looking at anchor 3.0 on android

I take a look at anchor 3.0 for android. There are some accessibility issues but they can be gotten around. I would like to thank [jessie from jessie’s blog]((jessiepp.com) for helping me with this podcast.

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Let’s do some youtubeing on android, shall we?

I take a look at youtube for android. This is an all in one solution for watching videos that offers the ability to be subscribed to channels, share videos etc. I even go over uploading to youtube using an external file manager for android I have called total commander. The program is about 90 percent accessible. I love it. I can even see the progress as my video is uploading and being processed.

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blog post; an open letter to twitch

The following was sent to twitch at 10:00 pm on 12-16-2017

Hello twitch staff. I don’t know who to write this to so can you please forward this to the appropriate department.

I am a visually impaired user of your service and I do a lot of vodcasts, some of which are on my patreon page as well. As of mid November 2017 I have ben having trouble logging into your website. I get presented with an object my screen reader cannot react to. This is in my opinion a violation of the Americans with disabilities act, as this excludes the blind and visually impaired from using your site. I propose this fix be implemented by Wednesday or I will be reporting your website as an ADA violation. I’m a big believer in accessibility and your site is full of problems. Such as unlabeled buttons. But e log in issue is a big issue for me though. How am I t manage my dashboard etc if I can’t even log into the site and i”m presented with what looks like something that a screen reader can’t interact with. I will be publishing this on my blog as an open letter as soon as this is written, so this had better be fixed. I’m a a web designer and am working with a cooperation to work on utilities to report sites such as yours to those in charge of ADA law When I design any of my websites, I make sure their site is accessible to the sighted and the blind alike and all parts can be accessed trouble free

I would very much appreciate this be looked into so that all can access all parts of the site using our technology.

Thanks.

screneshot showing log in screen on twitch

second screenshot showing  an add that cannot be dismissed when I try and log on

final screenshot showing the add that  I can't dismiss. This is starting to get frustrating as it worked two to three weeks ago

#update
Twitch never got hold of me,; following is my complaint I filed at 13:06 on 12-21-2017

Website in question: http://twitch.tv
Issue: logging in presents an advertisement that cannot be dismissed. It shows up as a blank screen and a”modal” window when using narrator on windows, nvda on windows and voiceover on the mac.

Browsers used: chrome (macos), firefox (windows), safari (macos) and edge (windows)

Basically I’ve ben in contact with the twitch website staff regarding accessibility of their website. They now have a thing where if you try and log on there is an advertisement that cannot be dismiss that overlays the screen. Several buttons are not labeled enabling the user to mute video playback. I’ve threatened to report them for such violation if I did not hear from them by yesterday. I am now filing this complaint. Following is the open letter I wrote to twitch.

Hello twitch staff. I don’t know who to write this to so can you please forward this to the appropriate department.

I am a visually impaired user of your service and I do a lot of vodcasts, some of which are on patreon.tffppodcast.com as well. As of mid November 2017 I have ben having trouble logging into your website. I get presented with an object my screen reader cannot react to. This is in my opinion a violation of the Americans with disabilities act, as this excludes the blind and visually impaired from using your site. I propose this fix be implemented by Wednesday or I will be reporting your website as an ADA violation. I’m a big believer in accessibility and your site is full of problems. Such as unlabeled buttons. But the log in issue is a big issue for me though. How am I to manage my dashboard etc if I can’t even log into the site and i’m presented with what looks like something that a screen reader can’t interact with. I will be publishing this on my blog as an open letter as soon as this is written, so this had better be fixed. I’m a web designer and am working with a corporation to work on utilities to report sites such as yours to those in charge of ADA law When I design any of my websites, I make sure their site is accessible to the sighted and the blind alike and all parts can be accessed trouble free

I would very much appreciate this be looked into so that *all* can access *all* parts of the site using our technology.

Thanks.

If this is the wrong place for this complaint, I kindly ask that your staff forward this onto the appropriate department. I’m complaining on behalf of the entire visually impaired community as twitch doesn’t want to listen to us in making their website equally accessible for all.

Should you need to contact me, email is the best form of communication, as I’m at work and on call at all hours. I can therefore answer my email more quickly at times.

Again thanks.

We’ll see what comes out of this, if anything. I highly doubt this will resolve the situation, but at least I made good on my promise. I do not make idol threats, I do take action when I say I will.

blog post: looking at some cloud hosting services

I’m one for cloud storage, everything for me is in the cloud, I mean everything. Recently someone contacted me regarding some articles they put together for cloud hosting services. I want to take the time to compare accessibility of said services and my experience with any of them that i have had. Not all of the services will be compared, just the ones I’ve used.

For those that are unaware, I am visually impaired. I have ben blind since birth and I use a screen reader which reads elements on the screen out loud to me. If a link or a button though is not labeled properly this can lead to a lot of misinformation on the part of the developers. This is of corse not intentional but it is important to educate and make sure the software and service is equally accessible for all users. If it is not that is not a good thing as the person is losing out on some potential clients. I always ask developers and reviewers to test their software with their eyes closed and with the screen turned off using nnvda or voiceover on the mac, also talkback on android and voiceover on ios .

Let’s take a look at some of the services I have used. I will link to this person’s article and finally to the whole site at the bottom of this post.

##pcloud
I heard of and have used pcloud for a few months now, but sadly the developers have ben unable at least on the mac side of things fix a bug where I could not copy the url to the file and or folder I wanted to share with my family and or friends. I contacted them about this and they knew what was going on. The back up and sync worked ok, however downloads from the client itself took for ever even though at the time i was on a 50 down and 8 mbps up connection. Grabbing stuff from the website was much much faster for some odd reason. Here is the pcloud post See what you think. I like the 10 gigs of free storage and the encryption but that’s about it.

##backblaze
Backblaze although fast and easy to use is not accessible in terms of restoring your files and or folders. I have tried to contact the website developers about this with no avail. When I last used it you had to click the graphics to restore the files, fine, if my screen reader could see it on windows and or mac. I have to give them this though. The support staff really did try and help and uploading was a breeze. In fact I could modify via the url my upload speed and simulate certain situations to get the best upload out of my connection. following is a link to the back blaze article.

##idrive: a service to consider
There is one service I use that I’m working with the staff to make more accessible. It includes sync with the same space you have, the ability to share files and folders and more. They are called idrive They even back up mobile devices. I have already restored some screenshots from my phone to my computer using idrive. It worked flawlessly.

#exit
As you can see there are a number of back up and sync services. If you want to know more visit this site as well. They have a lot to offer in terms of vpn and back up data security.

let’s explore the new xbox layout

Let’s explore the new xbox layout with Jessie from [jessie’s audio blog](http://jessiepp.com]

We take a look at each of the tabs and also show some bugs that still need to be worked out. If you would like to follow me on xbox my gamer tag is ke7zum I have a club on there as well that is all about killer instinct. My end goal is to advocate more for gaming accessibility, wether it’s talking menus, rumble feedback etc. I also am trying to put more youtube videos p on my patreon page, so follow me there as well and feel free to donate 1 dollar or more to get access to private events I will hold in regard to gaming accessibility and more.

about the clipping. I think I had my levels a bit hot. I ,hope this still helps the end user out a bit.
Take care and enjoy the podcast. Thanks to all who have provided me feedback both in email etc.

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let’s use an xbox with narrator, shall we?

In this episode we take a look at the Xbox and narrator, the screen reader that ships with narrator. To activate narrator on the xbox you can either

  • go to settings, ease of access, narrator or
  • hold down the home button until the controller vibrates then hit the start button. And then go left to yes, or maybe it’s right? And hit a to confirm

I love the accessibility of the unit and there is so so much you can do with narrator and the xbox. Now, if only developers of games would work to make the games more accessible for the visually impaired as fighting games are fun, however some of want to play RPG games and go through menus etc. Let’s get the word out there folks.

let’s scan some bar codes with a galaxy

I take a look at he ID Mate Galaxy by Envision America. This is a machine that will read bar codes of items you either buy or custom bar codes you affix to items yourself. I forgot to go over that, but maybe in another podcast I can if all of you want.

I had a bit of trouble with uploading a recording, however and I edited the network out of the podcast, but over all I hope the listener gets a feel for how the product works.

Any feedback can be left in the disqus frame. Enjoy.

Exhibit hall interviews part 01 July 12 2017

We take a look at several companies including

  • orcam
  • at&t
  • envision America
    *hidow (I can’t spell that)

There were a lot more companies however you will have to tune in and find out.

Any comments can go in the disqus frame.

let’s view changes in android apps using an easier interface

In this episode we take a look at changes an app that will le tyou view the change log for any app you have on your android phone. There are some minor issues

  1. Tapping the change log for getting rid of the change log for changes itself is not obvious.
  2. There is an unlabeled checkbox when you enter a change log for an app you have on your device.

Over all the app is pretty well designed and very useful if you want to just view change logs for apps or even open the app itself.

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Let’s schedule appointments with android’s google calendar

I take a look at google’s calendar for android. I am noticing that people are having issues with that. As a beginner I feel I can help out with those. I’m demoing the google calendar on an LG G6 running android n at the time of this recording