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Face ID Security Questions with Bart Busschots

Face id woman illuminated faceThis week when Apple announced Face ID on the iPhone X I think they raised a lot of questions about the security of this technology. In the Mac Geek Gab Facebook group, someone asked an interesting question. They asked whether Face ID would work if someone had one eye that focused straight ahead and the other eye at a different angle.

That got me to thinking, what about blind people who often keep their eyes closed? I pinged Shelly Brisbin, author of the book iOS Access for All to see if she knew anything. She sent me a link to a blog post by Jonathan Mosen on his blog called Mosen Consulting: Face ID Accessibility. Apple offers some answers. Continue reading “Face ID Security Questions with Bart Busschots”

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NC #640 Nightshift and Invert Colors, CMD-D Conference, Split Screen on iPad for Books

In this week’s show I start by playing you a VERY silly recording from Joe Dugandzic of smarterhomelife.com. Then I’ll read you a rant by Chris Eschweiler about Night Shift and Invert Colors and I’ll give him some good news. After that I’ll regale you with tales of adventure about the CMD-D Conference hosted by Sal Soghoian. It was a blast and I can’t wait to do more automation. Then I’ll play you a question from Knightwise of knightwise.com about how to use both a mind mapping app and his book reading app in split screen.

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NightShift and Invert Colors – Rant + Solution

A while back on the show, I was talking to someone about Nightshift and how much I dislike it. It might have been Bart but I’ve had this argument with so many people I lose track. Anyway, Chris Eschweiler wrote in letting me know that I’m not alone. He gave me permission to read his commentary on the subject out loud:

Personally, I find removing the letter “F” from “Nightshift” is more accurate. I can’t stand the muddy, baby’s-first-diaper quality that the feature brings to the iPhone. I so want to grab Jony Ive by the collar and remind him that not everyone is looking for stylish, trendy, kitschy interfaces…some of us just want something that works well for *us*.

The closest thing the iPhone has to adding functionality in low light situations is the ability to invert the screen. The only problem is, it inverts the colors of everything…including icons and images.

Why would ANYONE want to invert images, Apple? Unless you’re in some underground command center trying to tease detail from a poor photo of a tire track from a suspect’s car, inverting images is…well, it’s dumb. Why doesn’t Apple modify this feature to be more useful? Light text on black background is a so much easier to read in low light. If we are truly going to embrace the “go paperless” mantra that computers were supposed to usher in, then why do we start with the paper analog and assume the background of everything we do must be white?

Thanks for letting me rant.

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NC #632 iPad Pro Saga Continues, Eyecatcher, Amp vs Receiver, Affinity Photo for iPad

Why I’m getting a FOURTH 12.9″ iPad Pro (a story of AppleCare), Maria demonstrates iCatcher as a blind podcast listener, Steve answer’s Jill’s Dumb Question asking the difference between an amp and a receiver. I give you part one of my (hopefully two-part) review of the new Affinity Photo for iPad from Serif.


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NC #631 Blind Podcast Subscriptions, What You Can’t Do Without Data, IT is Waste, Security Bits

Update on Ring and they’re problematic app and website, Daniel Semro demonstrates how a blind person subscribes to a podcast. It’s surprising what things you can’t do without data (as I learned in the national parks last week). In response to Tim Jahr’s question, I’ll explain why I said during Chit Chat Across the Pond with Bruce Wilson that IT is waste. Claus Wolf asks for a change to the Amazon Affiliate Links and I grant that wish. Bart Busschots is back with another fabulous Security Bits segment.


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NC #621 Health Tracking Update, Aira Visual Interpreter, American Printing House Accessible Calculator, Magnet, Spectacle & Security Bits

Hi folks, welcome to episode 621 of the NosillaCast, a technology geek podcast with an ever so slight macintosh bias. This the show for Sunday April 2nd 2016, and I’m your guest-host Bart Busschots.


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CSUN 2017: American Printing House Accessible Calculator

Allison interviews Ken Perry from American Printing House for the Blind about their new accessible calculators. APH makes the Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator and the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator, both based on the familiar TI calculator designs. Both calculators announce each key in clear, high-quality speech, giving access to all menus, mathematical expressions, text, and symbols displayed on the screen. The graphing calculator allows the user to explore graphs using “sonograph” audio and haptic feedback. The setting is the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

Learn more at http://aph.org/accessible-calculators/

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CSUN 2017: Aira Visual Interpreter for The Blind

Allison interviews Michael Hingson from Aira about their visual interpreter system that helps people without vision. Aira consists of smart glasses with a camera, an app on an iPhone and a MiFi connection to provide good WiFi capability. The app is used to call specially trained agents who can see what the user “sees” through the smart glasses. The user asks the agent about their visual surroundings and in real time the agent provides the requested information. The setting is the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

Learn more at http://aira.io

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NC #620 Apple Watch Swimming, Standard Mac Apps, BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue, eSight Low Vision Glasses, Non-tech Podcasts, GhostReader, BeatsX

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I have a miniature review of using the Apple Watch Series 2 for swim workouts, I’ll quickly review 26 Mac Apps you didn’t know you already had, Allison will pop by with two more videos from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, I’ll make some recommendations for podcasts you might want to listen to that aren’t about technology, Terry delivers on his callout from Allison with a review of GhostReader text to speech software, and I’ll finish up with a review of the BeatsX Bluetooth earbuds with Apple W1 chip.


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Elise Roy: When we design for disability, we all benefit (TEDx)

Now is an appropriate time to share that there will be no Chit Chat Across the Pond this week. Unfortunately, the scheduling gods were not in my corner this time around.

To somewhat make up for missing out, I’d like to bring the following TEDx video to your attention. There has been a wee bit of a buzz at work lately about Design Thinking.

In this TEDx MidAtlantic video, Elise Roy talks about losing her hearing as a child and how she now considers her disability to be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. She describes Design Thinking and how it can enable innovation that not only benefits the disabled but everyone.

It’s well worth thirteen minutes and seventeen seconds of your time.

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