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

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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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:

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:

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:

4) Archives of HumanWare Webinars

HumanWare conducts Zoom support webinars weekly during this time of isolation. You can find recordings here:

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:

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:

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:

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:

9) Ebu Access Cast 21

This podcast offers lots of Coronavirus resources and other tech news:

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

This is the latest episode of a weekly adaptive tech podcast:

11) MRTB #193

Yet another episode of the Maccessibility Round Table Podcast, focusing on Zoom:

12) 6 Ways To Access Bookshare Books

This is one of three webinar recordings on this page, pertinent to distance education and technology:

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:

14) Joining Zoom Meetings

This is to be one of a series of guides on using Zoom:

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:


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