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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 20, 2012 - Volume 384
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) I (Dean Martineau) am part of a screening committee helping a donor wishing to donate adaptive technology to one or more K-12 students who will use it well and who would not otherwise be able to obtain it. This offer is not limited to students in the US. Approximately $3,000.00 USD worth of equipment can be made available, which can cover the price of some braille displays, laptops, tablets and reading devices. There is a preference for providing braille hardware, but all requests will be considered. If you have, or are, a student who meets the criteria of potential effective use and genuine inability to obtain the equipment any other way, write to describing the student and his or her equipment needs, concisely but thoroughly. This will be an informal and fairly rapid process. If the right candidate(s) are found, they obviously will not receive their new technology on Christmas, but they might be able to know it is coming, and should receive it in January.

2) The DAISY Consortium announces that Obi 2.5 has been Released, allowing users to "Create DAISY Compliant Audio Books with Rich Navigation":

3) A few years ago, the December and January issues of FSCast were taken up by a well-constructed two-part tutorial on the use of iTunes with JAWS, also quite useful to users of other Windows screen readers. Now, with the release of iTunes 11, history is repeating itself, and the first part of the current two-part tutorial formed the content of the December, 2012 issue of FSCast:

4) Access Technology Institute has release its $80 textbook, "An Immersion into Windows 8 with JAWS for Windows":

5) What are the best and most influential products released in 2012, according to CNET?

6) The December 2012 issue of AccessWorld contains reviews of the Candy and Candy Grip Hand-held Video Magnifiers from HIMS, Inc., The "iBill Second-Generation US Currency Identifier", the "Nest Thermostat" and more:

7) Another no-frills search engine you can use in case you think Google is getting too complicated:

8) This Lifehacker article is called "Top 10 Handy iOS Tweaks That Don't Require Jailbreaking":

9) For some dramatic audio stories, visit:

10) There's a new app for iOS to help people learn VoiceOver. It's called VoStarter. Read about it, with some feedback, here:

11) Here is a direct link to a presentation about Android given at the Computer Center for Visually Impaired Persons at Baruch College:

12) In podcast updates:

You can follow the "How to be Blind Roundtable Podcast" here:

There are now nearly twenty podcasts on the AppleVis site with David Woodbridge demonstrating various features of the Mac:

Join David Woodbridge on a Tour of his iPhone's Home Screen:


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