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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Volume 639

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The National Federation of the Blind gave a review of the ElBraille which is well worth consulting for anybody thinking of buying one:

https://nfb.org/blog/article/3407

2) According to MIT Technology Review, 'An Open-Source (and Cute) Alternative to Amazon Echo:'

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/607892/an-open-source-and-cute-alternative-to-amazon-echo/

3) David Woodbridge recorded 'Walk Through of Setting Up An Amazon Echo via The alexa.amazon.com Website:'

http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/walk-through-of-setting-up-an-amazon-echo-via-the-alexaamazoncom-website/

4) Here is a YouTube Demo of VoiceOver for iOS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCHpdjvxBws

5) The Blind Alive team has come out with a free iOS app. This is the iTunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eyes-free-fitness/id966686576?mt=8

6) Back to Amazon, the Kindle recently turned ten, and the creator of the 'I Love My Kindle Blog' writes about it:

https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/decade-1-the-first-ten-years-of-the-kindle/

7) Non-profit organizations can apply here for assistance in making their web sites accessible:

https://air-rallies.org/

8) I suspect we've mentioned this before, but in case we haven't, here is the 'Amazon Guide to Accessibility Features on the Fire Tablet:'

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html

9) Kathy Ann Murtha has written a textbook on using JAWS with Facebook, and she'll be discussing the use and accessibility of Facebook on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 December 2017 at 01:00:

http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

10) From this page, starting sometime early on Friday, 1 December 2017, you'll be able to read the Applevis summary of the noteworthy Apple accessibility happenings for November 2017:

https://applevis.com/blog

11) Development continues actively on the Envision AI app, an iOS app that reads text and recognizes faces and objects. It is available in many countries where Seeing AI is not:

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/envision-ai

12) Another bright spot in development of an iOS app comes from the ActiView app, intended to allow movie watchers to access audio description, close caption, or amplified audio. With the new version, once you create a free account, you have a growing number of movies to choose from:

https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/actiview-new-and-improved-more-movies

13) Here's a significant listing of books on web accessibility, from Web Axe:

http://www.webaxe.org/web-accessibility-books/

14) Hear about Talking Book Library services on Eyes on Success #1749:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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