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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Volume 541
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

To all of our subscribers, we wish you a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

1) I learned quite a bit by reading Brian Hartgen's post, "You've Got to Feel the Music! A Brief Review of the Sonos Play1:"
http://www.hartgen-home.org/sonos

2) A couple of these "Best Google Search Tips and Tricks: December 2015 Edition" could be handy:
http://bgr.com/2015/12/29/best-google-search-tips-and-tricks/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29

3) This Futurology post is entitled "I used recent AI advances to help the blind see by having their phones identify objects in realtime like an assistant:"
https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/3ylzwe/i_used_recent_ai_advances_to_help_the_blind_see/

4) Here is an audio description and demo of the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/kapfx2/AppleiPhone6ssmartbatterycase.mp3

5) For the fourth year running, "The AppleVis Community Names the Apps and Developers that were its Golden Apples of 2015:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-community-names-apps-and-developer-were-its

6) Recent posts to the Sendero Group Travel Blog include "Thoughts and Tips on using Uber with a Guide Dog" and "Its almost Magic. Traveling independently at Disneyland:"
http://senderogps.blogspot.com/

7) We hear about the F123 project on web accessibility in Episode 1601 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

CORRECTED LINKS FROM PAST ISSUES:

8A) "UEB Ain't Hard to Do" is a little ditty listing the 9 contractions that go away at the end of 2015 when UEB becomes the standard Braille code:
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/farewell-song-9-ebae-contractions

8B) UEB Ain't Hard To Do. Click here to listen to NYC TVI Mark Brady singing!
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/sites/pathstoliteracy.perkinsdev1.org/files/UEB_Ain't_Hard_to_Do_MBrady.wav

9) A consortium is conducting research designed to highlight existing accessibility barriers to online shopping. The official study starts on 14 January 2016, but they are conducting a soft launch until then:
http://www.clickawaypound.com/

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Price: $2,995.00 USD
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Description: Manufactured by Baum, this company has a rich history of developing sleek, robust, and excellently designed devices that feel fantastic to the Braille user. This solution ...

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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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