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

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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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

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