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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Volume 697

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) February 2019 AccessWorld Full of Articles

The February 2019 issue of AccessWorld has more articles than many issues have had: 'A Senior's Buying Guide for Your First Accessible Computer, Smartphone, and Tablet,' 'Basic VoiceOver Gestures For the New iPhone User,' 'Making Voice Assistants Smart for Seniors: Tips for Optimizing the Amazon Echo or Google Home,' 'Accessible Cellphones Open Doors for People with Visual Impairments,' 'Home, Safe Home: Getting Started with Accessible Home Security,' 'Solutions For Seniors with Age-Related Vision Loss: Products under $100,' 'New Tech for 2019: A Wrap-Up of the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference,' 'Book Review: Blindness for Beginners: A Renewed Vision of the Possible, by Maribel Steel,' 'A New WayAround Object Identification for People with Visual Impairments,' and more:

2) Accessible Online Calculus Course

Here is a free calculus course with accessible math content:

3) Using NFB Newsline with iOS

NFB Newsline is holding a Zoom webinar for those wanting to learn more about NFB Newsline Mobile. This will take place on GMT Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at 01:00:

4) Phone Conference on How Students Can Participate in STEM

The NFB and its student affiliate will hold a conference call for students, parents and teachers about succeeding in science, technology, engineering and math courses. This will take place on GMT Monday, 25 February at 01:00. Call (712) 770-5197 📱️, and enter access code 265669:

5) 12 Awesomely Useful Siri Shortcuts For Your iPhone

Some of the shortcuts in this Apple Toolbox article could indeed be very handy:

6) Finding a Perfect Bluetooth Headset

This blog post outlines one user's quest and its result:

7) Accessing Entertainment with Technology on Tech it Out

The next Tech it Out discussion will focus on audio described content, smart TV's and the like, and will take place on GMT Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at 01:00:

8) Google: Fighting Disinformation Across Our Products

This post discusses a white paper presented by Google to keep information usable:

9) Google Search is Not Private at All

DuckDuckGo seeks to provide a private search experience. This post explains, and dispels common privacy myths:

10) How I Fell Out of Love with the Internet

Since we're talking about big picture matters, this thought-provoking opinion piece is rather dizzying!

11) BBQ #173

Back to more standare fare, Blind Bargains Qast #173 is here:

12) Blind Technology Trivia

Jonathan Mosen's Blind Technology Trivia game is now available in the US Alexa store. One to four people can play:

13) BrailleNote Touch Plus

HumanWare has upgraded the Braillenote Touch to run Android Oreo and contain more memory:

14) Blind Friendly Architecture on Eyes on Success

Eyes on Success #1908 repeats a show from a few years back interviewing a blind architect:

15) Review of Bose Frames

Bose Frames are augmented reality sunglasses that are designed to provide audio interfaces and experiences to our world. This review covers the glasses and the accompanying app:

16) 'Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA' Draft Seeking Input

The Accessible Platform Architectures working group has a paper on CAPTCHA inaccessibility almost ready to submit, and seeks comments by 24 March 2019:


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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 ...

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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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