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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Volume 663

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) We begin this post-nuptial edition of Tidbits with news of a free course on playing classical guitar, with audio and Braille lessons:

2A) Easter Seals Crossroads has put out a two-part podcast series, with transcripts, "Video gaming basics for blind and visually impaired people," featuring tips and tricks by Joe Steinkamp. Here is Part One:

2B) And here is Part Two:

3) "Writing a Million Miles, Word-Processing on iOS," suggests lots of apps one can use for different writing tasks, and gives pointers for using some:

4) Many of the presentations from the recent NVDACon are linked here, as well as presentations from past years NVDACons:

4B) While we're talking about NVDA, Joseph Lee will conduct the first in a series on NVDA technical Support,on Saturday, 23 June 2018 at 17:00 GMT:

4C) And above all, "NVDA 2018.2.1 is Available for Download". Read about it here:

5) The Paciello Group has strengthened its position by acquiring Interactive Accessibility:

6) "Discover Eight Useful Methods to Input Text in iOS" will be the theme of the next free Mystic Access class, to take place on GMT 22 June 2018 at 00:30 via Zoom. Remember as with events listed in GMT, for the benefit of all our readers across the globe, if you want individual guidance on figuring out the time of the event in your time zone, just write to us. Also, recordings are provided:

7A) The Mystic Access team will also be featured on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at 00:00, discussing the new affordable Braille device, the Braille Me. One can always dial into the Tek Talk events by phone by calling (605) 475-6777 📱️. The access code is 090807 followed by the pound sign (#):

7B) Incidentally, the Braille Me is much more easily available in the US, as National Braille Press is now a dealer for the $499 device:

8) Consumer Reports advises us "How to Choose a VPN for Digital Privacy & Security:"

9) The same publication explains, "What Your Web Browser's Incognito Mode Really Does:"

10) The June 2018 issue of AccessWorld tells us about technology presented at the first Deaf-Blind International Confrence, brings us a review of "Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 11 by Anna Dresner," offers tips on "How to Get and Play Podcasts on your iOS Device," offers a review of the Horizon Smart Glasses from Aira, and begins with an editorial on "Staying with Current Technology:"

11) This article from discusses the promise, but delineates some of the drawbacks of the ElBraille:

12) An individual recommends this site for handy free Windows utilities:

13A) Narrator continues to be aggressively developed, and a new keyboard layout and some new features are being added soon:

13B) This podcast discusses adding a Braille display to Windows Narrator:

14) The Guide to Braille Display Users on iOS:

15) Seeing Assistant Home, a multi-faceted program for reading, scanning and gaining information, has been released for Android:

16) Accessibyte has released Typio a program for teaching and learning how to type that runs from the cloud. A license for an individual learner or for a classroom teacher is $75 per year with free trials available:

17) Eyes on Success #1825 explores Enabling Disabled People to do STEM Careers (MP3):


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