Optiguide, I don’t really know what to make of it.

So, Optiguide is this new screenreader with real amazing features; ok?

Visit the developer’s web site.

The documentation link, provided on the web site said “page not found” but, I went and downloaded the application in any case, just to check it out.

Grab your own copy from the UTechAccess web site.

Download Optiguide version 1.0.55 from here.

The version I tested in this podcast, is 1.0.55.

I only went through the installation and initial setup. I really didn’t know what de hell was going on. There were no real helpful messages anyware and no help documentation in the program group.

I tested this on a virtual machine of Windows XP.


Samsung Galaxy S III – Audio demonstration and opinion

Thanks to Samsung, I am able to bring you a taste of the new Samsung Galaxy s III.

Specifications are at the end of this post.



Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity

  • EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900MHZ)
  • HSPA+ 21 (850 / 900 / 1,900 / 2,100)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • WiFi Direct
  • GAP, SSP, HSP, HFP1.5, A2DP, SPP, OPP, PBAP, MAP, AVRCP 1.3, HID NFC available
  • DLNA, MHL 1.0, HDMI 2 support
  • KIES, KIES Air support


  • 16M
  • 4.8″
  • 720 x 1280 (HD)


  • 16 / 32 / 64GB


  • Marble White

Services and Applications

  • Samsung Apps available
  • Game hub
  • ChatON available
  • ActiveSync available
  • B-to-B Compability : Sybase / Webex / Device encryption / Cisco etc.


  • Android 4.0 (ICS)


  • 2,100 mAh
  • Upto 1,300 min (2G) / upto 650 min (3G)
  • Upto 900 hrs (2G) / upto 750 hrs (3G)


  • Quad Core Application Processor
  • 1.4GHz CPU Speed


  • USB2.0
  • 3.5pi, Stereo
  • MicroSD (upto 64GB)
  • MicroSIM
  • Micro USB available
  • MHL available

Audio and Video

  • MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1. DivX, VP8, WMV7 / 8, Sorenson Spark, DivX 3.11
  • Full HD (1080p) Video Recording & Playback
  • Recording up to 30fps
  • MP3, AMR-NB / WB, AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Physical Specification

  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • 133g


  • 8 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Rear)
  • CMOS , 1.9MP
  • LED (1EA)


  • Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, RGB Light, Barometer sensor


  • Assisted GPS / GLONASS available

Please note: Features & Specifications may vary per country and are subject to change without prior notice

How to activate TalkBack on Android versions older than Ice Cream Sandwitch

If you already have a working TalkBack on your Android device, you can safely skip this step, or skim it in case you may find some hints that are useful. If you’ve never used TalkBack or any of the Android accessibility features, you should follow these instructions to make sure that you have a talking Android device.

Note: If you are not able to use your Android device without speech, please ask a sighted person to assist you with the initial setup of Talkback.

  1. If you have a good Android version [minimum, 1.6], and device, log onto the Android market and get the following components installed:
    • Accessibility preferences
    • ¦TalkBack
    • ¦SoundBack (optional if you want to hear sounds when navigating and activating items)
    • ¦KickBack (optional if you also want haptic feedback when navigating and activating items)
    • ¦Eyes-Free Keyboard (for devices without a physical keyboard)

    Note that if you use Android 4.0, KickBack and SoundBack are integrated into TalkBack, so you only need to install that to get the functionality of all three.

  2. Activate accessibility for Android v1.6 to 2.3 through the following steps:

    • Go to Settings
    • Select Accessibility
    • Enable Accessibility checkbox
    • Enable TalkBack, KickBack, SoundBack checkboxes
  3. The result should be that TalkBack, SoundBack and KickBack give you spoken, sound, and haptic feedback when navigating with the directional controller.

  4. If you also installed the Eyes-Free keyboard, refer to its documentation on how to use it.

A very quick tour through the home screen of Mobile Accessibility from Code Factory

As you may, or may not know, Mobile Accessibility is a home screen replacement application that has various accessible applications built into it with some screen reading capability once outside of the suite. All this comes at a price of about r700 plus.

We will go into some more detail somewhere in the future but, for now, check out the main suite of applications, what works and what doesn’t really work.

I’ve used the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro for this demonstration so, note that results might differ on your device.