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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Volume 523
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Here is a list of one user's recommended apps for accessible use on Android, with links to other lists:
http://blog.blackspheretech.com/?p=306

1B) Eyes on Success #1535 talks about the present and future of NVDA:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

1C) And this interview details the situation with KNFBReader for Android:
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/introducing-knfb-reader-android

2A) NVDA2015.3 is out, featuring initial support for Windows 10; the ability to disable single letter navigation in browse mode (useful for some web apps); improvements in Internet Explorer; and fixes for garbled text when typing in certain applications with Braille enabled:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2015-3-released/

2B) In addition, the detailed guidance for writing NVDA add-ons, "NVDA Add-on Internals: StationPlaylist Studio" is now complete:
https://bitbucket.org/nvdaaddonteam/stationplaylist/wiki/spladdoninternals

3) The Blind Abilities podcast has a goodly archive of informative programs. The most recent include the fourth in a series of demos of the use of Amadeus Pro on the Mac, a demo of the iOS recording appBossJockJr, and a 38-minute recording detailing the sounds of Disney parks and the accessibility features they offer:
http://blindabilities.com/

4) Here is a good article suggesting ways to increase Braille reading speed and to overcome the belief that you cannot do so:
http://blog.pdrib.com/increase-reading-speed/

5) EASI will offer a free webinar on NFB Newsline on Tuesday, 22 September at 18:00 GMT. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RTvY_tI0COgMcQglWgAJwAYzW-S_wKkCBHSqC5mHLxM/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

6A) Episode 91 of the Maccessibility Roundtable podcast is ready:
http://maccessibility.net/2015/08/23/mrtp-91-its-like-a-nunnery-but-for-ghosts/

6B) As is Blind Bargains Cast 28:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13331

7) Jonathan Mosen has written guides to each of the last two versions of iOS to be released. With iOS9 coming soon, he will be releasing iOS9 Without the Eye as soon as it comes out, and you can save money by pre-ordering the book:
http://mosen.org/index.php/mosen-consulting-ebook-ios-9-without-the-eye/

8) Read about "Improvements in Accessibility for Mac OS X in Firefox 41," which indicates that progress is being made, but that there is still a ways to go:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/08/25/improvements-in-accessibility-for-mac-os-x-in-firefox-41/

9) If you use an iPhone and want to test Android on a Samsung device, visiting the site below from an iPhone will allow you to rent a Samsung S6, Note, or S6 Edge for a month for a dollar. Obviously, read the fine print:
http://promo.samsungpromotions.com/

10) Microsoft is seeking an escalation engineer to resolve accessibility issues brought by public sector clients. If anyone is interested in getting out of the public sector, you can apply at:
https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=1&jid=196483&jlang=EN&pp=SS

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