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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Volume 536
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1A) Perkins School for the Blind offers its list of "The Season's 10 Best Assistive Technology Gifts:"
http://www.perkins.org/stories/blog/the-seasons-10-best-assistive-technology-gifts

1B) And the Blind Bargains Qast crew does the same in Blind Bargains Qast 42:
http://blindbargains.com/b/13797

2A) A lot of people might want to give thanks for the existence of NVDA whether they're celebrating Thanksgiving or not, and version 2015.4 is now officially released:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/announcing-nvda-2015-4-release/

2B) You can hear about it on NV Access podcast Episode 10:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/podcast-episode-10/

2C) And this blog post applauds the NVDA approach:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nvdasr-doesnt-just-have-new-features-adds-them-sean-randall

3) A grassroots effort is underway to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of NVDA next April:
http://www.freelists.org/post/nvda/Please-read-and-circulate-Let-us-rise-as-a-community-to-help-NV-Access-celebrate-NVDAs-tenth-anniversary-next-year

4A) We have a couple reviews of Braille displays: The Vario Ultra 20 from BAUM:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/review-baum-varioultra-20-smart-braille-display-dave-williams

4B) And the new version of the Refresh-a-Braille-18 from APH:
http://www.applevis.com/reviews/braille-devices/refreshabraille-18-3rd-generation

5) In Eyes On Success Episode 1548, learn about accessible comics in audio format. You'll hear how you can enter a drawing to receive a free audio comic book, and how you can enter a writing contest to have your own comic book published:
http:/eyesonsuccess.net

6) Some might want to join the Facebook group Gamers with Disabilities:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/gamerswithdisabilities/

7) Serotek has various initiatives in progress, including making System Access work better with Windows 10. Listen to the Tek Talk recording or read about their initiatives:
http://serotalk.com/2015/11/18/whats-new-at-serotek/

8) From the Blind Abilities podcast comes "Amadeus Pro Series: A Chat About Audio Fundamentals and Principles:"
http://blindabilities.com/badcast/blind-abilities-presents-amadeus-pro-series-a-chat-about-audio-fundamentals-and-principles/

9) Any aspiring small business owner who has taken or is taking at least one course from The Hadley School for the Blind's Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE) can apply for a cash award of up to $10,000 in the inaugural 2016 New Venture Business Competition:
http://hadleyweb/hadleyedu/FCE-NVC.asp

10A) In news concerning the CrowdViz App which allows blind smartphone users to get help from a paid assistant, the Android version is in beta and seeks testers:
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/crowdviz-now-looking-android-beta-testers

10B) CrowdViz was the topic of the Insight Radio podcast from the UK.
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/podcast-episode.html?category=tech_talk&name=2015-11-12_2015-10-29_tech_talk_episode_106.mp3

11) We'll mention a couple of the companies that are announcing sales during this buying season. HIMS claims price reductions on many of its products:
https://hims.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=c51ce410c124a10e0db5e4b97fc2af39.17

11B) Hartgen Consultancy has announced that version 3 of the Leasey package will be released on Friday, 27 November, and that at that time, they will announce some sales:
http://www.hartgen.org

11C) Accessible Electronics also has sales:
http://www.talkingmp3players.com/

12) The creator of the Chicken Nugget Twitter App and others has released QSeek, a $10 Windows program that puts lots of information within easy reach:
http://getaccessibleapps.com/qseek/

13A) The G+ Accessibility group exists to help users get the most out of Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/communities/108884766040433463186?utm_content=buffera9345&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

13B) And this Google Help page discusses accessibility throughout Google Apps:
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/6320404?hl=en&ref_topic=6320388

14) We have a new Tech Doctor Podcast: Developing iOS and Mac Apps:
http://www.dr-carter.com

15) EASI offers its Train the Trainer course, an overall introduction to adaptive technology for people of various disabilities. Cost without discount is $350:
https://www.secure.servsite.com/easi/enrollment/enrollment_pal.shtml

16) Discover the AnyBurn CD burning program on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 1 December at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

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