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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Volume 589
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Starting out with news related to the American Foundation for the Blind: The December 2016 issue of AccessWorld offers the "2016 AccessWorld Gift Guide for Recipients with Visual Impairments," apps and web sites featuring "Accessible Recipes for Holiday Cooking and Entertaining," "Game Review: Timecrest: The Door by Sneaky Crab, Incorporated," Microsoft Word with NVDA: A Review of the Latest NV Access Training Guide," "What's New in MacOS Sierra and the New MacBooks," "A Conversation with Lainey Feingold about her new book, Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits" and "W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative: Leading the Charge in Web Accessibility Across the Globe:"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) AFB and Google conducted a workshop on accessing Google apps and services. Only a few people could attend. Here are the training materials made available there:
https://sites.google.com/site/afbttt2016/

3) AFB offers a new $49 webinar, "Age-Related Eye Diseases: Advances in Treatment:"
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eARECtreatment&ruling=Yes

4) Finally, courtesy of the Career Connect Blog comes "CareerConnect at the Movies: Employment Advice Adapted from Film for Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired:"
http://www.afb.org/blog/careerconnect-blog/careerconnect-at-the-movies-employment-advice-adapted-from-film-for-job-seekers-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired/12

5) These YouTubers asked Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant 50 questions - who do you think came out on top?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5sD3LOfES8

6) While on the subject of those virtual assistants, "Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. What Happens to Your Data?"
https://www.wired.com/2016/12/alexa-and-google-record-your-voice/?mbid=social_twitter

7) And talking about privacy, this site is titled "Privacy Tools - Encryption Against Global Mass Surveillance:"
https://www.privacytools.io/

8) Jeremy Keith has written a free book "Resilient Web Design," available on the web, as PDF, or as podcasts:
https://resilientwebdesign.com/

9) Looking now at a couple accounts of individuals' decisions regarding technology, Shelly Brisbin has penned a poem about not buying a MacBook Pro:
http://brisbin.net/blog/2016/12/11/i-did-not-buy-a-macbook-pro/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

10) Carl Belanger gives us his second article about switching to Android:
https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/my-experiences-switching-android-part-2-tips-tricks-and-lessons-learned

11) This Fred's Head post describes the Sero App from Serotek:
http://www.fredshead.info/2016/12/the-sero-app-available-for-your.html

12) The free Shut the Box talking game for the PC has received an update:
http://atguys.com/software/details.php?f=1

13) The Braille Note Touch has recently been updated, and now so has the free audio tutorial on the device:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/braillenote-touch-tutorial

14) HowToGeek tells us "How to Use Facebook's Search to Find Anyone or Anything:"
http://www.howtogeek.com/282908/how-to-use-facebooks-search-to-find-anyone-or-anything/

15) Envision America will discuss their various barcode scanners and medication identifiers on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 20 December at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

16) Almost all our podcasting regulars have something to offer this week. It's the tenth anniversary of FSCast:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast135-Celebrating_10_years_of_FSCast,Karen_and_Andrew_Zeman,Ryan_Jones.mp3

17) The AT Junkie interviews a certified orientation and mobility specialist:
https://audioboom.com/boos/5376600

18) We heard from Shelly Brisbin earlier. Now she's back to demonstrate the audio interface just added to the Roku products:
<http://brisbin.net/blog/2016/12/07/roku-audio-guide-demo-cast/

19) Blind Bargains Qast #85 will be the last regular issue of the year, with their year-end wrap-up issue stilll to come:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16269

20) They talk about low vision support groups in Eyes on Success episode 1651:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201651.htm

21) Jackie Brown talks about her book on Braille displays in Episode 18 of The Blind Side Podcast:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/episode18 on #SoundCloud

22) We hear how to give voice commands to BlindSquare, and discover other new attributes of Version 4.0 of this popular GPS App:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5381663-your-wish-is-my-command-how-to-talk-to-blindsquare

23) The MacCessibility Roundtable podcast is up to Episode #122:
http://maccessibility.net/2016/12/10/mrtp-122-percussion-protection/

24) "Touch Bar MacBook Pro with VoiceOver" is the title of the latest Tech Doctor Podcast:
http://www.dr-carter.com

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