I often get asked, “How do you know the answers to our questions?” I am not a genius and don’t have an eidetic memory. I just know where some of the resources are to help me find answers to technology questions.
In Second Sense’s recent workshop, The Net and Other Resources, I shared some of my favorite resources and tips for keeping them at your fingertips.
One of my main sources of tech news is the Apple News app. Apple News is a news aggregator that gathers all my news in one place, on the app. Using the search feature in the app, you can follow most of these resources:
AppleVis: Podcasts covering a wide range of topics for blind and low-vision users of Apple Devices. Featured topics include walk-throughs and demonstrations of apps, tips on using iOS and Mac OS X, and accessory reviews
Daily Tech News Show: Each show delivers the essential headlines in tech news that day combined with analysis from regular contributors and guest perspectives from the top names in technology.
Blind Bargains: The latest news from technology and beyond, deals on useful products, provocative audio content, and an array of useful resources.
Cool Blind Tech: Source for professionals, influencers and gadget enthusiasts looking for the latest in assistive tech, product reviews, industry analyses and more.
The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast: Hosts Robert and Allison, adaptive technology users, discuss adaptive technology, share their views and present interviews with a variety of guests.
9to5Mac: A curated site gathering trending stories on everything Apple
AFB AccessWorld: Technology news for people who are blind or visually impaired from the American Foundation for the Blind
A Google search is a great way to find an answer fast. For example, typing “keyboard commands PowerPoint 2010” in the search box will provide you with a list of links to websites, documents and videos that show keyboard commands for MS PowerPoint 2010.
At times, directly contacting the technology company is the best answer:
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