Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Volume 782The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,
1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (8.4% of all clicks.)How to Add Siri Shortcuts to iPhone Home Screen:
2) Micro21, Computer Game Coding for the Beginner Blind StudentThis is a seven-week, 130-pound course for small groups of blind children on programming. A well-thought-out, reasonably-priced, good opportunity for the right student:
3) Screen MagnificationFrom Abilitynet, this Fact Sheet gives an overview of the main screen magnifiers. It includes summary information about the in-built screen magnification available on most devices and some free and commercial options that may include additional features:
4) No More Button Pushing. Microsoft Translator for iOS Adds Auto Mode for One on One Conversations:Development continues on this powerful iOS app:
5) Blind Bargains Qast 217:Mostly an Apple event wrap-up page, with a twist or two:
6) A Full List of Siri Voice Commands You Can UseWe never tire of offering such reference lists. This one comes from Business Insider:
7) Keyboard Shortcuts in OfficeWhile we're disseminating lists, here's Microsoft's page of Office keyboard shortcuts:
8) WebAIM Screen Reader TutorialsWebAIM offers concise guides to using screen readers for accessibility testing:
A) VoiceOver: https://webaim.org/articles/voiceover/
B) NVDA: https://webaim.org/articles/nvda/
C) JAWS: https://webaim.org/articles/jaws/
9) Cloud Storage on Tech it OutThis regular Hadley monthly discussion will focus on services such as DropBox, iCloud, and Google Drive. It takes place on Wednesday, November 25th 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
10) iPhone 12/12 Pro Review Part 2:This comes from Shelley Brisbin:
11) The New Features, Changes, Improvements, and Bugs in MacOS 11 Big Sur for Blind and Low Vision UsersThe new MacOS has created quite a stir. Here's the info about the new operating system:
12) 2021 JAWS, Fusion, ZoomTextThe 2021 versions of Freedom Scientific software have been released. Here are three ways to learn about what's new:
A) This article from Web Friendly Help:
B) Vispero presentation on ACB Community Call, on Thursday, November 19th 2020 at 17:00 GMT:
C) The FSOpen Line talk show, on Friday, November 20th 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
13) Victor Reader Trek 2.1This HumanWare device touts better accuracy and detail in its GPS features, and new languages:
14) ElBraille on Tek TalkHear about this Windows device on Tek Talk on Tuesday, November 24th 2020 at 01:00 GMT:
15) Using Various Web Browsers with a Screen Reader on Eyes on SuccessEpisode #2047 features the author of this recent book:
16) How to Access Accessibility Controls From the Menu Bar and Control Center on MacThe Accessibility Shortcuts menu brings many frequently used accessibility features, like grayscale mode, to the forefront so you don't need to go to System Preferences every time you want to enable or disable a feature:
17) Startup Strap Wants to Replace the White CaneUsing advanced technologies such as lidar — also used in autonomous vehicles — Strap's assistive device aims to help the visually impaired navigate their environment:
18) 5 Ways to Hide Your IP AddressAlong with 7 Reasons why one might wish to do so:
19) What Is Android Accessibility Suite?Components, how to activate, setting up the Accessibility shortcut, and how to use:
20) Assassin's Creed Valhalla — Accessibility ReviewThis accessibility review of the popular game comes to us courtesy of CanIPlayThat.com:
21) Freeview Accessible TV GuideFreeview has announced the first roll out of its award-winning Accessible TV Guide, now available at Channel 555 on supported Freeview Play devices:
22) Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide For JAWS, NVDA, And iPhone Voiceover UsersThis $18 course from Carrol Center for the Blind "is the first-ever comprehensive step-by-step text-based guide to Zoom for screen reader users:"
23) Researchers Use New Techniques to Make Films More Accessible to Visually Impaired AudiencesThe project used enhanced sound techniques, first person narration and spatial audio, to produce an alternative to traditional audio description (AD), which relies on third-person narration:
24) Top Tech Tidbits Buy, Sell or TradeWe have two new products for sale this week. Review them below or on the Tidbits website at:
Top Tech Tidbits Sponsor Classified Ads:
Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:APH's Braille Trail Reader LE refreshable braille display will start your students' braille journey with a positive technology experience that allows them to discover the joys of reading and writing. This 14-cell braille display features a Windows app for easy file transfer between teachers and students. Also perfect for the working adult: users can take notes, and create, edit and read text and braille files. Learn more at https://www.aph.org/product/braille-trail-reader-le/.
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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.
Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:GuideLights And Gadgets: Great Buys, Service, Innovation! New! Leather Orbit Writer case; work on the go! $30.00. New! Orbit Writer bundle with Writer, hands free pouch, tutorial and leather case; $150.00. New! Non-Contact Talking Infrared Thermometer; Best model in 15 years; $55. New! Portable entertainment system with Daisy player, Internet Radio, Podcatcher, lots more; Ivona Joey and Sally voices, Mystic Access tutial, 128 GB SD card; $225. We just found new "Feeling Sports" Talking Tennis Rackets, a blind person's game dream! Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ http://guidelightsandgadgets.us.
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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.
What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!
Sponsor: A. T. Guys
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USBC 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020
Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.
Sponsor: John Panarese
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:Looking for a gift that is affordable and much sought after? Then why not give the gift of knowledge! Nothing better than bringing knowledge and pleasure all at the same time to the family! Let John Panarese, World-renowned Apple Trainer help you! Visit https://www.macfortheblind.com to learn more.
Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020
Website: https://www.macfortheblind.com/ 🌐
Donate Course Time: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind ❤
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.
Sponsor: Donna Jodhan
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:This Week's Featured Audio Mystery from Donna's online store! Just in time for the holidays! Santa's Super Secret! A tale of mystery, imagination, and a little boy's dream come true! See how Alex Tarasco realized his boyhood dreams and kept Santa's super secret! Subscribe for free to any or all of my subscription libraries. Visit https://donnajodhan.com/donate.html. Your donations will be used to create virtual mystery games and mind bending puzzles for persons and children with disabilities.
Author, Donna Jodhan Publications
Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020
Website: https://donnajodhan.com/ 🌐
Donate: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan ❤
About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.
Sponsor: Dean Martineau
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me at email@example.com if interested.
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About: Dean Martineau is the Founder and a Contributing Editor to the Top Tech Tidbits Newsletter.
Sponsor: Be My Eyes
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again. https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.
Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community
Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020
Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐
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About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
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.
Sponsor Since: October 22nd 2020
Website: https://www.sprintip.com/ 🌐
Email: email@example.com ✉
Download The App (iOS):
Download The App (Android):
Accessibility Customer Care: (800) 676-3777 ☎
About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store
➜ This Week's Classified Ad:Featured Products: Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!
Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020
Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐
Toll Free: (888) 400-8933 ☎
Local: (415) 694-7301 ☎
About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.
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