Tech Abilities: Do You Need a Hero App? Facebook and Ray-Ban Smart Glasses or Not? Apple’s California Dreaming, Direct Touch Typing, Use Factors for the iPad Mini and Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective.

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The Tech Ability Team is in full force and we begin to show how we differentiate when it comes to styles, use factors and preferences. From buying out-right or on the trade up program, to Direct Touch Typing and using the Apple Watch, we all stand by our own way and we do get it that what works for you, works for you.

Raqi talks about her Ipad Mini purchase and her use factor, Serina dives deep into Direct Touch Typing, and the entire team gets up front and personal about the Apple event, California Dreaming. We do as we do and sometimes, not as we say. (Jeff snickers as Serina crosses her arms and looks away.)

What the heck is this Hero App from Ayes? Do we need a Hero? And how about Facebook and Ray Ban launching 20 styles of smart glasses? Or, are they really all that smart?

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Be sure to note that we use chapters so you can jump from topic to topic as you desire. The time stamp is also provided for reference as well. Here are the links and notes from this Tech Abilities episode:

  • Preamble with Chapter and phone announcements. 0:00
  • Let’s get this show started! 0:42
  • Hero App by Ayes – Gather Data for Blind People. Help out blind and visually impaired people by gathering data Grab images of intersections, pedestrian traffic lights and different difficult situations you encounter as a pedestrian while walking. The Hero app, provided by AYES, let you upload all these images and videos very easily. AYES will use the footage to make their algorithms even better and help out blind and visually impaired people with their mobility. 03:03
  • Introducing Ray-Ban Stories: First-Generation Smart Glasses Today, we’re excited to launch Ray-Ban Stories: smart glasses that give you a new way to capture photos and video, share your adventures and listen to music or take phone calls — so you can stay present with friends, family and the world around you. Built in partnership with Facebook and EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban Stories start at $299 USD and will be available for purchase in 20 style combinations. 07:33
  • California Streaming. 15:02
    • Apple TV Plus New series and seasons! 15:27
    • Apple Fitness Pilates and Guided Meditation added. Introducing guided meditation, with video and audio sessions. Available on 9.27. 15:42
    • Coming Soon: All together now. Group Workouts, powered by SharePlay, let you and up to 32 of your favorite people work out together. Cheer each other on or talk smack face to face. See when someone closes an Activity ring. And during HIIT, Treadmill, Cycling, and Rowing workouts, you get a notification when someone moves ahead of the pack on the Burn Bar. 16:44
    • iPad From $329 or $27.41/mo. 17:45
    • iPad Mini: A15 Bionic. 8.3-inch all-screen design. Ultrafast 5G. 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center. From $499 or $41.58/mo. for 12 mo. Stage. Touch ID. USB-C. Discover the new iPad mini.
    • How does Raqi utilize the iPad Mini? 19:04
    • iPhone 13 and 13 mini: Advanced dual-camera system. Ceramic Shield. A15 Bionic chip. Longer battery life. 23:39
    • iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max: The biggest upgrade ever to the Pro camera system. Take a good look. 23:39
    • Apple Watch 7. 34:49
  • Roll out of iOS 15. 41:16
  • Direct Touch Typing? 43:57
  • Typing on the Apple Watch Keyboard. 54:46
  • Do you use raise to speak? 61:19
  • Almost the End, however… 67:02
  • Adaptation Store Cane Sale this month! 70:01
  • Sopranos Now Has Audio Description on HBO. 75:55
  • We Be Done, Outro and Contact Information. 80:31
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