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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Volume 640

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The December 2017 issue of AccessWorld contains another gift guide, which includes a new color identifier that appears to actually give useful information, reviews of the ElBraille, and of two Braille displays with iOS, and articles about diabetes management and breakthroughs in vision research:

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw1812toc

2A) David Woodbridge Posted a demo of the Seeing AI App from Microsoft including a practical demo of his two most used channels (options): Short text and Product (bar code) identification:

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-the-seeing-ai-app-from-microsoft/

2B) He later tweeted that he would have to update the podcast, since now, today's update adds 4 new channels (currency recognition, color identification, light detection and handwriting recognition); expands availability to 35 countries; plus lots more:

https://applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/seeing-ai

3) The final quarterly update to NVDA is out. You can find links about that and other NVDA news in the final issue of In-Process for the year:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-13th-december-2017/

4) Here's an introduction via YouTube to the Nearby Explorer GPS App:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlc0Pjv4Qro

5) This article, with its associated comments, is called "The Great Big Cord Cutting Manual For Cost Conscious Consumers:"

https://www.biblemoneymatters.com/the-great-big-cord-cutting-manual-for-cost-conscious-consumers/?utm_campaign=the-great-big-cord-cutting-manual-for-cost-conscious-consumers&utm_medium=social_link&utm_source=missinglettr

6) Ace, by DAISY, the newly developed accessibility checking tool for EPUB, has entered its last phase of testing with a new beta release this week. The full release of Ace 1.0 is scheduled for the end of January 2018:

https://inclusivepublishing.org/toolbox/accessibility-checker/

7) American Foundation for the Blind is seeking input regarding its Career Connect service, so they invite you to "Tell Us What You Think Of CareerConnect For A Chance To Win An Amazon Echo!"

http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/for-job-seekers/12?mode=survey

8) Amanda Rush is striving to create comprehensive documentation on WordPress with a Screen Reader. Look at what she has written to date, and see why financial support will be necessary for the project to continue.

https://www.customerservant.com/series/wordpress-with-a-screen-reader/

9A) From the Freedom Scientific Blog: "Extending our reach. Making JAWS more available outside the workplace:"

http://blog.freedomscientific.com/2017/12/08/extending-our-reach-making-jaws-more-available-outside-the-workplace/

9B) And from FSCast, learn about a new screen shade feature, deals on the Perl camera, and more (MP3):

http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast147-New_software_releases,Rachel_Flowers_giveaway_winners,SMA_renewal,PEARL,and_Chad_Hays.mp3

10) This post bears the title "Web Accessibility: What You Say vs What I Hear:"

https://www.thinkcompany.com/2017/12/web-accessibility-what-you-say-what-i-hear/

11A) Microsoft Narrator has gone from being a screen reader to generally avoid, to one that is quite useful, as these two YouTube videos illustrate: How to Perform a Clean Install of Windows Using Narrator:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA4OWCXbva4&index=6&list=PLyhj1WZ29G65vdmV45qNlL6AjFjFIcvae

11B) And How to Solve Screen Reader Problems in Office Using Narrator:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0dEJv-X_e4&list=PLyhj1WZ29G65vdmV45qNlL6AjFjFIcvae&index=2

12) In this blog post, a blind journalist details how to enable Audio description on the new Amazon Prime Video App for the Apple TV:

https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/personal-audio-description-on-amazon-prime-video-for-apple-tv/

13) These "Business Ideas for People With Disabilities" come from the Commercial Capital Training Group:

https://www.commercialcapitaltraining.com/business-resources/business-ideas/business-ideas-people-disabilities/

14) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is called BrailleTalk:

http://dr-carter.com

15A) Some other podcasts: Blind Bargains Qast#126:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18147

15B) MacCessibility Round Table #145:

http://maccessibility.net/2017/12/10/mrtp-145-you-have-a-dollar-now-i-probably-have-a-dollar-too

15C) And The Pros and Cons of Having a Guide Dog, Eyes on Success #1751:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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