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The Blind Side Podcast 68. Emma Bennison’s atrocious Virgin Australia experience, seasonal offerings from Jonathan

It’s 2017, and in some respects, we’ve come a long way. But there are still too many occasions when blind people seek to go about our business like anyone else, only to find that airlines leave us feeling humiliated and undervalued. Emma Bennison, CEO of Blind Citizens Australia, tells Jonathan Mosen about the day her status as a frequent flier made not a blind bit of difference as she was treated shabbily. As the weather warms up and summer is well and truly here, it’s beginning to look...

Duration: 00:55:14

The Blind Side Podcast 67, David Woodbridge, technology old and new

We begin with a reminder that ’tis the season for voting. Vote for your top 10 Christmas songs of all time in Mushroom FM’s holiday countdown. Click here to vote. Jonathan and Bonnie Mosen speak with David Woodbridge from Australia. David is a tech enthusiast, instructor, and prolific podcaster. We take a fun walk down memory lane and discuss some early assistive technology many have never heard of. We also look at the state of technology today. Known for his many podcasts on Apple...

Duration: 01:14:36

The Blind Side Podcast 66, Jesper Holten describes life as a blind person in Denmark

Jonathan Mosen catches up with Jesper Holten, a long-time user of technology who now works for the Danish Association of the Blind. We learn about some of the challenges blind people in Denmark face. Some will be very familiar, while others may be different from those experienced in other countries.

Duration: 00:48:22

The Blind Side Podcast 65. Don’t panic! It’s the blind person’s guide to the Galaxy, part 4

This week’s episode of The Blind Side Podcast begins with details of our Black Friday sale at the Mosen Consulting Store. When checking out, just enter the coupon code thankful to receive 25% off everything in your cart. The more you buy, the more you save. Jonathan Mosen then concludes his series on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This week, we look at Google voice Dictation, Bluetooth keyboard commands, the mediocre Braille support, and discuss a range of apps and how they work in the S8.

Duration: 01:01:21

The Blind Side Podcast 64. Don’t panic! It’s the blind person’s guide to the Galaxy, part 3

In part 3 of his series on the Samsung Galaxy S8 as used by a blind person in conjunction with the Voice Assistant screen reader, Jonathan Mosen introduces you to Bixby. Samsung’s so proud of Bixby, it has its own dedicated button on the side of the phone. Jonathan believes that the combination of ready access to Bixby and Google Assistant on the one device makes the Galaxy S8 the leader in smartphones with voice assistance. But Bixby is not without its problems, especially where the...

Duration: 01:06:35

The Blind Side Podcast 63, is an overzealous Apple killing off Blindfold Games?

A seemingly strict, and many would argue unreasonable interpretation of a new Apple policy means that we may have seen the end of the much-loved Blindfold Games, unless Apple changes its position. Marty Schultz has been developing his iOS-based Blindfold Games for four years, and in that time, he’s published 80 titles. Even if you’re usually not much of a gamer, there’s likely something in the Blindfold Games catalogue that you’ll like. Board games, trivia games, action games, even horse...

Duration: 00:17:46

The Blind Side Podcast 62, don’t panic! It’s the blind person’s guide to the Galaxy, part 2

Jonathan Mosen continues his comprehensive series on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This week, learn about the thankfully angle-free gesture set in Samsung’s screen reader, Voice Assistant. Jonathan discusses migrating your data from iPhone, giving voice commands to Google, setting up facial recognition, using the phone as a drive in Windows, purchasing apps and getting them refunded automatically, and much more. As mentioned in the podcast, you can discuss this and other phone-related episodes...

Duration: 01:02:33

The Blind Side Podcast 61, a thorough look at iPhone X from a blindness perspective

Apple’s iPhone X is the most radical re-design of iPhone since it introduced the product 10 years ago. With no home button, and touch ID having been replaced with face ID, just what is it like for a blind person to use iPhone X in conjunction with VoiceOver, the screen reader that makes iOS useable by a blind person? Jonathan and Heidi Mosen unbox a new iPhone X, set it up, and put it through its paces. They demonstrate setting up Face ID and using it in a variety of contexts. They look at...

Duration: 01:22:10

The Blind Side Podcast 60, Don’t Panic! It’s the Blind Person’s Guide to the Galaxy, part 1

After some news about New Zealand’s new government and a difficult but important topic on Mushroom Fm’s talk show this week, Jonathan Mosen begins his demonstration of the Samsung Galaxy S8. He begins by discussing his choice to go with Samsung specifically due to the multitouch gesture set offered by the Samsung screen reader called Voice Assistant. Heidi and Richard Mosen join Jonathan as they unbox the phone, power it up for the first time, get it talking, work through the very...

Duration: 00:51:29

The Blind Side Podcast 59, Fred Schroeder, President, World Blind Union

Fred Schroeder is a natural leader and superb orator. He has been First Vice President of the National Federation of the blind, Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner during the Clinton administration, a state agency director, a lecturer, O&M instructor, champion of Braille and much more. He currently serves as the President of the World Blind Union. Jonathan Mosen sat down with Fred Schroeder when they both attended the national convention of Blind Citizens Australia. We...

Duration: 01:10:39

The Blind Side Podcast 58, Mushroom FM and the fun guys who make it happen

Mushroom FM is one of those Internet radio phenomena you’ve almost certainly heard about. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to check it out and never have, or maybe you haven’t checked in for a while. Staffed by a team of blind volunteers, and with a strong commitment to high-quality, personality-based Internet radio, Mushroom FM now plays music from the 1950s through to the 1980s, with a few specialty shows thrown in for good measure. With its classy JAM jingles and engaging people, it’s a...

Duration: 01:03:31

The Blind Side Podcast 57, Apple’s VoiceOver design inconsistencies, and Jim Fetgather, the former phone phreaker

Jonathan Mosen begins by announcing the return of the accessible phones for the blind email group, where comparisons of phone types and operating systems are welcome. Subscribe to the Blind Phones list here. In a call to action, Jonathan expands on his blog post, Cupertino, we have a design problem. If you’ve found since upgrading to iOS 11 that you’re deleting emails by accident, it’s not a bug, it’s a new idea from Apple. Jonathan describes why we should care, and encourages you to...

Duration: 00:59:33

The Blind Side Podcast 56, Deja Powell, blind cane travel instructor

For some people who’ve never been given travel instruction by a blind person, the idea seems proposterous and downright dangerous. How can a blind orientation and mobility specialist keep their students safe and monitor their technique? And yet, there are many capable, successful, and totally safe blind people teaching other blind people how to get around. Deja Powell is a blind cane travel instructor based in Utah. She talks with Jonathan Mosen about her journey to acceptance of her...

Duration: 00:55:28

The Blind Side Podcast 55, Unboxing of, and a first look at, iPhone 8 Plus and Apple Watch Series 3

Thanks to the wonders of time zones, New Zealanders get new Apple tech before the rest of the world. Today, a new iPhone 8 Plus and Apple Watch Series 3 landed at Mosen Towers. Jonathan and Bonnie Mosen demonstrate setting up the iPhone 8 plus with the help of the new phone migration feature built into iOS 11. They take a listen to the improved speakers, describe the feel of the new phone, and look at how responsive it is thanks to the new A11 Bionic chip. Jonathan then sets up his new...

Duration: 01:16:10

The Blind Side Podcast episode 54, Jonathan Mosen’s iOS 11 Tek Talk Presentation

Just ahead of the official release of iOS 11, the new software to power iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Jonathan Mosen was invited to deliver a Tek Talk presentation to Accessible World. For many years, Tek Talk presentations have been held every Monday at 8 PM US Eastern time. Guest speakers have showcased a wide range of technology for the blind and visually impaired. Jonathan speaks about iOS 11 in the context of VoiceOver, the screen reader built into iOS. He discusses Siri’s new...

Duration: 00:56:36

The Blind Side Podcast 53, recap of Apple’s September 2017 event

At its first ever event at the Steve Jobs Theatre, Apple unveiled an Apple Watch with LTE connectivity, a 4K Apple TV, and three new iPhones. One of those iPhones is a radical departure in some key respects from anything we’ve seen before. Jonathan and Heidi Mosen, David Woodbridge and Allison Hartley got together the moment the curtain came down in Cupertino to offer their instant reactions to the event, and provide analysis from a blindness perspective. We can also report that “iOS...

Duration: 01:04:08

The Blind Side Podcast episode 52, Nicky Wagner, Minister for Disability Issues, National Party

We conclude our series on New Zealand’s general election by hearing from the current Minister for Disability Issues, National’s Nicky Wagner. Minister Wagner discusses what she considers to be National’s most significant achievements for disabled people over the last nine years, and argues that re-electing National to lead the government will represent continued progress for disabled people. We discuss education, employment, access to technology, whether there is a need for accessibility...

Duration: 00:42:23

The Blind Side Podcast 51: upcoming Apple coverage, Marama Fox, Co-leader, Maori Party

We’re preparing to go into top gear on The Blind Side, with comprehensive coverage of Apple’s new hardware. Mosen Consulting is also ready to go with “iOS 11 Without the Eye”, our most comprehensive iOS book to date. Learn more in the podcast. Blind people using telephone dictation voting can cast their ballot any time from now. Our comprehensive coverage on New Zealand’s disability issues continues ahead of the election. This time, Jonathan Mosen speaks with Marama Fox, co-leader of...

Duration: 00:38:41

The Blind Side Podcast 50, more on our podcasting course, how blind New Zealanders vote

On this, our 50th episode, we say thanks for your listenership. It’s been amazing. Our podcasting course begins just days from now, and we’re excited by how many people have already joined our community of intrepid podcast explorers. There’s still room for you though. We tell you about a very special guest joining us for part of our first webinar. Our series on the New Zealand general election continues. This week, we’re looking at how blind people in New Zealand vote. Jonathan Mosen...

Duration: 00:37:36

The Blind Side 49. Our podcasting course, iOS 11 book, Ria Bond from New Zealand First

Responding to many requests, Mosen Consulting is offering a thorough podcasting course, comprising four webinars, a discussion forum, a resource guide and more. Jonathan discusses what the course covers, and how you can register. Note, since the course starts in September, registrations close soon. We then give you an update on the latest in the popular “iOS Without the Eye” series. It’s our largest eBook yet. We explain how you can get it before iOS 11 comes to your iDevice. And we...

Duration: 00:39:50

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