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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 3, 2020 - Volume 784

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 3, 2020 - Volume 784

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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This Week's Featured Advertisement: A. T. Guys Cyber Week Sale Continues through Sunday, our Biggest Sale of the Year

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Our biggest sale of the year is happening now, with deals on a wide variety of tech and gadgets. Save up to $35 on Aftershokz bone conduction headsets, including the brand new OpenMove for only $79.95 or the high-end Aeropex for $124.95. Save $50 on the Humanware Victor Reader Trek, now upgraded with a brand-new GPS engine and new maps. Save on Bluetooth speakers, noise canceling headsets, keyboards, and more. Plus, check out the brand new Tribit StormBox Pro, a portable, 40-watt, Bluetooth speaker with amazing sound for under $100. Don't forget the Orbit Reader 20 Plus braille display and the Orbit Writer braille keyboard, along with our exclusive, customized, Snap-On case which lets you use your unit while inside the case. Check out our new travel chargers, USBC hubs, WayAround tags, and more. Visit https://www.atguys.com for all of the latest gadgets. Select the Holiday Sale link to see our latest specials. Sales end December 6 or while supplies last. All of us wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.


Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (10.0% of all clicks.)

A Full List of Alexa Voice Commands You Can Use:
https://www.businessinsider.com/alexa-voice-commands

2) NVDACon Coming Up

Not a lot of news this week but NVDACon looms large. The annual convention is well-stocked with information for the beginning and advanced NVDA user. Read a lot about it in this week's In-Process:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-2nd-december-2020/
And view the whole weekend schedule in your time zone:
https://www.nvdacon.org/2019-program-and-schedule

3) Review of Unleash Your Inner Podcast

This reviewer finds Jonathan Mosen's course on podcast creation still quite relevant:
https://joeorozco.com/review-of-unleash-your-inner-podcast/

4) Recordings from Sight Tech Global

The vast Sight Tech Global Conference will be in its second day when this newsletter appears, but many recordings of presentations are available and 3 December still has a lot to offer:
https://sighttechglobal.com/agenda/?status=all&stage=all&date=12-03

5) Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Voice Control works with VoiceOver now, and could be an excellent resource for a lot of users, especially some who have difficulty using the touch screen:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210417?cid=tw_sc_Accessibility_113020

6) Introducing Accessidroid.com Your Premier One Stop Shop for Android Accessibility

Android has lacked a comprehensive resource like AppleVis where new users can learn and veteran users can share insights. Commtech, a for-profit company, is trying to fill that need:
https://blindbargains.com/classifieds.php?m=5142

7) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for November 2020

Speaking of AppleVis, we can always count on the monthly summary of what's new and interesting throughout Apple accessibility:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-november-2020

8) Now You Can View Office Documents On iOS Devices For Free

This could benefit many people:
https://www.gizchina.com/2020/11/27/now-you-can-view-office-documents-on-ios-devices-for-free/

9) Tech Talk: Holiday Gift Guide 2020

This week's first Holiday Gift Guide comes from RNIB Tech Talk:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7735508-tech-talk-holiday-gift-guide-2020

10) The 2020 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide

This is Episode #219 of the Blind Bargains Qast:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22044

11) How to use iPhone Back Tap Custom Controls in iOS 14

In case you haven't availed yourself of this iOS14 enhancement, 9to5Mac tells you how and why you may wish to do so:
https://9to5mac.com/2020/09/17/how-to-use-iphone-back-tap-controls-ios-14/

12) David Woodbridge's Blog

Here you can find tech demos and how-to articles from Australia:
https://shop.visionaustralia.org/david-woodbridge-s

13) National Homework Hotline for Blind and/or Visually Impaired Students

This 'Hotline' is actually a 'Google Form' but other than that the NHH-BVI reports that it is a free service for K-12 and college students in the United States. NHH-BVI responders are experienced TVIs, tutors, mentors, STEM professionals, and college students who are eager to assist blind/visually impaired students. Areas of support include: JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver for MacOS and iOS devices, Nemeth and literary braille, Cranmer abacus, Refreshable braille displays, Braille notetakers, Core subject, tutoring (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies), and Talking Scientific Calculators. To request assistance, complete this Help Request Form, and a Hotline Responder will contact you:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vo9Fq92UNY7iUDrNF7ezRRKyZYb9hPp6qnrY149T3Eg/edit

14) What Will Tomorrow's Tech Look Like? Ask Someone Who Can't See

In line with the Sight Tech Global Conference currently underway Will Butler of Be My Eyes explains what "Sight Tech" is and how far it has come, what's 'next' for the screenreader, and how we may, one day soon, achieve near perfect mobility:
https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/25/what-will-tomorrows-tech-look-like-ask-someone-who-cant-see/

15) Meet The Blindness Consultant Ensuring Apple TV Plus Show 'See' Respects Accessibility

About midway through the first season of the Apple TV Plus show See, several characters on a raft need to share a message without alerting others around them. Normally, people would pass a written note, gesture with their hands, shoot messages with their eyes, or soundlessly mouth instructions. But in the world of See, where all characters are blind, communicating without making a sound can be tricky.
https://www.cnet.com/news/meet-the-blindness-consultant-ensuring-apple-tv-plus-show-see-respects-accessibility/

16) Top Tech Tidbits Buy, Sell or Trade

We have four products for sale this week. Review them below or on the Tidbits website at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html#listings


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Sponsor: Sprint IP Relay

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Featured Products: Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

APH's Braille Trail Reader LE refreshable braille display will start your students' braille journey with a positive technology experience that allows them to discover the joys of reading and writing. This 14-cell braille display features a Windows app for easy file transfer between teachers and students. Also perfect for the working adult: users can take notes, and create, edit and read text and braille files. Learn more at https://www.aph.org/product/braille-trail-reader-le/.

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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

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GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys and Service! Mystery Gadget and Doggie bags. We Double the value for either our $25 or $50 gadgets-leather or "all-things-dog" grab bags. NEW! Leather Orbit Writer case; Braille on the go; $30.00, also part of bundle. Orbit Writer Bundle with hands free pouch, tutorial, case; $150 incl. shipping. Non-Contact Talking Infrared Thermometer; Best one in 15 years; $55 w/shipping. New! Portable Daisy Player with Internet Radio, Podcatcher, timer, lots more; Ivona Joey and Sally voices, Mystic Access tutorial, 128 GB SD card; $225; available NOW. For this and more, CALL Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.com

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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USBC 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

World renowned Apple trainer and consultant John Panarese is offering some thing very special for the holidays! Gift certificates that you can give to persons of all ages who have a disability! Help John to bring some very exciting holiday cheer to homes that are in need of special gifts! To purchase your special gift certificate visit https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind.

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About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Donna Jodhan

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

This holiday season, give the gift of education to families of parents and children with a disability! We need to help them cope with Covid challenges! Donna Jodhan is a well known coach and tutor to persons with disabilities! She is an Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) and continues to mentor families in need of extra tutoring! Visit her at https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan. Your donations will be used to help families with parents and children with disabilities to receive personalized training on Macs and iOS devices.

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Donate: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan

About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me at topdot@gmail.com if interested.

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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again. https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

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Download The App (iOS):
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Download The App (Android):
Be My Eyes for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Volume 783

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Volume 783

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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Happy Thanksgiving America!

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It is never too early to start thinking of the upcoming holiday season and for this year we are going to be celebrating this special time of the year in a very different way. Donna believes that gifts need to be meaningful. Gifts that can help the family to cope with having to self isolate at home because of the Covid. Gifts that will help the family to create and develop new experiences, ideas, but above all to have fun despite these difficult times. These gifts are not bulky! They are easy to send and they are extremely affordable! It's all about giving special gifts to special people! To families with parents and/or Children with disabilities! You can give gift certificates that would include: Providing virtual meals to families with parents and/or Children who are disabled. Bedtime stories where the heroes are both adults and/or children with disabilities. One hour of tutoring to families with parents and/or Children who are disabled. Tips on scams and privacy to parents and Children who are disabled. Email support to families with parents and/or Children who are disabled. Mystery games and mind bending puzzles to families with parents and/or Children who are disabled. Take advantage of these unique and exciting gifts! In return for purchasing any of these gift certificates, you will have full access to any or all of Donna's subscription libraries for free. Recipes, home and garden, audio mysteries. Visit https://donnajodhan.com/donorbox.


Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (13.7% of all clicks.)

A Full List of Siri Voice Commands You Can Use:
https://www.businessinsider.com/siri-voice-commands

2) On Thanksgiving Day Zoom Will Lift Its 40-Minute Time Limit for Free Meetings

Zoom has announced that it will lift its timed meeting limit today so that "your family gatherings don't get cut short:"
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/17/tech/zoom-time-limit-thanksgiving-trnd-wellness/index.html

3) November 2020 AccessWorld

Lots of gift and shopping guides here: "The Accessible Kitchen Holiday Shopping Guide!," "AccessWorld 2020 Holiday Gift Guide," "The AccessWorld 2020 Online Holiday Shopping Guide," as well as "The New eSight 4 Wearable" and "An Overview of iOS 14 and iPad OS 14:"
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/11

4) TTJ 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Predictably this is Applecentric, but well-considered:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/11/25/ttj-2020-holiday-gift-guide-now-available/

5) iBUG Apple Workshop

This free workshop is on Saturday, November 28th at 20:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j/7428486329?pwd=M003RmZaa3pTbWRlZ00xbSs4YTlmUT09

6) Louie Voice Control App

This Android app lets you control a few apps very effectively with voice commands. It is now a free beta:
https://youtu.be/F0-y7087Kzg

7) Blind Bargains Qast 218:

Lots of cooking demos and discussion of cooking devices:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22041

8) The Best Funny Things to Ask Google Assistant

Courtesy of How-to Geek:
https://www.howtogeek.com/697323/funny-things-to-ask-google-assistant/

9) A Full List of Alexa Voice Commands You Can Use

Courtesy of Business Insider:
https://www.businessinsider.com/alexa-voice-commands

10) Tips For Ripping A DVD

In case you have occasion to do this, here are some suggestions:
https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/tips-for-ripping-a-dvd/

11) In-Process 20th November

NVDACon and Using object navigation in Windows settings are featured here:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-20th-november-2020/

12) What is Chromium? Google's Open-Source Software, Explained

Another gem from Business Insider:
https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-chromium

13) WayAround, The Easy to Use Labelling System That Works with the Phone You Always Have With You

This is Episode #86 of Mosen at Large:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/251182f51d954f46/wayaround-the-easy-to-use-labelling-system-that-works-with-the-phone-you-always-have-with-you

14) Victor Reader Trek 2.1 Discovery Webinar

This takes place on Wednesday, December 9th 2020 at 01:00 GMT. Register here:
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/ster-WN-rf8Ei3bCS3yKMIyHqHYT4g/6r1jmq/1008719837?h=YMai93AgpKHmjtfQHui29BUqV8axk3kJqQ1dNx_4jJo

15) Reader Shares An Accessible Game Available Through the Apple Arcade Subscription Service

This update comes to us from an Apple list member by the name of Matt. Matt shares his findings on an accessible game which is available through the Apple Arcade subscription service. "I am very excited to report that I have found an Apple Arcade game that works with Voiceover. It is called, Dear Reader. It is a game of word puzzles, based on classic literature. Everything works great with Voiceover. After spending just a few minutes with it, I was playing successfully and enjoying it. It especially helps if you are familiar with the books they are presenting to you."
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dear-reader/id1470280172

16) Music Service Launched for Visually Impaired Children with Neurodegenerative Disease

On November 16th 2020 the Amber Trust and the ISM Trust launched "With Music in Mind," a new music service aimed at transforming music provision for children and young people with neurodegenerative disease who are visually impaired:
https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/music_teacher/music-service-launched-for-visually-impaired-children-with-neurodegenerative-disease/

17) Blind Man, 'Born to Run,' Completes Solo 5K With Trial App to Guide Him

On November 19th 2020, Thomas Panek, a blind runner and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, ran a 5K in Central Park where he used Google's "Guideline" app instead of help from a human or guide dog:
Article: https://www.usnews.com/news/technology/articles/2020-11-20/blind-man-born-to-run-completes-solo-marathon-with-trial-app-to-guide-him
Video: https://www.fox5ny.com/video/873263

18) PlayStation 5 and XBox Series X Accessibility Reviews

Some great news on both fronts, along with room for improvement:
PlayStation 5 Review: https://www.ign.com/articles/playstation-5-the-accessibility-review
XBox Series X Review: https://www.ign.com/articles/xbox-series-x-accessibility-review

19) Game Awards Arrives December 10th 2020 With New Accessibility Honor

It has been confirmed that there will be an award given for 'Innovation in Accessibility' this year. Game Awards 2020 has nominated five games that advance this field, and will crown one as the best through its new 'Innovation in Accessibility' category. The nominees are:
https://www.cbr.com/game-awards-innovation-accessibility-watch-dogs-assassins-creed-last-of-us/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Volume 782

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1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (8.4% of all clicks.)

How to Add Siri Shortcuts to iPhone Home Screen:
https://mashtips.com/add-siri-shortcuts-to-iphone-home-screen/

2) Micro21, Computer Game Coding for the Beginner Blind Student

This is a seven-week, 130-pound course for small groups of blind children on programming. A well-thought-out, reasonably-priced, good opportunity for the right student:
https://seanrandall.me/micro21/

3) Screen Magnification

From Abilitynet, this Fact Sheet gives an overview of the main screen magnifiers. It includes summary information about the in-built screen magnification available on most devices and some free and commercial options that may include additional features:
https://abilitynet.org.uk/factsheets/screen-magnification

4) No More Button Pushing. Microsoft Translator for iOS Adds Auto Mode for One on One Conversations:

Development continues on this powerful iOS app:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/translator/blog/2020/07/30/no-more-button-pushing-microsoft-translator-for-ios-adds-auto-mode-for-one-on-one-conversations/

5) Blind Bargains Qast 217:

Mostly an Apple event wrap-up page, with a twist or two:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22039

6) A Full List of Siri Voice Commands You Can Use

We never tire of offering such reference lists. This one comes from Business Insider:
https://www.businessinsider.com/siri-voice-commands

7) Keyboard Shortcuts in Office

While we're disseminating lists, here's Microsoft's page of Office keyboard shortcuts:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/keyboard-shortcuts-in-office-e765366f-24fc-4054-870d-39b214f223fd

8) WebAIM Screen Reader Tutorials

WebAIM offers concise guides to using screen readers for accessibility testing:
A) VoiceOver: https://webaim.org/articles/voiceover/
B) NVDA: https://webaim.org/articles/nvda/
C) JAWS: https://webaim.org/articles/jaws/

9) Cloud Storage on Tech it Out

This regular Hadley monthly discussion will focus on services such as DropBox, iCloud, and Google Drive. It takes place on Wednesday, November 25th 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
http://hadley.edu/TechItOut

10) iPhone 12/12 Pro Review Part 2:

This comes from Shelley Brisbin:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/40

11) The New Features, Changes, Improvements, and Bugs in MacOS 11 Big Sur for Blind and Low Vision Users

The new MacOS has created quite a stir. Here's the info about the new operating system:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/new-features-changes-improvements-and-bugs-macos-11-big-sur-blind-and-low-vision-users

12) 2021 JAWS, Fusion, ZoomText

The 2021 versions of Freedom Scientific software have been released. Here are three ways to learn about what's new:
A) This article from Web Friendly Help:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-jaws-zoomtext-and-fusion-3/
B) Vispero presentation on ACB Community Call, on Thursday, November 19th 2020 at 17:00 GMT:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09
C) The FSOpen Line talk show, on Friday, November 20th 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-fsopenline-3/

13) Victor Reader Trek 2.1

This HumanWare device touts better accuracy and detail in its GPS features, and new languages:
http://support.humanware.com/en-usa/support/victor_reader_trek

14) ElBraille on Tek Talk

Hear about this Windows device on Tek Talk on Tuesday, November 24th 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/839935813?pwd=eXFMRHpxNnhFZlRiMHAzRWNWYXM3Zz09

15) Using Various Web Browsers with a Screen Reader on Eyes on Success

Episode #2047 features the author of this recent book:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

16) How to Access Accessibility Controls From the Menu Bar and Control Center on Mac

The Accessibility Shortcuts menu brings many frequently used accessibility features, like grayscale mode, to the forefront so you don't need to go to System Preferences every time you want to enable or disable a feature:
https://www.howtogeek.com/699663/how-to-access-accessibility-controls-from-the-menu-bar-and-control-center-on-mac/#:~:text=To%20access%20%E2%80%9CAccessibility%20Shortcuts%E2%80%9D%20from,corner%20of%20your%20Mac's%20screen.&text=Now%2C%20click%20the%20new%20%E2%80%9CAccessibility,ll%20see%20every%20Accessibility%20Shortcuts.

17) Startup Strap Wants to Replace the White Cane

Using advanced technologies such as lidar — also used in autonomous vehicles — Strap's assistive device aims to help the visually impaired navigate their environment:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90574130/this-startup-wants-to-replace-the-white-cane-for-blind-people

18) 5 Ways to Hide Your IP Address

Along with 7 Reasons why one might wish to do so:
https://www.vpnthrive.com/how-to-hide-your-ip-address/

19) What Is Android Accessibility Suite?

Components, how to activate, setting up the Accessibility shortcut, and how to use:
https://helpdeskgeek.com/free-tools-review/what-is-android-accessibility-suite-a-review/

20) Assassin's Creed Valhalla — Accessibility Review

This accessibility review of the popular game comes to us courtesy of CanIPlayThat.com:
https://caniplaythat.com/2020/11/09/assassins-creed-valhalla-mobility-review-can-i-play-that/

21) Freeview Accessible TV Guide

Freeview has announced the first roll out of its award-winning Accessible TV Guide, now available at Channel 555 on supported Freeview Play devices:
https://www.lancs.live/whats-on/whats-on-news/new-accessible-freeview-guide-launched-19206073

22) Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide For JAWS, NVDA, And iPhone Voiceover Users

This $18 course from Carrol Center for the Blind "is the first-ever comprehensive step-by-step text-based guide to Zoom for screen reader users:"
https://carroll.org/product/getting-started-with-zoom-meetings/

23) Researchers Use New Techniques to Make Films More Accessible to Visually Impaired Audiences

The project used enhanced sound techniques, first person narration and spatial audio, to produce an alternative to traditional audio description (AD), which relies on third-person narration:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-10-techniques-accessible-visually-impaired-audiences.html

24) Top Tech Tidbits Buy, Sell or Trade

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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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APH's Braille Trail Reader LE refreshable braille display will start your students' braille journey with a positive technology experience that allows them to discover the joys of reading and writing. This 14-cell braille display features a Windows app for easy file transfer between teachers and students. Also perfect for the working adult: users can take notes, and create, edit and read text and braille files. Learn more at https://www.aph.org/product/braille-trail-reader-le/.

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Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Service, Innovation! New! Leather Orbit Writer case; work on the go! $30.00. New! Orbit Writer bundle with Writer, hands free pouch, tutorial and leather case; $150.00. New! Non-Contact Talking Infrared Thermometer; Best model in 15 years; $55. New! Portable entertainment system with Daisy player, Internet Radio, Podcatcher, lots more; Ivona Joey and Sally voices, Mystic Access tutial, 128 GB SD card; $225. We just found new "Feeling Sports" Talking Tennis Rackets, a blind person's game dream! Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.comhttp://guidelightsandgadgets.us.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

GuideLights And Gadgets logo. The silhouette of a man with a cane in one hand and the harness of a trained guide dog in the other walk together through the grass at sunrise. GuideLights And Gadgets. Personal. Affordable. Responsive. Trusted.

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: guidelights.and.gadgets@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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Phone: (269) 216-4798

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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Looking for a gift that is affordable and much sought after? Then why not give the gift of knowledge! Nothing better than bringing knowledge and pleasure all at the same time to the family! Let John Panarese, World-renowned Apple Trainer help you! Visit https://www.macfortheblind.com to learn more.

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Director, https://www.MacForTheBlind.com
Authorized Apple Business Affiliate
Apple Certified Support Professional
Apple Certified Trainer
Assistive Technology Consultant

Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.macfortheblind.com/ 🌐

Donate Course Time: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind

Email: john@macfortheblind.com

About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Donna Jodhan

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

This Week's Featured Audio Mystery from Donna's online store! Just in time for the holidays! Santa's Super Secret! A tale of mystery, imagination, and a little boy's dream come true! See how Alex Tarasco realized his boyhood dreams and kept Santa's super secret! Subscribe for free to any or all of my subscription libraries. Visit https://www.donnajodhan.com/donate.html. Your donations will be used to create virtual mystery games and mind bending puzzles for persons and children with disabilities.

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Author, Donna Jodhan Publications
President, Sterling Creations
President, Barrier Free Canada / Canada sans Barrieres

Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.donnajodhan.com/ 🌐

Donate: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan

About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me at topdot@gmail.com if interested.

Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/ 🌐

About: Dean Martineau is the Founder and Editor of the Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again. https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

Download The App (iOS):
Be My Eyes for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Be My Eyes for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Sponsor: Sprint IP Relay

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

One challenge someone with a combined vision and hearing loss must address is accessing the phone system without adequate vision or hearing. Individuals with no hearing but vision can access the phone system using a videophone. Those with no vision, but who have hearing can use the phone as it was intended. How would someone with vision and hearing loss continue to call doctors, contact emergency services such as 911, arrange for medical appointments, contact businesses, or friends and family who do not text? One solution, for those living in the U.S. with a form of hearing loss, is Sprint IP Relay. Come learn more at our webinars, specialized for the DeafBlind community. 11/10 at 10 AM EST, 11/12 at 4:30 PM EST, 11/17 at 1:00 PM EST, or 11/19 at 1:00 PM EST. RSVP by November 6th 2020 to deafblind@sprint.com. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.

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Sponsor Since: October 22nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.sprintip.com/ 🌐

Email: scott.davert@t-mobile.com

Download The App (iOS):
Sprint IP Relay for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Sprint IP Relay for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Accessibility Customer Care: (800) 676-3777

About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email scott.davert@t-mobile.com with any questions.


Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Adaptations Online Store

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Featured Products: Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Volume 781

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Volume 781

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (22.9% of all clicks.)

How I Changed The Way I Charge My iPhone and Android Smartphones to Reduce Battery Wear
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-i-changed-the-way-i-charge-my-iphone-and-android-smartphones-to-reduce-battery-wear/

2) JAWS Scripts for Discord

Discord is an app that can change quickly, and Doug Lee is doing his best to keep up with the changes with his free JAWS scripts:
https://dlee.org/discord/

3) JAWS Alert Manager

Also from Doug Lee, updated scripts aimed at giving JAWS users control over the handling of Windows and application alert messages:
https://dlee.org/jam/

4) More About JAM

Here is an explanation of the JAWS Alert Manager from Web Friendly Help:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/jam-for-jaws-what-is-it/

5) Updated Free Unigra JAWS Scripts

Lastly from Doug Lee, the scripts for this fairly accessible Telegram client have received significant upgrades:
https://dlee.org/unigram/

6) NVDACon 2020 December 5th and 6th 2020

This page contains a podcast discussing the upcoming annual free conference related to NVDA, links to archives of past conferences, and information about this year's conference, with the theme "Bridging the Distance:"
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6325

7) October 2020 AccessWorld

We're a little behind on this one. In addition to articles and interviews related to employment, find "A Review of the Google Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat on iOS Devices and Amazon Alexa," "The Patriot Pro 12.9 Portable Video Magnifier for Business or Classroom," and "Popular Web Conferencing Programs Part 1: WebEx.," and "Small Business in the Gig Economy: How Freelance Services have the Potential to Create Employment Opportunities for People with Visual Impairments:"
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/10

8) How to Add Siri Shortcuts to iPhone Home Screen

This may be our first item from MashTips:
https://mashtips.com/add-siri-shortcuts-to-iphone-home-screen/

9) Picking Apart Apple's "One More Thing" Announcements

Apple announced new Macs, and here is a review of the announcements that urge caution and investigation:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/picking-apart-apples-one-more-thing-announcements?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10) The World of Braille Devices with Freedom Scientific

Register for this webinar to be held on Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 17:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TzVSqpd-S8WjHbBtpGb9qg?utm_content=145546456&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

11) More Than Just Voice Changes, Accessing JAWS Settings

This is another FS webinar requiring registration, taking place on Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 17:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iFYSdWKYTya9LUfjufcliw?utm_content=143785260&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

12) Review and Demonstration of the Mantis Q40 Braille Display from APH

A review courtesy of the Mosen at Large podcast, episode #82:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/733073793b5141be/review-and-demonstration-of-the-mantis-q40-braille-display-from-aph

13) Assassin's Creed: An Accessibility Review

Apparently, this game is not yet playable by the blind, but much progress is being made:
http://www.brandoncole.net/?p=482

14) iPhone 12 / 12 Pro Review, Part 1

This review from Shelly Brisbin focuses on accessibility of these new phones and includes a transcript:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/38

15) Technology Fair (Virtual) From The Carroll Center for the Blind

This five-hour event, starting at 14:30 GMT on Tuesday, 24 November 2020, features plenary sessions, break-out groups and technology exhibits. The page describes the event and provides the registration link:
https://carroll.org/events/virtual-technology-fair/

16) Personal Power: The iOS Edition on Tek Talk

Hear from the author of this mammoth free book on Tek Talk on Tuesday, 17 November at 01:00 GMT:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/839935813?pwd=eXFMRHpxNnhFZlRiMHAzRWNWYXM3Zz09

17) Sight Tech Global, a Virtual Global Tech Conference for All Involved in Accessible Technology

This free two-day conference with the theme "Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments" takes place December 2nd and 3rd 2020. This page explains the agenda and philosophy and contains the link to register: https://sighttechglobal.com/

18) Accessibility Controller for Nintendo Switch Released in Japan

Following in the footsteps of Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive controller, Japanese accessory manufacturer Hori has released its very own accessibility controller designed for the Nintendo Switch. At the moment this product is limited to Japan:
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/11/hori_releases_accessibility_controller_for_the_nintendo_switch

19) Raspberry VI

A resource for visually impaired or blind (hence VI) users of the Raspberry Pi computer:
http://raspberryvi.org/stories/index.html

20) Google Home Audio Tutorial From Mystic Access

This 6-hour, $39 audio tutorial from Mystic Access covers all aspects of the Google Home personal assistant from a blindness perspective:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/product/audio-tutorial-for-google-home/

21) 32 Ways to Record Your Screen on Windows / Mac / Android / iPhone

Illustration and step-by-step instructions included for each:
https://www.videoproc.com/download-record-video/how-to-record-your-screen.htm

22) How to Add a Text Caption Directly in a Photo in iOS 14

Users no longer have to seek an extra app to add captions, and any captions added in the iPhone library will sync to the cloud if iCloud Photo Library is enabled:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/11/02/how-to-add-a-text-caption-directly-in-a-photo-in-ios-14/

23) Top Tech Tidbits Launches Reader Requested Most Clicked Tidbits Section

You asked. We listened. In addition to this new section of the Top Tech Tidbits website which now provides an ongoing list of the single Most Clicked Tidbit from each issue, we will also consider sending these out as a separate quarterly issue if there is enough interest. Please share your feedback with us on this. There is no way to be added to this list except to be voted there by your clicks. By the decree of Tidbits readers, these are the most informative Tidbits:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/most-clicked-tidbits.html

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If you are interested in buying, selling or trading new, gently used or refurbished adaptive technology equipment, disability equipment and/or electronics you can now list your new, gently used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5. Secure your ad in just 10 steps using a single form which includes paying securely. Learn more today at:
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25) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week we asked, "What are the Top 5 Assistive Technology products on your wish list this holiday season?" Notable responses included an Apple Watch, a BrailleNote Touch, the removal of Amazon eBook DRM, a pocket-size Kindle Paperwhite and a simple audio out adapter for Kindle that works. Share your opinion with us on this and future AT-related polls on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
Respond to the Poll: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-3
Review / Share The Results: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-results-3


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Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Service, and Innovation! New! Orbit Writer and Phone Case Can Do Double Duty; keep it safe, or use it on the go with our pre-installed secure Velcro patch option. $20 or $35 pre-installed. New Orbit Writer bundle; The Writer, hands free pouch, tutorial by Lisa Salinger, and our case; $140 or $155 with "on-the-go" option. New: Non-contact Talking Infrared Thermometer; Best in 15 years; $55 with shipping. New! portable entertainment system with Daisy player, Internet Radio and Podcatcher, calculator, timer, 5 alarms, Ivona Joey and Sally voices; $225. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500http://guidelightsandgadgets.us/.

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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USBC 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Sponsor: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

MacForTheBlind.com Launches Gift-Giving Initiative. Donate course time to someone that needs it today. Mr. John Panarese, Director of MacForTheBlind.com, is a world-renowned Apple Trainer and Consultant who is committed to ensuring that each of his students receive the very best education possible through each of the online and one-on-one courses that he currently offers through MacForTheBlind.com. John is a well-known Assistive Technology Consultant with a history of excellence who holds both ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional) and ACT (Apple Certified Trainer) certifications. The benefits of his offerings can be truly life-changing, so we would like to invite you to change a life today by donating course time to someone that needs it. You may choose the recipient of your donation, and they may choose any course topic they like, or you may allow the course time that you donate to be allocated to those who are unable to afford it themselves. Either way you will be giving the gift of accessibility to those blind and visually-impaired students that need it the most. Your support helps to keep them connected, healthy and part of our community. Please consider making your gift today at: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind.

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About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Donna Jodhan

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About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me at topdot@gmail.com if interested.

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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again. https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

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About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Sponsor: Sprint IP Relay

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

One challenge someone with a combined vision and hearing loss must address is accessing the phone system without adequate vision or hearing. Individuals with no hearing but vision can access the phone system using a videophone. Those with no vision, but who have hearing can use the phone as it was intended. How would someone with vision and hearing loss continue to call doctors, contact emergency services such as 911, arrange for medical appointments, contact businesses, or friends and family who do not text? One solution, for those living in the U.S. with a form of hearing loss, is Sprint IP Relay. Come learn more at our webinars, specialized for the DeafBlind community. 11/10 at 10 AM EST, 11/12 at 4:30 PM EST, 11/17 at 1:00 PM EST, or 11/19 at 1:00 PM EST. RSVP by November 6th 2020 to deafblind@sprint.com. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.

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Download The App (iOS):
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Download The App (Android):
Sprint IP Relay for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Accessibility Customer Care: (800) 676-3777

About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email scott.davert@t-mobile.com with any questions.


Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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Featured Products: Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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APH's Braille Trail Reader LE refreshable braille display will start your students' braille journey with a positive technology experience that allows them to discover the joys of reading and writing. This 14-cell braille display features a Windows app for easy file transfer between teachers and students. Also perfect for the working adult: users can take notes, and create, edit and read text and braille files. Learn more at https://www.aph.org/product/braille-trail-reader-le/.

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Volume 780

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Volume 780

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1) Readers Rejoice. Tidbits Welcomes Its 9th Sponsor. Only 3 Packages Remaining.

We would like to open this week by extending a very big thank you and welcome aboard to our 9th Sponsor in the form of Be My Eyes at https://www.bemyeyes.com/. For anyone not familiar with them Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that connects blind or low-vision users to a global network of sighted volunteers. A service that is offered in more than 180 languages by over 1 million volunteers. With the addition of Be My Eyes we now have only 3 sponsorship packages remaining before the distribution of Tidbits will be fully supported. If you are reading this right now you are a part of that success, and we sincerely hope that you are every bit as proud of it as we are. Once the last 3 sponsorship packages have been secured, the only way to become a Tidbits Sponsor will be to wait until a current sponsor makes the decision not to renew. Please consider joining us. Support Tidbits while you still can and enjoy these incredible benefits:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/sponsorship-information.html

2) How I Changed The Way I Charge My iPhone and Android Smartphones to Reduce Battery Wear

This one comes to us courtesy of ZdNet:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-i-changed-the-way-i-charge-my-iphone-and-android-smartphones-to-reduce-battery-wear/

3) What Is RAM? Everything You Need to Know

This one comes to us from How-to Geek:
https://www.howtogeek.com/697659/what-is-ram-everything-you-need-to-know/

4) Clarke and Smith Audio Player

Here's a blast from the past for some, a video about the RNIB talking book player:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiaMxU01Rrg&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3I6699784VMAkhiabC9UCJGjgRYHyCO38ZVJVzBFRySULdJGDfRyB3nmA

5) Webinar on Updated Studio Recorder App

This Windows program from American Printing House is designed for voice recording, and has been updated. The webinar takes place on GMT Friday, November 6th 2020 at 01:00. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qNSvAY1kRlS_RQd6gohb-w

6) The New NFB Newsline App

This iOS app now includes the ability to scan print documents. Read about it in this article from The Braille Monitor:
https://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm20/bm2010/bm201013.htm

7) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for October 2020

Keep up with the latest Apple Accessibility news:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-october-2020

8) Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays

The first of this year's surveys of gift ideas comes from the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. This takes place on GMT Saturday, November 14th 2020 at 15:00:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

9) What's New in JAWS 2021, from BITS

This edition of the Screen Reader Tips and Tricks series will take place on GMT Wednesday, November 11th 2020 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/781425635?pwd=cGhKMlZPQ1N6cmZyQ1BRSzV5QzFndz09#success

10) Voice Dream Reader and Files App on iBUG

The next 2-hour iBUG Cafe will feature these apps in depth. This Zoom gathering takes place on GMT Sunday, November 8th 2020 at 22:00:
https://zoom.us/j/7428486329?pwd=M003RmZaa3pTbWRlZ00xbSs4YTlmUT09

11) Indoor Mapping on Tek Talk

Hear about emerging indoor mapping technology on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, November 10th 2020 at 01:00:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/839935813?pwd=eXFMRHpxNnhFZlRiMHAzRWNWYXM3Zz09

12) iPhone 12 Pro Uses LIDAR To Let People Who Are Blind 'See' Others Around Them

A new People Detection feature uses LIDAR to alert iPhone 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max and iPad Pro users how close other people are:
https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-12-pro-lets-people-who-are-blind-see-others-around-them/

13) Gamers Forge Their Own Paths When It Comes to Accessibility

Players with disabilities and chronic illnesses haven't waited around for console manufacturers to look their way. Here's how far we've come - and how far we have to go.
https://www.wired.com/story/accessibility-video-games-ablegamers/

14) JAWS Tip: Is JAWS Not Speaking As You Move Your Cursor? Try Toggling Enhanced Edit Support

Should you encounter this issue, David Goldfield provides this useful insight:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/jaws-tip-is-jaws-not-speaking-as-you-move-your-cursor-try-toggling-enhanced-edit-support/

15) Starkey And OrCam Partner To Provide Groundbreaking Assistive Technology To Hearing And Visually Impaired People

"People who have both vision and hearing loss are often unable to find solutions that effectively address both of these limitations," said OrCam Technologies Co-founder and Co-CEO Professor Amnon Shashua. "OrCam's cooperation with Starkey represents an advantageous opportunity, demonstrating OrCam's ability to apply the advanced computer vision and machine learning methods we have developed to transmit the visual world through audio, in collaboration with Starkey's Livio Edge AI hearing aids, to deliver a true and total solution."
https://aithority.com/assistive-technologies/starkey-and-orcam-partner-to-provide-groundbreaking-assistive-technology-to-hearing-and-visually-impaired-people/

16) SoundWatch: New Smartwatch App Alerts deaf/Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to Bird Song, Sirens and Other Desired Sounds

University of Washington researchers have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app for deaf, Deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to be aware of nearby sounds. When the smartwatch picks up a sound the user is interested in SoundWatch will identify it and send the user a friendly buzz along with information about the sound:
https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/10/28/soundwatch-alerts-ddeaf-and-hard-of-hearing-users-to-desired-sounds/

17) Star Wars Inspired 'JediGlove' Aims to Assist the Visually Impaired Using Sonar

The gloves are inspired by Star Wars' fictional use of 'The Force' and bats' echolocation abilities. "We have nicknamed the device the JediGlove because it lets someone who is visually impaired 'feel the force' of objects in their environment," explained Derek O'Keeffe, Professor of Medical Device Technology at NUI Galway, who worked on the project:
https://interestingengineering.com/nui-galways-jediglove-assists-visually-impaired-with-sonar

18) 30 Scholarships for Students With Disabilities

This post comes to use from EduBirdie.com and is a great resource for students. Links, information, scholarship amounts and eligibility included:
https://edubirdie.com/blog/scholarships-for-students-with-disabilities

19) Inclusive Design for Social Media: Tips for Creating Accessible Channels

At least one billion people, or 15% of the world's population, experience some form of disability. That figure increases significantly when it accounts for temporary and situational disabilities. Non-inclusive content and experiences push people away. And it's not always easy to pinpoint when that happens. Excluded web visitors often don't complain: 71% just leave. Marketers should view staying informed about these updates as a responsibility. While social media accessibility isn't technically required under WCAG's 2.1 compliance standards, it shouldn't need to be. Here's why:
https://blog.hootsuite.com/inclusive-design-social-media/

20) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week we asked, "Are you an AT user who has made the decision to replace your cable television subscription with an internet-connected streaming device? If so, how would you rate the accessibility of the device you chose on a scale of 1 to 5?" Some of these responses included custom answers that you may wish to review yourself, but here is a breakdown. So far the winner is the Amazon Fire TV Stick and the runner-up is the Apple TV. Both are given a composite accessibility score of 4.2 on a scale of 1 (Inaccessible) to 5 (Completely Accessible.) Share your opinion with us on this and future AT-related polls on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
Respond to the Poll: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-2
Review / Share The Results: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-results-2

21) New Tidbits Opinion Poll

This week we turn our attention to gift giving and receiving. A reader asks, "What are the Top 5 Assistive Technology products on your wish list this holiday season?" Help us put together the ultimate AT wish list for 2020. Share your opinion with us on this and future AT-related polls on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
Respond to the Poll: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-3
Review / Share The Results: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-results-3

22) Future Tidbits Opinion Polls

Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?
Send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com
Answer past Poll questions you may have missed at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html


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Sponsor: John Panarese

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MacForTheBlind.com Launches Gift-Giving Initiative. Donate course time to someone that needs it today. Mr. John Panarese, Director of MacForTheBlind.com, is a world-renowned Apple Trainer and Consultant who is committed to ensuring that each of his students receive the very best education possible through each of the online and one-on-one courses that he currently offers through MacForTheBlind.com. John is a well-known Assistive Technology Consultant with a history of excellence who holds both ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional) and ACT (Apple Certified Trainer) certifications. The benefits of his offerings can be truly life-changing, so we would like to invite you to change a life today by donating course time to someone that needs it. You may choose the recipient of your donation, and they may choose any course topic they like, or you may allow the course time that you donate to be allocated to those who are unable to afford it themselves. Either way you will be giving the gift of accessibility to those blind and visually-impaired students that need it the most. Your support helps to keep them connected, healthy and part of our community. Please consider making your gift today at: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind.

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About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Donna Jodhan

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Author Donna invites you to support one of her many ongoing initiatives by making a small donation today. To say thank you, all supporters are given unlimited access to all 3 of Author Donna's Subscription Libraries. These include her Audio Mystery Library, her Recipe Library and her Home & Garden Library. Please consider giving the gift of accessibility to disabled children and their families today at https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan. Your support makes the difference in keeping them connected, healthy and part of our community.

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About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me at topdot@gmail.com if interested.

Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

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If You are a Blind or Low-Vision User: Think of Be My Eyes as a tool to use whenever you need it. The app connects you to a global network of sighted volunteers, who are ready and willing to assist you at any time. As a blind or low-vision user, visual assistance is offered in more than 180 languages by over 1 million volunteers. Be My Eyes' services are free to use and only require an internet connection. You can call at any time of the day, as many times as you need; There is no limit to the length or the amount of calls. The massive size of the volunteer community means that most calls are answered within 30 seconds.

About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call. Since we launched in January 2015, more than 4,000,000 volunteers have signed up to assist blind and low-vision users. Be My Eyes users can request assistance in over 180 languages making the app the biggest online community for blind and low-vision people as well as one of the largest micro-volunteering platforms in the world! Every day, volunteers sign onto Be My Eyes to lend their sight to blind and low-vision individuals to tackle challenges and solve problems together.


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One challenge someone with a combined vision and hearing loss must address is accessing the phone system without adequate vision or hearing. Individuals with no hearing but vision can access the phone system using a videophone. Those with no vision, but who have hearing can use the phone as it was intended. How would someone with vision and hearing loss continue to call doctors, contact emergency services such as 911, arrange for medical appointments, contact businesses, or friends and family who do not text? One solution, for those living in the U.S. with a form of hearing loss, is Sprint IP Relay. Come learn more at our webinars, specialized for the DeafBlind community. 11/10 at 10 AM EST, 11/12 at 4:30 PM EST, 11/17 at 1:00 PM EST, or 11/19 at 1:00 PM EST. RSVP by November 6th 2020 to deafblind@sprint.com. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.

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About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email scott.davert@t-mobile.com with any questions.


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APH's Braille Trail Reader LE refreshable braille display will start your students' braille journey with a positive technology experience that allows them to discover the joys of reading and writing. This 14-cell braille display features a Windows app for easy file transfer between teachers and students. Also perfect for the working adult: users can take notes, and create, edit and read text and braille files. Learn more at https://www.aph.org/product/braille-trail-reader-le/.

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Sponsor: Barry Scheur

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1) This is a thought-provoking AppleVis post with discussion that follows:

https://www.applevis.com/forum/hardware-accessories/week-iphone-perspective-former-android-user?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

2) Demo of Typer Online

This YouTube video is a review of the free online typing tutor program from APH:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7OEKWwJ4fg&feature=youtu.be

3) Eyes on Success on Tek Talk

Two popular events come together when the hosts of Eyes on Success appear on TekTalk on GMT Tuesday, November 3rd 2020 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

4) How to Use the Alt+Tab Shortcut After Windows 20H2 Update

With the new update coming to Windows, you might want to change a setting to make the familiar Alt+Tab keystroke work more efficiently:
https://windowsreport.com/change-alt-tab-shortcut-windows-10/

5) What's New in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update

Speaking of that update, here's the list of new features, courtesy of the Windows Experience Blog:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/10/20/whats-new-in-the-windows-10-october-2020-update/

6) How to Open the Classic 'System' Control Panel on Windows 10

For those who liked this former Windows feature, you can still get it via this workaround, but maybe not for long:
https://www.howtogeek.com/697353/how-to-open-the-classic-system-control-panel-on-windows-10/

7) Enhance your iPhone voice memo recordings for clearer audio files. This comes to us from Business Insider:

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-enhance-iphone-voice-memo-recordings

8) EbuAccessCast 26

Lots of Android info here, as well as info about other gadgets. There is a transcript:
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebuaccesscast-26

9) Tips for Transitioning to Microsoft Edge

Freedom Scientific offers this information:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/SurfsUp/MicrosoftEdge/Transitioning_to_Edge_Chromium.htm

10) Hartgen: Catching Up With JAWS: Chapter 3!

This 35-pound (about $47) audio course gives you info about the features of JAWS 2020 and 2021:
http://www.hartgen.org/catchup3

11) NV Access In-Process October 23rd 2020

Here we have news about the latest NVDA, NVDACon (coming up December 5th and 6th 2020) and some recordings from previous NVDACons:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-23rd-october-2020/

12) Blind Bargains Qast #216

With thorough show notes and links and 87 minutes of audio:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22028

13) FSCast #190

Hear about accessible escape rooms and the venerable Playback magazine:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/7/5/6/756995468a6283c1/FSCast190-October2020.mp3?c_id=87116264&cs_id=87116264&destination_id=699950&expiration=1603938463&hwt=e3ff96b1752d3cff4b58351ffd465536

14) Don't Just Stand There! Scan It!

Check out reviews and descriptions of several portable scanning stands:
https://ndassistive.org/blog/dont-just-stand-there-scan-it/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-just-stand-there-scan-it

15) Victor Reader Stream Podcast Part 1 of 2, SD Card Bookshelves, October 22nd 2020

Learn how to organize your Victor Reader Stream SD Card:
https://gttprogram.blog/2020/10/23/victor-reader-stream-podcast-part-1-of-2-sd-card-bookshelves-october-22-2020/

16) Give The Gift of Accessibility Training This Holiday Season

Have you ever wanted to purchase accessibility training for someone you knew would benefit from it? Well now you can. This new initiative comes to us from one of our current sponsors, Mr. John Panarese, of MacForTheBlind.com, and allows anyone to purchase accessibility training for anyone else, either as a gift, or as a donation to someone that requires training but cannot afford it themselves:
https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind

16) Accessibility Enhancements on the Horizon for HBO Max Customers Who are Blind

In a landmark agreement announced last week advocates for people who are blind have obtained Warner Media's pledge to increase the accessibility of HBO Max — the much-anticipated online streaming platform that was launched earlier this year. Among other commitments, the agreement provides that WarnerMedia will provide audio description on at least 1,500 hours of new and existing programming on HBO Max by the end of March 2021, increasing to 3,000 hours by the end of March 2022, and doubling again to at least 6,000 hours in total by the end of March 2023. Learn more at:
https://acb.org/HBO-accessibility

17) Novel Hearing Test System Utilizing Motion Sensors

A new system aims to revolutionize hearing testing with a new technology that is based on the patient wearing headphones fitted with a motion sensor and turning their head in response to random, multi-direction sounds. Learn more here:
https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2020/innovative-hearing-test-motion-sensors/

18) Are You A Blind Or Low-Vision Player of Video Games?

If you are, this 45 question survey seeks to understand on what devices you play such games, any challenges that you encounter while playing, and if you play with other people. Those that complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $300 Amazon electronic gift card:
https://clemson.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fT5C7k95wvHz0h

19) How Audio Description Within Games Could Make Them More Accessible for Blind and Low Vision Players

Accessible-gaming advocate and consultant Brandon Cole points to "The Last of Us 2" as a shining example of blind accessibility, but expresses the need for there to be more choice and more games that consider the needs of blind or low vision players:
https://www.gamesradar.com/how-audio-description-within-games-could-make-them-more-accessible-for-blind-and-low-vision-players/

20) Plain Language Writing — An Essential Part Of Accessibility

This article from Forbes magazine aks the question, "How do you make writing accessible?". We know how to replace steps with ramps. We know how to widen doorways and make restrooms larger for wheelchair users. We can accommodate Deaf people with Sign Language and captions on videos. Blind people can use large print, Braille, or audiobooks. But how do we make information, instructions, and ideas more cognitively accessible, particularly for people with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2020/10/22/plain-language-writing---an-essential-part-of-accessibility/#360708d07935

21) Why Technology Isn't Always The Most Accessible Solution for the Disabled

This article from The Verdict asks us to consider some aspects of accessibility and technology that we may not have considered before:
https://www.verdict.co.uk/technology-disabled-accessible/

22) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week we asked, "In your experience and opinion which is the best all-around Braille Notetaker? Price notwithstanding?" So far we've received 13 responses. Some of these responses included comments that you may wish to review yourself, but here is a breakdown. Single mentions included the BrailleSense Polaris, the Focus 40, an iPhone connected to any Braille Display, the Mantis, and the Orbit Reader 20. Two mentions for the BrailleNote. Three mentions for the ElBraille. And three mentions for the BrailleNote Touch Plus. This poll, like all Top Tech Tidbits Opinion Polls, will remain open indefinitely. If you haven't weighed in yet, you can always still do so at:
Respond to the Poll: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-1
Review / Share The Results: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-results-1

23) New Tidbits Opinion Poll

"Are you an AT user who has made the decision to replace your cable television subscription with an internet-connected streaming device? If so, how would you rate the accessibility of the device you chose on a scale of 1 to 5?" Share your opinion with the Tidbits community at:
Respond to the Poll: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-2
Review / Share The Results: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-results-2

24) Future Tidbits Opinion Polls

Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?
Send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com
Answer past Poll questions you may have missed at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html


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MacForTheBlind.com Launches Gift-Giving Initiative. Donate course time to someone that needs it today. Mr. John Panarese, Director of MacForTheBlind.com, is a world-renowned Apple Trainer and Consultant who is committed to ensuring that each of his students receive the very best education possible through each of the online and one-on-one courses that he currently offers through MacForTheBlind.com. John is a well-known Assistive Technology Consultant with a history of excellence who holds both ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional) and ACT (Apple Certified Trainer) certifications. The benefits of his offerings can be truly life-changing, so we would like to invite you to change a life today by donating course time to someone that needs it. You may choose the recipient of your donation, and they may choose any course topic they like, or you may allow the course time that you donate to be allocated to those who are unable to afford it themselves. Either way you will be giving the gift of accessibility to those blind and visually-impaired students that need it the most. Your support helps to keep them connected, healthy and part of our community. Please consider making your gift today at: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind.

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Author Donna invites you to support one of her many ongoing initiatives by making a small donation today. To say thank you, all supporters are given unlimited access to all 3 of Author Donna's Subscription Libraries. These include her Audio Mystery Library, her Recipe Library and her Home & Garden Library. Please consider giving the gift of accessibility to disabled children and their families today at https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan. Your support makes the difference in keeping them connected, healthy and part of our community.

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Sponsor: Sprint IP Relay

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One challenge someone with a combined vision and hearing loss must address is accessing the phone system without adequate vision or hearing. Individuals with no hearing but vision can access the phone system using a videophone. Those with no vision, but who have hearing can use the phone as it was intended. How would someone with vision and hearing loss continue to call doctors, contact emergency services such as 911, arrange for medical appointments, contact businesses, or friends and family who do not text? One solution, for those living in the U.S. with a form of hearing loss, is Sprint IP Relay. Come learn more at our webinars, specialized for the DeafBlind community. 11/10 at 10 AM EST, 11/12 at 4:30 PM EST, 11/17 at 1:00 PM EST, or 11/19 at 1:00 PM EST. RSVP by November 6th 2020 to deafblind@sprint.com. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.

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Sprint IP Relay for Android - From the Google Play Store

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About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email scott.davert@t-mobile.com with any questions.


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APH's Braille Trail Reader LE refreshable braille display will start your students' braille journey with a positive technology experience that allows them to discover the joys of reading and writing. This 14-cell braille display features a Windows app for easy file transfer between teachers and students. Also perfect for the working adult: users can take notes, and create, edit and read text and braille files. Learn more at https://www.aph.org/product/braille-trail-reader-le/.

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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

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GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Choices, Service! New: Spectacular Promotion: InsideOne Windows 10 Braille Computer with 32 Cell Display; $3,900 through December 31st with $500 upgrade to new model. Orbit Writer Bundle, $140; Our own leather case, neck pouch, and tutorial. Roomy leather "biker" chest pack with hands free phone holder for AIRA, etc. also fits 20 cell display, $55.00. Our own new Orbit Writer & Phone Leather Case: Tough enough for a biker, $20; 3 Multi-Pocket Leather Cross-Body Bags, $36 with free shipping! New Soundbox Stereo Model: Listen on the Go; No Wires; Great Sound; 4AA batteries, $50.00. Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ for full details.

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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: guidelights.and.gadgets@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Volume 778

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Volume 778

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Greetings,


1) Tidbits Welcomes Two New Sponsors

We open this week by welcoming aboard two new Tidbits Sponsors. The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store and T-Mobile's Accessibility Division. Please join us in extending a big thank you to each of our sponsors and supporters. Without their support, Tidbits would not be possible.

2) Braillists Foundation Events

This UK organization promoting Braille offers Braille instruction and information related to Braille. One of their upcoming events will be a discussion of the Orbit Reader on GMT Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 18:00:
https://www.braillists.org/events/

3) How to Search for Products Sold and Shipped By Amazon Itself

How-To Geek tells us how to do this in case we want to do so:
https://www.howtogeek.com/695506/how-to-search-for-products-sold-and-shipped-by-amazon-itself/

4) A Free Hyperlegible Typeface from the Braille Institute

This typeface seeks to be significantly more readable for many with low vision:
https://kottke.org/20/10/a-free-hyperlegible-typeface-from-the-braille-institute

5) Low Vision and Videoconferencing

This edition of the Parallel Podcast concerns how a low vision coordinator of many videoconferences on different platforms copes with the challenges:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/37

6) How Komplete Kontrol is Empowering Visually Impaired Musicians

This actually isn't a new post, but for aspiring musicians not already aware of it, it could be a revolutionary discovery:
https://blog.native-instruments.com/how-komplete-kontrol-is-empowering-visually-impaired-musicians/

7) 1Password

Mosen at Large gives us a review and demonstration of this password manager:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/a69030679a8d434b/review-and-demonstration-of-the-1password-password-manager

8) New Features in NVDA 2020.3

As usual, the Web Friendly Help blog keeps us up on the latest screen reader developments:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-nvda-2020-3/

9) iBUG Apple Workshop

This free Zoom workshop will be held on GMT Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 19:00:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7428486329?pwd=M003RmZaa3pTbWRlZ00xbSs4YTlmUT09

10) A Treasure-Trove of Music Facts

The Muze is a 50-pound package of JAWS scripts enabling people to get a lot of information about popular music:
http://www.hartgen.org/themuze

11) 8 Google Search Tips: Always Find What You're Looking For

This comes to us from Online Tech Tips:
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/google-softwaretips/8-google-search-tips-always-find-what-youre-looking-for/

12) A Day in The Connected Digital Life on Tek Talk

The founder of TTJ Consulting comes to discuss all Apple makes possible. Join in on GMT Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

13) Using Zoom with a Screen Reader on Eyes on Success

The author of a book on the subject is featured in episode #2043:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) Putting the APH into CareerConnect: A Look at the Past, Present and our Futuristic Plans

The CareerConnect service is reborn at APH:
https://aphcareerconnect.org/blog/uncategorized/putting-the-aph-into-careerconnect-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-our-futuristic-plans/

15) Facebook Mobile with Chrome and Edge

You might find that this mobile version of Facebook is more accessible with modern Windows browsers:
https://mbasic.facebook.com/

16) Kellogg's Makes Cereal Boxes Designed for the Blind with Inclusive Packaging

This cereal box features a UK-first technology that a smartphone can detect in order to read aloud the labelling and allergen information to people with sight loss. The first-of-its-kind packaging was created in partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), following research that revealed that 9 in 10 blind and partially sighted people feel the information on food packaging is difficult or impossible to read:
https://coolblindtech.com/kelloggs-makes-cereal-boxes-designed-for-the-blind-with-inclusive-packaging/

17) Arizona Attorney General Issues Warning to Consumers About OTC Hearing Aids

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has issued an announcement on his website cautioning consumers to watch out for "misleading sales tactics from companies selling over-the-counter hearing amplifiers." Over the past year, the Attorney General's Office (AGO) said it has received approximately 140 complaints about over-the-counter hearing aids. Learn more at:.
https://www.hearingreview.com/inside-hearing/regulation/az-attorney-general-issues-warning-to-consumers-about-otc-hearing-aids

18) Microsoft Announces Breakthrough AI Image Captioning for Word, PowerPoint, Outlook

Microsoft revealed last week that it has achieved a breakthrough in using artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically caption images. In its tests using a novel object captioning benchmark, Microsoft says its AI model managed to describe images as well as humans can. If this is true, the model could help improve accessibility across the web and in apps by providing automatic image captions. Learn more at:.
https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/azure-image-captioning/

19) Jeopardy! Makes Online Test Accessible to the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind commended Jeopardy Productions and Sony Pictures Television last week for making the online test for the beloved gameshow Jeopardy! fully accessible to blind people who use screen reader technology. The modifications to the online test were implemented as a result of negotiations among the producers, the National Federation of the Blind, and a blind man who sought to be a contestant but was unable to successfully take the online test because it was not compatible with his screen reader technology. Learn more at:.
https://www.nfb.org/about-us/press-room/jeopardy-makes-online-test-accessible-blind

20) RNIB Creates Accessible Pregnancy Test Prototype to Raise Awareness of Accessible Design

In 2020 there is still no fully accessible pregnancy test, meaning that blind and partially sighted women must ask for help to read their tests, and are therefore never the first to know what is happening to their own bodies. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has unveiled the first accessible pregnancy test prototype that allows women with sight loss to know their results privately for the first time. The groundbreaking test allows the user to feel their results, producing raised nodules to indicate a positive result. Learn more at:.
https://www.dexigner.com/news/33351

21) Tidbits Opinion Polls Update. Goodbye Polls for Pages. Hello SurveyMonkey.

In the event you are not up to speed on our former struggles with poll accessibility, I (Aaron Di Blasi, Publisher) released a quick update last week addressing concerns that many readers posed over being forced to have a Facebook account in order to view poll results. In this vein, I am very happy to report that Top Tech Tidbits will no longer use Polls for Pages. All Top Tech Tidbits Polls, from this issue forward, will now be served from the SurveyMonkey platform. This has many benefits. Learn more about them here:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/2.html

22) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week we asked, "How would you rate your overall accessibility experience with Microsoft Outlook on a scale of 1 (Inaccessible) to 5 (Completely Accessible)?" So far we've received 13 answers for a composite score of 4.2. This included one vote giving a 2, one vote giving a 3, six votes giving a 4, and five votes giving a solid 5. We will ask this question again in the future so that all readers may have the opportunity to participate.

23) New Tidbits Opinion Poll. No Facebook Account Required. Real Time Results Link Included.

Answers provided for this poll will be used in a future poll to rank each entry. A reader asks, "In your experience and opinion which is the best all-around Braille Notetaker? Price notwithstanding?" Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view or share results:
Respond to the Poll: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-1
Review / Share The Results: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-results-1

24) Future Tidbits Opinion Polls

Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?
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Sponsor: T-Mobile Accessibility Division

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T-Mobile is committed to providing products and services that meet a variety of communication needs. T-Mobile will provide accessible support for wireless network service and billing inquiries. T-Mobile offers accessible services and device options supported by the following operating systems: GARI, Android, Apple, Windows, and Blackberry. Our visuals provide alternate billing options and a Directory Assistance Program. Our speech includes Real-Time Text (RTT) and Text-to-911 Service. For seniors we offer easy-to-use handsets, alternate billing options and T-Mobile Location Services. Learn more today at:
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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

APH's Braille Trail Reader LE refreshable braille display will start your students' braille journey with a positive technology experience that allows them to discover the joys of reading and writing. This 14-cell braille display features a Windows app for easy file transfer between teachers and students. Also perfect for the working adult: users can take notes, and create, edit and read text and braille files. Learn more at https://www.aph.org/product/braille-trail-reader-le/.

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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Choices, Service! New: Spectacular Promotion: InsideOne Windows 10 Braille Computer with 32 Cell Display; $3,900 through December 31st with $500 upgrade to new model. Orbit Writer Bundle, $140; Our own leather case, neck pouch, and tutorial. Roomy leather "biker" chest pack with hands free phone holder for AIRA, etc. also fits 20 cell display, $55.00. Our own new Orbit Writer & Phone Leather Case: Tough enough for a biker, $20; 3 Multi-Pocket Leather Cross-Body Bags, $36 with free shipping! New Soundbox Stereo Model: Listen on the Go; No Wires; Great Sound; 4AA batteries, $50.00. Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ for full details.

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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: guidelights.and.gadgets@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USBC 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


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John Panarese and his team are pleased to announce their support via email offering! 10 emails and 2 responses per email! Take advantage of this unique package today! Visit https://macfortheblind.com to learn more.

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Volume 777

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Volume 777

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1) Chrome OS 86 Makes Chromebooks Better for the Visually Impaired

This comes from Android Central:
https://www.androidcentral.com/chrome-os-86-lands-new-accessibility-features-updated-photo-editor

2) AppleVis Extra 78: Recapping Apple's 'Hi, Speed' Event

Apple has announced their new phones for the year, and this is one of many ways to learn about them:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/applevis-extra-78-recapping-apples-hi-speed-event

3) Mosen at Large Recapping Apple's October 2020 Event From a Blindness Perspective

A recap of the October 2020 event discusses the HomePod Mini and the new iPhone 12 range, all from a blindness perspective:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/73fefed3e78848b3/recapping-apple-s-october-2020-event-from-a-blindness-perspective

4) My Vote Against The iPhone 12

Finally, here's a post expressing skepticism:
https://joeorozco.com/my-vote-against-the-iphone-12/

5) A Beginner's Guide to Using iOS with VoiceOver

This is a good clear and up-to-date introduction from AppleVis:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/beginners-guide-using-ios-voiceover

6) What Laptop Do I ACTUALLY Use?

This YouTube video discusses how, and whether, to choose a laptop nowadays:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Icn51qWIZA&feature=youtu.be

7) Buying A New Laptop on BBQ

This episode of Blind Bargains Qast includes discussion with three recent blind laptop purchasers discussing their experiences:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22022

8) iBUG Android Insight Conference Call

This is a weekly informational call about Android accessibility which takes place state-side on Wednesday evening, or GMT Thursday, October 15th 2020 at 00:00. Here's the Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/7428486329?pwd=M003RmZaa3pTbWRlZ00xbSs4YTlmUT09

9) NVDA 2020.3 Released

This new version features improved performance in Microsoft Office, new German Braille tables, and more:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2020-3/

10) Friday Night Workshops

David Goldfield conducts periodic workshops on tech topics. This is the list to learn about them. Subscribe here:
fnw+subscribe@groups.io

11) HumanWare on Tek Talk

Learn about the latest in blindness technology from HumanWare on GMT Tuesday October 20th 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

12) Instructional Courses for Anything Apple

These short courses come to us from MacForTheBlind:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6220

13) How to Pin Conversations in the Messages App

This Tech Juggernaut post helps us streamline our iOS 14 conversations:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/10/12/how-to-pin-conversations-in-the-messages-app/

14) New Tech Announce Mailing List

David Goldfield gathers lots of information about adaptive and mainstream tech and sends many messages to this mailing list. A few of the messages appear in Tidbits but many more do not, so you'll get more tech information, and a fair number of email messages, if you join. Here is the subscription address:
Tech-vi+subscribe@groups.io

15) How to Supercharge Your Windows 10 Experience with PowerToys

In what I think may be our first article taken from BleepingComputer, we learn about PowerToys, which includes a Keyboard Manager and Bulk Renamer:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/how-to-supercharge-your-windows-10-experience-with-powertoys/

16) Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

A new feature from Amazon allows Alexa to ask for clarification on your requests, in addition to a number of other improvements. It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence, and is a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly:
https://www.wired.com/story/alexa-own-questions-you/

17) Flatten Inaccessibility Report Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 on Blind and Visually Impaired Adults

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) recently announced the release of the Flatten Inaccessibility research report, which was the culmination of survey findings from 1,921 U.S. participants who are blind (65%) or have low vision (35%). The survey investigated the experiences of these participants during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine how they were affected in areas including access to transportation, healthcare, access to food and supplies, employment, education, and voting:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-foundation-for-the-blind-announces-flatten-inaccessibility-report-illustrating-impact-of-covid-19-on-blind-or-visually-impaired-adults-301140476.html

18) New Android Accessibility Feature Alerts You to the Sounds You Don't Hear

Android devices will let their owners know if its microphones pick up the sound of a child crying, dog barking, or faucet running. The new Sound Notifications accessibility feature is designed to keep those who may be unable to hear those noises apprised of the situation around them.
https://voicebot.ai/2020/10/09/new-android-accessibility-feature-alerts-you-to-the-sounds-you-dont-hear/

19) Assistive Technology That is Changing Lives

CNN lists 11 different Assistive Technologies that they say are currently changing people's lives. These include an AI suitcase, the Scewo Chair, WeWalk, the Myosuit, Wayband, Wayfindr, a Haptic Baton, Eye Gaze Technology, the OrCam MyEye 2.0, and the Music Not Impossible Suit:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/05/world/gallery/assistive-technology-spc-intl/index.html

20) New Tidbits Sponsor Testimonial

Our latest sponsor testimonial comes to us from Mr. John Panarese, Director of MacForTheBlind.com. A big thank you to John for agreeing to share his sponsor experience with us:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/testimonials.html

21) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week a reader asked, "I am looking for a simple turn by turn GPS that will give me information as I walk around without having to hold an extra device or shake my phone to get info. I use to have a Kapten GPS which was very small and read out my location as I was walking without having to enter a destination. I could tag and name special places, though. Does anyone know of something that would fit my needs. I travel with a guide dog and walk a lot." So far we've received 2 recommendations. Review them here:
https://poll.app.do/polls/accessible-turn-by-turn-gps/results

22) New Tidbits Opinion Poll

How would you rate your overall accessibility experience with Microsoft Outlook on a scale of 1 (Inaccessible) to 5 (Completely Accessible)? Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/scale-1to5-microsoft-outlook

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Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 8, 2020 - Volume 776

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1) How-To Audio Guides for iOS14

You'll find a growing collection of audio guides to new features of iOS14 on the Tech Juggernaut blog. You can get the latest ones here:
https://ttjtech.net/category/how-tos/

2) iOS14 on Tech Time

tech Time happens on the second Wednesday of the month, and is now on Zoom. On 14 October at 21:00 GMT the topic will be new features, and some bugs, in iOS14. It is always possible to dial into Zoom meetings, but for brevity, we do not include the dial-in information. If you want it, drop me a note. Meanwhile, Here is the Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9357099741?pwd=YVhxTVg0Nm1KQytCQ0xJM1JvZDhYUT09

3) JAWS 2021 on Tek Talk

Erik Damery makes his annual appearance on Tek Talk to discuss what's new in the forthcoming version of JAWS 2021, at 00:00 GMT on Tuesday, 13 October:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

4) How I Learned Python in 6 Months

This person aimed to become confident in data science:
https://towardsdatascience.com/how-i-learn-python-in-6-months-87fbef0eceae

5) How to Text From Your Computer With Android Messages

If you're a user of Android Messages, this appears to be pretty easy to do:
https://www.theverge.com/21502831/android-messages-how-to-text-from-web-feature

6) TAVIP TechABreak Free Conference via Zoom

The annual conference of the Technology Association of Visually Impaired People in the UK will be held on Saturday, October 17th 2020 and October 24th 2020. Here are Zoom links to register:
Saturday, 17 October Morning:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlduisqj4qHdzwbFUs2EXRvz2GmYJM9rOd
Saturday, 17 October Evening:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcu6rrDkuHdwYF4E2aopj1q2eYnhY_MQe
Saturday, 24 October Morning:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf--gqzMpGdXWDsyvRNgUOCOCWaYYRJpd

7) Be My Eyes on Hadley

This episode of Hadley Presents features the Be My Eyes service. There is a transcript:
https://hadley.edu/user-signup?destination=/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/be-my-eyes

8) Two-Part $19 Course on Orbit Reader and Writer from Mystic Access

Registration is required by GMT 21:00 on Thursday, October 8th 2020. The two sessions take place on Thursday, October 8th and Thursday, October 15th stateside, which translates to a start time of GMT 00:30 on Friday, October 9th and Friday, October 16th:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/product/reading-easily-and-affordably-with-orbit-products/

9) Speaker Reviews and Unboxing a Bose Portable Smart Speaker

This is Episode #71 of Mosen at Large:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/e3e77c023a1840e1/speaker-reviews-and-unboxing-a-bose-portable-smart-speaker

10) HCII Access Seminar Soldering Panel

On YouTube this discussion focuses on nonvisual soldering and engaging community members in making and research:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8B-D0LLxW0&list=PLcDDSMgUocNrCIqOfTW7SHruY1_SH5pbU&index=1

11) Adaptive Technology User Group, Sidney, October 14th 2020

Join the discussion on iOS14 at GMT 08:30 on Wednesday, October 14th 2020. The passcode for this Zoom meeting is 200200:
https://zoom.us/j/814228683?pwd=WTR6L0RLRHB1Nk53dmhFRE5wNUZzUT09

12) Wealth of Reviews and Tips

On this site, among other material, are button descriptions for devices such as the Instant Pot and JBL speakers:
https://tomstek.us/

13) Module 2 of JAWS Training for Teachers and AT Instructors

This module focuses on Creating a Shortcut Key, Starting JAWS, and Creating or Renaming Folders:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/module-2-of-jaws-training-for-teachers-and-at-instructors/

14) How To Use Siri's New Queries in iOS 14

This comes from Apple Insider:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/09/29/how-to-use-siris-new-queries-in-ios-14

15) Capturing and Sharing the World on Eyes on Success

Judith Dixon discusses her new book on Episode #2041 on Eyes on Success:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

16) APH At Home Webinars Become Access Academy

Check out what Access Academy will be offering:
https://www.aph.org/educational-resources/training/access-academy/

17) Tech Calls from ACB

Each week, ACB offers some tech-related calls about, Apple, NVBDA, and general adaptive tech. Check the weekly schedule to get times and details:
https://acb.org/ACB-community-conference-calls

18) Deaf U: New Netflix Series. Season 1 Premieres Friday, October 9th 2020

In this new reality series, a tight-knit group of deaf and hard of hearing students share their stories and explore life at Gallaudet University:
https://www.netflix.com/title/81035566

19) Accessiblity's Next Generation Breakthroughs Will Be Literally In Your Head

In this intriguing look at the future of accessibility Jim Fruchterman of TechCrunch.com discusses his part in Sight Tech Global, a virtual event to be held December 2nd-3rd 2020 that is convening the top technologists to discuss how AI and related technologies will usher in a new era of remarkable advances for accessibility and assistive tech, in particular for people who are blind or visually impaired:
https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/05/accessibilitys-nextgen-breakthroughs-will-be-literally-in-your-head/

20) Avatar: The Last Airbender Now Accessible to Blind Audiences on Netflix

Filmmaker James Rath, who was born legally blind, recently tweeted that blind audiences and fans can now enjoy the popular animated TV series. Netflix acquired the rights to all three seasons of the series in May 2020, and since then many have turned to its fantastic plot in quarantine:
Article: https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-ent-avatar-the-last-airbender-blind-20200914-zqgimfdvlrhvplr4lbwrmmmtwu-story.html
Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/70142405

21) The End of Deafness

In this article from Future Human Emily Mullin explores the philosophical implications of an end to deafness. Tweaking a person's DNA could provide hearing to those born without it, but not everyone thinks deafness needs to be 'cured':
https://futurehuman.medium.com/the-end-of-deafness-670f06df39cd

22) New Tidbits Opinion Poll

A Reader Asks, "I am looking for a simple turn by turn GPS that will give me information as I walk around without having to hold an extra device or shake my phone to get info. I use to have a Kapten GPS which was very small and read out my location as I was walking without having to enter a destination. I could tag and name special places, though. Does anyone know of something that would fit my needs. I travel with a guide dog and walk a lot." Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/accessible-turn-by-turn-gps

23) Tidbits Opinion Polls: Accessing Poll Results

Last week we announced that in order to view the results of any Top Tech Tidbits Poll all you had to do was complete the poll. We are very happy to report that this in no longer the case. You may now view the results of any Top Tech Tidbits Poll without having to participate in the Poll in any way whatsoever. Simply click on the results link for any poll listed on the Top Tech Tidbits website and receive the results instantly. Several readers wrote in asking for this functionality for the purposes of research and we very happy that we were able to find a way to make it happen. Check it out at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html

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1) 1) NVDA Add-On- Numpad Nav Mode

Numpad Nav Mode is an NVDA add-on which allows you to easily switch your keyboard's numpad between NVDA's navigation controls and the non-screenreader Windows navigation controls:
https://github.com/opensourcesys/numpadNavMode/blob/master/readme.md

2) NVDA Quick Dictionary Add-On

This add-on allows you to get detailed dictionary articles for a selected word or combination of words, including foreign language definitions:
https://github.com/grisov/quickDictionary

3) The New Windows 10 And JAWS Group

This mailing list has migrated to a new home. As a subscriber, you get access to an ever-growing archive of text files on the use of Windows; most are not JAWS-dependent. Here is the subscription address:
The-new-Windows-10-and-Jaws-group+subscribe@groups.io

4) Flatten Inaccessibility Report

AFB Announces the Flatten Inaccessibility Report, illustrating the impact of COVID-19 on blind or visually impaired adults:
https://www.afb.org/press-room/press-release-archive/announces-flatten-inaccessibility-report

5) Webinar, Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS

This takes place on Thursday, 15 October at 16:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rVUQR6biRt2AITD3MroHFw

6) Apple Watch Series 6 Review:

This review focuses on improvements noticeable to people with some vision and people with some fine motor difficulties:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2020/09/28/apple-watch-series-6-review-it-literally-shines-brighter-than-any-apple-watch-ever-has-before/#4f0960223884

7) How Do You Audio Transcribe an Entire Video Game?

This group asserts that audio description of entire games is the next bastion of accessibility in video games:
https://www.ign.com/articles/how-do-you-audio-transcribe-an-entire-video-game

8) 16,000 BBC Sound Effects

BBC has released all of these sound effects for personal, research or educational use:
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9) List of Free Python Resources [Updated September 2020]

This list offers a lot of resources for learning programming, and not only in Python:
https://hakin9.org/list-of-free-python-resources/

10) Using PowerPoint with JAWS

This APH webinar takes place on GMT Wednesday, 14 October at 15:30. Here is the registration link:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PU1If1ooSEeyxAj_zkdvsQ

11) Instructional Courses from MacForTheBlind on Blind Abilities

This Blind Abilities podcast with transcript conveys information about various Apple-related courses, some free, some costing $15:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6220

12) Here are the Let's Go Shopping 3 Event Recordings

Recently, Elegant Insights organized a weekend event where blind entrepreneurs could share their product information. Some are tech-related, and here are their recordings:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/2020/09/27/here-are-the-lets-go-shopping-3-event-recordings/

13) How to Add Widgets with iOS 14

iOS14 offers remarkable new ways to organize the home screen. This tech Juggernaut post shares how to make use of widgets:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/09/28/how-to-add-widgets-with-ios-14/

14) NFB-Newsline Mobile 3.0 with KNFB Reader Basic Released

This iOS app for reading newspapers and magazines now includes a basic version of the KNFBReader app for reading print:
https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline

15) LibreOffice Writer Tutorials:

These are free audio tutorials for the writing component of LibreOffice, a free office suite and one which is included with computers acquired from Computers for the Blind. New ones are added around monthly:
http://www.talking-computers.org.uk/jimonlibreoffice.html

16) Talking Computers Magazine

This monthly audio magazine and podcast comes from the UK. They also offer a series of audio guides such as those for LibreOffice mentioned above:
http://www.talking-computers.org.uk/index.html

17) AceSight on Eyes onSuccess

Episode #2039 features these electronic eyeglasses:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

18) Mailing List for Buying, Selling Technology, Other Items and Services for the Blind

This list has grown and evolved, is well run, and has over 1,000 members. Subscribe at:
blindads+subscribe@groups.io

19) Twitter To Add Transcriptions for Voice Tweets to Promote Accessibility

Twitter said it's working on adding transcriptions to voice tweets in order to make the feature, which it began testing in the summer, more accessible. This comes after many criticized the social media platform for not taking all users' needs into consideration before the release:
https://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-will-add-transcription-for-voice-tweets-to-promote-accessibility/

20) Tidbits Opinion Polls: Access Question

Several readers have written in to ask if they need to have a Facebook account (or need to be logged into Facebook) in order to participate in Top Tech Tidbits Polls. The answer is no, you do not. Each Top Tech Tidbits Poll that is released is posted to the Top Tech Tidbits Facebook Page, Top Tech Tidbits LinkedIn Page, Top Tech Tidbits Twitter Page, and the Top Tech Tidbits website. You may access Top Tech Tidbits Polls using any medium you prefer. The only caveat being that you must complete each poll before you can review the results. You can always review a list of all current and past Tidbits Polls on the Top Tech Tidbits website at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html

21) Future Tidbits Opinion Polls

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About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

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GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Choices, Service! New: Spectacular Promotion: InsideOne Windows 10 Braille Computer with 32 Cell Display; $3,900 through December 31st with $500 upgrade to new model. Orbit Writer Bundle, $140; Our own leather case, neck pouch, and tutorial. Roomy leather "biker" chest pack with hands free phone holder for AIRA, etc. also fits 20 cell display, $55.00. Our own new Orbit Writer & Phone Leather Case: Tough enough for a biker, $20; 3 Multi-Pocket Leather Cross-Body Bags, $36 with free shipping! New Soundbox Stereo Model: Listen on the Go; No Wires; Great Sound; 4AA batteries, $50.00. Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ for full details.

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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: John Panarese

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About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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Introducing a new and compact charger for your desk or travel bag. This charger includes 3 high-speed USB charging ports plus two AC outlets. The outlets are spaced far apart so your larger power bricks won't cover up both plugs. Plus, this thing is tiny, built tough, and easy to carry around. A high-quality product from Plugable and A. T. Guys. The Plugable 2-Outlet Travel Charger for $29.95: https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=330

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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

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Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me at topdot@gmail.com if interested.

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Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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Featured Products: Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Volume 774

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Volume 774

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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It's been a little over 3 months now since Top Tech Tidbits transitioned into a not-for-profit publication and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the individuals and organizations that have made this transition possible. Without these people and these organizations there would no Tidbits, and the leading online resource for weekly adaptive technology news and trends would have ceased to exist. So if you have the time, please join me in thanking the following people for their support. Firstly I would like to thank the previous publisher of Tidbits, Mr. Larry Lewis, and his former company Flying Blind, LLC. Without their support of Tidbits prior to our arrival there would have been no torch to pass. Secondly, I would like to thank our Sponsors, starting with our Editor Mr. Dean Martineau. Your weekly news updates continue to engage and keep us informed. Thank you. To Miss Donna J. Jodhan of DonnaJodhan.com, who was the very first person to say yes to a sponsorship when I called to tell her that Mind Vault would be publishing Top Tech Tidbits going forward. Thank you. To Mr. John Panarese of MacForTheBlind.com, who came on board just as quickly as Donna called to ask him for his support. Thank you. To Mr. Jason Meddaugh of ATGuys.com, who emailed to offer their support and enthusiasm not shortly after that. Thank you. To Mr. Barry Scheur and Mrs. Kae Rausch of GuideLightsAndGadgets.us, for all of your support, and all of the advice that you have shared with me, as well as the very special friendship that we now share. Thank you. To the entire team of American Printing House at APH.org, we are beyond grateful for your support especially, and what it means to the future of the Top Tech Tidbits publication. To each of our Supporters, who donate purely out of the kindness in their hearts and receive only Tidbits in return. Mr. Gary Lee, Anonymous, Mr. Howard Goldstein, Mr. David Goldstein, Mr. Steven Wettlaufer and Mr. Shaun Everiss. And finally to everyone at Mind Vault who believed in this project enough to donate the ongoing time and resources necessary to complete its transition. Speaking of which, I am very happy to announce that Tidbits has received verbal agreements from its 7th and 8th sponsors, and now has only 4 sponsorship packages remaining before it reaches its goal. None of which would be possible without each and every one of you. Thank you. 🙏 - Aaron Di Blasi, PMP, Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.
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1) NVDA 2020.3 Beta 2 Available for Testing

Beta 2 includes improved translations and better output with some synthesizers among other enhancements:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2020-3beta2/

2) JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion Public Beta

Beta 2 is out for all of these programs as well which adds functionality and fixes bugs:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSPublicBeta

3) Blind Abilities on iOS 14

Three panelists discuss what's new for the iPhone:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6242

4) Should You Build a PC in 2020?

How-To Geek talks about the trends we should watch:
https://www.howtogeek.com/690098/should-you-build-a-pc-in-2020/

5) FSCast #189

We hear demonstrations of the new features to come in JFW and Fusion 2021 and about David Kingsbury's new book about using multiple browsers:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/f/8/6/f86d635322732ae3/FSCast189-September2020.mp3?c_id=84220295&cs_id=84220295&destination_id=699950&expiration=1600912386&hwt=60a8545095a9d2fd891badf642ffba89

6) September 2020 AccessWorld

This latest AccessWorld includes "Exciting Changes for the Hadley Institute's Second Century," "Victor Reader Stream, a Product Worth Considering (Or Reconsidering)," "A Review of ClaroPDF for iOS: An App that Makes PDFs More Accessible," "A Review of the QBraille XL from HIMS Inc., A Braille Display with Elements of a QWERTY Keyboard" and "Book Review: When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users, by David Kingsbury:"
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/9

7) iOS14 Tutorials and More from The Tech Juggernaut

Here you'll find several audio tutorials on new iOS features as well as information on using Cisco Webex and Google Classroom for their classes and help sessions, which may be useful information to others for other sites:
https://ttjtech.net/

8) What's New and Noteworthy in iOS 14 and Watch OS 7 from Mystic Access

This free event takes place on GMT Friday, 25 September at 00:30. Join here:
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/81089962506

9) Minimizing Accessibility Risk with User Flow Monitoring

This TPG webinar takes place on GMT Thursday, 30 September at 16:00. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1615995964687/WN_8sp2h4z6R7qbQqot1tP14g

10) New UX Blog Series

This six-part series from TPG covers the foundation of accessible user experience:
https://www.paciellogroup.com/ux-series-connecting-ux-with-digital-accessibility-strategy/

11) Device Unboxing and First Twitter Stream Test from Anatad Podcast

Here's episode #52 of this Android-centric podcast:
https://www.pscp.tv/AnatadPodcast/1ynJOqRolmvKR

12) Mosen at Large Episode #66

Among topics discussed here are reactions to the new iOS, reading and voting:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/25724bd9495f4ab2/your-thoughts-on-apple-s-new-os-releases-reading-blind-voting-blind-and-more

13) Blind Bargains Qast 214

Lots of Apple news and links here:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22007

14) 4 Questions About Transitioning to the Edge Chromium Browser

As they often do, the Freedom Scientific Training Department follows up its recent presentation on the new Edge with a blog post on the topic:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/you-ask-we-answer-4-questions-about-transitioning-to-the-edge-chromium-browser/

15) Amazon Seeks Screen Reader Users for Paid Research

Amazon is currently seeking screen reader users, age 18 and older, to participate in paid research regarding image descriptions on product web pages. If you are an adult screen reader user you can fill out a brief qualification survey with 5 questions to see if you qualify for the study. If you qualify, they will send an email with instructions and a link to the full study. Those who complete the full study will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. The qualification survey is expected to take only a few minutes to complete, and will only be active until September 30, 2020:
https://bvi1-qual.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HFjROGxCWaII5f

16) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week a reader asked, "What are some blind-accessible games that are really fun to play?" So far we've received only 1 answer. Audio Game Hub 2. Learn more at: http://www.audiogamehub.com/audio-game-hub-2-0/. Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/blind-accessible-games

17) Future Tidbits Opinion Polls

Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?
Send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com
Answer past Poll questions you may have missed at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html


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About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Choices, Service! New: Spectacular Promotion: InsideOne Windows 10 Braille Computer with 32 Cell Display; $3,900 through December 31st with $500 upgrade to new model. Orbit Writer Bundle, $140; Our own leather case, neck pouch, and tutorial. Roomy leather "biker" chest pack with hands free phone holder for AIRA, etc. also fits 20 cell display, $55.00. Our own new Orbit Writer & Phone Leather Case: Tough enough for a biker, $20; 3 Multi-Pocket Leather Cross-Body Bags, $36 with free shipping! New Soundbox Stereo Model: Listen on the Go; No Wires; Great Sound; 4AA batteries, $50.00. Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ for full details.

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For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: John Panarese

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Searching for accessible tutorials and courses for the Mac and iOS? Then you should contact John Panarese, world-renowned Apple Trainer and Consultant! Visit https://macfortheblind.com/ or email john@macfortheblind.com to learn more today!

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About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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Introducing a new and compact charger for your desk or travel bag. This charger includes 3 high-speed USB charging ports plus two AC outlets. The outlets are spaced far apart so your larger power bricks won't cover up both plugs. Plus, this thing is tiny, built tough, and easy to carry around. A high-quality product from Plugable and A. T. Guys. The Plugable 2-Outlet Travel Charger for $29.95: https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=330

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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me at topdot@gmail.com if interested.

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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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Magnify the world around you with APH's selection of desktop, portable magnifiers. From simple, user-friendly features, to high-tech and tablet-based functionality, Jupiter and MATT Connect magnifiers will help you see the world in high definition! Whether in the classroom, workplace, or home; Jupiter and Matt Connect are designed for users of all ages to continue the activities that bring joy to everyday life, while also exploring opportunities for lifelong education. Visit https://www.aph.org/ to learn more.

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We now offer 12 Annual Sponsorship Packages which are used to support the ongoing distribution of the publication. There are currently 6 of these 12 packages still available. Secure one of these remaining packages today for only $325.00 USD for the next 3 months, or save $100.00 USD and join us for the year. All Sponsorship Packages are offered on a first-come, first serve basis. Please help us to support the ongoing distribution of this publication. Consider showing your support for Adaptive Technology over the next 3-12 months while enjoying these incredible benefits:

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Volume 773

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Volume 773

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Exploring the Edge Chromium Browser and JAWS

One of the events happening on this day when Tidbits appears in your mailbox is this Freedom Scientific webinar to be held at 16:00 GMT / 12:00 PM EDT on 17 September 2020. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t-ThOTgmR5iSMTyeeFmkAQ

2) Mastering Google Classroom on the BrailleNote Touch Plus

A couple hours later, this HumanWare webinar will take place at 18:00 GMT / 2:00 PM EDT on 17 September 2020. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J0KnmuOzRvif1xqqG5lW_A

3) Inclusive Design 24

Our busy day continues. This series of talks started at 00:00 GMT on 17 September 2020 and continues for 24 hours until Friday starts:
https://inclusivedesign24.org/2020/schedule/

4) Accessible Health Communications

Our final event for 17 September 2020 is this webinar from TPG and Crawford Technology directed at those who create health content. Starts at 16:00 GMT / 12:00 PM EDT on 17 September 2020. Register at:
https://crawfordtech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9EE8K9MwQ-Sz7OzLAQ4wOw

5) Research Like A Pro - Browsing the Web and Accessing Digital Talking Books on the BrailleNote Touch Plus

Continuing with HumanWare, this webinar will be held on Thursday, 1 October at 18:00 GMT / 2:00 PM EDT:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dnn_nIV3RrKIw1n79KsoUw

6A) nvMathViewer Add-On for NVDA

This add-on for NVDA and extension for JAWS extends the ability of screen readers to read math. Here is the NVDA add-on:
https://tseykovets.ru/download/nvda/nvMathViewer.nvda-addon

6B) nvMathViewer Extension for JAWS

And here is the JAWS extension:
https://tseykovets.ru/download/jaws/nvMathViewer.zip

7) 17 Things You Can Do in iOS 14 That You Couldn't Do Before

The new Apple operating systems have officially been released. Here's one person's take on iOS14:
https://gizmodo.com/17-things-you-can-do-in-ios-14-that-you-couldn-t-do-bef-1844975020

8) iOS 14 and WatchOS 7, Demonstrations of Some New Features With VoiceOver

This is the Mosen at Large coverage of the new releases:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/4537a82242b34f55/ios-14-and-watchos-7-demonstrations-of-some-new-features-with-voiceover

9) The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for Blind and Low Vision Users:

Every year, we decide whether to upgrade or wait. This AppleVis podcast will help:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessibility-bugs-introduced-and-resolved-ios-14-and-ipados-14-blind-and-low-vision-users?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10) Apple September Event

Three adaptive technology experts come together to discuss what's new with Apple:
https://www.dr-carter.com/

11) 'Using The Mouse as a Blind Person and Other Accessibility Tips' on Tek Talk

A creative instructor will talk about a range of topics on Tuesday, 22 September at 00:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

12) Navigating a Word Document with JAWS Screen Reader Version 2020 and Orbit Reader Braille Display Technology

This is the first of hopefully many instructional blog posts by Ryan Mann:
https://technologyisawesome.com/2020/09/14/navigating-a-word-document-with-jaws-screen-reader-version-2020-and-orbit-reader-braille-display/

13) NVDA 2020.3 Beta 1 Available for Testing

This version brings stability and performance improvements, particularly to Office, and other enhancements:
https://www.nvaccess.org/files/nvda/releases/2020.3beta1/nvda_2020.3beta1_changes.html

14) Public Beta of JAWS 2021 Available

This new version brings more powerful picture explanations, a Voice Assistant for interacting with the program, and other enhancements:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSPublicBeta

15) What's New in Android 11 and What Accessibility Features Have Joined The Ranks?

This episode of the Parallel podcast is an interview with two Android aficionados discussing the range of accessibility features in the new OS:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/35

16) Braille Technician Position

The Social Security Administration is hiring to fill a Braille Technician Position whose assignments would include a broad range of Braille transcription or translation using adapted computers and specialized software to review and prepare materials for distribution. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 18, 2020. Learn more at:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/578395700

17) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week a reader asked, "What is the most accessible smart TV for blind users? Which TV has the best screen reader and user friendly remote?" So far we've received 3 recommendations. All for Amazon Fire TV which includes a built-in screen reader, a very easy to use remote and can be controlled by Alexa. Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/most-accessible-smart-tv

18) New Tidbits Opinion Poll

A Reader Asks, "What are some blind-accessible games that are really fun to play?"
https://poll.app.do/blind-accessible-games

19) Future Tidbits Opinion Polls

Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?
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1) Converting From GMT To Your Local Time Zone

Last week we announced two upcoming presentations. The first, "An Introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird", scheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September at 00:00. And the second, "A Demonstration of the BlindShell Phone", scheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September 2020 at 14:00. Since that announcement we have received several questions regarding how one might go about converting these times from GMT to EST. And since any conversion can serve as an example for others in alternate time zones we've decided to share our conversions here for others to review. The first thing we will want to do is find out how many hours behind or ahead of GMT we are in our current time zone. And to make things just a little more challenging, we will have to consider Daylight Savings Time as well. For our conversion here that means the following two rules apply. Rule #1: Summer months are Eastern Daylight Time or EDT. This represents now until November 1st 2020. The Eastern Time Zone is an area 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4) during the summer months. Rule #2: Winter months are Eastern Standard Time or EST. The Eastern Time Zone is an area 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-5) during the winter months. Now, with our specific Daylight Savings Time rules stated and considered, we can move on to conversion. Presentation #1. "An Introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird", sheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September at 00:00. (Step 1) GMT 0:00 = 12:00 AM GMT (Step 2) 12:00 AM GMT on September 12th 2020 (minus 4 hours) = 8:00 PM EDT on September 11th 2020. Presentation #2. "A Demonstration of the BlindShell Phone", scheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September 2020 at 14:00. (Step 1) GMT 14:00 = 2:00 PM GMT (Step 2) 2:00 PM GMT on September 12th 2020 (minus 4 hours) = 10:00 AM EDT on September 12th 2020. Information for these conversions taken from:
https://greenwichmeantime.com/

2) NLS Braille Reader Trial on Tek Talk

Developing the Braille EReader and what it means for blind persons will be the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 15 September at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

3) Webinar on New Firmware for Braille Sense Polaris

HIMS will offer this webinar on GMT Thursday, 10 September at 22:00 GMT:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WycmrqNuR4C5rBQyPaQwJw

4) In-Process 7th September 2020

Learn about the plans for the 2020 NVDACon and more in this newsletter from NVAccess:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-7th-september-2020/

5) Review of QBraille XL

This is a favorable review of a HIMS Braille device:
http://www.hartgen-home.org/gabrielle

6) Update for Braille Note Touch Plus

Better handling of PDF documents and email are the highlights of this update:
http://support.humanware.com/Site/Files/a/06cc20404d351cbaa2520fcd0d5adc3/6f20f519549fe01ef5d07bddb28257dc/September_2020_Release_notes.htm

7) Commtech Podcast on Braille Displays

This podcast covers Braille displays past and present:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/audio-braille-displays-a-history-comparison-and-quality/id1513727170?i=1000488784508?i=1000488784508

8) Buying a New Computer when Blind and Visually Impaired [Part II]

This comes from RNIB Tech Talk Radio:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7676672-buying-a-new-computer-when-blind-and-visually-impaired-part-ii

9) JAWS Scripts for ListViews and Task Manager

Doug Lee continues to update his scripts, this time making it easier to read and act on columns in listview controls for managing files and tasks:
https://dlee.org/listtbl/

10) Zoom Accessibility Enhancements for NVDA

An NVDA add-on has been created to control speaking of notifications and other announcements in Zoom:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/zoomEnhancements.en.html

11) Elaboration on Zoom Accessibility Enhancements for NVDA

Here is a blog post from Web Friendly Help on these enhancements:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/zoom-accessibility-enhancements-for-nvda/

12) How to Bookmark All Open Tabs in Safari

This is the weekly informational posting from The Tech Juggernaut:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/09/07/how-to-bookmark-all-open-tabs-in-safari/

13) Interview About Libro.fm

Libro.fm is an online bookshop that sells DRM-free audio books and enables support for indie bookstores:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/94ad284a845143fb/listener-reflections-on-audiobooks-and-introducing-libro-fm-for-access-to-over-150-000-drm-free-audiobooks

14) Final APH Interview with Larry Skutchan on Eyes on Success

In episode #2037, Larry talks about the new Braille displays from APH and other topics:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

15) Blind Bargains Qast #213

The hiatus is over!
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22003

16) Demo of Orbit Writer

David Woodbridge does a thorough demonstration of this little keyboard:
https://s177.podbean.com/pb/3f6fe3a025fd23368d0177699e26c865/5f5983be/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Orbit_writer_initial_demo92776.mp3?pbss=c2255025-618b-5dd3-b36b-868ef4a9cd6d

17) ANATAD Podcast Episode #50

Features more comparisons of iOS and Android, with an Android leaning:
http://anatadpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

18) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results: Last week a reader asked, "In this age of COVID, I have been looking for alternative ways to provide remote training for ZoomText. Does anyone have any program suggestions similar to JAWS tandem that they use with ZoomText to see what the user sees at the same time without being in the same room? Free to low cost suggestions please."

So far we've received 3 recommendations. (1) Using Teamviewer and Quick Assist. (2) Using remote support through Zoom video conferencing. (3) A third recommendation offers more technical specifics that we can share here, so we encourage you to check out the actual results for yourselves. This same person however also recommends an upcoming webinar which they claim is designed to address this very topic, among many others. The webinar is titled "3 Key Strategies to Using Assistive Technology When Teaching in a Remote Setting, Without Having to Research Every Update" and takes place on GMT Thursday, September 17 at 18:00 or EDT Thursday, September 17 at 2:00 PM. Learn more and/or register at: https://alliedindependence.mykajabi.com/assistivetech. Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/zoomtext-remote-training-options

19) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: A Reader Asks, "What is the most accessible smart TV for blind users? Which TV has the best screen reader and user friendly remote?"

https://poll.app.do/most-accessible-smart-tv

20) Future Tidbits Polls: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

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What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 3, 2020 - Volume 771

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Greetings,


1) An Introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird

This Zoom workshop will take place on GMT Saturday, 12 September at 00:00. Here is the link to participate:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81383366502?pwd=ckVSdU5aT2N2cksxS28xWE5MZ0tmQT09

2) Non-Visual Access Conference

This two-day conference for technology trainers from the National Federation of the Blind will take place 24-25 September 2020. It is free and virtual. Register here:
https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/center-excellence-nonvisual-access/trainings/nonvisual-access-conference/nonvisual-access-conference-registration

3) Demonstration of BlindShell Phone

This Maryland Library for the Blind audio presentation will be held on Saturday, 12 September 2020 at 14:00 GMT:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

4) Catching Up With JAWS

Brian Hartgen offers a 90-minute course covering new features in JAWS 2020 and the very new features, not announced yet, for JAWS 2021:
http://www.hartgen.org/catchup3

5) BBQ In Review:

The Blind Bargains Qast crew puts a lot of former interviews together to keep us informed until their next podcast:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21994

6) Orbit Writer on Talking Tech

The little Bluetooth writing device is the topic for this Vision Australia podcast:
https://talkingtech.podbean.com/e/talking-tech-1st-september-2020/

7) JAWS Training for Teachers and AT Instructors

Freedom Scientific is producing monthly lessons with exercises and resources:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/teachers/

8) A mailing list for blind or visually impaired users to ask questions and provide support covering using Microsoft Office with Assistive Technology has been formed. To subscribe, send a blank message to:

office-accessibility+subscribe@groups.io

9) The Veil, Audio Game for Windows and XBox

This podcast features an interview with the game developer:
https://paschallsolution.com/htm/ctc.htm

10) New Features in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion

We've had an update, so the Web Friendly Help is ready to tell us what's new:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-jaws-zoomtext-and-fusion-2/

11) What's New and Noteworthy for August from AppleVis

It's the first of the month, so we know to expect a review of what has gone on in Apple accessibility last month:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-august-2020

12) Top Tech Tidbits Receives Its First Sponsor Testimonial

Since the transition of Top Tech Tidbits to a not-for-profit publication intent on utilizing sponsorships and donations to support its distribution there have been many questions. One of the most pressing of these questions has been, "Will Sponsors see a worthwhile return on investment for their Sponsorship dollars?" And the answer, initially at least, appears to be positive. Please read what Sponsor Barry Scheur of GuideLightsAndGadgets.us had to say about his first quarter experience as a Top Tech Tidbits sponsor within the new Testimonials section of the Top Tech Tidbits website. While only Sponsor Testimonials will be highlighted within the newsletter, whether you're a Sponsor, a long time Tidbits reader, or you just received your first issue last week, we'd love to hear from you:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/testimonials.html

13) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results: Last week a reader asked, "I'd like to find out who is using what kind of robotic vacuum these days. I know Roomba gets a lot of press but there are a lot of other good ones too like the Roborock, Shark IQ, etc. Of course accessibility is important, but I would also like to know how good a job each does cleaning since many of us cannot verify this without sighted assistance."

So far we've received only 1 recommendation, which was, "We have been using the Roomba vacuum for many years. My sighted wife says it does a good job for what it is. That's good enough for me. Also, when we had a service issue, they were very helpful. I hope that helps." Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/best-robo-vac

14) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: A Reader Asks, "In this age of COVID, I have been looking for alternative ways to provide remote training for ZoomText. Does anyone have any program suggestions similar to JAWS tandem that they use with ZoomText to see what the user sees at the same time without being in the same room? Free to low cost suggestions please."

https://poll.app.do/zoomtext-remote-training-options

15) Future Tidbits Polls: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

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What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Volume 770

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Volume 770

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Greetings,


1) How to Improve Your Audio in a Zoom Meeting

Tech Republic helps us answer this question important to many nowadays:
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-improve-your-audio-in-a-zoom-meeting/

2) A Run-Through of the iPad Pro 11 Inch, Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, and VoiceOver

David Woodbridge discusses this possible laptop replacement package:
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zpmne-e8a120?utm_campaign=au_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=au_share

3) Will I Melt My Brain? Facts About Listening to Audiobooks in Your Sleep

I have so wished for sleep learning, given the number of audio books I have slept through over the years. Here's that notion and many more discussed:
https://bookriot.com/facts-about-listening-to-audiobooks-in-your-sleep/

4) Laundry Lens Now Accessible for VoiceOver Users

There are now so many ways to get laundry instructions independently, and here's a dedicated free one:
https://coolblindtech.com/laundry-lens-now-accessible-for-voiceover-users/

5) OCR Screen Reader App Making it Possible to Use Mac Apps That Were Previously Inaccessible

This Mac app available for English and Chinese gives keyboard access and text labels to graphic controls:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/just-made-ocr-screen-reader-app-making-it-possible-you-use-apps-can-t-be-used

6) FS Open Line

The next global talk show from Freedom Scientific will take place on Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 19:00 GMT:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-fsopenline-2/

7) FSCast #187

Dan Clark, veteran training director and others appear on this month's episode:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/6/5/e/65e35887048f89d1/FSCast187-August2020.mp3?c_id=82009943&cs_id=82009943&destination_id=699950&expiration=1598497560&hwt=6f1e0e57ada338ca108d5d71adc14433

8) BBQ In Review:

Here is a large collection of tech tips from the BBQ team to keep us going until the next Qast:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21993

9) Talking Score Feature of Dancing Dots Now Works with NVDA and Others

Since 2002, the talking score feature of Dancing Dots interactive music notation editor has required the JAWS for Windows screen reader. Now it also works with NVDA and other screen readers. In this new video, a college music major shows us how:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsvqT75Zvgo&t=1s

10) Digital Accessibility on Eyes on Success

Lucy Greco talks about the present and future of accessibility in this episode #2035:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

11) Accessible Gaming Discussion

A 90-minute Zoom discussion will take place on GMT Friday, 28 August 2020 at 01:00 from the New York Public Library:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sd-morD4iHte-0zxmgqmINRNv7liUQ0hh

12) Browsing Securely On Your Terms

This will be the next Mystic Access free event, on Sagurday, 29 August 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/87048374251

13) ACBRadio on Tek Talk

We hear about the history and future of this Internet station on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

14) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results: Last week a reader asked, "I've always wondered if other blind cane users could recommend any device that I could use that would compliment my cane in which it could be alerted to any objects in front of me that the cane itself could not physically pick up. For example, something that could alert me to items such as tree branches or stuff from waist height and up."

So far we've received 6 recommendations. Since these were actual recommendations you can read the actual responses themselves by clicking the "Results" button on the poll itself. The best recommendation so far appears to be the Sunu Band. The Sunu Band is a smartwatch designed to detect obstacles. It is intended to be used as a supplement to a cane or guide dog. The band vibrates to tell you the distance of objects or people in your surroundings, helping you navigate safely. For more information, please visit: https://lowvisionsource.com/product/sunu-band. Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/blind-cane-assist

15) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: A Reader Asks, "I'd like to find out who is using what kind of robotic vacuum these days. I know Roomba gets a lot of press but there are a lot of other good ones too like the Roborock, Shark IQ, etc. Of course accessibility is important, but I would also like to know how good a job each does cleaning since many of us cannot verify this without sighted assistance."

https://poll.app.do/best-robo-vac

16) Future Tidbits Polls: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

Send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com
Answer past Poll questions you may have missed at:
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1) Exploring Blind Photography for iOS

This innovative Zoom training will take place on Thursday, 20 August 2020 at 22:00 GMT. Learn photo basics, how to get your photos labeled and described, and share your own tips and tricks! Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdeuvpjMoHNACPPu-6kIB38APVWHQKARl

2) An Introduction to Technology for Teachers of Blind or Low Vision Students

This is another event on this date which is filled with 20's, and it starts at 16:00 GMT. Here is the registration page:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qR8PQSY7S-ySsYJ6q6eVjw

3) August 2020 AccessWorld

In addition to articles focusing on entrepreneurship and the summer conventions, we find 'A Review Of the Mantis Q 40 QWERTY Braille Display by APH and HumanWare,' 'Sign Here: Tips and Tools for Filling out Business Forms,' 'Learning to Code with Swift Playgrounds,' 'Book Review: Capturing and Sharing the World: Taking Photos and Videos with an iPhone, by Judy Dixon,' and 'Book Review: Personal Power: iOS Edition, by Michael Feir:'
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/8

4) How to Find Barcodes on Products:

The person behind the SuperSense App for the Blind has written a blog post about finding bar codes:
https://www.supersense.app/post/how-to-find-barcodes-on-products

5) CSUN 2021 Will Be Virtual

This big March tech conference will be fully online:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21996

6) ANATAD Podcast

Episode #47 of this Android podcast continues the iPhone Vs. Android discussion with a pro-Android emphasis:
http://anatadpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

7) Mosen at Large Episode #56

The two main topics here are the recent gaffe where Apple released Watch iOS betas that didn't work with VoiceOver and the new book on browsing with multiple browsers:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/1dc67ac0f74d4e64/apple-excludes-blind-people-from-its-first-ever-watchos-public-beta-and-that-s-not-ok

8) When One Browser Isn't Enough, on Tek Talk

The aforementioned book will be featured on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

9) Training and Tech Support on Tech it Out

The August Tech It Out discussion from Hadley focuses on learning and on solving tech problems. This Zoom call will happen on GMT Wednesday, 26 August 2020 at 00:00:
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out#

10) Registration for Free iOS Courses

The TTJ courses we've been mentioning recently are open for registration until August 31st 2020:
https://ttjtech.net/courses/

11) TTJ Podcast

The TTJ team produces at least one episode a week, with episodes about various Apple devices and accessories:
https://anchor.fm/the-tech-juggernaut

12) Training on Digital Recorders and Recording Apps

Shaun Williams conducts free trainings on Sundays at 20:00 GMT. This Sunday, he will discuss digital recorders and apps for recording on phones. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcOqvrzojy_JpiR4xzgDO4v6ClT-pzw

13) Challenge Your Brain with the Doing It Right Game for iOS:

This AppleVis podcasts demonstrates an audio puzzle game with lots of brain challenge:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/challenge-your-brain-doing-it-right-game-ios

14) Double Tap Canada Episode #147

Double Tap Canada is asking the question, 'Can you really enjoy mainstream console games if you are blind or have low vision?'
https://doubletap.online/dtc147

15) How to Disable Raise to Wake on iPhone, and Why You Might Wish to as a VoiceOver User

This podcast highlights one of the first things I do to make the accessible iPhone work effectively:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/how-disable-raise-wake-iphone-and-why-you-might-wish-voiceover-user

16) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results: Last week we asked Tidbits readers, "What product would you recommend and/or what advice would you give to a blind user looking for the most accessible smart thermostat today?"

So far we've received 9 recommendations. Since these were actual recommendations you can read the actual responses themselves by clicking the "Results" button on the poll itself. Products recommended so far: Honeywell WiFi Thermostat, VIP3000, Ecobee, Nest, and TalkingThermostats.com. Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/smart-thermo-for-the-blind

17) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: A Reader Asks, "I've always wondered if other blind cane users could recommend any device that I could use that would compliment my cane in which it could be alerted to any objects in front of me that the cane itself could not physically pick up. For example, something that could alert me to items such as tree branches or stuff from waist height and up."

https://poll.app.do/blind-cane-assist

18) Future Tidbits Polls: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 13, 2020 - Volume 768

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1) Goodbye Vertiginous Logo. Top Tech Tidbits Redesigns Its Logo at the Request of Low Vision Readers

Shortly after last week's issue was released we received an email from a reader. Her message was two part. The first was that she loved Tidbits, and after reading it for a couple of months began looking forward to it each Thursday. The second was that she also dreaded this very same practice, as she was now trending toward low vision and the mere sight of the Top Tech Tidbits logo made her dizzy. She went on to add that she avoided the Top Tech Tidbits website entirely because of the number of times the logo appeared across it. This was, therefore, not something that we felt could wait to be acted upon. And so, with the help of this very same reader (thank you) in tandem with feedback from other low vision subscribers we set to work redesigning the Top Tech Tidbits logo. What we have for you today atop the newsletter and across the website is the result of our combined efforts. If you are unable to review the new design visually, please be sure to check out both the short and long form of the alternative textual description that accompanies the new logo. The long form (LONGDESC) was written by the Tidbits team. The short form (ALT) was written by our star reader, and taken from recommendations provided by the POET Training Tool, which she recommends for anyone wishing to learn more about writing effective image descriptions. Learn more at:
https://poet.diagramcenter.org/

2) Google Expands Lookout App for People Who are Blind or Vision-Impaired

This app is now available on more Android phones and has more capabilities. People have been reporting overcoming some amazing accessibility hurdles with it:
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-expands-lookout-accessibility-app-across-android-adds-new-features/

3) Android vs iPhone, The Battle Begins

Still focusing on Android, the latest episode of the ANATAD podcast compares various apps across platforms:
http://anatadpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

4) Talk Description to Me, Describing Modern Happenings

This podcast has provided thorough descriptions of the Beirut explosion, the Portland protests and other modern scenes, a great marriage of podcasting and audio description:
https://talkdescriptiontome.buzzsprout.com/

5) Jumping Into Markdown

This Mac Power Users podcast talks about the popular writing tool and covers some of its more advanced capabilities:
https://www.relay.fm/mpu/548

6) Write With Your Voice: Use Microsoft Dictation on Your PC

This Web Friendly Help article discusses the basic Microsoft Dictation which is part of Windows 10:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/write-with-your-voice-use-microsoft-dictation-on-your-pc/

7) Bookshare on Tek Talk

Hear about the present and future of this ever-growing service, including the future of reading with smart speakers, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 August 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

8) Never, Ever Pay Full Price for These Tech Items, According to The CheapSkate

This CNET podcast suggests that some items are on sale very often:
https://www.cnet.com/news/the-cheapskate-show-podcast-never-ever-pay-full-price-for-these-tech-items/

9) Four Questions About Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS

Freedom Scientific's blog brings us the answers:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/you-ask-we-answer-four-questions-about-using-microsoft-teams-with-jaws/

10) Free Course Offerings By Date From the Tech Juggernaut

Registration for this large number of free courses starts on 14 August 2020, but here you can view the schedule and range of offerings:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/08/11/free-course-offerings-by-date-almost-time-to-register/

11) Orbit Writer: Bluetooth / USB Braille Keyboard, on The Tech Doctor

The Tech Doctor podcast tends to appear when there is a new product, so this episode covers the new Orbit Writer:
http://www.dr-carter.com/

12) Mosen At Large #55

Meanwhile this two-hour audience-participation podcast covers favorite GPS apps, podcasting techniques, and other topics:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/bf52959a2b674567/favourite-gps-apps-apple-releases-a-beta-build-of-watchos-knowing-voiceover-is-broken-covid-19-around-the-world-and-more

13) Amazon and Accessibility for All on Eyes on Success

Episode #2033 features the range of Amazon products for the disabled:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

14) NV Access In-Process 6th August 2020

We get more information about the latest version of NVDA, a note on troubleshooting, and other news:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-6th-august-2020/

15) Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker

This site continues to be updated with information hard to read in other places:
https://cvstats.net/

16) Tidbits Poll Results: Last week we asked Tidbits readers, "Voice Assistants. Which of the following Natural Language Processing (NLP) agents do you believe currently provides the best Conversational User Interface (CUI) experience?"

So far we've received 10 votes, with 5 of them for Amazon Echo, 3 for Apple Siri, 1 for Google Home and 1 for Chatbots. Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/voice-assistants-nlp-agents-ciu

17) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: What product would you recommend and/or what advice would you give to a blind user looking for the most accessible smart thermostat today?

https://poll.app.do/smart-thermo-for-the-blind

18) Future Tidbits Polls: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 6, 2020 - Volume 767

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 6, 2020 - Volume 767

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1) VoiceOver vs Talkback: My Time on the Other Side

This AppleVis post and lively discussion was started last year but has been revived and brought up to date, and offers lots of food for thought:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/voiceover-vs-talkback-my-time-other-side

2) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for July 2020

Staying with AppleVis, we can always count on the summary of the month's news:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-july-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

3) The Perfect Book Reader

In Double Tap Canada Episode #145 discussion arises between one person who believes the Victor Reader Stream is the ideal book reader and others who are not convinced:
https://doubletap.online/the-perfect-book-reader

4) Freedom Scientific July 16 2020 Low Vision Device Webinar

Here is the archive of a webinar discussing the company's low vision devices:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/questions-about-low-vision-devices-answered-by-the-experts/?utm_content=135372767&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

5) DIY Tactile Graphics at Home

The Dimensions Project at the New York public Library offers an evening of crafting DIY tactile graphics at home, Thursday, 6 August at 23:00 GMT. Please find details and registration at:
http://tinyurl.com/HeiskellRegister

6) Orbit Writer on Tek Talk

Hear about this new handy device for writing on iOS devices on Tek Talk on GMT 11 August 2020 at 00:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

7) TTJ Announces 2020-21 Free Course Offerings

The Tech Juggernaut team has been offering free courses on iOS and the iPad for some time. Now they've extended their generous offerings to cover the Mac and a variety of mini-courses. Registration starts on 10 August 2020:
https://ttjtech.net/

8) High Speed How To: Send an Audio Message Using Siri in iOS14

It seems there's a lot to look forward to in iOS 14. This quick demo from Doubletap Online covers a feature that may not have received as much attention as others:
http://doubletap.online/high-speed-how-to-send-an-audio-message-using-siri

9) 19 New Accessibility Features in iOS 14 That Everyone Can Take Advantage Of

We can expect this new iOS version in September, and this only covers accessibility improvements, not everything else:
https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/19-new-accessibility-features-ios-14-everyone-can-take-advantage-0323436/

10) What Is Microsoft 365? The New Face of Office 365

The subscription service is called Microsoft 365, and here is information about it:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-microsoft-365-office-365/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+maketecheasier

11) Office 2019 vs Office 365: Which should you buy?

Windows Central helps answer this frequent question:
https://www.windowscentral.com/office-2019-or-office-365-which-one-you-should-get

12) When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users

This book by David Kingsbury of the Carroll Center for the Blind is now available in Word format for $20 at:
https://carroll.org/product/when-one-web-browser-is-not-enough/

13) Blind Bargains Qast 212:

It's been a while!
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14) Mosen At Large #53

This edition contains discussions of technology preferences and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/cc00f7c2586d4b0a/if-you-had-to-choose-between-your-computer-and-smartphone-which-would-you-keep-braille-display-comparisons-weather-apps-and-more

15) Proud Mac User

David Woodbridge discusses his enthusiasm for the Mac:
https://s101.podbean.com/pb/230fe611da8cf9f9cfbc688be789e221/5f2b4ae4/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/why_i_keep_using_the_mac_and_other_apple_productsbqwbw.mp3?pbss=855d10de-646b-573d-be56-b084b50c81e0

16) New Tidbits Poll: Voice Assistants. Which of the following Natural Language Processing (NLP) agents do you believe currently provides the best Conversational User Interface (CUI) experience?

Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/voice-assistants-nlp-agents-ciu

17) Tidbits Polls: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 30, 2020 - Volume 766

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1) Free Webinar Series on Accessible Publishing and Reading

The DAISY Consortium along with leaders in the accessible publishing and reading ecosystem has been presenting on a diverse range of topics. 18 webinars are available with audio and captions. They'll take a break and restart the series, and the page contains a link to join their mailing list for announcements:
https://daisy.org/webinar-series/

2) Hadley Institute New Look

The Hadley Institute continues to evolve, giving people the means to live with visual impairment. Their new site features hundreds of workshops and podcasts, many of which relate to technology, others on a variety of subjects:
https://hadley.edu/

3) Chrome 85 Will Export Tagged PDFs That Aid Accessibility

This could be a big boon for us!
https://9to5google.com/2020/07/29/chrome-tagged-pdf/

4) Envision Glass "Let the Glasses Speak to You! A Look Through the Envision Glasses and the Envision AI App:"

This Blind Abilities podcast covers this energetic company and their Summer sale:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6067

5) Miele WDD 131 Guideline Accessible Washing Machine

This rarity is the topic of EbuAccessCast 24:
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebuaccesscast-24

6) The Mantis Q40 Is Here

Here's a favorable blog post about this display, sold in the US by APH:
https://doubletap.online/the-mantis-q40-is-here

7) Don't panic! The iPhone SE is Still a Great Choice

The DoubleTap Online crew explains that the iPhone SE will get the important accessibility features coming in iOS 14:
https://doubletap.online/dont-panic-iphone-se

8) The Simple Talking Smart Phone for Visually Impaired People

"In Your Pocket" is a revolutionary device that lets you access RNIB Talking Books, podcasts, internet radio and more just by using your voice. Here is a podcast about it:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7640280-the-simple-talking-smart-phone-for-visually-impaired-people

9) Firefox Accessibility / Roadmap

Here Mozilla states the present and future of the accessibility of FireFox:
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Accessibility/Roadmap

10) Alexa Accessibility Hub

Amazon recently launched the Alexa Accessibility Hub, a new website that serves as a central resource for customers to learn more about Alexa Accessibility features, how-tos, and customer stories:
https://www.amazon.com/b/?node=21101808011

11) OrCam Presentation from Maryland

This takes place on Saturday, 8 August 2020 at 14:00 GMT. To participate, call (319) 527-4994 ☎. Schedules of upcoming presentations and recordings of those from the past are here:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

12) Course on ElBraille from Hartgen Consultancy

This five-session, $62 course is called "It's El-ectrifying", starts on 5 August 2020, so be sure to register before then:
https://www.hartgenconsultancy.com/store.php?rn=697&action=show_detail

13) Two Free Webinars from the Paciello Group

Panel Discussion on Accessible Education, Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 16:00 GMT
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4015959508049/WN_KnKVDH62QAmjhXQGURQSAA
Using Screen Readers and Testing Tools to Evaluate the Accessibility of a User Journey, Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 16:00:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6815959513862/WN_aM_TjAnJRQibfj9dzVSpew

14) Orbit Research on Tech Time

Tech Time happens on the second Wednesday of the month at 20:00 GMT. It usually focuses on smartphone use, but on 12 August 2020 representatives from Orbit Research will discuss the Orbit Writer and Orbit Reader. Call in on (515) 604-9767 ☎ Access code: 457234. For information, email:
rmann@cvicentralflorida.org

15) Tidbits Poll Results: As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use a mobile app or a website for tasks such as online shopping or banking?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use a mobile app or a website for tasks such as online shopping or banking?" It's been nearly a dead heat. So far 28 readers have weighed in with 10 votes for (A) Mobile app, 10 votes for (B) Website and 8 votes for (C) It depends. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/pg/more-accessible-mobile-app-or-website

16) New Tidbits Poll: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

Send your AT-related questions to:
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Answer past Poll questions you may have missed at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Volume 765

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Volume 765

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1) Spanish Videos on NVDA

This site contains several training videos on NVDA in Spanish, with more to follow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtz2QZpvBrg

2) Microsoft PowerPoint with NVDA Training Module, and More

This week's In Process newsletter unveils this new training module, and discusses the status of NVDA 2020.2:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-20th-july-2020/h

3) New Features in NVDA 2020.2

And the Web Friendly Help podcast fills you in about the new version:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-nvda-2020-2/

4) Keyboard Power

Read about one reader's keyboard and all the customization power it offers:
http://alexhall.blot.im/explaining-my-crazy-new-keyboard

5) ATW360 Enters The Virtual Matrix at the NFB-2020 Convention

This podcast hits some of the accessibility highlights from the recently-concluded online event:
<https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-vfxe2-e409b8?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share

6) Very Accessible Freeware

The author of this set of programs announced them on a mailing list. You might like this windows freeware, including a countdown timer, a dictionary and a calculator:
https://www.bestfreewaredownload.com/a-kevin-sisco-42641-freeware.html

7) Five Resources to Teach Keyboarding Skills

The author of this Paths to Technology post says the article is some two years old but still contains useful information:
https://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/five-resources-teach-keyboarding-skills

8) When Your Ears Can't Help You See: Strategies for Blind and Low Vision Individuals with Hearing Loss, on Tek Talk

Deborah Kendrick will discuss her new book on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 July 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

9) How To Use The Volume Buttons to Take Pictures With Your iPhone

This is the latest instructional post on The Tech Juggernaut:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/07/20/how-to-use-the-volume-buttons-to-take-pictures-with-your-iphone/

10) FSCast #186

A new training podcast, a demo of the new feature allowing JAWS to work with Bluetooth earphones, information about summer sales, and more:
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11) Optelec Compact 10 and the L-Braille on Blind Abilities

Learn about these newest FS products and the Summer specials:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6015

12) How To Install & Remove An iOS Beta

This DoubleTap Online post demystifies this process:
https://doubletap.online/how-to-install-ios-beta

13) Castro Podcast Player Demonstration

This iOS podcast player was recently highlighted in 9 to 5 Mac, so this is a replay of a Mosen At Large demonstration of it:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/3312305883534f1e/castro-podcast-player-the-best-podcast-app-for-ios-i-ve-ever-used

14) Using Text Replacement in iOS

The DoubleTap Online crew dubbs these quick tutorials "High Speed How To's"
https://doubletap.online/hsh2-text-replacement-ios

15) Text to Speech Engine Preferences, Buying Braille Displays and More on Mosen At Large #51
Several topics on this 2-hour audience-participation podcast:

https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/94f98dc1cc3f4d04/the-text-to-speech-engines-you-love-and-loathe-things-to-know-when-buying-a-braille-display-and-the-controversy-surrounding-iaap

16) Anatad Podcast #43

Here, the topics are VPN, OnePlus and Fun:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1163732/4621052

17) Tidbits Poll Results: Do you have physical disabilities other than blindness that require you to use Assistive Technology in addition to a screen reader or Braille display?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "Do you have physical disabilities other than blindness that require you to use Assistive Technology in addition to a screen reader or Braille display?" For those that said yes, we asked "Please share with us, if you are willing, the names of the Assistive Technologies that you use, in addition to a screen reader and/or Braille display." So far 26 readers have weighed in with 17 votes for (A) No. I use only a screen reader and/or a Braille display. and 9 votes for (B) Yes. I use other assistive technology in addition to a screen reader and/or a Braille display. The names of the additional Assistive Technologies that these readers identifed were: (A) I only use enlargened display on my phone. Could use assistance in reading screens more proficiently. (B) Darci USB, an alternative input device that uses switch interface. (C) Bluetooth hearing aids. (D) Hearing aid with ComPilot. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/at-other-than-screen-reader-or-braille-display

18) New Tidbits Poll: As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use a mobile app or a website for tasks such as online shopping or banking?

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 16, 2020 - Volume 764

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1) SIRI Shortcuts in iOS 14

Improvements are coming in Siri Shortcuts, which can be a handy accessibility tool:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8V8WMKijOk

2) NVDA 2020.2RC1 Available for Testing

This will be the final version of NVDA 2000.2 unless problems are uncovered:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2020-2rc1/

3) July 2020 AccessWorld

This issue of AccessWorld includes "A Roundup of the Apple 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote Address," "Maximizing your Efficiency as a Student Using Leasey Tools for the JAWS Screen Reader," "Get Back In the Conversation with the Bose Hearphones Bluetooth Headset," "Dolphin GuideConnect: Accessible Computing Made Simpler," "Vintage Games Series, Part 3: Going to War with Lone Wolf, Tank Commander, and Time of Conflict from GMA Games," "A review of Four Currency Reader Apps for iOS", "Listen up! A Review of When Your Ears Can't Help You See: Strategies for Blind or Low Vision Individuals with Hearing Loss, by Deborah Kendrick," and more:
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/7

4) Easy Android Interface on Tek Talk

Project Ray tells about their simplified Android interface on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 21 July 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

5) Patreon Becoming Accessible

Many authors and entrepreneurs run their operations from Patreon, so hopefully these accessibility promises will become reality:
https://www.lflegal.com/2020/07/patreon-press/

6) 5 Ways to Customize Alexa So You Love Your Amazon Echo More

People who haven't tried to customize their Echo device will benefit from this CNET post:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/5-ways-to-customize-alexa-so-you-love-your-amazon-echo-more/ar-BB16I8dF

7) Crash Course on Using WayAround to Increase Independence for Consumers

This is a three-part webinar on Tuesdays at 17:00 GMT starting on July 21 2020. Register here:
http://info.wayaround.com/vrt-webinar-registration?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=WayAroundTools

8) How to Record Vinyl Records Onto Your Computer

This informative post comes from a site called Pitchfork:
https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/how-to-digitize-vinyl-records/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=pitchfork&utm_social-type=earned

9) Buying a New Computer When Blind and Visually Impaired

This RNIB Tech Talk podcast covers this main topic, and more besides:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7631142-buying-a-new-computer-when-blind-and-visually-impaired

10) Using Teams for Remote Work for Blind and Low Vision Users

This is a YouTube of a Microsoft webinar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xXkClCHxXk&feature=youtu.be

11) The iPhone SE 2020: A Review From A VoiceOver and Braille User's Perspective

This is a largely favorable review, and focuses on braille, which always needs to be kept at the forefront:
https://applevis.com/blog/iphone-se-2020-review-voiceover-and-braille-users-perspective

12) iOS 14 Preview: New Smarts, Better Experience for iPhone

There seems to be a lot more information about the upcoming iOS version than there would have been in years past. Here's a good long article:
https://www.imore.com/ios-14-preview

13) iOS 14 In-Depth Preview Public Beta is Live!

Here is a YouTube version of the same content for those who prefer listening or watching:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI2-FHiQuOU

14) Nonvisual Soldering Workshop

Here is a first draft of documentation provided to participants in a weekend workshop on soldering for the blind:
https://wp.nyu.edu/ability/nonvisual-soldering-workshop-at-itp/

15) To 5G or Not to 5G by Anatad Podcast

Anatad stands for Android News, Apps, Talk, And Deals:
https://anchor.fm/anatadpodcast/episodes/Episode-42-To-5G-or-not-to-5G-egjcju

16) Tidbits Poll Results: As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use your computer or a mobile device to browse a website?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use your computer or a mobile device to browse a website?" So far 49 readers have weighed in with 30 votes for (A) My Computer. Desktop or laptop., 12 votes for (B) A Mobile device. Phone or tablet. and 7 votes for (C) It depends. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/more-accessible-website-browse-computer-or-mobile-device

17) New Tidbits Poll: Do you have physical disabilities other than blindness that require you to use Assistive Technology in addition to a screen reader or Braille display?

Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
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What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Volume 763

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1) Last of Us Part II: Is This The Most Accessible Game Ever?

A wide range of people can play this game, which has garnered a lot of positive press:
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53093613

2) What Is Compatibility Mode in Microsoft Office?

Have you ever wondered about this? Also, This is our first contribution from Dignited!
https://www.dignited.com/65011/compatibility-mode-microsoft-office/

3) 17 Cool Tricks Apple's Spotlight Feature Can Do
This concerns both Mac and iOS and comes from the Apple tips and Tricks section of Applenews.com:

https://tips.applenws.com/17-cool-tricks-apples-spotlight-feature-can-do/2019/idropnews?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost

4) I ditched Android for iPhone SE for a Month. Here's the Pros and Cons:

This Tom's guide writer elected to return to Android after trying the SE for a month. Read the full story:
https://www.tomsguide.com/news/iphone-se-month

5) Dolphin GuideConnect

This review in the July 2020 issue of The Braille Monitor explains the product and who should use it:
https://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm20/bm2007/bm200712.htm

6) Mouse Assisting Inclusive Technology

This Braille Forum article discusses adaptive technology problem-solving and a solution offered by iOS 13:
https://acb.org/mouse-assisting-inclusive-technology

7) Accesibilidad Universal, Adaptive Technology Podcast from Spain

This podcast will focus largely on Apple products, but any adaptive technology is fair game:
https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yNWVmYWQ3NC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

8) Markdown and Battery Optimization: Mosen At Large #48

This edition of the wide-ranging audience-participation podcast covers the above topics and more. A lot of us swear by Markdown!
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/8/f/9/8f9190ddfd62bb9d/MALP0048_write_beautifully_formatted_documents_anywhere_with_markdown_and_how_does_the_Optimise_Battery_feature_on_your_iPhone_work.mp3?c_id=77790779&cs_id=77790779&destination_id=2151986&expiration=1594258819&hwt=e43f33aac1917b9101e289f50c5d5873

9) Bluetooth Keyboards and More, Mosen at Large #47

Among other topics, people share their views about Apple's apparent decision to stop including charging blocks with new phones:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/6/2/c/62cbec8006ddbc1e/malp0047_is_it_OK_for_people_to_use_the_word_blind_to_mean_something_other_than_the_absence_of_sight_would_you_buy_an_iPhone_without_a_charger_favourite_Bluetooth_keyboards_and_more.mp3?c_id=77471996&cs_id=77471996&destination_id=2151986&expiration=1594266207&hwt=7ec1b60c4925ef97b574cb60836a5f44

10) Technology Tips And More from New Vision at Goodwill

This newsletter features some adaptive technology podcasts we often mention, as well as lots of Alexa information and more:
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102549354893&ca=668ce858-a0a0-47a8-9faa-4e5331bbedfc

11) Announcing AppleVis 2.0: The Second Decade Edition

AppleVis established itself as a valuable resource for Apple product users for those with visual impairments, and has maintained this position, not an easy achievement in today's world. Now they have a revamped website:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/announcing-applevis-20-second-decade-edition

12) Leveraging Accessibility to Connect People with The Technology They Nneed

This post is focused on useful, mostly Microsoft, technologies for life with social distancing:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/inclusive-remote-working-2/

13) Audio Tutorial on NVDA Configuration Profiles

You can easily play or download this recording:
https://thedabbler.co.za/tutorials-by-the-dabbler/nvda-configuration-profiles/

14) Tidbits Poll Results: Do you use more than one screen reader?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "Do you use more than one screen reader? If you do, please rank the following screen readers in order from most used (1) to least used (7):" So far 18 readers have weighed in giving us the following ranking for the most used screen readers by those that use more than one: #1: JAWS (Job Access With Speech) #2: VoiceOver (Apple OS) #3: NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access) #4: Narrator (Windows OS) #5: System Access or SA To Go #6: Chromevox #7: Zoomtext. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/most-used-screen-readers

15) New Tidbits Poll: As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use your computer or a mobile device to browse a website?

Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/more-accessible-website-browse-computer-or-mobile-device


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1) A Not So Quick Technical Note About Zoom Meeting Links And A Free Course from LinkedIn Learning

Many of you reached out to us regarding Zoom meeting links last week. If you were one of these people, or if you've experienced problems with Zoom meeting links in the past, we've put together the following information in an attempt to shed some light on these issues. Our current research indicates that Zoom Meeting links, specifically, will behave differently depending upon the configuration of the device upon which their links are clicked. If the device in question has the Zoom Meeting app installed, running and properly configured at the time of click, then the device will attempt to open the link within the Zoom Meeting app itself, which should recognize the Meeting ID within the link that you have clicked and present you with an in-app dialog box letting you know that the meeting hasn't started yet. (Or allowing you to join the meeting if it already has started.) If for any reason the app is not detected on the device in question upon click, then the link is instead opened as a Page Not Found (404) error in the default web browser for the device because the app itself was not detected and the device was therefore unable to identify the meeting ID at the time you clicked the link. Industry experience also leads us to believe that some of this functional complexity may be deliberate on the part of Zoom in order to bolster security outside of the app. As we await better default behavior from Zoom for native links (such as automatically generating a default landing page for each meeting) you can circumvent this behavior currently, on any device, by opening up the Zoom Meeting App directly (or visiting https://zoom.us/join), pasting in the Zoom Meeting ID number, and then clicking the "Join" button. The Meeting ID number should always be the series of numbers immediately following the letter "j" within the Zoom Meeting link that you've been provided. If you still have questions, this currently free one hour and twenty one minute course from LinkedIn Learning, which provides professional grade audio and video, as well as complete transcripts for each course, may provide answers:
https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learning-zoom/stay-connected-with-zoom-meetings

2) Adaptive Technology Internet Radio Station

Double Tap Radio is on the air! Adaptive technology content from across the globe and mainstream technology events are covered as well:
https://doubletap.online/doubletapnow

3) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for June 2020

This issue comes out very near the beginning of the month, so this month's AppleVis Unlimited just appeared:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-june-2020

4) Android 11 Beta 1.5 and the Rrevival of Oxygen on Anatad Podcast #40

The new version promises some significant accessibility improvements:
https://anchor.fm/anatadpodcast

5) Collection of SIRI Shortcuts

There are shortcuts here in many categories:
https://www.kylereddoch.me/my-siri-shortcuts

6) TalkBack on Peloton Bike

This high-end exercise bike is now much more accessible!
https://support.onepeloton.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045166672/