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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Volume 474
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Much of the news this week pertains to things that are coming, but not yet available. If you would like to read about the coming iOS8 release, the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus, both of which are to come to North America next week, and the Apple Watch, which comes down the road, you can read this blog post:
http://applevis.com/blog/apple-carriers-ios-iphone-news/recap-and-opinions-apples-fall-2014-announcements

1B) Or listen to this podcast:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/summary-apple%E2%80%99s-iphone-6-and-apple-watch-launch-event

2A) Meanwhile, if you want to hear what's coming soon in JAWS Version 16, four podcasts are waitng for you. FSCast 94 gives an overview:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast094-JAWS_16_New_Editions.asp

2B) FSCast 95 talks about Command Search:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast095-JAWS_16_Command_Search.asp

2C) FSCast 96 talks about the greatly-enhanced ability to read inaccessible PDF documents:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast096-JAWS_16_Reads_Inaccessible_PDF.asp

2D) And FSCast 97 talks about more features:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

3) While I (Dean Martineau) was in the middle of writing Tidbit Number 2 above, the JAWS 16 public beta became available for anybody running JAWS 15 to test; others can test it too in demo mode:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/jaws-public-beta.asp

4) Moving on to material and features fully available now, NVDA version 2014.3 has now been released, with particular benefit for users of Microsoft Office:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2014-3-now-available/

5) The GPS App BlindSquare can now be integrated with the free App Transit to provide bus route information. This podcast demonstrates how:
https://audioboo.fm/boos/2446432-blindsquare-s-transit-app-integration

6) In case you aren't sure about how Twitter chats work, this older post explains them:
http://www.olivero.us/blog/2012/09/19/what-are-twitter-chats-a-fireside-conversation-with-myself/

7) Last week, we gave information about some podcasts on Windows Phone 8.1, but the links did not work. This one should:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/buf2h2cc02ynyco/wppodcasts.zip

8) The Freshbooks accounting programs work well and are accessible under both iOS and Android:
http://www.freshbooks.com/

9) "The HTG Guide to Portable Bluetooth Speakers" might be worth a read given that this is a definite growth area for products:
http://www.howtogeek.com/196125/the-htg-guide-to-portable-bluetooth-speakers/

10) Speaking of such devices, this one might be handy for mostly voice listening, and the price is good:
http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2014/09/23-roker-sound-cube-portable-bluetooth-speaker-by-donald-burr/

11) Learn about the long-promised Vario Ultra Braille devices from Baum on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 16 September at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

12) The next webinar from HIMS will be entitled "Ones and Tablets by Combining with Assistive Technology," and will take place on Tuesday, 16 September at 19:00 GMT. Register here beforehand:
http://hims-inc.com/webinar-registration/

13) Students in some schools can get Microsoft Office 365 for free:
http://bit.ly/1qMF6l3

14) Here is one user's account of finding alternatives to Google services:
http://lioncourt.com/google-free

15) Here are a wealth of podcasts from TechShare Europe thanks to Insight Radio from RNIB:
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/podcast-feed.html?category=special_features/techshare_europe_conference_2014

16) Learn "How To Use The Bookmark Bar On The iPad And iPhone"
http://myapplegadgets.com/ipad/use-bookmark-bar-ipad-iphone/

17) Does Mac speech using VoiceOver respond more slowly to keystrokes than speech on other platforms? This download link to a demonstration makes the case:
http://goo.gl/aS2hYX

18) From RNIB comes one researcher's answer to the question: "How are digital technologies affecting learning?"
http://www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-family-friends-and-carers-insight-magazine-insight-features/how-are

19) Learn about "Working As a Research Oceanographer" on Eyes on Success #1437:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

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