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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 14, 2021 - Volume 790

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 14, 2020 - Volume 790

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 3 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) 21 Ways You Didn't Know You Could Use Shortcuts on Your iPhone: (13.9% of all clicks.)
https://mashable.com/article/iphone-shortcuts-app-uses/
B.) The Biggest Technology Failures of 2020: (11.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/31/1015552/biggest-technology-failures-2020/
C.) A Complete List of VoiceOver Keyboard Shortcuts Available on MacOS: (7.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/guides/complete-list-voiceover-keyboard-shortcuts-available-macos

2) Vorail Joins Top Tech Tidbits as 10th Sponsor

We would like to open this week by welcoming aboard our 10th Sponsor in the form of the Vorail Community. From all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits, readers included, we sincerely thank you for your ongoing support. For those of you not familiar with them, Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Learn more today at:
https://www.vorail.com/

3) How to Answer iPhone Hands-Free

This blog post may teach you some intricacies of Apple device use:
https://www.podfeet.com/blog/2021/01/dqc-iphone-hands-free/

4) A Week in the Life of Jill's Apple Watch

The answering iPhone item led me to this post for some creative Apple Watch use:
https://www.podfeet.com/blog/2021/01/apple-watch-week-jill/

5) Zoom Webinar | Exploring the Apple Watch with Accessibility in Mind

January 14th 2021 | 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 11PM GMT | Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvduqtrjouE9VtNZACkfOSsM7z8GEZLqrC

6) Zoom Webinar | Apple Presentation | Creating Blogs and Websites

January 15th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | This is an ACB Zoom webinar. Join the meeting at:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/84439933345

7) Zoom Webinar | An Introduction to Windows Keyboard Commands

January 16th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | This is an ACB Zoom webinar. Join the meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82133188270?pwd=M1RoRkFFUElYbWZvRWo5UHArUnovdz09

8) How to Change the Windows 10 Startup Sound

Courtesy of Help Desk Geek:
https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/how-to-change-the-windows-10-startup-sound/

9) Getting Started with Windows 10: Using Windows 10 with Screen Readers

This National Braille Press book, at $22.00 - $24.50 depending on the chosen format, is something that a lot of people have been asking for:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/WINDOWS.html

10) Scribe for Meetings

Pneuma Solutions (formerly Serotech) introduces a way for you to read PowerPoint slides and other shared documents via Zoom "in real time" and promises to expand to other platforms in the near future. It's free while it's in beta. With this new tool a meeting host can upload the slides for a meeting ahead of time and then share a link to accessible versions of the slides that are automatically synchronized with the presentation during the meeting:
https://scribeformeetings.com/

11) Podcast | Episode #31 | Chaos in the Capitol Building from Talk Description to Me

This creative podcast for the blind continues to fill a useful purpose providing descriptions of images from the January 6th 2021 events:
https://talkdescriptiontome.buzzsprout.com/1136756/7186318

12) Podcast | Eyes on Success #2103 | Supersense | January 13th 2021

Making use of advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, Supersense is a powerful and versatile scanning app that can be used to explore your environment, find specific objects, scan text, and much more. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shane Lowe of the Supersense team about the capabilities of this app and what makes it unique:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202103.htm

13) An Even More Comprehensive List of Google Docs Keyboard Shortcuts Directly From Google

In a follow up to a post from last week around this same topic a reader by the name of Sergei brings us an even more comprehensive resource. Includes a complete list of all PC, Mac and Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs:
https://support.google.com/docs/answer/179738?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en#zippy=%2Cpc-shortcuts

14) Teaching Braille Remotely During the Pandemic
This comes courtesy of the APH Family Cnnnect blog:

https://familyconnect.org/blog/uncategorized/louis-brailles-legacy-literacy-for-people-who-are-visually-impaired/

15) GoodMaps Explore Aims to Bring Step-by-Step Navigation to Indoor Spaces
Engadget provides information about this app for the blind:

https://www.engadget.com/goodmaps-explore-app-blind-visual-navigation-185053165.html

16) Accessibility Devices Playing Larger Role at CES

While much of the tech unveiled at this year's CES aims at easing daily life, some of the latest gadgets go one step further to improve the accessibility options for those with disabilities or impairments:
https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/conventions/ces/accessibility-devices-playing-larger-role-at-ces-2250127/

17) The Best of CES 2021

Wired Magazine gives us the products, prototypes, and ideas that did the best job of signaling the future at this year's consumer tech showcase:
https://www.wired.com/story/best-of-ces-2021/

18) Sony's New Lip-Reading Technology Could Boost Accessibility — or Invade Privacy

Sony's Visual Speech Enablement uses cameras and AI to read lips from far distances, no matter the noise. But are its accessibility benefits overshadowed by the potential for privacy violations?
https://www.pcmag.com/news/sonys-new-lip-reading-technology-could-boost-accessibility-or-invade-privacy

19) Firefox 86 Will Block the 'Backspace-Key To Go Back' Action by Default

The Firefox web browser is one of the few web browsers left that supports using the Backspace-key to go back. Starting in Firefox 86, Firefox users won't be able to use the Backspace-key anymore to navigate back in history by default. The key won't have the action mapped to it anymore. The organization suggests that Firefox users start using Alt-Left-Arrow instead to navigate back. Here's how to restore this functionality if you need to:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/08/firefox-86-will-block-the-backspace-key-to-go-back-by-default/

20) IRS Services for the Visually Impaired

Visually impaired taxpayers who need assistance with a notice or letter in print format or need other information about the services available through the Alternative Media Center may contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040. In addition, the IRS has also made recent updates to its Accessible Forms & Publications page:
https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/accessible-irs-tax-products

21) Bookshare Special Promotion for Veterans

Bookshare is an online library that offers over 925,000 ebooks including textbooks, bestsellers, award-winning favorites, career resources, periodicals, and more in audio, large text, and Braille. Veterans with vision loss, dyslexia, or physical disabilities that impact their ability to read a print book can use Bookshare to read in ways that work for them. For qualifying veterans who are students, membership is free. Veterans who are non-students are eligible for a three-month complimentary membership using promo code VET2020:
https://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm21/bm2101/bm210119.htm

22) Microsoft Backs Development of Smart Cane for Visually Impaired

Jean Marc Feghali has Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, a disease that reduces his peripheral vision and renders him effectively blind at night. But the intelligent walking cane he's helping to develop has been life-changing, he says. It's also won support from Microsoft Corporation. Feghali said the company's goal is to create a product that blends key elements of devices like the FitBit or Apple Watch with hardware that's specifically built for people with limited or no vision. But at close to $600, the product is about ten times more expensive than a conventional white cane. It also requires a smartphone to make the most of its features and the company's free mobile app, which could put it out of reach for many people:
About: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/microsoft-backs-development-of-smart-cane-for-visually-impaired/ar-BB1cvQAn
Buy The Cane: https://wewalk.io/en/

23) Segway Is Bringing the Hoverchairs From The Movie WALL-E to Life

Next week, Segway will debut new personal transporter pods at CES, the huge annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. It's called the S-Pod, and it doesn't float. Instead, it uses Segway's self-balancing technology to propel the user forward on two wheels, while sitting down:
https://www.wired.com/story/segway-bringing-hoverchairs-wall-e-life/

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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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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 7, 2021 - Volume 789

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1) Top 3 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) All The Windows 10 Tutorials You'll Ever Need: (8.5% of all clicks.)
https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/all-windows-10-tutorials-you-ll-ever-need.htm
B.) Interactive Adventure and Escape Games with Alexa: (5.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.aph.org/fun-with-alexa-interactive-adventure-and-escape-games/
C.) How to Easily Batch Rename Files on Windows 10: (4.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.howtogeek.com/705534/how-to-easily-batch-rename-files-on-windows-10/

2) The Biggest Technology Failures of 2020

We all know it was a bad year, but since we can learn just as much from our mistakes as we can from our achievements we present this list from Wired Magazine outlining all of the most fantastic technology failures of 2020:
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/31/1015552/biggest-technology-failures-2020/

3) 4th Annual Accessible High and Low Tech Fitness Workshop | January 9th 2021

2PM ET | 1PM CT | 12PM MT | 11AM PT | 7PM GMT. Learn about and share information about accessible fitness equipment, training, and more. Register for this event at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqfuqupj4pEtwrjCzr8yilHN_Ip__QICFb

4) SuperSense AI on Tech Time | Zoom | January 13th 2021

4PM ET | 3PM CT | 2PM MT | 1PM PT | 9PM GMT. This app combines OCR, money identification, bar code reading and more into one app. Tech Time is on Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9357099741?pwd=YVhxTVg0Nm1KQytCQ0xJM1JvZDhYUT09

5) Essential Guide to Assistive Technology for the Home

You can email Dolphin Computer Access to receive their document:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en/essential-guide-to-assistive-technology-0

6) Podcast | Eyes on Success | January 6th 2021

David Bradburn, Vice-President, Global Sales at Humanware, has been involved in the access technology field for over 35 years. A lot has changed over that time. Listen in on a conversation between David as a salesman and host Peter Torpey as a user as they reminisce about the evolution of access technology equipment since the early days:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202102.htm

7) Thoughts on Screen Readers and Image Recognition

Leonie Watson explains why we need content-authored text descriptions:
https://tink.uk/thoughts-on-screen-readers-and-image-recognition/

8) Remote Science Learning Advancements for the Blind

This comes from the January 2021 issue of The Braille Monitor:
https://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm21/bm2101/bm210108.htm

9) A Complete List of VoiceOver Keyboard Shortcuts Available on MacOS:

This is a well-presented list:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/complete-list-voiceover-keyboard-shortcuts-available-macos

10) Podcast | 3D Printing for the Blind and Visually Impaired. An Insightful Perception Through Touch

A transcript for this Blind Abilities podcast is provided:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6417

11) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for December 2020

Here's the December update from AppleVis:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-december-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

12) 21 Ways You Didn't Know You Could Use Shortcuts on Your iPhone

This comes from Mashable:
https://mashable.com/article/iphone-shortcuts-app-uses/

13) How Refreshable Braille Enhances Braille Literacy

This comes from the Freedom Scientific blog:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/how-refreshable-braille-enhances-braille-literacy/

14) Podcast | Looking Ahead to 2021

This is an RNIB Tech Talk podcast:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7755681-a-tech-talk-special-looking-ahead-to-2021

15) Getty Images Partners with the National Federation of the Blind and Tactile Images to Deliver 25 Million Images to the World's Blind Population

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and the National Federation of the Blind, America's civil rights and membership organization of the blind, have partnered with Tactile Images to deliver more than 25 million images to the world's blind population at museums, science centers, libraries, schools, and government agencies. This initiative will significantly enhance educational opportunities and cultural inclusion for blind and low-vision individuals worldwide:
https://www.nfb.org/about-us/press-room/getty-images-partners-national-federation-blind-and-tactile-images-deliver-25

16) Webinar | Hearing Loss | CaptionMate Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) | January 12th 2020

2PM ET | 1PM CT | 12PM MT | 11AM PT | 7PM GMT. CaptionMate is a new, free telephone captioning application that can be used with all telephone calls, including for registered individuals dialing into web conference calls like Zoom. The FCC certified CaptionMate in June 2020, which means that CaptionMate is financed by a fund administered by the FCC. The product is only available to people with hearing loss. You can self-certify your hearing loss, which means you don't need a new appointment with your audiologist. CaptionMate works on Android, iOS and Web devices. You can use your landline, flip phone or smartphone to make and receive calls, while watching captions on any smart device, including your iPad, computer screen, smartphone, etc. CaptionMate uses Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) which means that there is NO Captioning Assistant or transcriptionist in the middle of your calls:
https://hearingloss.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oop-3zS-T2iLfwgRLw6UHQ

17) Internet Archive Now Has Better Scans of Computerworld Magazine

The Internet Archive has announced that it has made Computerworld's print issues from 1967-2014 available online in better quality than ever. The publication provides a historical record of sorts for computing, as it launched during a key period in the industry and documented significant events like a 75 minute Steve Jobs interview in 1995. The collection includes 50 years of reporting from mainframes to iPhones to AI, via a publication that was the progenitor of future properties like Macworld and PCWorld. The higher-quality issues are now available to all (with limited text search available for now), and can be read aloud:
https://www.engadget.com/computer-world-vintage-print-issues-come-to-the-internet-archive-133040851.html

18) Braille Institute Celebrates "Technology Month" In January

For the second-straight year Braille Institute celebrates January as "Technology Month" and offers educational and interactive online technology workshops and tech-focused online content throughout the month:
About: https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/braille-institute-celebrates-technology-month-in-january/article_154d0d6d-1d84-5436-9a27-5b4a42854af9.html
Schedule of Workshops: https://brailleinstitute.org/technology-workshops

19) Will AI Kill The reCAPTCHA Star?

An old attack method dating back to 2017 that uses voice-to-text to bypass CAPTCHA protections turns out to still work on Google's latest reCAPTCHA v3. The idea of the attack is very simple. You grab the MP3 file of the audio reCAPTCHA and you submit it to Google's own speech-to-text API. Google will return the correct answer in over 97 percent of all cases. Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report. But it would seem that we are approaching a point in time in which the Turing Test can be solved by advanced AI, thus making CAPTCHAs harder and harder to implement:
https://threatpost.com/researcher-breaks-recaptcha-speech-to-text-api/162734/

20) Job Opening | Assistive Technology Specialist | Shoreline Community College | Shoreline, WA |

Opening Date: 12/28/2020 | Closing Date: 1/14/2021 | Salary Range: $40,295 to $52,429 Annually
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/shorelinecc/jobs/2927523/assistive-technology-specialist

21) JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion January 2021 Updates

JAWS 2021.2012.48
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements
ZoomText 2021.2012.48
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText/ZoomTextWhatsNew#enhancements
Fusion 2021.2012.8
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Fusion/FusionWhatsNew#enhancements

22) Audio Documentation on 1Password From Mystic Access | To Be Released March 1st 2021 | $49

If you'd like audio documentation that walks you through how to use this cross-platform method for securely storing, organizing and managing your passwords from a blindness perspective, then the 1Password Audio Documentation from Mystic Access may be able to help:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/product/audio-documentation-on-1password/#tab-description

23) Google Docs Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10 PC

Google Docs works with native Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts as well, so long as you're using an up-to-date web browser to access Google Docs, you can avail of these keyboard shortcuts:
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/google-docs-keyboard-shortcuts

24) Imagine Being Blind and Trying to Attend a Virtual Event. Try That Next Time You Stage One

In this very informative and in-depth article from TechCrunch their developers explain how exactly they very recently tackled this very issue:
https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/30/imagine-being-blind-and-trying-to-attend-a-virtual-event-try-that-next-time-you-stage-one/

25) Be My Eyes App Helping to Change the Lives of the Visually Impaired for the Better

With 4.8 out of 5 stars, the app has been a hit for users on both ends. In fact, sighted volunteers seem to be getting so much out of lending a set of eyes that the ratio of volunteers to blind people is abundant:
https://www.click2houston.com/features/2020/12/17/this-app-is-helping-to-change-the-lives-of-the-visually-impaired-for-the-better/

26) AI Vision: Wearable AI Helps the Visually Impaired 'See' in Real-Time

OrCam MyEye is a voice-activated device that attaches to virtually any pair of glasses. It conveys visual information audibly in real-time, thereby helping the visually impaired or those with reading difficulties live a more independent life:
https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/ai-vision-wearable-ai-helps-the-visually-impaired-see-in-real-time/2155443/

27) Podcast | Blind Tech Guys | January 4th 2021 | How To Sort Out Your Android OS 11 Talkback Issues On A Samsung Phone

On this episode, Kirt takes us through how to go about removing Samsung's version of Talkback on a Samsung phone running OS 11 and installing Google's version of Talkback by using ADB:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/67

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