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1) VoiceOver vs Talkback: My Time on the Other Side

This AppleVis post and lively discussion was started last year but has been revived and brought up to date, and offers lots of food for thought:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/voiceover-vs-talkback-my-time-other-side

2) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for July 2020

Staying with AppleVis, we can always count on the summary of the month's news:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-july-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

3) The Perfect Book Reader

In Double Tap Canada Episode #145 discussion arises between one person who believes the Victor Reader Stream is the ideal book reader and others who are not convinced:
https://doubletap.online/the-perfect-book-reader

4) Freedom Scientific July 16 2020 Low Vision Device Webinar

Here is the archive of a webinar discussing the company's low vision devices:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/questions-about-low-vision-devices-answered-by-the-experts/?utm_content=135372767&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

5) DIY Tactile Graphics at Home

The Dimensions Project at the New York public Library offers an evening of crafting DIY tactile graphics at home, Thursday, 6 August at 23:00 GMT. Please find details and registration at:
http://tinyurl.com/HeiskellRegister

6) Orbit Writer on Tek Talk

Hear about this new handy device for writing on iOS devices on Tek Talk on GMT 11 August 2020 at 00:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

7) TTJ Announces 2020-21 Free Course Offerings

The Tech Juggernaut team has been offering free courses on iOS and the iPad for some time. Now they've extended their generous offerings to cover the Mac and a variety of mini-courses. Registration starts on 10 August 2020:
https://ttjtech.net/

8) High Speed How To: Send an Audio Message Using Siri in iOS14

It seems there's a lot to look forward to in iOS 14. This quick demo from Doubletap Online covers a feature that may not have received as much attention as others:
http://doubletap.online/high-speed-how-to-send-an-audio-message-using-siri

9) 19 New Accessibility Features in iOS 14 That Everyone Can Take Advantage Of

We can expect this new iOS version in September, and this only covers accessibility improvements, not everything else:
https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/19-new-accessibility-features-ios-14-everyone-can-take-advantage-0323436/

10) What Is Microsoft 365? The New Face of Office 365

The subscription service is called Microsoft 365, and here is information about it:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-microsoft-365-office-365/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+maketecheasier

11) Office 2019 vs Office 365: Which should you buy?

Windows Central helps answer this frequent question:
https://www.windowscentral.com/office-2019-or-office-365-which-one-you-should-get

12) When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users

This book by David Kingsbury of the Carroll Center for the Blind is now available in Word format for $20 at:
https://carroll.org/product/when-one-web-browser-is-not-enough/

13) Blind Bargains Qast 212:

It's been a while!
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21990

14) Mosen At Large #53

This edition contains discussions of technology preferences and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/cc00f7c2586d4b0a/if-you-had-to-choose-between-your-computer-and-smartphone-which-would-you-keep-braille-display-comparisons-weather-apps-and-more

15) Proud Mac User

David Woodbridge discusses his enthusiasm for the Mac:
https://s101.podbean.com/pb/230fe611da8cf9f9cfbc688be789e221/5f2b4ae4/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/why_i_keep_using_the_mac_and_other_apple_productsbqwbw.mp3?pbss=855d10de-646b-573d-be56-b084b50c81e0

16) New Tidbits Poll: Voice Assistants. Which of the following Natural Language Processing (NLP) agents do you believe currently provides the best Conversational User Interface (CUI) experience?

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/voice-assistants-nlp-agents-ciu

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