Episode 238: Apple's New Accessibility Features, Steven Goes Back to Basics & Pool Robots & BBQ LionsAuthored on May 20, 2022
The Double Tap team are all back together again for another hour of tech news, chat and opinion.
After a short discussion on upcoming travel concerns, Marc tells us about some of the new tech gadgets he's been playing with this week. But will Steven and Shaun be impressed with a smart barbeque, a pool cleaning robot, new Ecobee thermostats and a fly-anywhere DJI Drone? Probably not, seeing as Steven has started to de-clutter his tech life, starting with his audio equipment. He's got rid of his mixers, processors and studio microphones in favour of a simple USB microphone and a computer. Is this really all he needs?
In other Steven buying news, he has ordered a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Despite Google recently announcing the new Google Pixel Watch, Steven really wants to test the accessibility features and usability on the Samsung Classic smart watch when paired with his Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 phone. Will it stay on his wrist or be doomed to be thrown in the never-to-be-seen-again tech drawer?
To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we then take a look at Apple's recent announcement of their new upcoming accessibility features. With customizable sound recognition, Apple Watch mirroring and new VoiceOver languages, there is a lot to be excited about. But one feature in particular has Shaun jumping for joy: the new Door Detection feature will be able to locate the entrance to a building and tell you information, such as if the door is open or closed, any text or numbers on the door, the location of the handle, etc. Is this finally a solution to the last 10 yards problem, or will it mean you'll need to upgrade to an iPhone with a Lidar sensor?
Return of a Tweeting Trump, Remembering the iPod & Double Tap Goes on the RoadAuthored on May 12, 2022
Welcome to a special episode of Double Tap. Steven and Shaun hit the road and actually meet up in person for the first time in years to record the show from the Crowne Plaza hotel in London. Not only that, but they are joined by a very special guest…
In this week's tech news, Apple have finally announced that they are to no longer producing the iPod Touch. Once the current stock has gone that will be it. Love them or hate them, you can't deny that Apple changed not only the tech world but also the world of marketing and design too, and it could be argued that the iPod was the start of it all. We take a look back at this iconic device.
Next, Elon Musk has said that if his bid to buy Twitter is successful, he would lift the Twitter ban on Donald Trump. He called the decision to ban the former U.S. President morally wrong and stupid. Trump has said he's not interested in returning to Twitter but time will tell. The free speech debate continues...
We wrap up the show with Steven's truck story and a request for your opinion on monthly subscription costs for apps. Do you support the model or do you think apps should always simply be a one-off payment? Let us know by emailing the show: email@example.com
Terrible TTS, Virtual Coffee & Accessible CoconutsAuthored on May 5, 2022
The Double Tap team is back for another hour of tech chat, news and opinion. We kick the show off with a quick text-to-speech (TTS) voice-off. What makes us pick our particular screen reader voice? And just why is Steven saying that the answer to all problems is to buy a Mac?
Next up, we're off to the Metaverse. A listener thinks we need to open our minds to the possibilities and positives the Metaverse may bring to not only our everyday lives, but to education and socializing too. Shaun is not convinced...
Shaun and Steven then share some exciting discoveries they have stumbled upon this week. Shaun has found a new keyboard shortcut for Windows 11 he says will change his life and Steven has found some Braille on his new headphones that he simply didn't expect to be there...
The show wraps up with more listener feedback consisting of virtual machines, accessible coconuts and some praise for Shaun.
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