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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Volume 614

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Apple held its major Worldwide Developer Conference this week, where announcements are made about forthcoming hardware and software. Read about it from AppleVis:

http://bit.ly/2rNYBjN

1B) And see what people are saying about it in the AppleVis forums:

http://bit.ly/2r4GuJ5

1C) Read about The Accessibility Features Mentioned On-Screen in the Apple Keynote That Were Not Talked About:

http://bit.ly/2rNQTWy

1D) Get analysis from a panel in the Blind Side, Episode #38 (MP3):

http://bit.ly/2sVRNjq

1E) And get the perspective of the Tech Doctors:

http://bit.ly/2r7WTYu

2A) If the content of Apple's announcements disappointed you, users of Android will not be surprised, and are eager to show you what they view as a better way. Here is one user's choice of accessibile Android apps:

http://bit.ly/2r48vka

2B) There is also an Android Accessibility Help Center:

http://bit.ly/2rDMmb6

3) The NVAccess team gives us their synopsis of NVDA performance with Microsoft Edge:

http://bit.ly/2s6hLnJ

4A) Three new or upgraded add-ons have been released for NVDA users. You can hear tones to know where controls are located on the screen by invoking the Object Location Tones add-on:

http://bit.ly/2rXQKlP

4B) Passwords can be spoken using Speak Passwords:

http://bit.ly/2r8DQNG

4C) And Virtual Review has been updated for putting screen content into a box for examination:

http://bit.ly/2s6uDdC

5) Ever wondered what barriers others face when browsing the web? This post contains tweets from a number of people recounting their frustrations:

http://bit.ly/2sVPBbq

6) The upcoming four-session Hartgen Consultancy workshop, "About-Face, JAWS for Windows and Facebook for Beginners," is expected to benefit intermediate users as well. It starts on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 and costs 40 pounds, about $52:

http://bit.ly/2r4zNGQ

7) The Black Box puzzle for iOS has been getting a lot of favorable reviews. Here is a podcast about it (MP3):

http://bit.ly/2s6D88m

8A) Proponents and makers of the two major screen readers hope to woo users of the now defunct Window-Eyes into their camps. Last week, we saw items helping them make the switch to NVDA. VFO offers free tutorials geared toward their learning of JAWS:

http://bit.ly/2rXOOtw

8B) And transitioners can purchase the archive of the Hartgen Consultancy Window-Eyes to JAWS course:

http://bit.ly/2r4oeQf

9) Dolphin EasyReader is a free reading app for iOS which is said to work with many libraries for the blind in many countries (accounts required) including BookShare and NFB Newsline:

http://bit.ly/2sFLBg4

10) This YouTube video shows the Lime Lighter, a music reading system for people with low vision from Dancing Dots:

http://bit.ly/2sFLWPR

11) Janet Ingber discusses her latest book on the Mac on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 13 June 2017 at 00:00:

http://bit.ly/1MqEtXv

12) Amazon is launching a low-cost version of Prime for customers on government assistance who have EBT cards:

http://tcrn.ch/2rXJLJs

13) CAVI students have been learning advanced audio production using Reaper, and you can hear the results in the reaper 2017 Semester 1 Showcase (MP3):

http://bit.ly/2s6cPPG

14) Learn about the Brailliant BI 14 Braille display and simple notetaker from HumanWare:

http://bit.ly/2qYAvkX

15) Adobe announces a free solution for pptical character recognition on your smartphone:

http://bit.ly/2si2fF1

16) What3Words claims to have sectioned the planet into sections three meters square, and to have given each section a three-word designator. This facilitates navigation to places where addressing might not be very precise. The BlindSquare GPS app for iPhone now supports this system. Find out about it in this YouTube video:

http://bit.ly/2r8bhA1

17) Because the first Thursday is so early this month, and we prepare Tidbits the Wednesday before, this almost seems like old news, but as always, it appeared bright and early on the first of the month: Blog Post: AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for May 2017:

http://bit.ly/2rNSewy

18) The OE Classic mail program may be gaining accessibility, and we may be able to offer input:

http://bit.ly/2sVHiws

19) This blog post is called "5 Steps to Save Money Now for Your Child's Assistive Technology:"

http://bit.ly/2rNYrJ3

20) Inclusive Design 24 celebrates efforts worldwide to ensure people with disabilities have full and equal access to the web. The Pacielo Group will be involved. The event takes place throughout 9 June 2017. Here is the playlist:

http://bit.ly/2rXRB61

21) Following up on their encore presentations of interviews with Ted Henter and Deane Blazie, Eyes on Success offers Episode #1724, interview with Jim Fruchterman:

http://bit.ly/2p6t5h5

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