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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Volume 815

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Microsoft Explains The Accessibility Improvements Coming in Windows 11: (9.1% of all clicks.)
https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-accessibility-improvements-windows-11/
B.) iOS 15: Here Are All of the New Accessibility Features Coming to iPhone: (7.3% of all clicks.)
https://9to5mac.com/2021/07/05/ios-15-everything-new-accessibility/
C.) A.T. Guys Releases New Versa Slate Paperless, Erasable Braille Slate and Stylus: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34_55&products_id=358
D.) New APH Partnership with HumanWare Leads to Creation of Dynamic Tactile Device: (4.3% of all clicks.)
https://eyewire.news/articles/new-aph-partnership-with-humanware-leads-to-creation-of-dynamic-tactile-device/
E.) New Wearable With Haptic GPS for The Blind is Now Available: (3.9% of all clicks.)
https://coolblindtech.com/new-wearable-with-haptic-gps-for-the-blind-is-now-available/

2) Game On | 2 New Endorsements | Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory

If you are a blind or visually impaired gamer and you play a game that you would like to tell other blind or visually impaired gamers about, please submit your game to the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory today. And remember, if you come across a game in the Directory that you agree is awesome, please be sure to endorse it by submitting it yourself so that it moves up the list where more people will notice it:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) NV Access Announces The Release of NVDA 2021.1

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2021.1. Full information and download links available at: https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-1/. NVDA 2021.1 includes fixes for languages & for accessing links in Braille. Updates to Unicode CLDR, math & LibLouis, Office, VS & more! Please note add-ons will need to be updated. Please check add-on compatibility for this release at:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/nvdacompat.en.html

4) Free HTML and Markdown Editor

Inclusion Code is a Free And Educational HTML and Markdown editor:
https://inclusioncode.com/download.html

5) Latest JAWS Tips and Tricks

Hartgen Consultancy posts brief how-tos frequently. Among the latest: Using Find in Microsoft Word, Navigating the Outlook Calendar efficiently, and When You Might Want to Turn Off The Virtual Cursor:
http://www.hartgen.org/tips

6) Comprehensive Guide for New VoiceOver Users on the Mac

Here are a couple of free resources:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/comprehensive-guide-new-voiceover-users

7) NVDA 2021.1 Available

Here's one place to read about the list of new features:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-nvda-2021-1/

8) Add-ons and Backwards Incompatible NVDA Releases

NVDA add-ons have needed to be updated to work with this new version. Check this page to see which ones have been updated, and perhaps even enhance your ability to use NVDA by installing a new add-on or two:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/nvdacompat.en.html

9) Apple AirTag vs Samsung SmartTag Plus vs Tile Pro

The Verge helps us decide which locator to buy:
https://www.theverge.com/22570161/apple-airtag-samsung-smarttag-tile-pro-bluetooth-tracker-review-test-comparison

10) Most Powerful OCR Currently Available for iPhone?

These posts from AppleVis might help you decide which app to use:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/most-powerful-ocr-currently-available-iphone

11) Reading with Magnification or OCR

This is the Zoom recording of a webinar from Vision Australia:
https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/rec/play/L0fZdBCjFZN9XxjvDehYp0HFiGZ5wHHUILhWUavMlanfwLb05ZmEIs5z3QsZEJGmOkEPZuqTHLXbsETp.xSG-cPgElwssHype?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=7ZQpFSVyS7u-hmCdrnAUjQ.1626313100905.750bb2c3f2af1cff133e3436b12b2b1d&_x_zm_rhtaid=597

12) Sending Audio Messages: Personalizing Your Messages Through Settings and Voice

This is another of the iPhone 101 series from BlindAbilities:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6811

13) Update From Adi Kushnir of The Elita Group: Information Regarding The Next Generation ElBraille

Adi reports, "I would like to thank everyone who sent feedback and answered my question regarding the next generation ElBraille. This really helped us define an important aspect of the product. We have started working on the next model, and for now, we can say the following: 1. The next generation ElBraille will be a 40 cell device. 2. This device will be a very high performance Windows device, truly equivalent to many high end ultra books, with very powerful specifications and configuration options. 3. This device will run the latest version of Microsoft Windows at the time of release, and will be future proof when it comes to updates. 4. This device will be based on a completely new platform, something that we have not used before, and no one else in this industry does. 5. This device will be a high quality product, taking seriously all the feedback and making sure that there will not be any issues that are present in the current units. 6. An upgrade path will be available for all customers, both for Focus 4th and 5th generation display models. 7. We are aware of the need for a smaller ElBraille, we are looking for the right platform and solutions to make something that will be pleasing. We will update everyone on the possibilities, although it will take a while. Additional information will be provided close to public availability. Thanks for all your feedback and support.

14) Accessible Antivirus for Windows and Android | YouTube Video From Nimer Jaber

Recorded July 8th 2021, Nimer Jaber offers a video on his views of a couple of accessible antivirus programs for Windows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2q8Nj2VCFk

15) For NVDA Users: Code Factory Eloquence / Vocalizer Addon Now Compatible With NVDA 2021.1

NVDA 2021.1 is available as a release candidate with the final build due for release very soon. This update requires that addons which worked with previous NVDA versions be updated in order to maintain compatibility with this new version of NVDA. Code Factory has now updated their addon which contains the Eloquence voices as well as the Vocalizer voices. You can download the new addon from:
https://codefactoryglobal.com/app-store/voices-for-nvda/

16) Do Everything Faster With These Keyboard Tricks

Wanna see me cut and paste a large block of text without formatting? Wanna see me do it again?
https://www.wired.com/story/do-everything-faster-keyboard-shortcuts-tricks-tips/

17) For Users of Leasey: New ACB Media Streams Now Incorporated into Leasey

In time for the convention, all 10 of the ACB Radio Streams are now part of LeaseyRadio. You will find them in the Variety category. Just restart JAWS and within a few seconds they will be there for you. Courtesy of Brian Hartgen.

18) Supersense Presents Live! A Free Virtual Concert | July 15th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT |

Courtesy of https://blindandroidusers.com/ we learn about this free virtual concert sponsored by Supersense:
https://www.supersense.app/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) 17 Companies That Hire Remote Workers And Offer Paid Vacation Perks

FlexJobs wants those looking for a new career to know that the no-vacation normal doesn't have to continue, at least for those working at one of the 17 companies it included in a list of businesses that hire remote and flexible positions and also help foot the bill for travel and time off:
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/17-companies-that-hire-remote-workers-and-offer-paid-vacation-perks/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

2) How To Make Online Information About The Heat More Accessible For The Visually Impaired

https://www.kivitv.com/news/how-to-make-online-information-about-the-heat-more-accessible-for-the-visually-impaired

3) Visually Impaired Student Becomes a Finalist for the 2021 Braille Challenge

Andy Shen of San Luis Obispo has worked for seven years to become a finalist in the national 2021 Braille Challenge. The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America and Canada for students who are blind and visually-impaired. It motivates kids in grades 1 through 12 to hone their braille literacy skills:
https://www.ksby.com/homepage-showcase/local-visually-impaired-student-becomes-a-finalist-for-the-2021-braille-challenge

4) Around Town Visits Hadley

https://wgntv.com/morning-news/around-town/around-town-visits-hadley-institute-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/

5) Inclusive Ale: New Cincinnati Beer Can Features Raised Braille

The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and West Side Brewing have launched a limited-edition Braille Ale:
https://www.wlwt.com/article/inclusive-ale-new-cincinnati-beer-can-features-raised-braille/36969018


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Accessible Pharmacy - Hadley Presents: A Conversation With The Experts

July 9th 2021
Learn about a new service that's just launched in 2020 called Accessible Pharmacy. Accessible packaging and labeling and personalized customer support all free of charge to the end consumer, and specifically designed for those with vision impairment:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/accessible-pharmacy

2) Blind Android Users 31 | Print Baby Print, And A Chat With Shane from Supersense

July 10th 2021 | As we have a large listenership with OnePlus devices we give some news about OnePlus. We demo an app called Mopria Print which supports millions of different printers and will easily let you print over Wi-Fi using your phone. We have a chat with Shane Lowe from Mediate Labs, developers of Supersense. We talk about Supersense. We also talk about ReadBit which is their newest app and will come to android soon. We then demo an app called daily bable:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Mosen At Large 138

July 10th 2021 Why we're going podcast-only, what will and won't Apple's Accessibility Team help you with, and blindness employment discussion:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/e50cf8a4/why-we-re-going-podcast-only-what-will-and-won-t-apple-s-accessibility-team-help-you-with-and-blindness-employment-discussion

4) That Real Blind Tech Show 43 | Demo of HBO Max, Audio Description, and How to Utilize the Apple TV App

July 11th 2021
It's another spectacularly awesome That Real Blind Tech show demo. Brian flying solo as he demos the HBO Max iOS app accessibility along with how to play Audio Description:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-43-demo-of-hbo-max-audio-description-and-how-to-utilize-the-apple-tv-app

5) Eyes on Success 2129 | On the Road Again After Covid

July 14th 2021
Video calls with a 3 and 5 year old just don't cut it. So hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey decided to take their first big road trip after Covid to see the grandkids in person. Hear about their journey from Colorado to Michigan through the cornfields of Nebraska and Iowa, some of the unusual sights they saw along the way, and more:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202129.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Excel and Powerpoint Power Tips: ACB Community Call: Vispero Presentation

Thursday, July 15th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Join Rachel and Liz for Excel and PowerPoint power tips. Sponsored by Vispero. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,88275409010# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 882 7540 9010 | Passcode: 974968:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09

2) Balance: Supports & Tech Training For Blind Adults | The Network of Assistive Technologists (NOAT)

July 16th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT | Join Dr. Deborah Gold, Executive Director of BALANCE for Blind Adults and Doug Poirier, the Assistive Technology Lead at BALANCE. An introduction to BALANCE and their services will be followed by demonstrations and discussions about available tools and training methods for the AT working with those who are blind:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/balance-supports-tech-training-for-blind-adults

3) 2021 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention | Registration Information and Browse Conference and Convention Sessions

July 16th 2021 through July 23rd 2021 Registration is now open. If you wish, you can now browse the seminars, workshops, meetings, programs, and social events that are scheduled before you actually register. Registration will remain open to June 28, 2021, but before you register, there is an important task each of you must undertake if you plan on registering. ACB is moving ever closer to a singular login and password that will apply to all ACB websites and web-based functions. If you intend on registering for the convention this year, please go to https://members.acb.org/ to create your ACB account. Select "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" and complete the profile information requested. You will need to create a new username and password (if you wish, you can use the same username and password you used for past conventions when creating this new account). There is one exception: If you registered for the ACB Holiday Auction in December 2020, you have already created an account and you do not have to do so again. If you have problems or questions regarding this process, please call the Minnesota Finance Office at (612) 332-3242 ☎. You will use this new username and password when you register on or after May 20, 2021. To make sure you receive the most up to date information, subscribe to our convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention+subscribe@acblists.org ✉ or contact Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator at janet.dickelman@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at (651) 428-5059 ☎.
https://acbconvention.org/?p=61

4) Learn About HumanWare's Braille Products From The Braille Institute

July 20th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | To register or make inquiry, email
BrailleChallenge@BrailleInstitute.org

5) Accessibility Features to Consider & Avoid When Developing an Accessible Kiosk | TPGi

July 20th 2021 | 7PM PT, 8PM MT, 9PM CT, 10PM ET, 2AM GMT on 7/21 | In this webinar, the TPGi team will interview Peter Jarvis, Senior Executive Vice President and founding Director of Storm Interface. Peter Jarvis will answer questions about what accessibility features should be considered when developing an accessible kiosk, mistakes to avoid, and at which point in your project you should be thinking about the proper assistive technology components:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-accessibility-feature-consider-developing-accessible-kiosk/

6) Accessibility Features to Consider & Avoid When Developing an Accessible Kiosk from TPGi

July 20th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-accessibility-feature-consider-developing-accessible-kiosk/

7) Reading and Vision Accessibility in Your Pocket from PHP

July 20th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT
https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

8) New Approaches to Web Accessibility Requirements under WCAG3 from ADASoutheast

July 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.adasoutheast.org/eventscalendar.php?eventid=2304

9) ATHEN | Access Technology Higher Education Network Quarterly Meeting

July 28th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Meeting ID: 845 0010 0064 | One tap mobile: +16699006833,,84500100064# US (San Jose) | +12532158782,,84500100064# US (Tacoma) | Meeting ID: 845 0010 0064 | Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbdyAM9fPT Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84500100064

10) Technology User Group Helps You Prepare for the Changes Coming to Your iDevice and Computer

August 14th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On On Saturday, August 14th 2021 the Technology User Group helps you prepare for the changes coming to your iDevice and computer. This September, iOS 15 will be released. Is your phone eligible for the upgrade? What new features can you expect? Is Siri going to have added skills and abilities? Also, we will look at the expected changes to Jaws and Zoomtext as they move toward a new Beta version debuting in October. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you virtually and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
319-527-4994


➜ Surveys


1) Blind and Low-Vision Adults Needed for Survey of User Experiences with Food Delivery Apps

Close Date: July 15th 2021 | Calling all blind and low-vision volunteers age 18 and older. Do you often encounter difficulties when ordering takeout food through food delivery apps and having the food delivered? Would you like to describe your challenges with these apps and food delivery and provide suggestions to improve your experience? Come to tell us about your experience. We are researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology and currently we are conducting a survey to investigate the user experience, challenges, and workarounds of food delivery apps, like UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub by people with low-vision or blindness. In the survey, you will be asked your user experience with food delivery apps, and some questions about your background. The survey will take about 5-10 minutes:
https://rit.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ArN1YFP1HAvMeW

2) 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

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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


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