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

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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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:

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:

3) NVDA 2019.3 Released

This version paves the way for future enhancements, adds a screen curtain, supports more Braille displays and more:

4) Loadstone for iOS

Loadstone was a popular GPS program for the blind under Symbian, and there is an iOS version costing $12.95:

5) Best Tablets for Seniors in 2020

Tech Radar provides these reviews:

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

This AppleVis blog has some new input:

7) Ulysses Popular Writing App for Apple Products

This app purports to be more powerful than others and is accessible:

8) Episode 22 of the ANTAD Podcast Discusses Encryption

This Android podcast for TalkBack users appears weekly:

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:

10) New Features in JAWS from Web Friendly Help

This post summarizes the latest upgrade to JAWS and provides some comments:

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

An instructor at Carroll Center discusses adapting to vision loss:


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