Online Security. Keeping All Parts Private.

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Join Garth in his very early morning coffee as he hosts this latest episode of Audio Pizza. Kayakker returns to give us his opinions, advice and tips on online security issues. Oh, and Shaun gets shot in the first 30 seconds.

First up for discussion is Trumps repeal of U S Broadband privacy rules, meaning that your internet provider is again free to sell your details, such as browsing history, to other companies. This story has been big news everywhere but is there really anything to worry about? Kayakker then goes on to tell us just how secure http and VPN can help.

Next, we discuss phishing and password best practice. How do you know if that email from your bank, Paypal or Amazon etc is real or fake and should you ever click on the link they send? Short answer to the latter is No. Kayakker shares his story on how easy it is to get fooled.

To finish up this episode full of great sensible advice, we admit that, like lots of other people, we tend not to follow our own advice when it comes to passwords. Using the same password for multiple sites or not changing passwords regularly are things we are all guilty off. Hey, we never said we were perfect…

KNFB Reader for Windows 10 Review

 

KNFB Reader on mobile devices has proven itself to be one of the most reliable and convenient ways of reading printed text.  With a easy to use user interface specifically designed for use by the visually impaired and fast document processing, the promise of truely  useful Optical Character Recognition was finally delivered.

Now, KNFB Reader has come to Windows 10 but with Windows 10s shaky start when it comes to accessibility can KNFB Reader stand proud with it’s iOS and Android cousins?  Lets find out.

This audio was originally created for the RNIB Tech Talk show on RNIB Connect Radio.  If you enjoy it why not check out the Tech Talk show.  Search for RNIB Tech Talk in your favourite podcast app.

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KNFB Reader
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Installing Reaper with OSARA and SWS on the Mac

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In this Episode I’d like to give you a very brief introduction to the DAW, Reaper. It is an extremely powerful multi track audio editor that is cross platform, working on Mac and Windows. I will be concentrating on the Mac version however most of what is covered is also applicable to Windows.
You can find download links at the end of this post for Reaper and OSARA. Reaper is the application and OSARA is a plugin created by NVAccess which makes it more accessible – OSARA: Open Source Accessibility for the REAPER Application. I would also recommend installing an additional plugin called SWS which expands the functionality and usability of Reaper, link also below.

Whether you are on Windows or Mac, you will want to install all three, Reaper, OSARA, and SWS. To quickly check you have OSARA installed, hit the up or down arrow once you’ve opened Reaper, if VO reports “No Tracks” then your good to go.

Okay, so all installed? Cool, lets go. You can use VoiceOver to explore the interface, however almost everything you’ll need is available with keyboard shortcuts.

When you start Reaper for the first time, it will prompt you to set an audio device, go ahead and do this. If you don’t do this initially, you can access the preferences by pressing Cmd+P, and going to Devices in the tree view. Whilst in Preferences, I’d recommend going into Paths and setting a location for peak files to be saved.

Shortcut Help

F12 will toggle on and off keyboard shortcut help. This is an invaluable tool both when your new to Reaper or even when you’ve been using it for a while. When toggled on, Voice Over will report the action that is bound to whatever key/s you press. I recommend making liberal use of it.

The Actions List

Pressing F4 will bring up the Actions List. You’ll be placed into a search field that lets you filter the thousands of actions down to the one you’re looking for. Once you’ve done this, you can see the shortcut, or shortcuts that are assigned to it. If there’s not currently an action assigned, you can also add the shortcut from this dialog. The Import/Export button will allow you to import a another key map over your existing one, or save your own key map for a back up, or to share with others.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Command+P Preferences
F12 Shortcut Help
F4 Show Action List
Shift+F1 Help: Mouse modifier keys and action shortcuts

Downloads

Reaper

NVAccess OSARA

SWS Extension

CAVI Training

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New Tech, Whats Hot & What Stinks?

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In this episode of Audio Pizza, Shaun and Garth are joined by special guest Steven Scott from the RNIB Tech Talk show to discuss whats new in the world of tech.

Starting off with the release of Samsungs new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 & S8Plus, we talk about our experiences with Android and is it time we gave it another chance? It’s a beautiful phone but can it compete with the great accessibility on iOS? Then, just when you thought your files where safe, we discuss the story of the Turkish Crime Family. A hacking group that claims to have access to 500 million iCloud accounts. With the ability to access personal photos and files and remotely wipe Macs and iPhones, should we be worried?

In other news, Windows 10 Creators Edition will be launched on April 11th, and with it comes support for braille in Narrator and the ability to use Narrator during installation. Also Google Home will be released in the UK on the 6th of April but can it compete with the ever popular Amazon Alexa? And more importantly, can we get through the entire podcast with out triggering our favourite Amazon assistant? Remaining in the theme of smart homes, Steven tells us about a new range of smart lighting from Ikea. With a lower price the the Phillip Hue bulbs will we be rushing out to buy them or sit at home in the dark like Garth?

We finish the podcast with the hilarious / nightmarish story of Jessie Newton and his poop painting robot vacuum.

Episode Links:
Samsung Galaxy S8.
Turkish Crime Family Hackers.
Windows 10 Creators Edition.
Google Home.
Ikea Smart Lights.
RNIB Tech Talk.

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Tell Me TV. Interview With Kevin Shaw

 

Following on from our last roundtable where we discussed everything accessible media, in this episode Shaun interviews Kevin Shaw, President and CEO of Tell Me TV.

Tell Me TV is the only video streaming service offering 100% audio described content.  In this interview Kevin tells us just what the service offers and how it works, how the attitude of studios has changed towards audio description and how you can try the service using our discount code.

 

 

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Talking Media. Movies, TV & Books, The VI Options.

 

In the utterly professional manner you’ve come to expect from the Audio Pizza team, we discuss the options available when it comes to accessible media.

While Kayaker hosts and tries to remember his own name, Shaun discusses everything video. With Netflix being the only mainstream video on demand service that offers anything close to a reasonable amount of audio described content, we see just what other options are out there including the audio only Blindy TV and the new 100% audio described streaming service Tell Me TV. Also just why is there so little choice when it comes to accessible televisions and set top boxes, and could the perfect solution to on tap audio description already exist in the form of a smartphone app?

Next, we move on to books. With the excellent Audible service offering convenient access to the latest audio books but at a price we look at what services are available in the US, UK & Australia that offer audio books for free.  Such as RNIB Overdrive, Vision Australia and Baird or even your local library.

To wrap up, we find out what books and shows we’re enjoying at the moment and just why Kayaker loves Game of Thrones so much.

For more information on the Tell Me TV service and to get a discount code check out our interview with Kevin Shaw, President and CEO of Tell Me TV in the next episode of Audio Pizza.

Episode Links:

Netflix.
TIVO Screen Reader.
Tell Me TV.  The 100% Audio Described Video Streaming Service.
Blindy TV.
Disney Movies Anywhere App.
Audible.
National Library Service (US)
RNIB Overdrive Talking Books Service.
RNIB Newsagents.
The Podcast Engineering Show.
Life After Blindness Podcast.

 

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Return of the Jack – AP004

Welcome back to another roundtable, welcoming in 2017. We discuss some of the things to come out of CES, including AIPoly 2, Alexa everywhere, Faraday Future’s electric car and the new chip from AMD. Our holiday gifts rate a mention, who doesn’t love chocolate oranges!
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Apple’s AirPods – A Voice Over Users Perspective – AP003

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Following The Breadcrumbs, Decoding Cara Quinn – AP 002

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Another slice of Audio Pizza is served up with the wonderful Cara Quinn joining us. her day time jobs include being an iOS developer, Model, and Musician, but what struck us most about Cara was her kindness and passion for making a difference in the world. We discuss the general topic of coding in Apple’s Xcode and more specifically her work with LookTell. We also talk about some of the well known email lists Cara owns such as Macvisionaries and viphone.

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@ModelCara on Twitter
LookTell
MacVisionaries
VIPhone

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Apples Mac Event 2016. Touchable, Accessible, Unobtainable – AP 001

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Welcome to Audio Pizza, and our first roundtable. Shaun and Garth are joined by The Dark Kayaker, someone who knows what he’s talking about, this is actually a nice change. We jump into Apple’s recent MacBook Pro event and discuss the implications of the new touch bar enabled Macs, the new TV app and Apple’s new Accessibility website.

http://www.apple.com/accessibility/

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