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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 13, 2020 - Volume 768

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1) Goodbye Vertiginous Logo. Top Tech Tidbits Redesigns Its Logo at the Request of Low Vision Readers

Shortly after last week's issue was released we received an email from a reader. Her message was two part. The first was that she loved Tidbits, and after reading it for a couple of months began looking forward to it each Thursday. The second was that she also dreaded this very same practice, as she was now trending toward low vision and the mere sight of the Top Tech Tidbits logo made her dizzy. She went on to add that she avoided the Top Tech Tidbits website entirely because of the number of times the logo appeared across it. This was, therefore, not something that we felt could wait to be acted upon. And so, with the help of this very same reader (thank you) in tandem with feedback from other low vision subscribers we set to work redesigning the Top Tech Tidbits logo. What we have for you today atop the newsletter and across the website is the result of our combined efforts. If you are unable to review the new design visually, please be sure to check out both the short and long form of the alternative textual description that accompanies the new logo. The long form (LONGDESC) was written by the Tidbits team. The short form (ALT) was written by our star reader, and taken from recommendations provided by the POET Training Tool, which she recommends for anyone wishing to learn more about writing effective image descriptions. Learn more at:
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2) Google Expands Lookout App for People Who are Blind or Vision-Impaired

This app is now available on more Android phones and has more capabilities. People have been reporting overcoming some amazing accessibility hurdles with it:
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-expands-lookout-accessibility-app-across-android-adds-new-features/

3) Android vs iPhone, The Battle Begins

Still focusing on Android, the latest episode of the ANATAD podcast compares various apps across platforms:
http://anatadpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

4) Talk Description to Me, Describing Modern Happenings

This podcast has provided thorough descriptions of the Beirut explosion, the Portland protests and other modern scenes, a great marriage of podcasting and audio description:
https://talkdescriptiontome.buzzsprout.com/

5) Jumping Into Markdown

This Mac Power Users podcast talks about the popular writing tool and covers some of its more advanced capabilities:
https://www.relay.fm/mpu/548

6) Write With Your Voice: Use Microsoft Dictation on Your PC

This Web Friendly Help article discusses the basic Microsoft Dictation which is part of Windows 10:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/write-with-your-voice-use-microsoft-dictation-on-your-pc/

7) Bookshare on Tek Talk

Hear about the present and future of this ever-growing service, including the future of reading with smart speakers, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 August 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

8) Never, Ever Pay Full Price for These Tech Items, According to The CheapSkate

This CNET podcast suggests that some items are on sale very often:
https://www.cnet.com/news/the-cheapskate-show-podcast-never-ever-pay-full-price-for-these-tech-items/

9) Four Questions About Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS

Freedom Scientific's blog brings us the answers:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/you-ask-we-answer-four-questions-about-using-microsoft-teams-with-jaws/

10) Free Course Offerings By Date From the Tech Juggernaut

Registration for this large number of free courses starts on 14 August 2020, but here you can view the schedule and range of offerings:
https://ttjtech.net/2020/08/11/free-course-offerings-by-date-almost-time-to-register/

11) Orbit Writer: Bluetooth / USB Braille Keyboard, on The Tech Doctor

The Tech Doctor podcast tends to appear when there is a new product, so this episode covers the new Orbit Writer:
http://www.dr-carter.com/

12) Mosen At Large #55

Meanwhile this two-hour audience-participation podcast covers favorite GPS apps, podcasting techniques, and other topics:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/bf52959a2b674567/favourite-gps-apps-apple-releases-a-beta-build-of-watchos-knowing-voiceover-is-broken-covid-19-around-the-world-and-more

13) Amazon and Accessibility for All on Eyes on Success

Episode #2033 features the range of Amazon products for the disabled:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

14) NV Access In-Process 6th August 2020

We get more information about the latest version of NVDA, a note on troubleshooting, and other news:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-6th-august-2020/

15) Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker

This site continues to be updated with information hard to read in other places:
https://cvstats.net/

16) Tidbits Poll Results: Last week we asked Tidbits readers, "Voice Assistants. Which of the following Natural Language Processing (NLP) agents do you believe currently provides the best Conversational User Interface (CUI) experience?"

So far we've received 10 votes, with 5 of them for Amazon Echo, 3 for Apple Siri, 1 for Google Home and 1 for Chatbots. 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/voice-assistants-nlp-agents-ciu

17) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: What product would you recommend and/or what advice would you give to a blind user looking for the most accessible smart thermostat today?

https://poll.app.do/smart-thermo-for-the-blind

18) Future Tidbits Polls: Do you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?

Send your AT-related questions to:
polls@toptechtidbits.com
Answer past Poll questions you may have missed at:
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