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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Volume 667

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Interested in learning how to embed accessibility right into the process of building an application, all the way from design through to development? Learn how during this 60-minute webinar:
https://www.paciellogroup.com/events/2018/07/webinar-july-25-integrating-accessibility-from-design-to-development/

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The July 2018 issue of AccessWorld contains a review of the ScratchPad feature in the latest Focus Braille displays, a discussion of progress made by SAS Accessibility for reviewing charts and graphs, a review of LVI's MagniLink Zip Video Magnifier, an examination of Pinterest's efforts toward accessibility to date, an elucidation of the recently announced partnership between VFO and Computers for the Blind, and a review of the book, 'Book Review: Writing Your Way: Composing and Editing on an iPhone or iPad', by Judy Dixon, which is available from National Braille Press and the National Library Service for the Blind:
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp

3)

Recorded interviews from the NFB and ACB conventions are gradually appearing online. At present, nearly 20 inverviews are available on the Blind Bargains audio and podcast page:
https://blindbargains.com/audio/

4A)

The Blind Abilities team starts its coverage with interviews from ACB in St. Louis:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/blindabilities/ACB2018.mp3

4B)

will feature two attendees of the ACB Convention discussing the technology available there:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp

5)

Meanwhile, the makers of iA Cast promise more interviews to come, and they start us out with an extensive interview of what's new with Aira:
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-special-whats-new-with-aira/

6A)

Speaking of Aira, Jonathan Mosen has updated his blog post about the service to include several recent developments:
http://mosen.org/aira

6B)

And Blind Abilities brings us an interview with an enthusiastic Aira explorer:
http://blindabilities.com/bapresents/a-joy-with-aira-meet-joy-mistovich-advocate-for-blindness-and-an-aira-explorer-at-the-nfb-convention-2018/

7)

For more summer conference reporting, RNIB Connect Radio covers news from Sight and Sound Technology and begins coverage of Sight Village 2018:
https://audioboom.com/posts/6926888-technology-review-sight-village-2018-sight-and-sound-technology

8)

Recordings of the first two webinars about providing technical support for NVDA are available below (as MP3s), and the
https://www.josephsl.net/files/NVDATechSupportWebinar1.mp3
https://www.josephsl.net/files/NVDATechSupportWebinar2.mp3

9A)

The OpenTween Twitter client is becoming popular. Free JAWS scripts are available:
http://www.dlee.org/tween/

9B)

As is an NVDA add-on:
http://www.dlee.org/tween/opentween.nvda-addon

10)

From Italy comes Diblos, a free, accessible, multi-faceted word processor for creating print or Braille documents, MP3 or DAISY files. The interface is available in Croatian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese as well as English and Italian:
http://www.digrande.it/download.asp

11)

Writer Opportunities is an announcement only email list that posts grants for writers, freelance writing opportunities, residencies for writers that offer financial aid to attend, and free contests. You can join with a blank message to:
writerop+subscribe@rk.groups.io

12)

Here is information about a qualitative research project exploring how disabled children and young people use digital technologies 'such as computers, laptops, mobile devices and the Internet' for learning within the context of their everyday lives:
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/parenting4digitalfuture/2018/06/20/i-use-my-phone-like-any-other-teenager-would/

13)

The survey entitled 'Computer Use as an Adult' carries the subtitle, 'Understanding Adult Computer Use in Order to Train Youth in Schools:'
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBKDATe98E2afWSlDARk1Hw4X8UXFiVGHTScq0HQTXqSSo7g/viewform

14)

The Accessibility Developer Guide is now live:
https://www.accessibility-developer-guide.com/

15)

Here's a FAQ from Microsoft on "Using Windows 10 in S mode with Assistive Technology:"
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4032817/windows-10-in-s-mode-assistive-technology-faq

16)

David Woodbridge has recorded a 30-minute demonstration of the newest features in Microsoft Narrator (MP3):
https://s122.podbean.com/pb/5f08ed034697ddcc673f2c7a01628477/5b4e91c5/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Narrator_Windows_Insider_Quick_Start_for_Narrator.mp3

17)

The iWatch Twitter app Chirp is now VoiceOver accessible (MP3):
http://traffic.libsyn.com/blindabilities/TBTSChirp.mp3

18)

The Google Disability Support team is now offering chat support and responding to email inquiries within 24 hours, Monday through Friday 8AM - 5PM PT:
https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/contact/disability_chat

19)

The July update for JAWS 2018 is now available. Here's what's new:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

20)

We learn about the WayAround Tag-and-Scan System on Eyes on Success Episode #1829:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

21)

And finally, the New App checker from Microsoft helps you fix errors and make accessible apps:
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-app-checker-helps-you-fix-errors-and-make-accessible-apps/

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