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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 30, 2013 - Volume 407
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Check out the Life After Blindness Blog and Podcast:
http://www.lifeafterblindness.com/

2) In a week of relatively little news, it's time to catch up on some mainstream computing material from HowToGeek. Here are several articles of potential interest:

How and Why to Back Up Your Cloud Data:
http://www.howtogeek.com/164413/how-and-why-to-back-up-your-cloud-data/

Everything You Need To Know About the Blue Screen of Death:
http://www.howtogeek.com/163452/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-blue-screen-of-death/

8 Ways Hardware Manufacturers Are Deceiving You:
http://www.howtogeek.com/163285/8-ways-hardware-manufacturers-are-deceiving-you/

How Computer Manufacturers Are Paid to Make Your Laptop Worse:
http://www.howtogeek.com/163303/how-computer-manufacturers-are-paid-to-make-your-laptop-worse/

Learn How to Use Excel Macros to Automate Tedious Tasks:
http://www.howtogeek.com/162975/geek-school-learn-how-to-use-excel-macros-to-automate-tedious-tasks/

PC Cleaning Apps are a Scam: Here's Why (And How to Speed Up Your PC):
http://www.howtogeek.com/162683/pc-cleaning-apps-are-a-scam-heres-why-and-how-to-speed-up-your-pc/

Why You Don't Need to Run Manual Antivirus Scans (And When You Do):
http://www.howtogeek.com/154536/why-you-dont-need-to-run-manual-antivirus-scans-and-when-you-do/

How to Find Files on Flash Drives, Network Shares, DVDs, and More:
http://www.howtogeek.com/155118/how-to-instantly-find-files-on-flash-drives-network-shares-dvds-and-more/

No More Cables: How Wireless Charging Works and How You Can Use It Today:
http://www.howtogeek.com/162483/no-more-cables-how-wireless-charging-works-and-how-you-can-use-it-today/

Why a Windows Password Doesn't Protect Your Data:
http://www.howtogeek.com/161444/htg-explains-why-a-windows-password-doesnt-protect-your-data/

How to Change the Backup Location of iTunes (or Any Windows App):
http://www.howtogeek.com/164275/how-to-change-the-backup-location-of-itunes-or-any-windows-app/

3) The latest revision for the Braille Plus 18 enhances performance of Nearby Explorer, word processors and other device features:
http://tech.aph.org/plus_new.htm

4) Learn about a number of lesser-known tips and tricks for getting the most from JAWS on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 June at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) This is a review of the Aftershokz Bone-Conduction headphones:
http://www.vict-consultancy.co.uk/content/AfterShokz_Sportz_M2_Review.html

6) This post is called "A Sound Practice, How I recorded my own book:"
http://outofthewhirlpool.com/2013/05/a-sound-practice/

7) Listen to the enhanced version of the Battle of the Speech Synthesizers, where the full complement of voices from ScanSoft and A Capela are on display:
http://t.co/Xl4HuWgD9U

8) This is a handy compendium of Hotkey help for NVDA 13 update:
http://accessibleinsights.info/blog/2013/05/23/hotkey-help-for-nvda-13-update/

9) Read Abbott and Costello, Who's on First modified for the computer generation:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/abbott-and-costello-whos-on-first-modified-for-the-computer-generation/

10) On a much more serious note, a battle is underway concerning the right of blind people to borrow electronic books, and its outcome could have ramifications for those both in and outside the US. It is urged that those concerned about this sign a petition on whitehouse.gov, though doing so requires filling out a very difficult CAPTCHA:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/side-blind-over-obstructionist-companies-secure-treaty-blind-makes-books-accessible-globally/ZJtgcVph

The NFB has posted a more accessible petition:
https://nfb.org/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=2&reset=1

11) Wrapping up with podcasts:

That Android Show, Episode 16:
http://thatandroidshow.com/2013/05/29/that-android-show-episode-16-need-to-do-accessibility/

FSCast #78 paints a not-entirely-rosy picture of access to Office 2013:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast078-may2013.asp

NV Access Podcast #5:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/podcast-episode-5/

3 Courtesy of David Woodbridge:

Demo of using Find My iPhone to locate iOS device by the Play Sound feature:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/2013/05/28/demo-of-using-find-my-iphone-to-locate-ios-device-by-the-play-sound-feature/

Using Siri to generate passwords using VoiceOver:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/2013/05/28/using-siri-to-generate-passwords-using-voiceover/

Demo of the Samsung Chromebook using Chromevox:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/2013/05/25/demo-of-the-samsung-chromebook-using-chromevox/

Triple Click Home, Episode 18:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2013/05/26/triple-click-home-episode-18-could-you-try-that-in-less-words/

From AppleVis:

Spreaker Radio and Podcast Recorder: Broadcast Live to the World from your iOS Device:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/spreaker-radio-and-podcast-recorder-broadcast-live-world-your-ios-device

The Tech Doctor podcast features Chris Grabowski of the Mystic Access Podcast:
http://www.dr-carter.com

From IBlindTech:

Taking Photos with the Camera App when your Blind or Low Vision:
http://www.iblindtech.com/democast/taking-photos-with-the-camera-app-when-your-blind-or-low-vis.html

From the Cool Blind Tech Podcast: How To Install Windows 8:
http://coolblindtech.com/podcast/how-to-install-windows-85232013

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