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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Volume 770

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) How to Improve Your Audio in a Zoom Meeting

Tech Republic helps us answer this question important to many nowadays:
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-improve-your-audio-in-a-zoom-meeting/

2) A Run-Through of the iPad Pro 11 Inch, Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, and VoiceOver

David Woodbridge discusses this possible laptop replacement package:
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zpmne-e8a120?utm_campaign=au_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=au_share

3) Will I Melt My Brain? Facts About Listening to Audiobooks in Your Sleep

I have so wished for sleep learning, given the number of audio books I have slept through over the years. Here's that notion and many more discussed:
https://bookriot.com/facts-about-listening-to-audiobooks-in-your-sleep/

4) Laundry Lens Now Accessible for VoiceOver Users

There are now so many ways to get laundry instructions independently, and here's a dedicated free one:
https://coolblindtech.com/laundry-lens-now-accessible-for-voiceover-users/

5) OCR Screen Reader App Making it Possible to Use Mac Apps That Were Previously Inaccessible

This Mac app available for English and Chinese gives keyboard access and text labels to graphic controls:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/just-made-ocr-screen-reader-app-making-it-possible-you-use-apps-can-t-be-used

6) FS Open Line

The next global talk show from Freedom Scientific will take place on Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 19:00 GMT:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-fsopenline-2/

7) FSCast #187

Dan Clark, veteran training director and others appear on this month's episode:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/6/5/e/65e35887048f89d1/FSCast187-August2020.mp3?c_id=82009943&cs_id=82009943&destination_id=699950&expiration=1598497560&hwt=6f1e0e57ada338ca108d5d71adc14433

8) BBQ In Review:

Here is a large collection of tech tips from the BBQ team to keep us going until the next Qast:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=21993

9) Talking Score Feature of Dancing Dots Now Works with NVDA and Others

Since 2002, the talking score feature of Dancing Dots interactive music notation editor has required the JAWS for Windows screen reader. Now it also works with NVDA and other screen readers. In this new video, a college music major shows us how:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsvqT75Zvgo&t=1s

10) Digital Accessibility on Eyes on Success

Lucy Greco talks about the present and future of accessibility in this episode #2035:
https://eyesonsuccess.net

11) Accessible Gaming Discussion

A 90-minute Zoom discussion will take place on GMT Friday, 28 August 2020 at 01:00 from the New York Public Library:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sd-morD4iHte-0zxmgqmINRNv7liUQ0hh

12) Browsing Securely On Your Terms

This will be the next Mystic Access free event, on Sagurday, 29 August 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/87048374251

13) ACBRadio on Tek Talk

We hear about the history and future of this Internet station on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

14) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results: Last week a reader asked, "I've always wondered if other blind cane users could recommend any device that I could use that would compliment my cane in which it could be alerted to any objects in front of me that the cane itself could not physically pick up. For example, something that could alert me to items such as tree branches or stuff from waist height and up."

So far we've received 6 recommendations. Since these were actual recommendations you can read the actual responses themselves by clicking the "Results" button on the poll itself. The best recommendation so far appears to be the Sunu Band. The Sunu Band is a smartwatch designed to detect obstacles. It is intended to be used as a supplement to a cane or guide dog. The band vibrates to tell you the distance of objects or people in your surroundings, helping you navigate safely. For more information, please visit: https://lowvisionsource.com/product/sunu-band. 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/blind-cane-assist

15) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: A Reader Asks, "I'd like to find out who is using what kind of robotic vacuum these days. I know Roomba gets a lot of press but there are a lot of other good ones too like the Roborock, Shark IQ, etc. Of course accessibility is important, but I would also like to know how good a job each does cleaning since many of us cannot verify this without sighted assistance."

https://poll.app.do/best-robo-vac

16) 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:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/polls.html


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