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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 1, 2013 - Volume 416
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Sonokids, an Australian company, has released Ballyland, a game that supports playful learning of technology skills by children who are blind or have low vision. No literacy skills are required, and the game includes five games for helping children learn particular keys. For now, Windows only, but Mac version is forthcoming soon.
http://ballyland.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6b8d6a8e9521d8e29084d03c4&id=36803f8f39&e=fd9e6af97e

2) Kathy Ann Murtha has released a training course for users of JAWS and Window-Eyes with Windows 8. Courses cost $225 and include the existing textbook, four MP3 lessons, and comprehensive tests.
http://www.blindtraining.com/courses/

3) Here is a concise review of TapTapSee, a camera app for iOS that aids blind users in identifying all sorts of objects. The review also has links to other activities in which the organization is involved.
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/taptapsee-for-iphone-old-hat-review/

4) Brian Hartgen brings us an article, "Dropbox Folder Management Using JAWS for Windows":
http://www.hartgen.org/node/215

5) Learn about the Seeing Eye GPS App on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 6 August at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

Also an article about the app appears on the Matilda Ziegler site:
http://www.matildaziegler.com/?p=8833

6) The Commonwealth Braille and Talking Book Cooperative offers several Braille translation resources free to all. Among them is an online back translator that translates contracted Braille to text and translation software for a variety of operating systems.
http://www.cbtbc.org/braille/

7) In podcasts and audio:

The Applevis site offers A Demonstration of BlindSquare and 5 Mainstream GPS Apps for iOS:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/demonstration-blindsquare-and-5-mainstream-gps-apps-ios

Audiobook Binder: A free Mac App for Converting your Audiobooks from MP3 to M4B:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/audiobook-binder-free-mac-app-converting-your-audiobooks-mp3-m4b

Using braille displays with the Mac:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/using-braille-displays-mac

And BlindGeekZone is the source for a podcast on refreshing Wwindows 8 and higher devices:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/a-podcast-on-refreshing-windows-8-and-higher-devices/

Windows 8.1 First Looks Part 2:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/windows-8-1-first-looks-part-2/

BGZ Podcast 71: "Rickster upgrades his MacBook Pro"
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/bgz-podcast-71-rickster-upgrades-his-macbook-pro/

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