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

The Week’s News in Adaptive Technology

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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://bit.ly/2WUe5R8

2) Tech Doctor Commemoration

Here’s a Tech Doctor podcast for the occasion:
http://bit.ly/2ZA79Kt

3) Demo of the First Accessible iPhone (MP3)

This is David Woodbridge’s iPhone 3GS demo from nearly ten years ago:
http://bit.ly/2RuLW20

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:
http://bit.ly/2FlW0VU

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:
http://bit.ly/2Xqk3xi

6) Using Narrator with the Keypad

This video documents a bit about using Narrator with the numeric keypad:
http://bit.ly/2XZg484

7) Color and Contrast

Jared Smith from WebAIM talks about color and contrast:
http://bit.ly/2Kqwzqz

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

This is a philosophy piece from CBC Radio:
http://bit.ly/2x4vWKL

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:
http://bit.ly/2M464U2

10) Orbit Reader Upgrades

You can now upgrade Orbit Reader from the SD card, without being tied to a Windows PC:
http://bit.ly/2Rp7Cw8

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://bit.ly/2Rpw3JU

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:
http://bit.ly/2FmzkVC

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://bit.ly/2p6t5h5

14) BBQ #185

Blind Bargains Qast is right on schedule:
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About claire plaisted

Claire Plaisted lives in New Zealand with her husband, three children. She is a Indie Author and runs a company 'Plaisted Publishing House Ltd,' helping Indie Authors get their books online and looking professional. We are happy for people to submit their work for our team to look through.
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