Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 6, 2020 - Volume 767The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) VoiceOver vs Talkback: My Time on the Other SideThis 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:
2) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for July 2020Staying with AppleVis, we can always count on the summary of the month's news:
3) The Perfect Book ReaderIn 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:
4) Freedom Scientific July 16 2020 Low Vision Device WebinarHere is the archive of a webinar discussing the company's low vision devices:
5) DIY Tactile Graphics at HomeThe 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:
6) Orbit Writer on Tek TalkHear about this new handy device for writing on iOS devices on Tek Talk on GMT 11 August 2020 at 00:00 GMT:
7) TTJ Announces 2020-21 Free Course OfferingsThe 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:
8) High Speed How To: Send an Audio Message Using Siri in iOS14It 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:
9) 19 New Accessibility Features in iOS 14 That Everyone Can Take Advantage OfWe can expect this new iOS version in September, and this only covers accessibility improvements, not everything else:
10) What Is Microsoft 365? The New Face of Office 365The subscription service is called Microsoft 365, and here is information about it:
11) Office 2019 vs Office 365: Which should you buy?Windows Central helps answer this frequent question:
12) When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader UsersThis book by David Kingsbury of the Carroll Center for the Blind is now available in Word format for $20 at:
13) Blind Bargains Qast 212:It's been a while!
14) Mosen At Large #53This edition contains discussions of technology preferences and more:
15) Proud Mac UserDavid Woodbridge discusses his enthusiasm for the Mac:
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