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Breaking: AIRA Scales Back its Free Five Minute Call Offer



Calling the current system unsustainable, AIRA is modifying the terms of its free five minute call offer starting next week.

How to Use Google's Android Braille Keyboard for Typing



This past spring, Google released a braille keyboard which works much like that found on iOS, enabling people to enter text in braille on their android devices. Here's how to use it for yourself.

Making the most of your Zoom Audio: Presentation Recording now Posted



On May 31, Mike May and Kim Casey of Goodmaps, Erin Lauridsen of the San Francisco Lighthouse and J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys joined over 40 people on a Zoom session to compare various audio configurations among the participants. We heard a range of headsets, microphones, and other setups at a variety of price points, and gave feedback on everyone's sound along with tips for using Zoom and other chat systems effectively.

#WWDC: VoiceOver Gains New Image Description Capabilities among other Changes



Like just about everything else these days, Apple's worldwide developers conference has switched to a virtual format for 2020. But a variety of new features have been announced across Apple's line of devices, including some new VoiceOver improvements.

Windows 10 2004 is Available; Narrator Gets Improved Web and Outlook Support, Even Firefox Compatibility



Windows 10 version 2004, the first major update for Windows this decade, is here, and while the updates are smaller, there are a variety of new features and bug fixes included.

A Message More Important than Technology



There are times that necessitate that this site reaches beyond the scope of blindness and technology because of issues that are greater than any accessibility challenge. This is one of those times.

Multi-Finger Gestures May Be Coming to Android's Accessibility Services



Android is poised to get a whole new set of accessibility commands, if the developer documentation for Android R is any indication. Over 20 new multi-tap gestures are listed, more than doubling the current offerings which largely involved one finger.

Making the most of your Zoom audio, How to sound  close and personal



Join Mike May and Kim Casey of Access Explorer, Erin Lauridsen of the San Francisco Lighthouse and J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys on a Zoom session to compare various audio configurations among the participants. Have you heard others on calls and wondered why they sound so good? Let s find out by comparing audio online. We will edit the recording and provide it after this session so you can hear what you sound like. Kim will provide feedback to those who wish on your video presence.

Google drive adds touch ID / Face ID to its iOS apps



Google's latest drive update adds the option to secure your files with touch ID or Face ID.

Google home implements device sensitivity



Tired of all your devices responding at once after saying the wake phrase? Google has implemented a new feature to help differentiate which devices in your home are most likely to respond.

Google has begun to roll out a feature to adjust the sensitivity of each device in your home to the wake phrase. This is useful both in noisy environments and in cases where multiple google devices are in the home, and you prefer for one to be more likely to respond.

The feature first began rolling out in late April, and should be available to most devices in the United States by this point.

The setting can be adjusted by ensuring that your google home iOS or Android app is up to date, clicking on the name of your device, going to settings, device settings, hey/okay google sensitivity, adjust the slider to your desired sensitivity (the higher the slider, the more sensitive your device), then back out and repeat for any other devices you wish to edit.

This is a much needed feature that should hopefully cut down on both unintended Google device responses and having to yell at your devices.

Have you tried this feature? How well does it work? Please let us know in the comments.

Gameworld App Pirate Poker Gets standalone version, marking shift in app A11y's model



Pirate Poker, one of the apps in the iOS app Game world, has now been ported into its own app. App A11y, the company behind the original edition, has indicated that this is the first of several apps that are to receive standalone versions in the coming months.

5 Considerations for Running a Virtual National Convention during COVID-19



Today, the National Federation of the Blind announced that this year's national convention, originally held in Houston, will now be held in a virtual format. The American Council of the Blind made a similar decision last week. But what exactly will this mean?

What Is Gabapentin?



Gabapentin (Neurontin ).

Gabapentin belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants, which means it was originally developed to treat seizures. Gabapentin is still used to treat seizure disorders, but it is also often used to treat neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is pain that is related to nerve injury or inflammation. If the nerves are injured by trauma (including surgery and radiation), infection, compression of the nerve by a tumor, or damage from chemotherapy, gabapentin can often help relieve the associated pain. No one knows the exact mechanism by which gabapentin treats neuropathic pain, but it may be related to the way nerves send their pain signals to the brain.

How to take gabapentin
Gabapentin comes as capsules, tablets, slow-release (long-acting) tablets and an oral solution (liquid) to take by mouth with water. Capsules and tablets should be taken whole; do not chew, break or open. The medicine is usually prescribed 3 times a day and should be taken at regular intervals throughout the day and night. If you are taking the slow-release version, follow your doctor's instructions and take the medicine with food.

It is important to make sure you are taking the correct amount of medicine each time. Before each dose, check that what you are taking matches what you have been prescribed.

This medicine may interact with other medicines; be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines and supplements you are using. Levels of this medication are affected by Maalox (antacid). Gabapentin should be taken at least 2 hours after taking Maalox. You should not drink alcohol, especially with the extended-release formulation, as this affects the way it is released. This medicine may cause slowed breathing when taken with central nervous system depressants such as opioids. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this medicine until you know it is safe to do so.

Storage and Handling
Store this medicine at room temperature in its original container. If you prefer to use a pill box, you may consult the pharmacist who supplies your oncology medicines. Ask your oncology team where to return unused medicine for disposal. Do not flush it down the toilet or throw it in the trash.

Where can I get this medicine?
Gabapentin is available at retail or mail order pharmacies. The oncology team will work with the prescription drug plan to identify an in-network, retail or mail order pharmacy for distribution of the medication.

Timecrest version 2.9.1 introduces new soundtrack, VoiceOver fixes, new UI, and more



In preparation for Timecrest 3, Sneaky Crabs has released a new version of popular iOS game Timecrest.

GeeksModo: New blog for everything apple



Readers interested in learning more about their Apple devices should take note of GeeksModo an emerging blog covering all things apple.

Find out more about GeeksModo, and its founder Moses Gitari, below.

Aira updates policies after Corona Virus outbreak



Due to the recent physical isolation orders across various countries, Aira has detailed its new policies in the wake of COVID-19.

Let's Go Shopping, an All Day Event Featuring your Favorite Vendors and Lots of Prizes, is Saturday (expired)



A. T. Guys is excited to join a variety of amazing small businesses for an all-day, virtual shopping experience.

Tyler Littlefield creates accessible Covid-19 statistics tracker



In the rapidly changing landscape of the Covid-19 outbreak, staying informed is more crucial than ever.

iOS 13.4 adds support for iCloud-based folder sharing



iOS 13.4, released earlier this week, introduces iCloud folder sharing to anyone with an Apple ID.

Audio Wizards goes on sale prior to forthcoming multiplayer update



Audio Wizards, from Finish developer My True Sound goes on sale until March 29.

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