Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 22, 2015 – Volume 531
The Week’s News in Adaptive Technology
A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1A) To get in on this event live, you will have to act fast: the free webinar, “Accessing Facebook using Window-Eyes” will take place on Thursday, 22 August at 18:00 GMT. The webinar will be recorded, and handouts available, if you can’t make the live session:
1B) Along these same lines, the Facebook Monthly Accessibility Update for September is out:
2) Learn about the Amazon Echo and how to use it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 26 October at 00:00:
3) Visit Hadley’s YouTube Channel to find the new iFocus “How to Peek and Pop” Instructional Video at:
4) Tripmode is a Mac app that allows you to control the data that your Mac uses whilst it’s connected to a mobile hotspot, or for that matter, any specific WiFi network. Hear about why you might be interested in it in iBlindTech Episode 68:
5A) Win10 is another mailing list for discussing Windows 10 for blind users. Its archives are visible to all. To join, send a blank message to:
5B) And to read about it and see the archive, check out:
6) This podcast covers unboxing, physical description, and connecting the newly-released Magic Keyboard 2 to the Mac and the iPhone:
7) Two new add-ons to NVDA have been placed on the NVDA Community Add-ons Website: The first, for Day of the Week, and the second, for VLC Media Player:
8) If you would like to learn more about iDevices, AppleVis has a growing series of podcasts entitled “Beginners’ Guide to the iPhone:”
9) iPhone and Mac users can take advantage of this post, “How to Create Shopping Lists, To-Dos and Other Interactive Checklists in the Notes App:”
10) “Gil’s Guide to Home Repairs” gives ideas for conducting a variety of repairs with limited vision:
11) EASI offers a month-long, fee-based course during November titled, “Barrier-Free E-Learning.” Find the syllabus and online registration information here:
12) A reader has created a disability-related reading list of the Goodreads Site:
13) This article purports to teach you “How to Use Your iPhone EarPods Like a Pro:”
14) Olympus has made some effrort to build accessibility into some of their digital recorders. Here is an interview with an Olympus spokesperson:
15) Here is a link to the KNFBReader App in the Google Play Store:
16) We have missed announcing at least one BlindBargains Qast; likely another will appear not long after we publish:
17) Apple has released a new version of the iWork suite of products for iPhone and iPad, and the release includes accessibility improvements:
18) American Printing House for the Blind has made physical alterations to the Refresh-a-Braille display, particularly switching to a micro-USB port for charging and interfacing with the computer:
Two fairly late-breaking AppleVis blog posts are worthy of note:
19A) “Apple Releases iOS 9.1 with New Features, Enhancements and Some Bug Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users:”
19B) “My Apple Watch Diary: 6 Months In and Starting to Become More than a Useful Luxury:”
20) Hear about Distance Learning at the Hadley School in Eyes on Success Episode 1543:
21) T-Base Communications, a full service accessible communications company, is looking for feedback from the blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted community on experiences receiving accessible information in brochures, statements and bills from various service providers:
22) In a development that may yield useful fruit, Scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University announced a first of a kind open platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that can enable the blind to better navigate their surroundings:
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