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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Volume 541

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Volume 541
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: One Refurbished Vario Ultra 40 Cell Braille Display for $2,995.00 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store

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We at Flying Blind, LLC are most pleased to wrap the Holiday Season with a fantastic bargain on a Vario Ultra 40 Cell Notetaker manufactured by Baum. This company has a rich history of developing sleek, robust, and excellently designed devices that feel fantastic to the Braille user.

This solution is lighter and sleeker than any other 40 cell notetaker on the market, offers word processing, viewing of PDF documents and spreadsheets, a scientific calculator, and a timer as well as connectivity to computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

This unit has just under a year remaining on its manufacturer's warranty. With shipping included within the 48 Continental United States you will shave over $1,000.00 USD off of the retail price of this gem! So give your fingers a holiday treat and start off the new year with a Braille display that will provide uses for every occasion!

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Greetings,

To all of our subscribers, we wish you a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

1) I learned quite a bit by reading Brian Hartgen's post, "You've Got to Feel the Music! A Brief Review of the Sonos Play1:"
http://www.hartgen-home.org/sonos

2) A couple of these "Best Google Search Tips and Tricks: December 2015 Edition" could be handy:
http://bgr.com/2015/12/29/best-google-search-tips-and-tricks/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29

3) This Futurology post is entitled "I used recent AI advances to help the blind see by having their phones identify objects in realtime like an assistant:"
https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/3ylzwe/i_used_recent_ai_advances_to_help_the_blind_see/

4) Here is an audio description and demo of the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/kapfx2/AppleiPhone6ssmartbatterycase.mp3

5) For the fourth year running, "The AppleVis Community Names the Apps and Developers that were its Golden Apples of 2015:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-community-names-apps-and-developer-were-its

6) Recent posts to the Sendero Group Travel Blog include "Thoughts and Tips on using Uber with a Guide Dog" and "Its almost Magic. Traveling independently at Disneyland:"
http://senderogps.blogspot.com/

7) We hear about the F123 project on web accessibility in Episode 1601 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

CORRECTED LINKS FROM PAST ISSUES:

8A) "UEB Ain't Hard to Do" is a little ditty listing the 9 contractions that go away at the end of 2015 when UEB becomes the standard Braille code:
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/farewell-song-9-ebae-contractions

8B) UEB Ain't Hard To Do. Click here to listen to NYC TVI Mark Brady singing!
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/sites/pathstoliteracy.perkinsdev1.org/files/UEB_Ain't_Hard_to_Do_MBrady.wav

9) A consortium is conducting research designed to highlight existing accessibility barriers to online shopping. The official study starts on 14 January 2016, but they are conducting a soft launch until then:
http://www.clickawaypound.com/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 24, 2015 - Volume 540

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 24, 2015 - Volume 540
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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We're back with One Hardly Used Brailliant BI 32 Cell New Generation Refreshable Braille Display at a tremendous savings! In fact, this unit is only 7 months old and has been used with the utmost care!

This practically new, New Generation of Brailliant Refreshable Braille Displays gives you desktop USB/Bluetooth access in a form factor conducive to use with your favorite portable tablet and/or smartphone, and ships with an Executive Products Carrying Case to give you added functionality and a splash of style, not to mention, an additional $90.00 USD value!

32 Braille Cells give you just enough Braille for desktop use while offering tremendous portability and functionality for the Braille user on the go! Ergonomic thumbkeys together with Braille input keys make entering Braille text and navigating through the most complex Apps a snap for Windows, iOS, and Android users. The Brailliant BI line of displays are Flying Blind, LLC's preferred and most-used desktop Braille displays in a variety of educational, vocational, and community settings.

This unit ships with just under 1.5 years remaining on its manufacturer's warranty, is in mint condition, and is listed here at approximately 40% off of its suggested retail price, giving you a fantastic Holiday bargain! Price includes shipping within the 48 Continental United States. This is a single unit that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. To be the first to secure this unit please use the Buy Now link included below. For more information, or to order this product offline, email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 today!

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Greetings,

To those of our readership who celebrate we at Flying Blind, LLC wish you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas Holiday chock full of good will and good cheer. To all of our readership we wish you a joyous Holiday Season and a safe and happy close to 2015!

1) Until 4 January, 2016, the Android and iOS versions of the KNFBREADER App are on sale for 25% off, down to $74.99:
http://www.nfb.org/knfbreader

2) Here is a listing of the current offering of audio described video content available from Netflix:
http://acb.org/adp/netflixad.html

3) One of the disappointments for some with the Apple Watch has been that one could not tell the time silently using it. Now the TimeBuzz App lets users do so:
http://www.applevis.com/forum/apple-watch/introducing-timebuzz-apple-watch-app-allows-you-tell-time-using-taptic-engine

4) Window Eyes Version 9.3 has been released, with the ability to OCR and read text in otherwise inaccessible screens and files, improved read to end, and several stability and productivity improvements in Microsoft Office:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Latest_Features/

5) Also from Ai Squared, the latest update to the Ai Squared Lync Enhance App provides Microsoft Lync users with automatic announcement of incoming messages and typing indicators, full support for the contact list, label for common keys (such as Control-1 to Control-4), the ability to repeat the most recently received instant message, and access to the share button with a hot key:
http://www.gwmicro.com/App_Central/Apps/App_Details/?scriptid=1371

6) Among other information, the December 2015 issue of AccessWorld contains evaluations of a new simple PC interface called Speak Easy Media System by New Designs Unlimited, and of Audio Tutorials from Mac for the Blind, as well as discussion of the present and future game offerings for iOS from Blindfold Games and an overview of the latest Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

7) For the many of us who like to keep up on the best deals in USB batteries to charge our devices, we offer "The Best USB Battery Packs" from Wirecutter. It's probably worth checking back periodically, as this page appears to receive frequent updates:
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-battery-packs/

8) In case you've been wondering about this, Mental Floss UK suggests "11 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Old iPhone or Android:"
http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/72765/11-smart-ways-reuse-your-old-iphone-or-android

9) "UEB Ain't Hard to Do" is a little ditty listing the 9 contractions that go away at the end of 2015 when UEB becomes the standard Braille code:
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/farewell-song-9-;ebae-contractions

10) A consortium is conducting research designed to highlight existing accessibility barriers to online shopping. The official study starts on 14 January 2016, but they are conducting a soft launch until then:
http://www.clickawaypoundc.com

11) In episode 1552, the Eyes on Success creators celebrate five years of producing the weekly program, and discuss how you can access the information they offer:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) Insightful Publications is in the business of creating and selling resource guides for the visually impaired for a variety of locations. Now they have one for sale for New York State residents, whose contents could perhaps be useful even to those who do not live there:
http://in-sightful.com/orderpage.html

13) Don't fail to keep up with Blind Bargains Qast; Episode 45 awaits you as we write:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13943

14) The city of Seattle seeks an ADA Coordinator; Apply by 29 December 2015:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/seattle/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=1300920

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 17, 2015 - Volume 539

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 17, 2015 - Volume 539
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: One Gently Used Perkins Mini 16 Cell Braille Display for $995.00 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store

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This week Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to offer One Gently Used Perkins Mini 16 Cell Braille Display that has had very little use, and is in excellent condition.

This portable 16 Cell Braille solution provides both USB and Bluetooth connectivity to all of today's major desktop and mobile screen readers. Coupled with a built-in notepad, book reader, calculator, and clock, this sleek, versatile Braille terminal makes a perfect companion for the mobile user who is on the go and needs to read and write Braille in a variety of settings with enough onboard data storage to make them even more efficient and productive.

Our reduced price, offered here only, provides an approximate $600.00 USD savings on this unit for one lucky buyer who might get it delivered just in time to slip inside their Holiday Stocking!

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Greetings,

1) With the free upgrade to version 4.6 of the Victor Reader Stream, users can record internet audio streams. They can also search Wikipedia more effectively, benefit from some new voices, and use Online DAISY if their country's library service uses that protocol:
http://www.humanware.com/Stream_Support

2) FSCast #118 features an interview with the JAWS user who has advanced far on the TV series The Voice, as well as information about what is new in Leasey Version 3 including a new game:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

3) The latest upgrade to the Ai Squared Office Enhance App for Window-Eyes brings improved support for spell check in all major Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016 applications, including support for the spell check pane in Word:
https://www.gwmicro.com/App_Central/Apps/App_Details/?scriptid=1366

4) Apple announces The Best Apps of 2015 for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheBoyGeniusReport/~3/54_weoo83EY/

5) You can find all the disability-related stories from the BBC on one page:
http://www.bbc.com/news/disability

6) Here is an audio tutorial, "Getting Started with the Google Now Launcher," said to be a powerful app launcher and organizer for Android provided you use the latest Android version:
http://www.inclusiveandroid.com/content/getting-started-google-now-launcher

7) Project Starfish conducted a 12-hour Accessibility Day session:
https://soundcloud.com/project-starfish

8) This is a direct link to a PDF download for the new Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016:
http://aka.ms/accessibilityguideforeducators

9) Attention all aspiring vision impaired business owners! The Hadley School for the Blind wants to assist by inviting you to participate in the following small business competition:
http://www.hadley.edu/FCE-NVC.asp

10) Eyes on Success #1551 is all about careers in STEM:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) As you can discern from this page, CAVI will be running a course for those with the requisite knowledge on PHP starting in February, 2016. You can see which other courses they will run if they get enough enrollments:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.EnrollmentNumbers

12) The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute has entered into a Research Collaboration involving a navigation aid and object locator called the Sunu Band, which sounds quite interesting:
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/national-federation-blind-jernigan-institute-research-collaboration-sunu-band

13) From the Life Unscripted blog comes the post, "So ... what does that do?" - On Assistive Technology:
https://blindbeader.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/so-what-does-that-do-on-assistive-technology/

14A) While we're talking about blogs, a couple people requested that their blog be included in Tidbits, so please explore this one, which includes technology reviews:
http://MarkusBoettner.net

14B) And this one, which covers a variety of topics:
https://kathiecomments.wordpress.com/

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Contact: http://bit.ly/1G41tIs.
Description: 2 units available. Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past fifteen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays ...

5.) One Gently Used Ruby XL HD Handheld Video Magnifier
Price: $795.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $200.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1VceHLU.
Description: The Ruby HD sets new high definition standards for handheld magnification that other less portable alternatives simply cannot meet. The crystal clear images ...

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Volume 538

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Volume 538
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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We at Flying Blind, LLC are extremely pleased to make available to you this week One Refurbished Alva Satellite 544 44-Cell Braille Display with 90 Day Warranty at a seriously insane discounted price! Unit was gently used for demonstration purposes, and is in fantastic condition.

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Greetings,

1) We have two episodes of Eyes on Success to share. #1549 is an interview about Unified English Braille, and #1550 discusses the new Braille smart watch:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

2) Still in the realm of podcasts, the latest Tech Doctor podcast features an interview with the developer of the iOS app for learning Microsoft Word, MlWordTips. We mis-transcribed the name of that App in the last issue of Tidbits:
http://www.drcarter.com

3) In the final episode of Tek Talk for 2015, to take place on GMT Tuesday 15 December at 01:00, you can learn about Sonar Glasses:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

4) Now available from Mosen Consulting is the e-book "Apple TV 4th generation with VoiceOver:"
http://mosen.org/index.php/mosen-consulting-ebook-apple-tv-4th-generation-with-voiceover/

5) These days, when buying a Windows tablet, you often have to be sure you know "How to Choose Whether Your Function Keys are F1-F12 Keys or Special Keys:"
http://www.howtogeek.com/235351/how-to-choose-whether-your-function-keys-are-f1-f12-keys-or-special-keys/

6) This is the first draft of an article about Windows 10 settings; suggestions are encouraged:
https://groups.io/g/win10/wiki/Settings-app-options-overview

7) Here is a blog post "Looking at the Accessibility of the IRC Cloud Service:"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/12/07/looking-at-the-accessibility-of-the-irccloud-service/

8) Norman Waddington in the UK has created an accessible 2016 Calendar in Microsoft Word, consisting of several files. To receive the calendar, or 'Diary' in British parlance, write to him at:
normanwaddington504@btinternet.com

9) "Wireless Networking in the Developing World" is a free book about designing, implementing, and maintaining low-cost wireless networks.
http://wndw.net/book.html#readBook

10) Courtesy of Lifehacker we get the article "Top 10 Ways to Browse the Web Better on Your Smartphone:"
http://lifehacker.com/top-10-ways-to-browse-the-web-better-on-your-phone-1746382794

11A) "Maximizing iPad Accessibility for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired" is a 20-minute video. You can read the transcript here:
http://www.perkinselearning.org/videos/webcast/maximizing-ipad-accessibility-for-students-blind-visually-impaired

11B) And the video is here:
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/technology/ipad-accessibility-webcast

12) The archive of the Hartgen Consultancy Training course on Microsoft Outlook and JAWS for beginners is now available at a lower rate:
http://www.hartgen.org/training

13) This post is called "Four Jobs You Won't Believe People Who are Blind Can Do:"
http://www.perkins.org/stories/blog/four-jobs-you-wont-believe-people-who-are-blind-can-do

14) RNIB's My Voice Report highlights the harsh realities of life for blind and partially sighted people in the UK today:
http://www.vision2020uk.org.uk/rnibs-my-voice-report-highlights-the-harsh-realities-of-life-for-blind-and-partially-sighted-people-in-the-uk-today/

15) Chris Hofstader offers his "2015 In Review And Predictions For 2016:"
http://chrishofstader.com/2015-in-review-and-predictions-for-2016/

16) Here is Lifehacker Australia's take on the most popular How-To Guides for 2015:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/12/most-popular-how-to-guides-of-2015/

17) CNET suggests "Six Ways to Make Your iPhone More Secure:"
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/six-ways-to-make-your-iphone-more-secure/#ftag=CADf328eec

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Volume 537

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Volume 537
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Codex is a free, donation-ware e-book conversion tool. With Codex, you can take the books you've legally purchased from sites like Amazon, Smashwords, and popular eBook stores using Adobe Digital Editions or Barnes & Noble via NookStudy and convert them to a format of your choice, be it ePub for reading on the latest devices, plain text to read in Notepad, or any of the other supported output formats:
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2) Here is a professional paper, "A survey of assistive technologies and applications for blind users on mobile platforms: A review and foundation for research:"
http://www.soundofvision.net/a-survey-of-assistive-technologies-and-applications-for-blind-users-on-mobile-platforms-a-review-and-foundation-for-research-2/

3) Read the prize-winning essays in the Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest:
http://www.euroblind.org/projects-and-activities/activities/nr/210

4) The monthly AppleVis post detailing, "What's New in Accessible Apps for November 2015" is ready for your perusal:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-november-2015

5) Geof Collis has written a second book in his WordPress series, this one teaches how to create an ecommerce site, or a community forum site:
http://wpforbadeyes.com/badeyes-launches-second-online-book-in-its-wordpress-for-badeyes-series/

6) Lynnette Tatum has created JlWordTips, a $4.95 iOS app, which is a 21-lesson course on using Microsoft Word 2010-13, with emphasis on shortcut keys:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mlwordtips-quick-keyboard/id1034632174?mt=8

7) During the Tek Talk program on GMT Tuesday, 8 December at 01:00, you'll hear about three programs: communication app Zello, folder-sharing program BittorentSync, and the Google Chrome browser:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8A) Brian Hartgen will offer a four-lesson course, "Improve your Outlook: Optimizing the Power of JAWS for Windows and Microsoft Outlook, starting 14 January, 2016. The course costs 100 pounds or approximately $150.00 USD. To express interest or get more information, write to:
jaws@hartgen.org

8B) While we're talking about that company, Hartgen Consultancy has released Version 3 of the Leasey package, including three new games, an eBay search, and program enhancements:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/351

9) The free Windows Twitter client TwBlue has undergone a major upgrade, allowing for multiple conversations, keyboard mapping, language translation and much more:
http://twblue.es/node/23

10) Here we have a review of the Smart Beetle Braille display from HIMS:
http://www.applevis.com/reviews/braille-devices/smart-beetle-hims

11) If you end up getting a new Android device for Christmas, here are some accessible apps for it:
http://blog.blackspheretech.com/?p=306

12) Check out this Interview with Sadam Ahmed reviewing the NVDA 2015.4 update, 15 minutes into the recording:
http://www.rphadelaide.org.au/links/LL3.mp3

13) Another NVDA-related innovation: AudioScreen is an experiment in image accessibility for blind people. It is an NVDA add-on. The demonstration recording shows the developer using the add-on to explore a map of Australia, a rainbow, the earth from space, a cartoon house, and a sunset:
https://github.com/nvaccess/audioScreen/blob/master/readme.md

14) The European Commission has proposed a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society:
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6147_en.htm

15) Get to know Unified English Braille in this short audio series:
http://www.ukaaf.org/braille/ueb/describing-unified-english-braille/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Volume 536

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Volume 536
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1A) Perkins School for the Blind offers its list of "The Season's 10 Best Assistive Technology Gifts:"
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1B) And the Blind Bargains Qast crew does the same in Blind Bargains Qast 42:
http://blindbargains.com/b/13797

2A) A lot of people might want to give thanks for the existence of NVDA whether they're celebrating Thanksgiving or not, and version 2015.4 is now officially released:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/announcing-nvda-2015-4-release/

2B) You can hear about it on NV Access podcast Episode 10:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/podcast-episode-10/

2C) And this blog post applauds the NVDA approach:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nvdasr-doesnt-just-have-new-features-adds-them-sean-randall

3) A grassroots effort is underway to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of NVDA next April:
http://www.freelists.org/post/nvda/Please-read-and-circulate-Let-us-rise-as-a-community-to-help-NV-Access-celebrate-NVDAs-tenth-anniversary-next-year

4A) We have a couple reviews of Braille displays: The Vario Ultra 20 from BAUM:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/review-baum-varioultra-20-smart-braille-display-dave-williams

4B) And the new version of the Refresh-a-Braille-18 from APH:
http://www.applevis.com/reviews/braille-devices/refreshabraille-18-3rd-generation

5) In Eyes On Success Episode 1548, learn about accessible comics in audio format. You'll hear how you can enter a drawing to receive a free audio comic book, and how you can enter a writing contest to have your own comic book published:
http:/eyesonsuccess.net

6) Some might want to join the Facebook group Gamers with Disabilities:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/gamerswithdisabilities/

7) Serotek has various initiatives in progress, including making System Access work better with Windows 10. Listen to the Tek Talk recording or read about their initiatives:
http://serotalk.com/2015/11/18/whats-new-at-serotek/

8) From the Blind Abilities podcast comes "Amadeus Pro Series: A Chat About Audio Fundamentals and Principles:"
http://blindabilities.com/badcast/blind-abilities-presents-amadeus-pro-series-a-chat-about-audio-fundamentals-and-principles/

9) Any aspiring small business owner who has taken or is taking at least one course from The Hadley School for the Blind's Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE) can apply for a cash award of up to $10,000 in the inaugural 2016 New Venture Business Competition:
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10A) In news concerning the CrowdViz App which allows blind smartphone users to get help from a paid assistant, the Android version is in beta and seeks testers:
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/crowdviz-now-looking-android-beta-testers

10B) CrowdViz was the topic of the Insight Radio podcast from the UK.
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/podcast-episode.html?category=tech_talk&name=2015-11-12_2015-10-29_tech_talk_episode_106.mp3

11) We'll mention a couple of the companies that are announcing sales during this buying season. HIMS claims price reductions on many of its products:
https://hims.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=c51ce410c124a10e0db5e4b97fc2af39.17

11B) Hartgen Consultancy has announced that version 3 of the Leasey package will be released on Friday, 27 November, and that at that time, they will announce some sales:
http://www.hartgen.org

11C) Accessible Electronics also has sales:
http://www.talkingmp3players.com/

12) The creator of the Chicken Nugget Twitter App and others has released QSeek, a $10 Windows program that puts lots of information within easy reach:
http://getaccessibleapps.com/qseek/

13A) The G+ Accessibility group exists to help users get the most out of Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/communities/108884766040433463186?utm_content=buffera9345&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

13B) And this Google Help page discusses accessibility throughout Google Apps:
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/6320404?hl=en&ref_topic=6320388

14) We have a new Tech Doctor Podcast: Developing iOS and Mac Apps:
http://www.dr-carter.com

15) EASI offers its Train the Trainer course, an overall introduction to adaptive technology for people of various disabilities. Cost without discount is $350:
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1A) Mozilla has created an iOS version of the Firefox browser and has included accessibility considerations:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/11/12/accessibility-features-in-firefox-for-ios/

1B) We also have a Cool Blind Tech podcast about it:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/a-quick-look-at-firefox-for-ios/

2) The Narrator screen reader now works in the XBox 1, which may make some games or other programs accessible. Here is a demo of the screen reader:
https://www.spreaker.com/user/superblindman/xbox-one-narrator-demo

3) There is a Windows 10 Wiki which gives information about the operating system, different upgrades, and screen reader issues:
https://groups.io/g/win10/wiki/Home

4) Audio Feedback, A New Accessibility Option, Will Let Your Android Wear Watch Talk Back To You:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/11/13/audio-feedback-a-new-accessibility-option-will-let-your-android-wear-watch-talk-back-to-you/

5) Chris Hofstader gives Apple positive marks for its 2015 upgrades:
http://chrishofstader.com/apples-2015-accessibility-rebound/

6A) Ai Squared has released ZoomText Fusion, adding Window-Eyes to ZoomText for the user whose sight loss is intensifying:
http://www.zoomtext.com/products/zoomtext-fusion/?_ga=1.181810151.1550108057.1447874827

6B) The company is conducting a free webinar to introduce the product on Monday, 30 November at 19:00 GMT:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8592362684155100418

7) Hear about the PlexTalk Pocket Linio player/recorder on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 November at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8) In the Fall 2015 edition of "508 XPress" a quarterly newsletter on making electronic content accessible to everyone, you will discover tips on making PDFs accessible on mobile devices, learn about the importance of skip nav links and more:
http://www.section508.va.gov/support/newsletter/508XPressVolume15Fall2015.pdf

9) Here we have a video, "Overview of Voiceover on 4th Generation Apple TV:"
http://luisperezonline.com/2015/11/18/overview-of-voiceover-on-4th-generation-apple-tv-video/

10) The November issue of AccessWorld is traditionally the Holiday Issue. Besides the Annual Accessible Holiday Gift Guide, which contains items whose prices range from free to hundreds of dollars, the issue includes a review of iOS9, thoughts on holiday shopping using an iOS device, a discussion of the web accessibility enhancement tool Sitecues from Ai Squared, an overview of the products from 64 Oz. Games, a review of the new CrowdViz app that enables blind people to get help from remote assistants, and coverage of a Learning Ally endeavor to help college students succeed:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

11) MacForTheBlind sells tutorials on iOS and the Mac. Prices seem to run from $35 to $45 per chapter:
http://macfortheblind.com/Audio-Tutorial-series?page_id=1514

12) Jamal Mazrui has updated IniForm, a set of tools for conveniently creating user interface dialogs under Windows. You can get the package here:
https://github.com/JamalMazrui/IniForm

13) Learn about creating your own website in episode 1547 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) We like to mention blind bloggers who help people think about the implications of blindness to life and demonstrate constructive approaches to life. Here is one such:
http://adrianspratt.com/compliments/

15A) NVDA 2015.4rc1 has been released for testing. Get it, and read about new features here:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2015-4rc1-released/

15B) Here you will find a podcast demonstrating the new features:
http://nvda-kr.org/en/ @NVAccess

16A) Investment firm Vector Capital has acquired Freedom Scientific and Optelec and combined them into one big adaptive technology company. For the moment, the two companies retain their own identities:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13750

16B) Freedom Scientific has rushed out an FSCast all about this development:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Volume 534

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Greetings,

1) The VisionAware Blog has reproduced the article "Ten New Tips for Braille Users of iDevices" which provides a lot of useful information in one place:
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/ten-new-tips-for-braille-users-of-idevices-scott-davert-applevis-editorial-team-2150/12

2) Last week, we mentioned Talking Books in the UK. Now, the digital download service in that country is free:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/talking-books-digital-download

3) Last week, we announced the Audio-Central mailing list. That list has apparently been replaced by the Audio-Go-Round list on freelists. Put the word subscribe in the subject line of a message to:
audio-go-round-request@freelists.org

4) Learn what's going on at Serotek, where they have updates and new features planned, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 17 November at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5A) An organization called International Institute on Visual Impairment is holding what they are calling the "1st International Online Conference on Inclusion and Rehabilitation for the Visually Impaired." This takes place from 11-13 November. Some 30 lectures are planned, and the conference will be translated into English, Spanish and Portugese. Here is the conference schedule:
http://www.deficienciavisual.org/schedule/

5B) And you can register here:
http://www.deficienciavisual.org/conference/

6) Robert Carter is back with a new Tech Doctor podcast: "Talking Apple TV with David Woodbridge:"
http://www.dr-carter.com

7) Read about present use and future plans of the Nearby Explorer GPS App from American Printing House:
https://medium.com/backchannel/open-data-with-a-purpose-9f31db156365

8) Here is a lesson plan for teaching a few gestures to blind students using an iPad:
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/technology/lesson-plan-ios-voiceover-gestures-practice

9) The Main Menu Program for 6 November was a comprehensive introduction to Android for the Blind:
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/viewshow.php?showid=382

10A) Kathy Ann Murtha makes available a free training on the Windows 10 Start Menu. This is the YouTube link:
https://youtu.be/iMMcebZnnnw

10B) And a text version:
http://www.blind.training/free-training/windows-training/windows-10-start-menu

11) From the YouDescribe site comes an audio described version of a Japanese trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars prequel:
http://youdescribe.org/player.php?v=SdAUiyeJMFQ&prefer_d=DoubleJ

12A) In news regarding Facebook, we have the October Facebook Accessibility Update:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-accessibility/october-2015-accessibility-update/996073187103073

12B) While this article's title doesn't lead you to expect anything useful to come from it, it does: "Chatty App from Facebook helps the sight-impaired 'see:'"
http://www.cnet.com/news/chatty-app-from-facebook-helps-the-sight-impaired-see/#ftag=CADf328eec

12C) And the Facebook App itself for iOS now offers larger type:
https://www.facebook.com/accessibility/posts/997008960342829

13) The Cool Blind Tech podcast demonstrates the KNFB Reader App processing the same document on an iPhone 6S and a Galaxy Note 5 to compare the effectiveness:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/knfb-reader-compared-on-both-android-and-ios/

14) Jamal Mazrui has created a command-line utility for determining whether or not a PDF document is properly tagged for accessibility:
https://github.com/JamalMazrui/pdf2tag

15) The latest update to the Brailliant Braille Display yields Windows 10 accessibility and simpler connectivity:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/0511151402.htm

16) Eyes on Success #1546 lets us in on "Doing Photography with Limited Vision:"
http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) CAVI is making it easy to know if their 2016 courses will have enough enrollments to run. You can check this page and watch the progress:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.EnrollmentNumbers

18) Here is a free, web-based tutorial on the Nemeth code for Braille scientific and mathematical notation:
https://tech.aph.org/nemeth/

19) Project Starfish, which describes itself as a "An experiential and inclusive business opportunity platform for the blind/visually impaired to Learn, Earn, Grow and become Employable," is forming a writers' guild which it claims can lead to employment:
http://www.pstarfish.org/

20) FSCast Episode #116 features an interview with a newly-blind information technology professional who has written a free e-book on learning to use the computer in a new way, a short feature on creating voice profiles, and more:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

21) We've let a couple episodes of the Blind Bargains Qast go unannounced, namely episodes 38 and 39, and depending on when you visit, episode 40 could appear there as well:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

22) And we end with a good thought-provoker from The Mighty: "5 Things I Wish People Understood About Being Legally Blind:"
http://themighty.com/2015/11/5-things-i-wish-people-understood-about-being-legally-blind/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Volume 533

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Volume 533
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) The RNIB talking book program hits its 80th Anniversary this year, (the books never did talk, but both in the US and UK they always called them "Talking Books," and here is a glimpse of the British Talking Book Programme, past and present:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/80-years-talking-books?

2) Here are the most recent guides written by volunteers on the AppleVis site:

2A) "How to Slow Down the Double Tap Speed on Devices Running iOS 9.1:"
http://applevis.com/guides/ios-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-voiceover/how-slow-down-double-tap-speed-devices-running-ios-91

2B) "Double Tap the Status Bar to Scroll to the Top:"
http://applevis.com/guides/ios-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-voiceover/double-tap-status-bar-scroll-top

2C) And "Look Ma, No Wires! How to Transfer Files to and from Your iOS Device Using Wi-Fi:"
http://applevis.com/guides/ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-mac-apps-mac-os-x-voiceover-wireless-network/look-ma-no

3) And of course, all the new information from AppleVis for October is neatly summarised in the monthly newsletter:
http://applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-watch-ios-ios-apps-iphone-mac-os-x-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible

4) Version 5.0 of the Virtual View App for Window-Eyes adds some powerful capabilities to the program. With it, you can turn pictures of many file formats into readable text, and settings within the App allow you to improve the OCT. You can use it to skim PowerPoint presentations without opening PowerPoint, or to easily read Word documents that are filled with word art and text boxes:
http://www.aisquared.com

5) JAWS version 17 was officially released just a couple hours after the Tidbits deadline last week. Its Smart Navigation, which offers more efficient interaction with complex web pages and applications, may well set a standard others will want to emulate:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/147

6) Here is a thought-provoker from a blog we haven't cited before: The Blind Way Forward:
https://theblindwayforward.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/the-bucket-list/

7) CAVI is already taking enrollments for semester 1 of 2016. Look at their full list of courses, which will run if enough people sign up for them:
http://wiki.cucat.org

8) Two new mailing lists have been formed:

8A) To join Technical Support for Screen Readers, send a blank message to:
technical-support-for-screen-readers+subscribe@groups.io

8B) And to join Audio-Central, send a blink message to
audio-central+subscribe@groups.io

9) Ai Squared is releasing ZoomText Fusion, billed as a full-feature screen magnification program and a full-feature screen reader all in one. Two webinars will take place to unveil the product on:

9A) Tuesday, 10 November, at 17:00:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4537811301546686210

9B) And Tuesday, 10 November, at 20:00 GMT:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4342439080125292546

10) Stocking Stuffers, Part 2, will be the offering from Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 10 November at 01:00. You'll hear from American Printing House, Mystic Access, Marquez Products for Independent Living and Blind Alive:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

11) Episode 1545 of Eyes on Success discusses Transitioning to Blindness:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) Code Factory has released the Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive add-on for NVDA, making those two synthesizers available in multiple language versions for the otherwise-free screen reader:
http://codefactoryglobal.com/app-store/voices-for-nvda/

13A) Kathy Anne Murtha offers a seminar onWindows 10 on GMT Sunday, 15 November at 00:00:
http://www.blind.training/windows-10-seminar

13B) And her book on Windows 10 with JAWS is now available.
http://www.blind.training/ati-textbooks/windows-textbooks-2/an-immersion-into-windows-10-with-jaws-for-windows

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Price: $2,695.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,900.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1NCpCLq.
Description: This unit has been used for approximately two hours, is in brand new condition, and is begging to be used a whole lot more by someone in the market for a note ...

2.) One Brand New Classic Focus 40 Braille Display
Price: $895.00 USD
Contact: http://bit.ly/1jap5Ww.
Description: This unit has never been used, comes with all of its accessories in it's original box, and works seamlessly with the globally acclaimed JAWS for Windows Screen Reader ...

3.) Brand New Alva Satellite 544 44-Cell Braille Displays
Price: $2,295.00 USD Each
Contact: http://bit.ly/1iNcMQD.
Description: 5 units available. Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past fifteen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays ...

4.) Brand New Alva Satellite 584 84-Cell Braille Displays
Price: $3,695.00 USD Each
Contact: http://bit.ly/1G41tIs.
Description: 2 units available. Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past fifteen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays ...

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Price: $795.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $200.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1VceHLU.
Description: The Ruby HD sets new high definition standards for handheld magnification that other less portable alternatives simply cannot meet. The crystal clear images ...

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Price: $2,195.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $1,100.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
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Description: Optelec's Clearview line of video magnifiers is Flying Blind, LLC's preferred desktop solution for the low-vision user seeking comfort, simplicity, ergonomics, and ...

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Price: $3,295.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,300.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1MQEUx9.
Description: The U2 provides unparalleled Braille access to PowerPoint and Excel files, connects you to the Cloud via Dropbox, and puts the wide world of social networking at your ...

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Price: $1,795.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,700.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
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Description: This display is in pristine condition, and offers the user both USB and Bluetooth connectivity to their favorite laptops, tablets, and Smartphones. It's ...

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Volume 532

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Volume 532
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

We open this week with a corrected link from last week's issue:

1) T-Base Communications, a full service accessible communications company, is looking for feedback from the blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted community on experiences receiving accessible information in brochures, statements and bills from various service providers:
http://www.tbase.com/survey

2) Since it's time for stocking stuffers, this two-part series offered by Tek Talk each year showcases gift ideas which are perhaps lower in price than a lot of the items discussed ordinarily. This week, on GMT Tuesday, 3 November at 01:00, hear from AT Guys, Speak to Me, and the CCrane Company:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) In FSCast #115 we learn about enhancements that have been made to the new Smart Navigation feature, about changing the forms mode sound, and we hear from a JAWS user working for NASA:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

4) This article from MIT Technology Review is called "New Assistive Technologies Help the Blind Get Active:"
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/542426/fitness-technology-that-helps-the-blind-get-moving/

5A) This SlideShare Presentation bears the challenging title "Android Accessibility - The Missing Manual:"
http://www.slideshare.net/7mary4/android-accessibility-the-missing-manual

5B) Visit the accessible version of this SlideShare Presentation at:
http://www.last-child.com/android-a11y-missing-manual/

6) HowToGeek brings us "26 Actually Useful Things You Can Do with Siri:"
http://www.howtogeek.com/229308/26-actually-useful-things-you-can-do-with-siri/

7) The popular GPS App BlindSquare is the topic for Eyes on Success #1544:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

8) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus "Exploring the News App" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/oT9dKQDDabs

9) ACB Link is an iOS App from American Council of the Blind which, among other things, gives easy access to ACBRadio:
http://acb.org/ACB-Link

10) F123 purports to make the otherwise inaccessible WhatsApp web chat service, accessible, and to have a system for making other difficult sites easier to use:
https://F123Access.com/intro_en

11) This podcast features nine stories from American and international participants who are blind that speak about issues from tactile tips for navigating abroad to applying to the Peace Corps and Fulbright:
http://www.miusa.org/podcast

12) From NosilaCast NC #546, hear about Two New Podcasts, a New Digital Audio Workstation for Recording, Rant About El Capitan and 1Password "Leak:"
http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2015/10/nc-546/

13) Finally, HumanWare will be hosting a Webinar on Thursday, 5 November 2015 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST showcasing a new Victor Stream Tutorial developed by Mystic Access. To learn more about this accessory you can visit the following link to register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1340411697054033409

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Price: $2,695.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,900.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1NCpCLq.
Description: This unit has been used for approximately two hours, is in brand new condition, and is begging to be used a whole lot more by someone in the market for a note ...

2.) One Brand New Classic Focus 40 Braille Display
Price: $895.00 USD
Contact: http://bit.ly/1jap5Ww.
Description: This unit has never been used, comes with all of its accessories in it's original box, and works seamlessly with the globally acclaimed JAWS for Windows Screen Reader ...

3.) Brand New Alva Satellite 544 44-Cell Braille Displays
Price: $2,295.00 USD Each
Contact: http://bit.ly/1iNcMQD.
Description: 5 units available. Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past fifteen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays ...

4.) Brand New Alva Satellite 584 84-Cell Braille Displays
Price: $3,695.00 USD Each
Contact: http://bit.ly/1G41tIs.
Description: 2 units available. Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past fifteen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays ...

5.) One Gently Used Ruby XL HD Handheld Video Magnifier
Price: $795.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $200.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1VceHLU.
Description: The Ruby HD sets new high definition standards for handheld magnification that other less portable alternatives simply cannot meet. The crystal clear images ...

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Savings: Offered here at approximately $1,100.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
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Description: Optelec's Clearview line of video magnifiers is Flying Blind, LLC's preferred desktop solution for the low-vision user seeking comfort, simplicity, ergonomics, and ...

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Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,300.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
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Description: This display is in pristine condition, and offers the user both USB and Bluetooth connectivity to their favorite laptops, tablets, and Smartphones. It's ...

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Volume 531

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Volume 531
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1A) To get in on this event live, you will have to act fast: the free webinar, "Accessing Facebook using Window-Eyes" will take place on Thursday, 22 August at 18:00 GMT. The webinar will be recorded, and handouts available, if you can't make the live session:
http://www.aisquared.com/meeting

1B) Along these same lines, the Facebook Monthly Accessibility Update for September is out:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-accessibility/september-2015-accessibility-update/984806701563055

2) Learn about the Amazon Echo and how to use it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 26 October at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) Visit Hadley’s YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus “How to Peek and Pop" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/4ELA-Ki52cc

4) Tripmode is a Mac app that allows you to control the data that your Mac uses whilst it’s connected to a mobile hotspot, or for that matter, any specific WiFi network. Hear about why you might be interested in it in iBlindTech Episode 68:
http://iblindtech.squarespace.com/democast/tripmode-ibt-68.html

5A) Win10 is another mailing list for discussing Windows 10 for blind users. Its archives are visible to all. To join, send a blank message to:
win10+subscribe@groups.io

5B) And to read about it and see the archive, check out:
https://groups.io/g/win10

6) This podcast covers unboxing, physical description, and connecting the newly-released Magic Keyboard 2 to the Mac and the iPhone:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/znxigj/MagicKeyboard2.mp3

7) Two new add-ons to NVDA have been placed on the NVDA Community Add-ons Website: The first, for Day of the Week, and the second, for VLC Media Player:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html

8) If you would like to learn more about iDevices, AppleVis has a growing series of podcasts entitled "Beginners' Guide to the iPhone:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcasts

9) iPhone and Mac users can take advantage of this post, "How to Create Shopping Lists, To-Dos and Other Interactive Checklists in the Notes App:"
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/10/17/how-to-ios-9-notes-checklists/

10) "Gil's Guide to Home Repairs" gives ideas for conducting a variety of repairs with limited vision:
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/123

11) EASI offers a month-long, fee-based course during November titled, "Barrier-Free E-Learning." Find the syllabus and online registration information here:
http://easi.cc/workshops/bfel.htm

12) A reader has created a disability-related reading list of the Goodreads Site:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/20753717-jessie-lorenz?shelf=disability-power-and-pride-reading

13) This article purports to teach you "How to Use Your iPhone EarPods Like a Pro:"
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/10/16/earpods-tips/

14) Olympus has made some effrort to build accessibility into some of their digital recorders. Here is an interview with an Olympus spokesperson:
http://blindabilities.com/bapresents/blind-abilities-presents-olympus-digital-recorders-an-interview-with-olympus-america/

15) Here is a link to the KNFBReader App in the Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

16) We have missed announcing at least one BlindBargains Qast; likely another will appear not long after we publish:
http://blindbargains.com/b/13605

17) Apple has released a new version of the iWork suite of products for iPhone and iPad, and the release includes accessibility improvements:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/apple-updates-iwork-suite-major-accessibility-improvements

18) American Printing House for the Blind has made physical alterations to the Refresh-a-Braille display, particularly switching to a micro-USB port for charging and interfacing with the computer:
http://blindbargains.com/b/13599

Two fairly late-breaking AppleVis blog posts are worthy of note:

19A) "Apple Releases iOS 9.1 with New Features, Enhancements and Some Bug Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-news/apple-releases-ios-91-new-features-enhancements-and-some-bug-fixes-blind-and-low

19B) "My Apple Watch Diary: 6 Months In and Starting to Become More than a Useful Luxury:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-opinion/my-apple-watch-diary-6-months-and-starting-become-more-useful-luxury

20) Hear about Distance Learning at the Hadley School in Eyes on Success Episode 1543:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

21) T-Base Communications, a full service accessible communications company, is looking for feedback from the blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted community on experiences receiving accessible information in brochures, statements and bills from various service providers:
http://www.tbase/survey

22) In a development that may yield useful fruit, Scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University announced a first of a kind open platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that can enable the blind to better navigate their surroundings:
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47867.wss

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Volume 530

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Volume 530
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

We start this week with two new accessible iOS games:

1) "A Blind Legend" is an audio game that does not require VoiceOver, and makes excellent use of sound:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blind-legend

2) We also have another free game, "Blindfold Bowling:"
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-bowling

3) If you want to join a new mailing list to discuss Windows 10, send a blank message to:
windows-10-for-the-blind+subscribe@groups.io

4) Here is a fun resource: An A-Z Index of the Windows CMD command line:
http://ss64.com/nt/

5) Hear about what's new in JAWS Version 17 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 20 October 2015 at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) Learn about Making Data Visualizations Accessible on Eyes on Success #1542:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

7) Visit Hadley’s YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus "3D Touch on the Desktop" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/Dv1UvWdivZE

8) This YouTube video is called "Mobile Web Accessibility for Developers:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Awshi583sU

9) The archive of the Hartgen Consultancy JAWS scripting course is now available for sale:
http://www.hartgen.org/training

10) This podcast is called "My One Month Opinion of The Apple Watch: The Little WatchOS That (Potentially) Could!"
https://www.coolblindtech.com/my-one-month-opinion-of-the-apple-watch-the-little-watchos-that-potentially-could/

11) This YouTube video claims to be "Revealing A Secret Feature of the BlindSquare GPS App:"
http://youtu.be/7zd02UstKo8

12) Here is a listing of "Things You Can Ask Siri:"
http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/

13) And finally, check out Facebook's efforts to make photos on its news feeds accessible to users who are vision impaired:
http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/13/facebooks-working-on-a-tool-to-help-the-blind-see-images/#.my80q2:hiHF

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Volume 529

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Volume 529
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Here is an excellent post by Leonie Watson about her experience losing her sight:
http://tink.uk/losing-sight/

2) Another blindness-related thought provoker is called "On Advocacy: When to Fight Back and When to Let Go:"
https://blindbeader.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/on-advocacy-when-to-fight-back-and-when-to-let-go/

3) The next gathering of NVDA users and developers, another NVDACon, will take place on 14 November 2015:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

4) Seminars@Hadley presents "iOS for Deaf-Blind Users," on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at 18:00 GMT:
http://hadley.edu/SeminarDetails.asp?sid=294

5) A team of MIT Alumni has a possible technology in mind to assist the blind in interacting with mobile devices and services, but first they want first-hand knowledge about how things are now and what is needed. They would like responses to this survey:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aU271iF0_gS3Mh8n1--F1ldzfwAZNywdw11NowYf3mc/viewform

6) The presentation from HIMS about the latest upgrades to the Sense Notetaker family, and other developments, had to be put off a week. It will air on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 13 October 2015 at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) Hear experiences and advice on living and working abroad in Episode 1541 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

8) This is a conversation held by CAVI staff with a successful blind chemist:
http://www.cucat.org/cc/2015/

9) Here is a podcast, "Hey Siri, What's New with you in iOS 9:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/hey-siri-what-s-new-you-ios-9

10) That podcast in #9 above came from Applevis, and to find the highlights from the last month on the site, have a look at the September 2015 issue of AppleVis Unlimited:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-watch-braille-ios-ipad-iphone-mac-os-x-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible

11) You can now listen to the presentation by RS_Games at the summer's NFB Convention:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2784871/rs_games_nfb15_accesible_gaming_seminar_presentation.mp3

12) Claria Zoom is an Android app that purports to make smartphones convenient and easy-to-see for elderly and partially sighted people. It provides a modified home screen for easy visibility. You can learn about the app and see the list of features here:
http://www.claria-zoom.com/en/features

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Volume 528

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Volume 528
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) EASI is offering a significant deal in order to showcase their paid webinars and encourage people to subscribe to their webinar package. The October four-part webinar on advanced features in Microsoft Word is being offered free, a $225 value. Sessions take place on Tuesdays, 6-27 October, starting at 18:00 GMT. Read about the content of the workshop in the September section of this page:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

1B) Sign up for the webinar here:
http://bit.ly/1KFX6Y8

1C) And read about the subscription plan here:
http://easi.cc/sub.htm

2) Eyes on Success continues its look at accessible e-book formats with episode 1540, "1540 Today’s ePub and Accessible Books:"
http://eyesonsuccess.net

3) Learn about Version 8.5 of the Sense Notetaker line from HIMS, allowing for full text search in documents, display of PowerPoint files, Internet Radio, and other features, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 5 October at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

4) Here, Jonathan Josen and daughter Heidi demonstrate the iPhone 6s/Plus Live Photos feature as an accessibility tool:
https://soundcloud.com/jmosen/livephotos

5) Explore The Voiceover User's Guide to 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-iphone-voiceover/voiceover-users-guide-3d-touch-iphone-6s

6A) The American Printing House for the Blind has released a free version of its Nearby Explorer GPS App for Android, versions 2.3 and above. Nearby Explorer Online includes some of the features of its $99 counterpart but uses online maps rather than on-board ones, so it will work worldwide but requires a data connection. It includes transit stop info for many cities in the United States and Canada, the ability to create favorites, and a virtual exploration mode. Download from Google Play at:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aph.nearbyonline&hl=en

6B) And read the documentation at:
http://tech.aph.org/neo_info.htm

7) It's good to know "How to Enable and Use iCloud Drive on Your iPhone or iPad:"
http://www.howtogeek.com/229086/how-to-enable-and-use-icloud-drive-on-your-iphone-or-ipad/

8) Voice Braille Reader is an iOS App that will read .brf and .brl files, such as those from NLS:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1026634631?mt=8

9) I'm sure Blind Bargains Cast #34 will hit shortly after we release this, but number 33 is available now:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13515

10) Freedom Scientific offers several free training webinars during the last quarter of the year: "New in JAWS 17," October 14, "Windows 10 Basics with JAWS and MAGic", October 28, "Introduction to Office 2016 with JAWS and MAGic", November 11, "Domain-specific Scripts for Web Pages with JAWS", November 24, and "Voice Profiles with JAWS and MAGic", December 9:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Volume 527

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Volume 527
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The year is turning, and the first beta version of JAWS 17 is available for public testing:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/jawspublicbeta

2) Hear from the President of National Braille Press about their B2G Notetaker and other Braille related matters on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 29 September at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) With episode 1539, Eyes on Success launches a two-part series with George Kerscher on the development of e-books:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

4) Visit Hadley’s YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus "Using the World Clock" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/Z2XW3ssiMpg

5) Tim Noonan has been reviewing the new operating system for the Apple Watch for VoiceOver compatibility:
http://timnoonan.com.au/tim-noonans-apple-watch-access-chronology/

6) Here are two personal sites with a variety of interesting audio, video and accessibility information, but particularly downloadable audio-described movies and TV shows:
A) http://www.cheeseheadhosting.us./downloads.php
B) http://jeff.tdrealms.com/

7) While we're on the entertainment theme, you can "Hear Radio Dramas of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy & 7 Classic Asimov Stories" here:
http://www.openculture.com/2015/09/hear-radio-dramas-of-isaac-asimovs-foundation-trilogy-7-classic-asimov-stories.htm

8) NVDA advocate Joseph Lee has again enhanced the screen reader and its user community by creating an add-on and an instruction Wiki for those wishing to learn the internals of the program. Windows 10 users can avail themselves of the Windows 10 App Essentials add-on to access the Windows 10 Calculator and Insider Hub:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/wintenApps.en.html

9) Meanwhile, the Internals Wiki is designed to give users and developers a tour of internals of various features of NVDA:
http://community.nvda-project.org/wiki/internals

10) Learn "How to Use CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs on a Computer Without a Disc Drive:"
http://www.howtogeek.com/228634/how-to-use-cds-dvds-and-blu-ray-discs-on-a-computer-without-a-disc-drive/

11) Something else to learn: "23 Things You Can Do in iOS 9 That You Couldn't Do in iOS 8:"
http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/23-things-you-can-do-in-ios-9-that-you-couldnt-do-in-io-1731300214

12) The Blindfold Solitaire iOS App now comes with seven free cell games in addition to the various games already included:
https://stemmiami.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/blindfold-solitaire-now-with-7-more-free-cell-games/

13) The September 2015 issue of AccessWorld includes reviews of Office for Mac, Apple Music, the Mystic Access Tutorial on the Victor Reader Stream, and more:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

14A) The BBQ Crew is back with Blind Bargains Cast 31:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13421

14B) And Blind Bargains Cast 32:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13469

15) And the MacCessibility Roundtable is back with Episode 93:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2270 #VoLive

16) Here is A Spotlight Interview with Michael Scott about Voice Dream for Android:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/voice-dream-reader-on-android-a-spotlight-interview-with-michael-scott/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 17, 2015 - Volume 526

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 17, 2015 - Volume 526
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The Blind Bargains site has updated its Windows 10 Resource Page, and you'll find a good variety of information there:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13417

2) Brian Hartgen has had success with his online classes, so he is now offering "Looking Out for Outlook", a $150 course on Outlook for JAWS:
http://www.hartgen.org/outlook

3) Learn about the NFB Performing Arts Division in Eyes on Success #1538:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

4) The public Beta of JAWS 17 will come out about the time this newsletter does, and you can hear about the rest of the new features, as well as what is coming in MAGic version 13, on FSCast #114:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast114-JAWS_17,MAGIC_13.mp3

5A) iOS version 9 comes out as I write this, and you can hear about its Pros and Cons from Jonathan Mosen, author of "iOS 9 Without the Eye", on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 22 September at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5B) You can find user guides for the iPhone, iPad and iPod for iOS9 here:
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/09/16/apple-releases-ios-9-user-guides-for-iphone-ipod-touch-and-ipad/

5C) Have a look at the AppleVis site, as undoubtedly new iOS9 material will be added. Among the material already there is a podcast, "BlindMind What's New in iOS 9 for Braille Display Users:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/what-s-new-ios-9-braille-display-users

5D) "What's New and Changed in iOS 9 Accessibility for Blind and Deaf-Blind Users:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-assistive-technology-braille-ios-news-opinion/what-s-new-and-changed-ios-9-accessibility

5E "iOS 9's Mainstream Features from a VoiceOver User's Perspective:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch-news/ios-9s-mainstream-features-voiceover-users-perspective

5F) "Apple Releases iOS 9, Bringing a Range of Enhancements and New Features:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-ios-apps-news/apple-releases-ios-9-bringing-range-enhancements-and-new-features

6) The article "Accessibility - Beyond the Screen Reader," gives concrete suggestions for taking the needs of the large population of low vision users into consideration when designing web pages. Incidentally, I read this article using a handy Firefox feature, Reader View, located off the view menu on pages where it can be invoked:
http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/accessibility-beyond-screen-reader-91516540

7) The Life Unscripted blog remains a thought provoking place to think about blindness related issues. The post is called "I'm a bad _____, But It's Not Because I'm Blind!"
https://blindbeader.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/im-a-bad-_____-but-its-not-because-im-blind/

8) Back to Apple, they have already created an accessibility related page for their new tvOS, the operating system for the forthcoming newly-revamped Apple TV:
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/tvos/

9A) CrowdVis is a new iOS app and service where you can get in-depth assistance solving blindness problems from one of a pool of hand-picked paid assistants, using Facetime. Here is the AppleVis coverage of the app:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/crowdviz

9B) And here is a podcast from SeroTalk:
http://serotalk.com/2015/09/14/serotalk-extra-crowdviz/

10) And finally, Optelec has announced the availability of the new Optelec Traveller HD, a less than 4.5-pound desktop magnifier that also folds for easy portability. It purports to offer very smooth reading and high image quality. Here is a video demonstration:
https://youtu.be/XgP6sJFknls

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 10, 2015 - Volume 525

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 10, 2015 - Volume 525
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) This is a frank blog post from a person with reginitis pigmentosa detailing the process of his coming to terms with his sight loss:
http://relentlessromero.blogspot.ca/2015/09/coming-out-of-closet-i-am-legally-blind.html?m=1

2) This blog post about blindness is called "Pet-Peeves of a Blind Person, or: My Chance to Get Snarky About the Stuff that Makes me Want to Kick People in the Shins:"
https://adjunctinthedark.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/pet-peeves-of-a-blind-person-or-my-chance-to-get-snarky-about-the-stuff-that-makes-me-want-to-kick-people-in-the-shins/

3) Hear about the 3D Printer Project at Benetech on this week's episode #1537 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

4) And while we're talking about podcasts, let's catch up on the last two esisodes of the Blind Bargains Cast:

A) Number 29:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13372

B) And number 30:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13396

5A) With the advent of mobile phones and apps for them that turn print into text, various reading stands have been created to allow the phone to be held securely in place at the proper height for scanning the document. Of these, the one that has garnered the most favorable reaction on blindness-related mailing lists has been the Fopydo:
http://www.fopydo.com/scanningstandfortheblind

5B) Now its creator has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of a book-scanning add-on to that stand. Blind users who have seen the prototype have commented favorably on it. The basic stand costs about $12 and it is expected that the whole package with book-reading attachment will cost around $35. Here is the KickStarter page so you can learn more and contribute if you want:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/384725316/book-reading-aid

6) Hear about Computers for the Blind, their low-cost computers and lending library of described movies, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 15 September at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) The acclaimed iOS reading app Voice Dream Reader is now available for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=voicedream.reader

8) This article is called "I'm a Legally Blind Photographer. Here's How Modern Technology Makes That Possible:"
http://www.vox.com/2015/7/13/8928479/blind-photographer

9) Apparently the thorough schedule of described TV programs available in the States has not been updated for a while, but now it has for September:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/12HN-8UeDWGj1Y_NjHQxAsEwYjqNxq3sYHrgL5zrw3F8/pub

10) If you are a gaming enthusiast who does not mind tinkering with experimental software, and you know, or want to learn, what an FPS engine is, the creator of Chicken Nugget and QRead is working on such an engine, which will apparently expand the gaming horizon for the blind. Here is his post:
http://forum.audiogames.net/viewtopic.php?pid=231216#p231216

11) The site "Helping Students with Visual Impairments" contains information about best colleges, adaptive technology and scholarships:
http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/helping-students-with-visual-impairments/

12) Techtalk is a friendly but high-traffic mailing list for seeking answers to your adaptive technology questions and difficulties. To subscribe, send a blank message to:
techtalk+subscribe@groups.io

13) And we close this week with a YouTube demo of the ChromeVox Screen Reader for the Blind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVfLafNmWA0

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Volume 524

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Volume 524
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) It's that time of year again! Freedom Scientific is starting to tell us about JAWS 17 in the first of two installments on FSCast 113:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

2A) A game from 22 Point received an award from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN):
http://accan.org.au/news-items/media-releases/1092-apps-winners-2015

2B) 22 Point Windows 10 books are on sale:
http://www.22point.com.au/publications.html

2C) Finally, this 22 Point blog post suggests that "Every Operating System and Mobile Platform is Vulnerable to Attack:"
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/every-operating-system-and-mobile-platform-is-vulnerable-to-attack/

3) Catch up on "What's New in Accessible Apps for August 2015" from AppleVis:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-august-2015

4) This YouTube video is called "The History Of Speech Synthesis:"
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=097K1uMIPyQ

5) Amazingly, there is a site promising to offer assistance and techniques for blind people to play World of Warcraft. They want help making this possible:
http://blindwarcraft.com/

6) This page gives links to the "Talking Windows Preinstall Environment" which enables blind users to install Windows indepdently:
http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/node/436

7A) The results from the latest WebAIM screen reader survey are now available:
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey6/

7B) Some have cast doubt on the above results since Ai Squared encouraged its users to complete the survey, whereas other product vendors did not do so. Here is a discussion of this topic:
http://webaim.org/discussion/archives

8) The article "Switching From JAWS To NVDA" has recently been updated, and gives suggestions to make the transition to NVDA easier:
http://community.nvda-project.org/wiki/SwitchingFromJawsToNVDA

9) The New Mexico Commission for the Blind has created Keystroke, a free typing tutorial program, available in both Windows and Mac versions, screen reader independent:
http://www.cfb.state.nm.us/Keystroke.html

10) Prodigi Connect 12 is a new product for Low Vision that runs on a Samsung Galaxy Note 12 with Android, Prodigi being the core App installed. It is a digital magnifier and 12-inch tablet:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/2508151128.htm

11) Version 2.0 of Seeing Eye GPS for iPhone, and its different iterations in Western Europe and Australia, is now available. Read about the new features here:
http://senderogroup.com/news/segpsrelease.htm

12) Jarek Beksa, producer of Audio Games, has free games to offer and wants to solicit input. The interactive audiobook called 1812: Heart of Winter can be downloaded for free.

A.) iOS:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1812-heart-of-winter/id543164461?mt=8

B.) PC Windows:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9t2h6olz505s15r/AACOeRTpUdMYxFGP3bF2JVUma

C.) The prototype version of Audio Game Hub can be downloaded here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r6khe3iav0klhf5/201401141339_PC_AudioHub.zip?dl=0

D.) To contact or offer feedback, write to:
jbeksa@aut.ac.nz

13) Learn about Stem Cell Therapy for Retinal Disease in Eyes on Success #1536:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) AFB offers a $49 webinar courtesy of our very own Larry Lewis, titled "iOS in the Classroom: iPad Learning Success for Students with Vision Loss:"
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Two items from Yahoo Accessibility:

15A) Yahoo Accessibility has launched a Tumblr blog that shares news, tips, tricks and other valuable information at
http://yahooaccessibility.tumblr.com/

15B) And Yahoo's Accessibility team is leading a widely collaborative effort to make basic accessible technology design and development skills pervasive throughout the tech sector and institutions of higher education:
http://teachingaccessibility.com/

16) EASI offers a four-part fee-based webinar, Beginning/Intermediate PowerPoint, four Thursdays beginning 10 September at 18:00 GMT. Cost is $225; free to members; some scholarships are available:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

17A) CAVI offers a short course on PowerPoint starting in mid-September:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Powerpoint

17B) And one on OSX starting in October:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Mac

18) A design student is working to make fashion accessible to those with vision loss. She's also looking for input and experiences from the community:
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-the-fashion-passion/

19) TheReImage.net is a new online campaign to re-create the image of people with vision loss while establishing new possibilities. They're seeking written stories and audio pieces about and by people with vision loss to demonstrate that regardless of our vision level, as people, we are more alike than different. To participate and even win cash prizes visit:
http://thereimage.net/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Volume 523
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Greetings,

1A) Here is a list of one user's recommended apps for accessible use on Android, with links to other lists:
http://blog.blackspheretech.com/?p=306

1B) Eyes on Success #1535 talks about the present and future of NVDA:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

1C) And this interview details the situation with KNFBReader for Android:
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/introducing-knfb-reader-android

2A) NVDA2015.3 is out, featuring initial support for Windows 10; the ability to disable single letter navigation in browse mode (useful for some web apps); improvements in Internet Explorer; and fixes for garbled text when typing in certain applications with Braille enabled:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2015-3-released/

2B) In addition, the detailed guidance for writing NVDA add-ons, "NVDA Add-on Internals: StationPlaylist Studio" is now complete:
https://bitbucket.org/nvdaaddonteam/stationplaylist/wiki/spladdoninternals

3) The Blind Abilities podcast has a goodly archive of informative programs. The most recent include the fourth in a series of demos of the use of Amadeus Pro on the Mac, a demo of the iOS recording appBossJockJr, and a 38-minute recording detailing the sounds of Disney parks and the accessibility features they offer:
http://blindabilities.com/

4) Here is a good article suggesting ways to increase Braille reading speed and to overcome the belief that you cannot do so:
http://blog.pdrib.com/increase-reading-speed/

5) EASI will offer a free webinar on NFB Newsline on Tuesday, 22 September at 18:00 GMT. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RTvY_tI0COgMcQglWgAJwAYzW-S_wKkCBHSqC5mHLxM/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

6A) Episode 91 of the Maccessibility Roundtable podcast is ready:
http://maccessibility.net/2015/08/23/mrtp-91-its-like-a-nunnery-but-for-ghosts/

6B) As is Blind Bargains Cast 28:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13331

7) Jonathan Mosen has written guides to each of the last two versions of iOS to be released. With iOS9 coming soon, he will be releasing iOS9 Without the Eye as soon as it comes out, and you can save money by pre-ordering the book:
http://mosen.org/index.php/mosen-consulting-ebook-ios-9-without-the-eye/

8) Read about "Improvements in Accessibility for Mac OS X in Firefox 41," which indicates that progress is being made, but that there is still a ways to go:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/08/25/improvements-in-accessibility-for-mac-os-x-in-firefox-41/

9) If you use an iPhone and want to test Android on a Samsung device, visiting the site below from an iPhone will allow you to rent a Samsung S6, Note, or S6 Edge for a month for a dollar. Obviously, read the fine print:
http://promo.samsungpromotions.com/

10) Microsoft is seeking an escalation engineer to resolve accessibility issues brought by public sector clients. If anyone is interested in getting out of the public sector, you can apply at:
https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=1&jid=196483&jlang=EN&pp=SS

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Greetings,

We start this week with NVDA happenings:

1A) NVDA 2015.3RC1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2015.3 release. Highlights of this release include initial support for Windows 10; the ability to disable single letter navigation in browse mode (useful for some web apps); improvements in Internet Explorer; and fixes for garbled text when typing in certain applications with Braille enabled:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2015.3rc1Released

1B) If you want to hear how this version of NVDA works with Windows 10, here is an audio tutorial:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en

1C) And finally, the most recent entries in Joseph Lee's blog consist of the first installments in a series for programmers and developers entitled "NVDA Add-on Internals:"
http://joslee22590.blogspot.com/

2) The Blind Perspective is a monthly email newsletter in which they "Aim to keep you informed & entertained." It consists of blindness-related articles written by blind people. To subscribe send a blank message to:
theblindperspective+subscribe@groups.io

3) This San Jose Mercury News article is entitled "Smartphones, Apps are Liberating the Blind and Visually Impaired:"
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_28641561/smartphones-apps-are-liberating-blind-and-visually-impaired

4) Here comes the Facebook July 2015 Accessibility Update:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-accessibility/july-2015-accessibility-update/956916544352071

In keeping up with the flood of news about Windows 10:

5A) This is Paul Thurott's "Complete Guide to Windows 10," which he promises to update and enhance as new information comes to light:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/5213/complete-guide-to-windows-10?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

5B) Dolphin offers some Windows 10 Tips:
http://www.yourdolphin.com/dolphinfull.asp?id=742

5C) From the 22 Point Blog comes "Windows 10, 15 Days In:"
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/windows-10-15-days-in-also-big-book-announcement/

5D) The Ai Squared Knowledge Base Article on Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade Scenarios has been recently updated:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Support/Knowledge_Base/?kbnumber=GWKB2066

5E) And the National Federation of the Blind does not give Microsoft high marks on its handling of accessibility in Windows 10:
https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/installers-beware-microsoft-drops-ball-accessibility-windows-10

6A) From the AppleVis blog, the article "Debunking Common Myths about VoiceOver on the Mac" has been recently updated:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-mac-os-x/debunking-common-myths-about-voiceover-mac

6B) And the article "On Siri, Voice Control, and How the Blind Use iPhones" has a good number of comments:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-apps-opinion/siri-voice-control-and-how-blind-use-iphones

7) The KNFBReader iOS App is due for an update sometime this week, perhaps as early as today, and one new feature will be a try-before-you-buy option. This and other features of the update constitute the podcast "AppleVis Extra #33: James Gashel and What's New in KNFBReader Version 2.0:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-33-james-gashel-and-what-s-new-knfbreader-version-20

Other interesting podcasts are also available this week:

8A) BlindBargains Cast 27 is out, with another one probably coming after this issue of Tidbits hits the web:
http://blindbargains.com/b/13306

8B) Robert Carter has a new Tech Doctor podcast:
http://drcarter.com

8C) And he also is the guest of Less Than or Equal:
http://www.lessthanorequal.com/episodes/53

From AppleVis Podcasts:

8D) You can learn to control lights or appliances from your iOS device:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/demonstration-belkin-wemo-smart-switch-and-belkin-link-led-starter-kit-lets-you

8E) And how to produce rich audio content in real time with Bossjock Jr.:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quickly-produce-rich-audio-content-real-time-bossjock-jr-ios

8F) Episode 33 of the Blind Inspirationcast is an introduction to audio description:
http://www.blindinspirationcast.com/episode-33-introduction-to-audio-description/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlindInspirationCast+%28Blind+InspirationCast%29

8G) Eyes on Success #1534 concerns cross-country skiing:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

8H) And listen to what goes on behind the scenes of the Serotalk podcasts:
http://serotalk.com/2015/08/17/serotalk-behind-the-scenes-edition/

9) Speaking of Serotek, they still offer their System Access screen reader free for K-12 students, and they are extending price reductions on the DocuScan OCR program through 7 September 2015:
http://www.serotek.com/blog

10) It seems that there is a gradual increase in the amount accessibility is discussed in mainstream publications. So iMore offers us the article "Making the iPhone Camera Accessible for the Blind:"
http://m.imore.com/making-iphone-camera-work-blind

11) Those who need to create or access math or scientific texts may want to learn LaTeX, and the article "LaTeX: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?" will offer background and resources in this regard:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/fr/fr31/2/fr310212.htm

12) Ian Humphreys of Spoonbill Software has released two new free self-voicing Windows games: BG Draw Dominoes and BG Fives Dominoes. To receive either or both by email write to:
games@spoonbillsoftware.com.au

13A) Jonathan Mosen talks about his book "Stream It! Music, Movies, and More with Apple TV and VoiceOver" on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 August at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

13B) And the Mushroom FM Internet radio station that Jonathan Mosen launched and then silenced is now re-launching with many plans:
http://www.mushroomfm.com/node/26

14) Vision Loss Resources looks like a site that could be useful to many:
https://visionlossresources.wordpress.com/

15) CAVI will offer a short course on PowerPoint starting in Mid-September:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Powerpoint

Here are some resources for web developers regarding accessibility:

16A) SSB BART Group offers a course on Mobile Accessibility for Testers:
http://go.ssbbartgroup.com/TKiBC0K01000LKp30w4LxF0

16B) Visual ARIA is now available. This is a cascading logic program primarily constructed using CSS that allows any sighted person around the world to literally see ARIA usage on any webpage, or to download the source code and embed it within any development project. This too is fully interactive and changes accordingly for all dynamic widgets that map to ARIA 1.1:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/visual-aria-now-allows-anyone-sight-see-how-works-from-garaventa

16C) Check out "7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility:"
https://medium.com/salesforce-ux/7-things-every-designer-needs-to-know-about-accessibility-64f105f0881b

17) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus "Phone Calls with Siri: Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/s0NM4393h1E

18) Bartimaeus Bible Institute's courses are accessible, and fall semester is coming soon. For information, write to:
Stewart@BartimaeusInstitute.org

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 13, 2015 - Volume 521

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 13, 2015 - Volume 521
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The world's largest natural sound archive -- Over 7,500 Hours of Audio -- is now fully available online:
http://cornelluniversity.tumblr.com/post/40770771576/worlds-largest-natural-sound-archive-now-fully

2) Mac for the Blind now offers audio tutorials. The first, Introduction to VoiceOver, is free, the next three, with more to come, cost $35:
http://macfortheblind.com/?page_id=1514

3) While we're talking things Mac, here is "A Guide to Using Audio Hijack with VoiceOver:"
http://www.applevis.com/guides/mac-apps-voiceover/guide-using-audio-hijack-voiceover

4A) Jonathan Mosen gives his unique perspective on the Apple Watch after a week of use:
http://mosen.org/index.php/my-first-week-with-the-apple-watch/

4B) And here is a discussion of the Apple Watch's Fitness Features:
http://www.outsideonline.com/2006026/apple-watch-fitness-review

5) For a look at a different kind of watch, A T Guys makes available their first video, demonstrating the Meteor Vibrating Pocket Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gBVoyezNlM

6) The American Printing House for the Blind recently announced they have paused hardware development of the Braille Plus 18 Notetaker:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13295

7) Microsoft's Disability Answer Desk Customer Support has added support in French and Spanish languages:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2015/08/04/the-disability-answer-desk-in-french-amp-spanish.aspx

8A) If you want to know about or keep up with news about accessible games for the blind, this "Top 25 Sites for Gamers Who are Blind - 2015" resource list is a must consult:
http://www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html

8B) One of the resources mentioned on this list are the games written and given away by Jim Kitchen. Mr. Kitchen recently passed on, and Brian Smart has compiled and updated the listing to make the Kitchen Sink games available into the future:
http://blog.bryansmart.com/2015/08/12/kitchens-sink-1-0/

9A) Sparsh Products from India has made an accessible version of the game Snakes and Ladders, requiring Windows 7 or 8 and Microsoft Office 2007 or later. It costs 900 rupees, slightly under $15 US. Watch game play on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_5yvjTICmI&feature=youtu.be

9B) Buy and download (Snakes and Ladders by Sparsh Products) here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B89WIL0ghBVhQlhfeGd4Q0Fhd1E/view?usp=sharin

10A) Lainey Feingold has posted the latest Digital Accessibility Legal Update:
http://lflegal.com/2015/08/legal-update-summer15/

10B) In the same vein, you can read "A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504" from the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund:
http://dredf.org/advocacy/comparison.html

11) Here is one person's account of a case where Android let him achieve a task that iOS and Windows would not:
http://www.freelists.org/post/access-uk/LG-to-release-android-flip-phone-could-be-great-for-the-VI-Market,26

12) There are some gems in this list of "8 Amazing Websites You Didn’t Know Existed and Need to Check Out:"
http://bgr.com/2015/08/10/amazing-websites-secret/

13) There are lots of ways to learn JAWS keystrokes. Here is a quite complete list consisting of multiple tables:
http://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/archives/training/jawskeystrokes.htm

14) The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) announces the Dr. Sam Genensky Video Magnifier Memorial Awards. At least 4 video magnifiers will be awarded to children and adults. To read the award guidelines and download an application, visit the scholarships link at the web site. Applications may be submitted through September 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST:
http://www.cclvi.org

15) If the above offer interests you (Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) announces the Dr. Sam Genensky Video Magnifier Memorial Awards), you might want to listen to Eyes on Success 1533, Technology for People with Low Vision:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

16) EASI offers two free webinars in August: "Updating the Diagram Center to Enhance Image accessibility," Tuesday, 18 August at 18:00 GMT, and "Twitter with JAWS and MAGic," Wednesday, 26 August at 18:00 GMT. Register here:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

17) The August 2015 issue of Access includes a review of Windows 10 and the upgrade process, a review of Jonathan Mosen's book on Apple TV, a discussion of AFB's accessible HTML5 video player, an interview focusing on how musician Richard Beausoleil uses technology, an evaluation of the promising Workflow iOS App, and a review of menu accessibility on chain restaurant web sites:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

18) Talk about NFB Newsline on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 October at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

19) Visit Hadley’s YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus “Texting with Siri" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/xk7GIseFSTo

20) Doug Lee has released the first version of JAWS scripts for Skype for Business and Microsoft Link 2013:
http://www.dlee.org/sfb/

21) And finally, Ai Squared offers the "Upgrading a PC with Window-Eyes to Windows 10 Tutorial" in several media:

A) Audio:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Audio/Win10UpgradeTutorial.mp3

B) Video with Closed Caption:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Video/Win10UpgradeTutorialCC.mp4

C) PDF:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Text/Win10UpgradeTutorial.pdf

D) And Text:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Text/Win10UpgradeTutorial.txt

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 6, 2015 - Volume 520

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 6, 2015 - Volume 520
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) NFB Newsline, all of whose publications are available online or via the iOS app, has added several publications: Atlantic Monthly, ABC and CBS Breaking News, London Daily Mail, Melbourne Herald Sun, Texas Observer, and Bozeman Daily Sun:
http://www.nfbnewsline.org

2) Hadley has unveiled a new Low Vision Focus site. Their 10 How-To audio recordings we announced earlier are now available both as digital downloads, as a CD, or as an NLS cartridge. Other videos will be added:
http://www.lowvisionfocus.org

3) Quentin Christensen of 22 Point Blog fame has published his first book on the site, "Making Windows Easy to See," focusing on the low-vision-related features of Windows 10. This book, the first of a series of Windows 10 books, is available in EPUB format for $25 Australian:
http://www.22point.com.au/publications.html

While we're talking Windows 10, below is a series of adaptive technology related links for your perusal:

4A) A frequent recommendation is that, while Windows 10 will work for many people, the majority might want to wait a month or two for new versions of screen readers. Here is the NVDA page on the subject:
http://www.nvaccess.org/win10/

4B) And a related NVAccess Podcast:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/podcast-episode-9/

4C) And an Ai Squared Knowledge Base Article on Windows 10 installation and upgrade scenarios for Window-Eyes users:
http://www.gwmicro.com/kb2066

4D) And CAVI will hold a short course for Windows 10 upgraders starting in September 2015:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.w10u

Now for a wealth of Windows 10 general information from a variety of internet sources:

5A) How to Use and Configure Cortana on Windows 10:
http://www.howtogeek.com/224546/how-to-use-and-configure-cortana-on-windows-10/

5B) 12 Obscure New Windows 10 Features That Eliminate Everyday Hassles:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955711/windows/12-obscure-new-windows-10-features-that-eliminate-everyday-hassles.html#tk.rss_all

5C) How to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu:
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-customize-the-windows-10-start-menu-1721973296

5D) Even though this new browser isn't totally accessible to all yet, here is a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for the Microsoft Edge web browser:
http://www.howto-connect.com/keyboard-shortcuts-of-microsoft-edge-browser-complete-list/

5E) 14 Things You Can Do In Windows 10 That You Couldn't Do In Windows 8:
http://feeds.gizmodo.com.au/~/104704126/0/gizmodoaustralia~Things-You-Can-Do-In-Windows-That-You-Couldnt-Do-In-Windows/

5F) Eight Windows 10 Tricks And Shortcuts You Probably Didn't Know:
http://feeds.lifehacker.com.au/~/104677460/0/lifehackeraustralia~Eight-Windows-Tricks-And-Shortcuts-You-Probably-Didnt-Know/

5G) This Simple Windows 10 Tweak Could Reduce RAM And CPU Usage:
http://feeds.lifehacker.com.au/~/104416618/0/lifehackeraustralia~This-Simple-Windows-Tweak-Could-Reduce-RAM-And-CPU-Usage/

5H) Ask Cortana Anything: Snarky Answers to 59 Burning Questions:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2148940/windows-phone-os/ask-cortana-anything-sassy-answers-to-58-burning-questions.html#tk.rss_all

5I) Master the Quick Access Menu: Like Windows 8.1, Windows 10 has a Secret Power User Menu, Really:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/4978/windows-10-tip-master-the-quick-access-menu

5J) The Ultimate Windows 10 Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheBoyGeniusReport/~3/T-tiRuZztpc/

5K) Digging Into and Understanding Windows 10's Privacy Settings:
http://www.howtogeek.com/221864/digging-into-and-understanding-windows-10s-privacy-settings/

6) Of course, Blind Bargains Cast 25 has a lot to say about Windows 10 and other things:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13192

7) Leasey has been updated to Version 2, with added functionality for the Microsoft Outlook calendar, a new games module, and other improvements:
http://www.hartgen.org/leaseyv2

8) After two years the very useful Belarc Advisor has been updated to Version 8.5. This is a great tool for compiling information about your computer system:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/belarc_advisor.html

9) Several NVDA add-ons have been updated: Focus Highlight 3.0, Emoticons 4.0, Translation, and various other updates and fixes:
http://addons.nvda-project.org

10) The very useful AppleVis summary, "What's New in Accessible Apps for July 2015" also awaits your perusal:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-july-2015

11) This podcast suggests an intriguing idea: CamFind for iOS; How to Use This to Play the Visual Card Game Magic the Gathering:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/camfind-ios-how-use-play-visual-card-game-magic-gathering

12) Hartgen Consultancy offers a New Online Course. "A Word in Your Ear. Optimising the Power of JAWS for Windows and Microsoft Word," a 100-pound (approximately $153) course to start in September:
http://hartgen.org/word

13) Hear about "Opportunities for Blind Pharmacists" in Eyes on Success Episode 1532:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) CAVI is also considering launching a course on OSX if enough people are interested:
http://cavitraining.com

15) The recording and accompanying worksheets for the webinar, "Strategies for Navigating And Interacting with Complex Web Pages with Window-Eyes: Part 3" are available:
http://www.gwmicro.com/webinars

16) Listen to a discussion about using technology at blindness conventions on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 11 August at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Volume 519

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Volume 519
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Apple has updated their list of accessible iOS Apps:
https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=1018438149&mt=8&ls=1&app=itunes

Here are two loosely-related posts about hacking and scripting, to improve our lives:

2A) First, "An Open Letter On the Economics and Morals of Scripting:"
http://www.dlee.org/script_econ.htm

2B) And second, Chris Hofstader's latest, "The Greatest Living Blind Hacker:"
http://chrishofstader.com/the-greatest-living-blind-hacker/

3) This post suggests that "The Inverting Feature On iOS & Android Doesn't Meet The Needs Of Low Vision Users:"
http://blog.blackspheretech.com/?p=282

4) This tech-savvy blind youth figured out that he needed to improve his Braille competency in order to be truly effective:
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/braille-literacy-through-technology

5A) Windows 10 makes its appearance this week, and looking ahead a little, Tek Talk will feature a discussion of Windows 10 on GMT Tuesday, 11 August at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5B) And here is the Freedom Scientific page about upgrading to Windows 10:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/141

5C) And here is news about Window-Eyes 9.2, which includes Windows 10 compatibility, as well as preliminary support for Office 16, other enhancements in web navigation, and enhancements in the auto-recovery feature:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Upgrades/

And here is a variety of additional general interest Windows 10 information:

5D) I Installed Windows 10 and Now I'm Talking to My Computer:
http://reviews.gizmodo.com/i-installed-windows-10-and-now-im-talking-to-my-compute-1719786498?rev=1437683400760

5E) Stepping over the Threshold: Windows 10 in 10000 words, thoroughly reviewed:
http://www.coolblindtech.com/stepping-over-the-threshold-windows-10-in-10000-words-thoroughly-reviewed/

5F) All The Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts You'll Need (And a Few More):
http://betanews.com/2015/07/29/all-the-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts-youll-need-and-a-few-more/

5G) Walt Mossberg Reviews Microsoft Windows 10:
http://recode.net/2015/07/28/windows-10-review-microsoft-takes-a-step-back-to-move-forward/

5H) 9 Reasons Not to Upgrade to Windows 10 - Yet:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2950649/windows/9-reasons-not-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-yet.html#tk.rss_all

6) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus "Reminders with Siri" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/V03_GaSpRt0

7) Eyes on Success Episode 1531 gives a glimpse into LearningAlly:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

8) This article talks about what is new in the iPod 6:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13188

9) And finally, read about the collaboration between Freedom Scientific and IBM to provide enterprise accessibility training:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/140

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Volume 518

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Volume 518
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) With the recent upgrades to the iPod Touch, people can now get a much less expensive iOS device for books, music, and some other tasks. Here are two reviews:
A) http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/07/great-gadget-small-audience-the-sixth-generation-ipod-touch-reviewed/
B) http://bit.ly/1LEqOOt

2) If you want to know the future of the Serotalk Podcast Network, you'll have to listen to the latest SPN Extra:
http://serotalk.com/2015/07/20/serotalk-extra-the-future-of-spn/

3A) For the first time in my memory, we have a lot of audio content from Sight Village, thanks to Blind Bargains:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

3B) And as of this writing, Blind Bargains Cast 23 is the latest in that series, summarizing events at the two US conventions:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13174

4) MacWorld UK brings us "Funny Things to Ask Siri - And Some Silly Answers:"
http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iosapps/funny-things-ask-siri-ios-8-3-2015-3412780/

5) The July 2015 issue of AccessWorld includes reviews of the BARD App for Android, running Galaxy TalkBack on the Sprint Galaxy S6 Smartphone, and the Leasey System, and discussions of Netflix accessibility, the LowViz indoor navigation system, and the Finger Reader:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

6) Anna Dresner comes to Tek Talk to discuss the Apple Watch, on GMT Tuesday, 28 July at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) Hartgen Consultancy will offer a $153, 6-hour Course titled, "A Word in Your Ear, Optimising the Power of JAWS for Windows and Microsoft Word." Register by 1 September 2015:
http://hartgen.org/word

8) Eyes on Success continues its two-part series on accessible games with Episode 1530, Accessible Games for iOS:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

9) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus "Walking Directions with Siri" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/JOiO9g4Mebo?list=PLcIupCht58IcZ8m3fS4fScuB8phKEcdSi

10) And FSCast #111 from Freedom Scientific gives a summary of what went on at the US summer conventions:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast111-Post-Convention_Roundup.mp3

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Volume 517

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Volume 517
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

We start this week by again catching some of the knowledge and ambiance from the two US National Consumer Conventions, as well as UK's Sight Village, even if we weren't there in person.

1A) Sight Village is still going on, and all sorts of interviews conducted there can be found here:
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/podcast-feed.html?category=afternoon_edition

1B) Lots of product-related interviews from the US conventions comes to us courtesy of Blind Bargains:
http://www.blindbargains.com/audio/

1C) Here is a lot of archived material from the American Council of the Blind convention, some of which is technology-related:
http://acbradio.org/acbconvention2015

2) Lack of accessibility may force Kelly Ford to discontinue his long-time use of Quicken:
http://blog.kellyford.org/my-accessibility-journey-with-quicken-2015/

3) Depict is a crowd-sourced image description tool that could change the experience of browsing the web for the blind and visually impaired. Unfortunately it currently works only as an extension within the Google Chrome browser, but is nonetheless intriguing:
http://magazine.good.is/articles/depict-accessibility-visual-impairment-web-browsing

4) "Intro to iOS Accessibility for Blind and Low Vision Users" from AppleVis will certainly help new users, and may well teach veterans a thing or two as well:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-miscellaneous-voiceover/intro-ios-accessibility-blind-and-low-vision-users

5) American Foundation for the Blind announces the release of VisionConnect, a free and accessible iOS app, which offers a searchable directory of services available in the US and Canada for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. One can find services such as computer and technology training, daily living skills training, Braille and reading instruction, dog guide training, employment services, low vision services, and more:
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/download-afbs-apps/visionconnecttm-app/1235

6) You can legitimately have hundreds of free e-books from Microsoft. Many are highly technical, but others are not, and there is likely something here for everybody who explores:
http://bit.ly/1RAug1E

7) Learn about the newest features of the BlindSquare GPS App on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 21 July at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8) "Strategies to Connect with Social Media" is a new free Hadley School course. It explains how to integrate social networking opportunities into one's daily use of technology. Its goal is to enable you to take advantage of what a dynamic social networking experience has to offer, whether you are an aspiring business owner, perspective job seeker, student, or individual:
http://www.hadley.edu

9) Last week we mentioned that the Eloquence synthesizer familiar to so many of us is now available for use in all of our Windows apps. Here is the Code Factory page about this synthesizer:
http://codefactoryglobal.com/app-store/eloquence-for-windows/

10) Thoughts on Windows 10 just two weeks from launch come to us from the 22point blog:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/windows-10-two-weeks-out

11) Eyes on Success initiates a two-part series on gaming with discussion of accessible online games in episode 1529:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) National Industries for the Blind still seeks a qualified applicant for the Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship, which provides a one-time award of $2,500 for an individual who is blind to pursue education in computer science, information systems or a related field leading to a career in access technology:
http://www.nib.org/content/roeder-scholarship-application

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Volume 516

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Volume 516
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

Let's start out this week with three thought-provokers from two knowledgeable people who cogently share their perspectives.

1) First, Brian Hartgen discusses why Spotify may be a better choice for music streaming than Apple Music, particularly for those running Windows:
http://www.hartgen-home.org/node/48

2) As the National Conventions of the Blind roll on in the US, read the always-interesting thoughts of Chris Hofstader about how those organizations are really doing regarding adaptive technology:
http://chrishofstader.com/who-are-the-champions/

3) Finally, as one who likes Windows, likes JAWS, likes NVDA, and can't quite figure out why I (Dean Martineau) should follow the crowd to leap on the Mac bandwagon, it's good to read about the experience of Brian Hartgen and his wife, who earnestly tried the Mac and are returning to Windows:
http://www.hartgen-home.org/node/47

4) CAVI is gearing up for its new semester, starting in early August, and this audio post lists the potentially available courses, if enrollment is sufficient:
https://audioboom.com/boos/3353473-courses-available-in-2015-semester-2

5A) Some short-term adaptive technology discounts are worth mentioning. Serotek has released the new version of its DocuScan scanning and reading package for the PC and Mac, DocuScan 3.0, and during July, they offer $50 discounts on various packages:
http://www.serotek.com/blog_docuscan_plus_v3_is_here_and_its_brought_discounts

5B) Meanwhile, if you act by July 10, you can get the KNFB Reader iOS App for a 25% discount, $74.00:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/knfbreader/id849732663

5C) And finally, Leasey and JDictate are half off until July 15:
http://www.hartgen.org

6) We hear of the advantages of using VOIP, even if you already use a mobile phone, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 14 July at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) NVDA Remote allows one user of NVDA to remotely connect to the computer of another user of NVDA, and it's now free and available:
http://NVDARemote.com

8) Version 1.3 of the Prodigi Magnifiers from HumanWare have been released:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/150620151052.htm

9) CodeFactory has made available the EloQuence and Vocalizer synthesizers in SAPI form, which means they can be used with any adaptive technology you use, including NVDA and Narrator. Here is one place to buy them:
http://bit.ly/1HgZRO4

10) On Eyes on Success this time, episode 1528, hear about sailing expeditions for the blind:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 2, 2015 - Volume 515

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 2, 2015 - Volume 515
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

To all of our US readers from all of us here at Flying Blind, LLC, we wish you a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday Weekend!

1A) Registration is open for the upcoming term at the Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired, with a variety of courses available depending on registration count:
http://wiki.cucat.org/

1B) Meanwhile, a short course on Microsoft Word starts very soon, so if you act quickly, you may be able to enroll:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Word

2) As a counterpoint to last week's article about the potential dangers of upgrading to Windows 10, our intrepid researcher suggests reasons why upgrading could be a good idea:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/upgrading-to-windows-10-could-make-future-upgrades-much-smoother/

3A) A significant update to Leasey is available, with better searching, customized support for the Outlook 2013 calendar, a game module, and more:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/329

3B) Leasey and JDictate will be available for half price during the first half of July:
http://www.hartgen.org/conventions

3C) Brian Hartgen has written an explanation as to why Leasey does not work with NVDA:
http://www.hartgen.org/nvda

4) The WebAIM project at Utah State University has conducted five surveys of screen reader users, and their results are considered useful. They are now conducting their sixth survey and hope for a wider esponse:
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey6/

5A) The latest summary of what's new on AppleVis for the month of June appeared right as July dawned:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-ios-ios-apps-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-june-2015

5B) Meanwhile, with the release of Apple Music, this podcast gives an introduction to the service:
http://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast763.mp3

5C) And MacWorld gives us "Apple Music FAQ: The Ins and Outs of Apple's New Streaming Music Service:"
http://www.macworld.com/article/2934744/apple-music-faq-the-ins-and-outs-of-apples-new-streaming-music-service.html

6) If you are a sports fan, you are encouraged to visit your favorite team's web site to experience its accessibility, or lack thereof, then take an accessibility survey at:
http://drexel.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6VFbbpHvq9ZS7Ot&Q_JFE=0&Q_Skin=Qualtrics|MQ|Accessible

7) American Foundation for the Blind has created a 75-minute, $49 webinar on Bioptic Driving for People with Low Vision:
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eBiopticDriving&ruling=Yes

8) Learn about HIMS multi-players on Eyes on Success #1527:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

9) Free EASI webinars in July include the Adventure of Creating an Accessible iOS App, July 9, and Creating and Reading Accessible ePub documents, July 16:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

10) I am asking all readers, especially Tidbits Contributors, to please note that my (Dean Martineau) email address is changing. The present one brings with it a lot of spam, so I'm closing it. Please write to me going forward at:
topdot@gmail.com

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Volume 514

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Volume 514
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Attention! We Have A Winner! BraillePenmanship Giveaway Essay Contest!

After weeks of receiving an overwhelming number of submissions, and after reading through so many great essays and then agonizing over them repeatedly over the last few days, Flying Blind, LLC is ecstatic to announce that we have a winner in the BraillePenmanship Giveaway Essay Contest.

Ms. Caitlyn Laster of Belleville, Arkansas is the undisputed winner of the BraillePenmanship Giveaway Essay Contest sponsored by Flying Blind, LLC and has won herself a brand new BraillePen Touch valued at $995.00 USD! Caitlyn will be entering the 10th Grade this Fall at Western Yell County School, and will have the remainder of the summer to benefit from using her BraillePen Touch in a variety of settings!

Caitlyn had some extremely tough competition, and the decision came down to Caitlyn and two other very worthy recipients. But it was Caitlyn that managed to make a most compelling case as to why Braille is important to her, and how she plans to utilize her newly acquired AdapTech companion, which sealed the deal with Flying Blind LLC!

Please feel free to read and share Caitlyn's contest-winning-essay in its entirety at: http://bit.ly/1Lq76WR. And stand by for an update and accompanying photo that will be posted to Flying Blind, LLC's Facebook Page sometime this summer letting us all know how Caitlyn is enjoying and using her new BraillePen Touch!

Flying Blind, LLC would like to thank each and every student who took the time to participate in this writing contest. We think you are all winners! For those of you who participated, be sure to look for a note in your inbox with a word of thanks and appreciation from us!

Congratulations Caitlyn! Until next time!

Greetings,

1) Updated versions of two NVDA add-ons are available: Resource Monitor 4.0 and Clip Contents Designer 3.0:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/

2) NVDA 2015.2 has been released, Including MathPlayer 4 and Excel Chart Support, Fixes a Google Search Bug, and More:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13003

3A) Ai Squared invites screen reader users to take a survey so they can improve Window-Eyes:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B79HF9M <https://t.co/OUSMLWLhTT

3B) While we're on the subject of Window-Eyes, the newly added knowledge base article on using the F8 text selection method in Browse Mode, complete with a link to the audio tutorial, is here:
http://www.gwmicro.com/kb2064

3C) Or the tutorial alone is here:
http://getwindoweyes.com/support/files/UsingF8%20MethodOnline.mp3

4) FSCast #109 contains interviews about Windows 10 and the relevance of PCs, as well as a summary of the discounts to be available at the upcoming US consumer conventions:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

5) Another topic covered in that FSCast are the developments coming out of Hargtgen Consultancy, particularly Leasey and JDictate. Learn what's coming, as well as information about some coming discounts, on Tek Talk for GMT 30 June at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) Eyes on Success gives us a two-part series on employment for the blind in general and becoming a blind State Supreme Court justice in particular in episodes 1525 and 1526:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

7A) The author of the 22Point blog, which usually focuses on Android, believes that upgrading to Windows 10 could be full of pitfalls for users of adaptive technology. He wrote a post:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/upgrading-to-windows-10-could-mean-things-stop-working-at-anytime/

7B) And then provided follow-up information:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/upgrading-to-windows-10-future-upgrade-branch-options/

8) Meanwhile, on a more traditional Android theme, here is an updated and expanded list of games accessible to TalkBack, with details:
https://22point.wordpress.com/games-for-talkback-users/

9A) Another burst of Apple Watch information: Anna Dresner has gone out on her own and written a $10 EPUB book, "Watching Without Looking | A VoiceOver User's First Month with the Apple Watch:"
https://watchingwithoutlooking.wordpress.com/

9B) AppleVis offers "Another Apple Watch Review:"
http://www.applevis.com/forum/apple-watch/another-apple-watch-review

9C) And from iMore comes "My favorite Apple Watch Accessibility Features:"
http://www.imore.com/my-favorite-apple-watch-accessibility-features?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10) Apple has launched a new App Store page to showcase apps taking advantage of VoiceOver:
http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/18/voiceover-app-store/

11) We have two reviews of the TCL Pulse Vibrating Alarm, which is controlled with an accessible iOS App, and which can be most useful for those with hearing loss:
http://mosen.org/index.php/review-tcl-pulse-vibrating-alarm-with-ios-app/
http://applevis.com/reviews/miscellaneous/do-you-have-pulse-are-you-sleeping-review-tcl-pulse

12) HIMS announces version 1.2 of their Blaze EZ player, as well as their new Blaze ET:
http://www.ozmailer.com/oele/olbai_3tkww_yz5ffs.php

13) You might wish to consult "A Guide to Visual Disabilities. How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed:"
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/colleges-helping-visually-impaired-students/

14) Tyler Spivey has made it possible to play the Game Boy Title "Pokemon Crystal" with Speech:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13027

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 18, 2015

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 18, 2015
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Flying Blind, LLC Logo.

We are sorry to report that due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday newsletter content published this week.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday will be back to firing on all cylinders with an issue jam-packed full of useful information next Thursday, June 25th!

To all of our contributors out there, please continue sending your interesting AdapTech news bites and updates our way and we'll make certain to work them all into our Thursday, June 25th issue.

Finally, we wanted to let everyone know that Flying Blind, LLC is 100% operational during this time and it is only the Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday newsletter content itself that is taking a break this week, so please feel free to continue to contact us as normal should you require assistance with any of our AdapTech products or services during this brief hiatus. As always we are pleased to extend to you the same responsive service and support that you've come to expect from Flying Blind, LLC.

We look forward to reconnecting with all of you next Thursday.

Until then!

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Volume 513

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Volume 513
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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The exhilarating prospects of learning Yoga by someone who is vision impaired can be easily stifled by the prospects of learning these postures in a highly visual environment by instructors who lack the experience and know-how to teach non-visual participants this life-changing discipline.

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Greetings,

1) It can be handy to know, "How to map your Mac's CapsLock key to an NVDA or JAWS key in a Windows Virtual Machine:"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/06/07/how-to-map-your-macs-capslock-key-to-a-nvda-or-jaws-key-in-a-windows-virtual-machine/

2) Hear about the ride-share service UBER on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 16 June at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3A) Here's a little ditty extolling the joys of Braille:
https://m.soundcloud.com/osbjazz/all-about-that-braille

3B) And in another musical endeavor of sorts, listen to the EloQuence synthesizer singing the Double Rainbow song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByexaQRThK0

4 The low-cost Braille display from National Braille Press isn't available yet, but they have created a web site to show its progress, and there is some to show:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/technology/braillepda.html

5) And while we're talking about Braille, this blog post bears the title "Braille Is Not Dead (So Stop Trying To Kill It):"
https://wheresyourdog.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/braille-is-not-dead-so-stop-trying-to-kill-it/

6) CAVI will offer a $100, six-week thorough course on Microsoft Word starting on GMT 3 July:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Word

7) Listen to a Spanish-language podcast regarding the efforts to ratify the Marrakech Treaty, aimed at eliminating barriers to the production and circulation of books so that blind people worldwide can benefit from them:
http://lovemospod.es/lovemos-pod-002-el-tratado-de-marrakech-con-pabloltfl/

8) Looking toward future changes, with the release of Windows 10 coming soon, here is a HowToGeek article delineating the differences Windows 7 users will see:
http://www.howtogeek.com/219034/here%E2%80%99s-what%E2%80%99s-different-about-windows-10-for-windows-7-users/

9) And Apple held its highly-publicized WWDC keynote address, so here is an AppleVis blog post summarizing what is to come:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-watch-ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-mac-os-x-news/recap-wwdc-2015

10) The VisionAware blog offers "Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired:"
http://www.visionaware.org/community/announcements/fathers-day-gifts-for-dads-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired/12

11) Purchasers of the 90-day trial copy of JAWS will now receive MAGic to evaluate as well:
http://sales.freedomscientific.com/Product/340624-001/JAWS_and_MAGic_Timed_License_%2890-Days%29.aspx

12) Waowtech.com gives us its list of 12 Best iOS Apps For The Blind And Visually Impaired:
http://waowtech.com/12-best-ios-apps-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/

13) If you want to take a more detailed look at the comparison of Android camera apps for the blind and visually impaired, here is the data that was used:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/comparison-of-different-camera-apps-for-low-vision-blind-users-with-data/

14) Dolphin Guide now includes the ability to search for and transfer NLS-BARD books through its easy menu system:
http://www.dolphinguide.com/

15) Computers for the Blind has another grant, in addition to the one mentioned last week, allowing SSI recipients to obtain refurbished desktop computers with adaptive software for $40:
http://www.computersfortheblind.net

16A) In news from Winston Chen of Voice Dream fame, he has now released Voice Dream Mail, which has received positive reviews:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/voice-dream-mail/id981232971

16B) And, if you want to test Voice Dream Reader on Android, write to:
michael@voicedream.com

17) Hear about Sonar GNU Linux, another Linux distribution accessible out of the box, in Episode 1524 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 4, 2015 - Volume 512

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 4, 2015 - Volume 512
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Because this promotion has been so widely embraced over the last 30 days Flying Blind, LLC has decided to extend it through the month of June!

We at Flying Blind, LLC are ecstatic to announce our 'More Cells For Less Money' promotion on the Brailliant BI 32-Cell Refreshable Braille Display, manufactured by our partner, HumanWare. This deal offers you an over $600.00 USD savings! It is our goal to get your fingertips on MORE Braille through MORE cells while keeping MORE dollars in your pocket! With its lightweight aluminum casing, high quality Braille, ergonomic thumb key navigation, and state-of-the-art Braille input keyboard, the Brailliant BI 32-Cell Refreshable Braille Display is not only functional with numerous devices it delivers a more optimal reading experience than its bulkier competitors!

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Greetings,

1) The monthly AppleVis newsletter, highlighting the most important additions to the site during May, came out right as June dawned:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-apple-watch-applevis-gaming-ios-apps-opinion-rumors/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

2) Freedom Scientific is giving attendees at the upcoming National Federation of the Blind convention very favorable prices for JAWS, such as $75 for a copy of JAWS 16 Home Edition, and others:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/Events/NFB

3) The release candidate for the second update to NVDA for 2015 is now available, with improved handling of MathMl and more power in Excel:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2015.2Released

4) Hear about the new features in the Ace Plus standalone reader, now sold by Freedom Scientific, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 9 June at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5A) As a follow-up to last week's blog post on Android camera apps for low-vision users, here is a post on Android camera apps for blind users:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/camera-apps-for-blind-users/

5B) And a podcast on the topic with more informal chat:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/camera_apps_for_blind_users.mp3

6) Thanks to a grant, those on SSI can receive copies of TypeAbility, a typing tutorial that goes with JAWS, for $25. Others can receive it for $50:
http://www.computersfortheblind.net

7) Freedom Scientific offers free webinars on using Facebook and online shopping sites with JAWS:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/FreeWebinars

8A) Meanwhile, the series on using Window-Eyes with complex web pages continues. Session One has been archived:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Webinar_Training/

8B) And Session Two is scheduled for Thursday, 18 June at 19:00 GMT. Visit this link at the time to attend:
http://www.aisquared.com/meeting

9) HIMS offers a webinar, "Using Assistive Technology to Start or Run a Business", on Tuesday, 9 June at 19:00 GMT. And remember that you can always write to ask what that means in your time zone if you don't know. Register here:
http://bit.ly/1KFuzke

10) Take a listen to Blind Bargains Qast 18:
http://blindbargains.com/b/12936

11) You can now use ZoomText Mac under subscription for $19.95 per month:
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/

12) If you want to take part in a survey to improve the accessibility of LinkedIn, write to:
accessibility@linkedin.com

13) Eyes on Success provides a two-part series on blind musicianship. Episode 1522 is an interview with the head of the Academy of Music for the Blind and creator of both CakeTalking and the aforementioned TypeAbility program. Episode 1523 is an interview on composing and performing music with a talented young musician:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Volume 511

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Volume 511
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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We at Flying Blind, LLC are pleased to close out our month of May "More Braille Cells for Less Money!" promotion by offering four (4) gently used Seika USB 40-Cell USB Braille Displays for $895.00 USD each. That's approximately $1,400.00 USD off of their suggested list price! This is a fantastic, plug-and-play USB Braille Display offering instant access to Windows PCs and Macs with their preferred screenreader! It's a great bargain on a rugged and versatile Braille display for any PC or Mac user. Price includes shipping within the Continental United States. We have four (4) of these units available for purchase and each will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to be the first to secure one or all of these units please use the "Buy Now" link included below. If you have additional questions or wish to purchase one or more of these units offline, please email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 today. We're standing by to assist!

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Greetings,

1) Read this article to learn about "Using a Computer with a Visual Impairment: A Beginner's Guide to Computer Accessibility:"
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/using-a-computer/123

2) Almost half a year has passed, so three erudite women gather on the Blind Bargains Cast to summarize it for us:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12897

3) The new improved Trekker Breeze GPS device is available from Humanware for $750:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12928

4) Humanware has also released KeySoft 9.5 for the Apex family of products, including streaming Internet radio, the ability to print UEB Math, Quick Notes, and Exam Mode:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/190520151427.htm

5A) Hadley has 3 NEW iFocus Instructional Videos that discuss how to navigate the Apple Watch. They can be found on Hadley's YouTube channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/hadleyschool

Meanwhile, it's time for the retrospectives, now that reviewers have had their Apple Watches for a month:

5B) First, from the NFB AT Blog:
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/apple-watch-review-%E2%80%93-your-mileage-may-vary-edition

5C) From 9to5Mac:
http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/25/a-skeptics-apple-watch-diary-one-month/

5D) From ZDNet:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-watch-its-time-will-come/

5E) And from iMore:
http://www.imore.com/apple-watch-one-month-later

Two new games are available for iOS users:

6A) Audio Rally Racing:
http://www.applevis.com/forum/os-x-mac-app-discussion/new-audiogame-audio-rally-racing-available-full-version

6B) And from the makers of DiceWorld, Premium Video Poker:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/premium-video-poker/id989641925?ls=1&mt=8

7A) The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers resource pages for learning iOS:
https://www.tsbvi.edu/ios-device-resources

7B) And Mac OS:
http://www.tsbvi.edu/apple-os-resources

8) NFB Newsline has added four magazines to its service. For cooking enthusiasts, choose from AllRecipes and Diabetic Living. To keep up with breaking news on the mobile front, follow Apple Insider and Android Central:
https://nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service

9) Get two presentations during one TekTalk program, on GMT Tuesday, 2 June at 00:00. First, learn about MD Support and their indoor wayfinding app, LowVis Guide, designed for navigating around large conference venues. Then, hear what's new with Dolphin Systems:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

10A) Talking DOSBox has moved:
http://batsupport.com/unsupported/dosbox/

10B) You can join a mailing list to discuss it by sending a message to:
talking-dosbox+subscribe@googlegroups.com

11) Learn about camera apps for low vision users of Android from the latest installment to the 22Point Blog:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/new-blog-post-android-camera-apps-for-low-vision

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Volume 510

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Volume 510
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to offer One Refurbished Braille Sense U2 32-Cell Notetaker with Braille Keyboard in fantastic condition to the Braille user wishing to benefit from notetaking know-how while keeping in step with mainstream Apps. The U2 provides unparalleled Braille access to PowerPoint and Excel files, connects you to the Cloud via Dropbox, and puts the wide world of social networking at your fingertips! And all bundled in a sleek, but rugged design that keeps its users ahead of the fast-changing pace of their sighted peers! This unit ships with an optional dictionary and thesaurus onboard the unit, and has been recently serviced by the manufacturer. Throw in free shipping within the 48 Continental United States, which we do, and you'll save over $1,600.00 USD on this notetaking powerhouse! We currently have only one of these units in need of a good home so if you wish to be the first to secure it please utilize the "Buy Now" button included below. If you have questions, or would prefer to purchase this unit offline, please email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 today. We're standing by to assist!

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Greetings,

1A) We continue the discussion about the Apple Watch with another post from Molly, the deaf-blind user who finds it to be quite an asset:
http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/awareness-accessibility-and-technology-independence-1

1B) Meanwhile, another user vacillates about buying the watch and finally decides not to keep it:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-opinion/revisiting-reasons-why-i-wasn-t-going-buy-apple-watch-still-did

1C) And an upcoming Seminar Hadley, on Wednesday, 27 May at 18:00 GMT will explore the accessibility features that are built into the Apple Watch. The seminar will be recorded, as all are, but you can register to take part in person:
http://bit.ly/1R5gKPW

2) Part One of a free webinar series on navigating and interacting with complex web pages using Window-Eyes will be offered on Thursday, 28 May at 18:00 GMT. Attendance is first-come, first-serve, and the session will be recorded. Here is the link to attend:
http://www.aisquared.com/meeting

3) Some users say that the easiest way to find Braille and recorded materials from NLS is by using the new search built-in to Leasey. Of course, you can't play the recordings on the PC, but you can find them:
http://www.leaseycentral.com/node/17

4) Chris Hofstader is back, this time expatiating on "The Irony Of Inaccessible Music Technologies". The post and resulting discussion provide lots of information:
http://chrishofstader.com/the-irony-of-inaccessible-music-technologies/

5) Here is a page with tutorials for using Replay Media Capture 6 to record various content from the Internet:
http://blindreplay.blogspot.com/2015/05/jaws-nvda-what-is-this-replay-media.html

6A) In the Android realm, "There’s Another Screen Reader, and it Wants to Shine on Your Android Device:"
http://www.coolblindtech.com/?p=6550

6B) Meanwhile, Talkback Version 4.2 has been officially released with a Suspend Shortcut, Customized Gestures, and No More Circle Menus:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12870

7) Here is a radio story on a product named Lechal from Ducere Technologies, which uses a haptic interface to enable a user to receive information such as GPS navigational updates via shoe inserts:
http://reidmymind.com/reid-my-mind-radio-walk-on-the-wild-side/Regards

8) "Out and About: Our Favorite Travel Apps" is a new $9 book from National Braille Press detailing over 24 iOS apps that enhance travel by the blind:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/APPSOUT.html

9) Besides containing a review of the aforementioned book, the May 2015 issue of AccessWorld contains reviews of the New ScanJig Pro Scanning Stand of Audio Hijack 3, among other content:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

10) Hear about blind golf in Eyes on Success Program #1521:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) "Apple TV 3rd Generation with VoiceOver” is Jonathan Mosen's latest $19.95 e-book. Learn about the book, and an available package deal, here:
http://mosen.org/index.php/mosen-consulting-ebook-apple-tv-3rd-generation-with-voiceover/

12) Talking Dosbox has a lot of free games, and efforts are underway to add other vintage programs:
https://www.sendspace.com/file/nkdyz7

13) "Wearability: Wearable Computers and Accessibility" is an EASI free webinar to take place on Thursday, 18 June at 18:00 GMT:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CVOHh7PngcvrVX6iBQWD7bddqDt4GzkzS11n-rp3KWQ/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

14) EASI has 2 online fee-based courses in June. Online and month-long both are asynchronous, meaning you access the lessons any time from anywhere and have a month to cover the content:

A) Barrier-Rree Information Technology:
http://easi.cc/workshops/adaptit.htm

B) And Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content:
http://easi.cc/workshops/text.htm

15) The latest Tech Doctor podcast bears the intriguing title, "Tell me When:"
http://www.dr-carter.com

16) AppleVis has posted three "Guides," text articles, for new iPhone users:

A) Visualizing the Home Screen through VoiceOver, for First Timers:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-ipad-iphone/visualizing-home-screen-through-voiceover-first-timers

B) Visualizing the Control Center through VoiceOver, for First Timers:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-ipad-iphone-voiceover/visualizing-control-center-through-voiceover-first-timers

C) Visualizing the Notification Center through VoiceOver, for First Timers:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-ipad-iphone-voiceover/visualizing-notification-center-through-voiceover-first-timers

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Volume 509

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Volume 509
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Learn about a new audio tutorial for the Victor Reader Stream on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 19 May at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2A) Learn about the Android magnifier, and how it compares to iOS and Windows offerings, on this week's 22 Point Podcast:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/Magnifier.mp3

2B) And blog:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/using-android-magnification-gestures/

3A) This post from Medium bears the compelling title: "How the Apple Watch Cured My iPhone Addiction:"
https://medium.com/@grinblo/how-the-apple-watch-cured-by-iphone-addiction-e57cd7217039

3B) Robert Carter talks to David Woodbridge about the Apple Watch on the latest Tech Doctor podcast:
http://drcarter.com/

4) Here is a well-considered article from OpenSource.com entitled "How Linux Accessibility Tools Need Improvement:"
https://opensource.com/life/15/5/accessibility-linux

5) Facebook apparently provides monthly accessibility updates. Here is the one from April:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-accessibility/april-2015-monthly-update/907890739254652

6) Eyes on Success podcast 1520 addresses, "Creating Accessible Graphs and Charts:"
http://eyesonsuccess.net

7) Starting on GMT 4 June, CAVI will hold a three-week, $60 short course on using NVDA:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.NVDA

We'll close out a fairly quiet news week with information about a couple AppleVis podcasts:

8A) The Blind Swordsman, A Self-Voicing Audio Game for Mac OS X:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/blind-swordsman-self-voicing-audio-game-mac-os-x

8B) Universalis for iOS: Psalms, Prayers and Readings for Roman Catholics:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/universalis-ios-psalms-prayers-and-readings-roman-catholics

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Volume 508

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Volume 508
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Here is a great blog post about how one deaf-blind person benefits from the Apple Watch:
http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days

2) Tim Noonan is updating his "Apple Watch Accessibility with Voiceover Review" as he has new experiences or learns of new resources:
http://timnoonan.com.au/tim-noonans-apple-watch-access-chronology/

3) The new, free accessible video player from AFB can be used both as an imbedded YouTube player or as a standard player:
http://www.afb.org/info/programs-and-services/technology-evaluation/creating-accessible-websites/download-afbs-accessible-html5-video-player/1235

4) NVDA developer Joseph Lee has written a post, "NVDA: In preparation for a milestone in April 2016: What is happening, what needs to be done, now and for years to come:"
http://joslee22590.blogspot.com/2015/05/nvda-in-preparation-for-milestone-in.html?spref=tw

5A) Hadley offers a series of free audio recordings available on CD that provide seniors with the tips and tricks needed to continue living well with low vision. It appears these cannot be downloaded or streamed, though:
http://lowvisionfocus.org/lvf.asp

5B) And visit Hadley’s YouTube Channel to find their new iFocus “Creating a Folder in iOS" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/xnNsJwXTWdw

6) United In Stride is a tool for uniting visually impaired runners and sighted guides. Both, from anywhere in the US, should register on the site, so that those wishing to run can find guides to assist:
http://unitedinstride.com/

7) A recent Tweet reminded me that the Odin VI, a cell phone designed for the blind, is still alive and in use:
http://odinmobile.com/phones/odin-vi-unlocked/

8) Replay Radio, from Applian Technology, records radio stations, shows and downloads podcasts, and works with JAWS and NVDA. To obtain your $14.95 one year subscription blind discount link, $15 off the regular price, email:
petrogia@gmail.com

9) Recent entries on the NFB AT Blog include "Drafts – Flexible, Accessible, and Fun Text Editor for iOS:"
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/drafts-%E2%80%93-flexible-accessible-and-fun-text-editor-ios

9B) And "The Sighted Guide to VoiceOver:"
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/sighted-guide-voiceover

10) It's always advisable to check this month's AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for April 2015:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-watch-applevis-braille-ios-ios-apps-mac-apps-mac-os-x-news/applevis-unlimited-whats

11) The Blind Bargains team has brought out a podcast special, "BBQ Special: CSUN AT 30:"
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=1281

12) From Touch Arcade, we read the post, "Blind Gamers Are Embracing Developers Who Have an Eye for Accessibility"
http://toucharcade.com/2015/05/06/blind-gamers-are-embracing-developers-who-have-an-eye-for-accessibility/

13) This gent successfully reads Braille tactually while driving, and therein may be a lesson for some of the people who lose their vision later in life:
https://nationalbraillepress.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/intoxicated-by-braille/

14) RS Games seeks input via a short survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPW8BM5

15A) This week's podcast from 22-Point concerns the unboxing process on a new Android device, and also covers the steps to factory reset a device prior to handing it on:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/Unboxing.mp3

15B) And here is the blog post on the same topics:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/unboxing-a-new-device/

16) Eyes on Success #1519 concerns informal advocacy:
http://eyesonsucc.net

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Volume 507

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Volume 507
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Marco gives us an informative "Update on Office Solutions in the Browser and on Mobile:"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/04/28/an-update-on-office-solutions-in-the-browser-and-on-mobile/

2) A while back we reported on the campaign to generate funds for NVDA Remote Access. The project is moving along. Here is an update:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12751

3A) Upcoming free webinar trainings from Freedom Scientific include a two-part series on using JAWS with Facebook and sessions on using JAWS with the Target and Amazon sites:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification

3B) Also from FS, FSCast #107 helps us learn about new keyboard support for Facebook in JFW 16, as well as features available to users of the Leasey package that enhances JAWS:
http://freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

3C) And our intrepid blogger Chris Hofstader asks probing questions about the JAWS End-User License Agreement, with lots of spirited discussion resulting:
http://chrishofstader.com/what-did-i-just-agree-to/

4) AFB offers a new $49.00 webinar, "iPad for Babies and Toddlers: Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments:"
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eiPadforBabies&ruling=Yes

5A) People have begun to receive their Apple Watches, and are discussing their experiences. An example is "A skeptic's Apple Watch Diary: Day 4, The Halfway Point:"
http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/27/a-skeptics-apple-watch-diary/

5B) Huffpost Technology suggests, "Not Sure What An Apple Watch Is For? Try These 12 Apps:"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/24/apple-watch-apps_n_7127394.html

5C) Eric Alba tells us "Some Things I've Done With Apple Watch in the Last 11 Hours"
http://log.ericalba.org/post/117307478867/some-things-ive-done-with-apple-watch-in-the-last

5D) This week's edition of the Blind Bargains Apple rundown is aptly titled "The Apple Watch Edition:"
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12758

5E) Finally, the AppleVis Podcasts page contains a growing number of demonstration podcasts:
http://www.applevis.com/podcasts

6A) This site doubtless has lots of interesting content in its own right:
http://www.appleworld.today/

6B) And also has an Accessible Apple page:
http://www.appleworld.today/blog/?category=Accessible+Apple

7) Learn what's going to be offered in the new Keysoft 9.5 for the Apex product line on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 May at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8A) A podcast comparing how app layouts differ from mobile phone to tablet, directed mostly to speech users, is available at:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/PhoneVSTabletPodcast.mp3

8B) And a blog post on the same subject, directed to users with low vision, is available at:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/comparison-of-tablet-vs-phone-for-large-print/

9) Netflix has begun adding audio-described programming fairly rapidly. Here is a link that includes a listing of what was available at the time of writing:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12753

10) Check out this short video on YouTube of Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC paying a visit to the FAVI last week, Aruba's Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired:
http://youtu.be/Yw1CJHU8kCo

11A) Some of our regular podcast purveyors are right on schedule. Our two weekly discussion / information casts, Serotalk at:
http://serotalk.com/2015/04/27/serotalk-228-go-freeze-yourself/

11B) And Blind Bargains at:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12722

Blind Bargains will probably have another shortly after we publish.

11C) Cool Blind Tech has several Apple Watch podcasts as well as others:
http://www.coolblindtech.com/

11D) And Eyes on Success follows up last week's interview with Jim Fruchterman with more about Bookshare's global reach and various initiatives:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) National Industries for the Blind is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to an individual who is blind and pursuing an education in computer science, information systems, or a related field. For information, email:
kgallagher@nib.org

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Volume 506

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Volume 506
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Mac|Life offers us "22 Super-Useful System Tips for Mac OS X Yosemite:"
http://www.maclife.com/article/features/22-super-useful-system-tips-mac-os-x-yosemite

2A) Here is a blog post about using Google Now:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/using-google-now-in-2015-part-1/

2B) And two podcasts about using it with TalkBack:
http://inclusiveandroid.com/?q=content/using-google-now-or-ok-google-warren
http://inclusiveandroid.com/?q=content/using-google-now-ok-google-quentin

3A) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus video, "Using the Safari Reader:"
https://youtu.be/OQL1EwNnte4

3B) Hadley is also offering a series of e-seminars on using Twitter. The first one, on using Twitter as a blind person, has already passed and will be archived. One on using Twitter with magnification technology is coming up:
http://hadley.edu/SeminarUpcomings.asp

4) We mentioned the Easy Table Navigation add-on for NVDA previously. It has now been officially released:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/easyTableNavigator.en.html

5) Last week, we shared information about a customer service problem with Humanware. We're pleased to see that they have successfully resolved the issue and outlined strategies for avoiding such problems in the future:
http://buddy.brannan.name/blog/2015/04/humanware-final-resolution/

6) Brian Hartgen is looking to offer a 12-hour, $450 course on JAWS scripting if interest is sufficient. Write with questions or expressions of interest to:
jaws@hartgen.org

7) This PC World article, of course without reference to accessibility issues, encourages us to "Stop typing and start dictating documents in Windows:"
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2834835/stop-typing-and-start-dictating-documents-in-windows.html

8) Read more about Verizon Wireless's commitment to accessibility here, along with info about their accessibility line:
http://www.verizonwireless.com/aboutus/accessibility/index.html

9A) the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library offers a free "Intro to Facebook Workshop", aimed at beginners, on Saturday, April 25 from 17:00-19:00 GMT. Remote participation via Skype is available on a first come, first serve basis. Register ASAP to reserve your spot by emailing:
chanceyfleet@mypl.org

9B) For a list of upcoming programs, follow:
http://www.nypl.org/locations/heiskell

10) Hear what's new from Dancing Dots, purveyors of accessible music software and other related services, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 28 April at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

11) EASI offers a free webinar on Adobe Connect meetings, web conferencing, on Tuesday, 28 April at 18:00 GMT:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#april

12) You might want to investigate the "Resource Guide for the Physically Blind:"
http://www.physicaltherapists.com/articles/resource-guide-for-the-physically-blind.html

13) The discussion in Serotalk podcast 27 has led to a blog post and good discussion, with a title with which I tend to agree, "No Braille? No Literacy!"
http://serotalk.com/2015/04/22/no-braille-no-literacy/

In conclusion, here are some podcasts of interest for the week:

14A) Eyes on Success #1517 consists of an interview with OCR promoter, entrepreneur and philanthropoist Jim Fruchterman:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14B) The newest Tech Doctor podcast is called "Keeping Up in the Information Age:"
http://www.dr-carter.com

14C) Aaron Linson discusses how he uses the KNFBReader app:
https://soundcloud.com/aaronlinson/knfb-reader-how-do-you-use-it

14D) A Walk-Through And Demonstration Of Voice Dream Writer For iOS:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/walk-through-and-demonstration-voice-dream-writer-ios

14E) A Walk-Through And Demonstration Of Voice Recorder HD For iOS:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/walk-through-and-demonstration-voice-recorder-hd-ios

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Volume 505
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Greetings,

1) The April 2015 issue of AccessWorld contains the following articles:

A) "Facebook Accessibility for Users with Visual Impairments: What Facebook Wants You to Know"
B) "The Nexus 5 Claria Vox from Odin Mobile: A Talking Smartphone with a Keypad"
C) "An Evaluation of the iBrailler Notes Braille Notetaking App from iBrailler LLC"
D) "Spring Cleaning for your Mac: Apps to Help You Clean Out the Virtual Cobwebs"
E) "Banking on a Plan for Inclusion at JP Morgan Chase."

Simply head on over to the AccessWorld link below and use heading navigation to find the desired article:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) Read "Magnification Items for Visually Impaired, a Guide:"
http://www.project-ray.com/blog/visualy-impaired/magnification-items-visually-impaired-guide

3) Read one person's take on the present and future of GPS for the blind in "Navigating Blind:"
http://www.equipmentlink.org/blog/?p=2905

4) SeroTalk podcast #227 is out, and this podcast seems to generate a lot of thought-provoking email responses:
http://serotalk.com/2015/04/13/serotalk-227-these-raised-dots-spell-controversy/

5) This blogger takes issue with the way Humanware provided customer service to him:
http://buddy.brannan.name/blog/2015/04/what-to-do-about-humanware/

Now that people can order Apple watches, here are some articles that should help you decide whether or not you want to own one:

6A) An In-Depth Look at Apple Watch Accessibility Features:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-assistive-technology-news/depth-look-apple-watch-accessibility-features

6B) 13 Reasons Why I Want an Apple Watch:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-opinion/13-reasons-why-i-want-apple-watch

6C) Hands-On with the Apple Watch:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-assistive-technology-news-opinion-reviews/hands-apple-watch

6D) Inconvenient Truths About The Apple Watch:
https://medium.com/@flyosity/inconvenient-truths-about-the-apple-watch-11bafa44551b

6E) The Apple Watch Official Accessibility Page:
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/watch/

7) The other new development in Apple land is the The new Macbook, here you can read, "New MacBook - First Impressions:"
http://www.iaccessibility.net/report/the-new-macbook-first-impressions

8) The ever-popular Guideposts Magazine is now available on NFB Newsline. To learn more or to comment write to them at:
NFBNewsline@nfb.org

9A) With the release of an audio-described version of Marvel's Daredevil, Netflix announced that it will begin providing movies with audio description:
http://blog.netflix.com/

9B) Learn "How to Enable Audio Description on Netflix for iPhone, Android, and Apple TV: "
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12652

9C) And this podcast is called "Netflix On Apple TV: How To Access The Audio Description Now Available On Select Titles:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/netflix-apple-tv-how-access-audio-description-now-available-select-titles

10A) Several new $90 downloadable textbooks are available from Access Technology Institute: "An Immersion into Word 2013 with JFW 16:"
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/word13-jfw16.htm

10B) "An Immersion into Word 2013 with Window-Eyes 9:"
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/word13-we9.htm

10C) "An Immersion into JAWS for Windows 16:"
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/jfw16.htm

10D) "An Immersion into Window-Eyes 9:"
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/Window-Eyes9.htm

11) The latest thoughts from Chris Hofstader take the form of "The Foggy Third Party Screen Reader Issue:"
http://chrishofstader.com/the-foggy-third-party-screen-reader-issue-2/

12) Joseph Lee continues to bring his NVDA tutorial up to date, and the next two chapters are now up:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en

13A) For those wishing to track the development of Windows 10, this blog post discusses its low-vision features:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/initial_look_at_windows_10/

13B) This podcast focuses on the many voices available in Windows 10:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/windows_10_podcast.mp3

13C) And here are some easy-to-see Windows cursors:
http://www.22point.com.au/cursors.html

14) Learn about the Phonak Compilot, a remote control device for the hearing-impaired, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 21 April at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

And finally, some podcasts for your informative pleasure:

15A) Learn about J-Say, J-Dictate and Leasey on Eyes on Success #1516:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

15B) New podcasts on Core Recovery for Windows are available at:
http://levtec.linkpc.net/files/corecpc/

15C) Here's a Victor Stream demo:
https://soundcloud.com/aaronlinson/victor-reader-stream-demo

15D) Blind Bargains Cast 11:
http://blindbargains.com/b/12633

15E) And the New Tech Doctor Podcast: Amadeus Pro Maestro with Jonathan Mosen:
http://www.dr-carter.com

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Volume 504

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Greetings,

1A) This is quite the week for opinions, and counter opinions. Mike Calvo and other members of the Serotalk Podcast team got together and covered a variety of topics, including the likely failure of the forthcoming Apple Watch:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2015/04/01/triple-click-home-episode-37-watch-for-aliens/

1B) The Blind Educator doesn't agree with everything in the podcast:
http://blindeducator.com/2015/04/08/new-age-or-revival-of-an-old-era-serotalk/

2A) Meanwhile, the April 2015 issue of The Braille Monitor contains an article entitled "Accessibility at Microsoft: More Challenges than Victories:"
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm15/bm1504/bm150403.htm

2B) And our reliable voice of independent thought, Chris Hofstader, while agreeing with portions of the article, takes the author and the organization he represents to task for most of it:
http://chrishofstader.com/accessibility-and-nfbcs-more-questions-than-results/

3) Of late there have been a number of articles discussing the pros and cons of Guide Dog use. Here are a few to get you involved in the conversation, if you'd like to be:
3A) https://wheresyourdog.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/go-away-guide-dog-goop/
3B) https://blindbeader.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/all-blind-people-should-have-a-guide-dog/
3C) http://serotalk.com/2015/03/18/5-reasons-why-guide-dogs-are-a-terrible-idea/

4) Leaving all this seriousness behind for just a moment, somebody out there has both excellent creativity and audio editing talent and too much time on their hands. The result is "Microsoft Sam in the War against Mac Alex Part 1:"
http://dl.twup.me/1428086811/Microsoft%20Sam%20in%20the%20War%20against%20Mac%20Alex%20Part%201.mp3

5) CAVI will offer a four-week, $80 course on Microsoft Excel starting on May 5 or 6 depending on where you are in the world:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Excel

6) From the Vision Loss and Personal Recovery Blog comes the informative article "Video Magnifiers: An Expert Leads You Through The Maze:"
http://www.visionlossandpersonalrecovery.com/video-magnifiers-an-expert-leads-you-through-the-maze/

7A) On the Hadley Instructional Videos page you can find around 40 iFocus videos for learning to use VoiceOver on the iPhone:
http://www.hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos.asp

7B) Unfortunately, their latest iFocus video hasn't hade it to that page yet. It's viewable on YouTube, and concerns the dictation function:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcDKyhh-5Vs&feature=youtu.be

8A) Learn about the new Blaze ET from HIMS on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 14 April at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8B) Meanwhile, HIMS' next webinar is called "Teaching Tips from TVI's (Teachers of the Visually Impaired) for TVI's," and will be held on GMT Tuesday, 14 April at 19:00 GMT:
http://hims-inc.com/webinars/

9) Accessible Spotify, iTunes and Facebook are Now Available in the Leasey 1.1 Update:
http://www.leaseycentral.com/leaseyupdate #Leasey

10) If you have wanted a layer just for navigating table cells similar to the table layer offered by other screen readers, it is now possible in NVDA with the Easy Table Navigator Add-On:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/easyTableNavigator.en.html

11) The iPad has been among us for five years now, and this fact figures prominently in the Blind Bargains Weekly Apple Rundown:
http://blindbargains.com/b/12596

12) Eyes on Success has completed a two-part series on sports. Episode 1514 dealt with beep baseball, while 1515 concerns cricket for the blind:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

13A) 22 Point is a new venture aiming to create accessible apps:
http://www.22point.com.au/

13B) Their first Android game is called RapiTap:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.twentytwopoint.rapitap

13C) And here is a podcast about it:
http://www.22point.com.au/apps.html#audio

14) The "Guide to Using Android" is an e-book by Aaron Linson, available for $3.95 through Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Using-Android-Aaron-Linson-ebook/dp/B00UUN1ZPG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428460360&sr=8-1&keywords=the+guide+to+using+android

Wrapping up with a couple of podcasts:

15A) Maccessibility 81 is out:
http://maccessibility.net/2015/04/03/mrtp-81-the-hearts-arent-labeled/

15B) And Accessible Devices #43 runs for over 20 minutes:
http://accessible-devices.com/a11y-devices-podcast-43/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Volume 503

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Greetings,

We just missed April Fool's Day, but here are some informational resources you can store up for next year:

1A) Mental Floss brings us, "6 of Ben Franklin's Greatest Hoaxes and Pranks:"
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62668/6-ben-franklins-greatest-hoaxes-and-pranks

1B) 7 Easy April Fools' Pranks You Can Pull Off At Work:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62674/7-easy-april-fools-pranks-you-can-pull-work

1C) "11 of the Greatest Class Pranks in History:"
http://mentalfloss.com/article/61629/11-greatest-class-pranks-history

1D) And how can we pass up, "The Complete Lifehacker April Fools' IT Tricks Guide", courtesty of Lifehacker Australia:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/03/the-complete-lifehacker-april-fools-it-tricks-guide/

1E) And finally, this page links to excerpts from the book, Prankopedia, as well as other potentially fun things:
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/03/31/Prankopedia/

2) The Playstation 4 game system has a text-to-speech feature, and this blogger is enthusiastic about its possibilities:
http://www.brandoncole.net/?p=218

3) The handy AppleVis monthly summary of the most important posts, updates, apps and podcasts is up right at the beginning of the month:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-assistive-technology-braille-gaming-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

4A) This balanced VisionAware post offers what it claims to offer: "Insights about Using an iPhone: Pros and Cons for Blind and Visually Impaired Users:"
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/insights-about-using-an-iphone-pros-and-cons-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-users/12

4B) And this one from Last Child offers, "The Low-Vision Experience with an iPad:"
http://www.last-child.com/the-low-vision-experience-with-an-ipad/

5) The Trekker Breeze GPS device is getting an upgrade, and you can hear about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 7 April at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the all new iFocus "Using Dropbox" Instructional Video. This video includes all of the latest updates to the Dropbox app and can be found at:
https://youtu.be/5s2_pjYzAU4

7) Freedom Scientific is hosting training in multiple cities. Classes include Webpage Testing with JAWS, Creating Accessible Documents and Writing Scripts. For more information and to find a location:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/Training/JAWS-training-workshops.asp

8A) In conclusion, there is a new podcast, as well as a variety of blog posts, available on the Serotalk site:
http://serotalk.com/

8B) And a couple of new podcasts from the Blind Bargains team:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

8C) Triple Click Home, Episode 37 is available:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2015/04/01/triple-click-home-episode-37-watch-for-aliens/

8D) And the latest Tech Doctor podcast is called, "Everything You Need to Know About Using the Mac :"
http://www.dr-carter.com

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Volume 502

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The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

We presented a wealth of resources covering this year's CSUN conference in Volume 500, available at http://bit.ly/1M1xJUc. We'll conclude that coverage this week by opening with a few CSUN retrospectives.

1A) Chris Hofstader offers his usual thought-provoking look at the Conference proceedings and participants:
http://chrishofstader.com/csun-2015-report-traditional-leadership/

1B) This recap contains links to many presentation slides in addition to experiential musings:
http://www.dennisdeacon.com/web-design/accessibility/2015-csun-wrap-up/

1C) One of the topics in Chris Hofstater's post was math accessibility, and you can get the latest MathPlayer updates and news here:
https://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/

2A) The $25 "iFeelaGrams: Tactile Screenshots for iPad and iOS8 (IFEEL-IPAD-8)" Book has been released by National Braille Press for people to use to supplement other iOS8 learning materials:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IFEEL-IPAD-8.html

2B) You can learn more about National Braille Press in Episode 1513 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

3) Here is the transcript of another interview with the developers of "Be My Eyes:"
https://eone-time.com/blog/story-behind-be-my-eyes-app/

4) Learn about the new innovations in Window-Eyes Version 9.1, as well as some notion of what the company plans to incorporate into the program in the future, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 31 March at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) NFB Connect, the NFB App for iOS, is now available:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nfb-connect/id968434124

6) A mailing list for the purpose of discussing accessibility issues with Internet-based TV services has been created. To join, send a message with the subject "Subscribe" to:
blind-internet-tv-request@freelists.org

7) This "Life Unscripted" post, entitled "You'll burn the House Down! This Blind Girl's Guide to Cooking," offers useful tips and perspectives:
https://blindbeader.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/youll-burn-the-house-down-this-blind-girls-guide-to-cooking/

8) This page explains how you can turn on the TalkBack screen reading application on your Android tablet or mobile device:
https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/android-kitkat-4-4-2-talkback/

9) The first three chapters of the updated tutorial on NVDA, for use with NVDA 2015.1, are now available, with the rest to follow:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/

10) With revision 893 of the JAWS scripts for Skype, typing indicators and chat focus work better in Skype 7.2:
http://www.dlee.org/skype/

11) The Winter 2015 issue of 508 Express includes tips on how to hide screen content; tips on making sure lists are structured properly; information about the growing field of mobile apps; and the upcoming refresh to Section 508:
http://www.section508.va.gov/support/newsletter/508XPressVolume14Winter2015.pdf

12) This HowToGeek article is called "Web Apps Have Keyboard Shortcuts, Too - And Many Work Almost Everywhere:"
http://www.howtogeek.com/211680/web-apps-have-keyboard-shortcuts-too-and-many-work-almost-everywhere/

In conclusion, this week's crop of AppleVis podcasts include:

13A) Introducing Blackjack Free For iOS:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/introducing-blackjack-free-ios

13B) Glide For iOS: Live Video Messaging, Chat & Text:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/glide-ios-live-video-messaging-chat-text

13C) Quick Tip: How to Print to a PDF File on Mac OS X Using VoiceOver:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-how-print-pdf-file-mac-os-x-using-voiceover

13D) And Google Translate For iOS: Translate With Your Voice, Camera, Keyboard Or Handwriting:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/google-translate-ios-translate-your-voice-camera-keyboard-or-handwriting

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Volume 501

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Volume 501
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Anna Dresner discusses some iOS8 concepts from her newly-released NBP book on the subject, and takes questions, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 March at 00:00. Archives of this and all other Tek Talk presentations are available soon after the live webcast:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2) There's a good chance that at least part of the process necessary to carry this out is not accessible, but it is nonetheless intriguing that you can use the My Own Voice site from Acapela to produce a speech synthesizer using your voice. This video explains:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo1-LVKZXuU&feature=youtu.be

3A) A lot of spectator sports are in season now or soon will be, in North America and elsewhere. The aim of the Accessible Sports Survey is to collect data related to persons with disabilities and their interest in sports:
http://terrillthompson.com/sports/survey/

3B) Meanwhile, here is a post about the largely fruitless search for an accessible NCAA tournament bracket:
http://blog.kellyford.org/appreciate-terrill-thompsons-work-on-accessible-ncaa-brackets/

3C) And a bracket that is accessible, just in time for the Big Dance:
http://terrillthompson.com/ncaa/bracket.php

4) It's the 20th anniversary of the JAWS screen reader, and here is the well-produced video that Freedom Scientific has created with input from users:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DYjkF59jeo

5) The March 2015 issue of AccessWorld contains "A Bit About Yahoo's Accessibility Team," "Voice Dream Writer: An iOS Editor with Accessibility Extras," "Choice of Robots from Choice of Games LLC: A Game Review," "A Review of the Pocket Yoga, CARROT Fit, and CARROT Hunger iOS Fitness Apps," and "Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro, by Jonathan Mosen: A Book Review:"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

6A) The Apple Watch doesn't appear until April but people are talking about it a lot. Since the conversations, if not the watch, are available, here are a few examples. This post is called "Covering the Apple Watch Launch as a Blind Apple Fan":
http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/apple-watch-blind-low-vision-users

6B) This AppleVis post covers the watch and other topics of the Spring Forward event:
http://applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-watch-ios-news/recap-apples-spring-forward-event-march-2015c

6C) And this Cool Blind Tech blog post asks: "What Does The Apple Watch Mean To VoiceOver Users?
http://www.coolblindtech.com/what-does-the-apple-watch-mean-to-voiceover-users/

7) Now people with disabilities in six countries can receive assistance from the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk via both phone and chat, and in another five countries via phone:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2015/03/10/disability-answer-desk-phone-support-expands.aspx

8A) Finishing our wrap-up from this year's CSUN conference, there is an article in the aforementioned issue of AccessWorld:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

8B) Here are slides from the Digital Accessibility Legal Update: http://www.slideshare.net/lflegal/csun-2015-digital-accessibility-legal-update

8C) This Web Axe page contains a podcast and a lot of potentially interesting links:
http://www.webaxe.org/csun15-review-interviews-podcast-101/

8D) This Blind Access Journal podcast features Prime Time, a program from a CSUN exhibitor which is under development:
http://blindaccessjournal.com/2015/03/prime-time-power-rethinking-windows-accessibility/

8E) And Blind Bargains has added another interview to their audio site, and their Podcast 8 was partly concerned with CSUN:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

9) This is the transcript of a live chat with the creator of the Be My Eyes app:
https://medium.com/@MakerHunt/today-we-have-michael-flurap-who-is-an-awesome-designer-and-helped-design-be-my-eyes-e2596addb8f2

10) Chris Hofstader's opinions always offer food for thought. This post is called "Anarchy, Leadership and NVDA:"
http://chrishofstader.com/anarchy-leadership-and-nvda/

11A) Two Freelist mailing lists may interest different readers. To join these, write to the indicated address and put "Subscribe" in the subject field. The first exists for the discussion of the accessibility of antivirus programs:
av-a11y-request@freelists.org

11B) The other focusses on the Raspberry Linux device which can be made accessible and is becomming powerful enough to be useful:
raspberry-vi-request@freelists.org

12A) Spotlight Text is a popular specialized reading app for users with low vision, incorporated into Bookshare. This Cool Blind Tech podcast discusses the app:
http://www.coolblindtech.com/the-freedom-to-read-a-spotlight-interview-with-the-developer-of-spotlight-text/

12B) For those with Bookshare questions, this short video discusses eligibility:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBLmimtj3RE&feature=youtu.be

13A) The March, 2015 edition of The Braille Monitor contains this article: "Access Technology: Spreading the Word and the Knowledge:"
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm15/bm1503/bm150310.htm

13B) Also from the Federation, recordings from the 2014 Web Accessibility Day are available:
https://nfb.org//web-accessibility-day

14) The Direct to Player app is now ready, so Canadians can read accessible audio books on their iPhones:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/direct-to-player/id952647612?mt=8

15) Mike Arrigo has begun creation of a new set of Mac tutorial recordings, and part one is ready:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/mac-tutorial-part-one/

16) A new guide posted to the Inclusive Android page addresses, "Browsing the web with Chrome and Talkback:"
http://inclusiveandroid.tk/?q=content%2Fbrowsing-web-chrome-and-talkback&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

17) AFB offers a series of four $49 webinars in the "Moving to Learn Series: Adapted PE for Students with Visual Impairments:"
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eMtoLSERIES&ruling=Yes

18) Archives of the recent webinar, "Explore the New Features of Window-Eyes 9" are available. Incidentally, we erred last week in suggesting that one must purchase the 60-Day Window-Eyes Demo. It is free:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Webinar_Training/

Finally, a couple of regular podcasters are at work as usual:

19A) Eyes on Success concentrates on "Preparing for Vision Loss" in post 1512:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

19B) Serotalk podcast 225 awaits you:
http://serotalk.com/2015/03/16/serotalk-225-mirror-mirror/

19C) And a variety of new blog posts are also available on the Serotalk site:
http://serotalk.com/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Volume 500

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Volume 500
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

We would like to open this issue by extending our sincerest gratitude to all of you, our subscribers, for making this, our 500th Issue of Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, possible. We look forward to celebrating our one thousandth issue with you 500 issues from now! Thanks for reading!

For those who wish to keep up with what went on at the recent CSUN conference, we open this week with a wealth of means by which you can do so:

1A) Blind Bargains has the most usable audio coverage, with more than 20 interviews with exhibitors, provided individually so that one can easily listen to those of interest:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

1B) Serotalk offers four packages of CSUN interviews, with each recording containing several interviews, making it more difficult to zero in on a particular interview, but their packages contain interviews with exhibitors not included within the Blind Bargains listing:
http://serotalk.com/

Meanwhile, AFB's Crista Earl authored two informative blog posts:

1C) "Cameras for Everybody"
http://www.afb.org/blog/afb-blog/csun-2015-cameras-for-everybody/12

1D) And "3D Printing Is Coming to People Who Are Blind":
http://www.afb.org/blog/afb-blog/csun-2015-exhibit-hall-3d-printing-is-coming-to-people-who-are-blind/12

1E) Listen to two attendees discuss the conference on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 17 March at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

1F) Slides for the presentation "iOS Apps for Blind and Low Vision Users in the Workplace" are here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15428952/iOS%20Apps%20for%20BLV%20Users%20in%20the%20Workplace.html

1G) Slides on "Open Source Accessibility" are here:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/104m1Lv-kXAlZXylotNqf52AO8BHeVyeLoGqgWHU0P1w/edit#slide=id.p

1H) And finally, the SSB Bart Group made several presentations, and if you fill out the simple form on their site, you can download them:
http://info.ssbbartgroup.com/csun2015

2A) Seminars@Hadley will present a 1-hour presentation on Android Accessibility on Wednesday, 18 March at 18:"00 GMT. Learn more and register here:
http://hadley.edu/SeminarDetails.asp?sid=268

2B) Meanwhile, a new version of Talkback is coming, with many changes and optimized for Android version 5.1:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12467

3) Verizon Wireless now offers VelaSense, a $14.99/month service that will use Verizon's 4G LTE network and smartphones with advanced cameras and sensors to deliver real-time information to visually-impaired Verizon customers. The app helps people understand printed words, enjoy articles, determine colors, interpret barcodes and more:
http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/apps/velasense-visually-impaired-smartphone-app/

4A) AI Squared has released Window-Eyes Version 9.1, with the return of the place marker feature and more improvements in web navigation including support for Google Chrome:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12564030.htm

4B) You can now buy a 60-day trial version of Window-Eyes:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Demo/

5) Serotek has cut the price and streamlined the operation of its RIM service, which lets blind techs offer remote assistance to other computer users, no matter what screen reader they are using, and even if they are sighted and do not use a screen reader. Now, a day pass to use RIM costs $5.00 until 8 April, at which time the cost rises to $14.95. A monthly subscription is $49:
https://secure.samobile.net/rim/buy_day_pass.html

6A) There is a strong effort afoot to create a remote access module for NVDA, thus providing a totally free way for blind people to offer remote assistance to others. The NVDA Remote Access Project is currently seeking grassroots funding to get off the ground:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nvda-remote-access#home

6B) Here is a direct link to a podcast demonstrating the prototype of this add-on:
http://is.gd/dMAaI1

7) In other news related to NVDA, Beta support for reading and navigating math in IE, Firefox, Word, and Powerpoint in NVDA is now available for testing:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDAMathBeta

8) And while we're discussing math, Eyes on Success Program 1511 discusses Reading MathML with JAWS:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

9) The books on the iPhone from National Braille Press have long been considered the top notch resource for those starting out with the device or trying to master a new version. Now, "Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 8 : Step-by-Step Instructions for Blind Users (IPHONE-IOS8) is available for $24 in a variety of formats, serving both the beginner and the person who is upgrading to iOS8. In a recent development, NBP now makes their books available on USB drives as well as in downloadable and paper Braille formats:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS8.html

10) This page is the first of a three-page guide, with supporting resources, on Learning to use Adobe Acrobat Pro and JAWS to author Accessible PDF documents:
http://suewmartin.com/using-acrobat-pro-with-jaws/

11 This podcast is called "First Time Start Up with Asus Chromebook and Chromevox":
http://www.mysticaccesspodcast.com/audio/mp79chromevox.mp3

12) The Leasey add-on package for JAWS will be gaining enhanced access to Facebook, iTunes and Spotify during April. Here is a podcast about the upcoming changes:
http://www.hartgen.org/laircastfiles/laircast06.mp3

13) Insightful Publications is in the business of creating state guides of resources for the blind in employment, housing, transportation and more. The electronic resource guides, which sell for $40 or $50 to individuals depending on the state, are presently available for Alabama, Florida and Hawaii:
http://www.in-sightful.com/orderpage.html

14) A Microsoft survey seeks blind or visually impaired users who have a Twitter account to give input:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2011981/Twitter-Use-by-People-who-are-Blind

15) Finally we bring you a "Use of Apps on Mobile Devices by Individuals with Blindness or Low Vision Survey":
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GXPM6XC

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Volume 499

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Volume 499
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

We'll start this week with several Apple-related items:

1) A lot of work has gone into the accessibility of Microsoft Word for the iPad:
http://support.office.microsoft.com/client/Use-VoiceOver-in-Word-1387428a-5eaf-4eb3-a2a9-230b60462654

2) The Tech Juggernaut site contains some free audio tutorials on using VoiceOver with the iPhone and the Mac and a growing body of other informative material as well:
http://www.thetechjuggernaut.com/

Two regular posts keeping us up-to-date on the world of Apple and Apple accessibility have appeared on schedule:

3A) We can catch up with "What's New in Accessible Apps for February 2015":
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-assistive-technology-gaming-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps

3B) And we have "The Weekly Apple Rundown" from Blind Bargains:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12407

4) Triple Click Home, Episode #36 is out:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2015/02/27/triple-click-home-episode-36-lollipops-are-uber-trivial/

5) This video teaches the use of Siri, Speak Screen and Speak Selection in iOS8:
http://www.atomiclearning.com/movie/124285/play_window?sid=5198

6) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the all new iFocus "Using the KNFB-Reader" Instructional Video. This video includes all of the latest updates to the KNFB-Reader app and can be found at:
http://youtu.be/uZBb6u_48p0?list=PLcIupCht58IcZ8m3fS4fScuB8phKEcdSi

7) "Everything You Need to Know to Use the Mac with Yosemite and VoiceOver" is a $22 book available in multiple formats from National Braille Press:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/MAC-YOSEMITE.html

8) iPhone Slow? According to iMore, Here's how to speed up iOS 8!
http://www.imore.com/iphone-slow-heres-how-speed-it

9) iPhone users who own a Mac can use Audio Hijack to record phone calls:
http://weblog.rogueamoeba.com/2015/02/26/capture-iphone-calls-using-audio-hijack/

10) This PC World article, accompanied by an unrelated video and ad, shares "Six Ways to Make Your iOS or Android Phone Easier on the Eyes":
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2886282/six-ways-to-make-your-ios-or-android-phone-easier-on-the-eyes.html

11) Those trying to decide between Android and iOS can read "Accessibility Head-To-Head: 2015 Update":
https://takesugar.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/accessibility-head-to-head-2015-update/

And now, moving away from Apple:

12) Among the new material to be found at SeroTalk is a new Serotalk podcast, a new health podcast, and several blog posts on different subjects:
http://www.serotalk.com

13) FSCast 105 is here, with Part 2 of Jonathan Mosen's interview with Ted Henter:
http://freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

14) Learn about Dropbox, for storing and sharing files, on the first Tek Talk to take place after Daylight Savings Time kicks in, on GMT Tuesday, 10 March at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

15A) In news related to NVDA, the latest Cool Blind Tech podcast helps us "Unravel the Enigma of NVDA Object Nav":
http://www.coolblindtech.com/unravel-the-enigma-of-nvda-object-nav/

15B) And here is information about the upcoming NVDACon, a global virtual conference to take place throughout GMT Saturdays 14 and 21 March:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

16) This article is called "How Technology is Helping this Visually Impaired Journalist See and Report":
http://bit.ly/1ALAEVb

17) Here is a list of keyboard shortcuts for Chromevox:
http://www.chromevox.com/keyboard_shortcuts.html

18) HIMS has posted an update to the Blaze EZ allowing for playing NLS books, providing a database of radio stations to search, adding some capability to the OCR function, and more:
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Greetings,

1) The February, 2015 Braille Monitor has an interesting article comparing reading with refreshable Braille to reading Braille on paper:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm15/bm1502/bm150205.htm

2) This CNIB blog post discusses monitor purchases by people with low vision:
http://bit.ly/18nrPLm

3A) Learn about the very helpful Be My Eyes App on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 3 March at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3B) Here is a video showing creative use of the Be My Eyes App, in Hungarian:
http://videa.hu/videok/tudomany-technika/a-be-my-eyes-alkalmazas-suD595kQj9Fx9CrS?start=0

4) Hear from a blind person with years of experience repairing desktop and laptop computers in episode 1509 of Eyes on Success this week:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5A) The article "Get Started in GoogleDocs with Window-Eyes has been added to the knowledge base:
http://www.gwmicro.com/kb2063

5B) And this video shows how to use Google Slides with NVDA and Firefox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWZVQ-vldEk&feature=youtu.be

6) A lot of students worldwide can get Microsoft Office for free:
http://blogs.office.com/2015/02/23/students-worldwide-can-now-check-eligibility-free-office-school/

7) The Comcast accessibility representative answered questions about their Z1 Talking Guide in a Twitter Live Chat, and Blind Bargains gives us some salient quotations:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12382

8A) Blind Bargains also offers the Weekly Apple Rundown:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12372

8B) And Blind Bargains podcast 6: (If happenings of the last few weeks are any indication, podcast 7 will be out about the time you receive this.)
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12362

9) NVDA 2015.1 is now an official release, with big improvements for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and Skype, among others:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nv-access-releases-2015-1-of-free-nvda-screen-reader

10) BBC has online web accessibility training for web developers:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007trgm

11) This Wired article bears the title: "Meet the Team That Makes It Possible for the Blind to Use Facebook"
http://www.wired.com/2015/02/meet-team-makes-possible-blind-use-facebook/

12) Here is a YouTube basic introduction to BookShare. Other video tutorials on the service are available as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExqTYgbwS7E&list=PLadTDTlp9sV5BJmFpQBfpvthQq2P_L1St

13) "Understanding the Travel Needs of People with Disabilities" is the title of a free webinar coming up on 3 March at 18:00 GMT. Register at:
https://tti.adobeconnect.com/attri-pwd/event/registration.html

14) The Speak Screen feature of iOS8 is a hidden gem many VoiceOver users could take advantage of. Here is an audio demonstration:
http://mosen.org/index.php/ios-8s-speak-screen-feature-listen-to-ibooks-with-your-screen-locked-and-more/

15) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is an interview with Shelly Brisbin:
http://www.dr-carter.com/

16) tTis and the forthcoming FSCast give us a look back at history, as Jonathan Mosen interviews Ted Henter, founder of the original Henter-Joice:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast104-Ted_Henter_Part1.mp3

And some recent AppleVis podcasts include:

17A) Blindfold Solitaire: An Audio Version Of This Classic Card Game:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/blindfold-solitaire-audio-version-classic-card-game

17B) An Introduction To Workflow For iOS: Powerful Automation Made Simple:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/introduction-workflow-ios-powerful-automation-made-simple

17C) And AppleVis Extra 28: Dr. Howard Kaplan, MD, Creator of Spotlight Text and Accessibility Advocate:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-28-dr-howard-kaplan-md-creator-spotlight-text-and-accessibility

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    Greetings,

    1) The February 2015 issue of AccessWorld includes a review of the Be My Eyes App, an evaluation of the HIMS E-Bot Pro Remote Controlled Video Magnifier, articles about mobile phone accessibility tech support and accessibility of some hotel reservation sites, as well as a retrospective on the ATIA conference:
    http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

    2) The Go You Big Blog focuses on Large print accessibility, particularly Android. Among the recent posts are a series on rooting Android and installing a custom ROM, a post entitled "Adjusting Android Resolution, Pixel Density and Font Size for Large Print," and one called "Setting up Windows for Low Vision on a PC: Screen Resolution vs DPI":
    https://qchristensen.wordpress.com/

    3) AI Squared will hold a one-hour free webinar, "Explore the New Features of Window-Eyes 9," on Thursday, 12 March at 18:00 GMT. (Note that most of North America will have begun observing daylight savings time by then.) Pre-registration is not required, but early arrival is recommended to secure a spot. A recording will also be available:
    http://www.aisquared.com/meeting

    4A) Learn about the transition to Unified English Braille in the U.S. on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 February at 01:00:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    4B) Yet another presentation on Unified English Braille will headline the Main Menu program on GMT Saturday, 21 February at 01:00, repeated throughout the rest of that day. The program will also include other features:
    http://www.acbradio.org/mainstream

    5) WebAIM has provided a guide on Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility:
    http://webaim.org/articles/voiceover/

    6A) In NVDA news, the release candidate for the first new update for 2015 is now out:
    http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2015.1rc1Released

    6B) A recording about the new features in this release is also available:
    http://www.nvda-kr.org/files/NVDA%202015.1.mp3

    6C) And you can get an NVDA add-on for reading emoticons:
    http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/emoticons.en.html

    6D) And save the dates for the next virtual gathering of NVDA users and developers, NVDACon 2015.1, March 14 and 21:
    http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

    7A) The revived SeroTalk podcast is back with edition 223:
    http://serotalk.com/2015/02/16/serotalk-podcast-223-autonomous-wheels-bat-men-and-the-mesh-in-between/

    7B) Brian Hartgen took issue with the coverage given to J-Say, and will have the opportunity to refute what was said. Here is his open letter:
    http://www.hartgen.org/node/296

    7C) SAMNet members can hear from the new content team for the SeroTalk and Triple Click Home podcasts in the SAMNet Socializer Lobby soon, GMT Friday, 20 February at 00:00.

    8) This is a six-minute explanation about the JAWS OSM, video drivers, and why portable JAWS is limited by the lack of them:
    http://www.dlee.org/osm1.mp3

    9) Jonathan Mosen gives his perspective on the health information available on the Internet and how he has used it:
    http://mosen.org/index.php/grass-roots-health-hacking-i-havent-felt-this-good-in-20-years/

    10) The Blind Sport Podcast, Episode 32, consists of an interview with Mike May:
    http://theblindsportpodcast.com/

    11) And the theme for Eyes on Success Podcast 1508 is Blind Parenting of Sighted Children:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

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    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Volume 496

    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Volume 496
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    Greetings,

    1) The Open Forum post "10 Siri Tricks To Help You Be Your Most Productive Self" contains sage advice:
    http://amex.co/1A1OAO2

    2A) JAWS users who want to dictate text to their computer, but don't need to use dictation to control the computer, and want to use less expensive versions of Dragon Naturally speaking than the pricey Professional version, can now do so. The new J-Dictate program from Hartgen Consultancy costs 80 pounds, or about $120:
    http://www.hartgen.org/j-dictate

    2B) Here is an audio demonstration:
    https://audioboom.com/boos/2873222

    2C) Hear about the range of Hartgen Consultancy products on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 17 February at 01:00:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    2D) Here is an independent blog post about J-Say:
    http://blog.echidna.ca/article/j-say-starts-bridge-speech-and-text-gap-visually-impaired-computer-control

    2E) And on the general topic of using your voice to control a computer or a phone, here's one writer's test of working this way for a week:
    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/02/i-used-dictation-and-voice-control-for-a-week-heres-what-happened/

    3) ACB has compiled a page with tax info and resources for persons with disabilities in the US:
    http://www.acb.org/IRS

    4A) Join Seminars@Hadley on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 19:00 GMT for the next installment of Hadley's iFocus quarterly seminar. The following topics will be covered: Adding a contact, Using the email action features, Searching and downloading from the App store, and Sending an audio text message. Register for the seminar using the following link:
    http://bit.ly/1vHpB49

    4B) You will also find an instructional video on each of the seminar topics posted on Hadley's YouTube Channel at:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcIupCht58IcZ8m3fS4fScuB8phKEcdSi

    5) The Be My Eyes App continues to generate positive press. Here is an interview on Marketplace:
    http://www.marketplace.org/node/150045/player/popout

    6) Are you interested in the accessibility of mobile computing devices? Would you like other consumer choices besides Apple products for your computing needs? An MBA graduate of Drexel University seeks sight impaired smartphone/tablet users for a market research study to analyze the strength of the business case for extensive accessibility features on mobile computing devices. As compensation, survey respondents will be entered into drawings for two $50 Visa gift cards:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RWKPMLJ

    7A) Hear about the ambitious plans for NVDA Remote, which could significantly increase employment and access opportunities for many people throughout the planet, on SeroTalk Podcast 222
    http://serotalk.com/2015/01/21/serotalk-podcast-222-wheres-my-remote/

    7B) A more recent guest post to the SeroTalk blog poses the question: "Goo-Goo for Google, but Are the Blind and Visually Impaired Being Left Behind?"
    http://serotalk.com/2015/02/04/goo-goo-for-google-but-are-the-blind-and-visually-impaired-being-left-behind/

    8A) On the Android side of things, here is an audio review of the Vocalizer screen reader:
    http://www.coolblindtech.com/?p=6072

    8B) And from the Android Authority, get their perspective on the Best Android apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
    http://www.androidauthority.com/best-android-apps-visually-impaired-blind-97471/

    9) From 512 Pixels, a former Mac Genius suggests how you can "Be Your Own Genius":
    http://www.512pixels.net/blog/2015/2/be-your-own-genius

    10) Members of the IGDA Accessibility Group will be attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and will present the findings from a survey on game accessibility. They invite interested people to complete a short survey:
    http://forum.audiogames.net/viewtopic.php?pid=204340#p204340

    11) CAVI will hold a five week course on Power4Point starting on 25 March:
    http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.Powerpoint

    12) Southern Illinois University seeks an Adaptive Technology Coordinator:
    http://affact.siu.edu/jobs/pvc243.html

    Some of our regular podcasts have received their regular updates.

    13A) Blind Bargains podcast is establishing itself as a weekly feature, and is up to podcast 5:
    http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12331

    13B) FSCast #103 lets us hear from a blind radio newsreader in Australia and two US JAWS users and testers, as well as FS's CSUN plans:
    http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

    13C) And finally we learn about Interpretype Deaf-Blind Communication System on Eyes on Success Podcast 1507:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

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    Greetings,

    1) The material on the Blind Bargains Audio content page, organized by headings, shows the newest additions at the top. Now we have a growing number of interviews from the recently-completed ATIA conference:
    http://blindbargains.com/audio/

    2A) Also available from that page, but worth a mention of its own is Blind Bargains Podcast 3:
    http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12246

    2B) And podcast 4:
    http://blindbargains.com/b/12294

    3) In a related matter, Triple Click Home is back with episode 35:
    http://tripleclickhome.com/2015/01/31/triple-click-home-episode-35-mid-life-crisis-edition/

    4) Here is a review of the Vario Ultra Braille display:
    https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/varioultra-overview

    5A) "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for January 2015" is the first of a planned series of monthly newsletters highlighting important apps, news, podcasts and editorial commentary from AppleVis, providing a comprehensive picture of what is going on and what people are talking about:
    http://www.applevis.com/applevis-unlimited-what%E2%80%99s-new-accessible-apps-january-2015

    5B) Given that the above newsletter now exists, we may not list every new AppleVis podcast that is made here. Besides keeping up with the feed via RSS, people can also go to the AppleVis Podcast page to see podcasts, delineated by headings, from newest to oldest at:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcasts

    6A) It does not often happen that a technology product is successfully released before the announced date, but JSay Version 13 has been released a few days early:
    http://www.hartgen.org/j-say

    6B) Brian Hartgen's blog gives the inside view of what is coming in the future from the company, including a less expensive dictation package and updates to Leasey:
    http://www.hartgen.org/node/289

    7) In what has become something of an annual tradition, Tek Talk will feature Mike May's assessment of the recent Consumer Electronics Show from the perspective of a blind attendee and analyst, on GMT Tuesday, 10 February at 01:00:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    8) The excellent and free LookTel VoiceOver Tutorial has been updated with two new chapters:
    http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/reference/looktel-voiceover-tutorial#comment-35546

    9) Amadeus Pro is a multi-track sound editor for the Mac. Jonathan Mosen's new MP3 and DAISY audio book, "Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro", runs at just under four hours, and demonstrates through a series of practical exercises how you might use Amadeus Pro for ring tone creation, digitising your vinyl or cassette collection, converting and reprocessing audio, recording interviews, podcasting and/or broadcasting. The downloadable book is available for $24.95:
    http://mosen.org/index.php/become-an-amadeus-pro-maestro/

    Below are several news items related to NVDA:

    10A) Here is an add-on to a new free voice:
    http://files.nvaccess.org/nvda-addons/speechPlayerInEspeak-0.1.nvda-addon

    10B) And information about the Acapela Voices now available for NVDA in several languages, not including French, for either 55 euros for basic or 99 Euros for premium. You can test them:
    http://prn.to/1zaS9NW

    10C) The Cool Blind Tech Blog and podcast have begun to focus attention on NVDA. Here is an introduction:
    http://www.coolblindtech.com/90-days-with-nvda/

    10D) And here is an article about NVDA add-ons:
    http://www.coolblindtech.com/an-introduction-to-nvda-installing-add-ons/

    11) In case you've been wondering, you can read "How to use Find My iPhone: The Ultimate Guide":
    http://www.imore.com/how-use-find-my-iphone-ultimate-guide

    12) For our Spanish readership, here is a site about accessible games, "Juegos Accessibles Para Ciegos":
    http://www.juegosparaciegos.tk/

    13) This Perkins video is called "The Role and Value of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired":
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rzmMiIT3Ao&feature=youtu.be

    14A) In the print reading department, the half-price sale for the KNfBReader app has lasted longer than I expected, but it apparently ends Friday, 6 February:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/knfbreader/id849732663?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    14B) And Kurzweil 1000 Version 14 brings some 20 new features to this well-designed Windows OCR program:
    http://bit.ly/1LOhtDm

    15) In case you've been curious about how blind people snowboard:
    http://www.theblindcook.com/2015/02/03/adaptive-ski-ride-school-how-the-blind-snowboard/

    16) This PC World post demystifies the situation: "Office Online vs. Office 365: What's Free, What's Not, and What you Really Need":
    http://bit.ly/1F7VR0i

    17) The Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities Volume 2, published by CSUN, is available:
    http://scholarworks.csun.edu/handle/10211.3/133355

    And finally, some interesting podcasts:

    18A) Here is the second of the Eyes on Success series on working from home:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

    18B) This podcast shows you how to plan a route in Blindsquare:
    https://audioboom.com/boos/2859065-introduction-to-blindsquare

    And two Cool Blind Tech podcasts:

    18C) An Introduction to TalkBack:
    http://www.coolblindtech.com/an-introduction-to-talkback/

    18D) And A Quick Look At Tweetings: Getting to Know This Twitter Client
    http://www.CoolBlindTech.com/a-quick-look-at-tweetings-getting-to-know-this-twitter-client/

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    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Volume 494

    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Volume 494
    The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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    Greetings,

    1A) The J-Say package for hands-free computer use with JAWS is about to get a major update next week, with lower prices and considerable improvement. Read about it here:
    http://www.hartgen.org/node/285

    1B) A podcast discussing the new features is here:
    http://www.hartgen.org/laircastfiles/laircast04.mp3

    2) The Window-Eyes Certification Program, which lets you demonstrate your competence in the program is now available for version 9. It still costs $99 to obtain this certification, but as of 27 February, this price will soar to $149:
    http://www.mailing-sender.net/3d1n3e5kd8at654/40b/1124ta19.html

    HowToGeek weighs in with two enticing articles:

    3A) "Go Wireless and Never Connect a Cable to Your iPhone Again"
    http://www.howtogeek.com/207752/go-wireless-and-never-connect-a-cable-to-your-iphone-again/

    3B) And "How to Quickly Batch Rename Files on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux":
    http://www.howtogeek.com/207503/how-to-quickly-batch-rename-files-on-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux/

    4) Online Convert purports to allow us to convert audio, images, videos and documents to many formats for free:
    http://www.online-convert.com/

    5) The enrollment deadline for the interesting assortment of courses from CAVI is 1 February:
    http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.CaviSchedule

    6A) Two new mailing lists could interest some. Both are on Freelists, so you write to the indicated address and put subscribe into the subject field. The first is for discussion, sale or purchase of notetakers new or old:
    notetakerinfo-request@freelists.org

    6B) The other is for the deaf-blind:
    bhi-l-request@freelists.org

    7) Eyes on Success starts a two-part series on working from home and tele-communiting with program 1505:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

    8) The University of Michigan seeks an experienced screen reader specialist:
    http://umjobs.org/job_detail/105673/screen_reader_specialist_intermediate

    9) SPN is rebuilding its podcast network, planning to do more blogging, and restructuring and updating content on the SAMNet network:
    http://serotalk.com/2015/01/28/the-return-of-spn/

    10) Feedly has Introduced a Power Search To Help its Pro Users Better Find Stories On The Web:
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/01/27/feedly-introduces-power-search-help-pro-users-better-find-stories-web/

    11) This List Has 100 Places To Find Trustworthy Health Information:
    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/this-list-has-100-places-to-find-trustworthy-health-information/

    12) Find and download user manuals for any device out there at Central Manuals. All for free:
    http://lifehacker.com/central-manuals-lets-you-find-and-download-user-manuals-1681233160

    13) The people that bring us the wealth of TED Talks have done us the service of grouping some of their material into thematic playlists:
    http://www.ted.com/playlists#

    14) Here are two posts concerning the accessibility of WordPress. How easy is it to create an accessible Wordpress site?
    https://www.accessiq.org/news/news/2015/01/wordpress-cms-accessibility-guide
    And here are some packages for easier maintenance of a Wordpress site:
    http://www.customerservant.com/wordpress-maintenance-packages/

    15) Here are updated instructions for checking spelling and grammar in Office 2013, including keyboard shortcuts:
    http://bit.ly/1LjxEZk

    Moving on to some Apple-related material in conclusion:

    16) The KNFBReader app is at half price, $49.99, for an unspecified time:
    http://www.applevis.com/apps/deals/ios-apps-dropped-price/knfbreader-currently-reduced-9999-4999

    17) MacWorld UK says that if your iPhone is slow, here are 14 Top tips to speed up iOS 6, iOS 7 & iOS 8:
    http://bit.ly/1tvnjnb

    18) Thanks to the CNIB blog, we learn about using the iPhone as a telescope:
    http://bit.ly/1Bz0MGk

    19) Get a perspective on the three most important changes for blind persons found in iOS 8 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 3 February at 01:00:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    20) This is a podcast with the creator of the Be My Eyes App:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23152298/Insights%202015-01-22.mp3

    21) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is called "Mac For The Blind Apple Certified":
    http://www.dr-carter.com

    And finally, we have some AppleVis podcasts:

    22A) Fixed In Yosemite 10.10.2: Playback Of Audio Messages When Using VoiceOver:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/fixed-yosemite-10102-playback-audio-messages-when-using-voiceover

    22B) Audio Hijack: Record Any Audio On Mac:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/audio-hijack-record-any-audio-mac

    22C) Using The Apple Remote App To Control Your Apple TV From An iOS Device:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/using-apple-remote-app-control-your-apple-tv-ios-device

    22D) Quick Tip: Using The PP Jailbreak Tool For Mac:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-using-pp-jailbreak-tool-mac

    22E) AppleVis Extra 27: Winston Chen, Developer of Voice Dream Writer:
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    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Volume 493
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    Greetings,

    1A) The iOS app Be My Eyes mentioned last week was indeed released, and has garnered very positive feedback. It seeks to build a pool of sighted volunteers available on demand to assist blind users with blindness-related challenges. This page describes the philosophy of the app and explains how sighted volunteers can join:
    http://bemyeyes.org/

    Here are four podcasts describing use of the app to solve everyday problems:

    1B) http://blindaccessjournal.com/2015/01/who-will-be-your-eyeballs-today-exploring-remote-sighted-assistance-with-be-my-eyes-for-ios/

    1C) http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/be-my-eyes-virtual-sighted-assistance-push-button

    1D) https://audioboom.com/boos/2802188-a-review-of-the-be-my-eyes-app

    1E) https://audioboom.com/boos/2814945-more-fun-with-bemyeyes

    1F) And finally, here is a podcast interview with the creator of the non-profit:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-26-hans-wiberg-creator-be-my-eyes

    2) It's JAWS' 20th anniversary, and you are invited to submit a video for Freedom Scientific to use to commemorate the occasion. If your submission, by 31 January, is included, your next SMA will be free:
    http://www.freedomscientific.com/about/Events/JAWS_20th_Anniversary

    3) Telephone chats for all things related to the Victor Reader Stream take place the second GMT Thursday of the month, with the next one coming on 12 February, at 02:00. Note that this time will adjust in March when the US goes to daylight savings time. The call in number is (605) 562-0020. The nine digit meeting ID is 255-396-424. For more information, e-mail:
    louvins@gmail.com

    4A) The Serotalk Podcast team seems now to have become the Blind Bargains podcast team, and podcast 2 is out:
    http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12219

    4B) The RSS feed for the Blind Bargains interviews and podcasts is:
    http://www.blindbargains.com/rss/audio.xml

    5) Learn about Blind Alive, an online business looking to promote fitness among the blind, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 27 January at 01:00:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    6A) We have several items related to games. First, three accessible iOS games have been released or significantly upgraded. The first is Blindfold Solitaire
    http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-solitaire

    6B) Then, Blindfold Crazy Eights:
    http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-crazy-eights

    6C) And Audio Hijack:
    http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/01/audio-hijack-3-a-huge-amazing-update/

    6D) And finally, long-time gaming enthusiast Michael Feir has posted a lecture in three parts along with links to sites of interest for those seeking accessible games. The lecture is called Journeys of the Mind: Play is Where Community Begins:
    http://michaelfeir.blogspot.ca/2015/01/journeys-of-mind-play-is-where.html

    7) Many Comcast customers in the US can now enjoy a much more accessible television viewing experience thanks to Comcast's new Voice guidance feature. Those with questions or comments about the feature can write to:
    accessibility@comcast.com

    8) The creator of Voice Dream Reader has released Voice Dream Writer, a $10 app that promises to improve the writing experience, particularly for those who are blind or dyslexic. The app is in the App Store. Here is a video about it:
    http://www.voicedream.com/writer/

    9) The online community Out of Sight is planning a gala event on Saturday, 31 January to celebrate its seventh birthday. The event will feature games, giveaways, and talks by various talking book narrators, a blind hiker and others. The event, like site membership, is free. For information, write to:
    debiblackaz@gmail.com

    10) The Therapeutic Research Foundation (TRF) has created a survey on health, mobility, and navigation. TRF is inviting blind and low-vision participants to take the survey to help them create the next generation of navigational tools:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XNZKWL8

    11) Hear about Research on Eye Surgery Equipment in program 1504 of Eyes on Success:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

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    Greetings,

    1) Window-Eyes Version 9 has now been released, with its improved web support, QuickBooks support, and other improvements. Here is a listing of new features:
    http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Version_History/index.php?details=9.0.0.0

    2) Join Seminars@Hadley on Wednesday, January 21 at 19:00 GMT as Hadley's technology teachers share their favorite iDevice apps that are accessible when using Apple's Voiceover screen reading software. Also, come prepared to share an app or two of your own. Register here:
    http://hadley.edu/SeminarDetails.asp?sid=262

    3) Project Starfish purports to be a unique business model that enables blind and disabled professionals to learn, earn, augment their resumes, gain contemporary work experience, become employable and gain economic independence. You can learn about it on Tek Talk on Tuesday, January 20 at 01:00 GMT:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    4) Program 1503 of Eyes on Success discusses Cochlear Implants for Blind Persons:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

    5) Josh's motto is "Long Live MS-DOS," and he has a procedure that lets you experience MS-DOS on today's equipment. Write to him at:
    joshknnd1982@gmail.com

    6) Thanks to iBlindTech Democast 60, we learn about the Shortcuts Keyboard App for iOS:
    http://www.iblindtech.com/

    7) The January 2015 issue of AccessWorld contains articles "Comparing the Accessibility and Screen Enhancement Features of Google Android Lollipop 5.0 and Apple iOS 8.1.1 for People with Low Vision", "Reviewing the Odin VI: An Accessible Feature Phone from Odin Mobile", and "Discussing the Future of Serotek and Television Accessibility":
    http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

    8) You would do well to peruse the BlindBargains page. Recent additions include the Annual Top Ten list of Aadaptive Technology Stories for 2014, both in text and podcast form by the former Serotalk Podcast crew, information about Be My Eyes, a service said to be launching on this very day that will seek to link blind iPhone users with volunteers wiling to lend assistance with blindness-related challenges via video, and other stories:
    http://blindbargains.com/

    9) We learn from Office Blogs about "New Accessibility Enhancements for Office Online":
    http://blogs.office.com/2015/01/09/new-accessibility-enhancements-office-online/#.VLAmR_n386M.twitter

    10) Listen to "Hello Ivee, A Demonstration of the Ivee Flex and Ivee Sleek Voice Interactive Clocks":
    http://www.mysticaccesspodcast.com/2015/01/07/hello-ivee/

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    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 8, 2015 - Volume 491

    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 8, 2015 - Volume 491
    The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

    A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
    http://www.flying-blind.com/

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    Greetings,

    1) Take part in a lecture and question period discussing the history, current and future possibilities of accessible games and why it matters that blind people are included, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 13 January at 01:00:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    2) In a big gain in accessibility, "CVS Health now Offers Talking, Braille and Large Print Prescription Labels Through its Mail Service Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments":
    http://lflegal.com/2015/01/caremark/

    3) Back to games, AbleGamers select the most accessible mainstream games of 2014:
    http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/ablegamers-select-most-accessible-games-of-2014

    4) Lifehacker offers "The Best Tools For Finding Information Without Google":
    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/the-best-tools-for-finding-information-when-google-isnt-enough/

    5) Media Access Australia makes available "Android 5.0 Lollipop Accessibility Features Hands-On Initial Impressions and Tips":
    http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/android-50-lollipop-accessibility-features-%E2%80%93-hands-on-initial-impressions-and-tips

    6) The book "Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement" is available free online:
    http://adaptivewebdesign.info/1st-edition/

    7) On the Serotek blog, we read the company's statement, "The Word on System Access":
    http://www.serotek.com/blog_the_word_on_system_access

    8) We turn to MacWorld UK to learn "How to Clean Up Your Mac: 17 Ways to Revamp and Refresh any Mac":
    http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac/how-clean-mac-revamp-refresh-apple-macbook-computer-3466729/

    9) Here is a podcast on the iOS app, Voice Dream Reader:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/voice-dream-reader-powerful-and-award-winning-reading-tool-ios

    10) Learn about Product Development at HumanWare in Eyes on Success #1502:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

    11) And we close with the Siri dictation guide, listing nearly 60 commands you can use:
    http://www.siriuserguide.com/siri-dictation-guide/

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    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 1, 2015 - Volume 490

    Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 1, 2015 - Volume 490
    The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

    A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
    http://www.flying-blind.com/

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    This Week's Featured Advertisement: Happy New Year from Flying Blind, LLC !!!

    Before we put this Holiday Season in our rear view mirrors we at Flying Blind, LLC would like to wish all of you a happy, prosperous, and rewarding 2015. We sincerely appreciate all of our readers and are excited to begin another trip around the sun with you! May you have a fantastic holiday weekend full of good times while we all look forward to the next 365 days and how we will spend them. As ever, we at Flying Blind, LLC are standing by to assist you with your Adaptive Technology needs! Together, let's make it a memorable 2015!!!

    Greetings,

    1) Learn about a wearable mobility aid under development on the first installment of Tek Talk for 2015, on GMT Tuesday, 6 January at 01:00:
    http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

    2) By means of a plug-in being developed, you can append items to the clipboard using NVDA:
    http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/clipContentsDesigner.en.html

    3) Development continues on Leasey, the powerful JAWS scripts for beginning and advanced computer users:
    http://www.leaseycentral.com/node/12

    4)Hear about The Sociology of Disability on Eyes on Success, program 1501:
    http://eyesonsuccess.net

    5) Learn about Using hash tags on Twitter from the Twitter Help Center:
    https://support.twitter.com/articles/49309#

    6) Learn the "10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do" courtesy of MacWorld UK:
    http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac/mac-tricks-tips-hacks-you-didnt-know-3592188/

    Here follow a couple of useful articles from HowToGeek:

    7A) How to Find Your Lost Windows or Office Product Keys:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/206329/how-to-find-your-lost-windows-or-office-product-keys/

    7B) How to Record Your Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS Screen:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/205742/how-to-record-your-windows-mac-linux-android-or-ios-screen/

    8) The highly popular Voice Dream Reader App for iOS is on sale at half price through January 4th 2015. Winston Chen will be releasing Voice Dream Writer by the end of January, and this should be exciting as well:
    http://www.voicedream.com/

    9) For $20 you can pre-order iOS Access for All (iOS 8 Edition):
    http://www.iosaccessbook.com/pre-order-ios-access-for-all-ios-8-edition-today/

    10) The Inclusive Android site continues to host reviews and how-to's for Android users:
    http://inclusiveandroid.tk/

    11) A lot of great apps and app developers won the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2014:
    http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-assistive-technology-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/announcing-applevis-golden-apples

    And in closing our first publication of the new year, two AppleVis podcasts:

    12A) Quick Tip: Creating Custom Vibration Alerts in iOS 8:
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-creating-custom-vibration-alerts-ios-8

    12B) AppleVis Extra #25: Several users answer the question: What's on Your Home Screen?
    http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-25-whats-your-home-screen

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    1.) One Refurbished BrailleNote Apex 32 Cell Notetaker with Perkins Style Braille Keyboard
    Price: $2,995.00 USD
    Contact: http://bit.ly/13B5pnH
    Description: This unit is approximately $2,600.00 USD off of its suggested list price!!! For the past 14.5 years the BrailleNote name has been synonymous ...

    2.) One Hardly Used Brailliant BI 32 Cell New Generation Refreshable Braille Display
    Price: $1,995.00 USD
    Contact: http://bit.ly/1uYb41r
    Description: This unit is only 5 months old and has been used for less than 10 hours! This practically new, New Generation of Brailliant Refreshable Brai ...

    3.) Brand New BrailleNote MPower 18 Cell Refreshable Braille Displays with Braille Keyboards
    Price: $1,999.00 USD Each
    Contact: http://bit.ly/1xYeEpk
    Description: These units are brand new and come with a one year manufacturer's warranty. The BrailleNote mPower's mature hardware and intuitive software ...

    4.) Brand New BrailleNote MPower 32 Cell Refreshable Braille Displays with Braille Keyboards
    Price: $2,599.00 USD Each
    Contact: http://bit.ly/1v5WiFG
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