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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 29, 2013 - Volume 420
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) This article by David Pogue, which hopefully everybody can access, compares speech input features on iOS and Android:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/technology/personaltech/android-vs-siri-the-voice-recognition-sequel.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1&

2) Twitter has launched a blog on Improving the accessibility of Twitter:
https://blog.twitter.com/2013/improving-accessibility-of-twittercom

3) A beta version of a Learning Ally app is now to be found for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.learningally.learningallyaudioandroid&hl=en

4) Learn about Prodigi, the "Touch-Controlled 2-in-1 Personal Vision Assistant" from HumanWare, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 10 September at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) GW Micro willl hold a free training webinar, "Accessing Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive with Window-Eyes" on Wednesday, 11 September at 18:00 GMT. As always the webinar will be available for later download, and worksheets are available to assist with learning:
http://www.gwmicro.com/meeting

6) CAVI will hold a three-hour, $30 workshop, "Getting Productive and Organized With Dropbox", via TeamTalk, in two timeslots to accommodate people throughout the world on Sunday, 8 September at 18:00 GMT, and Monday, 9 September at 00:00 GMT. Perhaps the easiest way to get more information is to email:
dropbox-course@ciscovision.org

7) Jonathan Mosen has been testing the forthcoming iOS upgrade, iOS 7, which might come out for general use sometime in September. While he was at it, he wrote an e-book, iOS 7 Without the Eye, and if you buy it before the iOS7 release, you'll get the book the same day iOS7 is released and pay half price, $9.95.
http://mosen.org/index.php/pre-order-my-ebook-ios7-without-the-eyeand-get-50-off/

8) Meanwhile, Sarah K. Alawami will be preparing a tutorial on Mavericks, the forthcoming Mac OS. She's conducting a survey about this tutorial, open until about a week before the OS is released:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1344480/mavrics-survey-on-tffp-podcast

9) Here are two blog posts of a tour of American Printing House for the Blind:
http://clearedready.blogspot.com/2013/08/louisville-tour-of-american-printing.html
http://clearedready.blogspot.com/2013/08/louisville-american-printing-house-for.html

10) Cathy Ann Murtha will offer a $125 webinar, "An Introduction to Outlook 2013", on Saturday, 7 September at 23:00 GMT:
http://www.blindtraining.com/Seminars/Outlook13.html

11) Here is a post about the digital divide and people with disabilities:
http://lflegal.com/2013/08/digital-divide/

12) Development continues on JAWS scripts for Skype, with updates covering up to version 6.7:
http://www.dlee.org/skype/

13) One Foundation is an iOS solitaire game that works with VoiceOver:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/one-foundation

14) The people at BCAB, British Computer Association for the Blind, recommend NCH Software as a good source for CD Burning programs and others:
http://www.nchsoftware.com/index.html

15) The HowToGeek people give us "5 Ways to Run Linux Software on Windows"
http://www.howtogeek.com/170870/5-ways-to-run-linux-software-on-windows/

16) AFB offers a $29.95 webinar, "iPad and Communication for Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities"
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=EiPadCommunication&ruling=Yes

17) Looking at the various new audio content available, documentation for the new generation Victor Reader Stream is available including an audio tutorial:
http://support.humanware.com/en-usa/support/victor_reader_stream_new_generation/victor_reader_stream_new_generation_documentation

Eyes on Success joins the legions that have recorded podcasts regarding the TI-84 Plus scientific programmable graphing calculator:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

Learn what's in the upcoming NVDA 2013.2 release and about the company's new release process in NVAccess Podcast #6:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/podcast-episode-6/

The Physics Central podcast features an interview with John Gardner, creator of View Plus:
http://www.physicscentral.com/buzz/blog/index.cfm?postid=7608374268610257567&utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer0f5fb&utm_medium=twitter

We've mentioned these tutorials on using Garage Band before, but here they are in one place:
http://htb2.com/tutorials/mac-tutorials/garage-band/

Our Place podcast, with a direct link to the file, Demystifying Android, Part 4:
http://t.co/ZnZWTBaFaL

Audio from many sessions of the Visions 2013 conference can be found here:
http://www.blindness.org/visions/audio.php

Episode #21 of the iOS-related podcast Triple Click Home is out:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2013/08/28/triple-click-home-episode-21-finger-gymnastics/

Also from the SPN network, SeroTalk Podcast 165:
http://serotalk.com/2013/08/21/serotalk-podcast-165-its-going-to-sound-good-in-your-mouth/

And SeroTalk Podcast 166:
http://serotalk.com/2013/08/27/serotalk-podcast-166-safari-plus-windows-equals-bad/

Episode 6 of The Fedora Outlier's Delivering Access Podcast focuses on Michael Hansen of the AppleVis team:
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/delivering-access-podcast-episode-6-with-michael-hansen-of-apple-vis/

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