with TalkBack and an external keyboard. The few exceptions I’ve found are in a text message app. I had to tap on the screen to send a text to someone that I’ve sent or received a message with recently, but that is no big deal.
Also with the text message app I was using, I had to double tap on send. I’ve recently went back to Chomp SMS and don’t have those issues.

So for those Android users who prefer to use a keyboard, go make those changes and learn a great new way to use an Android device that is very accessible.

NUT Meeting Saturday September 10, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 AM

The next NUT (Northland Users of Technology) meeting will be on Saturday September 10, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

We meet in the Club Room inside Hy-Vee on NW 64th street in Kansas City. Kansas City #3 Hy-Vee
Located on NW 64th Street (Highway 45), west of I-29/Highway 71. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311

Many people arrive around 9:30 to get a start on breakfast. We are an informal group of people who are blind or low vision getting together to discuss technology. No formal structure with us, no officers, membership dues or by-laws.

Bring yourself and bring a friend. There is no requirement of a visual disability to attend our meetings. We all have something to learn from each other.

If you need assistance in finding the Club Room just stop at Customer Service.

Here is a copy of the breakfast menu from the Hy-Vee web site. They can also do per item orders. We have wonderful people helping in the Club Room that will go to the kitchen and get food for you.

Breakfast Menu
1. 2 eggs, hashbrowns and toast $5.49
2. 2 eggs, 2 bacon or 2 sausages, and toast $5.49
3. 2 eggs, 2 bacon or 2 sausages, hashbrowns and toast $6.49 4. hot oatmeal and toast $3.99
5. biscuits and sausage gravy $5.49, half $3.99
6. breakfast muffin sandwich $3.99
7. 3 eggs, 3 bacon or 3 sausages, hashbrowns and toast $7.49 8. 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 bacon or 2 sausages $7.49
9. 2 French toast, 2 eggs, 2 bacon or 2 sausage s $7.49
10. breakfast burrito with hashbrowns $6.99
11. smothered hashbrowns and toast (with cheese, ham, onions and green peppers) $6.99 SIGNATURE SKILLETS:
All skillets come wih hashbrowns, 2 eggs, toast and smothered with cheese 12. ham and cheese skillet $7.99
13. country harvest skillet (with onions, green peppers, mushrooms and sausage) $7.99 14. chicken-fried steak skillet $7.99
Hy-Five: 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausages, hashbrowns and 1 pancake $7.99
Country Sampler: 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausages, and a buttermilk buscuit with sausage gravy $7.99 Double Play: 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausages, 2 pancakes $7.99

TheListenFactor weekend channel guide with marathon info

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While you are there, read the info about subscribing to the channel guide.

here’s your weekend channel guide.

No changes this weekend to our regular schedule.

our channel4 tv marathon this weekend is Bluebloods. this is another listener request.

bluebloods is mostly described. it’s about a family headed by tom celek who is the new york PD commissioner. his father was the former commissioner and two sons are NYPD officers and a daughter works in the public defenders office. i think the writing for this show is great. i really enjoy it myself.

as many of you know i’m sure, gene wilder died this past week. he played in many film comedies. mike has put together some of his movies for the weekend movies line up. stop in and be prepared to laugh.

thanks for listening everyone.

Denise and the TLF team

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Weekend Schedule

all times eastern. use the letter H to move through the headings to the channel you’re looking for. then arrow down to here show times. Use jaws find- control plus F and type in DVS to find described shows.

Channel1 Situation Comedies, saturday, Oldies but Goodies

Petticoat Junction- 8:00AMPM

Family Affair- 9:00AMPM

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis- 10:00AMPM

The Flying Nun- 10:30AM and PM

The Real McCoys- 11:00AMPM

My Favorite Martian- 11:30AMPM

The Donna Reed Show- 12:00PMAM

The Brady Bunch- 1:00PMAM

Andy Griffith- 2:00PMAM

Mr Ed- 3:00PMAM

full House- 4:00PMAM

Dick Van Dyke- 5:00PMAM

My Three Sons- 6:00PMAM

The Courtship of Eddies Father- 7:00PMAM

Channel1 Situation Comedies, Sunday

Gilligan’s Island- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

That Girl- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Green Acres- 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Hazel- 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Leave it to Beaver- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Happy Days- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Mr Belvedere- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Charles in Charge- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel2 Variety Programming, Saturday

Game shows Galore!

Whammy/Press Your Luck, Pyramid games – 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Catch 21, Card Sharks – 8:45AM, 4:45PM, 12:45AM

Match Game, Hollywood Squares- 9:30AM, 5:30PM, 1:30AM

Password- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

Legend of the Hidden Temple- 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego- 11:30AM, 7:30PM, 3:30AM

The Price is right current – 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Celeberty Family Feud 2016 – 12:45PM, 8:45PM, 4:45AM

Match Game 2016 – 1:30PM, 9:30PM, 5:30AM

The $100,000 Pyramid 2016 – 2:15PM, 10:15PM, 6:15AM

the flintstones- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

The Jetsons- 3:30PM, 11:30PM, 7:30AM

Channel2 Variety Programming, Sunday

Diagnosis Murder- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Moonlighting- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Cagney and Lacy- 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Cannon- 11:PM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Six Million Dollar Man- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Wonder Woman- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Incredible Hulk- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00PM

Batman- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

The Adventures of Superman- 3:30PM, 11:30PM, 7:30AM

Channel3 Education, Games and Reality Programming, Saturday

The Simpsons, DVS- Sat. 8:00AM, 4:00PM, Sun. 12:00AM, Mon. 12:00AM

King of the hill- Sat.8:45AM, 4:45PM, Sun.12:45AM, Mon.12:45AM

Knight Rider- Sat.9:30AM, 5:30PM, Sun.1:30AM, Mon.1:30AM

Dual Survival- Sat. 10:30AM, 6:30PM, Sun. 2:30AM, Mon. 2:30AM

The show features a pair of survival experts in predetermined scenarios while in challenging environments without specialized equipment.

Two and a Half Men, sitcom- Sat. 11:15AM, 7:15PM Sun. 3:15AM, Mon. 3:15AM

The Dukes of Hazzard- Sat. 12:pm, 8:00PM, Sun. 4:00AM, 8:00PM, Mon. 4:00AM

The A Team- Sat. 1:00PM, 9:00PM Sun. 5:00AM, 9:00PM, Mon. 5:00AM

American action-adventure series, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war criminals “for a crime they didn’t commit”, escape and, work as soldiers of fortune.

Bob’s Burgers, DVS – Sat. 2:00PM, 10:00PM, Sun. 6:00AM, 10:00PM, Mon. 6:00AM

Bob and his family own and operate their own restaurant. needless to say, they are not exactly the most polished and professional or conventional managers. this is an adult animated show.

Married with Children, sitcom- Sat. 3:00PM, 11:00PM, Sun. 7:00AM, 11:00PM, Mon. 7:00AM

Channel3 Education, Games and Reality Programming, Sunday

Your Story Hour- 8:00AM, 4:00PM

childrens’ stories with a christian theme. suitable for adults too.

Davey and Goliath- 8:30AM, 4:30PM

listen along to a fine adventure of davey and his best pal goliath his faithful dog and often his conscience.

Adventures in Odissy- 8:45AM, 4:45PM

Young people grapple with life’s road bumps and must make good decisions.

Down Gilead Lane- 9:15AM, 5:15PM

Follows a number of families as they grapple withhow to best live their lives in a faith filled manner.

Left behind series, adults – 10:15AM, 6:15PM

What would you do if suddenly a friend or family simply disappeared leaving you behind? radio dramatization of the popular novels.

Left behind series, kids – 11:05AM, 7:05PM

a radio dramatization of the popular novels oriented toward young people. suited for adults as well.

Sunday Afternoon, BBC Block

Various dramas- Wed.8:00AM, Fri.8:00AM and Sun.12:00PM/Noon

Various dramas- Wed9:30AM, Fri9:30AM and Sun 1:30PM

Various dramas- Wed.11:00AM, Fri. 11:00AM and Sun. 3:00PM

Channel4 Variety programming, Show Marathon

Bluebloods is our TV marathon for this weekend – saturday 8:00AM through 8:00AM monday morning when regular programming begins.

show sets begin at the top of the hour

Channel5 Variety Programming, Saturday, Kids Front and Center

The Patty Duke Show- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

A Different World- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

California Dreams- 9:45AM, 5:45PM, 1:45AM

Dennis the Menace- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

The Wonder years- 11:15AM, 7:15PM, 3:15AM

The Facts of Life- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Boy Meets World- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Silver Spoons- 2:pm, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

The Partridge Family- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel5 Variety Programming, Sunday

Some not forgotten favorites

Different Strokes- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

The Bernie Mack Show, DVS and NonDVS – 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Seinfeld- 9:45AM, 5:45PM, 1:45AM

Grace Under Fire- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

Frasier- 11:15AM, 7:15PM, 3:15AM

Sandford and Sons- 12:PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Fresh Prince of Bel Aire- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Jeffersons- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Amen- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel6 Old Time Radio, OTR

8:00AM- Variety of crime detective stories

9:00AM- Variety of suspense, horror, macobre stories

These will alternate all weekend with new episodes playing so drop in several times if you like.

Regular programming begins on Monday at 8:00AM

Channel 7 Movies For You

Earlier this week, we lost geen wilder. I believe he was 83. You may best remember him as Willy Wonka. He played star roles in other films as well and this weekend, we will pay tribute to his acting career. All times are eastern and the plot summaries will give you movie details.

the producers DVS: midnight, 8 AM and 4 PM

Thursday’s game DVS: 1:30 AM, 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM

Blazing Saddles NDVs: 3:15 AM, 11:15 AM and 7:15 PM

See no evil, hear no evil DVS: 5 AM, 1 PM and 9 PM

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory DVS: 6:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 10:30 PM

Channel8 Musical Madness

Saturday’s theme is Boot Scootin’ Saturdays on Music Madness featuring the best in new country and all of those classics from artists such as: Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Florida Georgia Line and Dolly Parton

Sunday is smoothe jazz sunday.

Plot Summaries

the producers DVS:

Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Biyalistok is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max’s books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? “Springtime for Hitler.”

Thursday’s game DVS:

Harry Evers and Marvin Ellison have been playing poker Thursday nights with their friends for years. When a disagreement breaks up the game, they decide to continue meeting and doing different things together, instead of staying home with their wives. When the wives find out that the games stopped some time ago, they are a quite upset. Just what have they been doing on Thursday nights.

Blazing Saddles NDVs:

Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this
hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features
Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for
demolition by an encroaching railroad.
When the sheriff of a small frontier town is killed, convict Bart is
appointed the first black sheriff of all-white Rock Ridge by the evil Hedley
Lamarr, who hopes this will chase the townspeople from their homes. The
naive Sheriff Bart soon catches on, realizing from the less than cheery
welcome that the townspeople (who all seem to be named Johnson) aren’t
prepared for a black sheriff and that he was never meant to succeed at all.
Enlisting the help of the sensitive town drunk, formerly the Waco Kid, Bart
embarks on a plan to save Rock Ridge. A scathing spoof that deals with
racism, sexism, and bodily functions, BLAZING SADDLES offers a contrast
between picture and words that is shocking, subversive, and hilarious.
Director Mel Brooks makes two memorable appearances–as both the sleazy
governor and a Yiddish-speaking Sioux Indian chief–while Madeline Kahn does
sidesplitting Marlene Dietrich imitation as the town floozy. Featuring
fabulous comic turns by Alex Karras and Slim Pickens, BLAZING SADDLES is
lovable, and uproarious.

See no evil, hear no evil DVS:

A man is murdered. Two men witness it. A blind man who hears the killer, and a deaf man who sees her. The police don’t think they’re credible witnesses, but the killers don’t want to take any chances. The two men must now work together to save themselves and bring the killers to justice.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory DVS:

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring