Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 6, 2018 - Volume 674
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Here is an updated version of a document entitled "How Does a Blind Person Use a Computer or Smartphone, Anyway?"
2) We have an audio file describing a new free OCR program for the Mac, VOCR [MP3]:
3) WebAIM conducted its first survey of users with low vision in 2013. The second survey is available for completion by 30 September 2018. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards:
4) The AppleVis team is punctual as usual with "What's New and Noteworthy for August 2018:"
5) Freedom Scientific held its first talk show, and here is the recording on FSCast [MP3]:
6A) Until now, Skype users had to use third-party programs if they wanted to record Skype conversations. Now, with Skype 8, we can do this from within Skype:
6B) Brian Hartgen is building support for Skype version 8 into the Leasey app. Here is an audio file demonstrating what will soon be available [MP3]:
7A) Since Tek Talk is switching to the Zoom platform for its events, they offer a two-hour training on its use on GMT Tuesday, 11 September 2018 at 00:00. As always, recordings are available shortly after, and as always, if you need help translating GMT into your time zone, just ask us:
7B) Brian Hartgen has updated his free JAWS scripts for the Zoom platform:
8) By using its screenshot reader feature, the makers of Equatio for Google say you can turn any equation across the web into accessible, editable math:
9A) Mystic Access offers six modules, around six hours of training on iOS for $75 as a digital download:
9B) And they're offering six more modules via live weekly trainings for $15 each:
10) For $19.95, the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind offers a personalized tactile map of the surroundings of any address:
11) We published a link for the SmartVision2 which didn't work in Internet Explorer. This link should work in that browser:
12) The WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1 is replacing WCAG 2.0. What does this mean?
13) This post discusses the importance of text accessibility, and the IBM Content Clarifier:
14) David Woodbridge demonstrates the Repeat Timer app for iPhone and Apple Watch, useful for radio production and doubtless other life activities [MP3]:
15) Blind Bargains Qast #155 appeared around the US on Labor Day, so here it is:
16) Nancy and Peter worked as research physicists before retirement, and they discuss many aspects of their careers in Eyes On Success Episode #1836:
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If you are employed by, or lead an Organization committed to providing manual, accessibility test services for web content using the JAWS screenreader, but your testing and developer teams have individuals who are not JAWS users, then the newly released JAWS Inspect Solution is your missing ingredient for optimizing your test processes while maximizing your accessibility efforts ...
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Have you been directed to make a website or mobile app 'accessible', but have no idea where to begin? Or perhaps you know a bit about accessibility and really want to immerse yourself in the field, but you can't afford to have you or your ...
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Whether you are a novice to accessibility or a seasoned pro, sometimes your best start to accessibility is to let technology do some of the heavy lifting. Designers, developers and testers dealing with an accessibility project or program are looking ...
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OWAC Onsite = $1,000.00 USD + Pre-approved travel expenses. | OWAC Remote = $500.00 USD
The OWAC Professional Development Workshop marries decades of assistive technology know-how with the fast-paced expectations of a predominantly sighted world. Are you serving students ...
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This book represents a 'must have' for any direct service provider working with vision impaired consumers who are using iOS technology within their educational or pre-vocational settings ...
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