GTT Calgary Meeting Invitation, Amazon Echo vs Google Home, September 17, 2018

Although this notice is being circulated late, for those living in the Calgary area please be in touch with Ted if this and other tech topics are of interest to you.

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Calgary


Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind


Meeting Invitation


Theme: Amazon Echo VS Google Home

Date/Time: Monday, September 17, 2018, 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon

Place: CCB office, CNIB Basement, 10 11A Street NE


Good afternoon everyone.  I hope everyone had a very good summer and was able to find places to stay out of the heat, at least, some of the time.


With fall once again in the air, it is time for our first GTT meeting of the new season.  This meeting will be held in the Basement of CNIB in the CCB office from 10 A.M until noon.


The topic this month will be a direct comparison of the Amazon Echo VS. Google Home Mini.  If you don’t have one of, or neither of these fascinating little speakers, come and join us as we do our best to put them through their paces.  We will show you how to connect them, what they do… don’t do… and just how helpful they can be.


If you are a blind or visually impaired person who wants to learn about new and/or existing technology, and how to use it, then these meetings are for you.


We invite one and all to come and join us for lots of learning, laughs, and tech talk that will keep you both entertained, and informed.


Since there are two new members on the list for this message, I make this announcement.  If you no longer wish to receive e-mails from this list, or if you know someone who wants corospondence from this list that we are not reaching, please contact us, and we will do our very best to make sure they are added to our contact  list.


Thank you for your attention


Who is invited?  Everyone with an interest in technology and learning.

We have our meeting on the third Monday of every month from 10 A.M until noon.


Ted Phillips, GTT Coordinator

CCB Calgary


CCB Backgrounder:


The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments.  CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.

CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.


The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.

The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues.  For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.



CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

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GTT Calgary Summary Notes, Copying, Cutting and Pasting with iOS, March 22, 2017

CCB-GTT Calgary

Summary Notes

March 22, 2017.

We had 7 members  in attendance.

Our topic was to be copying, cutting, and pasting with the iPhone.

In our attempts to accomplish our task, we found several inconsistencies while copying, cutting and pasting with voice/over.  First, there were times when you would copy, but when you paste the contents back, into whatever into your selected application, the contents of the clipboard would not be there.

Next we tried working with notes, and messages to see if the process was any different.  We found that by using a pinching method, it is indeed possible to copy text, but it is unreliable and you can’t do it with any accuracy as to content.  Using pages is even more of a challenge.  Pages is set up more like the mac layout, and may be intimidating to some users who aren’t familiar with it.

Our conclusion, unless someone on the blog has information that we don’t have, and is willing to share, we found copying, pasting, and cutting information on the iPhone inconsistent and unreliable.  If you must do this, my suggestion would be to use a keyboard.

Ted, try sharing this link with your members titled, iFocus Selecting, Copying and Pasting Text.mp3, produced by the Hadley Institute for the Blind.

Thank you for your attention.


Ted Phillips

CCB Calgary

GTT Coordinator



GTT Calgary Summary Notes, iDevice Radio Apps, February 27, 2017

GTT Calgary

Summary Notes
Feb 27, 2017

We had 9 people in attendance.
Side notes:

There was mention of something called vocal eyes. According to what information we have, the service is available in the U.S. and Canada, and if you let them know you need sighted assistance at an event such as a movie, sports event, ETC. they will provide it.

*Note: Ted, VocalEye is located in Vancouver and more can be found here:

RADIO aps:

 The first ap covered is Tune-in radio. This ap has been a favorite for years. You can browse local stations, search stations for content, and find content from around the world. There is both a free and a paid version of this ap available.
 The next ap covered is Sero. This is the ap that use to be iBlink radio. Blain gave a brief demonstration of the Sero ap.
 Ventage radio is next. This is one of my favorites. CHERRYL briefly showed how the ap workthe. This ap will let you listen to or download old time radio shows.
 The next one covered is OOTUNES radio. This also features an alarm clock, sleep timer, recording functions, including recording scheduling. This is the same service that brings you your radio service on your victor streme. Cherryl briefly showed the layout and some of the features of the ap.
 The last ap covered today was iHeart radio. This ap is a resource for George Naurie who we are fans of. This ap had lots of unlabled buttons but could be delt with if you are willing to work with it, you can find results. You can also search for stations or content by name.
 We also informed people about VIA which is an iphone ap that lists aps for blind and low vision people. This ap lists hundreds of aps to choose from for their iPhones.

Next Meeting Topics:
for the next meeting: Downloading, copying and pasting on the iPhone.
The question of a new day for GTT:
New time and day March 22 at 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.

Thank you all for your attention
Ted Phillips
GTT Coordinator
CCB Calgary Club

GTT Calgary: All Things GPS, October 17, 2016

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Calgary

The following are the notes from the GTT meeting on October 17, 2016:

Our GTT meeting was held at the CCB office at the CNIB, featuring GPS aps. We had 10 people in attendance with 2 late arrivals.

Since it was a cold day in Calgary, not much time was spent outside testing aps, but there was quite a bit of discussion on the different GPS aps available and their pros and cons. Jesse mentioned an android ap called Get there. A couple of our android users located the ap and did some preliminary testing of the ap.

The other aps covered in general discussion were Arieadney GPS, Nearby Explorer, Nearby Explorer on the web, Navagon, Auteur, and Blind Square.

Cherryl took those who were willing to brave the cold outside for a brief demonstration of Blind Square.

Auteur would not work at the time, but has since been updated and now works as expected.

Thank you for your attention.

Ted Phillips

CCB Calgary Club Secretary

GTT Calgary: Summary Notes, Open Discussion, September 19, 2016

Summary Notes
Get Together with Technology (GTT) Calgary
A Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind

The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Calgary Chapter was held September 19 at 10:00 AM at the CCB Office in the basement of the Calgary CNIB Service Center, 15 Colonel Baker Place NE.

Attendance- 4 members, Karen, Cherryl, Ted, Anthony.

As discussed, here are the desired topics for the coming months:
• Lots of people wanted to know more about the new features in iOS 10.
• AuTour was also mentioned as well.
• Priority for next month will be GPS aps, weather permitting.
• Since we have a couple of Android users, it was mentioned that we need to get somebody to come from Android to speak.
• We also said it might be good to have someone to come from Aroga and talk about what they have to offer.
• Some people less technically advanced also said they would like to go back to basics since some of what was and is covered is above their heads or too complicated.

If you have any questions, comments, or if there are any ommissions, please contact me or Cherryl McNab and we will be happy to assist you.

Next Meeting (Monday October 17 at 10:00 AM )
• Send your meeting topic ideas to
• As always, for help with technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.

Meeting Location and Logistics:
• We meet in the CCB Office in the basement of the Calgary CNIB Service Center, 15 Colonel Baker Place NE.
• Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 10:00 AM.
• If you have someone helping you your assistant is welcome to remain for the meeting.

GTT Calgary Team:
Cherryl McNab, CCB Calgary Chapter and Alberta Division President
Ted Phillips, CCB Calgary Club Secretary

GTT Calgary Overview
• GTT Calgary is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
• GTT Calgary promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
• Each meeting will present a feature technology topic and general question and answer about any other technology.
• Small groups or one on one assistance is possible at the meetings.
• Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
• There are GTT groups in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Northern Ontario, Pembroke, Halifax, Sydney, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and more to come.
• There is also a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:
There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.
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