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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Volume 646

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1A) This is a good compendium of information for the new user of a Chromebook, with videos and links to more resources:

https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/my-first-chromebook-what-ive-learned/

1B) The same author explains the accessories he has found useful for his Chromebook:

https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/my-chromebook-accessories/

2) The January 2018 Issue of AccessWorld updates us on what's new in WatchOS 4, MacOS High Sierra, and TVOS 11, and provides reviews of the Braille Sense Polaris, the Orbit Reader, two Braille displays with iOS11, and the current state of Braille with Windows Narrator:

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw1901toc

3A) Some news in the audio description arena. The Audio Description Project's 'Master AD List' now includes TV Series with Audio Description from the nine FCC-mandated TV networks. It currently lists nearly 1,800 movies and TV Series with description:

http://acb.org/adp/masterad.html

3B) A lot of YouTube videos can benefit from audio description, and YouDescribe has several videos explaining how all can assist in making these videos accessible:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNJrbI_nyy9sjqZ-Wcn6sX868i9KtdNrT&disable_polymer=true&utm_content=buffer6ba41&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

4A) Three items about web accessibility. This informative article from 24 Accessibility is entitled 'So You Want to Become an Accessibility Specialist':

https://www.24a11y.com/2017/want-become-accessibility-specialist/

4B) Perkins School invites you to assess 'How much do you know about Web Accessibility?'

http://www.perkins.org/solutions/access/accessibility-quiz

4C) And this post from Braille Works reminds us 'Why Web Accessibility Still Relies on Human Action:'

https://medium.com/@BrailleWorks/why-web-accessibility-still-relies-on-human-action-4e4d5c318dc5

5A) Perhaps you'll find a useful resource for acquiring books that you were unaware of: '50+ Ways To Get Free Books: For Educators, Clubs, And More:'

https://bookriot.com/?p=149092

5B) And this one might help you save some money on audio books, though it does come with an annoying auto-played video:

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ways-to-save-money-on-audiobooks/

5C) Speaking of audio books, you can now get them in the Google Play store, and no monthly membership is required:

https://play.google.com/store/books/category/audiobooks

6A) Here is one writer's collection of 'VoicOver iPhone Tips,' along with suggestions for other learning resources:

https://www.thinkingoutloud-sassystyle.com/voiceoveriphone-tips/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

6B) Incidentally, there are now eight podcasts in the iPhone 101 series from Blind Abilities:

http://blindabilities.com/category/technology/iphone101/

7) The VFO Group has grown again with the acquisition of Enhanced Vision:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18356

8A) NCBI, the National Council of the Blind of Ireland, holds a Virtual Technology Club. Their first meeting is on the day of release of this newsletter (01/25/2018) at 19:00 GMT. They use the Zoom meeting platform, so access is possible from throughout the world. The link for the first meeting, if you get it in time, is:

https://zoom.us/j/995412665

8B) You can read the Virtual Technology Club User Guide here (DOCX):

http://www.ncbi.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Virtual-technology-Club-User-Guide.docx

8C) And for more information about the schedule of upcoming meetings, write to:

stuart.lawler@ncbi.ie

9) Hear about eSight Eyewear, glasses which can enhance the functional vision of people with many eye problems, on Eyes on Success Issue #1804:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

10) Duxbury Systems has released DBT WIN 12.02 SR1, with some new Braille embosser support, improved math support, and other enhancements:

https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18346

11) That Blind Tech Show #11 features discussion about smart glasses, Facebook accessibility, and more:

http://blindabilities.com/uncategorized/that-blind-tech-show-11-rolling-back-skype-facebook-timeline-smart-glasses-is-apple-really-innovating/

12) Linson Productions offers a candid look at the Kindle Fire HD7:

http://www.linsonproductions.com/lppodcast/2018/1/22/the-fire-has-only-embers-left

13) The webinar 'Enhance Your Productivity with Free Assistive Technologies from Microsoft' will take place on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 at 20:00 GMT:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2k9pkjPvRtaXL1EQPv3O_Q

14) We're still waiting for the Blind Bargains 2017 Year in Review Qast, which is near to release, but in the meantime, the Consumer Electronics show and other matters come up for discussion in Program #130:

http://blindbargains.com/b/18353

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