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Demonstrating the Solar powered Atomic Talking Watch

October 2, 2016 • chris

In this episode, Chris discusses his atomic talking solar watch and

demonstrates setting an alarm.  Kim hints at some upcoming projects and announces our upcoming Tek Talk appearance on October 17,  2016. There is a brief discussion of the new generation Amazon Dot, which is coming out in the U.S. on October 20. Our friends in the UK can also now

order Alexa products, and if you’re in Germany and want one of these

cool devices, you’ll be able to get one within the next couple of weeks.


We hope you enjoy this episode.  If you like what we do, we always

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Demonstrating the Roybens Musical Doorbell Chime and Echo Household Profile Thoughts

August 22, 2016 • chris

This podcast episode is sponsored by Blind Alive.


In this episode  Chris and Kim share the new ear phones they are using to record podcasts.  They are the Sades SA903S 7.1 Surround Sound USB PC Stereo Gaming Headset with Microphone LED Light (Blackblue).

Next they demonstrate the Roybens Wireless Doorbell Door Chime [1000 Feet][52 Chimes][4-Level Volume][LED Indicators][IP44 Waterproof Transmitter][1 Button, 1 Receiver] -White and go through all 52 chimes.

They update us on the Apple TV audio tutorial as well as miscellaneous announcements.



Exploring some Executive Products cases and some quick Windows tips

August 11, 2016 • chris

This podcast episode is sponsored by Blind Alive.

In this episode Chris and Kim discuss some cases they have from Executive Products Inc.  The cases are for The Book Sense, Victor Reader Stream New Generation, BrailleNote touch, Braille Sense Onhand and finally the Trekker Breeze.

Chris and Kim share some quick tips for navigating Windows, such as Windows-Tab, Windows-T and Windows-B.


They also remind us on phone etiquette when calling businesses.  Sometimes it is helpful to leave your email address as well as your number and a message for example.



Demonstrating Accessibility of the SkyBell video doorbell and the Sling TV service on the Apple TV

July 25, 2016 • chris

This episode of the Mystic Access podcast is brought to you by Blind Alive.

We have two demonstrations for you today.  First Chris talks about the SkyBell video doorbell and why you might want one.    He walks us through the app on his iPad to show how it works with VoiceOver.

Kim takes us through the Sling TV app on the fourth generation Apple TV and shows us the progress in accessibility.  She notes it isn’t perfect but is usable.

She also  asks a question at the end of the Sling presentation.  She wants to know if people would be interested in an audio tutorial for the Apple TV.



Hibermate Sleep Headphones & Sleeping Mask

July 17, 2016 • chris

In this episode Chris and Kim thank those that took the time to stop by the Humanware booth at ACB to meet with Chris.  Kim also talks about the success of her three classes she held on the 4th of July weekend and makes an announcement.


Kim then talks about her new Hibermate Sleep Headphones with Sleeping Mask.  She gives her first impressions.


Chris closes out the podcast with a discussion of the BackTpack© he purchased from Blind Alive at the convention.


Sling Accessibility update, A tip to see if your computer crashed and convention news

June 30, 2016 • chris

In this episode Chris and Kim update us on the accessibility/usability of the Sling TV service.  Kim will dive deeper into the Sling service and give us an update at a later time.


Chris and Kim share the news that the update to the Mystic Access Humanware Victor Reader Stream tutorial is available.  Existing Victor Stream tutorial customers can login to their accounts and download the update for free.


They remind listeners that Chris will be at the ACB convention working with Humanware..  They also announce some convention discounts that will be running from July 1 through the 15th.

Kim reminds us about the free classes that she and Lisa Salinger are running between July 1, 2016 and July 3, 2016.  Go here for a list of classes and information on how to join.


Finally Lisa shares an interesting way to see if your computer has crashed or if it is just your screen reader.



Convention Updates, Free Class Announcements And A File Selection Tip

June 21, 2016 • chris

In this episode Lisa Salinger joins us once again.  We announce our new sponsor BlindAlive.

Chris updates us on the Abode home security system and its accessibility.


Chris and Kim have a short discussion on the Sling TV service and Chris’s’ difficulty in trying to sign in using his Apple TV 4th Generation.

Chris reminds us he will be at the ACB convention at the Humanware booth with some Mystic Access goodies.

Kim and Lisa tell us about three  free classes they are holding the first weekend in July.  See the below links to find out more and sign up.

Friday July 01 2016 at 9:00 PM EDT:

Ten Surefire Tips for Using Your Assistive Technology with Greater Confidence and Less stress


Saturday July 02 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT:

Three Things the Most Savvy iOS Users Know


Sunday July 03, 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT:

Twenty Hidden Gems for the Amazon Alexa Products


Finally Lisa demonstrates selecting and unzipping BARD books with 7zip.  She uses the control-space method to select files.



Demonstrating The Abode Home Security System And The Pazera Free Audio Extractor

June 7, 2016 • chris

In this episode Chris talks about the Abode home security system and does a quick demonstration of arming and disarming it using the Amazon Echo  and the iOS app.

Next we share the news that Chris will be at the ACB convention and he looks forward to meeting participants there. Chris will be at the Humanware booth demonstrating the BrailleNote Touch and discussing the Touch audio tutorial. 

We announce that updates to the Echo tutorial are complete. Echo tutorial customers should be able to log in to get their update in their Downloads section.  If you have any issues, though, please let us know.

The Stream tutorial is also newly updated, but we are redoing the entire DAISY product, so the update isn’t ready for prime time just yet. We’ll keep you posted on when you can download yours.

Finally we end with an 18 minute prerecorded  demo of the Pazera Free Audio Extractor product.  This product can assist in converting audio files from  one format to another.

We hope you enjoy this episode!


Using the Yamaha YHT-5920UBL MusicCast Home Theater in a Box with voiceOver

May 18, 2016 • chris

In this episode Chris demonstrates the ios ap for his Yamaha YHT-5920UBL MusicCast Home Theater in a Box   stereo system.

They mention it has been a year for the Stream Tutorial.  On its birthday tomorrow (May 18) they are offering a discount of $20 on the stream tutorial.

They give an update on the BrailleNote Touch audio tutorial as well as other goodies.

At the end of the episode you’ll find the introduction to the soon to be released touch tutorial.


Mystic Access and Humanware to discuss the BrailleNote Touch and Tutorial on Tek Talk

May 11, 2016 • chris

Kim and Chris Join Greg Stilson of Humanware to discuss the BrailleNote Touch and the audio tutorial for the device.  The presentation was on May 09, 2016 hosted by Accessible World.