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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Volume 559
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,

1) The Microsoft Support site offers us "Using Mail for Windows 10 with Narrator:"
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Using-Mail-for-Windows-10-with-Narrator-6017079f-5087-4fa9-9111-0527e456d817?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

2) The blind accessibility testers society describes itself as "A place to learn more about Accessibility testing and tools."
http://bats.fyi/

3) A lot happens in the world of Apple for the blind, and you get a good summary of the month's news from "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for April 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-gaming-ios-apps-iphone-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-april

4) Recordings of all the presentations from the recently-completed NVDACon are now available:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

5) Here is another message elaborating on the rationale behind the Dictation Bridge project:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/05/02/why-i-am-building-dictationbridge/

6) Join Seminars@Hadley on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 at 16:00 GMT for the next installment of the Quarterly iFocus Seminar. Topics will be "Finding Audio Descriptions in iTunes" and "Exploring the Videos App". Register for the seminar at:
http://www.hadley.edu/SeminarDetails.asp?sid=319

7A) Read about the "New Career Advantage Employment Preparation Primer for Visually Impaired Persons:"
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/04/new-career-advantage-employment.html

7B) And along the same line, Bonnie Mosen has created a $29.95 ebook for blind job seekers, "It's Off to Work We Go." Purchasers gain access to a job club as well:
http://mosen.org/work/

8) This help page tells you most of what you need to know about the TalkBack screen reader for Android:
https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/?hl=en#topic=3529932

9) Here is a post called "Most frustrating piece of tech I have? The Apple Watch:"
http://steve.sawczyn.com/most-frustrating-piece-of-tech-i-have-the-apple-watch/?utm_content=buffer69f9f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

10) AI Squared has released a new update to Zoomtext, called version 10.11.3, which officially supports Office 2016:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15210

11) The youth that created the Braille embosser based on Legos is at it again, this time with a plan to develop self-directed learning software that is accessible for blind children, complete with fun games. They are quite well-organized, and are seeking funding for the Treasure Box Braille Learning Sysgtem:
http://learningproject.cst.org/ideas/990

12) Following up on last week's Eyes on Success episode on the vOICe technology, in Episode 1619 they talk with Mick Curran about how he used concepts from this technology in the AudioScreen add-on for NVDA:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

13) In the Spring 2016 edition of the "508 Xpress", a quarterly newsletter on making electronic content accessible to everyone, you will be introduced to a member of our team, discover quick tips on converting Word docs to PDFs, learn how to create accessible infographics, delve into the 508 requirements for your videos, discover the first article in a new series entitled "Plain Language Provisions" and more:
http://www.section508.va.gov/support/newsletter/508XPressVolume16Spring2016.pdf

14) Learn about the new Braille Note Touch, a Google-certified Android Tablet, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 10 May 2016 at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

15) For the introductory price of $50 for the downloadable course, or $70 for the files plus some instruction, you can get a course on Logic Pro, audio production software for the Mac. The price is set to increase on 6 May:
http://ashzcash.com/courses/logic/

16) On the Blind Abilities page, you will find podcasts where the presenters discuss and demonstrate their favorite podcasts, many technology-related, some not:
http://blindabilities.com/

17) Marcos explains "How to: Add image descriptions to pictures you tweet:"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2016/03/30/how-to-add-image-descriptions-to-pictures-you-tweet/

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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
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6.) One Gently Used Ruby XL HD Handheld Video Magnifier
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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 ...

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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
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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
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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
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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 ...

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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 $2,795.00 USD - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
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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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