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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Volume 590
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Users of the NLS BARD service will thoroughly enjoy BARD Express. This is a new PC program that makes downloading BARD books easier and at the same time adds multiple actions for the experienced user. No more needing to use the web to get books!
https://nlsbardpractice.loc.gov/LOC_02/BARDExpress.html

2) RS Games has released a couple of new games for play either in Windows or on iOS:
http://rsgames.org/

3) Also in the game department, RapiTap is an accessible Android game which is now on sale:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.twentytwopoint.rapitap

4) NVDA 2016.4 is now officially released, featuring improved support for Microsoft Edge, browse mode in the Windows 10 Mail app, and significant improvements to NVDA's dialogs:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-4-now-available/

5) Mystic Access offers a six week, $89 teleclass on the Vario Ultra to start on Wednesday, 18 January 2017:
http://www.mysticaccess.com/teleclass/varioultra-class

6) Version 2.5 of the Seeing Eye GPS app, available under other names in other countries, is now available, with over ten new features. Here is the Frequently Asked Questions document about the program:
http://senderogroup.com/products/SeeingEyeGPS/segpsfaq.html#support

7) Another user writes about his technology decisions, as a former Apple Watch aficionado bids farewell to the Apple Watch:
http://mattgemmell.com/farewell-to-the-apple-watch/

8) VO Starter is a useful app for learning VoiceOver gestures. With version 3.0, it has received a considerable facelift:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vo-starter/id586844936?mt=8

9) And while we're on the subjecgt of learning VoiceOver, Ballyland Rotor is a sequel of Ballyland Magic, and is designed to help children master the rotor:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ballyland-rotor/id1178492542?mt=8

10) Here is a list from an avid podcast listener of 19 podcast episodes from different series over the last few years discussing different aspects of blindness:
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/listen-with-the-lights-out-19-podcasts-about-blindness/12

11) The archive of Hartgen Consultancy's recent Training course on advanced Outlook topics can now be purchased from their Training area:
http://www.hartgen.org/training

12) These are said to be the most popular TED talks of 2016:
http://www.ted.com/playlists/451/the_most_popular_talks_of_2016

13) Here, in French, are results of a study on screen reader usage in French and other French-speaking countries:
http://www.aveuglesdefrance.org/actualites/etude-sur-lusage-des-lecteurs-decran-en-france-et-en-francophonie-une-premiere-etape

14) Verizon now offers Text to Speech functionality for the Fios TV on-screen guide to enhance accessibility for visually impaired customers:
http://www.verizon.com/about/accessibility/text-speech

15) Bristol Braille Technology conducted an impressive demonstration of its Canute multi-line Braille display, and seeks funding to continue development:
http://bristolbraille.co.uk/publications.htm#ncw16

16) Another group seeking funding is working on Menus4All, which would allow users to review restaurants, order taxis to get to them, or order food delivery:
<http://menus4all.com/

17) CAVI plans to run its Half Hour Meal Cooking Course in January:
http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Mealsin30

18) Here's a list of "Most-Edited Wikipedia Pages of 2016:"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38394685?ocid=socialflow_twitter

19) KNFBReader Version 2.7.3 for Android features support for for Android 7.1+, including Pixel devices. The Android version of this app remains priced at $19.95, but one post suggests that this offer will end at the end of the year:
https://nfb.org/knfbreader

20) Turning to podcasts, Episode #1652 of Eyes on Success contains a discussion of using VoiceOver on the iPhone, focusing on Peter's favorite apps:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

21) Robert Carter follows up his last Tech Doctor podcast with more discussion on the Mac Touch Bar:
http://dr-carter.com

22) Hear from the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Episode 19 of the Blind Sight Podcast:
https://soundcloud.com/theblindsidepodcast/the-blind-side-podcast-episode-19-colleen-wunderlich-hadley-institute-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired

23) Learn about "Setting Up and Using the Twitter App," in the latest blind Abilities podcast:
http://blindabilities.com/quickhit/twitter-101-setting-up-and-using-the-twitter-app/

24) And finally, the latest Cool Blind Tech Podcast demonstrates "Windows Calendar: Using Narrator with ETI Eloquence for Windows:"
https://coolblindtech.com/windows-calendar-using-narrator-with-eti-eloquence-for-windows/

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