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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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