Mobile Devices

Finally: High Contrast Black On Android (Root Required)

by Jeffrey Stark

March 23rd, 2017

If you have low vision or difficulty seeing screens with a white background and find invert to be innefective, there may be a really good reason to root your android phone. Substratum Theme Engine (root):   Substratum is a system based on Sony's Overlay Manager Service and the Layers project. In Practical terms what this […]

Project Proposal – Linking People With Disabilities Into Development (draft)

by Jeffrey Stark

March 20th, 2017

Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario       “Together We Are Stronger”                          #601-2 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1Y9 807-473-0909 (voice) or     March, 2017   Project Proposal For Random Hacks of Kindness – Ottawa – March 24-26   RHK matches up organisations that have a social impact, with […]

if we build it… will they come?

by Jeffrey Stark

March 8th, 2017

Hackathon Project … So here is the question, if we build it… will they come? In Canada, Is there a need for connecting people with disabilities willing to do user testing with people looking for user testing?  It is our thought that people would be more willing to do user testing if offered a small […]

Travelling as A Blind Uber Rider in Canada

by Jeffrey Stark

September 25th, 2016

For those who have been unsure about trying out Uber or how well it works.  I want to assure you that it is a fantastic service.  As a blind person, I don’t drive and therefore only have public transit, taxis and the good will of others as transport options.  It is great to have other […]

Session Notes: Android Accessibility Walk Through

by Jeffrey Stark

June 23rd, 2016

Android Accessibility Walk Through Presented By Jeffrey D. Stark Workshop presented At the CCB Halifax Conference on Low Cost Solutions For People Who Are Blind Or Have Low Vision   Vision & Android •Android supports features for Sight,  Sound, Physical & Cognitive Digital Inclusion for people with disabilities.  This session will cover vision related topics […]

Notes From Session I Gave – Overview Of Android For Blind and Low Vision Usedrs

by Jeffrey Stark

May 7th, 2016

Jeff spoke about setting up an android device.  He talked about the tremendous amount of customisation available  and how you can customize your device and make many different changes.  For example, You can disable lock screen and you can change the home screen.  There are choices for Text to Speech.  The way you interact with […]

List Of App Recommendations For Blind And Partially SightedAndroidUsers

by Jeffrey Stark

August 23rd, 2015

Often I get asked what apps I use or which ones I would recommend.    After just switching from my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the OnePlus +1 Android Phone, I was forced to ask myself what apps do I want to install on the new phone and which ones I could do without. I used a […]

Get A Better Desktop Experience By Tricking Websites Into AutomaticallyShowing You The Mobile View

by Jeffrey Stark

July 18th, 2015

While having access to an accessible desktop website is great, Often the standard views of websites are just too cluttered and full of a massive amount of information, links and buttons.  However, anyone who’s visited a website with their mobile phone may have noticed that websites auto detect that you are using a mobile phone […]

The Inverting Feature On iOS & Android Doesn’t Meet The Needs Of Low Vision Users

by Jeffrey Stark

June 27th, 2015

If you look at all the products out there for partially sighted people it becomes very obvious that they all have a mechanism for presenting you with bright text on a dark background.  You will also notice that some of the recent operating systems have attempted to bridge the gap of what a low vision […]

Getting Touchy Feely with the Beta Version of the Blackberry Screen Reader on the Q10 / v10 of the blackberry OS (bbOS)

by Jeffrey Stark

March 21st, 2014

At the time of writing this article, the Blackberry v10 Operating System and suite of devices has just got interesting to the community of blind mobile users because in the last few months Blackberry has released the Blackberry Screen Reader for v10 in beta.  The screen reader comes pre-installed for free on the latest version […]