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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 20, 2019 - Volume 712

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Ten Year Anniversary of Accessible iPhone

The main news from this week isn't news, but a recognition of the ten-year anniversary of the revolutionary implementation of VoiceOver on the iPhone 3GS, making the device accessible. Listen to, or read a transcript, of a thorough documentary by Shelly Brisbin:
http://www.36seconds.org/

2) Tech Doctor Commemoration

Here's a Tech Doctor podcast for the occasion:
https://www.dr-carter.com/

3) Demo of the First Accessible iPhone (MP3)

This is David Woodbridge's iPhone 3GS demo from nearly ten years ago:
https://s134.podbean.com/pb/6d92b6672bc417cad97f959f883fdb1d/5d0a6a17/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/001_orientation_to_the_iPhone_with_VoiceOver.mp3?pbss=376975a9-9c46-5e2b-91d0-a79202f51efc

4) New Accessibility Features Coming to iOS13

Here is a list of the VoiceOver-related changes seen in Developer Beta 1, which we should all see in September:
https://www.reddit.com/r/iOSBeta/comments/c1cztq/feature_everything_new_with_voiceover_in_ios_13/

5) iOS 13 Shortcut Complexity

There will be a lot of power in Siri Shortcuts in iOS13, but how to make use of it? This video may create more questions than it answers, but it's a start:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAfVC3g4OTI

6) Using Narrator with the Keypad

This video documents a bit about using Narrator with the numeric keypad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs7oVP9otWg&feature=youtu.be

7) Color and Contrast

Jared Smith from WebAIM talks about color and contrast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUlonNewGk

8) The Promise And Pitfalls Of Assistive Technologies For People With Visual Impairments

This is a philosophy piece from CBC Radio:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen/support-systems-1.5157165/the-promise-and-pitfalls-of-assistive-technologies-for-people-with-visual-impairments-1.5164698

9) Game Night on Tek Talk

There will be lots of discussion around iOS and Windows games on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at 00:00. Of course, shows are recorded, and if you don't know how to figure out when the show airs live, let us know and we'll guide you:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

10) Orbit Reader Upgrades

You can now upgrade Orbit Reader from the SD card, without being tied to a Windows PC:
https://www.orbitresearch.com/new-feature-announcement-firmware-upgrade-from-sd-card/

11) Orbit Reader Again Available from APH

The price has risen to $695, but now this useful Braille device is again available from American Printing House:
http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Orbit%20Reader%2020_37339883P_10001_11051

12) Voice OCR app for iOS

Development is resuming on the $4.95 Voice app, which can read handwriting and print with voice or touch commands:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/ocr-app-voice-another-update-version-41

13) Preparing for Vision Loss on Eyes on Success

Episode #1925 is an encore presentation from a few years ago, discussing how to prepare for vision loss if it is coming:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) BBQ #185

Blind Bargains Qast is right on schedule:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/20074

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