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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 22, 2021 - Volume 816
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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3) iPhone 101 'Sending Audio Messages: Personalizing Your Messages Through Settings and Voice'This article has been updated, and is part of this ever-growing basic instructional series:
4) Untangling the Terminal: How to Master the MacOS Command LineCourtesy of MacWorld:
5) Clubhouse No Longer Invite-OnlyAnybody can join, though there's still a long waiting list:
6) Clubhouse on iOS for BeginnersThis is an AppleVis podcast:
7) Keyboard Shortcuts in OfficeThis appears to be a very comprehensive listing from Microsoft:
8) Sunrise WaterfallThis is a free website builder, Wordpress blog builder, documentation builder, and FTP client:
9) Screen Reading in 2021What makes a screen reader stand out in 2021? AMI welcomes Vispero, the company behind JAWS, to talk about screen readers and their place in the modern workplace and home:
10) Game On | 1 New Endorsement | Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game DirectoryIf 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:
11) Microsoft Announces Windows 365, A Cloud OS You Can StreamMicrosoft brings Windows to the cloud for streaming to any device:
12) Freedom Scientific Announces End of Installation on Windows 7, 8.x, and Windows Server Prior to 2016On July 20th 2021 Freedom Scientific announced changes starting with the 2022 software releases, coming in the Q4 of 2021. The 2022 versions of JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion will no longer be compatible with older versions of Windows and will therefore be blocked from installing. Support of these older Operating Systems has already been dropped by Microsoft over the past few years. Customers purchasing Freedom Scientific Software at version 2022 or higher, will still be able to use their license on these older operating systems, however they will be instructed to download and use earlier software versions of JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion:
13) How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in GmailCourtesy of MakeTechEasier:
14) Windows 11: Four New Keyboard Shortcuts You Must LearnIf you are already using Windows 11, these are the new shortcuts you need to learn:
15) How to Order Groceries with Amazon AlexaA handy use for your digital assistant:
16) Blind Accessibility Tips WebsiteThis site contains tutorials on the use of Windows 10 and Microsoft Word along with accessing the Internet. It also offers downloadable tutorials in text and audio format. They also have a Youtube Channel containing some tutorials:
17) Quick Tip: How to More Easily Access ACB Media Streams On An Alexa Device | From David GoldfieldNormally, if you want to play streams from ACB Media on an Alexa device you first need to open the ACB Media skill. Think of a skill being similar to an app on your smart phone or tablet. Because the name of the skill is ACB Media you would normally say, "Open ACB Media." Alexa will verify that the ACB Media skill has been opened and will then ask you to choose a stream from 1 through 10. Once you specify a stream number, such as ACB Media 2, the stream starts. However, once you stop the stream you have to go through the same process all over again to play an ACB Media stream. There is a way to slightly speed up this process. You can just ask Alexa to ask ACB Media to play a specific stream. For example, you could say, "ask ACB Media to play ACB Media 3." You can shorten this even further by just asking for the number, such as "ask ACB Media to play 4." I hope this helps. Happy streaming.
18) Twitter Rolls Out Auto Ccaptions for Voice Tweets After Accessibility BacklashOn July 15th 2021 Twitter turned on automated captions for voice tweets on iOS following criticism that the feature, which debuted last year, wasn't accessible to people with disabilities:
19) How To Pair Your Android Phone to A PC Using "Your Phone" App on Windows 10 or Windows 11This YouTube video comes to us from Blind Android Users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Brg2H3ND1A&t=20s
20) For NVDA Users: New Addon From Joseph Lee For Developers and Power Users: Introducing Event Tracker, An Add-On To Track and Record Information on EventsAn event is raised when things happen, such as typing characters, moving system focus, and when notifications are announced. Event Tracker will track these events and will log information such as the control where the event came from, its name and role, app module, and information specific to accessibility API's such as MSAA properties. As this is an add-on designed for developers and power users, it is not really recommended for beginners, and in order to use the add-on, you must be running NVDA in debug logging mode:
21) Announcing Sight Tech Global 2021Shortly after the first Sight Tech Global event, in December last year, Apple and Microsoft announced remarkable new features for mobile phones. Anyone could point the phone camera at a scene and request a "scene description." In a flash, a cloud-based, computer vision AI determined what was in the scene and a machine-voice read the information. Learning that "a room contains three chairs and a table" might not seem like a big advance for the sighted, but for blind or visually impaired people, the new feature was a notable milestone for accessibility technology: An affordable, portable and nearly universal device could now "see" on behalf of just about anyone. Technologies like scene description will be on the agenda at the second annual Sight Tech Global event, December 1-2, 2021. The free, sponsor-supported, virtual and global event will convene many of the world's top technologists, researchers, advocates and founders to discuss how rapid advances in technology, many centered on AI, are altering — both improving and complicating — accessibility for people with sight loss. Register today — it's free.
22) NV Access In-Process July 16th 2021The big news this week is the release of NVDA 2021.1:
23) Youtube Video: How to Use Microsoft Access With NVDA: Part 1User Thee Quinn has uploaded the first in a series of videos discussing using Microsoft Access with the NVDA screen reader:
24) Reports of Orbit Reader 20 Freezing After Performing Latest Firmware UpgradeOrbit Research has acknowledged receiving some complaints regarding the Orbit Reader 20 Plus freezing after performing the firmware upgrade with the latest release. They are currently investigating the issue. Meanwhile, they are recommending not to upgrade with this release. If you have experienced this, please call them at (888) 606-7248 ☎ or email them at email@example.com ✉ and they will work with you to restore functionality. They will be posting another release with the fix in a day or two. They offer their sincerest apologies for the inconvenience.
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) Digital Accessibility Career Training Breaks Down Barriers to Employment for Persons with DisabilitiesTo empower the next generation of digital accessibility professionals who are blind or visually impaired, the Carroll Center for the Blind has launched the first-of-its-kind Screen Reader User Tester Training Program that will train adults seeking employment to professionally explore, test, and report about the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files. The program also aims to help lower the 70% unemployment rate for people with vision impairments by advancing opportunities for persons with disabilities to achieve independence through employment:
2) A Non-Driver's Critique Of CarPlay Shows Accessible Infotainment Systems Help More Than The DriverAs a legally Blind person, Apple's CarPlay has long been one of those offerings from the company that literally is not for me. My low vision precludes me from obtaining a driver's license and, by extension, a car — so what good would CarPlay do me if I can't drive a car with which to use it? I had a similar feeling toward Apple TV for many years. I've only had high-definition televisions at home in the last three years; before then, there was little reason to get excited about (let alone cover) the streaming box and tvOS since I didn't have a TV that could take full advantage of its capabilities:
3) Colorado First in Nation to Require Web Accessibility for GovernmentNew state law makes it easier for people with disabilities to sue state and local agencies for discrimination:
4) Wheel the World Launches New Website Featuring Industry-First Accessibility Mapping System for Travelers with DisabilitiesUsing Wheel the World's mobile app, a network of "mappers" around the world collect and submit information on more than 200 data points to inform site listings for accommodations, tours, attractions and activities:
5) A Gadget Helping The Visually Impaired | Video By BloombergBloomberg's Tech Editor Nate Lanxon always introduces us to the latest gadgets, but this one in particular is a gamechanger. We meet the founder and the tech helping the visually impaired community get around independently and safely:
6) Benefits of Accessible Games for Older People with Sight LossWe play games because they're fun! Though of course there are a host of other benefits you might not have considered. From our earliest days, engaging in play enables our brains make new connections. Our bodies learn how to move in different ways, we respond emotionally and our imagination sparks:
7) How Arturia Made Its Music-Making Software More Accessible. And Where It Can ImproveWhen visually impaired music producer Jason Dasent decided to buy a collection of instrument plugins from Arturia about four years ago, he did so despite his suspicion that the company's tools wouldn't be accessible. He was right. "At that point I couldn't browse and use the software," he said. "I pretty much couldn't do anything." He had spent some $500 on Arturia's V Collection 5, a set of virtual instruments that included recreations of some vintage synths he wanted to use. It was cheaper than spending hundreds of thousands on actual synths, he told himself:
8) Overdue: FCC Needs to Upgrade Video Relay Services for Deaf CommunityThe FCC makes a decision on compensation for Video Relay Service (VRS) providers soon. The deadline for comments was July 15, 2021. If VRS providers don't receive adequate compensation, communications access for the deaf and hard of hearing community suffers:
9) Five Ways For Firms to Reach Customers With DisabilitiesIncreasingly for businesses, factoring in the needs of disabled customers from the start is becoming a crucial part of product development. Yet this huge market - the so-called "Purple pound" - remains largely untapped as many firms are failing to successfully adapt for customers with disabilities:
10) Return to the Workplace Highlights Accessibility Concerns for Disabled EmployeesAs COVID-19 restrictions loosen and the country settles into a new normal, disability advocates have mixed feelings about the future of the workplace and public health in the U.S:
11) Call of Duty: Warzone Season Four Reloaded Accessibility ImprovementsThe following new features focus on three primary areas of accessibility: Hard of Hearing, Blind/Low-Vision, and Cognitive Overload:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) That Real Blind Tech Show 44 | NFB 21 Recap: Be all You Can BeJuly 16th 2021
We start off discussing the Linuk Foundations launching an open voice network to build an industry wide standard. Leakers are reporting that Lidar will only be available on the iPhone Pro 13 models. Will that affect your decision?
2) Blind Android Users 32 | Audio Book Players And Shining the Light on BRLTTY With Dave MielkeJuly 17th 2021 | In this episode we talk about audio book apps, then for our in-focus section, we have the developer of BRLTTY, Dave Mielke. In the next segment in commentary screen reader, we see how to create functions to auto play messages in WhatsApp. This week, Karene Kiwan demonstrates the popular ACR Phone Dialler. Our Android Journey story this week comes from Roselina Squeo:
3) Mosen At Large 139July 17th 2021 The great tech conference with an ableist name, blindness tech support from Microsoft and Apple, scribe for meetings demo and blind ghetto products:
4) Eyes on Success 2130 | Creating Solutions to Solve ProblemsJuly 21st 2021
Doug Lee has been blind his entire life. In addition to writing JAWS scripts for Level Access, a firm that develops access solutions for other companies, Doug also freely shares many scripts and tools he has developed to improve access to commonly used programs. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Doug about his life and the tools he shares:
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1) Word, PowerPoint and PDF AccessibilityJuly 27th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | The National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility offers this 90-minute workshop:
2) New Approaches to Web Accessibility Requirements under WCAG3 from ADASoutheastJuly 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
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4) Mac by the Bit (Session 3): Simple Basic NavigationJuly 29th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on July 30th 2021 | Note: Because of the ACB convention, this is the 5th Thursday instead of the 4th as usually scheduled. Mac by the Bit, Session 3 will start with some Basic navigation procedures. Keystrokes, quick nav on and off, and even some familiar gestures, if you use an iPhone that is. Showing you the built in tutorial, users guide, and how to find help on the fly. Time permitting, we may explore an app. Come with your questions ready, and to continue on this journey of learning the Mac from the ground up, Bit by Bit. This next installment of Mac by the Bit is, Thursday July 29th 2021 at 8:00PM EST, 7:00PM EST, 6:00PM MST, and 5:00PM PST. To join at the Scheduled time click here:
5) In-Depth Look Into BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download) By Scott Meneely, Reader Advisor at Library of Accessible Media for PennsylvaniansJuly 29th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Come join us for an in-depth look into BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download). From start to finish, Scott Meneely (reader advisor at Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians) will explain, demonstrate and answer questions. Please register here. An event specific zoom link will be emailed out the evening of Wednesday, July 28. While we will leave the registration form open until 10:30AM EDT the day of the event, we will try to email the link as soon as possible, but cannot guarantee delivery:
6) VPAT® 101: Introduction to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template - TPGiAugust 4th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a great way to document your product's accessibility, but many companies are unaware of their existence and how to use them. Join Accessibility Engineers Brian Elton and Mitchell Evan from TPGi for answers to questions such as: What information is contained in a VPAT? Is a VPAT just for websites? Is every organization required to have one? How can a company secure a VPAT? Is it better to create it in-house or get a third party involved?
7) Introduction to Audio Description from 3Play MediaAugust 12th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | This webinar will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio description, and benefits of audio description outside of accessibility:
8) Technology User Group Helps You Prepare for the Changes Coming to Your iDevice and ComputerAugust 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:
9) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
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