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Podcast 28: Sonos P3, Jaws16, iOS8 & the new Kindle range

Published: Sep 21st, 2014 in Podcast. No Comments

The team kick off with a chat about the new Bose Soundlink noise cancelling headset with up to 14 hours battery life, before conversation turns to the Sonos P3 music system and associated app.

Jaws16 beta is next up, and Léonie explains why dropping XP support has had a positive impact on Jaws’ responsiveness, before Kiran looks at the improved OCR feature for dealing with inaccessible PDFs. Discussion turns briefly to NVDA 2014.3 and its improved support for Office products including Outlook, Excel and Word.

Robin tells the others about the new Kindle range from Amazon, including the entry level Kindle, Kindle HD, Kindle Voyager and the souped up Kindle Fire HDX. Kiran and Léonie briefly discuss the Audible/Kindle Whisper Sync service, before the team turns its collective focus on iOS8 and the iPhone6/6+.

Léonie describes some of the new features in iOS8, including a new way to get Siri’s attention and the new medical ID capability. Robin is curious to know whether anyone has switched to the new Alex TTS, and is also impressed with improvements to the magnification/zoom capability in iOS8.

Kiran considers the reasons for buying an iPhone6/6+, including the Near Field Communication hardware that will make contactless payments possible, and the steady-cam capability of the iPhone6+. Robin is keen to know what the others think of the forthcoming Apple Watch, before the team wrap up with some happy speculation about the accessibility of hotels using a combination of iBeacons and NFC technology.

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