G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Weekend Roundup for 26 October 2014

Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …

OS X Links

OS X Yosemite
Still a bunch of articles about Yosemite – the new version of Mac OS X – which was released last week. Don’t forget to take a look at our Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup.

Top 10 Hidden Features of OS X Yosemite

Customizing Yosemite for a Low Vision User (Yosemite Accessibility Overview)

‘OK, Mac’: Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite

Using widgets in OS X Yosemite’s new Notification Center

Dictation Commands in OS X Yosemite

Nuance expects Dragon Dictate 4 update to support OS X Yosemite available by first week of November

An Open Letter to Apple Regarding Xcode’s Accessibility to VoiceOver Users, and a
followup/addendud from another VoiceOver Xcode user.

Using Automator with Voice Commands (How to Control Keynote with Your Voice)


iOS Links

Audio Demo of adding a card to Apple Pay using the iPhone camera

New Switch-Adapted Bluetooth Speakerphone from RJ Cooper.

‎iStabiliser TabArm for iPad, iPad Mini, and iPhone 6, would work great for mounting on wheelchair, etc.

Keedogo: Child-Friendly iPad Keyboards for iOS 8

Visually Impaired? There’s an App for that

Perform OCR Directly From Your Photos Or Camera App Using Prizmo On iOS 8

Smart Apps For Special Needs: Good Free App of the Day: Completely FREE app teaches life and social skills

Proloquo2Go 3.0.5 from AssistiveWare gives you a Scottish accent and more

Proloquo2Go on an iPad
Proloquo2Go, a symbol-supported communication app, is another of AssistiveWare’s products.

Smart Apps For Special Needs: Top Ten Apps for Auditory Processing: Updated!

Home Automation / Internet Of Things

August Smart Lock goes on sale at Apple retail stores this week

Light your home intelligently with the ilumi LED Smartbulb [Deals]

Review: Belkin WeMo LED Lighting plays nice with the WeMo system

Crowdfunding Campaigns

BodyEcho – Reclaim Your Sleep With Serious Sleep Tracking by OxiRate Inc.


Sleep Shepherd: Sleep better tonight. Feel better tomorrow. by Michael Larson

Tempi – A Small Bluetooth Thermometer for Smartphones by Arif Quronfleh

Automate your blinds with a smart control kit in <15 min by Tilt My Blinds


Other Links

If Just One Person Believes In You … a lovely song which should definitely be about presuming competence …

Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:

iOS 8 Keyboards for Accessibility

Fiona is Learning to Communicate

Did you see anything else online that I missed? Leave a comment or drop me a line!

– Ricky

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