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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Volume 677

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1A) New Version of NVDA, and NVDA Remote

NVDA 2018.3.2 Is now available, the main release being quickly enhanced by UPDATES that fixed problems for Firefox and Chrome users under some circumstances. This version supports many more braille displays and support for some Windows 10 features including the Emoji panel:

1B) The NVDA Remote app needed to be updated to work on this and future NVDA releases. It has been updated:

2A) Travel Tips Document

Sendero Group has a document on their web site called @Travel Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques

3A) Suggestions for Siri Shortcuts

David Woodbridge summarizes the progress he has made in creating Siri shortcuts:

3B) This YouTube video provides instruction about the Shortcuts app:

4) New Mac OS

The latest operating system for the Mac is out. Learn about 'The New Features, Changes, and Accessibility Bugs in MacOS Mojave for Blind and Low Vision Users':

5) Accessibility of Apple Watch Series 4

iMore tells us 'What Apple Watch Series 4 Means for Accessibility':

6) Not Everybody Likes Face ID

This blog post expresses 'thoughts about how as a VoiceOver user, Face ID, although accessible, is not very efficient:'

7) History of Speech Synthesis and Voice Assistants

This transcript contains lots of examples from the history of computerized voice communication:

8A) FS Open Line on JAWS 20-19 Beta; Vispero

The next Open Line brings several high-level staff together to answer questions about the JAWS 2019 public beta. The show is live at 18:00 GMT on Thursday, 27 September:

8B) Meanwhile, Freedom Scientific's parent company has a new name and brand:

9A) Cheat Sheets and Tutorials

The Statewide Resource Center in Victoria, Australia, offers some tech tutorials:

9B) And some "Cheat Sheets" on different programs:

10A) Free Class, Website Building Tutorial from Mystic Access

The free Mystic Access class for September 2018 guides us on "Transitioning from Internet Explorer to Another Web Browser." It takes place on GMT Friday, 28 September 2018 at 00:30 GMT, 8:30 PM EST:

10B) They will offer an extensive course on building a web site with WordPress, details to come in October 2018:

11A) iOS and Mac Resources

Jonathan Mosen discusses his book on iOS12, and the new OS, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at 00:00 GMT, 8:00 PM EST. This may be the last event he hosts for Freedom Scientific, as he is leaving to pursue other opportunities:

11B) The latest Tech Doctor podcast covers new operating systems and hardware:

12) Survey opportunity:

Researchers from Indiana University Bloomington are conducting a study to understand the use of camera-based assistive technologies by people with visual impairments. Participants can enter a drawing for a $20 gift certificate:

13) Access to National Parks

Access to national parks is the focus of Eyes on Success #1839:


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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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