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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Volume 415
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) This thought-provoking article by Chris Hofstader is called "The Death Of Screen Reader Innovation":

2) Learn about Earl, a free program with a $9.95/month subscription fee which lets people listen to newspapers very easily in a human-sounding voice, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 30 July at 00:00.

3) AI Squared has a new training program, called ZoomText University.

4) The author of the iPads for Special Needs book has launched a free course, "Accessibility Features on the iPad." It covers VoiceOver, Guided Access and Assistive Touch.

5) The Perkins eLearning site brings together the range of web-based content available through the Perkins School for the Blind, for teachers, families, and others interested in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or additional disabilities:

6) The people at Executive Products have come out with a custom case to carry the Braille Edge 40 from HIMS:

7) A third party has created a desktop App for the Blindy TV service that broadcasts several stations of described tv.

8) Keysoft 9.3 for the Apex products from HumanWare is now available and offers better web navigation, opening of modern Word documents and the ability to use the VoiceNote to control the iPhone.

9) In audio and podcasts:

CAVI has a presentation about their upcoming courses that start in August.

Eyes on Success #1330 deals with web accessibility.

George McKenzie of Horizons for the Blind has posted a review of the Seeing Assistant-Home Lite App for iPhone on their website:

FromApplevis, 2 iOS Apps to Keep You Up-To-Date with the Latest News:

Taking Blind Square for a Walk:

And from BGZ: MBraille Podcast Part1

MBraille Podcast Part2

MBraille Podcast Part2 Update

A quick tip on how to see all SAPI 5 voices on 64 bit versions of Windows Vista and Above:

BGZ Podcast 70: "Rickster Goes to the Convention"

BlindSquare GPS Walking Demo:


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