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A few tips for iOS 10 users

September 27, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Until iOS 10, users just use one button to unlock the screen by using On/Off switch and then swiping left to right brings up screen to enter pass code. Now that in iOS, swiping left to right brings up highlights of a few things like News, weather etc., and users are asked to Press home button.

Most of us feel that using physical buttons result in getting them spoiled sooner than later hence prefer to use them as less as possible. So what’s the other option? Using Assistive Touch would be helpful many ways. Some of the features that one can benefit using Assistive Touch are:

  • Activate home button
  • Activate Siri
  • Lock Screen
  • Control volume settings
  • Take a screenshot
  • Activate multi-tasking
  • VoiceOver/Magnifier can be enabled (if configured trip tap home button in the settings

What’s Assistive Touch

You can use AssistiveTouch to control your device, help you perform gestures like a pinch, multi-finger swipe, or 3D Touch, and use Siri.

How to enable AssistiveTouch

There are 3 ways to turn ON AssistiveTouch.

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch turn ON
  • Tell “Siri” to turn ON AssistiveTouch
  • It can be configured to be listed in Accessibility Shortcut menu (Triple tap home button); but this is something we may not want to use to turn ON using the physical button of the device

AssistiveTouch stays on top of your screen even when an application is running. It can be dragged to any part of the corner as needed.

Respond to a text message right from notification centre

This is an awesome feature but also something we need to be careful about. Now users can respond to a text message right from notification even when phone is locked.When a notification of new incoming message is displayed, there will be an option to “reply”; tapping this will bring up edit box to type a response. Only concern is what if a message is received seeking some important information when phone is theft. We need to be careful.

Good luck,

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Tip for people with low vision or blind: refer slides while presenting

September 11, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Usually in the conferences or training rooms, a podium is available on the stage for speaker so that he or she can refer to the notes or deck on their laptop. Now-a-days, culture of stage itself is going away and usually, laptop is connected somewhere and presenter will have a slide changer. There is no problem for sighted people where they can see the content on the projected screen; but challenging to people who are blind and low vision.

This is what I have been doing lately when I need to present at my work place or at a conference. I will have my slide deck available on my iPad (one can also use a android based tablet too) and refer my content and use slide changer to change deck for participants. Phone can be handy but not recommended for people with low vision, as the screen size is small, it will be difficult to refer.

Also, what I would usually do is share my slide deck in advance so in case there are any assistive technology users in my participants, they could benefit from it.

And when I am attending a training / conference, I usually ask presenters, if they can email me the deck or point me to a location where I can view. It doesn’t work always in case of conferences but in work places, it gets done. Other solution would be (this will help only low vision people) to login to digital conference like WebEx and view the slides.

Hope this helps someone.

Tip for low vision people: how to lid Agarabatti

September 8, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

It’s small but might help someone with low vision. As some of you may know, I’m a person with low vision. I love spending sometime every morning in our Puja room (a room where we pray); usually I offer flowers and decorate God. I much wanted to light agarabatti and Deepam (light with oil and cotton thread). But can’t use match stick as it gets heated very fast and possibility of burning my fingers. Lighter could be one option but somehow it did not work for me.

Today, I took Agarabatti, first lightened our gas stove with lighter and then lighted Agarabatti on the gas for a few moments. Yes, it worked!!

Excited. Next effort should be find a way to light Deepam. Anyone has thoughts, please write in!

Greetings on the occasion of Teacher’s day and Ganesh Chavithi

September 5, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

This year it is a sort of coincidence that two of my favorite auspicious occasions have come on the same day. That are Vinayaka Chavithi (birthday of Lord Ganesha) and Teachers day (birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan, Educationist and the 2nd President of India).

Clay Idol of Lord Ganesha

Clay Idol of Lord Ganesha

Vinayaka Chavithi is yet another festival which I enjoyed a lot during my childhood. We used to have at least half a day before the festival day declared as holiday at school. All of us children used to carry handful of bags and go around the village to collect leaves from several trees. Lord Ganesha loves leaves, fruits and flowers. Towards the evening, children gets home and help parents in decorating pooka place.

Next day (on the festival day), morning, we used to get ready in the traditional Indian cloths and perform Puja to lord Ganesha with all flowers, leaves etc., That followed by a delicious lunch with a rice based dish similar to idly called “Undrallu” in Telugu and a sweet that has made with Coconut.

Post lunch my friends (also relatives) specially Sailaja Duddu, Gayathri Vellanki and myself used to visit each and every house in our village and have Dashawn of Lord Ganesha in ach house. It was adorable to see great decorations in each house.

Below is a video of Vinayaka Chavithi pooja process in Telugu. Source: TelugOne.

“View a few recipes of food prepared on Vinayaka Chavithi

Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan

Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan

Teachers day is another auspicious occasion that I celebrate. September 5th, birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan, educationist and Former President of India is celebrated as “Teachers day” in India. This is an opportunity to express gratitude to teachers for all that they have done to uplift a student. In today’s scenario where both parents usually go to work, it’s teachers who actually empower children and drive in right direction. However, sadly, today there are lack of quality teachers in India and education has become a mere business in some parts. We should change this.

In my childhood, on the teachers day, we used to play role of teachers for one day and then felicitate our teachers and bow at their feet.

On this auspicious occasion, my sincere gratitude to all my teachers, who taught me in school, technology, accessibility, culture and everything.

I advice all children of today to be respectiful to your teachers and grab as much knowledge as possible. Still there are a lot of good teachers, let’s gain good advice and knowledge from them and prepare next generation of great teachers.

It’s also coincidence that Vinayaka Chavithi is also birth day of my father-in-law Late Shri. Jeelakarra Sathyanarayana Murthy Gary (Hema’s father); my sincere respects and we are sure he will shower his best blessings to us and our children.