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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Volume 726

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Volume 726

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Contact Us for all of Your JAWS Scripting Needs!

Image. The Paciello Group logo sits above a flat screen computer monitor displaying the JAWS logo (A talking shark.) Beside the monitor sits the JAWS software box.

Has your Organization invested in applications that are not accessible to screenreader users, and you've reached an accessibility impasse with the application developer?

Never fear! We, at The Paciello Group have you covered! Because we are the Digital Accessibility Arm for Vispero, home to Freedom Scientific Software, we are able to offer you state-of-the-art JAWS Scripting services.

We're able to provide robust, yet intuitive alternatives to the most complex desktop applications through either onsite or remote scripting services.

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So before throwing in the "Adaptec Towel", contact us, and allow us the opportunity to give you exemplary JAWS scripting services in a timely and responsive manner!

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Greetings,

1) Using a Braille Display on iOS: An Introduction

This AppleVis guide has been updated for iOS 13:
https://www.applevis.com/node/1763

2) Braille on Display 2020 Edition

Jackie Brown has updated her $35 book, which is a useful guide to many of the Braille devices on the market today, in plain English, and in EPUB, PDF and Word formats:
https://mosen.org/Brailleondisplay/

3) Custom JAWS Scripts For Movies & TV

These free scripts help with reading subtitles, English translations and foreign-language passages among other things:
https://www.dlee.org/mtv/

4) Why iPad will never catch up to Mac

This is the opinion of Cult of Mac magazine:
https://www.cultofmac.com/657194/ipad-vs-mac-cult-of-mac-magazine-317/

5) The New Features, Changes, Improvements, and Bugs in MacOS Catalina for Blind and Low Vision Users

Here is AppleVis coverage about the latest Mac OS:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/new-features-changes-improvements-and-bugs-macos-catalina-blind-and-low-vision-users

6) MacOS Catalina: The MacStories Review

Here is a thorough review of this Mac OS:
https://www.macstories.net/stories/macos-catalina-the-macstories-review/

7) Freedom Scientific Training - YouTube

Freedom Scientific has been adding a lot of short videos to this page:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLlctxRAroB4ApeQd5b_I6A/videos

8) JAWS 2020 Public Beta

The second Beta of JAWS 2020 has appeared, bringing improved OCR, more usable JAWS cursor, and many other niceties:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSPublicBeta

9) Stay Connected with Skype 8 and JAWS

This blog post discusses JAWS support for Skype 8:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/stay-connected-with-skype-8-and-jaws-2/

10) How to Dictate Text in Microsoft Office

This general article comes from PC Mag:
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/370630/how-to-dictate-text-in-microsoft-office/8

11) ANTAD Podcast Episode 4, OCR

The team discuss and demonstrates various tools for OCR on Android:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/antad-podcast-episode-4

12) Blind Bargains Qast #194

Lots of Microsoft and Windows news here, but not only those:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20500

13) Customizing Windows for Low Vision

Hadley is launching a series of videos on this theme:
https://hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos/Customizing_Windows_for_Low_Vision.asp

14) ScripTalk now on iOS

Envision America reports that you can now use an iPhone running iOS 13 to access prescription labels from ScripTalk:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scriptalk-mobile/id1317698388

15) Zoom Conferencing on Tek Talk

Using Zoom is the topic of Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

16) Exploring Images on Eyes on Success

Learn about HaptImage on Eyes on Success #1941:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) Inviting Friends to Aira

If you invite a new person to Aira and they accept, you get 30 free minutes and so do they:
https://aira.io/invite

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Volume 725

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Volume 725

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Contact Us for all of Your JAWS Scripting Needs!

Image. The Paciello Group logo sits above a flat screen computer monitor displaying the JAWS logo (A talking shark.) Beside the monitor sits the JAWS software box.

Has your Organization invested in applications that are not accessible to screenreader users, and you've reached an accessibility impasse with the application developer?

Never fear! We, at The Paciello Group have you covered! Because we are the Digital Accessibility Arm for Vispero, home to Freedom Scientific Software, we are able to offer you state-of-the-art JAWS Scripting services.

We're able to provide robust, yet intuitive alternatives to the most complex desktop applications through either onsite or remote scripting services.

We increase your vision-impaired staff's productivity, providing unparalleled on the job satisfaction for the entire agency!

So before throwing in the "Adaptec Towel", contact us, and allow us the opportunity to give you exemplary JAWS scripting services in a timely and responsive manner!

For more information, email accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉ or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) Historic Blind Bargains Qast #193

Historic, because yours truly (Dean Martineau) made my first appearance on the show to discuss Windows Keyboard Power User Guide and Top Tech Tidbits, among other things. You will also find lots of Amazon coverage and the week's news:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20495

2) NV Access In Process 1 October 2019

Learn about the beta of NVDA 2019.2.1 to fix some difficulties, updates to the for-sale documentation, and more:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-1st-october/

3) WebAIM 2019 Screen Reader Survey Results

This survey had more respondents outside North America than previous surveys, thus providing better representation of the global screen reader user audience. NVDA now shows as having more users than JAWS:
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey8/

4) Yahoo Finance App Makes Charts Accessible To The Blind

This feature is also available generally in iOS 13. Blind people can gain much more from graphs thanks to these innovations:
https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/341192/yahoo-finance-app-makes-charts-accessible-to-the-b.html

5) Tech Talk: Amazon Special

In Episode #296 of RNIB Tech talk comes coverage of Amazon's 15 new devices:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7384117-tech-talk-amazon-special

6) Amazon's Big Announcements For Blind People

this Double Tap blog explains about a few of the devices and their benefits:
https://doubletap.online/amazons-big-announcements-for-blind-people

7) 10 Weirdest Things You Can Make Amazon Echo Do

Here's a CNET article to complement all of these Amazon updates:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-weirdest-things-you-can-make-amazon-echo-do/

8) iOS 13.1 Reviewed On That Blind Tech Show

The hosts talk about the new iOS pros and cons:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=5444

9) Bookshare Has Delivered 15 Million Books

This blog post celebrates the milestone and talks of things to come:
https://blog.bookshare.org/2019/09/celebrating-15-million-books-delivered/

10) Scanning and Reading Apps by SmartLife Tech Cast

This CNIB podcast discusses the past and present of reading and scanning apps:
https://soundcloud.com/smartlifetechcast/scanning-and-reading-apps

11) OrCam on Tek Talk

Hear about the OrCam MyEye 2 wearable artificial intelligence device for people with vision loss on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 8 October at 00:00.
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

12) CAVI Back with Python and Linux Courses

The Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired will offer courses in Python Fundamentals and Linux Fundamentals in 2020. To express interest and get particulars, email
neil.hines@curtin.edu.au

13) New and Noteworthy for September 2019 from AppleVis

Here's a timely blog post to summarize a busy month:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-september-2019

14) iOS 13 from iACast

iACast #131 offers its perspective on our latest iOS update:
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-131-whats-new-in-ios-13/

15) iOS 13 Edition of iOS Access for All is coming!

Shelly anticipates that the biggest book in her annual series will appear in mid-November 2019:
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-131-whats-new-in-ios-13/

16) The Best Ways to Use Google Assistant Reminders

This article from the A.V. Club is valid for the Google Home app on many devices:
https://lifehacker.com/the-best-ways-to-use-google-assistant-s-reminders-1838294120

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Volume 724

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Volume 724

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Contact Us for all of Your JAWS Scripting Needs!

Image. The Paciello Group logo sits above a flat screen computer monitor displaying the JAWS logo (A talking shark.) Beside the monitor sits the JAWS software box.

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So before throwing in the "Adaptec Towel", contact us, and allow us the opportunity to give you exemplary JAWS scripting services in a timely and responsive manner!

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Greetings,

1) Mystic Access Free Class on iOS 13

The Mystic Access monthly free class will cover iOS 13, and will be held on GMT 27 September 2019 at 00:30:
https://zoom.us/j/551636534?status=success

2) Quick and Easy Methods for Using Microsoft Word $12 Event from Mystic Access

This 1.5 hour class will be held on GMT Friday, 11 October 2019 at 00:30:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/event/quick-and-easy-methods-for-using-microsoft-word/

3) Returning to Windows from Mac

Brian Hartgen gave the Mac a good try and is returning to Windows:
http://hartgen-home.org/node/47

4) HumanWare on TekTalk

Humanware's blindness product managers will appear on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 1 October 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

5) Amazon Echo Show and Tell

This new feature of both first and second-generation Echo Show devices lets a blind user use the device to identify unlabeled household items:
https://blog.aboutamazon.com/devices/alexa-what-am-i-holding

6) Big List of iOS Shortcuts

Here are some 150 shortcuts to get you started:
https://lifehacker.com/check-out-this-massive-collection-of-custom-siri-shortc-1838364911

7) Seeing AI Enhancements

This latest version of Seeing AI can launch any channel with a Siri command, and reads in more languages:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/seeing-ai/id999062298

8) Legos on BBQ 192

Lots of news and an interview about the new accessible Legos:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20490

9) FSCast Replays FS Open Line for September

Hear about JAWS Version 2020:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/f/2/3/f2367b23e3cdedcc/FSCast175-OpenLineSeptember2019.mp3?c_id=53063987&cs_id=53063987&destination_id=699950&expiration=1569443522&hwt=a117effbb1c4dd56707a7fbffe424bcb

10) AppleVis RoundTable Podcast

This podcast catches us up to the latest iOS 13.1 news:
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/applevis-extra-69-ios-and-ipados-13-roundtable

11) Accessibility Features in Outlook for Windows

This next Microsoft Accessibility Webinar will take place on Wednesday, 16 October, at 19:00 GMT:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUNlFQVFpZWjQyQTBWUUk5VkZDUVIyVFBFMC4u

12) Apple Review from iACast

Episode #130 gives the team's views on Apple happenings:
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-130-apple-event-wrapup/

13) Dark Mode from iACast

An iACast quick tip covers the new dark mode in iOS 13:
https://iaccessibility.net/quick-tip-enable-dark-mode-in-ios-13/

14) Fall AccessTechWatch360

This podcast covers Windows security, NVDA and gaming:
https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/2019-fall-clean-up-with-windows-defender-firefox-s-dns-and-mainstream-gaming-with-madden-20-s-screen-reader/

15) Guide Dog and RP on Eyes on Success

We know we're three-quarters through the year, since Episode #1939 is here, focusing on RP and guide dog use:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Volume 723

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Volume 723

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Contact Us for all of Your JAWS Scripting Needs!

Image. The Paciello Group logo sits above a flat screen computer monitor displaying the JAWS logo (A talking shark.) Beside the monitor sits the JAWS software box.

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Never fear! We, at The Paciello Group have you covered! Because we are the Digital Accessibility Arm for Vispero, home to Freedom Scientific Software, we are able to offer you state-of-the-art JAWS Scripting services.

We're able to provide robust, yet intuitive alternatives to the most complex desktop applications through either onsite or remote scripting services.

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So before throwing in the "Adaptec Towel", contact us, and allow us the opportunity to give you exemplary JAWS scripting services in a timely and responsive manner!

For more information, email accessibility@flying-blind.com ✉ or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Return to Flying Blind, LLC

Greetings,

1) Courses on Braille and Embossers in Spanish

Assoc Civil Tiflonexos in Argentina offers two virtual classes, 'Operating Index Braille Embossers' and 'Introduction to Reading and Writing Braille'. Courses last three monnths, and students outside Argentina will pay around $100 per course. For more information, communicate in Spanish to:
redes@tiflonexos.org

2) Book on NVDA and Word Available in Spanish

The official NVDA book on using the screen reader with Word is the second of their books to be translated in Spanish: https://nvda.es/2019/09/16/ya-disponible-el-libro-de-formacion-microsoft-word-con-nvda/

3) First Public Beta of JAWS 2020

This version promises less verbose and more accurate speech on the web, better Convenient OCR and removal of some unnecessary speech messages among other enhancements:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20489

4) FSCast #174 Covers The New JAWS and More

Eric Damery hits the high points unveiling this new version:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/fscast-174-eric-damery-previews-the-first-jaws-2020-public-beta-and-retired-superior-court-judge-david-szumowski-previews-his-new-autobiography-reach-for-more/

5) Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 13 for Blind and Low Vision Users:

As iOS 13's release date draws near, many say they will wait to upgrade for a while:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessibility-bugs-introduced-and-resolved-ios-13-blind-and-low-vision-users

6) What's New In iOS 13 Accessibility For Individuals Who Are Blind or Deaf-Blind

Part 1 of the two-part AppleVis series, focusing on accessibility:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/whats-new-ios-13-accessibility-individuals-who-are-blind-or-deaf-blind

7) What's New in iOS 13: Part 2, General Features

This is a very feature-rich release!
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/whats-new-ios-13-part-2-general-features

8) Blind Bargains Apple Recap

Good discussion and lots of useful links to follow in BBQ #191:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20484

9) History of Android Accessibility on ANTAD Podcast

ANTAD will be a podcast from some Android enthusiasts. Here is the first episode:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/antad-1st-podcast-episode

10) JAWS Scripts For Audible Updated

Doug Lee provides these free scripts:
http://dlee.org/audible/

11) Jaws Guide to the Taskbar Updated

This comprehensive guide to using the Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar is updated to the latest version of Windows. It makes only occasional references to JAWS, so is really useful to users of all screen readers:
http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Taskbar-10-Guide.html

12) NV Access | In-Process 13th September

Hear about NVDACon and start hearing about what will be coming in NVDA 2019.3:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-13th-september/

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Volume 722

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Volume 722

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) JAWS For Kiosks

Vispero has released a variant of its JAWS For Windows screenreader designed to provide access to Windows-based Kiosks:
https://www.paciellogroup.com/products/jaws-kiosk/

2) Summary of Apple's "By Innovation Only" Event on September 10th 2019

We now know about Apple's new hardware, and here's a summary from AppleVis:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/editorial-summary-apples-innovation-only-event-september-10

3) Applevis Podcast on New Hardware

Here's more of the same from an AppleVis podcast:
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/applevis-extra-68-recapping-apples-september-10-2019-innovation-only-event

4) MRTP #181

The Maccessibility Round Table podcast gives us yet another perspective on Apple's pronouncements:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/09/10/mrtp-181-promax-use-as-directed

5) Smart Kitchen Gadgets on Tech it Out

The Hadley Tech it Out for September concerns smart kitchen gadgets. It will take place on GMT Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 01:00. Recording and transcript will be available shortly after the event. Recordings and transcripts of previous months' events, like the August one on reading print, are on the site:
https://hadley.edu/discussions/techitout.asp

6) CNIB Podcasts

CNIB has launched a set of podcasts covering technology, entrepreneurship, fitness, family and other topics from a positive blindness perspective:
https://www.cnib.ca/en/node/4496?region=gta

7) Coding Class for Visually Impaired Adults

Our Space Our Place offers a $260 class on HTML and CSS, via Zoom, for nine weeks starting Thursday, 3 October 2019, with two-hour sessions starting at 23:30 GM. Register or ask questions here:
http://www.ourspaceourplace.org/register_coding.php

8) September 2019 AccessWorld

The September issue of AccessWorld contains discussion of Dungeons and Dragons accessibility, the Thawmistry text adventure game, indoor wayfinding from American Printing House, and the Sonos 1 with smart speakers, among other information:
https://www.afb.org/aw/20/9

9) JAWS 2020 is coming

The first unveiling of this year's JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion versions will take place on FS OpenLine on GMT Friday, 20 September 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?status=success

10) Google Accessibility on YouTube

There are 50 videos with more coming on different aspects of Google accessibility:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL590L5WQmH8dvW6kLjd5jRDN0IiCJHLZZ&disable_polymer=true

11) iACast #128

The iACast team discuss the current state of accessibility in Mac and PC games and gaming consoles:
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-128-access-perspective/

12) Sprint Accessibility on Tek Talk

Hear about what can be had from Sprint Accessibility on Tak Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 September 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

13) Entrepreneurship on Eyes on Success

Two people talk about starting their small business on Eyes on Success Episode #1937:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Volume 721

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Volume 721

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) August on AppleVis

Here's the monthly news from AppleVis:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-august-2019

2) New MacCessibility Podcast

MRTP 180 begins to get us ready for Apple's hardware announcement and operating system:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/09/01/mrtp-180-its-confusing-thats-why-it-makes-sense

3) New Narrator Guide

Here's the latest in Narrator development:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22798/windows-10-complete-guide-to-narrator

4) Picture Smart

You can get information about pictures from JAWS and Fusion, but there is not much information about the feature. Brian Hartgen attempts to rectify this problem:
https://www.hartgen.org/picturesmart

5) OnePlus 7 Pro Final Review After 45 Days

This blind user reviews this new Android phone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul6S1ovO0pc

6) Blind Bargains Qast #189

Back to normal, with the latest news, and an Aira interview:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20477

7) Mosen At Large Podcast

Jonathan Mosen will return to podcasting, and technology will doubtless be one of the topics:
https://mosen.org/backtopodcasting/

8) Google Accessibility Support Adds Hours and Languages:

You can now contact Google Accessibility Support in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Brazilian Portugese:
https://support.google.com/accessibility/answer/7641084

9) Editorial: Why iPhone Drives the Future of Mobile Silicon and Google's Pixel Doesn't:

Here is a controversial Apple Insider editorial!
https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/08/29/editorial-why-the-iphone-drives-the-future-of-mobile-silicon-and-googles-pixel-doesnt

10) Tek Talk: What's New in BARD Express

Tek Talk welcomes Don Olson, NLS. Topic: The newest features of BARD Express and what we can expect in the future on September 9, 2019 at 1:00 GMT:
http://accessibleworld.org/announcements/2789

11) Beyond the Basics: Building an Accessible Kiosk

The Paciello Group is excited to present a webinar on September 12, 2019 at 12 PM ET titled Beyond the Basics - Building an Accessible Kiosk. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9315670255560/WN_OsycQJPSTLid5qwe9Ayecg

12) Job Opening: Digital Accessibility Coordinator

Ohio State's College of Arts and Sciences seeks a Digital Accessibility Coordinator to join their team.
https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/97773

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Volume 720

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Volume 720

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) All About Android

This YouTube edition of the latest All About Android Podcast discusses many topics including Android 10:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJn-ia71EPY&feature=youtu.be

2) Accessible Products Hotline Launches

EnVision, a Wichita company, is launching a hotline where blind people can ask questions and receive recommendations regarding accessible devices:
https://www.envisionus.com/About-Us/News/Accessible-Products-Hotline

3) How to Clear the Cache on a Windows 10 Computer in 3 Ways to Help it Run More Efficiently

This article comes from Insider:
https://www.insider.com/how-to-clear-cache-in-windows-10

4) Navilens Navigation System on Eyes on Success

Hear about this system which is free for personal use:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5) Bookworm Free Open-Source eBook Reader for Windows

This is a newly-released app:
https://mush42.github.io/bookworm/

6) Webinar on Microsoft Teams

This next Microsoft Accessibility Learning Webinar will take place Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 19:00 GMT. Register here:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUMVQ0RDhTQTE0TlpDV01LNTRNTTdIWDlVSy4u

7) Apple publishes FAQ Page Addressing Siri Privacy and Common Concerns

This comes from 9To5Mac:
https://9to5mac.com/2019/08/28/siri-privacy-support-document/

8) Accessible Android Apps

Here is one user's list of apps he likes that are accessible:
https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/accessible-android-apps-august-2019/

9) Accessibility support for Microsoft To-Do

It appears that a lot of attention is going into the development of this app:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/accessibility-support-for-microsoft-to-do-61cc610b-00b2-4cd4-be75-afd1a2d8231f

10) Blind Bargains Qast 188

this is a summary of interviews from the exhibit halls, and more:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20467

11) Google Docs Adds "Live Edit (TM)" Accessibility Tool for Real-Time Collaboration

And this comes from 9to5Google:
https://9to5google.com/2019/08/20/google-docs-live-edits/

12) 9 Awesome GSuite Features That its Designers Wish More People Knew About

This ZDNet article follows the Google theme:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/9-awesome-features-of-g-suite-that-its-designers-wish-more-people-knew-about/

13) iACast #126

The team discusses the question, "What potential features would make you want to upgrade your device?"
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-126-will-you-upgrade-your-apple-gear/

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Volume 719

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Volume 719

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Get Your Accessibility Health Check !!!

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TPG's Accessibility Health Check is an optimal and affordable combination of testing, education, and strategic consulting to set your organization on a fast-path to accessibility or ensure that it stays on course.

Health Check provides your team with a packaged solution intended to help your organization make quick and effective improvements, offering a robust method to help your organization achieve its accessibility goals without decimating your budget.

TPG's Accessibility Health Check Components:

  • High-Risk Primary User Journey Assessment:
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  • ARC Toolkit and Toolkit Training:
    An in-depth guide that explains in detail how to use ARC Toolkit alongside ARC Monitoring for accessibility testing.

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Greetings,

1) Windows Keyboard Power User Guide

My (Dean Martineau) unique book for screen reader users is finally available. You can read about and purchase it for as little as $15 here:
https://techforblind.us

2) NVDA 2019.2

This NVDA upgrade includes auto-detection of Freedom Scientific displays and rate boost for Windows 1Core voices:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2019-2-now-available/

3) NVDA Add-on for NotePad++

This add-on for the advanced text editor NotePad++ adds accessibility enhancements:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/notepadPlusPlus.en.html

4) Tech Tools for Health and Wellness

The audio archive of this Hadley Institute Tech it Out webinar is available:
https://hadley.edu/discussions/techitout.asp

5) Reading Printed Text on Tech it Out

August 2019's Tech it Out gathering concerns the various ways now available for reading print. All the details are here:
https://hadley.edu/discussions/techitout.asp

6) ObjectiveEd: Mobile-based Educational Games

Learn about Blindfold Games and how they will be increasingly useful for education:
https://blindfoldgames.org/2019/08/19/objectiveed-mobile-based-educational-games/

7) Using Envision AI To Convert An Image

The popular Envision AI app is on a significant sale through the end of August 2019, making it so people can more likely afford it during this time. This is a blog post describing one user's use of it:
https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/example-using-envision-ai-to-convert-an-image/

8) More About the History of the Accessible iPhone

Complementing Shelly Brisbin's documentary on the subject we mentioned a few weeks ago, she has also provided bonus content including supplentary inverviews with key accessibility experts:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel

9) Audio Tutorial for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18963

Here's a 30-minute tutorial on this build, showing what's coming in Windows:
http://www.josephsl.net/files/WinTen%2018963.mp3

10) Latest Digital Assistant Comparison

Siri Answers 83% of Questions Correctly in Test, Beating Alexa But Trailing Google Assistant
https://www.macrumors.com/2019/08/15/siri-ai-digital-assistant-test-august-15/

11) Accessible iOS Game Circus Master's Revenge

This game is free but in-app purchases help you do more with it:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/circus-masters-revenge/id1374289562

12) Gentle Intro to 3D Design with OpenSCAD

This free 3-hour webinar on programming for 3-D printing is available online or in person, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at 17:30 GMT:
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2019/08/27/3d-design-code-gentle-intro-openscad

13) 4 Free Detailed iOS courses
Four courses, for iOS users of all skill levels, are available starting in September 2019. Read here for information and registration:

https://ttjtech.net/2019/08/19/ttj-announces-dates-for-upcoming-free-courses-registration-for-all-courses-open-now-https-www-surveymonkey-com-r-kqzxhmr/

14) Voice Dream Apps on Tek Talk

Hear about Voice Dream Reader, Writer and Scanner on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at 00:00
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

15) iACast Covers Tech News

iACast #125 covers some mainstream tech news and each panelist highlights an app or service:
https://iaccessibility.net/iacast-125-siri-recordings-being-listened-to-by-contractors/

16) Accessibility at Sprint on Eyes on Success

Learn about Sprint services for people with vision loss in Episode #1934:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 15, 2019 - Volume 718

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 15, 2019 - Volume 718

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) What's New in Technology for Seniors with Vision Loss?

This is a 1.5-hour free webinar on GMT Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 16:00. Register here:
https://esc.zoom.us/j/7887887778?status=success

2) Windows Sandbox: How To Use Microsoft's Simple Virtual Windows PC To Secure Your Digital Life

Unfortunately, this feature isn't available in Windows Home, but for those who can use it, it offers good security:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3338084/how-to-use-windows-sandbox-microsoft.html

3) Keyboard Maestro 9: What's New

The latest version of this Mac program offers OCR and other enhancements:
https://wiki.keyboardmaestro.com/manual/Whats_New

4) Digital Accessibility Jobs, August 2019

This is a goodly listing of jobs, some of which involve remove work:
http://www.webaxe.org/digital-accessibility-jobs-august-2019/

5) Access Millions of Free Books Added to the Public Domain

The New York Public Library and other organizations work to make more books freely available:
https://lifehacker.com/access-millions-of-free-books-added-to-the-public-domai-1837073153

6) FSCast #173

Hear about software updates and the Formatting Word Documents book on this edition:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/e/f/7/ef7ccf2d2691d796/FSCast173-August2019.mp3?c_id=48840419&cs_id=48840419&destination_id=699950&expiration=1565809354&hwt=ed47fbbdad5967beaf9bc7e8aa7becdd

7) Zoom on Tek Talk

Get the low-down on the Zoom conferencing client on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 0:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

8) PocketBraille Android App

PocketBraille for Android is now available, enabling people to learn contracted Braille:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.iaccessibility.pocketBraille&hl=en_US

9) Museum of Science Survey

The Boston Museum of Science has created a survey to assess the audio and tech preferences and knowledge of blind and visually impaired people. Participants can enter a drawing to win an Amazon gift card:
https://museumofscience.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cRWVq5OOMnGFXyB

10) Accessibility Support for Microsoft To-Do

This program has been gaining a lot of accessibility support of late:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/accessibility-support-for-microsoft-to-do-61cc610b-00b2-4cd4-be75-afd1a2d8231f

11) YouDescribe Seeks Describers and Viewers

With all the content constantly added to YouTube, audio description by volunteers can make much of it more accessible than it would otherwise be. They need more describers, and blind viewers can already find lots of described content:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/youdescribe/id1177344886

12) How To Switch From Iphone To Android: Sync Your Contacts, Photos, And More!

This article comes from Android Authority:
https://www.androidauthority.com/switching-from-iphone-to-android-630665/

13) Adapting to Blindness as an Adult on Eyes on Success

Episode #1933 features an interview on this topic:
http://enesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Volume 717

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Volume 717

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Useful Blog and Training Services

WebFriendlyHelp is an adaptive tech training business. The blog receives weekly posts that are informative:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/blog/

2) August 2019 Accessworld

The Latest AccessWorld includes discussion of FreshBooks, an accessible accounting software package, an introduction to the team and workplace chat app Slack, and a comparison of Android text and object recognition apps Speak! and Envision AI, among other articles:
https://www.afb.org/aw/20/8

3) Why I carry an iPhone and an Android phone

This article with comments attached comes from Android Central
https://www.androidcentral.com/why-i-carry-iphone-and-android-phone?utm_source=ac_tw&utm_medium=tw_card&utm_content=77891&utm_campaign=social

4) Free Introduction to Accessibility Course

For a bit longer, Microassist is offering its very basic accessibility course for free:
https://www.microassist.com/courses/introduction-to-accessibility/

5) JAWS and Zoom

Freedom Scientific has a short webinar on the Zoom Conferencing client with JAWS:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/FreeWebinars

6) Zoom JAWS Scripts from Hartgen Consultancy

Hartgen Consultancy sells JAWS scripts to enhance performance with Zoom:
http://www.hartgen.org/zoompro

7) Complete List of Google Home and Google Assistant Commands

This list from 1 August comes from CNET:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/every-google-home-and-google-assistant-command-you-can-give-right-now/

8) The A11Y Project

This is a large list of resources on accessibility:
https://a11yproject.com/resources/

9) Interview with Jim Fruchterman

The Making Better podcast provides transcripts, and this is a transcript of their interview with Jim Fruchterman:
https://www.makingbetterpod.com/2019/07/22/episode-6-jim-fruchterman/

10) Guide Connect; Simplified Computing

Guide Connect from Dolphin Computer Access is an $895 download that lets people who find learning standard computer operation difficult to enjoy the benefits of the computer. A 30-day trial, videos and webinars are available to explore further:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/products/individuals/guide-connect?utm_campaign=GuideConnect%20US%20Launch%20%26%20101%20Webinars&utm_source=email

11) ACBRadio Mainstream Schedule

While many of ACBRadio Mainstream's programs relate specifically to the American Council of the Blind, others relate more generally to blindness and technology, and each program airs many times during the week:
http://acbradio.org/mainstream

12) HIMS on Tek Talk

Get the latest news from HIMS on Tak Talk on GMT 13 August at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

13A) Thunderbird Mailing List Website

This is a mailing list for discussing all things regarding the Windows program. The official list web site is:
https://groups.io/g/thunderbird/

13B) Thunderbird Mailing List Subscription

And you can subscribe by sending a blank message to:
thunderbird+subscribe@groups.io

14) Freelance Journalism on Eyes on Success

Program #1932 is an interview with a freelance journalist:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Volume 716

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Volume 716

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) July 2019 AccessWorld

The latest AccessWorld includes a comparison of the BrailleNote Touch and the Braille Sense Polaris, report on the current accessibility of the Jitterbug phone, a review of an NBP book we mentioned before here concerning formatting Word documents, information on the ActiView app for offering audio description, innovations at Procter and Gamble to provide accessibility, and coverage of the Shipt grocery delivery service:
https://www.afb.org/aw/20/7

2) WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #8

This survey has gained enough popularity that advocates for different screen readers try to rally fellow-users so that their screen reader gets high numbers. Results are used for setting policy, so all are encouraged to complete it:
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey8/

3) Developments at NVAccess

The 31 July 2019 issue of InProcess tells us about progress of NVDA 2019.2 and the transition of NVDA to Python Version 3:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-31st-july/

4) 6 Essential Amazon Echo Tips You'll Use Every Day

CNet brings us this list:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/6-essential-amazon-echo-tips-youll-use-every-day/

5) Narrator Improvements in Windows 18945

Microsoft continues to improve Narrator as this post documents:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/07/26/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-18945/

6) Amazon on Blind Abilities Podcast

Episode 5 covers all things Amazon:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=5240

7) That Blind Tech Show Covers Summer News

The highly sound-effect-enhanced That Blind Tech Show is back to keep us all up to date:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=5234

8) Shared Hosting vs Cloud Hosting

This podcast helps distinguish between them:
https://yourownpay.com/dm18/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost

9) Apple Releases WWDC 2019 Session Video Transcripts

iMore reports that it is now much easier to find what was discussed at WWDC:
https://www.imore.com/apple-releases-2019-wwdc-session-video-transcripts

10) Summer Convention Interviews

BlindBargains offers 12 interviews from different vendors from the NFB and ACB conventions:
https://blindbargains.com/audio/

11) Jonathan Mosen on Apple

As bonus content for the recent documentary on the 10th anniversary of the accessible iPhone, here is a 45-minute interview with Jonathan Mosen on his Apple evolution:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/22

12) Using the iPad as a Laptop Replacement, Part 1

The second part of the series will appear once ipad OS 13 is released, with all its iPad enhancements, but here is how things look at present:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/using-ipad-laptop-replacement-part-1

13) Enhancements to the Outlook Calendar with Leasey

Brian Hartgen has studied the interactions between JAWS and the Outlook calendar, and implemented enhancements for Leasey and JSay:
http://hartgen-home.org/node/165

14) Tech It Out Discussion Group

Archives of Hadley Institute's Tech it Out can be found here, with discussions on reading devices, GPS and more, and you can register for the August event:
https://hadley.edu/discussions/techitout.asp

15) Four-Part YouTube Series on Safari with VoiceOver

Fedora Outlier, LLC has created this set of training materials:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXrIi7sD8sSDhCHd-guXnEuHyfh_wcK3u

16) EnVision America on Tek Talk

Hear about the latest in prescription labeling on Tek Talk on GMT 6 August 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Volume 715

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Volume 715

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

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Greetings,

1) Simple with Siri: Making an iPhone Accessible Regardless of Tech Know-How

This article from Second Sense recommends various ideas for people with little tech background:
https://www.second-sense.org/2019/07/making-an-iphone-accessible/

2) Dictation Tips and Tricks

This latest in the iPhone 101 series demonstrates dictation well:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=5158

3) Text Replacement - The Keyboard Shortcut That Lets Two Letters Launch a Thousand Words

Another iPhone 101 podcast, covering the ability to create text replacement shortcuts:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=4330

4) Android - Hadley

The Hadley Institute has long been a source for iPhone training videos, now they have a series for Android:
https://hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos/Android.asp

5) Q&A With Jennison Asuncion, Engineering Manager, Accessibility, LinkedIn

This interview text is courtesy of Equal Entry:
https://equalentry.com/qa-with-jennison-asuncion/

6) 25 Insanely Useful Websites You'll Need Someday

Though this title is a bit of an exaggeration, you may find a few gems here, and there are links to other similar lists:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/more-useful-websites/

7) What Comes, and Does Not Come, with Amazon Prime

This is a clear list of the benefits Prime provides, and some it does not provide that you might have expected:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-prime-benefits-every-member-gets/?linkId=70265474

8) More Ways to Use the Google Assistant, from Your Phone to Your Fridge
Time to give equal time to Google Assistant:

https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/more-ways-to-use-the-assistant-from-your-phone-to-your-fridge/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

9) Narrator 101 for May 2019 Update

This is the replay of the May 2019 Microsoft webinar on new features in Narrator:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3pbadokiWc&feature=youtu.be

10) Version 3.7 of Aira's iPhone GPS Apps

Most of the new features for this version concern access to Aira and its services. The apps are now being developed by Aira whatever the web sites say:
http://senderogroup.com/support/supportseeingeye.html

11) Pre-Orders for Canute 360 in the UK

We've followed the progress of this desktop Braille device, allowing display of music, graphics and text. It is a joy to see that it is about to become a reality. Buyers in the UK are invited to pre-order, and people outside the UK will have similar opportunities later:
http://bristolbraille.co.uk/pre-order.htm

12) Voice Dream Reader on Eyes on Success

Episode #1928 focuses on this popular iOS app:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 4, 2019 - Volume 714

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 4, 2019 - Volume 714

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

Happy US Independence Day!

1) Replay of FS Open Line

FSCast #172 is a replay of the June FS Open Line:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/9/1/3/913dfdfde0b8a0e7/FSCast172-OpenLineJune2019.mp3?c_id=46139516&cs_id=46139516&destination_id=699950&expiration=1562183471&hwt=f7d5ddc6bd4b61f8e1e7805449b2b377

2) 14 In-Demand Skills You Can Learn Online NOW

There might be a good skill here, and perhaps some of the learning materials are accessible:
https://www.inc.com/larry-kim/14-in-demand-skills-you-can-learn-online-now.html?cid=sf01001

3) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for June 2019

This is the regular monthly update:
https://applevis.com/blog/apple-gaming-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-june-2019

4) Voice Dream Scanner and Microsoft Soundscape Inducted Into iOS App Hall of Fame

These two popular programs have been awarded with Hall of Fame Membership:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-ios-apps-news/applevis-community-inducts-voice-dream-scanner-and-microsoft

5) Voice Dream Apps on Sale

Speaking of Voice Dream Scanner, it is on sale, along with Voice Dream Reader and Writer, until 6 July 2019. These apps are enjoyed by virtually everybody who uses them:
http://www.voicedream.com

6A) Lucia Cell Phone on Tek Talk

Lucia is a basic mobile phone that is designed for people with vision loss who cannot handle a smartphone. Hear about it on Tek Talk on GMT 9 July 2019 at 00:0:0
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

6B) Tek Talk Archives

Incidentally, recordings are always made of Tek Talk a few days after the live airing. Look for them here:
http://accessibleworld.org/archives/tek-talk-archives

7) Differences between the Editor in Office 2016 and Office 365 for screen reader users:

This post explains procedures for checking spelling in both versions of Office, and shows that features in Office 365 are more powerful:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/differences-between-the-editor-in-office-2016-and-office-365-for-screen-reader-users-53b88fcd-0194-449e-9229-dd473afdf82a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

8) Accessibility Testing Tools and When to Use Them

This free Paciello Group webinar takes place GMT 16:00 on Thursday, 11 July 2019:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7815620115831/WN_JJlVE93tQVWe5p_dq8UtHA

9) Less Expensive JAWS and ZoomText Certifications

Throughout July 2019, certifications of competence in JAWS and ZoomText will be reduced by 80%, meaning that new certifications can be purchased for around $20:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/Certification

10) Free BrailleNote Touch Plus Audio Tutorial

This tutorial from Mystic Access is available to all in MP3 and DAISY formats:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/braillenote-touch-tutorial/

11) Android iOS Comparison from Mystic Access

The next free class from Mystic Access will offer a comparison of these two systems, on GMT Friday, 26 July 2019 at 00:30. To get registration information, join the mailing list, which can be done from any of their pages including this Free Downloads page:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/free-downloads/

12) Dating in the Digital Age

Speaking of Mystic Access, Eyes on Success interviews Kim Loftus about her book about online dating for Episode #1927:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

13) Gear up for Summer Conventions with BBQ #187

Lots of anticipation for the NFB convention, with lists of products, but also good information about developments with other products and especially Tap Tap See:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20429

14) How to Meet WCAG (Quick Reference)

This is a well-designed summary of Web Accessibility guidelines:
https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/quickref/

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 27, 2019 - Volume 713

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 27, 2019 - Volume 713

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

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Greetings,

1) AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame

Until 29 June 2019, you'll be able to vote for the apps that you recommend for induction into this Hall of Fame, now in its eighth year. Gain entrance is an accolade appreciated by app developers:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-ios-apps-news/vote-now-2019-inductees-applevis-ios-app-hall-fame

2) What's New in Windows 10 Accessibility

This is a lucid post from the Windows Experience Blog detailing what's new in Windows 10 version 1903:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/06/13/whats-new-in-windows-10-accessibility/#kzOWOIiyOoTgHcrQ.97

3) Excel and JAWS, 3 Tips

This FS blog post gives Tips for Creating and Organizing Spreadsheets:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/excel-and-jaws-3-tips-for-creating-and-organizing-spreadsheets/

4) Soundscape is Available in Canada. Here's a Demo

This Blind Tech podcast offers a demo of this Microsoft GPS app now usable in Canada:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7296671-demo-of-the-microsoft-soundscape-app

5) Transcript of Interview with Apple Accessibility Team Members

I (Dean Martineau) am a big fan of podcast transcripts. AppleVis has made a transcript of this important interview with Apple Accessibility Team members:
https://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-67-conversation-sarah-herrlinger-and-dean-hudson-apples

6) Accessibility Courses

This collection of paid and free courses, webinars, videos, conferences and more, on digital accessibility, is presumably updated:
https://github.com/mgifford/a11y-courses

7) Video of 200 iOS13 Changes

The author of this video says that "this is easily the most power-user-focused iOS update that we've seen in the history of the OS:"
https://9to5mac.com/2019/06/07/ios-13-beta-video-review/

8) Audio Description, Caption, and Transcript Resources

From the University of Indiana, lots of resources for implementing these features:
https://kb.iu.edu/d/awuf

9) Guide to iMessage Apps for iOS

This is an AppleVis Guide:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-ios-apps-ipad-ipados-iphone-voiceover/guide-imessage-apps-ios

10) BBQ #186

In case you haven't looked, the show notes for the podcast are very informative:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20425

11) Aira on Tek Talk

The latest Aira happenings will be discussed on Tek Talk on GMT 2 July 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

12) Getting Live Assistance

This monthly free event from Mystic Access will take place on GMT Friday, 27 June 2019 at 00:30:
https://zoom.us/j/265314700?status=success

13) Disability Rights on Eyes on Success

We've made it to the halfway point of the year, as Episode #1926 features an interview with a disability rights attorney:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) FSCast #171

Learn what's coming up with Freedom Scientific:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/e/f/f/eff00d960b4323be/FSCast171-June2019.mp3?c_id=45565199&cs_id=45565199&destination_id=699950&expiration=1561579857&hwt=eb09a4c3aebe28b8b68e0d3b7385d341

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 20, 2019 - Volume 712

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 20, 2019 - Volume 712

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Discounted Access To TPG's Knowledge Base For Flying Blind Customers

Screen shot of the The Paciello Group Knowledge Base (TPG KB)

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  • The group of people with disabilities impacted by the element's accessibility issues

  • Techniques for making the element accessible

  • A reference to the WCAG guidelines that define the suggested technique

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  • Reliable and accurate accessibility techniques from an expert source

  • Robust and broad ranging information in one easy-to-access location

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Greetings,

1) Ten Year Anniversary of Accessible iPhone

The main news from this week isn't news, but a recognition of the ten-year anniversary of the revolutionary implementation of VoiceOver on the iPhone 3GS, making the device accessible. Listen to, or read a transcript, of a thorough documentary by Shelly Brisbin:
http://www.36seconds.org/

2) Tech Doctor Commemoration

Here's a Tech Doctor podcast for the occasion:
https://www.dr-carter.com/

3) Demo of the First Accessible iPhone (MP3)

This is David Woodbridge's iPhone 3GS demo from nearly ten years ago:
https://s134.podbean.com/pb/6d92b6672bc417cad97f959f883fdb1d/5d0a6a17/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/001_orientation_to_the_iPhone_with_VoiceOver.mp3?pbss=376975a9-9c46-5e2b-91d0-a79202f51efc

4) New Accessibility Features Coming to iOS13

Here is a list of the VoiceOver-related changes seen in Developer Beta 1, which we should all see in September:
https://www.reddit.com/r/iOSBeta/comments/c1cztq/feature_everything_new_with_voiceover_in_ios_13/

5) iOS 13 Shortcut Complexity\

There will be a lot of power in Siri Shortcuts in iOS13, but how to make use of it? This video may create more questions than it answers, but it's a start:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAfVC3g4OTI

6) Using Narrator with the Keypad

This video documents a bit about using Narrator with the numeric keypad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs7oVP9otWg&feature=youtu.be

7) Color and Contrast

Jared Smith from WebAIM talks about color and contrast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUlonNewGk

8) The Promise And Pitfalls Of Assistive Technologies For People With Visual Impairments

This is a philosophy piece from CBC Radio:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen/support-systems-1.5157165/the-promise-and-pitfalls-of-assistive-technologies-for-people-with-visual-impairments-1.5164698

9) Game Night on Tek Talk

There will be lots of discussion around iOS and Windows games on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at 00:00. Of course, shows are recorded, and if you don't know how to figure out when the show airs live, let us know and we'll guide you:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

10) Orbit Reader Upgrades
You can now upgrade Orbit Reader from the SD card, without being tied to a Windows PC:

https://www.orbitresearch.com/new-feature-announcement-firmware-upgrade-from-sd-card/

11) Orbit Reader Again Available from APH
The price has risen to $695, but now this useful Braille device is again available from American Printing House:

http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Orbit%20Reader%2020_37339883P_10001_11051

12) Voice OCR app for iOS
Development is resuming on the $4.95 Voice app, which can read handwriting and print with voice or touch commands:

https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/ocr-app-voice-another-update-version-41

13) Preparing for Vision Loss on Eyes on Success
Episode #1925 is an encore presentation from a few years ago, discussing how to prepare for vision loss if it is coming:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) BBQ #185

Blind Bargains Qast is right on schedule:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/20074

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 13, 2019 - Volume 711

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 13, 2019 - Volume 711

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Get Your Accessibility Health Check !!!

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Greetings,

1) June AccessWorld

the June, 2019 issue of AccessWorld includes "Get Technology Help and More for Free Using AIRA and Be My Eyes," "Book Review: Getting Visual Assistance with Your iPhone: Now You Can Just Be Friends with Your Friends, by Judy Dixon," "iHearit: a Review of MFi-Supported Hearing Aids From a VoiceOver User’s Perspective," "The Accessibility of the Weight Watchers Website and iOS and watchOS Apps," and "An Interview with Kelly Egan, Customer Relations Manager for the Sprint Corporation."
https://www.afb.org/aw/20/6

2A) Updates to JAWS, Fusion and ZoomText

In the past, all the new features JAWS was going to get for the year came in the annual update. Now, enhancements come year round. The June update features Enhance Support for Accessing Comments and Revisions in Braille, Support for Reading Math Content in Kindle Books, Notepad++ Support, Support for the PuTTY and SecureCRT Emulators, Changed How JAWS works with the Access Bridge for Java Applications, and many fixes. The JAWS upgrade is here:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew?utm_content=93956937&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636#Enhancements

2B) Fusion and ZoomText:

The Fusion and ZoomText upgrades are here: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Fusion/FusionWhatsNew?utm_content=93956937&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636#enhancements

3) Madden NFL 20 Accessibility Advancements

Lots of accessibility enhancements to this popular game, some of which benefit blind players:
https://www.ea.com/games/madden-nfl/madden-nfl-20/news/accessibility-advancements

4) How to Use Google Chrome's Hidden Reader Mode

Chrome finally has a Reader Mode, enabling reading of ad-filled articles and posts with ease. For the moment, enabling it is a little geeky, but this process will presumably get easier in future:
https://www.howtogeek.com/423643/how-to-use-google-chromes-hidden-reader-mode/

5) New User Group for BrailleNote

A modern user group for the BrailleNote family has been formed. To join, send a blank message to:
braillenote+subscribe@groups.io

6) NVDACon Seeks Program Ideas

This year's 2019 NVDACon International will take place in August. Planners are looking for program ideas:
https://www.nvdacon.org/2019/05/13/nvdacon-2019-call-for-topics

7) Blind Bargains Qast #184, Back to WWDC

We'll include more WWDC retrospectives, including the 90-minute one from Blind Bargains:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20070

8) Parallel #19: Apple's Full Accessibility Plate

I don't know if this is the same interview with the Apple director of Global Accessibility and Initiatives as other podcasts, or a different one:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/19

9) That Blind Tech Show talks Apple

Here is a summary from this BlindAbilities off shoot:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=5097

10) Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast#177

This crew also covers the Apple happenings:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/06/03/mrtp-177-i-live-in-dark-mode

11) Audible Traffic Signals on Tek Talk

Audible Traffic Signals is the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

12) Coding Camp in Boston for All Who Can Get There

Our Space Our Place Coding Camp, July 15 - 19 2019, for Blind Youth Ages 11-21:
http://www.ourspaceourplace.org/eventdetails.php

13) AccessWatch 360 Podcast on Instagram

This podcast highlights the accessibility of this social networking site:
https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/instagram-for-us-to-accessible-baby/

14) Book Discussion, Format Word Documents, on Eyes on Success

Eyes on Success #1924 features a discussion of this recent National Braille Press Book we mentioned a few weeks ago:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 6, 2019 - Volume 710

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 6, 2019 - Volume 710

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Get Your Accessibility Health Check !!!

Illustration of a doctor standing over a laptop with vials in each hand, assessing the accessibility of the system in front of him. To the left of the doctor is a large beaker being held upright by a chemistry stand. On the front of the beaker is the Paciello Group symbol. To the left of this illustration, from top to bottom, are the Paciello Group Logo, the Accessibility Health Check Logo, and finally text summarizing the functionality of Health Check.

Whether you're new to web accessibility or have been struggling to meet ADA requirements for a while, an accessibility health check provides valuable insight into your current state and provides actions for improvement. It's an opportunity for growth; a chance for your team to take a step back and prioritize the actions that will get you to a more inclusive state.

TPG's Accessibility Health Check is an optimal and affordable combination of testing, education, and strategic consulting to set your organization on a fast-path to accessibility or ensure that it stays on course.

Health Check provides your team with a packaged solution intended to help your organization make quick and effective improvements, offering a robust method to help your organization achieve its accessibility goals without decimating your budget.

TPG's Accessibility Health Check Components:

  • High-Risk Primary User Journey Assessment:
    Includes 6 URLs visited during primary user journey and identifies critical/high priority issues.

  • ARC Monitoring:
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  • ARC Toolkit and Toolkit Training:
    An in-depth guide that explains in detail how to use ARC Toolkit alongside ARC Monitoring for accessibility testing.

  • TPG Tutor: Introduction to Accessibility:
    12-month access to the Intro to Accessibility module from our e-learning portfolio, TPG Tutor. This module delivers a foundational overview of what accessibility is and why it's important.

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Greetings,

1) WWDC 2019 Keynote Summary

Apple manages to generate great interest now for its new software versions which will not be available until September. Here is the recap from the Tech Doctor:
https://overcast.fm/+ETCzEVbQ

2) AppleVis Summary of Announcements from WWDC

There are so many summaries, we may include more than necessary. This one comes from AppleVis:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-ios-ipad-ipados-itunes-macos-news/summary-announcements-wwdc-2019

3) What's New for iPad

With iPad getting its own operating system, here's what we can look forward to:
https://gttprogram.blog/2019/06/04/guest-post-ipados-13-features-whats-new-for-ipad-ipad-pro-and-ipad-air-by-khamosh-pathak/

4) Accessibility Enhancements with Apple Devices

AppleVis here focuses on those changes related to accessibility:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-Braille-ios-ipados-macos-news/apple-previews-accessibility-enhancements-coming-macos

5) Interview with Apple Global Accessibility Policy Director

Finally, this interview took place at WWDC:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/vector-with-rene-ritchie/id1313368831?i=1000440624390

6) AppleVis May 2019 Highlights

Still with Apple, but before WWDC, here are the happenings from May 2019
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-gaming-ios-ios-apps-ipad-ipod-touch-macos-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and

7) Getting Visual Assistance on iPhone Book on Tek Talk

Getting Visual Assistance from Your iPhone will be out soon from National Braille Press, and Judi Dixon will discuss the book on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 11 June 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

8) What's New in Narrator Webinar

A lot has improved in Narrator with the May 2019 Windows update, and Microsoft offers a webinar on the topic on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 19:00 GMT. Register here:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BURjJWMzlXQU05Mko5WlVLTkZFVVRTNTY4Ny4u

9) Introduction to TPG's Free Accessibility Testing Tool Webinar

The Paciello Group offers this webinar on Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 16:00 GMT. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6715596580500/WN_euxVglp7TYKiL8l7rzCyng

10) How to label application buttons on Android

This latest LP podcast is one of a series of Android trainings:
https://anchor.fm/linson-productions/episodes/How-to-label-application-buttons-on-Android-e47vcd

11) Find and Replace with Braille Blaster

This is one of a series of Braille Blaster YouTube videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMxs6Tg8EYo&list=PLUj6DcM1nN3GGRDUS9sWZktDrUyvRrH7V&index=4&t=132s

12) Blind Bargains Qast 183

This episode came out just before WWDC:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20064

13) Aira on Eyes on Success

Episode #1923 focuses on Aira:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 30, 2019 - Volume 709

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 30, 2019 - Volume 709

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

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Greetings,

1) Send a Fax from Computer or Phone

You can send short faxes for free:
https://askbobrankin.com/heres_how_to_send_a_fax_from_your_computer.html

2) CDMA vs GSM

This article explains the different mobile phone standards of the past and into the future:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/300986/cdma-vs-gsm-whats-the-difference

3) Ready to Roll

This app, which allows blind and visually impaired people to roll dice quickly and efficiently, has been updated:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20057

4) Book Teaches Use of 3 Online Dating Sites

'Dating in the Digital Age' offers guidance on the use and accessibility of the Plenty of Fish, Match and eHarmony dating services. Electronic editions from National Braille Press cost $18:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/DATING.html

5) Asking Questions That Get Answers

This Mystic Access free webinar should help you get answers to technology questions. It takes place on GMT Friday, 31 May 2019 at 00:30:
https://zoom.us/j/136454004?status=success

6A) iOS Shortcuts on Tek Talk and Eyes on Success

Anna Dresner talks about her book on iOS shortcuts on Tek Talk, GMT Tuesday, 4 June at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

6B) More from Anna Dresner

Anna is also the guest of episode #1922 of Eyes on Success talking about her book and about shortcuts:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

7) Open Social Audio Platform Riffr

Riffr is a new social media service where people post audio messages:
https://riffr.com/riffs/2394

8) 6 Videos on iOS Gestures

Students of the World Services for the Blind Assistive Technology Instructor Program teach iPhone gestures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhOYMlJBS3k&list=PL403gIcTR9sezjW0TOv5ySayjePRi4F63&index=1

9) New Action Game Seeking Beta Testers

Westopia is a new iPhone/iPad game about to be released. The developer seeks testers:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-gaming/new-action-game-seeking-beta-testers

10) New iPod Touch Released

The 7th generation Touch has a newer processor and more memory, and will be able to receive iOS updates for some time:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ipod-touch-news/apple-releases-seventh-generation-ipod-touch-a10-fusion-chip-and-256gb

11) Using Microsoft Excel with JAWS webinar

This webinar for users and instructors takes place on Thursday, 6 June at 16:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qAktabkoSX2ofki8H9B7yQ

12) Blind Bargains Qast 182

75 minutes of listening including Windows, an in-depth interview with the creator of the Voice Dream apps and more:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20062

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 23, 2019 - Volume 708

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 23, 2019 - Volume 708

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!

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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.

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  • 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.

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Greetings,

1) Windows 10 Spring Update

The Windows 10 Spring Update is being rolled out to users, and a thorough listing of accessibility improvements is here:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20056

2) The Principles of Inclusive Design

Several hours of presentations from an online master class on comnunication leadership, are freely available:
https://info.commlead.uw.edu/2019/05/03/the-principles-of-inclusive-design-accessibility/

3) Mathshare Beta Testing

Mathshare is a grant funded initiative by Benetech that helps students show their thought process while solving algebraic problems. They seek testers:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_CfBVauFj6qO91iLBQCBO7xg8ldKv9U_HuCDD3L3EotpEmw/viewform

4A) Accessible Tool Box Podcasts on Uber (MP3)

This new podcast series has launched with two episodes. The first, 'Tips for Uber Users with Guide Dogs'
http://traffic.libsyn.com/accessibletoolbox/1_Uber_Tips_for_Guide_Dog_Users.mp3

4B) And the Second

'Tips Using Uber with VoiceOver' (MP3)
http://traffic.libsyn.com/accessibletoolbox/2_Tips_Using_Uber_with_VoiceOver.mp3

5) Free Online Training Program in UEB Math

There is already a free online training program in UEB Braille literacy, now there's a new one on UeB math:
https://uebonline.org/

6) E-Book Accessibility Survey

Creators of this survey seek input:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaTt__XoOHp0Fp-WOP2KwN12Ku0bxISOCmGhFqraka_Y3oMg/viewform

7) Access NFB Newsline Via the Web

A workshop on GMT Friday, 24 May 2019 at 00:00 covers NFB Newsline's Web News on Demand feature:
https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline

8) JAWS Scripts for YouTube

These free scripts are often updated:
https://twitter.com/dlee_code/status/1129804168682725379?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email

9) HIMS Polaris Upgrades for Google Drive and Google Search

The HIMS Polaris devices now claim superior Google Drive integration and better Google Search:
http://blog.adaptivetr.com/polaris-firmware-upgrades-available/

10) Basic Math with Braille Blaster

This video demonstrates creating UEB Math and Nemeth with Braille Blaster:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0Ddg3UlXvo&t=21s

11) Accessibility is a Human Right

This is an enthusiastic pro-Apple video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP8fmeksOIM

12) Blind Bargains Qast #181

Thorough rundown of the latest news:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20054

13) W3C and Online Accessibility

these are the topics for Eyes on Success episode 1921:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Volume 707

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Volume 707

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join Us For This Informative Webinar!
Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader
May 21st 2019 at 12:00 PM ET

Photo of a computer monitor sitting on a desktop with a coffee cup and pencil caddy on either side. Over the monitor are the words: Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader. In the lower left hand corner is a photo of Larry Lewis, hands on a keyboard, smiling. In the lower right hand corner sits the The Paciello Group Logo. In the center are the words: Free Webinar. Tuesday, May 21st 2019. 12:00 PM EST.

Let's face it: screen reader testing is cumbersome. Without comprehensive training (as well as expert level knowledge) of a desktop screen reader, the process of performing manual screen reader compatibility tests can be daunting and often riddled with headaches and missteps.

Join Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships, on May 21 at 12pm ET as he shows you how to make manual screen reader accessibility testing fun, informative, and efficient!

This webinar will identify a number of barriers and difficulties that manual accessibility testing pose to QA testers and developers. Larry will share potential testing pitfalls and tips on how to avoid them, and he will demonstrate a time and cost saving alternative for identifying, capturing, sharing, and remediating usability defects within websites and web applications - TPG's JAWS Inspect.

Don't miss your chance to learn how to make screen reader testing significantly easier. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2615566333839/WN_kn8bdCE_TU6JCDkE3l8TuA

Greetings,

1) This Author, and the Nearly New Book, on Eyes on Success

Yours Truly (Dean Martineau) is featured on Eyes on Success Episode #1920, discussing my forthcoming book, the Windows Keyboard Power User Guide. Unfortunately, neither the book nor the website are ready for public consumption. The information in the podcast is good, and the book will be (at least I think so) but stay tuned here for more news:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

2) Accessible Books from Libraries

This cogent article discusses many of the ways for getting electronic materials from libraries, giving specific instructions for several:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/braille-ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-mac-apps-macos-miscellaneous-voiceover/accessible-audio-and

3) Joseph Rotor Scholarship

A one-time $5,000 scholarship is available for a business student from NIB:
http://www.nib.org/content/roeder-scholarship-application

4) Audio Description on Tek Talk

Hear about the present and future of audio description on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

5) New iPad Podcast

Adapt is a podcast where two iPad-first users challenge each other to explore new ways of doing things with their favorite device:
https://www.relay.fm/adapt/1

6) NVDA Survey

NV Access has made a very short survey to get feedback from users:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16Ze6P2WrJJNelH2APaSNdNp5u_n2esqYWdfnWXjaOLc/viewform?ts=5cda05eb&edit_requested=true

7) Android Demo Coming Up, Past Demo Recordings Available

David Woodbridge will be recording a demo of Android navigation on Friday. That recording will presumably be up soon, and here are lots of others:
https://shop.visionaustralia.org/david-woodbridge-s

8) My Favorite Way to Convert Videos to Audio

The Web-Friendly Help Site introduces Pontes Media Downloader, a free program for saving and converting videos:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/ponts-media-downloader-convert-online-videos-with-ease/

9) FSCast 170, July 2019 Convention Deals, Blind Golf

Vispero is already telling us about its deals for the July 2019 Blindness Conventions!
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/e/a/5/ea5166282d32635f/FSCast170-May2019.mp3?c_id=42441194&cs_id=42441194&destination_id=699950&expiration=1557961790&hwt=15d50fbddf8f8dcef3a4f5deab48ae15

10) Alt Text, The Ultimate Guide

The GTT program has forwarded this 2017 post about Alt text:
https://axesslab.com/alt-texts/

11) Over 60 Events Scheduled for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This issue of Tidbits is published on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and here's what is going on:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20050

12) Which of Drupal and Wordpress is the most accessible content management system?

This podcast, with transcript, adds to this conversation:
https://www.hassellinclusion.com/blog/drupal-and-wordpress-accessibility-comparison-2019/

13) Lots of Google News on BBQ #180

This Blind Bargains Qast focuses mainly on Google:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20046

14) May 2019 AccessWorld

This AccessWorld features reviews of the Voice Dream Scanner app, and of two more iOS job search apps, SimplyHired and CareerBuilder, among other items:
https://www.afb.org/aw/20/5

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Volume 706

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Volume 706

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join Us For This Informative Webinar!
Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader
May 21st 2019 at 12:00 PM ET

Photo of a computer monitor sitting on a desktop with a coffee cup and pencil caddy on either side. Over the monitor are the words: Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader. In the lower left hand corner is a photo of Larry Lewis, hands on a keyboard, smiling. In the lower right hand corner sits the The Paciello Group Logo. In the center are the words: Free Webinar. Tuesday, May 21st 2019. 12:00 PM EST.

Let's face it: screen reader testing is cumbersome. Without comprehensive training (as well as expert level knowledge) of a desktop screen reader, the process of performing manual screen reader compatibility tests can be daunting and often riddled with headaches and missteps.

Join Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships, on May 21 at 12pm ET as he shows you how to make manual screen reader accessibility testing fun, informative, and efficient!

This webinar will identify a number of barriers and difficulties that manual accessibility testing pose to QA testers and developers. Larry will share potential testing pitfalls and tips on how to avoid them, and he will demonstrate a time and cost saving alternative for identifying, capturing, sharing, and remediating usability defects within websites and web applications - TPG's JAWS Inspect.

Don't miss your chance to learn how to make screen reader testing significantly easier. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2615566333839/WN_kn8bdCE_TU6JCDkE3l8TuA

Greetings,

1) Good News about Accessibility to the New Microsoft Edge

This Freedom Scientific blog post briefly mentions happenings with the new Edge browser:
http://blog.freedomscientific.com/the-new-microsoft-edge-preview-has-great-accessibility-support/

2) More Details about the New Edge

Gizmo Australia gives us more particulars about the browser:
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/05/all-the-new-details-about-microsofts-rebooted-edge-browser/

3) Updates to Google Accessibility

Google Adds Additional Ways to Enable Accessibility, Other Tweaks in Android Q Accessibility Services
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20044

4) Improvements in Voice Dream Scanner

This post describes many improvements in version 1.2 of this highly-regarded scanning app for iOS:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-scanner/id1446737725

5) 2019 Events for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

There are many in-person events and some virtual ones to mark this 16 May date:
https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/events.php

6) Gaming Special on RNIB Tech Talk

Issue #276 focuses on gaming:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7253582-tech-talk-gaming-special

7) Sina Bahram on Making Better

The inaugural edition of this podcast, transcript provided, focuses on Prime Access Consulting, a company dealing mostly with improving all sorts of access to museums:
https://www.makingbetterpod.com/2019/05/02/episode-1-interview-with-sina-bahram-transcript/

8) JAWS and Word Webinar Recording Available

Recording of FS Skill Building and Review, Improving JAWS Skills in Word
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/WebinarDetail/F0143

9) US Officially Joins Marrakesh Treaty, What Does it Mean?

BookShare Official tells what is ahead for the US and other parties to the Marrakesh treaty:
https://benetech.org/marrakesh-treaty-what-you-need-to-know/

10) IRIE AT on Tek Talk

Hear about low vision products from IRIE AT on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

11) New Publications from NFB Newsline

NFB Newsline has added three magazines so far in 2019: AMAC Advantage, American Profile and OK Magazine:
https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline

12) Preparing for Life and Work

Is the theme for this week's interview on Eyes on Success, #1919:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 2, 2019 - Volume 705

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 2, 2019 - Volume 705

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join Us For This Informative Webinar!
Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader
May 21st 2019 at 12:00 PM ET

Photo of a computer monitor sitting on a desktop with a coffee cup and pencil caddy on either side. Over the monitor are the words: Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader. In the lower left hand corner is a photo of Larry Lewis, hands on a keyboard, smiling. In the lower right hand corner sits the The Paciello Group Logo. In the center are the words: Free Webinar. Tuesday, May 21st 2019. 12:00 PM EST.

Let's face it: screen reader testing is cumbersome. Without comprehensive training (as well as expert level knowledge) of a desktop screen reader, the process of performing manual screen reader compatibility tests can be daunting and often riddled with headaches and missteps.

Join Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships, on May 21 at 12pm ET as he shows you how to make manual screen reader accessibility testing fun, informative, and efficient!

This webinar will identify a number of barriers and difficulties that manual accessibility testing pose to QA testers and developers. Larry will share potential testing pitfalls and tips on how to avoid them, and he will demonstrate a time and cost saving alternative for identifying, capturing, sharing, and remediating usability defects within websites and web applications - TPG's JAWS Inspect.

Don't miss your chance to learn how to make screen reader testing significantly easier. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2615566333839/WN_kn8bdCE_TU6JCDkE3l8TuA

Greetings,

1) Recorded Tech Seminars from NJ

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey provides quarterly technology seminars, some of which are of general interest. Read about calling in or listening to the recordings here:
http://www.nfbnj.org/technology-seminars/

2) Computers for the Blind Grant for Veterans and Spouses

A visually impaired veteran or spouse of a veteran can get a desktop or laptop from Computers for the Blind for $60 off the already low price:
https://www.computersfortheblind.org/

3) New and Noteworthy from Apple

AppleVis brings us the digest of happenings for the month:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-april-2019

4) Android Phones with Simplified Interface

This post provided information about two phones designed primarily for seniors with impaired vision:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2019/04/11/synapptic-smartphone-smartphone-for-individuals-with-visual-impairments/

5) ZoomText and Fusion Update

Here is the April 2019 ZoomText and Fusion updates from Freedom Scientific:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText/ZoomTextWhatsNew#enhancements

6) JAWS April 2019 Update

And along with it, the April 2019 update for JAWS:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

7) Windows 10 Cheat Sheet

Tech Republic provides videos and text on current and past Windows updates, and many aspects of Windows:
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-the-smart-persons-guide/?ftag=TREe331754&bhid=24900722575061742678982346829278

8A) JAWS and PowerPoint

Freedom Scientific offers a webinar on PowerPoint on 2 May 2019 at 16:00 GMT
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/c84c5f01c755b81d8c34be5db4a05ad8

8B) More JAWS and PowerPoint

And a Skill-Building and Review Session on PowerPoint on 16 May 2019 at 16:00 GMT
https://zoom.us/j/871763693?status=success

9) RNIB Tech Talk #275

Voice Dream Scanner and news from Google and Amazon are featured in this edition:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7246457-voice-dream-scanner-google-gets-visual-amazon-airpods

10) Blind Bargains Qast #179

This lasts almost 45 minutes and features interviews:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20039

11) MRTP #174

This Maccessibility podcast features several knights and several topics:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/04/28/mrtp-174-im-so-angry-i-could-sneeze

12) Strip Unwanted Content from Web Documents

If you're using a browser that doesn't have a Reader View, like Chrome (though it's getting one!) you can copy the URL of an article you want to read to this service and get a much more readable version:
https://outline.com/

13) Google Products and Services on Eyes on Success

Episode #1918 focuses on Google:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Volume 704

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Volume 704

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) Web Friendly Help Blog

This informative blog has carried articles such as 'Setup Your Computer with Magnification or a Screen Reader', 'More Than 25 Keyboard Shortcuts to Control YouTube', and 'Bang Your Way to Knowledge with the Duck: The Search Engine that Doesnt Track You':
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/

2) Presentation on Siri and Siri Shortcuts

The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Technology User Group recently did a presentation of Siri and Siri Shortcuts. Included in the demo is adding Google Assistant to your iPhone and showing how it will give your iOS device greater flexibility:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Maryland-Library-for-the-Blind-and-Physically-Handicapped.aspx

3) Vispero News with Transcript

This Blind Abilities podcast with transcript features low-vision and Braille news from Vispero, parent company of Freedom Scientific:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=4843

4) SeeingAI Update: Channel Switching and Exploring a Photo

This was originally part of the iPhone 101 series:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=4882

5) Seeing AI on Eyes on Success

Episode #1915 of Eyes on Success also features Seeing AI:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

6) Top 36 Web Accessibility Resources for Digital Marketing Companies

This is a good collection for those seeking web accessibility know-how:
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/web-accessibility-resources-digital-marketing-companies/297271/#close

7) Paciello Group Podcast

This Interactive Accessibility podcast features an interview with the CEO of MagnaReady, an adaptive clothing company that uses magnets in place of zippers and buttons:
https://interactiveaccessibility.com/blog/iap-2018-e8-interview-ceo-magnaready#.XMCEhJNKhN3

8) Upcoming Webinar: Role-based Solutions For Accessibility

This first of a series, to take place on 30 April 2019 at 16:00 GMT focuses on challenges faced by risk managers and general counsel, but will be of interest to all involved in accessibility:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4715559443579/WN_kmXY701qQZyP3PEF78zfLg

9) Webinar: Accessibility and Social Media

This final accessibility-related item for the week is a webinar to cover best practices for graphics, video, alt text and more. It runs on Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 18:00 GMT:
https://go.3playmedia.com/wbn-05-09-2019-social

10) Stascom 2019.4, Last and Greatest

We've mentioned Stascom, a free utility package with 51 Windows settings and applications available through its consistent keyboard interface. This is the final version to be developed:
https://www.stascom.co.za/stascom.html#content

11) ) Notes on Comparing Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch with their Respective Screen Readers

This David Woodbridge podcast is spoken using synthetic speech:
https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/my-comparison-notes-on-using-the-galaxy-watch-with-voice-assistant-and-apple-watch-with-voiceover-text-to-speech-mp3-file-using-alex-speech/

12) Blind Bargains Qast #178

Updates of matters discussed at CSUN, and an EnVision interview on this installment:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20037

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Volume 703

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Volume 703

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) Accessible Dungeons and Dragons Materials

The Knights of the Braille site offers manuals and accessible character sheets. Accessible Dungeon Master materials are said to follow:
https://knightsofthebraille.com/59-2/

2) Online Accessibility & Law-Firm Websites

This podcast from Lainey Feingold comes with a transcript:
https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyerist-podcast/2019/03/215-online-accessibility-law-firm-websites-with-lainey-feingold/

3) NVDA 2019.1.1 Update Available for Download

Bugs related to Excel and Chrome motivated the release of this release:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2019-1-1-update-available-for-download/

4) Five Common Mistakes in Usability Testing and How to Avoid Them

This Paciello Group blog post is the third in a series; links to the others are provided:
https://developer.paciellogroup.com/blog/2019/04/think-like-an-accessible-ux-researcher-part-3/

5) Accessibility Myths 2019

This episode of the Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast includes a transcript:
https://www.hassellinclusion.com/blog/accessibility-myths-2019-podcast/

6) Among other items, the April 2019 issue of AccessWorld contains reviews of two job-hunting apps for iOS, reviews of four food-delivery apps, reviews of two mobile phones designed to be easier to use, a review of the Freestyle Libre Talking Glucose Meter, and an article about YouTube accessibility:

https://www.afb.org/aw/20/4

7) Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Watch Podcasts

David Woodbridge has been demonstrating various features of the Sansung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Watch:
https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/

8) More David Woodbridge Demos

David also records demos for the Vision Australia Store, and records a radio show on Vision Australia radio:
https://shop.visionaustralia.org/david-woodbridge-s

9) BARD on Tek Talk

Hear from the NLS Director about goings-on at the National Library Service on Tak Talk on GMT Tuesday, 23 April 2019 (April 22 evening stateside) at 01:00 GMT:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

10) 5 Ways to Easily Send SMS from Your PC

From a previously-unknown-to-me site called Make Tech Easier comes this post about sending text messages from your computer:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/send-sms-from-pc/

11) Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast #173

A crew of six Knights discuss the major issues of concern to blind Apple users:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/04/14/mrtp-173-its-definitely-shenanigans

12) Quick, Rapid, Fast, and Power Delivery Charging Explained

Android Police brings us a post described as "What You Need to Know About Charging Your Smartphone (2019 Edition)":
https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/04/12/quick-rapid-turbo-and-fast-charging-explained-what-you-need-to-know-about-charging-your-smartphone/

13) Blind Bargains Qast #177

The Blind Bargains crew brings us their own 69-minute summary of CSUN:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=20029

14) Able Player 4.0 Released

Version 4 of this fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player adds self-voicing of text-based audio description, support for Vimeo and full support for audio and video playlists:
https://github.com/ableplayer/ableplayer

15) My Apple Watch Series 4

This blog and podcast from 2020 Vision Quest covers reasons the presenter now likes the Apple Watch:
http://2020visionquest.org/technology-tidbits-my-apple-watch-series-4/

16) The Voice Behind Siri

Eyes on Success #1916 brings us an interview with the person behind the original female Siri voice:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Volume 702

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Volume 702

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!

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Greetings,

1) How the Web Became Unreadable

This is a Wired article with lots of examples:
https://www.wired.com/2016/10/how-the-web-became-unreadable/

2) Using Netflix on Your iDevice

Notes from the GetTogether on Technology about Netflix on iOS
https://gttprogram.blog/2019/04/09/gtt-edmonton-summary-notes-using-netflix-on-your-idevice-april-8-2019/

3) SuperSense App for Android

This unique app lets you define an object you're looking for and then helps you find it:
https://gttprogram.blog/2019/04/09/resource-supersense-app-for-android/

4) CSUN Interviews on FSCast #169

This podcast offers some interviews from the big conference:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/2/7/6/276855f4bef0eb52/FSCast169-April2019.mp3?c_id=39405539&cs_id=39405539&destination_id=699950&expiration=1554933680&hwt=212dc0a4710005eb4c7a2fc3db595ccb

5) CSUN Summary from Canada

Here is a summary of CSUN experiences from the GTT program:
https://gttprogram.blog/2019/04/08/gtt-toronto-summary-notes-csun-assistive-tech-conference-summary-march-21-2019/

6) CSUN Summary from Web Axe

This conference summary has received positive reviews:
http://www.webaxe.org/category/csun/

7) Website Accessibility Myths Debunked
This comes from the UserZoom blog:

https://www.userzoom.com/blog/10-web-accessibility-myths-debunked/

8) Getting the Job Done with Shortcuts: An Introduction for Blind Users

This latest book from Anna Dresner costs from $12 to $14.50 depending on desired medium, from National Braille Press:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/SHORTCUTS.html

9) Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA: A Guide for Students and Professionals

This new National Press Book costs either $18 or $20.50 depending on desired medium:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/WORD-FORMAT.html?id=M8Kz6eGi

10) Inclusive Employment Questionnaire

TAVIP seeks participants in this questionnaire with the aim to improve employment prospects for people with visual impairments. They offer several possible incentive prizes, which are only available to members, but membership is inexpensive and comes with many benefits:
https://bcab.org.uk/IEQ2019

11) Forging a Successful Accessibility Program

Join Sarah Horton, Strategy Lead at TPG, on April 18 2019 at 12:00 PM ET for an immersive webinar on forging a successful accessibility program:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7015537904591/WN_qEOlZwuhSLGm7VwIZk2Bwg

12) All Laptops from Computers for the vblind Come with Working Batteries

Computers for the Blind has received an influx of donated machines, so all computers will henceforth come with working batteries. You can call 214-340-6328 or visit
https://www.computersfortheblind.org/application.php

13) Recording of BrailleNote Touch Plus Session Available

The recording of the Mystic Access webinar on the new Braille Note Touch Plus is available:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/download/getting-to-know-the-braillenote-touch-plus/

14) Tips and Tricks for OneNote

The next Microsoft Accessibility Webinar will take place Wednesday, 17 April 2019, at 19:00 GMT:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BURElHOFlEQlA3OThZNlVYN1c1UVg2RUhCTy4u&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

15) Seeing AI on Eyes on Success

Episode #1915 of Eyes on Success features this popular free iOS app:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Volume 701

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Volume 701

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!

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Greetings,

1) AccessWorld for March 2019

We begin our triumphal return to Tidbits by telling you about the March 2019 issue of AccessWorld, which, among other items, contains a review of the Braille Sense Polaris Mini, a review of two beverage menu apps, a review of the Great Toy Robbery game, and book reviews of 'Getting Started with Google Suite: A Brief Overview of Google's Most Popular Productivity Apps', and 'iOS Access for All' (iOS 12 edition):
https://www.afb.org/aw/20/3

2) Webinar on JAWS with Word Coming Right Up

If you read your Tidbits early enough, you can take part in the 'Using Microsoft Word with JAWS Webinar' at 12:00 Noon Eastern (16:00 GMT) on 4 April 2019. If you miss it live, it will be recorded:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8541d37b228cc1a0d746f627e8486654

3) Recording of Webinar on New Office Riobbon Available

Speaking of recorded webinars, the recording of the Microsoft Accessibility Webinar on 'Using the New Office Ribbon' is now available:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD5R7kzTsNg&feature=youtu.be

4) Voice Dream Scanner Garners Positive Reviews

The Voice Dream Reader developer has an iOS app for reading print, Voice Dream Scanner, for $5.99. Here is the AppleVis review and several comments:
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/voice-dream-scanner

5) NVDA 2019.1

With significant performance improvements with Word and Excel, other enhancements requested by different customers, and with snappier Windows One Core voices in Windows 10, NVDA 2019.1 is out:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-29th-march/

6) AppleVis News for March 2019

The AppleVis team tells us what is new and noteworthy for March 2019:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-march-2019

7) Lots of CSUN 2019 Interviews

The Blind Bargains team interviewed lots of product vendors and dealers during the 2019 CSUN conference:
https://blindbargains.com/audio/

8) More CSUN 2019 Coverage

That Blind Tech Show offers interviews from CSUN 2019 which include transcripts, and there is little or no duplication between these interviews and those provided by Blind Bargains:
https://blindabilities.com/?cat=525

9) Accessibility for Gamers Blog

This is a new blog which might unfold over the coming months:
https://accessibility4gamers.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/the-journey-begins/

10) How Amazon's virtual assistant learned to speak Canadian French

Alexa seems to be making good progress with its Canadian French:
https://gttprogram.blog/2019/04/01/resources-bonjour-alexa-how-amazons-virtual-assistant-learned-to-speak-canadian-french-by-morgan-lowrie-the-star/

11) FS Open Line Now Quarterly, Here's the March 2019 Recording

Here is the March 2019 FS Open Line recording, with the next program scheduled for June 2019:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/c/a/c/cacc9e3fd9a31658/FSCast168-OpenLineMar2019.mp3?c_id=38710055&cs_id=38710055&destination_id=699950&expiration=1554329082&hwt=5dc7e6faa4bdc44d9ee408a31e0fcde2

12) Podcasters Discuss Hearing Aids

This edition of the Accessibility Moving Forward podcast features interviews with three blindness-oriented podcasters who discuss their hearing aids:
https://overcast.fm/+NIn_kOflQ

13) Best Free eBooks Online

This is a listing of 913 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing. The listing is a couple of years old but it is verified:
https://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-ebooks-online.htm

14) Hulu Offering Some Audio-Described Content

After many requests, Hulu is making some of its video collection available with audio descriptions:
http://acb.org/adp/huluad.html?fbclid=IwAR36eFlEZ86eKfvx2go3xrYQQTpCsEQrChaijA-GLCplve2cI0k0XINj8Wc

15) Traveling With Visual and Hearing Impairments

Eyes on Success #1914 features an interview with an intrepid traveler with vision and hearing impairment:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 14, 2019 - Volume 700

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 14, 2019 - Volume 700

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join The Paciello Group Team at CSUN 2019

Photo of the 2019 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference sign just below The Paciello Group logo.

20 years ago this month I had the pleasure of working my first CSUN Conference. Two decades later, and I couldn't think of a better way for me to celebrate my 20 year CSUN Anniversary than by working alongside, and standing with the most comprehensive, competent group of Digital Accessibility Professionals that this Industry has to offer. I am fortunate to be a part of a team with so such depth of Accessibility know-how.

I'm looking forward to meeting, and reconnecting with those of you planning to attend next week's proceedings in Anaheim, CA. Be it in the Exhibit Hall, during my Presentation, or in our Hospitality Suite, I'm very excited to be making new friends and spending more time with current ones.

Please visit the link below for a list of Paciello Group presentations, and be sure to swing by Booth 409 in the Exhibit Hall to say "Hello"! May your travels be uneventful and safe as you make your way to Anaheim next week!

2019 CSUN Paciello Group Presentation Schedule
https://tinyurl.com/y292lqba

Respectfully
Larry L. Lewis, Jr.

Greetings,

Yes, this is our 700th issue, dating back to late 2004, and it comes at a most auspicious moment for me personally (Dean Martineau) so we will be taking a short two week hiatus as of today. The next issue of Tidbits will arrive in your inbox on April 4th 2019. I'll be largely off the grid during this time, though I will peruse email.

A tweet from last Christmas Day listed fifteen things that did not exist in the world fifteen years ago, in other words, a year before Tidbits was launched. This list includes iPhone, iPad, Twitter, DropBox, Instagram, Netflix, Streaming, Snapchat, Android, Spotify, Facebook, Android, Uber, Lift, Alexa, AirBnb, App Store, Google Chrome, WhatsApp, Fitbit, Waze, Slack, Square, Hulu, Bitcoin, Kindle, and Venmo. To that list I'll add: HIMS, BARD, NVDA, Subscription JAWS, Fusion, viable Narrator, Chromebook, Victor Stream, and Office 365. A lot has happened, and we won't even address the organizations and services that no longer exist now that existed then. Much to reflect upon as we peruse this, our 700th issue of Tidbits.

1) Table of Contents for New Book

My (Dean Martineau) under $20 book, Windows Keyboard Power User Guide will appear in April 2019. This link will give you a version of the Table of Contents in Word format:
http://techforblind.us/WindowsKeyboardPowerUserTOC.docx

2) Controlling Cookies

This 2017 Consumer Reports article explains cookies, how to distinguish the ones you want to keep from the ones you may not:
https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/how-to-control-web-cookies-and-boost-online-privacy/

3) Seeing AI Update

iOS users can navigate a picture to learn where people and objects are. The app works on the iPad:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seeing-ai/id999062298?mt=8

4) Be My Eyes Can Connect with Google Accessibility Support

Users of Be My Eyes can connect by video with Google Accessibility Support during their open hours of 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/

5) Add Alternative Text to Facebook Photos

The Tech Abilities podcast provides full transcripts, and this one talks through the process of adding alternative text to your Facebook photos:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=4600

6) Fedora Outlier Courses

Fedora Outlier offers thorough courses on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac:
https://teach.fedoraoutlier.com/

7) Replacing Your Computer with an iPad

The free online course, "Replacing Your Traditional Computer With an iPad" starts on 9 April 2019. Skill with VoiceOver is mandatory. For information, put "Wish to Join Online Course" in the subject line and send a message to:
info@ttjtech.net

8) Cutting the Cable

Access Tech Watch offers a podcast detailing a way to get rid of cable bills:
https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/accessibly%e2%80%99-cut-the-cable-pay-less-get-more-for-your-accessible-entertainment-needs/

9) Blind Bargains Qast #175

This is the last BBQ before CSUN, and the podcasts with transcripts will start appearing toward the end of March 2019:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=19975

10) iOS App to Teach Coding to Children

Bally Land Code 2 helps children learn to code:
http://www.sonokids.org

11) Stascom 2019
This is a free Windows program with a lot of useful utilities:

https://www.stascom.co.za/stascom.html

12) Weather Gods on Eyes on Success

Eyes on Success #1911 focuses on the highly accessible app Weather Gods and the process for making it that way:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

13) NFB Newsline App on Kindle

Hear about the NFB Newsline skill for Kindle on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at 00:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Volume 699

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Volume 699

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Come Join The Paciello Group Team at CSUN 2019

Photo of the 2019 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference sign just below The Paciello Group logo.

20 years ago this month I had the pleasure of working my first CSUN Conference. Two decades later, and I couldn't think of a better way for me to celebrate my 20 year CSUN Anniversary than by working alongside, and standing with the most comprehensive, competent group of Digital Accessibility Professionals that this Industry has to offer. I am fortunate to be a part of a team with so such depth of Accessibility know-how.

I'm looking forward to meeting, and reconnecting with those of you planning to attend next week's proceedings in Anaheim, CA. Be it in the Exhibit Hall, during my Presentation, or in our Hospitality Suite, I'm very excited to be making new friends and spending more time with current ones.

Please visit the link below for a list of Paciello Group presentations, and be sure to swing by Booth 409 in the Exhibit Hall to say "Hello"! May your travels be uneventful and safe as you make your way to Anaheim next week!

Respectfully
Larry L. Lewis, Jr.

https://developer.paciellogroup.com/blog/2019/02/join-us-at-csun-2019/?fbclid=IwAR35FC_c3GNrIxOADFZNti19GblwLxXAb9XNJQkeBlCF3GiDBnWAqdwJyAM

Greetings,

1) Let's Talk Tips Newsletter

The Monthly Let's Talk Tips Newsletter from Canada contains some Tech information each month:
http://www.donnajodhan.com/lets-talk-tips-newsletter-2019/03012019/

2) Why Emojis of Blindness are Important

This post discusses the happiness one user experienced that there is now an emoji of a white cane:
https://themighty.com/2019/02/blind-emojis-why-cant-see/

3) Nearby Explorer Becomes Access Explorer

A new company has taken on development of the Nearby Explorer apps:
http://www.fredshead.info/2019/03/successful-nearby-explorer-app-spins.html

4) NFB Reviews The Braille Me

The NFB blog reviews this low-cost Braille device:
https://nfb.org/blog/braille-me-innovision

5) Back to Video Games Thanks to Be My Eyes

An avid gamer uses Be My Eyes volunteers to get past the inaccessible portions of XBox games:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/community-stories/regaining-a-love-for-video-games

6) Speak TTS Adds Languages and Voices for Android

Several NeoSpeech voices are available and some voices for other languages as well:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.readspeaker.rspeakttsengine

7) Accessible iOS Music Training Tool

TenuTo contains 24 customizable exercises for the student of music:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/tenuto/id459313476?mt=8

8) Ways to Reduce Battery Drainage in iOS

This article lists a lot of ways to improve battery performance:
http://suchasite.com/iPhone%20and%20iPad%20info%20page.htm

9) Such a Site Plethora of Resources

Glenda Such has put together a growing site with iOS, JAWS and NVDA resources along with other useful information:
http://suchasite.com/

10) Five awesome Android Apps You Can't Get from the Play Store

These are legitimate apps you might want to try, courtesy of Android Guys:
https://www-androidguys-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.androidguys.com/reviews/app-roundups/non-play-store-android-apps-apk/amp/

11) Cash Reader, Bill Identifier for Android

Cash Reader has been available for iOS. It identifies a lot of currencies, and is available for subscription or outright purchase:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.martindoudera.cashreader

12) How (And Why) to Run Portable Versions of Windows

This HowToGeek post gives options for portable copies of Windows. Don't know about the accessibility of the process:
https://www.howtogeek.com/406118/how-and-why-to-run-portable-versions-of-windows/amp/

13) 100 apps that work with Siri Shortcuts

iMore keeps adding to and updating this list of useful places to use shortcuts:
https://www.imore.com/apps-work-siri-shortcuts?utm_source=im_tw&utm_medium=tw_card&utm_content=48272&utm_campaign=social

14) Really Big Shortcut Collection from MacStories

This growing collection of Siri shortcuts is currently at 150:
https://www.macstories.net/shortcuts/

15) NV Access In Process March 1st 2019

Get updates about NVDA and a summary of text navigation keystrokes:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-1st-march-2019/

16) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for February 2019

Six days ago, the Applevis team gave us their handy monthly summary of Apple accessibility news:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-february-2019

17) Aira Podcast #4 (MP3)

Learn of the latest innovations from Aira in this regular podcast:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/7/d/8/7d8e8ed635388eee/Airacast004_-_Updated_Home_Screen_and_audio_tutorial_MWC_awards_CSUN_2019_and_meet_Amy_Bernal.mp3?c_id=36053201&cs_id=36053201&destination_id=1038227&expiration=1551902754&hwt=fc139459ad634d692ba70956b57cfad2

18) Demo of Ear Hockey

This podcast is a demo of a Microsoft Garage project, a game called Ear Hockey:
https://s123.podbean.com/pb/9c176a2f896ba6119d0947c7f9320e5b/5c80114b/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/Demo_of_Ear_Hockey_from_the_Microsoft_Garage_Project.mp3?pbss=9484f779-6491-5916-8b12-074ab2b85090

19) Maccessibility Round Table Podcast

Five knights of the Round Table discuss a variety of Apple technology issues:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/03/03/mrtp-170-button-roulette

20) BBQ 174
Here we have a shorter, more in-depth Blind Bargains Qast:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=19969

21) Code Jumper on Eyes on Success

Episode 1910 discusses this new initiative to teach programming:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Volume 698

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Volume 698

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Introducing ARC, Your Agile and Affordable Path to Accessibility

Photo of the ARC Dashboard open on a laptop.

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 for ways to inform their team quickly about what's inaccessible within their digital content and get rapid insight as to how to fix it. There's a more optimal way to achieve accessibility compliance in a timely, responsive, and cost-effective manner using Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).

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Greetings,

1) Envision AI and Be My Eyes Background

These two remarkable smartphone apps were featured in The Hindu:
https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/apps-for-the-visually-impaired-community-visualising-independence/article26373094.ece

2) Navigating the New Office Ribbon Webinar

Register For The Next Microsoft Accessibility Webinar, "Navigating the New Office Ribbon," March 20, 2019 at GMT 19:00:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx

3) 109 Curated Learning and Development Articles from 2018

These Learning and Development articles cover a number of topics including accessibility:
https://www.microassist.com/learning-dispatch/2018-this-year-in-learning/

4) We are the Music Makers

The Mystic Access free class for the month will cover recommended music streaming services. Come in on GMT 1 March 2019 at 01:30, or catch the recording when it is available:
https://zoom.us/j/277618564

5) Professional JAWS Scripts for Zoom

Brian Hartgen has produced JAWS scripts for the Zoom conferencing platform that add to the system's accessibility and give the user more information and control. The scripts cost 30 pounds:
http://www.hartgen.org/zoompro

6) Free JAWS Scripts for YouTube

Doug Lee has updated his scripts that increase the accessibility of YouTube:
https://www.dlee.org/youtube/

7) Version 3.6 of Aira's iPhone GPS Apps Released

New features include improved address and POI searches, Automatic Announcement for heading changes over 50 degrees, options for indoor navigation, and a less expensive monthly subscription:
http://senderogroup.com/products/SeeingEyeGPS/segpsfaq.html

8) Libre Device for Blind Diabetics on Tek Talk

Hear about this new device for diabetics on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 March 2019 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

9) Browsing the Web Using ZoomText

This article from Mumbai, India describes the magnification options of ZoomText:
https://www.barrierbreak.com/2018/11/21/how-can-low-vision-users-browse-the-web-using-zoomtext/

10) ZoomText FAQ

Freedom Scientific offers a FAQ document regarding the various versions of ZoomText:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/ZoomTextFAQs

11) Accessibility Support for Microsoft Planner

The Planner Team has been working on the accessibility of the app:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/accessibility-support-for-microsoft-planner-7aa23365-a753-4d71-8513-8b7fc7c71ba3

12) Forthcoming Book from Yours Truly (Dean Martineau)

The Windows Keyboard Power User Guide: Taking Control of Your Computer Keyboard in Windows, JAWS and Word will be out in April 2019 in audio and text formats and at an affordable price. Stay Tuned. Write to me with questions, or if you want a for-sure notification when it is ready:
topdot@gmail.com

13) View Plus Graphical Braille Embossers on Eyes on Success

Hear about the development and capabilities of these embossers in Episode 1909 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) Nucleus Research Conducting Phone Interviews to Understand How Accessibility Impacts Your Likelihood to do Business with Different Firms

Nucleus Research, an independent IT analyst firm, is working on some important research to understand how the accessibility of consumer-facing Web sites and applications impacts persons with disabilities. They believe accessibility is not just a checklist requirement but an important factor in providing all consumers with a positive experience. They are conducting brief (fewer than 15 minutes) phone interviews to understand how accessibility impacts your likelihood to do business with different firms. The first 100 respondents will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. To participate, please contact Rebecca or Ben at Nucleus Research at:
rebecca@nucleusresearch.com or (617) 720-2000

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Volume 697

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Volume 697

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Introducing ARC, Your Agile and Affordable Path to Accessibility

Photo of the ARC Dashboard open on a laptop.

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 for ways to inform their team quickly about what's inaccessible within their digital content and get rapid insight as to how to fix it. There's a more optimal way to achieve accessibility compliance in a timely, responsive, and cost-effective manner using Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).

Includes next generation automated testing know-how, ARC looks for machine-detectable accessibility defects within digital content. Designed for rapid scanning of a web domain, ARC will crawl through your website identifying accessibility violations against common standards, including WCAG 2.0 A/AA or Section 508.

ARC is powerful, customizable, and affordable. It transforms scanned data into meaningful, actionable insight, and is an excellent means of managing the profound risks that inaccessible content poses to an organization.

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Greetings,

1) February 2019 AccessWorld Full of Articles

The February 2019 issue of AccessWorld has more articles than many issues have had: 'A Senior's Buying Guide for Your First Accessible Computer, Smartphone, and Tablet,' 'Basic VoiceOver Gestures For the New iPhone User,' 'Making Voice Assistants Smart for Seniors: Tips for Optimizing the Amazon Echo or Google Home,' 'Accessible Cellphones Open Doors for People with Visual Impairments,' 'Home, Safe Home: Getting Started with Accessible Home Security,' 'Solutions For Seniors with Age-Related Vision Loss: Products under $100,' 'New Tech for 2019: A Wrap-Up of the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference,' 'Book Review: Blindness for Beginners: A Renewed Vision of the Possible, by Maribel Steel,' 'A New WayAround Object Identification for People with Visual Impairments,' and more:
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw2002toc

2) Accessible Online Calculus Course

Here is a free calculus course with accessible math content:
http://www-math.mit.edu/~djk/calculus_beginners/

3) Using NFB Newsline with iOS

NFB Newsline is holding a Zoom webinar for those wanting to learn more about NFB Newsline Mobile. This will take place on GMT Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/842577801

4) Phone Conference on How Students Can Participate in STEM

The NFB and its student affiliate will hold a conference call for students, parents and teachers about succeeding in science, technology, engineering and math courses. This will take place on GMT Monday, 25 February at 01:00. Call (712) 770-5197 ☎, and enter access code 265669:
http://nfb.org

5) 12 Awesomely Useful Siri Shortcuts For Your iPhone

Some of the shortcuts in this Apple Toolbox article could indeed be very handy:
https://appletoolbox.com/2019/02/12-awesome-useful-siri-shortcuts-that-you-should-use-on-your-iphone/

6) Finding a Perfect Bluetooth Headset

This blog post outlines one user's quest and its result:
http://www.blindtravel.net/look-no-wires-on-finding-my-perfect-bluetooth-headset/

7) Accessing Entertainment with Technology on Tech it Out

The next Tech it Out discussion will focus on audio described content, smart TV's and the like, and will take place on GMT Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/468325263

8) Google: Fighting Disinformation Across Our Products

This post discusses a white paper presented by Google to keep information usable:
https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/fighting-disinformation-across-our-products/

9) Google Search is Not Private at All

DuckDuckGo seeks to provide a private search experience. This post explains, and dispels common privacy myths:
https://www.quora.com/How-anonymous-is-DuckDuckGo/answer/Gabriel-Weinberg

10) How I Fell Out of Love with the Internet

Since we're talking about big picture matters, this thought-provoking opinion piece is rather dizzying!
https://media.consensys.net/how-i-fell-out-of-love-with-the-internet-1a8d3f9dc0c3

11) BBQ #173

Back to more standare fare, Blind Bargains Qast #173 is here:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=19965

12) Blind Technology Trivia

Jonathan Mosen's Blind Technology Trivia game is now available in the US Alexa store. One to four people can play:
http://alexa.amazon.com

13) BrailleNote Touch Plus

HumanWare has upgraded the Braillenote Touch to run Android Oreo and contain more memory:
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/Braillenote-touch-plus-32-html/5q681h/858401838

14) Blind Friendly Architecture on Eyes on Success

Eyes on Success #1908 repeats a show from a few years back interviewing a blind architect:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

15) Review of Bose Frames

Bose Frames are augmented reality sunglasses that are designed to provide audio interfaces and experiences to our world. This review covers the glasses and the accompanying app:
https://medium.com/@blindwriter/when-a-product-for-the-blind-has-an-inaccessible-interface-73aa9c27029a

16) 'Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA' Draft Seeking Input

The Accessible Platform Architectures working group has a paper on CAPTCHA inaccessibility almost ready to submit, and seeks comments by 24 March 2019:
https://www.w3.org/blog/2019/02/captcha-accessibility-wide-review/

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Volume 696

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Volume 696

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Introducing ARC, Your Agile and Affordable Path to Accessibility

Photo of the ARC Dashboard open on a laptop.

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 for ways to inform their team quickly about what's inaccessible within their digital content and get rapid insight as to how to fix it. There's a more optimal way to achieve accessibility compliance in a timely, responsive, and cost-effective manner using Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).

Includes next generation automated testing know-how, ARC looks for machine-detectable accessibility defects within digital content. Designed for rapid scanning of a web domain, ARC will crawl through your website identifying accessibility violations against common standards, including WCAG 2.0 A/AA or Section 508.

ARC is powerful, customizable, and affordable. It transforms scanned data into meaningful, actionable insight, and is an excellent means of managing the profound risks that inaccessible content poses to an organization.

For more information, or to schedule your online demonstration, contact accessibility@flying-blind.com, or call +1 (216) 381-8107 ☎ today.

Don't be caught off-guard by the potentially devastating legal consequences of deploying inaccessible, digital content! We're standing by to assist!

Preview ARC on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/DVNVi4_EA9A

Greetings,

1A) Control Your Computer from your Phone, Hear NVDA Speech

Narwhal is an accessible NVDARemote Android client, allowing people to use a phone and a keyboard to accessibly remote any Windows PC, from everywhere. Use the phone and a keyboard to control a computer and hear NVDA:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=im.vortex.narwall&rdid=im.vortex.narwall

1B) Tutorial

And here is an audio tutorial:
https://youtu.be/TTXCoy182pU

2) ADA Audio Conference

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend the March ADA Audio Conference Series session titled 'The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Sites: What is Required'. The free session is available remotely on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at 18:00 GMT:
https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ada-audio/

3) Rivo on Tek Talk

The Rivo keyboard offers an intriguing access to smart phones which may ease accessibility challenges for some and be very convenient for others. Hear about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 19 February 2019 at 01:00
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

4) Next FS Open Line

The Freedom Scientific talk show will take place on Thursday, 28 March at 20:00 GMT. Focus will be on JAWS and ZoomText March updates:
http://blog.freedomscientific.com/fsopenline/

5) iOS 12 Shortcuts for the Beginner

This informative AppleVis blog post helps us make use of iOS 12's powerful feature:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-programming-ios-voiceover/ios-12-shortcuts-beginner

6) Paid JAWS Scripts Coming for Zoom

Hartgen Consultancy already makes free JAWS scripts available for Zoom, but soon paid scripts with more features, documentation and tech support will be coming:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/477

7) Microsoft Expert Advises Against Internet Explorer

This expert recommends only using Internet Explorer for occasional compatibility purposes:
https://mashable.com/article/microsoft-stop-using-internet-explorer-browser/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29#8.AaN03k5mq5

8) Practical Help for Low Vision

Here at Tidbits, we're all about technology, and also supporting uses of technology that benefit us. Hadley Institute has a series of audio and video recordings on different aspects of living with low vision:
https://hadley.edu/lowvision/

9) Lots of Narrator Improvements in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18334:

Check out what's happening with the development of Microsoft Narrator:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/02/08/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-18334/#ykDleKZtH4u2XtWm.97

10) Podcasts from LP Productions

This page lists podcasts from one entrepreneur:
https://anchor.fm/linson-productions1/episodes/Seekout-the-best-email-crawler-out-there-e35gps

11) Blind Bargains Covers ATIA

The Blind Bargains site has several podcasts of interviews recorded at the recent ATIA conference:
https://blindbargains.com/audio/

12) Skype 8 Electron

Here are JAWS scripts and an NVDA add-on for Skype:
https://www.dlee.org/skype/electron/

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 7, 2019 - Volume 695

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 7, 2019 - Volume 695

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Recording of 'Taking The Bite Out of JAWS Testing' Webinar Now Available!

Screen shot of the recording of 'Taking The Bite Out of JAWS Testing' by Larry Lewis aired Thursday, January 31st 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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A recording of the webinar along with accompanying slide deck for the presentation can be found at the link below!

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Greetings,

1) Correct URL for Clew Indoor Navigation App

Last week we gave a URL for this interesting free app that led to an unrelated app with a similar name. To read about the indoor navigation app, go to:
http://www.clewapp.org/

2) Grocery Delivery on Eyes on Success

Episode #1906 of Eyes on Success discusses the new wave of grocery delivery possibilities and how to access them:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

3) Code Jumper Waiting List

Code Jumper is a process for teaching coding to children, developed by Microsoft and to be sold by American Printing House. You can get on the waiting list to buy it, and see documentation as it becomes available:
http://codejumper.com/

4) Gold Gun Audio iOS Game

A Blind Abilities podcast demonstrates this new game and we hear from the developer who has plans for additional games:
http://blindabilities.com/?p=4444

5) Audio Games and Game Development

Smash Clay is a site packed with listings of accessible games and resources for making games accessible:
http://www.smashclay.com/resources/

6) Double Tap Blog

A handy place to keep up with technology for the blind is the Double Tap Online blog, created by the people that bring us the Double Tap Canada podcast:
https://doubletap.online/

7) Freedom Scientific Training Resources

View this archived webinar introducing FS plans for training:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/WebinarDetail/F0137?utm_content=83825435&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

8) JAWS Improvements Demoed in FSCast

In FSCast #166, we learn about easier acquisition of voices for JAWS and more powerful spell-check and auto-correct in Microsoft products:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/3/9/b/39b002753f09d185/FSCast166-Feb2019.mp3

9) Microsoft Webinar about Narrator

You can view Microsoft Accessibility's webinar about Narrator improvements here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhya4f2miJ0

10) New Resource on Assistive Software Seeking to Launch

Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing the Assistive Software Knowledgebase, a new online resource to help employees with disabilities, employers, and rehabilitation professionals find the information that they need to select, install, and use specialized software for people with disabilities in the workplace.
http://www.assistivesoftware.gatech.edu/reviewers

11) Mystic Access on Tek Talk

The Mystic Access team will discuss their tutorial on the Google Suite on Tek Talk on GMT 12 February 2019 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

12) Latest Maccessibility Round Table

Here you have episode #169:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/02/03/mrtp-169-its-loud-and-it-hurts-my-ears-and-i-hate-it

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Volume 694

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Volume 694

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

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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)

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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) Free Web Accessibility Course

Tatiana Mac is making her course, "Hacking Digital Styleguides for Accessibility: Type, Color, Imagery" available free via Skillshare membership:
https://www.skillshare.com/site/join?teacherRef=8634404&via=teacher-referral&utm_campaign=teacher-referral&utm_source=ShortUrl&utm_medium=teacher-referral&t=Hacking-Digital-Styleguides-for-Accessibility-Type-Color-Imagery&sku=1920202818

2) Web Accessibility Article

"There's already a blueprint for a more accessible internet. If only designers would learn it."
https://qz.com/1407450/theres-already-a-blueprint-for-a-more-accessible-internet/

3) Advanced Braille Keyboard on Android

ABK is a paid, self-voicing app that allows for typing on screen or with a Bluetooth keyboard:
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/advanced-Braille-keyboardabk?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

4) Meet The Blind YouTubeers Making The Internet More Accessible

This Wired article highlights the efforts of several Youtubers: https://www.wired.com/story/blind-youtube-creators/

5) Webinar: Advantages of Getting to Know JAWS

this Freedom Scientific Zoom webinar will take place on Thursday, 7 February at 16:00 GMT:
http://blog.freedomscientific.com/advantages-of-getting-to-know-jaws/

6A) Coding Course Materials from Apple

Apple is producing instructional materials on coding for a variety of grade levels, with Braille, large print and sign language materials available. Materials can be downloaded here:
https://www.apple.com/education/teaching-code/?linkId=62764880#accessibility

6B) Embossed Braille from Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Embossed Braille can be purchased from Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
http://lighthouse-sf.org/shop/

7) Apple Watch Experience

This user likes his Apple Watch better than he thought he would:
http://www.blindtravel.net/a-little-more-of-the-juice-my-acquisition-of-the-apple-watch-series-4/

8) Dungeons and Dragons for the Blind

Groups are being created for blind people interested in Dungeons and Draggons, with Skype conferencing to get assistance:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Blind/comments/al8ncw/want_to_play_dungeons_and_dragons_online_in_a/

9) Thaumistry Text Adventure Game Now Accessible for Blind and Visually Impaired Players

This is a windows game that is said to be popular:
https://coolblindtech.com/thaumistry-text-adventure-game-now-accessible-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-players/

10) Clew

Clew is a path retracing iOS app designed for blind and visually impaired users to help them independently return to any desired locations:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clew/id1268077870?mt=8

11) Software Developer on Eyes on Success

Challenges of a blind software developer is the topic of Eyes on Success #1905:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) Smart TV on Tek Talk

Learn about the ways to make Smart TV's accessible on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

13) Echo For The Blind Mailing List

To join a mailing list focused on how people with vision impairments can benefit from Echo devices, send a blank message to:
echoingfortheblind+subscribe@groups.io

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 24, 2019 - Volume 693

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 24, 2019 - Volume 693

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) Perspective on CES

This is a blog post from The Paciello Group discussing the experience of the Consumer Electronics show and what was seen there:
https://developer.paciellogroup.com/blog/2019/01/ces-2019/

2) Tek Talk CES Discussion Rescheduled

The discussion of the Consumer Electronics Show that was to happen earlier this week will now take place on GMT Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at 01:00:
https://zoom.us/j/839935813

3) HumanWare Training Center

You can now call (800) 722-3393 ☎ and follow a menu to get to the new Training Center, where you can listen to human-narrated instruction on the Victor Reader Stream, Victor Reader Trek, Braillenote touch and Braillenote Apex. This document lists the available modules:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/files/HumanWare%20Training%20Center%20document.pdf

4) Skills from APH

You can play O&M Trivia and Math Flash on your Amazon or Google Home device:
http://www.fredshead.info/2019/01/skills-and-actions-from-aph.html

5) Getting Started with Google Suite

The Mystic Access team has written Getting Started with Google Suite, a Brief Overview of Google's Most Powerful Productivity Apps, and National Braille Press sells it. Paper Braille and electronic downloads cost $12, and electronic copies shipped on USB drives cost $14.50:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/GOOGLE-SUITE.html

6) Sticky Notes Accessibility

You can use the Sticky Notes program with Narrator, or perhaps another screen reader, to make use of this handy Windows feature:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/use-a-screen-reader-with-sticky-notes-1499ebc6-a2f0-46b6-a6e8-4755a4a908e3

7) 5 Ways To Make Your YouTube Videos More Accessible to People with a Visual Impairment
This blog post is good to share with YouTubers:

https://unseen-beauty.com/2019/01/22/5-ways-to-make-your-youtube-videos-more-accessible-to-people-with-a-visual-impairment/

8) Accessibility Reviews Site

Developers of this fledgling site hope people will submit positive and negative accessibility reviews of sites in various categories. The goal of the site is to let us, the community, both find and share our accessibility experience with assorted resources.
http://adrianroselli.com/2019/01/announcing-a11y-reviews.html

9) Using a Screen Reader with Microsoft Word: Modifier Keys and Desktop Navigation

Hadley Institute is launching a series of videos on Word. This is the first:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYA-WJtclm8&feature=youtu.be

10) European Union AccessCast

Episode 7 of this podcast covers a variety of devices:
http://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebu-access-cast-07

11) How to Transfer Voice Memos from iPhone to Computer

This basic tutorial from I Download Blog ensures you can make the most of voice memos:
https://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/02/23/how-to-transfer-voice-memos-iphone-computer/

12A) Aira Podcast

Aira now offers a podcast:
https://airacast.libsyn.com/rss

12B) Aira 7-Day Trial

The service also offers a 7-day 30-minute free trial:
https://aira.io/free-trial

13) Surfing on Eyes on Success

We hear from a blind surfing champion in Episode #1904 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) Blind-Friendly Sewing Kit

The WayAround blog fills us in about this possible add-on:
http://blog.wayaround.com/journey/how-to-use-the-blind-friendly-sewing-kit-part-of-the-laundry-starter-pack

15) Macessibility Roundtable #168

A panel of five discuss the latest Apple perspectives:
http://maccessibility.net/2019/01/20/mrtp-168-beware-of-plastic-broccoli

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 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, 2019 - 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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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, 2019 - 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?

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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.

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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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