Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 16, 2021 - Volume 837
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last WeekA.) Audible Launches 100 Audiobooks For Free On Alexa: Here's How To Access: (9.8% of all clicks.)
B.) JAWS Power Tip: Reversing Last Setting: (6.4% of all clicks.)
C.) Apple Still Hasn't Fixed Siri Issue That Nixed Call, Email, and Voicemail Features Used by Low Vision and Blind Users [Updated]: (5.8% of all clicks.)
D.) Live Text, New In iOS 15 Is Amazing, But It Took Us 45 Years Of Technical Advancements To Get There: (5.6% of all clicks.)
E.) Best Apps For Hearing Loss: (5.3% of all clicks.)
2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Aboard Double Tap TV | No More Sponsorship Packages Currently AvailablePlease join all of us here at Tidbits in welcoming aboard Double Tap TV, who has so very graciously agreed to support the ongoing distribution of Top Tech Tidbits by becoming a sponsor. If you look forward to Tidbits every week, it is sponsors like Double Tap TV that make it possible. Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services:
3) Critical Log4J Vulnerability Leaves Much of the Internet at RiskThe Apache Software Foundation has released fixes to contain an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability affecting the widely-used Apache Log4j Java-based logging library that could be weaponized to execute malicious code and allow a complete takeover of vulnerable systems:
4) JAWS Power Tip: Copy Speech History to the ClipboardCourtesy of Freedom Scientific:
5) How to Use Alexa to Get Help in an EmergencyFind out more about the Emergency Contact feature and how to get it set up:
6) Guide to Beginning on Twitch as a Blind StreamerWhether you want to stream yourself playing video games, arts and crafts, or just chatting, compared to YouTube gaming, Twitch is currently the best place for a blind person to begin. Knowing what software to use is critical, but can also be intimidating to learn because of the wide spectrum of inaccessible products in the industry. Fortunately for you, I've been streaming content for a few years now and I want to pass on what I've learned. No matter if you have a gaming PC or just a console, this guide will provide solutions to make your stream more accessible. In this article you'll learn how to use OBS with a screen reader, how to use Stream Elements or Firebot to control your stream, and tips to improve your streaming experience:
7) NVDA 2021.3.1 RC1 Now AvailableThis version comes with 2 fixes: Braille display auto detection for Humanware & APH displays and Landmark is again abbreviated in braille. If no issues are found, this will be identical to the final NVDA 2021.3.1 release. Full info & download from:
8) Navigating Your Browser Faster and More Efficiently with NVDA Single Letter Navigation | YouTube - Thee QuinnLearn the different ways you can use NVDA single letter navigation to navigate your webpage even faster than persons who are sighted:
9) Niagara-Made Audio Game Nominated for Accessibility Game AwardA made-in-Niagara video game has been nominated for a Game Award in the category of innovation in accessibility. The Vale: Shadow of the Crown was created by Niagara's Falling Squirrel, an independent game studio. Dave Evans, founder of Falling Squirrel and creative director of the game, said they started making it five years ago:
10) Bookshare Reader for Amazon Alexa Beta | Setting Up The Bookshare SkillStep-by-step instructions for installing the Beta skill on the Alexa app, linking the skill to your Bookshare account and getting audiobooks for Alexa to read:
11) Sight Tech Global 2021 Highlights and YouTube ChannelThere were many presentations worth highlighting from Sight Tech Global 2021. Recordings of breakout sessions will be posted soon. Videos of main stage sessions are now available on the Sight Tech Global agenda page at:
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12) Your Feedback Is Important To Us At GoogleGoogle is looking for participant's who use assistive technology to participate in user research. Google says most participants will get a small thank you gift:
13) PlayStation and AccessibilitySony has a new website dedicated to its PlayStation's accessibility features. Some games are also covered:
14) Can I Play That? Accessibility Awards 2021 - The WinnersCan I Play That has announced their 2021 accessibility awards winners:
15) Introducing Bookshare Reader (Beta) for Smart SpeakersYou can now listen to Bookshare books using Amazon Alexa with Bookshare Reader. Bookshare Reader is currently in beta release and only available for Bookshare Individual Members at this time. Future releases will provide access to students and educators on school organizational accounts:
16) For Low-Vision People Like Me, Autonomous Driving Could Change EverythingA thought provoking piece on autonomous driving from a blindness and low vision perspective:
17) Facetime Client App 'Navi' Adds Subtitles And Live Translations Through SharePlayWith Apple releasing macOS 12.1 with SharePlay support, developer Jordi Bruin launched Navi, a universal app that helps people with hearing impairment and other disabilities to easily engage in a FaceTime call using subtitles and live translations:
18) Israeli Company Says Novel AI Device Could Help Prevent Adult BlindnessA Modi'in Illit-based start-up has recently unveiled what they say is the world's first AI-based contactless intraocular pressure (IOP) measuring device that allows individuals with glaucoma to measure their eye pressure anytime and anywhere and communicate the results to their doctor:
19) The Ultimate Guide To Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows 11Navigating Windows 11 can be a whole lot faster with keyboard commands. This guide provides a great overview:
20) Twitter Is Rolling Out Automatic Captions For VideosTwitter receives a much needed accessibility enhancement with automatic captions for videos being rolled out for most languages:
21) Apple Releases iOS 15.2 With Communication Safety In Messages, Macro Photo Control, App Privacy Reports, And MoreApple releases a software update for iPhone and iPad users with significant new features. Plus, Siri's call history and voicemail functionality are finally restored:
22) How To Easily Insert Images, Tables, Charts, And More Into Google DocsGoogle Docs has added an "@" menu that makes it easier than ever to add content to your documents:
23) WatchOS 8.3 Release Candidate Expands AssistiveTouch To Older Apple Watch ModelsThe WatchOS 8.3 update is set to bring AssistiveTouch features to older Apple Watch models, including the 4 and 5:
24) Samsung Bixby Is Available for Windows: What You Need to KnowGoogle Assistant and Amazon's Alexa are the biggest names in the virtual assistant market, but Samsung's Bixby has proven to be a good contender. Now, it will become more accessible with its release on the Microsoft Store:
25) The 13 Best Windows 11 Tips and Tricks That Everybody Should KnowWindows 11 comes with a ton of changes. A new UI, Android app compatibility, improved resources management, and so much more are all packed into Microsoft's new operating system. However, it is still the same OS underneath, and that's a good thing:
26) Windows 11 Voice Access Will Let You Control A PC By Talking To It, Available Now In PreviewMicrosoft has been including speech recognition software in Windows for years, but historically it's been designed as an accessibility setting that allows you to input text by talking instead of typing. Soon you'll also be able to launch and switch between apps, browse the web, and generally control your computer by voice thanks to a new Voice Access feature coming to Windows 11. A pre-release version of the feature is rolling out now to members of the Windows Insider program on the Windows 11 dev channel:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) First-Of-Its-Kind Box Uses Braille To Make Finding Your Favourite Chocolate Accessible To The Blind CommunityThe Holiday Braille Box is an accessible box of Purdys chocolates designed specifically for, and with consultation from, the blind and partially sighted community:
2) 12 of the Best Job Search Sites for Remote WorkIf the pandemic taught us anything about the workforce, it's that working remotely is not the horrible scenario most employers fear. While COVID-19 forced many companies to quickly change their tune on remote work, the reality is that momentum was already starting to swing in that direction, and there is no shortage of companies looking for new team members. The only question is how do you locate these coveted work-from-home roles. Keep reading to find some of the best job search sites for remote work:
3) Bringing Accessible Tourism to the WorldProfessor Yaniv Poria's recent master's degree course is giving future travel industry leaders the tools to improve travel and recreational experiences for people with a wide range of disabilities:
4) Streaming Subtitles Should Not Be This Tricky to ReadAs a visually impaired cinephile, my nemesis is a white subtitle with no drop shadow, sheared of an outline — the words onscreen blend into the background too easily. There have been countless times when I was watching a film at Angelika Film Center or Lincoln Center and had to give up on reading the dialogue text altogether. No understanding of the plot, just vibes:
5) A 17-Year-Old Created A Free App That Makes Disney+ Films More Accessible For Deaf ChildrenSubtitles and closed captions make it possible for deaf people to enjoy films and television shows — but what about little kids who can't read yet, or whose reading isn't fast enough to keep up with the captions? How does a deaf child fully appreciate a children's movie if they can't understand what any of the characters are saying and can't read the captions?
6) Smart Cane Offering Mobility for Visually ImpairedResearchers have open-sourced their technology, which will allow developers to build smart canes at home using their own parts:
7) Art Exhibit For The Blind Allows People To See With Their HandsA museum in Casselberry is breaking a long-held rule at most museums; NO TOUCHING:
8) This Conference Puts Accessibility in Gaming Front and Center | WiredThe Game Accessibility Conference brings developers, advocates, and government officials together to imagine and work toward a more inclusive games industry:
9) Legally Blind Canadian Using Electronic Glasses To Develop More Accessible Apps39-year-old Jaclyn Pope of Oshawa, Ontario wants to make the kinds of apps for others that have been lacking in her own life:
10) Why Cannabis Companies Should Care About Their Online AccessibilityCannabis companies should understand that selling goods on a website that is not broadly accessible is an invitation to be sued:
11) Smart Tech Aims To Improve Transit Accessibility For The Visually ImpairedTransit data firm Moovit and UK startup WeWALK have partnered on technology that will offer transit navigation and scheduling information to visually impaired riders through WeWALK's electronic cane:
12) 4 Inclusive Beauty Brands That Are Catering To Those Who Are Differently AbledThe beauty industry isn't a very inclusive space. For the longest time there were no foundations catering to very dark skin or extremely fair skin tones. Imagery for brands was mainly Euro-centric and natural hair texture was not even featured in campaigns. However, some brands are switching things up to cater to those who are differently abled and visually impaired. Let's take a look at some of them:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Blind Android Users 53 | It's time to Eat!December 11th 2021 | This week, as the festive season is nearing its climax, we demo food ordering apps on Android. We demo Deliveroo and Just Eat, and the UK grocery shopping app Tesco. In our talkback highlights we show how to explore notifications, quick setting and customise on screen and physical keyboards. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
2) Mosen At Large 161December 1th 2021 Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon, more on mainstream vs blindness tech, and a new book designed to give hope to newly blind people and their families.
3) Hadley Presents Using Workout Equipment at HomeDecember 12th 2021
Working on your health and fitness always makes sense — but sometimes, going to the gym doesn't. Luckily, there's plenty you can do to build your strength and stay in shape at home — so working out doesn't have to mean going out:
4) Eyes on Success 2151 The Intracortical Visual Prosthesis ProjectDecember 15th 2021
The goal of the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP) project is to develop a device and system that will compensate for blindness by directly stimulating the visual centers within the brain. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with principal investigators Philip Troyk and Frank Lane about how the system works and their search for research volunteers:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) Accessible Pharmacy Virtual Workshop by Florida Outreach Center For The BlindDecember 16th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Come join The Florida Outreach Center For The Blind for our next virtual workshop. This months workshop will be with Accessible Pharmacy. This exciting presentation will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET. In addition a door prize of a $25.00 gift card will be given out to one lucky winner! Below you will find information about our presenters along with the Zoom information. We look forward to having you join us for this informative and innovative event! Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind is a comprehensive, home delivery pharmacy service specializing in the needs of the blind and low vision community. They are the only provider of its kind and the largest blind-owned healthcare company in the United States. We will be joined by one of the co-founders of the company, Andy Burstein. Web: https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/. Phone: (215) 799-9900 ☎. If you want to use the one-touch method, you can use: +13126266799, 5616420005#. If you wish to call in directly please call: +1 312 626 6799. You will then have to enter the following meeting ID number: 561 642 0005. Join with the following link:
2) Eyedaptic - Enhancing Vision to Revitalize Life | Free Training Webinars by VisperoDecember 16th 2021 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Mike Wood and Brian Schleiger, Eyedaptic Sales Manager, on Thursday, December 16, 2021, for an introduction to the Eyedaptic EYE3 glasses for AMD and other retinal disorders. The EYE3 glasses are fully self-contained Augmented Reality glasses that simulate natural vision and optimizes the user's functional peripheral vision. These state-of-the-art glasses can revitalize a user's quality of life. They are customized and adapt to users' needs as their vision changes. Key Features: Autonomous user interface with multiple viewing modes including auto-zoom and automatic image stabilization. Contrast modes plus Britext edge enhancement. Hot swappable batteries for extended run time. Magnification up to 10x. Patented Hybrid See Through system. Light weight and more comfortable than the EYE2. Register for this webinar to learn more about the Eyedaptic EYE3:
3) BlindShell Cell Phone DemonstrationDecember 18th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern the Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of SC will have representatives from Matapo to give us a demonstration on the BlindShell cell phone! This presentation will take place on the Federation Zoom platform. | Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York). Join at:
4) Shopping With JAWS and Windows | Access IngenuityDecember 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's the holidays! You might still be looking for a last-minute gift. Perhaps you just want to know how a competent screen reader user would search for specific items. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they use many of the web browsing tips previously introduced to go shopping on a PC using JAWS. | Meeting ID: 832 9367 4055 | Passcode: 291237 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83293674055#,,,,*291237# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
5) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
6) Axe-Con 2022March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for Axe-Con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
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➜ New Spring Session of Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
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