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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Volume 692

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Webinar: Take The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group
January 31st 2019

Webinar: Take The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group - January 31st 2019

Come and join us for this informative webinar hosted by Larry Lewis and the Paciello Group!

What: Webinar: Take The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group

When: Thursday, January 31st 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


About: Join Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships with The Paciello Group on January 31st 2019 at 12:00 PM EST as he explains how to make JAWS testing of web content more intuitive and efficient for people who are not "power" screenreader users.

Larry will examine the value of assistive technology, or AT, as well as the importance of having non-visually impaired individuals knowledgeable about AT tools to empathize and build a connection between themselves and people with visual disabilities.

He will describe in detail how to use TPG's testing tool, JAWS Inspect, to streamline screenreader testing, minimizing the necessity for comprehensive JAWS training for sighted developers and testers as well as for use in situations when in-depth JAWS training is not feasible due to time and budget constraints.

To register for this webinar, visit:


1) AccessWorld Offers Lots of Braille-Related Info

The January 2019 issue of AccessWorld contains two articles on advanced tactile watches, an overview of Braille support on the Kindle Fire Tablet, a review of the Braille Blaster program from APH, and a discussion of the new operating systems for the Apple Watch, Apple RV and the Mac:

2A) NVDA News

The first issue of InProcess for the year informs us of an NVDA update affecting speakers of at least one language, the updated certification exam, and more:

2B) Users Can Influence NVDA Development by Completing a Survey:

3A) Consumer Electronics Show, Tek Talk Focus and Blog Post

Again this year, Tek Talk will feature a program highlighting discoveries from CES, on GMT 22 January at 01:00:

3B) This Double Tap Canada post discusses the event as well:

4) Audio-Only Games

This GameRevolution post mentions a number of audio-only games on different platforms:

5) A User Testimonial About Envision

This entrepreneur finds the Envision app useful:

6) WayAround Updates

Read the post or listen to the recorded webinar about enhancements in version 2.3 of this Android and iOS app for object identification:

7) Audio Fitness Programs with Text Explanations Still Free

Thanks to donations, the Eyes-Free Fitness Workout programs from Blind Alive can be downloaded free, with donations needed to continue the availability:

8) ElBraille Enthusiast

This YouTube Video Discusses the ElBraille:

9) Producing Professional Podcasts With Your iPhone

This 15-minute podcast introduces Backpack Studio, an accessible iOS app for audio production:

10) Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR Vs. 3D Touch on the XS.

This Apple Insider article is entitled "What Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR can do, and how it differs from 3D Touch on the iPhone XS:"

11) T-Mobile TV Survey

T-Mobile is developing a television service and seeks participants in a short survey for people with visual impairments about what is important to them. Respondents get a $15 Amazon gift card:

12) SWIFT Programming

"Downloading & Managing Playgrounds" is the latest in Hadley Institute's training materials on coding:

13) Sight and Sound Technology Podcast

This episode features two interviews and a discussion of accessing Apple Music on the Braille Sense Polaris:

14) Enrolment for Hartgen Consultancy PowerPoint Course Extended

People can sign up for this course until Monday 21 January 2019:

15) Be Safe on the Internet

This page's author describes it as "An open source checklist of resources designed to improve your online privacy and security:"

16) 8 Helpful Apps For People Who Are Blind

This Easterseals Blog post offers one user's compendium of favorite apps, this time, for the iPhone:

17) Advances in Digital Accessibility

In Eyes on Success Episode 1903, Larry Lewis talks about his new role as Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships for the Paciello Group, after many years running Flying Blind, LLC. They talk about the importance of accessibility and learn about some of the tools and resources available from the Paciello Group to assist with creating accessible designs:

18A) Training and Support from Aira

Aira has released a free packet of audio training materials for users of the service and those looking into it. Files are available as a DAISY book or as individual MP3 files:

18B) Users of Aira's free services, and those considering the service, can now join the existing discussion e-mail list. to do this, send a blank message to

19) Blind Bargains Qast Outtakes and Bloopers

Blind Bargains Qast 171 is the annual humorous look back at the year in Blind Bargains Qast production:


Flying Blind, LLC Highlights:


1.) The Paciello Group - Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Struggling to manage the adverse risk posed to your organization by the deployment of inaccessible content? Seeking guidance on building accessibility best practices into your development cycle? We offer a comprehensive range of services to address your accessibility needs - from accessibility testing of your websites, web applications and mobile apps to identify accessibility issues ...

2.) JAWS Inspect - Your Visual Resource for Accessibility Testing - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
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 ...

3.) Introducing TPG Tutor - Your eLearning, One Stop Shop for Accessibility Training - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
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 ...

4.) Introducing ARC, Your Agile and Affordable Path to Accessibility - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
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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