01.13.16

Is Apple TV Truly Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Viewers?

Posted in Announcements, New Media and Tech at 11:41 AM

I tackled the question of Apple TV accessibility for AccessWorld, the monthly magazine of the American Federation for the Blind.

12.14.15

One Feed to Rule Them All

Posted in Announcements, Podcast Appearances at 3:12 PM

You, dear reader, are used to seeing plugs for my podcast appearances here. That is a somewhat boring way to use a perfectly good blog, but I do like to get the word out, and I sometimes forget to post. I’m trying a new thing: a meter feed of podcasts on which I appear. You can subscribe to the feed, or to individual shows, which would be the more normal way to consume the noise I make. On the master feed, It include shows I host and produce, panels where I’m a regular, and other people’s podcasts where I’ve somehow managed to grab a mic. As I write this, I’m still adding “back catalog” to the master feed. I’m only going back to the beginning of 2015. The number is already above 50.

So, if you never want to miss one of my podcasts, copy this feed link into your podcastcher of choice, and prepare yourself.

12.11.15

The Parallel Returns

Posted in Announcements, Podcast Appearances at 3:30 PM

I had a great time making a new episode of The Parallel, with awesome guests Jason Snell and Joe Steinkamp. We chat about one of my favorite subjects, the art (or craft) of podcasting itself. How very meta of us.

11.19.15

November is “Podcast Every Single Day” Month

Posted in Announcements, Podcast Appearances at 9:27 AM

Time for another podcast appearance update. I’ve been doing a lot of recording.

Next up, I’ll be announcing availability of the iOS 9 book. 

10.14.15

Hey, I’m Writing for AccessWorld

Posted in Access and Disability, Announcements, New Media and Tech at 6:58 AM

I’m very excited to let you know that I’ve signed on as a contributor to the American Foundation for the Blind’s highly-regarded technology magazine, AccessWorld. My beats include tech products for low-vision users, and mobile stuff for both Android and iOS. My first piece is a review of the Revolution 22’, a hybrid consisting of a video magnifier and an Android tablet. It’s so much fun to be doing product reviews again!

09.24.15

Backdated Self-Promotion

Posted in General Store at 11:27 AM

A couple of things got by me on the self-promotion schedule. And, fair warning, there are more links coming. I’ve been doing a lot of writing and talking lately, and the products of those efforts tend to drop out of the sky in weird little clumps.

This week, I’ve been working on the update to my book, iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. I announced the iOS 9 edition, and that it will be available free to anyone who buys the iOS 8 edition. I’m hoping to release the new book next month.

While you wait, enjoy Maccessibility Roundtable #93, Another Stupid Visual Thing.

More episodes of The Parallel are coming your way. Thanks to those who have subscribed, and caused me to obsessively check podcast stats, the way I used to when I did a weekly show.

09.13.15

Apple Makes Stuff, I Talk About It

Posted in Podcast Appearances at 9:13 PM

My friends at Apple, for I must surely call any organization that has taken so much of my money in exchanged for shiny objects a friend, announced a lot of new shiny objects this week. And so, I podcasted about them on my own show, on a show where I’m a regular, and as a guest on someone else’s show.  Minimum show length? 1 hour. That’s the one I produced and edited. You’re welcome!

But Siri-ously. Do check them out, of they were fun shows to do:

Hey, if you’re sick of podcasts, check back on Wednesday. I’ll have book news.

 

09.02.15

This Week in Podcasts

Posted in Podcast Appearances at 12:14 PM

Dan Moren and Jason Snell were kind enough to invite me back on the Clockwise podcast for episode #102. Most of today’s topics come down to Apple in the entertainment realm. I also got to plug The Parallel to a new audience.

Instead of recording the Maccessibility Roundtable as usual tomorrow, we will do a show immediately after Tim Cook and company reveal their secrets, next Wednesday. So join us on the stream, and on Twitter with #volive.

Finally, speaking of The Parallel. I would love to have your feedback on the show, and who you want to hear from in future episodes. Leave a comment here or there.

08.30.15

Back in the Saddle: Check Out My New Podcast

Posted in Access and Disability, Announcements, New Media and Tech, Podcast Appearances at 10:59 AM

Lately, I’ve been rediscovering my love of podcasting. For those of you who don’t know, and that includes a surprising number of friends and colleagues, I produced my first podcast in 2004, and continued to make shows on the regular for the better part of the next nine years. I have guested on many podcasts, and was active in the first wave podcasting community; the enthusiasts and semi-pros who congregated at the first few New Media Expo events. Oh yeah. And I ran Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, which sadly folded after a year-and-a-half run. 

It’s weird to feel I need to summarize my podcasting resume, but I do feel that need. The real point is that after putting podcasting on the back burner as I hustled up writing work, and taught myself how to publish a book, I’m feeling drawn back into making audio. 

My new show, now at episode #2, is called The Parallel: a tech podcast with accessibility sprinkles. As a consumer and a participant in both the mainstream tech journalism world, and the accessible tech community, I’m never entirely at home with the ways the two interact. My show brings these communities together for a conversation about tech that is informed by accessibility, but not dominated by it. Check out episode #1 for a slightly more detailed explanation.

Give it a listen, and if there’s anyone you think I should invite on, get in touch. The host plus two guests from different perspectives format could lend itself to some interesting conversations.

08.24.15

Macessibility: It’s Like a Nunnery, but for Ghosts

Posted in Podcast Appearances at 7:37 AM

This is how we kill time until Apple’s next announcement. Actually, it was an interesting show. But we are waiting for the folks in Cupertino.

Maccessibility Roundtable #91

Too. I occasionally write on this blog. Check it out if you would.