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1) Exploring the Edge Chromium Browser and JAWS

One of the events happening on this day when Tidbits appears in your mailbox is this Freedom Scientific webinar to be held at 16:00 GMT / 12:00 PM EDT on 17 September 2020. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t-ThOTgmR5iSMTyeeFmkAQ

2) Mastering Google Classroom on the BrailleNote Touch Plus

A couple hours later, this HumanWare webinar will take place at 18:00 GMT / 2:00 PM EDT on 17 September 2020. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J0KnmuOzRvif1xqqG5lW_A

3) Inclusive Design 24

Our busy day continues. This series of talks started at 00:00 GMT on 17 September 2020 and continues for 24 hours until Friday starts:
https://inclusivedesign24.org/2020/schedule/

4) Accessible Health Communications

Our final event for 17 September 2020 is this webinar from TPG and Crawford Technology directed at those who create health content. Starts at 16:00 GMT / 12:00 PM EDT on 17 September 2020. Register at:
https://crawfordtech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9EE8K9MwQ-Sz7OzLAQ4wOw

5) Research Like A Pro - Browsing the Web and Accessing Digital Talking Books on the BrailleNote Touch Plus

Continuing with HumanWare, this webinar will be held on Thursday, 1 October at 18:00 GMT / 2:00 PM EDT:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dnn_nIV3RrKIw1n79KsoUw

6A) nvMathViewer Add-On for NVDA

This add-on for NVDA and extension for JAWS extends the ability of screen readers to read math. Here is the NVDA add-on:
https://tseykovets.ru/download/nvda/nvMathViewer.nvda-addon

6B) nvMathViewer Extension for JAWS

And here is the JAWS extension:
https://tseykovets.ru/download/jaws/nvMathViewer.zip

7) 17 Things You Can Do in iOS 14 That You Couldn't Do Before

The new Apple operating systems have officially been released. Here's one person's take on iOS14:
https://gizmodo.com/17-things-you-can-do-in-ios-14-that-you-couldn-t-do-bef-1844975020

8) iOS 14 and WatchOS 7, Demonstrations of Some New Features With VoiceOver

This is the Mosen at Large coverage of the new releases:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/4537a82242b34f55/ios-14-and-watchos-7-demonstrations-of-some-new-features-with-voiceover

9) The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for Blind and Low Vision Users:

Every year, we decide whether to upgrade or wait. This AppleVis podcast will help:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessibility-bugs-introduced-and-resolved-ios-14-and-ipados-14-blind-and-low-vision-users?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10) Apple September Event

Three adaptive technology experts come together to discuss what's new with Apple:
https://www.dr-carter.com/

11) 'Using The Mouse as a Blind Person and Other Accessibility Tips' on Tek Talk

A creative instructor will talk about a range of topics on Tuesday, 22 September at 00:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

12) Navigating a Word Document with JAWS Screen Reader Version 2020 and Orbit Reader Braille Display Technology

This is the first of hopefully many instructional blog posts by Ryan Mann:
https://technologyisawesome.com/2020/09/14/navigating-a-word-document-with-jaws-screen-reader-version-2020-and-orbit-reader-braille-display/

13) NVDA 2020.3 Beta 1 Available for Testing

This version brings stability and performance improvements, particularly to Office, and other enhancements:
https://www.nvaccess.org/files/nvda/releases/2020.3beta1/nvda_2020.3beta1_changes.html

14) Public Beta of JAWS 2021 Available

This new version brings more powerful picture explanations, a Voice Assistant for interacting with the program, and other enhancements:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSPublicBeta

15) What's New in Android 11 and What Accessibility Features Have Joined The Ranks?

This episode of the Parallel podcast is an interview with two Android aficionados discussing the range of accessibility features in the new OS:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/35

16) Braille Technician Position

The Social Security Administration is hiring to fill a Braille Technician Position whose assignments would include a broad range of Braille transcription or translation using adapted computers and specialized software to review and prepare materials for distribution. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 18, 2020. Learn more at:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/578395700

17) Tidbits Opinion Poll Results

Last week a reader asked, "What is the most accessible smart TV for blind users? Which TV has the best screen reader and user friendly remote?" So far we've received 3 recommendations. All for Amazon Fire TV which includes a built-in screen reader, a very easy to use remote and can be controlled by Alexa. 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:
https://poll.app.do/most-accessible-smart-tv

18) New Tidbits Opinion Poll

A Reader Asks, "What are some blind-accessible games that are really fun to play?"
https://poll.app.do/blind-accessible-games

19) Future Tidbits Opinion 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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