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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Volume 595

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco has launched the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition. An annual set of awards up to $25,000 to fund the dreams and ambitions of blind individuals worldwide:

https://www.holmanprize.org/

2) This video offers glimpses of how blind people use the Be My Eyes App (one of this editor's favorites (Dean Martineau), as it offers a quick solution to some irritating problems.)

https://vimeo.com/198938647

3) The free PAVE web tool allows users to test existing PDF documents for accessibility and to interactively make the necessary corrections:

http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/09/12/pave-2-0-a-new-generation-of-the-web-tool-for-pdf-accessibility/

4) NVAccess, the people behind NVDA, now have a blog which they claim they will use to update us on events related to NVDA. The first post gives a lot of useful information:

http://www.nvaccess.org/category/in-process/

5) This Cool Blind Tech podcast, "See the Future: Installing Windows 10 with Speech Using Only Microsoft Media," shows how blind users will soon be able to independently install Windows 10:

https://coolblindtech.com/see-the-future-installing-windows-10-with-speech-using-only-microsoft-media/

6) Those who take part in the Windows Insider program get to see and test developments like the one detailed above. Joseph Lee of NVDA fame discusses his participation in the program:

http://insidersblog.azurewebsites.net/index.php/2017/01/08/winsiders-and-accessibility-introduction-insider-journey-so-far/

7) The VisionAware blog suggests that several guides can help you locate the best products to help you adjust to vision loss:

http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/helpful-products/12

8) This podcast gives "An Introduction to Suddenly Lost, An Interactive Adventure Novel for iOS:"

http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/introduction-suddenly-lost-interactive-adventure-novel-ios

9A) CAVI is making some innovative and well-developed information about audio production available for free. First, here is the article on "Installing reaper and dependencies for audio:"

http://wiki.cucat.org/pmwiki.php/Reaper2016s2/InstallingReaperOSARAAndSWS

9B) Next, they have several audio demos which can be downloaded individually or as a podcast:

http://www.cucat.org/au/freeaudio/

10) Eyes on Success #1705 is an interview with author Shelly Brisbin and is entitled "Guide to Accessibility of iOS Devices:"

http://eyesonsuccess.net

11) This article from Lyft discusses how they maintain accessibility in the app, and gives some good resources:

https://eng.lyft.com/keeping-lyft-accessible-53155f0098b9#.w067rxgyw

12) If you are chosen to participate in a Simply Accessible usability study, you can earn $75:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfae12ScSS8hWq2HDk_xTlumHcn0mY09yLhn7T23WQnnMozQQ/viewform

13) Hadley's iFocus instructional videos have been revised to reflect the changes in iOS 10.2 and can be found at:

http://www.hadley.edu/instructionalvideos.asp

14) The review of 2016 continues in the Blind Bargains Qast world:

http://blindbargains.com/b/16602

15) And in closing we have a new Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast:

http://maccessibility.net/

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