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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Volume 380
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

We open this issue wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers in the United States.

1) This AFB page lists Scholarships and Grants for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired and not from AFB.
http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?DocumentID=1845

2) Creators of the NFB AT Blog continue to explore the accessibility, or lack of it, of the Nook Tablet.
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/nook-tablet-sequel-plot-thickens

3) Freedom scientific has updated its schedule of free webinars.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/training/Free-Webinars.asp

And paid webinars
http://www.freedomscientific.com/training/Paid-Webinars.asp

4) In a miscellany of Windows 8 news items, listen to the SPN Windows 8 special from Serotalk.
http://serotalk.com/2012/11/14/come-join-us-for-a-discussion-of-windows-8/

This article from Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox is entitled "Windows 8's Disappointing Usability for Both Novice & Power Users".
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/windows-8.html

But then, we have the article: "10 Awesome Improvements For Desktop Users in Windows 8" from HowToGeek.
http://www.howtogeek.com/128123/10-awesome-improvements-for-desktop-users-in-windows-8/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051112&utm_content=emailsidebar

You can Download the "Windows 8 Accessibility Tutorial Guide" from the Official Microsoft Download Center.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35751&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=0edba

And finally in this department, from Matthew Starkie, a post containing a link to a PDF on Windows 8 Shortcut Keys and a few tips on creating your own.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthew_starkie/archive/2012/11/21/windows-8-shortcut-keys.aspx

5) From MacTrast comes the article "How to Back Up Your Mac: Our Complete Guide".
http://www.mactrast.com/2012/11/tips-for-backing-up-your-mac/

6) On Main Menu for GMT Saturday 24 November, you will hear about JAWS 14, the MiniGuide mobility aid, and the Reminders app in Mountain Lion. Listen to the program at 02:00 GMT and for the next 24 hours at:
http://www.acbradio.org/mainstream

Or get it from the archive later at:
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/

7) The five-lesson, $49 course "Working with Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired" is now available in the AFB e-learning center.
http://www2.afb.org/store/product.asp?sku=EWEBJOBACCOM&mscssid=69PGENME16X59LN1MWBEV5R83RRE8SB0

8) The people at Pearson Higher Education have written a post to the NFB AT blog.
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/note-pearson-higher-education

9) From the Penny Arcade Report comes the article "The PA Report - Gaming is challenging for disabled gamers, but a new document provides both awareness and solutions."
http://penny-arcade.com/report/editorial-article/gaming-is-challenging-for-disabled-gamers-but-a-new-document-provides-both

10) Remember that you can find free Window-Eyes-related webinars on topics from iTunes to social networking and beyond at:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Webinar_Training/

11) From the blog of Rob Margel you can download the Office 365 Accessibility Fact Sheet.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/robmar/archive/2012/11/19/download-office-365-accessibility-fact-sheet.aspx

12) Learn about backing up your address book and favorites in Windows 7 and about a little-known way to restore files you may have inadvertently deleted, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 27 November at 01:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

13) Plenty of podcasts this time around.

There's the 2012 SPN Holiday Review Special where presenters discuss and demonstrate their favorite gift items.
http://serotalk.com/2012/11/21/2012-spn-holiday-review-special/

Three podcasts about an intriguing iOS App, BossJock, that turns your iPhone into a portable mixer, can be found on the Blind World Blog and Podcast page.
http://blindworldblog.blogspot.com/

And an AudioBoo demonstrating the same program is at:
http://audioboo.fm/boos/1061860-demonstration-of-the-bossjock-studio-iphone-app-bossjockapp

Then there's Triple Click Home, Episode 12.
http://tripleclickhome.com/2012/11/20/triple-click-home-episode-12-blind-people-gotta-rock/

From AppleVis, we hear about The AQ SmartSpeaker, a Portable Wireless Speaker with AirPlay Support.
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/aq-smartspeaker-portable-wireless-speaker-airplay-support

And Phone Drive: Use Your iOS Device as a Portable Wireless Flash Drive.
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/phone-drive-use-your-ios-device-portable-wireless-flash-drive

14) The webinar "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Advances in Vision Rehabilitation - A Multidisciplinary View" is available for $25 from the AFB E-Learning Center. It discusses the most recent information available about the causes and treatment of AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration), concise and informational overviews of the effects of aging on vision, the emotional and psychological components of vision loss, and the integration of the individual's psychological recovery into low vision services delivery.
http://www2.afb.org/store/product.asp?sku=EVREHABWEBARCHIVE&mscssid=F8DE6B18XAW49G1UK1CNSMPWV63PAK7E

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