Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Volume 459
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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We open with best wishes to those with whom I (Dean Martineau) join in commemorating the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah today.
With Apple's annual developer conference coming this week, people are beginning to express their hopes for the new operating systems. So, for your perusal, we have:
1A) My Top 10 Accessibility Wish List for iOS 8":
1B) My Top Ten Accessibility Wishes for OS X 10.10:L
1C) And, while we're at it, "My Top 10 Accessibility Wish List for Android 4.5":
2) While we're talking Android, here's a post full of games on Android which are accessible for Talkback users:
3) A mailing list related to Android use for the blind is vi-android. To join, put the word subscribe in an e-mail to:
4) Developers of the Eyes Free Android site want to know what features and information you would like to see there. Links on the page take you to the existing site content:
5) A low-vision user has developed a free magnifier app, Magnificent, for iOS:
6) Ai Squared invites you to Try the New ZoomText Beta for Windows 7, a 60-day beta version that includes support for Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10 and 11:
7) This post is entitled "Apple and the I-Word: Accessibility As Innovation":
8) Learn about Broadcast It, a 13-hour audio tutorial demonstrating how to use the StationPlaylist suite of broadcasting tools with JAWS, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 3 June at 00:00. Contrary to what we reported last week, the event didn't take place yet, it is on Stateside Monday 2 June, GMT Tuesday:
9A) Fedora Outlier, LLC is launching the Mac Master series, an educational program that currently costs $239.00 for the year but whose price is set to increase. Learn about it from the FAQ:
9B) They're having a "Mixer" on June 5 stateside, the time is not stated, where you can ask questions, see the first few lessons and get in before they increase the price:
10) The Spring 2014 issue of the 508XPRSS Newsletter features articles on Avoiding Section 508 Violations, Which Tool Should I Choose for PDF Content? And Methods for Mobile Input & Navigation among others:
On the audio front this week:
11A) The May edition of Freedom Scientific's FSCast unveils a logo for use in email and the web by those who have passed JAWS certification, describes Power 123, a new dynamic device switching technology on Focus Blue Braille displays, and discusses the forthcoming accessible version of Intuit's Quickbooks:
11B) Program 1422 of Eyes on Success is entitled Intersection of Usability and Accessibility:
Catching up with AppleVis:
11C) We learn about Exploring Some of the Changes and New Features Introduced in BlindSquare 2.0:
11D) Quick Tip: How to Access the Feed of Your Most Recent Items in Facebook 10.0 for iOS When Using VoiceOver:
11E) Quick Tip: How to Use Burst Mode to Take Photos on the iPhone 5S:
11F) An In-Depth Demonstration of the RiVO, a Keyboard-Like Device for iOS VoiceOver Users:
11G) Quick Tip: How to use the Emoji Keyboard on Mac OS X:
11H) And Programming with Xcode: Part 1 - Creating a New Project:
11I) Don't forget SeroTalk Podcast 200:
11J) And the SPN Special: An Audio Tour of the Seeing Eye:
11K) BGZ brings us Tag or Mention on Facebook mobile site:
11L) And A Demo of TweetLogix for Twitter on iOS:
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