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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Volume 772

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Volume 772

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Greetings,


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 Facebook Page 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?

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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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:
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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 Facebook Page 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?

Send your AT-related questions to:
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Volume 770

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The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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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 Facebook Page 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:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Volume 769

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Volume 769

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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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?'ť
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 Facebook Page 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?

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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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 Facebook Page 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?

Send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com
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GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Great Choices! Orbit Writer Bundle: Writer, case, neck pouch, and tutorial by Lisa Salinger: $140, just a couple left. Leather Bags and Protective Travel Cases for your computers, iPads, notetakers and Braille displays! Protect your investment! Our Soundbox Amplifiers: Listening on the go; No Wires; Great Sound; 5 Models to choose from! We Love Our Customers, Answer Our Phone, And Give Great Advice: Not What To Buy, But What Will Work, And At The Best Price! Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎. http://www.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.

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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!
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21990

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 Facebook Page 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?

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

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?

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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:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/4/c/c/4ccfd0c7f2b4c89b/FSCast186-July2020.mp3?c_id=78969182&cs_id=78969182&destination_id=699950&expiration=1595467192&hwt=e556d081776c429d1a19e8e9bdff6b01

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 Facebook Page where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/at-other-than-screen-reader-or-braille-display


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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:
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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?

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 2, 2020 - Volume 762

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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/

7) Request Files From Anyone Via Dropbox

This is a handy post from Web Friendly Help, taking directions from Dropbox help and adapting them for screen reader users:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/request-files-from-anyone-via-dropbox/

8) Upcoming Freedom Scientific Webinars

Four useful webinars are listed on the Upcoming Webinars page:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/freewebinars/?utm_content=130235926&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

9) AppleVis Extra 75: Sarah Herrlinger and Dean Hudson from Apple Accessibility

This is an in-depth interview with two Apple Accessibility staff members. Here is the audio:
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/applevis-extra-75-sarah-herrlinger-and-dean-hudson-apple-accessibility
And here is the transcript:
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/applevis-extra-75-sarah-herrlinger-and-dean-hudson-apple-accessibility

10) Aira Now Available in the UK

The popular Aira service now accepts explorers from the UK:
https://aira.io/UK

11) 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

A little weekend fun, courtesy of Ars Technica:
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/uncovered-1000-phrases-that-incorrectly-trigger-alexa-siri-and-google-assistant/

12) JAWS Scripts and NVDA Add-Ons for Skype

Doug Lee has enhanced his scripts and add-ons for Skype, since they made some modifications and unified the versions:
https://dlee.org/

13) In-Process 25 June 2020

With support for a new braille display, support for 1Password and improved performance with Windows OneCore voices, NVAccess wants lots of testers for the forthcoming version 2020.2:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-25th-june-2020/

14) Picture This: Semi-Monthly Podcast About Audio Description and Accessible Entertainment

Keep up with developments in audio description and learn about it all at:
https://picturethisaudio.libsyn.com/rss

15) Blind Bargains Qast 211:

Find lots of WWDC news here with many links to investigate:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21985

16) Two WWDC-Focused Podcasts Featuring Shelly Brisbin

One is Maccessibility Round Table #197:
https://maccessibility.net/2020/06/22/mrtp-197-the-2020-wwdc-keynote
And the other is Parallel:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/31

17) Tidbits Poll Results: Has your use of Assistive Technology increased or decreased during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "Which of the following statements would you say represents your use of Assistive Technology since the COVID-19 Pandemic began?" Options were: (A) My use of Assistive Technology has increased since the COVID-19 Pandemic began. (B) My use of Assistive Technology has decreased since the COVID-19 Pandemic began. (C) My use of Assistive Technology has remained the same since the COVID-19 Pandemic began. So far 36 readers have weighed in with 22 votes (61.1%) for (A), an increase, 0 votes (0%) for (B), a decrease, and 14 votes (38.9%) for (C) remaining the same. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/at-use-since-covid-19

18) New Tidbits Poll: Do you use more than one screen reader?

Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits Facebook Page where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/most-used-screen-readers

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

While we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be utilized, we promise to choose the very best of them to be included in future issues. Available Poll Types are: Multiple Choice, Checkboxes, Drop-Down List, Scale of 1 to 5, and Ranking in Order of Preference. You may send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 25, 2020 - Volume 761

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 25, 2020 - Volume 761

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Greetings,


1) Basic Windows From The Keyboard Tutorial Podcasts

Here is a series of seven podcasts on keyboard navigation in Windows, including subscription information:
https://gttprogram.blog/2020/06/23/resource-basic-windows-from-the-keyboard-tutorial-podcasts-by-gerry-chevalier-sessions-1-through-7-with-more-to-come/

2) What's New in Windows 10 from Mystic Access

This month's free Mystic Access webinar will address new capabilities available in Windows V. 2004. It takes place on GMT Friday, 26 June 2020 at 00:30:
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/85883527034#success

3) Access to Spatial Concepts and Information

The presenter of this Zoom call will discuss two projects that investigate the use of tactile and auditory modalities to increase access to spatial information motivated by two domains: (1) 3D design and (2) data visualization:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85047400570?pwd=dnVlQTFGdy9XS2ZtT0xnV1lCNU5SQT09

4) Getting the Most Out of Your Amazon Echo Smart Speaker

This is a Zoom call on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 at 19:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j2159880888

5) iPhones, iPads, and VoiceOver, Oh My!

VoiceOver navigation and useful apps is the topic for this Zoom call, on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 at 21:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j2159880888

6) Apps, Apps, Apps for iOS

Apps are clearly the focus of this Zoom call, on Thursday, 2 July 2020 at 22:30 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j2159880888

7) NVDA Training

Learn this screen reader on a Zoom call on Friday, 3 July 2020 at 00:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j2159880888

8) AccessWorld June 2020

In this issue we find 'The Walmart Groceries App: Let's Check it Out and See How Well They Deliver,' 'Book Review: Getting Started with Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone VoiceOver Users, by Heather Thomas,' 'Give Your Mac a Spring Cleaning with CleanMyMac X,' 'GuideConnect by Dolphin, Part 1: Getting Started,' and more:
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/6

9) Android 11 Beta 1.5 and The Revival of Oxygen on Anatad Podcast

This is the podcast episode from 20 June 2020:
https://anchor.fm/anatadpodcast/episodes/Android-11-Beta-1-5-and-the-revival-of-Oxygen-efmogo/a-a2h0suc

10) NVDA 2020.2 Beta 2 Available for Testing

Braille improvements and improvements to Windows One Core voices are among the changes coming in this version:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2020-2beta2/

11) What's Coming in iOS 14?

Apple held their WWDC Conference and revealed what we can look forward to in the new updates. One take on all this comes from Jonathan Mosen:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/4/0/6/406c70d521f3ed4a/malp0045_Looking_at_Apples_WWDC_Keynote_from_a_blindness_perspective.mp3?c_id=76456709&cs_id=76456709&destination_id=2151986&expiration=1593049321&hwt=91c85a623fcae8a42e8792431417d0ca

12) Tech Doctor on WWDC

The Tech Doctor podcast returns after several months with a panel discussion about iOS 14 etc:
https://www.dr-carter.com/

13) AppleVis Extra 74: Recapping Apple's WWDC 2020 Keynote

The final take we'll include comes from AppleVis:
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/applevis-extra-74-recapping-apples-wwdc-2020-keynote

14) A Preview of iOS 14 and a Quick Look at Supersense AI, Ariadne GPS and Digit Eyes

This Maryland Library for the Blind call will be held on Saturday, July 11 2020 at 14:00 GMT. To participate, call (319) 527-4994 ☎. Previous event recordings and a schedule of upcoming calls can be found at:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

15) FSCast #185
Hear about product updates, summer convention specials in the US and more in this episode:

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/a/5/8/a58f5be87b275274/FSCast185-June2020.mp3?c_id=76529705&cs_id=76529705&destination_id=699950&expiration=1593045966&hwt=fc55ff993b0311a758184148bd6d2fc5

16) Tidbits Poll Results: As a screen reader user, which of the following is more important to you?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "As a screen reader user, which of the following is more important to you? (A) Speech quality for entertainment purposes? Or (B) Speech responsiveness for productivity? So far 58 readers have weighed in with 53 votes (91.4%) for (B) Speech responsiveness for productivity, and 5 votes (8.6%) for (A) Speech quality for entertainment. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/screen-reader-user-speech-priority

17) New Tidbits Poll: Has your use of Assistive Technology increased or decreased during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits Facebook Page where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/at-use-since-covid-19

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

While we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be utilized, we promise to choose the very best of them to be included in future issues. Available Poll Types are: Multiple Choice, Checkboxes, Drop-Down List, Scale of 1 to 5, and Ranking in Order of Preference. You may send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com


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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, June 18, 2020 - Volume 760

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1) Envision Innovator Chat:

This webinar, on Friday, 19 June 2020 at 17:00 GMT will discuss the Envision app, the new upcoming Envision glasses, the ever-growing VIP community on YouTube, and much more! Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4015923853266/WN_cP_h8rxJQDufwVKqQy3faw

2) Free JAWS, ZoomText, Fusion Offer Extended Until August 31

People can get these Freedom Scientific Programs for free use because of the COVID-19 virus until the end of August 2020, and if you have been taking advantage of the offer, your license will be automatically extended by two months:
https://portal.freedomscientific.com/Account/Login

3) June 2020 Upgrades to Freedom Scientific Products

The three screen reader products from Freedom Scieitnfic have received their bi-monthly updates, and this Web Friendly Help post explains what is new:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-jaws-zoomtext-and-fusion/

4) Making Narrator More Efficient

This appendix to the manual for Narrator explains how you can replace much of the screen reader's verbiage with sounds to make its use more efficient:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4521592/windows-10-appendix-e-narrator-sounds

5) BrailleNote Touch Plus Adds Scientific Calculator, Braille Study Modes and More

The latest upgrades to the BrailleNote Touch Plus add calculation and Braille learning support, as well as a one-hand mode:
http://support.humanware.com/en-usa/support/braillenote_touch/training_and_resources_section/training_and_resources/science_and_math

6) InsideOne Braille Tablet on Tek Talk

Learn about this unique Windows device with a 32-Cell Braille display and Perkins keyboard on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

7) Six-Hour Course on Zoom Available

The recording of the Hartgen Consultancy Zoom Course can now be purchased for 50 pounds, about $63.00:
http://www.hartgen.org/training

8) TTJ Announces Summer Schedule of Virtual Help Sessions

You can get help on your Apple products from a team of experts at no cost:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/06/12/ttj-announces-summer-schedule-of-virtual-help-sessions/

9) TTJ Is Now On YouTube

The Tech Juggernaut now has a YouTube presence:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/06/16/ttj-is-now-on-youtube/

10) New Phone Number for Listening to ACB Radio

This now venerable Internet radio station has some tech-related programming and lots of other content. Besides listening online and via smart digital assistants, you can call and listen, and the number has changed to (518) 906-1820 ☎.
http://acbradio.org

11) The Mind Behind the Mantis Q40

Read about Larry Skutchan's vision of this new Braille device and the path to its realization:
https://www.aph.org/the-mind-behind-the-mantis-q40/

12) New Self Paced Windows Basics Training Course Now Available from Commtech USA

This company now sells a $99 course on Windows 10:
https://commtechusa.net/new-self-paced-windows-basics-training-course-now-available-from-commtech-usa/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

13) Tidbits Poll Results: What does the acronym " AT " mean to you?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "When you come across the acronym " AT " in what order do the following 4 terms come to mind? Adaptive Technology, Assistive Technology, Accessible Technology, Access Technology. You said: (1) Assistive Technology (2) Access Technology (3) Accessible Technology (4) Adaptive Technology. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/what-does-the-acronym-at-mean-to-you

14) Tidbits Poll: As a screen reader user, which of the following is more important to you?

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 11, 2020 - Volume 759

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1) How to View Your Daily Events in the Calendar App - Month View

This capability makes the iOS calendar much more useful:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/06/08/list-of-events-in-a-menu-configuration/

2) Windows 10 Gets Text Cursor, Magnifier, and Screen Reader Improvements

This Web Friendly Help article discusses these improvements in Windows 10, Version 2004, which is gradually rolling out:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/windows-10-gets-text-cursor-magnifier-and-screen-reader-improvements/

3) Assistive Technology Spotlight - Windows 10 May 2020 Accessibility Update

Here is a YouTube video on the same topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45kNG4mXiHo

4) Improving WiFi Network Performance

This article comes from Xfinity:
https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/improve-your-wireless-home-network

5) Adobe's Andrew Kirkpatrick And Matt May Talk Building An Inclusive Culture And Recent Accessibility-Focused Announcements

This is a post from Forbes:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2020/06/09/adobes-andrew-kirkpatrick-and-matt-may-talk-building-an-inclusive-culture-and-recent-accessibility-focused-announcements/#3815fbb541cc

6) MacCessibility Podcast #196

Four Knights take part in this episode:
http://maccessibility.net/2020/06/06/mrtp-196-little-squeezy-things

7) How to Use JAWS Scripting to Accommodate Accessibility Barriers in School and the Workplace

Larry Lewis is conducting this Paciello Group webinar on Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 16:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2715907646551/WN_zyjV2mHNTUOIiJAC232W8A

8) TekTalk: What should we consider when buying a computer?

Four AT experts discuss this question on TekTalk on GMT Tuesday, 16 June 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

9) Blind Bargains Qast #210

This episode focuses on the Bose Frames and the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21972

10) BookShare Collection on Antiracism

BookShare has an increasing number of special book collections. This one offers books for people of all ages on antiracism:
https://www.bookshare.org/browse/collection/377670?limit=100

11) 10 Things I Learned by Switching From the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra to the $399 iPhone SE

This is a useful PCWorld review:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3546414/samsung-galaxy-s20-ultra-apple-iphone-se-switching-notifications-usb-c-haptics-always-on.html

12) There's a New Way to Use Siri with Be My Eyes

You can now customize your Siri shortcuts to make Be My Eyes calls easier:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/theres-a-new-way-to-use-siri-with-be-my-eyes

13) Intro to NFB Newsline Courtesy of Indiana

Get your questions about this thriving news service answered via Zoom on GMT Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 23:00:
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14) Tidbits Poll: What does the acronym " AT " mean to you?

When you come across the acronym " AT " in what order do the following 4 terms come to mind? Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits Facebook Page where you can weigh in and view results:
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 4, 2020 - Volume 758

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 4, 2020 - Volume 758

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Tab Keywords in Firefox

This blog post explains a nice accessibility feature for Firefox users:
https://www.jantrid.net/2020/06/03/tab-keywords-in-firefox/

2) Dynamic Tactile Device Request For Information

American Printing House is gathering information toward the eventual creation of a dynamic tactile device:
https://www.aph.org/business-opportunities/

3) InsideOne Webinar Repeat

The Mystic Access webinar on the InsideOne Braille Tablet was so popular that they need to hold it again. It will be held on GMT Friday, 5 June at 00:00 with the recording to follow:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85136499702

4) How to Make Self-Service Kiosks Accessible with JAWS

This Paciello Group webinar takes place on GMT Thursday, 4 June 2020 at 16:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1615901742803/WN_Ndxk1TYQQRm-GfopXtkqGw

5) FSCast #184
Hear the recording of the latest FS Open Line Talk Show:

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/1/9/019cf82a27d248d8/FSCast184-FSOpenLine-May2020.mp3?c_id=74577929&cs_id=74577929&destination_id=699950&expiration=1591222266&hwt=af79f7095089e8168c348e3e4ff0c89d

6) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for May 2020

Here's our one-stop place for the latest Apple Accessibility news of all kinds:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-may-2020

7) Introduction to Android (MP3)

A clear intro explaining the diversity and accessibility features of Android:
https://hanif.co/dl/introduction%20to%20Android.mp3

8) Blind Abilities Podcast on Two NEW APH Braille Devices

This podcast comes with a full transcript:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=5925

9) Definitive Guide to Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Gizmo's Freeware guide has shortcuts grouped into 14 categories:
https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/definitive-guide-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts.htm

10) All About Do Not Disturb

Here is a clear Tech Juggernaut post about this handy iOS feature:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/06/03/ttj-tech-tip-all-about-do-not-disturb/

11) Visual Description of the Icons on an Apple iOS Device

This is another article from the same blog with some useful information when describing icons is a must:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/06/01/visual-description-of-the-icons-on-an-apple-ios-device/


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Volume 757

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Volume 757

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Accessible Streaming Services with Audio Description for the Visually Impaired

This is a thorough article detailing the accessibility and holdings of several services:
https://belocipriani.com/accessibility/accessible-streaming-services/

2) Tech-Related Recordings From ACB

Many of the Zoom calls organized by American Council of the Blind or its affiliates relate to some aspect of technology, and recordings can be found here:
http://www.acbradio.org/acb-events

3) ACB Virtual Convention on Tek Talk

Find out what will be available during the virtual convention, much of which will relate to technology, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 2 June 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

4) NFB Virtual Convention

While we're mentioning these unusual consumer conventions, here is the link for information about the NFB Convention, which is free:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

5) Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Sessions From Deque

You can register to listen to recordings of Deque's sessions from GAAD:
https://www.deque.com/global-accessibility-awareness-day-2020/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=88447785&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8dT4OyxdPvTiHUynkr9gsyX0sbCNPLVoCvLiNYwMHrnh-J5gQBws9UCvv9ejbk2a-SMag-2RkYT0e-BaCvNeLbp5v8KQ&utm_content=88271479&utm_source=hs_email

6) What Can You Do in a Zoom Meeting?

The Web Friendly Help blog seeks to answer this question:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/what-can-you-do-in-a-zoom-meeting/

7) Accessibility Fundamentals Badge

This is a new four-module course from Microsoft:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/accessibility-fundamentals/

8) Complete Guide to Narrator, May 2020 Edition

The May 2020 version of Windows has begun to roll out; it may take some weeks before your system receives it. In the meantime, Narrator has received lots of enhancements, and here is the new complete manual:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22798/windows-10-complete-guide-to-narrator

9) NV Access In-Process 26th May 2020

Here is the latest NVDA news:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-26th-may-2020/

10) Inserting SIMM Cards

It turns out the process for putting SIMM cards into different iPhone models is a bit different from model to model. This podcast explains:
https://s182.podbean.com/pb/9fbf7e4ab88b3ecbf3a7e9d2634a5093/5ecee45e/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Demo_of_putting_in_a_SIMM_card_on_either_the_iPhone_11_or_iPhone_SE_2020_84si2.mp3?pbss=a69465c3-75d4-5bed-affc-dcff6f251776

11) 6 Truths About Your Phone's Battery Life: All About Overcharging, Overheating, Fast Charging

This CNet article might shed some light on this important topic:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/6-truths-about-your-phones-battery-life-all-about-overcharging-overheating-fast-charging/

12) Mosen At Large Episode #38

This issue is almost entirely focused on technology:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/f/a/4/fa47f5f807717845/malp0038_Some_are_being_locked_out_of_iOS_apps_Android_about_to_improve_significantly_for_blind_users_working_from_home_with_multiple_talking_devices_and_your_memories_of_talking_clocks_of_the_past.mp3?c_id=73731161&cs_id=73731161&destination_id=655755&expiration=1590628229&hwt=ebf5cb4409d15e74666a730b59affce3

13) Blind Bargains Qast #209

Good to have the Qast back:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21969

A Thank You To Larry Lewis

As we come to the final item, regarding Freedom Scientific, a Vispero company, all subscribers who enjoy this publication should be duly appreciative of the 12-year run that Larry Lewis has had with this publication. For ten years, it was part of his business, Flying Blind, LLC, but for the last two years or so, Larry has paid the costs for Tidbits out of his pocket, because he knows people appreciate the publication. As you've read, we're working on a new and sustainable way to keep Tidbits going, but it's safe to say that without Larry, there wouldn't be a Tidbits to read today.

14) Freedom Scientific on Eyes on Success

Episode #2022 is an interview about Freedom Scientific offerings in the present and future:
http://eyesonsuccess.net


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Volume 756

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Volume 756

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Today is GAAD!

Thursday, 21 May 2020 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Many people and organizations are holding events and producing material, and much of this material can be found linked here:
https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/

2) FS Open Line

With a start time with the Europeans in mind, product management and engineering team members will field your questions on FS Open Line on GMT Thursday, 28 May 2020 at 19:00:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?status=success

3) Helpful Resources and Email Listserve Groups Related to Using Apple iOS Devices

This Tech Juggernaut post is being reposted for our convenience:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/05/19/helpful-resources-and-email-list-serve-groups-related-to-using-apple-ios-devices/

4) ElBraille Mailing List

To join a new mailing list to discuss both the new and earlier versions of the ElBraille, send a blank message to:
elBraille+subscribe@groups.io

5) 4 Ways Amazon Echo Can Find Your Lost Phone in the House

This summary is courtesy of CNET:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/4-ways-amazon-echo-can-find-your-lost-phone-in-the-house/

6) Demo and Review of the iPhone SE 2020 Using VoiceOver

David Woodbridge gives this phone a very favorable review:
https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-and-review-of-the-iphone-se-2020-with-the-traditional-home-button-and-touch-id/

7) NFB Newsline Video

This Illegally Sighted video covers the latest developments in this accessibility service, with emphasis on the iOS app:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h86muiKkbZ8

8) Short Tech Videos on YouTube

The creator of these videos promises to add more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OBdN3qWLz8&list=PLeXWOOlSQiVTecgn86zE0CO-yxzTXue1W

9) A Beginner's Guide to Google Docs and Calendar with JAWS

This Maryland State Library for the Blind Technology Group event will take place on GMT Saturday, 13 June 2020 at 14:00. Dial 319-527-4994 to take part. Find the schedule for the monthly events through the end of the year and the recordings of past events here:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

10) Lots Of Fun With The InsideOne

This Braille tablet will be the focus for the Mystic Access free event in May, to take place on GMT Friday, 29 May 2020 at 00:00. The Zoom Meeting ID is 851 3649 9702
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/

11) Annotating and Sharing Markers with Family and Friends through Microsoft Soundscape

Microsoft continues to update this iOS app:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/enable/articles/annotating-and-sharing-markers-with-family-and-friends-through-microsoft-soundscape/

12) Travelling to Essential Services using Microsoft Soundscape

A real-life story of using the app:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/enable/articles/travelling-to-essential-services-using-microsoft-soundscape/

13) Register Now For The Ability Summit

The Microsoft Ability Summit will take place over 27 and 28 May 2020, all online:
https://sway.office.com/CJt2kqkQ5u0UI6qF?ref=Link

14) NV Access In-Process 14 May 2020

Learn about the new NVDA 2020.1, enhanced touch screen gestures and more:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-14th-may-2020/

15) NLS BARD Update on Eyes On Success

Episode 2021 features the fairly recent update to the BARD app:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

16) Tablets on Tech it Out

The topic for Hadley's monthly Tech it Out discussion group is tablets. This takes place on GMT Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 00:00:
https://www.hadley.edu/discussions/techitout.asp

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Volume 755

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Volume 755

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) May 2020 AccessWorld

The May 2020 issue of AccessWorld includes "Tips for Coronavirus Quarantine, Part II," "Solving the Great American Puzzle: A Review of the Crossword Web-based Game from APH," "Vintage Game Series, Part 2: Q9 Action Game," and more:
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/5

2) Virtual AFB Leadership Conference 2020 Archive

So far, recordings with captions and transcripts are available for sessions on Remote Instruction and Services for Blind and Low Vision Participants and Inclusive Remote Work Environments:
https://www.afb.org/about-afb/events-and-awards/afblc-2020-overview/virtual-afblc

3) Global Accessibility Awareness Day

GAAD is Thursday, May 21, 2020. Here is the official site:
https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/

4) Upcoming Webinar And GAAD Event

Join Kathy Wahlbin, GM of The Paciello Group, and John W. Egan, Esq., of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, for an informative presentation on website and mobile accessibility litigation risk. This takes place on Thursday, 14 May at 19:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5715875869756/WN__KJQCdnfQ5abw9Z5Vm0a1w

5) For Apple, Accessibility Awareness Happens All Year Long

This Forbes column discusses Apple's accessibility philosophy:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2020/05/12/for-apple-accessibility-awareness-happens-all-year-long/#7b1dc50b116e

6) Where's My Stuff? Developing AI With Help From People Who Are Blind or Low Vision to Meet Their Needs

Blind people in the UK can contribute to this effort now, and the rest of us will be able to do so later in the year:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/wheres-my-stuff-developing-ai-with-help-from-people-who-are-blind-or-low-vision-to-meet-their-needs/?OCID=msr_blog_orbit_tw

7) How to Host Your Zoom Meeting

This is the first of two articles from Web Friendly Help:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/how-to-host-your-zoom-meeting/

8) New Features in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion

This second post describes the recent program updates from FS:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-jaws-zt-fusion/

9) Band-in-a-Box on Eyes on Success

Band-In-A-Box continues to be useful to professional and amateur musicians and Episode 2020 features the developers and gives information about the JAWS scripts:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

10) Orbit Research on Tek Talk

Hear about the present and future projects of Orbit Research on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 19 May at 00:00. (Of course, that's Monday evening, state-side.)
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

11) Assistive Technology Trainer Expo

Trainers will describe their training offerings for all to hear at this live Zoom event, which will be recorded, on GMT Saturday, 16 May 2020 at 00:00:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89688656749?pwd=aTBBYTd2MDlwZ3FNTi9LZ3pRV2hLQT09

12) Google Meet Video Conferencing 'A More Secure Conference World'

This podcast discusses the Google Meet teleconferencing system:
https://AccessTechWatch360.podbean.com/mf/play/u6k2cv/GoogleMeetVideoConferencebyATW360Final7kt7f.mp3

13) Spectrum Access iOS App

With this app on your device, watch more than 300 movies from any source and get audio description on your phone:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spectrum-access-enabled-media/id1492182876

14) List of Spectrum Access Described Titles

Here, from the ADP Project, is the current list of available titles on the Spectrum App:
https://acb.org/adp/spectrumad.html

15) Using the SAS Graphics Accelerator to Listen to Graphs and Charts

This is the topic of FsCast #183:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/8/6/9/8694c03b06f5b035/FSCast183-May2020.mp3?c_id=72763298&cs_id=72763298&destination_id=699950&expiration=1589408329&hwt=a7ef38ef435d75ac2ef41be71ee96cf8

16) Accessible COVID-19 Data

Sounds are used to make graphs intelligible:
https://covid.ski.org/

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Transition By Larry L. Lewis, Jr.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Transition By Larry L. Lewis, Jr.

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Greetings,

Greetings eReaders! I hope this note finds all of you doing well, and staying positive during these trying times. As many of you know, in 2008, we at Flying Blind, LLC formed a partnership with Dean Martineau, and have been publishing the Top Tech Tidbits Newsletter on a weekly basis. We've collectively delivered countless news items to the inboxes of thousands of subscribers, a most rewarding experience for all who have been involved. We have appreciated your ongoing readership over the past 12+ years very much.

In the interest of transparency, besides wanting to provide to the industry an objective source for all of its Assistive Technology and Digital Accessibility news, Flying Blind, LLC has utilized this publication to create a number of business opportunities which, in turn, have funded this publication. It costs money and time to properly distribute a weekly newsletter to close to 7,000 active subscribers.

As many of you know, two years ago I stepped away from all Flying Blind-related business ventures and joined a leading accessibility firm full-time. It's been a rewarding two years for me professionally with plenty of opportunities for growing new skill sets. When I stepped away from Flying Blind, LLC I agreed to continue self-funding this publication for a minimum of two years. I've used my own personal money to keep this publication going; because of my full-time employment focus, coupled with risking possible conflicts of interest, I haven't been able to effectively create a means by which Tidbits can sustain itself financially without my ongoing financial assistance while I am still associated with the Publication.

Well, we're approaching two years this month, and I have decided to step away from this publication. Issue 757 of Top Tech Tidbits slated for distribution on May 28th 2020 will be the last issue where I am involved with this publication on all fronts. I want to personally thank each and every reader for allowing me to play a role in sharing news with you each and every week. I deeply appreciate the opportunity, and am thankful for all of you.

We have a transition plan in place for this Publication. Effective June 1st 2020, I'll be transferring ownership of the rights to distribute the Top Tech Tidbits Publication, along with all applicable assets, over to my associates at Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd: https://mvsltd.com/.

For over 13 years, this online marketing firm has been the wind beneath Flying Blind, LLC's marketing and technology wings, and the publication will be in more than capable hands moving forward. Dean Martineau will continue to be the Editor-in-Chief for all Tidbits content, but Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. will assume all publication rights and distribution responsibilities for this publication effective with Issue 758 slated for distribution on June 4th 2020.

Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. has a thoughtful plan to rebrand Top Tech Tidbits with a website specific to Tidbits news at https://www.toptechtidbits.com/, and I'm pleased to announce an initiative whereby Top Tech Tidbits will now be offering sponsorship opportunities for organizations, agencies, and companies interested in benefiting from this publication's extensive reach: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/sponsorship-information.html.

I'll be assisting them in getting this sponsorship up and running over the next three weeks. Again, while I'll be moving on as of June 1st 2020, Top Tech Tidbits is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Once again, thank you all for a fantastic chapter of my career. Here's to turning the page and beginning a new chapter for this invaluable publication.

With much respect,

Larry L. Lewis, Jr.

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 7, 2020 - Volume 754

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 7, 2020 - Volume 754

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Get Your Accessibility Health Check !!!

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Greetings,

1) ElBraille Now Shipping in US

The portable Windows computer designed to work with JAWS is now shipping:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/elbraille40/

2) Braillle Displays Vs Notetakers

This Zoom meeting, Friday, 8 May 2020 at 19:00 GMT offers ideas for choosing a Braille device. For security, we provide the Zoom information this way. The meeting ID is 830 7928 0969. The password is 012142. The link for Zoom is:
https://zoom.us/j

3) Tech-related Zoom Meetings from Federation Chapters

Here is information about technology-related Zoom meetings, all times are GMT, and each title is followed by the meeting ID, and password if one is being used: Thursday, 7 May 2020, 19:00, Braille Note Touch, 215 988 0888; 23:00, Apps, Apps, Apps for iOS, 215 988 0888; Friday, 8 May 2020: 00:00, NVDA Training, 215 988 0888; 16:00, Advanced JAWS Training, 215 988 0888; Monday, 11 May 2020, 23:30, Tech Talk, ID 510 839 253, Password 009343. Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j

4) Opinion: The Blind iPhone Is Back

This editorial from Steven Scott explains why he downgraded from an iPhone 11 Pro to the new SE:
https://doubletap.online/opinion-the-blind-iphone-is-back

5) 11 Best Zoom Tricks You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

These come from Kim Komando:
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/11-best-zoom-tricks-youll-wish-you-knew-sooner

6) Getting Started with Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone VoiceOver Users:

This book costs $18 in Word format:
https://carroll.org/product/getting-started-with-zoom-meetings/?bblinkid=220991595&bbemailid=21485714&bbejrid=1483340570

7) Title: Using Microsoft Edge with JAWS for Windows on Tek Talk

Brian Hartgen discusses this useful browser on GMT Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

8) My Review Of the iPad Seventh Generation 'They've Done It Again'

This review comes from the Tech Juggernaut blog:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/05/05/my-review-of-the-ipad-seventh-generation-theyve-done-it-again/

9) TTJ Virtual Help Sessions to Continue Through At Least June 4, 2020

The Tech Juggernaut Team has been providing free Q&A sessions via Zoom during the pandemic, and will continue doing so until at least June 4, 2020. Here is the information:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/05/04/ttj-virtual-help-sessions-to-continue-through-at-was-least-june-4-2020/

10) Mosen at Large Episode 35

This episode contains a demonstration of the Zoom F6 multi-track field recorder and its iOS app from a blindness perspective:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/6/9/7/69759ea7fd5cc474/malp0035_Gary_ODonoghue_reviews_and_demonstrates_the_Zoom_F6_multi-track_field_recorder_and_its_iOS_app_from_a_blindness_perspective.mp3?c_id=72130145&cs_id=72130145&destination_id=655755&expiration=1588799458&hwt=f51cb1249109ec1415f4f6763ce2db65

11) Mosen Exploration #34

Here we find tech news, iPhone SE reviews, and discussion about notetakers:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/9/2/6/9268b2a55a7c6f47/malp0034_is_there_strong_science_behind_the_public_wearing_masks_iPhone_SE_2_reviews_conferencing_apps_notetakers_versus_a_smartphone-based_solution_and_more.mp3?c_id=71756105&cs_id=71756105&destination_id=655755&expiration=1588806120&hwt=6b79be6292fab28b8cff54063d0f508a

12) Deque Introduces Automated Source Code Accessibility Checker

Axe Linter is an automated GitHub-based app which checks source code for common accessibility issues, automatically finding and suggesting fixes:
https://axe-linter.deque.com/

13) Triple Tap Tech Guides

This organization has produced some guides for common assistive technology:
https://tripletaptech.org/triple-tap-guides/

14) April AppleVis Unlimited

The news keeps coming from AppleVis, and this is the monthly summary:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-april-2020

15) In-Process 30 April 2020

Here is the latest NVDA news:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-30th-april-2020/

16) The Suno Band for Navigation on eyes on Success

Episode #2019 discusses this useful navigation aid:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 30, 2020 - Volume 753

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 30, 2020 - Volume 753

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join Us Later Today for This Informative Webinar!
How to Use JAWS Scripting to Accommodate Accessibility Barriers in the Workplace by Larry Lewis
April 23rd 2020 at 1:00 PM ET

Photo of a computer monitor sitting on a desktop with a coffee cup and pencil caddy on either side. Over the monitor are the words: How to Use JAWS Scripting to Accommodate Accessibility Barriers in the Workplace. In the lower left hand corner is a photo of Larry Lewis, hands on a keyboard, smiling. In the lower right hand corner sits The Paciello Group Logo. In the center are the words: Free Webinar. Thursday, April 23rd 2020. 1:00  PM EST.

This webinar will introduce common accessibility barriers vision-impaired employees face in vocational settings as well as identify challenges faced by employers when providing accommodations to overcome these barriers.Attendees will learn how to offer reasonable accommodations to vision-impaired employees through strategic planning, execution of a targeted assessment, and JAWS for Windows scripting services. The webinar will place special emphasis on independent and efficient task completion that will result in maximum productivity and efficiency when operating in a competitive work environment. Strategies for incorporating digital accessibility know-how across a worksite to raise awareness among the vision-impaired employees' sighted co-workers will also be addressed.

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3815871412328/WN_aqtkcrJ7TWue2t1GmDYYxQ

Greetings,

1) Personal Power. The iOS Edition

Every once in a while, we find an item showing both generosity and competence to high degrees. Michael Feir has written a 250,000-word, over 1,200-page book on using and enjoying the iPhone, iPad, and iPod for personal use, and it's free in RTF, Word, EPUB and PDF formats:
http://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/2020/04/personal-power-ios-edition.html?m=1

2) Gaming Labs. ACB Zoom Gatherings

Three Zoom sessions teaching accessible iOS games will take place on GMT Saturday, 2 May 2020. Learn about the six games in DiceWorld, where you can play against others worldwide, at 18:00 GMT. Learn about two solitaire card games at 20:00. Learn about text adventure games at 22:00. Information about these sessions is only shared via the special email list, to ensure security. To learn about these and potentially other Zoom gatherings, join by sending a blank message to:
acb-community-events-subscribe@acblists.org

3) JAWS Trainings, iOS Trainings, Smart Home Automation Training and More

The National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania conducts weekly Zoom events on these and other topics. Recordings of previous trainings are here, with more to be added:
http://nfbp.org/archive

4) Archives of HumanWare Webinars

HumanWare conducts Zoom support webinars weekly during this time of isolation. You can find recordings here:
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/-humanware-live-webinar-series/6gw3gj/939387743?h=WIJDZ-4ZFSFWwFFOhUuyP9sVqgqBV1sLSW4idtCo86Q

5) Chord Cutting on Tek Talk

The Mystic Access team has produced an audio guide to finding the video content you want without using cable or satellite TV, and they'll discuss the topic on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 5 May 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

6) Fediverse Accessibility Resources

The "Fediverse" is a decentralized network of social networks. Robert Kingett explains, and talks about the accessibility of many of the networks:
https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/fediverse-accessibility-resources/

7) Time to Go Zoom: An Essential Guide for Zoom Meetings and JAWS for Windows

Brian Hartgen is developing an up-to-date and thorough course on using Zoom. The five-session course starts on 18 May 2020 and costs 50 pounds, about $62:
http://www.hartgen.org/timetogozoom

8) Initial demo of the Olitech Easy Flip 4G Mobile Feature Phone Using Talkback

This demo comes from Australia. This is a flip phone with keys:
https://s159.podbean.com/pb/3bf6b7d4d65293968024058a116cd6bb/5ea9dc8e/data4/fs54/339150/uploads/Olitech_4G_Flip_demo_start_phone_call_menu_radio.mp3?pbss=1cacbf3b-17ba-5a39-8f36-28165a20e300

9) Ebu Access Cast 21

This podcast offers lots of Coronavirus resources and other tech news:
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebu-access-cast-21

10) #iACast 141 "Our Perspective on New Tech"

This is the latest episode of a weekly adaptive tech podcast:
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-141-our-perspective-on-new-tech/

11) MRTB #193

Yet another episode of the Maccessibility Round Table Podcast, focusing on Zoom:
http://maccessibility.net/2020/04/25/mrtp-193-fraggle-rock-of-thrones

12) 6 Ways To Access Bookshare Books

This is one of three webinar recordings on this page, pertinent to distance education and technology:
https://vimeopro.com/user101320532/free-neat-webinars-to-support-distance-learning-and-virtual/page/1

13) Picture Smart In JAWS: Independently Selecting Your Artwork

This Freedom Scientific blog post by an independent musician discusses how he uses Picture Smart to independently do what would otherwise be very difficult:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/picture-smart-in-jaws-independently-selecting-your-artwork/

14) Joining Zoom Meetings

This is to be one of a series of guides on using Zoom:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/joining-zoom-meetings/

15) Voice Dream Corona Sale

Voice Dream Reader and Voice Dream Scanner are immensely popular apps. For a limited time, the two are available for a total cost of $9.95:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app-bundle/voice-dream-at-home/id1507251875

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 23, 2020 - Volume 752

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 23, 2020 - Volume 752

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join Us Later Today for This Informative Webinar!
How to Use JAWS Scripting to Accommodate Accessibility Barriers in the Workplace by Larry Lewis
April 23rd 2020 at 1:00 PM ET

Photo of a computer monitor sitting on a desktop with a coffee cup and pencil caddy on either side. Over the monitor are the words: How to Use JAWS Scripting to Accommodate Accessibility Barriers in the Workplace. In the lower left hand corner is a photo of Larry Lewis, hands on a keyboard, smiling. In the lower right hand corner sits The Paciello Group Logo. In the center are the words: Free Webinar. Thursday, April 23rd 2020. 1:00  PM EST.

This webinar will introduce common accessibility barriers vision-impaired employees face in vocational settings as well as identify challenges faced by employers when providing accommodations to overcome these barriers.Attendees will learn how to offer reasonable accommodations to vision-impaired employees through strategic planning, execution of a targeted assessment, and JAWS for Windows scripting services. The webinar will place special emphasis on independent and efficient task completion that will result in maximum productivity and efficiency when operating in a competitive work environment. Strategies for incorporating digital accessibility know-how across a worksite to raise awareness among the vision-impaired employees' sighted co-workers will also be addressed.

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3815871412328/WN_aqtkcrJ7TWue2t1GmDYYxQ

Greetings,

1) Video on Completing Census with Screen Reader

The Colorado Center for the Blind has produced a 10 minute video on completing the online census with a screen reader:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeHV_0e8xr8&t=36s

2) Product Demos from Australia

Check out past and future tech demos from Vision Australia on this YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-YhQt9EmZ6Nl-w8kWZbjA

3) Blind Users Struggle with State Coronavirus Websites

WebAIM found lots of challenges with the Corona Virus sites provided by each state:
https://themarkup.org/2020/04/21/blind-users-struggle-with-state-coronavirus-websites

4) Inclusive Remote Work Environments

This free webinar from the Lighthouse for the Blind of San Francisco and American Foundation for the Blind takes place on Thursday, 23 April at 18:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9EQ8IjDJS4CzGafYMSkkEQ

5) A Future Date

This 3 day accessibility conference concludes on Thursday, 23 April 2020, and recordings of previous sessions are available:
https://www.youtube.com/c/AFutureDate

6) Office 365 becomes 'Microsoft 365' For All

PC World reports on the changes, some happening now, most later:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3535078/microsoft-adds-microsoft-teams-for-consumers-as-office-365-becomes-microsoft-365-for-all.html

7) Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Launches Online Video Resource Library

30 instructional videos designed to show teachers and educators how to modify physical activities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired are presently available:
https://ktvz.com/community/community-billboard/2020/04/21/nw-assn-for-blind-athletes-launches-online-video-resource-library/

8) 25 WhatsApp Tricks to Help Master the Messaging App

NDTV Gadgets360.com passes on these tips for the internationally popular app:
https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/features/whatsapp-how-to-tips-tricks-new-features-2020-web-dark-mode-see-deleted-messages-record-calls-2208462

9) Mosen at Large #32

This podcast sometimes features lots of tech information. This episode discusses the new iPhone and also notetakers:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/8/5/085e047abbc6c5eb/malp0032_Contributions_now_open_for_our_Mushroom_FM_10th_anniversary_episode_a_detailed_look_at_iPhone_SE_2nd_generation_who_needs_a_note_taker_these_days_and_more.mp3?c_id=70377062&cs_id=70377062&destination_id=655755&expiration=1587567406&hwt=62bad0b15c8fe4000f1da8d7e82bf24d

10) The Next Windows 10 is The May 2020 Update

PC World reports on this update, and the article contains links to their reviews:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3538410/microsoft-announces-the-windows-10-may-2020-update-the-next-windows-for-your-pc.html

11) APH Crossword App

Young and old can do crossword puzzles!
https://tech.aph.org/pz/

12) A Deep Dive into the Amazon Echo and Alexa Smart Assistant

This is the topic for Hadley's monthly Tech It Out Webinar, GMT Wednesday, 29 April 2020 at 00:00:
https://www.hadley.edu/discussions/techitout.asp

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 16, 2020 - Volume 751

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 16, 2020 - Volume 751

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Get Your Accessibility Health Check !!!

Illustration of a doctor standing over a laptop with vials in each hand, assessing the accessibility of the system in front of him. To the left of the doctor is a large beaker being held upright by a chemistry stand. On the front of the beaker is the Paciello Group symbol. To the left of this illustration, from top to bottom, are the Paciello Group Logo, the Accessibility Health Check Logo, and finally text summarizing the functionality of Health Check.

As we collectively grapple with the challenges presented by a Global Pandemic, Digital Accessibility expectations are greatly increasing, as our vision-impaired students and employees are tasked with alternative means of accessing educational content and completing vocational tasks from a distance. Our accessibility health check provides valuable insight into your Organization's current Accessibility State and provides actions for improvement. It's an opportunity for growth; a chance for your team to take a step back and prioritize the actions that will get you to a more inclusive state while managing your potential legal risks.

TPG's Accessibility Health Check is an optimal and affordable combination of testing, education, and strategic consulting to set your organization on a fast-path to accessibility or ensure that it stays on course.

Health Check provides your team with a packaged solution intended to help your organization make quick and effective improvements, offering a robust method to help your organization achieve its accessibility goals without decimating your budget.

TPG's Accessibility Health Check Components:

  • Accessibility Kickstarter Plan:
    A session with one of our strategy experts to assess your current accessibility state and outline a plan for the short-term.

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Greetings,

1) JAWS Scripts for Microsoft Teams, Explanation (MP3)

Doug Lee has produced a short audio file about his scripts and their use:
https://www.dlee.org/teams/teams1.mp3

2) Accessible Chords and Scales

This site offers clear chord and scale descriptions for guitars and similar instruments:
https://www.standardguitar.com/

3) Voice Dream Scanner vs Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil 1000 is a venerable OCR program for Windows PC's. Voice Dream Scanner is a popular newer app for scanning text using a phone. How do they compare?
https://doubletap.online/voice-dream-scanner-vs-kurzweil-1000

4) Google's New Braille Keyboard Makes Typing More Accessible on Android

You still can't use Android phones with Braille displays well, but now you can write in Braille effectively using this virtual keyboard:
https://www.androidcentral.com/googles-new-Braille-keyboard-makes-typing-more-accessible-android

5) COVID-19: Accessible Information

This Canadian site has information much of which is useful for everybody:
https://nnels.ca/covid-19-accessible-information

6) AtHomeWithAPH Resources

APH has compiled their own learning resources and listed a variety of others:
https://www.aph.org/athomewithaph-resources/

7) How To Record & Edit Audio Using Audacity

Audacity is a free recording app, and this podcast should get you up and running with it:
https://doubletap.online/how-to-record-edit-audacity

8) HumanWare Buddy Now on Google Play Store

This app was already available in the App Store, but now it is, as promised, available on Android:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoX4tysdRRg&feature=youtu.be

9) LightHouse's Access Technology Team is Here to Help You Complete the 2020 Census

This 3-hour workshop will help with accessibility of the Census site. It takes place Friday, 17 April 2020 at 20:00 GMT:
RSVP to Abby at:
adecker@lighthouse-sf.org

10) Free Educational Basic HTML Editor for Windows

A new version of Inclusion Code is now available:
http://www.inclusioncode.com/

11) Mailing List for Discussion of Accessibility of Microsoft Teams

To join this new list, write to:
teams-access_subscribe@groups.io

12) Completely Free & Comprehensive Classical Guitar Curriculum for People with Visual Impairments

This is in the category of a resource technology makes possible which we could not have had easy access to otherwise:
http://LetsPlayGuitar.org

13) The .NEW Extension From Web Friendly Help

.NEW is a domain extension exclusively for performing new actions online:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/a-dot-before-new/

14) How JAWS Works on Kiosks, on Tek Talk

Hear about this exciting acessibility development on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 April 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

15) Braille Displays, Dot Watch and Beyond on Eyes on Success

Hear about innovative products from this Korean company on Episode 2016:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

16) Supersense AI, New Mobile OCR App

Check out Supersense AI, a new mobile OCR scanning App for both Android and iOS:
App store: https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1484547836?mt=8
Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mediate.supersense&hl=en_US

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Volume 750

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Volume 750

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Get Your Accessibility Health Check !!!

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Greetings,

1) Free Typing Tutor from APH

Typer is a web-based tutorial, still in beta, but said to be quite usable:
https://www.aph.org/sharpen-your-typing-skills-with-typer/

2) AccessWorld is Here for You During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

The AccessWorld team has produced some extra content related to life during this crisis:
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/4/16969

3) April 2020 AccessWorld

The AccessWorld team continues its regular publication schedule. In this issue, among other items, we can read "A Review of Nextdoor.com," "Highlights From the Much Smaller CSUN 2020 Assistive Technology Conference," "Exploring and Using Apple AirPods Pro," and "Accessibility Features in Windows Web Browsers for Low Vision Users."
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/4

4) How is COVID-19 Impacting Digital Accessibility?

Here are a couple of Assistive Technology / Digital Accessibility surveys focusing on how both are impacted by COVID-19:
https://flatteninaccessibility.com/
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDX725K

5) New Android Access Mailing List

Google is about to turn its eyes-free mailing list to an announcement-only, so a new moderated list that discusses everything related to Android access is created. To join, write to:
androidaccessibility+subscribe@groups.io

6) CSUN 2020 Review on Tek Talk

Four people who attended CSUN 2020 discuss tech they saw on Tek Talk, on GMT Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

7) Free Accessible Documents On-Demand To Educators of Print Disabled Students

Pneuma Solutions, LLC has opened it's Scribe for Education program, at no charge, for the duration of the current health emergency:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-education/

8) Live Audio Descriptions for 360-Degree Video: Best Practices

This presentation will demonstrate how a live audio describer can be a tour guide in virtual reality for someone seeking an accessible experience inside 360-degree video content. It takes place on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 at 15:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5IqcOmvpzwsj7lcosDYh5Zcn3RBcv1m_w

9) JAMBraille and ChartMaker: Braille Chord Charts On-Demand (Workshop Registration)

Regardless of your skill level with your instrument or with Braille Music, JAM Braille is a new way to get access to the chords for almost any tune you can think of. This workshop takes place on Thursday, 16 April 2020 at 22:00 GMT. Learn more and fill out the registration form here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecYnZ6VXqXSfuW7NZ-5jVITK7POyUXiIaG9T2B_k49ObyA9Q/viewform

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Volume 749

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Volume 749

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Take Charge of Your Automated and Manual Accessibility Self-Testing Needs By Investing in Our ARC/JI Testing Bundle!

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➜ JAWS Inspect: 5-Seats, 12-Month Subscription. The Industry's only fully loaded testing variant for the JAWS For Windows screenreader. This tool lessens the training time for QA testers to learn how to use a screenreader while demonstrating an immediate impact on accessibility and usability.

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Greetings,

1) Annual Accessibility Analysis of the Top One Million Home Pages

This analysis from WebAIM makes interesting study:
https://webaim.org/projects/million/

2) A Quick Guide To Using Zoom Cloud Meetings

This podcast from Double Tap Online gives a good introduction to this conferencing system that millions of people are now using:
https://doubletap.online/zoom-cloud-meetings

3) Mailing List to Discuss Zoom

There's a new mailing list to learn about and discuss Zoom. To join, write to:
zoom-users+subscribe@groups.io

4) Use NVDA and Windows Magnifier Together

An NVDA add-on is being developed that gives speech feedback as you change Windows Magnifier settings. While it is still being perfected, the developper believes it is useful currently:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/use-nvda-and-windows-magnifier-together/

5) HumanWare Live Webinar Series

HumanWare holds several webinars each week to discuss use of their products. On this page you can find links to watch those that have gone before and to join those that are coming up:
http://support.humanware.com/en-canada/support/humanware_live_webinar_series

6) Victor Reader Trek on Tek Talk

Speaking of HumanWare, much development is being undertaken with the Victor Reader Trek. On Tek Talk, we'll hear about the latest changes and what is expected later in the year. Join on GMT Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 00:00, or grab the recording from their site later:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

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

We can always count on this retrospective at the beginning of each month:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-march-2020

8) Free SuperNova for Visually Impaired Children Learning at Home During COVID-19

Dolphin Computer Access makes this deal available for its screen reader / magnifier:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=480&utm_campaign=UK%20Education&utm_content=123209552&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-20426024

9) March 2020 AccessWorld with a Review of My Book (Dean Martineau)

In addition to that review of "Get Cracking with Chrome for Windows", and profiles of some successfully employed blind people, the issue includes "The BrailleNote Touch Plus: Competitive Technology with a Nostalgic Feel," "The APH MATT Connect: An All-In-One Portable Low Vision Device," and "Accessible Vintage Games Series, Part 1: Super Egg Hunt Plus"
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/3

10) Blog Post About EnVision Smart Glasses

Here are first impressions from a person who spent some time with these glasses:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/envision-smart-glasses-first-impression?utm_content=buffer459dd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

11) Hold Everything. Using the Everything Program with JAWS for Windows

Hartgen Consultancy offers this one-session course on a powerful free utility for searching files and folders. The course takes place on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, and costs 30 pounds:
http://www.hartgen.org/everything

12) ATW360 Takes a Bite Out of the Apple TV Streaming Device

Here is a podcast on the Apple TV:
https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/atw360-takes-a-bite-out-of-the-apple-tv/

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 26, 2020 - Volume 748

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 26, 2020 - Volume 748

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Take Charge of Your Automated and Manual Accessibility Self-Testing Needs By Investing in Our ARC/JI Testing Bundle!

The ARC Toolkit and ARC Monitoring logos sit to the left of the Jaws Inspect Logo divided by a large white back slash. Below these logos is an illustration of the ARC/JI Testing Bundle dashboard.

Do you work for, or represent an Organization who wishes to proactively manage its accessibility risks through automated and manual testing, but have no idea how to jump-start the process?

Do you lack the tools necessary to test your web content against WCAG and Section 508 Guidelines and validate results through comprehensive manual testing?

Introducing You to ARC/JI, A Bundled Accessibility Package That Provides You With:

➜ ARC Toolkit: A free Chrome plug-in that offers real-time automated analysis of your code as you are developing it, providing feedback and advice for remediating in accordance with WCAG 2.1.

➜ ARC Monitoring: Services for 12-months, allowing you to prioritize the remediation of web defects; implementing accessibility best practices across your Organization; and proactively managing your current and future accessibility efforts.

➜ JAWS Inspect: 5-Seats, 12-Month Subscription. The Industry's only fully loaded testing variant for the JAWS For Windows screenreader. This tool lessens the training time for QA testers to learn how to use a screenreader while demonstrating an immediate impact on accessibility and usability.

We're offering this comprehensive package to our readership for $9,000 - pennies on the dollar when it comes to reducing the time and dollars associated with the struggles one can face when undertaking such testing efforts without these software services.

We're also including one complimentary hour of post-sales orientation to get you up and running using these tools!

For more information, or to schedule your ARC/JI walk-through, email accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉ or call (727) 803-8000 ☎, Ext. 1909 today! We're standing by to assist!!!

Greetings,

1) Three Timely Books Available Free From NBP

Until the end of April 2020, people can download these books free: 'Getting Visual Assistance with an iPhone', 'Navigating Healthcare When All They Can See Is that You Can't', and 'Dinner Delivered'. 'Accessible and Easy Ways to Receive Meals Direct to Your Door'. Hard copy is half price once the office is open for shipping:
https://info.nbp.org/digitaldownloads?utm_campaign=Covid-19%20Downloads&utm_content=122585345&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-91113817

2) Sources For eBooks

BookShare provides a list of sources for eBooks, some normally free, some free during this time:
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/learning-center/learning-at-home/more-ebooks

3) NV Access | In-Process 20th March 2020

Read the latest NVDA news:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-20th-march/

4) NVDA 2020.1 Beta 1 Available for Testing

More Braille display support and some math enhancements are coming:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2020-1beta1-available-for-testing/

5) A Review of BlindShell, Mobile Phone for the Visually Impaired

Episode 15 of the Hadley Presents podcast includes a transcript, and discusses this phone:
https://hadley.edu/hadleypresents/

6) JAWS Scripts for Slack

These free scripts make the text chat portion accessible and provide other enhancements:
https://www.dlee.org/slack/

7) JAWS Scripts for Unigram Telegram Client

Telegram seems to be gaining traction as a messenger client. These scripts make this Windows client more accessible:
https://www.dlee.org/unigram/

8) HumanWare Buddy App

This app offers training, videos and documentation to support HumanWare products. It is coming to Android:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hw-buddy/id1503313942?ls=1

9) Demo of New EnVision AI Glasses

The new Envision Glasses, based on Google Glass, have received positive reviews. Here is the webinar about them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjg1YC7i8iA&feature=youtu.be

10) Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker

Much of the information about the progress of the COVID-19 virus is presented inaccessibly. This site looks to correct that situation, and seeks viewers and supporters:
https://cvstats.net/

11) 200 Free eBooks from NASA History

There's a nice table listing all these books; actually, there are only 189!
https://history.nasa.gov/books_sort_SP.html

12) Google Podcasts App Lands on iOS

This podcast app has a lot of features:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/03/25/google-podcasts-app-lands-on-ios-for-the-first-time

13) Hadley Instructional Videos

There are tech videos on many operating systems and topics, with transcripts:
https://hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos/

14) Narrator on Eyes on Success

Episode 2013 covers this screen reader:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

15) Life with Leasey on Mystic Access

This free webinar takes place on GMT Friday, 27 March 2020 at 00:30:
https://zoom.us/j/251393358

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Volume 747

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Volume 747

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Our powerful accessibility scanning tool, ARC Monitoring, will crawl your site and report on the errors found in the first 25, 50, and 100 pages out from your home page.

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Greetings,

1) Free JAWS Training

With today's current events having a global impact upon us several people are coming forward to offer free tech-related resources. One such is David Goldfield, offering the first of a potential series of three workshops. This one is called "JAWS, Just Because," and will take place via Zoom on GMT Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 00:00. Less experienced users can ask questions and others can be on hand to answer. As always if you can't figure out these GMT times in your time zone, feel free to write and ask:
https://zoom.us/j/3565857579

2) Lunch Break Windows 10 Training Course

Kathy Ann Murtha offers daily Windows 10 lessons, with a few days off, from 18 March through 18 April 2020 via Zoom at 19:30 GMT. The site lists the lesson topics for each day. Lessons are an hour long with a half-hour for instruction and a half-hour for discussion:
http://www.blind.training/lunch-break-windows-10-training-course/

3) Meet Me Accessibly's "A Guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a Blindness Perspective" Now Free

Last in this listing of individual generosity: All these events and many more are held via Zoom. Jonathan Mosen wrote a book for screen readers about Zoom, and he has generously now made it free:
https://mosen.org/zoom/

4) 6 Amazon Echo Settings You Won't Regret Changing

This practical article comes to us courtesy of CNET:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/6-amazon-echo-settings-you-wont-regret-changing/

5) Anatad Podcast #25

This episode features the Google Assistant and its new web reader, the scoped storage feature coming in Android 11, the Voice Dream Scanner beta, and more:
https://www.podcasts.com/antad-podcast-af07e6cf1/episode/Scoped-Storage-1570#.Xm2_UAQ7G0c.twitter

6) Be My Eyes on Tek Talk

Hear about the Be My Eyes free personal assistant service on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 March 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

7) WordToEPUB from DAISY Consortium

This free tool turns structured Word documents into EPUB files:
https://daisy.org/news-events/articles/new-epub-creation-tool/

8) Directions For Me

It's been a while since we mentioned this free service, which provides the information that's on consumer packages or labels in a simple online format:
http://directionsforme.org/

9) Getting Online Series from Hadley

This is a new video series on many aspects of using the Internet:
https://hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos/Getting_Online.asp

10) Blind Bargains CSUN Interviews

The first of a promised series of interviews is now available, featuring the new products from Orbit Research:
https://blindbargains.com/audio/

11) Google Translate Transcription Now Works in Real Time

This is a major advance for this Android app:
https://www.androidauthority.com/google-translate-transcription-1094388/

12) Paciello Group CSUN Presentations

These presentations come from Paciello Group:
https://www.paciellogroup.com/conference-march-11-13-csun-2020/

13) Level Access CSUN Presentations

A few organizations are making their CSUN presentations available in full. These are from Level Access:
https://www.levelaccess.com/digital-accessibility-best-practice-trends-series-on-demand/

14) Spectrum Access Seeks Testers

Spectrum is rolling out an app to provide audio description of movies, no matter your cable provider. If you want to test, write to:
access@charter.com

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Volume 746

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Volume 746

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Sign Up For Your Free Initial Domain Analysis (IDA) Today!

Screen shot of the ARC Monitoring tool.

Our powerful accessibility scanning tool, ARC Monitoring, will crawl your site and report on the errors found in the first 25, 50, and 100 pages out from your home page.

This analysis will help you identify your existing problems and work on a plan to become more accessible, as well as give you a taste of how ARC Monitoring can help your organization.

Check out this video to learn more about how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TP8BkxoKO4.

Please contact accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉, or call (727) 803-8000 ☎, EXT 1909 for more details or to request your free IDA ASAP!

Greetings,

1) Orbit Reader 20 Plus from Orbit Research

Orbit Research announces the Orbit Reader 20 Plus Braille Display, $695, including Braille translation for 40 languages and some apps, besides freatures found in the original Orbit Reader:
http://www.orbitresearch.com/product/orbit-reader-20-plus/

2) 40-Cell Device from Orbit Research Coming, Orders Taken

Prices and delivery date are not announced here, though a price of $1,395 has been noised abroad. This is announced as a very affordable 40-cell unit with many features:
http://www.orbitresearch.com/product/orbit-reader-40/

3) Orders Accepted for Graphiti ® Interactive Tactile Graphic Display

Orbit Research hopes to achieve a price tag under $5,000 for this unique graphic display:
http://www.orbitresearch.com/orbit-research-introduces-the-graphiti-interactive-tactile-graphic-display/

4) Orbit Writer Smartphone Companion

Orders are being taken for this $99 pocket-size Braille keyboard for fully accessing smart phones without using gestures:
http://www.orbitresearch.com/orbit-research-introduces-the-orbit-writer-smartphone-companion/

5) Blind Bargains Qast #208

This episode is a thorough demo of the color, light and pattern-detection capabilities of the ColorStar from APH:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21586

6) Project Management Android and Back Doors

Here's Episode 43 of a podcast discussing Android, Fantastical and Edge:
https://yourownpay.com/dm43/

7) Demo of Leasey

A demo of the Leasey package for enhancing JAWS will take place courtesy of the Philadelphia Computer Users Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired on GMT Saturday 14 March 2020 at 00:00
https://zoom.us/j/3565857579

8) Use NVDA and Windows Magnifier Together

This is a Web Friendly Help post:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/use-nvda-and-windows-magnifier-together/

9) Navigating Healthcare When All They Can See Is that You Can't:

This book, which includes technology solutions to address this problem faced by blind people, is the subject of Tek Talk for GMT 17 March 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

10) Using Aira With And Without Hands - Tips And Tricks

This Zoom meeting on using Aira hands-free will take place on GMT Thursday, 20 March 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/821731162

11) Free Android Training

RGA Tech Solutions is offering a free one-hour basic Android training session via Zoom, on GMT Friday, 27 March 2020 at 00:00. Registration is required:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-oz1wU8iQhor9EcLybr-scIDdaNmpDbdyQ3MyQYAe33BLfQ/viewform

12) Voxmate - The Android App for the Visually Impaired

This app seeks testers:
https://voxmate.com/beta

13) Soldering for the Blind

Various workshops have been held to teach this skill lately, and this article has been background reading:
https://www.ski.org/soldering-basics

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 5, 2020 - Volume 745

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 5, 2020 - Volume 745

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Take Charge of Your Automated and Manual Accessibility Self-Testing Needs By Investing in Our ARC/JI Testing Bundle!

The ARC Toolkit and ARC Monitoring logos sit to the left of the Jaws Inspect Logo divided by a large white back slash. Below these logos is an illustration of the ARC/JI Testing Bundle dashboard.

Do you work for, or represent an Organization who wishes to proactively manage its accessibility risks through automated and manual testing, but have no idea how to jump-start the process?

Do you lack the tools necessary to test your web content against WCAG and Section 508 Guidelines and validate results through comprehensive manual testing?

Introducing You to ARC/JI, A Bundled Accessibility Package That Provides You With:

➜ ARC Toolkit: A free Chrome plug-in that offers real-time automated analysis of your code as you are developing it, providing feedback and advice for remediating in accordance with WCAG 2.1.

➜ ARC Monitoring: Services for 12-months, allowing you to prioritize the remediation of web defects; implementing accessibility best practices across your Organization; and proactively managing your current and future accessibility efforts.

➜ JAWS Inspect: 5-Seats, 12-Month Subscription. The Industry's only fully loaded testing variant for the JAWS For Windows screenreader. This tool lessens the training time for QA testers to learn how to use a screenreader while demonstrating an immediate impact on accessibility and usability.

We're offering this comprehensive package to our readership for $9,000 - pennies on the dollar when it comes to reducing the time and dollars associated with the struggles one can face when undertaking such testing efforts without these software services.

We're also including one complimentary hour of post-sales orientation to get you up and running using these tools!

For more information, or to schedule your ARC/JI walk-through, email accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉ or call (727) 803-8000 ☎, Ext. 1909 today! We're standing by to assist!!!

Greetings,

1) Status of CSUN 2020

To keep abreast of all Session changes, current sponsor and vendor participation, and other related happenings concerning CSUN 2020, please visit:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/index.php/public/addendums

2) Double Tap Online

Here you can find timely podcasts and blog posts:
https://doubletap.online/

3) Aira Abandons Smart Glasses

This Twitter thread discusses Aira's decision and asks hard questions about how it was disseminated:
https://twitter.com/chanceyfleet/status/1234885396263247873

4) Freedom Scientific Seeks Input from Braille Users

This survey could influence future Braille device development:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/77S9P6D

5) How to Improve SEO and Digital Accessibility at the Same Time

This Paciello Group webinar will take place on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 at 16:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4115826728292/WN_BSnFGd1hTJCmVx7fFayDGg

6) Voice Dream Scanner for Android Being Tested

This popular iOS app is coming to Android:
https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.voicedream.scanner

7) Blind Bargains Qast #207

This is the first real newsletter of the year, with lots of information:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21575

8) Noteworthy February News from AppleVis

If you haven't perused this yet, it's always an effective coverage of the high points:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-february-2020

9) Free BlindShell Classic Mobile Phone Tutorial

On the Mystic Access free download page, you can find this in MP3 or DAISY formats:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/free-downloads/

10) Low Cost Accessible Phone on Tek Talk

Learn about a new phone option you might want to consider on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Volume 744

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Volume 744

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Take Charge of Your Automated and Manual Accessibility Self-Testing Needs By Investing in Our ARC/JI Testing Bundle!

The ARC Toolkit and ARC Monitoring logos sit to the left of the Jaws Inspect Logo divided by a large white back slash. Below these logos is an illustration of the ARC/JI Testing Bundle dashboard.

Do you work for, or represent an Organization who wishes to proactively manage its accessibility risks through automated and manual testing, but have no idea how to jump-start the process?

Do you lack the tools necessary to test your web content against WCAG and Section 508 Guidelines and validate results through comprehensive manual testing?

Introducing You to ARC/JI, A Bundled Accessibility Package That Provides You With:

➜ ARC Toolkit: A free Chrome plug-in that offers real-time automated analysis of your code as you are developing it, providing feedback and advice for remediating in accordance with WCAG 2.1.

➜ ARC Monitoring: Services for 12-months, allowing you to prioritize the remediation of web defects; implementing accessibility best practices across your Organization; and proactively managing your current and future accessibility efforts.

➜ JAWS Inspect: 5-Seats, 12-Month Subscription. The Industry's only fully loaded testing variant for the JAWS For Windows screenreader. This tool lessens the training time for QA testers to learn how to use a screenreader while demonstrating an immediate impact on accessibility and usability.

We're offering this comprehensive package to our readership for $11,000 - pennies on the dollar when it comes to reducing the time and dollars associated with the struggles one can face when undertaking such testing efforts without these software services.

We're also including one complimentary hour of post-sales orientation to get you up and running using these tools!

For more information, or to schedule your ARC/JI walk-through, email accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉ or call (727) 803-8000 ☎, Ext. 1909 today! We're standing by to assist!!!

Greetings,

1) In the January 2020 AccessWorld, we read about "Accessible Guitar Instruction and Music Resources, "Low-Tech and No-Tech Tools for Independence," "IPEVO VZ-X Doc Cam: A Stealth Video Magnifier," "The BlindShell Classic Accessible Feature Cell Phone, a Smart Alternative," "The Accessible Kitchen: The Black+Decker Talking Toaster Oven," "Simple Sounds: A Review of the Sangean PR-D17 Radio," "A Review of Navigating Healthcare: When All They Can See is That You Can't, by Deborah Kendrick," "A Review of iOS Access for All: iOS 13 Edition, by Shelly Brisbin," and more:

https://www.afb.org/aw/21/2

2) JAWS Scripts for Microsoft Teams

These scripts are said to enhance access to Teams but are not essential to use it:
http://dlee.org/teams/

3) Freedom Scientific Braille Documentation

Freedom Scientific has released the EllBraille 40 V. This page has documentation and training videos for the Focus 40 displays and documentation for the ElBraille, and is said to be growing:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/braille/

4) Code Jumper Released in Australia

Here is the webinar discussing the release and describing the product:
https://s160.podbean.com/pb/57fb8a5455f93cc89c5b98c7855a8c0e/5e56d744/data2/fs145/4313470/uploads/Code_Jumper_Webinar_audio_recording_2.mp3?pbss=7d1d4b69-fa0b-5faf-9ab9-31a6b8e99014

5) New Echo Tips Podcast and More

This page points to short Echo tips podcasts and links to lots of other material:
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102549354893&ca=32da8bed-feaf-4617-89f6-4f08851ca2f1

6) Ebu Access Cast 19

This episodeof the European Union Access Cast covers NVDA, Focus displays, Envision glasses and more:
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebu-access-cast-19

7) Switching from Windows to Mac

This AppleVis Forum topic has some helpful discussion:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/switching-windows-mac

8) Microsoft OneDrive and JAWS

This Zoom webinar will take place on Thursday 19 March 2020 at 16:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t_ClI0Q_Q0yD--B6uCc_hw

9) FSOpenLine

Discuss the new Edge, accessible taxes and more. This goes live on GMT Friday, 28 February at 01:00:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-fsopenline-and-have-your-voice-heard/

10) Access Ingenuity on Tek Talk

This California adaptive tech company will be discussing its offerings on GMT Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at 01:00. This is the last episode to take place on standard time in the US:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

11) When a Smart Phone Just Isn't for You, on Eyes on Success

Episode 2009 discusses options for the person wanting an accessible phone but not a smart phone:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 20, 2020 - Volume 743

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 20, 2020 - Volume 743

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Take Charge of Your Automated and Manual Accessibility Self-Testing Needs By Investing in Our ARC/JI Testing Bundle!

The ARC Toolkit and ARC Monitoring logos sit to the left of the Jaws Inspect Logo divided by a large white back slash. Below these logos is an illustration of the ARC/JI Testing Bundle dashboard.

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We're also including one complimentary hour of post-sales orientation to get you up and running using these tools!

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Greetings,

1) About NVDA 2019.3.1

In Process gives updates on the new version, and about the security of open source software:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-19th-february-2020/

2) New Features in NVDA

Web Friendly Help runs through what's new in version 2019.3.1:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/nvdaupdates/

3) Updated Guide to Accessibility of iOS 13 on Eyes on Success

Episode 2008 features an interview with Shelly Brisbin about her greatly enhanced book:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

4) Interviews from ATIA

Blind Bargains has nine interviews so far recorded with vendors at the ATIA conference:
https://blindbargains.com/audio/

5) Ringtones on Mosen at Large

Among other content, Episode 22 of Mosen at Large offers instruction on transferring ringtones to an iPhone without iTunes:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/3/9/039be0f87826764b/malp0022_How_to_make_and_transfer_ringtones_to_your_iPhone_without_ever_touching_iTunes_and_we_give_away_five_copies_of_Cash_Reader_for_iOS.mp3?c_id=64987724&cs_id=64987724&destination_id=655755&expiration=1582129742&hwt=1b5d71929d5d2961c981b3d6f5df6ffb

6) Commentary Screen Reader and More on Antad

Episode 23 gives the latest Android news, some favorite apps and the Commentary screen reader.
https://www.podcasts.com/antad-podcast-af07e6cf1/episode/A-Heros-Departure-a67c

7) BARD App Update

Version 1.3 brings new features such as series and magazine subscriptions, Braille auto-scrolling, simultaneous downloads, and a lot more:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586

8) What's New in iOS 13: A Guide for Blind Users

This latest book by Anna Dresner is available in various media from National Braille Press for $18-25:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IOS13-NEW.html

9) ) iOS 13 Battery Drain: 15+ Tips to Make Your Battery Last Longer

Courtesy of Mac Rumors
https://www.macrumors.com/guide/ios-battery-tips/

10) MRTP #189

Topics from Episode 189 of the venerable Maccessibility Round Table Podcast include Voice Dream Reader, Ferrite, Envision AI and their new glasses, and more:
http://maccessibility.net/2020/02/15/mrtp-189-clever-hinge-mechanism

11) WordPress Web Design with JAWS for Windows Textbook

Access Technology Institute offers this $95 textbook:
http://www.blind.training/downloads/wordpress-web-design-with-jaws-for-windows/

12) Playback Magazine Archive

Playback was an amazine cassette magazine produced monthly from 1979 to 2007. This downloadable and listenable 385-hour collection lets you hear lots of influential voices from the blind audio and tech world of the time, and lets you follow the evolution of all the technologies involved:
https://archive.org/details/playbackmagazine

13) Canute on Tek Talk

Another chance to hear about the new multi-line Braille device comes on GMT 25 February 2020 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Volume 742

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Volume 742

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Take Charge of Your Automated and Manual Accessibility Self-Testing Needs By Investing in Our ARC/JI Testing Bundle!

The ARC Toolkit and ARC Monitoring logos sit to the left of the Jaws Inspect Logo divided by a large white back slash. Below these logos is an illustration of the ARC/JI Testing Bundle dashboard.

Do you work for, or represent an Organization who wishes to proactively manage its accessibility risks through automated and manual testing, but have no idea how to jump-start the process?

Do you lack the tools necessary to test your web content against WCAG and Section 508 Guidelines and validate results through comprehensive manual testing?

Introducing You to ARC/JI, A Bundled Accessibility Package That Provides You With:

➜ ARC Toolkit: A free Chrome plug-in that offers real-time automated analysis of your code as you are developing it, providing feedback and advice for remediating in accordance with WCAG 2.1.

➜ ARC Monitoring: Services for 12-months, allowing you to prioritize the remediation of web defects; implementing accessibility best practices across your Organization; and proactively managing your current and future accessibility efforts.

➜ JAWS Inspect: 5-Seats, 12-Month Subscription. The Industry's only fully loaded testing variant for the JAWS For Windows screenreader. This tool lessens the training time for QA testers to learn how to use a screenreader while demonstrating an immediate impact on accessibility and usability.

We're offering this comprehensive package to our readership for $11,000 - pennies on the dollar when it comes to reducing the time and dollars associated with the struggles one can face when undertaking such testing efforts without these software services.

We're also including one complimentary hour of post-sales orientation to get you up and running using these tools!

For more information, or to schedule your ARC/JI walk-through, email accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉ or call (727) 803-8000 ☎, Ext. 1909 today! We're standing by to assist!!!

Greetings,

1) Phone Conference Call on STEM

The Science and Engineering Division of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Students are presenting a joint phone conference on how blind professionals, and blind college and graduate students are succeeding in courses to do with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To take part on GMT Monday, 24 February 2020 at 01:00, call (712) 770-5197, Participant Access Code: 26566:
http://www.nfb.org

2) Free 16-Week Introductory Mac Course

iBUG offers this course via Zoom, including homework, a student mailing list and supplementary conferences. The course begins GMT 4 March 2020 at 01:00. Note that the course time is Tuesday evening, 7:00 Central time, and the change of US to daylight savings time will cause the start time to change for those using GMT after the first week. Attendance is required. For information or to join, RSVP by Tuesday, 18 February 2020 to:
chanellem.allen@gmail.com

3) NVDA 2019.3 Released

This version paves the way for future enhancements, adds a screen curtain, supports more Braille displays and more:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2019-3-released/

4) Loadstone for iOS

Loadstone was a popular GPS program for the blind under Symbian, and there is an iOS version costing $12.95:
https://apps.apple.com/au/app/loadstone-gps/id1162529723

5) Best Tablets for Seniors in 2020

Tech Radar provides these reviews:
https://www.techradar.com/best/best-tablets-for-seniors

6) VoiceOver vs TalkBack: My Time on the Other Side

This AppleVis blog has some new input:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/voiceover-vs-talkback-my-time-other-side

7) Ulysses Popular Writing App for Apple Products

This app purports to be more powerful than others and is accessible:
https://www.macstories.net/sponsored/ulysses-the-ultimate-writing-app-for-mac-ipad-and-iphone-sponsor-3/

8) Episode 22 of the ANTAD Podcast Discusses Encryption

This Android podcast for TalkBack users appears weekly:
https://www.podcasts.com/antad-podcast-af07e6cf1

9) Vision Forward YouTube Tech Channel

Vision Forward has released a new tech video every Friday for some months, and they keep doing so, demonstrating magnifiers, wearables and apps:
https://www.youtube.com/infocustechnology/

10) New Features in JAWS from Web Friendly Help

This post summarizes the latest upgrade to JAWS and provides some comments:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-jaws/

11) Dealing With the Challenge of Vision Loss on Eyes on Success

An instructor at Carroll Center discusses adapting to vision loss:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 6, 2020 - Volume 741

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 6, 2020 - Volume 741

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs!

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Greetings,

1) Wealth of JAWS Scripts available from Doug Lee

We mention some of these from time to time, but this page lists them all:
http://dlee.org/

2) Apple Training from iBUG

iBUG offers free weekly Apple device trainings, monthly workshops and special events and a mentoring service for new Apple product users. All is free with a free membership. Events are conducted using Zoom:
http://www.ibugtoday.com/

3) Chat and Demo of the Canute - 9 Line by 40 Cell Braille Reader

This podcast with transcript from the iSee series discusses this new Braille device:
https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9kYXZpZHdvb2Rici5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA&episode=ZGF2aWR3b29kYnIucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vMjlmMzY5MGItYWNmZi01NjZmLWE0ZDItMTM3ZjllNWYxNDY5&hl=en-GB&ved=2ahUKEwifwb3q6rfnAhXjoXEKHQ_rBWEQieUEegQIBhAE&ep=6

4) Canute Audio Demo and More

This page offers information and a demo of the Canute:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34&products_id=312

5) 20 things the Amazon Echo Can Make Easier for Blind and Visually Impaired People

This list comes from the Life of a Blind Girl Blog:
https://lifeofablindgirl.com/2020/01/19/20-things-the-amazon-echo-can-make-easier-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-people/

6) Freedom Scientific Survey Results

Here are the results of the recent FS survey about training and documentation preferences:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/learning-about-our-product-users/

7) Paciello Group Podcast

This is an interview with the Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities:
https://interactiveaccessibility.com/blog/iap-2020-e1-victor-calise-commissioner-new-york-city-mayor%E2%80%99s-office-people-disabilities#.XjrSGGg3lkj

8) Voting with a Visual Impairment

This Hadley Presents webinar, with transcript available, discusses, among other aspects of the voting process, the various technological options:
https://hadley.edu/hadleypresents/episode.asp?episode=Voting_with_a_Visual_Impairment

9) Release Candidate for NVDA 2019.3 Available

We're coming near to the release of this major NVDA version with the release candidate now ready for final testing:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2019-3rc2-now-available-for-testing/

10) Google Apps on ANTAD

The 21st ANTAD episode discusses Google Apps:
https://www.podcasts.com/antad-podcast-af07e6cf1

11) Blind Shell Classic Phone on YouTube

This is a discussion and demo of this phone made specially for the blind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSE8grhy_8g&feature=youtu.be

12) Astreos Stargazing App on Eyes on Success

Episode 2006 features this app being developed for amateurs and professionals:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Volume 740

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Volume 740

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs!

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Greetings,

1) Upgrade to Victor Reader Trek

An improved routing engine is said to improve GPS performance:
http://support.humanware.com/Site/Files/a/06cc20404d351cbaa2520fcd0d5adc3/951088df0465376623a279cb6b506851/ca-enTrek%20Release%20Notes%202-0.html

2) From iPhone to Android: A Week of Interesting Experiences

This post from the Web Friendly Help blog, and the accompanying comments, offer a balanced perspective:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/from-iphone-to-android-a-week-of-interesting-experiences/

3) Latest Antad Podcasts

This Android-centric podcast for screen reader users has recently yielded episodes focusing on mobile security, productivity, and the best Android phones of the decade:
https://www.podcasts.com/antad-podcast-af07e6cf1

4) More Affordable Braille Math and Science Textbooks

This coordinated effort may be worth watching to see if it yields fruit:
https://www.science20.com/news_staff/braille_math_and_science_textbooks_feel_good_now_they_can_be_automated-244583

5) BARD on Tek Talk

Hear what's new with Web Mobile, BARD Mobile and BARD Express on Tek Talk on GMt Tuesday, 4 February 2020 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

6) Free Music Reading App on Eyes on Success

The SM Music Reader is a free Android app that enables the visually impaired to access music scores imported onto their devices:
It is the subject of Eyes on Success #2005:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

7) EdTech and HigherEd:

This is a video with transcript from an Accessibility New York City meetup entitled "EdTech and HigherEd: Considerations for Digital Accessibility"
https://equalentry.com/edtech-and-highered-considerations-for-digital-accessibility-accessibility-nyc-meetup-recap/

8) A Bit About Leasey: Adding Extra Functionality to JAWS and Fusion

David Goldfield details why he uses the Leasey package:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2020/01/25/a-bit-about-leasey-adding-extra-functionality-to-jaws-and-fusion/

9) Dastro Podcast Player on Mosen at Large

Mosen At Large episodes will now come with chapter markings for easier skimming. Episode 18 features a podcast player for iOS that will be new to many:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/7/0/b/70b8ddef3130700b/malp0018.mp3?c_id=63285347&cs_id=63285347&destination_id=655755&expiration=1580338835&hwt=205c8c1cf90ba71b9a216efc5334c3f0

10) Battery Life: Guide to Everything That Affects And Drains Your Phone Battery

This useful article comes from Android Authority:
https://www.androidauthority.com/smartphone-battery-life-drain-causes-1071423/

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Volume 739

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Volume 739

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs!

The Paciello Group logo. Your Accesibility Partner. We help achieve end-to-end accessibility in your organization�s websites, applications and processes. Our consulting services include accessibility testing and evaluation, WCAG/Section 508 compliance audits, VPAT analysis and production, training, user testing and research, design reviews and strategic planning to embed accessible user experience into all aspects of your product development lifecycle.

Struggling to manage the adverse risk posed to your organization by the deployment of inaccessible content?

Seeking guidance on building accessibility best practices into your development cycle?

We offer a comprehensive range of services to address your accessibility needs - from accessibility testing of your websites, web applications and mobile apps to identify accessibility issues and assist in their repair, to conducting research and usability testing to share insights into how people with disabilities experience your products, to providing strategic guidance or accessibility training to help you build accessibility capacity within your organization.

When it comes to accessibility, we have the expertise to help you succeed on countless fronts!

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  • Comprehensive Audit: The best way to gain a thorough understanding of the accessibility level of your website, web application or native app.

  • UX Services: Offers an opportunity to discover how people with disabilities and people who use assistive technologies engage with your brand.

  • Training: Our onsite or virtual Training options are an effective way to embed accessibility knowledge within your team.

  • Help Desk: Our Help Desk Services provides ongoing accessibility support for your team via a ticket-based system that makes it easy for stakeholders to ask questions and get responses back with quick turnaround.

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Greetings,

1) Upgraded JAWS Scripts For OpenTween

Doug Lee continues to enhance his free scripts for this open-source Twitter client:
https://www.dlee.org/tween/

2) Walk Through of Backpack_Studio iOS App

Jonathan Mosen used exclusively this iOS app to record his radio show, and it has lots of other capabilities besides, as he shows in this demonstration:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/2/5/0259bb59794b99d8/MALP17.mp3?c_id=62553596&cs_id=62553596&destination_id=655755&expiration=1579721262&hwt=528e57b701d67e6c62a75d65ec447b5d

3) NV Access In-Process 16th January 2020

Here is the official news about NVDA 19.3 Beta 2 and a description of what comes next:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-16th-january/

4) The Best Voice Recorder for 2020:

WireCutter did these reviews of recording devices and some apps. Accessibility of the devices and apps was not discussed:
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-voice-recorder/?utm_campaign=tw_wirecutter&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

5) BrailleNote Touch Plus Vs. HIMS Polaris on Tek Talk

Users of both these devices will discuss their pros and cons, and they will as usual field audience questions, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 January 2020 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

6) I Switched From Android to iPhone: Here's Where Apple's Phone Wins And Fails
This phone comparison comes from PC World:

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3513945/i-switched-from-android-to-iphone-heres-where-apples-phone-wins-and-fails.html

7) What You Should Know About Calling 911 in 2020

This article from safety.com talks a lot of using cell phones and VOIP phones in case of emergency, and even discussing texting 911:
https://www.safety.com/calling-911/

8) Upcoming Freedom Scientific Webinars

FS will be holding webinars about Microsoft Teams and OneDrive in February and March 2020:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/freewebinars/

9) FSCast #179

With more from FS, hear about CSUN, product updates and the new Edge on this podcast:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/2/f/9/2f9b1048af3daa80/FSCast179-January2020.mp3?c_id=63011339&cs_id=63011339&destination_id=699950&expiration=1579728260&hwt=698d24d521c4749b3b64fd24af45a18e

10) The Inside Edge. Using the New Microsoft Edge with JAWS for Windows

This upcoming training from Hartgen Consultancy will cost 40 pounds and cover the first three Wednesdays in March 2020:
http://www.hartgen.org/edge

11) Browser Extension Searches Library Catalogs For You

This Mental Floss article directs us to a Chrome extension that lets us see if a book can be borrowed from our library before we buy it. Digital searches are also supported:
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/611949/browser-extension-searches-library-catalogs

12) Blind Bargains Qast 205

This is the outtakes show for the year:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21542

13) Build a Better Book Program on Eyes on Success

Hear about this program for engaging youth in inclusive design of books:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Volume 738

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Volume 738

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Free Braille Transcription Webinars

National Braille Association offers some short, free webinars on different aspects of Braille transcription during January 2020:
https://www.nationalBraille.org/january-2020-webinars/

2) January 2020 AccessWorld

This first issue for 2020 includes A Review of the Braille Me Braille Display from Inovision, Bose Frames, Apple AirPods 2nd Generation, and Plantronics M180 Headset: A Practical Guide to Three Bluetooth Earphones for People with Visual Impairments, AudioWizards from MyTrueSound: A Sound Investment for Blind Gamers, and Workout with the Aaptiv Audio Exercise App, among other articles:
https://www.afb.org/aw/21/1

3) Setting Up and Getting Started With Your Amazon Echo Dot on iOS

Much of this information is useful even if you aren't using iOS to set up the Dot:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/setting-and-getting-started-your-amazon-echo-dot-ios

4) RNIB Tech Talk 2020 Predictions

We've just finished the wrap-up shows for 2019, and here's a prediction show for 2020:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7476605-tech-talk-special-2020-predictions

5) JAWS Scripts For TeamTalk 5 Classic

Doug Lee has made some important updates to these scripts:
https://www.dlee.org/teamtalk/

6) Teaching Access Technology Using Structured Discovery Techniques

National Federation of the Blind will offer a three-day training for technology trainers, 14-16 April, 2020 in Baltimore. Potential presenters are encouraged to apply by 14 February. Registration is not open for attendees yet; if you might like to present or attend, write to Matt Hackert at:
mhackert@nfb.org

7) How to Use Google Search Like a Power User

This article comes from the Make Tech Easier site:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-use-google-search-like-power-user/

8) NVDA 2019.3 Beta 2 Now Available For Testing

This beta of the long-anticipated release contains changes and new features since the last one:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2019-3beta2-now-available-for-testing/

9) The New Microsoft Edge is Now Out of Preview and Available for Download

Here are the details about the new Windows browser and how to get it now or later:
https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/01/15/upgrading-new-microsoft-edge-79-chromium/

10) Flicktype Keyboard for iOS Changes Pricing, Pivots from Subscription Model

This has been a popular keyboard among blind iOS users. Now it can be had for $2.95:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21535

11) A Tour of the Most Interesting (and Strange) Tech Announcements from CES 2020

This listing is well-organized and contains some interesting gizmos:
https://www.macstories.net/news/ces-a-tour-of-the-most-interesting-and-strange-tech-announcements/

12) Yours Truly (Dean Martineau) on Tek Talk

I'll be talking and fielding questions about my two available books, what comes next, and the legend of Top Tech Tidbits. This all happs live at 01:00 GMT on Tuesday, 21 January 2020, and a recording will be made available:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

13) Blind Social Confidential

This podcast discusses two newer accessible social networks, Dabble and MeWe:
https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/blind-social-confidential-ft-dabel-mewe-accessible-social-networks/

14) Eyes on Success Discusses Communicating with Zoom

Episode 2003 features the popular communication package:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

  

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Volume 737

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Volume 737

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Plain Language Summary of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

This document is in beta, but does seem to make these guidelines more understandable:
https://theappbusiness.github.io/accessibility-guidelines/guidelines/2.4.1.html

2) Roadmapping Your Accessibility Program

This Paciello Group webinar will take place on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at 17:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3015760942973/WN_lVqyKbJ8QPGKW_uKNBzxSw

3) Access at Your Fingertips, the Focus Blue Braille Display

This Freedom Scientific webinar will take place on Thursday, 16 January 2020 at 17:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cA8SRCfBQ1GQFRN_3VZS9Q

4) Little Known Features of VoiceOver: Remapping Your Gestures

This is a clear and comprehensive explanation of a new feature of VoiceOver in iOS13:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21525

5) RNIB Tech Talk Special: A 2010's Retrospective

Three knowledgeable people get together to talk about the technology of the last ten years:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7470850-tech-talk-special-a-2010-s-retrospective

6) Seeing AI vs Envision AI vs KNFB reader

This AppleVis forum post and its growing number of comments can be edifying to anybody looking to choose a reading app for the iPhone:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/seeing-ai-vs-envision-ai-vs-knfb-reader

7) Bluetooth Audio Just Got Some Massive Improvements

I don't usually announce developments that are only for the future, but we may want to track this, as it could solve lots of frustration with using Bluetooth and screen readers:
https://gizmodo.com/the-biggest-problems-with-bluetooth-audio-are-about-to-1840461602

8) 2019 Year-End Review From The FS Training Team

Here's a year-end review from a different source than usual: Freedom Scientific:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/2019-year-end-review-from-the-fs-training-team/

9) Blind Bargains Qast 204: The Year In A.T. 2019

We can usually count on a retrospective from Blind Bargains!
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21532

10) Freedom Scientific Training and Documentation Survey

Back to FS, this survey is open until 15 January 2020:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceR5fDM7LAEbLNwQiWfR0yzNvrexN_z6foS1G_BMo9seAIKg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

11) Hadley Discussion Groups

Technology plays prominent roles in many of these groups, which meet monthly or weekly to promote adjustment to vision loss and involvement of the blind in various areas of life. Archive recordings are available:
https://hadley.edu/discussions/

12) I Used The Dot Braille Smart Watch for a Day And It Changed My Mind

This is a 20-minute video review of the watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RBWoDc4rUw

13) NVDA and Python 3 I: The Big Picture

This first of three blog entries about the transition for NVDA to Python 3 lays groundwork to understand the major transition:
https://joslee22590.blogspot.com/2019/12/nvda-and-python-3-i-big-picture.html


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