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anonymous:
>And here’s the kicker: She could do all of this with the screen turned off. Her phone’s battery lasted forever.

Dang, blind people get all the breaks.
3:02 am — Saturday, 11 March 2017
anonymous:
Wouldn't the speaker use just as much power as the screen?
3:50 am — Saturday, 11 March 2017
anonymous:
>Wouldn't the speaker use just as much power as the screen?

No.

Of the dozens of smartphones I've used, audio only with the screen off uses far less power than doing anything with the screen on.

But wouldn't this be annoying at the movies though?

Which begs the bigger question, why are blind people going to the movies and ruining it for everyone else?
4:50 am — Saturday, 11 March 2017
anonymous:
>audio only with the screen off uses far less power than doing anything with the screen on.

I guess it depends on the volume of the audio and the brightness of the screen.

I tend to have my speaker volume turned up high, and my screen brightness near minimum, and listening to audio over the speaker noticeably drains the battery.

>Which begs the bigger question, why are blind people going to the movies and ruining it for everyone else?

They usually have inductive loops to hear the descriptive text through an earpiece, don't they?
5:38 am — Saturday, 11 March 2017
anonymous:
>They usually have inductive loops to hear the descriptive text through an earpiece, don't they?

Once again, they get all the cool stuff.
5:57 am — Saturday, 11 March 2017
anonymous:
Gruber hasn't posted since Wednesday, and then this? Is this the longest gap in his updates?
12:09 pm — Saturday, 11 March 2017
piece of kit:
> Gruber hasn't posted since Wednesday, and then this? Is this the longest gap in his updates?

Obviously, you're not a golfer.
5:00 pm — Saturday, 11 March 2017
My Optional Name:
>I tend to have my speaker volume turned up high, and my screen brightness near minimum, and listening to audio over the speaker noticeably drains the battery.

The brightness of your screen brightness isn't the problem here. It's the fact that it's even on. The phone still has to spend energy rendering the graphics and UI elements on the screen.
6:13 pm — Saturday, 11 March 2017
Sebby:
Screen curtain helps a lot, but it's nothing like as power-efficient as locking the device completely, because even powering the screen to recognise touch input noticeably drains battery. Of course screen brightness and audio volume vary how much actual drainage occurs, but nothing like as much as simply turning off screen output, which can only be done while VO is running. There are apps like VoiceDream Reader that will help you a lot though, by allowing you to read text with TTS using the background music playback privilege while the device is locked. The native iOS "speak screen" feature also does this, but less well. You could check them out.

> Which begs the bigger question, why are blind people going to the movies and ruining it for everyone else?

Because you're an ass, and it is the sworn duty of all blind people to annoy asses. I generally try to be considerate, but you know, sometimes it's just not worth the effort to plug in a headset to respond to a single notification. Which you shouldn't be receiving, anyway, while you're at the theatre. And yes, the AD track comes in over a separate channel with a loop.
6:42 pm — Saturday, 11 March 2017
movies?:
why are blind people going to the movies and ruining it for everyone else?

the same reason everyone else goes. for the trailers. experiencing the trailer means you experience the highlights of the movie. saves precious time!
7:39 am — Sunday, 12 March 2017
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