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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Volume 594

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Mike May has been on Tek Talk at the beginning of each year for several years reporting on the Consumer Electronics Show held the first week of each January in Las Vegas to tell about many of the new devices which he believes will provide more assistance in the lives of blind and low vision folks. It's that time of year again, and Mike will be the guest of Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 January at 01:00:

http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2) You can read another take on CES on the National Federation of the Blind blog:

https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/ces-las-vegas-highlights-accessible-technology-blind

3) The manager of the Computer Accommmodations Program at the University of Minnesota has consolidated his collection of web accessibility and ARIA resources onto the Inclusive by Design site:

http://inclusive-design.umn.edu/

4) In a related matter, the final rule for the timeline for enforcing the Section 508 standard has been published in the Federal Register:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2017-00395/information-and-communication-technology-ict-standards-and-guidelines?utm_campaign=subscription%20mailing%20list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email

5) Still on Section 508, Section 508 Frustrations and Fixes is a Facebook Community of Practice (CoP), which is an open space to share perspectives about barriers to creating and remediating accessible digital materials, and to identify bridges that will lead to more widespread digital accessibility. The CoP will operate January 9th 2017 through March 17th 2017, with new topics posted each week. Accessibility experts will lead discussions and share relevant resources. To request access to the group, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Section508/

6) GoGoGrandparent is a service designed so that those who do not have smartphones, or their families, can book rides with Uber or Lyft for a nominal additional fee:

https://gogograndparent.com/

7) The latest iOS-related book to come from National Braille Press is "The Abundant Bookshelf: Reading Books on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch," and it can be had for between $12 and $14.50:

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/ABUNDABOOK.html

8) After a period of silence, we're excited to see that the public beta version of Dictation Bridge, the free program being developed to enable screen reader users to use Dragon or Windows Speech Recognition, is now available. This version lets you dictate text and control NVDA while NVDA is the active screen reader, with JAWS and Window-Eyes support said to be coming:

http://dictationbridge.com/2017/01/18/dictation-bridge-public-beta-now-available/

9) An instructor has created a survey in order to collect data about the materials and resources that teachers of the blind and visually impaired and other blindness educators are using to teach unified English Braille:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3L8TNRD

10) It appears the digital certificate in newer versions of ZoomText and Window-Eyes software products has been compromised, and as a result will be revoked on or around January 26th 2017. AI Squared plans to repair this problem before that date. To learn if your version is one that will need the update, which will be available from the Check Updates Feature, or as a download, go to:

http://www.aisquared.com\CertificateFix

11) CAVI's audio course has evolved into a three-module course, with modules on Audio Essentials, Goldwave, and Osara with Reaper. Total cost for the whole package is $200, with individual modules costing less. The course will begin in February 2017:

http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/AudioInsAndOuts?utm_content=buffer8f2e4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

12) 38 new audio games, including games for Windows and iOS, have been posted to the Blind Help Project site:

http://www.blindhelp.net/software/categories/games

13) Apple Slices will be 5 to 7 minute mini-lessons on different iOS or Mac features, with each lesson costing under $5:

http://macfortheblind.com/?p=2612

14) Learn about "One of the Best Ways to Increase Visual Accessibility in iOS," with that being, the Zoom feature:

https://theappfactor.com/best-way-visual-accessibility-ios-zoom/

15) David Woodbridge brings us this walk through of using Narrator on the Xbox One:

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-pqpe7-667c03#

16) Here are "5 Questions with George Kerscher, CIO, Daisy Consortium." He talks Talks about EPUB Accessibility Guidelines and DBW 2017:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2017/5-questions-george-kerscher-cio-daisy-consortium/#.WHkuCqjdnyU.twitter

17) Eyes on Success #1704 brings us "Employment Opportunities at NASA:"

http://eyesonsuccess.net

18) The Blind Bargains Qast is starting its retrospective of 2016:

http://blindbargains.com/b/16567

19) Episode 72 of the Spanish podcast Tiflo Audio discusses using a Mac with a Refresh-A-Braille display:

http://www.tifloaudio.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/ta072.mp3

20) The problem of ADA Trolling, where attorneys with questionable ethical practices file excessive ADA lawsuits, or threaten to do so, has gotten worse over the last year:

http://chrishofstader.com/its-gotten-much-worse-ada-trolling-a-year-later/

21) And finally, Robert Carter brings us his Tech Doctor podcast of the "Apple 2016 Review:"

http://dr-carter.com

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