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PCalc: A Powerfull and Accessible Calculator App for iPhone & Apple Watch - iBT 69

This episode is a look at the iOS App PCalc. It is a wonderfully accessible, powerful and efficient calculator for your iOS device that not only presents a full featured app but also an interface in your notification centre and on the Apple Watch. The app store description of the full version is below, however a free lite version is also available. Try the free version from which you can update just the specific components you need, or grab the full version of the app.

App Store Description

PCalc is the powerful choice for scientists, engineers, students, programmers, or indeed anybody looking for a feature rich calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode and multi-line display, a choice of button layouts, an extensive set of unit conversions and constants, a paper tape, multiple undo and redo, engineering and scientific notation, as well as support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations. Includes an Apple Watch app, so you can calculate on your wrist!

The developer James Thomson has done a fantastic job with the usability of the app and has also recently brought it to the Apple TV.

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Tripmode - iBT 68

Tripmode is a Mac app that allows you to control the data that your Mac uses whilst it’s connected to a mobile hotspot, or for that matter, any specific WiFi network. This episode takes a quick look at the app and discusses some of the benefits it will afford you.

Thanks go to Allison Sheridan of the Nosillacast Mac Podcast for highlighting the app, and bringing to my attention. Hope you enjoy the episode, and the app.

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LetterPad - iBT 67

LetterPad is a free and accessible iOS word game that offers an Apple Watch app.

App Store Description

LetterPad gives you 9 letters. Your task? Find the hidden words relating to the puzzle topic! * Work your way through over 200 puzzles * Create and share your own puzzles to stump your friends * New community made puzzles added regularly * Apple Watch support lets you play right on your wrist!

Click here to learn more and download the app.

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Voice Dream Mail - iBT63

On this episode I take an introductory look at the iOS app Voice Dream Mail. This app is free and from within you can purchase a subscription to unlock further features. Read on to see what the developer has to say about the app…

App Store Description

Voice Dream Mail works by speech and touch, so you can efficiently go through your email inbox without having to use your eyes. How It Works The app reads your email out loud using text-to-speech. You control it using the entire screen of your iPhone or iPad as a touchpad. For example, swipe right anywhere to advance to the next email, and swipe down to trash. Why It's Efficient Once you learn the handful of gestures, you will be able to triage your inbox very quickly. You know what to do with most emails after hearing the sender and subject. Because all commands can interrupt reading, it only takes a few seconds to handle each email. Plus, you can gradually increase speech rate: most people can listen at a higher speed than they can read visually.

Check out the app on the App Store to learn more and download.

Click here to play Episode 63


Update For Shortcuts Keyboard - iBT 60 Followup

Following up on my demo of the Shortcuts Keyboard App the developer has offered to drop the price to free again on March 3. If you haven’t already taken the opportunity to pick up the app, then I recommend grabbing it. If 3 March 2015 is history when you’re reading this and the price is back to it’s normal price , then pick it up anyway, it’s worth it.

You can visit Shortcuts Keyboard on the App Store to find out more about the app and get the app.

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Shortcuts Keyboard App - iBT 60

In this episode I take a look at the iOS app Shortcuts Keyboard.

An extremely useful third party keyboard for iOS 8.

App Store Description

Shortcuts Keyboard is a keyboard that allows you to add text based shortcuts to use in your favourite apps. It's great for quickly sharing an address of the party you're going to, your email address, and so much more! – Add your own text-based shortcuts – Works in your other apps such as Messages, email, and facebook messenger! Create shortcuts for quick access to sharing your email address, directions to your house, helpful information, or quick status updates such as, "Hey, I'm on my way, I'll be there soon!" or "There's a party tonight at 1 infinite loop around 7pm, think you can make it?"

Visit Shortcuts Keyboard on the App Store to read more and get the app.

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iTired - iBT 59

Welcome back to the iBlindTech Democast. The iOS app iTired is the subject of this episode. It’s a simple app which solves a simple yet annoying problem, simply and effectively.

App Store Description

Listen to audiobooks or podcasts in bed? Tired of waking up hours later and having to spend minutes to find out where you nodded off? iTired solves this problem by doing an alertness check every few minutes. If you don't respond, it stops playback and optionally rewinds to the time you were last alert. A simple solution to an annoying problem.

You can read the rest of the description and purchase iTired by clicking here.

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DoItWrite - iBT 55

Thanks to Hugo again on this episode of iBlindTech for his demo of the app DoItWrite.. The app is designed to help users of Voice Over learn to use the handwriting feature available under iOS 7. Many blind or vision impaired people have had little or no experience with standard handwriting and this app will help you improve your skills. The developer is Draconis Entertainment.

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Reminders and WWDC Look Back - iBT 52

In this episode of the iBlindTech Democast, I take a look at the builtin reminders app and go through some of the basics of using it. I show ow to create a New reminder, and show how to create different lists of reminders within the app amongst other things. I also share a recording myself and a few friends did post WWDC. I know this is a little late coming but in any case I hope you enjoy 
Once again, this episode of the iBlindTech Democast is brought to you by ProXPN. For 20% off your ProXPN subscription for the life of your account, use the code BLINDT when signing up at

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Earl App - iBT 48

This week I welcome Bill to the podcast to talk to us about this intuitive news reading app. He gives us a brief history of the development of the app and Angle LLC. We discuss the benefits and features along with what can be expected to be coming to Earl in the future. Bill also gives us some insight into the pricing structure for the Earl service subscription. You can try a fully functional version of the app out by downloading from the app store. The app is free to try at time of writing. This allows you to read three articles per day and this limitation is removed with a monthly or annual subscription.

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iFile for JailBroken Devices - iBT 47

Thanks to Hugo for this weeks episode on the app iFile. This app is for jailbroken devices and allows you to explore and work with the iOS file system. 

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Big Browser - iBT 46

In this weeks episode of iBlindTech, I interview Ryan Honey from the Braille Institute of America.

He joins us to tell us about their Big Browser app for low vision users of the iPad.
Click here to grab it for free from the app store.

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A Look at Robo-E - EP 44

This week I say thanks to Anonymouse for his look at the game Robo-E. It is available in the app store for about a dollar. Hope you all enjoy.   

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Looktell's VO Tutorial App - iBT 43

Thanks again to Hugo for his dedication. This week he brings us a demo of the new app from LookTell called VO Tutorial. This app takes you through some of the basics of using Voice over on your iOS device. Enjoy. 

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VO Starter App - iBT 40

This weeks episode of the iBlindTech Democast is brought to us by Hugo. He gives us a look at the app BO Starter. This is a useful app if you are very new to iOS. Hope you all enjoy.

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Podcasting with Amadeus Pro - iBT 37

We leave iOS behind for the first time this week. I wanted to share a demo of Amadeus Pro on the mac. I walk through creating a podcast and editing it. I explain some of the basic concepts with the app and show you some of the preferences I change. I show the basics of editing and putting together a series of audio pieces with AP. I assume you have a basic knowledge of the Mac and cover a number of the keyboard shortcuts used with Amadeus Pro. Hope you enjoy. 

Click here to play Episode 37