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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Volume 591

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Volume 591
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) A collection of some 20 Step-by-Step How-To Guides for accomplishing various tasks, in Windows 10, Office, Gmail, and other programs, has been prepared by Brian Vogel:
https://win10.groups.io/g/win10/wiki/Helpful-resources-and-documents-for-Windows-10-users

2) Eyes on Success starts a two-part series on guide dogs with its first Episode of 2017, episode 1701:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

We like to highlight adaptive-technology-related material in other languages from time to time, because we have a diverse network of readers. If you know of such material, please pass it along. As a follow-up to last week's French screen reader survey report, here are links to three French Adaptive Technology podcasts:

3A) http://www.edencast.fr/

3B) https://www.oxytude.org/

3C) http://cecitek.fr/

4) Here is an accessible iOS scientific calculator with features not found in the default calculator:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/talking-scientific-calculator-0

5) This Blind Abilities podcast contains recommendations for 4 iOS apps you'll want if you're studying:
http://blindabilities.com/bateencast/apps-for-studies-3-free-and-1-not-but-well-worth-it/

6) Steve Sawczyn has launched a series of posts with the title "Rediscovering Android, My Journey Begins:"
http://steve.sawczyn.com/rediscovering-android-my-journey-begins/?utm_content=buffer9da0f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

7A) Now that Apple's wireless Air Pods are becoming available, so are reviews of them as well as information on their use. David Woodbridbge has done a podcast:
https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/first-play-around-with-the-new-airpods-from-apple/

7B) As did iBlindTech
http://hwww.iblindtech.com/democast/getting-your-ears-on-the-airpods-a-voice-over-users-perspect.html

7C) iAccessibility has a written review:
http://iaccessibility.net/product-review-apple-airpods/

7D) And CNET brings us "8 Tips and Tricks for Apple AirPods:"
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/tips-and-tricks-for-apple-airpods/

8) It has become an annual tradition for AppleVis to collect votes and give its Golden Apples for the best apps and developers:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-gaming-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-community-names-apps-and-developers

9) The New York Times makes suggestions for using, or improving the Windows 10 search:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/technology/personaltech/shining-light-on-a-windows-10-search.html

10) Carl Groves has penned an important article called "Accessibility Lawsuits, Trolls, and Scare Tactics:"
http://www.karlgroves.com/2016/12/19/accessibility-lawsuits-trolls-and-scare-tactics/

And finally, 'Tis the season for lists of The Best of This, and The Best of That, for the year that is fading away. Here are a few:

11A) The Best Books Of 2016:
http://wbur.org/onpoint/2016/12/05/best-books-2016-list

11B) The Atlantic's 50 Best Podcasts of 2016:
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/12/the-50-best-podcasts-of-2016/510698/

11C) Paul Thurrott's "My Favorite Audio Books of 2016:"
https://www.thurrott.com/paul/86080/reading-list-favorite-audiobooks-2016

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Volume 590

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Volume 590
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Users of the NLS BARD service will thoroughly enjoy BARD Express. This is a new PC program that makes downloading BARD books easier and at the same time adds multiple actions for the experienced user. No more needing to use the web to get books!
https://nlsbardpractice.loc.gov/LOC_02/BARDExpress.html

2) RS Games has released a couple of new games for play either in Windows or on iOS:
http://rsgames.org/

3) Also in the game department, RapiTap is an accessible Android game which is now on sale:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.twentytwopoint.rapitap

4) NVDA 2016.4 is now officially released, featuring improved support for Microsoft Edge, browse mode in the Windows 10 Mail app, and significant improvements to NVDA's dialogs:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-4-now-available/

5) Mystic Access offers a six week, $89 teleclass on the Vario Ultra to start on Wednesday, 18 January 2017:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/teleclass/varioultra-class

6) Version 2.5 of the Seeing Eye GPS app, available under other names in other countries, is now available, with over ten new features. Here is the Frequently Asked Questions document about the program:
http://senderogroup.com/products/SeeingEyeGPS/segpsfaq.html#support

7) Another user writes about his technology decisions, as a former Apple Watch aficionado bids farewell to the Apple Watch:
http://mattgemmell.com/farewell-to-the-apple-watch/

8) VO Starter is a useful app for learning VoiceOver gestures. With version 3.0, it has received a considerable facelift:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vo-starter/id586844936?mt=8

9) And while we're on the subjecgt of learning VoiceOver, Ballyland Rotor is a sequel of Ballyland Magic, and is designed to help children master the rotor:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ballyland-rotor/id1178492542?mt=8

10) Here is a list from an avid podcast listener of 19 podcast episodes from different series over the last few years discussing different aspects of blindness:
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/listen-with-the-lights-out-19-podcasts-about-blindness/12

11) The archive of Hartgen Consultancy's recent Training course on advanced Outlook topics can now be purchased from their Training area:
http://www.hartgen.org/training

12) These are said to be the most popular TED talks of 2016:
http://www.ted.com/playlists/451/the_most_popular_talks_of_2016

13) Here, in French, are results of a study on screen reader usage in French and other French-speaking countries:
http://www.aveuglesdefrance.org/actualites/etude-sur-lusage-des-lecteurs-decran-en-france-et-en-francophonie-une-premiere-etape

14) Verizon now offers Text to Speech functionality for the Fios TV on-screen guide to enhance accessibility for visually impaired customers:
http://www.verizon.com/about/accessibility/text-speech

15) Bristol Braille Technology conducted an impressive demonstration of its Canute multi-line Braille display, and seeks funding to continue development:
http://bristolbraille.co.uk/publications.htm#ncw16

16) Another group seeking funding is working on Menus4All, which would allow users to review restaurants, order taxis to get to them, or order food delivery:
http://menus4all.com/

17) CAVI plans to run its Half Hour Meal Cooking Course in January:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Mealsin30

18) Here's a list of "Most-Edited Wikipedia Pages of 2016:"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38394685?ocid=socialflow_twitter

19) KNFBReader Version 2.7.3 for Android features support for for Android 7.1+, including Pixel devices. The Android version of this app remains priced at $19.95, but one post suggests that this offer will end at the end of the year:
https://nfb.org/knfbreader

20) Turning to podcasts, Episode #1652 of Eyes on Success contains a discussion of using VoiceOver on the iPhone, focusing on Peter's favorite apps:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

21) Robert Carter follows up his last Tech Doctor podcast with more discussion on the Mac Touch Bar:
http://dr-carter.com

22) Hear from the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Episode 19 of the Blind Sight Podcast:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/the-blind-side-podcast-episode-19-colleen-wunderlich-hadley-institute-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired

23) Learn about "Setting Up and Using the Twitter App," in the latest blind Abilities podcast:
http://blindabilities.com/quickhit/twitter-101-setting-up-and-using-the-twitter-app/

24) And finally, the latest Cool Blind Tech Podcast demonstrates "Windows Calendar: Using Narrator with ETI Eloquence for Windows:"
https://coolblindtech.com/windows-calendar-using-narrator-with-eti-eloquence-for-windows/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Volume 589

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Volume 589
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Starting out with news related to the American Foundation for the Blind: The December 2016 issue of AccessWorld offers the "2016 AccessWorld Gift Guide for Recipients with Visual Impairments," apps and web sites featuring "Accessible Recipes for Holiday Cooking and Entertaining," "Game Review: Timecrest: The Door by Sneaky Crab, Incorporated," Microsoft Word with NVDA: A Review of the Latest NV Access Training Guide," "What's New in MacOS Sierra and the New MacBooks," "A Conversation with Lainey Feingold about her new book, Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits" and "W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative: Leading the Charge in Web Accessibility Across the Globe:"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) AFB and Google conducted a workshop on accessing Google apps and services. Only a few people could attend. Here are the training materials made available there:
https://sites.google.com/site/afbttt2016/

3) AFB offers a new $49 webinar, "Age-Related Eye Diseases: Advances in Treatment:"
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eARECtreatment&ruling=Yes

4) Finally, courtesy of the Career Connect Blog comes "CareerConnect at the Movies: Employment Advice Adapted from Film for Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired:"
http://www.afb.org/blog/careerconnect-blog/careerconnect-at-the-movies-employment-advice-adapted-from-film-for-job-seekers-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired/12

5) These YouTubers asked Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant 50 questions - who do you think came out on top?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5sD3LOfES8

6) While on the subject of those virtual assistants, "Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. What Happens to Your Data?"
https://www.wired.com/2016/12/alexa-and-google-record-your-voice/?mbid=social_twitter

7) And talking about privacy, this site is titled "Privacy Tools - Encryption Against Global Mass Surveillance:"
https://www.privacytools.io/

8) Jeremy Keith has written a free book "Resilient Web Design," available on the web, as PDF, or as podcasts:
https://resilientwebdesign.com/

9) Looking now at a couple accounts of individuals' decisions regarding technology, Shelly Brisbin has penned a poem about not buying a MacBook Pro:
http://brisbin.net/blog/2016/12/11/i-did-not-buy-a-macbook-pro/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

10) Carl Belanger gives us his second article about switching to Android:
https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/my-experiences-switching-android-part-2-tips-tricks-and-lessons-learned

11) This Fred's Head post describes the Sero App from Serotek:
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/12/the-sero-app-available-for-your.html

12) The free Shut the Box talking game for the PC has received an update:
http://atguys.com/software/details.php?f=1

13) The Braille Note Touch has recently been updated, and now so has the free audio tutorial on the device:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/braillenote-touch-tutorial

14) HowToGeek tells us "How to Use Facebook's Search to Find Anyone or Anything:"
http://www.howtogeek.com/282908/how-to-use-facebooks-search-to-find-anyone-or-anything/

15) Envision America will discuss their various barcode scanners and medication identifiers on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 20 December at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

16) Almost all our podcasting regulars have something to offer this week. It's the tenth anniversary of FSCast:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast135-Celebrating_10_years_of_FSCast,Karen_and_Andrew_Zeman,Ryan_Jones.mp3

17) The AT Junkie interviews a certified orientation and mobility specialist:
https://audioboom.com/boos/5376600

18) We heard from Shelly Brisbin earlier. Now she's back to demonstrate the audio interface just added to the Roku products:
<http://brisbin.net/blog/2016/12/07/roku-audio-guide-demo-cast/

19) Blind Bargains Qast #85 will be the last regular issue of the year, with their year-end wrap-up issue stilll to come:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16269

20) They talk about low vision support groups in Eyes on Success episode 1651:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201651.htm

21) Jackie Brown talks about her book on Braille displays in Episode 18 of The Blind Side Podcast:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/episode18 on #SoundCloud

22) We hear how to give voice commands to BlindSquare, and discover other new attributes of Version 4.0 of this popular GPS App:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5381663-your-wish-is-my-command-how-to-talk-to-blindsquare

23) The MacCessibility Roundtable podcast is up to Episode #122:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/12/10/mrtp-122-percussion-protection/

24) "Touch Bar MacBook Pro with VoiceOver" is the title of the latest Tech Doctor Podcast:
http://www.dr-carter.com

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Volume 588

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Volume 588
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Greetings,

1) A useful new book comes from Jackie Brown of the British Computer Association of the Blind. Braille on display tells you about the features found in most of today's popular Braille devices, and offers the author's opinion on their pros and cons. It is available for $35 in various electronic formats:
http://mosen.org/brailleondisplay/

2) Microsoft is taking automatic picture recognition a step further in an online demo which recognizes and describes images. It's called CaptionBot:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16240

3) CAVI will offer a "Music Composition with Reaper" course next semester. The course costs $150 for those paying out of pocket. A knowledge of tracks, items, folders, effects and the ability to successfully save and render a project in reaper are prerequisites:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/MusicCompositionWithReaper

4A) You can read here about Microsoft's accessibility plans for Office 365:
https://blogs.office.com/2016/12/02/accessibility-in-office-365-enabling-greater-digital-inclusion/

4B) And here, for a post saying some of the same things, but detailing planned improvements to Narrator and Windows 10:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/12/02/making-microsoft-products-more-accessible-what-to-expect-in-2017/

5A) Identifi is another object-recognition app (iOS only at present) to add to our portfolio. Amazing what we can do today that we couldn't even three years ago!
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/12/identifi-object-recognition-for.html

5B) Meanwhile, Envision has released ELI, an iOS app apparently destined to emulate the capabilities of the Pen Friend. The user purchases special labels from the company, then records or re-records messages of any length to identify the object:
http://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/introducing-envision-eli-personal-assistant-visually-impaired-help

6A) This article is called "Amazon Echo As An Accessibility Support:"
https://luisperezonline.com/2016/12/05/amazon-echo-as-an-accessibility-support/

6B) Speaking of the Echo, you'll be able to hear it compared and contrasted with Google Home on Tek Talk for GMT 13 Dec at the special time of 00:30
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) This page details the current state of accessibility of LibreOffice, one of the free Office alternatives:
http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/accessibility/

8) As they have in previous years, AFB offers its "Gift Ideas for Friends and Family Members Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired:"
http://www.afb.org/blog/afb-blog/gift-ideas-for-friends-and-family-members-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired/12

9) CNET presents "21 Shortcuts for Safari You Need to Know:"
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/shortcuts-for-safari-you-need-to-know/

10) This talk by "Blind Scooter Guy" tells his story and gives his account of how he uses technology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngjgHtV8Ohw&t=95s

11) This AppleVis guide covers "Sharing Data from a Text Message:"
http://www.applevis.com/guides/gps-ios-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-miscellaneous-voiceover/sharing-data-text-message

12) This site aims to be a social networking platform to bring the disabled community together:
https://mydisabilitymatters.club/new-site-bring-disability-community-together/

13) Hear about "Building Electronics Projects," from two of the participants in the Blind Arduino Project, in Eyes on Success Episode #1650:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201650.htm

14) I'm sure that within the next couple of days the official version will be released, but for now, the release candidate of NVDA 2016.4 is ready. It features improved performance with the Microsoft Edge browser and the implementation of Browse Mode in Windows 10 Mail, among other enhancements:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-4rc1-released/

15A) Other podcasts include the AT Junkies talking about access to Google products:
https://audioboom.com/boos/5366828

15B) Blind Bargains Qast #84:
http://blindbargains.com/b/16238

15C) And the Blind Sight podcast, Episode #17:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/episode17

16) iAccessibility announces a product to make Spotify for the Mac accessible:
http://iaccessibility.net/index.php/downloads/accessible-spotify/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Volume 587

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Volume 587
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Two new iOS Apps aim to solve different accessibility problems. 'City Lights' is a free iPhone App which will vibrate three times while someone is walking when they near an intersection with a traffic light. The app currently works in San Francisco, Oakland, Chula Vista, Boston, Manchester, Montreal, Victoria and Athens, and other cities are being added regularly. An Android version is also being explored:
http://www.blindbargains.com/redirect.php?r=16236

2) In addition, have you ever been tagged in a post with a meme & not been able to read it? Ever come across a menu that's not registered in a menu app such as AllAccess? Or wished to read text or get descriptions of other pictures? Well Braigo Companion seeks to solve these problems:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/braigo-companion

3) We've probably mentioned this before, but this Accessible YouTube page has a very simple interface:
http://cs.unc.edu/~gb/Accessible-YouTube/index.html

4) The VVT podcast appears to be a new blindness-oriented one. In this, their second episode, they review a couple of bluetooth keyboards:
http://vvt.podbean.com/

5) Here we have a thorough Review of the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/opinion-reviews/review-2016-macbook-pro-touch-bar

6) This blog post gives a view of the 'BeSpecular' App through the eyes of someone who's blind:
https://www.bespecular.com/blog/bespecular-through-the-eyes-of-someone-who-s-blind/

7) Find out about the past and present of The Braille Superstore, and get some holiday gift ideas, on the edition of Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 6 December at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8) The Eyes on Success podcast turns its focus to the Orbit Reader, hopefully an exciting development for Braille readers everywhere, in Episode #1649:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

9) The US National Library Service for the Blind is giving away some Braille music scores they no longer need. Most are for piano, and some are very old. The list will be updated periodically:
https://www.loc.gov/nls/music/free.html

10A) CAVI periodically offers CAVI-casts, informative chats about a range of topics. The listing has now been updated. The entire collection is at:
http://www.cucat.org/cc/

10B) And the 2016 additions are located at:
http://www.cucat.org/cc/2016

11) Earlier this year, we told you about a survey designed to quantify the effect of inaccessible shopping sites. The results have been published now, with separate tallies for UK and overseas responders:
http://www.clickawaypound.com

12) "Developing with Empathy" is a free course on web accessibility from Google:
https://www.udacity.com/course/web-accessibility--ud891

13) Christopher Toth has a proposal for Making the game 'Kerbal Space Program' Accessible:
http://forum.audiogames.net/viewtopic.php?id=20491

14) WikipediaAudio is a website that lets you search for Wikipedia articles and then reads them out loud. It may require a Chrome browser:
http://wikipediaaudio.com/

15) Thanks to Amanda Rush, we can read "A Comprehensive Guide To Manual WordPress Backups With A Screen Reader:"
http://www.customerservant.com/manual-wordpress-backups/

16) UK consumer publication, 'Which?' asks, then answers the always-burning question: "Siri vs Google Assistant, Alexa and Cortana - Which Assistant Wins?"
https://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/app-review/siri-vs-google-assistant-alexa-and-cortana-which-assistant-wins/

17) You can read the Microsoft Accessibility Feedback page, vote on or check the progress of existing accessibility suggestions, or make your own suggestion:
https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Volume 586

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Volume 586
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) As one who has never been motivated to jump from Windows to Mac, I (Dean Martineau) am somewhat vidicated by Jonathan Mosen's latest blog post: "Saying Goodbye to the Mac:"
http://mosen.org/saying-goodbye-to-the-mac/

2) And for those still happily using the Mac, some questions may be answered in the article "VoiceOver on New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar; First Impressions:"
https://luisperezonline.com/2016/11/23/voiceover-on-macbook-pro-with-touch-bar-quick-impressions/

3) Kevin Jones contributes his "Thoughts About My Experiences With a New iPhone 7 Without a Headphone Jack:"
https://kevinrenatojones.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/thoughts-about-my-experiences-with-a-new-iphone-7-without-a-headphone-jack/

4) I don't know how long this will work, as it's obviously targeting black Friday, but if you're interested in any of the numerous books and webinars published by AFB, if you use the code Thanks2You at checkout, you can get 20% off:
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/HomePage.aspx

5) Last month Facebook launched a number of accessibility improvements to its simpler, mobile site, http://m.facebook.com. Here's the story:
https://www.facebook.com/accessibility/photos/a.544973158879747.1073741825.443376095706121/1250797704963952/?type=1&theater

6) "Describing Science: Best Practices" comes from Perkins eLearning:
http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/describing-science-best-practices

7) NFB Newsline has added a dozen new magazines to its offerings: Athlon Sports, Bon Appetit, Brides, Capital Gazette, Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, Discover, GQ, Information Week, MIT Tech Review, Prevention and Spry Living:
https://nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service

8) The KNFBReader App is available for 35% off from 25-29 November. A good way to learn to use the KNFBReader is via their YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW144PTYGib0d3XFZiHS0OKgB5LF-_O1t

9) CAVI is contemplating launching an advanced course on Reaper, the multi-track sound editor that has been taught in their recent audio courses. If you might be interested, write to:
caviinstructors@ciscovision.org

10) CAVI's four-week course on Excel that costs $80 is about to start:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Excel?utm_content=buffer0a089&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

11) EmacSpeak Screen Reader for Linux is still being developed. Version 45.0 has been announced:
https://emacspeak.blogspot.com/2016/11/emacspeak-450-idealdog-unleashed.html

12) "Using the BrailleNote Touch in the Math Classroom" is a free Humanware webinar to take place on GMT Wednesday, 7 December at 20:00. Register here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4035476333329785860

13) The US Government webinar "Getting Social: Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility" will take place Tuesday, 29 November at 18:00 GMT. Register at:
http://www.adaconferences.org/CIOC

14) Another upcoming webinar is entitled "Trends in Digital Accessibility and Electronic Documents," and will take place on Wednesday, 7 December at 18:00 GMT:
http://info.ssbbartgroup.com/Accessibility-Trends-and-Documents.html

15A) Join Seminars@Hadley for the next iFocus quarterly seminar. This seminar will cover the following topics: Using the Magnifier, Reading an iBook, Turning On and Off VoiceOver and Arranging Apps. You can register at:
http://hadley.edu/SeminarDetails.asp?sid=343

15B) You can also find a video on using the magnifier on Hadley's YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/9RS4Q4NDFMY

16) This anonymous blog from a user with low vision contains some technology postings:
https://veroniiiica.com/

17) You'll be able to learn about the Amazon Kindle Fire on TekTalk on GMT Tuesday, 29 November at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

18) Hear from a blind writing instructor in Eyes on Success Episode #1648:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201648.htm

19) Synaptic software is a self-voicing, large-print and/or voice-input touchscreen application for Android. Here is the first podcast in a series about it:
https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/bqmetq/Synapptic_overview_demo_episode_1.mp3

20) In FSCast 134, we hear from 2 JAWS-using entrepreneurs, and the new and improved way to export JAWS settings:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast134-Trelle_Dandridge,Christine_Chaikin.mp3

21) The latest post to Marco's Accessibility Blog is entitled "JavaScript is Not an Enemy of Accessibility!"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2016/11/23/javascript-not-enemy-accessibility/

22A) Two Blind Bargain Qast episodes send many of us off to Thanksgiving festivities. Podcast 382:
http://blindbargains.com/b/16179

22B) And #83, the 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide:
http://blindbargains.com/b/16184

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Volume 585

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Volume 585
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) TifloAudio is a high-quality podcast in Spanish on Adaptive Technology and other blindness-related resources. Episode 69 deals with Windows Narrator and Windows Mail in Windows 10:
http://www.tifloaudio.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/ta069.mp3

1B) And here is the link to the podcast page for all episodes:
http://www.tifloaudio.com/

2) Here is a user's experience with the OrCam wearable device:
http://www.cviga.org/sightseeing/safe_sight_A_New_Pair_of_Eyes/#rssFeedItem608

3) Using AI Vision Assistant, a blind person can quickly get captions or descriptions of images in tweets and Instagram links:
http://streamcode.io/introducing-ai-vision/

4) "How To Read Text With Google TTS Without Talkback Enabled" is a new guide posted to the Exclusive Android site:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/how-read-text-google-tts-without-talkback-enabled?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

5A) Kevin Jones has launched a blog concerned mainly with adaptivbe technology and computers, to which he seems to post frequently. The main page is at:
https://kevinrenatojones.wordpress.com/

And recent posts include:

5B) "A Virtually Unknown iOS VoiceOver Feature, Automatically Announcing the Time Every Minute:"
https://kevinrenatojones.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/a-virtually-unknown-ios-voiceover-feature-automatically-announcing-the-time-every-minute/

5C) And "How I Combined Multiple Audio Sources into One Bluetooth Headset:"
https://kevinrenatojones.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/how-i-combined-multiple-audio-sources-into-one-bluetooth-headset/

6) We certainly can't pass up another listing of commands for one of our virtual assistants, this time, from CNET, "The Complete List of Cortana Commands:"
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-complete-list-of-cortana-commands/

7) Comments have recently been added to the AppleVis post about the free OverTHERE navigation app for the iPhone:
http://www.applevis.com/comment/64902#comment-64902

8) I have no idea if this service has content to justify its $6.95/month price, but TellMe TV bills itself as "The world's first 100% described video on-demand service:"
https://tellmetv.vhx.tv/

9) This Windows Central post clearly explains: "How to Create Shortcuts to Start a Windows Defender Scan on Windows 10:"
http://www.windowscentral.com/how-create-shortcuts-do-full-or-quick-windows-defender-scan-windows-10

10) CAVI is offering its short course on Excel for $80:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Excel?utm_content=buffer84821&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

11) Speaking of CAVI, there is an article about it in the November 2016 issue of AccessWorld. The information also contains an article about online shopping at Best Buy and QVC, guides to the new version of the Apple Watch OS, and the Nearby Explorer GPS App, a discussion of ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber, and an article about developments in vision research:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

12) Clicking this link will trigger the download of an audio tutorial on Basic programming:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/sygor1qsprek6zh/bgt%20basic%20programming%20tutorial.zip?dl=1

13) Cool Blind Tech brings us "Spotlight Interview with Jenny Lay-Flurrie: Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft," in which they claim that an important announcement is made:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/spotlight-interview-with-jenny-lay-flurrie-chief-accessibility-officer-at-microsoft/

14) Robert Carter brings us a New Tech Doctor Podcast with the title: "Two Excellent Accessibility Resources:"
http://www.dr-carter.com

15) Get a current take on the question, is Android accessibility equal to that of Apple? In Episode 1647 of Eyes on Success:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201647.htm

Two regular podcasts have new episodes:

16) Blind Bargains Qast 381:
http://blindbargains.com/b/16148

16B) And the Maccessibility RoundTable 3121:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2502

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Volume 584

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Volume 584
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) A lot of attention these days is going to the Amazon Echo and its new Google Home competitor. As the A T Junky podcast seeks to become regular, here is a thorough discussion of the Amazon Echo Dot:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5252000-review-of-amazon-echo-dot

1B) Here's a short review from RNIB Tech Talk:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5205806-review-amazon-echo-the-short-review

1C) Android Central passes along "Top Amazon Echo Tips and Tricks:"
http://www.androidcentral.com/top-amazon-echo-tips-and-tricks

1D) And this video shows the two systems responding to the same questions:
http://mashable.com/2016/11/03/we-asked-google-home-and-amazon-the-same-questions/#q1fzpYwVRmqf

2A) Apple's new Accessibility website was introduced on October 25th during the live Apple Event. Hadley's iFocus instructional videos are now listed as an external resource under Vision. Click on here and then scroll down to "External Resources"
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision/

2B) Also, visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the all new "Arranging Apps" iFocus Instructional Video:
https://youtu.be/n0pJSGL22CQ

3) David Pogue offers a quick 30-second video on using the iPhone as a magnifier with iOS10:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ios-10-hidden-feature-the-magnifier-142655298.html

4) Here is a video where the BeSpecular iOS app is demonstrated, thereby allowing a visually impaired person to get visual questions answered:
http://bit.ly/2eVk4jr

5) This RNIB tech Talk demo shows off Microsoft Narrator:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5257462-how-to-using-windows-narrator

6A) "How Smartphones Help a Blind Person Navigate: Part One," is a cogent article from RNIB with many supporting links:
http://bit.ly/2fEsNIg

6B) And while we're on the subject of navigation, this Cool Blind Tech podcast discusses the Nearby Explorer App:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/nearby-explorer-for-ios-putting-gps-to-the-test/

7A) When the annual JAWS update is released, discussion usually ensues as to whether the upgrade is worthwhile. This Blind Bargains post suggests that the latest one is:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16113

7B) Meanwhile, we can listen to Blind Bargains Qast 80:
http://blindbargains.com/b/16116

8A) Jonathan Mosen gives us his "Thoughts From A Totally Blind Hearing Aid User:"
https://www.hearingtracker.com/blog/how-i-see-it-thoughts-from-a-totally-blind-hearing-aid-user/

8B) And a "Keynote Address to the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired:"
http://mosen.org/my-keynote-address-to-the-new-jersey-commission-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/

9) The NCBI November podcast from Ireland features the Orbit Reader and more:
http://www.ncbi.ie/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/podcast_november_2016.mp3

10) What is it like to study law in India? This and more can be learned in Episode 1646 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) CAVI will be offering a new cooking course on the Half Hour Meal to start soon:
http://bit.ly/2g0FX56

12) If the organization hasn't already found their 30 participants, blind mobile phone users who can use Skype on their devices may earn $100 for taking part in a usability study. Write to:
laura.rodriguez@hcl.com

13) You might glean some gems from reading about "100+ Alternative Search Engines You Should Know:"
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/100-alternative-search-engines-you-should-know/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Volume 583

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Volume 583
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) JAWS Version 18 is now an official release, featuring increased interoperability with ZoomText version 11, a talking mouse feature and support for the Nuance Vocalizer 2.2 synthesizer, bringing some new voices and support for some additional languages:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS

2) Learn what has been going on in the accessible Apple world from "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for October 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-gaming-ios-ios-apps-macos-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

3A) Meanwhile, with their October event, Apple gave the tech analysts a lot to talk about. Blind Bargains gives us a compendium in its Apple Rundown:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16100

3B) And the latest Tech Doctor podcast discusses what's up with the Mac:
http://www.dr-carter.com

4A) Apple has unveiled a new accessibility page:
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/

4B) And here is an article about it:
http://www.imore.com/accessibility-faq

5) This is a podcast with some iOS dictation tips:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/blindabilities/Dictation_Tips.mp3

6) Mystic Access gives us a tutorial for the Apple Watch:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/other-audio-tutorials/audio-tutorial-for-the-apple-watch-by-mystic-access

7) Microsoft had its own event for unveiling new computers, and it was well received. Here are videos comparing the two approaches:
http://cnet.co/2fkDRxp

8) David Woodbridge has turned his considerable podcasting prowess to the BrailleNote Touch with two podcasts about Version 2, which is now available:
8A) https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/xa2svj/BrailleNote_Touch_unboxing_setup_and_demo.mp3
8B) https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/m8hy3n/BrailleNote_Touch_updating_and_demo_of_KNFB_Reader_and_Braille_Terminal.mp3

8C) And here are the official release notes for this version, featuring KeyMath for typing math, KNFBReader for reading print and terminal mode for connectivity:
http://bit.ly/2eqbThc

9) This post links to e-books on Microsoft OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive:
http://winsupersite.com/office/microsoft-ebook-resources-outlook-and-onenote-2016-plus-onedrive

10) Each year for the last several years, Tek Talk has offered a two-part Stocking Stuffers Series, where vendors of lower-priced items of interest to the blind which could make good holiday gifts present their offerings. The first of this year's series will air on GMT Tuesday, 8 November at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

11) PEEK, a Portable Eye Examination Kit, converts a standard smart phone into both an ophthalmoscope for examining the inside of the human eye and a visual acuity tester. Learn about it on Eyes on Success #1645:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) This Microsoft Support page lists Keyboard Shortcuts for Edge, Calculator, Groove, Maps, Paint, Photos, WordPad and more:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13805/windows-keyboard-shortcuts-in-apps

13) Check out The Blind Side Podcast Episode 12, featuring NLS consumer liaison Judy Dixon:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/episode12

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Volume 582

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Volume 582
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Bearing the subtitle "Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch," the iOS 10 Edition of "iOS Access for All" is now available in EPUB format for $20, with a PDF edition to follow:
http://bit.ly/2dKmWmy

2) A Twitter poster announces that "Microsoft's mandatory internal training on unconscious bias is now public. It is full of good content:"
https://www.mslearning.microsoft.com/course/72169/launch

3) "iOS in the Classroom: The Why, When, and How for Reading eBooks" is the 2nd webinar in the series based on the recently published book iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments by Larry L. Lewis, Jr. The webinar costs $49:
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4) This is a fun watch: "Google Assistant vs Siri! (2016):"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFiu5rfnhzo&feature=share

5A) This could be a good week to research high-end Braille standalone devices. You'll be able to learn about what is new with the BrailleNote Touch on Tek Talk on GMT 1 November at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5B) Meanwhile, HIMS offers a webinar on transitioning from the BrailleNote to the Braille Sense on Tuesday, 8 November, where you'll learn the similarities between the two devices and, obviously, the advantages HIMS sees in its product. On their webinar registration page, you can sign up for this and other upcoming free webinars, and those who register receive recordings:
https://hims-inc.com/webinar-registration/

6) Some believe the C programming language is a good one to start with when learning to program, and some don't. If you want to learn it, here's a free PDF:
http://bit.ly/2dKmfK5

7) Flo Tools, a set of open-source scripts for Pro Tools on the Mac has been released this past week. It greatly improves efficiency and automates certain tasks:
http://flotools.github.io

8) Freedom Scientific recently held a free webinar, "Google Docs and Sheets with JAWS and MAGic:"
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/WebinarDetail/F0120

9) "Catching Up With JAWS" is a 4-hour, approximately $50 course whose archive you can purchase from Hartgen Consultancy. It covers many of the recently-added screen features with which users may be less familiar:
http://www.hartgen.org/catchup

10) "Klatt's Last Tapes - History of Speech Synthesis" goes back much farther than many might have suspected. It is a BBC Radio 4 documentary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=097K1uMIPyQ

11) We hear from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing about present and future provisions for currency recognition in Eyes of Success #1644:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Volume 581

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Volume 581
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Available in Word, DAISY, text, electronic Braille or paper Braille, "Getting Started with Android" from National Braille Press costs $24 and could fill a gap that has existed for those wishing to learn about Android:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/ANDROID.html

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3A) The Annual Tek Talk Program featuring information about the newest JAWS version will air on GMT Tuesday, 25 October at 00:00, as we hear about JAWS 18:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3B) Speaking of JAWS 18, its third public beta version is ready for testing:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Jaws/JawsPublicBeta

4) This YouTube video shows a blind youth building complex Lego models using textual instructions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVy5E2DZkKM&feature=youtu.be

5) This YouTube video offers one person's perspective on the "Best iPad Apps for Beginners:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrCm7ZHrzMA&feature=youtu.be

6) HIMS has updated the Braille Edge firmware so that it works better with JAWS, as well as fully implementing UEB:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16027

7) For what is described as "a limited time," the price of KNFB Reader for Android is reduced by eighty percent, to $19.95, thanks to support from Google:
https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-applauds-continued-support-google-knfb-reader-google-supports-continued

8) "An Overview of Four iOS Text Editors" is a concise and insightful summary:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/bluetooth-braille-ipad-iphone/overview-four-text-editors

9) This Cool Blind Tech Podcast demonstrates using Windows Mail with Narrator and the Microsoft Edge browser:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/windows-mail-using-narrator-third-party-screen-reader-not-required/

10) iAccessibility offers a range of technology training for Windows, Mac and iOS for $18/hour:
http://iaccessibility.net/index.php/2016/10/15/online-training-new-service-iaccessibility/

11) American Printing House has created a Braille translator program called BrailleBlaster. It is primarily geared toward the needs of teachers, parents and transcribers. You may be able to test it free:
http://www.aph.org/brailleblaster/#brailleblaster

12) Screen reader support is generally not excellent for this feature except for users of System Access to Go, but Microsoft's Speech Recognition continues to be available in Windows, and here is a list of its commands:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12427/windows-speech-recognition-commands?platform=hootsuite

13A) In news of regular podcasts, Episode 119 of the MacCessibility Round Table awaits:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/10/16/mrtp-119-mutual-fingerprinting/

13B) So does Blind Bargains Qast #77:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16026

13C) And Eyes on Success #1643 concerns itself with solo world traveling by a person who is blind and partially deaf:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Volume 580

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Volume 580
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The October 2016 issue of AccessWorld features several articles related to employment of the blind, a discussion of the forthcoming Orbit Reader 20, and suggestions for the best Android and iOS apps for making music:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) Here is an "Interview with Ali Miracle: A visually impaired FOSS warrior and developer from Iraq:"
https://www.neowin.net/news/interview-with-ali-miracle-a-visually-impaired-foss-warrior-and-developer-from-iraq

3) In this interview with Leonie Watson, for which a transcript is available, they talk about "why so many websites are badly built. About the fundamental basics that are missing in many of the frameworks that developers like to use today. And about the designers who believe that wow-experience is more important than user experience," along with other things:
https://vasilis.nl/gbi/2016/10/09/leonie-watson/

4) Here is a guide to the free Twidere App for Android:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/twidere-twitter-getting-started

5) This YouTube video discusses what is new with Microfost Office 365 for September:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs-weK3xiqs&feature=youtu.be

6) Mystic Access will discuss their current and forthcoming instructional materials on TekTalk on GMT Tuesday, 18 October at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) NFB Newsline now offers its subscribers enhanced information about the presidential elections, including platforms for both parties, information from the candidates' web sites, and transcripts of the recent debates:
http://www.nfbnewsline.org

8) We can hear about the BrailleNote Touch Tablet from Humanware in Episode 1642 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

9) Gizmo's Freeware offers us " The Window 7 User's Guide to Windows 10:"
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/window-7-user-s-guide-windows-10.htm

10) The Orbit Reader we mentioned earlier is perhaps drawing closer to being released, as American Printing House has posted its manual:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16020

11) David Woodbridge talks about what is new with Apple in the latest Tech Doctor podcast:
http://www.dr-carter.com

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Volume 579

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Volume 579
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Concerning the GetThere Free GPS App for Android we mentioned last week, I was reminded that, since the app uses on-board maps, the user has the chance to get an accessible GPS device for the cost of a low-end Android phone, since the phone need not be activated to use it. This could mean a $40 or so GPS device!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.LewLasher.getthere&hl=en

2) For even less money than that, that is, free, thanks to a grant, AFB is continuing to produce video tutorials, with text transcripts, for using NVDA in different contexts. The latest initiative of this Learn Tech Project is a 10-Part Series on Using Google Docs and Google Drive with NVDA:
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/assistive-technology-videos/123

3A) The second public beta of JAWS Version 18 has been released:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Jaws/JawsPublicBeta

3B) And you can learn about what's new in FSCast #132:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

4) Catch the highlights of the momth of September in the Apple world in "What's New in Accessible Apps for September 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-ios-ios-apps-iphone-macos-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

5) A lot of new features are coming to the BrailleNote Touch in Version 2, and this video tells about them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7UuGSuvpW4

Here we have command lists for all three major personal assistants:

6A) First, a well-organized list of SIRI commands:
https://hey-siri.io/

6B) Next CNET gives us "The complete list of Cortana Commands," unfortunately accompanied by ads that play automatically:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-complete-list-of-cortana-commands/

6C) And finally, 101 Google Now Voice Commands:
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/google-now-voice-commands/

7) This post is called "Dos and don'ts on Designing for Accessibility:"
https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2016/09/02/dos-and-donts-on-designing-for-accessibility/

And in closing we keep up with several podcasts:

8A) One is Blind Bargains Qast 75:
http://blindbargains.com/b/15969

8B) Another is MacCessibility Podcast #118:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2476

8C) And we'll learn about the Global Cane Outreach Program in Eyes on Success Episode #1641.
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Volume 578

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The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Eyes on Success did a Tips and Tricks Show earlier in 2016, and it was sufficiently popular that they've produced another one, including requests to interact with SIRI, control Pandora, and more, all in episode #1640:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

2) GetThere is a free Android GPS App for the blind that works worldwide and has garnered positive reviews:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.LewLasher.getthere&hl=en

3) The windows 10 task bar has changed a bit with the Anniversary Edition, and David Bailes has hence updated his Task Bar 10 Guide. Though ostensibly written for JAWS users, there is very little JAWS-specific content, but a lot of very good information, in it:
http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Taskbar-10-Guide.html

4) This short post answers the question: "How is Office 365 Different from Other Versions of Microsoft Office?"
https://www.techopedia.com/7/32127/technology-trends/software-as-a-service-saas/how-is-office-365-different-from-other-versions-of-microsoft-office

5) Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty would greatly increase the number of books available worldwide to the blind. Here is information about the treaty:
http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/stories/marrakesh-treaty.html?platform=hootsuite

6) This tutorial, with video and text, discusses: "Using Mail for Windows 10 With Narrator:"
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Using-Mail-for-Windows-10-with-Narrator-6017079f-5087-4fa9-9111-0527e456d817?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

7) An NVDA add-on under development could make examining the screen with NVDA easier. It's called ObjPad:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/objPad.en.html

8) This free, 5-week Digital Accessibility Online Course starts 17 October 2016:
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/digital-accessibility?utm_campaign=Share+Links&utm_medium=futurelearn-run_details&utm_source=twitter

9) This article is called "The Neglected History of Videogames for the Blind:"
https://killscreen.com/articles/real-sound-audiogames-blindness-shadow-history-gaming/

10A) Here are a couple of recordings demonstrating aspects of the iPhone. The first demonstrates the stereo speakers of the iPhone 7:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6344176/DumbAudio/iStereo.mp3 #audio

10B) This one contrasts the sounds of the iPhone with no case, with a generic case, and the Apple Smart case:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6344176/DumbAudio/iPhoneCases.mp3 #audio

11) This page gives considerable information about "How to use accessibility tools effectively if you're a WordPress developer:"
http://www.customerservant.com/accessibility-tools/

12) FromMarty's Blindfold Games blog comes information about Blindfold Spin & Solve, an iOS game seeking to resemble Wheel of Fortune:
https://blindfoldgames.org/2016/09/22/blindfold-spin-solve-letters/

13) Hadley Institute is revamping its iFocus videos so that they are compatible with iOS 10. One of the first fruits of this endeavor is an updated video on Accessing the Control Center:
https://youtu.be/7BwhNFUIEss

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Volume 577

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Greetings,

1) This is a free cyber-security PDF e-book titled, "Cyberwar and the Future of Cybersecurity:"
http://www.techrepublic.com/resource-library/whitepapers/special-report-cyberwar-and-the-future-of-cybersecurity-free-ebook/

2) In iOS10, some kinds of apps can be integrated directly with SIRI so you can use SIRI to control them. This list gives the apps that have been endowed with this capability to date, and the promise is that it will be updated as new apps are added:
http://www.imore.com/these-are-apps-you-can-use-siri-ios-10

3) The latest operating system for the Mac is out, so we have "macOS 10.12 Sierra: The Ars Technica Review:"
http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/09/macos-10-12-sierra-the-ars-technica-review/

4) Back on September 8th 2016 we mentioned the existence of OE Classic, a simple, free email client for those who miss the ease of Outlook Express. Unfortunately, the program didn't work very well with JAWS. Hartgen Consultancy has released free scripts to solve most of the major problems:
http://www.hartgen.org/OEClassic

5) RNIB recently held a technology conference in Scotland, and the RNIB Connect Techtalk team was there to record. This page offers a complete list of the recordings by subject:
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/Techshare_Europe_Conference_2014.html#.V-LqGe_rtfF

6A) JAWS scripts for the free Twitter client Open Tween keep evolving:
http://www.dlee.org/tween/tween.htm

6B) Doug Lee is also developing scripts vfor Adobe Connect:
http://www.dlee.org/adobeconnect/

7) Joseph Lee has issued "Request for comments: An audio tutorial and an online meeting on what it takes to make universal apps accessible and create scripts for them:"
https://win10.groups.io/g/win10/topic/request_for_comments_an/2751576

8) On Thursday, 29 September at 18:00 GMT, Humanware will hold a webinar, "The BrailleNote Touch, Demonstration, Discussion and What's Coming!"
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6978345591997334276

9) CAVI is offering a short course on Microsoft Word for beginner and intermediate users:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Word?utm_content=buffer4dc0a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

10A) Google has released a messaging app, Allo, with good reviews. Here is an audio demonstration on Android:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/allo

10B) Here is a 9to5Google post about it:
https://9to5google.com/2016/09/20/google-allo-android-ios-now-available/

10C) And here are tips and tricks from BGR
http://bgr.com/2016/09/21/google-allo-download-tips-tricks/

11A) Here is a Blind Abilities podcast about the latest update to the Victor Reader Stream:
http://blindabilities.com/bapresents/victor-reader-update-with-greg-stilson-from-humanware/

11B) They also offer a series on how to create a podcast, iOS demos, and more:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blind-abilities/id972152176

12) The ICT-Accessibility Lab of the ZHAW, in collaboration with the Swiss Blind and Visually Impaired Association (SBV), has developed a web tool called PAVE which quickly and easily makes existing PDF documents accessible. With PAVE 2.0, the existing web tool has been fundamentally revised and extended with a new paragraph detection feature:
http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/09/12/pave-2-0-a-new-generation-of-the-web-tool-for-pdf-accessibility/

13) The OverThere iOS Navigation App continues to be improved:
http://bit.ly/overTHERE

14) Learning Ally has a new app for its books, so far on iOS, coming for Android:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learning-ally-link/id1131235021

15) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the all new "iOS 10 Compatible Walking Directions with Siri iFocus Instructional Video" at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIpIPoDZebQ&feature=youtu.be

16) Eyes on Success Episode #1639 discusses Top Tech Tidbits:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 15, 2016 - Volume 576

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Greetings,

1) The September 2016 issue of AccessWorld includes, among other articles and features, "Choose the Right Electronic Magnifier, Part 3: Handheld Magnifiers," "The Fire TV with VoiceView from Amazon: An Accessibility Review," "The Aware Audible Proximity Solution Navigation App: An Interview with Rasha Said, App Creator and Founder of Sensible Innovations," and "Book Review: Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 9: Step-by-Step Instruction for Blind Users, by Anna Dresner:"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) This new, free iOS navigation app could be useful to many. OverThere lets you point the phone to find out what is nearby, and to mark your own points of interest so you can locate them again:
http://www.ski.org/project/overthere

3) Victor Reader Stream users in the US can subscribe to NFBNewsline content without using a computer, and can keep articles in permanent memory, once they upgrade to the new version 4.7. Meanwhile. version 2.2 of the Brailliant brings more effective connectivity:
http://www.humanware.com/

4A) The 2016 Blindfold Racer Challenge comes in a few weeks:
http://www.facebook.com/blindfoldracer

4B) Learn about this gala gaming event as one of the two features to be heard on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 20 September at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.aspid=rsc9613dc89eb2

Several news items concerning NVDA:

5A) NVAccess has released its second for-sale training course, Microsoft Word Training for NVDA. The tutorial costs $30 Australian, with some proceeds going toward further development of NVDA:
http://www.nvaccess.org/product/microsoft-word-training-for-nvda/

5B) The first ever NVDACon US will take place online over 16-17 September:
http://us-con.nvda-community.org/

5C) Aand NVAccess is surveying their users:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfrrLhC4K1gEd9QaFXBgg1SOWQOq1NoUFWarPbL8-NjDFmUA/viewform

6) At least one American organization of the blind, and many other organizations, use structured negotiation as a problem-solving process. Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits is a book available from the American Bar Association, and electronically from BookShare:
http://www.lflegal.com/book/

7) iOS 10 has been released, as have updates for the operating systems of the Apple Watch and Apple TV. There are many podcasts and articles related to each of those operating systems on AppleVis:
http://applevis.com

In podcasts:

8A) Maccessibility RoundTable 116 obviously focuses on all things new with Apple:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2458

8B) So does the Tech Docgtor podcast:
http://www.dr-carter.com

8C) There are enough new AppleVis podcasts that they don't all fit on one screen:
http://www.applevis.com/podcasts

8D) Blind Bargains Qast 73 was released the day before iOS10 was:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/15880

8E) And departing from the Apple theme, Eyes on Success episode #1638 consists of a discussion of Comcast Innovations in Accessible TV:
http//eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Volume 575

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Volume 575
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Several regular, or seasonal, events are happening this week. For one, NVDA 2016.3 is now official, with better support for Word, fixes and improvements for several Braille displays, and speaking of form fields in Excel:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/announcing-nvda-2016-3-release/

2A) As this is being written, the Apple event in which the next iOS, WatchOS and iPhones 7 are unveiled will take place. One concise summary of it will be generated on a special edition of the Blind Side podcast:
http://www.mosen.org/theblindside

2B) In addition, Jonathan will discuss iOS10 and his forthcoming book about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 13 September at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.aspid=rsc9613dc89eb2

2C) Finally, the Feel and See iOS books contain tactile diagrams of screens. Available in Braille, large print or combo formats, the books will be ready when the operating system is released, and if you order by 9 September you get a discount:
http://blindbargains.com/classifieds.php?m=3246

3A) At last, 'tis the season for the next paid version of JAWS, JAWS 18. The latest FSCast covers information about some of the version's new features, including a new merge settings feature, the ability to have a physical mouse speak as it is moved, improved performance on some complex web pages, and closer interaction with ZoomText:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

3B) The first public Beta version has just become available:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Jaws/JawsPublicBeta

4) YourTube is an accessible YouTube player which now uses HTML 5 instead of Flash. You can search for and watch videos in an accessible format from your computer or phone:
http://www.povidi.com/yourtube/

5) HIMS will hold a webinar on 13 September entitled "All-in-One Tools for Students with Low Vision and Blindness:"
http://hims.acemlnb.com/lt.php?s=9142db1a0cfba48e4a251c70a3f64a45&i=144A173A2A2170

6) This post brings good news: "Finally, There's a Comic Book Store for the Blind:"
http://www.vice.com/read/comics-empower-comic-book-store-for-the-blind

7) Here is an email program that may replace Outlook Express for those who miss that long-defunct program:
https://www.oeclassic.com/

8) This Fred's Head post is called "How to Locate and Access Audio-Described Content:"
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/09/how-to-locate-and-access-audio_45.html

9) The people at WebAIM explain to web developers and accessibility testers that there are "Three things you should know before using VoiceOver for testing:"
http://webaim.org/blog/three-things-voiceover/

10) A mailing list has been set up for those beta-testing Apple products. Subscribers will have to answer a screening question to prove that they are really testing. To join, send a blank message to:
apple-beta-subscribe@damorris.com

11) Here is a blog called "Marty's Blindfold Games | Audio games for the visually impaired community:"
https://blindfoldgames.org/

12) Bristol Braillists is a UK grassroots organization working to promote Braille literacy. A vote for them on this site could get them some much-needed funding:
https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2016-shortlisted-groups/south-west/bristol-braillists/

13) You can get a lot of Apple accessibility news in one place by catching "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for August 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-applevis-ios-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-august-2016

We conclude with a compendium of podcast information:

14A) Blind Bargains Qast 72 is ready for you:
http://blindbargains.com/b/15848

14B) The Blind side Episode 4 features a BBC journalist who is blind:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/episode4 on #SoundCloud

14C) Episode #115 of the Maccessibility podcast:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/09/03/mrtp-115-skus-all-over-the-place/

14D) And Episode #1635 of Eyes on Success is about Waitressing in the Dark:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Volume 574

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Volume 574
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) A few people have questioned the effectiveness of Amazon's accessibility efforts:
http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/08/29/new-kindles-accessibility-features-found-lacking-first-depth-review/

2) This summary of recent accessibility updates to Microsoft products includes a lot of information about SharePoint:
https://blogs.office.com/2016/08/25/productivity-and-inclusion-office-365-accessibility-update/

3) Here are instructions on "How to Add Dropbox (or Other Cloud Services) to the Send To Menu in Windows:"
http://bit.ly/2c6n0K6

4) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new "Using the Voice Dream Reader App" iFocus Instructional Video. This video has been revised to reflect all of the recent changes and can be found at:
https://youtu.be/_iKsClkGiR4?list=PLcIupCht58IcZ8m3fS4fScuB8phKEcdSi

5) This is a good short listing of books and tutorials for learning iOS:
http://snip.ly/m8cgl#http://www.fredshead.info/2016/08/paid-resources-available-to-persons-who.html

6) This OS X Daily article is called, "8 iPhone 3D Touch Tricks That Are Actually Useful:"
http://osxdaily.com/2016/05/02/8-useful-3d-touch-iphone-tricks/

7A) To complete a somewhat slow news week, we learn about the commitment to accessibility in Apple products on Eyes on Success, Episode #1636:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Volume 573

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Volume 573
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Greetings,

1) The release candidate for the third quarterly update for NVDA is out, meaning that the update will be officially released in a few days. The update brings improved support for Word, form fields in Excel and improved functionality with some Braille displays, among other enhancements:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-3rc1-released/

2) Like many of us, David Goldfield frequently fields a number of predictable questions, so he has written a FAQ document on the topic "How Does a Blind Person Use a Computer or Smartphone, Anyway?"
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/faq/

3) The writer of the Blind Motherhood Blog has written a two-part post on her experience to date with the OrCam:
http://blindmotherhood.com/

4A) While we're mentioning blogs, this is a listing of several blogs written by blind UK citizens about their lives, goals and technology:
https://yourdolphin.com/news?id=223

4B) And this one is called: "The Misadventures of a Blind Gamer:"
http://blindnewworld.org/blog/the-misadventures-of-a-blind-gamer/

5) JAWS scripts for Tween and Open Tween are here, with documentation:
http://www.dlee.org/tween/

6) A one-hour webinar on the new Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist Certification, CATIS, hosted by AMAC at Georgia Tech and Georgia AER, and costing $25, will take place on GMT Wednesday, 14 September, at 19:00:
https://catis_webinar.eventbrite.com

7) A great number of iOS apps besides those on the list below are accessible, but this list contains those that have been designed for the visually impaired. They are listed alphabetically, with some being much more useful than others:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios-apps-for-blind-and-vision-impaired

8) This is an audio tutorial for Duo, the new accessible video calling app for iOS and Android from Google:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/duo

9A) Nearby Explorer has been a popular Android GPS App for the blind. Now the $75 App has been ported to iOS. This post summarizes the situation and contains a link to a recent podcast about the App:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15797

9B) You can join a mailing list to discuss the app by sending a blank message to:
ne-subscribe@tech.aph.org

10) This Cool Blind Tech podcast discusses the audio description available from the Disney Movies Anywhere App:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/its-a-whole-new-world-audio-described-movies-with-the-disney-movies-anywhere-app/

Here are a couple of contrasting articles:

11A) "7 Things Apple iPhone Owners Can Do That Android Users Only Dream Of:"
https://apple.news/AKjK4vm3TOeG-S_tgl1hkmA

11B) And "7 Things Android Owners Can Do That Apple iPhone Users Only Dream Of:"
https://apple.news/AM0mdvX8lPGGHHPmI4wNAdw

12) Inclusive Android has launched The TalkBack Label File Repository:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/inclusive-android-launches-talkback-label-file-repository

13) This ComputerWorld post is called "6 External Storage Solutions for iPad and iPhone:"
https://apple.news/AISMwih7ZMseojMyDCvdoeg

14) This is the introductory post to what could be an instructive blog, the Blind Electronics Blog:
http://www.blindelectronics.com/2016/08/blogger-introduction_66.html

In podcast news:

15A) FSCast #130 consists of an interview with the new CEO of VFO:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

15B) Blind Bargains Qast 70 is ready:
http://blindbargains.com/b/15794

15C) And in Eyes on Success #1635 we learn about MushroomFM Internet Radio:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 18, 2016 - Volume 572

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 18, 2016 - Volume 572
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) This British technology expert mentions a few of his favourite apps and offers resources for exploring others:
https://www.rnib.org.uk/nb-online/blog-the-power-of-technology?utm_campaign=robinchristophersontechnologyblog&utm_medium=social-media&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=nbonline&utm_term=

2) Despite its really long version number, new TalkBack 5.0.4.3 includes a variety of updates for Android users:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15754

3) This Microsoft post provides accessibility resources for the different versions of Microsoft Office:
https://support.office.com/en-US/article/Office-accessibility-resources-by-version-b73c485e-5b75-4f3f-a1f2-71b761633f6d?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

4) Jonathan Mosen has created a tradition of publishing books about the new versions of iOS, available the day of the version's release. As iOS 10 will be with us in September, his book "iOS 10 Without the Eye" is ready for pre-order at $19.95:
http://mosen.org/ios10/

5) CAVI has enhanced its audio production courses and you can still register for the upcoming term. Here is a demonstration of what can be achieved, a free tutorial:
http://cavi.xyz/irtutorial

6) This long Washington Post interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook has garnered positive reviews:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/wp/2016/08/13/2016/08/13/tim-cook-the-interview-running-apple-is-sort-of-a-lonely-job/?tid=a_inl

7) From iMore comes "Touch ID: Ultimate Guide:"
http://www.imore.com/touch-id

8) A frequent contributor of content to Tidbits, David Woodbridge, gives us his list of "Favorite Assistive and General Technology Podcasts," complete with podcast URLs, a very thorough list:
http://davidwoodbridge.blogspot.com/2016/08/my-favorite-assistive-and-general-tech_15.html

Speaking of podcasts, here are a couple recent releases:

9A) Blind Bargains Qast #69
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/15750

9B) And the latest iAccessVo podcast covers interesting territory:
http://iaccessvo.libsyn.com/iaccessvo-fantasy-football-league-for-the-blind-are-you-ready-aira-visual-interpreter-for-the-blind-iavo-022

10A) Regarding the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Brian Hartgen takes some issue with the article mentioned last week which purported to rank performance of screen readers in the update:
http://www.hartgen-home.org/node/76

10B) Serotek has thoughts on the accessibility of the Microsoft Edge browser in this update:
http://www.serotek.com/blog_seroteks_position_on_microsoft_edge

10C) And finally, here is a Cool Blind Tech Podcast with a thorough discussion of the new version:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/windows-10-anniversary-update-complete-concise-overview/

11) Spoonbill Software has released yet another in its series of free, self-voicing games for Windows, and now you can download the game directly from the site rather than requesting it by email. The game is B G Word Maze, which claims to combine the skill of solving a maze with the skill of unscrambling letters:
http://www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/bgwordmaze.htm

12) Take Another 5 is a new weekly podcast featuring recipes, technology tips, thoughts on entrepreneurship and other musings of the author:
http://www.takeanother5.com

13) Hear about the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk and other Microsoft services for the visually impaired in Eyes on Success #1634:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) The team from National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) has created several tutorials for performing tasks in Microsoft Outlook:
http://www.ncbi.ie/technology/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Volume 571

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The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) This revised Fred's Head post contains links to two guides related to colleges and adaptation to college for visually impaired students:
http://www.fredshead.info/2015/08/a-guide-for-colleges-and-visually.html

2) Among the articles to be found in the August 2016 issue of AccessWorld are "The HumanWare BrailleNote Touch: A Braille Tablet for the 21st Century," "The I.D. Mate Galaxy from En-Vision America Takes the Hassle Out of Scanning Bar Codes," "A Review of Sonar Glasses from G-Technology Group," "The Accessible Kitchen: Using the Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker," "Choosing the Right Electronic Magnifier, Part 2: Larger Magnifier Systems, Specs, and Features," "Described Video via Blindy TV: "Taking the Vision out of Television", and "The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2016: What's Coming This Fall:"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

3) The first update for the aforementioned Braillenote Touch, brings better audio quality, camera activation, and other enhancements:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/1008161258.htm

4A) Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 16 August will feature contributions from listeners of "Consumer Items Around The Home That You Find Accessible Or Have Found A Work Around For." The program will feature several five-minute presentations on different devices or topics:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

4B) Meanwhile, Tek Talk programs that aired during our Tidbits break have now been archived. They concern The Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship, Hadley Institute for the Blind, and the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition:
http://accessibleworld.org/archives/tek-talk-archives

5) Uber has launched an accessibility web site in the US. The site gives policy information and provides a contact link to a dedicated accessibility team.
https://accessibility.uber.com

6) Since we weren't around for the first week in August, we only now mention "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for July 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-ios-ios-apps-mac-os-x-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

7A) A lot of information is available concerning the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10. First, this Cool Blind Tech article is worth a perusal: "Ranking Screen Readers in Windows10 Anniversary Update: The Results Will Surprise You!"
https://www.coolblindtech.com/ranking-screen-readers-in-windows10-anniversary-update-the-results-will-surprise-you/

7B) Much has been done to improve the Narrator screen reader, and this blog post contains links to that documentation and more:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/08/09/new-accessibility-documentation-for-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/

7C) PC World offers "Windows 10: The 10 Best New Features to Try First:"
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2874400/windows/windows-10-the-10-coolest-features-you-should-check-out-first.html#tk.rss_all

7D) And here is a Cool Blind Tech review of the new version itself:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/polishing-windows-10-microsoft-solidifies-plans-anniversary-update/

8) Freedom Scientific has announced its upcoming list of free webinars. They include a series on "What's New in JAWS 18", running from 5 October to 16 November, "Google Docs and Sheets with JAWS and MAGic," 19 October, "Twitter with JAWS: New Accessibility Features," 30 November, and "Track Changes in Microsoft Word with JAWS," 7 December:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification

9) Microsoft Mail accessibility and proposed rules for local web site accessibility are among the topics for FSCast Episode #129:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

10) We have three episodes of Eyes on Success to mention: 1631 Project BLAID Navigation Device, 1632 Employment Considerations for the Blind, and 1633 Learning to be an Entrepreneur:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus Instructional Video "Turning On and Off VoiceOver" to learn the latest tips for using the accessibility features on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at:
https://youtu.be/YImktawfFn8

12) CAVI will offer a four-session, $8 class on PowerPoint starting 19 August:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Powerpoint

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 21, 2016 - Volume 570

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Greetings,

1) Among the variety of articles to be found in the July 2016 issue of AccessWorld, we find: "Tackling the Research Paper: Tips and Tools for Success for People with Vision Loss," "Amazon Brings Voice Accessibility to the Kindle Paperwhite with a New Audio Adapter," "Accessible Reading on Multiple Devices with Capti Narrator," "A Review of the 6Dot Label Maker from LoganTech: Potentially a Braille User's Dream," "BeSpecular: A New Remote Assistant Service," "Netflix Audio Description: What a Difference a Year Makes," "Game Review: iAssociate 2 by TicBits LTD," and "Free, Massive Open Online Course from Georgia Institute of Technology: Information and Communication Technology Accessibility:"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) "Notes on Blindness" is a film now showing in the UK, based on the experiences of John Hull. This post contains background information and relevant links:
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/notes-on-blindness-a-remarkable-film-about-professor-john-hull%27s-experience-of-blindness-receives-strong-reviews/12

3) Doug Lee has written clever JAWS scripts to use standard table navigation keystrokes in list view controls:
http://www.dlee.org/listtbl/

4) HIMS has made significant updates to its Blaze, Blaze EZ and Blaze ET portable audio players/readers:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15585

5) This Fred's Head post discusses "Be My Eyes" and "BeSpecular", two apps that allow blind people to get assistance in object identification and other visual tasks with a sighted assistant:
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/07/bespecular-and-be-my-eyes-apps-that_15.html

6) This discussion offers ways to make the Win10 Mail App more accessible, and includes links to a tutorial to make Mail, People and Calendar more accessible with JAWS and NVDA:
https://win10.groups.io/g/win10/thread/uwa_bulletin_mail_app_can/2196671?p=,,,20,0,0,0::RecentPostDate%2FSticky,,,20,2,0,2196671

7) We hear about a cardiologist who becomes a low vision specialist in Episode 1630 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

8) Anyone wishing to immerse themself further in the U.S. Presidential elections can do so thanks to NFB Newsline, which has added a 2016 Presidential Election category to its Breaking News, Daily Newspaper, Magazines and International sections:
https://nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service

9) On Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 26 July at 01:00, find out about the O6, the first product from a new company, Fingertips Labs, which strives to be a VoiceOver remote, but also features haptic notifications and serves as a media or home automation controller, with more features to come:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

10) Amazon has several accessibility-related job openings:
https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/WD68BWCa21esp

We sometimes receive requests to publicize the businesses of subscribers. We do not always do it, but this time we will announce two:

11A) This web site offers freebies and ways to save money:
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11B) And ViTech Solutions offers web site creation and web hosting services:
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Volume 569

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Greetings,

1) If you want to manage your Wordpress page on the web, this comprehensive article helps you "Get To Know Your WordPress Dashboard With A Screen Reader:"
http://www.customerservant.com/learn-wordpress-dashboard/

2A) These two items come from WebAIM at Utah State: A webinar, "Implementing and Evaluating Web Application Accessibility:"
http://www.3playmedia.com/resources/webinars/accessibility-07-07-2016/

2B) And the June 2016 WebAIM Newsletter:
http://webaim.org/newsletter/2016/june

3) AFB offers a set of free tutorials called "Learn NVDA," for learning the free screen reader:
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/assistive-technology-videos/learn-nvda/1234

4) Users of Internet Explorer or Firefox who are weary of the inaccessible CACPTCHA's which make you write characters that screen readers won't speak in order to obtain access to web sites can now choose to pay around $3 per month to use "CAPTCHA Be Gone:"
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15512

5) We're writing this early in the week, and there are already six audio interviews from the recent NFB and ACB Conventions on the Blind Bargains Audio site, with more doubtless to come:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

6) Learn about efforts to build "Open Source Access to Math for NVDA:"
http://blog.jantrid.net/2016/07/open-source-access-to-math-for-nvda.html

7) If you are interested in learning more about the new automated accessibility testing tool for native Android mobile from Deque Systems, (iOS version coming,) and the beta program, please visit:
http://accessibility.deque.com/mobile-accessibility-testing-beta

8) Apple has released six free Education Starter Guides for the iPad:
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/07/08/apple-education-starter-guides-ipad/

9A) CAVI has greatly expanded its audio-related course offerings. this audio tells you about their all new range of audio courses with flexible study options and a "bargain price:"
https://audioboom.com/boos/4809944-cavi-s-all-new-range-of-audio-courses-with-flexible-study-options-and-a-bargain-price

9B) You can also listen to an iBlindTech podcast about this:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/iblindtech-accessible-workflows/id544075194?mt=2#episodeGuid=1421819%3A17397407%3A35726361

10) Apple Developers seeking additional information from Apple's more than 125 Worldwide Developers Conference session videos can now narrow down results thanks to searchable text transcripts:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/07/08/apple-releases-searchable-wwdc-2016-session-text-transcripts

11) AFB has developed brief surveys to collect feedback regarding the accessibility and usability of mobile phone, TV programming, cable/satellite, personal computer, office phone, apps, land line, and related communications and video technologies for individuals who are blind or visually impaired:
http://www.AFB.org/TechSurveys

12) On Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 19 July at 01:00, we learn about two apps and a useful web site. The apps are "Tell Me When" which allows you to monitor and keep up with your favorite authors as they release their books, videos and apps, and "Disney Movies Anywhere" which allows you to watch Disney Pixar films on your phone with audio description. The web site is Rapid Pass, useful for those giving blood through the Red Cross:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

13) Back to CAVI, they will offer a short course on PowerPoint on 7 August 2016:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Powerpoint

14) Accessibility initiatives at IBM will be the topic for Episode 1629 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 7, 2016 - Volume 568

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 7, 2016 - Volume 568
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Audible is a popular service, and its accessibility is improving. You can learn about the new Audible Library and what the service has to offer on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 12 July at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2A) "VoiceOver with the Brailliant Braille Display" is a 134-page book written with the needs of the deaf-blind in mind, though others can obviously benefit. It is free on iBooks:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1127958260

2B) And also available on SmashWords, where you choose your price:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/645689

3) The free anniversary update for Windows 10 will be coming in August. Here is what the Microsoft Accessibility Blog has to say about improvements in accessibility:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/07/01/making-progress-on-accessibility-with-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/

4) Hadley's iFocus videos are designed to provide tips on using the vision accessibility features in iOS. The iFocus Instructional Series is now arranged by topic headings making them much easier to navigate. They can be found at:
http://www.hadley.edu/instructionalvideos

5) You'll get some insight into recording techniques and equipment on Eyes on Success, in Episode #1628, "Listening to and Recording Audio:"
http://eyesonsuccess.net

6) Here is the latest e-Access Bulletin, lots of adaptive technology stories:
http://www.headstar.com/eablive/

7) Here are the results of a Screen Reader Strategy survey on how blind users navigate unfamiliar web sites:
http://www.heydonworks.com/article/responses-to-the-screen-reader-strategy-survey

8) Check out the up-to-date listing of CAVI courses for which people can enroll for the second term of the year:
http://wiki.cucat.org/?utm_content=buffer66b1b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

9) This is the French-language Microsoft Accessibility Site:
https://www.microsoft.com/france/accessibilite/default.aspx?platform=hootsuite

10) This Apple Watch review is favorable, and focuses on accessibility:
http://www.imore.com/apple-watch-accessibility-center-stage-new-review

11) You can download the new Braille music code from here:
http://www.brailleauthority.org/music/music.html

12) Explore "What's New in Accessible Apps for June 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-applevis-ios-ios-apps-itunes-mac-os-x-news-opinion/applevis

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Volume 567

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Volume 567
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) SpeakOn MediaSuite is a free, self-voicing application for finding, retrieving and playing audio and text media. Latest improvements have included a sleep timer and podcast support:
http://www.speakon.org.uk/SpeakOn.html

2) The Think Inclusive Blog tells us about the "Top 100 Picture Books with Image Descriptions in Bookshare:"
http://www.thinkinclusive.us/image-descriptions-bookshare/

3) The ever-evolving NVDA Korean-English site now has a section devoted to NVDA-related courses. It also has archives of many tutorials and audio presentations about the screen reader:
http://nvda-kr.org/en/

4) 7-128 Software brings us the 2016 version of "Top 25 Sites for Gamers Who Are Blind:"
http://www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html

5) Here is the latest news regarding the Dictation Bridge undertaking:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/06/29/dictationbridge-our-gratitude/

6) The latest Blind Abilities podcast focuses on the benefits of the now-on-sale KNFBReader app for iOS and Android:
http://blindabilities.com/bapresents/knfb-reader-go-mobile-and-make-the-print-yours/

7) We have previously mentioned Computers for the Blind, which provides refurbished desktops to blind people for $110, and notebooks for $160. Now, while supplies last, recipients of SSI can get a computer for $50:
http://computersfortheblind.net/

8) If you have been wishing to join the ranks of visually-impaired Internet radio broadcasters, Mushroom FM might provide a forum for you. They have a clear guide that lays out the process of becoming one of their broadcasters:
http://www.mushroomfm.com/node/598

9) From Media Access Australia comes "5 Simple Ways You Can Dramatically Improve Your Blog's Accessibility:"
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/web/5-simple-ways-you-can-dramatically-improve-your-blog%E2%80%99s-accessibility

10) In FSCast 128, we can learn about VFO's deals offered to attendees of the ACB, NFB and Sight Village conventions, changes in JAWS that make MathML more accessible in Braille, and VFO's work with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

11) SpeedDots produces a variety of tactual screen protectors for the various iPhones, enabling blind users to type or operate the phone more easily. Now they have overlays that support Braille screen input for the latest phones:
http://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_31&products_id=236

12A) Here follow two related audio accessibility tips related to Android: "Labeling Unlabeled Buttons Using Talkback:"
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/labeling-unlabeled-buttons-using-talkback?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

12B) And "Importing Custom labels into Talkback:"
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/importing-custom-labels-talkback?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

13) The Blind Living podcast comes from Industries for the Blind in Milwaukee. It features interviews by producers and users of technology and other services for the blind:
http://www.blindlivingradio.com/

14) Plans for regional NVDACons in Korea, Asia and Eastern Europe are in the early stages. Meanwhile, the US team has a website and discussion forum:
https://nvdacon.groups.io/g/us/thread/let_planning_for_nvdacon/2086044?p=,,,20,0,0,0::RecentPostDate%2FSticky,,,20,2,0,2086044

15) Customers of Dancing Dots now have the option to acquire any of their accessible music notation software (Lime Lighter, GoodFeel, and Lime Aloud suites) under an annual or monthly Subscription Plan. Subscription Plans allow users to pay as they go and include technical support and all software. See:
http://www.DancingDots.com

16) We get another perspective on the Apple Watch for blind users in Episode 1627 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) To conclude, yours truly (Dean Martineau) has been wasting time on a project I've wanted to do for a long time. Standard Braille, UEB or not, is just not contracted enough for me, especially when reading on an 18-cell display, so I've been taking previous efforts like Grade Three Braille and BUOC, adding a lot of other contraction ideas and building a system for my personal use. Anybody who would like to discuss, inquire about or contribute to such efforts is welcome to drop me a note at the usual address:
topdot@gmail.com

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Volume 566

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Volume 566
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Much has been made about Apple's plan to remove the headphone jack from the next iPhone. I don't think they're taking public comment on the matter, and they'll do it or not, but here are two articles expressing contrary views of the idea:
A) http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/6/21/11991302/iphone-no-headphone-jack-user-hostile-stupid
B) http://daringfireball.net/2016/06/headphone_jacks_are_the_new_floppy_drives

2) Blind Bargains Qast #66 is ready for listening:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15447

3) Mystic Access will hold three free webinars over the weekend of July 1-3. On GMT Saturday, 2 July at 01:00, the topic will be "Ten Surefire Tips for Using Your Assistive Technology with Greater Confidence." On 2 July at 18:00 GMT the topic is "Three Things The Most Savvy iOS Users Know." Finally, on Sunday, 3 July at 21:00 GMT, learn about "Twenty Hidden Tips for Your Amazon Alexa Products." Attendees to all sessions can win some bonuses, and sessions will be recorded:
http://www.blindbargains.com/redirect.php?type=2&r=3127

4) An effort is under way to certify assistive technology trainers. Learn what it takes to become a Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS):
http://www.acvrep.org/certifications/catis

5) This gives information about the Galaxy Mobile Assistant from Samsung:
http://www.samsung.com/uk/accessibility/product_galaxy_voice_assistant.html

6A) A video was posted as part of Apples World Wide Developer Conference, which discusses a few new accessibility features in the soon to be released Apple operating systems. Here is a summary of the video:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15440

6B) And the latest Tech Doctor podcast gives another summary of the event:
http://dr-carter.com

7) This is a free course on making web applications accessible. The course is designed for students to spend 6 hours per week for 6 weeks:
https://www.udacity.com/course/web-accessibility--ud891

8) Humanware has announced the Romeo-60 and Juliet-120 embossers, featuring wireless printing and built-in Braille translation among other modern features:
http://www.humanware.com/romeojuliet

9) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus Instructional Video Exploring "My Music" Library to learn the latest tips for using the accessibility features on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at:
https://youtu.be/g9X4xXANzkI

10) Find out about services from the American Foundation for the Blind on Eyes on Success Episode 1626:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11A) From the "Reid my Mind" podcast we are informed about the Holy Braille Project, striving to make a full page Braille display:
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-holy-braille/

11B) Or about the Blind Arduino Project, creating a community for Blind inventors and Makers:
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-joshua-miele-the-maker/

12) Jonathan Mosen will discuss his latest book about Sonos on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 June at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

13) A course is underway for those wishing to write modules for NVDA, and you can still join, and encourage others to do so:
https://nvda.groups.io/g/nvda/thread/your_first_nvda_app_module/2068979

14) For those wishing to purchase the VTS label printer, the specialized program that lets blind people print labels independently, grab your copy at the 29 pound price before 1 July before it makes a 25% leap:
https://vits.org.uk/products/vtslp/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Volume 565

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Volume 565
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) In some breaking adaptech news this week The VFO Group has acquired AI Squared, setting up some interesting possibilities for their expanding product portfolio. Check out the Press Release, "Ai Squared joins VFO, home of Freedom Scientific and Optelec (06/14/16):"
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/167

2) This lengthy article and the resulting conversation is well worth reading for anybody pondering the current accessibility of Android for people with visual impairments:
http://mosen.org/6p/

3A) Apple held its WWDC conference to prepare us all for its upcoming development. For those interested, here is an AppleVis post about the prospects:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-ios-mac-os-x-news/summary-wwdc-2016-year-software

3B) We also have a MacCessibility Roundtable podcast:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2409

3C) And finally, a post claiming to describe new features which weren't displayed during the keynote address:
http://9to5mac.com/2016/06/13/ios-10-features-developers/

4) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus Instructional Video "Setting Up Apple Music" to learn the latest tips for using the accessibility features on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at:
https://youtu.be/l5r4vdY5E0c

5A) Learn about the forthcoming Orbit Reader 20 Braille device on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 21 June at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5B) And here is a release from American Printing House detailing the history and philosophy behind the Orbit 20 Reader:
http://www.aph.org/research/orbit-reader-20-details/

6A) Episode 1625 of Eyes on Success demonstrates and addresses the capabilities of the KNFBReader app for iOS and Android:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

6B) And this program corresponds nicely with the release of version 2.7 of the app, which fixes some bugs and offers reading in six additional languages:
http://www.knfbreader.com/

7) In the June 2016 issue of AccessWorld, we can read "What Facebook Wants You to Know about Automatic Alternative Text," "Disney Movies Anywhere App: Synced Audio Description for Pixar Movies," "Choose the Right Electronic Magnifier, Part 1: Identify Your Priorities," "iCanConnect: A National Program Bringing People Together Through Accessible Communications Technology and Training," "The Talking DAISY Book & Media Player from Accessible Electronics," and "Happy 40th Birthday to Apple: A Look Back at Apple's Progress:"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

8) Last week, we mentioned the Ballyland Magic app for teaching VoiceOver gestures to children. Here is a podcast demonstration:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/gihjnw/Ballyland_Magic_App_Demo.mp3

9) In FSCast #126, learn about summer offers from Freedom Scientific to those attending the US summer blindness conventions, and hear from Brian Hartgen about developments in JSay and JDictate:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast126-Maarten_Bosch,Brian_Hartgen.mp3

10) Second semester courses from CAVI are open for enrollment. Look here to see what is available:
http://wiki.cucat.org

11) Finally, for something different, read "Notes from the Dark: Diaries of a Blind Restaurant Server:"
http://lighthouse-sf.org/blog/notes-from-the-dark-diaries-of-a-blind-restaurant-server/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Volume 564

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Volume 564
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Let's start this week by noting a couple of posts to the VisionAware blog:

1A) "My Father's Day Gift List for Your Dad Who Is Visually Impaired:"
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/my-father's-day-gift-list-for-your-dad-who-is-visually-impaired/12

1B) And "Using a Computer with a Visual Impairment: A Beginner's Guide to Computer Accessibility:"
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/using-a-computer/123

2) The European Union has published "Making Information Accessible for All" in several languages:
http://www.euroblind.org/resources/guidelines/nr/88

3) Reddit describes itself as "A support and discussion community that welcomes people who are blind, visually impaired, those who work with the blind, and those who are just curious:"
https://www.reddit.com/r/Blind/wiki/faq/blind

4A) Here are two free training videos from Access Technology Institute. First is a free video with accompanying text about creating "Outlook Email Templates:"
http://www.blind.training/free-training/microsoft-office/outlook-templates/

4B) Then in a similar production, we learn about "Moving System Folders to Another Location in Windows 10:"
http://www.blind.training/free-training/windows-training/moving-sytem-folders-to-another-location-in-windows-10/

5) Version 14.1 of JSay has many new features. These features have also been added to JDictate:
http://www.hartgen.org/j-sayupgrade

6) This post details the accessibility features in the new Microsoft Planner:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Accessibility-in-Microsoft-Planner-ca8c16cf-0317-4e91-870e-9b04afa76461

7) This contribution from Marco is called "The Web Accessibility Basics," and seeks to detail at least the minimum of what an accessible web site should have:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/12/14/the-web-accessibility-basics/

8) An organization called ACVREP has had a group of AT Specialist developing a certification called: Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS)for people who are blind or visually impaired. they're seeking input.
http://www.acvrep.org/certifications/catis-survey

9) This Microsoft video covers "Updates to Office 365 in High Contrast Black Mode on a PC:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTLWFzpc17U&feature=youtu.be&list=PLXtHYVsvn_b-OyLfCR3M7djOLShKq7sBB

10) As suggested last week, NVDA's second update for the year is out, with on-the-fly announcement of spelling errors in some programs and improvements for users of Office:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-2-released/

11) From Ireland comes the June 2016 podcast from NCBI, featuring Dictation Bridge and other news:
http://www.ncbi.ie/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/podcast_june_2016.mp3

12) This podcast demonstrates Voice Assistant (Screen Reader) basic gestures using the Samsung Galaxy Tab:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/4yyecp/Voice_Assistant_demo_using_Samsung_Galaxy_Tab.mp3

13) Ballyland Magic App is a new, educational and fun iPad game specifically designed for children who are blind or have low vision, to learn and practice touch gestures for VoiceOver, Apple's built-in screen reader:
http://www.ballyland.com/mobile/ballyland-magic-app.php

14) NFB Newsline has added USAJOBS.gov, a free web-based job board enabling federal job seekers access to thousands of job opportunities across hundreds of federal agencies and organizations:
http://www.nfbnewsline.org

15) Episode 1624 of Eyes on Success features an interview about a computer camp for blind youth:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

As it seems timely to list a number of opinion and experience pieces about blindness and/or technology, we'll finish with some.

16) Joe Orozco writes about going "Back for a Seeing Eye Dog, One Year Later:"
http://joeorozco.com/blog_back_for_a_seeing_eye_dog_one_year_later

17) As time draws near for a new version of iOS, a lot of both speculation and longings are expressed as to what it will or should contain. Here is Jonathan Mosen's perspective on the matter:
http://mosen.org/the-top-10-things-id-like-in-ios-10/

18) This person talks about web browsing with a screen reader in this well-considered article, "Things I learned by pretending to be blind for a week:"
https://silktide.com/things-i-learned-by-pretending-to-be-blind-for-a-week/

19) This Washington Post piece is called "Going blind isn't funny. But I've learned to laugh about it anyway:"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/07/im-26-and-going-blind-but-its-funnier-than-it-sounds/

20) In the fourth in a personal series, we learn that "I, Mike Morris, Am Losing My Vision:"
https://theoutlookfromhere.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/i-mike-morris-am-losing-my-vision/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Volume 563

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Greetings,

1) We're only a few days away from the release of the second NVDA update for 2016. The release candidate is out. Improvements in this version mostly concern Microsoft Office:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-2rc1-released/

2) Here is a good article on using a Bluetooth keyboard with your iOS device:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/accessories-bluetooth-ios-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-voiceover/dont-touch-it-type-it-voiceover

3) And while we're on the subject of iOS, here's "What's New in iOS Accessibility for May 2016:"
http://applevis.com/blog/accessories-advocacy-apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-applevis-assistive-technology-braille-ios-ios

4) Here is the first of a tutorial series on using the Audacity sound editor with NVDA, courtesy of Cool Blind Tech:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/audacity-windows-part-1-introduction-interface-navigation/

5) The Cool Blind Tech team also brings us the article "Why Does it Matter to me?" Google IO and the Technology Shift:"
https://www.coolblindtech.com/matter-google-io-technology-shift/

6) If you're interested in the Amazon Echo, a New website, Echosim.io, lets users play around with Alexa:
http://bgr.com/2016/05/29/amazon-echo-echosim-io-alexa-simulator/

7) CAVI recorded their session, "Introduction to Mikrotik Routers," and makes it available to those who couldn't be there, here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/320qle5l0x6ts96/20160527_intro_to_mikrotik.mp3?dl=0

8) Hear from Bonnie Mosen about her book offering practical guidance on employment of the blind on the 7 June GMT Edition of Tek Talk, at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

9) This is a survey for those who use audio description in the UK:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/enhancingad01

10) Here are instructions on "Making images accessible for people on Twitter:"
https://support.twitter.com/articles/20174660#

11) These are "Top 17 Facebook Messenger Tips and Tricks for iPhone:"
http://www.iphonehacks.com/2016/05/top-facebook-messenger-iphone-tips-tricks.html

12) A new podcast, intended to be weekly, called AT Banter, comes from Aroga in British Columbia:
http://www.atbanter.com

13) "Reflections on the College Experience" is the theme of Eyes on Success Episode 1623:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) Project Starfish America will interview the former president of Hadley Institute on its 9 June webcast:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1711021102480559/

15A) Finally, a couple of our solid regular podcasts have episodes this week: The latest Tech Doctor podcast is called Ability Stories: Telling Your Truth About Living with One or More Disabilities:
http://www.dr-carter.com

15B) And there's Blind Bargains Qast 63:
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Volume 562

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Volume 562
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

On the occasion of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the NFB published three blog posts:

1A) Browsers: Why it matters what you use:
https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/browsers-why-it-matters-what-you-use

1B) The B2G - This Is Not the Droid I'm Looking For, Yet:
https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/b2g-not-droid-i%E2%80%99m-looking-%E2%80%A6-yet

1C) Android 6.0 and Talkback 4.5 Accessibility Improvements:
https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/android-60-and-talkback-45-accessibility-improvements

2) You might wish to follow Microsoft Accessibility Blog, which discusses Microsoft's efforts to make technology easier to see, hear and use:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/?platform=hootsuite

3) Here is another article from a user describing his first year of Apple Watch ownership:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-opinion/smart-dumb-my-first-year-apple-watch

4) This video from Utah is called "The Process of Considering Assistive Technology:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf0-Bs4d1-o&feature=youtu.be

5) Humanware has collaborated with Mystic Access to make its 12-hour BrailleNote Touch tutorial available free in DAISY or MP3 formats:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/index.php?sc_page=108

6) The New York Times gives us "A Traveler's Guide to Taking a Smartphone Abroad:"
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/technology/personaltech/a-travelers-guide-to-taking-a-smartphone-abroad.html

7) Here is a direct link to a PDF entitled, "Hitchhiker's Guide to #UEB - Quick Reference for Students Learning Math/Technical code:"
http://www.banzat.org.nz/documents/HHGMaths.pdf

8) This post from the Blindspot blog is called "In Praise of Screen Reading:"
http://hannah-thompson.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/screen-reading.html

9) VoRail is an iOS Voice-only messaging community designed so that blind people can ask, answer, and meet new folks:
http://www.vorail.com/

10) This post, "Traveling, Whether It Is Dark or Light," gives a unique perspective on finally losing sight totally after years of declining sight loss:
http://snip.ly/o6mpk#http://www.blindness.org/blog/index.php/traveling-whether-it-is-dark-or-light/

11) Media Access Australia's 2012 SociAbility Review into social media for people with a disability has been updated. The report now includes important new information on the varying accessibility challenges and practical fixes across all popular social channels:
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/news/social-media-for-those-with-a-disability-gets-2016-update

12) The Firefox developer tools Inspector Panel is becoming accessible:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2016/05/24/the-firefox-developer-tools-inspector-panel-is-becoming-accessible/

13) Hear about the improved accessibility of Amazon Kindle products in episode 1622 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) The Blind Bargains crew and I (Dean Martineau) agree that there is not a lot of news this week, but they still come up with an informative and entertaining podcast in Blind Bargains Qast #62:
http://blindbargains.com/b/15318

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Volume 561

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Volume 561
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) As you receive Tidbits, this event will be underway. Inclusive Design 24 is a celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. 24 1-hour presentations will be streamed via YouTube. Check the schedule here:
http://www.inclusivedesign24.org/

2. In another development related to Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Deque Systems will now be offering their entire curriculum of Deque University online courses in web and digital accessibility to people with disabilities for free. This one-year access to their courses is said to be a $315 value:
https://dequeuniversity.com/scholarships

3) Here is the second installment of RNIB's "Making the Most of iPads" series:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/insight-online/making-the-most-ipad-part-two

4) In FSCast Episode #125, we can listen to an interview with Larry Skutchan of APH and another from an FS Tech Support specialist:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

5) The Alliance for Braille Literacy feels that technical material could be rendered far more effectively in Braille than UEB allows. They will discuss this on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 May 2016 at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) CAVI may run a one-session, $25 course on file management, covering the Windows Explorer/file browser window in the newer versions of Windows, the user folder, This PC, Quick Access, ETC. In short, the best ways to get to the various folders you need on a regular basis. If interested, write to:
cavi-instructors@ciscovision.org

7) If you frequent the gov.uk website, its designers have an accessibility survey they'd like you to take:
https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2016/05/16/take-the-gov-uk-2016-assistive-technology-survey/

8A) Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children of Australia has heretofore offered the UEB Online site where teachers and parents could learn Braille at no cost. They have now launched an accessible version for screen reader users. Here is the original version:
http://www.uebonline.org/

8B) And the accessible version can be found here:
http://accessible.uebonline.org/

9) Here are the plans for development of Dictation Bridge, depending on how much money they are able to raise:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/05/17/dictationbridge-a-graduated-schedule/

10) This video teaches how to retrain SIRI to improve its recognition accuracy:
http://www.cultofmac.com/428019/retrain-siri-to-make-better-sense-of-what-you-say/

11) From the Washington Post comes the article "How volunteers help the blind see, a theater performance:"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hes-picking-his-nose-how-volunteers-help-the-blind-see-a-theater-performance/2016/05/03/d3950e26-1141-11e6-93ae-50921721165d_story.html

12) BrailleNote Touch Snapshot Video Tutorial Number 2 addresses viewing and editing a Google Doc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DOuKohOuu0

13) You can enter by 30 May 2016 for a chance to win a 5-CD set, "Beginning Yoga for the Blind and Visually Impaired". Apply at the site:
http://www.blindyoga.net

14) The iOS and Android versions of KNFBReader will be available at a 25% reduced price until 20 May 2016:
http://www.knfbreader.com

15) The Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation can award up to $20,000 for projects that focus on tactile literacy for the blind and visually impaired and promote Braille literacy or access to information. Applications for the next award cycle are already available. The deadline is 9 January 2017:
http://www.touchofgeniusprize.org

16) You can hear one perspective on the evolution of screen readers this week in Eyes on Success, Episode #1621:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) Our Space Our Place is a Boston non-profit. They will run a coding camp for blind youth ages 12-21, from 11-15 July 2016. Partial scholarships are available, and people can attend from anywhere:
http://www.ourspaceourplace.org

18) Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast 108 is ready for listening:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2392

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Volume 560

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Volume 560
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) In the May 2016 issue of AccessWorld, you'll read about HumanWare Prodigi Connect 12, Freedom Scientific's Apple iOS Training Bundle, the Amazon Echo with the Mystic Access Audio Tutorial, Project BLAID: Toyota's Contribution to Indoor Navigation for the Blind, and the latest updates to the latest updates to iOS for different devices:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) Microsoft brings us "Further Details on the Coming Improvements to Narrator in Windows 10:"
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/05/09/further-details-on-the-coming-improvements-to-narrator-in-windows-10/

3) Accessibility Arabia is a new service dedicated to supporting access and inclusion of people with a disability throughout the Arabic Speaking World:
http://www.accessible-arabia.com/

4) Amazon has created another way to get speech output on one of its line of Kindle e-readers, as you can now buy a Kindle Paperwhite bundle that includes a Kindle Audio Adapter:
http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2016/05/10/new-kindle-audio-adapter-adds-text-to-speech-to-kindles/

5) Jonathan Mosen's latest e-book is "Sonosthesia, the Definitive Guide to Sonos from a Blindness Perspective." and costs $24.95:
http://mosen.org/sonos/

6) It is now easier to take stock of the growing collection of audio-described movies in the iTunes collection, as Apple has created a designated room for them in iTunes:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-news/apple-highlights-audio-described-movies-new-itunes-room

7A) In the area of accessible speech input, here is the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page from Hartgen Consultancy:
http://www.hartgen.org/faq

7B) Meanwhile, an early demo of Dictation Bridge is available:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/05/09/dictationbridge-prototype-now-available/

7C) And here is one backer's perspective on Dictation Bridge:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/05/05/my-students-and-dictationbridge/

8) The first of a series of Snapshot videos on the new Braille Note Touch is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su010butoF4&feature=youtu.be

9) Free upgrades to Windows 10 will end for the majority of users, but they continue for users of adaptive technology:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/05/06/accessibility-and-the-windows-10-free-upgrade/

10) AFB offers "5 Ways to Browse the Web If You're Blind or Visually Impaired:"
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways-browse-web-youre-blind-visually-impaired/

11) This post is called "I Lost My Sight Overnight and it Opened My Eyes:"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/i-lost-my-sight-overnight-and-it-opened-my-eyes/

12) Serotek is developing a cross-platform comprehensive app so that users on all devices can have the same experience and advantages. They seek testers:
http://serotalk.com/2016/05/07/sero-the-mother-of-all-updates/

13) Here is an Overview Of Android For Blind and Low Vision Users:
http://blog.blackspheretech.com/?p=330

14) This is an updated "iOS App VoiceOver Accessibility Teaching and Testing Plan:"
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-miscellaneous-programming-ios-voiceover/ios-app-voiceover

15) Microsoft Support invites you to "Get help for using a screen reader with Outlook on the web and Outlook.com:"
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Get-help-for-using-a-screen-reader-with-Outlook-on-the-web-and-Outlook-com-2ebb9943-8fff-4f17-9967-ac88141b9f51

16) Hear about Anna Dresner's updated National Braille Press book on using iOS, as well as about using Braille with iOS devices, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 17nMay at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

17) Learn about the Vision-Quest program on Eyes on Success Episode 1620:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

18A) National Federation of the Blind seeks an Adaptive Technology Specialist:
https://nfb.org/atspecialist

18B) And an Adaptive Technology Support Staff:
https://nfb.org/ATsupport

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Volume 559

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Volume 559
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Bid on Four Hours of iOS Distance Training Provided by Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC by Visiting the Seeing Eye Inc.'s 8th Annual Online Auction Today

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Once again, Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to be participating in this year's online auction hosted by Seeing Eye Inc. The name Seeing Eye is synonymous with Guide Dog training excellence, and we are thrilled to be contributing to this effort once again by offering four hours of distance iOS training delivered by Larry Lewis himself, and valued at $300.00 USD. Simply visit the link below to bid on this item. Flying Blind, LLC will also be assisting its partner Harpo, who is donating a BraillePen Touch to this auction, by adding an hour of complimentary training to the highest bidder on the BraillePen Touch, upping the value of this package to $1,100.00 USD. Please remember that all proceeds from this effort go toward training the noblest of animals to provide the gift of independent travel to persons who are vision impaired!

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Greetings,

1) The Microsoft Support site offers us "Using Mail for Windows 10 with Narrator:"
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Using-Mail-for-Windows-10-with-Narrator-6017079f-5087-4fa9-9111-0527e456d817?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

2) The blind accessibility testers society describes itself as "A place to learn more about Accessibility testing and tools."
http://bats.fyi/

3) A lot happens in the world of Apple for the blind, and you get a good summary of the month's news from "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for April 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-gaming-ios-apps-iphone-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-april

4) Recordings of all the presentations from the recently-completed NVDACon are now available:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

5) Here is another message elaborating on the rationale behind the Dictation Bridge project:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/05/02/why-i-am-building-dictationbridge/

6) Join Seminars@Hadley on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 at 16:00 GMT for the next installment of the Quarterly iFocus Seminar. Topics will be "Finding Audio Descriptions in iTunes" and "Exploring the Videos App". Register for the seminar at:
http://www.hadley.edu/SeminarDetails.asp?sid=319

7A) Read about the "New Career Advantage Employment Preparation Primer for Visually Impaired Persons:"
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/04/new-career-advantage-employment.html

7B) And along the same line, Bonnie Mosen has created a $29.95 ebook for blind job seekers, "It's Off to Work We Go." Purchasers gain access to a job club as well:
http://mosen.org/work/

8) This help page tells you most of what you need to know about the TalkBack screen reader for Android:
https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/?hl=en#topic=3529932

9) Here is a post called "Most frustrating piece of tech I have? The Apple Watch:"
http://steve.sawczyn.com/most-frustrating-piece-of-tech-i-have-the-apple-watch/?utm_content=buffer69f9f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

10) AI Squared has released a new update to Zoomtext, called version 10.11.3, which officially supports Office 2016:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15210

11) The youth that created the Braille embosser based on Legos is at it again, this time with a plan to develop self-directed learning software that is accessible for blind children, complete with fun games. They are quite well-organized, and are seeking funding for the Treasure Box Braille Learning Sysgtem:
http://learningproject.cst.org/ideas/990

12) Following up on last week's Eyes on Success episode on the vOICe technology, in Episode 1619 they talk with Mick Curran about how he used concepts from this technology in the AudioScreen add-on for NVDA:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

13) In the Spring 2016 edition of the "508 Xpress", a quarterly newsletter on making electronic content accessible to everyone, you will be introduced to a member of our team, discover quick tips on converting Word docs to PDFs, learn how to create accessible infographics, delve into the 508 requirements for your videos, discover the first article in a new series entitled "Plain Language Provisions" and more:
http://www.section508.va.gov/support/newsletter/508XPressVolume16Spring2016.pdf

14) Learn about the new Braille Note Touch, a Google-certified Android Tablet, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 10 May 2016 at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

15) For the introductory price of $50 for the downloadable course, or $70 for the files plus some instruction, you can get a course on Logic Pro, audio production software for the Mac. The price is set to increase on 6 May:
http://ashzcash.com/courses/logic/

16) On the Blind Abilities page, you will find podcasts where the presenters discuss and demonstrate their favorite podcasts, many technology-related, some not:
http://blindabilities.com/

17) Marcos explains "How to: Add image descriptions to pictures you tweet:"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2016/03/30/how-to-add-image-descriptions-to-pictures-you-tweet/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Volume 558

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Volume 558
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Bid on Four Hours of iOS Distance Training Provided by Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC by Visiting the Seeing Eye Inc.'s 8th Annual Online Auction Today

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Once again, Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to be participating in this year's online auction hosted by Seeing Eye Inc. The name Seeing Eye is synonymous with Guide Dog training excellence, and we are thrilled to be contributing to this effort once again by offering four hours of distance iOS training delivered by Larry Lewis himself, and valued at $300.00 USD. Simply visit the link below to bid on this item. Flying Blind, LLC will also be assisting its partner Harpo, who is donating a BraillePen Touch to this auction, by adding an hour of complimentary training to the highest bidder on the BraillePen Touch, upping the value of this package to $1,100.00 USD. Please remember that all proceeds from this effort go toward training the noblest of animals to provide the gift of independent travel to persons who are vision impaired!

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Greetings,

1A) Dictation Bridge Seeks $20,000 to Launch Free and Open Source Voice Recognition that will work to varying degrees with all screen readers:
http://blindbargains.com/b/15192

1B) Here is more information about the project:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/04/25/inside/ #a11y #accessibility #nvdasr

2) Programmers obviously had some good fun. Here are "60 Funny Things to Ask Siri on iPhone, iPad," courtesy of MacWorld UK:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iosapps/60-funny-things-ask-siri-on-ios-2016-mac-3633686/

3A) RNIB offers tips for magnifier users:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/magnifier-tips-and-tricks

3B) And a new line of video magnifiers, the MiRAcle, is now available:
http://miracle.includo.com.pl/

4) Hear about the vOICe technology, a general approach for "seeing with sound", which uses visual input from a web cam or PC display that is converted to audio output, on Eyes on Success #1618:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5) Version 4 of the Twitter client Chicken Nugget brings the ability to OCR images found within tweets, and other improvements:
http://getaccessibleapps.com/chicken_nugget/

6) James Scholes has written "eBooks: An Accessibility Disconnect?"
https://accessibility.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2016/03/24/ebooks-disconnect/

7) Read about "How One Blind Marathon Runner Is Using Technology To Run Solo:"
http://www.fastcompany.com/3059037/startup-report/how-one-blind-marathon-runner-is-using-technology-to-run-solo

8) Here is a YouTube series on making PDFs accessible:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeFt-Qa3mjM&list=PLmfVOnJxeSEXsEKv2i20nYMHYuFEcl4fO

9) This article, the first of a two-part series, discusses how to make the most of an iPad for a blind child or youth:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/insight-online/making-the-most-ipad-part-one

10) If you have Facebook for Android, version 74 or higher, you will now benefit from the automatic reading of picture descriptions:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15196

11) Learn about accessible prescriptions, Scrip Talk, the Scrip Ability program and Scrip Braille services on this edition of Cool Blind Tech:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/scrip-ability-program-making-prescriptions-accessible-easy/

12) You can get 25% discounts on ZoomText products if you act by 1 May 2016:
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=46e107c7813eb905dfd2a6938&id=24c5f08531

13) Learn about "Creating Volume Shortcut In Windows 10:"
https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/creating-volume-shortcut-in-windows-10/

14) Blind Bargains Qast 59 is ready for you:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/15173

15) From AppleVis comes "An Introduction for Voiceover users to Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/introduction-voiceover-users-microsoft-outlook-2016-mac

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Volume 557

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Volume 557
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Perkins School provides a site listing "Resources for Job Seekers Who Are Blind:"
http://www.perkins.org/services/workplace/job-seekers

2) Anna Dresner has updated her popular book on the iPhone. The current one is called "Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 9," and it is available from National Braille Press in any of eight different formats for $24:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS9.html

3) The April 2016 issue of AccessWorld contains a review of The MLWordTips App from Lynette Tatum: Quick Keyboard Tips for Microsoft Word, A Review of My Mac Pages: A Voiceover Guide to Word Processing, Delight Games: A Review from the Blind Perspective, Sharing Knowledge: David Woodbridge Provides a Wealth of Technology Information to the Blind and Low Vision Community, and an inspiring article about creating your own possibilities, particularly with regard to hiking:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

4) This blog post is entitled "My Top Tips on Being a Blogger with a Visual Impairment:"
https://fashioneyesta.com/2016/04/14/my-top-tips-on-being-a-blogger-with-a-visual-imapirment/

5A) This Android Central article bears the title "Google is improving accessibility features in Android, Chromebooks and more:"
http://m.androidcentral.com/google-improving-accessibility-features-android-chromebooks-and-more-0

5B) And this AFB blog post is called "Four Ways Google Is Building a More Accessible World for the Visually Impaired:"
http://www.afb.org/blog/afb-blog/four-ways-google-is-building-a-more-accessible-world-for-the-visually-impaired/12

6) Costing 30 Australian Dollars, around $20 in the US, the "Basic Training for NVDA (eBook)" is for beginners and intermediate users alike:
http://www.nvaccess.org/product/basic-training-for-nvda-ebook/

7) This is the "March Tech Roundup" from "Action for Blind People" from the UK:
https://actionforblindpeople.org.uk/action-connect/blog/march-tech-roundup/

8) The Listen Factor has eight audio streams of movie and television sound, old time radio and music programming:
http://www.thelistenfactor.com/

9) AbleGamers Charity has created a guide for "Button Remapping for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:"
http://www.ablegamers.com/remapping/

10) Google Voice Access is a powerful feature for blind Android users, but for the time being, you can't get it unless you follow the instructions found here:
http://bgr.com/2016/04/18/google-voice-access-download-intructions/

11) With the first of its two weekends coming up this weekend, the schedule for NVDACon International 2016 is finalized:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

12) Though some have indicated that it is not working perfectly, the Webvisum CAPTCHA Solver is once again available for use within Firefox:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15142

13) This user with low vision is convinced that "The iPad Pro is the most accessible computer Apple has ever built:"
http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/10/the-ipad-pro-is-the-most-accessible-computer-apple-has-ever-built/

14) Microsoft has worked to make Visual Studio Code the most accessible of modern editors:
http://code.visualstudio.com/blogs/2016/04/14/vscode-1.0

15) A good thought-provoking article: "If Braille Were Print:"
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/fr/fr35/1/fr350110.htm

16) This 21-year-old deaf-blind tech fan explains her path and what accessibility changes she feels need to be made:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnZlgITClXw&feature=youtu.be

Here are this week's podcasts:

17A) FSCast 124 covers a variety of topics:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

17B) As, of course, does BlindBargains Qast 58:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15141

17C) The latest ReidMyMindRadio features Comics Empower: Making Comic Books Accessible & Launching Blind Writers':
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-comics-empower/

17D) And Eyes on Success 1617 consists of an interview with a blind marathoner and a celebrity guide:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

18) HIMS has an immediate opening for a Technical Support Specialist. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 - 5 years' experience in telephone technical support and/or Braille products training, knowledge of or being a user of Braille Notetakers is desired. Microsoft Certification (or other computer certification) is a plus. This position is based at the HIMS corporate headquarters in Austin, TX, so candidates should be willing to relocate (relocation expenses will be considered). Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a resume titled "Resume Technical Support Position" to:
resume@hims-inc.com

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Volume 556

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Volume 556
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Although the BrailleNote Touch is currently not shipping, there will be a webinar about Humanware's new Android-based Braille device on Thursday, 21 April at 18:00 GMT:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5441882542315277059

2) A new, free card solitaire game, BG Golf Solitaire, is available to all who request it via email, as part of the Blind Gamers series. Request yours at:
games@spoonbillsoftware.com.au

3) Blind K-12 Students in the US should now have easier access to powerful access software like JAWS and MAGic than ever before, now that both programs can be purchased through APH quota funds:
http://www.aph.org/jaws-and-magic-student-edition/

4) Hear about Tandem Bicycle Racing on Eyes on Success Episode 1616:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5) Featuring speakers from NV Access, Mozilla, Dictation Bridge and others, NVDA Users and Developers Conference 2016 (Tenth Anniversary Edition) shows great promise, and the nearly-completed schedule is now available, for the two-weekend-long event which starts on 22 April 2016:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

6) The Alliance for Braille Literacy has all the information you need to be able to learn NUBS, the Nemeth Uniform Braille System:
http://all4braille.org/

7) Holly has put together a page of, "Useful Resources For Blind And Visually Impaired People:"
https://lifeofablindgirl.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/useful-resources-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-people/

8A) Mystic Access has created an audio tutorial on Voice Dream Reader, and some of the $24.97 of the purchase price goes to the App's developer:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/index.php?crn=208&rn=571&action=show_detail

8B) The price of the App will be increasing, but you can still get it for $9.95 until 17 April 2016:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/id496177674?mt=8

9) The latest Tech Doctor podcast celebrates Apple's 40th Birthday and features an eminent cast:
http://dr-carter.com

10) From the Microsoft Accessibility Blog, read about "Seeing AI: New Technology Research to Support the Blind and Visually Impaired Community:"
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/04/07/seeing-ai/

11) From the same source comes information about improvements to Microsoft Narrator in Windows 10:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/04/11/improvements-to-narrator-in-windows-10/

12) The Tech Demon from Ireland discusses technology from a low-vision perspective, and here describes his month on an Android device:
http://www.thetechdemon.com/monthonandroid.html

13) Check out various audio files courtesy of RNIB Connect Radio:
https://audioboom.com/RNIBConnectRadio

14) This article contends that "Advances in AI and Machine Learning are Making the Wworld a Whole Lot More Inclusive for the Visually Impaired:"
http://www.alphr.com/science/1003140/the-technology-helping-blind-people-to-see

15) Interweave Press is offering free eBooks on all kinds of beginning arts and crafts taken from Interweave's various publications:
http://www.interweave.com/free-ebooks-videos/

16) Hear in this podcast from Chris Maury, a founder of Conversant Labs, "Moving the Conversational User Interface Past the Abilities of Siri with a Voice Controlled iPhone App Allowing Users to Shop Target by Voice:
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-in-the-lab-with-chris-maury/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Volume 555

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Volume 555
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Here, find a "Huge Cheat Sheet That Tells You Everything You Can Do With Google Now Voice Commands:"
http://bgr.com/2016/04/01/google-now-ok-google-commands/

2) Here is one person's modus operandi, "Tools of a Blind Programmer":
https://www.parhamdoustdar.com/2016/04/03/tools-of-blind-programmer/

3) This post is called "What You Should Know About Accessibility + SEO, Part I: An Intro:"
https://moz.com/blog/accessibility-seo-1

4) Brian Hartgen has launched a short course, £50, (about $70,) "Catching up with JAWS", for those who may not be familiar with the features of JAWS versions 16 and 17. The course begins 3 May, and is three hours in length:
http://www.hartgen.org/jawscatchup

5A) Doubtless the most exciting and innovative news to come this week relates to Facebook providing some image descriptions to users of their iOS app. Here is a podcast with their chief engineer:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-41-matt-king-accessibility-specialist-facebook

5B) Eyes on Success conducts an interview about the above Facebook developments:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5C) And here is the Facebook Press Release:
http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/04/using-artificial-intelligence-to-help-blind-people-see-facebook/

6) Our very own Larry L. Lewis, Jr. has written a book, "iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, iOS9 Edition" An online version is $17.95, and EPUB and Kindle format versions are available for $20:
http://bit.ly/iOS9-ITC-AFB-FBLLC

7) A First Public Beta of TalkBack 4.5 with Enhanced Web Support has been released:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15086

8) Mystic Access has produced a 6-hour audio tutorial on the use of the Amazon Echo and related products from a blindness perspective:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/index.php?crn=208&rn=567&action=show_detail

9) This being the first issue of Tidbits for April, we can be assured that "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for March 2016" is ready for our perusal:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-braille-gps-ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-mac-os-x-news/applevis

10) On Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 12 April at 00:00, yours truly (Dean Martineau) will extoll the many benefits of Codex, a donationware program designed to make the reading of Kindle and other electronic books very easy. Remember, you can always write if you don't understand how to convert GMT to your time zone, and Tek Talk programs are always recorded:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

11A) The Blind Bargains CSUN wrap-up awaits:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

11B) Cool Blind Tech gives us their CSUN summary:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/get-geek-csun16-coverage-vip-room/

11C) And Slides from Freedom Scientific's presentation are available:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/Events/csun_presentations

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Volume 554

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Volume 554
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Quite a lot of material is available from the recent CSUN conference. Fortunately, one site contains almost all of the links to audio interviews and presentation slides and extracts:
http://curbcut.net/events/csun16-disabilities-technology/

2A) Several presentations did not make that page yet. One is the presentation on Leasey:
http://www.hartgen.org/audio/LeaseyCSUN2016.mp3

2B) Another concerns the revolutionary Canute, Braille e-book reader from the UK:
http://bristolbraille.co.uk/

2C) Presentations from SSB Group:
http://info.ssbbartgroup.com/csun2016

2D) And a PowerPoint presentation from:
http://www.rsgames.org/RSCSUN16.pptx

3) KNFBReader is on sale for $84.99 April 1-5, 2016:
https://t.co/UDQuqmh3Fg

4) Communicating Computers For The Blind will give a free laptop and lessons to any blind person in the US who cannot see the screen to read it, thus needing to use speech only. Email:
acalesso@cox.net

5) Hear from the President of the International Community for Auditory Display about his research in sonification techniques, which can enable blind people to understand diagrams and other media, in Episode 1614 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

6) Amazon has expanded accessibility for its Fire Tablets with Fire OS version 5, with a screen reader and access to Braille support:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000632481

7) This guide is called "Switching from iOS to Android for the busy professional:"
http://inclusiveandroid.tk/content/switching-ios-android-busy-professional

8) This article is called "iPad, A Better Option for Your Old Eyes:"
http://www.buffalobreeze.com/index.php/sid/242467629

9) VTS Label Printer is a program that enables a visually impaired person to consistently and reliably print address labels independently without sighted help. The program can print addresses on pre-printed "Articles for the Blind" labels, such as those sold by the RNIB, and on blank labels with an "Articles for the Blind" or "Free Matter for the Blind." It has an address book, and this link offers a 25% discount:
https://vits.org.uk/products/vtslp/

10) Blind and Beyond is a weekly radio show about various aspects of blindness, to premier GMT Monday, 4 April at 00:00:
http://wokbradio.com

11) Hear about Hadley Institute's Low Vision Focus program on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 April at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

12) Courtesy of the In Touch Program from the BBC, three people discuss their experiences losing sight as adults:
http://rnib.in/1MAQYVE

13) If two NVDA users are connecting using the NVDA Remote add-in, you might have better results using one of the servers in this unofficial server list:
http://nvra.me/

14) Perkins ELearning has launched the "Paths to Technology" site for parents, students and educators:
http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology

15) Watch this video to learn how the "Tell Me" feature in Microsoft Office can make it easier to find Office Features and Office-related information. Alt+Q is the Windows keystroke:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LbB9r4HmX0&feature=youtu.be

16) This USA Today article is called "The web's best kept secret? Free classic radio dramas:"
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2016/03/25/webs-best-kept-secret-thousands-free-classic-radio-dramas/82204502/

17) Version 2.1.1 of the various Sendero iPhone GPS Apps offers a one month trial option, a completely redesigned interface for low-vision users, and a variety of other additions and fixes:
http://senderogroup.com/products/shop.htm#GPS

18) Freedom Scientific announces the RUBY 7 HD,a magnifier that has a larger screen, high-definition image, and enhanced functionality:
http://www.FreedomScientific.com/

19) The latest Tech Doctor podcast focuses on Apple's March product announcements:
http://dr-carter.com

20) Win10+Jaws is a discussion group for users of these systems:
https://groups.io/g/win10+jaws

21) Read about the National Federation of the Blind Indoor Navigation Challenge:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm16/bm1603/bm160308.htm

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Volume 553

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Volume 553
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) The March 2016 issue of AccessWorld contains learnings from two recent conferences as well as reviews of the Apple Watch, the Orion Ti-30XS talking scientific calculator, the NVDA Remote Access add-on, and the Blind Legend game, among other content:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) Here is an updated list of the commands you can give Siri, with some more being found in the comments after the post:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios/ios-7-siri-command-list

3) "VoiceOver Makes Apple Devices More Accessible Than Ever," is an article which, other than misidentifying the organization of which Marc Maurer was President, gives a good introduction to Apple Accessibility for the uninitiated:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/voiceover-makes-apple-devices-accessible-ever/

4) The Here and There Accessibility News seems to cover a wide range of topics, many of which relate to some kind of accessibility for some population. Here is the March 17, 2016 Edition:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/voiceover-makes-apple-devices-accessible-ever/

5) Soft Braille Keyboard is a $16.57 App now available in the Google Play Store which offers Uncontracted and Contracted Braille input in both US and UEB, as well as several other languages:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14983

6) Some WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) publications are available electronically:
http://www.wipo.int/publications/en/

7) The Microsoft Windows UI Automation blog covers topics related to the Windows Automation API:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/winuiautomation/

8) Blind Abilities, which now boasts its own iOS app, offers us an "iAccess Demo: Using the Text Replacement Feature in the Keyboard Settings:"
http://blindabilities.com/jeffrey-thompson/iaccess-demo-using-the-text-replacement-feature-in-the-keyboard-settings/

9) Here is the latest statement of philosophy from the slowly-crystalizing Dictation Bridge project:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/03/21/free-software-expands-options/

10A) iOS 9.3 has been released, and there are several changes, some of which relate to accessibility. Here is an AppleVis podcast on the matter:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/exploring-some-new-features-ios-93

10B) Here are five demo podcasts about different V9.3 features:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com

10C) And Maccessibility Roundtable #104 also discusses what's new:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2362

11A) MoneyGeek.com is a US-based organization which purports to provide a variety of free financial guides, some of which relate to people with disabilities. They offer "Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities:"
http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-students-with-disabilities/

11B) And "Workers with Disabilities And ADA:"
http://www.moneygeek.com/careers/resources/workers-with-disabilities-and-ada/

12) iHabilitation Canada now sells large print and Braille books of screenshots of iPhone and iPad screens, to facilitate learning and understanding:
http://www.ihabilitation.com/

13A) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find two new iFocus Instructional Videos: "Finding Audio Descriptions in iTunes" at:
https://youtu.be/D0sApfd5znA

13B) And "Exploring the Videos App" at:
https://youtu.be/4f646UC-qJQ

14) Jim Kitchen made many free games available to the blind. He passed on last August, but his family is maintaining the site, and is open to offers from developers who might be willing to port the games to iOS and other platforms. Jim's sister's email address is on the site so those interested can contact her:
http://www.kitchensinc.net/

15) CoolBlindTech.com has recently published a new podcast about playing interactive fiction on iOS. The app for the iPhone is superbly accessible for both speech and Braille users:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/frotz-for-ios-interactive-fiction-at-your-fingertips/

16) This latest installment to the Lighthouse Interpoint series offers a rather scathing look at how blindness is portrayed in a popular novel:
http://lighthouse-sf.org/blog/anthony-dont-on-blindness-and-the-portrayal-of-marie-laure-in-all-the-light-we-cannot-see/

17) This useful article is called "What I Wish I Had Known About Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP):"
http://snip.ly/61qqn#https://thewayeyeseetheworld.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/what-i-wish-i-had-known-about-retinitis-pigmentosa-rp/

18) Episode 1613 of Eyes on Success continues the interview with the blind, active-duty policeman:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 17, 2016 - Volume 552

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 17, 2016 - Volume 552
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Happy Naw-Ruz to those who will be celebrating this week.

1) The Amazon Echo is becoming quite a useful device. This link leads to a (already slightly out of date) "Complete List of Echo/ Alexa Skills:"
http://blindbargains.com/b/14933

2) It seems that if you have a question about the accessibility of a Google product, you can email:
accessible@googlegroups.com

3) For those who follow college basketball, here is a very accessible NCAA tournament bracket:
http://terrillthompson.com/ncaa/

4) Leasey Version 3.1 brings two new games and a number of other enhancements to the program. And Leasey is on sale through the end of March:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/359

5) The latest version of JAWS 17, available now, may work significantly better with Adobe and PDF documents:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew

6) This is a thorough summary of the numerous accessibility features built into Facebook for users of different screen readers:
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/using-social-media-with-a-visual-impairment-or-blindness-facebook-twitter-and-linkedin/accessibility-and-facebook/1235

7) The Raspberry VI site provides lots of information, some quite technical, for using the tiny Raspberry Pie Linux computer with adaptive technology:
http://www.raspberryvi.org/stories/index.html

8) Start.me offers customisable start pages you can use in any browser, on any computer:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/03/startme-offers-customizable-start-pages-you-can-use-in-any-browser-on-any-computer/

9) In case you weren't already familiar with them, this Fred's Head post tells us about "Blindfold Games: iOS Games for the Visually Impaired:"
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/03/es-for-visually-impaired.html

10) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus Instructional Video "Searching in Safari" to learn the latest tips for using the accessibility features on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at:
https://youtu.be/c_wML4u95G4?list=PLcIupCht58IcZ8m3fS4fScuB8phKEcdSi

11) This page contains 627 alphabetized blindness-related links. The majority are still relevant:
http://www.samobile.net/users/happytrails/bookmarks/6313

12) Accessibility improvements can be tested if you preview the forthcoming Android N OS:
http://m.androidcentral.com/android-n-developer-preview-brings-accessibility-improvements

13) If you aren't attending CSUN, (or even if you are,) you are encouraged to take the Design Pattern Usability Study, and if you will be at CSUN, you can take part in a Uxathon:
https://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/2016/03/design-pattern-usability-study-and-csun-2016-uxathon/

14) Here is the so-called "Ultimate Guide to Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts:"
http://reviews.gizmodo.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts-1720656591

15) This podcast gives "An Overview of the Accessibility Enhancements in Netflix for iOS:"
http://blind-planet.com/quick-tip-an-overview-of-the-accessibility-enhancements-in-netflix-for-ios/

16) Plumb the depths of the Do Not Disturb feature of iOS in this Blind Abilities podcast:
http://blindabilities.com/petelane/1816/

17) And there's always Blind Bargains Qast 55:
http://blindbargains.com/b/14934

18) Here is information about a mobility device for the blind under development by Toyota:
http://www.toyota.com/usa/story/effect/projectblaid.html

19) Eyes on Success starts a two-part series interviewing a blind active-duty police officer:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Volume 551

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Volume 551
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Window-Eyes 9.4, with improved interaction with ZoomText and many bug fixes, has been released:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14904

2) This post asks the question: "Stitch Fix Blind, Can an Online Personal Stylist Work for a Visually Impaired Shopper?"
https://lifeinbraille.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/stitch-fix-blind-can-an-online-personal-stylist-work-for-a-visually-impaired-shopper/

3) F123 Access is free software, running on Firefox, which reformats website pages so that they are more accessible to blind people. It enhances the use of Facebook, Web, WhatsApp and YouTube, as well as some newspaper sites and others:
http://f123access.com/what-is-f123-access/

4) In "War Stories: My Journey From Blindness to Building a Fully Conversational User Interface," Chris Morey tells his story about vision loss and about the company he created to strive to develop some better technological alternatives:
https://backchannel.com/war-stories-my-journey-from-blindness-to-building-a-fully-conversational-user-interface-5ffb74a74c6d#.ibaet0m6u

5) Codex is a free program that makes conversion of Kindle books into alternative file formats very easy. Version 2.1 makes it even easier:
http://jscholes.net/project/codex/

6) In Blind Bargains Qast 54, besides lots of other news, hear about the versatility of the Amazon Echo. Right after they recorded the podcast, Amazon came out with two new Echo devices, and there's a link to the news story about them:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14891

7) The Blind Bargains crew has again produced "The Blind Bargains Guide to Attending #CSUN16 on a Budget:"
http://blindbargains.com/

8) Two options are now available for those wanting to learn more about iOS. Shelly Brisbin has released her $20 book, "iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch (iOS 9 Edition.) Besides the EPUB and eventually PDF editions available from the site below, the book is also in iBooks:
http://iosaccessbook.com

9) Beginners with the iPhone or iPad may want to invest $595 in the Freedom Scientific training bundle, ten hours of audio instruction provided on a Plextalk DAISY player:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindness/AppleiOSTrainingBundles

10) Learn about the upcoming NVDAcon and about the newest in NVDA on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 15 March at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

11) We learn about cataract surgery in developing countries in Episode 1610 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the New iFocus Setting "Do Not Disturb" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/GpZ3JFqKu0o

13) The latest update to the Dictation Bridge project is here:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/03/01/dictationbridge-coming-soon-to-a-screen-reader-near-you/

14) Guardian Circle is a peer-to-peer Personal Safety Network. Developers are apparently interested in promoting VoiceOver accessibility. This very clear video explains the idea:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLb3DMX8DDk

15) For $24.97, you can purchase an audio tutorial on the TW Blue accessible Twitter client:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/index.php?crn=208&rn=569&action=show_detail

16) The Microsoft Accessibility Feedback Forum shows some 43 suggestions you can vote on, as well as adding your own:
https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback

17) There's also a Microsoft Accessibility Feedback Survey:
https://survey2.securestudies.com/wix/p273342712.aspx

18) In case you've been wondering "How To Stop Skype from Crashing with Talkback:"
http://inclusiveandroid.tk/content/how-stop-skype-crashing-talkback?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

19) Apple Launches Support Account on Twitter With Tips, Tricks, and Customer Service:
http://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/03/apple-launches-twitter-support-account/

20) What issues do people with accessibility face when using search engines? Survey open now at:
http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SSHQVB9

21) The Portset keyboards from England are Braille keyboards that can be attached to Windows, Mac and iOS devices:
http://macfortheblind.com/?p=2065

22) This Cool Blind Tech podcast concerns playing interactive fiction on iOS:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/frotz-for-ios-interactive-fiction-at-your-fingertips/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 3, 2016 - Volume 550

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 3, 2016 - Volume 550
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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If you will be attending the AFB Leadership Conference being hosted this week in our nation's Capital, please be sure to connect with Flying Blind, LLC's Founder, Larry Lewis, throughout the weekend.

He'll be participating in an Author "Meet and Greet" in the AFB Press Booth in the Exhibit Hall at 3:30 PM to discuss his soon to be released book, "iOS In The Classroom", and looks forward to sharing his excitement and enthusiasm about the publication with all of you!

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Greetings,

1) The American Printing House has created a free program, Send to Braille, that willl generate a bare-bones UEB Contracted Braille Document from Word or other types of documents:
http://tech.aph.org/lt/

2) "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for February 2016" is ready for your perusal. We would have mentioned several of the items found here as separate Tidbits, but since they're all located in this handy newsletter, we recommend subscribing to it to you if you want to keep up on the most important news in the iOS and Mac worlds as it is released:
http://applevis.com/blog/advocacy-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-february-2016

3) From Freedom Scientific we learn about the company's CSUN activities, some new forthcoming JAWS features and information about Optelec products in FSCast Episode #121:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

4) In addition, Freedom Scientific has released an update to OpenBook V9 with OCR improvements and the ability to use Onyx or Topaz video magnifiers as cameras:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/OpenBook/OpenbookWhatsNew#enhancements

5) Turning to a few items to improve functionality on the Mac, you can study "All the Special Key Combinations that Change Your Mac's Startup:"
http://lifehacker.com/all-the-special-key-combinations-that-change-your-macs-1761327018

6) This post directs you to "Hold Option+Command When Selecting Text on a Mac for Precise Highlighting:"
http://lifehacker.com/hold-option-command-when-selecting-text-on-a-mac-for-pr-1761138196

7) And for $35, you can buy a highly-recommended book on using Pages on the Mac, "My Mac Pages," written by a couple of experienced teachers with vast VoiceOver experience:
http://mosen.org/mymacpages/

8) The newly-named Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a number of Quick Tip Videos which supplement their existing audio recordings on getting along with low vision:
http://lowvisionfocus.org/LVF_videos.asp

9) The first essay in a new series, "LightHouse Interpoint: Weekly Essays by the Best Blind Writers," is out:
http://lighthouse-sf.org/blog/lighthouse-interpoint-weekly-essays-by-the-best-blind-writers/

10) Some Google Docs Users can now Edit Files with their Voice:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14873

11) While we're mentioning Google, you can see if you learn anything new about "Best Google Apps And Services: 10 Google Products You Might Not Know:"
http://bgr.com/2016/02/26/best-google-apps-services-top-10-unknown/

12) The NVDA mailing list has moved to groups.io. This is the page where members and non-members can read the list archive, and from which you can join the list:
https://groups.io/g/nvda

13) Also using the same email delivery system is the Win10 mailing list for blind users of that operating system:
https://groups.io/g/win10

14) "Hound Launches on iOS as a Formidable Personal Assistant Competitor to Siri:"
http://9to5mac.com/2016/03/01/hound-ios-competitor-siri/

We have two contributions from 22 Point this week:

15A) A Big Increase in the Number of Available Large Mouse Pointers for Windows:
http://www.22point.com.au/cursors.html

15B) And a blog post about the new Black Theme for Microsoft Office:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/microsoft-office-has-a-new-black-theme/

16) A San Jose, CA firm seeks a Mobile App Developper. If interested, email:
rajiv.dayal@toyota.com

And finishing out the week with some announcements of podcasts, we have:

17) Hear about the new iOS App for TeamTalk on Cool Blind Tech:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/teamtalk-for-ios-is-here-bringing-clarity-to-voice-communications/

18) The Tech Doctor examines Sonos:
http://www.drcarter.com

19) Hear about the present and future of the NFB Newsline mobile App on Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 25, 2016 - Volume 549

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 25, 2016 - Volume 549
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Learn about "Accessible Services for Preparing Your US Income Taxes" in Episode 1609 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

2) The team looking to create Dictation Bridge, a free program allowing blind people to use programs such as Dragon Naturally Speaking with screen readers, have produced an audio demonstration of what the program will do:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lcqgi33ou6q5f68/DictationBridge%20Promo.mp3?dl=0

3) Dell has created a Windows 10 troubleshooting page, and while some of it is specific to Dell computers, most is not:
http://dell.to/1TAg4Vm

4) Here is a positive summary of the recent accessibility efforts undertaken by Microsoft, with lots of relevant links:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2016/02/23/microsoft-are-stepping-up-their-accessibility-efforts-considerably/

5) This page contains Free Computer Help and Support Resources for the Visually Impaired:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/resources/

6) Two new audio games are available for Leasey users:
http://www.hartgen.org/leaseygamesupdate

7) Every Pixar Film Is Now Accessible with Mobile Audio Description from Disney:
http://lighthouse-sf.org/blog/every-pixar-film-is-now-accessible-with-mobile-audio-description-from-disney/

8) NVDA 2016.1 is now available. Highlights of this release include the ability to optionally lower the volume of other sounds; improvements to Braille output and braille display support; several significant fixes to Microsoft Office support; and fixes to Browse Mode in iTunes:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-1-now-available/

9) Here is an interview with Bryan Shaw, creator of Cradle, the app that detects Eye Cancer:
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-cradle-the-cancer-detecting-smart-phone-app/

10) The new version of the F123 Access extension for Mozilla Firefox now includes accessibility improvements for YouTube and Facebook, in addition to WhatsApp:
https://F123Access.com/intro_en

11) Prescription labels in Braille, large print or audio formats are now available on request at all Rite Aid locations:
http://bit.ly/1p6PbwW

12) This is Everything You Can Say to Siri on the New Apple TV:
http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/everything-you-can-say-to-siri-on-the-new-apple-tv-1759487086

13) Learn about two areas of endeavor on Tek Talk: "Key Stroke Tips with Windows Ten with JAWS," and "Using the Client Update with the iPhone." The program airs GMT Tuesday, 1 March at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

14) The University of Washington offers a page on "Developing Accessible Websites:"
http://www.washington.edu/accessibility/web/

15) These are the apps one blind user runs on his Samsung Galaxy Note 5 running Android Lollipop:
https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/accessible-android-apps-4/

16) Emily Davison is a fashion blogger who happens to be visually impaired:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/emily-davison/fashion-blogger-visually-impaired_b_9169976.html

And we'll wrap up this week with reminders on a couple more podcasts of interest:

17) Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast #102:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/02/20/mrtp-102-error-54/

18) And Blind Bargains Qast #52:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14836

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Volume 548

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Volume 548
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The February 2016 issue of AccessWorld hit the web today. The articles within it include: "A Day in the Life: Technology that Assists a Visually Impaired Person Throughout the Day," "An Overview Survey of Home Appliance Accessibility," "Reading Remains Fundamental with the Help of NFB-Newsline," "The AFB Center on Vision Loss: A Showcase of Accessibility and Independence in Daily Living," "Accessible Personal Finance: 'Dollars and Sense' for Blind and Low-Vision Seniors," "Out of Sight or Out of Sound: There Is Always a Way. Living with a Secondary Hearing Impairment," "Best Android Apps for People with Low Vision," "Cruising as a Senior with a Visual Impairment: How to Get the Most Out of Your Adventure," and "Wrap-up Report from CES 2016."
http://afb.org/aw

2) Chris Hofstader has written an expose about organizations that may be unethically suing businesses in the name of web site accessibility.
(Disclaimer: Flying Blind, LLC neither endorses nor disputes the opinions expressed in this article.)
http://chrishofstader.com/stop-the-ada-trolls/

3) We have a new "Tech Doctor Podcast," "Apple Accessories Error 53 and New Mac Software:"
http://www.dr-carter.com/?p=404

4) MAGic version 13.1 offers better localization, support for Microsoft Office 2016, enhanced web browsing and more:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Magic/MagicWhatsNew#Enhancements

5) BGR brings us "Secret OS X Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Turn Anyone into a Power User:"
http://bgr.com/2016/02/14/secret-os-x-keyboard-shortcuts/

6) The release of the first new version of NVDA for 2016 is nearly upon us. The 'Release Candidate' is out, demonstrating the new features, such as audio ducking, improvements to Braille output and Braille display support, several significant fixes to Microsoft Office support, and fixes to browse mode in iTunes:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-1rc1-released/

7) Joseph Lee demonstrates the new features (of the 'Release Candidate' for the first new version of NVDA for 2016) in version 2016.1, especially audio ducking:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/files/NVDA%202016.1.mp3

8) AMC, Regal, and Cinemark offer audio description technology at their theaters for first-run movies. Check out ACB's Audio Description Project for info on audio description at movie theaters and contact your local theater to see if they offer this service:
http://www.acb.org/adp/movies.html

9) Here you can find listings of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs With Audio Description in 2016:
http://www.acb.org/adp/dvds.html

10) This message from Apple Support explains how to find audio-described content in the iTunes store:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205742

11) Don't miss Blind Bargains Qast #51:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14804

12) Here's a list of emoticons and their meaning:
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-figure-out-what-an-emoticon-means/

13) Episode 1508 of Eyes on Success introduces us to The Blind Cook:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Volume 547

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Volume 547
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) This post to the Fred's Head Blog summarizes Apple's accessibility resources:
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/02/apple-accessibility-web-resources-and.html

2) CAVI will offer short courses on Windows 10 and Skype during March 2016:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Shortschedule

3) Speaking of Windows 10, Users of NVDA who have the App Essentials add-on installed can now hear Cortana's text responses read automatically:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/wintenApps.en.html

4) And speaking of CAVI, they continue to develop their Audio Editing Fundamentals course, and there's still time to enroll for this term:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.AudioEditingFundamentals

5) You can buy a $39 tutorial on Amazon Echo aimed at users of adaptive technology:
http://blindbargains.com/classifieds.php?m=2908

6) The MacCessibility team gives us Podcast #101:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/02/07/mrtp-101-consistently-and-competently-squashed/

7) In this edition of the RNIB Insight Radio podcast we learn about a blind YouTube sensation:
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/podcast-episode.html?category=morning_mix&name=2016-01-12_tommy_edison_tx_podcast.mp3#.VrvacNAjYed

8) The website for HIMS has been revamped, and works much better on mobile devices:
https://hims-inc.com/

9) You might want to explore the Age and Accessibility blog from IBM Accessibility:
http://ageandability.com/

10) Hear about United in Stride, an organization to match blind runners with sighted guides, on Eyes on Success #1607:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) Perkins School brings us, "Q&A: Everything You Need to Know About Unified English Braille:"
http://www.perkins.org/stories/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-unified-english-braille

12) This post purports to contain "iPhone Features: Hidden iOS Tricks That Are Actually Hidden:"
http://bgr.com/2016/01/22/iphone-features-ios-9-hidden-ios/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Volume 546

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Volume 546
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Hear about how one member of the Freedom Scientific Training Department put together a synchronized Christmas light show using hardware and software controlled by JAWS, on the latest edition of FSCast:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast/FullListing#Episode120

2) This author suggests 75 Twitter feeds to follow, in the areas of career, job search, productivity and self-betterment, personal finance, business and news:
http://mashable.com/2016/02/02/twitter-accounts-your-career/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#TaC5rJM8eOqK

3) Here is a handy listing of the Top 100 Picture Books with Image Descriptions in Bookshare:
http://www.thinkinclusive.us/image-descriptions-bookshare/

4) Here is an updated listing of the "Basic Screen Reader Commands for Accessibility Testing:"
https://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/2015/01/basic-screen-reader-commands-for-accessibility-testing/

5) Check out these "Tips for Using the TurboTax Website and iOS App as a Blind User:"
http://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/tips-using-turbotax-website-and-ios-app-blind-user

6) The monthly AppleVis Unlimited post, "What's New in Accessible Apps for January 2016" has been out since the first hours of February:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-apple-tv-ios-ios-apps-ipad-mac-apps-mac-os-x-news-opinion-rumors/applevis

7) Some subscriber to The Blind Perspective Newsletter can win a free copy of the KNFBReader App for their preferred type of phone:
http://www.theblindperspective.com/

8) Here is an interview with the owner of Accessibility Partners, about "Leveling the Playing Field:"
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-accessibility-partners-leveling-the-playing-field/

9) Thanks to the Microsoft Accessibility Blog we learn about an important Accessibility Update for Windows 10 Mail:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2016/02/01/accessibility-update-for-windows-10-mail.aspx

10) Eyes on Success turns its attention to Audio Exercise Programs in episode #1606:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) The next PEAT talk (courtesy of the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology) will take place on Wednesday, 17 February at 19:00 GMT:
http://www.peatworks.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=340&qid=40242

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Volume 545

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Volume 545
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Here, from last year, is one person's take on "A Modern History of Assistive Technology for the Blind:"
http://www.conversantlabs.com/blog/a-modern-history-of-assistive-technology-for-the-blind

2) David Bailes has written another very helpful Windows 10 Guide, The Task Bar 10 Guide. Though it mentions some JAWS-specific keystrokes and events, almost the entire contents can be helpful to users of other screen readers:
http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Taskbar-10-Guide.html

3) Lonely Planet's "Travelling with a Disability" Guide Now Available as a free PDF download:
http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.news.1910

4) I know I get very annoyed when videos auto-play when I visit certain websites, so I plan to read the Lifehacker Australia article "How To Stop Videos From Auto-Playing In Four Popular Browsers:"
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/01/how-to-stop-videos-from-auto-playing-in-four-popular-browsers/

5) Here are "10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Braille:"
http://www.perkins.org/stories/blog/10-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-braille?utm_campaign=january+2016&utm_source=in+focus&utm_medium=email

6) The National Federation of the Blind has produced "Self-Advocacy in Higher Education:"
https://nfb.org/self-advocacy-higher-education

7) ComputerWorld offers us "10 Accessibility Tweaks Every iPhone User Should Learn:"
http://www.computerworld.com/article/3025779/apple-ios/10-accessibility-tweaks-every-iphone-user-should-learn.html

8) Read about "Another Braille Solution for the Mac:"
http://macfortheblind.com/?p=2018

9) Here is the Google Updates Collection for January 22, 2016:
https://plus.google.com/+LukeWroblewski/posts/UjoStGYKLxe

10) Eyes on Success Issue 1605 consists of a potpourri of technical tips and tricks:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) The Maccessibility Team offers us Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast #100:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/01/22/mrtp-100-thats-not-what-a-jackhammer-is-for/

12) J-say has been upgraded to Version 14, with 60 new pages of documentation and a number of new features:
http://www.hartgen.org/j-sayupgrade

13) The series of Beginner's Guides to the iPhone continues to grow on the AppleVis Site:
http://applevis.com/podcasts

14) The VisionAware Blog offers encouragement to those facing a fear of switching to a smartphone:
http://bit.ly/1KGFpWC

15) The Accessible Board Games Group on Facebook is open to all interested in the topic:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/AccessibleBoardGames/

16) David Woodbridge demonstrates his use of 3D Touch with the iPhone 6S:
http://bit.ly/1Tp2ILI

17) In honor of NVDA's 10th Anniversary, the organizers have decided that this year's NVCA-Con will take place over two weekends, 22-23 and 29-30 April 2016:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

For your consideration, we mention a couple of disability-related petitions:

18A) One urges the US government to release new proposed rules for how the ADA will apply to obligation of public accommodations to provide web sites that are accessible to individuals with disabilities:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/direct-us-department-justice-promptly-release-ada-internet-regulations

18B) Signators to this one hope Audio Descriptions will be added to Hulu for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
https://www.change.org/p/add-audio-descriptions-to-hulu-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired

19) CAVI's new and improved course on Microsoft Word will start in February 2016 if enough people register for it:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Word

20) National Industries for the Blind is accepting applications for Fellowship for Leadership Development:
http://nib.org/careers-training/business-leaders-program

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Volume 544

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Volume 544
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) This AppleVis blog post is called "Managing Your Finances From Your iOS Device: A Snapshot of How I Believe Things are Now, and What I Hope They Could Become:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-apps-opinion/managing-your-finances-your-ios-device-snapshot-how-i-believe-things-are-now

2) The January 2016 issue of AccessWorld also includes an article about personal finance management. Other articles include an accessibility review of the latest Apple TV, a favorable review of the Chromevox screen reader, a discussion of the implementation of UEB, an introdction to Amadeus Pro audio editor for the Mac, and a discussion of the accessibility of the new Amazon competitor, Jet:
http://afb.org/aw/

3) Here we dig a little deeper into the capabilities of Weather Underground:
http://blog.kellyford.org/fun-with-weather-underground/

4) This blog post is called "Adjusting to Blindness - My Own Experience:"
http://bit.ly/1lxL0aZ

5) Here is a post that bears the title "7 More Terrific Android Apps You Can't Get on the iPhone:"
http://bgr.com/2016/01/18/best-android-exclusive-apps-download-2/

6) Issue 1604 of Eyes on Success concerns research into the online shopping experience of people with disabilities:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net

7) Hartgen Consultancy offers a 6-lesson course to train Just-Say trainers and possibly product users. The course begins 18 February 2016 and can be had for about $430, or about $856, which includes a Just-Say license at a 25% discount:
http://www.hartgen.org/jsaytrainer

8) While we are on the subject of dictation, DictationBridge is intended to be A Free Dictation Solution For Screen Reader Users. It will be first designed for users of NVDA, but is envisioned to work with all screen readers, and with both Dragon products as well as Windows dictation:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/01/14/announcing-dictationbridge-a-free-dictation-solution-for-screen-readr-users/

9) This TED Talk is called, "How New Technology Helps Blind People Explore the World:"
https://t.co/kUyXbnL4iK

10) "Understanding Twitter's Evolving Accessibility to Blind Users" PDF:
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/merrie/papers/twitter_visual_chi2016.pdf

11) From Windows Club comes "Cortana Tips and Tricks for Windows 10 Users:" http://www.thewindowsclub.com/cortana-tips-tricks-windows-10

12) The crew from Blind Bargains has ascertained what they believe to be the Top Ten Adaptive Technology Events of 2015. The only way we've found to get a complete listing is to listen to Blind Bargains Qast Episode 48:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14032

13) Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read Kindle books to you:
http://on.mash.to/1S68ZLp

14) CAPTCHA Be Gone is a $3 per month service which will automatically solve those pesky CAPTCHAs for you:
http://captchabegone.com/

15) This RNIB podcast offers Tips for Playing Music on Your SmartPhone:
http://bit.ly/1noCihj

16) "Mastering the Macintosh with VoiceOver" by Tim Sniffen is available for free in iBooks:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=14021

17) Mac for the Blind has a series of paid tutorials on using VoiceOver with iOS. The latest in the series thoroughly covers using Safari with VoiceOver, and costs $45:
http://macfortheblind.com/iOS-Lessons

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Volume 543

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Volume 543
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Here is a post that answers the question, "What is the difference between accessible, usable, and universal design?"
http://www.washington.edu/doit/what-difference-between-accessible-usable-and-universal-design

2) We haven't tested this for accessibility, but supposedly "JustWatch Finds the Best Place to Buy or Rent Movies and TV Shows Online:"
http://lifehacker.com/justwatch-finds-the-best-place-to-buy-or-rent-movies-on-1752434354

3) BGR offers us "iPhone Battery Life Tips, Speed Boosting Tricks For iPhone 6s And More:"
http://bgr.com/2016/01/12/iphone-battery-life-tips-speed-boost-tricks/

4) Curtin University researchers in Australia invite participation in a survey called "Accessing Video on Demand: A study of Disability and Streaming Television"
http://www.cultware.com/current-research/accessing-video-on-demand-a-study-of-disability-and-streaming-television

5) The 2016 Consumer Elecgtronics Show is over, and Here is the "CES 2016 Accessibility Round-Up," courtesy of Media Access Australia:
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/news/ces-2016-accessibility-round-up

6) Navigate through the news items on the Blind Bargain site to find out what their panel considered the most important adaptive technology stories for 2015:
http://www.blindbargains.com/

7) Learn about the basics of podcasting on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 19 January at 01:00 GMT:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8) The Out-of-Sight Network, a free membership site, is holding its Eighth Birthday Bash on Saturday, 30 January, starting at 14:00 GMT. Once you're a member, you can come around for some twelve hours of prize contests and activities. Related to technology, the following presentations will take place on GMT: Freedom Scientific, 17:00, Blindfold Games, 18:30, Dice World, 20:00, Humanware, 21:30:
http://www.out-of-sight.net

9) This week on the Eyes On Success podcast, Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with the developer of the Blindfold Games and demo Blindfold Bowling:
http://www.EyesOnSuccess.net

10) HumanWare unveils the all new Explore line of handheld electronic magnifiers for low vision:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/110120161107.htm

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 7, 2016 - Volume 542

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 7, 2016 - Volume 542
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Arduino is an ideal platform for creating a variety of accessibility devices which blind makers and users might find useful. For example Arduino would be perfect for building tools like audio and tactile meters and gauges which could be driven by any manner of sensors and detectors. Here is the Blind Arduino Blog:
http://blarbl.blogspot.com/

2) The monthly post highlighting the best of AppleVis content for December is available at:
http://applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-applevis-ios-ios-apps-mac-apps-mac-os-x-news/applevis-unlimited

3) In the first of a series of podcasts we'll highlight this time, Learn about rendering 2D art in 3D using a 3D printer in Episode 1602 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

4) This AppleVis podcast is called "I Can Feel it: An Overview of Using Braille Displays with iOS Devices:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/i-can-feel-it-overview-using-braille-displays-ios-devices

5) Episode 119 of FSCAST features an interview with retiring tech support agent Jim Elsworth:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

6) You can read a transcript or listen to a podcast detailing the various book services available, and also discussing the most important happenings of 2015:
http://www.eastersealstech.com/2016/01/01/atu240-;comparing-book-services-with-scott-davert-top-10-;assistive-technology-stories-of-2015/

7) Here is the Tech Doctor Year in Review Podcast:
http://www.dr-carter.com/

8) David Woodbridge interviewed the aforementioned Dr. Carter for Radio Australia:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/biy3gr/Talkingtech15122901.mp3

9) Meanwhile, David Woodbridge also recorded a Demo of the iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and the Apple Pencil using VoiceOver:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/8tiq3b/iPadprosmartkeyboardandApplepencil.mp3

10) Hear About PCALC, a Powerful and Accessible iOS Calculator:
http://www.iblindtech.com/democast/pcalc-a-powerfull-and-accessible-calculator-app-for-iphone-a.html

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