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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 9, 2013 - Volume 404
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Needless to say, reactions and tutorials on the new iOS Kindle app are plentiful. The reactions are not all in agreement.

Here is the NFB assessment:
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/grading-kindle-accessibility-ios

Here is another review, from Justin Romack:
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/breaking-amazons-kindle-for-ios-updated-with-accessibility/

And one more, from Shelly Brisbin:
http://www.stableytimes.com/news/kindle-ios-app-accessibility-update-for-the-blind-so-what/6553/

Here's a David Woodbridge podcast:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/2013/05/07/extensive-run-through-of-the-now-accessible-ios-kindle-app-with-voiceover/

And for those enjoying their newfound access to Kindle books, here is a post on "25 Places To Get Free Kindle Books:"
http://freebies.about.com/od/onlinebooks/tp/free-kindle-books.htm

2) Jonathan Mosen is now an independent consultant, so I expect we'll be seeing plenty of material from his site:
http://mosen.org/

Here he has written a thoughtful article on Android accessibility, and the article has stimulated lots of discussion:
http://mosen.org/index.php/why-i-want-android-accessibility-to-succeed/

3) Jonathan also tells us about the improved iOS version of a program called Viber:
http://mosen.org/index.php/viber-becomes-more-accessible-on-ios-not-such-good-news-for-pc-and-mac/

4) The 2013.1rc2 version of NVDA has been released:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2013.1rc2Released

The article "My Constant Search for Accessibility" in the May, 2013 issue of The Braille Monitor is a praise of NVDA, focusing largely on excitement over its free price tag:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm13/bm1305/bm130507.htm

5) This Macworld Australia article is called "The computer in the living room: Setting up a Mac Mini Media Centre":
http://www.macworld.com.au/features/the-computer-in-the-living-room-setting-up-a-mac-mini-media-center-94744/

6) GW Micro's free webinar in May will have as its theme "Accessing the BARD website with Window-Eyes". It will take place Wednesday, 15 May at 19:00 GMT:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Webinar_Training/

7) In DAISY-production news, OBI version 2.60 offers context-sensitive help and the ability to convert older DAISY books to DAISY 3:
http://www.daisy.org/daisy-news#newsitem1254

EASI will offer a free webinar, "Use Tobi to Create EPUB3 Talking Books" on Thursday, 30 May at 15:30 GMT. To register, go here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jrSLEDdIgcTHK32h350-IdSgLQGaXpUkPwNA1jA6uDM/viewform

8) Speaking of EASI, they will offer a free webinar, "AzzCardfile, The Easy to Use Personal Information Manager," on Thursday, 23 May at 18:00 GMT. AzzCardfile is shareware and costs $29.95. More information about the webinar is on the EASI page at:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

And to register, visit:
http://bit.ly/Y9JokJ

9) "HIMS Braille Sense and Braille Edge: Power-Packed Products for Productivity or Play" will be the title for the Tek Talk presentation on GMT Tuesday, 14 May at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

10) A tidbits reader has a well-developed concept for "A digital drawing tablet for the blind". With support, it can apparently become a reality:
http://www.quirky.com/ideations/477451

11) The LookTel Money Reader iOS App now supports 21 currencies:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/looktel-money-reader/id417476558?mt=8

12) This review says that the iOS fitness game, Zombies, Run! 2.1 is fully accessible:
http://maccessibility.net/2013/05/07/review-zomies-run-2-1-with-voiceover-support/

13) From PC Mag comes "How to Run Windows on a Mac, Tips, Solutions & How To's":
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2344661,00.asp

14) A few podcasts:

SeroTalk offers a couple unreported weekly podcasts, the SeroSpective for March, and High Contrast Episode #10:
http://serotalk.com/

AppleVis brings us BlindSquare: A Feature-Packed Navigational Tool for Blind iOS Users
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/blindsquare-feature-packed-navigational-tool-blind-ios-users

Forecast Now: Is it better than other weather apps?
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/forecast-now-it-better-other-weather-apps

Exploring Some of the New Features Added to the Lire RSS Reader in Recent Updates
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/exploring-some-new-features-added-lire-rss-reader-recent-updates

Reflector: AirPlay Mirroring from your iOS Device to Your Mac or PC
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/reflector-airplay-mirroring-your-ios-device-your-mac-or-pc

In what will presumably be the last FSCast presented by Jonathan Mosen, he speaks with Debee Armstrong about Tips and Tricks with JAWS, and also with Katie Crocker, a JAWS user who now has a career in radio:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/default.asp

15) This blog post is entitled "The Human Error with Humanware":
http://joeorozco.com/blog_the_human_error_with_humanware

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