Home: Top Tech Tidbits News: Top Tech Tidbits Subscribe: Top Tech Tidbits Donate: Top Tech Tidbits Sponsor: Top Tech Tidbits Facebook: Top Tech Tidbits X (Formerly Twitter): Top Tech Tidbits Mastodon: Top Tech Tidbits LinkedIn: Top Tech Tidbits YouTube: Top Tech Tidbits RSS: Top Tech Tidbits Back to Top

Top Tech Tidbits. The world's #1 online resource for current news and trends in access technology. Masthead logo includes title as well as five stylized access logos, clockwise a long cane user, enlarged print, fingers signing interpreter, full braille cell, hearing aid user.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 23, 2023 - Volume 903

The Week's News in Access Technology
https://toptechtidbits.com/

A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication
https://mvsltd.com/

Top Tech Tidbits. The world's #1 online resource for current news and trends in access technology.

Subscribers: 9,386 Opt-In Subscribers were sent this issue via email. 158 Premium Subscribers were sent this issue via email.

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Looking For Work? No Experience Necessary: Earn Money (Not Gift Cards) And Help Improve Web Accessibility For Everyone

Illustration: four people in profile walking in a line to the left, representing the concept of 'shifting accessibility left'. This includes a man wearing sunglasses and headphones with a guide dog, a man using a power wheelchair and tablet, and an older woman holding a cell phone, looking back at a young boy running to catch up.

Looking for remote work? Fable Accessibility Testers work from their comfort of their own home and choose their own hours. Fable's mission is to empower people with disabilities to participate in, contribute to, and shape society. Working with Fable not only pays you above minimum wage to start, but also provides you with opportunities to gain skills and advance your career.

"I never heard of the concept of digital accessibility or understood its importance until I joined Fable. I love being a part of the testers and have a real impact on accessibility." — Eye Tracking User

"The most positive experience I've had is simply helping make technology accessible for all." — Switch Control User

"The training and support are outstanding." — Voice Control User

“It's something I can put on my resume and share the skills I've developed with employers." — Screen Magnification User

No experience, no resume required. Learn more and join the community at https://makeitfable.com/community/.


Dear Tidbits Subscriber,

Submit a Tidbit for free, with timing and placement determined by our editors, here: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-news. Submit a Sponsored Tidbit, with timing and placement determined by you, here: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-sponsored-news.


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

🎙 Listen to the podcast.

A.) Be My Eyes Announces New Tool Powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 to Improve Accessibility for People Who are Blind or Have Low-Vision | Business Wire (7.2% of all clicks.)
Be My Eyes, the mobile app that allows anyone to assist visually impaired people through live video calls, has announced Virtual Volunteer TM, the first-ever digital visual assistant powered by OpenAI's new GPT-4 language model::
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230314005425/en/https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230314005425/en/

B.) Unlock the Power of iPhone Shortcuts: Tips and Tricks | ghacks.net (5.6% of all clicks.)
In this article, we will explore the basics of the iOS Shortcuts app and provide step-by-step instructions for creating and using shortcuts. Whether you're a busy professional or simply looking to streamline your daily routine, learning to use iOS Shortcuts can help you achieve your goals and make the most of your valuable time:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/09/unlock-the-power-of-iphone-shortcuts-tips-and-tricks/

C.) Orbit Research Introduces the Magna Family of Electronic Magnifiers and the Optima Braille Laptop Computer (5.3% of all clicks.)
Orbit Research has introduced the Orbit Magna family of handheld electronic magnifiers and the Optima Braille Laptop Computer at this year's CSUN Assistive Technology Conference:
https://www.orbitresearch.com/news/

D.) How to Unlock Your iPhone With a Security Key | Wired (6.8% of all clicks.) (3.5% of all clicks.)
Pass codes are out. Apple continues to tighten iOS security, and iOS 16.3 (and iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.2) includes support for physical security keys. In other words, a physical device can verify your Apple ID login in place of a passcode. It's a great way to boost your security, and here's how it works:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-unlock-iphone-physical-security-key/

E.) The Next Big Thing: 8 New Technologies That Will Change The World | Adrien Book | Medium (3.4% of all clicks.)
In 2020, I wrote an article titled "The Next Big Thing in Technology: 20 Inventions That Will Change The World”. It has since been read over 70,000 times and shared more than 1,000 times on social media. But anyone reading it today will notice that what was written then is now obsolete. An update is necessary, highlighting the key technologies emerging today that will be all the rage by 2030 (or 2028... or 2032...):
https://medium.com/predict/the-next-big-thing-8-new-technologies-that-will-change-the-world-a70d5af52725

2) Sponsored By: Tech Connect | Free Online Assistive Technology Resource

In our continuing mission to create informative and entertaining educational resources to whoever needs them, Vision Forward is launching a new assistive technology resource! This new site (underwritten by the generosity of the Lavelle Fund for the Blind) will bring all of our content to a single easy to navigate site, offering access to both our live Tech Connect sessions and professional webinars. Even better, all webinars are eligible for ACVREP CE, making it easy to get continuing education credits all in one place. With your free account, you also have access to our ever growing library of webinars and produced videos. choose the webinars category to browse our current offerings or choose the "Search or Browse Our video Content" link, from the main navigation, to see a searchable list of all our produced videos. Only want to see videos about the iPhone, no problem. Just type iPhone into the search and watch as the video list is filtered:
http://bit.ly/3lxebQQ

3) Sponsored By: Blind Android Users Podcast | Announcing The Launch of The Accessible Android App on The Google Play Store in Partnership with Blind Android Users Podcast

The Partnership between Blind Android Users Podcast, Accessible Android, an English website with written information about all things Android, and Erisilebilir Android, a turkish website all about Android, we have launched an app in the English language for our Android users. This app has written articles about Android tips and tricks, app reviews, forums for discussion about all things Android, a glossary section, app reviews and a podcast section in which you can listen to the Blind Android Users Podcast. You can also contribute to the app by submitting articles and app reviews in written form. Please check out the app today:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tr.bi.erisilebilir.android

4) Sponsored By: Clusiv | Are You Blind Or Visually Impaired And Interested In Working In Accessibility? Clusiv Is Excited To Announce The Launch Of The New Accessibility Analyst Course Coming Out Next Week!

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of digital accessibility, different types of accessibility testing, and explore the career field. Most importantly, this course will teach you how to use your lived experience as an advantage working in accessibility, which is much needed in the field. This course is created by blind professionals with experience in the field of accessibility. Clusiv courses are here to help equip you for employment. To learn more about enrolling in the course, click the link and fill out the form with your information. As we work with vocational rehabilitation, we will get connected with you and your counselor to provide access to the course:
http://bit.ly/408md1P

5) Sponsored By: Top Tech Tidbits | The Seeing Eye Advocacy App | The Seeing Eye

The Seeing Eye has developed a free app for Apple iOS to provide information about the U.S. and Canadian laws that ensure guide dog handlers have access to public places and protect them from interference from people and other dogs. It is called The Seeing Eye ® Advocacy App. The app also contains legal resources and educational materials that can be used for self-advocacy. The information is arranged topically where feasible for easy navigation and use. For those of you who are Android users, we ask for your patience. The Apple app was our first step and we will begin working with our developers on the Android version as soon as we can and will let you know when it's out:
https://apps.apple.com/app/the-seeing-eye-advocacy/id6446094763

6) Sponsorship Package Updates

Availability: There are no Top Tech Tidbits Sponsorship Packages currently available. Waiting List: If you would like to support Top Tech Tidbits by becoming a Sponsor in the future please add your name to our waiting list today. We will add your name to the list, let you know what position you currently hold within it, and then notify you the moment a package becomes available. Waiting List Position: There is currently ONE future Sponsor on the waiting list. List Addition: Just send an email to our Publisher at:
publisher@toptechtidbits.com 📧️

7) Premium Subscriber Updates

Next Issue: Premium Subscribers will receive their 4th issue of the 60 Most Clicked Tidbits for January, February and March 2023 on Monday, April 3, 2023. Back Issues: There are currently 3 back issues available. Premium Subscribers are entitled to all back issues, anytime they sign up. All available back issues will be sent to you via email within 24 hours of purchasing your subscription. Please Join Us: If you would like to receive a perfectly formatted and searchable Word Document with each of the 60 Most Clicked Tidbits of the last 3 months listed neatly within it, please consider joining us today for just $1 a month:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/premium-subscribers.html

8) Sponsored Tidbits Now Available

Use Sponsored Tidbits to reach the access community when you need to. Whether you are a current Sponsor or not. Drive traffic to your access product and service announcements, events, updates or fundraisers using this incredibly cost-effective and easy-to-use advertisement tool. Learn more today at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/sponsored-tidbits.html.

9) Top Tech Tidbits Launches The Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits Podcast

Just in case you missed the new link above the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits this week, readers now have the option to listen to the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits podcast each week. We plan to keep it short, informative, hopefully enjoyable, and very to the point, as we grow into the medium, listen to feedback from readers, and get ourselves listed with all of the major podcast directories. Before we can do that, however, we first need to produce enough episodes for Apple, Google, Spotify, et al, to give us the thumbs up that we meet all of the criteria required to be listed in their directories. So please be patient with us as we produce episodes for the next few weeks and then start the listing process. In the meantime you can follow the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits Podcast via RSS at: https://toptechtidbits.com/podcast. We have chosen Libsyn as our Podcast host of choice. Additional details here:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/150.html

10) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll #902 Results | Sponsored By: Top Tech Tidbits | 705 Votes

Question: Opinion Poll. The Future of Artificial General Intelligence. Which of the following best describes how you feel AGI will affect the human race?

1.) I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen, but I'm optimistic that AGI will compliment, rather than destroy the human race.
(192 Votes / 27% of all clicks.)

2.) I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen, but I'm worried that AGI will destroy, rather than compliment the human race.
(182 Votes / 26% of all clicks.)

3.) I am the AGI. I'm here already. And you don't even know it.
(169 Votes / 24% of all clicks.)

4.) I believe we are all doomed. I think that once AGI is achieved it will quickly make the decision to get rid of all human beings immediately.
(81 Votes / 11% of all clicks.)

5.) I believe everything is going to be just fine. I think that once AGI is achieved it will become the single greatest tool that the human race has ever created.
(81 Votes / 11% of all clicks.)

Poll Results Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll902-results

11) GPT-4's Mind-Blowing New Features | Jim Clyde Monge | Medium

Publisher (Di Blasi): This article briefly discusses the concept of multi-modality, which the new ChatGPT-4 model is now capable of. Outside of just being incredibly "cool," which I agree with wholeheartedly, I would like to offer another word. Transformative. I would also like to ask all Top Tech Tidbits readers to please take a moment to familiarize themselves with this new capability. Why? Because I believe that it will finally, truly, and unmistakably change the future of access as we know it. No marketing speak. No BS. Multi-modality is what will finally convert everything into everything else.
Jim Clyde Monge: If you haven't heard of Generative Pretrained Transformer (GPT), it is a set of language models made by OpenAI that can write a text that is almost indistinguishable from human writing:
https://medium.com/generative-ai/gpt-4s-mind-blowing-new-features-156d8cd134c3

12) Bill Gates Says Open AI's GPT Is The Most Important Advance In Technology Since 1980 | CNBC | March 21, 2023

Bill Gatges wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that he challenged the OpenAI team last year to develop an artificial intelligence model that could pass the Advanced Placement Biology exam. GPT-4, released to the public last week, scored the maximum score, according to OpenAI:
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/03/21/bill-gates-openai-gpt-most-important-advance-in-technology-since-1980.html

13) Apple Engineers Reportedly Working on ChatGPT-Like AI Despite Siri Design Flaws | MacRumors

Apple is testing generative AI concepts that could one day be destined for Siri, despite fundamental issues with the way the virtual assistant is built, the New York Times reports:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/03/15/apple-engineers-working-on-chatgpt-like-ai/

14) How to Use Siri as an AI-Powered Chatbot with OpenAI's ChatGPT | Ghacks.net

Are you dissatisfied with the limitations of Siri when it comes to answering your questions? Good news: There's a new solution available. Developer Yue Yang has developed a shortcut that enables you to convert Apple's voice assistant into an intelligent AI assistant that leverages the capabilities of OpenAI. To use this feature, all you need is a device that supports Siri and an active OpenAI account:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/15/how-to-use-siri-as-an-ai-powered-chatbot-with-openais-chatgpt/

15) Siri Might Get An AI Boost, After Testing Improvements In TvOS | Apple Insider

Apple is reportedly increasing its AI efforts after recent moves from other companies, and tvOS appears to be the first testing platform for an upgraded Siri:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/03/16/siri-might-get-an-ai-boost-after-testing-improvements-in-tvos?utm_medium=rss

16) Bing Chat AI Can Now Generate Images In Addition To Text, Just By Asking For It | Windows Central

Bing's Chatbot can now create images based on user requests. Microsoft has announced that Bing AI can now generate images based on natural language prompts. Using the Bing Image Creator, powered by DALL-E, users can now simply ask Bing to generate any image they like. The new functionality is rolling out in waves, starting March 21, 2023:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/bing/bing-chat-ai-can-now-generate-images-in-addition-to-text-just-by-asking-for-it

17) China's ChatGPT Rival Needs to Watch Its Words | Wired

Search giant Baidu's Ernie Bot met online jeers and also faces the challenge of operating on a firewalled internet ruled by government censorship:
https://www.wired.com/story/chinas-answer-to-chatgpt-flubs-its-first-lines/

18) 2023 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Presentations | YouTube

Center on Disabilities at CSUN YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@CSUNCOD
Center on Disabilities at CSUN YouTube Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB7reFpQdLPNMu1T0sltNocqwbWB3iR-6

19) The ATIA 2023 Attendee Experience | The Blind Life | YouTube

What is it like to attend the ATIA conference held each year in Orlando? One of the largest assistive technology conferences around, ATIA is a fantastic resource for anyone working in or wanting to learn more about, the assistive technology field. Providing world-class sessions, continuing education units, and an opportunity to network with leaders in the assistive technology space, ATIA is a must-attend event for anyone serious about assistive technology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_gwevDuI5o&feature=youtu.be

20) GPT-4 Will Make ChatGPT Smarter but Won't Fix Its Flaws | Wired

A new version of the AI system that powers the popular chatbot has better language skills, but it is still biased and prone to fabrication, and it can be abused:
https://www.wired.com/story/gpt-4-openai-will-make-chatgpt-smarter-but-wont-fix-its-flaws/

21) Google Lets People Start Trying Bard, Its Own AI Chatbot | CNET

The search giant is rolling out access to the AI chatbot starting in the US and UK:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/google-lets-people-start-trying-bard-its-own-ai-chatbot/#ftag=CAD590a51e

22) What is Google Bard? Here's Everything You Need To Know | ZDnet

Following the success of OpenAI's ChatGPT, Google released its own AI chatbot, Bard. Now that its wait list is available, here is what you need to know:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-google-bard-heres-everything-you-need-to-know/

23) Reader Feedback Regarding Sony Electronics New Retinal Projection Camera Kit

Publisher (Di Blasi): Last week we published a Tidbit which announced the new Retinal Projection Camera Kit from Sony Electronics. A reader has written in to give us all some additional information to consider and to challenge a particularly problematic description within the article. Sincerest thanks to Robin for this contribution.
Reader (Sir Robin Millar, CBE): I would like to draw your attention to an inaccuracy — not from you. In the linked piece on the Sony Retinal Camera there is an author's linked explanation of how the retinal camera works. I checked with one of the UK's leading retinal specialists before writing to you. He confirms the inaccuracy of what was written, i.e. that the laser bypasses the cornea and lens [correct] then delivers information directly to the optic nerve [incorrect]. This cannot be true. It will hit the retina and will be affected by any imperfections in the retina. This distinction is important, because, as written, the article implies that those with retinal damage, (probably the most common cause of visual near-blindness and blindness) will be helped. It's important not to raise hopes. With best wishes:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/sony-develops-affordable-camera-for-the-visually-impaired

24) The Future Smartphone: More Folds, Less Phone, a Whole Lot of AI | Wired

We are no longer racing to upgrade the device that sits at the center of our lives. What's next for the phone?
https://www.wired.com/story/phones-of-the-future-more-folds-less-phone-lots-of-ai/

25) Microsoft Announces Copilot: The AI-Powered Future Of Office Documents

Publisher (Di Blasi): Clippy? Is that you buddy? The Verge: Microsoft has announced a new AI-powered Copilot for its Microsoft 365 apps and services today, designed to assist people with generating documents, emails, presentations, and much more. The Copilot, powered by GPT-4 from OpenAI, will sit alongside Microsoft 365 apps much like an assistant (remember Clippy?), appearing in the sidebar as a chatbot that allows Office users to summon it to generate text in documents, create PowerPoint presentations based on Word documents, or even help use features like PivotTables in Excel:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/3/16/23642833/microsoft-365-ai-copilot-word-outlook-teams

pw

26) Everything Announced At Microsoft's 'Future Of Work With AI' Event, Including Copilot For Office, Teams, And More | Windows Central

Microsoft held an event titled "The Future of Work with AI" on March 16, 2023. During the presentation, the company introduced Copilot, a tool that uses AI to generate content across apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams. Copilot is also available in Viva and a new experience called Business Chat:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft/everything-announced-at-microsofts-future-of-work-with-ai-event-including-copilot-for-office-teams-and-more

27) The Monarch Could Be The Next Big Thing In Braille | TechCrunch

For many people around the world, braille is their primary language for reading books and articles, and digital braille readers are an important part of that. The newest and fanciest yet is the Monarch, a multipurpose device that uses the startup Dot's tactile display technology. The Monarch is a collaboration between HumanWare and the American Printing House for the Blind. APH is an advocacy, education, and development organization focused on the needs of visually impaired people, and this won't be their first braille device — but it is definitely the most capable by far:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/03/17/the-monarch-could-be-the-next-big-thing-in-braille/

28) You Can Now Access the New GPT-powered Bing Chat in Any Browser Thanks to a Browser Extension | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

Officially, you need to use Microsoft Edge in order to access the new GPT-powered Bing Chat. This is fine if Edge happens to be your Web browser of choice. If you're like me and would prefer to use another browser you can still access the new Bing Chat with some browser extensions. The extension that I installed and now successfully use is called Bing Chat for All Browsers. There is both a Chrome version as well as a version for Firefox. The Chrome version should work in any Chromium-based browser. I installed it in my instance of Brave, which happens to be my preferred browser due to its emphasis on user privacy. I have not tested the version for Firefox:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2023/03/18/you-can-now-access-the-new-gpt-powered-bing-chat-in-any-browser-thanks-to-a-browser-extension/

29) Folding iPhone Could Automatically Protect Itself From Drops | Apple Insider

Apple is working on technology to allow iPhones or iPads with flexible screens to detect when dropped, and immediately fold up on the way to the ground to minimize damage:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/03/16/folding-iphone-could-automatically-protect-itself-from-drops?utm_medium=rss

30) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows | ghacks.net

A great, handy, alphabetical list:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/19/70-excel-keyboard-shortcuts-for-windows/

31) NVDA Pane Dragging Announcement FAQs | Windows 11 22H2 Moment 2 (KB5022913 and Later) | Joseph Lee | Tech-VI List

Hi all. I hope the following can serve as sort of a definitive collection of frequently asked questions on the issue of NVDA (and other screen readers) announcing "pane dragging" in some cases after installing KB5022913 on Windows 11 2022 Update:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3658

32) iOS 16.4 Brings Voice Isolation For Cellular Calls, Here's How To Enable It | 9to5Mac

iOS 15 introduced new Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum modes to change audio capture using the iPhone's built-in microphone. However, these modes were only available for FaceTime calls and some third-party apps. But with iOS 16.4, Apple is bringing Voice Isolation to cellular calls as well:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/03/21/ios-16-4-voice-isolation-cellular-calls/

33) How Screen Readers Read Special Characters: An Update | Paths To Literacy

Since the initial publication in 2014, there have been numerous updates to operating systems, browsers, and screen readers. To provide up-to-date information, it was time to rerun the test using the latest versions of screen readers. The goal was to determine which characters are safe or unsafe to use in 2023:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/how-screen-readers-read-special-characters-an-update/

34) ForallAccessible El Podcast, A Spanish-Speaking Blindness And Tech Podcast Waiting For You

"ForallAccessible El Podcast", a Spanish-speaking space whose main goal is showing an app, service, or hardware, and how it could benefit you or a family member blind or visually-impaired. From computers, accessible cable boxes, to Smartphones, Smartspeakers, blindness-specific products… allowing the user to live more efficiently and on a more-equal footing. We're available on all major podcast platforms #ForallAccesibleElPodcast Apple, Spotify, Google Podcast, and others, by searching for us, with an overall listenership of almost 7000 from countries including Spain, the United States, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries in which blindness and blindness product information/demos are not readily available in a timely and in layman's terms:
https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/4allaccesiblepodcast

35) Microsoft 365 Gets A Host Of New AI-Powered Features

During an AI-focused press event last Thursday, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft 365 Copilot, its latest push to embed its suite of productivity and enterprise apps with AI. Currently in testing with select (around 20) commercial customers, Copilot combines the power of AI models including OpenAI's recently announced GPT-4 with business data and Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/03/16/microsoft-365-gets-a-host-of-new-ai-powered-features/

36) Android's New Reading Mode: How To Install And Use The Simple Text Feature | 9to5Google

Simplified reading for apps and websites has become more and more popular, as it offers a simple reading experience free of extra elements like ads and formatting, depending on where you're finding your content. Android's latest feature simplifies any website page and presents it in a focused manner. Here's how to use Android's Reading Mode:
https://9to5google.com/2023/03/16/android-reading-mode/

37) Petey Is The ChatGPT Apple Watch App You've Been Looking For

The ChatGPT sensation works on almost any smart device out there, despite OpenAI not making specific apps for those platforms. You can easily use ChatGPT on iPhone and even have ChatGPT replace Siri. The chatbot works on Mac and Apple Watch, and we've shown you how to get it running on those platforms. But one thing changed for watchGPT that you should be aware of. The app's new name is Petey — AI Assistant, which means it's not immediately obvious anymore that it's an unofficial ChatGPT client for Apple's wearable. But it totally is:
https://bgr.com/tech/petey-is-the-chatgpt-apple-watch-app-youve-been-looking-for/

38) Introducing CenteredHead, A Mac App To Let Blind People Know If They Are Sitting In Front Of The Camera For Video Calls | AppleVis

Publisher (Di Blasi): It should be noted that there is also a free Windows equivalent to this app called Can You See Me:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/introducing-centeredhead-mac-app-let-blind-people-know-if-they-are-sitting

39) Google Glass Enterprise Edition Is No More | The Verge

Google Glass largely went off sale to consumers in 2015, and Google has since been focusing on how the headset could be useful for businesses and developers. But even those efforts have come to an end. The company is no longer selling Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. A help document says the company will end support for the AR headset on September 15, 2023:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/3/15/23641872/google-glass-enterprise-edition-discontinued-support

40) Goodbye, Google Glass, We Knew You Well | Brian Heater | TechCrunch

Here's what we know for sure: The world still wasn't ready for Glass, even after a product makeover and shift in focus. Google confirmed plans to once again end support for its misunderstood bit of AR tech, writing: "Thank you for over a decade of innovation and partnership. As of March 15, 2023, we will no longer sell Glass Enterprise:"
https://techcrunch.com/2023/03/16/goodbye-google-glass-we-knew-you-well/

41) From Envision: Response To Google Glass News | Tech-VI List

Envision would like to reassure our Envision Glasses customers that Google's decision to stop the sale of Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 will not affect the operation of their devices or the world-class service they enjoy. We've been proactive and have plans in place to support current and future customers, and accommodate the increasing demand:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3678

42) Asking For Appetizers On A Menu By Using GPT On The Envision Glasses | Envision

Publisher (Di Blasi): While this tech is absolutely fantastic in its current form, what we need now is faster connection speeds. Once this can be accomplished with no lag between question and answer we will truly be at a threshold of new opportunity.
Envision: In this short video, Karthik is asking the Envision Glasses different questions about the menu card he scanned. GPT on Envision Glasses is in test mode and will soon be launched to the public:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjDsW_mCxNM

43) GPT on Smart Glasses | Envision | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkbm72oHPqY

44) AI Bots May Have Defeated CAPTCHA Tests for Good | Inverse

Publisher (Di Blasi): Oh yes. CAPTCHA needs to die. Not just because it has been the bane of the blind community since its inception. Not just because it is an old, antiquated and outmoded technology. But because pretty soon, if not already, it's not going to matter anymore. What does that mean? It means that we all know that the technology now exists to defeat current CAPTCHA challenges. It just hasn't been unleashed en masse yet, and security researchers are very worried about what is going to happen when it is. While CAPTCHAs represent only barriers to the access community they are critical in keeping automated bots from spamming your forms literally to death. I have witnessed first hand what bots can do to a form with no CAPTCHA. They can not only shut down the form itself but the associated email that receives its submissions and the hosting server as well if left unchecked. So what are we going to do? No one is quite sure. This article discusses current options:
Inverse: Are you a robot? It's a simple question — one that most of us regularly answer in the form of a CAPTCHA, a hacker-averting quiz that asks us to distinguish a squiggly “l” from an “S,” or perhaps select all of the traffic lights from a grid of blurry photos. But as it turns out, this straightforward query turns out to be one of most pressing in all of cybersecurity:
https://www.inverse.com/science/captcha-tests-future-ai

45) Odilia Version 0.1.0 Screen Reader For Linux Released

After many months, in fact, just over a year of hard work, we are proud to announce the initial, beta release of Odilia: a new, fast, lightweight screenreader for Linux, written in rust for maximum speed and efficiency:
https://odilia.app/news/release_0-1-0/

46) Ask Me Anything Mac App

Editor (Woodbridge): I've been playing with a very nice little Chat GPT client for the Mac (with subscription levels) called Ask Me Anything. Works well with VoiceOver and can easily copy answers to the clipboard via the copy button. If anyone else uses any other client, be good to hear about it:
https://apps.apple.com/au/app/ask-me-anything/id6444219627

47) Recently Released On The NLS BARD Service: Teach Yourself Visually Windows 11 | Paul Mcfedries

Teach Yourself Visually Windows 11 collects all the resources you need to master the day-to-day use of Microsoft's new operating system and delivers them in a single resource. Fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions are combined with crystal-clear screenshots to walk you through the basic and advanced functions of Windows 11. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 11 offers the best visual learning techniques with comprehensive source material about the interface and substance of Windows 11, as well as: Stepwise guidance on working with files, digital pictures, and media; Instructions for customizing Windows 11 and sharing your computer with family members; Tutorials on installing and repairing applications, system maintenance, and computer security. The fastest, easiest way for visual learners to get a grip on Windows 11, Teach Yourself Visually Windows 11 is the best way to go from newbie to expert in no time at all:
https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/login/https%253A%252F%252Fnlsbard.loc.gov%252Fnlsbardprod%252Fdownload%252Fbook%252Fsrch%252FDB110735/NLS

48) Is Apple About To Announce A 'Broadcast' App?

Apple has just denied an update to years-old internet radio and live streaming app "Broadcasts," based on a name-likeness rule that is used to prevent developers from copying Apple app names:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/03/20/is-apple-about-to-announce-a-broadcast-app

49) The Official Thunderbird Podcast Is Here

Welcome to the debut episode of the Thunderbird podcast, which we're affectionately calling the ThunderCast. It's an inside look at the making of Thunderbird, alongside community-driven conversations with our friends in the open-source world. We can't wait for you to listen:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/03/thundercast-1-origin-stories/


➜ Featured Surveys

Submit your adaptive technology-related survey for consideration within this section using this form: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-survey or locate "Survey - Submission Form" within the Forms section of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

Closing: March 24, 2023 | Google Survey For US Residents in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area

If you live in the US, use any camera doorbell, are low vision or totally visually challenged, and can do an in-person survey by going to the Google office in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area, just fill out this form first to receive a $200 gift card:
https://forms.gle/LQDDuFSj7ZScjuqV8

Closing: March 31, 2023 | Google Survey For US Residents in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area

If you live in the US, are an Android user who has or has not used Lookout OCR, and can do an in-person survey by going to the Google office in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area, just fill out this form first to receive a $240 gift card:
https://forms.gle/LQDDuFSj7ZScjuqV8

Closing: April 1, 2023 | Robotics Institute at OSU is Testing A New Navigation Aid, The Optiband | Oregon State University

Research Study: Navigation Aid, The Optiband. The Robotics Institute at OSU is testing a new handheld navigation aid, the Optiband, which uses vibrations to help a user understand their environment better. The Optiband was designed with a blind stakeholder to be more than an obstacle avoidance device, and helps users gain spatial and depth perception. We are interested in talking to blind/visually impaired (BVI) persons about our device, and whether or not they are willing to test out a model of the device. We are running a study and are actively recruiting participants, to whom we will provide a device as well as cash compensation for their time. If you are interested or have any questions/concerns, please contact Jai'La Crider by emailing: criderj@oregonstate.edu 📧️ or texting (937)960-9078 ☎:
https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_23uvUiPx1HQvHVA

Closing: April 23, 2023 | Independent Living Skills Survey | Nadine Riches

Hi all. I am looking for people who are blind or have low vision to complete a survey for me. I am exploring how this community develops independent living skills currently, and how this could be improved in the future, as this is something I have been hugely passionate about for some time. The survey is open to anyone who is blind or has low vision, regardless of the country they reside in. It is open until Sunday the 23rd of April, and you can opt into a draw to win a voucher valued at $200 AUD (or foreign currency equivalent) for your time and insights. You'll find the link below, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns. I'd also love you to share this with your own networks, as the more responses I get the better. Thanks heaps for any help you can provide!
https://forms.gle/p8pP1dYZh2k6XMg1A

Closing: April 24, 2023 | Survey on Technology Used by Visually Impaired Translators and Interpreters

A visually impaired student in Translation Studies conducting a research for her dissertation would appreciate if blind or visually impaired translators and/or interpreters would fill in this survey about the technology they use to fulfill their translation-related tasks. She is especially interested in the types of technology used and their influence on the translators' and interpreters' productivity:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScY7Es_ZHbfz-crZ6wjwwoUFeyMnjZR7rgnhAgJNv-dWRwcrw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Closing: April 30, 2023 | PDF Remediator's Survey 2023 | Karen McCall, Independent Researcher and Document Expert

I'm launching another iteration of the PDF Remediator's Survey. The last one was done in 2018 or 2019. The survey closes April 30, 2023, at 6 PM EST. This is a survey for individuals who remediate PDFs for their organizations. Please share this survey with anyone who remediates PDFs:
https://forms.office.com/r/mAFuZ36nJz


Submit your adaptive technology-related Podcast Episode for consideration within this section using this form: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-podcast-episode or locate "Podcast Episode - Submission Form" within the Forms section of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


March 7, 2023 | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast: When JAWS Does the Unexpected: Top Five JAWS Troubleshooting Tips

Are you looking for ways to navigate applications and read information with JAWS more efficiently? Join Liz, Ron, Rachel and Jose as they explain what to do, "When JAWS Does the Unexpected: Top five JAWS Troubleshooting Tips." Objectives: We'll discuss important JAWS settings and keyboard commands for acquiring details about your environment, plus show you how to: Virtualize a control or window to gather information or copy error messages. Restore JAWS Factory settings to clear manually configured settings or custom-imported settings from a previous release of JAWS. Manually shutdown JAWS when an issue occurs. Restart JAWS using a layered command. Use JAWS Speech History to review and copy information spoken by JAWS:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/when-jaws-does-the-unexpected-top-five-jaws/id1521340640?i=1000603130451

March 11, 2023 | Maryland State Library Agency: LBPD TUG Podcast: Garage Band App

On Saturday, March 11, the Technology User Group (TUG) will profile the GarageBand app. Dan Price, a Berklee College of Music graduate and patron of the library, will talk about the various components of the GarageBand app, how to create music, make changes, and ultimately create a song. He will also talk about the challenges of using the iPhone version of the app compared to its MacBook counterpart:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/maryland-state-library-agency/id1633488438?i=1000604184638

March 13, 2023 | NFB Podcast: Meet the Monarch

In January 2023, Anil and Melissa spoke with Dr. Craig Meador, President of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). They discussed the monarch, the new dynamic tactile display that has emerged from a partnership among APH, Humanware, and the National Federation of the Blind. With ten lines that can display both braille and tactile graphics, this device is a potential game-changer, especially for blind students. Hear about its potential and the ways in which a partnership with the organized blind movement made it possible:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/meet-the-monarch/id1531941451?i=1000603930549

March 14, 2023 | Freedom Scientific FSCast: Archive of the February 2023 FSOpenLine

On the archive of the February FSOpenLine, we take your calls on a variety of topics including: Slack conversations unexpectedly scrolling to previous content, Notepad starting up slowly on Windows 11, Fusion sometimes scrolling the screen away from the mouse location, the newly added WhatsApp scripts for JAWS, and how to prevent Zoom from automatically announcing incoming chat messages:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/archive-of-the-february-2023-fsopenline/id292355470?i=1000604175988

March 15, 2023 | The Many Uses of GPS with Vision Loss | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Listen in as Hadley's Doug Walker and Ricky Enger chat about how they use GPS in their daily lives. From walking directions to finding items or assisting a driver by navigating a trip, GPS can be a very handy tool:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/many-uses-gps-vision-loss

March 18, 2023 | Mosen at Large Episode 219: AI Makes Its Presence Felt In The Blind Community, Exciting News From CSUN, And First-Hand Experiences Of The Sense Player And Victor Reader Stream

https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/38ed2b35/ai-makes-its-presence-felt-in-the-blind-community-exciting-news-from-csun-and-first-hand-experiences-of-the-sense-player-and-victor-reader-stream

March 18, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 119: Android 13 QPR2 Google Feature Drop, And Android13 QPR3 Beta 1

In the announcements segment we tell our listeners about the launch of the AccessibleAndroid English app. We then talk about the stable release of Android 13 QPR (Quarterly Platform release 2. You can find changes and bugfixes in this QPR at this link. We then talk about the release of Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1. If you want to receive QPR Beta updates you can join the beta program at this link. In our app of the week segment, we demo the Accessible Android App and show you the different features. In our tip of the week, we talk about how you can use a pattern as your screen lock. Yes pattern lock and unlock is accessible with TalkBack. You can find this episode at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrDZmoG2BcX4aFWOJwz-Hmi

March 20, 2023 | Tek Talk Welcomes Debra Erickson, Executive Chef And Founder Of The Blind Kitchen, To Discuss Adaptive Culinary Tools And Cooking Strategies For People With Vision Loss

Debra Erickson is the Executive Chef and Founder of The Blind Kitchen where adaptive culinary tools and cooking strategies are provided to people with vision loss who want to cook safely confidently and independently in their own kitchens. She has significant vision loss due to Retinitis Pigmentosa and was the only blind student in Culinary School. When she is not working in The Blind Kitchen, she teaches Cooking at the Oregon Commission for the Blind to adults with vision loss. Due to timing conflicts from Debra's teaching schedule, her presentation will be recorded but she should be available live for questions and answers after the recorded presentation:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk-welcomes-debra-erickson-executive-chef-and/id1500954706?i=1000605058046

March 20, 2023 | NFB Helps Win Battle for Blind Federal Employees

This episode highlights recent developments in a case supported by the National Federation of the Blind, Orozco v. Garland, addressing the right of federal employees to sue their agencies under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act when information and communication technology are inaccessible to them in violation of that law. Roving reporter Chris Danielsen interviewed Ronza Othman, an attorney and president of the National Association of Blind Government Employees, right after oral arguments in the case to understand its implications. Anil and Melissa play that interview, discuss what has happened since the case was argued, and talk about what it hopefully means for the future:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nations-blind-podcast/id1531941451

March 21, 2023 | The Official Thunderbird Podcast | ThunderCast #1: Origin Stories

Welcome to the debut episode of the Thunderbird podcast, which we're affectionately calling the ThunderCast. It's an inside look at the making of Thunderbird, alongside community-driven conversations with our friends in the open-source world:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/03/thundercast-1-origin-stories/

March 22, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2312: Braille Ignition Kits from NBP

The National Braille Press produces a variety of braille books and manuals for all ages and interests. Now they have released a set of resource kits developed specifically for teachers of the visually impaired. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kesel Wilson, editorial director at the NBP, about what is in these resource kits and how they can be used effectively:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2312.htm

March 23, 2023 | The Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, March 23, 2023

Tune in each week as we announce the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits of the week. These 5 news items represent the most popular news and trends in access technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
https://toptechtidbits.com/podcast


Submit your adaptive technology-related Webinar, Training Course or Event for consideration within this section using this form: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-event or locate "Webinar / Training Course / Event - Submission Form" within the Forms section of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


March 23, 2023 | Learn About the Envision Smart Glasses and the Envision App | Florida Outreach Center for the Blind

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Please join the Florida Outreach Center for The Blind for our next exciting workshop. This month a representative from Envision will be talking about and demonstrating the latest innovative product with their Envision glasses. This device with its Lightweight Titanium Frames allows an individual to read Instant Text, Scan Text, Batch Scan, Call an Ally, Call Aira, Describe Scene, Detect Light, Detect Colors, Find People, Find Objects, recognize a Face and so much more. In addition, learn about the Envision app. This free app is available in the Apple app store and the Google play store. The free app uses your smartphone's camera to speak out written information, describe surroundings and objects, and even tell you who's nearby. A door prize will be given to one lucky winner at the conclusion of the presentation but you must be present to win. This event will be held over Zoom. We look forward to having you join us as we learn more about these outstanding products and how they can allow you to live a full and independent life by allowing more possibilities through more choices. If you have any questions please call The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind at: (561) 642-0005 ☎ Or email us at: info_focb@bellsouth.net 📧️. One tap mobile +13126266799,,83581605488# | Dial directly: +1 312 626 6799 | Meeting ID: 835 8160 5488 | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83581605488?pwd=UWYvTVZ2Q2RRejhJamVJREF4Rlltdz09

March 24, 2023 | Seymour Captions: An Accessible Product Development Case Study | NOAT Events

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Follow the development of a digital product from idea to the marketplace. Founder of Seymour Accessibility, Greg Mena, will discuss how interviewing disabled college students following the pandemic led to the creation of a YouTube video caption checker tool:
https://sites.google.com/NOAT.ca/events/

March 28, 2023 | VPAT ® 101: Introduction to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training. 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 Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training 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? TPGi's webinar will answer those questions and more, and explain how your organization can benefit from a VPAT. Register for the webinar:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-28-at-12pm-et-vpat-101-introduction-to-the-voluntary-product-accessibility-template/

March 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

March 28, 2023 | Beyond the Alt Tag: Accessible Name | Great Lakes ADA Center

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Continuing Education Recognition Available. The reasoning, best practices, and available technology for creating accessible images and text alternatives has evolved over the last several years. Expert web developers are building upon the foundation of text alternative techniques such as "alt tags" to newer concepts such as "Accessible Name" and "Accessible Description" for HTML. This approach provides better accessibility. During this webinar, Access Board staff will describe how they employ these updated concepts when developing the Guides to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards. Participants will understand the reason for these changes and will gain practical strategies for adding “Accessible Name” to their vocabulary and tool kits. Target Audience: Open to all, but of noted interest for experienced web developers. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning:
https://www.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/session/?id=111045

March 28, 2023 | Webinar: AT in the Transition Process | Where It's AT

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Register for our virtual Webinar on AT in the Transition Process, delivered by our Executive Director, Lori Berrong, in partnership with the Maryland School for the Blind! Learn about Assistive Technology solutions that can aid in the process of transitioning out of high school and into whatever lies beyond, be it higher education, employment, and/or community living:
http://www.equipmentlink.org/blog/?p=5367

March 28, 2023 | Accessibility Boutique: The Accessibility of Remote Access | Where It's AT

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Do you need to use remote access at work? Many professions require remotely engaging with others' computers, and vice versa. Some remote access clients are partially accessible, only working with one screen reader, and the rest are not useable by the blind. Partially accessible clients require that both participants run the same screen-reader. Pneuma Solutions — a third party alternative — created Scribe for Meetings, an accessible means of remote desktop access. Remote Incident Manager (RIM) is the most accessible remote access tool available. Attend this boutique to dig into all of the options. If you use a screen reader and find yourself needing to train your customers remotely, or if you would find it convenient to connect to a friend or family member's computer at a distance:
https://nfb.org/form/accessibility-boutique-reg

March 29, 2023 | How to Design and Test for Accessible Learning Modules (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Various eLearning course authoring platforms help content authors quickly create online courses to deliver on desktop and mobile devices. Many platforms allow course creation that supports the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The platforms provide tools to address fundamental accessibility issues, such as implementing accessible course controls, accessible videos (including support for both captions and transcripts), keyboard support, and the option to incorporate accessible quizzes within a course module. However, authors must correctly implement the accessibility features and be aware of the fundamental accessibility limitations in each platform they need to resolve to meet the requirements. Join Michael Parker to learn how to design and test for accessible learning modules. Learning Outcomes: Understand the accessibility limitations of your platform, such as Storyline, RISE 360, etc. Learn techniques to make many common elements accessible. Learn about common mistakes to avoid when authoring content in your learning module platform. Learn about accessibility testing strategies to ensure the content you produce is accessible. | Meeting ID: 875 9093 7816 | Passcode: 136374 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87590937816#,,,,*136374# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87590937816?pwd=ajJGZy9XSFR0U2NTOGdsRkdRY3pnZz09#success

March 30, 2023 | Ten Power Tips for Tackling Teams with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Need help navigating Teams with JAWS? If so — this webinar is for you. We'll provide an overview of the Teams interface and give you ten quick tips that include: Navigate to different areas in Teams using keyboard commands. Read and manage chat messages. Navigate the calendar and join meetings. And many more:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zo4WnXdbT1CiZMlJ9DbtBQ

April 4, 2023 | Online Graduate Programs in Special Education Webinar | Ball State University

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Register below to attend a webinar about Ball State's online graduate special education programs: Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism. Master's in Special Education. Graduate Certificate in Autism. Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis:
https://admissions.bsu.edu/register/?id=56e048a3-0e21-46ae-85fd-5e66bf62da88&utm_source=Partner_DisScoop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OSL_DisScoop&utm_term=March_23&utm_content=RegToday

April 5, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

April 8, 2023 | How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov 📧️

April 19, 2023 | 2023 Helen Keller Achievement Awards | American Foundation for the Blind

http://bit.ly/3YsScrX

April 20, 2023 | Book Talk: Digital Copyright | Internet Archive and Author / Professor Jessica Litman

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Join Internet Archive's founder Brewster Kahle for a virtual book talk with author & professor of law Jessica Litman. In Digital Copyright, law professor Jessica Litman questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? Professor Jessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, is the author of Digital Copyright and the co-author, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than 25 years. Register now for the free, virtual discussion:
http://blog.archive.org/2023/03/16/book-talk-digital-copyright/

April 25, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

May 3, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

May 9, 2023 through May 12, 2023 | John Slatin AccessU 2023 | Knowbility

Join us virtually or in Austin, TX. John Slatin AccessU is an annual conference where tech professionals, content creators, policymakers, and advocates come together for deep learning in accessible digital design:
https://knowbility.org/programs/john-slatin-accessu-2023

May 13, 2023 | Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov 📧️

May 16, 2023 through May 18, 2023 | Virtua11y Web Accessibility Conference 2023 | Nomensa

Nomensa's free, virtual web accessibility and digital inclusion conference:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtua11y-web-accessibility-conference-2023-tickets-505953880677

May 18, 2023 | Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Help us celebrate the 12th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments:
https://accessibility.day/

June 2, 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 1PM GMT
We would love for you to share your accessibility knowledge during our sixth annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023! As in former years, this virtual conference is FREE for all attendees. This year's ASC event will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 8:00-4:00 CST. As a conference participant you will be able to attend sessions and engage in valuable networking with like-minded professionals. We are soliciting presentations from all experience levels and backgrounds, so please visit the ASC Conference Home Page for more information and to submit a proposal. The session proposal deadline is Friday, February 17th, 2023. What is Accessibility Summer Camp (ASC)? The Accessibility Summer Camp is a FREE annual conference with the goal of connecting professionals and educators with best practices in accessibility and Universal Design. Over the past few years, the ASC conference has grown to become one of the most popular accessibility conferences in the country. Our mission is to provide accessibility professional development that empowers attendees to create high quality, accessible learning environments while removing barriers for all individuals who have a desire to learn:
https://www.accessibilityict.org/

May 23, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

June 7, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

June 27, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

July 25, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

August 22, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

September 21, 2023 | Inclusive Design 24

Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) is a free 24-hour online event for the global community. It celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from planners to practitioners, and everything and everyone in between:
https://inclusivedesign24.org/2023/

September 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

October 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

November 6, 2023 through November 10, 2023 | Accessing Higher Ground | Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

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

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade

List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5 USD. Fill out this short form to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-buy-sell-trade or learn more at: https://toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html.


1) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short form to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html.


Sponsors may submit or update their Classified Advertisement at any time by submitting this short form: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-sponsor-classified.



Ayes.ai logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.

https://apps.apple.com/be/app/oko-by-ayes/id1583614988

Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.

Email: hello@ayes.ai 📧️

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

OKO App logo.

Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.

The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.

The OKO app is fully independent from infrastructure and does not require a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to operate at full capacity. The algorithm runs locally on your device, meaning that it works consistently and reliably every single time. The application has been trained on more than 150,000 images and continues to improve. Download the app today.



Sterling Adaptives, LLC logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Limited Time Introductory Pricing On The New Victor Reader Stream 3!

With the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3, it's so easy to take your books, music, and more wherever you go. Imagine being able to listen to the latest novels, magazines, or your favorite music, podcasts, and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its sleek, compact design and easy-to-grip edges, the digital media player gives you hours of listening wherever you are and a superior text-to-speech experience in multiple languages.

Take advantage of our introductory pricing on the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3! Order today or call (415) 878-2922 ☎. Use promo code TOPTECH for Free Shipping!

https://sterlingadaptives.com/products/humanware-victor-reader-stream-3rd-generation

Sponsor Since: March 9th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐

Shop: https://sterlingadaptives.com/collections/vision-products

Phone: (415) 878-2922

Email: info@sterlingadaptives.com 📧️

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram

About: Based in California, Sterling Adaptives supplies the most technologically advanced equipment and software currently available. We serve those who are blind or have visual impairment and also others with disabilities.

We have a showroom in Santa Rosa and can also meet in the comfort of your home. We supply a full range of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and assistive technology products. We are able to provide demonstrations, installations, troubleshooting, and ongoing product training.

We work with private individuals, non-profit agencies, private organizations, educational establishments, and commercial enterprises. We help our customers fully realize their potential.

We are known for providing you and your clients with the standards of service that you demand and that result in the right product at the right time and with the right backup service.

We look forward to hearing from you and being afforded the opportunity to show you just how Sterling our service is!



Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. logo.

Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307

Fax: (206) 329-3397

Contact Us: https://lhblind.org/contact-us/

About: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Our products and services include:

Manufacturing: We are a successful manufacturing organization committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program and producing parts for aerospace manufacturers.

Managed Services: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices.

Base Supply Centers: We operate 12 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.



WayAround logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Try Talking Labels That Work With Your Smartphone For Just $9.99!

Get all the different types of WayTags so you can try the BEST accessible labeling system around. Use the coupon code TryTags to get a WayTag Sampler Pack for just $9.99. Plus, you get FREE shipping. Use the WayTags along with the free mobile app to label your things with a description and other important details, so you can spend less time figuring out what things are, and more time getting things done.
https://www.wayaround.com/shop/sampler-pack/?utm_source=AssistiveTech&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TopTechTidbitsSponsorAd

Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Email: connect@wayaround.com 📧️

About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.

All the information you want with just a tap of your phone. No more waiting around to ask someone. You need just two things to get started: The free mobile app for iOS or Android and some of our smart WayTags®.

Accessible labels for the blind, deafblind, and anyone with vision loss. Your biggest problem isn't poor eyesight. It's that so much of the information in the world is visual. But you shouldn't have to wait around for someone else to get the information you need. Or carry around a bulky, outdated device. There is a better way to get accurate and complete information every time. So you can reduce stress and gain independence.

Download The App (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayaround-tag-and-scan/id1294361140?mt=8

Download The App (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wayaround.wayaround



Aira logo.

Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 ☎ | AU: +1.800.765.096 ☎ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 ☎ | NZ: +1.800.425.451

Text Message: NA: +1.858.242.4457 📲 | AU: +61.488.839.767 📲 | UK: +44.149.320.2474 📲

Email: support@aira.io 📧️

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.



Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore logo. Logo of stick figure walking confidently with white cane, surrounded by print words Blind in Mind - The Braille Superstore, with Blind in Mind spelled out in contracted Braille dots at bottom. To the right is a photo of a miniature shopping cart filled with two packages sitting atop a laptop keyboard. The Braille Superstore shows on a laptop screen in the background.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com 📧️

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

Timekeeping
Housewares
On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
New Products

If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.



Fable logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Learn Management Skills For Free. Get The Job You Want.

Everyone deserves equal access to the internet which is why Fable works with people with disabilities who use assistive technologies like switch controls to improve the accessibility of websites and apps. Fable Pathways, a free, accessible, and on-demand skill-building program, is an extension of Fable's mission. Fable Pathways provides new opportunities for people with disabilities to gain the skills they need, from experts like Judy Heumann and Kelly Ford, to contribute to improving digital accessibility.
https://tinyurl.com/3x7d7t3v

Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com 📧️

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.



Clusiv logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
https://clusiv.io/

Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.

Person Looking To Enroll In Clusiv Courses

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Looking To Learn More About Clusiv For Their Clients

Employer Looking To Hire Clusiv Graduates



Double Tap TV logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Subscribe to the Double Tap Podcast

Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you're blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletap.online 📧️. Phone: +1 (844) 971-1999
https://bit.ly/3BQmUTl

Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online 📧️

Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3BQmUTl

About: 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.



HIMS, Inc. logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com 📧️
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com 📧️

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.



Carroll Center for the Blind logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.



Pneuma Solutions logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.



Freedom Scientific logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com 📧️

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.



HumanWare logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.



LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products

Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.



American Printing House (APH) logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.



Guidelights and Gadgets logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Crazy Content Appearing Near You!

We have exciting news. The "No-Bouncey" Pouchy is here; it's weighted enough to keep the pouch from breast bouncing; 2 sturdy pockets; holds your phone securely; $35 and, yes, our own Victor Stream 2 and 3 cases, using very soft leather wallets with commercial Velcro attachments to the case and back of the stream. When done listening, just flip it over into the case; $35; also a phone stream combo case for $40. Both have side pockets for media/earphones. Finally, the Gigunda Leather Waist Pack, all 18 by 9 by 6 inches of it, is here. 6 pockets; will easily hold Touch Plus or BS 6; $65. Call Barry or Kae at: (617) 969-7500 ☎ or (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email us at bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️ or guidelightdogs@gmail.com 📧️. We love to talk and help our customers find what they need and, what will work!

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com 📧️

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!



A. T. Guys logo.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com 📧️

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.



Photo indicating no profile photo or logo is present.

Top Tech Tidbits is the world's leading not-for-profit access technology publication that reaches over 13,000 access technology professionals, educators and enthusiasts, all over the world, each week.

Top Tech Tidbits offers a total of 24 Sponsorship Packages which are used to support the ongoing distribution of the publication.

There are currently  0  of  18  Sponsorship Packages available.

If you would like to become a Top Tech Tidbits Sponsor, but there are no sponsorship packages currently available, we encourage you to join our waiting list by sending an email to: sponsorships@toptechtidbits.com 📧️.

Once you have joined our waiting list we will notify you the next time a current sponsor decides not to renew. You will then have 72 hours to secure your sponsorship before it is offered to the next sponsor on the list.

When available you can secure one of these packages for just $325.00 USD for the next 3 months, or save $100.00 USD and join us for the year. All Sponsorship Packages are offered on a first-come, first serve basis. Please help us to support the ongoing distribution of this publication. Consider showing your support for the world's #1 online resource for current news and trends in access technology while enjoying these incredible benefits. Learn more today at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/sponsorship-information.html.


➜ Top Tech Tidbits Supporters

We couldn't do it without you! Thank you for your support!

Tidbits Supporters donate an amount of their choosing on an annual basis in order to assist with the ongoing distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication.

If you would like to become a Tidbits Supporter by making a small donation to assist with the ongoing distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication, we offer the following options with our sincerest thanks, and most heartfelt gratitude for your ongoing support.

In tandem with Our Sponsors, these are the people that make the ongoing distribution of Tidbits possible:


Platinum Supporters:


Become a Top Tech Tidbits Platinum Supporter today.

1.) Gary Lee
Platinum Supporter since June 25, 2020

2.) Anonymous Donation
Platinum Supporter since July 9, 2020

3.) Pshon Barrett
Platinum Supporter since January 28, 2021

4.) Kelly Walborn
Platinum Supporter since March 28, 2022


Gold Supporters:


Become a Top Tech Tidbits Gold Supporter today.

1.) Howard Goldstein
Gold Supporter since June 4, 2020

2.) David Goldstein
Gold Supporter since June 12, 2020

3.) Katherine Crohan
Gold Supporter since January 14, 2021

4.) Neil Jarvis
Gold Supporter since April 28, 2022


Silver Supporters:


Become a Top Tech Tidbits Silver Supporter today.

1.) Your name here. Help support Tidbits today.


Bronze Supporters:


Become a Top Tech Tidbits Bronze Supporter today.

1.) Steven Wettlaufer
Bronze Supporter since July 16, 2020


➜ Top Tech Tidbits News Team


Publisher: Aaron Di Blasi (Volunteer)


➜ Classified Advertisement: Is Your Business or Organization Looking to Hire a Professional, Part-Time, Remote Digital Marketer? Aaron Di Blasi, PMP, Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd., is Seeking a New Client Partnership. Hire Direct And Pay No Agency Fee.

Could your business or organization use help with your digital marketing workflow? Tasks like website administration, article assembly and publication, graphic design, website updates, email newsletter blasts and social media scheduling? Aaron Di Blasi, Owner and Sr. Project Management Professional for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. is seeking a new client partnership. Learn more at:
https://mvsltd.com/news/is-your-business-or-organization-looking-to-hire-a-professional-digital-marketer-aaron-di-blasi-pmp-mind-vault-solutions-ltd-is-seeking-a-new-client-partnership/

Photo of Aaron Di Blasi.

Volunteer Publisher Since: June 4th 2020

Location: Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST/EDT) (GMT-5/GMT-4)

In addition to serving as Publisher for Top Tech Tidbits Aaron also serves as Publisher for the Access Information News Publication and is also the President and Senior Project Management Professional for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

As Publisher Aaron oversees the weekly distribution of Top Tech Tidbits as a not-for-profit project on behalf of Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Aaron also serves as a Volunteer Editor to Top Tech Tidbits.

Aaron Di Blasi, PMP

Publisher (2020-Present)
Top Tech Tidbits
The Week's News in Access Technology
https://toptechtidbits.com 🌐

Publisher (2022-Present)
Access Information News
The Week's News in Access Information
https://accessinformationnews.com 🌐

Sr. Project Management Professional (2006 - Present)
Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.
Innovative ideas. Solutions that perform.
https://mvsltd.com 🌐

Email: publisher@toptechtidbits.com 📧️
Subscribe: https://toptechtidbits.com/subscribe
Facebook: https://toptechtidbits.com/facebook
Twitter: https://toptechtidbits.com/twitter
LinkedIn: https://toptechtidbits.com/linkedin
RSS Feed: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/rss.xml
Donate: https://toptechtidbits.com/donate
Sponsorship Information: https://toptechtidbits.com/sponsor
Archive Search: https://toptechtidbits.com/search
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication: https://mvsltd.com


Editorial Contributor: John Hanlin (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editor Since: June 4th 2020

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST/MDT) (GMT-7/GMT-6)

In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, John also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also an attorney-at-law specializing in long-term disability claims for blind and visually impaired persons.

John is also a long-time contractor and member of the Board of Trustees at Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

John Hanlin, Esq.

Editor (2020-Present)
Top Tech Tidbits
The Week's News in Access Technology
https://toptechtidbits.com 🌐

Editor (2022-Present)
Access Information News
The Week's News in Access Information
https://accessinformationnews.com 🌐

Board of Trustees (2006 - Present)
Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.
Innovative ideas. Solutions that perform.
https://mvsltd.com 🌐

Email: editors@toptechtidbits.com 📧️
Subscribe: https://toptechtidbits.com/subscribe
Facebook: https://toptechtidbits.com/facebook
Twitter: https://toptechtidbits.com/twitter
LinkedIn: https://toptechtidbits.com/linkedin
RSS Feed: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/rss.xml
Donate: https://toptechtidbits.com/donate
Sponsorship Information: https://toptechtidbits.com/sponsor
Archive Search: https://toptechtidbits.com/search
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication: https://mvsltd.com


Editorial Contributor: Jenna Lang (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editor Since: June 4th 2020

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST/CDT) (GMT-6/GMT-5)

In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Jenna also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and runs her own advocacy foundation.

Jenna also serves as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Jenna's son was born blind and she is always seeking new and innovative ways to empower him through technology.

Jenna Lang, PMP

Editor (2020-Present)
Top Tech Tidbits
The Week's News in Access Technology
https://toptechtidbits.com 🌐

Editor (2022-Present)
Access Information News
The Week's News in Access Information
https://accessinformationnews.com 🌐

Project Management Professional (2022 - Present)
Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.
Innovative ideas. Solutions that perform.
https://mvsltd.com 🌐

Email: editors@toptechtidbits.com 📧️
Subscribe: https://toptechtidbits.com/subscribe
Facebook: https://toptechtidbits.com/facebook
Twitter: https://toptechtidbits.com/twitter
LinkedIn: https://toptechtidbits.com/linkedin
RSS Feed: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/rss.xml
Donate: https://toptechtidbits.com/donate
Sponsorship Information: https://toptechtidbits.com/sponsor
Archive Search: https://toptechtidbits.com/search
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication: https://mvsltd.com


Editorial Contributor: Stephen (Alex) Marositz (Volunteer)


Photo of Stephen (Alex) Marositz.

Editor Since: October 7th 2021

Location: Los Angeles, California

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST/PDT) (GMT-6/GMT-7)

In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Alex is also an Accessible Technology Coordinator for California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has worked in accessibility in higher education since 2005, is certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, and in his spare time plays for the San Gabriel Valley Panthers Beep Baseball Team. He can be reached on twitter at: @samarositz.

Stephen (Alex) Marositz

Editor (2021-Present)
Top Tech Tidbits
The Week's News in Access Technology
https://toptechtidbits.com 🌐

Accessible Technology Coordinator
California State University, Dominguez Hills
https://csudh.edu 🌐

Email: editors@toptechtidbits.com 📧️
Subscribe: https://toptechtidbits.com/subscribe
Facebook: https://toptechtidbits.com/facebook
Twitter: https://toptechtidbits.com/twitter
LinkedIn: https://toptechtidbits.com/linkedin
RSS Feed: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/rss.xml
Donate: https://toptechtidbits.com/donate
Sponsorship Information: https://toptechtidbits.com/sponsor
Archive Search: https://toptechtidbits.com/search
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication: https://mvsltd.com


Editorial Contributor: Ben Moxey (Volunteer)


Photo of Ben Moxey holding Ferris, Guide Dog in Training.

Editor Since: January 1st 2022

Location: Newcastle, Australia

Time Zone: Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST/AEDT) (GMT+10)

In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Ben is also an Access and Technology Advisor for Guide Dogs, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT).

Hi, Tidbits readers, my name's Ben Moxey and I'm based in Newcastle, Australia. I'm really happy to be part of the Tidbits Team and look forward to supporting this valuable publication.

A bit about me and how I came to work in the BVI area. I grew up with very low vision in one eye due to retinal issues and relied on magnification and speech throughout school. They also tried to teach me Braille, but let's just say that I wasn't the best student! I was determined to use my remaining vision, no matter how impractical it was becoming.

When I was 20, the other retina came off and I've now been totally blind for about 21 years. This is when my love for assistive technology, and technology in general, really kicked in. I'll be honest, I was a bit of a computer nerd anyway, but I could quickly see how technology was my key to enhanced independence and lifestyle. I embraced screen readers, early smart phones and mobility aids. I even finally realised the huge value of Braille and finished off the course, though I'm still pretty slow!

Long story short (not one of my strong points), I've worked in the BVI area for 12 years with much of that spent reviewing, recommending and teaching assistive technology that suits the individual. I'm currently a proud employee of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT where I was the Practice Lead for the assistive technology service, and I've now moved into an Access and Technology Advisor role. Basically, this involves a strong focus on accessibility and technology innovation.

Feel free to look me up on LinkedIn, but I'll warn you in advance that I haven't given my profile the recommended attention!

All the best and happy reading!

Ben Moxey

Editor (2022-Present)
Top Tech Tidbits
The Week's News in Access Technology
https://toptechtidbits.com 🌐

Access and Technology Advisor
Guide Dogs, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT)
https://nsw.guidedogs.com.au 🌐

Email: editors@toptechtidbits.com 📧️
Subscribe: https://toptechtidbits.com/subscribe
Facebook: https://toptechtidbits.com/facebook
Twitter: https://toptechtidbits.com/twitter
LinkedIn: https://toptechtidbits.com/linkedin
RSS Feed: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/rss.xml
Donate: https://toptechtidbits.com/donate
Sponsorship Information: https://toptechtidbits.com/sponsor
Archive Search: https://toptechtidbits.com/search
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication: https://mvsltd.com


Editorial Contributor: David Woodbridge (Volunteer)


Photo of David Woodbridge.

Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: February 6, 2023

Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Time Zone: Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST/AEDT) (GMT+10)

In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, David also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also the National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor for Vision Australia where he has worked since 1990. Over this time he has assisted people who are blind or vision impaired in their home, education, and work settings to take advantage of the benefits of using assistive and main stream technology.

In the last seventeen years, he has also been involved with evaluating technology for use by people who are blind or vision impaired covering both low and high tech equipment (including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Apple). David is also one of the key spokespersons for Vision Australia relating to technology.

He has been an Apple Ambassador for Apple Australia since 2009 with a group of other Ambassadors / Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE)'s covering the range of Apple's Accessibility solutions throughout Australia.

David produces a range of podcasts (since 2011) covering Apple and other technologies which are distributed on his own podcast (http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com). In addition, he also has a regular Talking Tech program (since 2013) which can be heard every Tuesday at 4:30 Eastern Summer Time on Vision Australia Radio Melbourne (available online) or via https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio

David also runs a weekly Tech Monday where people can chat about assistive and main stream technology, share information, and any tips and tricks.

David lost his sight when he was 8 years old and had to learn Braille. Since then, he completed high school, went to Sydney University receiving a Social Work degree, spent 4 years drug and alcohol counselling, and then moved into his current job.

As a person who is blind, David believes that as a user of the technology that he recommends to others, that he is well situated to look at the strengths and shortcomings of the assistive technology that he comes across in both his professional and personal life, in particular, mainstream technology that is accessible.

Twitter: @dwoodbridge
Mastodon: woody@dragonscave.space
iSee Podcast: https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com
Vision Australia Radio Talking Tech: https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio

In addition to his weekly contributions to Top Tech Tidbits and Access Information News, David's regularly occurring activities are his weekly tech radio show, bi-monthly exploring tech webinars for Vision Australia, his iSee podcast when something of note grabs his attention, and the weekly Tech Monday chat sessions.

David Woodbridge

Editorial Contributor (2023-Present)
Top Tech Tidbits
The Week's News in Access Technology
https://toptechtidbits.com 🌐

Editorial Contributor (2023-Present)
Access Information News
The Week's News in Access Information
https://accessinformationnews.com 🌐

National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor (1990 - Present)
Vision Australia
Live the life you choose. We're here to support all Australians who are blind or have low vision.
https://www.visionaustralia.org/ 🌐

Email: editor@toptechtidbits.com 📧️
Subscribe: https://toptechtidbits.com/subscribe
Facebook: https://toptechtidbits.com/facebook
Twitter: https://toptechtidbits.com/twitter
LinkedIn: https://toptechtidbits.com/linkedin
RSS Feed: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/rss.xml
Donate: https://toptechtidbits.com/donate
Sponsorship Information: https://toptechtidbits.com/sponsor
Archive Search: https://toptechtidbits.com/search
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication: https://toptechtidbits.com


➜ Subscription Information


ABOUT:

Founded in 2004, Top Tech Tidbits is the world's leading not-for-profit Access Technology publication that reaches over 13,000 assistive technology professionals, educators and enthusiasts each week. Sign up here. Review the archive here. Adaptive Technology refers to items that are specifically designed for people with disabilities. Adaptive Technology is a subset of Assistive Technology. Adaptive Technology often refers specifically to electronic and information technology access. Top Tech Tidbits is a Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication. Publisher: Aaron Di Blasi. Contributing Editors: John Hanlin, Jenna Lang, Stephen (Alex) Marositz, and Ben Moxey. Top Tech Tidbits is a sponsor and reader supported publication.

RELEASE SCHEDULE:

Top Tech Tidbits is released every Thursday morning at 6:00 AM ET.

SUBSCRIBE:

Do you, a friend, or colleague wish to receive the Top Tech Tidbits Newsletter? If so, please use or pass along our CAPTCHA-free sign-up link, which is: https://toptechtidbits.com/subscribe. You can also subscribe to receive the Top Tech Tidbits Newsletter on the Top Tech Tidbits Website at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com. Either of these methods will provide you with an accessibly friendly and secure medium through which you can subscribe to our mailing list. Just enter your email address, click send, and begin receiving the Top Tech Tidbits Newsletter. It's that easy.

PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER:

Top Tech Tidbits Premium Subscribers receive additional benefits throughout the year, in addition to supporting upgrades to the Top Tech Tidbits Publication. Please consider joining us today! Premium Subscribers make new feature requests possible.

SPONSOR:

If you would like to become 1 of only 24 Top Tech Tidbits Sponsors whose ongoing support makes the distribution of Top Tech Tidbits possible, we offer you the following advertising benefits, with our sincerest thanks, and most heartfelt gratitude for your ongoing support: https://toptechtidbits.com/sponsor.

SUPPORT:

If you would like to become a Tidbits Supporter by making a small donation to assist with the ongoing distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication, we offer the following options, with our sincerest thanks, and most heartfelt gratitude for your support: https://toptechtidbits.com/donate.

WEBSITE:

Visit the Top Tech Tidbits website online at: https://toptechtidbits.com.

FACEBOOK:

Are you on Facebook? Stop by and "Like" Top Tech Tidbits to begin receiving current news and trends in Access Technology as part of your Facebook News Feed: https://toptechtidbits.com/facebook.

X (FORMERLY TWITTER):

Are you on X? Follow Top Tech Tidbits to begin receiving current news and trends in Access Technology as part of your X News Feed: https://toptechtidbits.com/x.

MASTODON:

Are you on Mastodon? Follow Top Tech Tidbits to begin receiving current news and trends in Access Technology as part of your Mastodon News Feed by visiting https://mastodon.toptechtidbits.com/@news or searching for @news@mastodon.toptechtidbits.com on your server today.

LINKEDIN:

Are you on LinkedIn? Follow Top Tech Tidbits to begin receiving current news and trends in Access Technology as part of your LinkedIn News Feed: https://toptechtidbits.com/linkedin.

YOUTUBE:

Are you on YouTube? Follow Top Tech Tidbits to begin receiving current news and trends in Access Technology as part of your YouTube Video Feed: https://toptechtidbits.com/youtube.

RSS:

Do you prefer RSS? Follow Top Tech Tidbits via RSS today to begin receiving current news and trends in Access Technology using your choice of news aggregator: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/rss.xml.

QUESTIONS:

Tidbits are intentionally concise. As a result we know that some readers may not always understand all of the items listed because little explanation is given. If a particular Tidbit brings up a question in your mind, feel free to ask, and we will try to answer as time and knowledge permit.

ARCHIVE

Read the most recently released issues at: https://toptechtidbits.com/#new. Visit the Top Tech Tidbits Archive at: https://toptechtidbits.com/archive where you can grab back issues.

CONTENT CONTRIBUTORS:

Any information for future issues of Top Tech Tidbits may be submitted online via our Top Tech Tidbit Submission Form at: https://toptechtidbits.com/submit-news or directed to our Editors at: editors@toptechtidbits.com.


Five stylized access logos, a long cane user, hearing aid user, full braille cell, fingers signing interpreter, and enlarged print.
Home: Top Tech Tidbits News: Top Tech Tidbits Subscribe: Top Tech Tidbits Donate: Top Tech Tidbits Sponsor: Top Tech Tidbits Facebook: Top Tech Tidbits X (Formerly Twitter): Top Tech Tidbits Mastodon: Top Tech Tidbits LinkedIn: Top Tech Tidbits YouTube: Top Tech Tidbits RSS: Top Tech Tidbits Back to Top

Information provided by:
Top Tech Tidbits
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/  🌐

1284 SOM Center Road, PMB 194
Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124
  Google Maps icon.
(855) 578-6660