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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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