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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 26, 2015 - Volume 498
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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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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