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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 6, 2013 - Volume 408
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Here is the first of what is promised to be many tutorials for using ProTools:

2) If you use an iDevice and like reading text-based books from BookShare and elsewhere, you might join those of us who feel that the Voice Dream Reader App provides the best reading experience. With the 2.8 upgrade, it now offers better navigation options, a pronunciation dictionary and more:

3) Users of Microsoft Surface will be glad to know that a forthcoming update will make it easier to use the function keys on the device:

4) The Google Chrome app for iOS has added voice search:

5) Listing podcasts in the middle this time.

The RNIB Vision Magazine Podcast for June-July talks about the Maps for All service and about affordable computer options in the UK:

Courtesy of Apple and Other Accessible Technology:

Demo of the free Audio Archery game from LWorks:

Demo of the ABC Radio (Australian National Radio Broadcaster) App with VoiceOver:

Demo of Find My Friends notification feature: Leaving a location such as an after school activity:

Tech Doctor Podcast: "iOS Success: Helping Teachers and Parents Catch Up with Their Kids" Featuring Larry Lewis Robert Carter

From AppleVis: Transferring your Content and Settings to a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

Voice Band: Make Music with your Voice:

AppleVis Extra #11: Papa Sangre, The Nightjar and Upcoming Releases:

Eyes On Success podcast #1322 the release of Vinux 4.0, a Linux operating system which is accessible out of the box with a built in screen reader and magnifier:

High Contrast Episode 11:

6) David Woodbridge has started his own Technology Blog which features several useful articles and is probably worth following:

7) Sara Alawami is making available a set of tutorials on VoiceOver and the Mac for $6.00, with more to follow:

8) Read about Advancements in the accessibility of Facebook from Marco's Accessibility Blog:

9) This opinion piece from the NC State University IT Accessibility Blog is called "Screen Readers at a Crossroads":

10) "Record Tech Demos like a Pro" is the first in a series of audio and broadcasting-related webinars Jonathan Mosen plans to offer. The 60-90 minute webinar wil cost $19.95 and take place GMT Saturday, 15 June at 19:00:

11) This CNET post is entitled "How to keep your Mac running in tip-top shape":

12) From Lifehacker comes the article: "How to Clean Out Your Overflowing Hard Drive and Get Your Space Back":

13) Delta Air Lines is interested in learning about the travel experiences of passengers with disabilities with the goal of improving and adapting services. They invite interested people to complete a brief (5-10 minute) anonymous online survey:

14) An aforementioned podcast discusses this, but here is more information about Vinux 4.0, an accessible Linux distribution:

15) Blindy.TV, a free service that broadcasts several channels of described television programming, has announced a special event this weekend to celebrate their return after recent equipment problems and upgrades. As part of the special programming, Blindy.TV will be playing a Star Trek marathon, will be debuting new episodes described exclusively for Blindy.TV, and will be giving away free copies of apps from Continuum Software to contest winners including Hope, QRead, QCast, and QFeed.


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