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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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