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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Volume 678

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) New Version of Audacity, Updated Accessibility Guide

Audacity Version 2.30 is out for sound editing, and David Bales has updated his Guide to Audacity for JAWS users, which will mostly benefit users of other screen readers as well, to take in the new features:

2) Pros and Cons of the New Aira Glasses

This Audio Pizza podcast features a discussion of Aira's new glasses:

3A) New Narrator Guide

Windows 10, Version 1809 has been released and is being gradually sent out to Windows 10 Users. The Narrator screen reader has received a lot of improvements, and the new User Guide is here:

3B) Narrator on Tek Talk

This version will be featured on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 9 October at 00:00: Narrator:

4) Updates to Leasey Coming; Hear the Details

Leasey keeps gaining strengths, and we have a couple Leasey Byte recordings to demonstrate them [MP3]:

5) Double Tap Online

Double Tap Online is the new site to support the Double Tap Canada podcast, providing details on the topics covered there:

6) Repository of Old Sounds

A website called Conserve the Sound has recordings of the sounds made by old phones, rubber stamps, pinball machines, cameras, typewriters, fans, video game consoles, and other products from 1910 onwards:

7) Recording of First Hadley Tech it Out

Hadley now holds monthly technology discussions. Here we have the recording of the first one:

8) EU Ratifies Marrakesh

The European Union has ratified the Marrakesh Treaty, allowing books for print disabled people to travel across borders:

9) Finding Song Lyrics in iOS

This podcast discusses How to Search for Songs by Song Lyrics in iOS:

10) Blind Post Classifieds

The October 2018 Blind Post classified news will be emailed on or before the 9th of October. Please email all submissions by 6 October 2018 to:

11) Voice Access Android App

The new Voice Access Android app gives users total command and control over their device by voice:

12) Braille Screen Input; Aira

There's still another Blind Side podcast in the offing, and Episode #105 features a demonstration of the iOS Braille screen input feature and elaboration of Jonathan Mosen's move to Aira [MP3]:

12B) More about that move in this Mosen Explosion closing blog post:

13) Blind Bargains Qast

Here's the latest Blind Bargains Qast:

14) Comprehensive WordPress Course Coming

You can read about and pre-order the $99 course on building a web site using WordPress from Mystic Access:

15) Podcast on YouTube

Jay from ATW360 talks about the various options available for TV viewing using YouTube:

16) Working on Accessibility at Google

Episode #1840 of Eyes on Success features an interview with Google Accessibility employees:


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