Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 3, 2015 – Volume 524
The Week’s News in Adaptive Technology
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1) It’s that time of year again! Freedom Scientific is starting to tell us about JAWS 17 in the first of two installments on FSCast 113:
2A) A game from 22 Point received an award from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN):
2B) 22 Point Windows 10 books are on sale:
2C) Finally, this 22 Point blog post suggests that “Every Operating System and Mobile Platform is Vulnerable to Attack:”
3) Catch up on “What’s New in Accessible Apps for August 2015” from AppleVis:
4) This YouTube video is called “The History Of Speech Synthesis:”
5) Amazingly, there is a site promising to offer assistance and techniques for blind people to play World of Warcraft. They want help making this possible:
6) This page gives links to the “Talking Windows Preinstall Environment” which enables blind users to install Windows indepdently:
7A) The results from the latest WebAIM screen reader survey are now available:
7B) Some have cast doubt on the above results since Ai Squared encouraged its users to complete the survey, whereas other product vendors did not do so. Here is a discussion of this topic:
8) The article “Switching From JAWS To NVDA” has recently been updated, and gives suggestions to make the transition to NVDA easier:
9) The New Mexico Commission for the Blind has created Keystroke, a free typing tutorial program, available in both Windows and Mac versions, screen reader independent:
10) Prodigi Connect 12 is a new product for Low Vision that runs on a Samsung Galaxy Note 12 with Android, Prodigi being the core App installed. It is a digital magnifier and 12-inch tablet:
11) Version 2.0 of Seeing Eye GPS for iPhone, and its different iterations in Western Europe and Australia, is now available. Read about the new features here:
12) Jarek Beksa, producer of Audio Games, has free games to offer and wants to solicit input. The interactive audiobook called 1812: Heart of Winter can be downloaded for free.
C.) The prototype version of Audio Game Hub can be downloaded here:
D.) To contact or offer feedback, write to:
13) Learn about Stem Cell Therapy for Retinal Disease in Eyes on Success #1536:
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Two items from Yahoo Accessibility:
15A) Yahoo Accessibility has launched a Tumblr blog that shares news, tips, tricks and other valuable information at
15B) And Yahoo’s Accessibility team is leading a widely collaborative effort to make basic accessible technology design and development skills pervasive throughout the tech sector and institutions of higher education:
16) EASI offers a four-part fee-based webinar, Beginning/Intermediate PowerPoint, four Thursdays beginning 10 September at 18:00 GMT. Cost is $225; free to members; some scholarships are available:
17A) CAVI offers a short course on PowerPoint starting in mid-September:
17B) And one on OSX starting in October:
18) A design student is working to make fashion accessible to those with vision loss. She’s also looking for input and experiences from the community:
19) TheReImage.net is a new online campaign to re-create the image of people with vision loss while establishing new possibilities. They’re seeking written stories and audio pieces about and by people with vision loss to demonstrate that regardless of our vision level, as people, we are more alike than different. To participate and even win cash prizes visit:
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