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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 17, 2018 - Volume 692

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Volume 692

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Webinar: Take The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group
January 31st 2019

Webinar: Take The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group - January 31st 2019

Come and join us for this informative webinar hosted by Larry Lewis and the Paciello Group!

What: Webinar: Take The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group

When: Thursday, January 31st 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Where: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6115475007621/WN_68HVJe7mQ7yafZt_nUgDBw

About: Join Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships with The Paciello Group on January 31st 2019 at 12:00 PM EST as he explains how to make JAWS testing of web content more intuitive and efficient for people who are not "power" screenreader users.

Larry will examine the value of assistive technology, or AT, as well as the importance of having non-visually impaired individuals knowledgeable about AT tools to empathize and build a connection between themselves and people with visual disabilities.

He will describe in detail how to use TPG's testing tool, JAWS Inspect, to streamline screenreader testing, minimizing the necessity for comprehensive JAWS training for sighted developers and testers as well as for use in situations when in-depth JAWS training is not feasible due to time and budget constraints.

To register for this webinar, visit:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6115475007621/WN_68HVJe7mQ7yafZt_nUgDBw

Greetings,

1) AccessWorld Offers Lots of Braille-Related Info

The January 2019 issue of AccessWorld contains two articles on advanced tactile watches, an overview of Braille support on the Kindle Fire Tablet, a review of the Braille Blaster program from APH, and a discussion of the new operating systems for the Apple Watch, Apple RV and the Mac:
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw2001toc

2A) NVDA News

The first issue of InProcess for the year informs us of an NVDA update affecting speakers of at least one language, the updated certification exam, and more:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-16th-january-2019/

2B) Users Can Influence NVDA Development by Completing a Survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXTe1_l52wVsDdvJNpAQ7qiU7A141BaugI8XuVxKz0A1TFNQ/viewform

3A) Consumer Electronics Show, Tek Talk Focus and Blog Post

Again this year, Tek Talk will feature a program highlighting discoveries from CES, on GMT 22 January at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

3B) This Double Tap Canada post discusses the event as well:

https://doubletap.online/ces-2019-a-blind-guys-take

4) Audio-Only Games

This GameRevolution post mentions a number of audio-only games on different platforms:
https://www.gamerevolution.com/features/477059-games-for-the-visually-impaired

5) A User Testimonial About Envision

This entrepreneur finds the Envision app useful:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/user-spotlight-malcolm-parfitt

6) WayAround Updates

Read the post or listen to the recorded webinar about enhancements in version 2.3 of this Android and iOS app for object identification:
https://blog.wayaround.com/journey/wayaround-2.3-release

7) Audio Fitness Programs with Text Explanations Still Free

Thanks to donations, the Eyes-Free Fitness Workout programs from Blind Alive can be downloaded free, with donations needed to continue the availability:
https://www.blindalive.com

8) ElBraille Enthusiast

This YouTube Video Discusses the ElBraille:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGMBetKG9rY&feature=youtu.be

9) Producing Professional Podcasts With Your iPhone

This 15-minute podcast introduces Backpack Studio, an accessible iOS app for audio production:
https://overcast.fm/+JFFnz1QmQ

10) Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR Vs. 3D Touch on the XS.

This Apple Insider article is entitled "What Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR can do, and how it differs from 3D Touch on the iPhone XS:"
https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/01/15/what-haptic-touch-on-the-iphone-xr-can-do-and-how-it-differs-from-3d-touch-on-the-iphone-xs

11) T-Mobile TV Survey

T-Mobile is developing a television service and seeks participants in a short survey for people with visual impairments about what is important to them. Respondents get a $15 Amazon gift card:
https://layer3tv.getfeedback.com/r/aYik1VlQ

12) SWIFT Programming

"Downloading & Managing Playgrounds" is the latest in Hadley Institute's training materials on coding:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I93iM-u2dg4&feature=youtu.be

13) Sight and Sound Technology Podcast

This episode features two interviews and a discussion of accessing Apple Music on the Braille Sense Polaris:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7142757-episode-5-robbie-forde-amie-hynes-fitzpatrick-and-apple-music-on-the-Braille-sense-polaris

14) Enrolment for Hartgen Consultancy PowerPoint Course Extended

People can sign up for this course until Monday 21 January 2019:
http://www.hartgen.org/power

15) Be Safe on the Internet

This page's author describes it as "An open source checklist of resources designed to improve your online privacy and security:"
https://securitycheckli.st/

16) 8 Helpful Apps For People Who Are Blind

This Easterseals Blog post offers one user's compendium of favorite apps, this time, for the iPhone:
https://blog.easterseals.com/8-helpful-apps-people-who-are-blind/

17) Advances in Digital Accessibility

In Eyes on Success Episode 1903, Larry Lewis talks about his new role as Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships for the Paciello Group, after many years running Flying Blind, LLC. They talk about the importance of accessibility and learn about some of the tools and resources available from the Paciello Group to assist with creating accessible designs:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

18A) Training and Support from Aira

Aira has released a free packet of audio training materials for users of the service and those looking into it. Files are available as a DAISY book or as individual MP3 files:
https://aira.io/training

18B) Users of Aira's free services, and those considering the service, can now join the existing discussion e-mail list. to do this, send a blank message to

aira+subscribe@groups.io

19) Blind Bargains Qast Outtakes and Bloopers

Blind Bargains Qast 171 is the annual humorous look back at the year in Blind Bargains Qast production:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=19882

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 10, 2018 - Volume 691

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 10, 2019 - Volume 691

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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  • Comprehensive Audit: The best way to gain a thorough understanding of the accessibility level of your website, web application or native app.

  • UX Services: Offers an opportunity to discover how people with disabilities and people who use assistive technologies engage with your brand.

  • Training: Our onsite or virtual Training options are an effective way to embed accessibility knowledge within your team.

  • Help Desk: Our Help Desk Services provides ongoing accessibility support for your team via a ticket-based system that makes it easy for stakeholders to ask questions and get responses back with quick turnaround.

  • Strategy & Program Development: Our Strategy & Program Development services offer the expertise to perform strategic consulting on accessibility processes or to help you develop your Accessibility Program so that accessibility is being addressed across systems, processes, and people within your organization.

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Greetings,

1) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for December 2018

Let's begin with this monthly summary of Apple news:
https://www.applevis.com/blog

2) Tips For Online Shopping With Disabilities: A Website Accessibility Guide

This cross-disability article may nonetheless offer some useful tips:
https://couponfollow.com/research/online-shopping-with-disabilities

3) 70 Web Accessibility Resources for Designing with Inclusivity

Actually, it seems there are 78 resources on web accessibility here, not just 70!
https://dynomapper.com/blog/27-accessibility-testing/453-70-accessibility-resources-that-help-people-with-disabilities-online

3) A Lighted Cane on Eyes on Success

Episode #1902 of Eyes on Success features an effort to develop and market a lighted cane:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

4) The Latest from Hartgen Consultancy on Tek Talk

Learn about goings-on at Hartgen Consultancy on Tek Talk starting at 01:00 on GMT Tuesday, 15 January 2019:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

5) Latest in Narrator and Ease of Access

Windows Insiders using Preview Build 18309 have access to Narrator features the rest of us will presumably see in a few months. Improvement continues in Chrome navigation, it is far easier to add voices for other languages and dialects, you can tab among all the controls in the Narrator Home screen, and more:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/01/03/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-18309/

6) NFB Review of HIMS QBraille XL

The NFB gives this Braille device fairly high marks:
https://nfb.org/blog/article/3808

7) Nine Uses for Safari Private Windows

This MacMost article offers a coherent explanation of this feature:
https://macmost.com/nine-uses-for-safari-private-windows.html

8) Podcast Transcripts from Blind Abilities

Over 80 Blind Abilities podcasts have been transcribed, making the information available to those who cannot or do not want to listen to the program:
http://blindabilities.com/?cat=514

9) How to Fix Android Accessibility Settings That Turn off Automatically

This article from Guiding Tech provides a good solution for some mystifying settings issues:
https://www.guidingtech.com/fix-android-accessibility-settings-turn-off-automatically/

10) Amazon Using Proprietary Charger on the Dot

This brief post comments on what appears to be a step backward:
https://kevinrenatojones.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/my-thoughts-and-discoveries-on-how-amazon-now-uses-proprietary-ac-adaptors-on-their-echo-dots/

11) iOS 12 Edition of iOS Access for All Released

This 168,000-word, over 700-page book covers everything related to accessibility in Apple's new OS. It is now available in EPUB and Apple format for $25:
http://www.iosaccessbook.com/ios-12-edition-released/

12) Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

Wired tells us about this latest Google Assistant capability:
https://www.wired.com/story/google-assistant-interpreter-mode/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wired&utm_brand=wired&utm_social-type=owned

13) Google Assistant Summary of 2018 Progress

Google reports on what it feels is new and better for the year in the Assistant:
https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/heres-how-google-assistant-became-more-helpful-2018/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

14) What's new with FS Training

This webinar will introduce us to Freedom Scientific's plans for training in 2019. It takes place on Thursday, 17 January 2019 at 20:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CipExvrvS9O7gmfH1CYYiA

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 3, 2018 - Volume 690

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 3, 2019 - Volume 690

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs!

The Paciello Group logo. Your Accesibility Partner. We help achieve end-to-end accessibility in your organizationís websites, applications and processes. Our consulting services include accessibility testing and evaluation, WCAG/Section 508 compliance audits, VPAT analysis and production, training, user testing and research, design reviews and strategic planning to embed accessible user experience into all aspects of your product development lifecycle.

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 and assist in their repair, to conducting research and usability testing to share insights into how people with disabilities experience your products, to providing strategic guidance or accessibility training to help you build accessibility capacity within your organization.

When it comes to accessibility, we have the expertise to help you succeed on countless fronts!

Service Offerings We Provide:

  • Comprehensive Audit: The best way to gain a thorough understanding of the accessibility level of your website, web application or native app.

  • UX Services: Offers an opportunity to discover how people with disabilities and people who use assistive technologies engage with your brand.

  • Training: Our onsite or virtual Training options are an effective way to embed accessibility knowledge within your team.

  • Help Desk: Our Help Desk Services provides ongoing accessibility support for your team via a ticket-based system that makes it easy for stakeholders to ask questions and get responses back with quick turnaround.

  • Strategy & Program Development: Our Strategy & Program Development services offer the expertise to perform strategic consulting on accessibility processes or to help you develop your Accessibility Program so that accessibility is being addressed across systems, processes, and people within your organization.

For more information, or to ask questions not answered here, please email accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉ or call +1 (216) 381-8107 ☎ today. We're standing by to assist!

Greetings,

1) NLS on Eyes on Success

Hear about the present and future of the National Library Service for the Blind on the first Eyes on Success for 2019, Episode 1901:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

2) Android on Tek Talk

Navigation on Android, comparison between Android and iOS will be the theme of Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 8 January 2019 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

3) Holiday Coupon for All Audio Tutorials and Apple Slices!

You can get a 40% reduction in the price of iOS and Mac training packages from this company:
http://macfortheblind.com/?p=3341

4) Using Your iPhone Without a Touchscreen

Learn about the Rivo 2, the $299 add-on that lets you use your smart phone without a touch screen, on Audio Pizza:
http://audio.pizza/ap122/

5) 9 Google Tricks For Better Search Results

Gizmodo Australia brings us this list of search tips:
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/12/8-google-tricks-hacks-tips-for-better-search-results/

6) When Readers Are Good

This article from the December 2018 Braille Monitor counters the notion that reading using technology is desirable under all circumstances:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm18/bm1811/bm181114.htm

7) User Experience and Accessibility of Gutenberg (The WordPress 5.0 Block Editor)

This is information from a talk in Edinburgh in November 2018:
https://www.abrightclearweb.com/user-experience-accessibility-gutenberg-wordpress-block-editor/?utm_campaign=the-user-experience-and-accessibility-of-gutenberg-the-wordpress-50-block-editor&utm_medium=social_link&utm_source=missinglettr

8) That Blind Tech Show

This is Episode #25, covering a lot of ground:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=4269

9) Alexa for PCs

Users in The US, UK and Germany can run Alexa on their Windows 10 PC:
https://www.amazon.com/b?node=17549366011

10) This Year In A.T. 2018 - Blind Bargains

Blind Bargains Qast #170 is the annual year-end retrospective:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=19835

11) Blind Post Classifieds

The January Blind Post Classified News submission deadline is January 7, 2019. Visit:
http://www.theblindpost.com

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