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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Volume 534
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The VisionAware Blog has reproduced the article "Ten New Tips for Braille Users of iDevices" which provides a lot of useful information in one place:
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/ten-new-tips-for-braille-users-of-idevices-scott-davert-applevis-editorial-team-2150/12

2) Last week, we mentioned Talking Books in the UK. Now, the digital download service in that country is free:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/talking-books-digital-download

3) Last week, we announced the Audio-Central mailing list. That list has apparently been replaced by the Audio-Go-Round list on freelists. Put the word subscribe in the subject line of a message to:
audio-go-round-request@freelists.org

4) Learn what's going on at Serotek, where they have updates and new features planned, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 17 November at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5A) An organization called International Institute on Visual Impairment is holding what they are calling the "1st International Online Conference on Inclusion and Rehabilitation for the Visually Impaired." This takes place from 11-13 November. Some 30 lectures are planned, and the conference will be translated into English, Spanish and Portugese. Here is the conference schedule:
http://www.deficienciavisual.org/schedule/

5B) And you can register here:
http://www.deficienciavisual.org/conference/

6) Robert Carter is back with a new Tech Doctor podcast: "Talking Apple TV with David Woodbridge:"
http://www.dr-carter.com

7) Read about present use and future plans of the Nearby Explorer GPS App from American Printing House:
https://medium.com/backchannel/open-data-with-a-purpose-9f31db156365

8) Here is a lesson plan for teaching a few gestures to blind students using an iPad:
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/technology/lesson-plan-ios-voiceover-gestures-practice

9) The Main Menu Program for 6 November was a comprehensive introduction to Android for the Blind:
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/viewshow.php?showid=382

10A) Kathy Ann Murtha makes available a free training on the Windows 10 Start Menu. This is the YouTube link:
https://youtu.be/iMMcebZnnnw

10B) And a text version:
http://www.blind.training/free-training/windows-training/windows-10-start-menu

11) From the YouDescribe site comes an audio described version of a Japanese trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars prequel:
http://youdescribe.org/player.php?v=SdAUiyeJMFQ&prefer_d=DoubleJ

12A) In news regarding Facebook, we have the October Facebook Accessibility Update:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-accessibility/october-2015-accessibility-update/996073187103073

12B) While this article's title doesn't lead you to expect anything useful to come from it, it does: "Chatty App from Facebook helps the sight-impaired 'see:'"
http://www.cnet.com/news/chatty-app-from-facebook-helps-the-sight-impaired-see/#ftag=CADf328eec

12C) And the Facebook App itself for iOS now offers larger type:
https://www.facebook.com/accessibility/posts/997008960342829

13) The Cool Blind Tech podcast demonstrates the KNFB Reader App processing the same document on an iPhone 6S and a Galaxy Note 5 to compare the effectiveness:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/knfb-reader-compared-on-both-android-and-ios/

14) Jamal Mazrui has created a command-line utility for determining whether or not a PDF document is properly tagged for accessibility:
https://github.com/JamalMazrui/pdf2tag

15) The latest update to the Brailliant Braille Display yields Windows 10 accessibility and simpler connectivity:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/0511151402.htm

16) Eyes on Success #1546 lets us in on "Doing Photography with Limited Vision:"
http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) CAVI is making it easy to know if their 2016 courses will have enough enrollments to run. You can check this page and watch the progress:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.EnrollmentNumbers

18) Here is a free, web-based tutorial on the Nemeth code for Braille scientific and mathematical notation:
https://tech.aph.org/nemeth/

19) Project Starfish, which describes itself as a "An experiential and inclusive business opportunity platform for the blind/visually impaired to Learn, Earn, Grow and become Employable," is forming a writers' guild which it claims can lead to employment:
http://www.pstarfish.org/

20) FSCast Episode #116 features an interview with a newly-blind information technology professional who has written a free e-book on learning to use the computer in a new way, a short feature on creating voice profiles, and more:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

21) We've let a couple episodes of the Blind Bargains Qast go unannounced, namely episodes 38 and 39, and depending on when you visit, episode 40 could appear there as well:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

22) And we end with a good thought-provoker from The Mighty: "5 Things I Wish People Understood About Being Legally Blind:"
http://themighty.com/2015/11/5-things-i-wish-people-understood-about-being-legally-blind/

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1.) One Classic Focus 40 Braille Display
Price: $800.00 USD
Contact: http://bit.ly/1RPCSxE.
Description: This unit has never been used, comes with all of its accessories in it's original box, and works seamlessly with the globally acclaimed JAWS for Windows Screen Reader ...

2.) One Gently Used Braille Note Apex 32-Cell Note Taker with QWERTY Style Keyboard
Price: $2,695.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,900.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1NCpCLq.
Description: This unit has been used for approximately two hours, is in brand new condition, and is begging to be used a whole lot more by someone in the market for a note ...

3.) Brand New Alva Satellite 544 44-Cell Braille Displays
Price: $2,295.00 USD Each
Contact: http://bit.ly/1iNcMQD.
Description: 5 units available. Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past fifteen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays ...

4.) Brand New Alva Satellite 584 84-Cell Braille Displays
Price: $3,695.00 USD Each
Contact: http://bit.ly/1G41tIs.
Description: 2 units available. Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past fifteen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays ...

5.) One Gently Used Ruby XL HD Handheld Video Magnifier
Price: $795.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $200.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1VceHLU.
Description: The Ruby HD sets new high definition standards for handheld magnification that other less portable alternatives simply cannot meet. The crystal clear images ...

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Price: $2,195.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $1,100.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1UUa5dq.
Description: Optelec's Clearview line of video magnifiers is Flying Blind, LLC's preferred desktop solution for the low-vision user seeking comfort, simplicity, ergonomics, and ...

7.) One Refurbished BrailleSense U2 32-Cell Notetaker with QWERTY Keyboard
Price: $3,295.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,300.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1MQEUx9.
Description: The U2 provides unparalleled Braille access to PowerPoint and Excel files, connects you to the Cloud via Dropbox, and puts the wide world of social networking at your ...

8) One Gently Used HandyTech Easy Braille Refreshable Braille Terminal
Price: $1,795.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $2,700.00 USD off of its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1wYTm0Z
Description: This display is in pristine condition, and offers the user both USB and Bluetooth connectivity to their favorite laptops, tablets, and Smartphones. It's ...

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