Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 12, 2023 - Volume 932
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) Google Is Retiring Gmail's Basic HTML View as of January 2024 | CNET
After the beginning of the year, Gmail will automatically change to its Standard view. Some visually impaired users prefer the Basic view. As of January 2024, Google is discontinuing the option to display Gmail on your browser in the Basic HTML view. A new post in Google's Help Center says Gmail will automatically change to Standard view. Standard view is a richer version of the program, and Basic HTML is a simple version useful for slow connections and outdated browsers. In an email, a Google representative acknowledged that the Basic HTML view will be disabled beginning in January, saying those views "were replaced by their modern successors 10+ years ago and do not include full Gmail feature functionality:"
B.) What's New in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024 Public Beta | Freedom Scientific
C.) An iPhone On Your Wrist: 28 Tips Every Apple Watch Owner Should Know | PC Mag | With Commentary By David Goldfield
I am a user and a promoter of the Apple Watch. I believe that it can be a useful, convenient and for some a necessary and possibly life-saving device. However, I disagree with articles referring to it as "an iPhone on your wrist." Here's why:
D.) Let's Get Ready For Action, How Does The Action Button Work On The iPhone 15 Pro? | National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)
If you have an iPhone you'll likely be familiar with the left side of the device. Two volume buttons and a mute switch. What more could one possibly desire you might ask? Well, on the iPhone 15 Pro that mute switch is no more. It's been replaced by a third button called the Action Button. That once familiar left side now feels different. It's got three buttons instead of the usual two, 2 volume buttons, and the new action button, which is now the top of the three:
E.) New NVDA Screen Reader Workshop Series | Hadley
Learn how to use this free computer program to read websites, online documents, and more. Workshops include: Getting Started, Customizing How NVDA Speaks, Useful Shortcuts and Everyday Tasks:
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9) AI Updates
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A) The Latest AI Chatbots Can Handle Text, Images and Sound. Here's How | Scientific American
New "multimodal" AI programs can do much more than respond to text — they also analyze images and chat aloud. Slightly more than 10 months ago OpenAI's ChatGPT was first released to the public. Its arrival ushered in an era of nonstop headlines about artificial intelligence and accelerated the development of competing large language models (LLMs) from Google, Meta and other tech giants. Since that time, these chatbots have demonstrated an impressive capacity for generating text and code, albeit not always accurately. And now multimodal AIs that are capable of parsing not only text but also images, audio, and more are on the rise:
B) Is The Smartphone About To Be Consigned To History? | Enrique Dans | Medium: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): This article discusses the very real possibility that a convergence of current technologies may be poised to move us away from screens and toward a "sound interface". With the bet being that as AI gets more intelligent we will be able to perform more and more tasks via voice that once required a screen. The impact that this could have on the lives of blind and low vision persons cannot be understated.
C) How to Use Google Bard to Find Your Stuff in Gmail and Docs | Wired: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): I think it pertinent to state here that this functionality is still in its infancy. While I think that everyone in AI will agree that using a Large Language Model to ask questions of your very own data will indeed be a killer app, it just isn't here yet in any reasonably efficient form. Using the word clunky is kind. Using the word broken might be more descriptive. If we look at this technically, it's really just an advanced search. With all of your own personal or business information as the index. But creating an index of all of your documents and emails, in real time, to say nothing of keeping it updated, is no small task. It's like giving everyone their own personal Google Search algorithm. For all of their data. And that kind of scale is going to take time. Hell, I'd be happy if Windows could perform an honest search. But to this day, it cannot. And Windows is local. So my bet is that getting this right will take some time.
D) What is AI? LLMs, GPTs, And Chatbots Explained | Laptop Mag
AI, it's absolutely everywhere and appearing in absolutely everything! But when did AI take the leap from the pages of pulp sci-fi novels to the real world and, more importantly, what actually is it? It's a brave new world we're heading into, and you're not alone if you're unsure as to what's going on while we make our transition. Thankfully, while complex in operation, today's AI is relatively straightforward to understand. So let's cut the preamble short and get stuck in. Starting with the basic and boring first before moving on to the equally as boring though less basic, and why AI is currently making waves online:
10) Apple Updates
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A) How To Use Double Tap On Apple Watch Ultra 2 & Apple Watch Series 9 In watchOS 10.1 | Apple Insider
Double Tap is a feature coming to Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra in watchOS 10.1. Here's how to set it up, what you can do, and how you can customize it:
B) How Double Tap Compares To Quick Actions And Assistive Touch | Apple Insider
Apple's new Double Tap feature on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 may seem familiar. Here's how it compares to the existing Assistive Touch and Quick Actions accessibility features:
C) Apple Watch Series 9 Review: Steady as It Goes | How-To-Geek
The Apple Watch Series 9 offers incremental updates over its predecessor, the Series 8, but still maintains impressive functions. The Series 9 features a new processing chip, a brighter display, and some exciting new features still on the horizon. Current owners of recent Apple Watch models may not find many new features in the Series 9, but it could be a significant improvement for those with older models:
D) We Deserve Better from Apple: Why I Can No Longer Recommend a Mac to Fellow Blind Computer Users | David Goodwin | AppleVis
The "Safari not responding" behavior when using VoiceOver dramatically impacts productivity and overall usability of Macs for blind and low vision users. Furthermore, it appears that the issue extends beyond just Safari — many other common applications that utilize Apple's WebKit browser engine can also be affected by the "not responding" problem:
11) JAWS Power Tip: How To Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge | Freedom Scientific
Immersive Reader is a Microsoft Edge feature that simplifies the layout of text and reduces clutter. Use it on pages where it is available to read continuously, bypassing ads and other page content. This can include pages containing content such as articles, blog posts, and recipes. JAWS provides notification if Immersive Reader is available when the page loads. To enable Immersive Reader:
12) How to Set Up and Use the Accessibility Menu on Android | Cool Blind Tech
Do you find it challenging to press certain buttons on your phone? Android's Accessibility Menu is here to make those buttons bigger and more accessible:
13) New Tutorial — Using the Keyboard Manager of PowerToys Using a Screen Reader | Brian Vogel | Tech-VI List
14) What's the Difference Between Outlook, Outlook for Windows, and Outlook.com? | Ask Leo
The short answer is: Outlook, Outlook for Windows, and Outlook.com are three different things. They don't really relate to each other. They have only three things in common: they're all related to email, they all have the word "Outlook" in their names, and their icons are similar if not identical. That's where the similarity ends. It's frustrating because people often refer to Outlook when they mean Outlook.com:
15) My Plain Text Workflow As A Fiction Writer | Robert Kingett
Plain text workflows are especially useful for screen reader users because, rather than memorizing an inaccessible user interface, the user can just create documents without worrying about formatting. This post by a blind writer covers managing track changes as plain text as well as how one can do text based accounting, and more:
16) How To Get Started With Brave Browser On Windows 11 | Windows Central | With Commentary By David Goldfield | Tech-Vi List
Brave is my default Web browser of choice. Since it's based on Chromium you can run any of the extensions from the Chrome Play Store. It has an emphasis on user privacy and is fully accessible using JAWS or NVDA:
17) Be My Eyes Introduces Be My AI | September 27, 2023 | Ophthalmic Edge
After five months of beta testing with 200 Be My Eyes app users, the virtual volunteer has been reintroduced as a visual assistant with a new name, “Be My AI.” The beta is now rolling out to more iOS testers. Beta testing for Android will begin soon:
18) New Video: RIM: Pioneering Fully Accessible Remote Training and Support for All | YouTube
Step into the future with Remote Incident Manager (RIM) by Pneuma Solutions, the world's only fully accessible remote training and support solution, designed for both sighted and visually impaired individuals. Unlike traditional platforms like TeamViewer, RIM stands apart with a suite of features promoting inclusivity and seamless interaction across the board. Venture into a realm where every feature is crafted with accessibility in mind, ensuring a frictionless experience for all users. Explore RIM and see how we're revolutionizing remote support and training, one accessible interaction at a time:
19) This Robot Could Be the Key to Empowering People With Disabilities | IEEE Spectrum
It's simple to use and gives users — and their caregivers — much needed independence. This article discusses the development of a new robot called Stretch, which is designed to help people with disabilities. The robot is small, lightweight, and can be easily moved by one person. It has a single arm with enough degrees of freedom to allow up-down and extend-retract movements. The robot is designed to increase the independence of the disabled person while also making the caregiver's life easier. The robot is priced at $20,000, which is a fraction of the cost of a PR2:
20) BrailleNote Touch Outdated OS | Perkins School For The Blind
Is your BrailleNote having connectivity issues and/or problems with Google applications? A number of TVIs are reporting that the BrailleNote Touch (and other more current Humanware braille notetakers) are running Android 8.1, an old operating system. This old operating system will no longer connect to most school Wi-Fi networks. It is reported that even the current Humanware braille notetakers are running the old operating system. Google no longer receives security updates and is officially no longer supporting Android 8.1 (Android Oreo) was released in August 2017:
21) StationPlaylist for JAWS: More Than Just a Bunch of Scripts | Hartgen Consultancy
You may have heard of the StationPlaylist suite of products, allowing you to host your own show through to running your own radio station. But what you might not realize is that the JAWS scripts for the entire StationPlaylist suite go way beyond reading what is on the screen, giving you access to pertinent information relating to the products or making the application accessible. They go much further and adapt the program specifically for use by blind broadcasters:
22) Everything Announced At The Made By Google Event: Pixel 8, Watch 2, And More | Android Central
Every year, Google shows off its latest flagship smartphones at its annual Made by Google event. This year was no different, as Google's big Pixel launch for 2023 took place on Wednesday when the company took the stage to launch its latest Pixel devices and software upgrades:
23) What's New in Android 14 | Accessible Android
Google has unveiled the stable version of Android 14, marking a significant update to the world's most popular mobile operating system. The release is set to first roll out to Google's Pixel phones, including the newly launched Pixel 8 series, followed by eligible devices from various Android Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Here's What's New in Android 14:
24) Submission Form To Become An Accessibility Trusted Tester For Google Products
Do you use Google products? Are you passionate about improving accessibility? If so, then you may be interested in joining Google's Accessibility Trusted Tester program! We are building out a panel of Accessibility Trusted Testers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to give us more accessibility and usability feedback on new and existing products and ideas. Potential testers will go through a screening process to enter the program. Those who are accepted into the Trusted Tester Program can expect:
25) Twitter/X's Removal Of Link Headlines Slashes Site Accessibility Even Further
Publisher (Di Blasi): I just want readers to know that you don't have to put up with this any longer if you don't wish to. While we still currently publish to X (Formerly Twitter) we also publish to Mastodon, Facebook, LinkedIn and RSS. I encourage you to join us on Mastodon. The community is vibrant, accessible, active and informative.
26) Google's Magnifier Accessibility App Is Ready For Download To Pixel Phones | The Verge
Google has released its Magnifier app for Pixel phones that's designed to make small, dimly lit, or distant text easier to read. The new accessibility app debuted on the Pixel 8 series introduced at Google's Pixel event earlier this week, and allows users to "magnify small text, see object details, or zoom in on faraway text like street signs or restaurant menus behind a service counter," according to the Magnifier app Play Store listing:
27) Flying Blind: Taking Flight Simulation To A New Level In Accessibility | Hackaday
Software developers [Andy Borka] and [Jason Fayre] have a love for aviation. They are also both totally blind. They've developed software called Talking Flight Monitor, and it has made flight simulation possible for anyone with impaired vision or blindness, as you can experience in the blurry video below the break. What draws them to aviation and flight simulators?
28) Samsung Galaxy A34 Review | Accessible Android
Samsung's A-series has always been a reliable choice for mid-range smartphone buyers. The latest addition to this lineup is the Samsung Galaxy A34. In this short Samsung Galaxy A34 Review, I'll delve into the accessibility and overall performance of this intriguing device:
29) Forza Motorsport: The Blind Accessibility Review | Victor Dima
Simply put, the world's first blockbuster Racing game playable by the Blind:
30) Long Gone, DEC Is Still Powering The World Of Computing | Ars Technica
Even though very few of the early players in technology still exist, we use their creations to this day. Bell Labs created the transistor, and Fairchild Semiconductor created the integrated circuit, but neither company is still around. So is the case with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). It no longer exists, but unless you're using a handheld device to read this article, you're using a descendant of DEC technology:
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October 5, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Overcoming Challenges of Online Shopping | Freedom Scientific
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October 8, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 148: Android 14 Release, Launch of Samsung S23 FE and Pixel8 And Pixel 8 Pro Made by Google
In the announcements segment we talk about Google's Trusted Tester Program opening for all residing in UK. In the first part of news and event coverage we talk about the released Android 14 and then later on QPR 1 beta 2. In the second part of news and event coverage we talk about launch of Samsung Galaxy S23 FE. | Form to apply for the Google Trusted Tester program for UK members. | Release Notes of Android 14 Release. | Samsung Galaxy S23 FE | Podcast:
October 11, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2341 Apple Accessibility: Making Tech For Everyone
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.
Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023
Website: https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/ 🌐
About: Wordvoyance is a multiplayer crossword-building game similar to Scrabble and Words With Friends.
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Play Game (Web Browser): https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/menu
Play Game (iOS App Store): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wordvoyance/id1672135719
Play Game (Google Play Store): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exceptionullgames.wordvoyance
Play Game (Other): For iOS users outside of our soft launch regions you can download the app via Apple's TestFlight Store at: https://testflight.apple.com/join/UsNLOulZ
Game Manual: https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/manual
Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023
Website: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/ 🌐
YouTube: https://youtube.com/@TheAccessibilityGuy 📹
About: My name is Shawn Jordison and I love helping others learn the ins and outs of digital accessibility.
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The Blog: This blog covers topics like making Word, PDF & PowerPoint files accessible, Closed Captioning, assistive technology, and other important accessibility topics.
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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023
Website: https://glidance.io/ 🌐
About: Fun and easy, you'll just love going out. You walk with confidence, and Glide will simply guide you where you want to go.
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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023
Website: https://echobatix.com/ 🌐
App: Download the Echobatix App from the Apple App Store here.
About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, 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.
Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023
Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐
App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
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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Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐
Phone: (415) 878-2922 ☎
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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.
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Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐
Phone: (800) 914-7307 ☎
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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.
Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023
Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐
General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 ☎
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About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.
All the information you want with just a tap of your phone. No more waiting around to ask someone. You need just two things to get started: The free mobile app for iOS or Android and some of our smart WayTags®.
Accessible labels for the blind, deafblind, and anyone with vision loss. Your biggest problem isn't poor eyesight. It's that so much of the information in the world is visual. But you shouldn't have to wait around for someone else to get the information you need. Or carry around a bulky, outdated device. There is a better way to get accurate and complete information every time. So you can reduce stress and gain independence.
Download The App (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayaround-tag-and-scan/id1294361140?mt=8
Download The App (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wayaround.wayaround
Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022
Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐
Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/
Email: email@example.com ✉
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.
Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810
About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.
➜ Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.
➜ Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐
About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.
Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021
Email: email@example.com ✉
Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3BQmUTl
About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐
Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒
Phone: (512) 837-2000 ☎
About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.
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