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

The Week's News in Access 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:

2) Tech Doctor Commemoration

Here's a Tech Doctor podcast for the occasion:

3) Demo of the First Accessible iPhone (MP3)

This is David Woodbridge's iPhone 3GS demo from nearly ten years ago:

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:

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:

6) Using Narrator with the Keypad

This video documents a bit about using Narrator with the numeric keypad:

7) Color and Contrast

Jared Smith from WebAIM talks about color and contrast:

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

This is a philosophy piece from CBC Radio:

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:

10) Orbit Reader Upgrades

You can now upgrade Orbit Reader from the SD card, without being tied to a Windows PC:

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:

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:

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:

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