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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Volume 558
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Bid on Four Hours of iOS Distance Training Provided by Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC by Visiting the Seeing Eye Inc.'s 8th Annual Online Auction Today

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Once again, Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to be participating in this year's online auction hosted by Seeing Eye Inc. The name Seeing Eye is synonymous with Guide Dog training excellence, and we are thrilled to be contributing to this effort once again by offering four hours of distance iOS training delivered by Larry Lewis himself, and valued at $300.00 USD. Simply visit the link below to bid on this item. Flying Blind, LLC will also be assisting its partner Harpo, who is donating a BraillePen Touch to this auction, by adding an hour of complimentary training to the highest bidder on the BraillePen Touch, upping the value of this package to $1,100.00 USD. Please remember that all proceeds from this effort go toward training the noblest of animals to provide the gift of independent travel to persons who are vision impaired!

1.) Bid On: Four hours of distance iOS training delivered by Larry Lewis valued at $300.00 USD:
http://bit.ly/FB-SE-2016-Bid1

2.) Bid On: BraillePen 12 Touch Portable Braille Terminal Complete with 1 Hour Free Training delivered by Larry Lewis:
http://bit.ly/FB-SE-2016-Bid2

3.) Bid On: All items at:
http://bit.ly/FB-SE-2016-Bid3

Greetings,

1A) Dictation Bridge Seeks $20,000 to Launch Free and Open Source Voice Recognition that will work to varying degrees with all screen readers:
http://blindbargains.com/b/15192

1B) Here is more information about the project:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/04/25/inside/ #a11y #accessibility #nvdasr

2) Programmers obviously had some good fun. Here are "60 Funny Things to Ask Siri on iPhone, iPad," courtesy of MacWorld UK:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iosapps/60-funny-things-ask-siri-on-ios-2016-mac-3633686/

3A) RNIB offers tips for magnifier users:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/magnifier-tips-and-tricks

3B) And a new line of video magnifiers, the MiRAcle, is now available:
http://miracle.includo.com.pl/

4) Hear about the vOICe technology, a general approach for "seeing with sound", which uses visual input from a web cam or PC display that is converted to audio output, on Eyes on Success #1618:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5) Version 4 of the Twitter client Chicken Nugget brings the ability to OCR images found within tweets, and other improvements:
http://getaccessibleapps.com/chicken_nugget/

6) James Scholes has written "eBooks: An Accessibility Disconnect?"
https://accessibility.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2016/03/24/ebooks-disconnect/

7) Read about "How One Blind Marathon Runner Is Using Technology To Run Solo:"
http://www.fastcompany.com/3059037/startup-report/how-one-blind-marathon-runner-is-using-technology-to-run-solo

8) Here is a YouTube series on making PDFs accessible:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeFt-Qa3mjM&list=PLmfVOnJxeSEXsEKv2i20nYMHYuFEcl4fO

9) This article, the first of a two-part series, discusses how to make the most of an iPad for a blind child or youth:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/insight-online/making-the-most-ipad-part-one

10) If you have Facebook for Android, version 74 or higher, you will now benefit from the automatic reading of picture descriptions:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15196

11) Learn about accessible prescriptions, Scrip Talk, the Scrip Ability program and Scrip Braille services on this edition of Cool Blind Tech:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/scrip-ability-program-making-prescriptions-accessible-easy/

12) You can get 25% discounts on ZoomText products if you act by 1 May 2016:
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=46e107c7813eb905dfd2a6938&id=24c5f08531

13) Learn about "Creating Volume Shortcut In Windows 10:"
https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/creating-volume-shortcut-in-windows-10/

14) Blind Bargains Qast 59 is ready for you:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/15173

15) From AppleVis comes "An Introduction for Voiceover users to Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac:"
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/introduction-voiceover-users-microsoft-outlook-2016-mac

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Flying Blind, LLC Classified Ads:
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1.) One Freedom Scientific Ruby Handheld Video Magnifier
Price: $445.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $125.00 USD off its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1SbOqg1.
Description: The Ruby Handheld Video Magnifier is small and lightweight enough to fit into a pocket or purse, yet provides the magnification you need to help you read or see details ...

2.) One Refurbished Brailliant BI 40 Cell Refreshable Braille Display with Executive Products Leather Carrying Case
Price: $1,495.00 USD
Savings: Offered here at approximately $1,500.00 USD off its suggested list price.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1onHGAR.
Description: This state-of-the-art display offers USB and Bluetooth access to today's PCs, Macs, Tablets, and Mobile Phones, and all at an unbeatable price. Don't let the 40 cells ...

3.) Gently Used ViewPlus EmBraille Embossers (With 7 units available for purchase at release on 02/18/2016 at 3:30 AM EST.)
Price: $1,500.00 USD Each
Savings: Offered here at approximately $600.00 USD off of their suggested list price each.
Contact: http://bit.ly/1Xzjxnv.
Description: This is a perfect embosser for personal use, or for any student that is on the go and in need of an embosser that is capable of producing graphics at an affordable price ...

4.) One Refurbished Alva Satellite 544 44-Cell Braille Display with 90 Day Warranty
Price: $995.00 USD
Contact: http://bit.ly/21QJXVd.
Description: Synonymous with global excellence and an intuitive, market-driven design, for the past seventeen years the ALVA Satellite Series of Braille displays has been the benchmark ...

5.) 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 ...

6.) 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 ...

7.) One Gently Used Optelec Clearview Plus HD with 22 Inch Monitor
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 ...

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Flying Blind, LLC Online Store Highlights:
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1.) '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, and Published by AFB Press - AFB Online Store
Paperback: $29.95, Online: $17.95, ePUB: $20.95, Kindle: $20.95
http://bit.ly/iOS9-ITC-AFB-FBLLC
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 ...

2.) Silver Indoor Outdoor Talking Thermometer for $16.95 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
http://bit.ly/1HHaM7I
Indoor and outdoor temperature spoken at the touch of a button, Fahrenheit or Celsius, volume control and on/off switch. LCD visual display can show either indoor or outdoor temperature ...

3.) Perkins Mini Braille Display 16 Cell for $1,495.00 USD Each and 24 Cell for $2,295.00 USD Each - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
http://bit.ly/1l9TSEw
A portable Braille display with more to offer for less money. The Mini provides Braille input and output for PCs, tablets, mobile phones, and gives you that internal notetaking functionality ...

4.) Large Print Address Book for $16.00 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
http://bit.ly/1Q1LZxC
Spiral bound book. Holds up to 500 address listings. Three address listings per page. Includes 20/20 pen. Durable covers with inside front and back pockets. Alphabetical tabs and ample room ...

5.) Smart Beetle 14 Cell Refreshable Braille Display with Executive Products Carrying Case for $1,275.00 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
http://bit.ly/1OHltXe
A Pocket-sized Power Pack That Fits Your Lifestyle and Your Budget! Ultra-Portable 14-Cell Braille Display with 5 Simultaneous Bluetooth Connections! Smart Beetle is a 14 Cell Braille ...

6.) Large Print Check Register for $8.75 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
http://bit.ly/1TmcA6r
Spiral bound register helps keep better control of check recording. Contains spaces for 14 entries per full page. Size: 5" x 9" ...

7.) Braille Edge 40 Braille Display with Executive Products Carrying Case for $2,695.00 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
http://bit.ly/1O5ircy
The most powerful and versatile Braille display, with the features of a basic Notetaker! Manage Your Daily Life! Braille EDGE 40 is not only a most reliable, high-performance refreshable Braille ...

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