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Tech Talk is a podcast and radio show for blind and partially sighted people who are interested in accessible technology. Find out about the latest products from specialist equipment to off the shelf solutions. Get involved or join the conversation by emailing techtalk@rnib.org.uk

    New Echos revealed, Samsung's new S20 FE, and RNIB's Web Accessibility toolkit

    New Echos revealed, Samsung's new S20 FE, and RNIB's Web Accessibility toolkit

    Hello, fellow geeks! Welcome to another terrific Tech Talk episode, full to the brim of everything you could wish for! Joining Steven (https://twitter.com/techtalkersteve) on today's show - Robin (https://twitter.com/usa2day) from AbilityNet (https://abilitynet.org.uk/) , Tim (https://twitter.com/timschwartz5) from Life After Blindness (https://lifeafterblindness.com/) , and Andy (https://twitter.com/adwinn) from... er... Email Tower? Sure, let's go with that!

    On today's show you will hear the guys opinions on the latest products to be revealed from Amazon - if you're a fan of stopping home burglaries, or even just seeing what the dog is up to when you're out, you may be interested in the new 'Always Home Cam' from Ring, the home security company owned by Amazon. It's a bit unique... it's an indoor drone! 

    Steven's pretty excited about the new look Echo Dot products... it turns out the 'hockey puck' shape is a thing of the past... these new ones are spherical! Ideal for accidentally knocking off the nightstand, and rolling under the bed, then. Sticking with Amazon, the Show 10 was also revealed, and the team like the look of it. Is this product going to halt the Facebook Portal device before it even got started?

    We also talk about the newest range of smartphones from Samsung, yes, Samsung are already revealing something new just months after the last lot. These are in the mid-range market, which has seen a boom in 2020. Will anyone on the team think of getting a Samsung S20 FE?

    We also talk about the new web accessibility toolkit from the RNIB, including the thoughts of RNIB CEO Matt Stringer, speaking exclusively to RNIB Connect Radio.

    All this, plus: emails, the news about the Alexa Care Hub, Jaffa Cakes, melons and mince pies, hacksaws, spatial audio, Zoom updates, the Android Accessibility suite, and Robin yawning?!

    We are still giving out Tech Talk Titles for the email regulars, so to join the list, get in contact with us at TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk (mailto:TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk) - we welcome all kinds of questions, or even answers to previous listener questions that you want to join in on!

    ttfn x

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    The #AppleEvent fallout, and more of your emails

    The #AppleEvent fallout, and more of your emails

    Team Tech Talk is here to rock your socks off!

    Today, the team tackle the rather underwhelming #AppleEvent from last week - if you missed it, don't worry - not only did you not miss anything ground-breaking, but Steven, Robin, and Tim are here to round up all the semi-decent announcements and talking points. Are the new health features worth getting an Apple Watch 6 for? Is the new look iPad a decent investment? Why did we get nothing on the next model of iPhone?

    We also cover your emails today as well, with Andy. You lovely lot have had a few things to say, including asking why we never give some of the lesser-known screen readers any air time, like Supernova.

    All this, plus - sleep apnoea, skating rink for your fingers, brief rants from Steven (not rants about his briefs, thankfully), issues with Audible, VoiceOver Recognition, more help on the subject of finding lost kids, WatchMinder, and the revelation that one of us goes to the library to eat his sandwiches.

    If you would like to get in touch, if only to claim your own Tech Talk Title (we have Richards I through III taken already!) then you can do so at TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk (mailto:TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk) - we're getting through the inbox pages steadily, so now is a great time to get your questions in!

    Chat to you all next time :)

    • 57 min
    #AppleEvent preview, Android goes to eleven, and Amazon Halo

    #AppleEvent preview, Android goes to eleven, and Amazon Halo

    Plundering porpoises! The good ship Tech Talk sets sail once more, thank you for being aboard!

    On today's episode we welcome back a salty ol' sea-dog to the show... Tim Schwartz is here! Last heard on these particular airwaves on episode 266, Tim returns to turn the tricky threesome into the fearless foursome... or something like that. We catch up with what Tim's been up to, and try not to get too deep into either fires, American politics or the pandemic.

    This week, Cap'n Scott and his first mates talk Apple (surprise surprise...) now, the radio show and the podcast both come out a few hours before the big #AppleEvent planned for Tuesday 15th, so anyone listening to this show after that date, well.. you know what has been revealed, whilst we're stuck in the past! But the guys have a good crack at discussing the predicted hardware... possibly a new phone, possibly a new tablet... possibly new glasses?! But more likely... just the phone. Of course Steven's going to buy all of it anyway.

    And just because we like fair and balanced coverage, we're also chatting about Android 11... it's one louder! Five points to you if you get that reference. Steven runs down all the expected new bits and bobs, and Andy bemoans the fact that his Huawei smartphone probably wont get this update for years, by which time his upgrade will be due, and he'll probably have ditched them. Maybe he'll see HarmonyOS before Android 11 though! 

    Also up for discussion this week: Amazon Halo, and all kinds of blackmail they'll force on you once they have your naked body in photographs, football World Cup Finals, audio ducking, being clean shaven, A Lady and podcasts, The Simpsons, Whining noises, Downloading books that are recorded across multiple CD's, Kit Kats, whining noises which aren't emanating from Steven, and Non-Smart TV's.

    As we sail off to the lands of Valinor (again, another five points if you get that reference), the only thing left is to thank you for listening! Keep your wonderful emails coming in, especially those that give praise to Andy, he deserves it all... is it obvious who writes these show notes? ;) Blistering barnacles!

    TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk (mailto:TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk)

    Toodle Pip xx

    • 57 min
    Buying a New Computer when Blind and Visually Impaired [Part II]

    Buying a New Computer when Blind and Visually Impaired [Part II]

    It's a Tech Talk Double Feature this week! Well, kind of....

    Firstly, it's the return of RNIB Connect Radio's own Red Szell! A couple of weeks ago, on Tech Talk Episode 336, you may remember Red was in the market for a new laptop. Well, he's only gone and bought one! Steven recommended one from the Dell Inspiron range... did Red splash out on one of those, or something entirely different?

    In the second half, Andy finally decides to turn up, so we can finally get to your emails! This week... milk ice cubes, phablets, Nova Launchers on Android phones, looking for Richard III, Silenzio, Samsung Z-Flip phones, and lots more!

    If you want to complete the Tech Talk survey (and you only have until the 9th September to do so), click this link here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/techtalkradio (https://t.co/PUgO08mBdK?amp=1) or email the team at TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk, (mailto:TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk,) and Andy will send you the link, and a wee personalised message, if you're nice.

    Tech Talk, and it's new motto "Below The Threshold Of Annoying" will return next week... with an old face returning! #RNIBConnect #TechTalk

    • 57 min
    Recorders, Rambling, and Robin in a rainstorm - a Tech Talk Email Special

    Recorders, Rambling, and Robin in a rainstorm - a Tech Talk Email Special

    Welcome to the 343rd Tech Talk! That's a lot when you really think about it, isn't it?

    Firstly, let's get to some housekeeping. If you've heard the show already you'll know we mentioned lots of different bits and bobs at the start, well, here's all the info you need.

    To fill in the Tech Talk Survey, which runs until the 9th September, click here (https://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/techtalkradio) .

    The next AbilityNet Accessibility Insights webinar will be on 8th September at 1pm with Paul Smyth of Barclays. For more info, and to register, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6015978276110/WN_oD4cbiDnQ5anO3z67Qn_rQ 

    To take part in our own wee survey about the wonderful email jingle, click here (https://fast-poll.com/poll/198c9d33) .

    And finally, to follow us all on Twitter, we're here: Steven (https://twitter.com/techtalkersteve) , Robin (https://twitter.com/usa2day) and Andy (https://twitter.com/adwinn) .

    Right! That's all that out of the way, so what's on the show? Well this week it's all about... you! Well, to be more specific, your emails. Steven and Robin sit back with their feet up, as Andy reads out your correspondence on a variety of topics, including: Lanyards, social media, and using TW Blue for Twitter, Scripting on Narrator, being non-gooey, Trekker Breeze, Be My Eyes & independence, password managers, handheld recorders to help with music recording, the TV show Neighbours, more on dentists, and noisy rainstorms.

    Oh, and another apology regarding names... it's becoming quite the habit!

    Some of you like our rambling gibberish, some of you dont! Either way, we're really glad you're listening, and sharing your opinions. If you wish to have your say on anything we've covered in this, or a previous episode, email us at TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk (mailto:TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk)  

    Keep on truckin' x

    • 57 min
    Google Lookout, Face Masks, and Modern Tech Longevity

    Google Lookout, Face Masks, and Modern Tech Longevity

    Oh look, it's you! Fancy seeing you here! Just in time for Tech Talk!

    Steven, Robin & Andy return to talk all manner of gadgets and gizmos, but not before Robin gives out an apology for a boo-boo from last week... He's only gone and mixed up his Williams and Bills!

    The trio discuss Google Lookout, which has seen some updates over the last week - it now offers two new features: the ability to identify food labels, and to scan documents. Is this the Seeing AI app that Android users were craving?

    In your emails this week, we answer a question about how long technology is expected to last; it may be a bit unfair comparing it to a 120-year-old Bechstein piano, but is it really too much to ask that a modern smartphone lasts more than a few years?

    All that, plus: Facemasks, Giraffe readers, Sticking up for the Dolphin Easy Reader, help with TV listings, stiff plastic, changes at Aira, Braille vs QWERTY, a new Android TV dongle, NVDA assistance, lots of Julians and Richards, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

    Our poor email jingle has been getting a right hammering in emails lately, so we want to know... Do you like it, or despise it? Vote here: https://fast-poll.com/poll/198c9d33

    Our show is built around you, dear listener - without your comments, queries and compliments (and criticisms!)... well where would we be? What would Andy do?! TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk is the place to send them.

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