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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 3, 2022 - Volume 848

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) The Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2022 | MIT Technology Review (6.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/02/23/1045416/10-breakthrough-technologies-2022/
B.) 10 Pairs of Common Tech Terms That Are Often Confused (5.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/common-tech-terms-that-are-often-confused/
C.) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2202.38 | February 2022 (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew#latest
D.) The 7 Best Tabletop Radios (4.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-tabletop-radios/
E.) JAWS Power Tip: Getting Help in JAWS (4.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/59.html

2) How To Navigate Tidbits Using A Screen Reader Part 2. A Semantic Argument. Top Tech Tidbits Modifies Its Custom Email Template Once Again. We Thought It Was Perfect. Then A Reader Recommended Something Much More Simple.

Back on January 13th 2022 we published an article titled "How To Navigate Tidbits Using A Screen Reader. Tidbits Reader Feedback Plus Publisher Rant Answers The Question: Do Users of Screen Reader Technology Read Advertisements?" In this article we outlined updates that we made to the Tidbits Email Template intended to make navigating the newsletter even easier for screen reader users. And it was a huge success. So maybe we should have left it alone. You be the judge:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/60.html

3) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Outlook 365 and the Focused Inbox

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/61.html

4) You Can Now Use Amazon Alexa Devices to Talk With a Doctor

If you have an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show device, you can now summon medical care with a simple voice command. On Monday, February 28th 2022 Teladoc Health, one of the largest telemedicine companies in the US, announced its partnership with Amazon to launch a "virtual care" service that will allow Amazon users to connect with health care providers via Echo devices. Just say, "Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor:"
https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/you-can-now-use-amazon-alexa-devices-to-talk-with-a-doctor/#ftag=CADf328eec

5) Office Accessibility | Copy and Paste Behavior in MS Word | Customizing The Behavior to Your Personal Liking, And Overriding It When Necessary | Brian Vogel

A question was raised on another group about checking to see if text pasted into a document from another source was in the correct font and point size to match the document into which it was pasted. Having to do this all the time can become a grand PITA if you are putting together something where cut and paste from multiple sources is involved. There is a much easier way, and that is customizing your Cut, Copy, and Paste behaviors in the MS Word Options, Advanced Pane, Cut, Copy, & Paste section:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/1791

6) News For Turkish Speaking Android Users

The Blind Android Users Podcast now has a sister site for all Turkish speaking Android users with resources on getting started with Android and more, all in the Turkish language:
http://erisilebilirandroid.com/

7) Microsoft Outlines The Improvements In Store For Notepad - RTF, Syntax Highlighting And More

Notepad has been a core app in Windows since the operating system's first version. However, unlike other features in the OS, the text editor wasn't the recipient of improvements:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/02/24/notepad-in-windows-11-could-support-rtf-syntax-highlighting/

8) Hable One Discussion List

A place to ask questions regarding the Hable One. This Listserv has also been added to the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Listserv Directory. Learn more about it and subscribe at:
https://groups.io/g/hablecommunity

9) How To Batch Rename Multiple Files On Windows 10

On Windows 10, changing the name of one file is easy. The problem is when you have to rename many files in a specific folder. If you have to rename a long list of files, you can speed up the process using File Explorer, PowerShell, Command Prompt, and even the Microsoft PowerToys app:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-rename-multiple-files-bulk-windows-10

10) Accessibility Interview Questions

These questions try to stay away from asking people to recite specifications, or rattle off screen reader hot keys. Those can easily be looked up on the job. Instead these questions try to act as conversation starters, to gain insight into how someone solves problems, and interprets accessible, inclusive user experiences. Questions are grouped into four buckets: General, Technical, Design, and Content:
https://scottaohara.github.io/accessibility_interview_questions/

11) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for February 2022

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-february-2022

12) A Guide To Writing Accessible Image Captions

Making your social media profiles accessible to the majority of people stumbling across your posts is an intentional practice. From Instagram and Twitter photo descriptions to captioning audio on your TikTok videos, you have to consciously add these accessibility considerations. It's something you should absolutely do to ensure your accounts are navigable by people with various disabilities. Don't fret: You have most of the tools at your disposal:
https://mashable.com/article/how-to-write-accessible-image-captions

13) What Every Programmer Should Know About Digital Accessibility

Planning your apps to effectively serve disabled people is paramount in today's world. Is your software prepared?
https://www.makeuseof.com/what-every-programmer-should-know-about-digital-accessibility/

14) Grant Will Help Develop Braille Device For Lab Science Students

Sci-Dot is a multiline Braille device that collects and analyzes scientific data to create a more inclusive laboratory experience for blind and deaf-blind students:
https://www.newsbug.info/lafayette_leader/news/purdue/grant-will-help-develop-braille-device-for-lab-science-students/article_edcdd316-23eb-5f46-8b91-b084c69a6522.html

15) How Close Are We To Curing Blindness?

The state of bionic eyes, gene therapies, and other advanced treatments:
https://www.freethink.com/health/curing-blindness


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) AccessReady Reporter For February 24th 2022

http://accessreadyreporter.org/issue-24-feburary-24-2022.html

2) Access Ready Makes Major Policy Moves At The National Level

The Reporter Newsletter is a service of Access Ready Inc. which is an independent, non-profit, cross-disability education and advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT). For people with disabilities, accessible information and communications technology is a necessity, not a luxury or a convenience, which fosters independence, economic self-sufficiency, and active, meaningful participation in civic life:
https://www.streetinsider.com/PRNewswire/Access+Ready+Makes+Major+Policy+Moves+At+The+National+Level/19679217.html

3) Protecting Your Children From The Dangers of the Internet | YouTube - Double Tap TV - March 1st 2022

As a parent no task seems as daunting as explaining the dangers of the internet. Where do you even begin? How do you do it without scaring them? One company has taken on that task with programs and software to help out parents everywhere:
https://bit.ly/321OUEy

4) White House Unveils COVID Plan Focused On People With Disabilities

Following criticism from disability advocates, the Biden administration is taking new steps to better address the needs of people with disabilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2022/02/28/white-house-unveils-covid-plan-focused-on-people-with-disabilities/29722/

5) Major Progress In Mainstream Accessibility by Chris Hofstader

https://www.chrishofstader.com/major-progress-in-mainstream-accessibility/

6) LEGO Braille Bricks Help Blind Children Learn to Read

LEGO is rolling out a new toy to increase literacy in blind and partially sighted children: Braille Bricks. More than just a construction game, each of these colorful blocks is molded into a letter, number, or punctuation mark of the braille writing system:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-sensory-revolution/202101/lego-braille-bricks-help-blind-children-learn-read#:~:text=LEGO%20is%20rolling%20out%20a,a%20match%20made%20in%20heaven.

7) Disability Organizations Call On DOJ To Finalize Online Accessibility Rules

An embarrassingly small percentage of the web is compliant with ADA guidelines:
https://www.engadget.com/disability-organizations-letter-calling-for-online-accessibility-rules-215716138.html

8) A Guide to Dental Care for Children with Autism

Children with autism are likely to suffer many more oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease and dental injury, than children without autism. Many autistic kids have sensory sensitivities that make it difficult to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine. These issues may also make visits to the dentist challenging:
https://www.byte.com/community/resources/article/dental-care-children-with-autism-guide/

9) Visually Impaired People Call For More Restaurants To Have Accessible Menus

People with visual impairments are calling for more restaurants to have menus available in braille, saying accessible menus helps people feel more independent, included, and able to try new foods:
https://www.itv.com/news/central/2022-02-25/visually-impaired-people-call-for-more-restaurants-to-have-accessible-menus

10) Everything You Need to Know About Smart Locks

Smarthomes are increasingly popular, and one of the areas you can smarten up is your door locks. But what are the advantages? Is it safe? And if your phone runs out of battery, will you end up sleeping in the garden shed?
https://www.reviewgeek.com/107596/everything-you-need-to-know-about-smart-locks/

11) CVS Introduces New Line Of 'Functional And Stylish' Home Health Products That Makes Everyday Life More Accessible For Aging Adults And Disabled People

Drugstore giant CVS Pharmacy announced this week via press release the introduction of six home health care products developed in collaboration with Michael Graves Design. The modernized collection was developed for aging adults, caregivers, and disabled people; the goal was to help them lead fuller, more independent lives by making self-care easier. The products include analog assistive technologies such as canes, walkers, shower chairs, and commodes:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2022/02/23/cvs-introduces-new-line-of-functional-and-stylish-home-health-products-that-makes-everyday-life-more-accessible-for-aging-adults-and-disabled-people/?sh=3c7aaa704cc0

12) 2021 Was Gaming Accessibility's Best Year - Can 2022 Outdo It?

A look into how the game industry can evolve past achievements earned in 2021:
https://www.pcgamesn.com/elden-ring/gaming-accessibility-2022

13) Ontario Investing in a More Accessible Central Ontario

Province investing over $600,000 in programs that help make the province more accessible and inclusive:
https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001657/ontario-investing-in-a-more-accessible-central-ontario

14) Student Organization Pushes For Universal Design And Disability Education

Bulldogs for Universal Design, or BUD, is a new student group advocating for equality and protecting the rights of disabled students through their advocacy, education and allyship:
https://thebutlercollegian.com/2022/02/student-organization-pushes-for-universal-design-and-disability-education/

15) First Successful Implantation of Revolutionary Artificial Vision Brain Implant

While there is currently no cure for blindness, a first-of-its-kind artificial vision system has undergone its first successful implantation, bringing with it the potential to restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight:
https://scitechdaily.com/first-successful-implantation-of-revolutionary-artificial-vision-brain-implant/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 45 | Must-Have Knives and Sharpening Blind

February 20th 2022 | This episode of AMI Audio's podcast Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther explores the must-have knives for both outdoor adventuring and food prep at camp and in the kitchen. Ms. Lilly describes each knife, and Lawrence consults with a knife collector, a Scout leader and a fishing guide for their advice. Lawrence then describes the best way to sharpen knives as someone without sight. So, check your bandage supply, and learn why knives need to be sharp to be safe:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-45-must-have-knives-and-sharpening-blind/id1530444764?i=1000551693570

2) FSCast 211 | Chancey Fleet Talks Training Workshops Offered By The New York Public Library, And An Intro To Working At The Windows Command Prompt

February 23rd 2022 | On FSCast 211, Chancey Fleet discusses training workshops offered by the New York Public Library, many of which are online and available to everyone. She's also quite the expert on 3D printing and will share some resources for doing that accessibly. Then Glen demonstrates using the new Windows Terminal, and gives an introduction to working at the Windows Command Prompt:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/fscast-211-chancey-fleet-talks-training-workshops-offered-by-the-new-york-public-library-and-an-intro-to-working-at-the-windows-command-prompt/

3) Blind Android Users 64 | Managing App Notifications, Permissions and More

February 26th 2022 | This week our friends from Turkey launch a sister site of blind Android users, this site is for Turkish speaking users only. We show you how to manage your apps permissions and notifications. For the spotlite segment, John Dyer unboxes his Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. We have another episode of talkback highlites. You can listen to our podcast on all smart speakers, popular podcast playing apps and Youtube. To listen to the podcast on our website, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

4) DM89 | Loopback To Mac

March 1st 2022 | In DM89, Loopback to Mac we start out with a brief follow-up from episode 88. A brief discussion about how we open files on the mac using Launchbar prompts Damashe to ask Michael what he is doing on the mac. Michael shares why he is looking at the Mac and his thoughts about using it. We share a little information about Loopback with Voiceover, and how Damashe got started with it. Michael asks Damashe if he finds himself in a situation where he should know how to do something however just can't grasp the mental concept? Damashe's answer to Michael is a suggestion that all of us can use in life. Damashe and Michael then share some tips for navigating around the loopback interface with voiceover:
https://yourownpay.com/dm89

5) Eyes on Success 2209 Succeeding Despite the Odds

March 2nd 2022 | How does a visually impaired person find rewarding employment? Sometimes it isn't easy. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ulysses Harmony Garcia about how she overcame obstacles as a blind individual by acquiring experience as a volunteer, participating in a job training program, working as an intern, and finally landing a job:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202209.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Speechify | Network of Assistive Technologists

March 4th 2022 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | Public event. Join us as we welcome the Founder & CEO of Speechify Cliff Weitzman, Kenny the Speechify Product Manager, & Matt their Account Executive. An interactive presentation exploring the team and philosophy behind Speechify, complete with live demonstrations, feature discussions, and an understanding of their educational licensing structure:
http://noat.link/events

2) Accommodation Solutions for Executive Functioning Deficits | AskJan

March 10 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Executive functions are high-level mental processes or abilities that influence and direct more basic abilities like attention and memory. Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team consultants Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for a discussion about accommodation solutions that address limitations affecting attention, time management, memory, hyperactivity/impulsivity, and getting to work on time. This training will be a live question and answer session but will include JAN accommodation examples to prompt thinking about the topics and generate questions about the difficulties you or your employees are experiencing on the job that involve attention, meeting deadlines, productivity standards, and more:
https://askjan.org/events/index.cfm?calview=eventdetails&dtid=8915ADD3-BF08-73CC-570AFACA27FE7DCE

3) Using the GPS in the Victor Reader Trek | Technology User Group

March 12th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, March 12th, the Victor Reader Trek will be profiled. We will demonstrate the many features that the Trek possesses over its predecessor, the Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation. Is the significant increase in cost worth the reward? Does the GPS work as advertised? Those who have this device are welcome to come and share their experiences. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

4) 37th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

March 14th 2022 through March 18th 2022 | The 2022 Conference will be held March 14-18 at the Anaheim Marriott. The Conference explores all aspects of assistive technology, starting with pre-conference workshops followed by more than 250 educational sessions and a free Exhibit Hall opening on Wednesday, March 16th 2022. We are excited to return to an in-person conference and look forward to having you join us in Anaheim where we will demonstrate the changes we've made to improve the conference experience:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

5) Screen Reader User Tester Training Program | Carroll Center for the Blind | Become a Screen Reader User Tester and Launch Your Career in Digital Accessibility

March 14th 2022 | Want to break into the field of digital accessibility as a screen reader user tester? A new session of the Carroll Center for the Blind's popular 7-week, face-to-face Screen Reader User Tester Training program starts on March 14, 2022. Come learn and grow your ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers during this intensive training program. If you're interested in gaining the foundation to develop a solid career path in the digital accessibility field while making a difference as a screen reader user tester, reach out today. Spots are filling up fast! To learn more, visit the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program page at: https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/. To apply, please reach out to the admissions team at the Carroll Center by emailing admissions@carroll.org ✉ or by calling (617) 969-6200 ☎, extension 216.

6) Axe-Con 2022

March 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:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/

7) Section 508 Questions and Answers | U.S. Access Board

March 29th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Technical questions can arise in applying the Section 508 Standards to the various types of information and communication technologies (ICT) that they cover in the federal sector. In this webinar, Section 508 Specialists at the U.S. Access Board and the General Services Administration (GSA) will provide answers to common questions about the 508 Standards. They will address use of the 508 Standards in ICT acquisitions, validating conformance with the standards, available Section 508 tools and resources, the 2021 revision of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, development of an ICT Testing Baseline portfolio, and other topics. This session is intended for entry-level to intermediate audiences, but all are welcome to join. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Continuing Education Recognition Available:
https://www.access-board.gov/webinars/2022/03/29/section-508-questions-and-answers/

8) 2022 Access | The Age of Digital Inclusion | 3Play Media

March 29th 2022 through April 1st 2022 | #ACCESS2022 | We can't wait to see you virtually! What accessibility accommodations will you provide? We will offer live professional captioning for all sessions in-person and online. Additional accommodations can be requested while ordering your ticket, or by emailing us at events@3playmedia.com ✉. Please let us know by March 1, 2022. Will sessions be recorded? Yes! All sessions will be recorded and available for replay. You will be notified by email when the recordings are ready. Is the event free? Yes! The event is free. Our mission is to provide a space where professionals can connect with one another. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to learn about accessibility has access. Who is 3Play Media? We are a video accessibility company providing services in closed captioning, audio description, translation, transcription, and live captioning. Agenda, speakers and registration here:
https://www.3playmedia.com/access/

9) Webinar: How Any Organization Can Start Small but Deliver Big with Accessibility | TPGi

March 30th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. Creating and maintaining an accessible website can be a daunting proposition for many businesses for several reasons: They aren't aware of the magnitude of how much remediation may be needed for their own website and aren't sure how to start assessing this. They have limited resources to devote to accessibility-related activities. They are not interested or unable to pay for expensive accessibility monitoring and testing software that caters to enterprise organizations. If you have found yourself reluctant to dip your toe into digital accessibility because of one or more of these reasons, you're not alone! But TPGi is here to offer you a solution. In this webinar, Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead at TPGi, will show you exactly how any size business can quickly start Phase I of an accessibility program with ARC without spending a lot of money. Attendees will learn how they can assess the scope of their business's accessibility responsibilities, start with prioritized small changes that have a big impact, and pay for only what they use. Charlie will also debunk myths about accessibility (e.g., it's all or nothing, there's no benefit to the company, it's only possible and really necessary for large enterprise organizations, etc.)
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-30-at-12pm-et-how-any-organization-can-start-small-but-deliver-big-with-accessibility/

10) Grocery Delivery Services and Websites | Technology User Group

April 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET. Yes, there are plenty of delivery services and if you are a tech guru, you have access to all of it. But what if you don't have those skills and still need grocery delivery?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

11) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

April 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:
https://ada.osu.edu/presentations-2022

12) 13th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference

April 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th 2022 | Four Day Virtual Event. The State of Accessibility: Are We Living Up to the Promise of Compliance and the Law? Each year, the CUNY Accessibility Conference brings together hundreds of participants from the New York City region and across North America to discuss accessibility, disability services and disability activism in the context of postsecondary education. Two years after the start of an unprecedented pandemic and resultant transitions nationwide, we are returning to our foundation. The conference theme for 2022 is The State of Accessibility: Are we living up to the promise of compliance and the law? With this theme we hope to reflect topics such as on meeting the promise, falling short, advancements the law did not anticipate, and moving beyond a legal framework of accessibility. Submit your Proposal. Proposals are due by February 21st. Presentations will be 60 minutes long along with an extra 15 minutes for questions and answers (total 75 minutes). You will be notified by the committee regarding the acceptance of your proposal by March 8th. For questions, please email Tania Kalaitzidis at akalaitzidis@qcc.cuny.edu ✉. Please fill out our Call for Proposals form at:
https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=s_BgbwZfCU6XFZiduozH2I_mhufqVMhKkF6nbAPJwLhUNUE3RTEwMDg3TkVMM1lPTUhCNVRKUjhFVyQlQCN0PWcu

13) American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference (AFBLC)

May 2nd 2022 through May3rd 2022 | Hyatt Regency Arlington, Virgina. Join us for the American Foundation for the Blind's Leadership Conference (AFBLC), which will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Arlington, Virginia this year. We aim to create a world of no limits for people who are blind. We are committed to putting inclusion to work, which will be a major emphasis of our 2022 AFBLC. AFBLC provides a forum in which leaders from a variety of fields-including research, technology, education, corporations, health and government organizations-have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of best practices, refine leadership skills, identify inclusion practices that work, and share concerns and strategies. The Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field, as well as the Corinne Kirchner Research Award and the newly established Llura Gund Leadership Award will be presented at the AFB Leadership Conference. We look forward to gathering with you to explore the conference themes of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility:
https://www.afb.org/about-afb/events-and-awards/afblc2022?sourceid=&ms=N422JAN2EM3LC&emci=613b769b-b58e-ec11-a507-281878b83d8a&emdi=e828bc7c-418f-ec11-a507-281878b83d8a&ceid=8505425

14) Premium services using Alexa and Google | Technology User Group

May 14 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET. Alexa and Google are adding premium services to their skill set. How do you subscribe to these services and use them?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

15) Gadgets and Aapps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET. There are many apps and devices that can aid a visually impaired traveler through the unknown. Avoid low-hanging obstacles and other obstructions. Which ones can you afford and which ones offer the best protection?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx


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