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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 4, 2019 - Volume 714

The Week's News in Access Technology

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Happy US Independence Day!

1) Replay of FS Open Line

FSCast #172 is a replay of the June FS Open Line:

2) 14 In-Demand Skills You Can Learn Online NOW

There might be a good skill here, and perhaps some of the learning materials are accessible:

3) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for June 2019

This is the regular monthly update:

4) Voice Dream Scanner and Microsoft Soundscape Inducted Into iOS App Hall of Fame

These two popular programs have been awarded with Hall of Fame Membership:

5) Voice Dream Apps on Sale

Speaking of Voice Dream Scanner, it is on sale, along with Voice Dream Reader and Writer, until 6 July 2019. These apps are enjoyed by virtually everybody who uses them:

6A) Lucia Cell Phone on Tek Talk

Lucia is a basic mobile phone that is designed for people with vision loss who cannot handle a smartphone. Hear about it on Tek Talk on GMT 9 July 2019 at 00:0:0

6B) Tek Talk Archives

Incidentally, recordings are always made of Tek Talk a few days after the live airing. Look for them here:

7) Differences between the Editor in Office 2016 and Office 365 for screen reader users:

This post explains procedures for checking spelling in both versions of Office, and shows that features in Office 365 are more powerful:

8) Accessibility Testing Tools and When to Use Them

This free Paciello Group webinar takes place GMT 16:00 on Thursday, 11 July 2019:

9) Less Expensive JAWS and ZoomText Certifications

Throughout July 2019, certifications of competence in JAWS and ZoomText will be reduced by 80%, meaning that new certifications can be purchased for around $20:

10) Free BrailleNote Touch Plus Audio Tutorial

This tutorial from Mystic Access is available to all in MP3 and DAISY formats:

11) Android iOS Comparison from Mystic Access

The next free class from Mystic Access will offer a comparison of these two systems, on GMT Friday, 26 July 2019 at 00:30. To get registration information, join the mailing list, which can be done from any of their pages including this Free Downloads page:

12) Dating in the Digital Age

Speaking of Mystic Access, Eyes on Success interviews Kim Loftus about her book about online dating for Episode #1927:

13) Gear up for Summer Conventions with BBQ #187

Lots of anticipation for the NFB convention, with lists of products, but also good information about developments with other products and especially Tap Tap See:

14) How to Meet WCAG (Quick Reference)

This is a well-designed summary of Web Accessibility guidelines:


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