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1) Last of Us Part II: Is This The Most Accessible Game Ever?

A wide range of people can play this game, which has garnered a lot of positive press:
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53093613

2) What Is Compatibility Mode in Microsoft Office?

Have you ever wondered about this? Also, This is our first contribution from Dignited!
https://www.dignited.com/65011/compatibility-mode-microsoft-office/

3) 17 Cool Tricks Apple's Spotlight Feature Can Do
This concerns both Mac and iOS and comes from the Apple tips and Tricks section of Applenews.com:

https://tips.applenws.com/17-cool-tricks-apples-spotlight-feature-can-do/2019/idropnews?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost

4) I ditched Android for iPhone SE for a Month. Here's the Pros and Cons:

This Tom's guide writer elected to return to Android after trying the SE for a month. Read the full story:
https://www.tomsguide.com/news/iphone-se-month

5) Dolphin GuideConnect

This review in the July 2020 issue of The Braille Monitor explains the product and who should use it:
https://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm20/bm2007/bm200712.htm

6) Mouse Assisting Inclusive Technology

This Braille Forum article discusses adaptive technology problem-solving and a solution offered by iOS 13:
https://acb.org/mouse-assisting-inclusive-technology

7) Accesibilidad Universal, Adaptive Technology Podcast from Spain

This podcast will focus largely on Apple products, but any adaptive technology is fair game:
https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yNWVmYWQ3NC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

8) Markdown and Battery Optimization: Mosen At Large #48

This edition of the wide-ranging audience-participation podcast covers the above topics and more. A lot of us swear by Markdown!
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/8/f/9/8f9190ddfd62bb9d/MALP0048_write_beautifully_formatted_documents_anywhere_with_markdown_and_how_does_the_Optimise_Battery_feature_on_your_iPhone_work.mp3?c_id=77790779&cs_id=77790779&destination_id=2151986&expiration=1594258819&hwt=e43f33aac1917b9101e289f50c5d5873

9) Bluetooth Keyboards and More, Mosen at Large #47

Among other topics, people share their views about Apple's apparent decision to stop including charging blocks with new phones:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/6/2/c/62cbec8006ddbc1e/malp0047_is_it_OK_for_people_to_use_the_word_blind_to_mean_something_other_than_the_absence_of_sight_would_you_buy_an_iPhone_without_a_charger_favourite_Bluetooth_keyboards_and_more.mp3?c_id=77471996&cs_id=77471996&destination_id=2151986&expiration=1594266207&hwt=7ec1b60c4925ef97b574cb60836a5f44

10) Technology Tips And More from New Vision at Goodwill

This newsletter features some adaptive technology podcasts we often mention, as well as lots of Alexa information and more:
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11) Announcing AppleVis 2.0: The Second Decade Edition

AppleVis established itself as a valuable resource for Apple product users for those with visual impairments, and has maintained this position, not an easy achievement in today's world. Now they have a revamped website:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/announcing-applevis-20-second-decade-edition

12) Leveraging Accessibility to Connect People with The Technology They Nneed

This post is focused on useful, mostly Microsoft, technologies for life with social distancing:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/inclusive-remote-working-2/

13) Audio Tutorial on NVDA Configuration Profiles

You can easily play or download this recording:
https://thedabbler.co.za/tutorials-by-the-dabbler/nvda-configuration-profiles/

14) Tidbits Poll Results: Do you use more than one screen reader?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "Do you use more than one screen reader? If you do, please rank the following screen readers in order from most used (1) to least used (7):" So far 18 readers have weighed in giving us the following ranking for the most used screen readers by those that use more than one: #1: JAWS (Job Access With Speech) #2: VoiceOver (Apple OS) #3: NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access) #4: Narrator (Windows OS) #5: System Access or SA To Go #6: Chromevox #7: Zoomtext. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/most-used-screen-readers

15) New Tidbits Poll: As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use your computer or a mobile device to browse a website?

Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits Facebook Page where you can weigh in and view results:
https://poll.app.do/more-accessible-website-browse-computer-or-mobile-device


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