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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 2, 2018 - Volume 669

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1)

Interested in learning about 3D printing? These links from a recent presentation cover a lot of area, and include several related to blindness:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRlvkSPSMzpcqLkn3w3Vzze9XLDcQ8mrpDTwPOZHwxSeBkzru6FojbkDAdxTCuopH_0iNHE32VeL9-t/pub

2)

Hungary joins Colombia and Spain in giving free licenses of Freedom Scientific software to its citizens:
http://blog.freedomscientific.com/jaws-zoomtext-and-magic-now-freely-available-in-hungary/

3)

The always-punctual monthly AppleVis Summary for July 2018 ensures that you will catch any Apple-related news we didn't mention here:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessories-apple-Braille-gaming-ios-ios-apps-mac-apps-macos-news-opinion-reviews/applevis

4)

The Dot Watch, a Braille SmartWatch, has been promised for years. Apparently, now it can be bought, and here is a review:
https://www.applevis.com/reviews/Braille-devices/bit-Braille-road-honest-review-dot-watch

5)

This post carries the title, '7 Tasks Chromebooks Still Can't Do As Well As Macs or PCs:'
https://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/7-tasks-chromebooks-still-cant-do-as-well-as-macs-or-pc-1827814042

6)

The WayAround smartphone app lets you label a wide array of items around the house:
https://www.wayaround.com/

7)

Here is an update from scripter Doug Lee about the elimination of Skype Version 7 and our alternatives. Microsoft has made accessibility enhancements to Skype 8:
http://www.dlee.org/skype/skype7phaseout.htm

8)

From the North Dakota Assistive Technology Blog comes this run-down on 'Cheap or Free Cellphone Adaptations for People with Disabilities'. Part 2 to follow:
http://ndipat.org/blog/cheap-or-free-cellphone-adaptations-for-people-with-disabilities-part-1-speech/

9)

Learn about 'The Full Advantages of Using Groups.io' on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 7 August 2018 at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

10)

This story illustrates how the iCanConnect program for people with both vision and hearing impairments benefits one user:
http://icanconnect.org/news/icanconnect-helps-pennsylvania-college-student-stay-touch-family-back-home

11)

Android or iOS users who want to test future versions of Dice World can email, stating your operating system, to:
support@appa11y.com

12)

The August 2018 Blind Post classified news will be emailed on or before the seventh of August 2018:
http://theblindpost.com/Readthelatestnewshere.html

13)

The Eyes on Success team explore their new State of Colorado, and discuss their adventures in Eyes on Success #1831:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net

14)

The National Federation of the Blind seeks Access Technology Specialists. Email cover letter, resume with wage history and two professional references to:
hr@nfb.org

15)

The Accessibility Moving Forward podcast covers the accessibility of the Amazon Fire Tablet:
https://overcast.fm/+NIn_Vx8Mw

16)

Enhancements to UEB Math come to Duxbury Braille Translator:
https://www.duxburysystems.com/dbt_new.asp?f3=USA

17)

Hear about enhancements to the Aira service and more on the Blind Side Podcast Episode #97 [MP3]:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/b/2/0b220b3d627e5037/TheBlindSide97.mp3

18A)

This team tested 37 video players, both free and paid, for accessibility. Only two passed the tests fully:
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-94277-3_9

18B)

Meanwhile, Microsoft writes about the Azure Media Player's many accessibility features:
https://amp.azure.net/libs/amp/latest/docs/index.html#accessibility

19)

While we're focused on accessibility, WebAIM has a readable checklist to use when evaluating compliance with the WCAG 2 guidelines:
https://webaim.org/standards/wcag/checklist

20)

And finally on this theme, we have a short note on the accessibility of styled form controls:
https://developer.paciellogroup.com/blog/2018/07/short-note-on-the-accessibility-of-styled-form-controls/

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