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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Volume 660

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Microsoft is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 17 May 2018, with a movie, "Re-Imagining Accessibility." The trailer itself has received high praise, and the movie debuts on the 17th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEvQsydG2oQ

2) Here is an FAQ document about digital talking books from the North Carolina Library:

https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/faq/dtb

3) Fedora Outlier LLC holds FAQ Friday sessions on Facebook. An easy way to watch them is via their YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZllqCCwAVC14rp5ppN9iXA

4) Web accessibility expert Leonie Watson gave a talk on The State of the Browser, in which she discussed the current state of accessibility in various browsers and what the future could hold:

https://www.stateofthebrowser.com/speakers/leonie-watson/

5) "Enabling People with Visual Impairments to Navigate Virtual Reality with a Haptic and Auditory Cane Simulation" was a presentation at the recent CHI '18: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzrshG6PT7U

6) ComputerWorld brings us "10 Apple Accessibility Solutions Everyone Should Know:"

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3273107/apple-mac/10-apple-accessibility-solutions-everyone-should-know.html

7) This page claims to provide "iPhone and iPad Accessibility Support:"

https://support.apple.com/accessibility/iphone-ipad?cid=tw_sr

8) From Komando.com, learn about "8 Cool New Things Your Google Home Can Do That Will Make Alexa Jealous:"

https://www.komando.com/tips/459426/8-cool-new-things-your-google-home-can-do

9) In this 2018 GDC talk, EA Sports' Karen Stevens covers how gameplay without sight is currently possible for many popular EA titles, including UFC, Need for Speed, NHL, and Madden NFL, and also describes steps taken to improve the experience of EA's blind audience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaDR4hJkskc&feature=youtu.be

10) This episode of the French podcast Oxitude concerns the multi-line Canute Braille tablet in the final phases of development from Bristol Braille Technology:

https://www.oxytude.org/visite-de-jacques-chez-bristol-braille-technology-partie-1-discussion-autour-de-la-tablette-braille-canute/

11) In-Process for 15 May 2018 from NVAccess tells us what is coming in speech, Braille and table processing in NVDA 2018.3:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-15th-may-2018/

12) "Getting Started with Narrator: A Free Community Workshop," is offered by the Assistive Technology Trainers Division of the National Federation of the Blind, and is free and open to all. It will run from 02:00-03:30 GMT on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 via Zoom. With Narrator always improving and freely included as part of windows, it may meet many adaptive technology needs. To learn how to take part in the session, email:

chancey.fleet@gmail.com

13) At about the same time, starting at 00:00 on the same GMT day, Tuesday, 22 May 2018, Tek Talk will open the forum to the creators of the AIRA service:

http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

14) A coding camp for blind and visually impaired students will be held in Boston from 10-14 July, 2018. Students from afar can participate via Skype if they can't attend in person. Here is the information:

http://www.ourspaceourplace.org/

15) Hear about low vision optometry in Eyes on Success Episode #1820:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

16) According to blogger and Mozilla employee Marco, "Firefox 60 and JAWS 2018 Are Back in Good Browsing Conditions Together:"

https://www.marcozehe.de/2018/05/11/firefox-60-and-jaws-2018-back-in-good-browsing-conditions-together/

17) This video can "Demystify Accessibility By Explaining What Blind Users Need, What Developers Can Do To Meet Those Needs and How Accessibility Works (from an application through the platform to assistive technology):"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fz_GyvAKoI&feature=youtu.be

18) The "Accessible TV for the Visually Impaired from Comcast" page offers demos and explanations of the company's accessibility features:

https://www.xfinity.com/accessibility

19) Episode 12 of The Parallel discusses the Google I/O Conference and some of its accessibility implications:

http://parallelpodcast.com/2018/05/15/12-i/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

20) This Linson Productions podcast instructs on "How To Use The Actions Rotor and iOS 11:"

https://www.spreaker.com/user/4858326/how-do-use-actions-rotor-and-ios-11

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