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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Volume 449
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Continuing the tradition of excellent iOS-related books, "Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 7 for Blind Users" is now available for $24 in several formats from National Braille Press:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS7.html

2) Read "A Closer Look at iOS 7.1's Accessibility Changes" from MacWorld:
http://www.macworld.com/article/2107640/a-closer-look-at-ios-7-1s-accessibility-changes.html?utm_content=buffer0d5b3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

3) These four apps are just as good for speech users, but this blog post is entitled "My Top 4 App Picks for Braille Users of iDevices in News":
http://www.applevis.com/blog/assistive-technology/my-top-4-app-picks-braille-users-idevices-news

4A) This review by Clark Howard discusses a low-cost mobile phone option from Republic Wireless. Links from the page discuss other low-cost options:
http://www.clarkhoward.com/news/clark-howard/technology/republic-wireless-offers-cheaper-smartphone/nfFRC/

4B) And here's a review of Ting, another low-cost alternative:
http://joeorozco.com/blog_the_one_ting_that_will_lower_your_cell_phone_bill

5A) Blind computer users in Colombia will be able to use JAWS or MAGic at home, work or school free for the next four years, and receive training in their use, thanks to an arrangement between Freedom Scientific and the Ministry for Information and Communications Technologies (MinTIC) in that country:
http://www.freedomscientific.com

5B) Speaking of FS, they are now on Twitter, @freedomsci, and on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/FreedomScientificInc

6) Learn about the new wireless features of the Victor Reader Stream on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 Marcy at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) There's an online petition circulating to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, asking them to incorporate voice technology, audio cues, and/or tactile buttons into flat panel appliances to make them accessible to the blind and those with low vision:
http://www.change.org/petitions/association-of-home-appliance-manufacturers-incorporate-voice-technology-audio-cues-and-or-tactile-buttons-into-your-flat-panel-appliances-to-make-them-accessible-to-the-blind-and-those-with-low-vision

8) CVS Pharmacy has announced that it is providing ScripTalk talking prescription labels to customers with visual impairments ordering through cvs.com. The ScripTalk Reader is available free from Envision America:
http://lflegal.com/2014/03/cvs-prescription-press/

9) The 20th Anniversary Issue of the Information and Technology Ejournal is now online:
http://itd.athenpro.org/volume14/number1/index.html

10) BrailleNote Apex users can get KeySoft 9.4.1 free. It features a PowerPoint Viewer, the ability to pair with a Smartphone app so teachers can see what students are seeing on their device, and KeyMaps, a virtual maps system allowing people to explore areas and plan routes. Information about the upgrade is not yet on the page below but it should be sometime:
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/home/news

Unfortunately, we're out of time for this week, so audio material will return next week.

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