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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Volume 537
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1) Codex is a free, donation-ware e-book conversion tool. With Codex, you can take the books you've legally purchased from sites like Amazon, Smashwords, and popular eBook stores using Adobe Digital Editions or Barnes & Noble via NookStudy and convert them to a format of your choice, be it ePub for reading on the latest devices, plain text to read in Notepad, or any of the other supported output formats:
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2) Here is a professional paper, "A survey of assistive technologies and applications for blind users on mobile platforms: A review and foundation for research:"
http://www.soundofvision.net/a-survey-of-assistive-technologies-and-applications-for-blind-users-on-mobile-platforms-a-review-and-foundation-for-research-2/

3) Read the prize-winning essays in the Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest:
http://www.euroblind.org/projects-and-activities/activities/nr/210

4) The monthly AppleVis post detailing, "What's New in Accessible Apps for November 2015" is ready for your perusal:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-november-2015

5) Geof Collis has written a second book in his WordPress series, this one teaches how to create an ecommerce site, or a community forum site:
http://wpforbadeyes.com/badeyes-launches-second-online-book-in-its-wordpress-for-badeyes-series/

6) Lynnette Tatum has created JlWordTips, a $4.95 iOS app, which is a 21-lesson course on using Microsoft Word 2010-13, with emphasis on shortcut keys:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mlwordtips-quick-keyboard/id1034632174?mt=8

7) During the Tek Talk program on GMT Tuesday, 8 December at 01:00, you'll hear about three programs: communication app Zello, folder-sharing program BittorentSync, and the Google Chrome browser:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8A) Brian Hartgen will offer a four-lesson course, "Improve your Outlook: Optimizing the Power of JAWS for Windows and Microsoft Outlook, starting 14 January, 2016. The course costs 100 pounds or approximately $150.00 USD. To express interest or get more information, write to:
jaws@hartgen.org

8B) While we're talking about that company, Hartgen Consultancy has released Version 3 of the Leasey package, including three new games, an eBay search, and program enhancements:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/351

9) The free Windows Twitter client TwBlue has undergone a major upgrade, allowing for multiple conversations, keyboard mapping, language translation and much more:
http://twblue.es/node/23

10) Here we have a review of the Smart Beetle Braille display from HIMS:
http://www.applevis.com/reviews/braille-devices/smart-beetle-hims

11) If you end up getting a new Android device for Christmas, here are some accessible apps for it:
http://blog.blackspheretech.com/?p=306

12) Check out this Interview with Sadam Ahmed reviewing the NVDA 2015.4 update, 15 minutes into the recording:
http://www.rphadelaide.org.au/links/LL3.mp3

13) Another NVDA-related innovation: AudioScreen is an experiment in image accessibility for blind people. It is an NVDA add-on. The demonstration recording shows the developer using the add-on to explore a map of Australia, a rainbow, the earth from space, a cartoon house, and a sunset:
https://github.com/nvaccess/audioScreen/blob/master/readme.md

14) The European Commission has proposed a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society:
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6147_en.htm

15) Get to know Unified English Braille in this short audio series:
http://www.ukaaf.org/braille/ueb/describing-unified-english-braille/

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