Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Volume 463
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1) Lichess claims to be the first chess site accessible to visually impaired people.They have implemented several changes that enable announcing moves in text format, showing textual representation of board diagrams and eliminating CAPTCHA's, among other changes:
2A) The Accessible Gadgets Mailing List has been formed. Subscribe by sending a blank message to:
2B) Or visit:
3) BAUM USA has introduced a new Braille device called VarioUltra, which functions as both a Braille display and a Braille notetaker. Offered with 20-Cells ($2,395.00) or 40-Cells ($3,395.00), VarioUltra features excellent cells, lightweight, versatile connectivity and long battery life. Devices should ship in July:
4) Freedom Scientific has released the JAWS Training Bundle, for users needing thorough beginning or refresher training on JAWS and Windows. The 50+ hour comprehensive training package costs $995.00 if purchased with a Victor Reader Stream or Plextalk Pocket, and $750 if purchased for use with your own DAISY player:
5) Doug Lee continues to make free JAWS scripts available for Skype, Virtual Audio Cable, Weather Watcher Live, and other programs:
6) American Foundation for the Blind has released a free iOS CareerConnect App:
7) If you are a user of NVDA, an NVDA code contributor, add-on developer or other user or developer interested in NVDA screen reader, you are invited to NVDACon, to take place via TeamTalk through the GMT day of 12 July:
8) AfterShokz Blues, Bluetooth headsets that transmit through bone conduction rather than the ear, leaving ears free to hear traffic and other useful external sounds, have been upgraded to version 2. Here is a blog post about the new features:
9) As we reach the five-year anniversary of the implementation of VoiceOver into the iDevices, here is an article and discussion of the retrospective:
10) This article addresses the accessibility features said to be built into the Amazon Fire mobile phone:
11) Here is the Top 10 Best Android Smartphones Buyers Guide: June 2014 Edition:
12) This is a guide on Installing Mac OS X from a USB Flash Drive:
13A) This week's audio roundup begins with the latest FSCast, where we learn about that new JAWS training bundle, among other things:
13B) Eyes on Success 1426 addresses navigation using echolocation:
13C) Listen to a Demo of the BEM Bluetooth Speaker Band with the iPhone using VoiceOver:
13D) The innovative iOS navigation app BlindSquare now allows keyboard navigation with Braille and Bluetooth keyboards. Here is a demonstration:
13E) The DropVox Aapp now offers MP3 recording. Here is a test of Dropvox 2 on the fly MP3 recording, HQ mono and stereo:
13F) And episode 29 of That Android Show appeared just before this newsletter wended its way to Flying Blind, LLC for distribution:
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