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

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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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