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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 3, 2023 - Volume 922

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A.) FAST Is The Latest Trend In Streaming TV, But What Is It?

Save money with free live streaming TV:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/158934/fast-is-the-latest-trend-in-streaming-tv-but-what-is-it/

B.) Apple Releases iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 With Bug Fixes and Security Updates | AppleVis

Apple has released iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 to the public. While these updates seem to be relatively minor, they do bring a few notable bug fixes for Braille and VoiceOver users:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-166-ipados-166-bug-fixes-security-updates

C.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Navigate Track Changes in Microsoft Word | Freedom Scientific

Track Changes is a feature in Word that allows you to view changes made to a document by you or other users. Word tracks changes to both text and formatting, and you have the option to accept or reject them. These changes appear in different colors or styles to separate them from other text. JAWS will read the changes in your document as you navigate with reading commands such as the ARROW keys. You can also opt to show all changes in the Reviewing Pane:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/181.html

D.) Labeling Elements on iOS and iPadOS: Uses and How To Do It | Curly | AppleVis

There will always be apps with one or more unlabeled elements or elements that have unclear labels. When we encounter an app of this nature, we may resign ourselves to deleting the app and maybe contacting the developer and hoping they'll fix it, but sometimes you may want to take a step further and label the unlabeled elements. This has come in very useful for me and today I'd like to tell you all how to do it so that you all can experience it's benefits too:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/labeling-elements-ios-ipados-uses-how-do-it

E.) Windows 11 23H2 Update Coming This Fall, Here's What's New

As Microsoft prepares for the imminent rollout of Windows 11 23H2, they've been developing various innovative features designed to improve user experience, streamline workflows, and introduce next-generation functionalities. This article will explore Windows 11 23H2 features, from dynamic lighting to Windows Copilot upgrades:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-11-23h2-update-coming-this-fall-heres-whats-new/

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6) AI Updates

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A) Japanese Researchers and Companies Develop Innovative AI Suitcase for Blind and Partially Sighted Travelers

Japanese researchers and companies have collaborated to create a revolutionary guidance robot known as the AI Suitcase, designed to assist blind and partially sighted travelers in navigating their surroundings effortlessly. Recently, the groundbreaking technology underwent its maiden overseas public trial, attracting considerable attention and generating discussions regarding its potential practical uses:
https://fagenwasanni.com/news/japanese-researchers-and-companies-develop-innovative-ai-suitcase-for-blind-and-partially-sighted-travelers/95121/

B) AI Luggage For People With Visual Impairments Nets Rave Reviews

Japanese researchers and companies have joined forces to develop an innovative guidance robot called the AI Suitcase to help blind or partially sighted travelers navigate their surroundings with ease. The groundbreaking assistive technology recently underwent its first overseas public trial, garnering significant interest and sparking discussions about its future practical applications:
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/business/2023/07/30/ai-travel-bag

C) A New Attack Impacts Major AI Chatbots — and No One Knows How to Stop It | Wired: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): It has been posited via science fiction that the only thing capable of "securing" an AI would be another AI, whose values would need to be dictated by humans since AI does not recognize values such as "good" or "bad." At least not yet. AI, inherently, has no understanding of ethics. No framework by which to differentiate a "good" request (chocolate chip recipe) from a "bad" request (explosives recipe). So if we want to "secure" it, whatever that might even really mean now, we would need to first explain to it what we consider "good" and what we consider "bad. In all possible scenarios. Something that poses an entirely different challenge in itself.
Wired: Researchers found a simple way to make ChatGPT, Bard, and other chat-bots misbehave, proving that AI is hard to tame:
https://www.wired.com/story/ai-adversarial-attacks/

D) Amazon Wants Alexa To Bring AI Into The Home | Axios

Publisher (Di Blasi): I have 5 different physical Alexa devices placed strategically throughout my home. I use Alexa for everything from maintenance of daily lists, including shopping and tasks, to turning the lights on and off. I even have one in my bathroom. Why? So that I can add tasks to my lists in the morning while listening to my meditation playlist via Spotify in the shower. Smiles. I don't think it's too hard to imagine the benefits we would gain from Alexa attaining ChatGPT-like intelligence. Something for which I am personally very excited.
Axios: Amazon expects generative AI to jolt its middle-aged Alexa voice assistant to new life. Why it matters: The giant online seller sees the AI boom as a chance to dust off the more than half a billion devices that have Alexa built in and give them fresh relevance as delivery channels for the equivalent of a voice-enabled ChatGPT — and more. Driving the news: Amazon has pitched its web services as an ideal place to host and run generative AI applications, but has been relatively quiet about offering services directly to consumers. That's about to change, Axios has learned:
https://www.axios.com/2023/07/26/amazon-alexa-ai-home

E) Generative AI Could Be A Critical Tool For The Visually Impaired | ComputerWorld

Because of the way generative AI can ingest data from websites and allow users to interact with it verbally, it could be a boon for workers with sight problems:
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3703569/generative-ai-could-be-a-critical-tool-for-the-visually-impaired.html

F) New Crisp and Diverse Default Voices Now Available | ElevenLabs

Our platform now includes a broader selection of high-quality voices tailored to various use-cases, featuring a wide range of delivery styles and accents:
https://elevenlabs.io/blog/new-voices/

G) Create A Perfect Digital Copy Of Your Voice And Speak The Languages You Don't! | ElevenLabs

Publisher (Di Blasi): "One that's virtually indistinguishable from the original." Now those are bold claims. So let the testing commence. Perhaps it's time for yet another cloned voice comparison using the Top Tech Tidbits Podcast? Maybe in Spanish this time?
ElevenLabs: We're proud to release our Professional Voice Cloning (PVC) model to the wider public. Formerly available exclusively to our enterprise clients, we're now opening access at large, allowing you to create a perfect digital copy of your own voice; one that's virtually indistinguishable from the original. We enabled users to upload their voice data back in March and we promised to release the voices on a first-come, first-serve basis in July — they're finally here. PVC comes free to everyone on or above the Creator plan. What's more, your PVC voice can also automatically speak all the languages supported by Eleven Multilingual v1:
https://elevenlabs.io/blog/create-a-perfect-digital-copy-of-your-voice-and-speak-the-languages-you-dont/

H) How To Get A Summary Of Your Notes In Otter.Ai | The Accessibility Guy

The digital world is abundant with productivity tools designed to simplify our everyday tasks. One such tool that has seen a surge in popularity is Otter AI, a platform that has redefined how we take notes, create transcripts, and generate caption files from audio or video files. Let's delve into how to use Otter AI to enhance your content creation and learning experiences:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/how-to-get-a-summary-of-your-notes-in-otter-ai/

7) Apple Updates

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A) Vision Pro Development Kits Offer Captivating Clues At The Headset's Accessibility Story | Forbes: Subscription Required

Since it was unveiled at WWDC early last month, one of the more mysterious aspects of Apple's Vision Pro headset is accessibility. There are many questions to be answered that Apple has been predictably mum over, even off the record. Moreover, this week's announcement of the Vision Pro development kit raises even more questions, insofar as curiosity over the accessibility features in visionOS and how they apply to apps from third-party developers. Questions, they are aplenty:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/07/27/vision-pro-development-kits-offer-captivating-clues-at-the-headsets-accessibility-story/?sh=137ce4c631ad

8) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Check Spelling in Microsoft Word Using JAWS Quick Keys | Freedom Scientific

Use Quick Keys in Word to navigate through your spelling errors. These are the JAWS commands:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/182.html

9) BlindShell Classic 2 Integrates Sero: A Leap Forward in Assistive Technology

Over the last few years, we have witnessed incredible advancements in technology designed to aid those with visual impairments. Two companies, in particular, have stood out: BlindShell, a pioneer in assistive technology communication, and Pneuma Solutions, the current developers of Sero, the world's most comprehensive and easy-to-navigate social network and multimedia repository for the blind. Now, in an exciting development, the Blindshell Classic 2 Collection of accessible cell phones will integrate the Sero platform, creating an even better, user-friendly experience specifically for the visually impaired. Let's dive in and explore what this collaboration signifies for users:
https://pneumasolutions.com/blindshell-classic-2-integrates-sero-a-leap-forward-in-assistive-technology/

10) Resolving Content Navigation Issues in Microsoft Word: A Practical Guide | The Accessibility Guy

One might come across an unusual scenario where the navigation pane in Microsoft Word displays extra content that's not supposed to be there. Instead of showing just the headings for efficient document navigation, other content elements creep in, making navigation a bit confusing. But don't worry, there's a workaround to ensure only headings appear in the navigation pane. It requires a few tweaks in the font settings within Microsoft Word, and your document will be back to its navigational best:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/resolving-content-navigation-issues-in-microsoft-word-a-practical-guide/

11) A Comprehensive Guide To The Most Vital Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need To Know

In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts, unveiling a plethora of timesaving and productivity-boosting techniques that will elevate your computing experience. With our expertly curated list of keyboard shortcuts, you will unlock a new level of efficiency and convenience in navigating your Windows 11 or even your Windows 10 system:
https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-most-vital-windows-11-keyboard-shortcuts-you-need-to-know/

12) Tweesecake. Condensing The Number Of Mentions In A Mastodon Session | Hartgen Consultancy

The purpose of this very small set of JAWS scripts is to minimize the number of mentions spoken when using the Tweesecake application's primary window in a Mastodon session. The scripts were developed for my own use and have been tested with Windows10 and Windows11. You are very welcome to use them if you wish. Maybe at some point in the future they will not be necessary and they can just be thrown away. For the avoidance of doubt, these scripts do not function with global hotkeys:
https://www.hartgen-home.org/tweesecake

13) 5 Free Dictation Tools To Use On Windows Or MacOS

Prefer dictating text rather than typing? Here are some of the best free dictation tools you can use on your Windows or macOS machine:
https://www.makeuseof.com/free-dictation-tools/

14) Create a Chart in a Separate Worksheet in Excel | Sharon's Shortcuts

Each Excel workbook can contain multiple worksheets. Worksheets contain sets of data, but can also contain a chart. The default chart in Excel is a column chart. To create a chart on a separate worksheet:
https://sharons-shortcuts.ie/create-a-chart-in-a-separate-worksheet-in-excel/

15) How To Use Google Docs On iPhone And iPad With Screen Readers And Braille Devices | Accessibility.com

Accessibility has always been one of the unique selling points of Apple devices. In addition to having a wide range of built-in accessibility features, iPhones and iPads are also compatible with assistive devices like screen readers and Braille devices. This short guide will explain how to use Google Docs on iPhones and iPads with screen readers and Braille devices:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-to-use-google-docs-on-iphone-and-ipad-with-screen-readers-and-braille-devices

16) How To Set Up Computer Security For Your Parents | Malwarebytes Labs

If you want to tighten up your parents' home cybersecurity as much as possible, you've come to the right place. After all, you're no doubt the family IT person, and first point of contact if trouble arises:
https://www.malwarebytes.com/blog/news/2023/07/how-to-set-up-computer-security-for-your-parents

17) We Cracked More Than 20,000 Passwords. Here Are Our Tips. | The Washington Post: Subscription Required

Have you ever had "password rage"? You know, shouting at your computer screen, swearing or throwing a tantrum because you can't remember a password? If your answer is yes, you're not alone. Even computer security professionals suffer from it. In a 2015 poll at an IT security conference, one-third of respondents admitted to feeling this way. It's understandable. Being forced to create and remember a random string of letters, numbers and special characters for dozens of personal and professional accounts can be maddening. It inevitably leads to bad password practices: reusing the same password again and again for different accounts, writing passwords down, or worse, using easy-to-remember words — such as "password." And in implementing these bad practices, we could be opening the door for cybercriminals to gain access to our financial data or other personal information:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/08/02/interior-department-passwords-ineffective-cybersecurity/

18) RAZ Mobility Launches Accessible and Innovative Smartphone for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired | Business Wire

RAZ Mobility has announced the launch of the SmartVision 3. This Google certified smartphone, manufactured by Kapsys, is designed specifically for individuals who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230801427258/en/RAZ-Mobility-Launches-Accessible-and-Innovative-Smartphone-for-People-Who-Are-Blind-or-Visually-Impaired

19) Mozilla Firefox 117 Beta Brings An Automatic Language Translator For Websites, And It Works Offline | ghacks.net

Mozilla Firefox is bringing an automatic translator for websites. The feature is currently available in Firefox 117 beta. This feature has existed in Chrome for ages, but unlike Google's browser, which sends the data to its servers, Firefox's automatic translation feature uses on-device translation. The latter is much better for your privacy, and works offline:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/02/mozilla-firefox-117-beta-brings-an-automatic-language-translator-for-websites-and-it-works-offline/

20) This Prosthetic Limb Actually Attaches to the Wearer's Nerves | Wired: Subscription Required

This prosthetic arm connects directly to the nervous system and gives the user fine control over the motions of individual fingers — just by thinking and trying to move:
https://www.wired.com/story/this-prosthetic-limb-actually-attaches-to-the-wearers-nerves/

21) When Will We Get Tactile Touch Screens? | How-To Geek

Tactile or haptic touch screens incorporate touch feedback for an immersive user experience. These screens, still in development, utilize technologies like electro-osmotic pumps to create physical-like buttons on the screen. Despite promising applications, there's no definitive timeline for their introduction into mainstream tech like smartphones, tablets, and car interfaces. The potential revolution in tactile feedback could revitalize the currently stagnant touchscreen technology market:
https://www.howtogeek.com/894140/when-will-we-get-tactile-touch-screens/

22) An Update On Thunderbird Sync

Hello Thunderbird family! First and foremost, we want to express our deepest appreciation for your patience. The road to Thunderbird 115 “Supernova” has been a long one, and we're confident you'll love the final result. If you're already using Thunderbird 115, you may have noticed a feature that is conspicuously absent: Thunderbird Sync:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/07/an-update-on-thunderbird-sync/

23) Sao Mai Braille (SMB) 23.8 Released

Sao Mai Center just released SMB 23.8, a free accessible braille translation software for text, math and music. Highlights in this release include: keep all applied styles in print when translating into Braille, apply styles in Braille document, rewrote functions to better handle Braille text translation, add new Malay and German language Braille tables, support Vietnamese math Braille translation, speak math equations in Spanish, updated to SM Music Braille library 23.7 with many new features, improvements and fixes:
http://saomaicenter.org/en/news/technology/smb-238-release-announcement

24) NVDA 2023.2Beta1 Available For Testing

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2023-2beta1/

25) Leasey Update Available | Hartgen Consultancy | Tech-VI List | David Goldfield

Leasey is a third party program which adds many features to JAWS or Fusion. While I can't endorse every product which gets mentioned on this list people who know a bit about me are aware that I make an exception when it comes to Leasey. I've been a user of Leasey since November of 2018 and I wouldn't want to use JAWS without it. The previous link will provide information on Leasey's capabilities and cost. You can download a demonstration version of the program and you can also order it online:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4657

26) Audio Demo From Brian Hartgen: A Few Modifications To How JAWS Interacts With Tweesecake | Tech-VI List | David Goldfield

Tweesecake is my preferred Mastodon client for Windows. The following audio file demonstrates some JAWS scripts containing a few nice modifications for how JAWS interacts with Tweesecake:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4656

27) New NVDA Addon: Say Control Type Before Its Label | Pierre-Louis | Tech-VI List

A flexible add-on that allows NVDA to announce the type and state of the GUI controls before their label. The names of types and states can also be customized. The add-on supports checkboxes, radio buttons and checkable and radio menu items:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4658

28) A Detailed Review Of The Nothing Phone 2 From A Blind User's Perspective | Accessible Android

This brief review would be focusing on the “Nothing Phone 2” since the original “nothing” phone wasn't made available in the States. In this brief review, I'll be looking at the following: Setup Screen and Language Selection. SIM Card Support. Your Information. Biometrics and optional stuff. Restoring your Apps. Software — Looking at the System Settings. The Glyph Interface and the Glyph Composer. Screen Reader Action Support. The Camera. Audio and Microphone. OS updates and Security Patches. Conclusion and My thoughts:
https://accessibleandroid.com/nothing-phone-2-review/

29) Fitbit App Gets A Major Redesign With An Emphasis On Simplicity | Engadget

It's in beta now with an official release coming this Fall:
https://www.engadget.com/fitbit-app-gets-a-major-redesign-with-an-emphasis-on-simplicity-161412464.html

30) What Is A Smart TV: Everything You Need To Know

Publisher (Di Blasi): While this article is incredibly thorough it may not answer some of the most basic questions around what, exactly, makes a Smart TV, "smart." If you still have questions, this article might help.
Android Authority: If you're relatively new to doing your own tech shopping, or you've just been content with a traditional TV until now, you probably have a number of questions about smart TVs. We'll explain all of the essentials below, as well as answer some less obvious questions you might have:
https://www.androidauthority.com/what-is-a-smart-tv-3309761/

31) Looking For A House Phone Or Cell Phone That Meets Your Needs? Hadley Workshops Have You Covered

Choosing a Home Phone: https://hadley.edu/workshops/staying-connected-series/staying-connected-choosing-a-home-phone
Choosing a Cell Phone: https://hadley.edu/workshops/staying-connected-series/staying-connected-choosing-a-cell-phone

32) PS5 Beta Rolls Out With New Accessibility And Audio Options, Social Features, And UI Enhancements

We're thrilled to roll out a new PS5 system software beta that introduces new accessibility features as well as audio options that allow 3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech to be enjoyed on compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices such as sound bars, TVs, or home theater systems. The beta also includes more options to quickly find games and console tips, new ways to connect with other players and customize your multiplayer sessions, and support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs (up to 8TB):
https://blog.playstation.com/2023/07/31/ps5-beta-rolls-out-today-with-new-accessibility-and-audio-options-social-features-and-ui-enhancements/

33) Freedom Scientific Training Events | August 2023

The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to join us in live training sessions and advance your skills. We're excited to announce our jam-packed August training schedule, where you're sure to find something that will help you at work, school, or play. If you have questions or need assistance with registration, email training@vispero.com 📧️. We also welcome your suggestions for future training events:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-august-2023-training-events/

34) GoodMaps Newsletter for July 2023

https://mailchi.mp/goodmaps/daqt42o0n5-13867647?e=ff290fc8ae

35) Accessibility.com Newsletter for July 2023

https://www.accessibility.com/accessibility-news-july-2023-edition

36) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for July 2023

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-july-2023

37) NVDA In-Process For July 31, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-31st-july-2023/

38) Paths To Literacy | Perkins School For The Blind Newsletter

https://view.email.perkins.org/?qs=f70788c8e4560ac468814034d185a07897c302fbf0f7f01ad29c1c3d4457ace195a3b14550557460643cf57383c9d7f61202154cb9343cc7483ae59fa3a7adf52d3f5befa989072d


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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:
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Closing: August 11, 2023 | Invitation to Participate in Research on Accessibility and Usability of Digital Libraries in the Mobile Environment | Universal Accessibility and Usability of Digital Libraries in the Mobile Environment (IRB: 23. 191)

A research team comprising blind and sighted scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is investigating the accessibility and usability of digital libraries for users who are blind and visually impaired. The goal is to create digital library design guidelines to improve digital library design in the mobile environment, supporting blind and visually impaired people to effectively search for information online via mobile devices:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4686

Closing: August 11, 2023 | Seeking Blind And Low-Vision Adults With Diabetes For Diabetes Self-Management Study

Do you have diabetes and low vision or blindness? Insulin pens and pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems, medications and other diabetes treatments are available for diabetes management. However, many of these devices were not designed for users with low vision or blindness and have serious accessibility problems. We want to support these users by learning more about how low vision/blind individuals manage their diabetes. Are you interested in participating in this study? Participation in this research involves completing a survey about diabetes management. Participation will last approximately 20 minutes. Participants will receive a $10 tango gift card for their time and effort. How can you find out more? Go directly to:
https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b119QA0WOpWpWcu | You can also call and leave a message, or email: Dr. Allyson Hughes | Phone: (740) 593-0465 📱️ | Email: ashughes@ohio.edu 📧️ | IRB # 22-E-195


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July 28, 2023 | Optima Braille Laptop Update & Your Feedback | DoubleTap

Today on the show Steven and Shaun find out more about the upcoming Optima braille laptop device from one of the partners involved in its creation. Add Kushner from AccessMind joins the guys to talk about feedback they have been receiving that they intend to implement into the device and also what feedback they have been getting from competitors in the braille tech space. Also there's more feedback from you, in particular on the subjects of audio description, braille and literacy and also comments on the new Victor Reader Stream 3rd generation:
https://doubletaponair.com/optima-braille-laptop-update-your-feedback/

July 28, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 34: NFB 2023 Resolution Recap, Everyone Can Do It Privately and Accessibly

Join Allison, Brian, Ed and Jeanine as they recap and discuss most of this year's resolutions coming out of the NFB 2023 Conference. It is a hard hitting opinionated episode that will make you laugh and question what in the world are we doing with some of these resolutions:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-134-nfb-2023-resolution-recap-everyone-can-do-it-privately-and-accessibly

July 29, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast: Samsung 2023 Unpack Event And The Nothing 2 Phone Review

First we tell our listeners that Accessible Android has become an independent English site. We then talk about the 34 fixes in android 14 beta 4.1. We discuss about all things in Samsung Unpack 2023. We review the nothing phone 2 and talk about it. In our tip of the week, john shows how to easily access google cast on a Samsung phone without installing a 3rd party settings app. Lina talks to us about how she got started with Android:
https://youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

July 30, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 241: The Wait Continues For Audible Support On The Victor Reader Stream 3, Remembering iPhone Apps From Years Past, And HumanWare And APH Update Us On The Monarch

https://www.livingblindfully.com/episode-241the-wait-continues-for-audible-support-on-the-victor-reader-stream-3-remembering-iphone-apps-from-years-past-and-humanware-and-aph-update-us-on-the-monarch/

August 2, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2331: Encore of 1813 Outtakes from Eyes On Success

They say that nothing is ever perfect. Fortunately, though, with a little extra work, most mistakes can be fixed. That even applies to the productions of Eyes On Success. Sit back and enjoy some laughs with hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey as they enjoy some Summer fun by sharing some humorous moments that never made it into the show:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2331.htm

August 3, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, August 3, 2023

Tune in each week as we announce the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits of the week. These 5 news items represent the most popular news and trends in access technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
https://apple.co/3ODv8oV


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August 8, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Navigate Ribbons in MS Office with JAWS

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Learn how to navigate the Ribbons in Microsoft Office applications with JAWS to quickly locate commands. Join Info: Zoom conferencing platform and Clubhouse. Join via Zoom or download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device.
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?_x_zm_rtaid=JLrcZJLfR0CGeSOmS9Dn3g.1605555524846.894574b70d1d4051defcc9cb567d21aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=935#success

August 8, 2023 | Disability Awareness and Etiquette | California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
Become disability aware and learn how to engage with persons with disabilities in this insightful two-hour webinar. Who Should Attend? People who make hiring decisions. People who manage people. People who work with people with disabilities. People who provide services to people with disabilities. Anyone who values diversity and inclusion. ASL interpreting and real time captioning will be provided during the event. Brought to you by the Department of Rehabilitation Disability Access Services (DAS):
https://dor-ca-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jBntGDIxSumFWuWHLIA6Ig#/registration?os=iphone

August 9, 2023 | Create Source Files: MS Word to PDF Remediation (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Microsoft Word offers many tools that make remediation in PDF quicker and more successful. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for creating your documents in Microsoft Word with the intent to convert them to PDF. Learning Outcomes: Discover best practices in formatting standard document elements. Explore the WCAG 2.1 color requirements that may apply to your content. Introduction to creating PDFs directly from Microsoft Office:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82644298230?pwd=alhMWlRqb0tOS3dHNFVrSEtOam04dz09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

August 10, 2023 | RUBY 10: Beyond the Basics | Vispero

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Vispero Presenters: Bill Kilroy and Shelly Klure. Summary: Want to learn how to turn on "Help Text" and have menu options read aloud? Do you know the three main uses for the full-page (swing out) camera? Join us for a step-by-step webinar on how to get the most from the RUBY 10 by Freedom Scientific. Don't miss out on this educational hour as we demonstrate live and answer your questions in real-time! Objectives: Adjust font size for "Help Text." Turn on the voice for menu options. Use the Full-page (swing out) camera for reading, writing, and scanning. Registration: Register for this webinar on Zoom. ACVREP Credits. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IlcMUrtRSg-AdSpzfI9TbA?utm_campaign=LV_Webinars&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=268623519&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9oeVGBRTdrLIaC2O3Xx9wg5cvJWcZwRBm0lVZLVD5xCM92inozJAMIkRXA9jKsiGu0STqd0Ce3VDmnCFIoM2VnljnJYA&utm_content=268623519&utm_source=hs_email#/registration

August 12, 2023 | YouTube | Technology User Group

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
On Saturday, August 12, the Technology User Group (TUG) will profile the YouTube website and the YouTube app. Learn how to use both applications effectively: managing play controls, subscribing, skipping ads and saving. Finding premium content will also be discussed. 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

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 16, 2023 | JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Training Materials (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Ian Ramos and Marisa Church from Access Ingenuity to discover ways to get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Help tools of JAWS, including Keyboard Help and Screen Sensitive Help. Additional help from the help menu includes the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources include the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page, Surf's Up Training website, etc:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86019597044?pwd=aFdFUzhQWWFDTkRMOTdCUXRGRVZJQT09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885

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

August 23, 2023 | How to Create Accessible Videos (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video to comply with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85965137306?pwd=R3dDeUJZaEp3Q2xJbmpmRkxUVTNKUT09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

August 30, 2023 | JAWS: Testing for Website Accessibility (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
An essential part of ensuring that a website is accessible is to test the site with a screen reader. Join Michael Parker (Web Accessibility Specialist and DHS Trusted Tester) and Marisa Church (Assistive Technology Specialist and Expert Screen Reader) as they demonstrate how to test a website with the JAWS screen reader. Learning Outcomes: Understand the importance of testing websites with a screen reader. Learn how to test a website with a screen reader. Learn the difference between using the Say All command and Tab to navigate a webpage. Learn about basic JAWS settings required for testing. How to use the Virtual HTML Features and Text Viewer in JAWS for quicker testing:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88477062027?pwd=c0lPNVdYSmtJakxLUUVpekZjZzd6UT09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885

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

September 29, 2023 | Blindness and Mental Health Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Please join us as we discuss mental health in the blind and low vision community. Expert presenters will discuss: Psychology and therapy for the blind community. Medications and genomic testing. Peer and community support resources. 988 Mental Health Hotline information:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-and-mental-health-webinar/

October 13, 2023 | Blindness and Clinical Trials Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Please join us as we discuss clinical trials for the blind and low vision community with these expert presenters: Ben Shaberman, VP Science Communications Foundation Fighting Blindness. Marin Allen, former Deputy Director of Communications, National Institute of Health. Maggie Cashion, Clinical Research Manager, Prism Vision Group:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-and-clinical-trials-webinar/

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 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open

The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo-2023/

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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About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, the DeafBlind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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WayAround is the best way to label things if you're blind or have low vision. You just need the free mobile app and some WayTags® to label items in the kitchen, garden, closet, office & more. Prices on WayTags will increase on June 1, so stock up today on your favorite tags.
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About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

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

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
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Everyone deserves equal access to the internet which is why Fable works with people with disabilities who use assistive technologies like switch controls to improve the accessibility of websites and apps. Fable Pathways, a free, accessible, and on-demand skill-building program, is an extension of Fable's mission. Fable Pathways provides new opportunities for people with disabilities to gain the skills they need, from experts like Judy Heumann and Kelly Ford, to contribute to improving digital accessibility.
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About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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