Listening to streaming audio on an Android device (Updated)

Listening to streaming audio on an Android device
This has been updated from its original post on August 21, 2015.

I use a wonderful free app on both my android phone and android tablet to listen to streaming audio especially those that have a playlist.

The app is VLC for Android.

After installing the app I connected my phone to my computer, opened the drive for the phone and on the storage card I created a folder to keep all of my playlists. I named my folder AAA so it would be at the top of the list of folders and I didn’t have to move down the list of folders. This is out of being lazy and to just make it easy to get to.

I use a file manager app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5. There are many out there. The one I use is: File Commander

When you are ready to listen to a playlist you have on your android device, browse to the folder you keep your playlists in.

Double tap on the playlist you want to play and the first time you do this for each type of a playlist, you’ll be asked which app you want to open the playlist.

Select VLC and your phone or device should remember that choice for the next time you play that type of file.

You will need to do this once for each type of playlist, those that end with .m3u or .pls or other supported file types.

The player will open and start to play the first channel in the playlist.

Downloading Playlists

To download a playlist from a web site such as The Listen Factor, or just look for the link that says something about playlist to listen with your own player. It might also mention being able to listen to all of the channels with another player or device. Right click or use the context key on your keyboard and press enter on save link as.

Then save the playlist to your computer and copy it to your device.

Here are links to my favorite places to listen to audio.

The Listen Factor

Accessible Android Apps May 29, 2016

These are the apps that I have installed and am currently using on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 from Sprint. It is running Android 6.0.1 with the May 2016 security updates.

These apps work for me, so I consider them accessible. I use a Bluetooth keyboard with some apps or part of an app and touch for the rest. It just depends on what I’m doing in an app to make things work better for me.

Acapela TTS Voices:

Amazon Kindle:







Device Manager:


ETI-Eloquence TTS:



File Commander:

Google Opinion Rewards:






Music Folder Player Full:

NFC Labeler:

Nearby Explorer Online:


Nova Launcher:

Pocket Casts:

Pro Weather Alert:

Scanner Radio Pro:

Sex Offenders Search:





Touchless Notifications Pro:

TuneIn Radio Pro:




Vocalizer Voices:


TheListenFactor weekend channel guide with lots of change

Below is the weekend channel guide from The Listen Factor.

It is one of my favorite places for streaming audio of television shows and movies. Some programming is described, you can read more in the schedule for each channel and day.

Go to:

There you can listen and learn how to receive the channel guide in email.

Good morning all

here’s your weekend channel guide.

we have some big changes on channel2 for today.

we now have a saturday game show block of 5 hours with a true variety of game shows. i’m not going to list them all here, but you can use the letter H as always to quickly get to channel2 and then arrow down and see all the shows waiting there for you to enjoy. i was going to put an extra game show description heading at the end of the newsletter to give you more info about some of the shows you may not be as familiar with, but frankly i’ve run out of steam for today. it’s taken a lot to get everything uploaded and scheduled. i’m hoping it’s all as it should be. smile. i’ll work on the descriptions for next weekend or maybe later today. we’ll see.

mike has put together an interesting line up of movies on channel7 this weekend. it was again largely driven by request from you. we like that. it also includes the billboard top awards from last weekend. so stop by and listen in.

please don’t hesitate to send your movie requests to mike at


our tv show marathon this weekend is mr. Ed in honor of allan young who dies last weekend at the age of 94. he played wilber post on the show.

Thanks for listening everyone.

Denise and the TLF team

Remember, this is not a chat list. for assistance, questions, concerns or suggestions, send an email to


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.

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!

Bagage on the Road, Newly Wed Game, 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Catch 21, 25,000$ Pyramid- 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

Family Feud, Celeberty Name Game, Jeopardy- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Early Childhood Mix of Shows- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Rin Tin Tin, My Friend Flica, Annie Oakley and Sky King will air in this slot.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch animated series- 1:30PM, 9:30PM, 5:30AM

Mixed Cartoons- 2:15PM, 10:15PM, 6:15AM

cartoons from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Alf, george of the Jungle, fat albert, majilla the gurilla, milton the monster, inspector gagit, fonzy and the gang and many more

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

Mr. Ed will air this weekend as our tv marathon- 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

Blossom- 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

According to Jim- 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

Last weekend, the billboard music awards took place and as you know, when we get our hands on that sort of thing, we present it for your enjoyment as soon as we can! In addition to that, we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of ferris buealer’s day off with that movie and other movie faves from 1986! All times are eastern and the plot summaries heading will give you movie details!

Stand By Me NDVS: midnight, 8 AM and 4 PM

Top Gun DVS: 1:30 AM, 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM

billboard music awards: 3:15 AM, 11:15 AM and 7:15 PM

ferris buealer’s day off DVS: 5:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Behind The Music – Milli Vanilli: 7:15 AM, 3:15 PM and 11:15 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

Stand By Me NDVS:

STAND BY ME, set in Oregon in 1959, portrays the friendship of four boys who go on an overnight trip to find a missing teenager’s body. Along the way they encounter a number of obstacles, including a gang of older teens and their own inner problems, ultimately finding out more about themselves along the way.
Based on Stephen King’s novella THE BODY, director Rob Reiner’s STAND BY ME is the disarmingly tender and subtly sublime story of four kids on the precipice of early adulthood who embark upon a quest. There’s Gordie, the intelligent, creative one with the obviously bright future. His best buddy, Chris, hardens his image in order to hide the pain from the physical abuse he endures at home, all the while harboring the hope of escaping that image. Rounding out the foursome are Vern, the pudgy tagalong, and Teddy, a loyal and funny but troubled kid with a death wish.
When the four boys hear about a dead body 20 miles down the railroad tracks from their small Oregon town, they clandestinely set upon the unwieldy journey to lay eyes on this rare find. Amid numerous misadventures, Gordie, Chris, Vern, and Teddy savor what may be their last chance to revel in the simple life of children; around the corner is a future that could tear them apart, not to mention a tough teen gang who desires local fame by finding the body first.

Top Gun DVS:

Maverick is a hot pilot. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the Carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father’s death in combat that killed others due to his father’s error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in a different way to Charlie, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted.

ferris buealer’s day off DVS:

Ferris is a street-wise kid who knows all the tricks. Today he decides to take the day off school. When Ferris takes the day off, so must his best friends, Cameron and Sloane. Cameron is reluctantly persuaded to borrow his father’s Ferrari, and together they hatch a plan to get Sloane out of class. Suspicious dean of students Ed Rooney knows all about Ferris, but can never catch him. Ferris’ sister Jeanie is also frustrated that Ferris always gets away with his tricks and she doesn’t. Furthermore, Ferris is an ‘angel’ in his parents eyes. It’s Ferris’ day off, he’s out to enjoy himself, and he does!


How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Any App/Program in Windows 10 (By Guest Blogger Ruthie Rayne)

If you’re at all like me, you find that keyboard shortcuts can be the easiest and most efficient way to open a program that you use regularly. Back in “the old days” of computing using Windows, everything was in one place. It was easy enough to go to the start menu, right click on any application, document or folder, go to its properties, and create a keyboard shortcut. Unfortunately, that changed in Windows 10. This post will detail the easiest way to make a shortcut to any application. This particular method will work for any program installed on your computer including “modern apps” like Calculator and the Windows Store, and “legacy apps” like Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Notepad.

Note that the method for creating a shortcut to modern apps requires that you place a shortcut to the item on your desktop first, while this step can be bypassed for legacy apps. In order to save space on your desktop, which allows a total of anywhere from around 30 to around 84 shortcuts, depending on whether you have them set to display as small, medium, or large. The purpose of these instructions are not to have you put a shortcut on your desktop so it is easily accessed there, it is to create a keyboard shortcut, which unfortunately, is required if you want to use it for a modern app.

If you know a program is a legacy app, then use Method One below. You may also use the second method, but if you use it for every shortcut, you will eventually run out of room for icons on your desktop, which can be a real pain.

One final note: These directions are made for users of screen readers and do not include any “mousing around.” I have included certain audio clues so that you know you are in the right place. These instructions work for all major screen readers, and I do not see any reason why they wouldn’t work with the less common ones.


Up until Windows 8, all programs were downloaded from a website or retrieved from a CD/DVD for installation. Apps (or programs) like these are now called “legacy apps.” When Microsoft introduced Windows 8 to the world, they also introduced their Store, where apps could be purchased or downloaded. These apps had a different feel to them entirely. Most of them are usable by mobile Windows devices, as well as PC’s. On a PC running Windows 10, the entire installation and uninstallation processes are different. The files they need in order to run also reside in a totally different place on the drive than old-fashioned or “legacy” apps.

There are a few ways to tell if an app is legacy or modern. The first is to go through the steps below in “Method One.” If you get to “Step 3” and don’t see the “Open file location” option, then it is a modern app, and you will need to use Method Two. Also, if you know you got the app from the Store on your PC, then it is most certainly a modern app.


Because Windows no longer allows us to create keyboard shortcuts directly from the Start Menu, we will have to find the folder that Windows uses to display the items there. Fortunately, there is a fairly easy way to do this.

  1. Press the Windows key or Ctrl+Esc, then press the Up Arrow once. You will hear “All Apps.” Press Enter or the Spacebar, and you will hear the name of the first item..Start Menu with the item "All Apps" selected
  2. Use PageUp/PageDown or the Up and Down arrow keys to move through the list. You will hear the names of other programs in the Start Menu in alphabetical order. Some programs are inside folders. An example of this is Internet Explorer, which is included in the “Windows Accessories” folder. If you know what you are looking for is at the bottom of the list, like “Word 2016,” you can hit end to jump there, then navigate to the item you want.Picture of the Start menu with the item "Internet Explorer" inside the folder "Windows Accessories" selected.
  3. Once you have reached the program you want to make a shortcut for, hit your Applications Key or press Shift+F10. Then Down Arrow until you hear the word “More.” Once you’re there, hit the Right Arrow, then the Down Arrow until you hear “Open file location.” Press Enter.Picture of the context menu for Internet Explorer with the item "Open file location" selected.
  4. You will now be in a File Explorer window. If you were to check the location, it would most likely be something like: “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\” or “C:\Users\Ruthie\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\.” Windows should automatically select the item you chose, so you shouldn’t have to move any cursors to be able to interact with the item. Note that the only items in this particular folder are other folders and shortcuts (.lnk files).Picture of Explorer open to "WindowsStart MenuProgramsWindows Accessories" and the item "Internet Explorer" selected.
  5. Now you can complete the process the same way you did before Windows 10, by hitting the Applications Key, then Up Arrowing to “Properties,” and hitting Enter. The dialog box that will be brought up is very similar to previous versions of the OS. You should hear the word “Target” followed by a file location where the file that actually runs the program is located.Explorer window with the item "Internet Explorer" selected and a context menu open with the item "Properties" selected.
  6. Tab to “Shortcut key. Once there, you can press the key combination you would like to use for your shortcut. Remember to use something that you won’t forget. However, if you do, you can repeat these same steps to reset the shortcut or change it if you decide you don’t like the one you chose. As an example, if you want to make a shortcut to Outlook, you could choose Ctrl+Alt+O (for Outlook) or Ctrl+Alt+E (for email). Once you have chosen your keyboard shortcut, hit Enter.Properties dialog box for "Internet Explorer" with Ctrl+Alt+I in the shortcut key field.
  7. Frequently, at this point a dialog will appear which says “You will need to provide administrator permission to change these settings. Click Continue to complete this operation.” At this point, just hit Enter on the “Continue” button, and your keyboard shortcut will be saved.Access Denied dialog box





Modern apps reside in a totally different folder from legacy apps in Windows 10. Not only that, the folder is protected by the OS, so there is no way to get to it from another location. You will have to use a special command in order to open it.


  1. Open File Explorer by hitting Win+E. Depending on your settings, you may be in the last folder you used, “This PC,” or “Quick Access.”An Explorer window open to "This PC."
  2. Press Ctrl+L to get to the Address Bar, then then type “shell:appsfolder” or paste it there from these instructions. Then hit “Enter”An Explorer window open with "shell:appsfolder" in the address bar
  3. You will now be in a folder, that should you check the location, simply says “Applications.” This folder contains every item that is currently installed on your computer. These are not shortcuts, and you cannot set a keyboard shortcut for them. First, you must create a shortcut.An Explorer window with "Applications" in the address bar
  4. To create a shortcut, arrow through the list of applications or press the first letter of the name of the program you are looking for. Once you’ve found it, hit the Applications key then arrow up to “Create shortcut” or hit “S.”An Explorer window open to "Applications" with "Calculator" highlighted and a context menu with "Create shortcut" selected
  5. A dialog box will appear, saying “You cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?” Hit Enter and a shortcut will be created on your Desktop.Dialog requesting to add a shortcut to the desktop rather than the requested folder
  6. Now that you have an actual shortcut to work with, go to your desktop, find the shortcut you just made and continue with the same steps from above starting at Step 5. Please note that if you delete the shortcut from your desktop, your keyboard shortcut will cease functioning. The same is often true for modern app keyboard shortcuts if you move the shortcut from the desktop.The Desktop with "Calculator" highlighted and a context menu open with "Properties" selected.
  7. If you are asked to confirm administrator permission, make sure to hit enter on the “Continue” button, and your keyboard shortcut will be saved.

That’s it! Now you have keyboard shortcuts to both your legacy and your modern apps that you can use to increase productivity.

How to Sign In To Google Drive Using NVDA

How to Sign In To Google Drive Using NVDA

This is how to work around the issue with signing into Google Drive for the first time after it has been installed. There is something called “WX Web View” that gets in the way of a person using screen reading software and you cannot get to the edit box to enter your email address.

Please note that I used the current version of NVDA, which is 2016.1 as of when this was written.

These directions are the same if you are doing this from when you install Google Drive or if its already installed and you are opening from the desktop or notifications in the system tray.

1. Listen for “WX WebView.”

The following is all done on the number key pad.

2. Turn NumLock key OFF.

3. Press Ins+(/) (the key next to NumLock)

4. You’ll hear text about entering your email.

5. Press Ins+(-).

6. You’ll hear “move to focus.”

7. Left mouse click (/ on number keypad)

8. You’ll hear “Enter your email.”

9. You’ll then be in the edit box for email.

10. Fill out the form normally.

Note in steps 3, 5, and 7 you are using the slash or the dash on the number key pad. Depending on your screen reader’s punctuation settings, you may not hear the name of those keys in the steps above.

You can download NVDA, Non Visual Desktop Access from

Keeping My Head Above Water

I posted this on the Facebook page for our apartment complex this morning and thought I’d share my comments publicly.

I understand Maintenance is tied up on more important service issues but this problem with water running upstairs for 18 – 20 seconds, stopping for 50 seconds and then repeating in this same pattern all day and all night is getting a bit old.

It keeps us awake at night and after we do get to sleep, it wakes us up in the morning. Maintenance has identified the problem as the chain getting stuck under the flapper in a toilet in the apartment above us. They were able to fix it last week and asked me to call when it happens again.

I’ve called but they haven’t had a chance to fix the problem, at least this time. How long does this have to keep happening until something is fixed on a permanent basis? We have been calling about this problem off and on since November 2015.

The Crossing At Barry in Kansas City, MO

NUT Meeting Saturday May, 21, 2016 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Our week is finally here, the next NUT meeting will be this Saturday May 21 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

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

A couple of the topics we will talk about and demonstrate are grocery shopping online at Hy-Vee and using LastPass to keep track of your passwords.

Don’t let that be all we talk about. Bring your questions, ideas, and of course yourself to our next meeting.

The Northland Users Of Technology is just a group of people who get together to talk about technology as it relates to those who are blind or low vision. There are no membership dues, no officers to elect, and none of that formal stuff that prevents people from simply talking with people.
If you need assistance in getting to the Club Room at Hy-Vee, stop at Customer Service and they will be happy to help.
We do have wonderful people to get food from the kitchen area at Hy-Vee. You are welcome to enjoy the yummy food but it is not a requirement for attending our meetings.

Just a note, We are back to meeting on our regular second Saturday of the month in June.


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