How to set up your Apple Watch serie 4 for swimming poole

I am wandering to show today how to set up your Apple Watch 3rd or 4th generation, for that time when you go to swimming pool.
I am going, when weather allow me, to swim in the sea here at Bournemouth. It is a wonderful beach here and summer time is coming now. I am looking forward for that hot time of the year.
If you are blind, and your watch is operated using Voiceover, then this is the guide for you.
I will have below the article a short podcast episode to show you how to activate/diactivate water lock.
First, I wish to warn you to not get into a swimming pool with Apple Watch if they are older than 3rd generation. They are OK with splash water, when you wash your hands or with heavy rain, but not cope at all with keeping watch under water.
First rule then, is> Double check if your watch model is capable of be taken in swimming pool.
Check your user manual for this.
Second rule is do not jump in any pool before being 100% sure your watch is properly activated with the water protection.
To turn water lock on, follow two steps which takes only few seconds to perform.
1. Triple tap with two fingers in order to disactivate crown navigation. You must hear crown navigation off when the gesture is done properly. Is important to do this because turning water lock off require working with the digital crown.
2. Navigate to control centre and double tap on it. Flick right until hear water lock off. Double tap with one finger to turn it on.
If the water lock is turned on properly no other information will be present on the screen excepting time. The voice will report only the time when you touch the screen.
Note: after a time spent in water the voice can be dimpt because the little speaker is wet. But when you turn water lock off the water will be ejected, and the voice tone will come to normal.
To turn the water lock off just press once on the digital crown, the little round button, and then turn it a bit. A little tone and some vibrations will be generated in order to dry out the speaker.
When the water lock is set off properly, the regular screen will come up like before .
I hafve been many times now to my local swimming pool and used my watch in water, and no issues.
Why should I take the watch with me?
Because you can measure various things during your swimming time, like calories spent, heart bit, workout time, etc.
Find out below the promised audio demonstra

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Twitterrific for iPhone, demonstration for Voiceover users

I have received a request to provide information about working with Twitterrific in Iphone, and few questions came up about.
But before answering I have to make some mentions.
Let’s say first of all the interface of this app displays a sidebar on top, an area called central stage and few options in between.
They are Home, compose and search button. At the bottom screen is a similar menu containing:
1. Home
2. Mentions
3. Likes
4. Messeges
5. My Tweets
Please note, this below menu is not reachable as a regular tab menu but you have to touch four fingers at the bottom of screen in order to go to the last tweet in list.
Just after that one you can access that menu.
I think the role of each menu is quite self explanatory.
Home menu displays the whole list of tweets from your timeline
The Mentions menu displays your tweets which are mentioned by others.
Messeges displays a list of direct messages and Likes the list of your liked tweets.
My Tweets display a list of my tweets.
Touching with four fingers on top of the screen move the focus straight to sidebar which normaly is closed.
Once the sidebar is opened some other options are displayed.

Do I have to customize Twitterrific for VoiceOver?

No, when Twitterrific is installed all what you need is set as default. Of course, if you have some extra requirements you can check settings and alter from there various aspects.

How to follow and unfollow someone?

I do like this on my iPhone in order to follow/unfollow someone.
I will browse my timeline to find the user what I want to follow or unfollow.
Flick up or down on screen when you are positioned on that tweet containing the username and stop on that option when the username is reported. As an example, if I want to follow an user called @AccessibleCompu I will navigate at that tweet and then flicking up or down I will go untill VoiceOver will say @AccessibleCompu and then double tap. Some options related with that user will be opened, like name and website, how many followers/followed that user have and also a button reporting if you follow him or not. Also, one of the lines will report if that user already follow you.
Tap on the switch button follow and job done. also, same button must be switched off in case of you wish to not follow that user any more.

How to search for some one or company

In sidebar is a button called search button.
You can tipe a general term, a company name or a person name. Also, for a direct result the best way is to search using the @username format.
If no result is returned under cancel button nothing is displayed.

How to tweet to someone or company

The simple way is to tap on compose button on top sidebar and write your tweet. If no destination is mentioned you send the message to all your followers.
Also, you can use reply flicking up on the tweet where the user what you want to tweet is present.
If you choose one user only to tweet, that is a direct message.
Also, you can use Messages tab from the bottom menu.

Where to see my followers?

On sidebar navigate to profile and double tap one finger.
Slide left to right untill hear how many people you follow and double tap. A list of all your followed will be displayed.

Where to find those following me?

At the same place like above, one line below.
Again, do double tap on the number of people following you.

How to view tweets sent by an individual or company?

Go on your timeline and find a tweet sent by the individual or company what you wish to see tweets.
Flick up till you hear the username of that user and double tap. A overview of that user will appear. Here you can see a list of latest tweets sent by that user.
Also, you can go via sidebar in order to find the user or even to use search button. Once you found that user double tapp on it, to see that overview what I have mentioned above.

VoiceOver gestures in Twitterrific

At iFactory Support page is displayed a good list of Voiceover gestures for Twitterrific for iOS.

What VoiceOver gestures can I use in Twitterrific?

Twitterrific supports gestures for use with VoiceOver the audio accessibility feature built into iOS for the hard of seeing. The following is a list of VoiceOver gestures available in Twitterrific 5:

Anywhere

• Two-finger Z gesture – Dismiss any currently-displayed popup

views

Timeline

• Three-finger swipe down while at the top of the timeline – refreshes the timeline content

• Three-finger swipe up/down – scroll the timeline by pages

• Swipe left or right – move through your timeline tweet by tweet

• Double tap on a tweet – Quickly open the discussion view for that tweet

• Double tap, hold, and swipe left on a tweet – Quickly open the discussion view for that tweet

• Double tap, hold, and swipe right on a tweet – Quickly start a reply for that tweet

• Swipe up or down, then double tap – Select and execute an action for that tweet

Sidebar

• Double tap and hold on the sidebar button – Quickly bring up the Accounts screen

Photo Viewer

• Double tap – Dismiss the photo viewer • Double tap and hold – Bring up an action menu for the displayed photo

• Double tap on the character counter, then swipe left and double tap on the reset tweet button – Clear the text in the compose view • Double tap and hold on the location button – set location attachment always on by default

In-App Browser

• Double tap and hold on the mobilizer button – set mobilizer view always on by default

Clearing the Timeline Cache or Deleting An Account

• Double tap & hold on the sidebar button to bring up the Accounts screen. Next, navigate to the account you want to clear the cache or delete. Double tap on the account itself to activate it. Finally, swipe down to the option you want (Clear cache or delete account) and double tap again.
For an audio demonstration listen the podcast episode below.

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Dealing with attachments in Outlook using Jaws

As a screen reader user, we do things a little different in Outlook when is about saving or insert an attachment.

Saving attachments in Outlook

In Windows 10 with Jaws 2018 and Outlook 2016 we can do like this in order to save attachments:

  • Open Outlook and press control Y to go at the mail folder
  • Arrow down and then right to the inbox folder
  • Open an e-mal containing an attachment. Jaws announces which one contain one.
  • Press insert A in order to jump to attachment list.
  • Arrow left or right between attached files if they are more than one.
  • Press shift F10 or application key and select save all attachments or save as.
  • From the window opened tab around to choose the folder where the attachment file will be saved
  • Press enter or spacebar

You can choose to save selectively what file to save or to select all for this.
Also, explore other options available for the attachments in the context menu.

Insert an attachment in a new composed e-mail

In order to add an attachment into an e-mail you can use one of this 2 methods:
1. Select and copy a file using regular Windows Explorer commands and paste into the message body.
2. In the em-ail body press alt key and arrow right to insert tab, then down arrow to attach button. Press enter and then using tab go to browse this PC button. Please note, when press enter on attach button a list of recent opened files is opened, but keep pressing tab you can find browse this PC button.
This button open a regular browse file window which allow you to choose what file to open in order to attach it.
Remember, attachment files needs to not exceed the limit mentioned by your e-mail service. Also, not any kind of file could be uploaded as an attachment.
A good practice for programs or big files is to archive them before paste in attachments.

For a step by step example of saving and insert an attachment listen the podcast episode below.

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How to import your bookmarks from IE into Google Chrome browser

In the podcast episode today I am going to demonstrate how to import bookmarks and favourites from Internet Explorer in Google Chrome browser, as a screen reader user.
The process is simple and needs only few steps.
1. Open Chrome then press tab in order to move away from search field.
2. Press alt F to open the menu
3. Navigate to bookmarks submenu using arrow keys
4. Choose import bookmarks and select Internet Explorer from the combobox
5. Press tab few times until import button and press enter.

As you probably notice along your bookmarks the import wizzard is able to move your browser history and saved passwords.
If you have any difficulties or wish to know more about managing bookmarks, please listen the audio demonstration and then use the comments form below.

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Setting up a Google Home mini as a blind user

I have using Google Home mini for a while now, and all about it is great.
It is not the case to enumerate what this little device is capable of, because probably everyone knows already.
The idea is, my daughter has found this device helpful for her, so she moved it into her room.
I was lucky enough to have a spare one, so I was landing in setting up a third Google Home mini because another one is in my son’s room.
I have recorded the process of setting up from start to end into a podcast episode what is available with this article.
Also, I have demonstrated few options available in this smart device.
The process is quite straight forward.
Along the smart speaker you need a wireless connection, which I think it is obvious, a Google account and another device like a phone or tablet. In order to install the app which will configure the smart speaker for you you really need a device like this.
In my case, I have the app already installed into my iPhone X, so just ready to go.
Once you have opened the Google Home app, it is available a button called set a new device. This will appear when a Google device it is in range but is not yet configured.
Double tap on this button and the wizard starts. Window after window you’ll be asked to provide information’s like your wi-fi network name and password, and what room will be used for this device
I was in the situation to choose between two Google devices which were not configured yet, but available in range.
If you have selected the right one, you’ll hear a signal generated by your device. You must confirm into the app you have heard the sound tapping yes button and then next.
Some options and offers will be introduced during the wizard, but keep going with next, next until finish, of course, not before changing each option which is relevant for you, hopefully a finish button will appear.
From that moment your Google Home mini is fully configured and ready to use.

Because Google Home mini does not have a jack connector, I have had to post a second microphone standing just few centimetres above it.
Also, in the middle of the demonstration I have realised the Voiceover volume from my iPhone was not so high, but once altered it was a bit too much, thing which caused my voice to be a little too low.
But all together the demonstration is good enough to be followed.

More details about how to work with it you can listen in the podcast episode, for sure.
For any other questions or details about how to configure Google Home as a blind user do not hesitate to contact me or to ask in the comments form.

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How to buy audiobooks on Audible website

Today I would like to demonstrate how to buy an audio book on Audible website using Jaws 2018 screen reader and Internet Explorer on Windows 10 machine.
I do the following tasks during the audio demonstration.

  • Search for a book author using the regular search field and advanced search.
  • navigate through search results and check the book details
  • add to basket and proceed to checkout,
  • buy chosen book using credits
  • navigate to new purchased book in order to start listening

Also, when the new book is into my library I will take my iPhone to open the book in the iOS Audible app.
I would like to mention about this demonstration being done at the regular web interface of Audible, not at the accessible one which is available at the same address followed by forward slash access.
Hope to make soon a demo with this page too, and also in Mac and iPhone.
Just to summarize, I would like to mention one thing wich I thing will help the most of you to navigate around the search results.
Use H to jump from heading to heading but the key number 2 will take you straight to filter criterias, and heading level 3 will take you only to book titles.
Also, if you wish to navigate from button to button you can press B repeatitively after performing search and you’ll be taken on the listen sample button for each result. After each sample button the next two buttons are add to cart or add to wish list, then keeping pressing B you’ll go to the next title sample, and so on.
I think this are the most easiest ways to navigate around .
Enjoy your episode and please leave any questions or comments below.

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Natwest Talking Card Reader audio demonstration

I have requested a Natwest talking card reader some time ago and received it finally.
the little talking card reader it is what I will introduce you today during this episode.
Continue reading Natwest Talking Card Reader audio demonstration

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How to set up a self hosted WordPress blog as a screen reader user

I have seen lots of visually impaired people hunting across the internet for any information about WordPress and its accessibility for screen reader users. Also, the numerous practical questions involved about its performance in carrying out an assortment of tasks under a WordPress blog without a satisfactory answer.
Because of this, I have decided to start up a new serie of podcast named WordPress for Blind.
I will take on the task to make a blog from scratch.
To be more precise, I will buy a domain name, put on hosting, install WordPress, customise it, and then carry out the heavy work, publishing content.
Continue reading How to set up a self hosted WordPress blog as a screen reader user

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