Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 25, 2023 - Volume 912
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) Hardware That My Smart Phone Has Replaced | David Woodbridge | Editor | Top Tech Tidbits
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B.) The Next Big Windows 11 Feature Update Is Imminent — Here's What's New | Windows Central
Microsoft is gearing up to ship yet another feature drop for Windows 11 users in the next handful of weeks, and this one is set to feature lots of quality-of-life improvements to areas such as the Taskbar, Widgets Board, Settings, and accessibility features:
C.) JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Power Tip: Popping Out A Chat
Microsoft Teams has a feature just like many other chat applications where you can have a specific chat opened in a separate window. Here's how to access it with JAWS:
D.) You Can Actually Chat With Images Now! (MiniGPT-4) | Matt Wolfe | YouTube
Publisher (Di Blasi): I believe it is now safe to say that the age-old ALT text dilemma has finally been flipped on its head. That's right. Humans don't need to describe images anymore. Why? Because they can now describe themselves in far greater detail than any human being ever would or could. And, in a unique twist of ALT text fate, the ALT text itself can now be used to "CREATE" the image! How's that for reversal? Though I will concede that the quality of these images is still not quite on par with stock photography, but that's only a matter of time now. While this tech will be amazing for everyone, If you are blind or have low vision, you will definitely want to check out what these new models can do!
E.) Call Annie: Your New AI Best Friend | AppleVis
Publisher (Di Blasi): While we've heard (through the access vine) that this app is accessible, we have not yet tested it ourselves. Sighted or not, if you try this app please consider sharing your feedback with us. The app is free. This is just ChatGPT placed behind either an audio or video avatar. It's just a different way to interact with AI. I very strongly believe that once generative AI has evolved a bit more, this will be the preferred way to interact with it. Via avatar. Be that avatar audio or video. Male, female, cartoon or alien. We will each be able to craft our very own personal assistant, and perhaps even a new best friend in the process. Something that could go a very long way toward treating mental health issues such as depression and loneliness. If you've seen or listened to the 2013 Romance / Science Fiction movie "Her" by Spike Jonze, this is one of the very first steps in that direction.
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A) ChatGPT Now Has an iPhone App | Wired: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): Attention blind and low vision readers. ChatGPT's new mobile incarnation now allows you to talk to the chatbot directly, instead of just typing. OpenAI has added its speech recognition system, Whisper, which the company claims reaches "human-level robustness and accuracy" for English.
B) 10 Amazing Prompts That Demonstrate The Capabilities of ChatGPT to Improve The Lives of People With Disabilities | Aaron Di Blasi | Top Tech Tidbits
Here are 10 innovative prompts aimed at demonstrating the capabilities of ChatGPT to improve the lives of people with various disabilities. Copy and paste any of these prompts into ChatGPT:
C) Google AI Can Now Answer Your Questions About Uncaptioned Images | Engadget
Google's latest accessibility features include a potentially clever use of AI. The company is updating its Lookout app for Android with an "image question and answer" feature that uses DeepMind-developed AI to elaborate on descriptions of images with no captions or alt text. If the app sees a dog, for example, you can ask (via typing or voice) if that pup is playful. Google is inviting a handful of people with blindness and low vision to test the feature, with plans to expand the audience "soon:"
D) Adobe Wants To Help Make PDF Documents More Accessible With AI-Based Auto-Tag API | Forbes: Subscription Required
Ahead of this year's Global Accessibility Awareness Day, San Jose-based Adobe on Wednesday revealed the all-new Adobe PDF Accessibility Auto-Tag API. In a press release, the company said the tool is powered by its artificial intelligence and machine learning framework, Sensei:
E) A Professor Accused His Class Of Using ChatGPT, Putting Diplomas In Jeopardy | The Washington Post: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): I have been answering a continuous series of "confidential" questions from high-level educators for that last couple of months regarding AI. And I am absolutely enamored to finally see someone else saying out loud that "AI-generated writing is impossible to detect" with any reasonable degree of accuracy. And any degree of accuracy that may have been possible before is quickly disappearing. But that's not even what this is about. In lieu of one of those expensive prognostication programs (which do not work) this instructor simply input student papers directly into ChatGPT, and asked the genie itself if it had written said verbiage. To which, surprisingly, it provided responses. Wholly inaccurate responses, mind you, which the instructor then subsequently used to "grade" each student for cheating. I cannot even begin to explain how incredibly dangerous and misdirected this line of reasoning is. Please, if you have any choice whatsoever, don't subject student futures to this type of mathematical roulette. It simply cannot be trusted.
F) Microsoft Leverages Power Of AI To Improve Accessibility For Disabled People | AT Today UK
As part of GAAD 2023 Microsoft revealed some of its latest advancements in AI, Microsoft Office, gaming, and people, with new skilling and non-profit partnerships, that are improving accessibility:
G) AI Is Strengthening The Future Of Accessibility | Chris Barry | President | Microsoft Canada
At Microsoft, we believe that technology like artificial intelligence can empower people of all abilities and unlock new opportunities at the workplace, within the community, and in daily life. From helping people with low vision to navigate the world around them with Seeing AI to real-time speech-to-text transcription which is facilitating easier communication for people that are hard of hearing:
H) Apple Posts 28 New AI Positions In May 2023, Says Generative AI Will 'Transform' iPhone | 9to5Mac
It surfaced on May 18, 2023 that Apple has banned the use of AI tools like OpenAI's ChatGPT, however, that doesn't mean the company isn't working diligently on its own generative AI plans. In the first three weeks of May alone, Apple has added 28 new AI-focused jobs as it looks for senior engineers, research scientists, special project managers, and more. Looking at the big picture, the company says it expects generative AI to "transform Apple's mobile computing platforms:"
I) When It Comes To Advanced Math, ChatGPT Is No Star Student | ArsTechnica
Publisher (Di Blasi): Academically I find the title of this article to be misleading. It is now common knowledge that ChatGPT does not know a correct answer from an incorrect one. At least, not yet. No one ever claimed that it did. In addition, the article discusses only the "advanced math" which ChatGPT has learned all on its own simply by reviewing public "text" available about advanced math. They didn't even activate the Wolfram Alpha plug-in, which I think we all know would have generated drastically different results. In short, of course ChatGPT is currently lacking in the nuances of mathematics. It hasn't been trained on them yet.
J) 10 Mind Blowing ChatGPT Prompts That You Can Use To Test The Intelligence of ChatGPT | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.
Copy and paste any of these 10 prompts into ChatGPT to grow your understanding of what the current state of Generative AI can do, or, rather, think:
K) Microsoft Builds Its Copilot AI Assistant Straight Into Windows 11 | CNET
Publisher (Di Blasi): While I'm pretty sure none of us are surprised by this move, nor the one described in the next Tidbit, I think we can all feel Google shuffling uncomfortably in their seat.
L) Bing Search Is Coming To ChatGPT | Engadget
It will act as the 'default search experience' for users:
M) Google Will Soon Show You AI-Generated Ads
Publisher (Di Blasi): Here we get a sense for how Google will likely survive, despite Microsoft's best attempts to wrest AI browser share from them.
9) JAWS Power Tip: Adjusting JAWS Volume On The Fly
10) An Opportunity From ElevenLabs | Living Blindfully
Hi everyone. You may remember the demonstration of and discussion with ElevenLabs, the voice cloning company, in Episode 215. ElevenLabs has reached out to say they are inviting their blind users to try their new professional voice cloning feature along with access to the Creator tier for free. This will create a high quality voice which ElevenLabs says is indistinguishable from your own. Access to the tier and the voice will be free for the first three months. If you find it useful, you can retain access by subscribing to one of the paid plans. To register your interest, visit:
11) Introducing Eleven Multilingual v1: Our New Speech Synthesis Model | ElevenLabs
We're thrilled to launch Eleven Multilingual v1 - our advanced speech synthesis model supporting seven new languages: French, German, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. Building on top of the research that powered Eleven Monolingual v1, our current deep learning approach leverages more data, more computational power, and novel techniques inside an increasingly sophisticated model, capable of understanding textual nuances and delivering an emotionally rich performance. This advancement expands the creative horizons for creators, game developers, and publishers, and it paves the way for using generative media to create more localized, accessible, and imaginative content:
12) Hands-Free Coding: How I Develop Software Using Dictation And Eye-Tracking | Josh Comeau
Earlier this year, I developed Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, a repetitive-strain injury, in both of my elbows. As a result, I pretty much can't use a mouse or keyboard; after a few minutes, I get a burning pain shooting down my arms. Even if I try to limit my computer usage to 60-second bursts, I wind up inadvertently making the situation worse. As you might imagine, this was a pretty big deal; as a software developer, my entire career is based on being able to use a keyboard! After many failed attempts at solving the problem with physiotherapy, ergonomics, braces, diet and supplements, prescription medications, supplements, surgical consultations, and a bunch of other stuff, I've found a solution that allows me to be productive without using my arms at all. I now work almost exclusively using a microphone and an eye-tracker:
13) JAWS Scripts for Twitter! | Hartgen Consultancy
Since the demise of the majority of the specialist third party clients to support the Twitter social networking tool, people have been attempting to navigate the official web site or Windows app with varying degrees of success. It is achievable but very unsatisfactory. There is a great deal of additional verbosity, there is no way of discerning how many characters of a tweet have been typed and there is the need to move in and out of the JAWS Forms Mode frequently, to name but three aspects. Third party Twitter clients made it possible for screen-reader users to access the social network in a convenient and efficient way. While those days are gone, we can at least improve the experience somewhat by a set of JAWS scripts to support both access to the Twitter web site or app. Through the use of more logical shortcut keys and a little creativity, we have a solution which at the very least will allow you to access Twitter with some logic and efficiency:
14) How To Record A Phone Call On Android: 3 Ways | ZDNet
When you want to record a phone call on your Android device, you'll need to know how. We've got you covered:
15) How To Use Passkeys On Your iPhone Or Mac | LifeHacker
A seamless login future is coming for all Apple users. Starting with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple offers built-in support for passkeys. You can add these new cryptographically generated keys directly to your iCloud Keychain and they'll sync across all your devices using end-to-end encryption:
16) An Audio Walk-through of the Twitter Service with JAWS for Windows, (NVDA Keystrokes and Text Transcript Included) | May 11, 2023 | Rachel Ramos | The Nerd Breakthrough
Hi Everyone! As there have been recent changes at Twitter, I have seen a lot of questions as to how to continue to use it with a screen reader? I seek to answer some of those questions in this short audio demo of the Twitter application/website on Windows. I use JAWS in this recording, but NVDA keystrokes, (where they differ from JAWS keystrokes) will be mentioned. There is a transcript included as well. The “Play” button for the audio can be found below the transcript. Enjoy!
17) A Conversation with David Niemeijer of AssistiveWare About Personal Voice, Assistive Access, and Developing Apps for Accessibility | May 18, 2023 | John Voorhees | MacStories
Earlier this week, Apple announced a series of new accessibility features coming to its OSes later this year. There was a lot announced, and it can sometimes be hard to understand how features translate into real-world benefits to users. To get a better sense of what some of this week's announcements mean, I spoke to David Niemeijer, the founder and CEO of AssistiveWare, an Amsterdam-based company that makes augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps for the iPhone and iPad, including Proloquo, Proloquo2Go, and Proloquo4Text. Each app addresses different needs, but what they all have in common is helping people who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. What follows is a lightly edited version of our conversation:
18) Windows 11 Version 23H2: Microsoft Previews Big New Features Coming Later This Year, Including A New AI Assistant | Windows Central
AI, RGB, and Taskbar ungrouping are on the way:
19) Google Announces New Accessibility Features Across Products
Google has released a slew of new accessibility features for GAAD 2023. These include Lookout, Wheelchair Accessibility, and more, with a mix of AI capabilities:
20) Getting Back To Outlook Classic User Interface If You're In The Inaccessible New Outlook User Interface (AKA Outlook Preview Or Outlook PRE) | Brian Vogel
Note: The New Outlook interface is NOT accessible and most of the keyboard shortcuts you are accustomed to are not available. To change back to the Outlook Classic user interface from the New Outlook user interface follow these steps:
21) The Robot Suitcase Guide | Lucy Greco | YouTube
At CSUN 2023 I took a robot for a test run. Please enjoy this glimpse of one of the future tools being created to help blind people. On this Global Accessibility Awareness Day I thought it would be a fun thing to show how working with blind users can have an impact on the product design process:
22) How to Turn Off TalkBack on Android Devices | MakeUseOf.com
One of the best accessibility services built into the Android operating system is TalkBack. It's an eyes-free feature that lets you navigate your device's interface using a host of options such as text-to-speech, vibration, and spoken feedback. While this is undoubtedly a useful feature to have, it can get annoying at times. Here's how you can disable or turn off the TalkBack feature on your Android device:
23) New Shortcuts Coming To Microsoft Office 365 For Windows | Office Watch
New shortcuts are coming to Microsoft Office 365 for Windows which will help navigate larger pull-down menus with keystrokes. Plus the screen-reader labels are being improved:
24) How Firefox's Accessibility Boost Gives You a Much Faster Browser
Firefox's latest update enhances speed and accessibility while making the web more inclusive for everyone:
25) Take Your Ultrawide Monitors Everywhere With an AR Laptop | Wired: Subscription Required
You can now harness the power of a multi-monitor setup with a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses and a keyboard. Created by a new company called Sightful, founded by former executives of Magic Leap, Spacetop does exactly that. As the world's first AR laptop, it delivers the convenience of a virtual 100-inch screen with the ability to display as many windows and apps as you need to get work done from wherever you are:
26) Top 5 Uses For The OrCam READ | May 18, 2023 | The Blind Life | YouTube
27) Orientation to an iPhone | Rita Howells | Tech-VI List
Orientation to an Apple iOS device using an iPhone with VoiceOver:
28) Creating Accessible iOS Apps: An Action Plan | Daniel Devesa Derksen-Staats | Accessibility NYC | YouTube
29) iOS 16.6 Beta Lays Groundwork for iMessage Contact Key Verification
iMessage Contact Key Verification lets Apple device owners verify that they are messaging with the people they intend to message rather than a malicious entity that has intercepted a message or is eavesdropping on a conversation. In a conversation between two or more people who have enabled iMessage Contact Key Verification, Apple will send an alert if the cloud servers are ever breached and a conversation is vulnerable to an intrusion. Users who enable this feature can also compare a Contact Verification Code in person, on FaceTime, or through another secure app to further verify their identity and who they are communicating with. Apple said that iMessage Contact Key Verification would be available on the iPhone and other Apple devices at some point in 2023, and it is one of the last features we are expecting to see in iOS 16:
30) For Users of The BrailleSense 6 — Comments From Scott Davert — Live Transcribe and the BS6: My Findings | Tech-VI List
I've been playing around a bit on Android with my Pixel 7 and installed the Live Transcribe app. First, it has some braille challenges, but is the most accurate captioning app I've found on iOS and Android:
31) Apple Created Its New Voice Feature For — And With — People With ALS | Fast Company
To help those living with ALS digitize their unique voices, Apple leveraged cutting-edge AI — and did a lot of listening:
32) A Beginner's Guide to Accessibility Tools on Windows | MakeUseOf.com
Windows Accessibility tools help people with a variety of disabilities every day. Here's a quick overview of all the tools:
33) This Company Can Help You Control Your Electronics With Your Tongue | Cool Blind Tech
People with mobility impairments might need assistance with typing, scrolling, or gaming. These disabilities can affect someone's ability to work or connect with others socially. Corten Singer and Tomás Vega, co-founders of Augmental, an MIT Media Lab spinoff, are determined to give people with disabilities more control — and that's where a new assistive technology called MouthPad could have a big impact:
34) Google Is Working On A Dash Cam Mode For Pixels, And Here's How It Works | Android Authority
This dash cam mode has some thoughtful features, but will Pixel phones overheat when using it?
35) Google Will Delete Accounts, Including Gmail & Photos, That Haven't Logged On In 2 Years | 9to5Google
In 2020, Google said it would remove content stored in an inactive account (but not the account itself) to preserve storage space. Google is now updating its inactivity policy so that old, unused accounts will be deleted starting later this year:
36) Samsung Enhances Galaxy Buds2 Pro with New Ambient Sound Feature for Improved Hearing Accessibility | May 17, 2023 | Hearing, Health and Technology Matters
In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Samsung has unveiled an updated feature called Ambient Sound for its Galaxy Buds2 Pro earbuds, aimed at providing better auditory experiences for individuals with hearing loss. This enhancement offers users the ability to listen to their favorite music while remaining aware of their surroundings, or alternatively, to block out external noise when desired. The latest version of the Ambient Sound feature includes two additional levels of customization, bringing the total to five amplification levels.1 This expansion enables even more users to benefit from improved hearing experiences:
37) You Can Now Hail An Uber By Calling This Number | May 17, 2023 | TechCrunch
Uber's making it easier to hail a ride — no app required. The company announced Wednesday at its annual Go-GET event in New York City that it's launching a new ride-hailing option for people who aren't as familiar navigating a smartphone. By dialing the toll-free number 1-833-USE-UBER ☎| +1 (833) 873-8237 ☎ in the U.S., customers can speak with an agent in English or Spanish to request a ride on-demand or reserve one for a future trip:
38) Google AI Can Now Answer Your Questions About Uncaptioned Images | Engadget
Google's latest accessibility features include a potentially clever use of AI. The company is updating its Lookout app for Android with an "image question and answer" feature that uses DeepMind-developed AI to elaborate on descriptions of images with no captions or alt text. If the app sees a dog, for example, you can ask (via typing or voice) if that pup is playful. Google is inviting a handful of people with blindness and low vision to test the feature, with plans to expand the audience "soon." It will also be easier to get around town if you use a wheelchair — or a stroller, for that matter. Google Maps is expanding wheelchair-accessible labels to everyone, so you'll know if there's a step-free entrance before you show up. If a location doesn't have a friendly entrance, you'll see an alert as well as details for other accommodations (such as wheelchair-ready seating) to help you decide whether or not a place is worth the journey:
39) Shortwave DB: A New Database Of HF Radio Schedules | The Swing Post
40) Hearing Care vs. Over the Counter Hearing Aids: A Consumer's Perspective | May 17, 2023 | Stephen O. Frazier | Hearing, Health and Technology Matters
I almost let the call go to voice mail. I was busy proof reading a piece that needed to be in the hands of an editor by the end of the day. I thought I recognized the number, though, so I took the call. I was wrong — I didn't know the caller but when he told me why he was calling I couldn't not continue the conversation. The caller was looking for help for his eighty year old father who had just gotten his first pair of hearing aids. The son told me his father's hearing aids were “tiny things,” and that he had difficulty putting them in and taking out. He was having trouble adapting to them and frustrated at his increasing inability to hear, to participate in his favorite activities. His growing isolation resulting from his inability to talk to friends and family on the phone bore down on the whole family — recalling Dr. Mark Ross's dictum that if one person in a family has a hearing problem, the whole family has a hearing problem:
41) Walmart is Offering Free Phones In Partnership With Verizon
Verizon recently revealed three new phones for the network's Straight Talk Wireless brand, exclusively sold at Walmart. New prepaid Verizon members can get a free phone with in-store activation:
42) Bing Chat Gets A New Wave Of Updates, Including (Finally) Chat History | ZDNet
Microsoft adds several long-awaited features to its chatbot. Here's what you need to know:
43) How To Design Services For People Who Need Help With Numbers | AccessibleNumbers.com
Low numeracy affects half of the adults in the UK. Many live with the limitations of not understanding numbers and the impact that has on everyday life, like managing money, arranging appointments, doing calculations and telling the time. Use the accessible numbers project to design services for people who need help with numbers:
44) 7 Common Accessibility Errors On Websites And How To Fix Them | HelenKeller.org
Learn about the most common accessibility errors on websites and how to improve them to build better website pages or call out issues on existing websites:
45) CRASH! BARK! BOOM! The USC Sound Effects Library | Internet Archive
While there are plenty of items at the Internet Archive that have no obvious home elsewhere online, there are also cases where we hold a copy of a frequently-available set of material, but we can provide it for much easier distribution and preview, including the ability to download the entire original set of files in one fell swoop. Such it is with the USC SOUND EFFECTS LIBRARY, a collection of .WAV files taken from rapidly crumbling magnetic tape and presented for reference, enjoyment and even projects:
46) The Best Mastodon Apps for 2023 | PC Mag
Escape the tyranny of Twitter with the best apps for Mastodon, a decentralized and free social media platform:
47) Review: Enhance Accessibility with the Cutting Edge Hable Keyboard for Non Touchscreen Smartphone Users | The Blind Life | YouTube
48) The Tech Industry's Accessibility-Related Products And Launches This Week In Commemoration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day | Engadget
49) BlindShell USA Software Updates Now Available
We are thrilled to announce some exciting updates to the BlindShell Classic 2 software that will significantly enhance your experience. With these latest features, you can now enjoy even more functionality and convenience. Read on to discover what's new:
50) NextGuide Cane Guides Blind Users Via A Pointer Under Their Thumb | New Atlas
Blind people using white canes are limited in how fast they can walk, as they have to wait for the tip of their cane to hit obstacles before going around them. The NextGuide cane is different, in that it preemptively steers users around obstacles that they have yet to reach:
51) Microsoft Teams Now Lets You Assign Breakout Rooms Spontaneously
At the height of COVID-19, Microsoft announced a new feature coming to Teams to further enhance the meeting experience for users. The breakout rooms feature is designed to allow meeting organizers to split a group video or audio call into divergent sessions for smaller group discussions:
52) ChromeOS Canary Reworks Accessibility Toggles To Be More, Well, Accessible | Chrome Unboxed
Thanks to the ChromeOS Material You redesign, Google's laptop operating system is undergoing a complete transformation. Clearly, the company aims to embody their new vision for Chromebooks as versatile and enjoyable devices for everyone, rather than mere Chrome browsers confined to a box:
53) WhatsApp Just Added A Major Update To Its Messaging System
54) You Can Use Nearby Share On Windows To Copy Text To An Android Device, Here's How | 9to5Google
As simple as Nearby Share is for Windows, the tool has a couple of hidden features. One of which is the ability to copy and paste text or links in Nearby Share to send to your Android devices from a PC, or vice versa:
55) Here Are The Biggest Announcements Coming Out Of Microsoft Build 2023 | Windows Central
These are the headlines from Microsoft's annual developer conference:
56) Amazon Announces New Fire Max 11 Tablet — Its Largest & Most Powerful Tablet Ever
Amazon has announced a new 11″ tablet that is more powerful than any tablet they have ever made. This new Fire Max 11 tablet has 14 hours of battery life, 125GB of storage, and a 2000 x 1200 resolution. It also has an 8 MP front and rear cameras. The tablet is powered by an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM:
57) iOS 17 Probably Won't Have A ChatGPT-Like Siri Upgrade, But I Have High Hopes For The Future | Chris Smith | BGR
Generative AI continues to be the talk of the town, with May alone having delivered several great surprises from OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google. You can access ChatGPT, GPT-4, and Google Bard for free almost anywhere in the world on all sorts of devices, including Apple. The iPhone has various ChatGPT and Bard apps. But Siri doesn't have generative AI powers like ChatGPT, and I don't think iOS 17 will deliver them. But I certainly have great hopes for the future, as Apple is already working on generative AI products that could benefit Siri on iPhone and all other Apple devices. It's not just speculation, as we've already seen a report claiming that Apple is indeed developing ChatGPT-like tech. And there's proof to support that. Apple is currently looking for several AI engineers for generative AI-related positions:
58) AppleVis Community Inducts GoodMaps Explore and lire Into Its iOS App Hall of Fame
59) Sorry Bing, Samsung's Sticking With Google As Its Default Mobile Search Engine | The Verge
Publisher (Di Blasi): You can almost hear 3 billion different sighs of relief when reading this article. Isn't it amazing how quickly a leading, world-class, mega tech company can go from unquestionable domination to questionable future viability in just 6 months? Sometimes, being too careful can cost you First Place. Which only really matters when you're already First Place. Because even if you bring a better product later, it can remain difficult to compete with the perception of First Place. A painful lesson that Google is currently learning first hand.
60) Blizzard Reveals Diablo 4 Will Have Over 50 Individual Accessibility Features | IGN
Making Diablo 4 as accessible as possible was a 'flame that guided' Blizzard throughout development:
61) Xbox Celebrates Commitment to Accessibility on Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023
In celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day this year, Xbox announced a slew of accessibility-oriented updates. In a press release, the company touted new happenings centered around features, partnerships, progress, a revamped web experience, and much more:
62) Brace Yourself For The Braille Revolution | CNBC International TV | YouTube
South Korean start-up Dot Inc. has developed new movable Braille technology that gives visually impaired people the power to access digital maps, diagrams, charts, and illustrations:
63) Apple Shares WWDC 2023 Schedule Ahead Of Special Event At Apple Park | 9to5Mac
We're less than a month away from WWDC 2023, Apple's annual conference for developers. Ahead of the special event in Apple Park, the company has now sent out the event schedule for invited developers. Read on as we detail what to expect for WWDC 2023:
64) Apple's New Accessibility Features: Voice Cloning, Letting Your iPhone 'See' For You — An Advocate's Verdict | Chris Keall | NZHerald.co.nz
Apple has previewed a raft of new vision, hearing and mobility features to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Most are due for release by the end of the year. One is Personal Voice, which allows you to create a synthetic version of your voice, that sounds like you, in as little as 15 minutes. Developed in partnership with US non-profit Team Geason, it's designed for people diagnosed with a condition like myotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or who otherwise know there's a risk they'll lose their ability to speak over time
65) New Nitro PDF Pro Release Enables Accessible, Inclusive and Compliant PDFs for All | May 18, 2023 | Business Wire
In partnership with Level Access, Nitro announces the latest Nitro PDF Pro release on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Our built-in accessibility features are designed to empower every person and organization with the ability to create inclusive, compliant PDF documents:
66) #GAAD 2023 Game Accessibility Trivia | Ian Hamilton
20 game-related questions for Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023! There are some pretty tricky ones in there, but hopefully all with some interesting facts behind them, so be sure to click through to see your results as full detail is given there. If 20 questions isn't enough for you, you can also check out the versions from previous years:
67) France Is Fighting to Save Your iPhone From an Early Death | Wired: Subscription Required
With iPhones getting harder and more expensive to repair, French prosecutors have launched an investigation into the scourge of planned obsolescence:
68) Summer Series Of Assistive Technology (AT) And Braille Classes At The DC Public Library Center For Accessibility | Where It's AT
Would you like to learn or teach JAWS, VoiceOver, TalkBack, or Braille? Students and volunteer trainers are welcome to register at the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility for summer assistive technology (AT) classes. The Center for Accessibility at DC Public Library sponsors AT classes both remotely and in-person. The in-person classes are held on the 2nd floor, Room 205 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and include Braille, JAWS for Windows, VoiceOver for iPhone, and a TalkBack for Android drop-in clinic. Remote AT training is held by phone or Zoom. Remote Volunteer Trainers and students are both needed:
69) The KIM-1 That Sounds Like Stephen Hawking (Or: "jitbanging" DECtalk) | Old Vintage Computing Research
My 1976 briefcase Commodore/MOS KIM-1, a 1 MHz single-board computer with a 6502 CPU and 1K of RAM, has learned to talk — with a familiar-sounding voice. The KIM-1's serial lines are connected to the last and smallest member of Digital Equipment Corporation's true DECtalk hardware speech synthesizers, the 1994 DECtalk Express. The DECtalk's classic default voice heard in this video is Perfect Paul, which (with adjustments) was the voice of Dr Stephen Hawking as produced with the 1988 Speech Plus CallText 5010:
70) Web Axe: Reading List May 2023
Recommended resources on web accessibility from over the last several months:
71) NV Access In-Process For May 19, 2023
72) Paths To Literacy Newsletter for May 23, 2023
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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:
Closing: June 1, 2023 | Home Video Audio Description Survey
Our braille production company is dedicated to providing accessible materials to those with print disabilities. We offer braille, large print and audio materials, and low-tech assistive technology solutions. We believe that everyone should have equal access to information and entertainment, regardless of their level of vision. In this unpaid survey, we are seeking feedback on personalized videos for home, wedding, and school or other life events. We want to know if consumers like you want these videos to be audio described, with a human narrator, and what aspects of audio description are most important to you. We believe that audio description of home movies, school/other functions, and wedding videos can help bring families together to experience cherished memories. Please share your opinions and help us improve our one-of-a-kind service. Thank you for taking the time to support our mission of accessibility for all:
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May 19, 2023 | Engadget Podcast: How Apple And Google Are Highlighting Accessibility
This week, we're focusing on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an annual event meant to promote the need for accessible tech solutions. Cherlynn returns to tell us what Apple, Google, Adobe and others are doing to make their products more useful for people with disabilities (and, it turns out, many general users too). We also discuss Sam Altman's trip to Congress, and why we're not entirely impressed with the OpenAI CEO's calls for AI regulation. Finally, we explain why the BlackBerry movie is one of the best films about tech ever made (take that, Tetris!):
May 20, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode128: Navigating the Play Store Part 3, And GAAD Google A11y Awareness Day
In this episode, we first talk about the Play Store, we demo the category tabs and more. Then we discuss GAAD and talk about all the new announcements from Google for GAAD. We have the app of the week, which is SpeechNotes. And to close the episode there is a demo of CSR Custom Aliases. All The Whats New in GAAD 2023 | Speech Notes App Play Store Link | Donate to Blind Android Users Podcast | Episode:
May 21, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 230: Apple's Accessibility Announcements, Google's Music LM, Microsoft's Audio Transcription, And What's New With Hable One
May 24, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2321: Awarewolf Gear All Terrain Cane
The All Terrain Cane (ATC) is a sturdy folding cane designed for blind hikers. Made of lightweight titanium and having an adjustable length, the ATC is suitable for a variety of terrains. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Sedona Dave, founder of Awarewolf Gear, about how he came up with the idea, and the benefits of using it for hiking and other outdoor activities:
May 25, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, May 25, 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 adaptive technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
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May 25, 2023 | Envision's May Update And Summer Show Schedule | Envision
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May 25, 2023 | JAWS For Beginners Webinar | Computers For The Blind
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May 25, 2023 | Explore the Compact 8 — Free Training Webinar | Optelec
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May 31, 2023 | TOPAZ Magnifiers: Powerful Visual Aids (Assistive Technology Webinar — ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
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June 2, 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023
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July 1, 2023 through July 6, 2023 | NFB 2023 National Convention in Houston, Texas
The National Federation of the Blind is the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind people. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. Each year we come together for important discussions, decisions, and information sharing. As an attendee, take advantage of the opportunity to: Network with thousands of blind role models. Connect with leaders in the field of blindness. Attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics. Learn about the latest in technology and innovation. And more! The convention is open to all. Important note: Our constitution states that only members of the Federation have the right to participate in decision-making when it comes to organizational policy. If you are not already a member, please connect with your state affiliate at:
June 7th, 2023 | Nothing Inspires People Like Cash! | Total Tech Solutions
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June 7, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH
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June 13, 2023 | Ramping Up Your Accessibility Testing: A Beginner's Guide | TPGi
9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
June 21, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: ARIA
9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
June 27, 2023 | Blind, Equity, Inclusion Free Webinar | NSITE
11:30AM PT, 12:30PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT
June 27, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
July 25, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
July 25, 2023 | U.S. Access Board Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore
10:30PM PT, 11:30PM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT
August 22, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
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:
September 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
October 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
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:
November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
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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 Digital Marketing Firm.
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
Project Management Professional (2022 - Present)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
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.
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Accessible Technology Coordinator
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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!
Access and Technology Advisor
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.
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.
Editorial Contributor (2023-Present)
Editorial Contributor (2023-Present)
National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor (1990 - Present)
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