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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Volume 454
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) On May 1 and 2 Freedom Scientific will conduct a free, two-part webinar on PDF reading and strategies using JAWS and MAGic.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/training/Free-Webinars.asp

2) Window-Eyes is now available in Japanese, both the free version for Office users and the retail version:
http://www.neoacc.com

3) GW Micro has upgraded the JAWS Quick Key App to version 1.2:
http://www.gwmicro.com/App_Central/Apps/App_Details/?scriptid=1304

4) Learn about the Odin cell phone for the blind, produced by Perkins Products, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 29 April at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) From an Australian viewpoint, this post is entitled "A How-To Guide to Navigating Geo-Blocking - Circumventing Geo-Blocking and Online Price Discrimination":
http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/shopping-online/navigating-online-geoblocks/page/how-to-circumvent-geoblocks.aspx

6) For JAWS Scripters: How to Compile Against JAWS 11 Etc. Under Windows 8.1:
http://www.dlee.org/jw8.mp3

7) Apple Has Opened Up OS X Beta Testing to All Users:
http://lifehacker.com/apple-opens-up-os-x-beta-testing-to-all-users-1566229779

8) From the MSDN blog, this new story explores "Braille's Role and Use in Accessible Technology and the Digital Age":
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2014/04/15/new-story-explores-braille-s-role-and-use-in-accessible-technology-and-the-digital-age.aspx

9) Learn about "How To Supercharge Siri On iPhone - No Jailbreak Required" [VIDEO]:
http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-supercharge-siri-on-iphone-no-jailbreak-required-video/

10) From CNET, get one columnist's view on the "Long-Term Take: Surface Pro 2 vs. iPad Air":
http://www.cnet.com/news/two-tablet-extremes-surface-pro-2-vs-ipad-air/#ftag=CAD590a51e

11) The Human Resources Social Network offers us the article "Hiring Blind: The Misconceptions Facing America's Visually Impaired Workforce":
http://www.hr.com/en/app/blog/2013/05/hiring-blind-the-misconceptions-facing-america%E2%80%99s-v_hgs2d55a.html

12) A third-party snapshot for NVDA which improves usage of Microsoft Outlook Calendar is now available for testing:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/

There are a couple new Guide articles on the AppleVis site:

13A) Getting Started with OS X Safari:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/mac-os-x/getting-started-os-x-safari

13B) And Understanding and Using VoiceOver's Commanders:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/mac-os-x/understanding-and-using-voiceovers-commanders

14) Legendary British News Agency Path's 85,000-Video Archive, with news items from 1896-1976, Is Now on YouTube:
http://gizmodo.com/legendary-british-news-agencys-85-000-video-archive-is-1564593507

15) Read about the iOS weight-loss app MyFitnessPal thanks to Horizons for the Blind:
http://www.horizons-blind.org/?p=2138

15) You may well want to check out "7-128 Software - Top 25 Sites for Gamers Who Are Blind - 2014":
http://www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html

And turning to audio for the week:

16A) We start with a SoundCloud posting, Six iPhone microphones, and a look at iOS noise reduction:
https://soundcloud.com/borrisinabox/six-iphone-microphones-and-a

16B) Tips on working with your Blindness Rehab Councelor:
http://audioboo.fm/boos/2096917

16C) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is called Global Perspective:
http://www.dr-carter.com

16D) Eyes On Success #1417 is called "Services from the National Federation of the Blind":
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

Finally, from BgZ, come:

16E) Olympus DM620 Demonstration:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/olympus-dm620-demonstration/

16F) An Overview of Scottevest Clothing:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/an-overview-of-scottevest-clothing/

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