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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Volume 654

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Blind Bargains leads the way on information harvested from the CSUN Conference. They have several interviews from vendors, with more to come, followed by a wrap-up Blind Bargains Qast. A special edition this year is that written transcripts are provided for all the interviews. There will be more retrospectives and presentation summaries and outlines to come:

https://www.blindbargains.com/audio/

2) The goal of the DOTS RPG Project is to make gaming accessories available for the visually impaired:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/dots-rpg-project-dice-shop

3) The FlickType Keyboard is intended to be an easier and faster keyboard for blind iPhone users to use rather than the onscreen keyboard. It is a revival of the old Fleksy keyboard. Reviews have been positive. It is in beta now, and all are welcome to try it:

https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/announcing-flicktype-keyboard-looking-beta-testers

4) One of the founders of the grocery delivery service Instacart has reached out to blind users for feedback on their web site and apps. Here's the thread:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Blind/comments/87l1d9/how_can_instacart_help/

5) Mental Floss suggests '12 Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On:'

http://mentalfloss.com/article/536411/amazon-prime-perks-you-might-be-missing

6A) The Blind Post classified news is back and ready to roll! Please email your notices by the 5th of April to be included in the April 2018 Edition, and to read more about what and how to post notices visit:

http://theblindpost.com/Readthelatestnewshere.html

6B) Or email:

foodlady@theblindpost.com

7) MyVision is an Android App that reads text in real time and in seven languages:

http://komonews.com/news/local/westview-high-school-junior-designs-award-winning-app-for-visually-impaired

8A) You may wish to subscribe to the free monthly online newsletter, The Blind Perspective. The announcement suggests that the publication covers technology suggestions as well as other helpful information. Check out past issues at:

http://www.theblindperspective.com

8B) To subscribe to receive the publication via email, send a blank email to:

theblindperspective+subscribe@groups.io

9) The recording of Joseph Lee's comprehensive presentation on the present and future of Windows 10 accessibility will be available through the Tek Talk archive, if it is not already, but you can also grab the MP3 file here: (MP3)

http://www.josephsl.net/files/winten1803.mp3

10) We have mentioned these sources for information about getting started with Android before, but they were recently summarized in an email message I saw. There's the Getting Started Guide from Inclusive Android:

https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/

10B) And the Eyes Free list can be a great place to ask questions:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/eyes-free

11) Practitioners in web accessibility are invited to take this second practitioner survey from WebAIM:

https://webaim.org/projects/practitionersurvey2/

12) Able Player is a fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player, available for free:

https://ableplayer.github.io/ableplayer/

13) Hartgen Consultancy has updated their voice recognition FAQ!

http://www.hartgen.org/faq

14) Thanks to the IBOS MusicXML Reader, a free program from Denmark, music aficionados can read a music score, just like sighted musicians. The notes can be displayed on a Braille display as music Braille and plain text. They can be read out as text and played back. The program can be operated through a Braille display, PC keyboard, and foot switches. The user can choose which parts or instruments they want presented; can step through the score, jump by measure/bar or go to a specific position; can examine the single notes of a chord of a particular part, and more:

https://www.ibos.dk/english/the-ibos-musicxml-reader.html

15) iACast #74 features a wide-ranging discussion of social media applications:

https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-74-social-media/

16) Episode # 379 of the Blind Side Podcast covers Apple's recent education-related event, CSUN, and AIRA: (MP3)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theblindside/TheBlindSide79.mp3

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