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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 3, 2020 - Volume 784The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Last Week's Most Clicked Tidbit (10.0% of all clicks.)A Full List of Alexa Voice Commands You Can Use:
2) NVDACon Coming UpNot a lot of news this week but NVDACon looms large. The annual convention is well-stocked with information for the beginning and advanced NVDA user. Read a lot about it in this week's In-Process:
And view the whole weekend schedule in your time zone:
3) Review of Unleash Your Inner PodcastThis reviewer finds Jonathan Mosen's course on podcast creation still quite relevant:
4) Recordings from Sight Tech GlobalThe vast Sight Tech Global Conference will be in its second day when this newsletter appears, but many recordings of presentations are available and 3 December still has a lot to offer:
5) Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod TouchVoice Control works with VoiceOver now, and could be an excellent resource for a lot of users, especially some who have difficulty using the touch screen:
6) Introducing Accessidroid.com Your Premier One Stop Shop for Android AccessibilityAndroid has lacked a comprehensive resource like AppleVis where new users can learn and veteran users can share insights. Commtech, a for-profit company, is trying to fill that need:
7) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for November 2020Speaking of AppleVis, we can always count on the monthly summary of what's new and interesting throughout Apple accessibility:
8) Now You Can View Office Documents On iOS Devices For FreeThis could benefit many people:
9) Tech Talk: Holiday Gift Guide 2020This week's first Holiday Gift Guide comes from RNIB Tech Talk:
10) The 2020 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping GuideThis is Episode #219 of the Blind Bargains Qast:
11) How to use iPhone Back Tap Custom Controls in iOS 14In case you haven't availed yourself of this iOS14 enhancement, 9to5Mac tells you how and why you may wish to do so:
12) David Woodbridge's BlogHere you can find tech demos and how-to articles from Australia:
13) National Homework Hotline for Blind and/or Visually Impaired StudentsThis 'Hotline' is actually a 'Google Form' but other than that the NHH-BVI reports that it is a free service for K-12 and college students in the United States. NHH-BVI responders are experienced TVIs, tutors, mentors, STEM professionals, and college students who are eager to assist blind/visually impaired students. Areas of support include: JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver for MacOS and iOS devices, Nemeth and literary braille, Cranmer abacus, Refreshable braille displays, Braille notetakers, Core subject, tutoring (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies), and Talking Scientific Calculators. To request assistance, complete this Help Request Form, and a Hotline Responder will contact you:
14) What Will Tomorrow's Tech Look Like? Ask Someone Who Can't SeeIn line with the Sight Tech Global Conference currently underway Will Butler of Be My Eyes explains what "Sight Tech" is and how far it has come, what's 'next' for the screenreader, and how we may, one day soon, achieve near perfect mobility:
15) Meet The Blindness Consultant Ensuring Apple TV Plus Show 'See' Respects AccessibilityAbout midway through the first season of the Apple TV Plus show See, several characters on a raft need to share a message without alerting others around them. Normally, people would pass a written note, gesture with their hands, shoot messages with their eyes, or soundlessly mouth instructions. But in the world of See, where all characters are blind, communicating without making a sound can be tricky.
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