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Notes Installing ChromeFlex

If you have never heard of ChromeFlex it is a way to turn that older desktop or laptop into a working ChromeBook. This is now easier to do as Google acquired a company who was doing this on their own. This will give a new life to that older desktop or laptop and in a way that is secure & easy to use. Once you have it fully installed, when you power on that desktop or laptop, you will have a fully working Chromebook, & none of this setup stuff to deal with. Recently a new version of ChromeFlex was made available. I tried the version that was released earlier this year, but as that was more of a preview and bugs were not worked out yet, I didn't get very far into installing it. I decided to give it another try with the new version that is supposed to work with a wider variety of hardware. Most people will be using ChromeFlex on older desktops & laptops anyway. Just to check, I ran the install in a test it out mode and it didn&

March 2022 List Apps I Use On Android

This is a list of apps I have installed on my phone, which is currently the Nokia X100 running android 11. I am totally blind and these apps work for me when using TalkBack. I am providing links to these apps on the web version of the Google Play Store. If you use the Play Store App on your device, search for the names of each app. Some of these apps will be pre-installed on your Android phone or device but I list them here as sometimes they might not be, just depends on the device. I also interact with my phone using a bluetooth or USB keyboard, just depending on the need & where I am. Don't let anyone tell you how to use your Android device. The best way is the way that works best for you. I use touch for some things & an external keyboard for others. I do like that as soon as you connect an external keyboard, TalkBack will change its usage hints to ones based on using an external keyboard. As soon as you disconnect & go back to using the on-

No More Chrome Cast with Google TV For Me

At first, I was excited about the idea of the Chrome Cast with Google TV. I was previously using a Mi Box as my streaming device & while I had it setup and doing what I wanted, I was having to restart it twice, each time I turned it on for the first time in a few days. Once the Chrome cast with Google TV arrived I was looking for directions on how to set it up with TalkBack enabled. All of the online information I was finding said to set it up via the Google Home app. At that point, being one of the first few to get a Chrome Cast with Google TV, the really easy way to set it up with TalkBack enabled wasn't widely known yet. Sometimes with these devices, the setup is just as simple as an Android phone. After you connect the remote to the device, all one had to do was to hold down both volume keys. Its just something to try to remember for other devices in the future. Once things were working, I was happy to learn through Google magic, my Netflicks &am

Freedom With Aira

I signed up with Aira a week or two ago and have just been using it around home. Things like identifying packages in our mail room, taking pictures of cats etc.. Today I went to CVS here in Kansas City to get my booster shot & had planned in advance to use Aira & it was a sense of freedom that I have not felt in a long time. I took Uber from our apartment to CVS & once I felt us driving into the parking lot, I opened Aira on my Nokia X100 and told the agent that we are pulling up to CVS and that I need help in getting from Uber to inside of CVS. She held on until I was getting out of the car. At this point, the Uber driver asked if I needed help getting inside. I was so happy to say I've got someone connected to my phone that is going to help me do that. This is an issue I've had for years as a guy who is totally blind. Sure a Taxi, Uber, Lyft or someone can get me to an address, but which way do I go from there? In the past that m

Nokia X100 Review

Nokia X100 Tmobile 5 out of 5 stars I recently purchased the Nokia X100 from Tmobile. It seems that is the only place in the US to buy this phone, which is okay for my needs, as I am a Tmobile customer. What led me down the road to getting this phone was the disappointment in the delay of getting Pixel 6 Pro phones to the Tmobile store, the price of the 6 Pro, & the list of issues that are being experienced. I first wanted one but started to look to see what else in the Android world was out there. I found the Nokia X100 one day while browsing around & took a look at the specs, 6GB Ram & 128GB storage. I thought wow, that's pretty good and in a phone that was only $252. I got to thinking, I wonder if as a blind guy, if the apps that I use would run okay enough on this phone. First, let me say I was only looking for what will work for me. I'm totally blind so the quality or performance of the video quality on the phone's s

The Eight Voices Of Android

The Eight Voices Of Android You might not know but your Android phone has eight different sounding voices you can pick from for use with Talkback or other Accessibility services. They are free and are likely already a part of your phone. There are voices still available for purchase on the Play Store from third party sources. The problem is they are older & haven't been updated in over two years. That is related to when Android started to require apps be created in a 64 bit programming mode which left some of these third party sources behind as they didn't or couldn't make the move to change how their app was written. While many of these third party text to speech engines still work on Android 12 they are buggy and don't provide a great experience these days as they once did. Thankfully Google has developed what is currently called Speech Services By Google which does just more than Text To Speech. They have eight very clear sounding v

Using Netflix With TalkBack

I didn't realize until today while using Netflix on Android with TalkBack enabled, I can now easily move around to the settings while a show or movie is playing. Once upon a time one had to find a small part of the screen to double tap on for a list of options to appear. If you didn't make a selection fast enough, the options would disappear. Now you can swipe left or right to volume controls, audio & language settings & much more. I'm using the current version of Netflix on an up to date Pixel 4 running Android 11. If you have an external keyboard connected you can also use the following keyboard commands. Using keyboard shortcuts on Netflix The following shortcuts are supported by Netflix. Action Keyboard shortcut Play / Pause Space bar Full screen F Exit full screen Esc Rewind 10 seconds Left arrow Fast forward 10 seconds Right arrow Increase volume Up arrow Decrease volume Down arrow Mute M Skip in