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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Volume 575
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Several regular, or seasonal, events are happening this week. For one, NVDA 2016.3 is now official, with better support for Word, fixes and improvements for several Braille displays, and speaking of form fields in Excel:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/announcing-nvda-2016-3-release/

2A) As this is being written, the Apple event in which the next iOS, WatchOS and iPhones 7 are unveiled will take place. One concise summary of it will be generated on a special edition of the Blind Side podcast:
http://www.mosen.org/theblindside

2B) In addition, Jonathan will discuss iOS10 and his forthcoming book about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 13 September at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.aspid=rsc9613dc89eb2

2C) Finally, the Feel and See iOS books contain tactile diagrams of screens. Available in Braille, large print or combo formats, the books will be ready when the operating system is released, and if you order by 9 September you get a discount:
http://blindbargains.com/classifieds.php?m=3246

3A) At last, 'tis the season for the next paid version of JAWS, JAWS 18. The latest FSCast covers information about some of the version's new features, including a new merge settings feature, the ability to have a physical mouse speak as it is moved, improved performance on some complex web pages, and closer interaction with ZoomText:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

3B) The first public Beta version has just become available:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Jaws/JawsPublicBeta

4) YourTube is an accessible YouTube player which now uses HTML 5 instead of Flash. You can search for and watch videos in an accessible format from your computer or phone:
http://www.povidi.com/yourtube/

5) HIMS will hold a webinar on 13 September entitled "All-in-One Tools for Students with Low Vision and Blindness:"
http://hims.acemlnb.com/lt.php?s=9142db1a0cfba48e4a251c70a3f64a45&i=144A173A2A2170

6) This post brings good news: "Finally, There's a Comic Book Store for the Blind:"
http://www.vice.com/read/comics-empower-comic-book-store-for-the-blind

7) Here is an email program that may replace Outlook Express for those who miss that long-defunct program:
https://www.oeclassic.com/

8) This Fred's Head post is called "How to Locate and Access Audio-Described Content:"
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/09/how-to-locate-and-access-audio_45.html

9) The people at WebAIM explain to web developers and accessibility testers that there are "Three things you should know before using VoiceOver for testing:"
http://webaim.org/blog/three-things-voiceover/

10) A mailing list has been set up for those beta-testing Apple products. Subscribers will have to answer a screening question to prove that they are really testing. To join, send a blank message to:
apple-beta-subscribe@damorris.com

11) Here is a blog called "Marty's Blindfold Games | Audio games for the visually impaired community:"
https://blindfoldgames.org/

12) Bristol Braillists is a UK grassroots organization working to promote Braille literacy. A vote for them on this site could get them some much-needed funding:
https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2016-shortlisted-groups/south-west/bristol-braillists/

13) You can get a lot of Apple accessibility news in one place by catching "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for August 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-applevis-ios-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-august-2016

We conclude with a compendium of podcast information:

14A) Blind Bargains Qast 72 is ready for you:
http://blindbargains.com/b/15848

14B) The Blind side Episode 4 features a BBC journalist who is blind:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/episode4 on #SoundCloud

14C) Episode #115 of the Maccessibility podcast:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/09/03/mrtp-115-skus-all-over-the-place/

14D) And Episode #1635 of Eyes on Success is about Waitressing in the Dark:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

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