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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 6, 2018 - Volume 686

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1A) Android or iOS?

The question of switching from one phone OS to the other continues. One blind user is trying out Android and enjoying it this time around:
http://steve.sawczyn.com/android-giving-pie-a-try/

1B) Flip Side

While another writer, not using adaptive technology, went to Android a year ago and regrets it:
https://www.businessinsider.com/why-switching-from-iphone-to-google-pixel-isnt-worth-it-2018-12

2) Successful Blind Developer

This post is entitled "Stories from the Trenches: What I've learned from Working as a Blind Developer for a Sighted Dev Team:"
https://www.24a11y.com/2018/stories-from-the-trenches/

3) Rivo 2

At $300, Rivo 2 is a bit expensive, but it provides an alternative interface to smart phones which may make their use easier for some, and provide power and flexibility:
http://rivo.me/en/

4) Latest from AppleVis

AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for November 2018:
https://www.applevis.com/blog

5) J-Dictate V. 1.5

J-Dictate version 1.5 was released in November 2018. This provides less strain on the PCU in Windows10, is compatible with JAWS version 2019 and is a lot more responsive when moving from one application to another with the microphone awake:
http://www.hartgen.org/j-dictate

6) Using Microsoft PowerPoint with JAWS

This Hartgen Consultancy course will consist of four lessons starting on 22 January 2019, and cost 50 pounds:
http://www.hartgen.org/power

7) Blind Bargains Qast 166

A lot about TV buying and viewing, and more:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=19715

8) Office 365 Vs. Office 19

This is Microsoft's explanation of the differences between these two related programs:
https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/office-365/176224/office-2019-vs-office-365-whats-really-happening

9) Apps for Everyday Life

Here is one trainer's perspective on the best iOS apps to solve various challenges:
https://www.second-sense.org/2018/11/app-for-that/

10) Microsoft Accessibility Learning Webinars

Starting in January 2019, Microsoft will begin conducting monthly webinars, including video presentations and Q&A sessions, on accessibility topics. The first three will cover Narrator, magnifier and low vision features, and navigating the new office ribbon:
https://sway.office.com/ofnj0y3PT7dnqb0Z?ref=Link

11) 142 Useful Voice Commands for Siri

ComputerWorld provides this list of Siri commands:
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3261408/apple-mac/hey-siri-142-useful-voice-commands-for-siri.html

12) Videos to Teach Coding

Hadley has created six videos helping visually impaired would-be coders learn the vision accessibility features in Apple's Swift Playgrounds app:
https://hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos.asp#Swift%20Playgrounds

13) See Audio Description in Action

This is the trailer for the Disney movie Frozen. Without audio description, a viewer with a visual impairment would be lost. Here is what it's like with audio description:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7j4_aP8dWA

14) Blindness for Beginners

This is the title of Eyes on Success Episode #1849, and the title of a book by the interviewee:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

15) Book on Dropbox Featured on Tek Talk

Judi Dixon's book on the Dropbox cloud storage service will be her topic on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 11 December at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

16) Blind Post

The submission deadline for the December 2018 issue of The Blind Post is 8 December. Read about the publication here:
http://www.theblindpost.com

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