Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Volume 783The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (13.7% of all clicks.)A Full List of Siri Voice Commands You Can Use:
2) On Thanksgiving Day Zoom Will Lift Its 40-Minute Time Limit for Free MeetingsZoom has announced that it will lift its timed meeting limit today so that "your family gatherings don't get cut short:"
3) November 2020 AccessWorldLots of gift and shopping guides here: "The Accessible Kitchen Holiday Shopping Guide!," "AccessWorld 2020 Holiday Gift Guide," "The AccessWorld 2020 Online Holiday Shopping Guide," as well as "The New eSight 4 Wearable" and "An Overview of iOS 14 and iPad OS 14:"
4) TTJ 2020 Holiday Gift GuidePredictably this is Applecentric, but well-considered:
5) iBUG Apple WorkshopThis free workshop is on Saturday, November 28th at 20:00 GMT:
6) Louie Voice Control AppThis Android app lets you control a few apps very effectively with voice commands. It is now a free beta:
7) Blind Bargains Qast 218:Lots of cooking demos and discussion of cooking devices:
8) The Best Funny Things to Ask Google AssistantCourtesy of How-to Geek:
9) A Full List of Alexa Voice Commands You Can UseCourtesy of Business Insider:
10) Tips For Ripping A DVDIn case you have occasion to do this, here are some suggestions:
11) In-Process 20th NovemberNVDACon and Using object navigation in Windows settings are featured here:
12) What is Chromium? Google's Open-Source Software, ExplainedAnother gem from Business Insider:
13) WayAround, The Easy to Use Labelling System That Works with the Phone You Always Have With YouThis is Episode #86 of Mosen at Large:
14) Victor Reader Trek 2.1 Discovery WebinarThis takes place on Wednesday, December 9th 2020 at 01:00 GMT. Register here:
15) Reader Shares An Accessible Game Available Through the Apple Arcade Subscription ServiceThis update comes to us from an Apple list member by the name of Matt. Matt shares his findings on an accessible game which is available through the Apple Arcade subscription service. "I am very excited to report that I have found an Apple Arcade game that works with Voiceover. It is called, Dear Reader. It is a game of word puzzles, based on classic literature. Everything works great with Voiceover. After spending just a few minutes with it, I was playing successfully and enjoying it. It especially helps if you are familiar with the books they are presenting to you."
16) Music Service Launched for Visually Impaired Children with Neurodegenerative DiseaseOn November 16th 2020 the Amber Trust and the ISM Trust launched "With Music in Mind," a new music service aimed at transforming music provision for children and young people with neurodegenerative disease who are visually impaired:
17) Blind Man, 'Born to Run,' Completes Solo 5K With Trial App to Guide HimOn November 19th 2020, Thomas Panek, a blind runner and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, ran a 5K in Central Park where he used Google's "Guideline" app instead of help from a human or guide dog:
18) PlayStation 5 and XBox Series X Accessibility ReviewsSome great news on both fronts, along with room for improvement:
PlayStation 5 Review: https://www.ign.com/articles/playstation-5-the-accessibility-review
XBox Series X Review: https://www.ign.com/articles/xbox-series-x-accessibility-review
19) Game Awards Arrives December 10th 2020 With New Accessibility HonorIt has been confirmed that there will be an award given for 'Innovation in Accessibility' this year. Game Awards 2020 has nominated five games that advance this field, and will crown one as the best through its new 'Innovation in Accessibility' category. The nominees are:
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