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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).

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,

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.

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,

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).

If you missed last week's webinar conducted by Larry Lewis: "Taking The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing", never fear! We've got you covered.

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

We had close to 200 participants in attendance last week.

If you were one of those who attended this webinar, we'd like to express our thanks to you for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend.

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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
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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

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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)

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

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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)

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 organization’s websites, applications and processes. Our consulting services include accessibility testing and evaluation, WCAG/Section 508 compliance audits, VPAT analysis and production, training, user testing and research, design reviews and strategic planning to embed accessible user experience into all aspects of your product development lifecycle.

Struggling to manage the adverse risk posed to your organization by the deployment of inaccessible content?

Seeking guidance on building accessibility best practices into your development cycle?

We offer a comprehensive range of services to address your accessibility needs - from accessibility testing of your websites, web applications and mobile apps to identify accessibility issues and assist in their repair, to conducting research and usability testing to share insights into how people with disabilities experience your products, to providing strategic guidance or accessibility training to help you build accessibility capacity within your organization.

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

Service Offerings We Provide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greetings,

1) NLS on Eyes on Success

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

2) Android on Tek Talk

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

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

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

4) Using Your iPhone Without a Touchscreen

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

5) 9 Google Tricks For Better Search Results

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

6) When Readers Are Good

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

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

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

8) That Blind Tech Show

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

9) Alexa for PCs

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

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

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

11) Blind Post Classifieds

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

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