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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 20, 2013 - Volume 410
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) These first two items are time-sensitive. The NLS Braille Summit will take place June 19-21. Sessions will be streamed live on 20 and 21 June at:

2) The petition in support of the treaty on accessible books for people who are blind that is located on the White House website is finally accessible to people who are blind. Previously, it was paradoxically nearly impossible for a blind person to sign it independently. The deadline for gathering signatures is Friday, 21 June, and the organizers hope for a rather lofty number of signatures. Some of the treaty language being proposed would worsen access to books by blind people living in the US, while the language proposed here would increase access to books by people throughout the world.

This TechDirt post includes a video in which a Blind Law School Dean Explains Why We Need The WIPO Copyright Treaty:

3) AI Squared is offering four free one-hour webinars concerning ZoomText. All are on Tuesdays at 15:00 GMT:

Introduction to the ZoomText Mac Reading tool, Tuesday, 25 June:

Introduction to ZoomText for Windows, Tuesday, 9 July,

ZoomText ImageReader Advanced Tips, Tuesday, 16 July

Introduction to ZoomText University

4) Learn about the new Accessible Kindle iOS app on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 June at 00:00.

5) The Cisco academy for the Vision impaired is running a series of courses for Semester 2 2013. You can find information about these courses at:

6) This well-constructed post is called "An Objective Look: iOS vs Android for the Visually Impaired:"

7) Read about a variety of tech topics in recent installments of David Woodbridge Technology Blog:

8) In case you missed the "Record Tech Demos like a Pro" webinar, you can purchase it for the same $19.95 price and receive answers to questions after you listen to the recording.

9) Solara is an epic fantasy strategy game for the iPhone and iPad whose developer has added VoiceOver accessibility. This AppleVis post with over 90 resulting comments discusses the app and its accessibility:

10) Chicken Nugget is a $15 Twitter client designed for use by the blind. You can download a demo or purchase it:

11) And here are this week's podcasts.

SeroTalk Podcast 159:

Triple Click Home, Episode 19

Eyes on Success: 1325 Home Repair and Woodworking with Little or No Vision

1324 Using Sonar with NVDA

From Mystic Place Blog and Podcast, a demonstration of Chicken Nugget

Start is back, an accessible application that brings the Windows 7 start menu back to Windows 8

From Blind Geek Zone, A Guide to Digital Recorders

And finally, from AppleVis:

Battery Monitor: View all of the Information that you Could Ever Want About the Battery in Your MacBook Pro or Air

A Look at Pro Tools for the Mac: Part 1

A Look at Pro Tools for the Mac: Part 2

Sound Like a Pop Star with Auto-Tune Star for iOS

A Guide for Mac Users on How to Remap the Keyboard in a Virtual Machine to Best Work with a Windows Screen Reader

LookTel VoiceOver Tutorial Revisited: an App to Help Those New to Using VoiceOver and iOS


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