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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 2, 2013 - Volume 403
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) As we commemorate the anniversary this week of the first ever web page posted, here are two lead stories from Windows Secrets you may want to read:

Microsoft's Six Free Desktop Security Tools:

A Dozen Tools for Removing Almost Any Malware:

2) While we're enhancing our general computer knowledge, here are some promising articles from HowToGeek:

How to Print to PDF in Windows: 4 Tips and Tricks:

Why You Don't Need to Run Manual Antivirus Scans (And When You Do):

Why You Can't Undo Sending an Email (And When You Can):

3) We don't know about the accessibility of these materials, but a consortium in the State of Washington has made textbooks for 81 popular community college courses available free online:

4) Learn about The Value of Social Networking on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, May at 00:00:

5) Here are the results of a March 2013 survey of computer users with low vision conducted by WebAIM:

6) Robert Miller at the Oklahoma School for the Blind has created a free iPad accessibility booklet designed to help teachers or parents teach their students basic iPad skills to surf with Safari, read books with iBooks, and learn text entry with Notes. Students can also use the booklet independently. The booklet has 7 parts covering mainstream navigation, VoiceOver, Zoom, Large Text, Inverted Colors, and Guided Access and three refreshable Braille displays. This version includes graphics:

And this one does not:

7) Another book on the iPad comes from National Braille Press, authored by Flying Blind, LLC's own Larry Lewis and entitled "iOS Success: Making the iPad Accessible, A Guide for Teachers and Parents" it costs $28 in large print and $20 in Braille, eBraille, DAISY, ASCII, MP3, or Word.

8) Exciting: The newly-updated Kindle App for iOS makes reading Kindle books accessible for VoiceOver users, including those with Braille displays:

9) An update to the Fleksy iOS app, which is now free, makes the app more responsive, improves its accuracy and reinstates the ability to type with one hand:

10) Cathy Ann Murtha offers $80 textbooks on using Word 2013 with JAWS and with Window-Eyes:

She is also offering a $100 seminar on Word 2013 on Saturday, 11 May at 23:00 GMT:

11) From the IPAT ND Assistive Technology Blog comes an article entitled "Is Dragon the best option for Assistive Technology?":

12) Here are suggestions for "Sewing Without Seeing":

13) This Microsoft page, called "Accessibility in Microsoft Office 2010" is perhaps the best compendium of resources on the topic:

14) 365 Tomorrows is a collaborative project designed to present readers with a new piece of short science and speculative flash fiction each day. Launched August 1st 2005 with the lofty goal of providing a new story every day for a year, it has far exceeded its goal and is still offering new content:

15) HIMS, Inc. announces the release of version 8 firmware for the Sense notetakers, with upgrades to the word processor, Twitter, and web browser, and new YouTube, Dropbox and RSS apps.

16) A few podcasts:

A Podcast and Transcript on Google Docs Accessibility:

From Eyes on Success, New Initiatives from Bookshare:

From Mystic Access Podcast: Lastpass: An Accessible Password Manager:

From AppleVis: A Quick Tip for a Faster Lire

From BlindGeekZone:

Working With Ring Tones:

Talking MP3 Players with Rockbox, Laz Mesa interviewed by Rich Cavallaro:


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