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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 13, 2015 - Volume 521
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The world's largest natural sound archive -- Over 7,500 Hours of Audio -- is now fully available online:
http://cornelluniversity.tumblr.com/post/40770771576/worlds-largest-natural-sound-archive-now-fully

2) Mac for the Blind now offers audio tutorials. The first, Introduction to VoiceOver, is free, the next three, with more to come, cost $35:
http://macfortheblind.com/?page_id=1514

3) While we're talking things Mac, here is "A Guide to Using Audio Hijack with VoiceOver:"
http://www.applevis.com/guides/mac-apps-voiceover/guide-using-audio-hijack-voiceover

4A) Jonathan Mosen gives his unique perspective on the Apple Watch after a week of use:
http://mosen.org/index.php/my-first-week-with-the-apple-watch/

4B) And here is a discussion of the Apple Watch's Fitness Features:
http://www.outsideonline.com/2006026/apple-watch-fitness-review

5) For a look at a different kind of watch, A T Guys makes available their first video, demonstrating the Meteor Vibrating Pocket Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gBVoyezNlM

6) The American Printing House for the Blind recently announced they have paused hardware development of the Braille Plus 18 Notetaker:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13295

7) Microsoft's Disability Answer Desk Customer Support has added support in French and Spanish languages:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2015/08/04/the-disability-answer-desk-in-french-amp-spanish.aspx

8A) If you want to know about or keep up with news about accessible games for the blind, this "Top 25 Sites for Gamers Who are Blind - 2015" resource list is a must consult:
http://www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html

8B) One of the resources mentioned on this list are the games written and given away by Jim Kitchen. Mr. Kitchen recently passed on, and Brian Smart has compiled and updated the listing to make the Kitchen Sink games available into the future:
http://blog.bryansmart.com/2015/08/12/kitchens-sink-1-0/

9A) Sparsh Products from India has made an accessible version of the game Snakes and Ladders, requiring Windows 7 or 8 and Microsoft Office 2007 or later. It costs 900 rupees, slightly under $15 US. Watch game play on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_5yvjTICmI&feature=youtu.be

9B) Buy and download (Snakes and Ladders by Sparsh Products) here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B89WIL0ghBVhQlhfeGd4Q0Fhd1E/view?usp=sharin

10A) Lainey Feingold has posted the latest Digital Accessibility Legal Update:
http://lflegal.com/2015/08/legal-update-summer15/

10B) In the same vein, you can read "A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504" from the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund:
http://dredf.org/advocacy/comparison.html

11) Here is one person's account of a case where Android let him achieve a task that iOS and Windows would not:
http://www.freelists.org/post/access-uk/LG-to-release-android-flip-phone-could-be-great-for-the-VI-Market,26

12) There are some gems in this list of "8 Amazing Websites You Didn’t Know Existed and Need to Check Out:"
http://bgr.com/2015/08/10/amazing-websites-secret/

13) There are lots of ways to learn JAWS keystrokes. Here is a quite complete list consisting of multiple tables:
http://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/archives/training/jawskeystrokes.htm

14) The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) announces the Dr. Sam Genensky Video Magnifier Memorial Awards. At least 4 video magnifiers will be awarded to children and adults. To read the award guidelines and download an application, visit the scholarships link at the web site. Applications may be submitted through September 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST:
http://www.cclvi.org

15) If the above offer interests you (Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) announces the Dr. Sam Genensky Video Magnifier Memorial Awards), you might want to listen to Eyes on Success 1533, Technology for People with Low Vision:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

16) EASI offers two free webinars in August: "Updating the Diagram Center to Enhance Image accessibility," Tuesday, 18 August at 18:00 GMT, and "Twitter with JAWS and MAGic," Wednesday, 26 August at 18:00 GMT. Register here:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

17) The August 2015 issue of Access includes a review of Windows 10 and the upgrade process, a review of Jonathan Mosen's book on Apple TV, a discussion of AFB's accessible HTML5 video player, an interview focusing on how musician Richard Beausoleil uses technology, an evaluation of the promising Workflow iOS App, and a review of menu accessibility on chain restaurant web sites:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

18) Talk about NFB Newsline on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 October at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

19) Visit Hadley’s YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus “Texting with Siri" Instructional Video at:
https://youtu.be/xk7GIseFSTo

20) Doug Lee has released the first version of JAWS scripts for Skype for Business and Microsoft Link 2013:
http://www.dlee.org/sfb/

21) And finally, Ai Squared offers the "Upgrading a PC with Window-Eyes to Windows 10 Tutorial" in several media:

A) Audio:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Audio/Win10UpgradeTutorial.mp3

B) Video with Closed Caption:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Video/Win10UpgradeTutorialCC.mp4

C) PDF:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Text/Win10UpgradeTutorial.pdf

D) And Text:
http://getwindoweyes.com/Training/Tutorials/Text/Win10UpgradeTutorial.txt

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