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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Volume 603

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Apple held another of its product announcement events, and you can read about what they announced here, courtesy of AppleVis:

https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-watch-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-news/summary-apples-march-21-2017-product-announcements

2) In the March, 2017 issue of AccessWorld, we find "Advocating for Yourself in an Emergency Medical Situation: Advice for People with Visual Impairments," "A Review of Manamon, an Audio-Based Role-Playing Game by VGStorm," "A Review of the Audio Tutorial for the Google Suite of Products by Mystic Access," "There's No Place like Google Home: A Review of Google's Voice Assistant," "CAPTCHA Be Gone from Accessible Apps Removes Another Barrier to Accessibility," "Feel the Buzz of the BuzzClip," as well as the usual news and Editor's page:

http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

3) This Amazon post discusses new ways to read Kindle books accessibly on the computer with NVDA:

https://www.amazon.com/p/feature/56t8mmto2ae86ag

4A) This is a thorough article on accessible design for developers and users who would like to understand what's involved:

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/03/web-accessibility-with-accessibility-api/

4B) In a similar vein, this video with transcript is called "Using the Voiceover Screen Reader to Test for Accessibility:"

https://egghead.io/lessons/tools-using-the-voiceover-screen-reader-to-test-for-accessibility

4C) And the University of Illinois is offering a number of fee-based courses on accessible development in April and May 2017:

http://go.illinois.edu/a11y-badges

5) Perhaps some will find useful information within this "Savings Guide for People with Disabilities" from Coupon Chief:

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6) The 17 March 2017 post to the NV Access In-Process Blog links to the company's activities at CSUN and gives indications of future developments:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-17th-march-2017/

7) Here is a link to a Word document entitled "Guide for People Who are Blind or Low Vision" from Microsoft:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/3/4/9348AE66-A963-43ED-8F05-4C6908DA64E1/VisionGuide.docx 8) This Gizmo post and the associated comments offer plenty of resources to those who want to download YouTube videos as audio files: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/download-youtube-video-audio-mp3-file.htm

9) You can listen to a CSUN presentation on the forthcoming ElBraille Notetaker, then ask questions live, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 March 2017 at 00:00:

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

10) Elsewhere in the Braille device world, HumanWare has released Version 3 of the BrailleNote Touch, featuring many more languages and Braille tables, some more modern Android components, and the ability to load multiple word processor documents:

http://www.humanware.ca/web/humanware/phoenix/releasenotes/release/300/en.html

11) "What Is It Like to Have Low Vision? A New Sight Simulator Can Help You Understand:"

http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/what-is-it-like-to-have-low-vision-a-new-sight-simulator-can-help-you-understand/12

12) Version 2.1.3 of the free Audacity sound editor has been released, with some intentional accessibility enhancements. A written guide to Audacity for JAWS users, which mostly will benefit any blind user no matter what screen reader is in use, is available here:

http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-2.1.3-Guide.html

13) FSCast Episode 138 includes Essential updates to JAWS, MAGic and ZoomText required for the Windows 10 Creators update, a JAWS Byte on key labels and a replay of Eric Damery's CSUN presentation:

http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

14) "Tired of Siri? Here's How to Use Amazon's Alexa on iPhone:"

https://appadvice.com/post/amazon-alexa-iphone/743034

15) Assistive technology users can get a $25 gift card to participate in a study about financial decision making:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBkJsHiZJ_2DCMX4Sj3-bq0fRPQ5380LDbfD5mbVSJtOwqZQ/viewform

16) We mentioned the Holman Prive from the San Francisco Lighthouse earlier this year. Now, watch the videos from the three semi-finalists:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBgTkRMP5uaxWtNj7gzrMiqKY0we4icO_

17) Recent editions of the Life after Blindness podcast have focused on basketball:

http://lifeafterblindness.com/

18) You can catch Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast 127 here:

http://maccessibility.net/?p=2521

19) Episode #1713 of Eyes on Success is an interview with the first blind climber to climb Mount Everest:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

20) And we close this issue with some accessibility resources for DirecTV:

http://acb.org/direcTV-accessibility-resources

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