Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Volume 522
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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We start this week with NVDA happenings:
1A) NVDA 2015.3RC1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2015.3 release. Highlights of this release include initial support for Windows 10; the ability to disable single letter navigation in browse mode (useful for some web apps); improvements in Internet Explorer; and fixes for garbled text when typing in certain applications with Braille enabled:
1B) If you want to hear how this version of NVDA works with Windows 10, here is an audio tutorial:
1C) And finally, the most recent entries in Joseph Lee's blog consist of the first installments in a series for programmers and developers entitled "NVDA Add-on Internals:"
2) The Blind Perspective is a monthly email newsletter in which they "Aim to keep you informed & entertained." It consists of blindness-related articles written by blind people. To subscribe send a blank message to:
3) This San Jose Mercury News article is entitled "Smartphones, Apps are Liberating the Blind and Visually Impaired:"
4) Here comes the Facebook July 2015 Accessibility Update:
5A) This is Paul Thurott's "Complete Guide to Windows 10," which he promises to update and enhance as new information comes to light:
5B) Dolphin offers some Windows 10 Tips:
5C) From the 22 Point Blog comes "Windows 10, 15 Days In:"
5D) The Ai Squared Knowledge Base Article on Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade Scenarios has been recently updated:
5E) And the National Federation of the Blind does not give Microsoft high marks on its handling of accessibility in Windows 10:
6A) From the AppleVis blog, the article "Debunking Common Myths about VoiceOver on the Mac" has been recently updated:
6B) And the article "On Siri, Voice Control, and How the Blind Use iPhones" has a good number of comments:
7) The KNFBReader iOS App is due for an update sometime this week, perhaps as early as today, and one new feature will be a try-before-you-buy option. This and other features of the update constitute the podcast "AppleVis Extra #33: James Gashel and What's New in KNFBReader Version 2.0:"
Other interesting podcasts are also available this week:
8A) BlindBargains Cast 27 is out, with another one probably coming after this issue of Tidbits hits the web:
8B) Robert Carter has a new Tech Doctor podcast:
8C) And he also is the guest of Less Than or Equal:
From AppleVis Podcasts:
8D) You can learn to control lights or appliances from your iOS device:
8E) And how to produce rich audio content in real time with Bossjock Jr.:
8F) Episode 33 of the Blind Inspirationcast is an introduction to audio description:
8G) Eyes on Success #1534 concerns cross-country skiing:
8H) And listen to what goes on behind the scenes of the Serotalk podcasts:
9) Speaking of Serotek, they still offer their System Access screen reader free for K-12 students, and they are extending price reductions on the DocuScan OCR program through 7 September 2015:
10) It seems that there is a gradual increase in the amount accessibility is discussed in mainstream publications. So iMore offers us the article "Making the iPhone Camera Accessible for the Blind:"
11) Those who need to create or access math or scientific texts may want to learn LaTeX, and the article "LaTeX: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?" will offer background and resources in this regard:
12) Ian Humphreys of Spoonbill Software has released two new free self-voicing Windows games: BG Draw Dominoes and BG Fives Dominoes. To receive either or both by email write to:
13A) Jonathan Mosen talks about his book "Stream It! Music, Movies, and More with Apple TV and VoiceOver" on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 August at 00:00:
13B) And the Mushroom FM Internet radio station that Jonathan Mosen launched and then silenced is now re-launching with many plans:
14) Vision Loss Resources looks like a site that could be useful to many:
15) CAVI will offer a short course on PowerPoint starting in Mid-September:
Here are some resources for web developers regarding accessibility:
16A) SSB BART Group offers a course on Mobile Accessibility for Testers:
16B) Visual ARIA is now available. This is a cascading logic program primarily constructed using CSS that allows any sighted person around the world to literally see ARIA usage on any webpage, or to download the source code and embed it within any development project. This too is fully interactive and changes accordingly for all dynamic widgets that map to ARIA 1.1:
16C) Check out "7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility:"
17) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus "Phone Calls with Siri: Instructional Video at:
18) Bartimaeus Bible Institute's courses are accessible, and fall semester is coming soon. For information, write to:
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