Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Volume 770The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) How to Improve Your Audio in a Zoom MeetingTech Republic helps us answer this question important to many nowadays:
2) A Run-Through of the iPad Pro 11 Inch, Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, and VoiceOverDavid Woodbridge discusses this possible laptop replacement package:
3) Will I Melt My Brain? Facts About Listening to Audiobooks in Your SleepI 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:
4) Laundry Lens Now Accessible for VoiceOver UsersThere are now so many ways to get laundry instructions independently, and here's a dedicated free one:
5) OCR Screen Reader App Making it Possible to Use Mac Apps That Were Previously InaccessibleThis Mac app available for English and Chinese gives keyboard access and text labels to graphic controls:
6) FS Open LineThe next global talk show from Freedom Scientific will take place on Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 19:00 GMT:
7) FSCast #187Dan Clark, veteran training director and others appear on this month's episode:
8) BBQ In Review:Here is a large collection of tech tips from the BBQ team to keep us going until the next Qast:
9) Talking Score Feature of Dancing Dots Now Works with NVDA and OthersSince 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:
10) Digital Accessibility on Eyes on SuccessLucy Greco talks about the present and future of accessibility in this episode #2035:
11) Accessible Gaming DiscussionA 90-minute Zoom discussion will take place on GMT Friday, 28 August 2020 at 01:00 from the New York Public Library:
12) Browsing Securely On Your TermsThis will be the next Mystic Access free event, on Sagurday, 29 August 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
13) ACBRadio on Tek TalkWe hear about the history and future of this Internet station on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 00:00:
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 website where you can weigh in and view results:
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
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