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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Volume 456
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) The biggest news event of the week was the merger of GW Micro and AI Squared:
http://www.aisquared.com/about_us/more/merger

1B) Here is one blog post on the merger:
http://www.afb.org/blog.aspx?BlogID=7&BlogEntryID=1237

2) CAVI is looking at offering a short course on NVDA in June for $60 if they get ten students or more:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.NVDA

3) From Marco's Accessibility Blog, read "WAI-ARIA For Screen Reader Users: An overview of things you can find in some mainstream web apps today:"
http://www.marcozehe.de/2014/05/03/wai-aria-for-screen-reader-users-an-overview-of-things-you-can-find-in-some-mainstream-web-apps-today/

4) This might come in handy: "How to use Notification Center for iPhone and iPad: The Ultimate Guide":
http://www.imore.com/notification-center-ultimate-guide

5) The Raspberry Pi is a $35 GNU/Linux computer. The Raspberry VI page is the place to go to learn about and discuss using it with access technology:
http://www.raspberryvi.org/

6) Sendero Group and RNIB have Partnered to Release a Full-Featured GPS App for UK Users, the RNIB Navigator:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/assistive-technology-gps-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-news/sendero-group-and-rnib-partner-release-full

7A) As we announced a couple months ago, National Braille Press published Judy Dixon's book, "Get the Picture! Viewing the World with the iPhone Camera":
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/GETPIC.html

7B) Now Judy has launched the Get The Picture blog, containing numerous timely and concise updates to the content of the book:
http://get-the-picture.org/

8) From DailyFinance comes the post "I Own 3,000 E-Books. I Paid $0: How to Build an E-Library Free":
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/05/06/free-ebooks-tips/

9) Quentin of Vision Australia has created a page on his blog with sample setups for different Android users, including a speech only setup, a large print setup, and a simplified setup:
http://qchristensen.wordpress.com/sample-phone-setup-options-for-different-users/

10) NIB is seeking applicants for the Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship to an individual who is blind, interested in pursuing education in computer science, information systems or a related field, and pursuing a career in access technology. Learn more about the scholarship at:
http://www.nib.org/resources/grants-and-scholarships

11) The professional video description team Audio Eyes, LLC will demonstrate the process they use to produce effective video description in a Wednesday, May 14 event and webcast titled, "Inside Video Description, How Pictures Become Words," from 19:30-21:30 GMT
http://webinar.dcmp.org/

12) DescribeAthon14 is planned for May 15 in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Participate by requesting descriptions, providing feedback on descriptions, and recruiting your sighted friends to describe any YouTube video using YouDescribe. Learn more at:
http://www.vdrdc.org/describeathon14

13) AGOGO recently launched their new Universal Access Channel aggregating many popular blindness and access-related audio and print resources into a single, convenient package. Download the AGOGO iPhone app at:
http://taps.io/lighthouse-email

14) ETI EloQuence for Android is now available:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.eloquencetts

15) Work is underway, and testers are sought to improve NVDA's reading of the Outlook message list and calendar:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/ImprovingOutlookSupportMay2014

16) The BlindPodcaster adds his perspective to recent discussions, "Mobile Devices vs Dedicated NoteTakers, Where Is The Line":
http://blindpodcaster.com/mobile-devices-vs-dedicated-notetakers-where-is-the-line/

17) Until 11 May, the very popular and actively-developed iOS reading app, Voice Dream Reader, will be half price:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/deals/ios-apps-dropped-price/voice-dream-reader

And a variety of audio content becomes available this week:

18A) Eyes on Success discusses Prosthetic eyes:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

18B) Hear an Audio demo of the Fitbit Flex with the iPhone using VoiceOver:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/2014/05/02/demo-of-the-fitbit-flex-exercise-band-with-the-iphone-using-voiceover/

18C) Here's an AudioBoo of a bus trip with BlindSquare giving location updates:
http://audioboo.fm/boos/2124098-blindsquare-and-bus-sounds-stereo

18D) The AtJunkie podcast brings us an AudioBoo on the GW Micro/AI Squared merger:
http://audioboo.fm/boos/2123511

18E) From AppleVis comes: Keep Up-To-Date with What's Happening in the World of International Cricket with iCricket for iOS:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/keep-date-what%E2%80%99s-happening-world-international-cricket-icricket-ios

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