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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Volume 735

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Check out the Recording of Last Week's Webinar 'Overcoming Obstacles of Manual Accessibility Testing'!

Photo of a computer monitor sitting on a desktop with a coffee cup and pencil caddy on either side. Over the monitor are the words: Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader. In the lower left hand corner is a photo of Larry Lewis, hands on a keyboard, smiling. In the lower right hand corner sits the The Paciello Group Logo. In the center are the words: Recording.

For those of you who may have missed it, we're sharing the recording to the webinar that Larry Lewis conducted last week: "Overcoming Obstacles to Manual Accessibility Testing".

This webinar is approximately 45 minutes in length, but covers a lot of ground.

Please feel free to reach out by email with any questions, or to obtain a copy of the slide deck that was used at: ✉!

Webinar Recording: Overcoming Obstacles of Manual Accessibility Testing


1) Use Lookout To Explore Your Surroundings

Lookout is an Android app that uses computer vision to assist people who are blind or have low vision in gaining information about their surroundings:

2) Lots of Antad Podcasts

There have been at least three podcasts in this series aimed to demystify Android and encourage its use by blind people:

3) Configuring Auto TTS, An Application for Android

This YouTube podcast comes from India, and gives a thorough description of the app:

4) Audio Tutorial on the Apple Watch

If you already bought the earlier Apple Watch tutorial from Mystic Access, you can get the updated version free. The $39 tutorial lasts over six hours and gives comprehensive information about using the Watch with VoiceOver:

5) Free Tutorial on Dolphin GuideConnect

Mystic Access offers this 5-hour free tutorial on using the Domphin product designed for the elderly and computer neophites stepping into the computer world. MP3 and DAISY version are available:

6) Other Free Downloads from Mystic Access

What's New in iOS 13, Getting Live Assistance, Guide to Text to Speech and more are available free on this page:

7) Sweetman Systems on Tek Talk

This distributor of adaptive tech products will discuss their offerings on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 17 December at 01:00:

8) Smart Plug Review

This blog post from Shaun Preece, AKA the Blurred Nerd, leads to an audio review of the Koi, or Teckin Smart Power Strip:

9) December 2019 AccessWorld

This AccessWorld contains An Overview of MacOS Catalina and WatchOS 6, A Review of the Zoom Conferencing System, The Affordable Amazon Basics Microwave, Audio Described Videos from Amazon, and more:

10) The 100 Gadgets That Defined This Decade

Of course, the decade actually goes for another year, through the end of 2020, but leaving that aside, the Verge suggests the most important gadgets of the decade:

11) Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive Add-on for NVDA

With NVDA's next version, the screen reader will be based on Python version 3. The $69 Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive Add-on for NVDA will now work with that new version:

12) NVDA 2019.3 Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

Speaking of that new version, you can test it:

13) My Review of the Airpods Pro

David Woodbridge gives good explanations of the use of this device:

14) Jonathan Mosen on Eyes on Success

We finish with two interviews. One, with Jonathan Mosen, on Eyes on Success #1950:

15. Brian Hartgen on FsCast

In addition to a JAWS Power Tip and talk of upgrades, Brian Hartgen is the guest on FSCast #178:


Flying Blind, LLC Highlights:


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If you are employed by, or lead an Organization committed to providing manual, accessibility test services for web content using the JAWS screenreader, but your testing and developer teams have individuals who are not JAWS users, then the newly released JAWS Inspect Solution is your missing ingredient for optimizing your test processes while maximizing your accessibility efforts ...

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Have you been directed to make a website or mobile app 'accessible', but have no idea where to begin? Or perhaps you know a bit about accessibility and really want to immerse yourself in the field, but you can't afford to have you or your ...

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Whether you are a novice to accessibility or a seasoned pro, sometimes your best start to accessibility is to let technology do some of the heavy lifting. Designers, developers and testers dealing with an accessibility project or program are looking ...


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