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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Volume 493
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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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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