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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Volume 592
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) Let's start with more "Best Of" Lists from 2016. Wired says it knows what the best gadgets of the year were:
https://www.wired.com/2016/12/best-front-loading-washing-machine-dryer-electrolux-617-series/

2) I'm not sure how they surveyed this, but here are what are supposedly "The 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2016:"
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/most-popular-recipes

3) This writer's compilation of "The Best Journalism of 2016" stands to give you hours of poignant reading material:
http://www.si.com/tech-media/2017/01/03/best-journalism-writing-reporting-2016

4) Narrowing in on the best of last month, the AppleVis team comes through with "What's New and Noteworthy for December 2016:"
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-applevis-braille-gaming-ios-ios-apps-news-opinion-reviews/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

5) "How to Stay Safe Online: CNET's Security Checklist" offers a good overview with links in case you want to dig into the different aspects of online security:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/cnet-security-how-to/

6) As audio described movies and TV programs become more available, the Audio Description Project now offers "direct links from every page to listings of AudioDescription video on TV, DVD, Netflix, iTunes, and at movies:"
http://acb.org/adp/

7) Learn about "5 Innovative Ways Art is Becoming More Accessible to the Blind Community:"
http://mashable.com/2016/12/29/art-accessibility-blind-low-vision/

8) NVDA will do some serious innovating with the next release, as you will be able to use it to read Kindle books using the Kindle for PC app. You can test this capability now:
http://www.nvaccess.org/kindle/

9) HumanWare is apparently giving away a Braille Note Touch and a Brailliant display in honor of World Braille Day. Registrations close 31 January 2017:
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/subscribe/gift_of_braille?Do_Service=Yes&GotJS=yes

10) Speaking of Braille, here is a proposed answer to the question: "I'm not totally blind, but I can't see very well. Should I learn Braille?"
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/essential-skills/reading-writing-and-vision-loss/all-about-braille/1235

11) People never seem to tire of comparing the different digital assistants with one another, and we seem to never tire of announcing their posts. This one is a video comparing SIRI with Google Assistant, with SIRI coming out better than expected:
https://birchtree.me/blog/the-difference-between-google-assistant-and-siri/

12) Those who administer WordPress sites may be happy to know that a new Plug-In called High Contrast Admin adds administrative color schemes for the visually impaired:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/high-contrast-admin/

13) The second of the two-part series on guide dogs airs this week on Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net/

14) The article "10 Ways to Search Google for Information That 96% of People Don't Know About" is worth perusing even though a few of the demonstrative examples are unfortunately posted as screen shots, making them difficult if not impossible for screen reader users to access:
https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/10-ways-to-search-google-for-information-that-96-of-people-dont-know-about-256760/

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