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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 18, 2020 - Volume 760

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Greetings,


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?

Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/screen-reader-user-speech-priority


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