Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Volume 774The Week's News in Access Technology
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1) NVDA 2020.3 Beta 2 Available for TestingBeta 2 includes improved translations and better output with some synthesizers among other enhancements:
2) JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion Public BetaBeta 2 is out for all of these programs as well which adds functionality and fixes bugs:
3) Blind Abilities on iOS 14Three panelists discuss what's new for the iPhone:
4) Should You Build a PC in 2020?How-To Geek talks about the trends we should watch:
5) FSCast #189We hear demonstrations of the new features to come in JFW and Fusion 2021 and about David Kingsbury's new book about using multiple browsers:
6) September 2020 AccessWorldThis latest AccessWorld includes "Exciting Changes for the Hadley Institute's Second Century," "Victor Reader Stream, a Product Worth Considering (Or Reconsidering)," "A Review of ClaroPDF for iOS: An App that Makes PDFs More Accessible," "A Review of the QBraille XL from HIMS Inc., A Braille Display with Elements of a QWERTY Keyboard" and "Book Review: When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users, by David Kingsbury:"
7) iOS14 Tutorials and More from The Tech JuggernautHere you'll find several audio tutorials on new iOS features as well as information on using Cisco Webex and Google Classroom for their classes and help sessions, which may be useful information to others for other sites:
8) What's New and Noteworthy in iOS 14 and Watch OS 7 from Mystic AccessThis free event takes place on GMT Friday, 25 September at 00:30. Join here:
9) Minimizing Accessibility Risk with User Flow MonitoringThis TPG webinar takes place on GMT Thursday, 30 September at 16:00. Register here:
10) New UX Blog SeriesThis six-part series from TPG covers the foundation of accessible user experience:
11) Device Unboxing and First Twitter Stream Test from Anatad PodcastHere's episode #52 of this Android-centric podcast:
12) Mosen at Large Episode #66Among topics discussed here are reactions to the new iOS, reading and voting:
13) Blind Bargains Qast 214Lots of Apple news and links here:
14) 4 Questions About Transitioning to the Edge Chromium BrowserAs they often do, the Freedom Scientific Training Department follows up its recent presentation on the new Edge with a blog post on the topic:
15) Amazon Seeks Screen Reader Users for Paid ResearchAmazon is currently seeking screen reader users, age 18 and older, to participate in paid research regarding image descriptions on product web pages. If you are an adult screen reader user you can fill out a brief qualification survey with 5 questions to see if you qualify for the study. If you qualify, they will send an email with instructions and a link to the full study. Those who complete the full study will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. The qualification survey is expected to take only a few minutes to complete, and will only be active until September 30, 2020:
16) Tidbits Opinion Poll ResultsLast week a reader asked, "What are some blind-accessible games that are really fun to play?" So far we've received only 1 answer. Audio Game Hub 2. Learn more at: http://www.audiogamehub.com/audio-game-hub-2-0/. 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:
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