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

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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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