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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Volume 428
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) The BCAB will present two webinars on using Skype, one on using Skype with NVDA, the other on using GW Connect. These take place on 30 November, at a cost of 15 each for BCAB members:
http://bcab.org.uk/news-bytes/skype-webinars-30th-november

2) Get the official news about JAWS 15 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 29 October at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) Clarix sells a Windows screen magnification program, MagWin, available in portable, standard and light versions. A free trial version is available:
http://www.clarixusa.com/index.php/products/magwin

They also offer iCam, a free low vision magnifier and reader for the iPhone or iPad:
http://clarixusa.com/index.php/products/apps

4) This is the time of year for new operating systems. LifeHacker tells us about "All the New Stuff in Windows 8.1":
http://lifehacker.com/all-the-new-stuff-in-windows-8-1-587098156?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_twitter&utm_source=lifehacker_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

5) Meanwhile, Mavericks, the new OS for the Mac, is out. LifeHacker tells us "How to Fix OS X Mavericks' Biggest Annoyances"
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-fix-os-x-mavericks-biggest-annoyances-1450220339

Arcs tecnica makes available OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review:
http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/os-x-10-9/

And a goodly number of AppleVis users are offering their First thoughts of Mavericks:
http://www.applevis.com/forum/os-x-mac-app-discussion/first-thoughts-mavericks#comment-17936

6) Speaking of AppleVis, volunteers have recently written guides such as a very comprehensive guide on spell check, and auto correct in I O S:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios/very-comprehensive-guide-spell-check-and-auto-correct-i-o-s

And "Using Pronto Push to Receive Push Notifications in Mavericks from any Website with an RSS Feed":
http://www.applevis.com/guides/mac-os-x/using-pronto-push-receive-push-notifications-mavericks-any-website-rss-feed

7) Ever wondered about the identity of the voice of Samantha you hear in iOS and elsewhere?
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2425226,00.asp?_escaped_fragment_=

8) Some HowToGeek articles you might want to peruse:

Why Does Rebooting a Computer Fix So Many Problems?
http://www.howtogeek.com/173760/htg-explains-why-does-rebooting-a-computer-fix-so-many-problems/

Why is Printer Ink So Expensive?
http://www.howtogeek.com/174232/htg-explains-why-is-printer-ink-so-expensive/

How to Tell If Your Computer is Overheating and What to Do About It:
http://www.howtogeek.com/174288/how-to-tell-if-your-computer-is-overheating-and-what-to-do-about-it/

Access PC Settings Easily from Your Desktop in Windows 8 and 8.1:
http://www.howtogeek.com/173877/access-pc-settings-easily-from-your-desktop-in-windows-8-and-8.1/

9) Our collection of audio material for the week begins with a link to an enhanced presentation of how to use the Victor Reader Stream (or other player) as an audible teleprompter for 1.) Ppublic Speaking, 2.) Reading Fluently Aloud to Others, and 3.) Reading to Oneself for Personal Comprehension:
http://www.blindhow.com/posts/734#content

From BGZ we learn about new WiFi features in Victor Reader Stream 4.2:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/new-wifi-features-in-victor-reader-stream-4-2/

The Eyes on Success team has added a search feature to their site. Their latest podcast discusses BARD Mobile for Reading NLS Books:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

From Mystic Access comes "First impression of a Schlage keyless lock.":
http://www.mysticaccesspodcast.com/2013/10/12/schlage-accessible-keyless-lock-note-doesnt-work-with-smart-phones/

SeroTalk Podcast #173 came out last week shortly after we finished the newsletter:
http://serotalk.com/2013/10/16/serotalk-podcast-173-voice-assistant-uprising/

Finally, AppleVis lets us know about Using Event Calendars from External Sources with the Native iOS Calendar:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/using-event-calendars-external-sources-native-ios-calendar

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