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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Volume 612

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1A) Microsoft recently announced low-cost Windows 10 S, aimed at students, which can only run apps from the Microsoft Store. No third-party screen reader, including free NVDA, can run it. Here's why:

http://bit.ly/2rBMXuq

1B) But Microsoft will give screen reader users a free upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro. This post confirms that policy, and also announces upcoming accessibility changes in Windows 10, including many for Narrator:

http://bit.ly/2qXVwx4

2A) Hartgen Consultancy will offer a course on using JAWS with Sound Forge Pro to create and edit audio files:

http://bit.ly/2qR5KAZ

2B) They will also hold a webinar to discuss the present and future of JSay. The forthcoming version will have changes and new features. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 7 June at GMT 18:00, a new product will be unveiled, and the webinar will also be recorded:

http://bit.ly/2rBN1KG

3) Several more installments to the tutorial on editing audio with Reaper now await you:

http://bit.ly/2rBN2hI

4) This is the accessibility awareness training given to Microsoft employees, with audio description:

http://bit.ly/2rRZlDP

5A) The Google Assistant is now available in some countries on the iPhone, offering arguably better assistance than Siri offers:

http://bit.ly/2qdXDQh

5B) The Verge helps us distinguish between this new app and the familiar Google Search App:

http://bit.ly/2rj3BPH

5C) And here's another explanatory article:

http://bit.ly/2qlRlcB

6) WebAIM offers an article with the intriguing title: "To ARIA! The Cause of, and Solution to, All Our Accessibility Problems:"

http://bit.ly/2qhLXI1

7) You can buy the "Getting to Know Vario Ultra Audio Tutorial" from Mystic Access:

http://bit.ly/2qiiXzQ

8) Apple has a bunch of new accessibility-related videos which highlight different ways in which people use their hardware and software:

http://bit.ly/2qYgy0o

9A) NVDACon 2017 is now over. The presentations will be downloadable soon, perhaps as you read this, from this page:

http://bit.ly/2rSsZcg

9B) And already the release candidate for the next version of NVDA is available, signaling that the new version will likely figure in next week's Tidbits:

http://bit.ly/2qlUuZE

9C) Meanwhile, CNIB has produced six tutorial videos for NVDA:

http://bit.ly/2rBxUkJ

10) The NLS has produced a reference guide on video gaming accessibility:

http://bit.ly/2qlRkVG

11) At least three Blind Bargains Qasts have escaped our mention. In #101, there is plenty of talk about the demise of Window-Eyes and discussion of some Braille displays, among other plentiful news:

http://bit.ly/2rWtWQ0

12) From Cool Blind Tech comes a report, "AI For Everyone: A Look At Google I/O 2017:"

http://bit.ly/2qlUzMW

13) As the couple that gives us Eyes On Success has the good sense to move from New York to Colorado, we are treated to three encore presentations of the podcast over the coming weeks. Deane Blazie is the guest in Episode #1720:

http://bit.ly/2p6t5h5

14) And finally, check out CADET, which is free, downloadable, caption-authoring software that enables anyone to produce high-quality caption files that are compatible with any media player:

http://bit.ly/2qY3aqY

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