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Breaking: AIRA now free for calls of Five Minutes or Less

I saw this article on blind bargains, I had to do a doubletake. Michael Hingson, a representative of IRA, spoke at the Accessibility Advisory Committee in our last meeting in regards to IRA. Either a meeting back, or two meetings back, Paul Schroeder also spoke as a public commenter in regards to IRA. I talked briefly to both gentleman about IRA and what I’ve heard amongst the community here on twitter and elsewhere.

I was on Facebook today, why, I don’t know. Perusing the posts, was the announcement from Michael Hingson himself, in regards to the free offering that IRA is offering. I’ve personally never used the service, and this is definitely a welcome change for those who can’t afford long term services.

I’m going to link to the blind bargains post, and I’ll look to utalize it to do basic mail stuff to determine what I need to keep, and what can be thrown away so when I do get help, they can only deal with what I know I needto have help with.

Blind Bargains: Breaking: AIRA now free for calls of Five Minutes or Less August 14, 2019

I’ll look at getting the app, and see what I think. The demo at Metro had some issues due to connectivity issues but for the most part, it went well. A video was also shared.

Thanks Michael and Paul for letting Los Angeles Metro know about the service, I hope that we can have a partnership with IRA where we can utalize the service in some way while traveling, so we can get assistance with finding bus stops, train departures, and the like.

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Bard suspending accounts older than 180 days

I just saw the following in my list email that I thought you should know. It was delivered to my email on the second of August.


Suspending Unused BARD Accounts

As of Friday, July 26, 2019, patron accounts that have not been used for 180 days will be moved to an Inactive/Suspended status. This means the account
will be temporarily suspended and the account holder will not be able to log into BARD.

This is a security measure put into place by the Library Of Congress. Accounts that remain unused for an extended period of time pose a security risk.

If you try logging into your account but find it has been disabled, simply call your regional library for assistance. Contact information for your library
appears at the bottom of every screen of the BARD web site.

Thank you,

The BARD Support Team

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Jaws gets an update, fixes major Adobe bug: other fixes too

Hi all,

Jaws has released their June 2019 update. In it, they fixed a major adobe issue in the reader product where MSAA mode would be on where it reads PDF files to you using this mode. I reported it, and was able to send a smaller file instead of the one I intended to send. This happened with every single PDF file.

In the release notes issued for this update, they talk about fixing this bug where the virtual buffer (MSAA) was not being loaded with the content, even when we tell Adobe that we’re using assistive technology.

Thank you VFO, for fixing this issue. For those who primarily use Jaws, the fix is welcome. Luckily, I was able to save the file and get a text representation, now, I can go back to reading PDF’s as intended.

There are also a bunch of other fixes between the April and June releases, and you can read them from this Freedom Scientific page for your convenience. Thanks for reading!

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WWDC, IOS, Mac, and More

Hello all,

WWDC was on June 3rd, and Apple Vis has several posts in which there is covere in regards to the Mac, IOS, the watch, and even some accessibility news in regards to these platforms.

I got a chance to review the WWDC post, and some of the accessibility post for myself. For those who don’t know about these posts, I’ll supply the links.

One user who talked about WWDC with me indicated that they watched it. I did not, but I read the majority of these posts I’m linking. The podcast links to an audio file which is podcast 1242 in the series. The articles are broken in to headings where appropriate.

Did you watch WWDC and if so, what did you think? One person said it was a waste of their 2 hours of time it took to watch it. I personally didn’t see it, so I’ve got no comment. Let me know in the comments.

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Capital one fixes major accessibility bug in app

Hi all,

In an earlier post we reported a major accessibility bug in the way Capital One gave us information after doubletapping on your card name. A customer notified this network of the updated app released on June 4th which addressed this bug.

We, the blind community, commend Capital One for their fast action fixing this critical bug to the available credit aspect of their app.

I can confirm that one of the people did leave feedback for Capital One, and I had planned to do it and just didn’t get around to it. Thanks so much for your continued support, Capital One, you are committted to this community, and we should applaud you.

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The Capital one app is broken

Hi all,

I intend to do this, but the capital one app for checking your balance and available credit for credit card users is broken.

  • Open the app and sign in.
  • Double tap your credit card, I.E. Visa $811
  • At the top, it should have your available credit and your running balance

Here, the app just says that there is possible text, and it doesn’t say anything else. Double tapping on the available text notice takes you to the bottom of the app where you can get help including getting at your credit card number, and other help and self service options.

I’ll demo this briefly on the next available podcast, but this is a step backwards for Capital One. My intent is to contact them about this issue, and this is in the latest version found on the store.

I’d like to thank someone who alerted me over the phone to this issue. I normally don’t look every day at my available crdit, but I do check on my running balance and I can see that on the main screen after log in after the main page.

Please let me know if you’re experiencing the same issue, or what is happening on your end.

Thanks for reading!

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IOS 12.3 now out

Applevis has posted an article in regards to IOS 12.3. This is the link to that post where it also talks about the general things that have changed. I’ve not updated to this version, I hope it fixes the jumping in Newsify that is reported in News. That was very annoying, and why I’m very behind in reading news and posting some of what I find of interest. In any case, here’s this post, and make it a great day!

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Braille 2000 soon to be getting a new version

Within the past year, I’ve added to my linedin page the fact I’m an accessibility tester for Braille 2000 a very powerful piece of software that can produce braille documents. Within the past almost year, I’ve started and talked extensively about this software, the braille transcription course, and the trials and tribulations of using this software with Access Technology. The software works for the most part with Jaws with some shortcomings, but not any major pitfalls. Thats good and bad, because NVDA won’t work within the editing pannel at all.

In recent podcasts, I’ve been talking about percent codes within working with RTF files. I’m due yet a new copy of the file, but in the upcoming podcast, I’ll be running through the list I have, briefly touching whats coming in this area.

I’ve found some very interesting bugs during my taking the braille transcription course which have been fixed. While I don’t have any timetable on the release, I can now tell you that Version 1 has been completely removed from braille 2000’s web site, and version 2 is prominent. I’m hopeful that the release will be fruitful, and both my network and braille 2000’s staff will be doing a joint release and I’ll be talking about it in full in a future podcast.

For more info, please visit the web site, and feel free to reach out with questions to Bob or myself. Its been a fun ride. I hope to have more news soon!

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Apple watch gets updates

Hi all, as I thought, apple watch did get an update to 5.2x. This apple vis post Apple Releases watchOS 5.2, Bringing the ECG Feature to Hong Kong and Europe and Adding Support for Air Pods 2 has all the details. I don’t have a watch, but I do want to pass this along to those that do and didn’t know about the update. Thanks for reading.

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IOS and Mac have updates today

There was an apple event today and IOS and Mac both haveupdates. It would not surprise me if apple watch also have updates. Below, I’ll list the apple vis articles that I’ve found.

Thats all I can find, but that doesn’t mean that there may be something else I am not spotting. Thanks for reading, make it a great day!

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Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 and Updated Version of macOS Mojave 10.14.3 with Fix for Major FaceTime Bug

This Apple Vis post Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 and Updated Version of macOS Mojave 10.14.3 with Fix for Major FaceTime Bug posted to Apple Vis is something we all should take an opportunity to read. I’ll be tryng to apply the update over the weekend so that I’m as secure as possible. I want to pass this along.

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IOS and Mac get updates

IOS and Mac hgetsupdates on January 22, 2019. Apple Releases iOS 12.1.3; Bringing Fixes for Bugs Affecting iPad Pro, HomePod, and CarPlay and Apple releases macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 are your two blog posts from apple vis. I hope this information is of value.

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Apple vis is looking for voting

This post linked here links to apple vis which is looking for people to vote in the golden apples awards of 2018. Good luck!

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IOS 12.1.1 now out

I am on apple vis, and they are posting that IOS 12.1.1 is out as of December 5, 2018. Their post is here. One thing they fixed which I was able to see was extranious text in the call history screen. I didn’t personally find it to be a big deal, but I also know it wasn’t there before, so i’m glad that they have fixed it. The post linked also has other information that may be of interest.

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Microsoft Killing Edge? A podcast has the details

Hi folks, I was tipped off to some news that Chromium was going to be the new norm for Microsoft. I’ve not luistened to this yet, but the video which includes Paul T. and Andrew is linked for you to check out. This could be huge! I know Edge hasn’t been very accessible, and steps were made to make it better, however, I’ve not used it at all. I think the times I’ve opened it, navigation wasn’t working with JFW, but I honestly don’t know how it works. This could be very interesting. Anyone hear of the news, and what did you think?

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Aira updates listeners on a blind bargains podcast

Hi there everyone! I’m late in posting this, and I recently thought this would be good to post. In an earlier technology blog post found here I mentioned the news that indicated that Aira was making changes, and we covered this in on podcast 298 which is directly linked for you to download. Michael in Indiana provided that update in the linked podcast, however, Blind Bargains also has one of the people from Aira on their cast. Blind Bargains Qast 164: Naked A.T. Twister is the title of the cast and the post linked herein, and you can download the audio file from there and read the show notes. I want to pass this information along to everyone, so they may be informed in regards to updates. I will try to catch this, and you can do so through the blind bargains app, or through Podcast or RSS feed directly from their site. I hope that this finds everyone well, and please let me know what you think.

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Blindfold and the Ipad

Hi all, Michael in Indiana needs help in regards to blindfold and the ipad. Applevis has a forum topic posted by him that has not received any response and is 9 days old. Please use this link to go to this forum topic directly and he is telling me he’s tried this with 12.1 although he may be using a beta, but regardless, any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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A free alternative to Vorail

Hi all,

On Applevis, there is a thread that is discussing potential free alternitives to Vorail. As reported in an earlier podcast, Michael in Indiana has advised us of the changes which are now in effect. This Applevis forum entry is where someone asked about alternitives and there are some options. I have not personally used any of them, and was never on Vorail as discussed in that podcast.

I’m going to post this and let people read the forum post linked and they can decide what they are going to use. If you want to submit a demo of one of these apps for listeners, please let me know and arrangements can be made to get me a copy of the file.

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Blind Alive closing after 5 years of service

It was reported to me through Michael in Indiana about the closure of Blind Alive. While the home page doesn’t mention anything, I have confirmed through the downloads page the news. Blind Alive was ran by two women, Mel Scott and Lisa Salinger. While I never baught any of the exercises, the web site through the download page is offering everything for free until the 31st.
Companies come, and companies go, and this is one that while I respect the mission, has their reasons for closing its doors.

Blind alive web site where you can learn more about its mission. Remember to go to the downloads page to get the items for free.

An email address is provided for those who would like to contact them. There is no reason to subscribe to a mailing list, but there is a donate link should you be inclined to do so.

I’m surprised that blind bargains didn’t pick it up, but after hearing the audio, and resting this afternoon, I did some digging around their web site.

The audio will be released in the next podcast once I fight off what I’ve recently come down with.

Thanks for your continued support.

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Vorail getting updated, people are not happy

Hi all,

On Podcast 291 which was released recently, we had Michael in Indiana give us an update in regards to Vorail. We’ve recently learned that it is now out, the paid version. This is free, with an in-app purchase for a monthly subscription to the service.

I’ve never used the service, but I’ve heard mixed reports about the app, and I do not have an opinion on whether I like it or not.

In the next podcast being worked on, Michael in Indiana will talk about this fact, and also talk about a potential issue where people could get away with using the app for free and how the potential issue is fixed.

We thank Michael in Indiana for providing this update series, and we are here to provide updates.

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