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 Apple Watch series 3. It took more than one attempt to do so, and when it was over, he found the speed impressive, but the Siri support disappointing in the context of VoiceOver, the screen reader built into all Apple products for the blind.

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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 voice and capabilities, new VoiceOver options giving greater control over verbosity, the accessibility to blind people of closed captions, how the new screen recording feature can help app developers fix accessibility issues with their apps, significantly revamped Braille support and more.

 

Jonathan's book, "iOS 11 Without the Eye", contains over 41,000 words of useful information, including a description of new iPhone X accessibility features for VoiceOver and Face ID.

 

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This is a quick text advisory to let you know that "iOS 11 Without the Eye" is now available in the Mosen Consulting store. http://Mosen.org/iOS11

 

“iOS 11 Without the Eye” available for instant download – Mosen Consulting Once again, it’s only $19.95 USD, yet it is coming in at over 41,000 words.

We hope you find it helpful. See you Friday when we have a podcast on iphone 8 Plus and Apple Watch unboxing.

 

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 11 Without the Eye" will be released by Mosen Consulting this weekend, just ahead of iOS 11's debut on 19 September.

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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 legislation and more.

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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 The maori Party.  Marama talks about the affinity that exists between Maori and disabled people, as well as cultural issues affecting Maori with disabilities specifically.

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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 explains New Zealand's proportional electoral system which gives every New Zealander two votes.

Then, we look at the voting process for blind people specifically. New Zealand's electoral Commission has made voting as simple as a couple of phone calls, and secrecy is built-into the system. We're joined by the Electoral Commission's Acting Manager Voting Services, Melissa Thorpe, to explain the phone-based system introduced three years ago, as well as other options blind people can use to cast a vote.

What's the voting process like where you are? Send us your feedback for inclusion in next week's podcast. You can find contact information in the episode.

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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 continue our series on the New Zealand general election, as we speak with Ria Bond from New Zealand First about disability policy and related issues.

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Our series on New Zealand's general election continues.

Poto Williams is Labour's spokesperson for Disability Issues. She joins Jonathan Mosen for a wide-ranging discussion on public policy from a disability perspective, including answering questions sent in by listeners.

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This week, we begin a series of interviews with representatives of New Zealand political parties, ahead of the 23 September general election.

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Green MP and Disability Issues spokesperson Mojo mathers. Mojo, who is Deaf, is New Zealand's only member of Parliament with a significant disability.

She discusses what it's like to be the only disabled MP, some issues of significance facing disabled people in New Zealand, and how the Green Party would tackle them.

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