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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Volume 636

The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Over the past few weeks, we have read the official perspectives of Freedom Scientific and NVAccess about the new Firefox update and how to react to it. Marco from Mozilla offers an alternate view, which is targeted to NVDA users but also may be applicable to users of JAWS:

2) 'Tis the time for Holiday Gift Guides, and for talk of safe online shopping. The November 2017 issue of AccessWorld offers two different holiday gift guides, along with articles about accessibility of laundry appliances, 'Be My Eyes' for Android and iOS 11, and the first in a series of Braille display aggregate review articles:

3) Tek Talk is holding its annual two-part Stocking Stuffer Series of interviews featuring somewhat affordable small technology items. The first of this year's series is in the archive, and the second one will air on GMT Tuesday, 13 November 2017 at 01:00:

4) BITS, an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, offers many members-only technology chats and trainings, and the membership cost is low. In November they're offering a public training on 'Staying Safe During The Holiday Season', on GMT Sunday, 19 November 2017 at 01:00. They will use the increasingly popular Zoom teleconference system for the chat:

4B) For questions about this training specifically, or BITS in general, email:

5) Meanwhile, Mystic Access offers a free training on successful online shopping, also using Zoom, which allows for joining using any device imaginable. This takes place on GMT Friday, 17 November 2017 at 01:00:

6) 'Creator Michael Curran Tells the Story of NV Access. How the Open-Source Approach to Screen-Reading Software is Making the Web Accessible to All:"

7) The free sound editor Audacity has been upgraded to version 2.20, and clips are now accessible to screen reader users. David Bailes has upgraded his Audacity Guide for JAWS users, which is almost entirely helpful to users of any screen reader:

8) Back to Mystic Access, they have been offering free monthly trainings via Zoom with recordings subsequently distributed. The training for October 2017 concerned transitioning from Window-Eyes to one of the modern screen readers. Here is the download link (MP3):

8B) They're offering a 4.5-hour teleclass on the same topic for three 1.5-hour sessions from GMT 29 November-1 December:

9A) Here are a bevy of links concerning the new iPhone X from the perspective of users with impaired vision. First, for non-Mosen links, from the Interactive Accessibility podcast:

9B) Ffrom AppleVis:

9C) From the Blind Side Podcast:

9D) And from Mosen Explosion, "iPhone X, A Blind Person's Getting Started Guide:"

10) Hadley's 'iFocus Instructional Videos' teach how to use the vision accessibility features on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and are now current with iOS 11.1. Audio downloads are also available for each video and can be found at:

11) Out of Sight, an audio chat, presentations, and gaming service, has launched its new online radio station, and it's ready to tune in. They are looking for folks to host their own talk or music shows. Visit:

12) And finally, Eyes on Success Episode #1746 discusses TravelEyes, pairing blind travelers with sighted guides:


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