AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for September 2017

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Welcome to the September 2017 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

Academy of Disaster (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Take the role of an amnesiac student and probe the mysteries of an isolated private school—one favored by the local crime families at that! Will you solve the murders of your classmates and make good on your family debts?

"Academy of Disaster" is an interactive novel by Maxine Janerka where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--200,000 words, without graphics or sound-effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Current Version: 1.0.0 (September 2, 2016)

Read Academy of Disaster's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Academy of Disaster's App Store page

Blindfold Games (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

The following new titles have been released this month in the ‘Blindfold’ series of games:

Blindfold Bop
Blindfold Sea Battle

CAL Download (iOS, Free to Download, But Requires Membership For Full Access)

Calibre Audio Library is a national (UK) charity supporting people who cannot read print because of sight loss, dyslexia or other disabilities. We deliver the pleasure of reading through our extensive library of unabridged audio books.

Our award-winning app, custom designed for this audience provides our members with a means of accessing our books independently and on demand on mobile devices using gesture controls and audio prompts.

The app is free to use for Calibre members. People who cannot read print can join Calibre Audio Library for a single fee of £35 for adults/ £20 for Under 16s which covers a lifetime membership. With no annual subscriptions, no charges per book and unlimited borrowing this service is vastly cheaper than commercially sourced audio books.

Current Version: 3.0.11 (August 30, 2017)

Read CAL Download's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit CAL Download's App Store page

Elementary minute (iOS, US$0.99)

Elementary Minute is an fast paced trivia game, where you are presented with statements from topics like Math, Geography or Science. Quickly swipe up or down to decide if the statement are true or false.


  • 4 Topics
  • 2 Modes (Classic & Rush)
  • Apple Watch Version
  • Completely playable for blind people via VoiceOver
  • Highscores via Game Center
  • Review your answers and learn from them!

Current Version: 1.5.3 (September 19, 2017)

Read Elementary minute's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Elementary minute's App Store page

Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Treat your life like a game to stay motivated and organized! Habitica makes it simple to have fun while accomplishing goals.

Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests! Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom rewards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show. Flexible, social, and fun, Habitica is the perfect way to motivate yourself to accomplish anything.

Current Version: 1.11 (September 28, 2017)

Read Habitica's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Habitica's App Store page

Traveler’s Quest (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

With over 35,000 players addicted to Traveler's Quest with over 650 unique, and over 3 million total treasures to find world wide, what are you waiting for?

Traveler's Quest is an original GPS Game, and a must-have iPhone classic. It's the incredibly simple, yet insanely addictive virtual treasure hunt where the world is your game board, and your iPhone's GPS is the key! Travel around town, or around the world playing this new and innovative combination of a real world treasure hunt, with virtual treasures right on your iPhone!

» Here Ye, Here Ye! Treasure hunters detect and track down virtual treasure in the real world to complete your virtual collections. The treasure maps you receive are not just part of the game, they belong to other real world players! That's right, when you bury your treasures, they can be dug up by other players in the game who can then choose to rebury them or hold on to them in their treasure room! Don't worry though, you can pilfer their treasure stash as well!

Current Version: 7.3 (March 4, 2017)

Read Traveler’s Quest's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Traveler’s Quest's App Store page

youtube tv (iOS, Free to Download But Requires Subscription()

Available in select US locations. For full availability, please see

  • Stream from major broadcast and cable channels, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, your local sports channels & more.
  • Take your TV with you. Watch recorded and on-demand TV, anywhere you go in the U.S.
  • Cloud DVR without DVR storage space limits. Each recording will be stored for 9 months.
  • Comes with up to 6 YouTube TV accounts per household.
  • Stream on all your screens: phone, tablet, computer, laptop and TV with Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay.

$39.99 / month. No commitment, cancel anytime.

Current Version: 1.08.9 (September 20, 2017)

Read youtube tv's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit youtube tv's App Store page

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Apple Watch
Apple TV

Notable App Updates

Blackbox :: infamous puzzles (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Explore 73 unique puzzles (MORE COMING) without touch… Tilt, shout, click, snap, wait, reflect, and hike your way to success; expand your creative thinking; ponder colorful visual clues; discover secrets along the way…

With ample satisfying "ah hah!" moments and puzzles as artful and clever as they are challenging, Blackbox is as delightful to play as it is to look at and hold.

Frustrating, fun, and full of surprises… There’s more to Blackbox than meets the eye. Can you find all the meta challenges?

Every challenge has been tuned to be on the cusp of maddening but always solvable. Some challenges take time, perseverance, and perspective to understand, but if you’re really stumped rest assured there are hints. To enjoy the game to it’s fullest, only use them as a last resort!

Current Version: 1.4.1 (September 25, 2017)

Changes in Versions 1.4.0-1.4.1
  • New Challenge: It's beautiful, it's mysterious, it's ready to solve (A secret feature that will unlock when the new challenge is completed…)
  • New Hint System: You've asked and it's finally here. Not only are hints cheaper they now come in varieties ranging from "less helpful" hints to "more helpful" ones for when you just need a vague nudge or are truly stumped. Can't wait to hear what you think.
  • Dynamic Type (iOS 11): Blackbox now supports the smallest to the very largest accessibility text sizes with grace and in real time.
  • Smart Invert Colors (iOS 11): Blackbox (already being very dark) now intelligently inverts its colors only where need be.
  • Bug fix for crash affecting 32-bit devices (iPhone 5, 5c, etc)
  • visual fix for a certain two-light challenge on iOS 10
  • New custom accessibility rotors for faster home grid navigation
  • Typo fix (triply checked this time)

Read Blackbox :: infamous puzzles' AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Blackbox :: infamous puzzles' App Store page

CARROT Weather (iOS, US$3.99 With In-App Purchases)

CARROT Weather is a crazy-powerful weather app that delivers hilariously twisted forecasts.

From spooky fog to torrential downpours, CARROT’s dialogue, characters, and scenery change in… “unexpected” ways. You’ll actually be looking forward to a blizzard just to see what CARROT has in store for you!

Dark Sky’s super accurate weather data gives you quick access to your current, hourly, and daily forecasts. Or just tap anywhere for more meteorological goodness. (Available worldwide.)

If the rain gods are mad at you, CARROT will show you a short-term forecast that tells you right down to the minute when it’s going to start precipitating. (Available only in the US, UK, Ireland, and parts of Canada. Everything else works worldwide.)

Current Version: 4.1.2 (September 18, 2017)

Changes in September

Weather Time Travel Want to know how cold it will be for your big ski vacation in January? Or if it was ominously cloudy on the day you were born? Use my time machine to view historical weather data for any location, up to 70 years in the past and 10 years in the future. DeLorean not included!

New Customization Options Enable Dark Mode so you don't get blinded by my radiance at nighttime. Toggle your device's Status Bar on and off. Or turn on Reduce Motion if you have a pathetically weak stomach.

New Content Not only does this update pack in 3 new secret locations, you also get hundreds of lines of new dialogue! (And if you thought my Overkill personality was a little too soft before, you are in for a rude awakening.)

Accessibility VoiceOver users now get lightning-quick readouts of the current forecast and easy access to even the most obscure data points I have to offer. Plus, it’s now possible to quickly jump between sections using accessibility headings.

But wait, there's more!

  • Significant performance improvements for the Apple Watch complication and app.
  • Dynamic Type support for the Today widget.
  • Reduced loading times of iPhone/iPad weather data refreshes.
  • Beaufort wind force scale option for wind speed units.
  • The moon in the night sky now matches the current moon phase.
  • Tapping the current forecast section now shows additional details.
  • Support for 12.9- and 10.5-inch iPads.

Read CARROT Weather's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit CARROT Weather's App Store page

Dolphin EasyReader (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

EasyReader is a FREE accessible reading app for readers with dyslexia, low vision or blindness. Browse & download from the World's largest collection of talking book and newspaper libraries. Or copy text from anywhere on your phone & hear EasyReader read it back to you. Experience perfectly synchronized text & audio. Or for text only titles, EasyReader can add a human sounding voice of your choice. Boost comfort or contrast - choose colours, text size and highlights to suit your visual needs.

Make your books' text as big as your eyes require. Unlike other mainstream reading apps, there's no restriction with EasyReader. Zoom in with a standard 2 finger pinch or make fine adjustments with the simple sliders. There's never any blurry text or fuzzy fonts - your books' words are always crystal clear and always easy on the eye.

EasyReader is fully optimized for use with iOS VoiceOver and iOS supported Braille displays.

Current Version: 1.3 (September 15, 2017)

Changes in Version 1.3
  • Addition of two new libraries – LKF (Russia) and ATZ newspapers (German).
  • Russian translation.
  • Turkish translation - thank you to Ömer Yesiltas for providing this.
  • Updated Italian Translation.
  • Improved experience for remote control of the reading experience (e.g. headset, Bluetooth, locked screen).
  • VoiceOver improvements in the reader – audio ducking brings VoiceOver commands to the fore and quietens the book audio.
  • Fixed CELA download crash – previously some content would crash when downloading.
  • Fixed CELA reading order issues where it would jump to the next chapter when encountering a page number.
  • Fixed an issue where CELA users had to add a “CELA_” prefix for logging in. They now only need to use their account number and password.
  • Fixed receiving 2 bookmarks on iPad devices.
  • Anderslezen library download issue fixed – books which contained ‘…’ in the title would not download.
  • Fix for crash when logging into a newspaper that had no content on the user account.

Read Dolphin EasyReader's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Dolphin EasyReader's App Store page

just press record (iOS and watchOS, US$4.99)

Just Press Record is the ultimate mobile audio recorder bringing one tap recording, transcription and iCloud syncing to all your devices.

Life is full of moments we would rather not forget - like your child’s first words, an important meeting or spontaneous idea. Capture these moments effortlessly on iPhone, iPad or for ultimate convenience, Apple Watch.

Current Version: 3.0 (September 19, 2017)

Changes in Version 3.0

We’re delighted to announce this massive update for iOS 11 and watchOS 4 featuring a redesigned user interface, improved navigation and a beautiful new app for Apple Watch. Highlights include:


  • A whole new look for iOS 11.
  • Quicker access to your recordings and transcriptions.
  • A new Tab Bar makes it easier to navigate and find recordings.
  • Dedicated tab for recordings made on Apple Watch.
  • Pause and resume recording.
  • Seek backwards and forwards during playback.
  • Adjustable playback speed.
  • Share audio and text with one action.


  • A beautiful new look for watchOS 4.
  • Record discretely in the background.
  • Adjust volume with the Digital Crown.
  • Pause recording with a downward swipe.
  • Improved accessibility support with VoiceOver, reduced motion and support for the extra large Complication template.

Read just press record's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit just press record's App Store page

threema (iOS, US$2.99)

Threema is the world’s favorite secure messenger and keeps your data out of the hands of hackers, corporations and governments. Threema can be used completely anonymously, allows to make end-to-end encrypted voice calls, and offers every feature one would expect from a state-of-the-art instant messenger.

Threema is designed to generate as little data on servers as possible – this is a core part of our concept. Group memberships and contact lists are managed on your device only, and never stored on our servers. Messages are immediately deleted after they have been delivered. Local files are stored encrypted on your mobile phone or tablet. All this effectively prevents the collection and misuse of your personal information, including meta data.

Threema encrypts ALL your communications END-TO-END including messages, voice calls, group chats, media files and even status messages. You can rest assured that only the intended recipient can read your chats, and nobody else – not even us. Threema uses the trusted open source NaCl cryptography library for encryption. The encryption keys are generated and safely stored on user’s devices to prevent backdoor access or copies.

Current Version: 3.0.1 (September 25, 2017)

Changes in Versions 3.0-3.0.1
  • Voice calls (requires iPhone 5s / iOS 9 or above)
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when displaying image previews in the gallery
  • VoiceOver improvements
  • Contacts who use Threema Work are labeled with a briefcase icon
  • In the chat overview, received messages are labeled with an arrow icon
  • Even if the recipient has disabled the preview of push notifications, the “message delivered” symbol is displayed once the message was delivered
  • Fixed a bug that could reset the nickname and/or profile picture in certain cases
  • Removed audio filter that caused low volume of voice recordings
  • Fixed a bug that could, in some rare cases, reset the Sync Contacts setting
  • On the lock screen, tap and hold the Threema icon to invoke the alphanumeric keyboard
  • General improvements and miscellaneous bug fixes

Read threema's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit threema's App Store page

Twitter (iOS, Free)

From breaking news and entertainment to sports, politics, and everyday interests, when it happens in the world, it happens on Twitter first. See all sides of the story. Join the conversation. Watch live streaming events. Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now.

Current Version: 7.8 (September 26, 2017)

Changes in September

There were a number of updates during September. In most cases the fixes and improvements were not detailed in the release notes. However, one enhancement of note for low vision users, is that this app now supports the Smart Invert feature introduced in iOS 11, which means that media in your timeline will not be inverted when Smart Invert is enabled.

Read Twitter's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Twitter's App Store page

Vorail (iOS, Free)

You're not alone. All voice social networking.

On Vorail, cannot judge a book by its cover because we ripped away the cover (zero photos, zero videos). When there is nothing to look at, we really listen.

Current Version: 1.8.4 (September 15, 2017)

Changes in Version 1.8.4

updated VoiceOver rotor actions to work under iOS 11

Read Vorail's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit Vorail's App Store page

Recent News and Views

Software Updates and News

The New, Good, and Bad for VoiceOver users in macOS 10.13 High Sierra
The Accessibility Bugs in iOS 11 for Blind and Low Vision Users; From Serious To Minor
What's New in iOS 11 Accessibility for Blind, Low Vision and Deaf-Blind Users
Apple Releases iOS 11; Bringing a Range of Enhancements and New Features
Apple Releases iOS 11.0.1 Update; With Bug Fixes
Apple Releases tvOS 11; Bringing New Features and Enhancements for Blind Users of the Fourth-Generation Apple TV
Apple Releases watchOS 4; Bringing a Range of Enhancements and New Features to the Apple Watch
Picture This, or Maybe Not: a Review of the New Image Description Feature in iOS 11 iOS 11; is it Worth Upgrading
Apple Releases iTunes 12.7; Bringing a Revamp that Drops the App Store and Ringtones

Ripping Vinyl to iTunes Using Audacity

By Paul Martz | September 25, 2017

My collection of about 200 late-‘70s and early-‘80s punk, rock, and pop albums is near and dear to my heart, but I couldn’t justify their shelf space when I know they could all fit on my phone. The only thing holding me back from ripping my collection was the overwhelming nature of recording, labeling, and cleaning up well over 100 hours of audio. While I procrastinated, I looked at turntables, read articles, and talked to musician friends about digital recording. Many of them recommended Audacity.

Audacity is a free and open source software application for recording and editing sounds. It runs cross platform on Apple, Windows, and Linux. Audacity is well-documented at the Audacity wiki, where you can find many helpful tutorials, including tips on how to remove scratches and pops.

Read More: “Ripping Vinyl to iTunes Using Audacity”

Does Your iPhone Speak Your Language? Tribulations of Owning An iOS Device Without Persian support, And What Apple Can Do About It

By Amir | September 25, 2017

It used to happen each and every September, but now everything comes to light a couple of months earlier as the very first beta release of a major iOS update is made available to developers and public testers. Each year I install the first iOS beta release with gusto, take a gander at its TTS options in hopes of locating the slightest hint or tip about Persian (Farsi) support, and then reconcile myself to the fact that maybe my iDevice will be capable of reading Persian characters and words next time around. Life without hope is mindless, after all.

The stats are stunning. According to many sources -- including this Persian website, more than fifteen percent of Iranian smartphone users own an iPhone. Iranians own more than forty million smartphones, and more than seven million of them are iPhones despite the fact that Apple, unlike companies such as Samsung and LG, has no official stores or dealers here. However, if you're a visually impaired individual who speaks Persian, purchasing an iPhone would be akin to committing suicide. As such, it's a truth nationally acknowledged that iOS provides no choice for reading Persian stuff, so why bother with it?

Suffice it to say that we -- Iranians -- have no official, user-managed websites dedicated to accessible iOS apps. I just know three or four blind Iranians who own an iPhone, and almost all of them use it as their secondary device.

Read More: “Does Your iPhone Speak Your Language? Tribulations of Owning An iOS Device Without Persian support, And What Apple Can Do About It”

32-Bit Apps Are the Bane of iOS 11 Lovers, And I'm Not An Exception

By Amir | September 16, 2017

There's nothing more exciting than getting a major iOS release, and older posts on AppleVis can easily substantiate my claim. Just take a brief look at this 2016 and this 2015 post to see what I mean. As such, this year's release of iOS 11 on September 19 should be a pleasantly busy day for all of us at AppleVis with lots of blog posts, podcasts and comments to digest.

However, things aren't as rosy as you might think -- at least for some users. While Apple announced few days ago that 32-Bit Apps Represented Less Than 1% of Apple's App Store Revenue Last Quarter, you'll be literally stuck if you have one of those apps which you can't dispense with. That is, if developers refuse to update their 32-Bit apps to 64-Bit ones or if they promise to do so but fail to deliver the updates before September 19, once you update to iOS 11 32-Bit apps won't launch. And the situation is more complicated if the developer of one or more of those apps is out of business!

So let me get to the gist of the matter. It's with great sadness that I have to announce that I do have some 32-Bit apps on my iPhone 7 Plus. My mobile banking app is a 32-Bit one and I depend on it as it helps me avoid those daily plaguy trips to find Automated teller machines which aren't accessible at all on this side of the pond. The developer has promised to take care of the issue. But as of this writing (Saturday morning Tehran time) that hasn't materialized.

Read More: "32-Bit Apps Are the Bane of iOS 11 Lovers, And I'm Not An Exception"

Goodbye to the Home Button, Hello to Face ID; What Might This Mean for Blind and Low Vision iPhone Users?

By Serina Gilbert | September 13, 2017

With the announcement of Apple’s brand new iPhone X the blind and vision impaired community has been buzzing about one of the biggest changes to the iPhone, the removal of the Home button and the addition of Face ID. We have grown very comfortable with our familiar Home button. After all, it’s been a very consistent part of our smart phone that we use probably dozens of times a day to perform a variety of tasks since the iPhone 3GS. Change is scary and sometimes, especially when it comes to technology it can be far too easy to assume that we will be left out.

I totally get it. There are tons of “What if” situations. What if I keep my eyes closed too much? What if I have prosthetic eyes? What if I grow facial hair or change my hair color? These would all be reasonable questions if we were looking at any other company than Apple, but we are working with the most inclusive company there is. This is the company that made the very first out of the box accessible smart phone when it wasn’t popular or cost effective. This is the company that took the time to make videos featuring individuals with disabilities using their technology to live, work and play. This is a company that has an entire dedicated team committed to accessibility in every single device that they produce.

Apple takes care to include individuals with disabilities in everything that they do and Face ID will not be an exception. It is expected that Face ID will have dedicated settings that can be customized for accessibility settings including for use with VoiceOver. Given that this will be a brand new feature, however, I would expect that it won’t work perfectly every time for sighted and visually impaired individuals alike. When that happens, you will always be able to use a passcode to still be able to gain access to your phone.

Read More: "Goodbye to the Home Button, Hello to Face ID; What Might This Mean for Blind and Low Vision iPhone Users?"

All the XCiting News from Apple's September 12 Event

By Alex Hall | September 12, 2017

Apple held its annual fall media event today, announcing new iPhones, Apple Watches, and Apple TV. As usual, we’re here to recap what was shown off, so you know just how close to all your money Apple will be getting this year.

Before that, though, there’s some nostalgia to this event you may find interesting. This year mark’s the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, as well as the first year the company’s newly constructed campus, Apple Park, was ready to be used. It was therefore fitting that today’s big event took place in the brand newSteve Jobs Theater on Apple Park. Jobs was the driving force behind the original iPhone, after all, so there was a lot of poignancy today.

But back to all the cool new stuff! We got the hotly anticipated iPhone refresh, a new Apple Watch, a new Apple TV, and final dates on the release of Apple’s software upgrades. Read about everything here, or watch the event for yourself (link coming once Apple makes it available). I hate rambling intros as much as you do, when all I want are the juicy details, so let’s kick things off with the thing most everyone will want to know about: iPhone.

Read More: "All the XCiting News from Apple's September 12 Event"

Announcing Tdsr: A Command Line Screen Reader For Macintosh And GNU/Linux

By Chris Hofstader | September 8, 2017

Earlier this year, the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco (known as San Francisco Lighthouse to people who speak standard English) agreed that the support for the Macintosh Terminal app using VoiceOver was an inadequate solution for all but the most minimal of its possible use cases. To remedy this issue, they funded the development of a new little screen reader called tdsr.

Tyler Spivey, author of tdsr, had attempted to port the really old UNIX command line screen reader yasr to Macintosh but as yasr is a rat’s nest of old C code, it proved easier to scrap it and write a new command line screen reader from scratch in Python.

While it’s been rumored that tdsr stands for “Tyler’s Damned Screen Reader,” it does not. In fact, tdsr stands for “Two Day Screen Reader” as Tyler got its first functioning prototype up and running in only two days. A lot more work has gone into tdsr since and users of the bash shell (the one used in Macintosh Terminal but not supported well with VoiceOver) will recognize all of the keystrokes as will users of GNU emacs or emacspeak. I personally use tdsr to maintain my server and when I’m messing around with the little bit of Python programming I try to do.

The importance of tdsr is that a command line is still essential for blind people who write software, study computer science and/or maintain servers and do IT stuff. For years, NVDA on Windows has been the only screen reader to provide truly useful support for a command line (JAWS used to do it well but it’s deteriorated over the years). Thus, most blind programmers, hackers, IT professionals and CS students have had to use Windows or GNU/Linux for their work. With the advent of tdsr, a student assigned a Macintosh can now enjoy the same functionality as their peers using Windows.

Read More: "Announcing Tdsr: A Command Line Screen Reader For Macintosh And GNU/Linux"

Power Trip: Hurricane Harvey and My iPhone

By Morgan | September 7, 2017

Personal note: When I first began to write this blog, I was in the middle of experiencing Hurricane Harvey firsthand. As I tend to approach any adversity with a light-hearted touch, my story below reflects that attitude about my own circumstances. Still, I am sadly aware of the toll on lives that Harvey caused in Texas and of the on-going impact from other storms now ripping across many islands and moving towards the mainland. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected.

And now, my story...

I was five years old. I walked into the bathroom and stepped to the sink. I twisted the cold water knob and the unexpected happened. The entire spigot separated from the pipes and water began to gush out. I frantically tried to push the plumbing back into place. The room began to flood and the water rose quickly. As my knees submerged, I panicked. As I desperately sloshed out of my parent's home, a surge of water chased me into the front yard. I scrambled into my 1950s child-sized toy car and began to pedal as fast as I could. I heard a wave crashing behind me and I knew I was in deep trouble. Then, I woke up. That nightmare haunted me many, many times over the years. Now, it feels a little prescient.

Last month, my wife DD and I decided to travel to Houston to spend a few days with my mother. We thought it would be fun to share the partial solar eclipse that would move across Texas on August 21. That day was hot and beautiful. We created a simple camera obscura, a cardboard box with a tiny hole on one side, to safely watch the moon traverse the sun. DD recorded the magnificent event with her iPhone. We enjoyed our pleasant little vacation.

I decided to stay a few extra days at my Mom's house, so my wife drove the 200 mile trek back to Austin for a quick turnaround trip. The weather was gorgeous and the roads were clear to our home. She would pick up the mail, water our parched lawn, and do her cherished volunteering with miniature horses. At the time, our slightly modified itinerary seemed like a great idea.

Shortly after DD arrived back in Austin, my mother and I began to hear about this pesky tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico. It was moving our way, but did not seem to present any threat. And, with a moniker like Harvey, it sounded friendly and innocuous. Surprisingly, Harvey began to rapidly morph into a real monster. There was no safe way for DD to rejoin us, so my mother and I decided to just hunker down in Houston and ride out any impact that might spin our way. We had done it before, and we could do it again.

Read More: "Power Trip: Hurricane Harvey and My iPhone"

Yo, Human! A SIRI-Us Relationship: Accessing Life with Adaptive Technology

By Nicholas | September 6, 2017

There is something about SIRI, I don't know what it is, but we seem to share a relationship now. Actually we share many relationships. SIRI even knows about all my other relationships. In fact, she helped me in their creation.

Me, right after startup: SIRI?

SIRI, a bit sluggish at first: Yes Nicholas?

Me: What time is it?

SIRI: It's 5:30 AM. You woke me up.

Me: Well get up, it's time to get busy.

SIRI: What?

Me: Open 'your' settings.

SIRI: (Yawn.) Okay.

VO says: System Preferences, Siri window, toolbar.

Read More: "Yo, Human! A SIRI-Us Relationship: Accessing Life with Adaptive Technology"

This Month in Podcasts

AppleVis Extra 52: iOS 11 in Review

In this podcast, Scott Davert and Thomas Domville discuss their opinions of Apple's iOS 11 software update. They also briefly discuss tvOS 11 and watchOS 4.

Listen to “AppleVis Extra 52: iOS 11 in Review”

iOS 11 Introductory Podcasts

A short series of podcasts by Thomas Domville in which he explores and discusses some of the new features and changes in iOS 11:

Exploring Some of What's New and Changed in iOS 11; Part 1
Exploring Some of What's New and Changed in iOS 11; Part 2
Exploring Some of What's New and Changed in iOS 11; Part 3
Exploring Some of What's New and Changed in iOS 11; Part 4

AppleVis Extra #51: the XCiting Event Roundtable

In this edition of the AppleVis podcast, Thomas, Alex, Dave and Tyler recap and discuss the main news from Tuesday's Apple event, where the company announced new iPhones, Apple Watches and Apple TV.

Be sure to also read Alex's comprehensive summary of the news from this event.

Listen to "AppleVis Extra #51: the XCiting Event Roundtable"

Fun-Filled Babysitting Game with the Milky Baby

In this podcast, Abby introduces us to Milky Baby, an iOS costume fashion dress up, nursery and babysitting game for people of all ages who love to take care of little babies. Feed, take care, purchase different types of costumes including clothes, shoes and hats"

App Store Link

Listen to "Fun-Filled Babysitting Game with the Milky Baby"

Other Podcasts in September by Abby

It's a kind of magic caring for a child with Little Girl Magic for iOS
Enjoy a Virtual World of Scouting with Scout Legend for iOS
There's something fishy going on with Mobile Aquarium
Baby Adopter Sea for iOS: Take Care of Your Virtual Baby Whilst Cruising the Seas
Baby Adopter Holidays for iOS: Take Care of Your Virtual Baby Over the Holiday Seasons

Tap, Swipe and Shake to the Blindfold Bop

In this podcast, Joseph introduces us to Blindfold Bop, an iOS game similar to the "Bop-It" Toy.

In this game You are told to perform 3 of the gestures in the following list: tap with 1 finger, tap with 2 fingers, swipe in any direction, and shake the phone. The game speeds up at each level, and in each level, you must perform the requested gestures.You have two seconds to perform the gesture, otherwise it's a mistake. The game is over when you've made 3 mistakes. You get one point for each correct gesture.

You can play the game at easy, medium, hard or very hard difficulty; the game goes from performing any of 3 gestures to performing any of 10 gestures.

Listen to "Tap, Swipe and Shake to the Blindfold Bop"

A complete list of all podcasts posted to the AppleVis website can be found at