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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Volume 716

The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) July 2019 AccessWorld

The latest AccessWorld includes a comparison of the BrailleNote Touch and the Braille Sense Polaris, report on the current accessibility of the Jitterbug phone, a review of an NBP book we mentioned before here concerning formatting Word documents, information on the ActiView app for offering audio description, innovations at Procter and Gamble to provide accessibility, and coverage of the Shipt grocery delivery service:

2) WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #8

This survey has gained enough popularity that advocates for different screen readers try to rally fellow-users so that their screen reader gets high numbers. Results are used for setting policy, so all are encouraged to complete it:

3) Developments at NVAccess

The 31 July 2019 issue of InProcess tells us about progress of NVDA 2019.2 and the transition of NVDA to Python Version 3:

4) 6 Essential Amazon Echo Tips You'll Use Every Day

CNet brings us this list:

5) Narrator Improvements in Windows 18945

Microsoft continues to improve Narrator as this post documents:

6) Amazon on Blind Abilities Podcast

Episode 5 covers all things Amazon:

7) That Blind Tech Show Covers Summer News

The highly sound-effect-enhanced That Blind Tech Show is back to keep us all up to date:

8) Shared Hosting vs Cloud Hosting

This podcast helps distinguish between them:

9) Apple Releases WWDC 2019 Session Video Transcripts

iMore reports that it is now much easier to find what was discussed at WWDC:

10) Summer Convention Interviews

BlindBargains offers 12 interviews from different vendors from the NFB and ACB conventions:

11) Jonathan Mosen on Apple

As bonus content for the recent documentary on the 10th anniversary of the accessible iPhone, here is a 45-minute interview with Jonathan Mosen on his Apple evolution:

12) Using the iPad as a Laptop Replacement, Part 1

The second part of the series will appear once ipad OS 13 is released, with all its iPad enhancements, but here is how things look at present:

13) Enhancements to the Outlook Calendar with Leasey

Brian Hartgen has studied the interactions between JAWS and the Outlook calendar, and implemented enhancements for Leasey and JSay:

14) Tech It Out Discussion Group

Archives of Hadley Institute's Tech it Out can be found here, with discussions on reading devices, GPS and more, and you can register for the August event:

15) Four-Part YouTube Series on Safari with VoiceOver

Fedora Outlier, LLC has created this set of training materials:

16) EnVision America on Tek Talk

Hear about the latest in prescription labeling on Tek Talk on GMT 6 August 2019 at 00:00:


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