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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Volume 555
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: 'iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, iOS 9 Edition' Authored By Larry L. Lewis, Jr., President, Flying Blind LLC Now Available For Purchase - AFB Online Store

Book cover for iOS in the Classroom, A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments by Larry L. Lewis, Jr., iOS 9 Edition. AFB Press. American Foundation for the Blind. Book Cover Art depicts in cartoon form a hand over an iPad with a small Refreshable Braille Display just to the left of the hand.

This book represents a 'must have' for any direct service provider working with vision impaired consumers who are using iOS technology within their educational or pre-vocational settings.

This organized, illustrated, and easy-to-read guide explores the extensive accessibility options available in iOS, where to find them, and how to configure them.

'iOS in the Classroom' was created with the goal of allowing students with visual impairments to use an iPad to complete the same classroom activities as their sighted peers.

The book discusses a variety of tasks and features that promote both efficiency and independence.

Available now. Order your copy in your preferred book format, paperback, online, e-book (ePUB format), or e-book (Kindle Format) by visiting the order link below.

Order Now - 'iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, iOS 9 Edition' Authored By Larry L. Lewis, Jr., President, Flying Blind LLC Now Available For Purchase - AFB Online Store
http://bit.ly/iOS9-ITC-AFB-FBLLC

Greetings,

1) Here, find a "Huge Cheat Sheet That Tells You Everything You Can Do With Google Now Voice Commands:"
http://bgr.com/2016/04/01/google-now-ok-google-commands/

2) Here is one person's modus operandi, "Tools of a Blind Programmer":
https://www.parhamdoustdar.com/2016/04/03/tools-of-blind-programmer/

3) This post is called "What You Should Know About Accessibility + SEO, Part I: An Intro:"
https://moz.com/blog/accessibility-seo-1

4) Brian Hartgen has launched a short course, £50, (about $70,) "Catching up with JAWS", for those who may not be familiar with the features of JAWS versions 16 and 17. The course begins 3 May, and is three hours in length:
http://www.hartgen.org/jawscatchup

5A) Doubtless the most exciting and innovative news to come this week relates to Facebook providing some image descriptions to users of their iOS app. Here is a podcast with their chief engineer:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-41-matt-king-accessibility-specialist-facebook

5B) Eyes on Success conducts an interview about the above Facebook developments:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5C) And here is the Facebook Press Release:
http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/04/using-artificial-intelligence-to-help-blind-people-see-facebook/

6) Our very own Larry L. Lewis, Jr. has written a book, "iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, iOS9 Edition" An online version is $17.95, and EPUB and Kindle format versions are available for $20:
http://bit.ly/iOS9-ITC-AFB-FBLLC

7) A First Public Beta of TalkBack 4.5 with Enhanced Web Support has been released:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15086

8) Mystic Access has produced a 6-hour audio tutorial on the use of the Amazon Echo and related products from a blindness perspective:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/index.php?crn=208&rn=567&action=show_detail

9) This being the first issue of Tidbits for April, we can be assured that "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for March 2016" is ready for our perusal:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-braille-gps-ios-ios-apps-ipad-iphone-mac-os-x-news/applevis

10) On Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 12 April at 00:00, yours truly (Dean Martineau) will extoll the many benefits of Codex, a donationware program designed to make the reading of Kindle and other electronic books very easy. Remember, you can always write if you don't understand how to convert GMT to your time zone, and Tek Talk programs are always recorded:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

11A) The Blind Bargains CSUN wrap-up awaits:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

11B) Cool Blind Tech gives us their CSUN summary:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/get-geek-csun16-coverage-vip-room/

11C) And Slides from Freedom Scientific's presentation are available:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/Events/csun_presentations

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