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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 23, 2023 - Volume 938

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A.) Introducing The Obstacle Detector App: Travel Tools For The Blind, Obstacle Distance Detection App | Obstacle Detector: Professional | AppleVis

Editor (Woodbridge): The Obstacle Detection App for iPhone mainly uses LIDAR, requires an iPhone 12 Pro or above, and includes a 5 minute demo within the app and then an in-app purchase. Worth having a look at and play with.
AppleVis: Obstacle Detector is a powerful obstacle-detection application explicitly designed for visually impaired individuals. With its robust features and advanced technology, Obstacle Detector has become an indispensable travel companion for the visually impaired:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/introducing-obstacle-detector-app-travel-tools-blind-obstacle-distance-detection

B.) Microsoft Office 2024 Confirmed: Won't Require A Subscription | ghacks.net

Microsoft Office 2024 exists, does not require a subscription and it will be released in 2024:
https://ghacks.net/2023/11/13/microsoft-office-2024-confirmed-wont-require-a-subscription/

C.) Vispero's Next Big Thing Contest Winner Announced | DoubleTap

The winner of Freedom Scientific's Next Big Thing contest has been announced. Freedom Scientific, a leading manufacturer of assistive technology for people with vision impairments, launched the innovative contest back in September to crowdsource new features for their renowned software products JAWS and ZoomText. Finalists' ideas included creating a JAWS Gym to help people get to know the numerous keyboard shortcuts within JAWS, and a cool idea to give you paragraph previews of documents, websites and more without having to open the item up:
https://doubletaponair.com/visperos-next-big-thing-contest-announces-winner-tonight/

D.) Pedesting App Revolutionizes Accessibility With Detailed Indoor Navigation And Inclusive Building Features | Assistive Technology Blog

Pedesting is a groundbreaking app developed by Nabeel Ramji, who, despite his rare form of cerebral palsy, has navigated significant challenges to create a solution for individuals with disabilities facing barriers in public spaces. Ramji's personal journey, from a childhood with limited speech and mobility to becoming a University of Calgary graduate and a successful professional in real estate, inspired the creation of Pedesting:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/11/pedesting-indoor-navigation-calgary.html

E) iOS Accessible App Spotlight: Be My AI / Be My Eyes (3 of 3) | Illegally Sighted | YouTube

In this third video covering Be My AI, I try looking at several charts, diagrams, tables, diagrams, and more. Again, I am very impressed with the results. Describing these types of pictures may be extremely helpful for students and professionals:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDF2qwcAvVs&t=3s

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11) AI Updates

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A) Be My Eyes AI Offers GPT-4-Powered Support For Blind Microsoft Customers | The Verge

Microsoft is integrating a digital visual assistant tool Be My Eyes created — Be My AI — into its Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, allowing visually impaired Microsoft users to resolve technical issues or perform tasks like updating software without needing the assistance of a call center agent. After testing the tool earlier this year on Microsoft users, Be My Eyes said the tool resolved inquiries in four minutes on average, which is less than half the average call time with human agents. In addition, only 10 percent chose to talk to a human customer service representative after interacting with the AI tool:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/15/23962709/microsoft-blind-users-open-ai-chatgpt-4-be-my-eyes

B) Be My AI Integration Into Microsoft's Disability Answer Desk Will Help Visually Impaired Users Install A New Version Of Windows Without Any External Assistance | Windows Central

Microsoft is working closely with Be My Eyes to make its Disability Answer Desk customer service department more accessible to users with visual impairments. Through Be My AI, users with low vision will be able to install new Windows versions without seeking assistance from anyone. According to Be My Eyes' analysis, only 10% of the Microsoft users leveraging the service reached out to humans for extra support:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft/be-my-ai-integration-into-microsofts-disability-answer-desk-will-help-visually-impaired-users-install-a-new-version-of-windows-without-any-external-assistance

C) How To Create Your Own Chatbot With ChatGPT | November 21, 2023 | Christoph Schwaiger | Tom's Guide

More people are using AI chatbots as their personal assistant for work and leisure as the bots' abilities and knowledge increase. But nothing says personal like having your own custom chatbot that you've designed, trained, and named yourself. That's possible in a few easy steps thanks to the GPT builder created by OpenAI! Oh, and none of these steps require you to know how to code:
https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/how-to-create-your-own-chatbot-with-chatgpt

D) Want To Speak With ChatGPT? Chatbot's Voice Feature Now Available For Everyone, Including Free Users | November 21, 2023 | Rafly Pratama | MSPowerUser.com

Forget the recent leadership saga at OpenAI. Just today, the Microsoft-backed AI giant is finally rolling out its ChatGPT with voice feature for everyone, including those using the free, GPT-3.5 plan. You can now talk to ChatGPT just like you would talk to a person:
https://mspoweruser.com/speak-with-chatgpt-with-voice-availability/

E) Accelerating Math Accessibility With The Use Of AI | Microsoft Accessibility Blog

A year ago, NWEA, now part of HMH, shared their innovative approach to make math more accessible for students. The aim was to identify the biggest challenges and gaps in mathematics for students who use screen readers and refreshable braille devices, because classroom materials are not always adapted to formats such as braille or large print, and materials are not always suitable for a screen-reader navigation, voice input, or a combination of these designs. NWEA developed prototypes that enabled screen readers to interact with equations in a more intuitive way, based on a method called process driven math (PDM):
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/accelerating-math-accessibility-with-the-use-of-ai/

F) What Is Microsoft Copilot? How to Use Bing AI Chatbot | Tech.co

Also known as Bing Chat, the generative AI assistant from Microsoft can do a lot for your business, if you use it right:
https://tech.co/news/what-is-microsoft-copilot

G) Adobe Is Using AI To Break Apart Messy Audio | The Verge

Adobe's AI-powered Project Sound Lift can separate background noise from the sound of someone's voice:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/15/23962452/adobe-project-sound-lift-ai-audio-tool

H) YouTube's New GenAI Can Make Any Singer Sing A Song Composed By You | MS Power User

Google DeepMind and YouTube have announced Dream Track. This AI-powered music creation tool allows creators to generate unique soundtracks for their YouTube Shorts. Dream Track uses Google's Lyria music generation model to create high-quality music with instrumentals and vocals in the style of popular artists:
https://mspoweruser.com/youtubes-new-genai-can-make-any-singer-sing-a-song-composed-by-you/

I) Announcing AI-Content-Describer: NVDA Add-On That Provides Descriptions For Controls And Images, Powered By GPT4 | Chris Smart | Tech-VI List

This add-on makes it possible to obtain detailed descriptions for images and other visually inaccessible content. Leveraging the multimodal capabilities of the GPT-4 large language model, we aim to deliver best-in-class content descriptions. More information on the underlying model here. More information on the add-on here:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5621

J) The Case for Using AI to Log Your Every Living Moment | Wired: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): This article touches on a concept very near and dear to my heart. That being the ability to record and analyze "all" of my daily living information so that I can use it (via AI) to optimize everything that I do, from my shower times to my meeting times. I already use Otter.ai to transcribe my meetings and ideations, which I then feed into ChatGPT for summary and insights. Once you understand how AI works, you very quickly come to the realization that there is a very immediate way to make the system better. Simply feed it more data. I fully understand and respect that many people have privacy concerns around AI, but I'm not one of them. I want absolutely everything that AI can give me from my data. Even if the cost is my privacy. Dear AI. Please take my data.
Wired: Sam Liang, CEO of Otter, argues that life would be better if algorithms logged every spoken word so life events past can be lived and explored again:
https://www.wired.com/story/the-case-for-using-ai-to-log-your-every-living-moment/

K) Beta Testing Of The Next Gen Of Speech Central | SpeechCentral.net

After a full year of development, a completely reinvented Speech Central is getting close to the release. It features over 1000 improvements including the new integrated Apple Watch experience:
https://speechcentral.net/2023/11/17/beta-testing-of-the-next-gen-of-speech-central/

L) AppleVis App Review: FYE: From Your Eyes: Image Descriptions From Artificial Intelligence and Human Volunteers | Enes Deniz | AppleVis | With Commentary By David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David Goldfield: As of this writing my opinion of this app is that it's off to a promising start but it's far from perfect and lacks the seamless experience of what we're accustomed to from Be My Eyes. It seems to originate from Turkey and when you are asked to enter a phone number the default country code is from Turkey. It will take a bit of scrolling to locate your particular country code and expected scrolling sounds are not heard while doing this. I feel quite confident that with further development other aspects of this app will improve.
AppleVis: From Your Eyes is an assistant technology that brings together human and artificial intelligence and offers both fast and qualified visual explanation service to visually impaired and visually impaired users. There are three hundred and thirty million visually impaired people worldwide. One million of them are in Turkey, and ten million are in the United States. FYE consists of three parts:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5620

M) From Punch Cards to ChatGPT | Ty Stephens | Medium: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): I share this story because it moved me, emotionally. As a lifelong learner with a passion for inspirational teachers I absolutely love to share information with others. Especially new and truly groundbreaking information that I know will really help them. While this article may not directly address the type of accessibility that Top Tech Tidbits is known for, I believe it gives us a glimpse of what making cross-generational information sharing accessible can really do. Get out there and share.
Ty Stephens: My maternal grandfather, Skip, was always a farmer in my eyes. Tragically, my mother passed away from leukemia just a month after my birth in 1988. Being the first grandchild in the family, Skip and I were very close. As a child, I spent my days riding on the arm rest of tractors and combines during annual wheat harvest — and when I became a teenager, I worked the farm as a summer job myself:
https://towardsdatascience.com/from-punch-cards-to-chatgpt-42c2a09ac01a

12) Apple Updates

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A) Apple's Next Fight Could Be Against 'Shoulder Surfers' | Sarah Bregel | Fast Company | With Commentary By David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David Goldfield: Several years ago I was assisting at a tech demo and someone approached me who recognized me as we apparently took the same public transit commuter rail. He actually admitted that while I was using my phone while on the train he noticed that my screen was dark. This is because I always enable screen curtain when I'm out in public. The point is that this individual actually admitted that he was even looking at my phone and felt totally comfortable sharing this with me. I was honestly a bit flabbergasted. There were several responses that I could have provided but I chose to politely tell him that I enabled a feature to darken my phone's screen so that people on the train wouldn't know what I was reading. That was the end of that conversation. My point is that this brief encounter gave me an education about how people have no qualms in engaging in what this article refers to as shoulder surfing. As blind people we're a bit more vulnerable since we really don't know how many people might be observing how we use a smart phone when we're out in public. Admittedly, how we do it is rather fascinating and I get that many people understandably would find it interesting but if they don't engage with us directly we won't know who might be observing us and what they might be able to see from our screens. I'm not suggesting that we enable screen curtain in a public work environment but when we're traveling in a public vehicle it's always best to enable screen curtain. Most devices have such a feature. Even most Windows screen readers have a screen curtain or screen shade option which might be helpful for those who share living space with friends or roommates.
Fast Company: We do just about everything on our phones and computers. From paying bills, to having private conversations, to googling a new and unpleasant rash, our devices hold information about our lives that is quite personal. But if you've ever worried about someone peeking at what you're doing on your phone or your laptop, you're certainly not alone. “Shoulder surfers” are a genuine problem that leads to hacking, stolen information, and even identity theft. Because our bright screens, which have high resolution, are so clear, it's not all that tough to gather information from phones like credit card data, passwords, and more, just from a quick glance. All someone has to do is stand behind you in line or peer over your shoulder, though some can go to more extreme lengths, like using binoculars to view faraway screens. Apple has improved screens in just about every imaginable way already. However, most of those fixes make our scenes easier to view — not harder. Now, the company might be working on a solution that will leave shoulder surfers struggling for a solid view:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90987346/apple-iphone-mac-screen-privacy-design-patent

B) The Apple Way: Four Lessons From Working On The Apple Vision Pro Team | Chappy Asel | Medium: Subscription Required

The Apple Vision Pro will define a new paradigm in computing. As an AR/VR engineer working on VisionOS for the past two years and experiencing firsthand the breathtaking magic that is the VisionOS spatial computing platform, I can say this with the utmost confidence:
https://chappyasel.medium.com/the-apple-way-013c1192be67

13) Fusion and ZoomText Power Tip: How To Use the New Single Wedge Cursor Enhancements in Fusion and ZoomText 2024 | Freedom Scientific

The Single Wedge Bottom and the Single Wedge Top cursors are two new cursor schemes available in ZoomText and Fusion 2024. The Single Wedge Bottom cursor scheme displays a single blue triangle below the current cursor position. The Single Wedge Top cursor scheme displays a single blue triangle above the current cursor position. To choose either Single Wedge cursor, do the following:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/206.html

14) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup #3 | Freedom Scientific

Here at Freedom Scientific, we have renamed the month of November Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during this month. As part of Sharkvember, we are providing daily JAWS and ZoomText keyboard command tips, which we are calling “Sharkvember Shortcuts.” Visit the Sharkvember Shortcuts page each day for a new tip. Each Friday, we will provide a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/sharkvember-shortcuts-weekly-roundup-3/

15) Removing Background Images and Watermarks in Microsoft Word | Section 508 for Word | The Accessibility Guy

Welcome to another post in our series on enhancing Word accessibility to ensure Section 508 compliance. Today, we learn how to remove background images and watermarks from MS Word documents, to ensure Word accessibility:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/removing-background-images-and-watermarks-in-microsoft-word-section-508-for-word/

16) How To Use Accessibility Features In Microsoft 365 Like Narrator, Read Aloud And Voice Search Easily | Onmsft.com

Using accessibility features like Narrator, Read Aloud, and Voice Search in Microsoft 365 can greatly enhance productivity and make the digital world more inclusive for everyone. These features are designed to assist people with disabilities, but they have benefits for a wide range of users. Today, we are going to show you how to use accessibility features in Microsoft 365 like Narrator, Read aloud, and Voice Search:
https://onmsft.com/how-to/how-to-use-accessibility-features-in-microsoft-365-like-narrator-read-aloud-and-voice-search-easily/

17) 43 Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts To Remember For Stylish And Speedy Web Surfing | Onmsft.com

Scrolling through the list of Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts can be daunting, but this guide has you covered. In the fast-paced world of web browsing, efficiency is key. Microsoft Edge offers a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that can significantly enhance your browsing experience. Let's explore these Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts categorized for your convenience and make navigating the digital realm a breeze:
https://onmsft.com/how-to/microsoft-edge-keyboard-shortcuts/

18) The Best Key Mapping Software for Windows | HowToGeek.com

Change the function of your keys with these excellent and free tools for Windows 10 and 11:
https://www.howtogeek.com/best-key-mapping-software-windows/

19) How Do I Discover Accounts To Follow On Mastodon And The Fediverse? | Fedi.Tips

There are lots of ways to discover interesting accounts on topics you are interested in, see below for a complete list:
https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-find-accounts-to-follow-on-mastodon-and-the-fediverse-how-do-i-find-my-friends/

20) How To Preserve Family Recipes and Traditions with WayTags ® | Wayaround

As the holiday season approaches, you may dust off your grandmother's China or reminisce about family stories. Whether your memories involve family-led activities such as games, stories, music, or meals around an older family member's table, preserving favorite family traditions is an important part of celebrating holidays. Holidays signify love, togetherness, and belonging. The older we get, the more we want to hold tight to those feelings from years past that keep us connected to who we are. Unfortunately, time can get the better of us, and sometimes memory can cloud certain aspects of our family traditions. Keeping these important parts of our family alive is the key to passing the traditions on to future generations:
https://www.wayaround.com/preserving-family-traditions/

21) Letter to Vispero Concerning Working with Pneuma Solutions Regarding Remote Incident Manager | November 22, 2023 | Brian Hartgen Blog

Today, I have sent the below letter to Vispero at Management level in the hope of eliciting a response and action from them. The purpose of the letter is in the hope of forging an effective relationship and action between the two companies so as to improve upon the already existing functionality of JAWS working alongside Remote Incident Manager for the provision of technical support and training. If you as a blind person are reading this, and especially if you are contemplating working in the access technology field, I urge you to please contact Vispero with a similar request so as to encourage them to liaise with Pneuma Solutions in this regard:
https://www.hartgen-home.org/rim

22) Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Everyone loves a gift at the holidays, but we thought here at Double Tap - why not create our own gift guide together? Let's put all our suggestions into one place so we can all enjoy either buying a friend or family member a cool 'blind-person recommended' gadget, or treat ourselves to a festive treat. Submit your thoughts here, and if Santa's elves approve, it'll display on this page for all to see. Choose the 'Add an item' link to get started, and add your favourite gadget to the Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide for 2023! Happy Holidays!
https://doubletaponair.com/2023-gift-guide/

23) Monarch Field Testing Reaches Halfway Point | November 21, 2023 | APH

Friday, November 3rd marked the halfway point for Monarch Field Testing. Composed of three, two-week units of course content, the goal for the six-week field testing is to gather user experience and data from teachers and students from many areas and regions of the United States. With a current value of $20,000 per Monarch plus shipping, it's a million-dollar endeavor not including man hours. This goes to show just how committed APH is to getting it done right:
https://www.aph.org/monarch-field-testing-reaches-halfway-point/

24) Copilot AI Coming to Windows 10 | PC Mag

It's official: A billion more users can now use Microsoft's spiffy new ChatGPT-based generative AI:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/copilot-ai-coming-to-windows-10

25) Coming 'Ultrasonic' Revolution Could Change Wireless Earbuds Forever | November 14, 2023 | Cult of Mac

xMEMS Labs is bringing what it calls breakthrough technology to the wireless earbuds market late next year after a CES 2024 debut — the Cypress ultrasonic speaker. It turns ultrasonic waves we normally can't even hear into full-frequency, hi-res audio with remarkable detail, the California-based semiconductor company said Tuesday:
https://www.cultofmac.com/836973/ultrasonic-revolution-may-change-wireless-earbuds-forever/

26) Magic Touch: How 'Revolutionary' Changes Are Making Braille Better Than Ever | Maddie Thomas | The Guardian

This article discusses the enduring relevance and recent advancements in braille, a script invented in 1824 by Louis Braille for the visually impaired. Despite initial beliefs that technology would render braille obsolete, it has experienced a resurgence due to innovations like refreshable braille displays, making it more portable and integrated into various aspects of life. Advocates emphasize braille's irreplaceable role in literacy and communication for the visually impaired. The script is now found in many everyday products and public spaces, enhancing accessibility. Organizations like Vision Australia and the Clear Vision Project in the UK are working to make environments and literature more inclusive for the blind, with efforts such as tactile art reproductions and braille-inclusive children's books. These advancements not only provide practical benefits but also foster a more inclusive experience in various settings for people with visual impairments:
https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2023/nov/20/magic-touch-how-revolutionary-changes-are-making-braille-better-than-ever

27) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.2 in Simple Language | Haley Penrod, CPACC, Accessibility Specialist

Do you find the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines difficult to interpret? Is it about as clear as the legal language on a Terms & Conditions document? Well, good news! I have rewritten the guidelines in simple, easy to understand language. I invite you to bookmark Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.2 in simple language:
https://lnkd.in/gjCt3jTp

28) Android vs. iOS: Which Phone OS Really Is the Best? | November 15, 2023 | PC Mag UK

You've probably already picked a side, but is it the right one? Here's how Apple and Google's mobile operating systems stack up on 14 key features:
https://www.pcmag.com/comparisons/android-vs-ios-which-mobile-os-is-best

29) TuneIn Launches New Integration with HumanWare to Enhance Accessibility for the Visually Impaired Community

TuneIn's extensive catalog of music, podcasts, live sports and more is now available to stream through HumanWare's assistive digital audio player, Victor Reader Stream 3:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tunein-launches-integration-humanware-enhance-140100378.html

30) Ocutrx Announces New AR Headset For Vision Impaired | Forbes: Subscription Required

Ocutrx, an Irvine, CA startup, is launching a see-through, standalone AR headset early next year, the OcuLenz, which provides vision correction to patients with Advanced Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 60. “Advanced forms of the disease lead to a devastating and irreversible loss of the highly detailed central vision for which we have no treatment available," said Dr. Thomas A. Finley, MD, a Vitreoretinal surgeon, and early champion of the OcuLenz, in an interview:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/charliefink/2023/11/15/ocutrx-announces-new-ar-headset-for-vision-impaired/?sh=2d74ee3a41ff

31) Humanware: Introducing Brailliant V2.1: More Text-To-Speech Voices And Expanded Libraries | The Braillists Foundation

We are happy to unveil yet another advancement for Brailliant BI X displays and Mantis Q40:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/humanware-introducing-brailliant-v2-1-more-text-to-speech-voices-and-expanded-libraries/

32) Radio G App | Accessible Android

Radio G lets you Listen to online radio stations from 210 countries / territories and in 283 languages as advertised in their Google Play description:
https://accessibleandroid.com/app/radio-g

33) RIP uBlock Origin? Google Proceeds With Plan to Shake Up Chrome Extensions | PC Mag UK

The company is slated to phase out older 'Manifest V2' Chrome extensions in June 2024, meaning an end to the existing version of uBlock Origin, a popular ad blocker for the browser:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/rip-ublock-origin-google-proceeds-with-plan-to-shake-up-chrome-extensions

34) Experience: I Invented The Lickable TV | The Guardian

My creation was well received — the BBC described it as 'NetLicks.' Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, invented the Taste the TV (TTTV), a device that brings flavors of the world into homes. During the pandemic, as Tokyo's bustling life paused, Miyashita longed for the rich food experiences once available in the city. Leveraging taste sensors used in Japan for product quality monitoring, he created a system that quantifies and recreates tastes. The TTTV, resembling a TV screen, allows users to select a dish from a menu; an apparatus then sprays a combination of liquid flavor samples onto a hygienic film over the screen for the user to lick. The BBC dubbed it "NetLicks", hinting at a future with downloadable taste content. Miyashita's subsequent inventions, TTTV2 and TTTV3, further expand on this concept, with TTTV3 using Large Language Models to generate unknown tastes. He envisions this technology becoming a household staple, broadening culinary experiences, especially for those with food allergies. Miyashita's work earned him the Ig Nobel prize for nutrition, and he anticipates further advancements in tele-taste media:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/nov/17/experience-i-invented-the-lickable-tv

35) Credit For Developing The First E-Reader (Of Sorts) Goes To... | November 16, 2023 | Sovan Mandal | Good eReader

Meet Angela Ruiz Robles, the trailblazer behind an early e-reader. Long before Kindles and iPads took over the digital reading scenario, a visionary teacher in a Spanish village was crafting the future of learning tech. Angela, a widowed educator, birthed the Enciclopedia Mecanica in 1948, a device resembling a pale green textbook with a mesmerizing interior. What's even more exciting is that it has a feature that allows reading in darkness, a capability that stacks up well against the front-light technology found in nearly all e-readers today:
https://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/credit-for-developing-the-first-e-reader-of-sorts-goes-to

36) macOS Has A Bunch Of US Keyboard Shortcuts Apple Never Documented | The Verge

There are riches at the bottom of this TidBits story — a list of shortcuts that use the Fn key instead of command, option, or control. Some are easier than Apple's listed alternatives (like using Fn-F versus the hand-contorting Control-Command-F to enter fullscreen.) This delights me, a person who rages when using any interface that doesn't support tabbing between text input fields:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/19/23968008/macos-has-a-bunch-of-keyboard-shortcuts-apple-never-documented

37) Victrola Hi-Res Onyx Review: A Solid Record Player With Bluetooth | November 21, 2023 | Tyler Hayes

A modern tech-infused turntable, perfect for people interested in getting into vinyl records.
https://www.howtogeek.com/victrola-hi-res-onyx-review/

38) Introducing QFire: The Ultimate Quick Fire Mental Math Game

This game is inspired by Math Flash by the American Printing House for the Blind. The aim of this game is simple, to answer as many short maths questions as you can. Are you a young child developing their mental math skills? Do you want to keep up the mental math skills you already have? This game is for you:
https://www.seedy.gq/programs/QFire/

39) Petition: Make The Social Network Telegram Accessible For Blind People, Using Voice Over | Change.org

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40) NV Access In-Process For November 17, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-17th-november-2023/

41) TPGi Newsletter for November 2023

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Closing November 23, 2023 | Use of Cell Phone Apps to Assist with Street Crossings | Brooke Kruemmling

We are doing a study to find out how reliable select cell phone apps may be for certain street-crossing tasks. This survey is designed to learn more about ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired may be using select cell phone apps to get assistance with street crossings. This survey does not include questions about GPS apps. This study is being conducted at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Completing the survey should take less than 10 minutes:
http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Use-of-Apps-with-Live-Agents-for-Executing-Street-Crossings

Closing: November 24, 2023 | Participants for Research Study | Technical Standard for Plain Language Committee for the Accessible Canada Act

Looking for participants who are 18+ years old, live in Canada, and have a print disability to participate in an interview via Zoom or email. This research is being conducted for a doctoral dissertation at University of Toronto. Contact Ellen Forget at ellen.michelle@mail.utoronto.ca 📧️ if you are interested in participating. A print disability is any visual, physical, or cognitive disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read a print book. Proof of disability is not required. Participants will be compensated for their time. Please share and/or participate.

Closing: December 4, 2023 | Blind and Low-Vision Participants Needed for Mock Election to Test Mobile Voting App

If you are looking forward to the day when you can vote using your smartphone, here is your opportunity to help make that desire a reality! Tusk Philanthropies and the Free Democracy Foundation are hosting a mock election on Tuesday, December 5 through Thursday, December 7 to test a new mobile voting app for iOS and Android devices designed to make accessible absentee voting more secure. Want to participate? Sign up at the link below by 5pm ET on Monday, December 4. Once you sign up, you'll receive instructions via email from mock election sponsor, Tusk Philanthropies, on how to install the app on your device and participate:
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November 14, 2023 | Shubh from Seleste Smart Glasses | The Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast

Shubh gives us a demonstration of the glasses. Following is a lengthy Q&A session.You can reach him at shubh@seleste.cothe 📧️ website is: https://www.seleste.co/product-page/seleste-smart-glasses. Podcast:
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November 17, 2023 | Face in View | Ask Sharky

Video calls have become a standard form of communication in the workplace, in schools, and in personal relationships. Before joining a video call, you want to make sure your setup is right and the camera is correctly focused on you. The new Face in View feature helps with this by alerting you to key visual details:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-sharky-face-in-view/id1521340640?i=1000635174136

November 18, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 154: Samsung One UI Part 10 Display Settings and Android 14 QPR Beta 2.1

In a typical "Google style," Google surprised us by pushing out Android 14 QPRBeta2.1. In normal circumstances, QPR2 does not commence until the month of January; but like everything else this year, things got turned upside down! Next, we continue our journey through the Samsung One UI wherein, we discuss the Display Settings. Spotlight: We interview Dipti Prasad from NobaFlix a leading OTT app mainly for Visually challenged individuals. App of the Week: For our "app of the week," we introduced you to an online radio app called "Radio G.” Tip Of The Week: Customizing Your Individual Telegram Notification Sound. For the "Tip of the week," we looked at how you can go about customizing the notification sound for an individual contact within your telegram contacts. Android Journey: Our friend, Joshua Schramm took us down the memory lane of his Android journey as he intimated us with how that journey began for him a couple of years ago. Release Notes for Android 14 QPR Beta 2.1 | Nobaflix | Listen at:
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

November 22, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2347: iOS Access for All for iOS 17

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shelly Brisbin, author of “iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPhone and iPad”, about this valuable reference guide. Shelly discusses what can be found in the book and highlights features of interest including Point To Speak, customizing Voiceover voices, Personal Voice, and more:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2347.htm

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November 27, 2023 | Novel Writing 101 By Award-Winning Novelist John DeDakis | The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled is excited to announce a live event on Nov 27, 2023 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. This one-hour event honors National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is held every November. The award-winning novelist John DeDakis will present Novel Writing 101, the basics of writing a novel. Mr. DeDakis (pronounced: deh-DAY-kiss) is a former editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis is the author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense-thriller series. Book 6, Enemies Domestic, a political thriller, will be released in the summer of 2024. DeDakis, a former White House correspondent, is a writing coach, manuscript editor, and regularly teaches novel writing online and at literary centers and writers' conferences around the country. He is also the host of the live video podcast “One-to-One” on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Meeting ID: 577 017 8916. Website: http://www.johndedakis.com. Join Zoom Meeting:
https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/5770178916

November 28, 2023 | Access Academy Part 3: Strategies and Resources for the Instruction and Evaluation of Tactile Graphicacy Skills | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT
This webinar is part three of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Participate in this webinar to learn instructional strategies pertinent to effective graph reading and tactual perceptual skills. Explore methods for creation of tactile graphics and resources for evaluating tactile graphicacy capabilities of students with visual impairments.
https://www.aph.org/events/strategies-and-resources-for-the-instruction-and-evaluation-of-tactile-graphicacy-skills/

November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM 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.
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November 28, 2023 | Ask Sharky: A Review of the Sharkvember Keyboard Commands | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Continue celebrating Sharkvember with us as we review the Sharkvember shortcuts we've provided each day during our month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for additional details on Sharkvember events. Where: Freedom Scientific. Register for this webinar, which will take place on the Zoom Conferencing platform:
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November 29, 2023 | Unlocking Access: Balancing Cyber Security and Digital Accessibility | The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Do you struggle to enter and remember unique, strong passwords for all of your accounts? Have you ever received a suspicious link and not known how to verify its authenticity? Are you concerned about keeping your information private but easily accessible to you? If so, join The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for this month's interactive webinar on cyber security and digital accessibility. Gain actionable insights on accessible ways to keep your data and personal information safe. We'll also cover how to safely manage passwords and recognize and mitigate cyber threats. Leave this webinar with practical, real-world solutions, regardless of your experience with technology. Register now to secure your spot:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IPUZJF0TSQay6-A5BE3BHg

November 29, 2023 | ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful | ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle — reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX Deskset and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern cameras produce high-definition images with color-coded controls and adjustable magnification. The ONYX Pro combines portability with the Surface 7 tablet, providing the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. Teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) can earn ACVREP continuing education credit by attending this approved presentation. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85400848456?pwd=eUdyUFRGeFlncXlWdnkyTFo5SkdwQT09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885

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 2, 2023 | Succeed Without Sight Summit | Thriving Blind Academy

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Thriving Blind Academy's 4th Annual Succeed Without Sight Summit is The Ultimate Game Changer for the Blind and Low Vision Community, Igniting Success-Driven Mindsets like No Other Event! Imagine a world where vision knows no bounds, where limitless potential thrives in the absence of sight. This groundbreaking summit is your ticket to an inspiring convergence of resilience, innovation, and boundless determination. Join us as we unlock the secrets to achieving success beyond sight's limitations, featuring incredible stories, expert insights, and powerful strategies. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event. (FYI, it is a heck of a lot of fun too!):
https://thrivingblindacademy.org/summit

December4, 2023 through December 6, 2023 | 2023 National Coding Symposium for Students | APH

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
The 2023 National Coding Symposium is back for another year of coding fun, bringing even more opportunities to engage students and all levels of coders! This event has been moved from spring to December to coincide with Computer Science Education Week. The goal of the Coding Symposium is to build connections between students, teachers, and professionals in coding. The symposium will be completely virtual, enabling more students, teachers, and family members nationwide to attend than an in-person event would have allowed. Professionals from Apple, Deque Systems, Bridges, NSITE, HumanWare and more will also be in attendance, sharing ideas, activities, resources, and career opportunities:
https://www.aph.org/2023-national-coding-symposium-for-students/

December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023 | Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
https://sighttechglobal.com/?mc_cid=0f086fc102&mc_eid=eb245f25da

December 12, 2023 | Access Academy Part 4: The Monarch: Tactile Access to Digital Learning | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT
This webinar is part four of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to learn about the skills and background knowledge a student requires to benefit from the use of a multi-line, graphics-capable, refreshable braille display like the Monarch.
https://www.aph.org/events/the-monarch-tactile-access-to-digital-learning/

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM 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

February 20, 2023 through February 22, 2023 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
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April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

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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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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

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.

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Sponsor: Access Tech Live


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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accesstechlive.com/ 🌐

Email: feedback@accesstechlive.com 📧️

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About: Formerly Double Tap TV, Access Tech Live is a weekly tech show on AMI-TV, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube).

Join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) each week as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist them in their everyday lives.

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.

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➜ Classified Advertisement: Braillesense 6 Notetaker By HIMS Inc.

The BrailleSense 6 is a cutting-edge assistive technology that combines the functionality of a notetaker, braille display, and accessible tablet into a single, compact unit. Its robust suite of features includes web browsing, email, document creation, and media playback, making it a versatile tool for education, work, and daily life. With built-in connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, users can seamlessly access online resources and connect with other devices. Currently compatible with Android 10, but will soon be upgrading to Android 12! Two sizes are available, the BrailleSense 6 with 32 cells, and the BrailleSense 6 mini with 20 cells.
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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

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Phone: (512) 837-2000

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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Super Cyber Weekend Deals coming for Remote Incident Manager! Unlimited weekend time for $50, now through Cyber Monday!

Introducing an Exclusive Cyber Weekend Offer for Remote Incident Manager! This Cyber Weekend, dive into the future of remote technical support with the world's only fully accessible cross-platform remote support package. Are you the go-to tech guru in your circle? Or maybe you know someone eyeing a new computer this Thanksgiving weekend? We've got something special for all you weekend warriors out there. At Pneuma Solutions, we strive to provide pricing structures that fit your unique needs. That's why we're proud to reveal a brand new package that allows you all the support time you could ever need during the weekends! From now through Cyber Monday, you can lock in a special discounted rate of just $50 per year (with just over 100 weekend days in a year, that equates to only about $0.50 a day!) Act now to secure your discounted rate for future renewals, and experience the best in accessible, cross-platform remote desktop access!
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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com 📧️

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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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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➜ Classified Advertisement: BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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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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➜ Classified Advertisement: We're Already Thinking Ahead For The Holidays!

Our Victor Stream Bundle, with leather case, bone conduction headphones, and 256 GB SD card; $625, including shipping; SensePlayer OCR Bundle; same accessories as above; $875, incl. shipping. All 3 accessories for less than the Exec Products case alone! Leather Stream or SensePlayer case, $35; Telescopic Locking 60 and 54 inch titanium canes; $70 and $65, plus shipping; Hands free no-bounce leather pouch, $35; or our original 3 pocket hands-free leather pouch for Be My Eyes or AIRA, $30. Talking Medical Bundle with Leather case; $140 incl. shipping. Zip-around RFID Italian leather wallets; $35.00. Call or email Barry at: (617) 969-7500 ☎ or barry.scheur@gmail.com 📧️. Call or email Kae at: (781) 286-1696 ☎; or guidelightdogs@gmail.com 📧️.

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com 📧️

Skype: atguys ✆

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Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

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: Braille Works


BrailleWorks. Making the world a more readable place (TM). Serving Customers Quality and Excellence Since 1994. Certified WBENC. Women's Business Enterprise.

Sponsor Since: November 17, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://brailleworks.com/ 🌐

Email: info@brailleworks.com 📧️

Phone: +1 (813) 654-4050

About: Dedicated to making the world a more readable place, Braille Works is one of the nation's leading providers of reading materials for people who are blind, visually impaired, or reading impaired. Making The World A More Readable Place™ has been our mission from day one. We are creative and innovative because our customers expect it.

Your projects are given careful consideration to make every page easy to read and handle. This gives your blind and visually impaired customers the respect and independence they rightly deserve. At Braille Works, attention to detail drives everything we do. From the layout of your braille document to the format of a large print document, the scripting of an audio document, or the full compliance and accessibility of your PDF, we seek to exceed the expectations of your customers.

Products and Services: 508 Compliance | Audio | Braille | Large Print

Industries We Serve: Government Agencies | Banking & Financial | Translation Agencies | Healthcare & Insurance | Restaurants | Utilities

Request A Quote: Contact Braille Works today to discuss your project. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific needs and the quality solutions we provide. Click here to get started or call us today at +1 (813) 654-4050 ☎.

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Sponsor: Hable


Right: A blind woman sits on her couch using a Hable keyboard to wirelessly control an iPad sitting on the table in front of her. Left: Hable logo. Simplifying smartphone use for the visually impaired. Order Hable.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Access Your Bank Account Privately in Public as a Visually Impaired | Hable

Did you know that there now finally is a way for people who are blind to navigate their smartphones privately in public places? Access your bank account discreetly with full control over your phone without the use of voice commands or dictation.

Keep sensitive data secure, and navigate your smartphone effortlessly. You can read more about it in our latest article here.

The portable Hable One allows you to access sensitive information, such as your bank accounts, or send messages to your loved ones on your smartphone in public places while your smartphone is safely in your pocket.

Get your Hable One for just $199.00 on Amazon USA or visit our website for international orders. Become more free and independent with more privacy with your Hable One.

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Article: Access Your Bank Account Privately in Public as a Visually Impaired | Hable

Sponsor Since: November 16, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.iamhable.com/ 🌐

About: At Hable we empower people with visual impairment in the digital world.

Inclusivity at the core and innovation at the fingertips.

Our keyboard for the blind has redefined cellphone and tablet experiences and accessibility for over 5,000 visually impaired people globally.

Hable is an external keyboard designed to make using a smartphone simpler and more convenient for those with visual impairments, allowing for easy operation and accessibility.

Order:

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Sponsor: The Accessibility Guy


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Expert Document Accessibility Remediation: Compliant, Multilingual, & Inclusive

Unlock the power of inclusivity with our specialized document accessibility remediation services. With over 100,000 documents transformed and compliant with standards such as Section 508, WCAG 2.1 AA, HHS, AODA, and PDF/UA, we are your go-to accessibility experts. No document is too complex!

What To Expect:

Screen Reader Testing: We test all documents with industry-leading tools like JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, CommonLook Validator, and PAC3.

Turnaround Time: Our standard time is 5 business days. Expedited options are available.

Forms Handling: We specialize in making static PDFs accessible to screen readers.

Languages Supported: Offering remediation in over 50 languages.

File Types Supported: Word, PDF, PowerPoint.

Custom Reports: Available for an additional fee.

Learn More: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/document-remediation/

Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023 Calendar icon.

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.

I have made over 100 thousand documents accessible, provided hundreds of trainings in the areas of accessibility and document remediation, and reviewed many websites and mobile applications for accessibility.

I have developed and reviewed VPATs, LMS courses, and other pieces of training. I am the accessibility Swiss army knife. Let me be your personal accessibility expert.

➜ Over 13 years of experience in the field of accessibility.

➜ Passionate about providing equal access to information for everyone.

➜ Wide range of project experience, including document accessibility, training, and more.

➜ Expertise in captioning, assistive technology, and accessibility best practices. I'm here to help you create a more accessible world.

The Blog: This blog covers topics like making Word, PDF & PowerPoint files accessible, Closed Captioning, assistive technology, and other important accessibility topics.

Training and Consulting: Offering customized training and consulting for implementing accessibility best practices.

Accessible Document Service: Providing top-tier document remediation services for all types of files, ensuring compliance with WCAG, 508, and PDF UA standards.


Sponsor: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

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.

Just Grab Your Glide And Walk With Confidence
Glide will guide you to your destination or just keep you to a safe path and leave it to you to steer the way, giving you full autonomy and independence.

Portable, Light And Versatile
Glide uses advanced technology to help you safely and smoothly weave your way among obstacles and people, and make your way to a near by door, steps or a park bench.

Easy To Use
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Get started with Glide today at: https://glidance.io/.


Sponsor: Echobatix


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

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.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

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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Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.

Email: hello@ayes.ai 📧️

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Limited Time Introductory Pricing On The New Victor Reader Stream 3!

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.

Take advantage of our introductory pricing on the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3! Order today or call (415) 878-2922 ☎. Use promo code TOPTECH for Free Shipping!

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Sponsor Since: March 9th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐

Shop: https://sterlingadaptives.com/collections/vision-products

Phone: (415) 878-2922

Email: info@sterlingadaptives.com 📧️

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram

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.

We work with private individuals, non-profit agencies, private organizations, educational establishments, and commercial enterprises. We help our customers fully realize their potential.

We are known for providing you and your clients with the standards of service that you demand and that result in the right product at the right time and with the right backup service.

We look forward to hearing from you and being afforded the opportunity to show you just how Sterling our service is!



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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307

Fax: (206) 329-3397

Contact Us: https://lhblind.org/contact-us/

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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Jenna's son was born blind and she is always seeking new and innovative ways to empower him through technology.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Ben is also an Access and Technology Advisor for Guide Dogs, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT).

Hi, Tidbits readers, my name's Ben Moxey and I'm based in Newcastle, Australia. I'm really happy to be part of the Tidbits Team and look forward to supporting this valuable publication.

A bit about me and how I came to work in the BVI area. I grew up with very low vision in one eye due to retinal issues and relied on magnification and speech throughout school. They also tried to teach me Braille, but let's just say that I wasn't the best student! I was determined to use my remaining vision, no matter how impractical it was becoming.

When I was 20, the other retina came off and I've now been totally blind for about 21 years. This is when my love for assistive technology, and technology in general, really kicked in. I'll be honest, I was a bit of a computer nerd anyway, but I could quickly see how technology was my key to enhanced independence and lifestyle. I embraced screen readers, early smart phones and mobility aids. I even finally realised the huge value of Braille and finished off the course, though I'm still pretty slow!

Long story short (not one of my strong points), I've worked in the BVI area for 12 years with much of that spent reviewing, recommending and teaching assistive technology that suits the individual. I'm currently a proud employee of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT where I was the Practice Lead for the assistive technology service, and I've now moved into an Access and Technology Advisor role. Basically, this involves a strong focus on accessibility and technology innovation.

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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.

He has been an Apple Ambassador for Apple Australia since 2009 with a group of other Ambassadors / Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE)'s covering the range of Apple's Accessibility solutions throughout Australia.

David produces a range of podcasts (since 2011) covering Apple and other technologies which are distributed on his own podcast (http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com). In addition, he also has a regular Talking Tech program (since 2013) which can be heard every Tuesday at 4:30 Eastern Summer Time on Vision Australia Radio Melbourne (available online) or via https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio

David also runs a weekly Tech Monday where people can chat about assistive and main stream technology, share information, and any tips and tricks.

David lost his sight when he was 8 years old and had to learn Braille. Since then, he completed high school, went to Sydney University receiving a Social Work degree, spent 4 years drug and alcohol counselling, and then moved into his current job.

As a person who is blind, David believes that as a user of the technology that he recommends to others, that he is well situated to look at the strengths and shortcomings of the assistive technology that he comes across in both his professional and personal life, in particular, mainstream technology that is accessible.

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