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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Volume 584
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1A) A lot of attention these days is going to the Amazon Echo and its new Google Home competitor. As the A T Junky podcast seeks to become regular, here is a thorough discussion of the Amazon Echo Dot:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5252000-review-of-amazon-echo-dot

1B) Here's a short review from RNIB Tech Talk:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5205806-review-amazon-echo-the-short-review

1C) Android Central passes along "Top Amazon Echo Tips and Tricks:"
http://www.androidcentral.com/top-amazon-echo-tips-and-tricks

1D) And this video shows the two systems responding to the same questions:
http://mashable.com/2016/11/03/we-asked-google-home-and-amazon-the-same-questions/#q1fzpYwVRmqf

2A) Apple's new Accessibility website was introduced on October 25th during the live Apple Event. Hadley's iFocus instructional videos are now listed as an external resource under Vision. Click on here and then scroll down to "External Resources"
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision/

2B) Also, visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the all new "Arranging Apps" iFocus Instructional Video:
https://youtu.be/n0pJSGL22CQ

3) David Pogue offers a quick 30-second video on using the iPhone as a magnifier with iOS10:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ios-10-hidden-feature-the-magnifier-142655298.html

4) Here is a video where the BeSpecular iOS app is demonstrated, thereby allowing a visually impaired person to get visual questions answered:
http://bit.ly/2eVk4jr

5) This RNIB tech Talk demo shows off Microsoft Narrator:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5257462-how-to-using-windows-narrator

6A) "How Smartphones Help a Blind Person Navigate: Part One," is a cogent article from RNIB with many supporting links:
http://bit.ly/2fEsNIg

6B) And while we're on the subject of navigation, this Cool Blind Tech podcast discusses the Nearby Explorer App:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/nearby-explorer-for-ios-putting-gps-to-the-test/

7A) When the annual JAWS update is released, discussion usually ensues as to whether the upgrade is worthwhile. This Blind Bargains post suggests that the latest one is:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16113

7B) Meanwhile, we can listen to Blind Bargains Qast 80:
http://blindbargains.com/b/16116

8A) Jonathan Mosen gives us his "Thoughts From A Totally Blind Hearing Aid User:"
https://www.hearingtracker.com/blog/how-i-see-it-thoughts-from-a-totally-blind-hearing-aid-user/

8B) And a "Keynote Address to the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired:"
http://mosen.org/my-keynote-address-to-the-new-jersey-commission-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/

9) The NCBI November podcast from Ireland features the Orbit Reader and more:
http://www.ncbi.ie/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/podcast_november_2016.mp3

10) What is it like to study law in India? This and more can be learned in Episode 1646 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) CAVI will be offering a new cooking course on the Half Hour Meal to start soon:
http://bit.ly/2g0FX56

12) If the organization hasn't already found their 30 participants, blind mobile phone users who can use Skype on their devices may earn $100 for taking part in a usability study. Write to:
laura.rodriguez@hcl.com

13) You might glean some gems from reading about "100+ Alternative Search Engines You Should Know:"
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/100-alternative-search-engines-you-should-know/

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