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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 19, 2018

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Due to some technical hurdles there will be no Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday this week. We do apologize. Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday will return next week at 4:00 AM EST, packed with all of the information we've gathered over the last two weeks.

Sincerely,

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Volume 656

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Volume 656

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The AIRA service, popular among many in the US, is looking at expanding to Australia, New Zealand and the UK:

https://go.aira.io/globalexpansion

2) From In-Process for 11 April 2018, we learn about an update to EloQuence for NVDA, a forthcoming feature, the Multi-Category Settings dialog, how to use NVDA snapshots to try out the latest features without affecting your current install, and more about NVDA 2018.1.1:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-11th-april-2018/

3) Here's an account of 'What It's Like To Be A Blind Software Engineer At Amazon:"

https://www.fastcompany.com/40555815/what-its-like-to-be-a-blind-software-engineer-at-amazon?partner=rss&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss

4) Learn the latest on how to 'Use A Screen Reader to Share and Collaborate on Notebooks in OneNote':

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/use-a-screen-reader-to-share-and-collaborate-on-notebooks-in-onenote-5d24979d-4243-431d-bf19-a2157476d5ca

5) Bristol Braille Technology has demonstrated exemplary persistence over the past five years developing their Canute multi-line Braille display. The end is in sight! They will be testing through three organizations in North america!

http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/posts/bristol-Braille-canute-multi-line-refreshable-Braille

6) This is a review of the Capti Voice Narrator smartphone app for reading text:

https://veroniiiica.com/2018/04/09/capti-voice-narrator-app-review/

7) Marco's Accessibility Blog introduces us to "The Accessibility Inspector in the Firefox Developer Tools:"

https://www.marcozehe.de/2018/04/11/introducing-the-accessibility-inspector-in-the-firefox-developer-tools/

8) 'User Research with People with Disabilities' is the title of a Pacielo Group webinar coming up on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 17:00 GMT:

https://www.paciellogroup.com/news/2018/04/webinar-april-25-user-research-with-people-with-disabilities/

9) The VisionAware blog brings us 'Suggestions for Preparing Your Taxes as a Person with Vision Loss:'

https://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/suggestions-for-preparing-your-taxes-as-a-person-with-vision-loss/12

10) Here is a brief article about a 'New Typeface That Merges Braille You Can Touch With Letters You Can See:"

https://www.fastcodesign.com/90166173/this-new-typeface-merges-Braille-you-can-touch-with-letters-you-can-see

11) AIRA has partnered with the city of Boston to allow access to anybody in the city to its service until 17 April 2018. This will enable full participation in the Boston Marathon and surrounding activities:

https://medium.com/aira-io/boston-2018-set-to-become-worlds-most-accessible-marathon-6bba38540b3d

12) NFB Newsline has added Stone Soup, Sports Illustrated Online, Sporting News, Globes Israel, Science X, Medical Xprs and the Concord Monitor to its extensive list of publications:

https://nfb.org/nfbnewsline

13) Keysoft version 5 for the BrailleNote Touch offers support for multiple QWERTY keyboards and a one-hand mode:

http://www.humanware.com

14) The Blind Side Podcast, Issue 70, covers deleting Facebook, the En-Vision America site and app, and more (MP3):

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/4/6/b/46bd49e10efac2e1/TheBlindSide81.mp3

15) Blind Bargains is back from CSUN:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18728

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Volume 655

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Volume 655

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Patreon is a site that describes itself as the "best way for artists and creators to get sustainable income and connect with fans." This could be a great boon to many blind entrepreneurs, but to date the site has shown little interest in resolving its numerous accessibility shortcomings. You can read this blog post on the topic:

https://incl.ca/patreon-and-accessibility/

1B) Advocacy efforts are underway to encourage the company to do the right thing. To join a mailing list about these efforts, send a blank message to:

team+subscribe@accessmedia.groups.io

2) Jonathan Mosen has written a very cogent blog post about his life-altering experiences with the Aira service:

http://mosen.org/aira/

3) This article by Ryan Jones, 'Understanding Screen-Reader Navigation: A Tale of Two Rooms,' can be useful to help us understand screen readers and their strengths and limitations, and explain them to others:

http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=1510

4) The 29 March 2018 'In Process' post from NV Access brings us up to date on the company's activities, including a mandatory NVDA update for Windows 10 users who use Microsoft OneCore voices:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-29th-march-2018/

5A) There are now several posts containing impressions, slide shows and interviews stemming from CSUN. Blind Bargains continues to post interviews, with more than 20 posted at the time of this writing, and will finish with a summary podcast:

https://blindbargains.com/audio/

5B) These pages contain Conference-related material. There is considerable overlap among them:

http://www.webaxe.org/csunatc18-resources-tweets/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NtrU3K_f1vlfjGTnkFJeSja7_xdI9T8rWAgFz5Y-1w0/edit#gid=0
https://www.accessibilityoz.com/2018/03/an-accessibilityoz-csun-wrap-up/
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2018/03/28/takeaways-from-the-2018-csun-assistive-technology-conference/
http://GitHub.com/JamalMazrui/CSUNATC18docs/wiki/Document-Files

6) Here is the Accessibility Wiki for Reaper, a complete digital audio production application for Windows and Mac OS X:

https://reaperaccessibility.com/index.php/Main_Page

7A) Here is some rather technical information about JAWS ARIA Support:

https://freedomscientific.github.io/VFO-standards-support/aria.html

7B) And JAWS HTML Support:

https://freedomscientific.github.io/VFO-standards-support/html.html

8) Hadley Institute is again running its 'Spring into Braille' event, where people log their Braille reading, whether read via paper Braille, electronic Braille or print, for a chance to win prizes:

https://hadley.edu/Braille_reading_contest.asp

9) While were talking Braille, we'll return to CSUN for an article about 'Low-Cost Refreshable Braille at CSUN' from the VisionAware blog:

https://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/low-cost-refreshable-Braille-at-csun/12

10) Here is a color blindness simulator web app:

https://www.colorblindsim.com/

11) AppleVis summarizes 'What's New and Noteworthy for March 2018:'

https://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-gaming-ios-ios-apps-ipad-macos-news-opinion-reviews

12) Read 'Don't Get Caught Out: Ultimate Guide to Shopping Online Securely:"

http://disabilityhorizons.com/2018/03/dont-get-caught-out-ultimate-guide-to-shopping-online-securely/

13) This crowd source initiative of the DAISY Consortium and the Book Industry Study Group intends to improve the reading experience for everybody, and especially those with reading differences:

https://www.inclusivepublishing.org/tre

14) The Blind Side Podcast discusses a new Microsoft virtual reality initiative helpful to the blind in Episode #80 (MP3):

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theblindside/TheBlindSide80.mp3

15) Learn about Apple Watch and Home Kit on Eyes on Success episode #1814:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Volume 654

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Volume 654

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Blind Bargains leads the way on information harvested from the CSUN Conference. They have several interviews from vendors, with more to come, followed by a wrap-up Blind Bargains Qast. A special edition this year is that written transcripts are provided for all the interviews. There will be more retrospectives and presentation summaries and outlines to come:

https://www.blindbargains.com/audio/

2) The goal of the DOTS RPG Project is to make gaming accessories available for the visually impaired:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/dots-rpg-project-dice-shop

3) The FlickType Keyboard is intended to be an easier and faster keyboard for blind iPhone users to use rather than the onscreen keyboard. It is a revival of the old Fleksy keyboard. Reviews have been positive. It is in beta now, and all are welcome to try it:

https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/announcing-flicktype-keyboard-looking-beta-testers

4) One of the founders of the grocery delivery service Instacart has reached out to blind users for feedback on their web site and apps. Here's the thread:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Blind/comments/87l1d9/how_can_instacart_help/

5) Mental Floss suggests '12 Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On:'

http://mentalfloss.com/article/536411/amazon-prime-perks-you-might-be-missing

6A) The Blind Post classified news is back and ready to roll! Please email your notices by the 5th of April to be included in the April 2018 Edition, and to read more about what and how to post notices visit:

http://theblindpost.com/Readthelatestnewshere.html

6B) Or email:

foodlady@theblindpost.com

7) MyVision is an Android App that reads text in real time and in seven languages:

http://komonews.com/news/local/westview-high-school-junior-designs-award-winning-app-for-visually-impaired

8A) You may wish to subscribe to the free monthly online newsletter, The Blind Perspective. The announcement suggests that the publication covers technology suggestions as well as other helpful information. Check out past issues at:

http://www.theblindperspective.com

8B) To subscribe to receive the publication via email, send a blank email to:

theblindperspective+subscribe@groups.io

9) The recording of Joseph Lee's comprehensive presentation on the present and future of Windows 10 accessibility will be available through the Tek Talk archive, if it is not already, but you can also grab the MP3 file here: (MP3)

http://www.josephsl.net/files/winten1803.mp3

10) We have mentioned these sources for information about getting started with Android before, but they were recently summarized in an email message I saw. There's the Getting Started Guide from Inclusive Android:

https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/

10B) And the Eyes Free list can be a great place to ask questions:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/eyes-free

11) Practitioners in web accessibility are invited to take this second practitioner survey from WebAIM:

https://webaim.org/projects/practitionersurvey2/

12) Able Player is a fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player, available for free:

https://ableplayer.github.io/ableplayer/

13) Hartgen Consultancy has updated their voice recognition FAQ!

http://www.hartgen.org/faq

14) Thanks to the IBOS MusicXML Reader, a free program from Denmark, music aficionados can read a music score, just like sighted musicians. The notes can be displayed on a Braille display as music Braille and plain text. They can be read out as text and played back. The program can be operated through a Braille display, PC keyboard, and foot switches. The user can choose which parts or instruments they want presented; can step through the score, jump by measure/bar or go to a specific position; can examine the single notes of a chord of a particular part, and more:

https://www.ibos.dk/english/the-ibos-musicxml-reader.html

15) iACast #74 features a wide-ranging discussion of social media applications:

https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-74-social-media/

16) Episode # 379 of the Blind Side Podcast covers Apple's recent education-related event, CSUN, and AIRA: (MP3)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theblindside/TheBlindSide79.mp3

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Volume 653

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Volume 653

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Much attention has been paid to the security of our Facebook accounts. The Electronic Freedom Foundation tells us how to protect ourselves:
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/how-change-your-facebook-settings-opt-out-platform-api-sharing

1B) We can also download the entire archive of what Facebook has stored and examine it:
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/01/18/how-to-download-facebook-archive/

2) Sendero GPS has announced Version 22 of its Navigation Apps for PC, BrailleNote and BrailleSense products. The upgrade costs $22 no matter what version you are upgrading from:
http://senderogroup.com/news/v2018pressrelease.html

3A) Microsoft continues to make great strides in the accessibility of Windows 10. This blog post tells us about a lot of positive changes:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/

3B) In this regard, Joseph Lee will present a comprehensive program on the present and future of Windows 10 accessibility with demonstrations on Tek Talk on GMT 27 March 2018 at 00:00. As always archives will be available for later listening:
https://win10.groups.io/g/win10/topic/official_invitation_joseph/15686825?

4) Many vendors offer discounts during the CSUN Conference which is going on as this issue gets to you. Through Saturday, 27 March 2018 you can buy iOS Access for All, the giant book we mentioned recently, in the EPUB or PDF editions, for just $16, rather than the usual $20:
http://www.iosaccessbook.com/csun-book-sale-get-20-percent-off-ios-access-for-all-this-week/

5) 'It's Off To Work We Go', Bonnie Mosen's popular job hunting book for blind people, is now available in DAISY audio, and also still available in text formats. Buy and download instantly:
http://mosen.org/work

6) Video game maker EA has launched a new website to centralize accessibility resources for its games and provide a place for users to share feedback:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18574

7) Just ahead of CSUN, HumanWare has released version 5.0 of the KeySoft software for the BrailleNote Touch. This version includes full support for reading and editing using both USB and Bluetooth QWERTY keyboards, a one-handed mode, media playback shortcut commands, and other various improvements and fixes:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18570

8) This podcast demonstrates Google Lens on iOS (MP3):
http://traffic.libsyn.com/blindabilities/GoogleLens20F.mp3

9) This AppleVis podcast teaches us 'Three Easy Ways to Learn and Use Emoji Like a Pro:'
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/three-easy-ways-learn-and-use-emoji-pro

10) This Second Sense post offers an answer to the question, "Apple Watch: Convenience or Necessity?"
https://www.second-sense.org/2018/03/apple-watch-convenience-or-necessity/

11A) You can use Alexa as a clock radio:
https://lovemyecho.com/2018/03/16/alexa-fast-tips-friday-use-alexa-clock-radio/

11B) You can also turn on Alexa's Brief Mode:
https://www.androidcentral.com/alexas-new-brief-mode-makes-assistant-talk-less

12) This 3-year-old article from The Braille Monitor offers still-pertinent fodder for discussion about assistive versus mainstream technology, and free versus paid technology:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm14/bm1410/bm141006.htm

13) Microsoft Accessibility gives us an update on their ongoing work to make Skype more accessible:
https://blogs.skype.com/news/2018/03/16/improving-skype-accessibility/

14) Here is 'A DIY Web Accessibility Blueprint' from A List Apart:
https://alistapart.com/article/diy-web-accessibility-blueprint

15) The latest of the podcasts from Audio Pizza demonstrating the audio editing features of Reaper is called 'ReaConsole - Get Geeky, Get Productive with Reaper:'
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/audio-pizza-more-than-just-sound-bite-reviews-tutorials/id544075194

16) This article from the Globe and Mail of Toronto is entitled 'Emerging Technologies Opening Up Doors:'
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/partners/arcadvlife/emerging-technologies-opening-up-doors/article38293243/

17) Hear about accessible gym equipment on the Blind Side podcast, Episode 78 (MP3):
http://traffic.libsyn.com/theblindside/TheBlindSide78.mp3

18) The Blind Bargains crew got another podcast in before CSUN after all, Episode 3137, and now they'll be recording and posting interviews from there over the next several days:
http://blindbargains.com/b/18602

19) The Mystic Access Free online class for March will be "discover accessible reading material with ease." It will take place on GMt Friday, 23 March at 00:30, and recordings will be available:
https://zoom.us/s/291602898

20) And in closing, Episode #1812 of Eyes on Success is called "Running with WayBand:"
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Volume 652

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Volume 652

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Pay with Chip purports to be an app for Windows and Android that makes online shopping much easier for everybody:

https://www.paywithchip.com/

2A) Considerable improvement when browsing with the latest FireFox version and support for more Braille displays are among the most important features in NVDA version 2018.1:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2018-1-now-available-for-download/

2B) Meanwhile, members of the NVDA community are planning this year's online NVDACon, and are asking for presentation ideas, short and long:

https://nvda.groups.io/g/nvda/topic/nvdacon_calling_all_topics/13218771

3) The March 2018 issue of AccessWorld offers a review of the game 'A Hero's Call', a review of 'The New Edition of iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch', by Shelly Brisbin, a 700-page book, coverage of 'New Accessibility Support Options Courtesy of Google, Microsoft, and Be My Eyes', and an introduction to 'The UniDescription Project':

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw1903toc

4) The popular Accessible NCAA Tournament Bracket is back, and groups can join so that their members can vie with one another to see whose predictions are most accurate:

https://www.terrillthompson.com/ncaa/

5A) The big CSUN conference happens next week. Web Axe gives us this CSUN 2018 Conference Preview:

http://www.webaxe.org/csun-2018-conference-preview/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

5B) You'll be able to watch the keynote address on YouTube, on GMT Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 00:30:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAEJx4GlRPQ

5C) AIRA is offering free Explorer access to many places in San Diego, and non-Explorers can use the system with only the iOS app, no glasses. People can also check out their forthcoming new glasses:

https://medium.com/aira-io/coming-to-csun-e5a2229bd79b

5D) And you can download DAISY, HTML or ePUB versions of the CSUN Program Materials:

http://www.daisy.org/csun-2018-files

6) CATIS (Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Standards) certification will be available for technology trainers, and you can register for a webinar on the topic, as well as other developments in the Vision Studies program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. You will have missed the first session; the second will be on March 28 2018 stateside:

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4232437/CATIS-Webinar

7) Here is objective research on Firefox 58, Chrome 64 and NVDA 2017 compatibility:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/firefox-58-chrome-64-nvda-2017-compatibility-when-every-aparna-pasi/?published=t

8) The VisionAware Blog offers 'A Quick Look at the New Victor Reader Trek':

https://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/a-quick-look-at-the-new-victor-reader-trek/12

9) Now you can enable 'Follow-up Mode' with Alexa so that if you have a series of questions, you can just ask them naturally:

https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/10/now-you-can-have-a-conversation-with-alexa-without-screaming-hey-alexa-for-every-request/amp/

10) On the other side of the personal assistant skirmish, Google Assistant is now available on the iPad:

https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/introducing-google-assistant-ipad/

11) There are four streams running constantly, through which you can listen to the outside world. The locations are Jamestown, NC, Far Rockaway, NY, London, UK and Tallinn, Estonia. And they are in a playlist (M3U):

http://www.andrelouis.com/outsides.m3u

12) Lens is a visual search engine. When you take a picture with your phone, Google will do an analysis and provide insights into what you're looking at. Now it's getting even better, and can store information from business cards as contacts, and even describe landmarks you've spotted. Now available for Android, with an iOS version to come soon:

https://coolblindtech.com/google-lens-describes-landmarks-creates-contacts-business-cards/

13) You are invited to join the private beta testing group of EyeSense, a new sight companion designed for the blind and low sighted. You can teach EyeSense faces or family and friends, and also any object you would like the app to identify. If you are an iphone user with iOS 11, you can request to join from this Private Beta Link:

http://bit.ly/2FnqgxJ

14) This video claims to offer 'Ten Simple Tricks to Search YouTube Like a Pro':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCddrLwH-fc&feature=youtu.be

15) 'The Accessible Digital Project' may be able to pay for reviews of audio described content. Check this page for information:

https://netflixproject.wordpress.com/join-our-team/

16A) In podcast developments, some experienced podcasters have joined forces for a monthly iCast:

https://iaccessibility.net/icast-1-introductions/

16B) Podcasts can be divided into sections for convenient navigation with some players. The Blind Side Podcast 377 discusses this and much more (MP3):

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theblindside/TheBlindSide77.mp3

16C) FSCast #151 shares what's coming up for JAWS in March 2018 and more (MP3):

http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast151-March_2018_JAWS_Update,Jack_Mendez_from_the_Louisiana_Center_for_the_Blind.mp3

16D) We have Blind Bargains Qast 136, and then the Blind Bargains team will be off at CSUN bringing the conference to us at home through interviews:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18567

16E) Learn about experiencing art non-visually in Eyes on Success #1811:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) Comcast is providing audio described coverage of the Paralympics. More about that, and other accessibility enhancements, can be found at:

https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-launches-new-accessible-tv-features-ahead-of-2018-paralympics

18) And finally this week, The New York Times is lauching an audio book bestseller list:

https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/03/06/nytimes-launches-audiobook-best-seller-list/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Volume 651

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Volume 651

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) We now officially have a free way for blind people to dictate text and to control the computer using voice, with the release of Dictation Bridge Version 1.0, which works with both NVDA and JAWS:

http://dictationbridge.com/

2) The other big piece of news from this week relates to Microsoft Soundscape, a free iOS app available in the US and UK. It is a navigation app which "offers a 3D audio experience crafted specifically for exploration." The San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind was a sponsor, and here's their take on the app, along with a YouTube video showing it in action:

http://lighthouse-sf.org/2018/03/01/microsoft-soundscape-new-way-navigate/

2B) Guide Dogs UK was another sponsor, and here is their take, again with a video demonstration:

https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services-we-provide/technology/

2C) And here's the Microsoft blog post on the topic:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2018/02/28/soundscape/

3) We have interesting resources this week for those interested in aidio and jusic. CAVI will no longer offer its courses on audio fundamentals, advanced audio production and music composition, so they are offering them as donationware, that is, free, with donations appreciated. The thought is, particularly with regard to the Reaper program, that it will evolve, rendering some of the course materials obsolete, so they prefer that people be able to use the course materials while they are still current. There's a lot of quality instructional material here:

http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php/Main/Audiogiveaway

4) Access Music Tech is a community driven place where people can share and learn from each other. It contains Youtube videos and tutorials on a variety of technology platforms:

http://accessmtech.com/

5A) The Able Artist Foundation at:

https://ableartist.org/

5B) Offers memberships to those on fixed income, offering discounts on a variety of artistic and musicianship tools. You can hear a podcast about them from Blind Abilities:

https://blindabilities.com/bapresents/attention-musicians-audio-creators-singers-let-the-access-begin-able-artist-foundation-meets-you-half-way/

6) A survey is available to allow Android users to express interest in the popular Seeing AI app which at present is only available for iOS:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR8LKBvO_isJAg4cOfA4aAlRUN0c3SE1JOUlISE1STElUTk8yMFkzSjFaWi4u

7) The fourth upgrade for the Braille Sense Polaris, unveiling the beta of their math graphing function and other fixes and enhancements including continued improvements in word processor editing, and more consistent navigation between BrailleSense and Android:

https://hims-inc.com/braille-sense-series/braillesense-polaris-upgrade-announcement/

8) Sao Mai Center for the Blind has released a talking typing teaching program, available for $14. It features customizable lessons, an explore mode, and tools to allow teachers to manage student learning progress:

http://www.saomaicenter.org/en/downloads/smtt

9) Google has changed its Disability Support email address. For answers to accessibility questions on Google products, write to:

disability-support@google.com

10) Amazon continues to add more accessibility features to its books:

https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/amazon-has-added-more-accessibility-features-for-kindle-books/

10B) Eyes on Success #1810 features an interview about Amazon Accessibility Services:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) This is an article about accessible landmarks on the web:

http://www.scottohara.me/blog/2018/03/03/landmarks.html

11B) There is also a site for demonstrating the application of landmarks:

https://scottaohara.github.io/landmarks_demo/

12A) This AppleVis podcast is called "Explore, Read and Learn with the Bible:" (MP3)

http://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast1125.mp3

12B) That podcast will doubtless appear in the AppleVis summary of news for March 2018. For now, here is the summary for February 2018:

https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessories-apple-assistive-technology-gaming-ios-apps-mac-apps-news-opinion-reviews/applevis

13) The Blind Bargains Qast crew is back on track with Episode #135:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18533

14) Access Tech Watch-360 is out with a podcast on the iPhone X and the iOS Outlook app:

https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/omg-no-home-button-on-the-iphone-x-and-the-ms-outlook-app/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Volume 650

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Volume 650

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Among the recent releases from National Braille Press, available in various formats, are 'You and Your Apple Watch' for $12:

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/WATCH.html

1B) And the iOS11 Reference Card for $8:

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IOS11-EYE.html

2) As a service, we sometimes announce training services offered by blind entrepreneurs, with no endorsement of them. iAccessibility offers technology training on a variety of topics and platforms for $18/hour, with the first hour free:

https://iaccessibility.net/online-training/

3) Another trainer is offering up to one hour of free iPhone training, which can include up to three features. For information, email:

jtblas@hotmail.com

4) BITS offers several technology-related presentations throughout the year for its members. Yours truly (Editor Dean Martineau) recently did one on YouTube. On GMT 4 March 2018 at 01:00, they will offer a free presentation open to the public on the Element Television, using the Zoom platform, accessible by phone, smartphone apps and computer. To access via computer, go to:

https://zoom.us/j/356588666

5) With the gradual disappearance of the old standard Skype for windows desktop, Doug Lee has begun development of JAWS scripts for Skype 8 Electron:

http://www.dlee.org/skype/electron/

6) The Perkins School for the Blind seeks to hire the iCanConnect Manager, who directs the program that provides equipment and training thereon to deaf-blind individuals:

http://www.perkins.org/careers

7) Yet another job opening is for a Rehabilitation Technology Specialist for the Iowa Department for the Blind. For information, email:

helen.stevens@blind.state.ia.us

8) Dolphin Computer Access offers SuperNova USB, allowing you to plug this screen magnification program into any Windows PC or Tablet for magnification anywhere:

https://yourdolphin.com/page?id=140&utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=cc97e071a6-SuperNova+USB+%231&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e26de6fec6-cc97e071a6-69277101

9) Access to Science with Grapheel is the focus of Program #1809 of Eyes on Success:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

10) The second installment of the AppleVis Unleashed podcast is out (MP3):

http://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast1124.mp3

11A) Two more regular podcasts ready for listening are Blind Bargains Qast #134:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18505

11B) And the Blind Side Podcast #75 (MP3):

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Volume 649

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Volume 649

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) If you're an Aira Explorer, and are looking for a job, any activity related to the job search process will not count against your allotment of Aira minutes:

https://medium.com/aira-io/announcing-the-aira-employment-program-5a549a09732a

2) Here is 'A List Of All Accessible Features In Windows 10 & Office 365,' courtesy of Microsoft and the Assistive Technology Blog:

http://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2018/02/microsoft-accessibility-windows10-office365.html

3) The Accessible NCAA Tournament Bracket will be back this year once tournament pairings for the big college basketball tournament are announced on 11 March 2018. Meanwhile, you can view brackets for the years 2012-2017:

http://terrillthompson.com/ncaa/index.php

4A) New versions of ZoomText and Fusion are coming, as is an update to JAWS, and you can inform yourself about it all by listening to FSCast #150 (MP3):

http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast150-Eric_Damery_talks_about_the_JAWS_February_2018_update,ZoomText_2018_and_Fusion_2018.mp3

4B) In fact, as we write, the JAWS 2018 update is not available for automatic download yet, but you can read about the enhancements and grab it from here:

http://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew

5) Audio-Drama, the Guide to Audio Drama Websites, lists 2,483 sites with podcast feeds or links to a variety of productions, from Biblical to science fiction to old-time radio:

http://audio-drama.com/doku.php?do=showtag&tag=free

6A) 'Driving Blind on the Information SuperHighway' is a series in The Braille Monitor, destined to consist of at least four installments, concerning the use of screen readers in the modern web environment. The first two parts are out: Part One:

https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm18/bm1801/bm180109.htm

6B) And Part 2: Browsers:

https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm18/bm1802/bm180205.htm

7) The author of the East London Vision Blog lists his favorite Amazon Echo skills and gives more information:

https://eastlondonvision.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/my-top-3-amazon-echo-skills/

8) Microsoft has phased out Skype Version 7, which used to be very accessible in the old days. New versions for the PC are difficult to use. Doug Lee talks here about the situation and provides alternatives:

http://www.dlee.org/skype/skype7phaseout.htm

9) 'Getting Started with Web Design' is the topic for iACast #71:

https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-71-getting-started-web-design

10) iRecorder Pro Audio Recorder is a fully accessible recording app for the iPhone:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/irecorder-pro-audio-recorder/id285750155?mt=8

11) Be My Eyes has launched a new service, called Specialized Help. Users will be able to video conference with cooperating businesses to get assistance from them on products. This service is also free. Microsoft is the first company to offer the service:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2018/02/21/microsoft-joins-be-my-eyes-app/

12A) Senior Center Without Walls began in 2004 with the goal of providing a community for isolated seniors. What started with two groups and eight seniors has grown into a program that reaches approximately 1000 seniors throughout the United States. Seniors participate in groups via telephone and computer from the comfort of their own homes:

https://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/about/

12B) As an outgrowth of this program, there is a closed Facebook group called 'Vision - Walk by Faith'. This group is for low vision / blind persons and their helpers - created to share resources and help find answers to their questions. For information, email:

wsnhbailey@gmail.com

13) Learn what questions will be answered on Fedora Outlier's FAQ FB Live on Friday, 23 February 2018 by watching this 3-minute video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWT7MEgZxI

14) The Eyes on Success podcast features tennis for the visually impaired in Episode #1808:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

15) The Blind Bargains crew is back on schedule with Blind Bargains Qast #133:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18477

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Volume 648

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Volume 648

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The February 2018 issue of AccessWorld includes three articles about Smartphones: 'Project Ray: It's a Feature Phone--No, It's a Smartphone!,' 'Smartphone Apps for People New to Vision Loss,' and 'The iPhone X for People with Visual Impairments: Face ID, New Gestures, and Useful Commands.' But that's not all: explore 'Amazon Echo: Toy or Tool?,' 'Keeping It Portable: Comparing Braille Displays on iOS Devices, Part IV,' 'An Exploration and Review of the Blaze ET Multi-Player from HIMS,' and 'ATIA at a Glance: What We Saw at the 2018 Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference:'

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw1902toc

2A) There has been quite a barrage of information and impressions concerning the new Apple speaker, the HomePod. Here is a sampling: David Woodbridge offers a blog post, 'Playing Around with the HomePod - My Thoughts and Suggestions,' which includes links to his podcasts on the topic:

http://davidwoodbridge.blogspot.com.au/2018/02/playing-around-with-homepod-my-thoughts.html

2B) Speaking of podcasts, not surprisingly, Robert Carter brings us a Tech Doctor podcast:

http://www.dr-carter.com

2C) And the Audio Pizza Podcast weighs in:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/audio-pizza-more-than-just-sound-bite-reviews-tutorials/id1170942901?mt=2&i=1000401989730

2D) Finally, we have a HomePod FAQ document:

http://www.iphonehacks.com/2018/02/homepod-faq.html

3) JAWS scripts for the free OEClassic email client have been updated to work with JAWS 2018:

http://www.hartgen.org/OEClassic

4) PC Mag puts together '17 Things to Know About Amazon Prime:'

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/335949/17-things-to-know-about-amazon-prime

5) FSCast #149 showcases the company's activities at the upcoming CSUN conference as well as efforts to keep JAWS working with Firefox (MP3):

http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast149-CSUN2018,training_workshops,listener_feedback,Jamie_Teh_talks_Mozilla_Firefox.mp3

6) The Fedora Outlier LLC technology training team now offers Frequently Asked Questions Friday on its Facebook page. You can submit questions in various ways, and if you like their page, you get notifications when the event starts:

https://www.facebook.com/fedoraoutlierllc

7) NFB Newsline has added Ebony, Science Daily, Scientific American and Hollywood Reporter to its large list of publications available by phone and online:

https://nfb.org/nfbnewsline

8) The Grapheel Project is considering launching a transcription project for math and science content, among other projects, and is running a survey through the end of February 2018 to gauge interest:

https://www.grapheel.com/2018/01/26/our-shared-vision-your-shared-vision/

9) This YouTube channel contains a growing number of audio described walkthroughs of mainstream games. He describes costumes, gestures and scene changes:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0liuqhnIvfLbMeL-g3THoA

10A) The Mystic Access free class for February 2018 is called The Sound of Sonos, and it will take place on GMT Friday, 23 February 2018 at 00:30. The class will be conducted using Zoom, which means there are a variety of phone, app and PC connection options. To connect using PC, Mac, iPhone or Android:

https://zoom.us/j/700941865

10B) To join the mailing list to get future course announcements:

https://www.mysticaccess.com/teleclasses

11) Mystic Access also offers a nearly three-hour tutorial on web navigation for those who find using the web frustrating:

https://www.mysticaccess.com/

12) Besides the HomePod, Braille literacy is on the agenda in iACast #69:

https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-69-homepod-importance-Braille/

13) The Year in AT 2017, Blind Bargains Qast #131, is ready for listening:

https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18386

14A) There are 123 Windows settings that can be launched with specific commands using the Run dialog or by creating shortcuts to them:

https://www.askvg.com/list-of-commands-to-launch-specific-settings-page-directly-in-windows-10/

14B) And in addition, courtesy of MajorGeeks, 'Here Are All the Copy, Paste, General, File Explorer and Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts Available in Windows:'

http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/here_are_all_the_copypastegeneralfile_explorer_and_windows_logo_keyboard_shortcuts_available_in_windows.html

15) The Brain Station page has audio demos of six accessible games:

http://www.l-works.net/brainstation.php

16) Joseph Lee's recently-completed audio tutorial on NVDA is now available as a DAISY book, via this direct download link:

http://www.josephsl.net/files/nvda18/DB-Welcome_to_NVDA_2018-by-Joseph_lee.zip

17) ComputerWorld brings us 'Cortana explained: How to use Microsoft's Virtual Assistant for Business:'

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252218/collaboration/cortana-explained-why-microsofts-virtual-assistant-is-wired-for-business.html

18) This YouTube video offers a comparison of three smart thermostats:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPhg883KCc4

19) Land of Livia is described as 'An Idle RPG and Adventure Game,' for iOS. It is now accessible:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/land-of-livia/id1052641617?mt=8

20) Of course the Blind Side podcast has an episode on the HomePod. Now you can join a mailing list to discuss past episodes and influence future ones by sending a blank message to:

theblindside+subscribe@groups.io

21) The position of WCAG Accessibility Director with United Health in Minnetonka, Minnesota is open:

https://www.ziprecruiter.com/ojob/7dfd7db05c92d500fb99f361a64c77fb

22) In Eyes on Success #1807, we hear about mainstream products becoming more and more accessible:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Volume 647

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Volume 647

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Although we missed the first week of the month last week, there was quite a lot of the material in the monthly post: "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for January 2018", much of which will still be worth perusing:

https://applevis.com/blog/accessories-advocacy-apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-applevis-braille-gaming-ios-ios-apps-mac-apps

2) AppleVis has launched a new monthly project: A podcast:

https://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-unleashed-1-lots-apple-news-kick-our-new-podcast

3) Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute is open to testers of the iOS version of YouDescribe, an app that plays audio-described YouTube videos:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1177344886?utm_content=buffer43a92&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

4) This blog post from the CNIB carries the title "Lost While Using Voice Over? Now What?"

http://blog.cnib.ca/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=9028a3c9-88f2-49e1-bd91-28de3e292019&ID=792&RootFolder=%2FLists%2FPosts&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fblog%2Ecnib%2Eca%2Fdefault%2Easpx&Web=cf0574a6-eb20-48b0-b0f8-124d7617ad52

5) Braille support is now available for two Blindfold Audio iOS games: Blindfold Wild Card and Blindfold Travel Card:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18385

6) Several commenters to the AppleVis forum offer their opinions on the question: "Which is the best app for performing OCR of documents: Envision AI, Braigo Companion, Seeing AI or KNFB Reader?"

https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/which-best-app-performing-ocr-documents-envision-ai-braigo-companion

7) This Guardian post answers the question: "Are there any good portable MP3 players for blind and visually impaired people?"

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2018/jan/04/apple-ipod-shuffle-good-mp3-portable-music-players-blind-visually-impaired-users

8) Joseph Lee's free 2018 NVDA tutorial is now complete, and is available as a .ZIP file or as individual sections. It covers the use of NVDA through the forthcoming version 2018.1:

http://www.josephsl.net/tutorials/

9) Every weekday at 07:00 and 19:00 GMT, Jonathan Mosen airs The Daily Fibre, featuring music and particularly the latest tech news. Teasers about the day's broadcast are often found in the Mushroom FM Blog:

http://www.mushroomfm.com/blog

10) We return to AppleVis to read one person's perspective on "Why I'm still on a Mac: A guide for skeptics and those who feel that grass may be greener with Windows:"

https://www.applevis.com/guides/macos-miscellaneous-voiceover/why-im-still-mac-guide-skeptics-and-those-who-feel-grass-may-be

11) An Accessibility toolbar has been added to Facebook. Access by pressing Alt + Slash (Alt + /) on your PC, Option + Slash (Option + /) on your Mac:

https://a11ywins.tumblr.com/post/170270963528/facebook-ax-navbar

12) In the first of two articles on LEASEY, this Lighthouse post gives an overview and touts the advantages of the program in general:

http://www.tylerlighthouse.org/world-of-leasey/

13) A college student with low vision reviews the free iOS Seeing AI app:

https://veroniiiica.com/2018/01/30/microsoft-seeing-ai-low-vision-review/

14) Google has launched an Accessibility Support Team, answering email queries about the accessibility of Google products:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18388

15) The Tech Doctor is back with a podcast on three excellent books:

http://dr-carter.com/

16) The University of Massachusetts Boston will offer a Graduate Certificate in the area of Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments. For information, email:

r.sesslertrinkowsky@umb.edu

17) Eyes on Success #1805 discusses a camp for blind youth, and #1806 addresses overcoming obstacles with STEM:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 1, 2018

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Top Tech Tidbits will be taking a hiatus this week due to travel for the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference.

We'll be back next week with an issue packed full of Tech Tidbits.

In the meantime, we'd like to invite you to join our friends at AIRA this week as they chronicle one blind man's adventures independently taking in the Super Bowl game this coming Sunday using this life-changing technology!

Visit http://go.aira.io/super-bowl-0 for more details!

With Much Respect
Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
President, Flying Blind LLC

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Volume 646

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Volume 646

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1A) This is a good compendium of information for the new user of a Chromebook, with videos and links to more resources:

https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/my-first-chromebook-what-ive-learned/

1B) The same author explains the accessories he has found useful for his Chromebook:

https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/my-chromebook-accessories/

2) The January 2018 Issue of AccessWorld updates us on what's new in WatchOS 4, MacOS High Sierra, and TVOS 11, and provides reviews of the Braille Sense Polaris, the Orbit Reader, two Braille displays with iOS11, and the current state of Braille with Windows Narrator:

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw1901toc

3A) Some news in the audio description arena. The Audio Description Project's 'Master AD List' now includes TV Series with Audio Description from the nine FCC-mandated TV networks. It currently lists nearly 1,800 movies and TV Series with description:

http://acb.org/adp/masterad.html

3B) A lot of YouTube videos can benefit from audio description, and YouDescribe has several videos explaining how all can assist in making these videos accessible:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNJrbI_nyy9sjqZ-Wcn6sX868i9KtdNrT&disable_polymer=true&utm_content=buffer6ba41&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

4A) Three items about web accessibility. This informative article from 24 Accessibility is entitled 'So You Want to Become an Accessibility Specialist':

https://www.24a11y.com/2017/want-become-accessibility-specialist/

4B) Perkins School invites you to assess 'How much do you know about Web Accessibility?'

http://www.perkins.org/solutions/access/accessibility-quiz

4C) And this post from Braille Works reminds us 'Why Web Accessibility Still Relies on Human Action:'

https://medium.com/@BrailleWorks/why-web-accessibility-still-relies-on-human-action-4e4d5c318dc5

5A) Perhaps you'll find a useful resource for acquiring books that you were unaware of: '50+ Ways To Get Free Books: For Educators, Clubs, And More:'

https://bookriot.com/?p=149092

5B) And this one might help you save some money on audio books, though it does come with an annoying auto-played video:

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ways-to-save-money-on-audiobooks/

5C) Speaking of audio books, you can now get them in the Google Play store, and no monthly membership is required:

https://play.google.com/store/books/category/audiobooks

6A) Here is one writer's collection of 'VoicOver iPhone Tips,' along with suggestions for other learning resources:

https://www.thinkingoutloud-sassystyle.com/voiceoveriphone-tips/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

6B) Incidentally, there are now eight podcasts in the iPhone 101 series from Blind Abilities:

http://blindabilities.com/category/technology/iphone101/

7) The VFO Group has grown again with the acquisition of Enhanced Vision:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18356

8A) NCBI, the National Council of the Blind of Ireland, holds a Virtual Technology Club. Their first meeting is on the day of release of this newsletter (01/25/2018) at 19:00 GMT. They use the Zoom meeting platform, so access is possible from throughout the world. The link for the first meeting, if you get it in time, is:

https://zoom.us/j/995412665

8B) You can read the Virtual Technology Club User Guide here (DOCX):

http://www.ncbi.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Virtual-technology-Club-User-Guide.docx

8C) And for more information about the schedule of upcoming meetings, write to:

stuart.lawler@ncbi.ie

9) Hear about eSight Eyewear, glasses which can enhance the functional vision of people with many eye problems, on Eyes on Success Issue #1804:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

10) Duxbury Systems has released DBT WIN 12.02 SR1, with some new Braille embosser support, improved math support, and other enhancements:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18346

11) That Blind Tech Show #11 features discussion about smart glasses, Facebook accessibility, and more:

http://blindabilities.com/uncategorized/that-blind-tech-show-11-rolling-back-skype-facebook-timeline-smart-glasses-is-apple-really-innovating/

12) Linson Productions offers a candid look at the Kindle Fire HD7:

http://www.linsonproductions.com/lppodcast/2018/1/22/the-fire-has-only-embers-left

13) The webinar 'Enhance Your Productivity with Free Assistive Technologies from Microsoft' will take place on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 at 20:00 GMT:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2k9pkjPvRtaXL1EQPv3O_Q

14) We're still waiting for the Blind Bargains 2017 Year in Review Qast, which is near to release, but in the meantime, the Consumer Electronics show and other matters come up for discussion in Program #130:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18353

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Volume 645

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Volume 645

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Joseph Lee continues to add to his comprehensive new tutorial on NVDA. Now we can listen to over three hours on all the NVDA preferences. The whole series, and more tutorials, is here:

http://www.josephsl.net/tutorials/

1B) Several announcements about this tutorial series, and other interesting related matters, are in this post:

https://nvda.groups.io/g/nvda/topic/welcome_to_nvda_2018_nvda/8138790?p=,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,2,0,8138790

2) Firefox version 58 is due to be released on 23 January 2018. This post explains that it should improve functionality greatly with NVDA, and also discusses the JAWS interface to Firefox:

https://www.marcozehe.de/2018/01/16/nvda-firefox-58-team-regaining-strength/

3) We now have a pretty accurate transcript of the podcast "Reach Out and Touch the New Braille Features in iOS 11:"

https://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/reach-out-and-touch-new-Braille-features-ios-11

4) If you're running Chrome OS and using the ChromeVox screen reader, you can now use Google Sheets with a Braille display to read and edit cell contents and navigate the sheet. Support for other operating systems is said to be coming:

https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6057417?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop

5) The iOS11 edition of Shelly Brisbin's book 'iOS Access for All' is a 700-page book covering all the accessibility features of iOS11, including use of mainstream apps and reviews of other accessible apps. It is available for $19.50 in EPUB, PDF and from iBooks:

http://www.iosaccessbook.com/ios-11-edition-released/

6) The Braigo Accessibility Companion is a free iOS app that extracts text from pictures for reading and identification:

https://www.braigolabs.com/blog/braigo-labs-launches-braigo-accessibility-companion-app-for-iphones-and-ipads/

7) This Adobe blog post is called "Accessibility in Acrobat DC: Ensure the Accuracy of a Tagged PDF:"

https://theblog.adobe.com/accessibility-in-acrobat-dc-ensure-the-accuracy-of-a-tagged-pdf/s

8) The new Section 508 guidelines take effect on 18 January 2018, and this article, the second in a series with a link to the first one, explains:

https://developer.paciellogroup.com/blog/2018/01/section-508-refresh-part-2/

9) On the subject of web accessibility, this YouTube video is called "Accessibility Testing with the NVDA Screenreader:"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx1vSd5uYS8

10) There is an update to KNFBReader for Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader&hl=en

11) Here's a sensible-looking article on keeping iPhone batteries alive as long as possible:

http://lightningfastcells.com/keep-your-phone-from-dying-fast/

12) Talking about batteries, PC Mag brings us "Charging Your Phone Overnight: Battery Myths Debunked:"

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357987/charging-your-phone-overnight-battery-myths-debunked

13A) While we don't usually mention local activities, this one covers two localities. Sendero Group is testing an indoor wayfinding system in Chicago and Baltimore. They are looking for testers. For Chicago information:

http://senderogroup.com/about/chifieldtestapp.asp

13B) For Baltimore information:

http://senderogroup.com/about/nfbfieldtestapp.asp

14) Dolphin Computer Access has made it possible to use its EasyReader app for iOS and Android to read documents and books from the web, as well as your own stored documents:

https://yourdolphin.com/news

15) And finally, Eyes on Success #1803 bears the title "Building Electronics Projects:"

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Volume 644

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Volume 644

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Amazon continues to enhance the accessibility of the reading experience of its books as well as the use of its devices. Now, NVDA users can read Accessible Math on Kindle eBooks, and new Gestures come to VoiceView on Fire:

https://blog.aboutamazon.com/introducing-new-accessibility-features-on-kindle-and-fire

2) Since we're talking about Amazon, this article offers perspectives on 'Why Amazon's Alexa Is 'Life Changing' for the Blind:'

http://uk.pcmag.com/news/92743/why-amazons-alexa-is-life-changing-for-the-blind

3) I suppose it's worth noting that not everybody is excited about Alexa. Some don't want it in their homes:

https://gizmodo.com/yes-your-amazon-echo-is-an-ad-machine-1821712916

4) Moving on, many Windows users have become frustrated with the accessibility challenges of the latest edition of Skype. If you're one of them, here's how to get an earlier version which will likely work better:

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34825/accessibility-features-in-the-new-skype-for-windows-mac-and-linux

5) J-Say 16.0 has been released! You can read about what's new here:

http://www.hartgen.org/j-sayupgrade

6) The MS Windows 10 Upgrade Offer for Assistive Technology Users has been extended until January 16, 2018, according to:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

7) There is a discussion happening in the web standards community. It relates to the way HTML should be used, and how screen reader users expect to navigate and understand the primary content of a web page. It's vital that we collect as much information as possible from people who use screen readers. Please take this two question survey and help us make an informed decision. But act quickly, as the survey closes at the end of the day on Friday, 12 January 2018:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bK2n1rXwlCwzs4uITheFzGHiBx8dJ6RKqgba1RD9lTY/viewform

8) The Web Axe Blog and Podcast on Web Accessibility gave a concise summary of the recent WebAIM screen survey results:

http://www.webaxe.org/screen-reader-user-survey-7-results-from-webaim/

9) Open Culture informs us of '1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities:'

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

10) Dolphin Computer Access has launched EasyConverter Express, for converting Word documents into large print, Braille, MP3 and DAISY formats, and is available for free in developing countries. American and UK English, French and Portugese are supported:

https://yourdolphin.com/easyconverter-express

11) We get one person's 'Impressions of the iPhone X' from the Linson Production Podcast:

http://www.linsonproductions.com/lppodcast/2018/1/8/impressions-of-the-iphone-jx

12) Here's a Demo of how David Woodbridge uses Google Home/Chromecast Audio devices for listening to music around the house whilst enjoying an Audible book, all on his iPhone (MP3):

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/cr3iti/Google_Home_and_Audio_Books.mp3

13) And we have a demo of Andre Lewis' Samsung UE50MU6120 Smart TV, and it's VoiceGuide features for visually impaired users (MP3. 48.8 MB):

http://www.andrelouis.com/media/Samsung_UE50MU6120_VoiceGuide_Demo.mp3 #A11Y #fb

14) Ducking into UEB is a Braille curriculum that teaches Unified English Braille. It contains assessments, activities, exercises, rules throughout the book, and more! After you purchase the teacher edition, the student textbbook and other materials are free. Free materials are available in electronic format only, but the teacher edition is available on Kindle for $9.00 and also in hardcopy form for $50:

https://www.amazon.com/Ducking-Into-UEB-Anita-Adkins/dp/1983579203

15) Taylor Arndt is a blind web designer, and in this video, he answers the question, how can a blind designer create attractive pages?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLA87a8BNaU

16) Hadley is featuring an all new series of low vision iFocus instructional videos that teach how to get the most out of the vision accessibility features on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You can find them at:

http://www.hadley.edu/instructionalvideos.asp

17) And finally, learn about concepts for daily living such as Tactile Maps, Touch Pens and YouDescribe from a developer at Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in Episode 1802 of Eyes on Success:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Volume 643

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Volume 643

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) We may have mentioned this before, but it's worth a look now as then: 'Intro to Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Video Series:'

http://attraining.org/atdaily/2017/12/29/intro-chrome-chrome-os-accessibility-video-series-youtube/

2) Exclusive Android gives us a hand up with 'Getting Started and How to use a Samsung Phone with Talkback:'

https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/getting-started-and-how-use-samsung-phone-talkback?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

3) And, more generally, 'Just Got A New Android Device - Here Is A Great Article To Get You From 0 to 60 in No Time:'

https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/just-got-new-android-device-here-great-article-get-you-0-60-no-time

4) From the UK, InfoSound marks its 10th Birthday by inaugurating its around-the-clock rolling information service:

http://www.infosound.org.uk/listen-now

5) The chapter on using NVDA on the web has been added to the evolving NVDA 2018 tutorial package:

http://www.josephsl.net/tutorials/

6A) Meanwhile, two new add-ons are available for NVDA: IndentNav makes navigation of indented text a whole lot more efficient, useful for everyone from Python programmers to readers of web comments:

https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/indentNav.en.html

6B) And BrailleExtender is an add-on that'll change your mind about NVDA's Braille support, including reversing Braille scroll keys, automatic review cursor tethering for selected apps and much more:

https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/BrailleExtender.en.html

7) This enlightening tweet lists all the technology we have now that didn't exist in 2003. Considering that Tidbits started rolling off the presses in late 2004, I imagine the picture wouldn't look a lot different for our inauguration time:

https://twitter.com/jimharris/status/948264000466374657

8) I think we missed this from a couple weeks ago: Ever wondered why one website can behave so differently with the same operating system, same browser, different machine? Read the Freedom Scientific blog post on responsive web design and how best to work with it:

http://blog.freedomscientific.com/2017/12/21/responsive-web-design-why-one-site-can-behave-differently-on-different-pcs-and-browsers/

9) A Bitcoin Whitepaper Braille Version Is Now Available, and other efforts are under way to make Bitcoin more usable by the blind:

https://coolblindtech.com/a-bitcoin-whitepaper-Braille-version-is-now-available/

10) Thanks to AppleVis Unlimited we learn 'What's New and Noteworthy for December 2017 in the Accessible Apple World:'

https://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-applevis-ios-ios-apps-mac-apps-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and

11) Eyes on Success finished 2017 with episode #1753, all the ins and outs of how Eyes on Success is created, distributed and maintained. To start 2018, Episode #1801 consists of an interview with Jamie Teh, co-founder of NVDA, who now works for Mozilla:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) A fundraiser is alive to provide more audio-described movies:

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/make-movies-available-for-the-blind

13) The Blind Bargains Qast crew tends to finish off each year by letting us hear various flubs and humorous moments that didn't make it into the year's more straight-laced episodes. So, we have episode #129:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18263

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