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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Volume 725

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) Historic Blind Bargains Qast #193

Historic, because yours truly (Dean Martineau) made my first appearance on the show to discuss Windows Keyboard Power User Guide and Top Tech Tidbits, among other things. You will also find lots of Amazon coverage and the week's news:

2) NV Access In Process 1 October 2019

Learn about the beta of NVDA 2019.2.1 to fix some difficulties, updates to the for-sale documentation, and more:

3) WebAIM 2019 Screen Reader Survey Results

This survey had more respondents outside North America than previous surveys, thus providing better representation of the global screen reader user audience. NVDA now shows as having more users than JAWS:

4) Yahoo Finance App Makes Charts Accessible To The Blind

This feature is also available generally in iOS 13. Blind people can gain much more from graphs thanks to these innovations:

5) Tech Talk: Amazon Special

In Episode #296 of RNIB Tech talk comes coverage of Amazon's 15 new devices:

6) Amazon's Big Announcements For Blind People

this Double Tap blog explains about a few of the devices and their benefits:

7) 10 Weirdest Things You Can Make Amazon Echo Do

Here's a CNET article to complement all of these Amazon updates:

8) iOS 13.1 Reviewed On That Blind Tech Show

The hosts talk about the new iOS pros and cons:

9) Bookshare Has Delivered 15 Million Books

This blog post celebrates the milestone and talks of things to come:

10) Scanning and Reading Apps by SmartLife Tech Cast

This CNIB podcast discusses the past and present of reading and scanning apps:

11) OrCam on Tek Talk

Hear about the OrCam MyEye 2 wearable artificial intelligence device for people with vision loss on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 8 October at 00:00.

12) CAVI Back with Python and Linux Courses

The Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired will offer courses in Python Fundamentals and Linux Fundamentals in 2020. To express interest and get particulars, email

13) New and Noteworthy for September 2019 from AppleVis

Here's a timely blog post to summarize a busy month:

14) iOS 13 from iACast

iACast #131 offers its perspective on our latest iOS update:

15) iOS 13 Edition of iOS Access for All is coming!

Shelly anticipates that the biggest book in her annual series will appear in mid-November 2019:

16) The Best Ways to Use Google Assistant Reminders

This article from the A.V. Club is valid for the Google Home app on many devices:


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