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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Volume 611

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

This Week's Tidbits is being brought to you on this Sixth Annual celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day! Learn more at:

http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/

1A) "Ten Thousand Steps, Cane Not Included (10KSTEPS)" is Anna Dresner's new National Braille Press Guide to Fitness Tech for Blind Users. The book costs $12 in paper Braille or downloadable formats, and $14.50 if supplied on a USB drive. If you buy the book before the end of July, you can enter to receive a free Fitbit Flex 2:

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1B) You can hear about the book on Episode #35 of The Blind Side Podcast (MP3):

http://bit.ly/2pVSjN2

2) Sero subscribers who are Alexa users can now add a skill, free for the present, to have Alexa play their favorite Serotek audio content:

http://bit.ly/2pNjcqs

3) Here is a good summary of "How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits with Vision Loss:"

http://bit.ly/2rhbNj4

4) Voting closes at the end of the day on Friday 19 May 2017 for this year's inductees in the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame:

http://bit.ly/2qTziyW

5) AppleVis informs us that, finally, "DeafBlind Individuals Now Have a Way to Use Text Relay on iOS With Braille:"

http://bit.ly/2pNeI3g

6) Here we have "Accessibility Review of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8:"

http://bit.ly/2rgNEcl

7) While we're mentioning Android, Aaron Linson gives us a podcast tutorial on editing text with an Android device:

http://bit.ly/2rtdWpm

8) The May 2017 issue of The Braille Monitor contains a good basic introduction on how to go about navigating web pages:

http://bit.ly/2qyi332

9) An upgrade to OneNote for iOS has recently appeared, with accessibility improvements. OneNote has recently become usable by the blind, and this poignant blog post is entitled "How Microsoft's accessible OneNote helps me to manage a medical crisis:"

http://bit.ly/2rtnwZp

10A) The Interactive Accessibility Podcast (IAP) is an entertaining approach to accessibility. The first episode is about flying cars and people with disabilities. The episode to appear as this Tidbits issue hits your mailbox focuses on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, since that is what 18 May is:

http://bit.ly/2qtJCMV

10B) The company will be tweeting hourly Global Accessibility Day trivia at:

http://bit.ly/2pN3w6x

11) Tek Talk will interview Janet Ingber about her latest book on using the Mac on GMT Tuesday, 23 May at 00:00:

http://bit.ly/1MqEtXv

12) The Our Space Our Place Coding Camp, for people aged 14-21 years old, taking place from 10-14 July in Cambridge, MA, has two spaces for students to take part remotely:

http://bit.ly/2quO12z

13) The May 2017 issue of AccessWorld includes book reviews of the Abundant Bookshelf and of Getting Started with Android, Update on Amazon Accessibility and Using the NVDA Screen Reader with Kindle for PC, A Tour of Apple's iOS and tvOS TV App, Plus Remote Options for the Apple TV, and more:

http://bit.ly/2rt6CKa

14A) In a development which will doubtless be the topic of an AccessWorld article soon, the venerable Window-Eyes screen reader is officially being discontinued. Several screen readers battled for supremacy in North America at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one, and now JAWS is the only one still standing. Here is the official FAQ about the offers VFO is making to Window-Eyes users:

http://bit.ly/2pN3U4X

14B) This is an interesting post on the topic from Cool Blind Tech:

http://bit.ly/2qU45eW

14C) And for some nostalgia, here is a text collection of articles about Window-Eyes and by Window-Eyes staff from many years back:

http://bit.ly/2pVCiqC

15) NVDACon takes place via the Internet this weekend, and a member of the Google Accessibility team will be among the speakers, adding an extra dimension to the event:

http://bit.ly/2rtu363

16) And finally, the Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired is the focus of Eyes on Success Episode #1721:

http://bit.ly/2p6t5h5

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