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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 13, 2019 - Volume 711

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) June AccessWorld

the June, 2019 issue of AccessWorld includes "Get Technology Help and More for Free Using AIRA and Be My Eyes," "Book Review: Getting Visual Assistance with Your iPhone: Now You Can Just Be Friends with Your Friends, by Judy Dixon," "iHearit: a Review of MFi-Supported Hearing Aids From a VoiceOver User’s Perspective," "The Accessibility of the Weight Watchers Website and iOS and watchOS Apps," and "An Interview with Kelly Egan, Customer Relations Manager for the Sprint Corporation."

2A) Updates to JAWS, Fusion and ZoomText

In the past, all the new features JAWS was going to get for the year came in the annual update. Now, enhancements come year round. The June update features Enhance Support for Accessing Comments and Revisions in Braille, Support for Reading Math Content in Kindle Books, Notepad++ Support, Support for the PuTTY and SecureCRT Emulators, Changed How JAWS works with the Access Bridge for Java Applications, and many fixes. The JAWS upgrade is here:

2B) Fusion and ZoomText:

The Fusion and ZoomText upgrades are here:

3) Madden NFL 20 Accessibility Advancements

Lots of accessibility enhancements to this popular game, some of which benefit blind players:

4) How to Use Google Chrome's Hidden Reader Mode

Chrome finally has a Reader Mode, enabling reading of ad-filled articles and posts with ease. For the moment, enabling it is a little geeky, but this process will presumably get easier in future:

5) New User Group for BrailleNote

A modern user group for the BrailleNote family has been formed. To join, send a blank message to:

6) NVDACon Seeks Program Ideas

This year's 2019 NVDACon International will take place in August. Planners are looking for program ideas:

7) Blind Bargains Qast #184, Back to WWDC

We'll include more WWDC retrospectives, including the 90-minute one from Blind Bargains:

8) Parallel #19: Apple's Full Accessibility Plate

I don't know if this is the same interview with the Apple director of Global Accessibility and Initiatives as other podcasts, or a different one:

9) That Blind Tech Show talks Apple

Here is a summary from this BlindAbilities off shoot:

10) Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast#177

This crew also covers the Apple happenings:

11) Audible Traffic Signals on Tek Talk

Audible Traffic Signals is the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 00:00:

12) Coding Camp in Boston for All Who Can Get There

Our Space Our Place Coding Camp, July 15 - 19 2019, for Blind Youth Ages 11-21:

13) AccessWatch 360 Podcast on Instagram

This podcast highlights the accessibility of this social networking site:

14) Book Discussion, Format Word Documents, on Eyes on Success

Eyes on Success #1924 features a discussion of this recent National Braille Press Book we mentioned a few weeks ago:


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