Why don’t the worlds of mainstream tech and accessibility tech ever seem to collide? Shelly Brisbin, who keeps one foot in each, wants to know. She and her guests from both worlds chew over the news and trends of the day, mixing in an accessibility perspective.



Latest Episodes

#51: Layers of Apple's Accessibility Onion

June 1st, 2021 · 67 minutes

We take a look at several preview announcements Apple made in late May. Unusually for the company, and for accessibility updates, the focus was on features we'll see later in the year.

#50: A Use for My 13th AirTag

May 26th, 2021 · 62 minutes

Apple AirTags have been in the wild for a few weeks now, and my guests have them. We talk about how and whether the little object-finders are useful, what using them is like, and how they work for blind users.

#49: Voices in the Cloud

May 11th, 2021 · 40 minutes

In its second-larges acquisition ever, Microsoft is buying Nuance Communications. Variously identified as a cloud AI company and a purveyor of speech-to-text tools like Dragon, Nuance is a leader in voices for screen readers. So. What does it all mean?

#48: The Trouble with Accessibility Overlays

April 29th, 2021 · 45 minutes

Traditionally, making web sites accessible began with coding pages to follow standards from the W3C. Now AI has been applied to this task in the form of accessibility overlays. But many people with disabilities say they sometimes compromise accessibility.

#47: It All Comes Down to Cats

March 20th, 2021 · 85 minutes

A platform that first entered many people's consciousness as the social network for teens and younger has become a place many creators and viewers find joy, and respite from some of the more toxic aspects of social media. We're talking TikTok.

#46: Welcome to the Clubhouse

February 27th, 2021 · 88 minutes

Clubhouse is the latest buzzy social network. Some call it "talk radio," some say it could replace podcasts, and some are just trying to have an accessible experience. This episode was recorded inside Clubhouse with guests who are learning their way.

#45: Like a Friend Sitting on My Shoulder

February 17th, 2021 · 33 minutes

Seeing AI, an app for iOS that provides AI-driven information to users with blindness and low vision, debuted to rapturous reviews in 2017. Today we're talking about how the newest version of the app uses the iPhone's LIDAR sensor.

#44: CES: In These Virtual Times

January 27th, 2021 · 33 minutes

What's it like to cover the biggest tech trade show of the year when it's virtual? We talk with Daily Tech News Show's Tom Merritt about how he did it, what he saw, and what he hopes for the next time CES rolls around.

#43: What Do Jazz Hands Look Like?

January 23rd, 2021 · 44 minutes

Audio description is a one-directional process, where the describer explains and the listener consumes. But what if you could make the relationship more dynamic, giving the AD consumer a way to ask questions? Meet the hosts of Talk Description to Me.

#42: Getting Productivity Done

December 29th, 2020 · 67 minutes

For many, Getting Things Done provides structure and a method for productivity. Your host is a stranger in this land, having used her own methods and tools to manage time and projects. My guests explain how a systematic approach has improved their lives.