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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Volume 496
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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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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