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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Volume 567
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) SpeakOn MediaSuite is a free, self-voicing application for finding, retrieving and playing audio and text media. Latest improvements have included a sleep timer and podcast support:
http://www.speakon.org.uk/SpeakOn.html

2) The Think Inclusive Blog tells us about the "Top 100 Picture Books with Image Descriptions in Bookshare:"
http://www.thinkinclusive.us/image-descriptions-bookshare/

3) The ever-evolving NVDA Korean-English site now has a section devoted to NVDA-related courses. It also has archives of many tutorials and audio presentations about the screen reader:
http://nvda-kr.org/en/

4) 7-128 Software brings us the 2016 version of "Top 25 Sites for Gamers Who Are Blind:"
http://www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html

5) Here is the latest news regarding the Dictation Bridge undertaking:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/06/29/dictationbridge-our-gratitude/

6) The latest Blind Abilities podcast focuses on the benefits of the now-on-sale KNFBReader app for iOS and Android:
http://blindabilities.com/bapresents/knfb-reader-go-mobile-and-make-the-print-yours/

7) We have previously mentioned Computers for the Blind, which provides refurbished desktops to blind people for $110, and notebooks for $160. Now, while supplies last, recipients of SSI can get a computer for $50:
http://computersfortheblind.net/

8) If you have been wishing to join the ranks of visually-impaired Internet radio broadcasters, Mushroom FM might provide a forum for you. They have a clear guide that lays out the process of becoming one of their broadcasters:
http://www.mushroomfm.com/node/598

9) From Media Access Australia comes "5 Simple Ways You Can Dramatically Improve Your Blog's Accessibility:"
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/web/5-simple-ways-you-can-dramatically-improve-your-blog%E2%80%99s-accessibility

10) In FSCast 128, we can learn about VFO's deals offered to attendees of the ACB, NFB and Sight Village conventions, changes in JAWS that make MathML more accessible in Braille, and VFO's work with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

11) SpeedDots produces a variety of tactual screen protectors for the various iPhones, enabling blind users to type or operate the phone more easily. Now they have overlays that support Braille screen input for the latest phones:
http://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_31&products_id=236

12A) Here follow two related audio accessibility tips related to Android: "Labeling Unlabeled Buttons Using Talkback:"
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/labeling-unlabeled-buttons-using-talkback?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

12B) And "Importing Custom labels into Talkback:"
http://inclusiveandroid.com/content/importing-custom-labels-talkback?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

13) The Blind Living podcast comes from Industries for the Blind in Milwaukee. It features interviews by producers and users of technology and other services for the blind:
http://www.blindlivingradio.com/

14) Plans for regional NVDACons in Korea, Asia and Eastern Europe are in the early stages. Meanwhile, the US team has a website and discussion forum:
https://nvdacon.groups.io/g/us/thread/let_planning_for_nvdacon/2086044?p=,,,20,0,0,0::RecentPostDate%2FSticky,,,20,2,0,2086044

15) Customers of Dancing Dots now have the option to acquire any of their accessible music notation software (Lime Lighter, GoodFeel, and Lime Aloud suites) under an annual or monthly Subscription Plan. Subscription Plans allow users to pay as they go and include technical support and all software. See:
http://www.DancingDots.com

16) We get another perspective on the Apple Watch for blind users in Episode 1627 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) To conclude, yours truly (Dean Martineau) has been wasting time on a project I've wanted to do for a long time. Standard Braille, UEB or not, is just not contracted enough for me, especially when reading on an 18-cell display, so I've been taking previous efforts like Grade Three Braille and BUOC, adding a lot of other contraction ideas and building a system for my personal use. Anybody who would like to discuss, inquire about or contribute to such efforts is welcome to drop me a note at the usual address:
topdot@gmail.com

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