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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Volume 604

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Talkback 5.2 features some welcome new sounds. This MP3 demonstrates:

https://sndup.net/6jw9/Unveiling+of+New+Sounds+in+TalkBack+5.2.mp3

2) Hadley Institute offers the Spring into Braille Challenge. Those who log various quantities of pages between 3 April 2017 and 31 May 2017 can be entered to win Amazon gift cards. Current enrollment in Hadley is not required:

http://hadley.edu/braille_reading_contest_register.asp

3A) Apple Releases iOS 10.3, bringing with it a number of VoiceOver fixes, but also introducing at least one new bug of note:

https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-news/apple-releases-ios-103-bringing-number-voiceover-fixes-also-introducing-least

3B) And this article from Cult of Mac, "Apple File System: Everything You Need to Know About the New APFS:"

http://www.cultofmac.com/435718/apfs-new-apple-file-system/

4) There is a gentleman that makes custom reading or magnification stands, so that virtually any device with a camera can be placed on the stand and a document read or magnified, regardless of the case the device is in. Personalized collapsable stands cost $39.95:

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5) While this post discusses other ideas, we include it here because of its explanation of the importance of maintaining funding to Bookshare:

http://www.blindscholar.com/2017/03/25/what-would-the-america-first-budget-mean-for-me/

6) The NFB technology team did a presentation on "Phones for Low vision and Blind Seniors". This post includes the link to download slides of the presentation as well as an invitation to phone them for a consulltation if you still have questions after viewing them:

https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/national-federation-blind-reviews-phones-low-vision-and-blind-seniors

7) This Spanish-language podcast discusses how a blind person can code in Swift on the Mac using a Braille display:

http://www.tifloaudio.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/ta074.mp3

8) While we're on the subject of software development, Eyes on Success Episode #1714 features an interview with a blind software engineer:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

9) This Office Support post is entitled "Make your PowerPoint Presentations Accessible:"

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Make-your-PowerPoint-presentations-accessible-6f7772b2-2f33-4bd2-8ca7-dae3b2b3ef25?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US#bkmk_winhidetitle

10) This Microsoft Team YouTube Video includes some accessibility information, among other topics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ShVRI5bqVs&feature=youtu.be&t=3m12s

11) AT&T claims to offer Discount Internet Access to people on SSI or Food Stamps:

https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/#/

12) NVDA Certified Expert Accreditation is now available. Anybody can take the exam, and if you pass, you can choose to pay $100 Australian, about $75 USD, to be able to announce yourself as an NVDA Certified Expert:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-certified-expert-accreditation-now-available/

13) The latest book on using the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with VoiceOver from National Braille Press is "Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 10". Paper Braille and electronic versions cost $24, while electronic editions provided on a thumb drive cost $26.50:

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS10.html

14) The IRS has released its 100th eBook of tax preparation information. These free books can be downloaded or viewed in HTML or PDF from the Forms and Pubs page at:

https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs

15) Blind Bargains Qast 93 is "The 2017 CSUN Wrap-up Show:"

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15B) And this post, "Reflecting on Assistive Technology and Advocating for Accessibility," is the fruit of some CSUN experience:

https://www.thinkcompany.com/2017/03/reflecting-on-assistive-technology-and-advocating-for-accessibility/

16) This brief post and YouTube video shows how the Aipoly Vision App can recognize 1,000 essential items for free, and more through a subscription. The app can read them out in seven different languages and it also identifies colours:

http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2017/03/28/aipoly-app-opens-up-the-world-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/

17) This podcast Demonstrates the Orcam: OCR, Object and Facial Recognition System:

http://blindabilities.com/bapresents/demonstrating-the-orcam-ocr-object-and-facial-recognition/

18) Dr. Scott Hollier, who describes himself as a Digital Access Specialist, suggests the best pairs of screen readers and web browsers for accessibility testing:

http://hollier.info/browserpairing/

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