a big issue with roger

I recently sent the following memo to the roger team so they could take a look. If you would like to skip past it go head. I’ll update you guys at the bottom of the memo with a summary of their reply ad my thoughts.

memo

The following covers a big problem with roger regarding battery and iOs devices. I’m using iOs 10 on an iPhone 6 64 gig.

Although this is a wonderful app I noticed over the last 5 days and over the last 24 hours battery usage was quite high, even when the program was on the screen for 1.5 hours. This is a huge issue the developer team must look at as even with a battery case I dropped from 54 percent to 32 percent, in the case of the case, and that was with roger in the background.

Notice that Roger takes up about 63 percent and an average figure not an exact one.

Notice that Roger takes up about 63 percent and an average figure not an exact one.

The day statistic is even worse and that’s when I don’t have it on screen. I can have it in the background and the phone will drop to 85 percent in about 30 minutes or less. This issue really must be looked into
the following shows about 68 percent with 1.5 hours on screen and the rest of the time in the background over 24 hours.

Although the app is getting better in terms of battery usage, the developers need to look into what’s going on as I’m hearing reports from other users who are having the battery issue. This by the way is with out voiceover on. I tested it today.

reply

They came back to me about 3 hours later with a reply basically stating that the battery issues had to do with conversations. If you are in any larger ones your battery will drain.

This makes sense, however I’ve used other apps with groups with up to 100 people and the battery never drained. I also use my device in air plain mode and my battery still drains with roger. This in my opinion should not happen, as the app is not uploading anything to the server but storing the recordings locally on the device.

One more thing. I can have roger closed out of the app switcher, and the app is able to bypass all of apple’s safeguards and still be able to be used in the background. That is, you can still listen to and talk to people with out the use of roger. I’m actually surprised apple let this happen. Now I’m not a coder by nature, but I think this is a huge security risk. I’m in several groups where we are discussing this. I’ll give info at the bottom of this message.

action

I think if we take the time to email roger with a very professional explanation of what is going on and that the battery usage should be more efficient, they might fix the app.

discussion

I have a roger group where you can discuss the program and its uses. If you want to join click this link in safari on iOs and click open in roger. You can also click that in mac os and share it with iDevice with air drop. Roger will then open and you will be auto added into the group.

See you there, and let’s discuss.

apple special event 09-07-2016

Here is the archive to the apple special event. They cover a lot.

  • wach os
    *iOs 10
    *iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus

The release of iOs 10 will be on the 13th and most of this stuff will be available to be pre-ordered on the 9th.

Any comments can go in the disqus frame, and the forums located here.

blog post: an alternative way to submit feedback to apple when you are in the public beta cycle

The following will cover an alternate way of submitting bugs to apple. This ensures a faster reply for us. I should know, I’ve been a beta tester for going on 5 years now, and I’ve done these exact steps.

for all of us public beta testers submitting feedback through the feedback is all good, however there is another way to do this and it’s a lot easier.

#first step: create a free apple dev account
. create an apple developer account. Make sure it is the free one as you don’t want to pay the $99 a year. this will ensure access to the bug report site. You can find out more at [apple’s developer website.](http://developer.apple.com)

#report the pesky bugs
When you need to report a bug go to [apple’s bug report site](http://bugreport.apple.com) and sign in. After signing in with your apple ID and password you signed up with for your free apple developer account, click new in the tool bar. Now click iOs \(osx if you are testing os 10.12\) and fill out the info. This is an accessible way of submitting said reports, and you can upload screenshots and profiles and logs this way.
##submitting screenshots.
To upload a screenshot or movie of the bug if at all possible do the following. Note that recording a movie will not be gone over here as many systems are different.

1. After you record your movie save it to your desktop
2. Fill in the relevant fields in the bug report such as title, description and steps to reproduce. Also don’t forget to include build numbers.
3. In the heading labeled attachments.
4. Next click the upload file button and find your movie. Hit enter on it and the file will begin uploading when you click submit.

That’s it. I’ve ben a beta tester for 6 years and about 95 percent of my bugs get seen and acted on by the apple devs. You will get a response with in 2-3 days rather then wait and hope the feedback got to them.

#thanks and acknowledgments
I’d like to thank one of my fellow beta testers for reminding me of this method in bug reporting during the public betas. You don’t need to spend any money and you have an accessible platform for reporting. By the way the bug reporter in iOs from apple’s [bug reporter site](http://bugreport.apple.com) is very very accessible via safari on iOs. I’ve had the chance to submit bugs when on the go and update them when I get home from work or school.

Any comments should go to the disqus frame. Anything missing? Let me know.

lets play blindfold pool

A note to the listener: I messed up on the date. It’s 04-29-2016 not march 29, 2016. Ok, on with the show notes.

I attempt to go over blindfold pool an iOs app. This is yet another game in the series. These guys really do an awesome job. While I’m not good at the game, hopefully you can see a bit of game play. I start by going over the help manual for a bit, then play a few games. My favorite is the one with dave. Lol!

Any feedback can be left in the disqus frame.

Let’s game on with audio hub

In this short demo I take a look at
audio game hub>/a> An ios gaming platform with several games. Here is their itunes description.


Audio Game Hub is a set of eight experimental arcade videogames that use audio as their primary interface – making them accessible for both sighted and non-sighted users.

Dive into a rich world of sounds and experience the unique collection of mini audio games. Close your eyes and let your imagination flow.

Any feedback can be left in the comments. I love this series of games and can see myself using this to just waste time.

let us loop you in: an archived apple event 03-21-2016

It’s time for another apple event. We discuss ipad, ios, and apple tv as well as apple’s going green. We also discuss price points for some new products released today.

looking at overcast for ios; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

<p>In this episode I go over the iOs app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/overcast-podcast-player/id888422857?mt=8">overcast.</a> I discuss the good and bad and just plain ugly regarding the app. For example, focus is lost a lot when using voiceover, at least on my iPhone 6 running iOs 9.2.1. Also, at least in the version I'm using, which is the latest at the time of this recording, the download option is missing per episode. I also don't like the fact I have to apply my actions to 1 episode at a time. I have to delete twenty-four hundred episodes from my download queue and swiping down to delete is not fun that many times. If you have any questions please contact the developer from their <a href="https://overcast.fm/">website.</a> You can also log in to that website using your overcast info and view and listen to your podcasts from anywhere. They also have a twitter account, however I have not received any answers from them via <a href="http://twitter.com/OvercastFM">twitter @OvercastFM</a> or their email form which can be found on their <a href="https://overcast.fm/contact">contact page.</a> Feel free to share this podcast. Any comments and suggestions are more then welcome.</p>

blog post; a review of the braven r-1 water resistant bluetooth speaker

the following will cover the braven r–1 bluetooth speaker. A description will be covered , followed by pros and cons.

Description

The braven r–1 bluetooth speaker is about 5 inches long and maybe 2–3 inches high. There are 4 buttons that operate the unit. Both sides are sloped On the left top slope is volume up and down. You can skip back and forth with these 2 buttons, just hold them down. [1] On the right hand side is power and play. Hold down power and turn it on. You will get a low bass tone that is the same pitch as the droid sound.

The play button also acts as the pair button. To pair a device, hold down play for about 3 seconds until you hear 4 slow beeps that echo, twice. Then follow the directions on your device to pair. If you need to enter a code enter 4 0’s.[2] The play button is also answer and end. If you need to answer a phone call, you hold down play. [3] To end the call hold down play. If no bluetooth signal is present the unit will shut off after 0.5 hours. To turn off the unit, hold down power for 3 seconds. You will hear two tones an octave apart. Warning, they can be loud so turn the unit down first just in case.

On the back of the unit is a cap. Unscrew this to access the other ports. You will find a regular usb 2.0 port that is for charging a device. And a micro port for charging the unit. You will also find a button that shows the battery indicator. There is also a reset button but I’m not sure yet where that is. On the left hand of this circle next to the usb port is the aux port. Use the provided mini patch cord to plug it in. If you need a longer one I’m sure best buy has them. Screw on the cap to make the unit water resistant again.

pros

I love this unit. It is loud and can cover a midsize room. I’ve done it when I’m cooking and the sound is excellent. Not much base from a mono speaker, but enough to make it heard and sometimes felt. The speaker is lite weight and easy to carry.

con

The only con I have with it is it cannot do sd cards or even micro sd cards. Over all though this is an excellent unit.

exit

If I have forgotten anything please let me know. Over all the speaker is a very good sounding speaker and I recommend it to anyone in need of something small.


  1. Note, this will not work everywhere. For example in vlc you cannot skip, nor in the quick look. I had the opportunity to test this in some places and it works fine. It is trial and error.

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  2. the code comes from the manual which you can download from braven’s site. The pdf is accessible to voiceover users. It will take trial and error to learn the buttons.

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  3. A note to voiceover users. For some reason when a call comes in the phone does not pipe the voiceover and the ring through the speaker. This has been an ongoing issue since about iOs 8 or so.

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apple live event: Hey siri 09-09-2015

Lots of stuff are discussed including the new iPhone 6s and 6s plus, and siri, plus the new and improved apple tv and its remote. Apple are really going above and beyond here, and I’m proud to be a member of their community. Enjoy this energy packed 2 hours including a performance by one republic.