This month: Lina Kouzi, NCBI’s Library and Media Centre Manager is with Stuart to tell us about some really exciting developments to the library service. Stuart follows this with a demonstration of how to search the Bookshare Service that Lina has just talked about. Sharon Lyons is back to talk about shortcuts that can be …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 70: March 2018
Welcome to this month’s Virtual Technology Club podcast. In our February meeting, Dave Nason introduced us to the world of Smart Home technology. We talk smart plugs, smart devices and how to put all this new and exciting tech together. Sinead Drew is undertaking research in the area of community development, and also has a personal …Read More about Virtual technology Club: Smart Homes, accessible apps and general questions and answers!
This month: Sharon Lyons returns to conclude her exploration of Google Docs, and highlights some of the really useful functions with the Accessibility menu of that application. We meet Róisín Dermody, who is embarking on a really exciting project to bring blind and low vision musicians together. Finally, Julie Rodaway introduces us to the recently …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 69: February 2018
Welcome to NCBI’s first Virtual Technology club of 2018. Our sessions take place on the last Thursday of each month, with the exception of April and August, when we will be taking breaks. This month we hear many voices from Ireland, the USA and Canada. We’re talking Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart TVs and …Read More about Virtual Technology Club: Happy 2018, our new meeting platform and smart devices!
This month: Sharon Lyons is along to talk about collaboration using Google Docs. We hear a live demo of how this actually works between two people working on the one document at the very same time. Stuart demonstrates a Skill for the Amazon Alexa device called ‘News Over Audio’. Finally, following a technical glitch on …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 68: January 2018
This month: Sharon Lyons is back to introduce us to Google Docs, and she also has a lovely Christmas recipe to share! Stuart talks to Tina Paulick, who is a low vision user of iOS and who has some useful tips to share. Finally, we hear an excerpt from a presentation given by Microsoft’s Hector …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 67: December 2017
This month: Chris White our group CEO is here to tell Stuart about NCBI’s recently launched Bursary Scheme, to assist people with sight loss who may wish to explore higher education in Ireland. We dip into your emails and phone comments, and tell you about an assistive technology exhibition of Braille and low vision equipment …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 66: November 2017
This month: We’re checking in on our new podcast comment line, which has a few messages that we want to share. You can participate too by calling at any time on 01 8821930. Sharon Lyons is back to talk to Stuart about Google Drive and we continue our exploration of the Chromebook. Saleem Rahman, Dave …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 65: October 2017
Welcome to another NCBI Virtual Technology Club podcast. Our guest this month is Jackie McBrearty from Sligo. Jackie talks about the Amazon Echo, demonstrates some of what this amazing device can do and answers questions from other participants. There are also general questions and answers and we talk about a possible change for this group …Read More about Virtual Technology Club Podcast: Amazon Echo
This month: We tell you how you can still participate in our up-coming seminar with VFO, even if you didn’t manage to get a ticket to attend the event. Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick is here to talk about the recently launched ViaOpta suite of apps, from Novartis. NCBI’s Junior MasterChef group bring us a very special …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 63: August 2017
Welcome to this month’s Virtual Technology Club podcast. Brian Hartgen from Hartgen Consultancy is our special guest and discusses his company, the products they provide and demonstrates several new features in the latest version of LEASEY. We also have questions and answers from our attendees.
This month: We begin with some announcements including details of our next Virtual Technology club and the up-coming visit of Freedom Scientific and Sight and Sound Technology to Dublin. We meet Jens Naumann, who tells the incredible story of how he regained his vision, before losing it again. Jens is now actively using something called …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 62: July 2017
Welcome to our June Virtual Technology Club podcast. This month we are joined by Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, from the very popular service Be My Eyes. Regular contributor Gerry Shanahan tells us all about his Audacity course and gives us instructions on how we can download the files needed to get started. If you have …Read More about Virtual Technology Club Podcast: Be My Eyes!
This month: Darragh Ó Héiligh joins Stuart to talk about significant accessibility enhancements in Windows Narrator which are particularly evident as part of the most recent Creators update. Darragh has written about this subject on his blog. Stuart demonstrates the Dot Watch, the world’s first ever Braille smart watch. Sharon Lyons is here for …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 61: June 2017
Our second Virtual Technology Club took place on Thursday May 25th. Our next session is scheduled for 19:00 on Thursday june 22nd. In this session we demonstrate Humanware’s BrailleNote Touch, which runs on Android. There’s a discussion about an accessible way to install different versions of Windows using the free NVDA Screen Reader, and …Read More about Virtual Technology Club Podcast: BrailleNote Touch, Talking Windows Installation and Audacity Sound Editing Course
This month: We begin with a reminder about our Virtual technology Club sessions and tell you how you can hear the audio from our first session. There’s also a shout-out for our friends at the RNIB Tech Talk podcast, which issues every week. Our chief Tech Support Officer Paul Traynor is on the line to …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 60: May 2017
Welcome to our very first Virtual Technology Club audio recording. Our first meeting took place on Thursday April 20th, and, as you’ll hear, there was some lively discussion. As well as giving some background to this new initiative, we discuss how a virtual space could be maximised for the benefit of as many …Read More about Virtual Technology Club Podcast: Welcomes, introductions and thoughts for future development
This month: We announce details of our first ever Virtual Technology Club, which is having its inaugural meeting on Thursday April 6th. Sharon Lyons is back to introduce us to a little-known feature in the Microsoft Office suite called ‘Speak’. Stuart meets Jackie Brown, who has recently written a book entitled ‘Braille on Display’ and …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 59: April 2017
This month: Sharon Lyons introduces us to Skype. We find out how to set a range of options, how to make Skype more accessible and we demonstrate how to send and receive instant messages. Gerard Byrne, NCBI’s National Centre-based Services Manager is here to tell us about a new and exciting addition to NCBI’s national …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 58: March 2017
This month: Sean Randall from the British Computer Association of the Blind in the UK joins Stuart to talk about a number of online seminars that are being planned in the coming months. Sharon Lyons is back to talk about a recent radio training course in which she participated with Dublin City FM, which lead …Read More about Technology Podcast Episode 57: February 2017