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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 20, 2018 - Volume 688

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) InProcess with Latest NVDA News

Learn about the official release of NVDA 2018.4, and get an explanation about Emojis:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-18th-december-18/

2) Text Tutorial on Emojis

Speaking of Emojis, now that NVDA 2018.4 and JAWS 2019 support them more robustly, here is a tutorial about how to use the Emoji panel:
https://win10.groups.io/g/win10/message/30067

3) How to Set Up an iDevices Switch as a Blind Person

This short post gives the needed information:
https://kevinrenatojones.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/how-to-set-up-an-idevices-switch-as-a-blind-person/

4) Microsoft Reveals Accessibility Goals for Chromium Browsers on Windows

With the demise of Microsoft Edge as we know it, here is some news about its successor project:
https://www.windowslatest.com/2018/12/15/microsoft-reveals-accessibility-goals-for-chromium-browsers-on-windows/

5) Web Accessibility Laws & Policies

This is a good place to learn about web accessibility laws throughout the world:
https://www.w3.org/WAI/policies/

6) I Threw Away My Mouse

In this 24 Accessibility Talk, the speaker discusses using keyboard-only navigation on over 200 web pages, and the difficulties he encountered:
https://www.24a11y.com/2018/i-threw-away-my-mouse/

7A) Major New Alexa Skills

NFB Newsline is now available via Alexa. Articles are read using your Newsline phone settings:
https://www.amazon.com/National-Federation-the-Blind-NFB-NEWSLINE/dp/B07KZZZ8C9

7B) Apple Music Too

Apple Music is also becoming available via Alexa:
https://www.facebook.com/1179121802205288/posts/1881039538680174/

8) Improvements Made to Horizon and Aira Service

Some of this information is pertinent to those accessing Aira using free offers:
https://aira.io/horizon-updates-dec-2018

9) CNIB Podcasts

The CNIB Podcast Network is a collection of audio programming designed to give a voice to people across the CNIB community as they share their personal stories of life with sight loss:
https://cnib.ca/en/node/4496

10) Hadley Discussion of Digital Assistants

Tthis is the replay of the December 2018 Tech it Out Forum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFuPN3KKsy4&feature=youtu.be

11) FS Open Line Replay

FSCast #174 is a replay of the December 2018 Open Line Talk Show (MP3):
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/f/1/4/f14d57021bbed1a4/FSCast164.mp3

12) Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast

Episode #168 includes discussion of Apple Music on Alexa, Shortcuts, updates and new purchases:
http://maccessibility.net/2018/12/09/mrtp-166-failing-differently

13) Golden Apples of 2018

The AppleVis Community names Weather Gods, FEER, Seeing AI, and Microsoft as its Golden Apples of 2018:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-assistive-technology-gaming-ios-apps-news/applevis-community-names-weather-gods-feer

14) AccessWorld for December 2018

The December 2018 issue of AccessWorld includes information for gift shoppers, explanation of the new JAWS and ZoomText subscription plans, explanation of ABLE accounts, and reviews of the NVIDIA Shield TV and the Insignia Smart TV, Fire TV Edition:
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw1912toc

15) Last Blind Bargains Qast of the Year?

There is usually a Year End Edition, but here is episode #168:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=19784

16) Blindfold Games and ObjectiveEd

Episode 1851, presumably the next-to-last one of the year, of Eyes on Success, covers these two endeavors of Marty Schultz:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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