Welcome to another packed episode of Triple-click Home. Join JJ, Ana and Steve as they discuss all things Apple. Then, Jamie Pauls visits with David Ward
about Braille Sonar Pro, an indispensable app for referencing Braille contractions.
Because David is awesome and he thinks our Triple-click listeners are too, he has dropped the price of the app in half for a limited time, so go grab it now.
Stories discussed in this episode include:
In the News
[What’s New and Changed for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 7.1](http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple/whats-new-and-changed-blind-and-low-vision-users-ios-
[Apple reportedly working on expanding Siri partnerships, iWatch support](http://www.imore.com/apple-reportedly-working-expanding-siri-partnerships-iwatch-
[SXSW First Look: Store Shelves That Talk To Your Phone](http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-technology/2014/03/09/sxsw-first-look-store-shelves-that-talk-to-
[Class action suit claims Apple Store POS system discriminates against visually impaired](http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/05/class-action-suit-
[Running Windows under VMWare Fusion: Remapping your Keyboard to Create an Insert Key](http://www.applevis.com/guides/mac-apps/running-windows-under-vmware-
[Apple TV remote: 7 amazing shortcuts you need to know!](http://www.imore.com/top-shortcuts-you-need-know-when-using-your-apple-tv-remote?
[Jawbone’s ‘Up Coffee’ app tracks your caffeine intake, estimates when you’ll finally be able to sleep](http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/06/jawbone-up-
Episode 27 was a pleasure to listen to, as usual.
I would like to comment on a few points from the episode
• Subsidized phones are available in other countries outside the US. As buddy said, they are available in the UK. They are also available in Germany, Ireland
and other countries. My sister in Germany started a new bill contract recently: 30 euros per month = 40 dollars, for 200 minutes and texts to any mobile
network and landlines, 300 MB of data and the iPhone 5C for the equivalent of 1.35 Dollars.
My contract here in Ireland costs me the equivalent of 55 dollars per month, 350 flexible units, i.e. 350 minutes or 700 text messages to any network,
unlimited calls and messages to my own network, 2 Terabytes – yes, I said Terabytes, of data and the iPhone 5S for the equivalent of 199 Dollars.
Not bad at all!
One point which really surprised me in the episode was the comment about paying for incoming calls. Do you have to pay for incoming calls in the USA? The
only time I have had to pay for incoming calls was when I was abroad with a previous SIM card.
• Reading Marco’s article about switching back to Windows and the reactions to it are very interesting from a social perspective. There are the Windows users
who say: Ha, I knew it all along! Then there are the Mac users who say: don’t he dare point out imperfections in Macs! And then there are the Mac users who
say: I know what he means, but now I’m stuck with this thing.
I agree with Marco in his comment about the way Apple deals with reports and requests. Most replies I have got from Accessibility@Apple.com read something
like: “thank you for your interest. We will pass it on to the appropriate people, but we don’t know when and whether this will be fixed.” I have got some
very helpful personal emails but the majority read like templates. This, however, is no Apple speciality. I heard from a number of beta testers that Apple
knew about VoiceOver’s “Page-2 Issue” at a very early beta stage. It still has not been fixed, and this is frustrating.
One point in Marco’s article with which I do not agree at all is the criticism of the object interaction. One person said in the comment section that they
can’t use their Mac one-handed. I do not understand this. I work with quickNavigation and the TrackPad and can operate my MacBook Air quite well while
holding a cup of coffee in my left hand. This comment brought back memories of several installations using JAWS – routing teh JAWS cursor to the PC cursor
which does not move any further, then looking for my “Next” button with the JAWS cursor, then route the PC cursor to the JAWS cursor and activate the item.
And how many fingers on how many hands does it take to turn on the virtual cursor on a webpage? NVDA, too, requires at least two fingers on at least two
hands to navigate.
I think that the whole interaction argument is rubbish. I like interaction and think that I am much quicker than I am in Windows. However, this is all a
matter of taste.
I knew when I bought my Mac one year ago that I would need my Windows laptop for some tasks. Most of those tasks have now been moved to the Mac. I am a
researcher in phonetics and phonology and use symbols of the phonetic alphabet and am happy that voiceOver does not only read them but that I can access them
so easily on the standard keyboard. Great job, Apple!
Looking forward to your next episode! All the best and greetings from Ireland.
You talked about Spotify in this episode and that it is possible to listen to individual songs on the iPad but not on the iPhone. this is not a bug but is
advertized by spotify. I have heard in one of their ads “If you want to listen to individual songs, you can do this on your iPad.” or something like that.
all the best. Markus
From Jenine Stanley
Hmmm, I’m thinking this long winter has gotten to all of us. Listening to the February TCH, or Episode 27, whichever you choose to refer to it, you all
sounded just a tad worked up about life.
Granted, I pride myself in being just as cynical and jaded as you all, I have to say that you took it just a bit too far this time.
What Jenine? You, the Serotalk Fan Girl, saying we took it a bit too far? Whatever could you mean?
Well, in the discussion of the article about switching back to Windows, the whole issue of interaction under Mac’s Voice Over went to the dark side. You doth
protest too much.
My biggest adjustment when moving from Windows to Mac was the whole idea of interaction. I get the whole moving from a larger to a smaller thing but we move
from larger to smaller in IOS and don’t have the need to take this extra step. It’s just that too, an extra step. What would Mac VO look like if it operated
like VO does in IOS? I think that’s what many of us new to Mac but coming from IOS on our phones are thinking and becoming frustrated with.
The way you all were ranting though made it sound like we were unworthy for even thinking this way. It really would have turned me off on asking for help had
I not known that you guys are among some of the most helpful people out there when it comes to the switch. There was way too much justification of the method
for me and not enough empathy about yes, this is different and there may be some questions at first if you come from IOS world to Mac as many of us are
I’ve made the change over to Mac and am quite happy not to have my screen reader stopping at least twice a day in the middle of something and all the other
nice things that come with Mac. Do I like interaction? Truth? I don’t mind it now but do wish I could just explore the entire screen at once without having
to go in and out of interactions. that said, I do it because it’s there and things work but does that have to be the perfect way to do things?
Oh and I totally agree with you about the whole “God Bless you” thing and all interactions, human ones that is, being about the dog.
My answer to these people is usually to reflect back their attitude of benevelance by just saying “You too!” when being blessed.
Oh, all sorts of snark come to mind but in most cases, unless truly pushed, I’ll try to be nice. I have a dear friend who is an atheist. This kind of thing
just sends her around the bend because she feels she can’t ever argue and say that she is offended by being blessed but can’t say that because it will only
open up another avenue for evangelizing.
Well, let’s hope March brings us some interesting Apple news that doesn’t involve brow beating each other. Keep up the good work.
[Apple’s ‘attack detection mode’ would protect iPhone owners in emergency situations](http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/06/apples-attack-detection-
[2-year-old boy saves mom using FaceTime app](http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/03/10/2-year-old-boy-saves-mom-using-facetime-app/?
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