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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 5, 2012 - Volume 360
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1.) We begin with a corrected link from last week's Tidbits: iOS6 isn't out yet, but accessibility improvements are promised. Here's a video explaining Guided Access in iOS6.

2) RoboBraille now allows you to convert PowerPoint presentations into .rtf, tagged .pdf, or .zip web projects, and to convert word documents into tagged .pdf:

3) There being lots of competition in the portable digital player market, Humanware has seen fit to lower the price of the Vicgtor Reader Stream with its SoftPak to $258 for the summer.

4) Serotek has initiated an arrangement whereby you can use their screen reader, online service and OCR program for $21.95 per month.

5) Here is a guide to using the built-in accessibility features on the new iPad, by Amber Bobner of the Wonderbaby website, courtesy of Insight Magazine of the RNIB.

6) The OpenCulture site features some 500 free college courses, links to free materials for learning some 40 languages, and more:

7) This is a very basic listing of Best Android Apps for the blind and visually impaired:

8) Learn about using the iPhone as a Bar Code Reader on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 10 July at 00:00.

9) Much more audio-described television programming is becoming available in some US markets starting this month. To find out about what is available and try to get description for your favorite shows, go to:

10) From the HowToGeek site, we learn How to Easily Watch Netflix and Hulu From Anywhere in the World:
And Add Multiple Types of Items to the Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 or 8:

11) GW Micro has posted the article, "Links Not Accessible in HTML Emails" to its knowledgebase.

12) And the company is making it easier for users of JAWS and System Access to switch to Window-Eyes by creating a new keyboard layout, called the Insert Key layout.

13) Sodbeans, an accessible interface for programmers, has been upgraded to version 3.

14) EASI offers a 4-part, fee-based Webinar Series: Streaming More Accessible Multimedia, starting 10 July:

15) Here's the latest on the status of The Qube, the excellent PC-based screen-reader-friendly Twitter client.

16) LookTel Breadcrumbs GPS will be an interesting entry in the arena of GPS Apps for the iPhone. It is not available yet, but thorough documentation is.

17) BGZ Podcast 54 is a demo of the Chrome browser for iOS:

18) The latest Tech doctor podcast is entitled "Talking 2012 Apple MacBooks" with Katie Floyd.


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