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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Volume 699

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join The Paciello Group Team at CSUN 2019

Photo of the 2019 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference sign just below The Paciello Group logo.

20 years ago this month I had the pleasure of working my first CSUN Conference. Two decades later, and I couldn't think of a better way for me to celebrate my 20 year CSUN Anniversary than by working alongside, and standing with the most comprehensive, competent group of Digital Accessibility Professionals that this Industry has to offer. I am fortunate to be a part of a team with so such depth of Accessibility know-how.

I'm looking forward to meeting, and reconnecting with those of you planning to attend next week's proceedings in Anaheim, CA. Be it in the Exhibit Hall, during my Presentation, or in our Hospitality Suite, I'm very excited to be making new friends and spending more time with current ones.

Please visit the link below for a list of Paciello Group presentations, and be sure to swing by Booth 409 in the Exhibit Hall to say "Hello"! May your travels be uneventful and safe as you make your way to Anaheim next week!

2019 CSUN Paciello Group Presentation Schedule

Larry L. Lewis, Jr.


1) Let's Talk Tips Newsletter

The Monthly Let's Talk Tips Newsletter from Canada contains some Tech information each month:

2) Why Emojis of Blindness are Important

This post discusses the happiness one user experienced that there is now an emoji of a white cane:

3) Nearby Explorer Becomes Access Explorer

A new company has taken on development of the Nearby Explorer apps:

4) NFB Reviews The Braille Me

The NFB blog reviews this low-cost Braille device:

5) Back to Video Games Thanks to Be My Eyes

An avid gamer uses Be My Eyes volunteers to get past the inaccessible portions of XBox games:

6) Speak TTS Adds Languages and Voices for Android

Several NeoSpeech voices are available and some voices for other languages as well:

7) Accessible iOS Music Training Tool

TenuTo contains 24 customizable exercises for the student of music:

8) Ways to Reduce Battery Drainage in iOS

This article lists a lot of ways to improve battery performance:

9) Such a Site Plethora of Resources

Glenda Such has put together a growing site with iOS, JAWS and NVDA resources along with other useful information:

10) Five awesome Android Apps You Can't Get from the Play Store

These are legitimate apps you might want to try, courtesy of Android Guys:

11) Cash Reader, Bill Identifier for Android

Cash Reader has been available for iOS. It identifies a lot of currencies, and is available for subscription or outright purchase:

12) How (And Why) to Run Portable Versions of Windows

This HowToGeek post gives options for portable copies of Windows. Don't know about the accessibility of the process:

13) 100 apps that work with Siri Shortcuts

iMore keeps adding to and updating this list of useful places to use shortcuts:

14) Really Big Shortcut Collection from MacStories

This growing collection of Siri shortcuts is currently at 150:

15) NV Access In Process March 1st 2019

Get updates about NVDA and a summary of text navigation keystrokes:

16) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for February 2019

Six days ago, the Applevis team gave us their handy monthly summary of Apple accessibility news:

17) Aira Podcast #4 (MP3)

Learn of the latest innovations from Aira in this regular podcast:

18) Demo of Ear Hockey

This podcast is a demo of a Microsoft Garage project, a game called Ear Hockey:

19) Maccessibility Round Table Podcast

Five knights of the Round Table discuss a variety of Apple technology issues:

20) BBQ 174
Here we have a shorter, more in-depth Blind Bargains Qast:

21) Code Jumper on Eyes on Success

Episode 1910 discusses this new initiative to teach programming:


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