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Podcasting since 2004, Jonathan Mosen MNZM is a totally blind Chief Executive, advocate, entrepreneur, technology expert and broadcaster. Direct from his studio in Wellington New Zealand, Jonathan talks about anything that takes his fancy this week, from helping you make sense of technology to music to politics to disability issues and much more. And listeners love to talk back. It's a captivating listen in which you can be informed, entertained, amused, in strong agreement and strong frustration all in one episode. Have your say! Email a voice clip or something in writing to jonathan at MushroomFM dot com. Or call the listener line, +1-864-606-6736. That's +1-864-60Mosen

Podcasting since 2004, Jonathan Mosen MNZM is a totally blind Chief Executive, advocate, entrepreneur, technology expert and broadcaster. Direct from his studio in Wellington New Zealand, Jonathan talks about anything that takes his fancy this week, from helping you make sense of technology to music to politics to disability issues and much more. And listeners love to talk back. It's a captivating listen in which you can be informed, entertained, amused, in strong agreement and strong frustration all in one episode. Have your say! Email a voice clip or something in writing to jonathan at MushroomFM dot com. Or call the listener line, +1-864-606-6736. That's +1-864-60Mosen

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Podcasting since 2004, Jonathan Mosen MNZM is a totally blind Chief Executive, advocate, entrepreneur, technology expert and broadcaster. Direct from his studio in Wellington New Zealand, Jonathan talks about anything that takes his fancy this week, from helping you make sense of technology to music to politics to disability issues and much more. And listeners love to talk back. It's a captivating listen in which you can be informed, entertained, amused, in strong agreement and strong frustration all in one episode. Have your say! Email a voice clip or something in writing to jonathan at MushroomFM dot com. Or call the listener line, +1-864-606-6736. That's +1-864-60Mosen

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Episodes

Episode 90: Unboxing, installing, setting up and using an Amazon Fire TV Stick with the VoiceView screen reader

12/18/2020
in our final episode of the decade, we unbox, install and set up an Amazon Fire TV stick, then enable the VoiceView screen reader and put it through its paces. Thank you for an amazing year for Mosen at Large. I appreciate the time you have taken to listen, and Bonnie and I wish you a safe and restful holiday season. Mosen At Large will be back for the new decade on 23 January 2021.

Duration:01:41:20

Episode 89: This decades tech in review, I still want a Google self-driving car for Christmas, and being on the front line of the COVID-19 fight

12/12/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. This is our last chatty, roundtable-style podcast for the decade. We’ll have one more episode devoted to the Amazon Fire TV next week, and then we’ll be taking a break until 23 January. On the show this week. Introduction,0:00.000 I want the Google Driving Car for Christmas,2:15.500. If you like it, you can always vote for it in Mushroom FM’s countdown and listen to the song on YouTube. John Lennon Book recommendation,5:21.803 Vote now in Mushroom FM's Holiday...

Duration:01:43:29

Episode 88: Remembering John Lennon, the pros and cons of social media, Apple things, Windows things, Sonos things and more things

12/5/2020
Kia ora again Mosen At Largers. I hope, despite troubling times, you may be beginning to feel a little festive. If not, we're going to try to help. On the show this week, Intro,0:00.000 Vote now for our 2020 holiday countdown and score an invitation to our highly exclusive Christmas party,5:00.050 The day John Lennon died and what he and the Beatles mean to us,19:57.416 Memories of tape recorders, the Beatles and the day John died,38:54.565 Social media, the pros and cons,47:57.789 More tape...

Duration:02:42:22

Episode 87: Tape recorder memories, eating in public, Mantis Q40 questions and more

11/28/2020
Kia ora again Mosen At Largers. It’s a nice long episode this week, packed with contributions, do keep them coming, I’d love to hear from you. On the show this week, Introduction,0:00.000 It's beginning to feel like summer with the return of cricket,2:15.471 Thanksgiving. Daily gratitude works wonders,3:11.092 The search for the lost cord,5:08.397 Send me your Beatles and John Lennon memories for the next episode,12:09.346 Book recommendation: "Breath, the new science of a lost art", by...

Duration:02:16:41

Episode 86: WayAround, the easy to use labelling system that works with the phone you always have with you

11/25/2020
Kia ora again Mosen At Largers. Chances are that you’ve tried one of the many audio labelling gadgets that have come and gone over the years. They were all handy, but it was another device to carry around, charge or have a fresh set of batteries to hand, and potentially lose. What is you could have even better functionality using the smartphone you have with you anyway? This episode is all about WayAround, a system that uses the NFC reader on most Android phones and on all current iPhones....

Duration:00:50:05

Episode 85: US election craziness, remembering our old tape recorders, Apple feedback and more

11/21/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Here’s another bumper episode of thoughtful and useful comments thanks to your input. Remember, if your podcast app supports chapter marks, you can skip between sections of the show. Intro,0:00.000 US political musings,2:15.423 Family circumstances have caused me to rethink my politics,11:45.381 Memories of tape recorders you have used,20:30.790 New Zealand's COVID contact tracing app,1:03:57.575 Old tape recorder and new iPhone Mini,1:06:43.410 The latest state of...

Duration:01:59:07

Episode 84: US elections and voting systems, a miscellany of tech topics, new iPhone feedback and more

11/14/2020
Welcome back, Mosen at Largers. We have quite the cornucopia of questions, answers and discussion about all manner of things. Thanks to all our contributors for making each show lively, unique and unpredictable. This week: Intro,0:00.000 More comments on the US election and voting system,2:15.525 Why are so many people unwilling to wear masks?,20:32.798 Getting a US iTunes account when you're not in the US,29:50.188 Speech cutting out in Windows,34:14.288. This section makes reference to...

Duration:01:51:10

Episode 83: An Apple special. First impressions of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, demonstration of the lidar-based people detection feature, and a discussion about the new Apple Silicon Macs

11/13/2020
Yes, I know I originally said I would skip a new iPhone this year, but some people are just beyond help. I'll give you my initial impressions of the iPhone 12 Pro Max as a blind person running Apple's VoiceOver screen reader after 24 hours of use. The reason I purchased a new iPhone after all was because of the exciting world of Lidar. Heidi Taylor joins me as we demonstrate the People Detection feature, designed specifically for blind people and built into the latest version of iOS. Then...

Duration:00:51:49

Episode 82: Review and demonstration of the Mantis Q40 Braille display from APH

11/10/2020
The Mantis Q40 from APH is a 40-cell Braille display with a qwerty keyboard. At the time of recording this review, you can use it stand-alone with its built-in apps, plus as a display for your PC, iDevice or Mac. In this comprehensive review, I’ll describe the Mantis and what it can do, discuss where it does well and where it falls short. The Mantis Q40 is available from APH in the United States. International distribution is being handled by HumanWare. You can learn more about the Mantis...

Duration:00:52:19

Episode 81: The Biden Harris victory, another Apple event coming up, new iPhone pre-orders, Google Lookout for Android and more

11/7/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. It’s a sleep-deprived but very happy and relieved Jonathan writing these show notes after joining many of you in the marathon coverage watching. We have plenty of political perspectives and more on the show today. Intro,0:00.000 My thoughts on the US election,2:15.564 Listener feedback on the US presidential election,18:26.009 Random and frivolous thoughts on the election coverage,44:56.357 Apple feedback starts this week with the iPhone 12,49:02.376 Yet another...

Duration:02:00:33

Episode 80: Have the news come to you accessibly with Lire RSS Reader for iOS

11/4/2020
There are services that curate the news for you. Some learn about your tastes over time. But there are downsides to having algorithms choosing your news. Still, such apps are tempting because so many news sites are cluttered, full of ads and have varying levels of accessibility. An RSS reader is the answer, and my favourite for iOS is called Lire. With this one app, you can read news from your favourite websites with all the clutter stripped away, and the level of customisation with...

Duration:01:09:42

Episode 79: US election day nears, Apple brings yet another accessibility breakthrough, the future of blind travel and more

10/31/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Thank you for taking the time to listen and to contribute. I very much look forward to the contributions coming in each week. On this episode: Intro,0:00.000 I'm testing a new gadget,2:15.402 Election day looms in the United States,3:25.445 Where do you get your news?,8:18.766 The mantis and low carb,9:25.260 Why did New Zealanders vote against legalising marijuana?,12:15.254 The Conversation Builder app,16:00.192 Choosing a sound mixer,19:04.146 Plenty of Apple...

Duration:01:46:03

Episode 78: Ned Desmond talks the Sight Tech Global virtual technology conference and more

10/28/2020
In this episode I'm joined by acclaimed technology journalist Ned Desmond. Ned is leading a team putting together a new virtual conference on blindness technology called Sight Tech Global, which has an impressive selection of speakers lined up. Because it's virtual, you can attend from the comfort of home, and it's free. We'll learn a bit about Ned, why he has created this conference and some of the speakers you can look forward to. We'll also discuss the way assistive technology is...

Duration:00:37:37

Episode 77: Will guide dogs go the way of the horse and buggy, lots of Apple comments, disability immigration discrimination and more

10/24/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. It’s another varied show this week. Don’t be shy about sharing your views. It’s great to hear voices old and new. If your podcast app supports chapters, you can skip between the following sections. Intro,0:00.000 Will guide dogs go the way of the horse and buggy?,3:07.491 Listener comments on guide robots,17:46.858 Apple questions and feedback,33:26.410 Hopefully not jinxing it but have tamed the Apple Watch battery Beast,41:55.324 Is battery life on the iPhone...

Duration:02:02:54

Episode 76: Nick Zammarelli demonstrates the WeWalk Smart Cane

10/21/2020
If we're blind and use a white cane, they're with us whenever we travel. So in 2020, why are they still so dumb? A company called WeWalk aims to change all that, with their WeWalk Smart Cane. Mosen At Large listener and frequent contributor Nick Zammarelli bought a WeWalk Smart Cane early. In this review, he demonstrates the app that offers turn by turn navigation complete with haptic vibration and voice prompts from the cane. Then, we let Nick Loose on the streets armed only with his phone...

Duration:00:53:22

Episode 75: Historic election results in New Zealand, who's buying a new iPhone, the International Council on English Braille, self-driving cars and more

10/17/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. It’s another varied show this week. Don’t be shy about sharing your views. It’s great to hear voices old and new. If your podcast app supports chapters, you can skip between the following sections. Introduction,0:00.000 A resounding New Zealand election win for Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party,2:15.482 Feedback on various Apple issues,10:31.605 Who wants a self-driving car? Still me me me!,28:01.781 Education experiences,35:54.713 Thoughts on open source software and...

Duration:01:47:32

Episode 74: Review and demonstration of the 1Password password manager

10/15/2020
In response to a lot of listener demand, this episode is devoted to the 1Password password manager. Versions of 1Password are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, watchOS, Android and other operating systems, as well as extensions for most browsers. With 1Password, you can enjoy the peace of mind of having a unique password for every site you visit. You can share the app with your family, and store other data securely in its vaults. It's totally accessible and reputable. Share your thoughts...

Duration:00:36:45

Episode 73: Recapping Apple's October 2020 event from a blindness perspective

10/13/2020
Kia ora Mosen at Largers. Joining me to recap Apple's October 2020 event are Judy Dixon, Michael Feir and Heidi Taylor. We'll discuss the HomePod Mini and the new iPhone 12 range, all from a blindness perspective. I'd love to know what you think. Has Apple done enough to move you to upgrade, and if so, what are you going for? If not, what would it have taken for you to hand over some cash? Let us know for inclusion in the next episode.

Duration:01:09:33

Episode 72: Apples next big event, the four big tech companies under scrutiny, who wants a self-driving car and more

10/10/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. It’s another podcast that will get you thinking, then hopefully get you contributing. If your podcast app supports chapters, you can skip between the following sections. Intro,0:00.000 Reporting back on the Bose Portable Smart Speaker performance,2:15.477 What to expect at Apple's next big event,6:22.380 Congressional report slams four big tech companies,13:35.867 Who wants a self-driving car? Me me me!,26:42.380 More thoughts on education,41:45.094 iPhone online...

Duration:01:57:45

Episode 71: Speaker reviews and unboxing a Bose portable Smart Speaker

10/7/2020
Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Inspired by the spring getaway Bonnie and I decided to take, this episode is all about Bluetooth and other speakers, in particular unboxing a Bose portable Smart Speaker. It is not without its accessibility challenges when using it with the Bose Music app, but works well as a Bluetooth speaker. Here’s a summary of what you can hear when in this episode. If your podcast app supports chapters, you can easily skip forward and backward between these sections of the...

Duration:00:58:05