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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Volume 659

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) USA Today asked all three of the competing virtual assistants 150 questions and reports back with the results:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/05/08/we-asked-google-assistant-amazon-s-alexa-and-apples-siri-150-questions/585764002/

2A) A programmer going by the name of Rocky Waters has written a program to teach typing to blind Windows users that is free. You can find it and other useful utilities he has written here:

http://www.rockywaters.co.uk/softwarePage.php

2B) He has also written a number of free games, and plans to get back to game creation now that the typing tutor is complete:

http://www.rockywaters.co.uk/gamesPage.php

3) Here is an informal demo of the accessibility of the Amazon Fire TV devices and the Netflix app:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w65ix8ui9u0fgsq/firetvdemo.mp3?dl=1

4) Jonathan Mosen airs the Daily Fiber, a technology news show with musical interludes, every weekday. Now, you can get the show minus the music and with all the modern podcast benefits for $5.00 per month. It costs around a quarter a day:

http://www.mosen.org/TheDailyFibre

5) The AccessU Conference is coming up, and you can pay for online access so you can attend most sessions from home:

https://knowbility.org/programs/accessu/online/2018/

6) A research team with the Digital Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to speak with people in the DC area who use screen readers on their computers or mobile phones between now and May 20th. Users will be compensated at least $25 per hour for hour-long sessions. For information, email:

elissa@adhocteam.us

7) This will be worth sharing with any iOS developers we happen to meet: "Checklist: How to Make Your iOS App More Accessible:"

https://www.hackingwithswift.com/articles/91/checklist-how-to-make-your-ios-app-more-accessible

8) Terminology is a free dictionary, thessaurus and more, and here is a podcast demonstrating its features (MP3):

https://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast1143.mp3

9) The tweet announcing Blind Bargains Qast #143 informs us that it runs for 42 minutes:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18852

10) Eyes on Success Episode #1819 talks about the newly-released FlickType iOS app we mentioned last week:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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