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This is a technology podcast focused on technology that supports people with sight loss. NCBI Labs is the technology function within www.ncbi.ie NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland) is the national sight loss agency. We are a not for profit charity, which offers support and services to people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with their eyesight.

This is a technology podcast focused on technology that supports people with sight loss. NCBI Labs is the technology function within www.ncbi.ie NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland) is the national sight loss agency. We are a not for profit charity, which offers support and services to people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with their eyesight.

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Ireland

Description:

This is a technology podcast focused on technology that supports people with sight loss. NCBI Labs is the technology function within www.ncbi.ie NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland) is the national sight loss agency. We are a not for profit charity, which offers support and services to people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with their eyesight.

Language:

English


Episodes

Live Event 60 – Introducing the BlindShell Classic 2 Mobile Phone, Exploring the Supersense AI app for iOS and Android, and Competition to win an Amazon Echo

12/7/2021
We have lots coming up in what will be our final Live Event of 2021. To start off, it’s competition time as we give away an Amazon Echo smart speaker to one lucky listener. Next, we’re very exciting to tell you about the brand-new BlindShell Classic 2. An updated version of the internationally popular BlindShell Classic, this is a fully accessible phone for the blind and visually impaired community. The phone has a fully functional screen reader, a physical keypad, and a large print, high...

Duration:01:04:50

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 59 – Black Friday Deals, Leonie Watson, WCAG 2.1

11/22/2021
On this weeks live event, we talk about the Black Friday deals available this year, both online and in-store. We feature deals on smart speakers, wifi extenders, apple devices, and Orcam products, and even show how you can use your Amazon Echo to search for deals. Also on the show, we talk to Leonie Watson, director of Tetralogical, about W3C and WCAG 2.1 guidelines, as well as the notable developments of recent years that have contributed to advancements made in the world of accessibility...

Duration:01:22:32

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 58 – New Daily Weather Podcast from Met Éireann and Smart Glasses

11/9/2021
On the show this week we find out about a new daily weather forecast podcast that has been launched by Met Éireann. The podcast offers a convenient and accessible way to find out the weather forecast if you are on the move and is also available through your smart speaker. To find out more we are joined by Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting with Met Éireann, and Joanne Walker, Senior meteorological officer with Met Éireann. The new daily weather forecast podcast can be accessed at...

Duration:01:04:59

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 57 - Subscription-based services, Dot Watch, and YouTube accessibility enhancements

10/26/2021
On today’s show, we talk about the rise of subscription based services in recent years. We discuss the various businesses that offer subscription options currently, and discuss the pros and cons for the end user. Additionally, in our series of end-user reviews, Brian Manning tells us how he uses his Dot Watch, and give us his opinion on it. Support the show (https://www.ncbi.ie/supporting-us/donate-now/) Support the show (https://www.ncbi.ie/supporting-us/donate-now/)

Duration:01:07:19

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 56

10/12/2021
On the show this week we're delighted to have back with us Stephen Howell, Senior Program Manager with Microsoft Ireland. Stephen tells us about the latest accessibility features and enhancements to look forward to in Windows 11. We also find out from Stephen all there is to know about the much-anticipated Surface Adaptive Kit being brought out by Microsoft to make its hardware more accessible. Showcased at the recent Microsoft Surface Event, the Adaptive Kit features a variety of tactile...

Duration:01:02:03

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 55

9/28/2021
On the show this week we are joined by David Nason from Apple Vis to find out about the latest features and functions in iOS 15. Highlights include being able to perform more tasks with Siri off-line, a new VoiceOver Quick Settings menu, and a new feature called Live Text that allows you to read text from photos and with the Camera app. We look back at some of the highlights from Apple’s recent ‘California Streaming’ event that introduced us to the iPhone 13 Series, the Apple Watch Series...

Duration:01:08:25

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 54

9/14/2021
On the show this week we discuss the role technology can play in making the workplace a more inclusive environment for people with sight loss. What are some of the challenges faced when seeking or in employment, and what grants are available to fund the equipment needed? Joining us on Meet the Team to help answer these questions and more is Maura Barry who works with the Employment and Vocation Service in NCBI. We explore a range of CCTVs (closed circuit televisions) that enable many people...

Duration:01:06:24

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 53

8/31/2021
On the show this week we are delighted to be joined by special guest Steven Scott from the RNIB Tech Talk Team. With almost 400 episodes, Tech Talk is a podcast and radio show for blind and partially sighted people who are interested in accessible technology. Steven tells us all there is to know about the RNIB Tech Talk podcast show, favourite interviews, funniest moments, and more. We also find out what has happened to the popular FlickType keyboard app for the iPhone, which was...

Duration:01:04:06

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 52

8/17/2021
On the show this week we find out about Sight Tech Global 2021, an event focusing on AI and the future of accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. The virtual event takes place this year from December 1-2 and is free to the public. To find out more about what’s in store we are joined by Ned Desmond, the founder and executive producer of Sight Tech Global. We catch up with Dominique Farrell who shares with us her experience to date with using the recently released...

Duration:00:31:13

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 52

8/16/2021
On the show this week we find out about Sight Tech Global 2021, an event focusing on AI and the future of accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. The virtual event takes place this year from December 1-2 and is free to the public. To find out more about what’s in store we are joined by Ned Desmond, the founder and executive producer of Sight Tech Global. We catch up with Dominique Farrell who shares with us her experience to date with using the recently released...

Duration:00:56:39

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 51

8/3/2021
On this Live Event Special we find out about Microsoft Soundscape, an app that assists those who are blind or vision impaired to explore the world around them through a 3D audio experience. As the next step on the journey to enabling a more accessible Ireland for all, Microsoft Ireland announced the availability of Soundscape on iOS on Tuesday 3rd August. NCBI are thrilled to partner with Microsoft for the launch and celebrate their 51st Labs Live Event with a special edition of Microsoft...

Duration:01:27:34

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 50

7/27/2021
On the show this week we are joined by Joe McPhillips from Wexford to hear about his experience using the Apple Watch. Since the debut of the first Apple Watch in 2015, this smartwatch has evolved from a wrist-worn extension of the iPhone to a device that can tell you a whole lot about your health and more. Joe tells us how to set up the Apple Watch, its key features, and its many health benefits. On Seeing It Your Way we are joined by Breandan Ward who chats about his life in London and...

Duration:01:09:18

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 49

7/19/2021
In this Live Event we are joined by NCBI’s Chief Technology Officer Kyran O’Mahoney to find out about the latest developments of the NCBI SmartHub. When available, the Smart Hub will provide a means of receiving information about NCBI and availing of essential services through your smart speaker. We will also be Joined by David Nason who will tell us all about Airtags, Apple's GPS Trackers often used in keyrings and suitcases to locate property. On Meet the Team we chat with Aoife Watson...

Duration:01:05:34

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 48

6/29/2021
On this Live Event we are joined by Glen Gordan, who for the last 25 years has been the architect behind the popular JAWS Screen Reader. In the mid-1990s, the flourishing popularity of Microsoft Windows and its graphical user interface brought with it much concern for many computer users who were blind or had low vision. On the show this week Glen tells us how JAWS was adapted to a GUI, how the software has been developed in the intervening years, and what more we can look forward to in the...

Duration:01:07:44

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 47

6/15/2021
On this Live Event we find out about online banking and managing your finances with the popular Revolut app. How do you set up a Revolut account, what services are available, and how accessible is the app itself? To help answer these questions and more we are joined by Sebastian Hamilton, Head of Public Affairs at Revolut Ireland. Also, to provide us with an insight into the Revolut app from the perspective of a user with a vision impairment, we are joined by Breandan Ward who has worked in...

Duration:01:00:16

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 46

6/1/2021
This week we check out the accessibility and accuracy of a range of weather apps. Irish people are known to be fixated by the weather with almost every conversation starting with this topic. Will I need to bring an umbrella today? Is the weather going to be good for the weekend? The topic of the weather is never far from our minds or our conversations and to help find out about some of the most popular weather apps available we are joined by Desmond Keaney from Leitrim. Also this week, we...

Duration:00:59:48

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 45

5/25/2021
This week we check out accessibility offerings on the Chromecast with Google TV, a device that can turn any TV into a smart TV with all your favourite streaming apps. We go through how to use the Chromecast’s TalkBack screen reader and its Voice Remote to access video and audio content. Also this week, NCBI Labs IT Trainer Miriam Kelly provides us with a demonstration of how to use the rotor feature with VoiceOver that can help users navigate and control important functions on the iPhone...

Duration:00:57:43

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 44

5/18/2021
This week, with the news of the latest Ransomware attack on the HSE, we will be taking time to find out about this type of malware and also what we can do to help protect ourselves against such cyberattacks. On Seeing it Your Way, we catch up with Dominique Farrell from Dublin to find out about the technology she uses in her day to day life. We have lots of Quick Tips coming up this week too including how to access the emoji panel in Windows 👍. Support the show...

Duration:00:58:15

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 43

5/11/2021
Coming up on this Live Event we have an interview with Sky to find out about a new Voice Guidance feature recently introduced to the Sky Q box. Joining a suite of other accessibility features available on the Sky Q box, Voice Guidance turns all items on the screen into spoken output to make navigating the platform’s TV guide, menus, Show Centres, collections, and on-screen messages much easier for those with visual impairments. To find out more about this exciting development we will be...

Duration:01:16:45

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 42

4/27/2021
This week we take a look back at some of the highlights from Apple’s recent Spring Loaded event that included the launch of an all-new iMac, two new iPad Pros, an updated Apple TV, and the much anticipated AirTags. We'll also be discussing what to expect with the release of iOS 14.5 this week that includes the option to unlock the iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask, new Siri voices, support for AirTags, and Apple’s App Tracking Transparency that lets you control which apps are...

Duration:01:08:01