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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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