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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 3, 2021 - Volume 809

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) 6 Command Prompt Commands You Should Know: (6.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3619900/6-command-prompt-commands-you-should-still-be-using.html
B.) Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts: (5.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.maketecheasier.com/cheatsheet/microsoft-edge-keyboard-shortcuts/
C.) What is everybody's favorite accessible game on iOS?: (5.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados-gaming/what-everybody-s-favorite-accessible-game
D.) Free JAWS Training Bundle: (4.5% of all clicks.)
https://bit.ly/3ueF3U8
E.) NVDA Remote for iOS Being Developed: (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://testflight.apple.com/join/oEUkUTMd

2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Pneuma Solutions

Please join us in offering a warm Tidbits welcome to Pneuma Solutions. They join us this week as one of twelve Top Tech Tidbits Sponsors for which we are sincerely grateful. Without the support of our sponsors, Tidbits would not be possible. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell and is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Learn more today at:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

3) Alexa Makes It Possible For Those With Hearing Loss

Here are some accessibility features that individuals with a hearing loss can benefit from:
https://ndassistive.org/blog/alexa-makes-it-possible-for-those-with-hearing-loss/

4) The Best Speech to Text Software for Windows 10

There are multiple options for speech-to-text software on Windows 10, but it can be hard to narrow down the best picks. Here they examine both the free and paid options to help you choose the right software for you:
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/software-reviews/the-best-speech-to-text-software-for-windows-10/

5) RIP IE: Microsoft to End Internet Explorer Support Next Year

Microsoft has announced the end of the 25-year old era of Internet Explorer, a former king of browsers. Microsoft has already killed Edge Legacy earlier this year and now plans to retire Internet Explorer, which is still present in every Windows installation:
https://winaero.com/microsoft-to-end-internet-explorer-support-next-year/

6) Mantis and Chameleon Software Improvements New Features as of May 2021

The Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 — two top-of-the-line "hybrid" braille displays from APH - are getting some new upgrades that will make your device better whether you're an adult professional, a student, or a teacher supporting students with braille displays:
https://www.aph.org/mantis-and-chameleon-software-improvements/

7) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for May 2021

Always a convenient way to make sure you haven't missed anything important in the accessible Apple world:
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-may-2021

8) David Woodbridge's Podcasts and Demos

Here's where you can find all of David Woodbridge's useful tech recordings:
https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/
And here are all of his Vision Australia Talking Tech Shows:
http://talkingtech.podbean.com/

9) Math Accessibility Trees

This post on the Math in Office Blog discusses aspects of making mathematical equations accessible to blind people:
https://devblogs.microsoft.com/math-in-office/math-accessibility-trees/?_lrsc=fccd4643-ef98-4af6-8dfe-041753ff5b29

10) Writing with a Screen Reader

Here is one person's experience and impressions:
https://annalodwick.wordpress.com/2021/05/20/writing-with-a-screen-reader/

11) TMAP on Clubhouse

Join a conversation on Tactile Maps Automated Production on Clubhouse on Thursday, June 3rd 2021 at 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT:
https://www.clubhouse.com/event/mgvw6AYZ

12) Join Blind Tech Guys on Clubhouse

There's a weekly episode and occasional bonus episodes:
https://www.clubhouse.com/club/blind-tech-guys

13) Free Help Sessions from The Tech Juggernaut

In the Summer you can get Apple-related assistance on Tuesdays at 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT:
https://ttjtech.net/2021/06/02/announcing-the-ttj-summer-schedule/

14) Review in Spanish of NVDA Training Materials

This review covers the Excel and PowerPoint courses available for purchase:
https://olgacarreras.blogspot.com/2021/06/resena-powerpoint-y-excel-con-nvda-de.html

15) ClipTools, NVDA Add-on for Managing the Clipboard

View and edit clipboard content:
https://github.com/TheQuinbox/cliptools/releases/tag/v2021.1

16) How to Listen to Radio Stations Online for Free

In this era of Spotify and Apple Music it can be easy to forget that radio exists, especially when you're used to picking your music at-will. The fact is, radio is a great way to not only discover new artists and songs, but also to learn more about places all over the world:
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/how-to-listen-to-radio-stations-online-for-free/

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Candy-Like Models Used to Make STEM Accessible to Visually Impaired Students

A breakthrough study aims to make science more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired through small, candy-like models:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210528171755.htm

2) Will Blind People Be Able to See Again in the Future Thanks to a Brain Implant?

https://innovationorigins.com/en/brain-implant-enables-blind-people-to-see-again-in-the-future/

3) 'Can I Play That?' Co-Founder Courtney Craven on the Spectrum of Disability and Challenge of Accessibility

Twitch streamer Cerebral Paul joins the conversation to share how he 'games differently,' and encourages a healthy playing environment with those on the other side of the controller:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/can-i-play-that-co-founder-courtney-craven-spectrum-of-disability-accessibility-1234959539/

4) A Blind Man's Lessons Learned in the Quest for Making Change

https://www.therecord.com/opinion/2021/05/29/a-blind-mans-lessons-learned-in-the-quest-for-making-change.html

5) accessiBe, The Web Accessibility Market Leader, Announces New Search Engine accessFind to Help People with Disabilities Find Accessible Websites

Developed in partnership with disability-focused nonprofit organizations, accessFind is an inclusive, first-of-its-kind search engine specifically designed to enhance internet accessibility for people with disabilities:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/accessibe-the-web-accessibility-market-leader-announces-new-search-engine-accessfind-to-help-people-with-disabilities-find-accessible-websites-301298597.html

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) Blind Tech Guys 86 | ClubHouse And ClubDeck Are They Really What They Proclaim To Be

May 26th 2021 | On this episode, Marco spoke with accessibility specialist and all-round great guy Neil McCullough, who walked our listeners through how to use ClubHouse, and the developers of ClubDeck, Pierre Stanislas and Philippe Breuils:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/86

2) Blind Android Users 25 | Milestone Celebration with Listeners

May 29th 2021 | In this episode, we have lots of fun with our listeners. We tell you how we got started with the podcast and discuss a lot of things like Android vs iOS, Talkback vs CSR and much more. Listen in and join the fun. We thank our listeners for being with us in these 25 episodes and hope you encourage us in the future. You can listen to this podcast and all our content by visiting:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 26 | World Ocean Day

May 29th 2021 | This episode is all about listening to underwater sounds. We challenge listeners with a series of underwater marine recordings, and Lawrence speaks with the host of the new Sound aquatic Podcast. There are Tips for using sound to find things underwater, and reflections on what we can learn from aquatic animals that use hearing to thrive in low and no light situations:
https://tunein.com/podcasts/Sports--Recreation-Podcasts/Outdoors-with-Lawrence-Gunther-p1364141/?topicId=163394384

4) That Real Blind Tech Show 35 | A Stir of Siri Echoes

May 31st 2021
Brian and Ed are joined in the That Real Blind Tech Show virtual studio by Jeanine Stanley, pinch hitting for Allison:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-35-a-stir-of-siri-echoes

5) Eyes on Success 2123 | The Great Outdoors

June 2nd 2021
Lawrence Gunther is host of the podcast "Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther". The podcast is a mix of interesting facts about our environment and outdoor activities and includes interviews with blind people who enjoy the outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lawrence, who is blind himself, about the podcast as well as about his own adventures in nature:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202123.htm

6) Mosen At Large 127

June 2nd 2021 Janet Ingber discusses her updated Mac Basics book and why you might want a Mac in your life:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/55b3d718/janet-ingber-discusses-her-updated-mac-basics-book-and-why-you-might-want-a-mac-in-your-life

➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

1) 2021 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium

June 4th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding a virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents and anyone else who is passionate about the empowerment that braille literacy brings. Learn more at:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/announcing-the-2021-braille-literacy-canada-symposium-friday-4-june-600-1100-pm/

2) Zoom Webinar | Florida Vision Technology | Florida Assistive Technology Presentation

June 7th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Join Florida Vision Technology for a virtual presentation of the latest and greatest in Assistive Technology including the brand new Envision Glasses and other wearables Check out our most updated catalog of products: https://floridareading.com/downloads. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cDgpkD0BS4SivMVTMhsGug

3) Multiply Your Math Success Exponentially With The MATT Connect

June 10th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar organized by the American Printing House. With MATT Connect, it all adds up! Learn how to use the device to study math from addition and subtraction through higher-level problem-solving. In this webinar, you will also learn how to set up exam mode, which allows a teacher to customize permissions and features offered on the MATT Connect in testing situations. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JaOHKlwQQjK66tk46qLPLA

4) Get Organized and Read Books - Exploring File Management and the Victor Reader App on the Brailliant BI X Series

June 15th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 6/16 | Join Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic for another installment of the HumanWare webinar series, where they will explore different aspects of file and folder management (like copying, cutting, and renaming or moving content to/from SD cards and USB sticks) in the KeyFiles application of BI 20 and 40 X. Attendees will also get an in-depth look at the Victor Reader application, designed to play digital books in many supported formats. Register in advance for this webinar at:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6RwL1O8zQnC7P3Ji9pfjHA

5) Get Organized and Read Books - Exploring File Management and the Victor Reader App on the Brailliant BI X Series

June 15th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 6/16 | Join Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic for another installment of the HumanWare webinar series, where they will explore different aspects of file and folder management (like copying, cutting, and renaming or moving content to/from SD cards and USB sticks) in the KeyFiles application of BI 20 and 40 X. Attendees will also get an in-depth look at the Victor Reader application, designed to play digital books in many supported formats. Register here:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6RwL1O8zQnC7P3Ji9pfjHA

6) 1st World Blindness Summit 2021

June 25th 2021 through June 30th 2021 | You are hereby invited to the first World Blindness Summit, an online and fully accessible event from June 25th to 30th 2021, open to everyone. What is the World Blindness Summit 21? This is a cutting-edge and innovative event that embraces the benefits of technologies, creating the first global and accessible online conference. Why is it unique? Over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people from nearly 190 countries over the world will participate to share their experiences and practices developed over the past five years, and especially those implemented to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all spheres of life. Who can participate? Everyone is welcome to attend, to participate, to listen, to talk, and to share this unique experience. All events of the World Blindness Summit are available in English, French and Spanish. Why is it interesting to participate? The achievements and challenges experienced will be analyzed, priorities will be set in this new era beginning by working hard to prevent blind and partially sighted people from being left behind in the digital revolution that has made such great progress in the past months. On the other hand, new strategies will be worked on to give visibility to our reality and above all, to promote everything that contributes to the substantiation of a central goal: to create a new vision of blindness, to enable everyone to fully participate in all aspect of our society. You can check the program here: https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/schedule/program. It is all free and you have to register here by 5th June:
https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/inscription

7) Reaping the Benefits! Using Reaper Audio Workstation, OSARA and JAWS for Windows

June 30th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT, 7PM UK | This £80 / $112 USD course is suited to anyone who has an interest in creating or working with audio content. You should be familiar with how JAWS functions together with Windows concepts, such as how to navigate around applications. The course is fast-paced. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions regarding the topics under discussion, however this is achieved in a structured manner. This ensures that you can focus on learning the concepts being taught. All of your remaing questions answered here:
http://www.hartgen.org/reaper

8) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

July 6th 2021 through July 10th 2021 | Register for free to attend the largest gathering of blind people and take advantage of the opportunity to network with thousands of blind role models, connect with leaders in the field of blindness, attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics, and learn about the latest in technology and innovation. Learn more and register here:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

9) Amazon Prime - More Than Just a Delivery Service | Technology User Group (TUG)

June 12th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Many components are included in Amazon Prime, such as Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Books, Prime Games and many more. Many of these skills can work with Alexa. There are many tips, tricks and secrets to learn to take full advantage of these services. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling the number below. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes:
+1 (319) 527-4994

➜ Surveys

1) WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey #9

Close Date: June 15th 2021 | The following survey is a follow-up to previous WebAIM Screen Reader User Surveys. This survey is primarily intended to collect new information and track updates/trends from previous surveys. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate:
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey9/

2) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

Close Date: June 25th 2021 | NV Access are pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey, open to NVDA users and testers around the world:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_6qHLmpFPvt4TwWUgVcuzHNxPI45BAdjGjvAD0GFVx8/edit?ts=60a394d2

3) PolyPad Braille Display Needs Assessment

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Participants must be 18 years or older to participate and able to read braille. We hope that our research will lead to a high quality multi-lined braille display that can be used with a smartphone. Researchers will investigate the quality and usefulness of the product and use the information to improve the development of the device:
https://calstatela.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fPVm4hlLE5hQhg

4) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS

➜ Directories

1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html

➜ Buy, Sell or Trade

1) FOR SALE: One Braillenote Touch Plus in Excellent Condition

Listing Date: 5/20/2021 | Price: $2,000.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: One Braillenote Touch Plus in Excellent Condition. | Contact: sharonklug9304@gmail.com ✉ or (817) 293-2156 ☎ |

2) FOR SALE: One HIMS QBraille XL 40-Cell Smart Display

Listing Date: 5/20/2021 | Price: $1,600.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: Two years old. Onboard applications such as Notepad, DAISY reader, alarm clock, calculator, calendar. Full function keys and modifier keys. Will support up to six bluetooth connections and one USB connection simultaneously. Carrying case included. | Contact: badgertom1@verizon.net ✉ or (941) 218-9090 ☎ |

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BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

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Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
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.
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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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(1) Our new hands free 5 pocket rugged cowhide leather neck pouch will fit any phone. It can go on your belt or carry it crossbody; $40.00 (2) Our new unique leather case to protect your 20 cell Braille display. It feels like a thick book with a zipper down the middle. It's actually a concealed weapons case with carrying straps; no Braille display has ever had so much love. $60.00. (3) Starting next week, we will offer 1 weekly convention special on TTT = 8 successive weeks. Keep reading. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur@scheur.com ✉ or Kae: (781) 286-1696 ☎ or visit:
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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!


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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

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Phone: (833) 345-8324

About: Commtech USA, a division of Commtech LLC is a Phoenix based national assistive technology company, with locations in Bakersfield CA. We deliver unmatched information technology and assistive technology consultations, training and support. Founded in 2005 as a government vendor fulfilling a vast range of technology needs of federal and state government clients, Commtech USA has expanded to meet the needs of businesses as well as individuals, with office locations across the nation. No issue is too large or too small for our staff, Commtech USA is the on call technology staff you call when you have tried the rest but need the best!

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Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

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Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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