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Re: google home accessibility line

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Hi Heather:

I can possibly help your friend out by phone. However, I do need a clear
understanding of a few things: First, does your friend have a smart toy?
If no, bye bye Google Home; it won't work any other way.

Second, has your friend installed the Google Home app on a preferred smart
toy? If your friend's smart toy runs iOS, sorry, I can't help; I'm in the
Android world!

Third, does your friend have WI-FI connectivity? If not, bye bye Google
Home, it won't work any other way.

I'll look forward to reading your thoughts in this space, then, if
necessary, we'll take continued conversation off the list and proceed from
there. All the very best!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Trying to Get Cracking with Chrome

Abbie Taylor
 


Re: Zoom

Troy Burnham
 

Thanks Joseph. I do have the settings tab, is there anything I need to change in settings?

Is zoom just for meetings or can it be used for chatting similar to skype as well?

Thanks. I don't have a need to use zoom right now so I may have more questions later on when I start using it.

Troy

On 4/6/2020 3:14 PM, joseph hudson wrote:
Hi Troy, yes I can definitely do that. When you first open up zoom on your iPhone, your have a meet and chat tab, you have options to make a new meeting, schedule a meeting, or join. And there's also a deal that says share screen which means you could share the screen of your iPhone to your other participants. There's also a add contacts button which means you could find people and start chatting I believe it works the same way as sending out an invitation. Which we will review in one of the next tabs. The next tab that you will find on the bottom is meetings tab, this will have your current meeting ID and any upcoming meetings that you have scheduled. And button such as edit, start, and send invitation. Do you have the settings tab so that you can adjust audio settings and video settings and stuff like that. And of course your name. In the other things, we would have to go over as if we had a actual meeting going which I would be willing to do with you if you want.
On Apr 6, 2020, at 2:10 PM, Troy Burnham <troyburnham34@gmail.com> wrote:

I have just downloaded zoom on my iPhone and created an account. Can somebody give me a quick rundown on how to use it?

Thanks.

Troy



On 4/5/2020 2:21 PM, David Goldfield wrote:
Hi, Susie.

Not to worry. With Zoom becoming incredibly popular these days many people are discovering it and are using it for the first time and so you are not alone in being new to it.

It is not necessary to have a camera when participating in a Zoom meeting. Technically, you can even join a Zoom meeting without even having a microphone although it means you'll just be able to listen to others in the meeting. For a PC or Mac I personally recommend a headset with an attached microphone. With your iPhone you already have a mic and camera as it uses the ones which are already part of the phone.

Whether you participate in a Zoom meeting with a computer or with your iPhone you should first download the Zoom program, which is free of cost.

For the iPhone you can find it by going to the app store on your device and searching for Zoom Cloud Meetings.

For a PC you can go to this link and look for the heading labeled

Zoom Client for Meetings

and download that program to your computer.

Once it's been downloaded you'll need to open your Downloads folder and run the installer.

If you're interested I just started a discussion list for people to ask questions specific to Zoom. I will warn you that the list is currently generating a large amount of message traffic but you will likely get answers to your questions very quickly. You could always unsubscribe later once you feel that you've got enough information to get you started.

If you want to subscribe send an email to

zoom-users+subscribe@groups.io







David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019


WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 4/5/2020 1:50 PM, Susie Stageberg wrote:
Howdy all.


Everybody seems to be doing Zoom meetings these days. Our church choir director is talking about having a Zoom meeting since we can’t all be with each other.


I have a Windows 7 computer, no camera, no microphone, not even Bluetooth. I also have an iPhone 7.


Is Zoom an app? Am I better off doing it on the phone, since it has a camera? Do I have to do anything special on the phone to make this work—like turning off the screen curtain or some other setting? I admit to being a rank amateur here.


Help!


Susie



“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of chris judge
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2020 12:47 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


I’m not even sure you can do it from the desk top app any longer. I changed my apple id a couple of weeks ago and had to reauthorize apple music. Seems to me I had to use the IOS app do to it.


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robin Frost
Sent: April 5, 2020 1:11 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


Hi,

I didn't have to use the pc app to link Sonos with my Apple Music subscription which essentially is my Apple ID. I did it right within the app on my phone.


Robin

On 4/5/2020 8:39 AM, george b wrote:

You need to link your apple I d to your sonos and it needs to be done from the p c or mac desktop app


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Fanus
Sent: April 5, 2020 5:37
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


Hello Robin

I hear what you say but I am sure there was an item in Sonos on my iPhone 7 which said something like “music on this iPhone”. I do not know what is the use of the sonos app if I can only stream radio stations and music from my pc. Maybe I am just stupid but the sonos support people make it so difficult to ask for support that it is not worth while all the trouble. A shame for a company with such excellent but expensive products.


Regards

Fanus



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Robin Frost
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:39 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


Hi,

I don't think you can. You can use airplay to play that which is on your phone through Sonos but I don't think you can get music resident on your phone to show up within the Sonos app. If I'm incorrect I'm sure others will chime in but this is the only way I've known it to be. o you're correct you can add the library you might have on a pc or networked drive as long as it's powered on it can be accessed but I do not believe the same holds true for the phone.

Take good care.

Robin


On 4/4/2020 6:39 AM, Fanus wrote:

Hello list
I loaded lots of music on my new iPhone 11. Now I installed the Sonos app
and it piciked up my sonos system but it just shows radio stations but no
music on my phone. In system settings there is an option to add folders but
one has to type a name, so I assume that is for folders on a pc which runs
sonos. How do I get sonos to see the music on my iPhone?
Regards
Fanus





Re: LUCIA CELL PHONE

Carolyn Arnold
 

And, who would want one, if it was 3G?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy via groups.io
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 2:14 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE




The following snippet is taken directly from the Lucia web site:




Lucia is a 3G mobile phone. AT&T has announced that it will be shutting down its 3G network in 2022. T-Mobile has not yet made an official announcement regarding when it will shut down its 3G network. Should both AT&T and T-Mobile shut down their 3G networks before you are able to use Lucia for 2 years and 10 months, you will receive a discount when you purchase the 4G version of Lucia. To take advantage of this offer you must return your 3G version of Lucia to RAZ Mobility and the device must be operational. This offer is valid only if a 4G version of Lucia is available when your 3G phone is in need of replacement. This is your only remedy when both AT&T and T-Mobile shut down their 3G network.







Don't hold your breath. This statement has been on their web site for a long time, and there is still no 4G Lucia phone, which probably means that the manufacturer has decided not to produce one due to poor sales of the 3G model. It has been "out of stock" since sometime in 2018.







Gerald








On 4/6/2020 1:33 PM, TerriLynne Pomeroy wrote:


Hi Carolyn,
Gerald said that it is no longer available, but that it was $300. I didn't
look to confirm his statement, but the site which I was looking at said that
these phones were among the free phones you could get through the Obama plan
to give cell phone access to everybody.

TerriLynne


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io> <main@TechTalk.groups.io> <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carolyn
Arnold
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:22 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

How much does that phone cost?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of TerriLynne Pomeroy
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

Has anyone tried this phone? Here is some info:



LUCIA CELL PHONE

The philosophy behind Lucia is straightforward: it is an easy-to-use
alternative to a smartphone. It is also 100 percent accessible thanks to
its very intuitive voice guide.



The phone supports talk and text only; it does not support data. However,
despite this fact, it offers quite a bit of flexibility and some very
interesting features.



Physical Description

Lucia is five-and-a-half inches long,
three-and-three-quarter inches wide and three-quarter inches deep. It fits
nicely in the hand and has a sturdy feel.
The display is two inches wide and a little more than one-and-half inches
high. The display is very bright, but people who are blind can turn it off
to save battery power.


The buttons are large and well-spaced. The tactile feel is excellent thanks
to the fact that the buttons on the T9 keypad are concave. The buttons used
to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a call are different
shapes and colors.

At the top of the right edge of the phone is a circular button that serves
three functions: when pressed while at the home screen it provides the time,
date, battery strength and signal strength. When long pressed at the home
screen it turns the voice guide on or off. When pressed elsewhere it
repeats whatever is on the screen. The button below this is a square button
that amplifies the audio while on phone calls. This feature is for people
who are hard of hearing.
The final physical feature on the right edge of the phone is a slider that
is used to power the phone on and off or to lock the phone. On the left
edge of the phone is the volume rocker.

On the top edge of the phone is the hole for a 3.5 mm jack.
On the back of the phone is the SOS button, discussed in detail below.

The back panel can be removed to access the battery compartment. The
battery is replaceable, which is a nice
bonus.



The Voice Guide

The Lucia phone has a voice guide that allows users who are blind to use
every feature of the phone. This is the phone's real "magic." While it
speaks everything that is on the screen and everything that is pressed, it
actually does considerably more than that. For example, if I am in the Call
Log menu, the display might show that I have a missed call from "Robert."
But the Voice Guide says, "one missed call from Robert." So, in some cases
the Voice Guide
provides more information than the display itself.

In addition, the Voice Guide provides other useful information, such always
saying "Lucia is ready" when the user is at the Home Screen, allowing the
user to always know where they are in the menu system, and tell me when the
charger is connected or disconnected. Also, the Voice Guide has a "Talking
Watch" which speaks the time.

The Voice Guide can speak in a number of languages, including English,
Spanish and French, and the user can select different voices. The Voice
Guide audio can be made quite loud for those who are hard of hearing and is
very
clear.



Making Calls

There are three primary ways in which someone who is blind can make phone
calls.

First the user can simply dial the number from the home screen. As the
digits are pressed, they are announced by the Voice Guide. The Voice Guide
can also repeat the entered digits, if needed. If you delete a digit, for
example the digit 5, the Voice Guide will say "5 deleted."


Second, the user can go to their Contacts, scroll through the various names
as they are spoken by the Voice Guide, and press the Call button when the
user hears the name of the person that they want to call.

Third, calls can be placed directly from the Call Log, which provides an
option to dial missed calls and previously dialed numbers.

Lucia does not currently support voice dialing, but this feature will be
added in the future. Having said that, calling with the help of the Voice
Guide is extremely easy.




Accessing Missed Call Information

Blind users can access missed call information with the assistance of the
Voice Guide. Lucia will provide the name of the person who called (if the
caller is in the contacts),
as well as the call's time and date.

Users will be notified of missed calls with a chime. If desired, Lucia can
be programmed to vibrate, as well. Also, when there is a missed call or
missed text message, the LED light will flash blue, which is useful for
people with low
vision.



Sending and Receiving Text Messages

Lucia's Voice Guide allows users who are blind to send and receive text
messages. While typing a message with the old
T9 keypad takes some time to master, the process of sending and receiving
messages is very simple. And text can be edited with ease.

Users will be notified of incoming messages with a chime and Lucia can be
set to vibrate, as well. As with missed calls, the LED light will flash
blue when a text message is
received.



Entering Contacts

The blind user can enter contacts independently. With the help of the Voice
Guide, the process is intuitive and simple.



Status Information

The Voice Guide provides a number of pieces of information that fall into
the "status" category. Specifically, it will speak the battery level, the
signal strength, the time and date and the name of the wireless provider.
This information can be accessed by pressing the Status button on the top
right edge of the phone while at the Home screen.
Moreover, the user can customize the information that is spoken. In other
words, if the user wants Lucia to speak only the amount of battery remaining
and not provide the other status information, this can be done.



Setting Alarms

Lucia has a comprehensive alarm system. A user can set a one-time alarm or
repeating alarms. For instance, the user can set an alarm to go off every
morning at 9AM. The alarm can be accompanied by a reminder message. For
example, the message can say "remember to take your medication." Lucia
can save hundreds of alarms at one time.



SOS Button

Lucia has a physical SOS button at the back of the phone.
To prevent unintended activation, the button must be held for three seconds
to activate. When activated, the phone starts calling up to five emergency
contacts stored in the phone. If one of the called persons does not answer,
Lucia will call the next person and so on, until someone answers the call.

The majority of people who use Lucia will be seniors, so this feature should
be quite useful for many users. It provides an additional layer of security
at no additional
cost.

Like all of Lucia's features, the SOS feature can be set up by someone who
is blind, with the assistance of the Voice Guide.



Features for Low Vision

As discussed above, the buttons are large and nicely spaced.
The buttons on the T9 keypad are concave to provide an excellent tactile
feel. The buttons used to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a
call are different shapes and different colors.

The display has good contrast and supports seven different color schemes.
Font size is not adjustable class="table-bordered" but large, and the most
recently typed character is always displayed in extra-large font size. For
example, when typing a phone number, the most recently typed digit is one
inch high; the other digits are almost half an inch high.



Wireless Service

Lucia is unlocked and operates on AT&T, T-Mobile or other wireless providers
that operate on one of those networks.
Plans for unlimited talk and text are available for as low as $19 through
prepaid wireless providers, such as Red Pocket.


Re: LUCIA CELL PHONE

Carolyn Arnold
 

Thanks for telling me. I guess you tried to find them,
didn't, asked, and Gerald said they were no longer
available?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of TerriLynne
Pomeroy
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 1:34 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

Hi Carolyn,
Gerald said that it is no longer available, but that it was
$300. I didn't look to confirm his statement, but the site
which I was looking at said that these phones were among the
free phones you could get through the Obama plan to give
cell phone access to everybody.

TerriLynne


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:22 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

How much does that phone cost?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of TerriLynne
Pomeroy
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

Has anyone tried this phone? Here is some info:



LUCIA CELL PHONE

The philosophy behind Lucia is straightforward: it is an
easy-to-use alternative to a smartphone. It is also 100
percent accessible thanks to its very intuitive voice guide.



The phone supports talk and text only; it does not support
data. However, despite this fact, it offers quite a bit of
flexibility and some very interesting features.



Physical Description

Lucia is five-and-a-half inches long,
three-and-three-quarter inches wide and three-quarter inches
deep. It fits nicely in the hand and has a sturdy feel.
The display is two inches wide and a little more than
one-and-half inches high. The display is very bright, but
people who are blind can turn it off to save battery power.


The buttons are large and well-spaced. The tactile feel is
excellent thanks to the fact that the buttons on the T9
keypad are concave. The buttons used to navigate the menu
system, place a call and end a call are different shapes and
colors.

At the top of the right edge of the phone is a circular
button that serves three functions: when pressed while at
the home screen it provides the time, date, battery strength
and signal strength. When long pressed at the home screen
it turns the voice guide on or off. When pressed elsewhere
it repeats whatever is on the screen. The button below this
is a square button that amplifies the audio while on phone
calls. This feature is for people who are hard of hearing.
The final physical feature on the right edge of the phone is
a slider that is used to power the phone on and off or to
lock the phone. On the left edge of the phone is the volume
rocker.

On the top edge of the phone is the hole for a 3.5 mm jack.
On the back of the phone is the SOS button, discussed in
detail below.

The back panel can be removed to access the battery
compartment. The battery is replaceable, which is a nice
bonus.



The Voice Guide

The Lucia phone has a voice guide that allows users who are
blind to use every feature of the phone. This is the
phone's real "magic." While it speaks everything that is on
the screen and everything that is pressed, it actually does
considerably more than that. For example, if I am in the
Call Log menu, the display might show that I have a missed
call from "Robert."
But the Voice Guide says, "one missed call from Robert."
So, in some cases the Voice Guide
provides more information than the display itself.

In addition, the Voice Guide provides other useful
information, such always saying "Lucia is ready" when the
user is at the Home Screen, allowing the user to always know
where they are in the menu system, and tell me when the
charger is connected or disconnected. Also, the Voice Guide
has a "Talking Watch" which speaks the time.

The Voice Guide can speak in a number of languages,
including English, Spanish and French, and the user can
select different voices. The Voice Guide audio can be made
quite loud for those who are hard of hearing and is very
clear.



Making Calls

There are three primary ways in which someone who is blind
can make phone calls.

First the user can simply dial the number from the home
screen. As the digits are pressed, they are announced by
the Voice Guide. The Voice Guide can also repeat the
entered digits, if needed. If you delete a digit, for
example the digit 5, the Voice Guide will say "5 deleted."


Second, the user can go to their Contacts, scroll through
the various names as they are spoken by the Voice Guide, and
press the Call button when the user hears the name of the
person that they want to call.

Third, calls can be placed directly from the Call Log, which
provides an option to dial missed calls and previously
dialed numbers.

Lucia does not currently support voice dialing, but this
feature will be added in the future. Having said that,
calling with the help of the Voice Guide is extremely easy.




Accessing Missed Call Information

Blind users can access missed call information with the
assistance of the Voice Guide. Lucia will provide the name
of the person who called (if the caller is in the contacts),
as well as the call's time and date.

Users will be notified of missed calls with a chime. If
desired, Lucia can be programmed to vibrate, as well. Also,
when there is a missed call or missed text message, the LED
light will flash blue, which is useful for people with low
vision.



Sending and Receiving Text Messages

Lucia's Voice Guide allows users who are blind to send and
receive text messages. While typing a message with the old
T9 keypad takes some time to master, the process of sending
and receiving messages is very simple. And text can be
edited with ease.

Users will be notified of incoming messages with a chime and
Lucia can be set to vibrate, as well. As with missed calls,
the LED light will flash blue when a text message is
received.



Entering Contacts

The blind user can enter contacts independently. With the
help of the Voice Guide, the process is intuitive and
simple.



Status Information

The Voice Guide provides a number of pieces of information
that fall into the "status" category. Specifically, it will
speak the battery level, the signal strength, the time and
date and the name of the wireless provider.
This information can be accessed by pressing the Status
button on the top right edge of the phone while at the Home
screen.
Moreover, the user can customize the information that is
spoken. In other words, if the user wants Lucia to speak
only the amount of battery remaining and not provide the
other status information, this can be done.



Setting Alarms

Lucia has a comprehensive alarm system. A user can set a
one-time alarm or repeating alarms. For instance, the user
can set an alarm to go off every morning at 9AM. The alarm
can be accompanied by a reminder message. For example, the
message can say "remember to take your medication." Lucia
can save hundreds of alarms at one time.



SOS Button

Lucia has a physical SOS button at the back of the phone.
To prevent unintended activation, the button must be held
for three seconds to activate. When activated, the phone
starts calling up to five emergency contacts stored in the
phone. If one of the called persons does not answer, Lucia
will call the next person and so on, until someone answers
the call.

The majority of people who use Lucia will be seniors, so
this feature should be quite useful for many users. It
provides an additional layer of security at no additional
cost.

Like all of Lucia's features, the SOS feature can be set up
by someone who is blind, with the assistance of the Voice
Guide.



Features for Low Vision

As discussed above, the buttons are large and nicely spaced.
The buttons on the T9 keypad are concave to provide an
excellent tactile feel. The buttons used to navigate the
menu system, place a call and end a call are different
shapes and different colors.

The display has good contrast and supports seven different
color schemes.
Font size is not adjustable class="table-bordered" but
large, and the most recently typed character is always
displayed in extra-large font size. For example, when
typing a phone number, the most recently typed digit is one
inch high; the other digits are almost half an inch high.



Wireless Service

Lucia is unlocked and operates on AT&T, T-Mobile or other
wireless providers that operate on one of those networks.
Plans for unlimited talk and text are available for as low
as $19 through prepaid wireless providers, such as Red
Pocket.


kindle books

Monte Single
 

Hi,

 

When I purchase a kindle book.  Can it be downloaded to my computer or is it always in the cloud?

 

Thanks for the answer to this and any other information related to the kindle pc app and kindle books.


Re: Zoom

joseph hudson <jhud7789@...>
 

Hi Troy, yes I can definitely do that. When you first open up zoom on your iPhone, your have a meet and chat tab, you have options to make a new meeting, schedule a meeting, or join. And there's also a deal that says share screen which means you could share the screen of your iPhone to your other participants. There's also a add contacts button which means you could find people and start chatting I believe it works the same way as sending out an invitation. Which we will review in one of the next tabs. The next tab that you will find on the bottom is meetings tab, this will have your current meeting ID and any upcoming meetings that you have scheduled. And button such as edit, start, and send invitation. Do you have the settings tab so that you can adjust audio settings and video settings and stuff like that. And of course your name. In the other things, we would have to go over as if we had a actual meeting going which I would be willing to do with you if you want.

On Apr 6, 2020, at 2:10 PM, Troy Burnham <troyburnham34@gmail.com> wrote:

I have just downloaded zoom on my iPhone and created an account. Can somebody give me a quick rundown on how to use it?

Thanks.

Troy



On 4/5/2020 2:21 PM, David Goldfield wrote:
Hi, Susie.

Not to worry. With Zoom becoming incredibly popular these days many people are discovering it and are using it for the first time and so you are not alone in being new to it.

It is not necessary to have a camera when participating in a Zoom meeting. Technically, you can even join a Zoom meeting without even having a microphone although it means you'll just be able to listen to others in the meeting. For a PC or Mac I personally recommend a headset with an attached microphone. With your iPhone you already have a mic and camera as it uses the ones which are already part of the phone.

Whether you participate in a Zoom meeting with a computer or with your iPhone you should first download the Zoom program, which is free of cost.

For the iPhone you can find it by going to the app store on your device and searching for Zoom Cloud Meetings.

For a PC you can go to this link and look for the heading labeled

Zoom Client for Meetings

and download that program to your computer.

Once it's been downloaded you'll need to open your Downloads folder and run the installer.

If you're interested I just started a discussion list for people to ask questions specific to Zoom. I will warn you that the list is currently generating a large amount of message traffic but you will likely get answers to your questions very quickly. You could always unsubscribe later once you feel that you've got enough information to get you started.

If you want to subscribe send an email to

zoom-users+subscribe@groups.io







David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019


WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 4/5/2020 1:50 PM, Susie Stageberg wrote:
Howdy all.


Everybody seems to be doing Zoom meetings these days. Our church choir director is talking about having a Zoom meeting since we can’t all be with each other.


I have a Windows 7 computer, no camera, no microphone, not even Bluetooth. I also have an iPhone 7.


Is Zoom an app? Am I better off doing it on the phone, since it has a camera? Do I have to do anything special on the phone to make this work—like turning off the screen curtain or some other setting? I admit to being a rank amateur here.


Help!


Susie



“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of chris judge
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2020 12:47 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


I’m not even sure you can do it from the desk top app any longer. I changed my apple id a couple of weeks ago and had to reauthorize apple music. Seems to me I had to use the IOS app do to it.


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robin Frost
Sent: April 5, 2020 1:11 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


Hi,

I didn't have to use the pc app to link Sonos with my Apple Music subscription which essentially is my Apple ID. I did it right within the app on my phone.


Robin

On 4/5/2020 8:39 AM, george b wrote:

You need to link your apple I d to your sonos and it needs to be done from the p c or mac desktop app


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Fanus
Sent: April 5, 2020 5:37
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


Hello Robin

I hear what you say but I am sure there was an item in Sonos on my iPhone 7 which said something like “music on this iPhone”. I do not know what is the use of the sonos app if I can only stream radio stations and music from my pc. Maybe I am just stupid but the sonos support people make it so difficult to ask for support that it is not worth while all the trouble. A shame for a company with such excellent but expensive products.


Regards

Fanus



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Robin Frost
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:39 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem


Hi,

I don't think you can. You can use airplay to play that which is on your phone through Sonos but I don't think you can get music resident on your phone to show up within the Sonos app. If I'm incorrect I'm sure others will chime in but this is the only way I've known it to be. o you're correct you can add the library you might have on a pc or networked drive as long as it's powered on it can be accessed but I do not believe the same holds true for the phone.

Take good care.

Robin


On 4/4/2020 6:39 AM, Fanus wrote:

Hello list
I loaded lots of music on my new iPhone 11. Now I installed the Sonos app
and it piciked up my sonos system but it just shows radio stations but no
music on my phone. In system settings there is an option to add folders but
one has to type a name, so I assume that is for folders on a pc which runs
sonos. How do I get sonos to see the music on my iPhone?
Regards
Fanus





Re: Zoom

Troy Burnham
 

    I have just downloaded zoom on my iPhone and created an account. Can somebody give me a quick rundown on how to use it?

Thanks.

Troy



On 4/5/2020 2:21 PM, David Goldfield wrote:

Hi, Susie.

Not to worry. With Zoom becoming incredibly popular these days many people are discovering it and are using it for the first time and so you are not alone in being new to it.

It is not necessary to have a camera when participating in a Zoom meeting. Technically, you can even join a Zoom meeting without even having a microphone although it means you'll just be able to listen to others in the meeting. For a PC or Mac I personally recommend a headset with an attached microphone. With your iPhone you already have a mic and camera as it uses the ones which are already part of the phone.

Whether you participate in a Zoom meeting with a computer or with your iPhone you should first download the Zoom program, which is free of cost.

For the iPhone you can find it by going to the app store on your device and searching for Zoom Cloud Meetings.

For a PC you can go to this link and look for the heading labeled

Zoom Client for Meetings

and download that program to your computer.

Once it's been downloaded you'll need to open your Downloads folder and run the installer.

If you're interested I just started a discussion list for people to ask questions specific to Zoom. I will warn you that the list is currently generating a large amount of message traffic but you will likely get answers to your questions very quickly. You could always unsubscribe later once you feel that you've got enough information to get you started.

If you want to subscribe send an email to

zoom-users+subscribe@groups.io




David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 4/5/2020 1:50 PM, Susie Stageberg wrote:

Howdy all.

 

Everybody seems to be doing Zoom meetings these days. Our church choir director is talking about having a Zoom meeting since we can’t all be with each other.

 

I have a Windows 7 computer, no camera, no microphone, not even Bluetooth. I also have an iPhone 7.

 

Is Zoom an app? Am I better off doing it on the phone, since it has a camera? Do I have to do anything special on the phone to make this work—like turning off the screen curtain or some other setting? I admit to being a rank amateur here.

 

Help!

 

Susie

 

 

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of chris judge
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2020 12:47 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

I’m not even sure you can do it from the desk top app any longer. I changed my apple id a couple of weeks ago and had to reauthorize apple music. Seems to me I had to use the IOS app do to it.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robin Frost
Sent: April 5, 2020 1:11 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

Hi,

I didn't have to use the pc app to link Sonos with my Apple Music subscription which essentially is my Apple ID. I did it right within the app on my phone.

 

Robin

On 4/5/2020 8:39 AM, george b wrote:

You need to link your apple I d to your sonos and it needs to be done from the p c or mac desktop app

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Fanus
Sent: April 5, 2020 5:37
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

Hello Robin

I hear what you say but I am sure there was an item in Sonos on my iPhone 7 which said something like “music on this iPhone”. I do not know what is the use of the sonos app if I can only stream radio stations and music from my pc. Maybe I am just stupid but the sonos support people make it so difficult to ask for support that it is not worth while all the trouble. A shame for a company with such excellent but expensive products.

 

Regards

Fanus

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Robin Frost
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:39 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

Hi,

I don't think you can. You can use airplay to play that which is on your phone through Sonos but I don't think you can get music resident on your phone to show up within the Sonos app. If I'm incorrect I'm sure others will chime in but this is the only way I've known it to be. o you're correct you can add the library you might have on a pc or networked drive as long as it's powered on it can be accessed but I do not believe the same holds true for the phone.

Take good care.

Robin

 

On 4/4/2020 6:39 AM, Fanus wrote:

Hello list
I loaded lots of music on my new iPhone 11. Now I installed the Sonos app
and it piciked up my sonos system but it just shows radio stations but no
music on my phone. In system settings there is an option to add folders but
one has to type a name, so I assume that is for folders on a pc which runs
sonos. How do I get sonos to see the music on my iPhone?
Regards
Fanus
 
 
 
 
 


Re: LUCIA CELL PHONE

Gerald Levy
 


The following snippet is taken directly from the Lucia web site:


Lucia is a 3G mobile phone. AT&T has announced that it will be shutting down its 3G network in 2022. T-Mobile has not yet made an official announcement regarding when it will shut down its 3G network. Should both AT&T and T-Mobile shut down their 3G networks before you are able to use Lucia for 2 years and 10 months, you will receive a discount when you purchase the 4G version of Lucia. To take advantage of this offer you must return your 3G version of Lucia to RAZ Mobility and the device must be operational. This offer is valid only if a 4G version of Lucia is available when your 3G phone is in need of replacement. This is your only remedy when both AT&T and T-Mobile shut down their 3G network.



Don't hold your breath.  This statement has been on their web site for a long time, and there is still no 4G Lucia phone, which probably means that the manufacturer has decided not to produce one due to poor sales of the 3G model. It has been "out of stock" since sometime in 2018.



Gerald



On 4/6/2020 1:33 PM, TerriLynne Pomeroy wrote:
Hi Carolyn,
Gerald said that it is no longer available, but that it was $300. I didn't
look to confirm his statement, but the site which I was looking at said that
these phones were among the free phones you could get through the Obama plan
to give cell phone access to everybody.

TerriLynne


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carolyn
Arnold
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:22 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

How much does that phone cost? 

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of TerriLynne Pomeroy
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

Has anyone tried this phone? Here is some info:

 

LUCIA CELL PHONE

The philosophy behind Lucia is straightforward: it is an easy-to-use
alternative to a smartphone.  It is also 100 percent accessible thanks to
its very intuitive voice guide.

 

The phone supports talk and text only; it does not support data.  However,
despite this fact, it offers quite a bit of flexibility and some very
interesting features. 

 

Physical Description

Lucia is five-and-a-half inches long,
three-and-three-quarter inches wide and three-quarter inches deep.  It fits
nicely in the hand and has a sturdy feel.
The display is two inches wide and a little more than one-and-half inches
high.  The display is very bright, but people who are blind can turn it off
to save battery power.


The buttons are large and well-spaced. The tactile feel is excellent thanks
to the fact that the buttons on the T9 keypad are concave.  The buttons used
to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a call are different
shapes and colors.

At the top of the right edge of the phone is a circular button that serves
three functions: when pressed while at the home screen it provides the time,
date, battery strength and signal strength.  When long pressed at the home
screen it turns the voice guide on or off.  When pressed elsewhere it
repeats whatever is on the screen.  The button below this is a square button
that amplifies the audio while on phone calls.  This feature is for people
who are hard of hearing.
The final physical feature on the right edge of the phone is a slider that
is used to power the phone on and off or to lock the phone.  On the left
edge of the phone is the volume rocker.

On the top edge of the phone is the hole for a 3.5 mm jack.
On the back of the phone is the SOS button, discussed in detail below. 

The back panel can be removed to access the battery compartment.  The
battery is replaceable, which is a nice
bonus.

 

The Voice Guide

The Lucia phone has a voice guide that allows users who are blind to use
every feature of the phone.  This is the phone's real "magic."  While it
speaks everything that is on the screen and everything that is pressed, it
actually does considerably more than that.  For example, if I am in the Call
Log menu, the display might show that I have a missed call from "Robert."
But the Voice Guide says, "one missed call from Robert."  So, in some cases
the Voice Guide
provides more information than the display itself.

In addition, the Voice Guide provides other useful information, such always
saying "Lucia is ready" when the user is at the Home Screen, allowing the
user to always know where they are in the menu system, and tell me when the
charger is connected or disconnected.  Also, the Voice Guide has a "Talking
Watch" which speaks the time. 

The Voice Guide can speak in a number of languages, including English,
Spanish and French, and the user can select different voices.  The Voice
Guide audio can be made quite loud for those who are hard of hearing and is
very
clear.           

 

Making Calls

There are three primary ways in which someone who is blind can make phone
calls. 

First the user can simply dial the number from the home screen.  As the
digits are pressed, they are announced by the Voice Guide.  The Voice Guide
can also repeat the entered digits, if needed.  If you delete a digit, for
example the digit 5, the Voice Guide will say "5 deleted."


Second, the user can go to their Contacts, scroll through the various names
as they are spoken by the Voice Guide, and press the Call button when the
user hears the name of the person that they want to call. 

Third, calls can be placed directly from the Call Log, which provides an
option to dial missed calls and previously dialed numbers. 

Lucia does not currently support voice dialing, but this feature will be
added in the future.  Having said that, calling with the help of the Voice
Guide is extremely easy.


 

Accessing Missed Call Information

Blind users can access missed call information with the assistance of the
Voice Guide.  Lucia will provide the name of the person who called (if the
caller is in the contacts),
as well as the call's time and date.   

Users will be notified of missed calls with a chime.  If desired, Lucia can
be programmed to vibrate, as well.  Also, when there is a missed call or
missed text message, the LED light will flash blue, which is useful for
people with low
vision.   

 

Sending and Receiving Text Messages

Lucia's Voice Guide allows users who are blind to send and receive text
messages.  While typing a message with the old
T9 keypad takes some time to master, the process of sending and receiving
messages is very simple.  And text can be edited with ease. 

Users will be notified of incoming messages with a chime and Lucia can be
set to vibrate, as well.  As with missed calls, the LED light will flash
blue when a text message is
received.         

 

Entering Contacts

The blind user can enter contacts independently.  With the help of the Voice
Guide, the process is intuitive and simple. 

 

Status Information

The Voice Guide provides a number of pieces of information that fall into
the "status" category.  Specifically, it will speak the battery level, the
signal strength, the time and date and the name of the wireless provider.
This information can be accessed by pressing the Status button on the top
right edge of the phone while at the Home screen.
Moreover, the user can customize the information that is spoken.  In other
words, if the user wants Lucia to speak only the amount of battery remaining
and not provide the other status information, this can be done. 

 

Setting Alarms

Lucia has a comprehensive alarm system.  A user can set a one-time alarm or
repeating alarms.  For instance, the user can set an alarm to go off every
morning at 9AM.  The alarm can be accompanied by a reminder message.  For
example, the message can say "remember to take your medication."  Lucia
can save hundreds of alarms at one time.       

 

SOS Button

Lucia has a physical SOS button at the back of the phone.
To prevent unintended activation, the button must be held for three seconds
to activate.  When activated, the phone starts calling up to five emergency
contacts stored in the phone.  If one of the called persons does not answer,
Lucia will call the next person and so on, until someone answers the call. 

The majority of people who use Lucia will be seniors, so this feature should
be quite useful for many users.  It provides an additional layer of security
at no additional
cost.

Like all of Lucia's features, the SOS feature can be set up by someone who
is blind, with the assistance of the Voice Guide.

 

Features for Low Vision

As discussed above, the buttons are large and nicely spaced.
The buttons on the T9 keypad are concave to provide an excellent tactile
feel.  The buttons used to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a
call are different shapes and different colors. 

The display has good contrast and supports seven different color schemes.
Font size is not adjustable class="table-bordered" but large, and the most
recently typed character is always displayed in extra-large font size.  For
example, when typing a phone number, the most recently typed digit is one
inch high; the other digits are almost half an inch high.

 

Wireless Service

Lucia is unlocked and operates on AT&T, T-Mobile or other wireless providers
that operate on one of those networks.
Plans for unlimited talk and text are available for as low as $19 through
prepaid wireless providers, such as Red Pocket. 

 











Re: google home accessibility line

heather albright
 

She lives else where and she is having difficulties setting her network. I remember there was an 800 number to call if you needed help with accessibility  issues from the google accessibility team. I tried to find it but, I do not know exactly what it is called. I saw you can e-mail or something but, she needs one to help her over the phone! Thanks Heather

 

From: Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 12:47 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] google home accessibility line

 

Heather, what trouble is your friend having with Google Home?  Has your

friend installed the app on a preferred toy?  Is the Google Home

Smartspeaker plugged in and granted access to your friend's WI-FI network?

Is its microphone turned on?

 

Sorry, a thousand questions, answers might help us help your friend.  Google

DOES NOT have a Tech support contact phone number.  If your friend has Be My

Eyes installed on a preferred toy, it would be a better way to access Google

for support.  Otherwise, please share more detailed info about what's going

on and we'll take it from there.  All the best!!

 

Sincerely,

Olusegun

Denver, Colorado

 

 

 

 


Re: google home accessibility line

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Heather, what trouble is your friend having with Google Home? Has your
friend installed the app on a preferred toy? Is the Google Home
Smartspeaker plugged in and granted access to your friend's WI-FI network?
Is its microphone turned on?

Sorry, a thousand questions, answers might help us help your friend. Google
DOES NOT have a Tech support contact phone number. If your friend has Be My
Eyes installed on a preferred toy, it would be a better way to access Google
for support. Otherwise, please share more detailed info about what's going
on and we'll take it from there. All the best!!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: LUCIA CELL PHONE

TerriLynne Pomeroy <tl1@...>
 

Hi Carolyn,
Gerald said that it is no longer available, but that it was $300. I didn't
look to confirm his statement, but the site which I was looking at said that
these phones were among the free phones you could get through the Obama plan
to give cell phone access to everybody.

TerriLynne

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carolyn
Arnold
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:22 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

How much does that phone cost?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of TerriLynne Pomeroy
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

Has anyone tried this phone? Here is some info:



LUCIA CELL PHONE

The philosophy behind Lucia is straightforward: it is an easy-to-use
alternative to a smartphone. It is also 100 percent accessible thanks to
its very intuitive voice guide.



The phone supports talk and text only; it does not support data. However,
despite this fact, it offers quite a bit of flexibility and some very
interesting features.



Physical Description

Lucia is five-and-a-half inches long,
three-and-three-quarter inches wide and three-quarter inches deep. It fits
nicely in the hand and has a sturdy feel.
The display is two inches wide and a little more than one-and-half inches
high. The display is very bright, but people who are blind can turn it off
to save battery power.


The buttons are large and well-spaced. The tactile feel is excellent thanks
to the fact that the buttons on the T9 keypad are concave. The buttons used
to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a call are different
shapes and colors.

At the top of the right edge of the phone is a circular button that serves
three functions: when pressed while at the home screen it provides the time,
date, battery strength and signal strength. When long pressed at the home
screen it turns the voice guide on or off. When pressed elsewhere it
repeats whatever is on the screen. The button below this is a square button
that amplifies the audio while on phone calls. This feature is for people
who are hard of hearing.
The final physical feature on the right edge of the phone is a slider that
is used to power the phone on and off or to lock the phone. On the left
edge of the phone is the volume rocker.

On the top edge of the phone is the hole for a 3.5 mm jack.
On the back of the phone is the SOS button, discussed in detail below.

The back panel can be removed to access the battery compartment. The
battery is replaceable, which is a nice
bonus.



The Voice Guide

The Lucia phone has a voice guide that allows users who are blind to use
every feature of the phone. This is the phone's real "magic." While it
speaks everything that is on the screen and everything that is pressed, it
actually does considerably more than that. For example, if I am in the Call
Log menu, the display might show that I have a missed call from "Robert."
But the Voice Guide says, "one missed call from Robert." So, in some cases
the Voice Guide
provides more information than the display itself.

In addition, the Voice Guide provides other useful information, such always
saying "Lucia is ready" when the user is at the Home Screen, allowing the
user to always know where they are in the menu system, and tell me when the
charger is connected or disconnected. Also, the Voice Guide has a "Talking
Watch" which speaks the time.

The Voice Guide can speak in a number of languages, including English,
Spanish and French, and the user can select different voices. The Voice
Guide audio can be made quite loud for those who are hard of hearing and is
very
clear.



Making Calls

There are three primary ways in which someone who is blind can make phone
calls.

First the user can simply dial the number from the home screen. As the
digits are pressed, they are announced by the Voice Guide. The Voice Guide
can also repeat the entered digits, if needed. If you delete a digit, for
example the digit 5, the Voice Guide will say "5 deleted."


Second, the user can go to their Contacts, scroll through the various names
as they are spoken by the Voice Guide, and press the Call button when the
user hears the name of the person that they want to call.

Third, calls can be placed directly from the Call Log, which provides an
option to dial missed calls and previously dialed numbers.

Lucia does not currently support voice dialing, but this feature will be
added in the future. Having said that, calling with the help of the Voice
Guide is extremely easy.




Accessing Missed Call Information

Blind users can access missed call information with the assistance of the
Voice Guide. Lucia will provide the name of the person who called (if the
caller is in the contacts),
as well as the call's time and date.

Users will be notified of missed calls with a chime. If desired, Lucia can
be programmed to vibrate, as well. Also, when there is a missed call or
missed text message, the LED light will flash blue, which is useful for
people with low
vision.



Sending and Receiving Text Messages

Lucia's Voice Guide allows users who are blind to send and receive text
messages. While typing a message with the old
T9 keypad takes some time to master, the process of sending and receiving
messages is very simple. And text can be edited with ease.

Users will be notified of incoming messages with a chime and Lucia can be
set to vibrate, as well. As with missed calls, the LED light will flash
blue when a text message is
received.



Entering Contacts

The blind user can enter contacts independently. With the help of the Voice
Guide, the process is intuitive and simple.



Status Information

The Voice Guide provides a number of pieces of information that fall into
the "status" category. Specifically, it will speak the battery level, the
signal strength, the time and date and the name of the wireless provider.
This information can be accessed by pressing the Status button on the top
right edge of the phone while at the Home screen.
Moreover, the user can customize the information that is spoken. In other
words, if the user wants Lucia to speak only the amount of battery remaining
and not provide the other status information, this can be done.



Setting Alarms

Lucia has a comprehensive alarm system. A user can set a one-time alarm or
repeating alarms. For instance, the user can set an alarm to go off every
morning at 9AM. The alarm can be accompanied by a reminder message. For
example, the message can say "remember to take your medication." Lucia
can save hundreds of alarms at one time.



SOS Button

Lucia has a physical SOS button at the back of the phone.
To prevent unintended activation, the button must be held for three seconds
to activate. When activated, the phone starts calling up to five emergency
contacts stored in the phone. If one of the called persons does not answer,
Lucia will call the next person and so on, until someone answers the call.

The majority of people who use Lucia will be seniors, so this feature should
be quite useful for many users. It provides an additional layer of security
at no additional
cost.

Like all of Lucia's features, the SOS feature can be set up by someone who
is blind, with the assistance of the Voice Guide.



Features for Low Vision

As discussed above, the buttons are large and nicely spaced.
The buttons on the T9 keypad are concave to provide an excellent tactile
feel. The buttons used to navigate the menu system, place a call and end a
call are different shapes and different colors.

The display has good contrast and supports seven different color schemes.
Font size is not adjustable class="table-bordered" but large, and the most
recently typed character is always displayed in extra-large font size. For
example, when typing a phone number, the most recently typed digit is one
inch high; the other digits are almost half an inch high.



Wireless Service

Lucia is unlocked and operates on AT&T, T-Mobile or other wireless providers
that operate on one of those networks.
Plans for unlimited talk and text are available for as low as $19 through
prepaid wireless providers, such as Red Pocket.


Re: Question about jokes

Dragos Grecianu
 

Hey there.

I am interested in the jokes apps, ios or android, it doesn't matter.

Thanks and best regards.

La 4/6/2020 4:12 PM, Donna a scris:

Would you be interested in accessible joke apps? I have several that I can send you links to.

Donna
 Hi Group:


I posted this to the Blind Apples group but no one knew of anything so I thought I would ask this question here. Sorry for the repeat message for any of you who are on the other list. Does any of you know if there is an application that you can get for your phone where you can get jokes every day? If not, is there something you can join where they could be texted to your phone? If not, that's fine. I was just inquiring. It would be nice to have something sent every day just to have some laughter in these tough times. I used to subscribe many years ago to email lists but I don't do it anymore because I'm on the phone. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Someone suggested Google assistant but I'm not sure how to use that with an Apple device.

Shelly




Re: BlindShell Classic

Monte Single
 

Good to know.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Carolyn Arnold
Sent: April-06-20 11:15 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Discounts for travel, hotels, some restaurants, and I don't know what else,
other than Consumer Cellular phone plans.
Consumer Cellular markets to older phone users.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:08 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Hell, heck! Here I am writing about the Donald,and I
forget what the
advantage of being associated with AARP.


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: April-05-20 1:00 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Greetings to the Denver Dude,

Thanks for the generous offer of citizenship, but in light of the Donald's
direction to 3m, telling them to stop sending n95 masks to Canada, I'll
just say thanks but no thanks.
There is a similar group here, it is called CCCCARP. Carp makes me think
of a disgruntled fish.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Olusegun -- Victory Associates
LTD, Inc.
Sent: April-04-20 9:56 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Yes, Chief Monte! American Association of Retired Persons!
Methinks you could join if at least 50; but, you're in Canada, so I need to
MAKE YOU American first, <LOL!> Spank me after the virus isn't watching.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: LUCIA CELL PHONE

Carolyn Arnold
 

How much does that phone cost?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of TerriLynne
Pomeroy
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] LUCIA CELL PHONE

Has anyone tried this phone? Here is some info:



LUCIA CELL PHONE

The philosophy behind Lucia is straightforward: it is an
easy-to-use alternative to a smartphone. It is also 100
percent accessible thanks to its very intuitive voice guide.



The phone supports talk and text only; it does not support
data. However, despite this fact, it offers quite a bit of
flexibility and some very interesting features.



Physical Description

Lucia is five-and-a-half inches long,
three-and-three-quarter inches wide and three-quarter inches
deep. It fits nicely in the hand and has a sturdy feel.
The display is two inches wide and a little more than
one-and-half inches high. The display is very bright, but
people who are blind can turn it off to save battery power.


The buttons are large and well-spaced. The tactile feel is
excellent thanks to the fact that the buttons on the T9
keypad are concave. The buttons used to navigate the menu
system, place a call and end a call are different shapes and
colors.

At the top of the right edge of the phone is a circular
button that serves three functions: when pressed while at
the home screen it provides the time, date, battery strength
and signal strength. When long pressed at the home screen
it turns the voice guide on or off. When pressed elsewhere
it repeats whatever is on the screen. The button below this
is a square button that amplifies the audio while on phone
calls. This feature is for people who are hard of hearing.
The final physical feature on the right edge of the phone is
a slider that is used to power the phone on and off or to
lock the phone. On the left edge of the phone is the volume
rocker.

On the top edge of the phone is the hole for a 3.5 mm jack.
On the back of the phone is the SOS button, discussed in
detail below.

The back panel can be removed to access the battery
compartment. The battery is replaceable, which is a nice
bonus.



The Voice Guide

The Lucia phone has a voice guide that allows users who are
blind to use every feature of the phone. This is the
phone's real "magic." While it speaks everything that is on
the screen and everything that is pressed, it actually does
considerably more than that. For example, if I am in the
Call Log menu, the display might show that I have a missed
call from "Robert." But the Voice Guide says, "one missed
call from Robert." So, in some cases the Voice Guide
provides more information than the display itself.

In addition, the Voice Guide provides other useful
information, such always saying "Lucia is ready" when the
user is at the Home Screen, allowing the user to always know
where they are in the menu system, and tell me when the
charger is connected or disconnected. Also, the Voice Guide
has a "Talking Watch" which speaks the time.

The Voice Guide can speak in a number of languages,
including English, Spanish and French, and the user can
select different voices. The Voice Guide audio can be made
quite loud for those who are hard of hearing and is very
clear.



Making Calls

There are three primary ways in which someone who is blind
can make phone calls.

First the user can simply dial the number from the home
screen. As the digits are pressed, they are announced by
the Voice Guide. The Voice Guide can also repeat the
entered digits, if needed. If you delete a digit, for
example the digit 5, the Voice Guide will say "5 deleted."


Second, the user can go to their Contacts, scroll through
the various names as they are spoken by the Voice Guide, and
press the Call button when the user hears the name of the
person that they want to call.

Third, calls can be placed directly from the Call Log, which
provides an option to dial missed calls and previously
dialed numbers.

Lucia does not currently support voice dialing, but this
feature will be added in the future. Having said that,
calling with the help of the Voice Guide is extremely easy.




Accessing Missed Call Information

Blind users can access missed call information with the
assistance of the Voice Guide. Lucia will provide the name
of the person who called (if the caller is in the contacts),
as well as the call's time and date.

Users will be notified of missed calls with a chime. If
desired, Lucia can be programmed to vibrate, as well. Also,
when there is a missed call or missed text message, the LED
light will flash blue, which is useful for people with low
vision.



Sending and Receiving Text Messages

Lucia's Voice Guide allows users who are blind to send and
receive text messages. While typing a message with the old
T9 keypad takes some time to master, the process of sending
and receiving messages is very simple. And text can be
edited with ease.

Users will be notified of incoming messages with a chime and
Lucia can be set to vibrate, as well. As with missed calls,
the LED light will flash blue when a text message is
received.



Entering Contacts

The blind user can enter contacts independently. With the
help of the Voice Guide, the process is intuitive and
simple.



Status Information

The Voice Guide provides a number of pieces of information
that fall into the "status" category. Specifically, it will
speak the battery level, the signal strength, the time and
date and the name of the wireless provider. This
information can be accessed by pressing the Status button on
the top right edge of the phone while at the Home screen.
Moreover, the user can customize the information that is
spoken. In other words, if the user wants Lucia to speak
only the amount of battery remaining and not provide the
other status information, this can be done.



Setting Alarms

Lucia has a comprehensive alarm system. A user can set a
one-time alarm or repeating alarms. For instance, the user
can set an alarm to go off every morning at 9AM. The alarm
can be accompanied by a reminder message. For example, the
message can say "remember to take your medication." Lucia
can save hundreds of alarms at one time.



SOS Button

Lucia has a physical SOS button at the back of the phone.
To prevent unintended activation, the button must be held
for three seconds to activate. When activated, the phone
starts calling up to five emergency contacts stored in the
phone. If one of the called persons does not answer, Lucia
will call the next person and so on, until someone answers
the call.

The majority of people who use Lucia will be seniors, so
this feature should be quite useful for many users. It
provides an additional layer of security at no additional
cost.

Like all of Lucia's features, the SOS feature can be set up
by someone who is blind, with the assistance of the Voice
Guide.



Features for Low Vision

As discussed above, the buttons are large and nicely spaced.
The buttons on the T9 keypad are concave to provide an
excellent tactile feel. The buttons used to navigate the
menu system, place a call and end a call are different
shapes and different colors.

The display has good contrast and supports seven different
color schemes. Font size is not adjustable
class="table-bordered" but large, and the most recently
typed character is always displayed in extra-large font
size. For example, when typing a phone number, the most
recently typed digit is one inch high; the other digits are
almost half an inch high.



Wireless Service

Lucia is unlocked and operates on AT&T, T-Mobile or other
wireless providers that operate on one of those networks.
Plans for unlimited talk and text are available for as low
as $19 through prepaid wireless providers, such as Red
Pocket.


Re: BlindShell Classic

Carolyn Arnold
 

Discounts for travel, hotels, some restaurants, and I don't
know what else, other than Consumer Cellular phone plans.
Consumer Cellular markets to older phone users.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:08 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Hell, heck! Here I am writing about the Donald,and I
forget what the
advantage of being associated with AARP.


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: April-05-20 1:00 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Greetings to the Denver Dude,

Thanks for the generous offer of citizenship, but in light
of the Donald's direction to 3m, telling them to stop
sending n95 masks to Canada, I'll just say thanks but no
thanks.
There is a similar group here, it is called CCCCARP. Carp
makes me think of a disgruntled fish.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Olusegun --
Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: April-04-20 9:56 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Yes, Chief Monte! American Association of Retired Persons!
Methinks you could join if at least 50; but, you're in
Canada, so I need to MAKE YOU American first, <LOL!> Spank
me after the virus isn't watching.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: BlindShell Classic

Carolyn Arnold
 

And, now the Donald is mad at 3M.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:00 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Greetings to the Denver Dude,

Thanks for the generous offer of citizenship, but in light
of the Donald's direction to 3m, telling them to stop
sending n95 masks to Canada, I'll just say thanks but no
thanks.
There is a similar group here, it is called CCCCARP. Carp
makes me think of a disgruntled fish.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Olusegun --
Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: April-04-20 9:56 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Yes, Chief Monte! American Association of Retired Persons!
Methinks you could join if at least 50; but, you're in
Canada, so I need to MAKE YOU American first, <LOL!> Spank
me after the virus isn't watching.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: BlindShell Classic

Carolyn Arnold
 

It makes sense that they would have that.

Here, a lot of people buy United Health Medicare supplements, because they have the AARP endorsement, my husband being one. So, you just pay extra, because an F supplement with United Health, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Mutual of Omaha - same, exact benefits - check it out on the government web site.

But, in Canada, do you have any kind of medical insurance supplements? Then, you'd get all I want from the thing is discounts on stuff. I think some restaurants have it, but you have to show your card.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 1:11 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Hi Group,

There's something called CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) isn't there? I think I hear it advertised on Toronto radio. I wonder if they have the same offers.


On 4/4/2020 11:55 PM, Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc. wrote:
Yes, Chief Monte! American Association of Retired Persons! Methinks
you could join if at least 50; but, you're in Canada, so I need to
MAKE YOU American first, <LOL!> Spank me after the virus isn't watching.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado




--
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They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"


Re: BlindShell Classic

Carolyn Arnold
 

What are you wondering if it has recently changed, Joseph?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of joseph hudson
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:22 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

When I had AT&T, I did not notice this at all. So I wonder
if this is something this is recently just changed.


joseph hudson

Technology support for the blind or better known as Mack,
IOS and Windows support

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jhud7789@twc.com

Telephone/what's up messenger

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Facebook

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On Apr 4, 2020, at 2:22 PM, Abbie Taylor
<abbietaylor945@gmail.com> wrote:

Thank you, Carolyn, for the tip about AARP. I'm only 58.
So, I don't think I'd qualify. Give me a couple of years.
Meanwhile, I'm still looking forward to purchasing this
phone.

One other question came up just this morning. I make a lot
of conference calls. During one such meeting this morning, I
found out that a friend of a friend can't make such a call
on her cell phone without pay 1 cent per minute. Has anyone
noticed this issue with AT&T?

I doubt this would be a game-changer. Normally, I can't
make these calls with Vforizon because I only have 700
minutes per month. Since I don't have a land line and don't
see the need for one, I have a yearly plan with Skype that
allows me to make these calls. So, even if I can't make
these calls with AT&T, I'd still be paying almost half of
what I'm paying Verizon now with unlimited talking to boot.
--

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author
https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com
http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
abbietaylor945@gmail.com


Re: BlindShell Classic

Carolyn Arnold
 

Right, Joseph, that is what I understand about Consumer
Cellular plans.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of joseph hudson
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:22 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

As far as I know from what I can remember, the primer 250
minutes only comes with talk and text from what I looked at
the other day. And that comes without data and I just got
done looking, and they won 15 bucks a month for 250 minutes
it's a whole separate deal. So you could have 500 MB and
then unlimited minutes. Or you could have 250 minutes.but
I'm gonna go look to make sure.
On Apr 4, 2020, at 7:00 PM, Carolyn Arnold
<4carolyna@windstream.net> wrote:

Oh no, you don't want just 250, get the unlimited talk and
text.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of joseph
hudson
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2020 3:37 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

That would be correct because of the taxes and surcharges.
On Apr 3, 2020, at 5:33 PM, Donald Roberts
<donald_roberts_99@hotmail.com> wrote:

Possibly I missed something earlier in this thread.
However, I called Consumer Cellular earlier today and
asked about the
plan with 250 talk minutes and 500 megs of data and was
told that this
plan was $20 per month. So either things have changed or
the salesman
with whom I spoke wanted a bigger commission. I sure wish
I could get
to the bottom of this.



Don Roberts



On 4/3/2020 1:38 PM, joseph hudson wrote:
Yes you're probably right, but for somebody who is only
wanting to use the phone for possibly looking at email and
talking and
texting 5 MB will be just fine.


joseph hudson

Technology support for the blind or better known as
Mack,
IOS and
Windows support

FaceTime, iMessage, and email


jhud7789@twc.com


Telephone/what's up messenger

254-300-7667

Emergency cell

254-813-2461

Twitter

https://twitter.com/josephhudson89


Facebook


https://www.facebook.com/joseph.hudson.9404



On Apr 3, 2020, at 9:02 AM, Ron Canazzi
<aa2vm@roadrunner.com>
wrote:

Hi Ann,

If Joseph meant mega bytes, he said 5 MB, that's not
very much data for one month. If you streamed one song,
that would be
it.


On 4/3/2020 8:05 AM, Ann Parsons wrote:

Hi all,

No, you mean MB for Megabytes, not millibars.
Millibars are gradations of air pressure. It's the same
abbreviation
so it's comfusing, but you mean megabytes.

Ann P.


Original message:

Hi Ron, no typo here. 500 mbar is a plan from the
phone carrier that I have.

On Apr 2, 2020, at 2:33 PM, Ron Canazzi
<aa2vm@roadrunner.com>
wrote:

HI Monte,

Joseph's reference was to cell phone provider
features. I would have expected the information to be
something
like: Unlimited talk and text plus 1 GB data per month.

He referenced this MbAR instead. That doesn't make
sense--unless either there's some way of measuring data
that I'm not
aware of or it was a typo.
On 4/2/2020 11:02 AM, Monte Single wrote:

I think millibars is a metric measure of
barometrid,
or air, pressure.
Now, landlubbers may not be as familiar with this
as
me maties, arrrrrrr.

-----Original Message-----
From:
main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io ] On
Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: April-02-20 5:41 AM
To:
main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] BlindShell Classic

Hi Joseph,

You wrote:

...I recommend getting the I am from a company
called consumer Sellier if it all possible in your area.
They have a plan just for five bucks a month that will
give you 5 mbar
and unlimited text and talk which will be more than enough
for this
phone. ...

What is 5 mbar?
On 4/2/2020 12:59 AM, joseph hudson wrote:

Hello, you don't even need one gig of data in
order
to run that phone. It all depends on how often you're
going to use it
for listening to YouTube and stuff like that. I am only
used .20 MB at
the most with the phone. I recommend getting the I am from
a company
called consumer Sellier if it all possible in your area.
They have a
plan just for five bucks a month that will give you 5 mbar
and
unlimited text and talk which will be more than enough for
this phone.
And if anybody decides to do this offer, please contact me
as I will
give you an additional $10 off of your first month just by
giving you
a referral. If you've never been with this company before.

On Apr 1, 2020, at 1:45 PM, Abbie Taylor
<abbietaylor945@gmail.com>
wrote:

I'm also considering purchasing the Blind Shell
Classic phone.
Mystic Access now offers a free tutorial that can
be downloaded from their site at
http://www.mysticaccess.com . You'll
need to search for the product, and you'll find the link
to download
the tutorial on the product page. They also did a free
class in
February on the subject, and you'll find a recording of
that on the
free downloads page.

Mystic Access is now distributing the phone.
What's more, for an extra $19 set-up fee, they'll activate
the phone
with a network that uses the A T and T tower. This network
only
charges $20 a month for unlimited talking and texting and
1 gig of
data. The down side is that you have to install the
battery and sim
card, which is something I've never done with a cell
phone, and I'm
not particularly mechanically inclined. Otherwise, it's a
good deal.
--

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author
https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com
http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
abbietaylor945@gmail.com






--
They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a
banana boat!"



--
They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a
banana boat!"










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