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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Volume 632

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Twitterific, long a popular iOS Twitter client, is now available on the Mac to rave reviews, and there are a number of unified shortcut keys for the two versions:

http://bit.ly/2z0fNoB

2) Texie is a new iOS app, available in the US and Canada, designed for recognition of short text, perhaps able to recognize good handwriting:

http://bit.ly/2yEPFDm

3) Amazon Video has more than doubled the number of titles offered with Audio Description! Many are Free with Prime:

http://bit.ly/2i6ACeK

4) Moving back to iOS, this podcast offers 'A Walkthrough of the U Version Bible App for iPad:' (.MP3)

http://bit.ly/2g35pF0

5) Another free navigation app has entered the iOS field. Nearby Explorer Online doesn't have onboard maps, nor can it plan routes, but it can give a lot of information while your phone is locked:

http://bit.ly/2yflSyg

6) Scott Davert writes for RNIB about 'New iOS 11 Accessibility Features For People With Sight Loss:'

http://bit.ly/2ycosHO

7) Double Tap Canada is a new tech podcast with some familiar voices. This is the iTunes link:

http://apple.co/2hCBxjd

8) The JAWS open issue tracker is an initiative of the Paciello Group (part of VFO,) to provide a place for reporting bugs on JAWS' performance with web sites. Reporting bugs may require some technical competence:

http://bit.ly/2zh06Kx

9) Will smartphones and tablets replace traditional blind/low vision aids? Those who are blind, low vision or deaf-blind, 18 years or older and who have been using a smartphone or tablet for at least 3 months can complete this survey, and be entered into a draw to win a $100 iTunes or GooglePlay gift card:

http://bit.ly/2gxt2Gv

10) This article talks about writing interactive fiction as a blind person, including some tips on using the choice script language with NVDA:

http://bit.ly/2gyBvcg

11) The Android version of the Be My Eyes App that enables blind users from all over the world to get valuable real-time help from sighted users from all over the world is available, and the iOS version has undergone an upgrade. Listen to what this radio journalist and translator says about how he uses the app:

http://bit.ly/2zh5E7K

12) This is an accessibility guide for the Madden NFL 18 console game:

http://bit.ly/2ye0r0l

13A) The Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709, will begin to be gradually rolled out to users soon. The screen reader comparison wiki we mentioned a while back has been updated to take into account updates to Narrator as well as other recent developments in the three major screen readers:

http://bit.ly/2wPI2Wg

13B) Another page of the same Wiki offers 'FAQs on Upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1709 for Screen Reader Users:'

http://bit.ly/2xAHDeD

13C) And while we're talking Windows, ZDNet guides us to 'More Shell Shortcuts That Offer Fast Access to System Folders:'

http://zd.net/2yasd07

14) In The Blind Side Podcast 57, listen to the remarkable story of Jim Fetgather, former phone phreaker. There was also concern about a new wrinkle in the Apple Mail App for iOS, but that one seems to have been subsequently resolved:

http://bit.ly/2xAbdfq

15A) We end with two of our regular podcast reminders. Here's Blind Bargains Qast #117:

http://bit.ly/2yH6EVS

15B) And Eyes on Success #1742, dealing with the evolution of assistive technologies:

http://bit.ly/2p6t5h5

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