Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 2, 2020 - Volume 762The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) A Not So Quick Technical Note About Zoom Meeting Links And A Free Course from LinkedIn LearningMany 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:
2) Adaptive Technology Internet Radio StationDouble Tap Radio is on the air! Adaptive technology content from across the globe and mainstream technology events are covered as well:
3) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for June 2020This issue comes out very near the beginning of the month, so this month's AppleVis Unlimited just appeared:
4) Android 11 Beta 1.5 and the Rrevival of Oxygen on Anatad Podcast #40The new version promises some significant accessibility improvements:
5) Collection of SIRI ShortcutsThere are shortcuts here in many categories:
6) TalkBack on Peloton BikeThis high-end exercise bike is now much more accessible!
7) Request Files From Anyone Via DropboxThis is a handy post from Web Friendly Help, taking directions from Dropbox help and adapting them for screen reader users:
8) Upcoming Freedom Scientific WebinarsFour useful webinars are listed on the Upcoming Webinars page:
9) AppleVis Extra 75: Sarah Herrlinger and Dean Hudson from Apple AccessibilityThis is an in-depth interview with two Apple Accessibility staff members. Here is the audio:
And here is the transcript:
10) Aira Now Available in the UKThe popular Aira service now accepts explorers from the UK:
11) 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google AssistantA little weekend fun, courtesy of Ars Technica:
12) JAWS Scripts and NVDA Add-Ons for SkypeDoug Lee has enhanced his scripts and add-ons for Skype, since they made some modifications and unified the versions:
13) In-Process 25 June 2020With 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:
14) Picture This: Semi-Monthly Podcast About Audio Description and Accessible EntertainmentKeep up with developments in audio description and learn about it all at:
15) Blind Bargains Qast 211:Find lots of WWDC news here with many links to investigate:
16) Two WWDC-Focused Podcasts Featuring Shelly BrisbinOne is Maccessibility Round Table #197:
And the other is Parallel:
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:
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 website where you can weigh in and view results:
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