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Re: House party for Shelley

joseph hudson <jhud7789@...>
 

It is a mobile application.


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 5, 2020, at 7:58 AM, Kerryn Gunness via groups.io <k_gunness=yahoo.ca@groups.io> wrote:

what is house party? is it for windows or for mobile?

----- Original Message -----
From: joseph hudson
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:28 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] House party for Shelley

Hi Shelley, I just downloaded house party end it looks like you have to add friends in order to invite them to a conversation from what I have gathered and I’m guessing next to the friend button, there will be an invite button to invite them to a conference. If you would like to try this, my link to add me is below.

https://houseparty.com/add/jhud7789

Sent from my iPhone


Re: House party for Shelley

Shelly Kane
 

Kerryn:


House party is an app on your smart phone.  It's free and you can talk with 8 people or more at a time.  It's really cool and you can even play games with your family and friends.  My family has been using this since we are unable to get together during this time of crisis.

Shelly

On 4/5/2020 6:58 AM, Kerryn Gunness via groups.io wrote:

what is house party? is it for windows or for mobile?
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:28 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] House party for Shelley

Hi Shelley, I just downloaded house party end it looks like you have to add friends in order to invite them to a conversation from what I have gathered and I’m guessing next to the friend button, there will be an invite button to invite them to a conference. If you would like to try this, my link to add me is below.


Re: Facebook Question

Shelly Kane
 

Thanks for your advice.  I have had problems with the rotor since I have had my phone.  It's very difficult for me.  Glad that you were able to learn it and it works well for you.

On 4/5/2020 5:43 AM, Ron Canazzi wrote:
Hi Shelly,

The way to copy text from a text field is to make sure you are located within the text field and then use the rotor to choose edit and then use single finger up/down swipe to highlight items within the edit menu and then double single finger tap to perform the action.  One of the items is copy.  Other items are cut (use this if you make a mistake in a text field) select (depending upon what movement mode is selected: character, word, line--you can use the movement gestures once select is chosen to select text within the text field and then use the edit menu again to perform an action such as cut, copy and so on. And select all is a menu item within the edit menu which you can use to copy the entire field or cut the entire field to clipboard.  And finally there's the paste item within the edit menu which you can use to paste into another text field--perhaps within notes, or an e-mail message.

Everybody should get familiar with the rotor and the edit menu.  I got acquainted with it right after I got my iPhone and it has made messages I sent from my iPhone much cleaner and error free.  Even when using dictation for long messages, I go back into the test field and edit any mistakes.  Works quite well once you get used to it.


On 4/5/2020 3:57 AM, Shelly Kane wrote:
Joseph:


I tried what you suggested on the phone and nothing happened. When I was on the text that I wanted to copy and paste, I did the 3 finger triple tap and that turned screen curtain on and then I tried a 2 finger triple tap and the speech turned off. I'm not tech savvy at all.  Sorry about this.  I can usually follow directions if they are simple.

On 4/4/2020 3:15 PM, joseph hudson wrote:
Shelly, I gave you the instructions for the phone for Facebook last night did you not see my reply? If not let me know or if there's something that you don't understand please give me a call and I will help you.


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 4, 2020, at 6:10 PM, Shelly Kane <shellykane323@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks for getting back to me.  Honestly, I am on the phone more than the computer.  Do you know an easy to do it on the phone?  Thanks in advance.

Shelly

On 4/4/2020 12:50 PM, Abbie Taylor wrote:
To do this on the PC, when you find the text you want to copy, make sure your cursor is at the beginning of the text. Press Shift Plus Down Arrow. This selects the text, and your screen reader should read the text being selected and tell you it's selected. When you reach the end of the text you want to select, press Control Plus C to copy. Go to your timeline and press Control Plus V to paste the text into the edit field where you write your post. If you need more help, you can email me off list.
--

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




Re: Sonos problem

george b <gbmagoo@...>
 

Yes you need to add apple and you need to do it on a pc or mac through the sonos  app.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: April 5, 2020 12:49
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

 

I need to investigate because I went into the Sonos app and that option was not there any longer as it used to be. So maybe I now need to add it as a service?

Thanks,

Marie

 

From: Fanus

Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:04 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

Hello Marie

The email from George reminded me that I did not open the correct item in the Sonos app. Unfortunately I have to differ from you. I opened sonos on the iPhone, then browse and then apple music and there is an item for “my music” and when I open that it gives me access to all the music on my iPhone.

Regards

Fanus

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:34 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

There is no longer an option to play from the phone on the Browse tab in the Sonos app. However, if you start your music on the phone, go to Control Center and find the area for media control and click the option to route to another and choose Sonos.

 

Marie

 

From: Fanus

Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:36 AM

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: Sonos problem

Marie <magpie.mn@...>
 

 
I need to investigate because I went into the Sonos app and that option was not there any longer as it used to be. So maybe I now need to add it as a service?
Thanks,
Marie
 

From: Fanus
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:04 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem
 

Hello Marie

The email from George reminded me that I did not open the correct item in the Sonos app. Unfortunately I have to differ from you. I opened sonos on the iPhone, then browse and then apple music and there is an item for “my music” and when I open that it gives me access to all the music on my iPhone.

Regards

Fanus

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:34 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

There is no longer an option to play from the phone on the Browse tab in the Sonos app. However, if you start your music on the phone, go to Control Center and find the area for media control and click the option to route to another and choose Sonos.

 

Marie

 

From: Fanus

Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:36 AM

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: Libre office again?

Jim Wohlgamuth
 

Hi there David!

I am running Jaws 18.

Jaws doesn't appear to work well in the writer program which is the word equivalent and in the excel program.  example, when I press the tab key within the excel program Jaws doesn't give any sort of feed back at all.

I believe it is the most recent version of Libre Office.

I believe sluggish is a bit icorrect, it just Jaws just doesn't seem to give me the same sort of feedback that I had when I was running Microsoft office. As I stated, it doesn't give me tab positions in writer nor does it give me the positions in the excel program.  Thanks much!

<wohlggie@...><KF8LT><Jim Wohlgamuth>.

On 05-Apr-20 15:05, David Goldfield wrote:

Jim, I have a few follow-up questions.

1. Which version of JAWS are you using?

2. What application within the LibreOffice suite is behaving sluggishly? Is it Writer, Calc, etc.

3. Which version of LibreOffice?

4. When is it becoming sluggishness? While typing in a document? Navigating with arrow keys? Navigating within menus, etc.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 4/5/2020 2:00 PM, Jim Wohlgamuth wrote:

Hi there Folks!
Was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I might get Libre Office to work better with jaws..? It seems to act sluggish or slow and not at all like Microsoft Office? I know that it isn't Microsoft office but it is suppose to be a close substitute<SMILE!>.  Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly APPRECIATED! Much Thanks! de
<wohhlggie@...><KF8LT><Jim Wohlgamuth>.


Re: LUCIA CELL PHONE

Gerald Levy
 


Forget about the Lucia.  According to their web site, it is currently  unavailable.  This is actually a good thing because you will avoid the mistake of buying a cell phone that uses outdated 3G technology which is not compatible with the 5G networks most cell phone carriers are in the process of upgrading to.  If you ghad been unfortunate enough to have purchased this phone when it was still available, you would have eventually wound up with a $300 paperweight when it stopped working with your carrier.  Just ask any blind consumer who got screwed over by Odin Mobile when it went belly up and left them with phones that were obsolete.  Instead of wasting your time with the Lucia, consider the BlindShell Classic, which  sells for $349, which is only $50 more than the Lucia, and uses 4G technology which is compatible with 5G networks. As a plus, Laz Mesa, who sells the BlindShell, has promised to take care of warranty service on this phone, which is a big deal because the manufacturer is located overseas in the Czech Republic, and it would thus be a time consuming hassle for most blind consumers to send it back directly to the manufacturer themselves.  


Gerald


 

On 4/5/2020 2:32 PM, TerriLynne Pomeroy wrote:

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: Zoom

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>
 

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: Libre office again?

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>
 

Jim, I have a few follow-up questions.

1. Which version of JAWS are you using?

2. What application within the LibreOffice suite is behaving sluggishly? Is it Writer, Calc, etc.

3. Which version of LibreOffice?

4. When is it becoming sluggishness? While typing in a document? Navigating with arrow keys? Navigating within menus, etc.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 4/5/2020 2:00 PM, Jim Wohlgamuth wrote:

Hi there Folks!
Was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I might get Libre Office to work better with jaws..? It seems to act sluggish or slow and not at all like Microsoft Office? I know that it isn't Microsoft office but it is suppose to be a close substitute<SMILE!>.  Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly APPRECIATED! Much Thanks! de
<wohhlggie@...><KF8LT><Jim Wohlgamuth>.


Sonos and shared music folders on home network

Alan Robbins <arobbins1057@...>
 

One thing I’ve never been able to make work is the option to add shared music folders/locations from a PC on the same home network as Sonos. I type the path according to the example Sonos gives in the edit box but it always says it cannot locate the computer or something like that. If I go to another  computer on the same home network and type the same string in a run command line I can find it and play whatever I like. Below is the exact path I type in Sonos :

\\terrie-intelnuc\data-music\my music

Are others able to utilize this feature?

 

Al


LUCIA CELL PHONE

TerriLynne Pomeroy <tl1@...>
 

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: What Ever Happened to Games For The Blind

Mateusz Viste <mateusz@...>
 

On 05/04/2020 07:49, Ron Canazzi wrote:
I ran across an old folder under saved executable programs called 8pack.  Within this folder was a group of games from http://GamesForTheBlind.com.
(...)
So what happened to Games For The Blind?
The domain gamesfortheblind.com expired in 2010. The author is Robert Betz, perhaps you might try some google research to locate him. Apparently in 2011 he was trying to raise 10K dollars on kickstarter for creating a connect-four game for the blind, unsuccessfully it seems - but at least we know he was still alive at that time.

Mateusz


Zoom

Susie Stageberg <sstageberg2@...>
 

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
 
 
 
 
 


Libre office again?

Jim Wohlgamuth
 

Hi there Folks!
Was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I might get Libre Office to work better with jaws..? It seems to act sluggish or slow and not at all like Microsoft Office? I know that it isn't Microsoft office but it is suppose to be a close substitute<SMILE!>.  Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly APPRECIATED! Much Thanks! de
<wohhlggie@...><KF8LT><Jim Wohlgamuth>.


Re: Sonos problem

chris judge
 

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: Sonos problem

Robin Frost
 

Hi,

Glad you got it sorted then.

Robin


On 4/5/2020 11:04 AM, Fanus wrote:

Hello Marie

The email from George reminded me that I did not open the correct item in the Sonos app. Unfortunately I have to differ from you. I opened sonos on the iPhone, then browse and then apple music and there is an item for “my music” and when I open that it gives me access to all the music on my iPhone.

Regards

Fanus

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:34 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

There is no longer an option to play from the phone on the Browse tab in the Sonos app. However, if you start your music on the phone, go to Control Center and find the area for media control and click the option to route to another and choose Sonos.

 

Marie

 

From: Fanus

Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:36 AM

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: Sonos problem

Robin Frost
 

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
 
 
 
 
 


Guidance for starting a blog

soloman s <teachsolo@...>
 

Hello all,
I plan to start a blog of my own for teaching purposes but don't know
where and how to start.
I will be thankful if someone extend a helping hand in this regard
with a step-by-step tutorial.
Hope to receiving from you.


--
With warm regards
Solomon S
teachsolo@gmail.com


Re: Sonos problem

Fanus
 

Hello Marie

The email from George reminded me that I did not open the correct item in the Sonos app. Unfortunately I have to differ from you. I opened sonos on the iPhone, then browse and then apple music and there is an item for “my music” and when I open that it gives me access to all the music on my iPhone.

Regards

Fanus

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:34 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Sonos problem

 

There is no longer an option to play from the phone on the Browse tab in the Sonos app. However, if you start your music on the phone, go to Control Center and find the area for media control and click the option to route to another and choose Sonos.

 

Marie

 

From: Fanus

Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:36 AM

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: BlindShell Classic

Gary Greico
 

Hi jack, how are you?

On 05-Apr-20 10:26 AM, Marie wrote:
Come on guys, this has nothing to do with the Classic Shell Phone.



Marie
-----Original Message----- From: Ron Canazzi
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2020 10:11 PM
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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