Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Volume 675
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1) New Tidbits Format
Since I launched Tidbits in 2004, it has been a quick, concise source of information. Now that most people now read it in HTML, we're making it even more efficient to glean what the newsletter contains. We're adding a quick title to each Tidbit. Now, those of you who navigate the newsletter using headings, or a heading list, will be able to positively speed through and find the items that interest you. And if you ever have questions about Tidbits, or any item therein, feel free to write us at:
2) Training Materials Survey
Before we get to the real news, yours truly (Dean Martineau) is thinking of creating some audio and text books / tutorials / training materials. Some of you know I used to do this in decades past. I have some ideas of what I want to create, but I'd like to hear from you on the subject. What tech topics do you think might inspire you to buy a $30 book or recording, or where do you think the need is for additional training materials for the screen reader-using community? Or do you think there is no longer a need for such instructional materials, as there may have been in the past? If you have a viewpoint, drop me a note at:
3) Correction To Mystic Access Module Pricing
In a correction from last week please note that Mystic Access offers six modules, around six hours of training on iOS for $75 as a digital download:
4A) Soundscape Now Available in Australia
Microsoft Soundscape, described as "A Map Delivered in 3D Sound," is now available in Australia:
4B) David Woodbridge Quickly Recorded a Demo [MP3]:
5A) Public Transit Information More Available in Northern Europe
The Be My Eyes app can now give more public transit information in Scandinavia and Iceland by incorporating data from MoveIt:
5B) Here's a video about Seeing AI:
6) Next Freedom Scientific Open Line
The next live talk show will run on Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 18:00 GMT, 2 PM Eastern.
7A) Two more Freedom Scientific Blog Posts
Firefox Extended Support Release now requires JAWS 2018 or newer:
7B) ZoomText has a Multilingual Image Reader:
8) JAWS 2019
The first open discussion of JAWS 2019 features will take place on Tek Talk on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 at 00:00 GMT, 8:00 PM Eastern.
9) Freedom Scientific Paid Webinar Archives Now Free
Freedom Scientific used to produce both paid and free training webinars. They appear to be moving away from producing them, but now, the archives which cost money are now free:
10) NFB Reviews FlickType
This blog post suggests that FlickType can allow faster typing on iOS:
11) WayAround Now Available on Android
The well-regarded WayAround app has now been released for Android:
12) Free Android App Teaches Guitar to the Blind
Samsung Audio Acordes is a free app designed to teach guitar to people who are blind:
13A) Recaps of the Apple Event
Apple held its regular September event to announce what is coming from them. The Blind Side podcast #103 offers a summary [MP3]:
13B) Summary by Stephen Guerra
Stephen Guerra will also conduct a summary via Zoom on GMT Sunday, 16 September 2018 at 22:30 GMT, 6:30 PM Eastern:
14) Aira Arrangement with AT&T :
Anybody visiting an AT&T store can be assisted there by Aira agents:
15) NVDA 2018.3rc1 Release and Other NVDA News
This issue of the In Process blog brings us up to date:
16) Webinar on New Web Accessibility Guidelines
Register for the webinar "What you need to know about WCAG 2.1" which will take place on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at 16:00 GMT, 12:00 PM Noon EST:
17) Course on Skype 8 from Hartgen Consultancy
Reach for the Skype will be a three session, $62 course on Skype Version 8:
18) Free Webinar about Zoom
EASI offers a 1-hour webinar about accessibility features of the Zoom conferencing system on Friday, 14 September 2018 at 18:00 GMT, 2 PM Eastern.
19) The 8th Anniversary Issue of The Blind Post
The September 2018 issue of The Blind Post contains a variety of stories:
20) Path to Success for a Military Veteran
Eyes on Success launches a 2-part interview with this vet in Episode #1837:
Flying Blind, LLC Highlights:
1.) The Paciello Group - Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Struggling to manage the adverse risk posed to your organization by the deployment of inaccessible content? Seeking guidance on building accessibility best practices into your development cycle? We offer a comprehensive range of services to address your accessibility needs - from accessibility testing of your websites, web applications and mobile apps to identify accessibility issues ...
2.) JAWS Inspect - Your Visual Resource for Accessibility Testing - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
If you are employed by, or lead an Organization committed to providing manual, accessibility test services for web content using the JAWS screenreader, but your testing and developer teams have individuals who are not JAWS users, then the newly released JAWS Inspect Solution is your missing ingredient for optimizing your test processes while maximizing your accessibility efforts ...
3.) Introducing TPG Tutor - Your eLearning, One Stop Shop for Accessibility Training - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Have you been directed to make a website or mobile app 'accessible', but have no idea where to begin? Or perhaps you know a bit about accessibility and really want to immerse yourself in the field, but you can't afford to have you or your ...
4.) Introducing ARC, Your Agile and Affordable Path to Accessibility - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Whether you are a novice to accessibility or a seasoned pro, sometimes your best start to accessibility is to let technology do some of the heavy lifting. Designers, developers and testers dealing with an accessibility project or program are looking ...
5.) Welcome to OWAC! Operating Within A Cloud! 'OWAC: Where The Sky's The Limit!' - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
OWAC Onsite = $1,000.00 USD + Pre-approved travel expenses. | OWAC Remote = $500.00 USD
The OWAC Professional Development Workshop marries decades of assistive technology know-how with the fast-paced expectations of a predominantly sighted world. Are you serving students ...
6.) 'iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, iOS 9 Edition' Authored By Larry L. Lewis, Jr., President, Flying Blind LLC, and Published by AFB Press - AFB Online Store
Paperback: $29.95 | Online: $17.95 | ePUB: $20.95 | Kindle: $20.95
This book represents a 'must have' for any direct service provider working with vision impaired consumers who are using iOS technology within their educational or pre-vocational settings ...
7.) Silver Indoor Outdoor Talking Thermometer for $16.95 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Indoor and outdoor temperature spoken at the touch of a button, Fahrenheit or Celsius, volume control and on/off switch. LCD visual display can show either indoor or outdoor temperature ...
8.) Large Print Address Book for $16.00 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Spiral bound book. Holds up to 500 address listings. Three address listings per page. Includes 20/20 pen. Durable covers with inside front and back pockets. Alphabetical tabs and ample room ...
9.) Large Print Check Register for $8.75 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Spiral bound register helps keep better control of check recording. Contains spaces for 14 entries per full page. Size: 5" x 9" ...
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