moderated Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Bill White

Hi, Kimber. Some people may only have the use of one hand. If this is the case, it may be difficult for them to use some of the awkward key combinations that some of the commands like,
Virtualize the screen, ALT plus JAWS Key plus W
use. This makes it "handy" no pun intended, for them to use Voice Assistant to invoke some of these commands. I do agree with you, though, that Voice Assistant should be turned off by default. It can interfere with other uses of the microphone, such as when using Zoom.

Bill White


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:57 AM
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Thanks, that’s good to know. I’m curious why an app like Jaws needs a voice assistant at all.

Sent from Kimber's Red iPhone
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On Jul 14, 2022, at 10:23 AM, Gene Warner <genewarner3@...> wrote:

If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it was one of the first things I would do.


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.
I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

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