Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Volume 367
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Verizon wireless is making Mobile Accessibility Suite available to their visually impaired customers running at least version 2.2 of Android and who have a data plan. It bundles together ten apps to improve access to the touch screen.
2) Learn about the Accessible Digital TV Radio, VU Indicator and Auditory Oscilloscope Adaptation, available from Oehm electronics, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 August at 00:00. Oehm electronics also repairs vintage Blazie engineering and Telesensory products and entertains ideas for new products.
3) Twitter has produced what is said to be an excellent small business guide for using twitter. This site contains a link to it as well as a simplified version of the guide.
4) NCH Software posts a guest article on its site, touting the fact that its transcription and business point of sale software are all fully accessible to the blind.
5) This VisionAware post, "A Top Eight List of My Favorite Blog Posts by Joe Strechay" offers people researching or coping with vision loss a variety of resources.
6) Ted, which offers "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world."has compiled a list of its 20 most popular talks.
7) This PC World article is called "Three Ways Windows 8 Will Boost Accessibility":
8) The latest Tech Doctor podcast features Tonya Engst, co-founder of TidBITS (not related to this newsletter,) and editor-in-chief of Take Control Books.
9) Podcasts from AppleVis include:
Quicknav and the rotor, Giving VoiceOver users ways to Navigate web Content Effectively with Safari:
And Magic Guide, a brief demo of the Disneyland Resort App:
10) From DansTips newsletter we learn about Bleeping Computer, a community based site for novice users to learn the basics about computers and technology.
And a tutorial on The Basics of Making Advanced Searches With Wildcards and Filters in Windows:
11) Sendero GPS version 2012.5 for the Braillenote and Sense lines of products now comes with an EZ mode which costs 1/3 of the full price, hence $498.
Here is a podcast demonstrating some of the new features:
12) Employment opportunities: The Society for the blind in Sacramento, CA, is seeking an adaptive technology instructor. Email resume and cover letter to:
And Fidelity Investments seeks to contract a web Accessibility Specialist:
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