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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 3, 2020 - Volume 771

The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) An Introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird

This Zoom workshop will take place on GMT Saturday, 12 September at 00:00. Here is the link to participate:

2) Non-Visual Access Conference

This two-day conference for technology trainers from the National Federation of the Blind will take place 24-25 September 2020. It is free and virtual. Register here:

3) Demonstration of BlindShell Phone

This Maryland Library for the Blind audio presentation will be held on Saturday, 12 September 2020 at 14:00 GMT:

4) Catching Up With JAWS

Brian Hartgen offers a 90-minute course covering new features in JAWS 2020 and the very new features, not announced yet, for JAWS 2021:

5) BBQ In Review:

The Blind Bargains Qast crew puts a lot of former interviews together to keep us informed until their next podcast:

6) Orbit Writer on Talking Tech

The little Bluetooth writing device is the topic for this Vision Australia podcast:

7) JAWS Training for Teachers and AT Instructors

Freedom Scientific is producing monthly lessons with exercises and resources:

8) Using Microsoft Office with Assistive Technology Mailing List

A mailing list for blind or visually impaired users to ask questions and provide support covering using Microsoft Office with Assistive Technology has been formed. To subscribe, send a blank message to:

9) The Veil, Audio Game for Windows and XBox

This podcast features an interview with the game developer:

10) New Features in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion

We've had an update, so the Web Friendly Help is ready to tell us what's new:

11) What's New and Noteworthy for August from AppleVis

It's the first of the month, so we know to expect a review of what has gone on in Apple accessibility last month:

12) Top Tech Tidbits Receives Its First Sponsor Testimonial

Since the transition of Top Tech Tidbits to a not-for-profit publication intent on utilizing sponsorships and donations to support its distribution there have been many questions. One of the most pressing of these questions has been, "Will Sponsors see a worthwhile return on investment for their Sponsorship dollars?" And the answer, initially at least, appears to be positive. Please read what Sponsor Barry Scheur of GuideLightsAndGadgets.us had to say about his first quarter experience as a Top Tech Tidbits sponsor within the new Testimonials section of the Top Tech Tidbits website. While only Sponsor Testimonials will be highlighted within the newsletter, whether you're a Sponsor, a long time Tidbits reader, or you just received your first issue last week, we'd love to hear from you:

13) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results: Last week a reader asked, "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."

So far we've received only 1 recommendation, which was, "We have been using the Roomba vacuum for many years. My sighted wife says it does a good job for what it is. That's good enough for me. Also, when we had a service issue, they were very helpful. I hope that helps." 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:

14) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: A Reader Asks, "In this age of COVID, I have been looking for alternative ways to provide remote training for ZoomText. Does anyone have any program suggestions similar to JAWS tandem that they use with ZoomText to see what the user sees at the same time without being in the same room? Free to low cost suggestions please."


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