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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 6, 2023 - Volume 918

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A.) Google's Breakthrough OCR Technology to Empower the Visually Impaired

In a world where visual content largely dominates, accessing and interacting with digital information can be particularly challenging for those with visual impairments. Yet, this landscape is about to change. Tech giant Google has announced the introduction of optical character recognition (OCR) technology in its browser, Chrome, offering a breath of fresh air for those who have long struggled with this digital divide:
https://www.financial-world.org/news/news/financial/20727/google-s-breakthrough-ocr-technology-to-empower-the-visually-impaired/

B.) This Chatbot Gives Phone Call Scammers a Taste of Their Own Medicine | PC Magazine

Publisher (Di Blasi): Finally! An implementation of AI that we can all get behind. Smiles!
PC MAG: The Apate chatbot from cybersecurity experts at Australia's Macquarie University is designed to pose as a human and take phone calls from scammers, thus wasting their time:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/this-chatbot-gives-phone-call-scammers-a-taste-of-their-own-medicine

C.) June 27, 2023 Optional Update For Windows 11: Includes Improvements to Narrator, Live Captions, Voice Access and Access Keys for Windows Explorer | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4440

D.) Here's Everything New In iOS 17 Beta 2 | 9to5Mac

Apple has officially released iOS 17 beta 2 to developers. The update packs a number of changes, big and small, for iPhone users. Head below as we round up everything we're finding as we comb through all of the details:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/06/21/heres-everything-new-in-ios-17-beta-2/

E.) Accessibility Features Of Zoom And How To Make Zoom Meetings More Accessible | Accessibility.com

In this guide, we will look at Zoom's accessibility features and share tips on how to make your Zoom meetings more accessible:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/accessibility-features-of-zoom-and-how-to-make-zoom-meetings-more-accessible

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6) AI Updates

A) AI Could Change How Blind People See the World | Wired: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): In this article Wired interviews Chela Robles, a long time Top Tech Tidbits reader and contributor. We are all exceptionally grateful for everything that Chela does for the access community at large and would like to congratulate her on being featured in Wired Magazine.
Wired: For her 38th birthday, Chela Robles and her family made a trek to One House, her favorite bakery in Benicia, California, for a brisket sandwich and brownies. On the car ride home, she tapped a small touchscreen on her temple and asked for a description of the world outside. “A cloudy sky,” the response came back through her Google Glass. Robles lost the ability to see in her left eye when she was 28, and in her right eye a year later. Blindness, she says, denies you small details that help people connect with one another, like facial cues and expressions. Her dad, for example, tells a lot of dry jokes, so she can't always be sure when he's being serious. "If a picture can tell 1,000 words, just imagine how many words an expression can tell," she says:
https://www.wired.com/story/ai-gpt4-could-change-how-blind-people-see-the-world/

B) How To Extract Insights From Any PDF or Video Using The ChatGPT Plug-Ins 'Chat With PDF' and 'Video Insights' | Aaron Di Blasi | Top Tech Tidbits

Publisher (Di Blasi): Would you like to be able to ask ChatGPT-style questions of the information contained in any PDF or video that you come across? Without having to actually read the PDF? Or listen to or watch the video? Well, now you can. It's not free, but if you need to consume large amounts of information on a regular basis, I think you will find them both to be incredibly killer apps. I've outlined step-by-step instructions for getting started here:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/176.html

C) How To Make ChatGPT Provide Sources And Citations | ZDNet

Contrary to prevailing wisdom, you can get ChatGPT to give up its sources. Here's how:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-make-chatgpt-provide-sources-and-citations/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

D) How to Tackle AI — and Cheating — in the Classroom | Wired: Subscription Required

What one educator wants students, teachers, and everyone else to know about the ethics of using of AI in education:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-tackle-ai-and-cheating-in-schools-classroom/

E) ChatGPT For iOS Now Lets Paid Subscribers Use Bing Right From The App | 9to5Mac

OpenAI released the first official ChatGPT app for iOS in May, following the roaring success of the AI-based platform. Since then, the app has been updated with many new features, including support for Siri Shortcuts. Now the ChatGPT app for iOS is getting another update, this time with Microsoft's Bing built in — but only for paid subscribers:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/06/27/chatgpt-ios-bing/

F) Winners Of The Microsoft AI For Accessibility Hackathon 2023 Showcase How Inclusion Is Innovation In Asia Pacific

The Microsoft AI for Accessibility (AI4A) Hackathon 2023 is an annual event for teams in Asia Pacific to tackle problem statements and build solutions for a more inclusive and accessible society. In 2023, 119 teams of undergraduates from universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam created applications that addressed real-life challenges for people with disabilities:
https://www.asiaone.com/business/winners-microsoft-ai-accessibility-hackathon-2023-showcase-how-inclusion-innovation-asia

G) AI For All | USA Today

At Formula.Monks, Accessibility guru Joe Devon is taking AI leaders on a voyage into the future of inclusive technology. Joe Devon is worried there might be too many people coming to ride this wave. This Summer, Joe is hosting Voyage AI, where industry leaders, tech gurus, and forward-thinking-execs will explore the enormous potential of artificial intelligence by networking and exchanging ideas during a human experience in the natural world. It's already shaping up to be one of the most in-demand events of the summer, and considering Joe Devon is the closest thing to a rock star in the world of accessibility — the practice of designing and developing technology that ensures inclusive usability for the 1.3 billion people with disabilities worldwide — he might actually have too many people to ride this wave:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/special/contributor-content/2023/06/28/ai-for-all/70364285007/

H) What Is AI Being Used For Across The World Today? And What's Next? Insights From Global Conversations | OpenAI

We are sharing what we learned from our conversations across 22 countries, and how we will be incorporating those insights moving forward:
https://openai.com/blog/insights-from-global-conversations

I) ShortCircuit Provides Customized ChatGPT Experience In A Premium App | Matthew Cassinelli

After 10 days of App Store rejections I'm so excited to say, Short Circuit is finally in the App Store! 28 days ago I started built a prototype of Siri powered by ChatGPT, and was immediately drawn to the idea of a premium-feeling iOS, iPad, and Mac app for ChatGPT. This amazing technology deserves a good user experience, and we gave it one. Partnering with @Soroush to make that happen has been a dream, and I'm so excited to share Short Circuit with you:
https://matthewcassinelli.com/shortcircuit-provides-customized-chatgpt-experience-in-a-premium-app/

7) Apple Updates

A) 50 Things You Need To Know About Apple Vision Pro | iMore

It's the most talked about piece of tech hardware in many years, and there'[s still a lot to learn about it. The Apple Vision Pro is the most ambitious device Apple has ever made: a head-mounted wearable computer that it believes will change the way we interact with technology forever:
https://www.imore.com/gaming/virtual-reality/50-things-you-need-to-know-about-apple-vision-pro

B) Apple Patent Reveals Advancing Siri For Controlling Apps On Apple Devices Including Their Upcoming Vision Pro Headset | Patently Apple

The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that relates to enabling Siri to understand a new set of commands for controlling applications like a word processor and more. The invention relates to the upcoming Apple Vision Pro, the iPhone and more:
https://www.patentlyapple.com/2023/06/apple-patent-reveals-advancing-siri-for-controlling-apps-on-apple-devices-including-their-upcoming-vision-pro-headset.html

C) What's Next for Apple's AirPods: Health Tracking, USB-C and Lower Prices | Bloomberg

Apple is working on a slew of changes for its popular AirPods earbuds, seeking to expand its wearables business. Also: The company is all-in on hand and eye control for the Vision Pro, and Apple stores are set to get a payment system upgrade. Here's what Apple is launching next:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2023-07-02/apple-airpods-plans-hearing-test-body-temperature-cheaper-models-usb-c-ljlfwffu

8) Shortcuts, Hotkeys, Macros, Oh My: How to Remap Your Keyboard | PC Magazine

If you're looking to change key functions on your computer's keyboard in Windows or macOS, these methods can help:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/remap-your-keyboard

9) How to Save Screenshots on iPhone With Voiceover | Daniel Hawkins | Inclusive Ability Initiative, LLC

Learn how to take, organize, and save screenshots on your iPhone using Voiceover, then have it on your computer:
https://iabilityi.com/adaptivetechnology/how-to-save-screenshots-on-iphone-with-voiceover/

10) Quick Tip: How to Assign Custom Keyboard Shortcuts to Menu Bar Commands in macOS | AppleVis

Tyler demonstrates how to assign your own keyboard shortcuts to menu bar commands that lack default shortcuts in macOS:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/quick-tip-how-assign-custom-keyboard-shortcuts-menu-bar-commands-macos

11) Advanced macOS Command-Line Tools

macOS is fortunate to have access to the huge arsenal of standard Unix tools. There are also a good number of macOS-specific command-line utilities that provide unique macOS functionality. To view the full documentation for any of these commands, run:
https://saurabhs.org/advanced-macos-commands

12) Use Virtual Desktops In Windows 10 And 11 To Help You Stay More Organized PC World

Use a virtual desktop in Windows to save space and organize your work:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/1936035/virtual-desktops-more-space-and-order-with-windows-10-and-11.html

13) Five Ways We Can Make Libreoffice And Thunderbird Work Better Together | Libre Office

LibreOffice doesn't include an email program, but there are many excellent free and open source software clients that work well alongside it. One prominent example is Mozilla Thunderbird — a sister project to the Firefox web browser. We know that many people use LibreOffice and Thunderbird as part of their daily workflows — so how can we make them work better together? We reached out on social media to hear from our users — on Mastodon and Twitter (and the Thunderbird project posted on their Mastodon and Twitter accounts too):
https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2023/06/19/five-ways-we-can-make-libreoffice-and-thunderbird-work-better-together/

14) How To Set Up And Use Talkback On Android | Make Use Of

TalkBack is an essential accessibility tool on Android that lets you control your phone when you can't see what's on the screen:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-use-talkback-android/

15) Communication Devices for Helping Individuals who are DeafBlind | APH VisionAware Blog

Communicating with others can be challenging. For individuals who are DeafBlind, communicating with others presents some additional challenges. Some devices (low and high tech) are available to assist DeafBlind individuals in communicating with those around them:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/communication-devices-for-helping-individuals-who-are-deafblind/

16) Winaero Tweaker 1.55 Released | Notes From David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

Winaero Tweaker is a program that allows you to adjust many Windows settings that would otherwise require registry hacks. The last few versions added some settings in File Explorer options which Microsoft removed in some builds of Windows. It also makes it easier to adjust some Microsoft Edge settings to enhance Edge's security. A few notes and warnings:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4489

17) macOS Beta Testing for the Beginner | AppleVis

Each year in June, Apple previews the next major version of macOS, along with updates to its other software platforms, at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC.) At this event, Apple announces and demonstrates a select number of headlining new features, and makes a prerelease version available to developers so they can test the new software and provide feedback before the public release in October. This is important because when substantial feature additions and changes are made to an operating system as intricate as macOS, many bugs will also be introduced. This can include issues with how third-party apps and accessories interact with the operating system, making thorough testing by developers crucial:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/macos-beta-testing-beginner

18) iOS and iPadOS Beta Testing for the Beginner | AppleVis

Each year in June, Apple previews the next major versions of iOS and iPadOS, along with updates to its other software platforms, at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC.) At this event, Apple announces and demonstrates a select number of headlining new features, and makes prerelease versions available to developers so they can test the new software and provide feedback before the public release in September. This is important because when substantial feature additions and changes are made to operating systems as intricate as iOS and iPadOS, many bugs will also be introduced. This can include issues with how third-party apps and accessories interact with the operating system, making thorough testing by developers crucial:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-ipados-beta-testing-beginner

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20) A Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility Features in GoTo Meeting and Beyond | Accessibility.com

Digital communication has become a cornerstone of success for businesses and organizations in today's interconnected world. As we continue to rely on virtual meetings and remote collaboration, these platforms must remain accessible and inclusive for all users. A great example is GoTo Meeting, which offers a range of features designed to create an efficient and supportive meeting experience for everyone:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/a-comprehensive-guide-to-accessibility-features-in-goto-meeting-and-beyond

21) Create and Move Between Worksheets in Excel | Sharon's Shortcuts

A worksheet is a collection of cells within an Excel file. Worksheets allow you to organize and manipulate different sets of data. Each Excel workbook can contain multiple worksheets. For example, you could have a worksheet showing data for each month of the year all within the same Excel file. When you create an Excel workbook, there is just one worksheet called Sheet1. The name of the worksheet appears on its sheet tab at the bottom of the Excel window. To create a new worksheet, press Shift + F11. To move between worksheets, press Control + PageUp/PageDown. Note: the position of your PageUp and PageDown keys may vary depending on your keyboard. On a standard desktop keyboard they are in the set of six keys above the Arrow keys, on the right hand side:
https://sharons-shortcuts.ie/create-and-move-between-worksheets-in-excel/

22) Firefox 115 Released: Last Version to Support Windows 7 and Windows 8, Fix For Users of Windows Magnifier

In January 2023, Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8. As a consequence, this is the last version of Firefox that users on those operating systems will receive. Users on Windows 7 and Windows 8 will automatically be migrated to the ESR 115 version of Firefox so that they continue to receive important security updates. Visit this Firefox support article for more information. Similarly, this is the last major version of Firefox that will support Apple macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14. Users on those operating systems will be migrated to the ESR 115 version of Firefox so that they continue to receive important updates:
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/115.0/releasenotes/

23) TTS Engines on Android: Past, Present, and Future | Erisilebilir Android

TTS engines are an essential part of blind people's daily interactions with their computers and mobile phones. A Text-to-Speech engine is responsible for converting text generated by a screen reader or another program into spoken text using synthesized voices ranging from highly robotic to high-quality human-like voices. Some blind individuals prefer to stick with a single TTS engine, while others enjoy switching between different engines and available voices regularly:
https://erisilebilirandroid.com/tts-engines-on-android-past-present-and-future/

24) Your Browser May Be Having a Secret Relationship with a Screen Reader | A Deep Dive into Accessibility APIs | Part 3 of 3 | Neill Hadder | Knowbility

This is the final installment of my three-part saga on the technical details of how screen readers communicate with other software. Although I thought I understood the topic, a little reading turned up nagging gaps and discrepancies among accounts circulating within the accessibility community: the APIs are part of the operating system; no, the APIs are hard-coded into the browser; screen readers do or do not read the DOM directly; different accessibility APIs are supported by different browsers, with no explanation why one would be used over another. Even how application programming interfaces actually work was at issue. Have you ever ducked down a rabbit hole only to fall feet-first out the other side surrounded by people speaking Hindustani? I have.
https://knowbility.org/blog/2023/accessibility-apis-part-3

25) Project Access: Empowering Blind And Vision-Impaired Students To Fill The Cybersecurity Skills Gap

In response to the growing need for cybersecurity professionals in the United States, workforce-development nonprofit Cyber.org is running a program called Project Access, which aims to train more educators to deliver cybersecurity courses that are accessible to blind and vision-impaired students. The program, funded through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)'s Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP) grant, holds a series of camps to help blind and vision-impaired students between the ages of 13 and 21 develop key cybersecurity skills. Cybersecurity refers to the practice of protecting computer systems, networks, and digital information from unauthorized access, damage, or theft by implementing various measures, such as encryption, firewalls, and user authentication, to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data in the digital realm:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/07/project-access-cybersecurity-skills.html

26) Mastodon for Android Update | July 1, 2023

While our app updates don't usually get a dedicated blog post, this one is a bit bigger and provides a good opportunity to reflect on how the Android app changed since launch roughly a year ago. Today, Mastodon for Android has received a complete Material You redesign. We left no stone unturned — tab bars, settings, composing — everything is refreshed and reflects your color palette:
https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2023/07/mastodon-for-android-update/

27) VoiceVista: Based On The Now Discontinued Microsoft Soundscape | AppleVis

VoiceVista is an essential app for the blind and low vision community. It is based on Microsoft's discontinued and open-source project Soundscape and is licensed under the MIT License. The app utilizes cutting-edge iOS audio technology and precise location services to enable people to develop a greater awareness of their surroundings. It provides comfort in unfamiliar spaces, supporting individuals in creating mental maps and making personal route choices. VoiceVista is an essential app for the blind and low vision users' community. It is based on Microsoft's discontinued and open-source project Soundscape and is licensed under the MIT License. The app utilizes cutting-edge iOS audio technology and precise location services to enable people to develop a greater awareness of their surroundings. It provides comfort in unfamiliar spaces, supporting individuals in creating mental maps and making personal route choices:
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/voicevista

28) Introducing XploreNinja, A Navigation App Powered By Blindsquare For Android Devices

In today's fast-paced world, technology has become an integral part of our lives, shaping the way we communicate, work, and navigate our surroundings. For individuals with vision loss, technology has opened up new possibilities and opportunities, empowering them to explore the world independently. One such groundbreaking innovation is XploreNinja — BlindSquare's latest app release — a remarkable mapping system designed to support blind Android device users navigate safely and confidently; a new way to experience the world:
https://www.blindsquare.com/2023/06/30/introducing-xploreninja-a-navigation-app-powered-by-blindsquare-for-android-devices/

29) NLS BARD Support: BARD Mobile For The Fire Operating System; Version 1.4.6 Release

NLS has released BARD Mobile Kindle Fire version 1.4.6. This is the second in a series of releases designed to support native Amazon Kindle Fire OS development and Amazon accessibility functions, including VoiceView for screen reader and braille output support:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USLOC/bulletins/362db06

30) GoodMaps Outdoors, Now With 3D Audio

GoodMaps is excited to announce the release of GoodMaps Outdoors v5. This new version boasts the incorporation of 3D audio announcements, improved accuracy, and the inclusion of navigational shortcuts:
https://goodmaps.com/news/goodmaps-outdoors-v5

31) When Should I Use GoodMaps Explore And When Should I Use GoodMaps Outdoors?

GoodMaps Explore offers accurate indoor and outdoor information and navigation for people who are blind or visually impaired. GoodMaps Outdoors is a comprehensive accessible outdoor navigation app with functionality suggested by blind users since 2012. GoodMaps Outdoors does not offer indoor navigation:
https://www.goodmaps.com/support/when-should-i-use-good-maps-explore-and-when-should-i-use-good-maps-outdoors

32) Google Shut Down their AR Glasses Project to Focus on Delivering an Android Spin-Off OS to support their new XR Ecosystem Alliance | Patently Apple

Back in June 2020, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Alphabet Has Reportedly Acquired Canadian Ar Smart Glasses Company Called 'North' Which Gives Us A Peek At Their Future" - AR Glasses Project. Then during a Samsung Unpacked Event in February 2023 Samsung, Google and Qualcomm representatives announced a new Extended Reality (XR) ecosystem alliance:
https://www.patentlyapple.com/2023/06/google-shut-down-their-ar-glasses-project-to-focus-on-delivering-an-android-spin-off-os-to-support-their-new-xr-ecosystem-all.html

33) SiriusXM to Shut Down its Stitcher Podcast App

SiriusXM will shut down the Stitcher podcast app and subscription service. The company on Tuesday said that it would end the service on August 29. The move comes in an effort to drive more listeners to the SXM app, while placing all its content in one place. Stitcher's podcasts will remain on other platforms and on the SXM app:
https://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=b17492

34) The Rise And Fall Of Skype | CNBC

Skype is not what it was. You may or may not have noticed. The voice, video and messaging app became a hit in the 2000s by letting people talk with friends and family members without paying long-distance fees. In 2005 eBay bought it. That deal didn't work out as planned, and an investor group led by Silver Lake purchased a majority stake. Microsoft then stepped in, shelling out $8.5 billion for the company in 2011:
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/07/02/the-rise-and-fall-of-skype.html

35) Freedom Scientific July 2023 Training Events Schedule

https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-july-2023-training-events/

36) The Aira Connection Newsletter: Summer 2023

https://aira.io/the-aira-connection-summer-2023/

37) NV Access In Process For June 30, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-30th-june-2023/

38) July Accessibility Newsletter from TPGi

https://email.tpgi.com/july-accessibility-newsletter-from-tpgi-1


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June 21, 2023 | Ten Power Tips for Improving Productivity in Excel with JAWS | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast

Excel is included in the Microsoft Office suite of applications and is widely used to organize, calculate, and analyze data in a spreadsheet. You can navigate data using a combination of JAWS, Windows, and Excel-specific keyboard shortcuts. In this session, we show you ways to efficiently navigate and manage data in Excel more with JAWS. We'll also provide an overview of Excel and show you how to perform various tasks using the keyboard. Tips include: Searching for Ribbon commands Accessing a list of available Excel and JAWS-specific keystrokes Editing cells Entering formulas Inserting Functions Formatting cells Monitoring cells Entering the date and time into a cell Selecting data Managing worksheets:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-power-tips-for-improving-productivity-in-excel/id1521340640?i=1000617878196

June 28, 2023 | FSCast 232, A Demo Of The New Message Center, And A Visit With Jaws Developer Brett Lewis

On FSCast 232, we'll give a tour of the just-released Message Center. It's a great way to keep up with product news and announcements, but to read them when it's convenient. Then we'll meet longtime JAWS developer Brett Lewis. In his other life, he's a former Paralympian in judo, and loves the sport so much that he still teaches it three nights a week:
https://fscast.libsyn.com/fscast-232-a-demo-of-the-new-message-center-and-a-visit-with-jaws-developer-brett-lewis

June 29, 2023 | Envision On And Offline, German Health Insurance And More | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYx8qHbfmg0

June 29, 2023 | Tek Talk Welcomes Barry Scheur And Lisa Salinger, Guidelights And Gadgets, Inc. And Venkatesh Chari, Orbit Research, Inc., To Introduce The New Orbit Speak. The Best Of Then With The Future Of Now.

We are excited to have the opportunity to make the initial presentation about the Orbit Speak on TekTalk. For those of us who remember the excitement of using our first speech based notetaker those many years ago, that time has come again. The Orbit Speak is a Braille bluetooth keyboard notetaker, book reader, and personal manager equipped with Google voices. It brings all of the power of the Orbit Reader 20 Plus, including forward and back Braille translation without the Braille display at an affordable price. We will describe the layout of the device and demonstrate a number of its powerful features, while also describing the two different models that will be available. Since the release and shipping date is still between 3 and 4 months away, there is still some fine tuning to do, but the unit is in operating condition and we are thrilled to be in the final pre-production stage of a much anticipated release. Of course, we will leave sufficient time for questions:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk-welcomes-barry-scheur-and-lisa-salinger/id1500954706?i=1000618823023

June 30, 2023 | Ask Sharky, Access and Navigate PDFs in Adobe Reader with JAWS | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast

Join Elizabeth Whitaker as we explore Adobe Reader with JAWS. This is a pre-recorded Clubhouse event:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-sharky-access-and-navigate-pdfs-in-adobe-reader/id1521340640?i=1000618923291

July 1, 2023 | Blind Android Users: Pass Me The Play Pass And Pixels

In this weeks episode, we first talk about Play Pass, what it is, and what it can do. We also touch on account settings in Play Store. John reviews his Pixel Tablet. And John and Warren unbox the Pixel Fold. Stay tuned for the review in Episode 135 next week. We have a new feature demo of CSR, custom translation. The feature is brand new, so some names are still in Mandarin. The "overwrite" and "merge" options mentioned in the demo are still displayed in Chinese in the app, with the following names: - Overwrite: 覆盖. - Merge: 合并. Keep watching, dont forget to share the podcast with friends, and subscribe to channel to stay informed:
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

July 2, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 237: More On OKO And Accessible Traffic Signals, The Nature Of Blindness And How We Perceive It, And Melissa Allman From The Seeing Eye

https://LivingBlindfully.com/237

July 5, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2327 Preparing for Employment with Clusiv

Clusiv offers a screen-reader friendly, on-line training program aimed at providing blind clients with the skills to find meaningful employment. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tamer Zaid, who recently went through the program, about how the program works, the courses he took, and how the skills he learned helped prepare him for the workforce:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2327.htm

July 6, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, July 6, 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:
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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:
https://nfb.org/about-us/state-affiliates

July 8, 2023 | Games for Windows Computers | TUG

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
On Saturday, July 8, the Technology User Group (TUG) will showcase games for Windows computers. Many of you may be familiar with the RS Games and Quentin C Playroom platforms, but there are other options, too. In this session, we will profile both free and paid games. We will also provide resources to help you stay informed about new game releases and websites. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes. Call in Number: (319) 527-4994 📱️ | Webcast:
https://join.freeconferencecall.com/mdlbpd

July 12, 2023 | Conquer Accessibility Challenges During Software Design & Development | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenters: David Sloan, Practice Manager, UX, and Roxana Fischer, Product Manager, Blind and Low Vision Software. This presentation will provide insights into software development practices that focus on accessibility and usability. It will emphasize the significance of involving users in the earliest design and development stages to meet their needs. Also it will specifically delve into the challenges of developing screen reader and screen magnifier software; these tools offer users a different perspective on UI, which requires special considerations during development. The four key areas covered in this session include: Testing with real users. Using inclusive tools. Hiring users with disabilities. Gathering field feedback. Attendees will gain an understanding of how we design and develop our internal Assistive Technology:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-12-at-12pm-et-conquer-accessibility-challenges-during-software-design-development/

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

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
The U.S. Access Board will hold a public town hall meeting at the national headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland. Presidentially appointed Access Board members and representatives from other federal member agencies will be present to hear from the local community about the state of accessibility in Baltimore and the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. Following the town hall meeting, there will be a reception and networking opportunity from 3:30 — 4:30 (ET), sponsored by the Maryland Department of Disabilities. The town hall meeting and reception are open to all members of the public. Please register for in-person attendance by July 1, 2023. To register, send an email to events@access-board.gov 📧️ with your name and organization. The Access Board invites in-person oral comments on accessibility. Registrants who wish to make in-person oral comments must indicate their request to speak when emailing events@access-board.gov. Public commenters will be allotted two minutes to make their comments

July 25, 2023 | Accessible Consumer Products and Services for Europe: Countdown to EAA 2025 | TPGi

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Presenter: Mitchell Evan, Senior Accessibility Engineer. In June 2025, Europe will begin enforcing new digital accessibility regulations for consumer products and services. In this webinar, you'll learn how you can meet your customers' diverse needs while fulfilling the requirements of the European Accessibility Act (EAA):
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-25-at-10pm-et-accessible-consumer-products-and-services-for-europe-countdown-to-eaa-2025/

July 27, 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Join us in the July meeting of the International Ally User Group. We'll find out how one university is working with students to correct video captions. We'll also learn how three institutions took part in "Fix your content day" and learn their strategies for encouraging staff participation. Join us on Thursday 27 July 2023 at 07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST/ 16:00 CEST / 17:00 TRT / 18:00 GST. Session synopses: Students as video caption editors. David Morgan, Digital Education Developer, University of Bristol In this session, David will discuss some of the evolving strategies used to develop The University of Bristol's captioning service, to get closer to meeting accessibility regulations. He will reflect upon his experiences of employing both undergraduate and postgraduate student caption editors and compare them with a professional caption editing service. Fix Your Content Day — Updates from the Winners In this session, the winners from the Ally Fix Your Content Day (FYCD) event will share the approaches their institutions took to this event. They will explain how they support FYCD, encouraged their faculty to participate and reflect on their success. Coastal Pines Technical College. Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Ogeechee Technical College. Find sign-up and joining details on the Ally Community site:
https://usergroup.ally.ac/content/perma?id=59789

July 27, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Responsive Design | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) platform empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding over time. The monthly “Understand, Test, and Solve” webinar series covers fundamental concepts in accessibility. Attendees learn how to address the set of WCAG Success Criteria for each concept. Over the course of this series, teams achieve full WCAG coverage in their testing. So far, we've covered: Keyboard and Focus. Color Contrast. Page Structure and Navigation. Semantics. ARIA. The final webinar in this series covers responsive design — a design approach to make websites and apps responsive to user preferences and device capabilities. This webinar explains how accessibility guidelines are more about supporting people with low-vision and color-blindness to apply their own formatting to a site and less about supporting mobile devices. Each attendee gains a clear understanding of what issues in responsive design constitute a WCAG failure. The objective is to clear up confusion about page magnification, text magnification, and pinch-to-zoom. This session is 30 minutes. Stay after the call for our 30-minute Q&A:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-27-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-responsive-design/

August 14, 2023 through August 18, 2023 | 22nd Audio Description Institute | Audio Description Associates, LLC | Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project announces its twenty-second Audio Description Institute, August 14-18, 2023 (Monday through Friday) from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern each day. All Virtual. Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 32 million Americans experience significant vision loss). The interactive sessions are designed to provide immediate feedback and "give and take," allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants' grasp of the material. In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute's faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions:
https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E144393&id=86

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


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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.

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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:

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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.



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