Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 13, 2023 - Volume 919
The Week's News in Access Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) 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 community:
B.) 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:
C.) 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:
D.) 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:
E.) 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:
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7) AI Updates
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A) ChatGPT and Bard Get New AI Chatbot Rival: Anthropic Debuts Claude 2 — Here's How To Try It | July 11, 2023 | CNET
Artificial intelligence startup Anthropic is making its AI chatbot available to the public for the first time, setting up a new rival to chatbots like OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google's Bard. In a blog post Tuesday, Anthropic said the new version of its AI chatbot, Claude 2, is easier to converse with than its previous model and able to produce longer responses:
B) How Does AI Perceive People That Are Blind Or Have Low Vision? | Envision
Have you ever wondered how AI, particularly Midjourney, perceives and represents people who are blind or have low vision? Let's delve into this topic and explore how Midjourney, a generative AI tool that can convert natural language prompts into images, can assist in creating photos of this specific group:
C) MIT Unveils Revolutionary AI Tool: Enhancing Chart Interpretation and Accessibility with Adaptive, Detail-Rich Captions for Users of All Abilities
In a significant step towards enhancing accessibility and comprehension of complex charts and graphs, a team of researchers from MIT has created a groundbreaking dataset called VisText. The dataset aims to revolutionize automatic chart captioning systems by training machine-learning models to generate precise and semantically rich captions that accurately describe data trends and intricate patterns:
D) OpenAI Announces Code Interpreter Will Be Available To All ChatGPT Plus Users Over The Next Week | July 6, 2023
Code Interpreter will be available to all ChatGPT Plus users over the next week. It lets ChatGPT run code, optionally with access to files you've uploaded. You can ask ChatGPT to analyze data, create charts, edit files, perform math, etc. Plus users can opt in via settings.
E) Amazon CEO Explains How The Company Will Compete In AI Race | CNBC
In a wide-ranging interview with CNBC, Jassy challenged the notion that Amazon has fallen behind in AI as Microsoft and Google add chatbots to consumer products like their search engines, likening it to the "hype cycle" before the "substance cycle:"
F) How Generative AI Tools Like ChatGPT Can Revolutionize Web Accessibility
Web platforms have long used AI as an automated testing tool that identifies accessibility shortcomings and ensures real-time regulatory compliance. These tools are valuable, helping companies keep their often-sprawling online ecosystems available to everyone. Generative AI changes the game by providing a more efficient and practical approach to web accessibility:
G) Redefining Boundaries: The Role Of AI In Enhancing Assistive Technology And Accessibility | Assistive Technology Blog
In a world where technology reigns supreme, there is a rising force that is transforming the landscape of accessibility and inclusivity. It's a force driven by the remarkable advancements of artificial intelligence (AI) and its integration into assistive technology. From augmenting human capabilities to breaking down barriers, AI has emerged as a game-changer, unlocking new possibilities for individuals with disabilities. In this article, we embark on a journey through the dynamic realm of AI, where we witness the fusion of technology and compassion, unleashing a wave of innovation that promises to revolutionize assistive technology and enhance accessibility like never before:
8) Apple Updates
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A) Apple Plans a Slow, Appointment-Only Rollout of Its $3,500 Vision Pro | Bloomberg
Apple Inc. is planning a retail launch of its Vision Pro headset with appointments and in-store promotion in select US markets early next year, underscoring the niche and complex nature of the mixed-reality device:
B) New Podcast About the Apple Vision Pro and Spatial Computing
Episode 1: Trying Apple Vision Pro with Chance Miller:
9) JAWS Power Tip: How To Customize Notifications With The Notification History Feature | Freedom Scientific
In JAWS 2021, we introduced a keystroke for quickly announcing the most recent notification. However, due to the sheer volume of notifications that can potentially be received on a daily basis depending on the applications in use, there was no easy way to review prior notifications you may have missed. JAWS and Fusion now allow you to display a history of recently received notifications and give you more control over which notifications you hear or whether they are displayed in braille:
10) Coming This Fall: Access Tech Live | From The Creators of Double Tap TV | YouTube
This Fall, the creators of Double Tap TV bring you a brand new program. Access Tech Live. As the name suggests, this one-hour weekly show will be presented live on AMI-tv and streamed across social media. This will offer the audience unprecedented access to the show, subject matter Guests and Hosts. Subscribe to this channel, hit that notification bell and get ready for a brand-new tech show that talks about things from an accessibility point-of-view.
11) Windows Mail: How to Retrieve a Deleted Email | Inclusive Ability Initiative
Learn how to retrieve an deleted email in Microsoft Mail using keyboard navigation:
12) How to Convert Images to Editable Text in Microsoft Word | MakeUseOf
Want to extract text from an image in Microsoft Word? Here's how to convert images into editable text within Word:
13) The 4 Best Chrome Extensions to Send and Receive a Fax | MakeUseOf
Still need to send a fax? Rather than dusting off an old machine, you can try using these Chrome extensions to send or receive one:
14) Enhancing Inclusivity: A Guide to Google Meet's Accessibility Features and Improving User Experience | Accessibility.com
Virtual communication today has a quintessential role in fostering inclusivity and ensuring that everyone feels valued and heard. Google Meet, a popular video conferencing platform, recognizes the importance of accessibility and has implemented various features to cater to individuals with diverse abilities. In this guide, we will explore the wide range of accessibility options available in Google Meet and guide how to make the platform even more accommodating for all users. Join us as we delve into accessible communication, empowering everyone to engage and participate in meaningful conversations, regardless of their unique needs and capabilities:
15) For ElBraille Users: ElEdit Demonstration Recording Now Available | MP3
16) Comparing TalkBack and Jieshuo: Strengths and Weaknesses of Two Screen Readers on Android | Kareen Kiwan | Erisilebilir Android
TalkBack and Jieshuo are the two popular screen readers available for Android. Both have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. In this article, I will try to highlight the strong and weak points of each screen reader in an objective manner.
17) Wordvoyance: An Accessible, Multi-player Game Similar to Scrabble
Welcome to Wordvoyance by Themis Games. Wordvoyance is a multiplayer crossword-building game similar to Scrabble and Words With Friends. It has been carefully crafted to be playable by everyone, and it includes multiple accessibility features for people with blindness and other disabilities. For players with unhindered sight, the game will play exactly as you expect. You can drag and drop tiles to form words on the board and rack up points. For everyone else, the game is fully compatible with popular screen readers and can be played with a number of different input methods including keyboards, assistive technology, and even game controllers:
18) Changes With Voice Dream Apps | Perkins School for the Blind
Have you heard the news? The beloved Voice Dream apps are changing! The original developer, Winston Chen has turned Voice Dream Reader over to the Applause Group, a company able to sustain Voice Dream Reader. The name has been changed to Text to Speech TTS Voice Dream. TTS Voice Dream enables you to listen to PDFs, Web pages, and books using text-to-speech:
19) Rename 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:
20) For Users of Voice Dream Reader on iOS: Possible Explanation and WorkArounds For the Bug Where Continuous Reading Stops Unexpectedly | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List
If anyone who uses the iOS version of Voice Dream Reader is encountering the frustrating bug where reading with one of the purchased voices stops for no reason I have a theory about what's causing it as well as a potential fix:
21) Shazam App Can Now Identify Songs in TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and More | MacRumors
Apple has updated its Shazam music recognition app to allow it to recognize and identify songs that are playing in third-party apps like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube:
22) 10 Myths And Facts About Android | Erisilebilir Android
The rivalry between iOS and Android users has sparked numerous debates and misconceptions. While both operating systems have their unique features, it's essential to separate fact from fiction. In this article, we'll debunk ten common myths that iOS users often believe about Android. By shedding light on these misconceptions, we aim to foster a more informed and unbiased understanding of the Android ecosystem:
23) Sometimes Simple Works ... Really Well! Exploring The CCrane EP PRO AM FM Portable Analog DSP + Twin Coil Antenna Inside | The Swing Post
This particular adventure began about three weeks ago with an email from CCrane. “Timeless, Easy to Use with Long Range Radio Reception” the headline read. Further, the accompanying text promised: Comes with needle and dial tuning, one button for power, one button for a bright display light, and has no clock or alarm. The radio in question was the C.Crane CCRadio-EP PRO:
24) New Plasma-Based Noise Canceling Tech May Silence Rooms, Planes, And Even Cars
Researchers with the EPFL Acoustic Group are looking to take noise cancelling a bit further. While it's easy to set up ANC (Active Noise Canceling) in headphones and cars to work well, setting it up at room scale can be a bit trickier, as the current way we utilize this tech still leas low-frequency sounds out. However, a new plasma-based noise-cancelling tech could help solve this issue:
25) Access Ingenuity Summer 2023 Newsletter
➜ Featured Surveys
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: July 31, 2023 | Survey to Improve Outreach and Communication with Transit Users with Disabilities | Ron Brooks, CEO | Accessible Avenue
I am working with an industry colleague and friend, Kristen Joyner, on a book detailing strategies that public transit agencies and transportation providers can use to improve the effectiveness and equity of their outreach and communication with people with disabilities. We are inviting you to complete this survey in order to help us better understand the ways within which individuals with disabilities engage with transit agencies and paratransit providers (referred to as “public engagement”; how agencies are doing, and how they can do better. The survey includes a total of 17 multiple choice questions and should take about ten minutes to complete. Throughout the survey, there are opportunities to make additional comments, and we invite you to do so. At the end of the survey is a section to gather optional demographic information that will help us learn more about people who complete the survey. If you choose to answer the demographic questions, you will be entered into a drawing for one of five $25 Amazon gift cards. This is in appreciation for you taking the time to provide us with your valuable insights. The survey is located at the following link, and it is designed to be accessible for people using assistive technology:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
July 8, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 135: Play Store Part 9 Network Preferences, Purchase Authentication And More
Our YouTube Channel crosses 975 subscribers, thanks for sharing and subscribing. Our 3rd app bonanza is on July 29, 2023. In this episode we only showcase different Android app demos. If you have any app that you like to demo, please email the recording to email@example.com 📧️. We talk about a new feature in the Manage apps and devices section where you can now sync apps on devices, and demonstrate network preferences and purchase authentication settings. Then we move to the review of the Pixel Fold. In our app of the week, we then have an overview of the Google Calendar. If you had many Android devices in the past and no longer use them, we show you how to unlink them from your Google Assistant. Stay tuned for the next episode, don't forget to share the episodes with friends and subscribe to the channel and turn on notification so that you don't miss a thing:
July 9, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 238: A Comprehensive Look From A Blindness Perspective At The Powerful Drafts App For Apple Operating Systems
July 12, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2328 Accessibility of Google Android and G Suite
Google continually introduces new features in their products to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jyotsna Kaki, a blind Accessibility Analyst at Google about a number of the latest G Suite and Android OS features, designed to enhance the experience for visually impaired users:
July 13, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, July 13, 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:
➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events
Jul 13, 2023 | BARD: A Review of Using the Victor Stream Reader | NLS BARD Support: Many Faces of BARD July Topic
4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
July 20, 2023 | Navigate and Manage Windows 11 with JAWS | Freedom Scientific
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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
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
July 26, 2023 | Navigating the Future of Work: Exploring Remote and In-Person Options for the Blind Community Webinar | Clusiv
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July 27, 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting
7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
July 27, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Responsive Design | TPGi
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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
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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
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
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
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
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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.
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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.
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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!
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About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.
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.
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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.
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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.
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