Description Of Voice Remote For TCL / Roku TV or Roku Device

This is the layout of the Voice remote for a TCL Roku television, or Roku Device.

This is assuming you are holding the remote with the small, round, power button at the top.

There will be a small cloth feeling tag at the bottom of the remote.

On the right edge of the remote, on top is the volume up/down and below is the mute button.

power

(back) (home)

(up) (down) (left) (right) (ok in middle)

(previous channel) (microphone) (options)

(rewind) (play/pause) (forward)

(Netflix) (disney)

(hulu) (sling)

Cloth feeling tag at the bottom of the voice remote.

In some online directions, especially when turning on or off the audio guide, you may see to press the star key four times in a row. This is also the options key.

The only differences in the remote that comes with the TCL Roku TV & the voice remote is there is no microphone button & no cloth tag at bottom on the included remote.

The voice remote has more rubber like feeling buttons while the included remote has more of a plastic feel to the buttons.

To use the microphone on the voice remote hold down the microphone & you will hear a small beep. Speak your command and let go of the button. You can say things like change to channel 41.2, or change to HDMI1.
Hold the remote close to your face but it doesn’t need to be so close that its in your face, this will depend on the noise level around you.

The voice remote is about a $20 accessory that I find to be helpful. You can also do most of the same voice commands through Alexa. Here’s a link to the voice remote on Amazon:
https://is.gd/boeqQE

The voice remote is super easy to connect to the TCL Roku TV. Insert the batteries & your TV or Roku device should automatically detect the remote, unless that option has been turned off.

 

Update:

The Roku Voice Remote has been out of stock lately on Amazon.
Here it is on Walmart & you can find it other places too.
https://is.gd/DhSM6Y

Here is an article that will help you connect Alexa to your Roku TV or Device.

How to connect your Roku to Amazon Alexa

https://is.gd/PTuwDk

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Tips For Ripping A DVD

Just a note for reference…
I am using NVDA 2019.3 on a computer running Windows 10 with all current updates as of when this is posted.

If you have seen one of my recent tweets about ripping DVD’s, you’ll know I’m very thankful to Android Police for an article they wrote that has made this process possible for me.
I’ve tried verious tips & read articles over the years, but things just didn’t come out right.

Here is the article you need to read to get the software you need & information, as I’m just supplying some tips as a blind guy to assist with things.

How to rip your movie collection to watch anywhere
https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/04/12/how-to-rip-your-movie-collection-to-watch-anywhere/

You should get all three of those programs & the beta key for MakeMKV.
After you have inserted a DVD and verified your computer can see there is media in the drive (you can check in File Explorer by pressing windows key plus e.) you will want to open MakeMKV.
Once it opens let things just sit for about 30 – 60 seconds, based on the speed of your computer. You might hear the DVD stop spinning when its okay to proceed to the next step, if you don’t want to wait.

Press the Tab key until you are on Open Disk and press the space bar. You’ll hear the DVD start to spin again as the program examines the DVD.

Depending on the speed of your computer this process could take about a minute or longer. You’ll know the program is done processing the DVD when the drive slows down & you might hear the identification of an Edit Box being spoken at this point.

MakeMKV is very smart at identifying what on the disk is video longer than two minutes & will automatically select it for you. I choose to just let it do the work and after its done you might find it extracted other video tracks such as Directors notes or other clips of a movie.
Its just easier to delete any extra things I don’t want to keep instead of trying to remove those from being extracted.

Your next step is to press alt + f to open the File menu. Arrow down to Save Selected and press enter.
A dialog box will pop up soon after. In NVDA you can press insert b to read the box.
The info in the box will tell you a folder for your extraction doesn’t exist & asks if you want the program to make one. You can just press enter and a folder will be created. Its default is to store these in the C:\Video folder.

Things will now get busy as its extracting the data from the DVD. This isn’t processor intensive, but it is time consuming. Depending on the amount of data this process can take 25 to 45 minutes.
I like to minimize the program and watch in the “Running Applications” part of the desktop to monitor progress.
When it gets to about 90% or so, alt tab back into MakeMKV. When the program is done it will pop up another dialog letting you know it was successful.

Navigate to your C:\Video folder and locate the newly extracted movie or program & press enter.
The main file you will need is almost always the first file, if there is more than one file there you might want to make sure things are in a list by pressing Control + Shift + 6.

Navigate to that top file, which also should be the largest, sometimes up to 5 GB or more.

While on that file hold down the shift key and press your context or applications key.
You can let go of the context key after pressing shift & the key but keep holding down shift until you hear your screen reader announce the “Context Menu” Arrow down to Save As Path and press enter.

You just copied the full path to the file that you need for Handbrake. You can close this & any other windows and return to your desktop.

This next part in the process of ripping your DVD is going to be very labor intensive on your computer, so its best to have any other programs such as your browser, email, or other type programs not running.

Open Handbrake and give it a few seconds to get settled.
Press control + o to open a file.
In the box press control v to paste in the path to the file we are working with but don’t press enter just yet.

When we copied that path in the previous step, Windows adds quote marks to the start & end of the path.
We need to delete those before pressing enter. So press the home key to go to the beginning. Arrow over to the quote mark and press delete.
Now press the end key to go to the end of the edit box. Arrow to the other quote mark and press delete.

What is left is the path name to the file and will be something like this: C:\Video\Grinch\filename.ext

You can now press enter so Handbrake can open the file.
Leave all of the settings to their default, unless the movie or show has a audio description track. For that, you’ll need to move to the audio part of the settings and may have to experiment a bit to select the correct audio track. It won’t be the one that is selected & it might be another audio choice in English that might only show as Stereo.

Press tab until you get to Start Encode and press space.
NVDA & other screen readers should give you progress updates while the work is being done to compress that large file into another format.
Other than listening to your computer & hearing the progress bars, you’ll know Handbrake is done by pressing the Tab key. If after everything has settled down and you find the Start Encode button again, you are all done at this point.

You can find the finished file in the Video folder of your User folder in Windows. Press windows key plus r and type c: & press enter.
Next go to the Users folder & press enter. Arrow to your username and press enter.

The Video folder & your file will be in there.

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December 28 2019 Accessible Android App List

This is a list of apps that I find to be accessible on my Android phone.

I’m currently using a OnePlus 7 Pro that is on the International version of the Oxygen software.

I understand accessible has different meanings to people. I consider these apps to be accessible to me as I use a combination of touch & a bluetooth keyboard, depending on what I need or want to do.

Your milage may be different.

I’m using a Logitech K380 multi device keyboard. I’ve also been using my QBraille XL with my phone. Its a QWERTY keyboard & also a 40 cell braille display.

Here is a review from The Wirecutter of the Logitech K380 multi device bluetooth keyboard. https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-bluetooth-keyboard/

This is the case I have for my Logitech K380 keyboard. It will keep the keyboard safe, especially when in a backpack. https://is.gd/6VNscz

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

Amazon Kindle
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

Amazon Shopping
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.mShop.android.shopping

Audible
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

BrailleBack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.googlecode.eyesfree.brailleback

Dark Sky
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.darksky.darksky

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Envision AI
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai

EufyHome
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eufylife.smarthome

Google Fiber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fiber.myfiber

Google News
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.magazines

Grubhub
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grubhub.android

Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

INNOTECH
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myinnotech.scale

Instacart
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instacart.client

KSHB
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mylocaltv.kshb

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lazarillo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lazarillo

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler&hl=en_US

Oxygen Updater
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arjanvlek.oxygenupdater

Pluto TV
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.pluto.android

Podcast Addict
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

Podcast Addict – Donate
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddictdonate

Prime Video
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.avod.thirdpartyclient

Samsung Portable SSD
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.samsungportablessd

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Signal Spy
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.novvia.fispy

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

T-Mobile
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmobile.pr.mytmobile

T‑Mobile Tuesdays
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmobile.tuesdays

Translate
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Twitter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twitter.android

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

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My Collection Of Online Audio Favorites

This is a list of files to play audio favorites that I keep on my computer. These files & shortcuts are just a handy way to get something going and is not intended to keep you from enjoying these same items when visiting the sources they come from. I’ve provided links to the sources, when that is available.

First, some notes on listening to the items contained in audiofavorites.zip.

The items that have the file extension of “.m3u” will open in the default player on your computer, such as Windows Media Player.

The items from PlutoTV will open in your default browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox.

A note about playing these. If you have never listened to something from PlutoTV before or have cleared any cookies or web files recently, there are a couple of things you may need to do in order to get the channels playing in your browser.

1. Navigate around the top of the page and if you find a link to Accept terms & continue, click on that.

2. Especially on your first visit, its often necessary to toggle the mute button a couple of times to get the audio playing. This can be done by navigating to the mute button, and pressing the space bar a few times. Once the audio is playing, you will not need to do this on future visits. Note: With many screen reading programs you can get to the mute button by pressing b when starting from the top of the page.

The two items that start with “web” are web page shortcuts that will take you to the web site & should start playing its audio automatically. Sometimes you need to refresh your browser by pressing F5 to get things going.

You may find other items to watch or listen to on these sites. As I said, the files in audiofavorites.zip are just my collection, so please explore those sites to find more.

Bananavision Putting the Vision back in Television
http://bananavision.tv/

Pluto TV It’s Free TV
http://pluto.tv/live-tv/channel-lineup

The Listen Factor Listening With Friends
http://thelistenfactor.com/

TWiT | Podcasts you love from people you trust
https://twit.tv/

Below is a DropBox Link that will download audiofavorites.zip to your computer. Copy the Audio Favorites folder out of the .zip file and paste it into a location of your choice.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5dnxoa6vm3h431l/Audio%20Favorites.zip?dl=1

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Thanks To All Now Have Android 10 on OnePlus 7 Pro

There are a few people I want to say thanks to because without them, my Wife and I wouldn’t have been able to do a couple of things to our phones as easily as we did.

We both have OnePlus 7 Pro phones from TMobile. Previously we both had the OnePlus 6T from Tmobile. We have both been using Android phones since 2012 and enjoying being able to customize our phones in a way that works for each of us, as we have individual needs in the area of accessibility.
Don’t listen to those who want to tell you that Android phones are not accessible as those folks either didn’t take the time to make the phone accessible for them, maybe they are wanting it to be just like a phone from another operating system, or maybe they forget that accessibility means different things to people and it isn’t about which software your phone uses, its about what works for each person. It isn’t about device x works for this group of people over here, so its what you should use too.

I found some articles mentioning how the OnePlus 7 Pro was no longer on TMobile sites for sale & that they are going to focus on the OnePlus 7T instead. I started to plan for the future and knew I wanted to change the version of the operating system on my phone to an international version so the updates would come from OnePlus and not be dependent on TMobile.

I went looking and found great info and help from the person who made the below video.

How to convert a T-Mobile OnePlus 7Pro to an International Version: Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTpPUpCHfRY

The creator of the video gave great tips which helped me make the changes to both of our phones.

I wanted to mention another thanks. Just before I followed the steps in the above video, we called TMobile support, which I was reminded we have our own support team & will get the same people when we call again. The rep spoke with their local expert & confirmed that even though TMobile was no longer selling the phone that it would still be supported. I mentioned switching to the International version & was told I’m welcome to do that.

After following the directions exactly as they were given in the video and related web pages, we now had an International version of the OnePlus software on our phones and not the version from TMobile.

Later that same evening I got a tweet from Android Authority. Their article talked about how the OnePlus 7 Pro still had not received an update to Android 10. The article explained that with the International version of the OnePlus software there are methods for updating the software on our own. We took the easy way and downloaded an Android app from the play store, Oxygen Updater. Their article explained how the app works. So we downloaded Oxygen Updater and after it identified our phone model, it said an update that would install the Android 10 Oxygen update was available. The app explained how the update process worked and what we needed to do.

Here’s how to update OnePlus software as quickly as possible

https://www.androidauthority.com/how-to-update-oneplus-software-1010681/

I was happy to learn that after downloading the install file that the app verifies the download to make sure it was free of any errors.
We followed the easy directions and a few minutes later, the phones restarted and are now running the Android 10 update supplied by OnePlus.

So again, thank you to all of the people who were involved in this process. I’m also thankful to all who are involved in the Android community.
We also paid the $0.99 to remove ads in the Oxygen Updater app for each phone, which is another way to say thank you to an app developer. Here is a link to Oxygen Updater on the play store

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arjanvlek.oxygenupdater&hl=en_US

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Tweets About Accessibility

The following are several tweets written by my Wife (@Imloti). I’ve just copied them in order and pasted the text.

So many people fall into this trap of, “If it doesn’t work exactly how I expect it to/I can’t figure out how it works in the first 5 seconds, it isn’t accessible.” Remember a few things, and overall your frustration level will go down and you’ll be able to discuss #A11y better 1/

First, accessibility isn’t about you specifically. Different people have different needs. What’s accessible for the deaf may not be accessible for the blind, what’s accessible for someone total may not be accessible for someone VI, & your needs may be different from mine. 2/

Second, try something for awhile. Experiment a little. And remember that just because you can’t figure it out yet doesn’t mean it isn’t accessible. It just means you don’t have all the tools in your toolbox that you need. 3/

Not knowing how to use a feature of your adaptive tech (mouse cursors or whatever they’re called these days being an example) doesn’t mean that something that requires it isn’t accessible. It just means you don’t have knowledge all the necessary tools. 4/

I’ve seen people go on and on about how this thing or that thing isn’t accessible while my husband @blindbites, who is much better with screen reader stuff than I am, does the exact same task with no trouble at all. It’s not just the tools you have, it’s how you use them. 5/

When in doubt, find someone else who uses the same tech you do. Even if usability is a factor (they’re different! – more on that in a minute), someone else may have come up with a solution that makes it a lot easier, or even doable. We’re here for each other. Reach out! 6/

Usability and accessibility are different things. Usability can be a problem for someone who has no accessibility needs. Something that’s technically accessible can have usability problems. This is an issue for even people who are experts & designers. 7/

Designing for usability includes accessibility. You can make something completely accessible that’s a pain to use, or you can make something usable that is just accessible by default because you designed for use already. There was a few years back, a shift toward this starting 8/

To wrap it all up, remember that not everyone has the same ability & the same knowledge. My accessibility needs are very different from many others. My skills and adeptness at using my chosen accessibility adaptations are also different from others. Don’t jump to conclusions! 9/9

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Lightbulb Moment – External Keyboard & Android Phone

I have a history of not always doing something the easy way. For awhile now, whenever I’ve done a factory reset on my phone or setup a new phone, I skip the option to connect to WiFi & to login to my Google account. I have a long password as everyone should and I don’t want to type it on an on screen keyboard. I usually wait to connect & sign in until I connect my Bluetooth keyboard.

The down side to doing things this way is I don’t get the automatic restore of apps, settings, & account info. I’ve always just done all of that manually later on.

The other day I had a cartoon moment where a light bulb appeared above my head. I realized that I have several USB to USB C adapters. I can easily attach one to the wired keyboard I use with my desktop computer. Its just a matter of connecting the keyboard to the USB C port on my phone. When I do that, I hear a notification that a keyboard is connected.

You may find on a wired keyboard, there may be a key combination now and then that the phone doesn’t recognize. These are rare & I can usually work around those issues with on screen gestures.

These adapters are fairly generic. Below is a shortened link to the ones I use.

aukey usb c adapter
https://t.ly/vdxXW

If you are not familiar with the keyboard commands in Talkback, here are a few to get you started. The modifier key is the alt key.

Move to next item, alt right arrow.
Move to previous item, alt left arrow.
You can open the Global Context menu with alt spacebar.
Talkback has an option that is on by default to give you keyboard hints.

One tip in the Netflix app on Android. I learned the other day that while something is playing, you can press tab on an external keyboard and you can navigate to the various options that are available such as settings for audio language etc.. You can press alt enter to activate an item.

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Disable this app is using GPS notification OnePlus 7 Pro

This is an annoying notification that I used to get on my OnePlus 6T and found some tips online on how to stop that.
It seems, maybe from updates, those tips just don’t get me where I need to be to disable that on my OnePlus 7 Pro.
So below are the steps I took to disable that notification. I’m writing this from the point of view as a guy who is blind and using TalkBack. If you aren’t using TalkBack, adjust the taps accordingly.

Open Settings and go to Apps & Notifications.
Move past the recently opened apps and double tap on See all 75 apps. The number is based on how many apps you have installed, so it’ll be different on yours.

Once the list of installed apps open, go to the upper right corner and double tap on MoreOptions. Double tap on Show System.
You will now have over 200 apps showing in your apps list.

Move down to Android System and double tap to open.
Double tap on Notifications.
Move to the GPS item and double tap.
Double tap on Show Notification to turn this off.
If you ever want to enable this again, just double tap to change from off to on.

Either move back or double tap on Navigate up.
Do that one more time to keep moving back to the big list of installed apps.

Double tap on the More Options button in the upper right corner. Double tap on Hide System.

The app list is now back to the installed apps that you have installed, for me, its back to 75. Move back one more time to exit the list.

This should remove the annoying message that this app is using GPS that I would hear randomly and also each time I opened an app such as Lyft, Maps, or Uber.

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Accessible Android Apps – August 2019

This is a list of apps that I am currently using on my OnePlus 6T.

I know accessible means different things to people, as we are all different and have our own needs. I am totally blind and use a combination of touch and an external bluetooth keyboard. Its a matter of which option I choose to use for what I want or need to do. This is what makes these apps accessible to me.
I’m also using the default launcher on my OnePlus 6T. It is very accessible for me as its easy to move apps around on each home screen and also place apps in the dock.
TalkBack has a great set of keyboard commands that just make sense, plus you can customize them to your needs.

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

Amazon Shopping
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.mShop.android.shopping

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Dark Sky
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.darksky.darksky

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Envision AI
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai

EufyHome
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eufylife.smarthome

File Manager
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplemobiletools.filemanager.pro

Google Fiber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fiber.myfiber

Google News
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.magazines

Google Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

Instacart
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instacart.client

KSHB
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mylocaltv.kshb

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lazarillo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lazarillo

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

Google Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Notes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplemobiletools.notes.pro

Pandora
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pandora.android

Podcast Addict
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

Podcast Addict – Donate
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddictdonate

Prime Video
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.avod.thirdpartyclient

Samsung Portable SSD
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.samsungportablessd

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Signal Spy
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.novvia.fispy

T‑Mobile Tuesdays
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmobile.tuesdays

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Translate
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Twitter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twitter.android

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Shared by ‘My App List’ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

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Example Using Envision AI To Convert An Image

This is an example of how well a job Envision AI for Android does with scanning an image from email.

We receive a free service from the Post Office called Informed Delivery. They send an email with the scanned image of an envelope to let us know what is coming in the mail delivery.

In the email you would find text like this:

“Scanned image of your mail piece”

I can double tap on the scanned image part & open the picture on my phone.

After selecting view image, I can go to the “more Options” button in the upper right and select to share the image. I’ve got it set to always share with Envision AI.

The image opens in the Envision AI app and is done with the conversion before I can even move to that part of the screen.

Below is the text from a recent email. I only changed the street names & numbers in the address to protect my privacy, no other changes were made. I used the copy button in Envision AI for Android and pasted it in a new email message to myself.

HyVee
PRSRT STD U . S . POSTAGE
5820 Westown Parkway West Des Moines , IA 50266
Hy – Vee Inc
Pleasa deliver August 5 – 7 2019
Time sensitve
LOW PRICE LOCKDOWN
STEVEN CLARK 2995 ANYSTREET APT 1474 KANSAS CITY , MO 54321 – 2345 LOWERED 100 ‘ S
OF PRICES . LOCKED ‘ EM IN AND THREW AWAY THE KEY .

One thing to keep in mind, the images that the Post Office sends are not of the highest quality or resolution. They are used in sorting the mail & not meant for photo quality.

Envision AI is available for both Android & IOS.

You can learn more about Envision AI at:

http://www.LetsEnvision.com

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RoboVac 30c Review

I posted this review on Amazon & thought I’d share it on my blog.

Excellent Vacuum & Support

We Love Our RoboVac 30c!
We’ve had ours for about a month & a half at this point. Its quiet & works great. I empty its bin after each use & usually use the automatic or quick mode daily. We only use the other vacuum about every two weeks in those few odd places of our apartment.

My Wife & I are blind / low vision. We have received great feedback from sighted friends on how clean our carpet & floors are thanks to RoboVac.

The Android app works well, giving feedback on if the RoboVac is cleaning, charging, or if there is an error like side brushes stuck or main roller and suction problem.
Ours is connected to both our Amazon Echo Dots & our Google Home devices. Both do the same, so no need to do both unless you want. Easy to find RoboVac with the assistants, tell it to go home, & pause or resume cleaning.

We recently had an error with the bumper and couldn’t figure out the problem. I contacted Eufy support via email & got tips & a video showing how to remove the bumper & clean it out. They also said if none of that helped, to let them know.
I think our cats were trying to feed RoboVac some of their treats, mistaking its bumper for its mouth. They were trying to see if they could make him sick.
After removing the bumper and the couple of cat treats, all was working as normal again.

We always tell our RoboVac “Good Boy” when it returns to its charging base. BTW That does work best on a hardwood floor. The charging base is between a small deep freezer and a pantry that also sits on the kitchen floor.

For those who are blind, a quick description of the buttons on the remote for the 30C. Top Left return to home.
Top Right change suction.
Standard remote arrow keys for manually moving RoboVac & pause / resume button in middle. Four buttons at bottom of remote.
Top Left Automatic Cleaning.
Top Right edge cleaning.
Bottom Left spot cleaning.
Bottom Right quick cleaning.

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T-Mobile Cell Spot

My Wife & I recently moved 22 miles across Kansas City. At the previous apartment, we had a great signal from T-Mobile on a regular basis.
We noticed inside the new apartment, we were each only getting one bar, using Signal Spy it showed the signal strength at -120 DB. For those who might not know, that is very weak.
I looked around and found the T-Mobile Cell Spot. It is a device you connect to your Internet router and place its GPS antenna near a window. It creates a personal cell tower in your home with 3,000 square feet coverage.
After the easy install I checked using the Signal Spy app again, not only did we have a full signal, the strength was now -60 DB.
T-Mobile offers this device for Free to its customers who are in a situation like ours. Outside our new apartment, & the old one too, signal strength is excellent, its just something with the building at our new apartment.
It does require a $25 deposit, which is refundable when you return the Cell Spot to T-Mobile. We called T-Mobile customer service on a Sunday afternoon and the Cell Spot was delivered Tuesday afternoon.
BTW: Every test I’ve done with Signal Spy since installing the device shows -60 DB every time.

Most carriers have a solution like this, however some charge for their device. Just wanted to pass that info along for anyone having signal problems inside. Here’s a link for more info:
https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-36766

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Progress, but Hulu still Has Work To Do.

After a few people on Twitter told my Wife of the accessibility of Hulu, I decided to give it a second try.
I had a free trial a year or two ago, which was long enough to decide I didn’t like the experience.

Hulu has made improvements but still has work to do. It was easier on this second time to navigate their main page & shows using screen reading software. (NVDA for me)
It was also easier than last time to select an episode and while a bit tricky, I figured out how to change seasons.
I am hoping that at least selecting a season will be done in the future by a standard combo box or something easier to access. I also didn’t have any problem playing an episode or selecting pause while watching a show.

These are things that were just about impossible for me to do the last time I gave Hulu a try. So thank you, Hulu, for the changes that have been made so far.

There is still no way to listen to a described audio feed, even for a show like The Simpsons which is available when watching the show on Fox.
I was also able to cancel the trial on my own, which I could not do last time. I used a link that was provided in my welcome e-mail from Hulu, there didn’t seem to be an easy way to get to those account settings from the web page.

So I’ll give Hulu a try again sometime in the future.
Steve

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Accessible Android App List December 2018

These are the apps I’m using on my OnePlus 6T wich is running Android Pie.

I use a combination of touch and an external bluetooth keyboard with my phone.

Since accessible has different meanings to people, your mileage may vary.

I use Google TTS with Talkback & also use the default Gmail app.

Amazing MP3 Recorder
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stereomatch.mp3.audio.recorder

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.contacts

Docs
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Envision AI
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai

File Manager
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oneplus.filemanager

Hangouts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk

Hangouts Dialer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.hangoutsdialer

Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

Pandora
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pandora.android

Podcast Addict
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

Podcast Addict – Donate
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddictdonate

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

The Weather Channel
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather

Tubi TV
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubitv

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Typing Hero
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sen.typinghero

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Voice
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

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May we pay our rent please?

Hey, The Crossing at Barry Road, if you want us to, you know, pay our rent on time, you might actually consider updating the website. I mean…I can wait until you get to the office today, but can you? My lack of payment isn’t for lack of trying. But my balance has shown as zero since I paid last month. I wouldn’t mind a free month of rent, but I doubt that’s really your intent. I do wonder why this process isn’t automated. Just seems so antiquated to wait through a weekend and a holiday for someone to come into the office and push a button so I can pay you.

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Question About Android Tablets

A friend asked me the other day about Android Tablets and wanted to know which one would be the best to ask for as a Christmas present later this year.
I haven’t used a tablet since I got my Chromebook. The Chromebook is my favorite thing to use other than my phone and laptop, but that doesn’t have to mean that is best for everyone.
Thankfully I’m a weekly listener to the All About Android show from twit.tv. In the most recent show they talked about news of new Android Tablets from Lenovo. One thing that really got my interest is they will be running Android Oreo and hopefully for my friend, will be available this fall / Christmas.
The two best tablets from the recent news I suggested are the Lenovo P10 & the Lenovo M10.
If you are interested in a tablet possibly this fall, here is the article from The Verge that I sent to my friend. I have also found a reference that the Lenovo P10 & M10 will be available from Amazon.
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/23/17770158/lenovo-tab-p10-m10-e10-e8-e7-android-tablet-oreo-go

If you are an Android user & fan like me, you might enjoy listening to All About Android. It is recorded live every Tuesday starting around 7 PM central time. You can listen to the live feed at https://twit.tv/live
If you can’t catch the show live, you can subscribe to the podcast in just about any client or go to the show’s site at https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android

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September 2018 Accessible Android App List

Below is a list of Android apps that I am currently using on my LG G6 from Sprint which is running Android 8.0
I use an external bluetooth keyboard (Logitech K380) along with touch to do things I want and need to do on my phone. Its with this combination that I consider these apps accessible. While the term accessible means different things based on what each person may need, you might find your mileage may vary.
I love Talkback and also use its great list of keyboard shortcuts. Here is a link to my blog with a list of Talkback Keyboard Shortcuts. https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/talkback-keyboard-shortcuts/

I’m fairly certain my next phone will be the OnePlus 6T later this or early next year. That depends on the Sprint / T-Mobile merger and my current lease with Sprint. I’m liking what I’ve read about the T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 6T as it will be customized to use the 600 MHZ. frequency that T-Mobile has available.
I like that the OnePlus 6T has a system wide dark theme. This is an accessibility need for some such as my Wife, who is low vision. I wish Google would get the clue that it isn’t just a customization choice and make it a regular part of Android.

I love making accessible labels with NFC tags. The ones I buy have a small section that is punched out and I loop a rubber band through to attach the tag to bottles of syrup, bags of coffee, laundry detergent and so much more. I buy them directly from Go To Tags. Here is a link to the tags I use along with NFC Labeler which is further down in this list.

https://goo.gl/vapmhq

I do try other apps and modify my list as I find ones that I like, so check back often.

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

Android Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&hl=en_US

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Envision AI
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai

Express (Google Express)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopping.express

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Gmail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US

Grocery (Walmart Grocery)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.walmart.grocery

Home (Google Home)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Skype Lite
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.m2

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

The Weather Channel
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

Tubi TV
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubitv

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

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New Coffee Maker & Info On How I Make Coffee

I got a new coffee maker a few weeks ago and thought I’d share the info and give a few tips on using it as a guy who is blind.

Hamilton-Proctor 46896 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker

https://goo.gl/pDkhcx

 

This makes very yummy coffee and its pretty easy to use. One of the things I like about it is the insulated carafe keeps the coffee hot, and not a heating element on the coffee maker. Once its done brewing, unplug the coffee maker, as it serves no other purpose.

There is a small display on the front, but its not a touch screen as some really fancy coffee makers have. There is a button on the left side of the display and a button on the right side. They are both large buttons and are easy to feel.
There are three small buttons under the display but those are only needed for setting the time on the display. The left button sets the brew mode and the button on the right starts brewing.
There are two covers on top of the coffee maker. The one closest to the front covers the filter basket and the one in back covers where you will add water.

So here’s my routine for making coffee.

I buy whole bean coffee & grind it with an inexpensive KitchenAid coffee grinder.

KitchenAid Blade Coffee Grinder BCG111OB – Onyx Black
$29.99
https://goo.gl/ZcDt3V
While the shortened link is to Google Express, I’ve seen it as low as $20 from time to time on Amazon. The link is just to make things easier, I get nothing in return, so shop around.

The metal grinding cup will lock into position by placing it into the groove and turning the cup clockwise to lock or counterclockwise to unlock. You turn the grinder on or off by pressing down on the lid or lifting up from pressing the lid.
It may take a couple times of inserting & removing the grinding cup to get the feel of the right position to lock the cup into the rest of the grinder.

Using a 1/4 measuring cup I place 3/4 of a cup of coffee beans into the grinder. I prefer a more coarse grind, so once I place the lid on the grinder & plug it in, its just three or four quick presses on the lid to grind the beans. Its one of those things it will take a few times to get the grinding to your liking. Buy a bag or two of some really cheap coffee at the grocery store to play around with. Unplug the grinder, as its job is done, and slide it to the side.

The coffee maker uses a #4 cone coffee filter that you can buy in any grocery or department store, there are about six that come with the coffee maker.

Place the cone coffee filter into the brew basket with its handle facing you. Open up the filter and gently spread it open as you lower the filter into the basket.
Take the lid off of the grinder if you haven’t already. Grab the metal grinding cup, and twist it counter clockwise to unlock. Lift it off of the grinder’s base and set it on the counter.
Take the brewing basket with filter inserted and place it upside down on the top of the grinder cup.
Flip it upside down, dumping the ground coffee from the grinding cup into the filter.
Place the basket with filter & ground coffee into its place on the coffee maker, handle side of the basket towards you and close its lid.

One of the things I like about the insulated carafe is it has a place on top of its handle where one would press down to pour the coffee into a mug, if you don’t press down on this small lever, nothing comes out of the carafe.
You can take the lid with lever off of the carafe by turning it in a counter clockwise motion. This is how you will put water into the carafe so you can pour it into the coffee maker.
Fill it up almost to the top of the carafe, leaving a little extra space, no need to totally fill the carafe.
Place the lid & lever part back onto the carafe so that the lever part is near the carafe’s handle and turn it clockwise. It doesn’t turn far and will be in the right place so you can pour the coffee later.
Play around with that step a few times of filling it up, replacing the lid and then press down on the lever and pour the water back into the sink if that helps you figure out the right levels and what it all feels like before making coffee.

Open the back cover on top of the coffee maker. Feel the opening on the left side. I place a finger there to help guide the carafe in my other hand and after feeling the small lip on the carafe, I line it all up with where the opening is on the coffee maker. Gently press down on the button near the carafe’s handle and water will come out. Slowly pour the water into the coffee maker. If you feel that you don’t have things lined up just right and you are spilling water, just take your finger off of that dispensing button and it will stop.
When the carafe is empty close the lid on the back of the coffee maker. In case any water dripped onto where the carafe goes, just wipe that area dry with a paper towel. Place the carafe into its place on the coffee maker. It may take a few times of inserting and removing the carafe to get it into place.
Plug in the coffee maker and move it around to a safe place on your counter where it won’t get bumped or knocked over.

One of the benefits of unplugging the coffee maker when its done making coffee is you get to start out with the default settings each time you make coffee and don’t have to wonder what it is set to.
By default it is on the regular brew setting. If you press the large button to the left of the display once it will be on the bold setting. Pressing that button twice puts it on the robust setting.
If you press the button too many times, just unplug the coffee maker for about 45 seconds and plug it in again.

The three modes, normal, bold, and robust control how fast water is placed into the brew basket. Normal is fastest and robust is slowest. This is something you will have to find your preference and maybe adjust it when making coffee for others.
I prefer the robust setting. You’ll hear the coffee maker dispense some water into the basket, take a break for a little bit and repeating this process until brewing is done. The three settings will control the fullness or strength of the coffee.
After selecting the brew strength, press the button on the right side of the display and brewing will begin.

You can get coffee before the maker is totally done by removing the carafe, pouring coffee into a mug, and returning the carafe back to the coffee maker. I choose not to do this as you only have about 20 seconds of time to have the carafe removed before the coffee maker will overflow and make a big hot mess. I choose to just play it safe and wait until its done.

You’ll know its done when you don’t hear the sounds of water being put into the basket and that common gurgling sound of a coffee maker as it gets near the end. One very minor thing I’d like to have as with my other coffee makers, a beep when its done but its not a deal breaker for me. A typical estimate of about 14 – 15 minutes on the slowest setting, robust might help you get an idea of how long it takes.

I bought it on Google Express. I’m providing a shortened link to make it easier to find. I don’t get anything in return for you buying it from Google Express.

 

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Accessible Android Apps June 2018 & Update For NFC Labels

This is the list of apps I’m currently using on my LG G6 which is now running Oreo.
I use a combination of a bluetooth keyboard and touch. It just depends on what I am doing in each app, its just a matter of what works easiest for me. That is why I consider them to be accessible. They may not be for you as we all have our own needs, abilities, & ways of doing things.

I’ve listed the app for our tempature & humidity sensor, thought I’d include some info for the sensor.
It is a little clunky in the first setup but once its setup and paired, its quick & easy to open the app, hear the average then a current reading. It uses bluetooth low energy. In pairing with the app, move the sensor over & around the screen. The sensor is a small square device you can put on a counter, on a desk, or anywhere out of the way. Talkback speaks the average and current readings just fine.

SensorPush Wireless Thermometer / Hygrometer for iPhone / Android – Humidity & Temperature Smart Sensor with Alerts
$49.99
https://goo.gl/56ZD2N

Here is a drop box link to my collection of .m3u files I use in the VLC app below. I keep them in a folder called AAA so its at the top of wherever I choose to copy the folder, internal or external storage on my phone.
Again, its a matter of how I do things for me, rename it or put the files in a place that works for you. You can also use these with a media player on your computer. AAA6-2018.zip
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4csihmplqepxmf9/AAA6-2018.zip?dl=1

I’ve used different email apps such as Aqua Mail which worked great & I loved, I’ve just taken a more simple approach to things lately with using the Gmail app & others that are from Google instead. Just something I felt like doing for now.

One last update…
I was going to share a link to the NFC Tags I use with both the NFCLabeler app and the MacroDroid app but noticed Amazon, the place I bought them from is out of stock.
I contacted the company that makes the tags and they replied to me within about two minutes. You can buy the tags directly from their store by going to:
http://store.gototags.com/nfc-pvc-badge-ntag213/

If I can be of any help, feel free to contact me on twitter (@blindbites) or you can email me (steve@blindbites.com).

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Express
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopping.express

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Gmail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US

Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lens
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.ar.lens

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Skype Lite
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.m2

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

The Weather Channel
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

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Accessible Android Apps May 2018

This is a list of the Android apps I’m currently using on my LG G6, which is still running Android 7.0.

The list does change from time to time as I try new apps for awhile. I’ve learned that sometimes an app which might not have worked well for you six months ago has had some changes and now works great. If you know of an app like that, don’t forget to install it again and see if anything has changed. My experience with that was the Gmail app.

I use a combination of an external keyboard (Logitech K380) and touch. It just depends on the app & what I am doing. This combination makes these apps accessible to me. We all have different accessibility needs, so your mileage may vary.

AccuWeather
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accuweather.android

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

LastPass Authenticator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.authenticator

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Google Express
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopping.express

Files Go
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nbu.files

Find My Device
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Google Play Books
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.books

Google Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

Gmail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US

iHeartRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clearchannel.iheartradio.controller

Keep
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

OneDrive
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.skydrive

ParcelTrack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uberblic.parceltrack

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

Reply
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.area120.reply

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Voice
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

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Adding A Shortcut For Chrome

Here’s a feature of the Google Chrome browser you may not know about that can save you time.

When you are on a web page in Chrome, you can add a shortcut to your desktop in Windows. When you press enter on that shortcut, Chrome will open to that page you made a shortcut for.
If you use Gmail on the web, doing this can make things super easy and fast to go to the gmail site.

First, open Google Chrome and go to the page you want to make a shortcut for.
Once you are there and everything is loaded, press alt f to open the menu in Chrome. Use the cursor or arrow keys to move to More Tools and press enter. Move to Add To Desktop and press enter.
You will now be in a dialog asking you to name the shortcut. Chrome will have a suggested name but enter whatever you want to call it. Tab to add and press enter.

A new shortcut will now be on your desktop.
Next time you want to go directly to that site, just go to your desktop and press enter on the shortcut.

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My Chromebook Experience 6 Months Later

For the past six months, I’ve been using a Samsung Chromebook Plus and I am still impressed with this great accessible device.
One note, my comments and use are based on someone who is blind. A Chromebook is also very useful to others, especially someone who doesn’t need the complexity of a Windows PC. A Chromebook has Accessibility built in, but if it isn’t needed, you don’t have to turn it on.

First, its not for everyone. For those who might not know, a Chromebook is a small laptop that is running a version of Google’s Chrome browser as its operating system, ChromeOS.
It also runs Android apps, which just adds to the many things one can do with a Chromebook. For the Android apps, it uses Android’s screen reader, Talkback. ChromeOS has its own built-in screen reader, ChromeVox.
Both are easy to use on a Chromebook and its easy to get, or interact with a list of keyboard commands.
These aren’t the same commands that one might use with PC screen readers such as NVDA or Jaws, but that is because this is a Chromebook and not a computer running Windows.
This is why there is a learning curve involved but there always are things to learn with a new or different device. The keystrokes are very logical and easy to use.
One item that is different is the modifier key. On a Windows PC using NVDA for example, you would hold the insert key then press another key. In ChromeVox it is the search key, which you might know better on a regular keyboard for a PC as the caps lock key.
One easy method for navigating a web page using ChromeVox is to hold the search key and use the 4 arrow, or cursor keys. Yes, those keys exist on a Chromebook too. One can simply navigate by heading by pressing search and h. You can move to the next button on a web page with search b. Pressing search shift and h will move you to the previous heading, search shift b will move you to the previous button. This is what I mean by saying the keyboard shortcuts are logical.
If you forget the shortcut or just want to explore the list of ChromeVox shortcuts, press search and period. You’ll be in a list you can explore and will hear what the keyboard shortcut does, along with the keys to press. You can also just hit enter on an item in the list to perform that shortcut. That option is great for those times you remember that there is a shortcut that does what you want, but its one of those things you don’t need to do often enough to remember the command.

I have changed how I use my Chromebook since I got it & took it out of the box. At first I wanted to try different Android apps and experience the differences in using an app on the Chromebook versus using the same Android app on my phone. As time passed and I got more comfortable using a Chromebook, I uninstalled some of the apps for Twitter, email, and other social type apps. My Chromebook has now turned into a device I can go to when I need or want time away from news, tweets, and just have some me time. I can of course go to gmail.com in the Chrome browser to read or send mail, there’s just nothing bothering me that I have five new email messages or three new mentions. When I’m using my Chromebook with headphones or a headset plugged in, all of that stuff can just wait.

Just like many things I can choose how I do things. Using the Chrome browser I can go to Netflix and watch a show. I can also install the Android Netflix app and watch something that way. It gives me freedom to do things my way, after all, as I mentioned earlier, its a great way to have some me time.

The Samsung Chromebook Plus has two USB C ports, a standard headphone jack, and a MicroSD card slot. It has built in WiFi and thanks to the variety of things one can do with a USB C port, I use a Ethernet or wired network connection. There are many things you can add using USB C to add options to how you use a Chromebook. I also have a hub which has three standard USB ports and a Ethernet port. That makes it easy to use a wired USB headset and connect a flash drive, external hard drive or other devices and only use one of the two USB C ports on this Chromebook.

So if there are things you usually do or are willing to do in a browser, a Chromebook might be for you. The same extensions for Chrome on your PC are available for Chrome on a Chromebook. I use LastPass, U Block Orgin, and other extensions on the Chromebook too. One of the nice features, if you use Chrome on your PC, its super easy to sync your settings, extensions, and bookmarks between the two devices.

I’m very happy with the accessibility, general use and features of this Chromebook. It gets frequent updates to the OS, doesn’t have the problem of a virus or malware one might get on a PC and if should anything ever mess up your Chromebook it has a Power Wash feature which very quickly resets your Chromebook to factory defaults. Once you sign in again, all of your settings are there.

You can have multiple users, each person can have things their way, without it messing with anyone Else’s perfect layout and preferences.

There are allot of online tutorials, guides, and support for Chromebooks. Lots of other Chromebook users willing to help. So even though you might use a Chromebook for “my time” you don’t have to be alone if you need some help.

There are many great resources online, a simple Google search will likely find what you need, but here is one of many places to help you get started.

http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/posts/using-chromevox-your-chomebook-video-tutorials

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Backing Up Application Data

As we are getting closer to the date the Spring 2018 Windows 10 update roll out starts, April 10, 2018 there is one area of backing up your data you might not know about.
Its the Applications Data folder in Windows 10. This is where your programs keep their settings and data files.
Having a copy of these folders sure makes things get back to normal a bit faster after doing a fresh install.

Its just a matter of after the reinstall process is done, going to where you store your backed up data, USB flash drive, external hard drive, etc.. copy those data files back onto your computer and you are set. Well, of course after you install the program again 🙂 .

There are other folders that are actually quite large where these data folders are stored that we don’t want to backup & restore, such as the Microsoft folder.

I’m going to walk through this as if I was copying the folders from my computer. The three main data folders that I want from my computer are the Mozilla folder which has Firefox settings, bookmarks, & add-ons, Thunderbird folder, & TwBlue. To go to where these folders are stored press the windows key and type: “%appdata%” without the quotes and press enter.

Through the magic of Microsoft you are now in the roaming folder.
It helps to not be currently using the programs for which you are going to copy their data folders, some programs don’t like that.

The first one on my computer I want to copy is the Mozilla folder, just arrow down to Mozilla and press control c to copy.
Either press windows key and r to enter the drive you want to go to & save this folder or press Windows key and e to open File Explorer, arrow to the drive you want and press enter. Once you are at your external drive, press control v to paste the folder. I repeat that for the Thunderbird and the TWBlue folders.

Should the time come that I need to wipe the drive and install Windows 10 from a USB Flash Drive and start over, having these program data folders makes getting up and going again faster.

If that time comes, its just a matter of reversing the steps. Go to your external drive, copy the data folders. Press Windows key and r. Type in %appdata% and press enter.
Unless you have already installed, as in my example, Firefox, Thunderbird, and TWBlue, you shouldn’t see any of those folders in the Roaming folder after a fresh install of Windows. So just paste the data folders from your external drive in the folder.
After you install the programs again, there will be all of the settings for Firefox and the other programs I mentioned in the example of my computer.

After a fresh install of Windows 10, if you installed Firefox and the other programs before copying the data folders from your external drive, just delete the data folders for each program that are in the roaming %appdata% folder. Its not a good idea to copy your backed up data folders over existing data folders, sometimes you get a little of this and some of that which causes problems.

Knowing about the folder that %appdata% takes you two can also be handy if you ever want to clear out a program’s settings and just start over from scratch. You could delete the data folders for Mozilla etc.. and the next time you run Firefox, it will recreate its data folder and act like you just installed for the first time.

There is allot of hidden and system stuff in the Microsoft data folder, so its best to just leave that one alone.

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Accessible Android Apps March 2018

These are the apps that I’m using on my LG G6, which is still running Android 7.0 but I’ve heard sometime it’ll have Android 8.1.
I use a combination of an external keyboard (Logitech K380) and touch to do what I need or want to do.
That combination of options makes these apps accessible to me, so that is why I consider them accessible. Everyone is different & has different needs, so your mileage may vary.
I post this list of apps that I’m using for a couple of reasons. The first is for those either new to Android and looking for some accessible apps to install, or those looking to see what other people are using, maybe someone looking to try a different app. The other is if I ever have to do a factory reset on my phone, I’ve got a list of my installed apps online with links to the play store. I use the My App List app, which you’ll find below to generate the list.
If I can be of any assistance, you can contact me at @blindbites on twitter or steve@blindbites.com via email.

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

AquaMail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail Pro Unlocker
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail.UnlockerMarket

Authenticator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.authenticator

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

Files Go
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nbu.files

Find My Device
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Google Opinion Rewards
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks

Google Play Books
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.books

Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

iHeartRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clearchannel.iheartradio.controller

Keep
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

OneDrive
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.skydrive

ParcelTrack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uberblic.parceltrack

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

Reply
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.area120.reply

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Skype Lite
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.m2

Storm Radar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twc.radar

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Voice
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

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