Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Volume 781The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (22.9% of all clicks.)How I Changed The Way I Charge My iPhone and Android Smartphones to Reduce Battery Wear
2) JAWS Scripts for DiscordDiscord is an app that can change quickly, and Doug Lee is doing his best to keep up with the changes with his free JAWS scripts:
3) JAWS Alert ManagerAlso from Doug Lee, updated scripts aimed at giving JAWS users control over the handling of Windows and application alert messages:
4) More About JAMHere is an explanation of the JAWS Alert Manager from Web Friendly Help:
5) Updated Free Unigra JAWS ScriptsLastly from Doug Lee, the scripts for this fairly accessible Telegram client have received significant upgrades:
6) NVDACon 2020 December 5th and 6th 2020This page contains a podcast discussing the upcoming annual free conference related to NVDA, links to archives of past conferences, and information about this year's conference, with the theme "Bridging the Distance:"
7) October 2020 AccessWorldWe're a little behind on this one. In addition to articles and interviews related to employment, find "A Review of the Google Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat on iOS Devices and Amazon Alexa," "The Patriot Pro 12.9 Portable Video Magnifier for Business or Classroom," and "Popular Web Conferencing Programs Part 1: WebEx.," and "Small Business in the Gig Economy: How Freelance Services have the Potential to Create Employment Opportunities for People with Visual Impairments:"
8) How to Add Siri Shortcuts to iPhone Home ScreenThis may be our first item from MashTips:
9) Picking Apart Apple's "One More Thing" AnnouncementsApple announced new Macs, and here is a review of the announcements that urge caution and investigation:
10) The World of Braille Devices with Freedom ScientificRegister for this webinar to be held on Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 17:00 GMT:
11) More Than Just Voice Changes, Accessing JAWS SettingsThis is another FS webinar requiring registration, taking place on Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 17:00 GMT:
12) Review and Demonstration of the Mantis Q40 Braille Display from APHA review courtesy of the Mosen at Large podcast, episode #82:
13) Assassin's Creed: An Accessibility ReviewApparently, this game is not yet playable by the blind, but much progress is being made:
14) iPhone 12 / 12 Pro Review, Part 1This review from Shelly Brisbin focuses on accessibility of these new phones and includes a transcript:
15) Technology Fair (Virtual) From The Carroll Center for the BlindThis five-hour event, starting at 14:30 GMT on Tuesday, 24 November 2020, features plenary sessions, break-out groups and technology exhibits. The page describes the event and provides the registration link:
16) Personal Power: The iOS Edition on Tek TalkHear from the author of this mammoth free book on Tek Talk on Tuesday, 17 November at 01:00 GMT:
17) Sight Tech Global, a Virtual Global Tech Conference for All Involved in Accessible TechnologyThis free two-day conference with the theme "Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments" takes place December 2nd and 3rd 2020. This page explains the agenda and philosophy and contains the link to register:
18) Accessibility Controller for Nintendo Switch Released in JapanFollowing in the footsteps of Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive controller, Japanese accessory manufacturer Hori has released its very own accessibility controller designed for the Nintendo Switch. At the moment this product is limited to Japan:
19) Raspberry VIA resource for visually impaired or blind (hence VI) users of the Raspberry Pi computer:
20) Google Home Audio Tutorial From Mystic AccessThis 6-hour, $39 audio tutorial from Mystic Access covers all aspects of the Google Home personal assistant from a blindness perspective:
21) 32 Ways to Record Your Screen on Windows / Mac / Android / iPhoneIllustration and step-by-step instructions included for each:
22) How to Add a Text Caption Directly in a Photo in iOS 14Users no longer have to seek an extra app to add captions, and any captions added in the iPhone library will sync to the cloud if iCloud Photo Library is enabled:
23) Top Tech Tidbits Launches Reader Requested Most Clicked Tidbits SectionYou asked. We listened. In addition to this new section of the Top Tech Tidbits website which now provides an ongoing list of the single Most Clicked Tidbit from each issue, we will also consider sending these out as a separate quarterly issue if there is enough interest. Please share your feedback with us on this. There is no way to be added to this list except to be voted there by your clicks. By the decree of Tidbits readers, these are the most informative Tidbits:
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25) Tidbits Opinion Poll ResultsLast week we asked, "What are the Top 5 Assistive Technology products on your wish list this holiday season?" Notable responses included an Apple Watch, a BrailleNote Touch, the removal of Amazon eBook DRM, a pocket-size Kindle Paperwhite and a simple audio out adapter for Kindle that works. 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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