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.

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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.

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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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My Chromebook Accessories

Chromebook Accessories
Below are items I have purchased as accessories to my Samsung Chromebook Plus. They are items that either make things easier or just are helpful to have.

This is just my personal opinion, not anything based on personal use. There are USB Flash Drives from several brands that have a USB C connection on them. If you read the reviews for each brand, there is one thing in common. Several reports of part of the drive’s case breaking off after a short time. So I decided to just use a regular USB 3.0 Flash Drive and use an adapter so it will connect with a USB C port.

All of the items below were purchased at Amazon.com. The shortened links will take you to the product page for each item. I’ve tested all of the links, but just in case one doesn’t work for you, a search of the item name should help you find the item. Prices are current as of the day this is posted.

AmazonBasics USB 3.1 Type-C to 3 Port USB Hub with Ethernet Adapter.

$23.99
https://goo.gl/fygEg3

This hub has three regular USB connections on top, along with an Ethernet connection on one end, and on the other end is a wire with a USB C connector on it. This will allow you to use a wired network connection with your Chromebook along with connecting three USB devices all from one USB C port.
Often I will have my wired headset (see below) into one of the USB ports on top and maybe a Flash Drive if I need to copy a file to or from my Chromebook.

AUKEY USB C Adapter, USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter 2 Pack
$7.49
https://goo.gl/fiCREK

These will attach to the end of a regular USB Flash Drive and will let you plug it into a USB C port.

Logitech USB Headset H390 with Noise Cancelling Mic
$32.95
https://goo.gl/j1sDYQ

I use this headset with the hub I mentioned above. Its great for Skype calls or voice conversations on my Chromebook. The Chromebook I have along with most newer models available will run Android apps. Skype is also available from their web site interface, which is very accessible.

USB C to HDMI Adapter (4K@60Hz) by uni
$19.99
https://goo.gl/F4KxeY

This will let me connect my Chromebook to a larger monitor or television. I don’t do that often. The main reason I bought this, if I ever need my Wife to look at something on the screen for me, I can put it on a larger display which makes it easier for her to see.

HSEOK Laptop Sleeve Case for 13-13.3 Inch
$9.99
https://goo.gl/hnKQLA

This is the sleeve I put my Chromebook in when I take it out of the house. My Chromebook Plus fits in there and its not so tight that one has to stretch the case in order to close the zippers but at the same time there isn’t so much free room inside that the Chromebook is going to be in constant motion. Its just right. There is an outside zippered pocket that has plenty of room for your charger, a few extra cables, the hub, the HDMI adapter and a few USB drives.

Sandisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter.
$39.99
https://goo.gl/2Ebn59

Most modern Chromebooks will accept up to a 256 GB Micro SD card but for my needs the 128 GB cards are just fine. There is a big price difference between the 128 GB and the 256 GB cards and for now, I’ve got plenty of space available on my smaller 128 GB card.

If you have any questions or if I can be of any further help, please feel free to send an email to: “steve@blindbites.com”

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Accessible Android Apps I’m Using & A Rant About Accessibility

Below is a list of apps that I’m currently using with my LG G6. As of when I’m writing this, my phone is still running Android 7.0.
I use a combination of touch and an external bluetooth keyboard (Logitech K380) and that is what makes these apps accessible to me.

I want to take a moment and talk about some thoughts and beliefs I’ve seen going around lately as I think this is important.
First, as a person who is totally blind I believe that both smartphone platforms, Android & IOS are accessible. Accessible can mean many things to different people. That is because we all have abilities and skills that may vary as we are all different in one way or another.
That in no way indicates that one person is better than another because they have a skill somebody else doesn’t have, its just part of what makes us individuals.

I’ve read many messages and tweets from a person who has been using one smartphone platform for many years, then they briefly try to use the other one. Some people will think they should be able to use the same way of interacting with the phone as they are used to with their own device. The person will soon become frustrated as this other device doesn’t work the same. They’ll soon give up and declare the different device needs to be fixed before they would call it accessible or even useful. This goes both ways with Android & IOS, as I’ve seen it from both sides.

Just because they are both smartphones should not imply that they work the same. That would be like giving someone who has used one brand & model of coffee maker for the past five years, a different brand and model of coffee maker to use. The buttons are different, they do different things and if you use the thinking of, I pushed the top left button on my old coffee maker, I’ll just push the top button on this new coffee maker and it should do the same.

The person needs to take the time to learn how to use the new coffee maker as they realize pushing that top button does not give them the same results.
There are some people that choose to not learn how to use the new coffee maker and make a decision that it doesn’t work right and it needs to be fixed. There is no way a person could make coffee with this piece of junk.
They will tell people, Oh I used that coffee maker once, it doesn’t work, so I went back to my coffee maker I’ve been using for the past five years, it works great and is accessible.

However, that coffee maker they say is accessible, may not be accessible to you. Maybe you cannot lift your hands high enough to press the buttons, or maybe you don’t have the feeling in your fingers to know if you pushed the button or not. The person claiming it is accessible doesn’t know that it is not that way for you.
It takes time and learning to use something different. To use something different from what you are used to and not learn how to work with the new device then claim it doesn’t work is not fair to others as they read your comments and that person isn’t being fair to them self.

One last example and I’ll end this rant.

A person has been driving a car with automatic transmission for the past 10 years. Their car needs some repair and while their car is in the shop, you loan them your car that has manual transmission. Its the car you have been driving for the past ten years.
Your friend has never driven a car with manual transmission and they think it should work just like their car with automatic transmission does. They don’t ask any questions or check to see if there is anything different they need to do.
They get in the car with manual transmission, turn the key and the engine doesn’t start. They start pushing the gas pedal, moving levers and switches and can’t get the car running. After several tries and several words, they get the engine started but don’t know what this stick coming out of the floor is used for. They take another 10 minutes as steam is rising from their ears, bang their fists on the dash, and say this thing doesn’t work. It isn’t accessible and has a long way to go before it would be useful. They turn the car off, remove the keys and go inside.

This is what I’ve been reading lately in email and on Twitter and this sort of thinking needs to stop.

Now on with the apps that I’m using.

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

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

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

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

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

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

Weather Timeline
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samruston.weather

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

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A Request To Online Sources Of Tech News & Information

My Request To Popular Tech Sources

I have a request for places like Twit.tv, The Verge, arstechnica, and other popular sources for tech information. Produce a few articles or segments now and then about the technology making lives better for people with a disability.
I’m not asking for a weekly or even monthly item, but maybe focus on one area of disability a couple times a year.

This is why I’m asking. There was a time in my life when I did not have a disability. Contrary to what some out there may think, not every person who is blind was born that way.
I had a job at a small alarm company here in Kansas City. I usually worked the midnight shift and things were often pretty quiet around 4 AM, especially on a Sunday morning. I would have the television on, just for some background noise, as I was the only person in the office at that hour.

I remember a early morning, community interest show one Sunday. They interviewed a local guy who is blind and showed how he could still use a computer. Remember, at the time I had 20/20 vision and no disabilities.

That show stuck in my head, as I was a long time computer geek. I said to myself, if I ever become blind, at least I’ll still be able to use a computer, life won’t be so bad.

Fast forward about two years and I’m in the emergency room after going from perfect eyesight without glasses, to having no vision in one eye. That happened in less than twenty four hours. Another twelve hours or so later and I was totally blind in both eyes.

The one thing that stuck in my mind was that early morning community interest show and I told myself, you can still use a computer, life isn’t so bad.

That was all twenty four years ago and while the two rare forms of lymphoma I had back in 1994 are long gone, I’m still totally blind and am still using a computer. Yes, life isn’t that bad.

So I’m asking these popular sources of technology information to help share info from time to time. There are many disabilities out there and technology that can help make life better for each category, even things for people who have more than one disability.

Maybe there will be someone like me, or a friend or family member who sees your article or episode and files it away in their brain until the time comes they can share it with someone.

This is an amazing time in history to have a disability. My focus of course is what I know and use. To live in a time when both smartphone platforms have free built-in accessibility services, broadcast television has tv shows that include a descriptive audio channel so I know what is happening visually in what I’m listening to. Even streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video produce new shows & movies and include description for their content. Talking thermostats, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, digital assistants like the Amazon Echo or Google home are all available.
I use many of the same smartphone apps that you use. I send & receive text messages, help whoever is driving navigate to our destination, and even sometimes make a phone call.

Many people who have a life changing event may not know of what is available. When I became blind in 1994, I didn’t know anything about being blind. I didn’t have any family members or friends who are blind. It was that one show that got me started and that is why I ask these sources of tech info to produce and share the information to help others.

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Talkback’s Global Context Menu

Global Context Menu
I wanted to take a moment and show non android users the powerful options that are available in the Global Context Menu.
This is available from anywhere you are while using an Android device, assuming you are using Talkback.

To open it, just move down on the screen then move right. Some people make the gestures more difficult than they need to be. This doesn’t have to be a perfect 90 degree angle, Talkback is very forgiving. So move down the screen then without picking up your finger, move right.

you will hear

Global Context Menu.
These are the items available.

Read From Top
Read From Next Item
Repeat Last Utterance
Spell Last Utterance
Copy Last Utterance To Clipboard
Pause Feedback
Talkback Settings
Text To Speech Settings
Dim Screen

A couple very time saving items are accessing the Talkback settings or the Text To Speech settings. One could get there by going into the settings menu, then either to Accessibility and then to Talkback to get to its settings, but the Global Context Menu makes that easier to access. Its the same with Text To Speech.

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Copy & Paste With Talkback

I helped someone with copy & paste using Talkback and just sharing the tip I sent. Hi,
Here’s what I do for copy and paste.
Have Talkback speak whatever you want to copy.
Open the global context menu with the down then right gesture. Double tap on copy last utterance to clipboard.
Go to wherever you want to paste the text that was just copied. For example a text message.
Double tap on the edit box as if you were going to type in there with the on screen keyboard. Open the local context menu with the up then right gesture.
The first item there is paste. Double tap on that and the text that was just copied will be pasted into the edit box.

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The CAT User’s Manual

I saw this being passed around on twitter, its so great, I had to share it here.
I did spend some time trying to find the name of whoever wrote this great manual but did not find any name in other sites that had the same document. Just know it wasn’t me, as I’m only passing it along.

The CAT User’s Manual
CAT v. 7.0: Completely Autonomous Tester
User Installation and Documentation
CAT System Specifications
• User Friendly
• Mouse Driven
• Self Cleaning
• Energy Saving Standby Mode When Not In Use
• Self Portable Operation
• Dual Video
• Bi-directional Audio Input/Output
• Primary and secondary output ports: high-speed serial port for streaming data and standard parallel port for data blocks. • Auto search Routines for Input Data
• Autocracy for Output Bin
• Instant Transition (<2 nanoseconds) Between Standby and Full Power Mode • Manufactured by MOMCAT in batch mode

Production Details
After basic KIT construction, the unit undergoes six weeks of onside ROM programming and burn-in testing. Listed features are installed during this period. Since MOMCAT uses local suppliers, there may be variations between units. MOMCAT’s quality assurance may reject inferior units. Users may sometimes salvage rejected units. Beware of Far East clones. These may violate import restrictions.

Transporting Your CAT
A suitable transportation case should be used for transportation to the operating site. Failure to properly ship a CAT unit may result in loss or damage to the unit and serious injury to the user.

Installation Procedures
Upon receiving the CAT unit, the user should examine the unit to verify that all I/O channels are operational. Look for minor bugs in or on the system. Bugs are indicative of the MOMCAT production environment. The user may manually remove any bugs.
Bring the CAT to operation in an environment temperature at 20º C (±3º tolerance). Use a quiet room with the primary user(s) present. Open the transportation case and let the CAT unit auto exit. Initialize the self learning program catfind() by displaying the input bins. These should contain H2O (liquid state, room temperature, 99% purity) and dry energy pellets. Immediately afterwards, display the output bin.
If the user already has a CAT unit successfully installed, it may be possible to download BASIC routines to the new CAT. For the first day or two, the CAT will stay in self learning mode. When the learn buffer overflows, the CAT will auto switch to sleep() mode. This is normal. The MMU system will store the new information to permanent memory. After 72 hours, the CAT will be interacting with the operating environment.
The unit may be placed in direct sunlight. CAT units are operational in all axis: standing, sitting, or laying down. If all basic environment requirements are satisfied, the CAT system will produce a slight hum. This is normal.
A new CAT should not exit the primary site facility. Full portability comes after extensive burn in. Some users never let the CAT unit auto exit the site. The advantages are longer unit life and fewer bugs. Contact with pirate CAT units may lead to unplanned BATCH iteration. Contact with untested CATs may lead to virus infection. If allowed to exit, some CAT units may try to port across a street. Fatal errors may happen. If you decide to let your CAT out, it should have a READ_ME.TXT file with a system address and URL which identifies the host site.
Your CAT should have a system name. The name may need to be reinitialized repeatedly until the system can read it correctly. This lets you issue voice commands to bring the unit to an online state. Many owners give their CATs a secret password as well. You can also get the CAT’s attention by booting the system. While this is effective, it is discouraged. Too much booting will abuse the system. Such units will sit across the room with its back to you.

Applications for Your CAT Unit
At present, there are few productivity applications for CAT. MOUSE is a killer app. This is pre-installed.
Many owners use their system for game playing. CATs play best when they are young. Older units suffer a system timing decay which leads to reduced response and flexibility. Some CAT games are:
• CACHE: The CAT will CACHE a data string. Similar to the K9 unit game, but the object must be smaller.
• JUMP: Move the data string through the air. The CAT unit will reach new heights of operation.
• MIRROR: Place the unit in front of a mirror and watch it attempt to parse itself. Some units may ESCape. Reboot the system by calling its name.
• CHASE: Played between two CAT units or a CAT and a K9 unit. Units take turns as one is the data and the other attempts to parse it. • SING: Offer fishy data code to elicit a range of audio output. • BUGHUNT: Some CAT units are very efficient bug hunters.

Maintenance
• CATs will self-recharge. This takes 20 hours in a 24 hour cycle.
• CATs are self cleaning and require little user maintenance. Do not clean the unit with alcohol or benzine-based solvents. This may lead to a violent explosion.
• A CAT unit should be taken once a year to a VET (Very Expensive Technician) for a system checkup.
• Do not attempt to open a CAT. There are no user serviceable parts inside. If a unit emits strange smells or sounds, it should be serviced immediately by a VET.
• You may examine the rear of the CAT unit to determine if it has a male or female scuzzy port. CATs with a male port may emit a non-toxic aerosol. The VET can remove this component. CATs with female ports are plagued by periodic heating problems. The VET can fix this permanently by removing an internal part. Such systems run unix.
• In senior CAT units, male scuzzy ports can become blocked, leading to extensive VET visits and serious performance limitations.

Warning Notices
• CAT systems are user-friendly. However, in certain documented situations, a CAT may pose a danger to the user. Repeated jamming or obstruction of I/O ports may lead to deployment of auto-defense systems. Never attempt a first strike on a CAT system. Its CPU clock rate made to milspecs and thus classified, but JANE’S FIGHTING FELINES notes that a unit was seen by ham radio operators to be apparently moving at 500 mHz. Twin D-shaped five-pin spike connectors have an average seek rate of 3 nanoseconds. The manufacturer is not responsible for injuries to the user. These spike connectors require monthly maintenance to avoid damage to site furniture. • Do not poke anything into the CAT’s I/O ports. CAT may BYTE.
• In dry, cold weather, a surface electrostatic charge may build up. To avoid electric shock, stand on an insulated surface. • Do not operate the CAT above water. This may lead to end-user damage. • Carry a CAT firmly. Do not swing it by its “tail”.
• The self-programming feature of the CAT unit may introduce functions that are not user-friendly. For example, the CAT will quickly associate display of the transportation case with a trip to the VET or the offsite storage facility. In such instances, the CAT will self-initiate the ESCAPE mode. This requires the user to employ SEEK and CAPTURE programs to reestablish control of the CAT in order to place it in the transportion case.

Unit Service Life
• As CATs become older, the learn program will recognize every situation. The CAT may become too smart for its own good.
• CATs like to have their own toys. They often have hobbies, such as bird watching or studying tropical fish.
• If you properly care for your CAT, it will give you years of loyal service. Many users get a second unit. Most users don’t need the extra capacity, but they enjoy the ability to run complex simulation games.

Downtime Storage
If the user will be absent from the host site for an extended period, provision for CAT maintainence must be provided. Options are:
• Offsite storage. This may cause errors in user-associated CAT programs. Some reprogramming may be required.
• Onsite maintainence by contractors. Contractors must have full access to the host site. They should provide full I/O service to the CAT and forbidden to boot the system.

Lifetime Warranty
• The CAT unit is guaranteed against catastrophic failure. Nine coupons are included.
• If the unit operates in networks that experience heavy traffic, some units may use all nine coupons in one confrontation. This can lead to system failure.

Documented Problems
• The Ctrl key on many CAT units is defective. This may lead to serious command-and-control problems.
• Do not install a BIRD unit at a site which has an operational CAT unit. These systems are not compatible. The BIRD unit may be erased permanently.
• The CAT unit’s self-cleaning feature has a capacity limitation. The unit’s recycle bin eventually fills and then empties without warning.
• CAT units have an internal clock. These normally initialize automatic programs (CLEAN, etc.) These cannot be reset by the user. The internal alarm clock often goes off 30 minutes before the user’s alarm clock.

System Features
• Models = Main frame, desktop and laptop models (smallest footprint in the industry). Available in 15 inch, 17 inch, and 19 inch sizes. • Interface = Touch sensitive interface for maximum user friendliness. • Memory = Not much. Upgrades available real soon now.
• Expected Lifetime = 15 years with ± 72 months (although 20 years are common). • Weight = 3-6 kilograms without optional cables.
• Speed = 3 nanoseconds search/find with self-uprighting supertwist technology.
• Color Graphics = Either paper white, monochrome (black/white), 64 grey shades, or maximum of 16 million colors with 40 terrabits of high resolution floating point pixels. • Sound Chip = 16 octaves, digital MIDI output (MI/OU).
• Power Consumpution = 250 grams protein daily (2 micrograms per second.) • Operating Range = -30º to +45º C (-22º to 105º)
• Vibration = 5-500 Hz, one octave/min, dwell at all resonance points.

Contacting CAT Technical Support
It’s not a bug, it’s a flea. Our highly trained technicians are ready to help you. As soon as they wake up from their nap.

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A Few Christmas Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas things.

This song has very special meaning to me. A few years ago, this wonderful lady & musician I followed on Facebook asked for suggestions for Christmas songs for her and her Sister to record.
I told her that with her voice, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas would sound wonderful.
A couple of weeks later, I logged on to FB and had a notice saying this song is dedicated to Steve Clark, because he asked for it. Merry Christmas Susan & Caroline, wherever you are and thank you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WTF3ATEWEE

This song has a great story behind it. Its one that everyone needs to hear, especially in times of conflict. The lesson can apply to more than just those at war. Christmas In The Trenches

I am a very silly person, it is what keeps me still a kid at 45 years old. This movie is one of my favorites. It has things like a penguin named Martini, who doesn’t like to be shaken or stirred. People with names like Richard Stands, who thought the Pledge Of Allegiance was about him. Another person named Round John Virgin and Olive, the dog even has a pet flea named Fido. Olive, The Other Reindeer

As a kid born in 1972, the Muppets were a part of my life. I have memories of laying on the floor in front of the television watching The Muppet Show.
I remember when A Muppet Family Christmas was on television. Pay attention at the end to the guy who comes in to do dishes, its Jim Henson. That part always brings a few tears to my eyes. A Muppet Family Christmas

 

Due to a high level of spam on comments, I’ve had to turn those off.
If you would like to contact me, send email to:
“steve@blindbites.com”

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My First Chromebook – What I’ve learned

My First Chromebook

I recently got a Samsung Chromebook Plus and I am loving it more each day I learn to use it.

This, as with many things, isn’t for every person. It is basically the Google Chrome Browser inside a laptop. The difference between a Chromebook and running the Chrome Browser on your desktop or laptop is the Chromebook is much more secure.
You are also in a limited environment which is part of what makes it more secure than running Chrome on Windows or a Mac.
There isn’t the chance to get a virus or malware as easy as on a computer. If something gets messed up on your Chromebook, its very easy to reset it to factory settings, then once you log in again, all of your settings are there.

Current model Chromebooks will also run most Android apps.
One way to test if you might like a Chromebook is to spend time only using the Chrome Browser on your computer.

There is a bit of a learning curve involved, but its the same with anything new and different. Don’t be one of those people who uses commands from one platform on another platform, then complain it doesn’t work the same. You can’t use the same commands for Windows 10 on a MacBook. You can’t use your Samsung TV remote on your LG TV.

I’ve been watching Netflix, streaming audio, getting weather information from my favorite app I use on my phone, using Aqua Mail to send & receive email, etc…
My Chromebook has a USB C port, microsd card slot, headphone jack and it has a touch screen.

There are lots of tutorials and guides out there. Here are a few I’ve collected in my learning process, which by the way is just getting started. I wanted to share what I’ve found so far.

First a few keyboard commands I’ve found to be very helpful.
When you hear reference to the search key, it is the same as the caps lock key on a regular keyboard.
If you press the search key twice, it will lock the key so you can then use just the web page navigation keys when browsing a web site. Press the search key twice again, to toggle it off.

Listen to what ChromeVox is telling you when navigating to items. You might hear it say to press search and space bar to enter text or press search and enter to click or activate an item.

If after you login and don’t seem to be finding the Chrome Browser, try opening a new tab by pressing Control t.

One way of getting to the Chrome Book settings is to press control shift backspace.
That will take you to the section to delete data, but if you press the escape key, you will be in the settings.

Here are some more ways of getting to settings, thanks to some helpful people online.
Type:
chrome://settings/
in the OmnyBar
(The address bar)
NOTE:
chrome://extensions
will also get you to your extensions.
you can also tap “alt” and press up/down until you hear “settings”.

 

To get to the shelf area at the bottom where there are items for the launcher, chrome, docs etc is to press alt shift l. You might need to press the tab key or press the search key and an arrow key to move around. You’ll just have to find what works best for you.

If you have a current Android phone you can use it to login to your Chromebook after everything is setup. There will be more info provided by ChromeVox. This is in the settings section.

Remember, you are not going to break anything by messing up a setting. Don’t be afraid to power wash and reset it to factory defaults if something stops working.

Getting Started with ChromeVox on Chrome OS
http://www.chromevox.com/chromeos/getting_started.html

Using ChromeVox on your Chromebook: Fundamentals

Using ChromeVox on your Chromebook: Intermediate Skills

Master Chrome OS With These Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts
https://www.howtogeek.com/189324/master-chrome-os-with-these-chromebook-keyboard-shortcuts/

Here’s Every Chromebook Shortcut You’ll Ever Need
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/heres-every-chromebook-shortcut-youll-ever-need/

40 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3237230/chromebooks/chromebook-tips-for-maximum-productivity.html

If you have any questions or suggestions, send an email to: steve@blindbites.com.

 

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A Dollar Can Go A Long Way

A Dollar Can Go A Long Way

It seems like everybody and their group are asking for donations these days. Here is some information on two places I make a monthly donation to, and if you are someone who has a couple of extra dollars at the end of the month, maybe you can do the same. I’m not asking you to go broke helping others, just if you want to help make a difference and you are able to do so, just consider.

TWBlue
There are very few Twitter clients for Windows that are accessible to people like myself, who are blind and use screen reading software. Sure, there are many Twitter clients for Windows, but only a few work well with screen reading software.
My choice of clients is TWBlue. The developers are open to user requests and feedback. Just to show a few examples of this, I sent a tweet to the TWBlue developers asking if there could be an option to make a monthly donation. They already had things setup for a one time donation and for some reason it wasn’t displaying in English. About an hour later I got a reply saying the option for a monthly donation was now in the form and it would now display in my language.

I and many others asked them if they could provide an easy way to use a snapshot version of TW Blue so we can experience recent updates and also help provide feedback with issues in the software that are found. This request was answered just a few days later and they now offer a download of the program with recent updates but may not be ready for prime time.
This is the kind of developer I like to support when I can. I’m not wealthy, but I happen to have a couple of dollars that I can send their way to help with the behind the scenes cost of developing software. I want to help keep this great accessible program going for years to come.
So if you are in a position where you want to help by donating a dollar a month, or for those who can, even more, consider this great and needed project. You can setup a monthly or even just a one time donation at the following link. https://twblue.es/donate/

NVDA
The other place I send a dollar or two each month is to the developers of a wonderful and free screen reading program. There are non-free options out there but they are expensive, requiring many people to get a state agency to purchase the program and to purchase updates.
NVDA or Non Visual Desktop Access is totally free. They receive donations that help with the costs involved in developing the program, just as with TWBlue.
Many people who are blind don’t have $895 to purchase commercial screen reading software and have to pay ongoing fees for updates. NVDA is totally free and is used by people in many countries. It is updated several times each year and new features are always being added, even features that those commercial screen reading programs haven’t quite figured out just yet.
So, again, even a dollar or two will help. You can setup a donation for NVDA by going to: https://www.nvaccess.org/donate/

You can download TWBlue at:
https://twblue.es/

You can download NVDA at:
https://www.nvaccess.org/

Please, there is no need to feel bad if you can’t make a monthly or even a one time donation. Both of these programs are free. One needs to take care of things at home before you can be able to send money to others, I understand that. You can still help by sharing this information with others. Maybe you’ll help someone discover TWBlue or NVDA and enhance someone else’s life.

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An Open Letter To The Blind Community

The following was written by a friend and I totally agree.
Steve

An Open Letter To The Blind Community

As a member of the blind community, I wanted to weigh in on this issue that Apple had with the developer of Blindfold games.

It is my understanding that Apple simply wished for the developer to adhere to their App store guidelines. I am going to take an educated guess that these guidelines were probably known upon the onset of this app relationship with Apple. Even if they weren’t, they are still the guidelines that Apple has put forth. When you get a job or go to school, you have rules to uphold. Why is it that we can’t see ther easoning for upholding such guidelines that Apple and other company’s may have in place?

It is my opinion that we as VI members of society should not have special sets of rules applied to us simply because we want to play accessible games. Rather than Apple having to bow down and bend over to make these games continue to be available to us, the developer should have simply agreed to do the right thing. From a legal standpoint doing the right thing is abiding by the wishes of your contractors or those who agree to house your games.

For blind people to jump on this band wagon so that they can continue to play games because this developer refuses to adhere to Apple’s wishes is appalling to me. One of these days, people are going to stop bending because of the blind card. Keep that in mind when you shout and scream for Apple and other organizations to bend over for you. Someday the issue is going to be more important and they are going to be tired of giving in.

Apple has always been a big proponent of accessibility for the blind. Remember this the next time you want spoon fed like a child.

April

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Accessible Android Apps November 2017

Below is a list of accessible apps that I am using on my LG G6.
I use a combination of either touch or a Bluetooth keyboard to interact with the apps on my phone.
I can do what I want in these apps, so I consider them accessible, at least for me. Your mileage may vary.
I use a Logitech K380 Bluetooth keyboard.
Note the app listed below as “Authenticator” is the LastPass app to verify its you logging in on a new device. Its very accessible to use but a pain to setup, I got help with that.

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

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

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 TalkBack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback&hl=en

Google Text-to-speech
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.tts&hl=en

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

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

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

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

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

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

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

Vocalizer Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts

Weather Timeline
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samruston.weather

Here is a DropBox link to my collection of .m3u files that I use VLC to play on my phone. I keep them in a folder on my phone called AAA that way its always at the top. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ncwuvp7giwik7aq/AAA.zip?dl=0

Make Accessible Labels With NFC Tags
https://goo.gl/hyfi9n

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Example of going to a link in Tweetings

I wrote this as a post to the Eyes-Free Google Group and thought I’d share the info on my blog for those who might be interested and are not on the Eyes-Free email list.

There was a discussion about the accessibility of Android Twitter apps and the ability to click on a link that is in a tweet.
The info below is what I sent to the list, so those who don’t use Tweetings, the app I use can get a look into how accessible clicking on a link is with Tweetings.

I thought I’d try to share the experience I have with Tweetings.

The contents of the tweet below was copied using the copy last utterance in TalkBack.

I’m not going to promise someone, it is this way in each and every tweet every single time, just an example of a tweet I opened.

I Opened Tweetings, opened the menu in the upper right corner and selected Jump To Top.
That is where that option is based on the layout I’m using.
I moved my finger down the list of tweets and heard this:

BlindBeader, New blog post: Your Fear is Not my Reality
blindbeader.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/you… #Disability #Employment #ND… less than a minute ago

I double tapped on that to open the tweet.
Talkback read the title and I started moving my finger down the screen.

New blog post: Your Fear is Not my Reality
blindbeader.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/you… #Disability #Employment #NDEAM

After reading that, TalkBack said Double Tap To Activate, Double Tap & Hold To Long Press.
Double Tapping on the text of the tweet opened the blog post in Chrome.

If I move further down the screen with my finger I hear the number of likes for this tweet.
Talkback reads:

3, Likes, Out of list
Then says Double Tap to Activate.
If I double tap on that, Tweetings opens a screen showing the 3 people who have liked it and info from their profile next to their name.

I used the back gesture to go back to the previous screen.

Moving down to the next item, TalkBack reads:
View on blindbeader.wordpress.com
and I hear Talkback say Double Tap To Activate.
Double tapping on the above info also took me to the blog post in Chrome.

I tried this with four other tweets that had a link to a web page and had the same experience.
Oh, forgot to mention, all of the details of the tweets were in a list.

Just sharing my experience,
Steve

Here is a link to Tweetings For Twitter on the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings&hl=en

Here is a email address you can send a new message to & join the Eyes-Free Google Group. Its a list of people using Android phones, tablets & sometimes other devices. Its a great group of people with a wide range of devices and also a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. “eyes-free+subscribe@googlegroups.com”

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List Of Accessible Android Apps October 2017

This is a list of accessible apps I’m currently using on my LG G6. I use a Logitech K380 keyboard along with touch with these apps. I am able to do what I need to do in these apps, so I consider them accessible, your mileage may vary.

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

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

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

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

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

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

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

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

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

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

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

Vocalizer Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts

Weather Timeline
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samruston.weather

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

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A Brief Trial Of Hulu

A Brief Trial Of Hulu

Yesterday I did a brief trial of Hulu. I’m calling it brief because I encountered enough to know it isn’t a service for me.

I knew going in that Hulu doesn’t have television shows or movies that are described like Netflix and Amazon Video offers, so my disappointment isn’t related to that.

I created my trial account on the hulu web site then added the app to my Fire TV.

One thing that I noticed with the Hulu app on Fire TV is they offered an easy way to sign in, that I wish other apps would offer. Other than signing in the normal way with an email address and password, the Hulu App has an option to let you sign in on a computer and it gives you a code to enter on the web site.
The instant that I pressed enter from the web site, I could tell the app on Fire TV was activated.

Navigating the Hulu app worked the same as the Netflix app and the Fire TV. The exception with the Hulu app is only so many shows or movies were able to be in a list at a time. After that there is a more button. When you press select and down arrow, using the Fire TV remote, you hear nothing. There are items there, if I press select, something is selected but I have no idea what.
In the Netflix app and in Fire TV everything is available for you to scroll or arrow through, everything is spoken by Voice View.

The other big show stopper for me is trying to play previous seasons of a tv show. I can play the current season of The Simpsons or South Park just fine, but I couldn’t find a way in the Hulu app on Fire TV to do this.
I know its possible because its available in the Netflix app and also shows that are on Fire TV.

I felt like I was more restricted in what I could do using the Hulu app compared to what I can do with the Netflix app or content available on Fire TV.

Lastly, I tried to cancel my trial subscription on the Hulu web site. The option was there on the screen to cancel a subscription but there was no way I could activate it using screen reading software. I had to get my Wife to cancel the subscription for me. She told me it wasn’t an easy process as Hulu tries hard to not let you cancel even a trial membership. After several questions and surveys and are you really really really sure, she was finally able to cancel.

Hulu has got some work to do if they want my business. I’m willing to pay for a subscription, even a higher priced one for no ads. First they need to make their Fire TV app fully accessible. Anyone from Hulu only needs to use the Netflix app with Voice View to see how its done right.

Hulu should at least pass along the audio description for shows & movies that already have it. The Simpsons has been described for many years and to hold it back is just a slap in the face to their customers who are blind or visually impaired. It is their choice to not include description on shows or movies they produce, but at least allow that content to get to your customers if its already part of the program.

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New Phones & Accessible Apps

In addition to the accessible apps that I’m using, I thought I’d include info on the new phone I got and accessories.

My Wife and I got rid of our Note 5’s and now have the LG G6.
It was time for a new phone and there wasn’t anything in the Note 8 that interested me.
I considered the Essential phone but am a bit hesitant to buy from a company who has never sold a phone before. I’m sure it’ll work fine, I just don’t want to spend my money to be the one to find out.
There were other phones that I looked at but one of the things I require is NFC. I use it with NFC tags for labeling items all through our house. Some companies like Lenovo decided to disable NFC in the United States, because they think we don’t use wireless payments enough. They don’t know that NFC can be used for more than payments.

The best phone out there that meets my needs is the LG G6. It was after a 5 month follow up review from Android Police saying its still working fine and no issues that I decided it was time to upgrade.

The one item that I didn’t buy for my new phone was a Micro SD card. I had a 128GB card and the 256GB cards are just too expensive right now, at least for my wallet.

USB C Cable RAMPOW Type C to USB 3.0 Braided Charging Cable
https://goo.gl/B5FTWi

I got these cables to use with the charger I got with my phone. I keep that charger plugged-in behind the couch and these longer cables make it easier for me.

LG G6 Case, (Savant – Black) (Wallet Card Storage) Premium PU Leather Wallet (Slim Portfolio https://goo.gl/mngGTc

I prefer a case that covers the screen. Its just one more layer of protection. It has a magnetic clip that keeps the case closed. You can fold the cover of this case towards the back and the magnetic clip will hold the cover there, in the open position.
There aren’t any problems with connecting a cable for charging or data transfer, using the fingerprint sensor / power key or the camera. This is a nice feeling case that enhances the phone.

Wireless Charger, CHOETECH Qi Wireless Charging Pad
https://goo.gl/UuMvF2

The LG G6 doesn’t do fast wireless charging, but that is okay for me. I keep this charging pad on my night stand. It is a non-slip charging pad and its easy to put the phone on the pad and I’ll hear within a few seconds if the phone is charging, or if I need to reposition the phone on the charging pad. Since I do this overnight, it doesn’t matter that it isn’t fast charging. This charging pad does work through the case on my phone.
When I wake up in the morning, the phone is a little warm from the overnight charging, but it isn’t hot.

HARDKING LG G6 Screen Protector, [2 Pack]
https://goo.gl/LsiG1w

This screen protector has a nice feel, no issues with responsiveness, and keeps the screen from getting scratched or damaged. We keep an extra set of these around, just in case we’d ever need to replace the one on the phone.

Accessible Apps
This is a list of the apps that I’m using on my LG G6. I use a bluetooth keyboard, touch, or sometimes a combination of both in an app. I can do what I need to do in these apps, so I consider them to be accessible. Your mileage may vary.
I’m using the Vocalizer Nathan voice with TalkBack and I use a Logitech K380 multi-device bluetooth keyboard.

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

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

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

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

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

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

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

NextRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextradioapp.nextradio

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

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

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

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

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

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

Vocalizer Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts

Weather Timeline
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samruston.weather

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

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Accessible Android Apps August 2017

This is a list of apps that I’m currently using on my phone.
I consider these apps to be accessible for me as I can use them by touch, external keyboard or a combination of both.
I publish this list to offer apps that are accessible but also as a suggestion in case you are looking for a different app that might be easier to use.
I use a Logitech K380 keyboard with my phone, again because its accessible for me. It easily slips into my backpack, has a power switch on the left edge, and you switch devices by pressing the F1, F2, or F3 keys.

Acapela TTS Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

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

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

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

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

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

File Manager
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fm.clean

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

IDEAL Currency Identifier
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ideal.currencyid

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

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

NextRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextradioapp.nextradio

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

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

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

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

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

SwiftKey Keyboard
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey

TalkBack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback

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

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

If you would like a copy of my collection of .m3u files that I use with VLC, here is a DropBox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7cz8kk107yy7rzf/Streaming.zip?dl=0

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Collection Of Audio Streaming Files

Below is a Drop Box link to a zipped copy of the 25 streaming media files that I have on my phone.
I use VLC on my Samsung Note 5 to listen but since they are just .m3u files you can listen to them on your computer or any device / player that will stream these files.

Its a collection of channels from BananaVision, Blindy TV, News, Old Time Radio streams, The Listen Factor, & Twit.TV.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7cz8kk107yy7rzf/Streaming.zip?dl=0

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Making Thunderbird Accessible

Thunderbird is the e-mail client that I use. It has all of the settings for G mail and many other popular e-mail services.

One way to download and install ThunderBird is to go to ninite and download their installer which will make it very easy. You can go to their accessible programs page at: https://ninite.com/accessible

Thunderbird can be very accessible but there are a few changes that need to be made. Below you’ll find how I have the settings in ThunderBird for my use. I use it with NVDA and this setup works very well for me.

One of the first things you’ll find after setting up your email account is ThunderBird’s Calendar.
I find it a pain and its easy to disable, Press tab or shift tab until you get to:
alert Thunderbird now contains calendaring functionality by integrating the Lightning extension. Disable button Alt+D
After pressing space bar on disable you’ll hear the following message:
alert Lightning will be removed the next time you restart Thunderbird. You can add it again at any time using the Add-ons Manager.
You should restart ThunderBird at this point either by using alt F4 to exit or pressing space bar on the restart button.

In the main screen of Thunderbird
Press alt followed by V for the View Menu.
Today Pane subMenu T 1 of 3
Show Today Pane F11 checked o 1 of 1 level 1
Press enter on that item to uncheck it.
You’ll hear this message after unchecking that item:
alert Lightning will be removed the next time you restart Thunderbird. You can add it again at any time using the Add-ons Manager.
You should restart ThunderBird at this point either by using alt F4 to exit or pressing space bar on the restart button.
After you restart you’ll find that the Today and Calendar options that were in the View menu have gone away.

In the main screen of Thunderbird
Press alt followed by v for the View Menu.
Toolbars subMenu T 1 of 3
I have all of the ToolBars in this section unchecked.

Layout subMenu L 2 of 3
Classic View radio menu item checked 1 of 3 level 1
Message Pane F8 not checked 3 of 3 level 1
The message pane is not something I use, you can toggle it on or off by pressing F8 from within Thunderbird if you want to use it.

To get to Thunderbird’s Options from the main screen press alt, followed by t for tools then o for options.

General 1 of 8
When Thunderbird launches, show the Start Page in the message area check box not checked

When new messages arrive: grouping
Show an alert check box not checked
Show a tray icon check box not checked
Play a sound check box checked

Display 2 of 8
Advanced tab selected 3 of 3
Open messages in: grouping
A new message window radio button checked 2 of 3

Composition 3 of 8
General tab 1 of 3
Confirm when using keyboard shortcut to send message check box not checked

Composition 3 of 8
Spelling tab 3 of 3
Check spelling before sending check box checked
Enable spell check as you type check box not checked

Those few changes should make a big difference in the accessibility of Thunderbird.
If you would like to disable the ability to click on a link in email, you can find directions in another blog post at: https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/how-to-disable-links-in-thunderbird/

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A Health Insurance Experience

My Health Insurance Story

It is not the intention of what I’m sharing to move you to either side of an issue related to health insurance, I just want to share what I experienced.

In late November of 1993 I moved out on my own and started a new job. I was told I could have health insurance through my job after 90 days. I went ahead and selected the best plan my employer offered based on what I could afford. The coverage was just for me, no spouse, kids, or even a pet at that time in my life at twenty years old.

As someone out on their own for the first time, I’d usually work overtime whenever it was offered. Always happy to come in early or work late to earn a little extra money.

In February 2004 I started to have a few minor health issues. Nothing serious enough to go see a Doctor, just things I’ve experienced in my life. Things like headaches or earaches related to allergy problems.

One day at work I sold some office equipment to a customer and moved the heavy box from a shelf to a cart to take it outside. The customer brought his truck to the sidewalk outside the store and while the box was heavy, this young, bold, stupid guy didn’t ask anyone for help and lifted it into the back of the customer’s truck. Sure, it was heavy, but no big deal. I went back inside and finished my day.

That night I had some back pain. I figured okay dummy, that is what you get for not asking someone to help lift that heavy box.
The pain got worse through the night. Thankfully I wasn’t scheduled to work the next day.

I called work and found out where I needed to go for a work related injury. Thankfully it was a clinic just across the street from where I worked.
I went in and explained what happened to the Doctor. He examined me and said it appears I just pulled some muscles. I got a prescription for some muscle relaxers. He told me if it isn’t better in a few days to come back.

Well a few days later it wasn’t any better. I went back and the Doctor sent me to a back specialist. I saw the back specialist a few days later. He did more testing, x-rays, etc…
He said he didn’t find anything that would lead him to believe it was anything more than some pulled muscles. He gave me a few prescriptions for better pain meds and all seemed like it’d be okay in a few days and I’d be back to work.

I got the prescriptions filled, it wasn’t too expensive without insurance, my ninety days at the new job hadn’t been reached yet. I went home, took my meds and rested.

The next morning I woke up and could not see out of one eye. Until then I always had 20 / 20 vision, never a need for glasses or any problems at all related to eye sight.
Thankfully I could still see fine out of the other eye. I followed my instincts and called the back specialist. Told the office staff what was going on and they got the Doctor on the phone. He told me that nothing he prescribed could possibly do that. He wanted me to get to my primary Doctor right away. He said medically there isn’t anything he can do but he said, I’ve got your primary Doctor’s info that I gave him in all of the forms I filled out for my appointment the day before.
The back specialist said I will call your primary Doctor, tell him what is going on and tell him you are on your way in. He said, I can at least do that and save you some time. I thanked him and told him my Mom doesn’t work far from where I was living at the time, I’ll call her and have her take me to the Doctor.

We did that and about 35 minutes later, Mom was helping me into the Doctor’s office. I was 21 at this point and had been seeing the same primary doctor since I was about 15. I could tell that my Doctor was concerned as he was waiting for me with a wheelchair. He said we are going to go across the hall and see an eye Doctor.
He wheeled me across the hall and straight into the eye Doctor’s exam room. They both looked in my eyes and saw swelling. At that time we were only a few miles from a hospital. My Doctor said we can call an ambulance or you can have your Mom take you, it really didn’t make a difference since we were so close to the hospital.
So Mom took me, thankfully my Doctor called the hospital and told them to expect me.

For the rest of the afternoon and evening, I was a pin cushion. Every possible question was asked of me as to recent activity, lifestyle, etc.. Lots of personal questions but I didn’t care as they were trying to find out what is going on with me.

Thankfully they were able to stop the swelling that afternoon.
It took awhile to figure out what was going on with me. In the meantime we gave all of the info to the hospital for billing etc… I didn’t remember when my health insurance at work started. I gave them the info and was told they’d check on it.

I soon found out that I needed to work two more days for my health insurance at work to become active. It didn’t matter that at this point in my new job I had worked more than 40 hours in overtime, I learned it had to be two days of regularly scheduled shifts. They had even started taking the payments for insurance out of my paychecks at this point, I figured the insurance was active.

So we fought with the insurance I didn’t seem to have at work, they wouldn’t make any changes. We had to fight with them for about a month to refund the insurance payments they had already been taking out of my paycheck.

During this time I was now totally blind, that happened overnight during that first night in the hospital. They finally figured out what was going on. I had two very rare forms of cancer and had a 1 in 10 chance of living six months.

After hearing what I went through with the insurance at work, one of my Doctors in the hospital, I had about 7, told me he talked with the other Doctors on my team and they’ve agreed to not charge me. He also said, the group of them was going to petition the hospital to use their charity fund to write off any expenses I’d have from the hospital part of the charges. The Doctor said I shouldn’t have to pay in a situation like that.

Time went by and I never saw a bill from the hospital or Doctors. I was home after a total of two and a half months in the hospital and living with my Mom and her boyfriend. They soon got married, which was a very good thing for me. My new step Dad worked for a large company that provided their own insurance, they just paid an insurance company to do the paperwork. Due to my age and that I was living with my Mom and step Dad, he could add me on to his insurance at work, they had no pre-existing conditions.

I’m very thankful for that. I was still going back and forth to the hospital for outpatient radiation treatments. Sometimes some of my I think white blood cell counts were so low, I’d have to get a series of shots to help boost them.
I had a home health nurse at this point who came by at least once a week, I think sometimes a bit more often, as needed.

She told me the series of two shots she was giving me cost around $200. Without health insurance there was no way I could have been able to pay for that.

I was very lucky to be on my step-Dad’s insurance and he and my Mom had the funds to pay for prescriptions and stuff until he could get the money paid back to him from work.

So a situation where a young guy, out on his own for the first time. I had a job, living on my own and after becoming blind pretty much overnight, learned that I only had to work two more days to have health insurance. As I said, they had already started taking insurance payments out of my paycheck.

Its more than 23 years later now and I’m fine, no cancer and if becoming blind is the only big effect of what the cancer did to my body, I’m very lucky. Sure there are some minor problems from time to time and I get yearly skin checks because of all the radiation I had in 1994, but I’m alive and well.

I now have Medicare and Meddicaid as my health insurance. While I don’t get sick very often anymore, I fear what options I’ll have if there are major cutbacks to my insurance the next time a problem with my health comes up and I need to go to the Doctor or Hospital.
I’ve already lost access to my Dentist due to cutbacks to Medicaid from the Governor of Missouri. I cannot afford to pay out of my pocket for regular cleanings and any procedures that need to be done.

One thing that needs to change in this country is our elected Senators & Representatives shouldn’t be able to have a better level of health care than the people who elected them.
Let the people we’ve sent to Washington DC worry about if they can afford to go to the Doctor.

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Brief Demo Fire TV Accessibility

I created a brief demonstration of the accessibility of Fire TV along with its Netflix app and Amazon Music.
Its nothing fancy or edited but if you are interested here’s a drop box link to the mp3 file.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w65ix8ui9u0fgsq/firetvdemo.mp3?dl=0

One item I meant to include in the demo and forgot…
If you get a Fire TV and it seems to only be offering content in Ultra HD and you don’t have a 4K television, go to the Display & Sound settings and change the Display from Auto to 1080p. That fixed the problem for me.

I do prefer the Fire TV over the Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV allows for a wired Ethernet connection, 5.8GHz WiFi, as well as a 2.4GHz WiFi connection.
We were getting too much interference with the Fire TV Stick as it only works on the 2.4GHz WiFi.
Also, since the Fire TV is larger than the Stick, the Fire TV connects to your television via a HDMI cable, instead of just plugging into a HDMI port on the television as the Stick does.

Amazon will split the cost of a Fire TV over five months. You do pay taxes with the first payment. You’ll find more about that option on the Fire TV page at Amazon.

Here is information from Amazon on pairing the remote and enabling Voice View. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202105320

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A List Of Described Content On Netflix

Shows & Movies are added or removed on a regular basis. This list is current as of the date this posted to my blog.
Netflix also has a large amount of programming that is not described but still enjoyable to watch.
There are many ways to watch content from Netflix and they have various pricing plans based on how many devices you want to be able to use at the same time. Their plans are month to month and you can cancel your subscription at any time. They offer a full access thirty day trial as well. One feature that I like is each member of your family has their own profile. I can watch the shows that I like and receive suggestions on other shows and my Wife can do the same, without crossing the streams.

I do have Netflix setup to use on my computer, android phone, and our Fire TV. While all of those options are accessible, the Netflix app on Fire TV is a wonderful experience. Fire TV is my favorite but its nice to have other accessible options as well.

13 Going on 30
13 Reasons Why
13TH
6 Years
About a Boy
Abstract: The Art of Design
The Adventures of Puss in Boots
Africa
Air Buddies
Alice Through the Looking Glass
All Hail King Julien
All Hail King Julien: Exiled
Amanda Knox
Anger Management
The Angry Birds Movie
Anne with an E
Antz
Armageddon
ARQ
Arrested Development
Ask the StoryBots
Atlantis: Milo’s Return
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Audrie & Daisy
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
Backstage
Barry
Beasts of No Nation
Beat Bugs
Being Human (U.S.)
The Bernie Mac Show
Best and Most Beautiful Things
Better Call Saul
Between
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
The BFG
The Big Short
Bill Nye Saves the World
Black Mirror
Blank Check
Bloodline
Blue Jay
The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
Bob’s Broken Sleigh
BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish
Bokeh
Bomb Girls
Bones
Border Security: America’s Front Line
Bottersnikes & Gumbles
Brahman Naman
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Bruno and Boots: Go Jump in the Pool
Buddy Thunderstruck
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile
Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe
Burn Notice
Burning Sands
Call the Midwife
Can’t Buy Me Love
Captain America: Civil War
Captive
Care Bears & Cousins
Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales
Case
Casting JonBenet
Castlevania
Charlie St. Cloud
Chasing Cameron
Chasing Coral
Chef’s Table
Chef’s Table: France
Chelsea Does
Chewing Gum
Chicken Little
The Cleveland Show
Clinical
Coin Heist
Cooked
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Counterpunch
Crashing
Crazyhead
Creep
Criminal Minds
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
The Crown
The Cuba Libre Story
Cuckoo
Daddy Day Care
Danger Mouse
David Brent: Life on the Road
Dawg Fight
Dear White People
The Deep
Degrassi: Next Class
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Déjà Vu
Derek
Dinotrux
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
The Discovery
The Do-Over
Doctor Strange
Dolphin Tale
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dream House
Drifter
E-Team
Easy
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane
Electricity
Ella the Elephant
The Emperor’s New Groove
Enemy of the State
Ever After High
Extremis
F is for Family
Family Guy
Fangbone
Fearless
Finding Dory
The Finest Hours
Five Came Back
Flaked
The Following
Free Rein
Friends from College
Frontier
Frozen Planet
Full Out
Fuller House
The Fundamentals of Caring
The Furchester Hotel
George of the Jungle 2
The Get Down
Get Me Roger Stone
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Girlboss
Girlfriend’s Day
Glee
Glitch
Glitter Force
GLOW
Goosebumps
Gotham
Grace and Frankie
Greenleaf
Gridlocked
Gypsy
H2O: Mermaid Adventures
Halo: The Fall of Reach
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Happy Valley
Haters Back Off
Hemlock Grove
Holding the Man
Holidays
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Hot Bot
Hot Girls Wanted
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On
Hotel Beau Séjour
Hotel Transylvania 2
House of Cards
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Hugo
Human Planet
Hush
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
iBOY
Imperial Dreams
Indiscretion
Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget 2
Internet Famous
Into the Inferno
The Investigator: A British Crime Story
The Ivory Game
Johnny English Reborn
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
Judge Dredd
Julie’s Greenroom
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids
Justin Time GO!
Kazoops!
Keep Quiet
The Keepers
Keith Richards: Under the Influence
The Killing
King Arthur
Kong: King of the Apes
Kronk’s New Groove
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs
Kung Fu Panda 3
Lady Dynamite
Last Chance U
The Last Kingdom
The Last Nazis
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Leap Year
Learning Songs by Little Baby Bum: Nursery Rhyme Friends
Legend Quest
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship
LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape
Leroy & Stitch
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Lilo & Stitch
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch
Little Baby Bum: Nursery Rhyme Friends
The Little Prince
Longmire
Los Punks: We Are All We Have
Lost & Found Music Studios
Love
Lovesick
Luna Petunia
Luther
Mac & Devin Go to High School
Mack & Moxy
Magic Mike
The Magic School Bus
Making a Murderer
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure
Malcolm in the Middle
Manson Family Vacation
Marco Polo
Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes
Margarita with a Straw
Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas
The Mars Generation
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!
Marvel’s Daredevil
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Mascots
Masha and the Bear
Masha’s Spooky Stories
Masha’s Tales
The Mask You Live In
Master of None
Medici: Masters of Florence
Mercy
Merlí
Mickey’s House of Villains
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
The Mighty Ducks
Mindhorn
Minions
Moana
Monster Math Squad
Moonrise Kingdom
The Most Hated Woman in America
Mother with a Gun
Mr. 3000
Mr. Magoo
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show
Mulan 2
My Beautiful Broken Brain
My Father the Hero
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree
Narcos
NCIS
Netflix Presents: The Characters
New Girl
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
Notes on Blindness
The OA
The Office (U.K.)
The Office (U.S.)
Okja
One Day
One Day at a Time
Orange Is the New Black
The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir
Other People
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
Pac’s Scary Halloween
Pacific Heat
The Paradise
Paranoid
The Parent Trap
Parenthood
Parks and Recreation
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
Penny Dreadful
Pete’s Dragon
Peter: The Redemption
Phenomenon
Piglet’s Big Movie
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
Popples
The Prestige
Print the Legend
Project Mc²
Puffin Rock
Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale
Queen of Katwe
Quiz Show
Raising Hope
The Ranch
Rebirth
The Ref
Richie Rich
The Ridiculous 6
River
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood
Royal Pains
Sahara
Salinger
Salt and Fire
Sand Castle
Sandy Wexler
Santa Buddies
Santa Clarita Diet
Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Sarah & Duck
Sausage Party
Scream
The Search for Santa Paws
Secret of the Wings
Sense8
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Sherlock
Shimmer Lake
The Siege of Jadotville
Sirens
The Sixth Sense
Sky High
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Skylanders Academy
Slugterra
Small Crimes
SMOSH: The Movie
Snow Buddies
Some Assembly Required
Space Buddies
Special Correspondents
Spectral
Spirit: Riding Free
Spotless
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Staten Island Summer
Stitch! The Movie
StoryBots Super Songs
Stranger Things
Super Why!
Switched at Birth
Take Me
Take the 10
Tales by Light
Tallulah
Team Foxcatcher
Theo Who Lived
Three Fugitives
The Three Musketeers
Tig
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Titanic
To the Bone
Tokyo Trial
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Tracks
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys: Xmas Special
Tramps
Travelers
Trollhunters
Trolls
True Memoirs of an International Assassin
Turner and Hooch
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Valley Uprising
VeggieTales in the City
Virunga
Voltron: Legendary Defender
W/ Bob & David
W1A
Wallander
War Machine
The Waterboy
We’re Lalaloopsy
Wet Hot American Summer
What Happened, Miss Simone?
White Chicks
White Collar
The White Helmets
White Rabbit Project
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Win It All
The Windmill
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Word Party
World of Winx
XOXO
You Get Me
Zootopia

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Accessible Android Apps July 2017

This is a list of the Android apps that I’m currently using. The apps I use change from time to time, so check back to see what’s new.
I use my phone via touch, an external Bluetooth keyboard or sometimes, a combination of both. It just depends on what I’m doing.
These apps work for me, so I consider them to be accessible. Your mileage may vary. I use a Logitech K380 multi device Bluetooth keyboard.

Acapela TTS Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

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

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

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

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

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

File Manager
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fm.clean

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

Gboard
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin

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

IDEAL Currency Identifier
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ideal.currencyid

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

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

NextRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextradioapp.nextradio

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

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

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

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

TalkBack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback

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

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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