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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Volume 765

The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Spanish Videos on NVDA

This site contains several training videos on NVDA in Spanish, with more to follow:

2) Microsoft PowerPoint with NVDA Training Module, and More

This week's In Process newsletter unveils this new training module, and discusses the status of NVDA 2020.2:

3) New Features in NVDA 2020.2

And the Web Friendly Help podcast fills you in about the new version:

4) Keyboard Power

Read about one reader's keyboard and all the customization power it offers:

5) ATW360 Enters The Virtual Matrix at the NFB-2020 Convention

This podcast hits some of the accessibility highlights from the recently-concluded online event:

6) Very Accessible Freeware

The author of this set of programs announced them on a mailing list. You might like this windows freeware, including a countdown timer, a dictionary and a calculator:

7) Five Resources to Teach Keyboarding Skills

The author of this Paths to Technology post says the article is some two years old but still contains useful information:

8) When Your Ears Can't Help You See: Strategies for Blind and Low Vision Individuals with Hearing Loss, on Tek Talk

Deborah Kendrick will discuss her new book on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 July 2020 at 00:00:

9) How To Use The Volume Buttons to Take Pictures With Your iPhone

This is the latest instructional post on The Tech Juggernaut:

10) FSCast #186

A new training podcast, a demo of the new feature allowing JAWS to work with Bluetooth earphones, information about summer sales, and more:

11) Optelec Compact 10 and the L-Braille on Blind Abilities

Learn about these newest FS products and the Summer specials:

12) How To Install & Remove An iOS Beta

This DoubleTap Online post demystifies this process:

13) Castro Podcast Player Demonstration

This iOS podcast player was recently highlighted in 9 to 5 Mac, so this is a replay of a Mosen At Large demonstration of it:

14) Using Text Replacement in iOS

The DoubleTap Online crew dubbs these quick tutorials "High Speed How To's"

15) Text to Speech Engine Preferences, Buying Braille Displays and More on Mosen At Large #51
Several topics on this 2-hour audience-participation podcast:


16) Anatad Podcast #43

Here, the topics are VPN, OnePlus and Fun:

17) Tidbits Poll Results: Do you have physical disabilities other than blindness that require you to use Assistive Technology in addition to a screen reader or Braille display?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "Do you have physical disabilities other than blindness that require you to use Assistive Technology in addition to a screen reader or Braille display?" For those that said yes, we asked "Please share with us, if you are willing, the names of the Assistive Technologies that you use, in addition to a screen reader and/or Braille display." So far 26 readers have weighed in with 17 votes for (A) No. I use only a screen reader and/or a Braille display. and 9 votes for (B) Yes. I use other assistive technology in addition to a screen reader and/or a Braille display. The names of the additional Assistive Technologies that these readers identifed were: (A) I only use enlargened display on my phone. Could use assistance in reading screens more proficiently. (B) Darci USB, an alternative input device that uses switch interface. (C) Bluetooth hearing aids. (D) Hearing aid with ComPilot. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:

18) New Tidbits Poll: As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use a mobile app or a website for tasks such as online shopping or banking?

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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