Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 30, 2021 - Volume 839
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last WeekA.) 10 Amazing Apple iPhone Accessibility Tips You Might Not Be Aware Of: (13.6% of all clicks.)
B.) With iOS 15.2 Siri Is Back As Always: Voice Commands For The Visually Impaired Have Been Reinstated: (11.9% of all clicks.)
C.) 4 Common Ways Companies Alienate People with Disabilities: (4.6% of all clicks.)
D.) The 7 Best Text-to-Speech Chrome Extensions: (3.8% of all clicks.)
E.) The Next Wave of Log4J Attacks Will Be Brutal | Wired: (3.6% of all clicks.)
2) Hey AlexaA) Guess the prices of every day (or not quite every day) items from Amazon.com. Earn extra points by playing classic mini games like Plinko, Showcase Showdown, and more. Just say, "Alexa, open the Price is Right."
B) From sleep timers and alarms, to reminders, and calendar management, Alexa can take care of the details so you can focus on the holidays. Just say, "Alexa, remind me to take the dog out before bed."
C) To keep you organized and your dishes ready on time, Alexa can help you with multiple cooking timers at once. Just say, "Alexa, set a rib roast timer for 20 minutes."
D) Link your phone and ask Alexa to call it when it's misplaced. Just say, "Alexa, find my phone."
3) JAWS Power Tip: Setting a PlaceMarker on a WebpageCourtesy of Freedom Scientific:
4) Positive Experiences Using The AIRA App by David GoldfieldDavid Goldfield outlines his recent experience using AIRA to fill out information for his COVID-19 Booster Shot on the Rite Aid website:
5) AccessiBe Breaks Accessibility of The Focus on The Family Online Shop by David GoldfieldDavid Goldfield outlines his recent experience with AccessiBe and The Focus on The Family Online Shop. His email to them, and their response:
6) Announcing Accessibility Enhancements In The Libby AppBetter screen reader support on mobile and variable audio book narration speed are among some of the improvements. This will make accessing public library content more accessible:
7) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2112.24 (December 2021)Jaws gets a clock on braille displays and a notification about sound splitting in Zoom and Teams and some other enhancements in the latest update. Read about it and download the update at:
8) Microsoft UK Accessibility ChampionsHere is a collection of videos from Microsoft with a focus on making Teams meetings more accessible:
9) How to Use Your Smart Speakers as a Home Theater Sound SystemAnd if you are not talking to your speakers anymore, here is how you can set them up as a home theater for your television:
10) 15 Best Apps Released In 2021 To Download On Your New Android PhoneAndroid Police recommend their top 15 Apps of 2021 for your Shiny new Android phone:
11) Accurate Mac Speech Recognition Is All About The MicAccurate speech recognition is all about a quality mic. Colin Hughes, an ex-BBC producer who relies on voice control for Mac and PC, offers his favorite microphone options for great results:
12) How To Enable, Disable, And Create Custom High Contrast Themes On Windows 10 And Windows 11High contrast color schemes are different to light and dark mode and may make your screen easier to see. Learn how to customize them, and easily turn them on and off in Windows 10 and 11:
13) iOS 15 Settings You Should Change On Your iPhone 13 Right NowCustomize your iOS 15 experience with these must-know settings:
14) 8 Google Product Advancements Launched in 2021 That You May Have OverlookedThis article outlines eight valuable advancements that came to Google products in 2021 that you may not be aware of:
15) Hear Conversations Better with Pixel's Updated Sound AmplifierThe Sound Amplifier accessibility feature is available on Pixel 3 and above. This may be just what you need to hear conversations more clearly in noisy environments:
16) How To Zoom the Display in AndroidAndroid makes it easy to magnify anything on the screen. Find out how to use this popular accessibility feature to enhance visibility:
17) Google Shares 'Getting To Know Your Pixel' ASL Guide | VideoGoogle posts a Getting to Know Your Pixel video with American Sign Language (ASL). Although aimed at the Pixel range, most features discussed are available on current Android smartphones:
18) Hadley Presents: Ask the Experts | Alexa: Lists and Remindershttps://hadley.edu/workshops/alexa-series/alexa-lists-and-reminders
19) Hands-on with Microsoft's Brilliantly Simple Surface Adaptive KitAccessibility in tech has never been more critical, and Microsoft is taking the lead with its $15 kit:
20) Did You Know Gmail Has Dozens Of Handy Keyboard Shortcuts?https://www.ricksdailytips.com/gmail-keyboard-shortcuts/
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) Accessibility Awareness Is On The Rise, But Is It Turning Into Action?This article is a good summary of the state of digital accessibility. The accessibility of free versus paid apps on mobile devices was particularly interesting. It also demonstrates a good thought; it is more than product development teams that need accessibility support and training:
2) How To Set Up That New Windows 11 Laptop You Received This HolidayPlease note that this walk through is not accessibility specific. Did you get a new Windows 11 laptop? Here are the best tips to set it up:
3) Why Are Fewer People Chatting With Alexa?Here is a thought-provoking article discussing the lack of discovery for smart speaker abilities and the transition to smart displays:
4) LastPass Says No Passwords Were Compromised Following Reports Of Unauthorized LoginsThis accessible password manager had a security scare this week, but it claims that no passwords were stolen. All the same, turning on multi-factor authentication and even changing your master password are good advice:
5) San Francisco Lighthouse For The Blind Sues AudioEye's Customer For Web Accessibility IssuesADP, the human resources management software and resources giant, was sued for consistent failures in AudioEye services and products for blind people, despite working with them for a long time for website remediation:
6) Why New York City May Soon Be More Walkable for Blind PeopleA federal judge ordered New York City to install more than 9,000 accessible pedestrian signals at city crosswalks:
7) Best Windows Laptops With Full Number Pads 2021Whether it's for data entry, accounting, or just entering numbers and calculations with precision and speed, there are plenty of reasons to have a number pad on a laptop. Even though laptops are getting smaller, you can still purchase several excellent Windows laptops with full number pads. Every one of these devices has a full number pad, and each is one of the best Windows laptop picks in the category:
8) Best Of 2021: How Accessible Are Zelda, Pokémon And Animal Crossing For Blind Gamers?Top Nintendo Switch games evaluated for players with vision loss:
9) TPGi 2021 Recap: New Products, Feature Releases, And ServicesAs we head in 2022, we'd like to take a minute to reflect on how TPGi has changed over the course of 2021 and what we've been able to create. But first, we'd like to thank everyone on the TPGi team: accessibility engineers, product developers, project managers — we couldn't have done it without you! Here are some of the highlights from 2021:
10) Canadian Company Builds A Better Box Of Chocolates Using BrailleA move by a Canadian chocolate maker to produce packaging for blind and partially sighted people is one of several campaigns this year by companies trying to make their products more accessible to people with disabilities (PWD):
11) I'm Blind But Technology Helps Me AnimateElodie Bateson has been blind since birth. But the 11-year-old from Limavady has become an expert at making short animated movies:
12) Clovernook Changing the Landscape for the Visually Impaired One Card at a TimeClovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is embarking on a collaboration with TriHealth to create accessible business cards for more than 11,000 health care professionals. It means that anyone who is blind or low vision will be able to easily access the information on a card that sighted people take for granted:
13) Visually Impaired Photographer Composes Shots Using Sounds and TouchEsaraa Ismail is visually impaired but hasn't let that stop her from taking up photography. Instead of relying on her eye, she uses her senses of hearing and touch to guide her throughout the image-taking process:
14) Hy-Vee Pharmacies Now Offer Talking Prescription Labels in 26 LanguagesHy-Vee, Inc. announces that talking prescription labels are now available in 26 languages to visually and print-impaired patients at Hy-Vee's more than 275 Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations:
15) Talking Labels Aid the Blind with PrescriptionsMistakes can have life-threatening consequences. The challenge is exacerbated for folks who don't see well or have a severe visual impairment though some blind people have learned to figure out which pill is which by feeling its shape or texture:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Blind Android Users 55 | Christmas Special, Restore Your Pixel to Factory Using Online Flash ToolDecember 25th 2021 | In this Christmas special episode we first show you how to opt your Pixel out of Android Beta Testing Program. We then show you, how to flash your pixel devices back to factory image of Android or what to do if your supported pixel device suddenly stops receiving monthly updates. We then show you a social network app Datchat. In our talkback highlights we show you some of the custem jestures in details. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
2) Eyes on Success 2153 Behind the Scenes at Eyes On SuccessDecember 29th 2021
There are many steps that go into hosting and producing a successful podcast. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey walk listeners through the process that they follow in putting each episode of Eyes On Success together. From deciding on topics and people to interview through the distribution of episodes to listeners around the world, you'll hear it all. Join us next year as we begin our 12th year of hosting and producing the show:
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1) World Braille Day 2022 | Braillists Foundations World Braille Day 2022 Celebratory EventJanuary 4th 2022 | 11:30 AM PT, 12:P30 PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 7:30 PM GMT | Please join us for a special panel event to celebrate the fourth occurrence of this internationally recognised day where we'll be focusing on Braille's usage around the world. To help us out, we're delighted to announce that we'll be joined by a panel of distinguished Braille practitioners and thought leaders who will be providing a truly international and diverse perspective on topics such as Braille learning & uptake, challenges, what we need to do to increase adoption moving forwards and much, much more. If you are struggling to complete the form, please email email@example.com and one of the team will assist you. Register at:
2) Assistive Technology for Blind Individuals Overview: Screen Readers | Access IngenuityJanuary 5th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | It is not uncommon for individuals to associate a screen reader with the wrong operating system. In some cases, some do not even know a screen reader exists for a specific device. Join Zhi Huang, Mark Schafer, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity as they provide an overview of the different screen readers. Learning Outcomes: Provide an overview of the different screen readers for various operating systems. Explain the different devices the screen readers and operating systems support. Briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different combinations of a screen reader with an operating system. | Meeting ID: 861 2992 0015 | Passcode: 693640 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86129920015#,,,,*693640# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
3) A Tour of Microsoft Outlook | Sight And Sound TechnologyJanuary 5th 2022 | 6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT | We're kicking off January by delving into one of the most popular applications in the Microsoft Office suite. Outlook is an Information management system, used for processing mail, calendar appointments, tasks, notes, contacts and so much more. It is used everywhere and, you won't be surprised to know that it has lots of keyboard shortcuts. Join us for our first Webinar Wednesday of 2022 when Sight and Sound Technology's Sharon Lyons takes us on a tour of Microsoft Outlook and shares some top tips for success with this application. Register here:
4) Remote Tools: Zoom Remote Control vs. JAWS Tandem | Access IngenuityJanuary 12th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although many have been using remote tools to connect with each other recently, there are still individuals who have questions about using remote tools with assistive technology. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to compare the Zoom Meetings Remote Control tool versus the JAWS Tandem feature. Learning Outcomes: Explain the requirements of both tools. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom Remote Control versus JAWS Tandem. Provide a demonstration of both features. | Meeting ID: 820 1996 4784 | Passcode: 251037 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82019964784#,,,,*251037# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
5) Low Vision Basics - The Importance of Lighting, Eye Protection, and Magnification | Freedom ScientificJanuary 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Bill Kilroy, Ana Tello, Mike Wood, and Michelle Williams on Thursday, January 13, 2022, as they discuss some of the basics, such as lighting, eye protection, and magnification, to help with low vision. Objectives 1. Learn why different temperatures of lighting can be important. 2. Discover the differences between optical and video magnifiers.3. Determine why filtered lenses can help protect your eyes. Summary. Lighting: Proper lighting is essential to everyone, not only those who are visually impaired. Our wide range of lighting solutions significantly impacts daily living activities, like reading, writing, and crafts. Eye Protection: Our Improvision PROSHIELD filter lenses offer protection against harmful UV light while improving contrast and reducing glare. They selectively filter out the blue light while maintaining all other spectral colors. They are designed for indoor and outdoor use and are available in two frame styles and multiple color lenses. Each is also available with added 60% tint. Optical Magnification: We offer a wide array of magnifiers with different LED light options (natural, neutral, and cool white). Be it the good, the better, or the best series, all of them are made in Germany by our partner, SCHWEIZER, and feature premium optical lenses. We also offer the world's only magnifier series with wireless charging, eliminating the need to replace batteries. Video Magnification: We'll wrap up this webinar discussing our most popular handheld and foldable video magnifiers for active seniors, students, and those with limited space. Register at:
6) Google Drive and Docs with JAWS | Access IngenuityJanuary 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | While Google Drive and Docs have grown in popularity over the past few years, this is not necessarily the case for many JAWS users. The reason is likely because some specific set up is required to work with these Google products on Windows with assistive technology. While this is documented in Google's help, unfortunately, not everybody reads this information. Join Zhi Huang, Marisa Church, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore key settings and tips to better work with Google Drive and Docs with JAWS. Learning Outcomes: Compare the Google Drive website to the desktop app and discussed the advantages of each while working with a screen reader. Explore the settings in Google Docs that are critical while using assistive technology. Explore basic Google Docs features including menus, getting help, searching for commands, and editing text. Meeting ID: 836 7127 4943 | Passcode: 248634 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83671274943#,,,,*248634# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
7) Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS | Freedom ScientificJanuary 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to refine and polish Word documents? Want to know how to navigate the Microsoft Editor more efficiently? Join us for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS," on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at noon Eastern Time. The Microsoft Editor contains proofing features to check spelling and grammar, plus provides readability statistics based on options you choose. We'll provide an overview of its features and show you how to: Access the Microsoft Editor using keyboard commands. Check spelling and grammar. Review and select suggested edits. Review readability statistics. Run a subsequent edit on a document. Register at:
8) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access IngenuityJanuary 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
9) 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:.
10) 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:
11) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State UniversityApril 11th 2022 and April 12th 2022 | Conditions permitting, we will meet in person, provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions. "If I were just a woman, he could not do this to me; if I were only a person of color, he would not be able to do this to me; my conclusion was that the only reason that you are able to take this unfair advantage is because I also have a disability." "My own personal identity is very much tied into who I am as a woman of color and as a disabled person, and I try not to distinguish between the three identities anymore". These quotes from Johnnie Lacy capture the flavor to this year's theme for Multiple Perspective's ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identity, work, school, human rights, theory, discipline, and law. Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models:
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