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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Volume 401
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: EmploymentLink 2013: Insights into Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities

Thursday, 2 May 2013, Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley CA 94703
Co-hosted by Adaptive Technology Services and Sterling Adaptives, EmploymentLINK is an annual one day educational seminar for employers, disability employment professionals, and leaders.

EmploymentLink will provide employers with new insights into the full potential of employees with disabilities and will provide opportunities to explore and better understand strategies and resources to empower employers to retain the skills of experienced employees who may have developed a disability that is impacting their performance and productivity.

  • Interact with employment and HR professionals.
  • Hear from businesses who explain how hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities positively impacts their bottom line.
  • Learn from software developers who are working to make their products accessible.
  • Meet technology manufacturers and service providers that support this community.

  • Speakers include representatives from Intuit, Inc., and "My Blind Spot"

    To ask a question or reserve your space contact:
    Chrissy Dodds:
    Lesley Ann Gibbons:


    1) Let's start with a few HowToGeek articles of general interest:

    Microsoft is Ending Support for Windows XP in 2014: What You Need to Know:

    Why I Still Use Windows 7 After a Year of Trying to Like Windows 8:

    What Firewalls Actually Do:

    Why Is Smartphone Battery Life So Bad?

    2) Learn about ABiSee's newest line of reading products for blind and low vision users on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 23 April at 00:00:

    3) Not nearly as many podcasts this week as there were last week, partly because I'm sending the issue off for distribution earlier in the week:

    Eyes on Success 1316: What's New in JAWS 14

    From BlindGeekZone:

    Earl Part 2: Customizing your newspaper reading experience with this fully accessible voice controlled app for iOS mobile devices:

    How to install an APK file onto an Android device:

    From AppleVis:

    Countdown with VOTimer:

    Lire, the Full-text RSS Reader:

    4) It is probably occasionally worth reposting this listing of "iOS Apps Developed Specifically for the Blind or People with Low Vision". Of course, blind users benefit from hundreds of other apps, but these were designed to meet specific needs:

    5) From OS X Daily, learn how to "View & Delete iCloud Documents from the iPhone & iPad":

    6) Information Technology and Disabilities: Volume XIII Number 1, April 2013 is now available:

    7) EASI offers a $225 Webinar series, for which some scholarships may be available: "Accessible Interactive Documents in HTML, PDF, Word and Excel," starting Tuesday, 23 April and the three weeks following, at 18:00 GMT:

    8) An individual is creating Blind Wiki, a wiki about blindness. Besides some content local to his home, the site is intended to gather lots of blindness-related information of use on a nationwide basis in the US:


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