From the BlogSubscribe Now

The Lure of the Siren Song: Or How to do a Forced Restart on the iPhone 8

Since the release of iOS11, one problem a lot of us are having is that the new Siri voices can cause our phone to go silent. Usually, the only way to get speech bak when this happens is to hit that trusty little home button and the lock screen button simultaneously for about eight slow seconds before the phone will be forced to restart. Or, that’s how it was until the iPhone 8.

Last night, almost like clockwork, my new iPhone 8 Plus decided that it had been cooperative for far too long and that a Voiceover crash was long overdue. Therefore, I went through the old procedure to force the phone to restart! Nope! Not happening! Instead, when you use that key combination now, you take a photo with the camera. I tried this several times, which only meant I had several photos to go delete later. Undaunted, I decided to try something else. I decided I’d try and hold down the lock screen button while also pressing down one of the volume buttons. If that didn’t work, I’d try the other volume button! Let the experiment begin!

So lock button and up volume button. The first few seconds, everything went fine. Just as I was beginning to hope, however,

WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP!

Knowing of the new emergency features in iOS11, I immediately realized what was happening. In a panic, I pressed the home button as quick as I could. Thankfully, the siren stopped! At this point, instead of relaxed and nearly asleep, adrenaline is now coursing through my body and I’m thinking, “oh spit! The cops and paramedics, and maybe the fire department, are gonna show up!” After a few seconds to catch my breath and let my heart beat return to normal, I decided “what the heck! In for a penny; in for a pound.” So. This time, I try the lock button and the down volume. Whew, everything is going gr–

WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP!

Oh double spit!

Well, at least I’ll get double the attention when the authorities show up!

Press the home button again! Siren cuts out! Apparently, there’s a countdown before it actually makes the call in case of numbskulls like me!

Now I’m wide awake and straining to listen for approaching sirens. In the meantime, however, I still had a problem. How do I force my phone to restart to get speech? Sadly, I get out of bed and grab the ole laptop and fire it up. After about ten seconds typing in my question to the Google search engine, I have my answer.

So, if you have read this long-winded entry, here is the simple way to force your phone to restart. Quickly press the volume up button and release it. Then quickly press the volume down button and release that. Next, hold down the lock screen button as before for about eight slow seconds. VOILA!!! The phone will shut itself down. I am guessing this is that starting with the iPhone X there will be no home button so they had to re-design how to force restart the device.

20-30 seconds later, my phone had speech again. I shut down my laptop, laid back down, and straining my ears for sirens or stealthy footsteps from the local squat unit, I quickly and peacefully drifted off.

I hope you enjoyed my experience, but even more, I hope this helps.

Tags: 

from AppleVis – Recent Guides & Tutorials http://ift.tt/2wUlGlP
via IFTTT

how to downgrade to signed ios versions

First, check to see if the version you want to downgrade to is still being signed. Google should do the trick or else idownloadblog.com always posts when an ios version has stopped being signed. Second, go to ipsw.me and download the version you want to downgrade to and download it. Idownloadblog.com also has a downloads page where you can find ios versions. Third, go to your downloads folder and open the file you just downloaded. It should open in itunes. If not, use open in. Fourth, use itunes to install the ios version like normal Notes: You have to either set up your device as new or restore from an itunes or icloud backup you made on the version you are downgrading to. In other words, you can’t restore from a backup made on a higher version then your device is running.

Tags: 

from AppleVis – Recent Guides & Tutorials http://ift.tt/2xDKe5Z
via IFTTT

Getting started with Traveler’s Quest

As I don’t know how to create podcasts yet here is a basic guide on how to use and enjoy Traveler’s Quest.

First it may be a good idea to contact the developer of this app thanking them for such an accessible app so hopefully it stays that way.

Once you have downloaded and opened the app and followed all the intro messages it is probably a good idea to find settings on the main app screen and flick right on that screen untill you find the map settings. I turned 3d map off and selected the standard map option. This helps you get a better idea of where the treasure is in relationship to where you are. While on the map screen your location is in the center of the screen. If you drag your finger over the map screen the buried treasures will say something like dig treasure. Double tapping on that will bring up some more info on that treasure which includes how far in miles the treasure is from you.

On the main screens you have five tabs on the bottom of the screen. They are as follows

Home.
This is where you get some tips and an overall view of how much gold and doubloons and treasure you have. There is an unlabeled button on the top center of the screen that will bring up similar info if double tapped plus a button to create a ship.

The tab to the right of home is the maps tab. This is where you find the maps you have either from detecting treasures or buying maps from the store. This screen can be a bit confusing at first but basicly depending on what upgrades you purchased it will say detect or road trip and then maps. The first detects any new maps and the second takes you to a screen with multiple options plus a list of maps you currently have. When you double tap on a map it will bring up some more info on the said map. If someone has found that treasure it will tell you and remove that map.

The third tab on the screen is the store tab where you can buy/sell treasures, buy maps, and buy upgrades. To navigate the upgrades swipe right or left with three fingers and it will take you to each upgrade screen. This is of course in the upgrades part of the store.
Yes some of these cost real cash but its worth it to me. Once you buy cash upgrades they go to the end of your list and don’t get in the way.

The fourth tab is your treasure info page tab. It lists all your treasure and info associated with it. To navigate this screen simply flick three fingers right or left to see a new treasure.

The final tab is scores. This gives you info on how your doing.

How to make gold. Not sure yet totally. But I think from what I have read and experienced you get gold by burying treasure and hope no one digs it up for a while. Doubloons I know you buy them from the store with real cash. But I think you get them in game too.

Mainly the concept of this game is you literally go treasure hunting and hide treasure. The closer you are to a treasure the more reward you get for it when you dig it up.

If you get stuck flicking or touching the screen will help you get out of the stuck spot. So far I have not gotten stuck where I have had to close the app and reopened it. You simply need to keep yourself relaxed and see what is on the screen. Most of the time there is a back button on the screen your currently on. If its a dialog then simply double on ok once you find it and your fine.

One thing I have found is that if you leave one tab and visit another and come back to the previous tab you will be where you left off on that tab. Double tapping the specified tab won’t clear that screen. But as I said the top left of the screen has a way to get back which is pretty standard.

I hope this guide helped to explain the app better and helps anyone to get started.

Tags: 

from AppleVis – Recent Guides & Tutorials http://ift.tt/2xpVH7r
via IFTTT

Speed-Up for ITunes

Category: 

Description of App: 

Speed-Up is an ITunes plugin that provides variable-speed playback and for audio files, customizable hotkeys for speed and fast-forward/rewind, and presets. Speed-Up does not support Airplay or DRM content such as Audible books or Apple Music.

Version: 

2.3.3

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.3

Accessibility Comments: 

Very minimalistic and perfectly accessible, including painless hotkey assignment. Run ITunes, then run the app to display its playback controls. If using the touchbar or hotkeys you’ve assigned in its Preferences panel, you can switch back to the ITunes window. Speed is adjustable in 0.25x increments, and preferences additionally include the amount of time to seek forward and back, along with whether or not to adjust pitch.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

Ideal for podcasts. The IOS Podcasts app includes a speed control on the Now Playing screen, although its hard to locate (explore by touch to the left of the playback controls). The app is restricted to 5 different speeds, though, and 1.25x is not among them.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

from AppleVis – Recent Additions to the Mac App Directory http://ift.tt/2f9wEAP
via IFTTT

CSUN 2017 Audio – Mobile Accessibility: iOS vs. Android Screen Reader Showdown

This podcast was submitted by Chetan Bakhru. This contributor may be contacted via their email at webmaster@blind-planet.com.

This is a recording of the session titled “Mobile Accessibility: iOS vs. Android Screen Reader Showdown” from CSUN’s 32nd Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, CA. This presentation was given by me (Chetan Bakhru), and took place at 2:20 PM Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Play

Voice Cam – for Blind and Visually Impaired is free for a limited time

Hi all,
the app Voice Cam for Blind is free for a limited time!
More details at http://ift.tt/2j5a1Ov
Gian Piero

Deal Type: 

from AppleVis – Latest App Deals http://ift.tt/2eOLV6V
via IFTTT

BGZ Update 8-24-2017

This podcast was submitted by Rick Harmon. You can contact this contributor via their email at rharmon@blind-geek-zone.net.

I explain why the BCT archive is no longer on the website and I talk about donations to help me keep things going.

Maintaining a podcast directory and resource like the Blind Geek Zone requires funding from our fantastic supporters. Visit our “Donations” page to help keep this community alive and thriving. Remember: Every little bit helps, so donate as much or as little as you see fit. Thanks so much for your support in advance!

from The Blind Geek Zone http://ift.tt/2vkoGHP
via IFTTT

Quick tip: taking videos of a computer monitor

*** I hope others will add comments here.
The goal: to take videos of some partly inaccessible software to send to its developer. The videos would need to be quick clips that only show the problem; not long-winded amateur off-the-cuff recordings that would bore the developer.
The problem: blind with just light perception and no experience of being sighted before. No idea how to do this.
The solution: First, practice with the software, making audio recordings for your own use if you need to keep track of the steps you took. Get to where you can demonstrate the problem in under 90 seconds. For example “on this screen labeled enter customer data, I can tab to the first and last name fields fine, but there’s no way to get to the address or phone number field with the keyboard”.

Second: now you got your spiel down, get yourself a cheap tripod for the phone. There are big ones that are four or five feet tall, but a little one which securely sits on your desk can be had for around $10 U.S. If you need to make it work better, (my monitor is on a stand) you can always stand the mini-tripod on a stack of books.

Third: if your software has a high-contrast mode turn that on. The iPHONE wants to autofocus on the brightest objects. Be sure to maximize the window you are working in so it fills the entire screen.

Fourth: Position the tripod where you think you need it. Remember the camera is on the upper right corner of the phone. So it faces the center of the computer monitor while the phone faces you. Most modern monitors are in landscape mode, where the aspect ratio is 9:16, whereas older monitors are portrait, 4:3. Read about aspect ratio here:
http://ift.tt/1LACkdy(image)

Now you think your camera is correctly oriented, pull up any screen loaded with text that your screen reader can read just fine. Then run some OCR apps. I like the free Seeing AI or the KNFB reader for their field of view reports. Once they can detect the edges of the screen and correctly OCR all the text, you know the camera is seeing your computer monitor fine. You will have to move the phone back and forth, up and down and possibly tilt the monitor. Do this in a dark room with the screen brightness high. Remember to turn the screen curtain off or the camera doesn’t work correctly on the phone. I found my iPHONE needed to be about a meter or yard away from the monitor. If you can’t get this part to work, you’ll need a sighted person to help. I was able to get reasonable videos with no sighted help; better ones when help was available.

Fifth: using painters tape or anything which won’t leave a stain or sticky residue, mark the place on your desk where the tripod and/or the monitor must be position for proper viewing. Now make some practice videos of screens you can easily access with your screen reader. Adjust the volume of your speakers until the video sounds good, because of course you want the developer to hear what your screen reader does and does not see. You might need to practice until your voice and the screen reader are at the same volume.

Sixth: share the videos with sighted friends. Respond to their feedback. Can they hear the screen reader OK? Do you need to slow it down or change to a higher-quality voice? Do they see the dialog box clearly or is part of the screen cut off? For example, if the screen seems fuzzy you can experiment with turning off auto-focus and ae exposure. This video:
http://ift.tt/2tXLH6O;…

is particularly clear about how all the hidden camera features work.
One tip, if you need to force focus on a particular part of the screen, double-tap there. If you can’t see where to do this in the viewfinder, simply experiment and run your resulting photos through an OCR program like KNFB reader or Seeing AI to find out if they still read OK. To lock the focus so that movement won’t trigger the auto-focus, double-tap and hold. These are of course both gestures for voiceover, and not for the sighted user who only needs to single tap or single-tap and hold.

Seventh: Hook up your headphones so you can push the volume button to start the recording. You can double-tap the “take video” button of course but that may shift the iPHONE’s position a bit. Better to do it remotely.

Eighth: Now that sightlings say your video is acceptable, run through your spiel with the inaccessible parts of your software. Make several videos and talk during all parts letting your screen reader read what it can.

Ninth: OK, time to edit. In the photos app, choose your video, choose edit and adjust the scrubbers to cut out the parts you don’t want.
There is a great podcast here on trimming videos, and also simply exploring the camera app will help you learn the ins and outs of video recording. Remember with stable objects like a computer monitor, your results can be as good or better than those of sighted people.

Tags: 

from AppleVis – Recent Guides & Tutorials http://ift.tt/2udsBoJ
via IFTTT

Cyclepath

Category: 

Description of App: 

In this game you’re riding on a motorcycle and your goal is to avoid other cars while jumping on ramps to pick up coins which can be used to unlock faster bikes and more varied locations to drive in. The game features Binaural audio (like PapaSangre) as well as environmental effects.

Version: 

0.1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.6

Accessibility Comments: 

Sometimes you may need to turn VoiceOver off and back on to get speech to work. Alternatively, as with Dark Defender, you can switch to “web TTS” from the options menu.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

You can either download the game as an application, or play it on-line (which works in any browser, tested using Chrome and Safari.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@dragon1424

from AppleVis – Recent Additions to the Mac App Directory http://ift.tt/2viiqEh
via IFTTT

BGZ – July 23 2017

This podcast was submitted by Rick. You can contact this contributor via their email at rharmon@blind-geek-zone.net.

Just wanted to say hello to everyone and give a quick update on what I’ve been up to over the last many months since I’ve been on here.

from The Blind Geek Zone http://ift.tt/2uOPQtg
via IFTTT