Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 3, 2012 - Volume 386
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Learn about accessing the System Access Mobile Network on your iDevice on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 8 January at 01:00:
2) Here are three items related to NVDA: An add-on, AudioScreen, exists which enables blind users to receive audio information about graphics such as maps and diagrams:
3) The latest snapshots, up-to-the-minute beta versions of the free screen reader, support PowerPoint access:
4) VMouse for NVDA is a £2.99 add-on which significantly enhances navigation options:
5) Maccessibility announces that New York Times for iPhone has been Updated with Improved Accessibility:
6) Another iOS app to get an upgrade is the NFB Newsline app, incorporating their recently-added publications such as the Braille Forum, CNN and the Huffington Post, allowing for weather alerts and making other interface changes. To offer feedback, email:
7) A new mailing list has been created for offering and requesting information and assistance for making app recommendations for i-devices using VoiceOver. To join, send a blank message to:
8) Three textual compilations of online periodical information are compiled weekly and are available free for the browsing: Science and Health News, Tech Update and Slate:
9) Read the @Freedom Scientific Newsletter:
10) From MacWorld Australia, learn about "The difference between an iPad Mini and a regular iPad":
11) From OS X Daily come:
"14 Must-Know iPad Tips & Tricks":
"Write & Send a Complete Email with Siri Faster Than Ever":
And "Other Siri Tips":
12) SpeedDots has announced their lineup of tactile screen protectors for the iPad Mini, iPad, iPhone and iPod. They have enhanced their existing layouts and created a new phone-only layout for the iPhone.
13) The next EASI free webinar is entitled "MS Office is coming - but are you READY!", and takes place on Tuesday, 8 January at 19:00 GMT:
14) On Main Menu for GMT Saturday 5 January, we hear a demo of the new Tiny Tunes talking mp3 player from Future Aids, a demo of using the Text Detective app for OCR on an iPhone, and a demo of syncing notes between a Mac and iOS device via iCloud.
15) This post from Jeffrey's Soapbox is entitled "Configuring your Samsung Galaxy S3 for Blind Users - Part 1: Getting Rid of the Samsung Keyboard in favor of the Android Stock One"
16) Among the latest podcasts:
Using J-Say or MagniTalk for hands-free, eyes-free computing:
Dictabulus: Dictate Text on your iPhone for use on your Mac:
TypeInBraille: Use Braille to Enter Text on your iPhone:
Light Detector: Use the Camera on your iDevice to Transform any Light Source into Sound:
TapTheMole: Test and Train your Reflexes With this Perfect Time Killer Game for iOS:
17) This well-thought-out post is entitled "A Guide to Making the Switch from Using a Windows Screen Reader to VoiceOver on a Mac":
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