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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Volume 481
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) From the CNIB blog comes "Camera Hacks for Photographers Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted":
http://blog.cnib.ca/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=584

2) It's time for Stocking Stuffers again. Each year, Tek Talk offers two sessions where people who sell smaller, high and low-tech items to the blind can talk about their wares. Part one of this year's series is on GMT Tuesday, 4 November at 01:00. Of course, like all Tek Talk programs, these will be archived, and you can write if you are not sure how to convert GMT to your time zone:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) The American Foundation for the Blind wants you to take a survey to "Tell us what you think about our technology information!"
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/12?mode=survey

4) EASI offers two useful free webinars in November. "Balabolka the flexible E-reader" will take place Thursday, 6 November at 19:00 GMT, while "Recent NVDA Developments for Education and Work" will be held on Wednesday, 12 November at 21:00 GMT. Register here:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#november

5) Exploring Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility Features is a package of 2 free EASI Webinars: Tuesday 4 November, Introduction to Web Conferencing, at 19:00 GMT, and Tuesday 11 November, Experiencing Blackboard Collaborate First-hand, at 19:00 GMT. Register here:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#november

6) In his post, "Apps, The Web, and Productivity," Marco explains why he makes little use of web-based apps even when they are supposedly accessible:
http://www.marcozehe.de/2014/10/28/apps-the-web-and-productivity/

7) Bookshare has updated its web site, such that it is now mobile-friendly, much easier for prospective members to learn about and join the service, and easy for members to find their account settings:
http://bookshareblog.wpengine.com/2014/10/bookshares-updated-website-helps-you-do-more/

8) Our old controversy-stirrer, Chris Hofstater, is back with a rather unfavorable look at the accessibility of the Yosemite operating system and trends in Apple accessibility:
http://chrishofstader.com/apple-the-company-i-hate-to-love-part-3-the-macintosh-user-experience/

9A) JAWS version 16 is now officially released, with MathML Support, Convenient OCR for entire PDF documents, and other enhancements:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/downloads/JAWS/JAWS-whats-new.asp

9B) The latest FSCast podcast covers MathML in more detail along with other features including Braille input:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast/FullListing#Episode99

10 )Popular Twitter client TheQube version 0.7 is out with some streamlining and enhancements:
http://theqube.oire.org/17

11) YouDescribe is a free accessibility tool for adding audio description to YouTube videos, the more described, the merrier!
http://youdescribe.ski.org/search.php

12A) In the audio realm, we start with a very informative AppleVis podcast, Direct Touch Typing on iOS 8: What Is It And How Does It Work With VoiceOver?
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/direct-touch-typing-ios-8-what-it-and-how-does-it-work-voiceover

12B) Learn about the KNFB Reader app for the iPhone on Eyes on Success program 1444:
http://eyesonsuccess.net/

12C) Learn about Remapping your CapsLock key for use as the Voice Over modifier keys on the Cool Blind Tech podcast
http://coolblindtech.com/podcast/remapping-your-capslock-key-for-use-as-the-voice-over-modifier-keys

12D) And from the SPN, catch episode 26 of High Contrast:
http://serotalk.com/2014/10/28/high-contrast-episode-26-muscle-memory/

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