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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 29, 2012 - Volume 381
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) For many, the most exciting tech news of the week is that now, buying, downloading and reading books and magazines using the Nook App from Barnes & Noble is fully accessible on the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

2) David Woodbridge has produced numerous clear podcasts detailing use of the Mac, but they haven't always been easy to find. On this site, you can find them by category, for instance, "Mountain Lion," or by date in the archive. Basic Mac and VoiceOver podcasts are in the April, 2011 archive; Lion-related podcasts are in the July, 2011 archive, and Mountain Lion casts are in the July, 2012 archive.

3) From the TechKnowMore Blog of RNIB comes the post "Navigating the Windows 8 Start Screen with the Keyboard".

4) National Braille Press has released a $6 booklet available in paper Braille, downloadable Braille, CD Braille or Word, entitled "The Quick Guide to iMessaging".

5) The AbleGamers Foundation has Released its 2012 Accessible Holiday Gift Guide.

6) Check out recorded webinars by SSBBART Group on a variety of web accessibility topics.

7) Try this simplified search engine, created in reaction to Google's growing complexity.

8) On Main Menu on GMT Saturday, 1 December, we hear from John Martyn about his JAWS scripts for many applications including Rhapsody, iTunes, Spotify, and more. Then, David Tanner brings us a demo of using charms in Windows 8. It airs first at 01:00 on ACB Radio Mainstream.

And then it is archived on the website at:

9) Learn about the Plextalk PTN2 player on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 December at 01:00.

10) Jackie McBride will offer a free webinar to those who haven't yet signed up for a Paypal account, & who might feel somewhat intimidated about doing so. Emphasis will be on setting up a personal as opposed to a business account. She can accommodate 100 attendees, and the one-hour session will take place on GMT Saturday, 1 December at 21:00 GMT. If you want to attend, or find out about procuring a recording of the session if one becomes available, write to her at:

11) EASI offers two free webinars: "IMS Access for All Version 3: Accessibility Through Personalization" on Monday, 17 December at 19:00 GMT, and "Updating the Accessibility of Adobe Digital Editions E-Reader" on Tuesday, 18 December at 19:00 GMT, and a four-part, fee-based series, "Simple Multimedia using PowerPoint, Lecshare Wizard and Camtasia" starting Thursday, 13 December.

12) A good variety of podcasts have become available in the past week or so.

There are two New Tech Doctor podcasts: "Apple Accessibility From the Early Days to Now with Darcy Burnard" and "An Accessible Life for the Visually Impaired".

ViewPoints 1248 Displaying Graphs in Audio.

Google Voice and Obihai Equals Phone Service.

Spread the Magic of the Season with a Free, Personalized Video Message from Magic Santa

Music Generating Apps for iOS that Emulate the Theremin

Facebook for iOS: An Introductory Overview

YouPlayer: Not Just Another YouTube App for iOS... this one Claims Full VoiceOver Support!


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