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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Info On Missouri Blind Pension Lawsuit Agreement

Below are links & info I tweeted this morning in reference to the news I found on a proposed agreement in the Missouri Blind Pension lawsuit.

MO Blind Pension Lawsuit Agreement – FOX 14 TV Joplin
http://www.fox14tv.com/story/37626234/mo-blind-pension-lawsuit-agreement

Here is the proposed agreement in the Missouri Blind Pension Lawsuit that both parties will ask to be approved on March 30, 2018 https://dss.mo.gov/pdfs/class-action-settlement-agreement-022818.pdf

From what I understand by reading the proposed agreement, no later than August 1, 2018 DFS will mail claim letters to all who are eligible. I’m not a legal scholar but there is some text about those eligible not needing to return a claim form, maybe someone more knowledgeable will confirm that wording. Also DFS will post electronic copies of the mailed letters on their web site. I also read that all payments are to be made before May 15, 2019.

 

Update:
This clears up some questions I had earlier about the Missouri Blind Pension Agreement.
State, blind Missourians settle lengthy fight over payments
http://www.newstribune.com/news/missouri/story/2018/mar/01/state-blind-missourians-settle-lengthy-fight-over-payments/715615/

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Be My Eyes Introducing Specialized Help

I received an email announcing a new service from Be My Eyes and wanted to share it with everyone. Maybe you work for a company that would like to be involved in this great service.

 

// Handheld iPhone displays the Be My Eyes app’s Specialized Help feature.

 

Introducing Specialized Help

We are thrilled to announce the newest feature in the Be My Eyes app: Specialized Help – a better way to connect with businesses and organizations when you need assistance with their products or services.

//

 

Hi Steve,

As you know, Be My Eyes is here to help you tackle a wide range of visual challenges as you go about your day. Until today, Be My Eyes has randomly connected you to a volunteer to solve daily tasks. Some tasks, however, require specialized assistance.

Contacting customer support through email or by phone isn’t always ideal. Direct communication with a business’s customer support agent could be a more vision-friendly alternative and less time consuming for you. If someone from the company could see the issue in real time, issues with their products or services could be resolved more efficiently.

So we’ve strategized a way to better assist you: enlisting the help of representatives from companies whose products you use all the time. It’s our sincere pleasure to introduce Specialized Help. This new feature means that a trained company representative is available to answer questions or help you tackle issues with speed and in-depth solutions. Maybe you need help figuring out how to use an unfamiliar product, or you might want to interact on a company’s app or website while on the phone with their representative. With Specialized Help, it’s easy to get in touch with businesses and organizations when you encounter a challenge with their products or services. And as always, it’s completely free.

The next time you update your Be My Eyes app, there will be a second button added to the main screen to take you to the Specialized Help Menu. Clicking “Specialized Help” will lead you to the list of companies with representatives available to answer your call and assist you through a live video connection. Each business profile will include descriptions of their services, hours of operation, and supported languages.

// Handheld iPhone displays the Microsoft company page under Specialized Help

 

Microsoft is first to join

Microsoft is the first company joining our platform to offer Specialized Help and maintains their mission to empower every person on the planet to achieve more. Included in that mission is a program aimed at offering free technical support to the disability community – Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

*“Be My Eyes provides a new and innovative way for our customers to get technical support,”* said Neil Barnett, Director Disability Answer Desk, Microsoft. *“With a simple tap, customers can access the Disability Answer Desk from their phone to get the help they need with Microsoft products and services.”*

Be My Eyes is on a journey with Microsoft to help more people utilize technology as a means of empowerment to achieve more in their daily lives. Starting today, Microsoft agents will be available through Be My Eyes Specialized Help to users in *Australia, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa and the United States* offering assistance in English. If you need help with Windows or Office products just give them a call.

//

 

Who Would You Like Us to Bring Onboard Specialized Help?

At the present moment, you have the option to contact Microsoft. Improving the customer service experience takes time, rest assured, but more companies from a variety of fields will join the Specialized Help platform soon. Your feedback is of tremendous value to us. If there are businesses and organizations that you may seek assistance from and would like them to a part of the Specialized Help platform, please let us know, and we will do our best to include them. You can simply respond to this email or write us at info@bemyeyes.com <mailto:info@bemyeyes.com>. It is our hope that Specialized Help will provide a better way to connect you with businesses and organizations.

Best regards,
Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Be My Eyes Founder

 

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