Technology

Sally reading a recipe on the homemade CCTV in her kitchen.

Creating a Homegrown CCTV

January 30, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sara Streeter

Before taking early retirement a couple of years ago, I spent 34 years doing accounting and finance work. I grew up fully sighted and relied on good vision for my intensely-detailed work, spending long hours staring at numbers and other data on a computer screen. Then, in my early 50s, the effects of my progressive […] Read More »

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Lee using Seeing AI to read a bar code on a can.

Seeing AI App: Making It Work for You

January 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

With the rise of smartphone technology, many apps have been developed to assist people with vision loss. Rather than having to purchase multiple assistive devices, at sometimes significant costs, a person can now download an app, often for free and accomplish the same tasks.   Increasing Power and Efficiency As technology has advanced, apps have […] Read More »

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photo of an Amazon Dot and a Google Home Mini

Amazon vs. Google: Comparing the Dot and Home Mini Smart Speakers

December 29, 2017 | 1 Comment

by David Flament

Since smart speakers seem to be the hot new holiday gift this year, it’s time to do a little comparison between the Amazon Echo and the Google Home product lines.  Here we’ll overview the differences between the Amazon Dot versus the Google Home Mini. Price Both speakers are $50.  On Black Friday, both devices were […] Read More »

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Thousands of Podcasts: What’s Your Favorite?

November 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

by David Flament

  Do You Listen to Podcasts? Google the words “podcast genres” and you’ll be amazed at the amount of content available in a podcast format.  There’s a podcast for just about anything you can think of – dramas, music, comedy, religion, history, horror, science fiction, crime, arts, food, games, travel, fashion – the list never […] Read More »

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Thick hamburger with white cheddar and crisp bacon on a bun.

Food Delivery Apps: The New Way to Get Food to Your Front Door

October 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

by David Flament

  How Times Have Changed! Long gone are the days of calling a restaurant and being put on hold to place your order and then giving your credit card info to some kid you have never met. Today, food delivery apps make it possible to get pretty much anything you’re craving, anytime, anywhere. After a […] Read More »

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Five Image Recognition Apps You’ll Want to Try

August 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

I often get asked about text, object and image recognition apps for iPhones and iPads. Recently, fully sighted people have even asked because of the release of AiPoly 2.0 and all the press it received. So, I thought I would review some of the more popular apps in this area. Here we go! AiPoly Let’s […] Read More »

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Hands on keyboard with folded white cane on desk.

JAWS vs. NVDA: Hearing Another Voice

July 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

by David Flament

I often talk to our clients about the need to learn a second screen reader and have even blogged on the subject.  I use both JAWS and NVDA on a regular basis.  I want to share my experience with a recent JAWS update and how NVDA came to the rescue. The Crash Back in April, […] Read More »

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Jose works with Jocelyn in the Open Computer Lab

3000 Hours Later: Why Jose Volunteers

May 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Cheryl Megurdichian

Jocelyn lost her job.  The funding ended and so did her employment. She knows there is a need for people with customer service experience. “I love working with people.  I want to get a job helping people.” Unfortunately, she discovered all the positions she is interested in also require computer skills.  Jocelyn spent the last few years […] Read More »

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A television with a movie streaming site open and Gone Girl the current selection

Cutting the Cord: The Changing Landscape of TV

April 1, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

  Perhaps you have already heard the phrase “Cutting the Cord.” This refers to the increasing number of us who are leaving our cable companies behind with all their equipment, high bills and poor service.   What is Streaming? Streaming means the movies and TV shows you want to watch are stored on someone else’s […] Read More »

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The Amazon dot with a sleek design, about the size of a hockey puck

Amazon Voice Services: Do You Hear an Echo?

February 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

It seems that lots of you are getting one of the Amazon Echo devices: the Dot, Tap or Echo. The new year has started with me fielding a lot of calls and emails about how to set it up and what to do with it. So here goes.   What is the Difference? All of […] Read More »

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