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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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