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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 6, 2015 - Volume 520
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) NFB Newsline, all of whose publications are available online or via the iOS app, has added several publications: Atlantic Monthly, ABC and CBS Breaking News, London Daily Mail, Melbourne Herald Sun, Texas Observer, and Bozeman Daily Sun:
http://www.nfbnewsline.org

2) Hadley has unveiled a new Low Vision Focus site. Their 10 How-To audio recordings we announced earlier are now available both as digital downloads, as a CD, or as an NLS cartridge. Other videos will be added:
http://www.lowvisionfocus.org

3) Quentin Christensen of 22 Point Blog fame has published his first book on the site, "Making Windows Easy to See," focusing on the low-vision-related features of Windows 10. This book, the first of a series of Windows 10 books, is available in EPUB format for $25 Australian:
http://www.22point.com.au/publications.html

While we're talking Windows 10, below is a series of adaptive technology related links for your perusal:

4A) A frequent recommendation is that, while Windows 10 will work for many people, the majority might want to wait a month or two for new versions of screen readers. Here is the NVDA page on the subject:
http://www.nvaccess.org/win10/

4B) And a related NVAccess Podcast:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/podcast-episode-9/

4C) And an Ai Squared Knowledge Base Article on Windows 10 installation and upgrade scenarios for Window-Eyes users:
http://www.gwmicro.com/kb2066

4D) And CAVI will hold a short course for Windows 10 upgraders starting in September 2015:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.w10u

Now for a wealth of Windows 10 general information from a variety of internet sources:

5A) How to Use and Configure Cortana on Windows 10:
http://www.howtogeek.com/224546/how-to-use-and-configure-cortana-on-windows-10/

5B) 12 Obscure New Windows 10 Features That Eliminate Everyday Hassles:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955711/windows/12-obscure-new-windows-10-features-that-eliminate-everyday-hassles.html#tk.rss_all

5C) How to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu:
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-customize-the-windows-10-start-menu-1721973296

5D) Even though this new browser isn't totally accessible to all yet, here is a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for the Microsoft Edge web browser:
http://www.howto-connect.com/keyboard-shortcuts-of-microsoft-edge-browser-complete-list/

5E) 14 Things You Can Do In Windows 10 That You Couldn't Do In Windows 8:
http://feeds.gizmodo.com.au/~/104704126/0/gizmodoaustralia~Things-You-Can-Do-In-Windows-That-You-Couldnt-Do-In-Windows/

5F) Eight Windows 10 Tricks And Shortcuts You Probably Didn't Know:
http://feeds.lifehacker.com.au/~/104677460/0/lifehackeraustralia~Eight-Windows-Tricks-And-Shortcuts-You-Probably-Didnt-Know/

5G) This Simple Windows 10 Tweak Could Reduce RAM And CPU Usage:
http://feeds.lifehacker.com.au/~/104416618/0/lifehackeraustralia~This-Simple-Windows-Tweak-Could-Reduce-RAM-And-CPU-Usage/

5H) Ask Cortana Anything: Snarky Answers to 59 Burning Questions:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2148940/windows-phone-os/ask-cortana-anything-sassy-answers-to-58-burning-questions.html#tk.rss_all

5I) Master the Quick Access Menu: Like Windows 8.1, Windows 10 has a Secret Power User Menu, Really:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/4978/windows-10-tip-master-the-quick-access-menu

5J) The Ultimate Windows 10 Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheBoyGeniusReport/~3/T-tiRuZztpc/

5K) Digging Into and Understanding Windows 10's Privacy Settings:
http://www.howtogeek.com/221864/digging-into-and-understanding-windows-10s-privacy-settings/

6) Of course, Blind Bargains Cast 25 has a lot to say about Windows 10 and other things:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13192

7) Leasey has been updated to Version 2, with added functionality for the Microsoft Outlook calendar, a new games module, and other improvements:
http://www.hartgen.org/leaseyv2

8) After two years the very useful Belarc Advisor has been updated to Version 8.5. This is a great tool for compiling information about your computer system:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/belarc_advisor.html

9) Several NVDA add-ons have been updated: Focus Highlight 3.0, Emoticons 4.0, Translation, and various other updates and fixes:
http://addons.nvda-project.org

10) The very useful AppleVis summary, "What's New in Accessible Apps for July 2015" also awaits your perusal:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-july-2015

11) This podcast suggests an intriguing idea: CamFind for iOS; How to Use This to Play the Visual Card Game Magic the Gathering:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/camfind-ios-how-use-play-visual-card-game-magic-gathering

12) Hartgen Consultancy offers a New Online Course. "A Word in Your Ear. Optimising the Power of JAWS for Windows and Microsoft Word," a 100-pound (approximately $153) course to start in September:
http://hartgen.org/word

13) Hear about "Opportunities for Blind Pharmacists" in Eyes on Success Episode 1532:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) CAVI is also considering launching a course on OSX if enough people are interested:
http://cavitraining.com

15) The recording and accompanying worksheets for the webinar, "Strategies for Navigating And Interacting with Complex Web Pages with Window-Eyes: Part 3" are available:
http://www.gwmicro.com/webinars

16) Listen to a discussion about using technology at blindness conventions on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 11 August at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

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