Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Volume 779The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) This is a thought-provoking AppleVis post with discussion that follows:https://www.applevis.com/forum/hardware-accessories/week-iphone-perspective-former-android-user?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
2) Demo of Typer OnlineThis YouTube video is a review of the free online typing tutor program from APH:
3) Eyes on Success on Tek TalkTwo popular events come together when the hosts of Eyes on Success appear on TekTalk on GMT Tuesday, November 3rd 2020 at 01:00:
4) How to Use the Alt+Tab Shortcut After Windows 20H2 UpdateWith the new update coming to Windows, you might want to change a setting to make the familiar Alt+Tab keystroke work more efficiently:
5) What's New in the Windows 10 October 2020 UpdateSpeaking of that update, here's the list of new features, courtesy of the Windows Experience Blog:
6) How to Open the Classic 'System' Control Panel on Windows 10For those who liked this former Windows feature, you can still get it via this workaround, but maybe not for long:
7) Enhance Your iPhone Voice Memo Recordings for Clearer Audio FilesThis comes to us from Business Insider:
8) EbuAccessCast 26Lots of Android info here, as well as info about other gadgets. There is a transcript:
9) Tips for Transitioning to Microsoft EdgeFreedom Scientific offers this information:
10) Hartgen: Catching Up With JAWS: Chapter 3!This 35-pound (about $47) audio course gives you info about the features of JAWS 2020 and 2021:
11) NV Access In-Process October 23rd 2020Here we have news about the latest NVDA, NVDACon (coming up December 5th and 6th 2020) and some recordings from previous NVDACons:
12) Blind Bargains Qast #216With thorough show notes and links and 87 minutes of audio:
13) FSCast #190Hear about accessible escape rooms and the venerable Playback magazine:
14) Don't Just Stand There! Scan It!Check out reviews and descriptions of several portable scanning stands:
15) Victor Reader Stream Podcast Part 1 of 2, SD Card Bookshelves, October 22nd 2020Learn how to organize your Victor Reader Stream SD Card:
16) Give The Gift of Accessibility Training This Holiday SeasonHave you ever wanted to purchase accessibility training for someone you knew would benefit from it? Well now you can. This new initiative comes to us from one of our current sponsors, Mr. John Panarese, of MacForTheBlind.com, and allows anyone to purchase accessibility training for anyone else, either as a gift, or as a donation to someone that requires training but cannot afford it themselves:
16) Accessibility Enhancements on the Horizon for HBO Max Customers Who are BlindIn a landmark agreement announced last week advocates for people who are blind have obtained Warner Media's pledge to increase the accessibility of HBO Max — the much-anticipated online streaming platform that was launched earlier this year. Among other commitments, the agreement provides that WarnerMedia will provide audio description on at least 1,500 hours of new and existing programming on HBO Max by the end of March 2021, increasing to 3,000 hours by the end of March 2022, and doubling again to at least 6,000 hours in total by the end of March 2023. Learn more at:
17) Novel Hearing Test System Utilizing Motion SensorsA new system aims to revolutionize hearing testing with a new technology that is based on the patient wearing headphones fitted with a motion sensor and turning their head in response to random, multi-direction sounds. Learn more here:
18) Are You A Blind Or Low-Vision Player of Video Games?If you are, this 45 question survey seeks to understand on what devices you play such games, any challenges that you encounter while playing, and if you play with other people. Those that complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $300 Amazon electronic gift card:
19) How Audio Description Within Games Could Make Them More Accessible for Blind and Low Vision PlayersAccessible-gaming advocate and consultant Brandon Cole points to "The Last of Us 2" as a shining example of blind accessibility, but expresses the need for there to be more choice and more games that consider the needs of blind or low vision players:
20) Plain Language Writing — An Essential Part Of AccessibilityThis article from Forbes magazine aks the question, "How do you make writing accessible?". We know how to replace steps with ramps. We know how to widen doorways and make restrooms larger for wheelchair users. We can accommodate Deaf people with Sign Language and captions on videos. Blind people can use large print, Braille, or audiobooks. But how do we make information, instructions, and ideas more cognitively accessible, particularly for people with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities?
21) Why Technology Isn't Always The Most Accessible Solution for the DisabledThis article from The Verdict asks us to consider some aspects of accessibility and technology that we may not have considered before:
22) Tidbits Opinion Poll ResultsLast week we asked, "In your experience and opinion which is the best all-around Braille Notetaker? Price notwithstanding?" So far we've received 13 responses. Some of these responses included comments that you may wish to review yourself, but here is a breakdown. Single mentions included the BrailleSense Polaris, the Focus 40, an iPhone connected to any Braille Display, the Mantis, and the Orbit Reader 20. Two mentions for the BrailleNote. Three mentions for the ElBraille. And three mentions for the BrailleNote Touch Plus. This poll, like all Top Tech Tidbits Opinion Polls, will remain open indefinitely. If you haven't weighed in yet, you can always still do so at:
Respond to the Poll: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-1
Review / Share The Results: https://toptechtidbits.com/poll-results-1
23) New Tidbits Opinion Poll"Are you an AT user who has made the decision to replace your cable television subscription with an internet-connected streaming device? If so, how would you rate the accessibility of the device you chose on a scale of 1 to 5?" Share your opinion with the Tidbits community at:
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24) Future Tidbits Opinion PollsDo you have an intriguing AT-related question that you'd like to see posed to the Tidbits community?
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Sponsor: Sprint IP Relay
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:One challenge someone with a combined vision and hearing loss must address is accessing the phone system without adequate vision or hearing. Individuals with no hearing but vision can access the phone system using a videophone. Those with no vision, but who have hearing can use the phone as it was intended. How would someone with vision and hearing loss continue to call doctors, contact emergency services such as 911, arrange for medical appointments, contact businesses, or friends and family who do not text? One solution, for those living in the U.S. with a form of hearing loss, is Sprint IP Relay. Come learn more at our webinars, specialized for the DeafBlind community. 11/10 at 10 AM EST, 11/12 at 4:30 PM EST, 11/17 at 1:00 PM EST, or 11/19 at 1:00 PM EST. RSVP by November 6th 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.
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