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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Volume 666

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) We begin this issue, with its auspicious number, with an update to the crowd-funding campaign for the WeWalk, another effort to improve on the white cane by providing more information to the user:

2) "Crossings With No Traffic Control" is a $62 instructional package from American Printing House designed for teaching blind students how to assess such street crossings for safety and competence:

3) We get the chance to learn about the ever-improving Envision iOS app during Tek Talk on GMT 17 July 2018 at 00:00. One can take part in Tek Talk by phone by calling (605) 475-6777. The access code is 090807#:

4) Here is one person's quick take on the difference between web page accessibility and usability:

5) The post entitled "I Used The Web For A Day With Just A Keyboard" is a thorough article on an important aspect of web accessibility:

6) American Printing House for the Blind now houses several resources founded by the American Foundation for the Blind, including,, CareerConnect and others. Information and referral questions can be phoned to +1 (800) 232-5463 📱️ or emailed to:

7) Aira Messages is a new feature of potential value to Aira Explorers who are deaf-blind, or others when talking isn't the best or most timely way to communicate:

8) "The Great Cheese Robbery" is a free game available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German versions:

9) Post a 30-60 second audio or video to Twitter, demonstrating how easy it is to type with FlickType. The 3 top submissions retweeted by Monday, July 16 2018 will receive free FlickType for life for you or a friend:

10) Word Prediction is now built-in to Windows 10, April 2018 update:

11) This thought-provoking post is called "The Cost of Access:"

12) As we reach the 10th Anniversary of the launching of the Apple App Store, read "How the iPhone and App Store Have Redefined Accessible Software:"

13) The NVDA Community Add-ons Festival will be held in September 2018. Send questions, suggestions or offers of assistance to:

14) National Braille Press is seeking Braille proofreaders and transcribers. Proofreading experience and certification are not necessarily required:

15) Among other topics covered in The Blind Side Podcast #94 are Jonathan's thoughts on the implications of Apple possibly introducing Noise-Canceling Air Pods (MP3):

16) Eyes on Success #1828 is another of the hosts' Tips and Tricks episodes, offering a variety of suggestions for coping with technology and life:


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