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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Volume 772

The Week's News in Access Technology

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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Magnify your world! APH's variety of handheld and desktop magnifiers are the perfect addition to your back-to-school supply list!

A Kentucky School for the Blind student uses his Video Mag HD to magnify the words in his textbook.

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1) Converting From GMT To Your Local Time Zone

Last week we announced two upcoming presentations. The first, "An Introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird", scheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September at 00:00. And the second, "A Demonstration of the BlindShell Phone", scheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September 2020 at 14:00. Since that announcement we have received several questions regarding how one might go about converting these times from GMT to EST. And since any conversion can serve as an example for others in alternate time zones we've decided to share our conversions here for others to review. The first thing we will want to do is find out how many hours behind or ahead of GMT we are in our current time zone. And to make things just a little more challenging, we will have to consider Daylight Savings Time as well. For our conversion here that means the following two rules apply. Rule #1: Summer months are Eastern Daylight Time or EDT. This represents now until November 1st 2020. The Eastern Time Zone is an area 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4) during the summer months. Rule #2: Winter months are Eastern Standard Time or EST. The Eastern Time Zone is an area 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-5) during the winter months. Now, with our specific Daylight Savings Time rules stated and considered, we can move on to conversion. Presentation #1. "An Introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird", sheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September at 00:00. (Step 1) GMT 0:00 = 12:00 AM GMT (Step 2) 12:00 AM GMT on September 12th 2020 (minus 4 hours) = 8:00 PM EDT on September 11th 2020. Presentation #2. "A Demonstration of the BlindShell Phone", scheduled for GMT Saturday, 12 September 2020 at 14:00. (Step 1) GMT 14:00 = 2:00 PM GMT (Step 2) 2:00 PM GMT on September 12th 2020 (minus 4 hours) = 10:00 AM EDT on September 12th 2020. Information for these conversions taken from:

2) NLS Braille Reader Trial on Tek Talk

Developing the Braille EReader and what it means for blind persons will be the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 15 September at 00:00:

3) Webinar on New Firmware for Braille Sense Polaris

HIMS will offer this webinar on GMT Thursday, 10 September at 22:00 GMT:

4) In-Process 7th September 2020

Learn about the plans for the 2020 NVDACon and more in this newsletter from NVAccess:

5) Review of QBraille XL

This is a favorable review of a HIMS Braille device:

6) Update for Braille Note Touch Plus

Better handling of PDF documents and email are the highlights of this update:

7) Commtech Podcast on Braille Displays

This podcast covers Braille displays past and present:

8) Buying a New Computer when Blind and Visually Impaired [Part II]

This comes from RNIB Tech Talk Radio:

9) JAWS Scripts for ListViews and Task Manager

Doug Lee continues to update his scripts, this time making it easier to read and act on columns in listview controls for managing files and tasks:

10) Zoom Accessibility Enhancements for NVDA

An NVDA add-on has been created to control speaking of notifications and other announcements in Zoom:

11) Elaboration on Zoom Accessibility Enhancements for NVDA

Here is a blog post from Web Friendly Help on these enhancements:

12) How to Bookmark All Open Tabs in Safari

This is the weekly informational posting from The Tech Juggernaut:

13) Interview About Libro.fm

Libro.fm is an online bookshop that sells DRM-free audio books and enables support for indie bookstores:

14) Final APH Interview with Larry Skutchan on Eyes on Success

In episode #2037, Larry talks about the new Braille displays from APH and other topics:

15) Blind Bargains Qast #213

The hiatus is over!

16) Demo of Orbit Writer

David Woodbridge does a thorough demonstration of this little keyboard:

17) ANATAD Podcast Episode #50

Features more comparisons of iOS and Android, with an Android leaning:

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

So far we've received 3 recommendations. (1) Using Teamviewer and Quick Assist. (2) Using remote support through Zoom video conferencing. (3) A third recommendation offers more technical specifics that we can share here, so we encourage you to check out the actual results for yourselves. This same person however also recommends an upcoming webinar which they claim is designed to address this very topic, among many others. The webinar is titled "3 Key Strategies to Using Assistive Technology When Teaching in a Remote Setting, Without Having to Research Every Update" and takes place on GMT Thursday, September 17 at 18:00 or EDT Thursday, September 17 at 2:00 PM. Learn more and/or register at: https://alliedindependence.mykajabi.com/assistivetech. 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:

19) New Tidbits Opinion Poll: A Reader Asks, "What is the most accessible smart TV for blind users? Which TV has the best screen reader and user friendly remote?"


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