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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 16, 2020 - Volume 764The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) SIRI Shortcuts in iOS 14Improvements are coming in Siri Shortcuts, which can be a handy accessibility tool:
2) NVDA 2020.2RC1 Available for TestingThis will be the final version of NVDA 2000.2 unless problems are uncovered:
3) July 2020 AccessWorldThis issue of AccessWorld includes "A Roundup of the Apple 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote Address," "Maximizing your Efficiency as a Student Using Leasey Tools for the JAWS Screen Reader," "Get Back In the Conversation with the Bose Hearphones Bluetooth Headset," "Dolphin GuideConnect: Accessible Computing Made Simpler," "Vintage Games Series, Part 3: Going to War with Lone Wolf, Tank Commander, and Time of Conflict from GMA Games," "A review of Four Currency Reader Apps for iOS", "Listen up! A Review of When Your Ears Can't Help You See: Strategies for Blind or Low Vision Individuals with Hearing Loss, by Deborah Kendrick," and more:
4) Easy Android Interface on Tek TalkProject Ray tells about their simplified Android interface on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 21 July 2020 at 00:00:
5) Patreon Becoming AccessibleMany authors and entrepreneurs run their operations from Patreon, so hopefully these accessibility promises will become reality:
6) 5 Ways to Customize Alexa So You Love Your Amazon Echo MorePeople who haven't tried to customize their Echo device will benefit from this CNET post:
7) Crash Course on Using WayAround to Increase Independence for ConsumersThis is a three-part webinar on Tuesdays at 17:00 GMT starting on July 21 2020. Register here:
8) How to Record Vinyl Records Onto Your ComputerThis informative post comes from a site called Pitchfork:
9) Buying a New Computer When Blind and Visually ImpairedThis RNIB Tech Talk podcast covers this main topic, and more besides:
10) Using Teams for Remote Work for Blind and Low Vision UsersThis is a YouTube of a Microsoft webinar:
11) The iPhone SE 2020: A Review From A VoiceOver and Braille User's PerspectiveThis is a largely favorable review, and focuses on braille, which always needs to be kept at the forefront:
12) iOS 14 Preview: New Smarts, Better Experience for iPhoneThere seems to be a lot more information about the upcoming iOS version than there would have been in years past. Here's a good long article:
13) iOS 14 In-Depth Preview Public Beta is Live!Here is a YouTube version of the same content for those who prefer listening or watching:
14) Nonvisual Soldering WorkshopHere is a first draft of documentation provided to participants in a weekend workshop on soldering for the blind:
15) To 5G or Not to 5G by Anatad PodcastAnatad stands for Android News, Apps, Talk, And Deals:
16) Tidbits Poll Results: 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?Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "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?" So far 49 readers have weighed in with 30 votes for (A) My Computer. Desktop or laptop., 12 votes for (B) A Mobile device. Phone or tablet. and 7 votes for (C) It depends. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
17) New Tidbits Poll: Do you have physical disabilities other than blindness that require you to use Assistive Technology in addition to a screen reader or Braille display?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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