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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 15, 2013 - Volume 418
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) We begin with five suggestions for teachers on using the iOS notetaking App AccessNote in the classroom:!/notes/afb-press/using-accessnote-in-the-classroom/537452706303412

2) There are currently some 86 videos listed in this collection of "YouTube Videos for People who are Blind and Visually Impaired" from APH, and they say the list will be expanded. Videos concern teaching braille and demonstrating various adaptive technology devices:

3) Sony has released Version 11 of its popular sound editor, Sound Forge. The Snowman has updated his JAWS scripts for Sound Forge to this version. He has also updated Hot Spot Clicker, a tool for customizing JAWS to make programs more accessible with it:

4) The third edition of "World Braille Usage" contains 133 languages that have been transcribed into 137 different Braille alphabet and punctuation codes, and represents 142 countries. A free downloadable PDF is available:

5) AI Squared has released ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8! It claims to be the first product on the market to fully support the new operating system with crystal clear xFont magnification, Touch screen support, IE10 support, Office 2013 support, additional magnification levels, color transition effects, and more:

6) This is a link to a fairly readable PDF describing wireless internet service in airports around the world:

7) Winstaller is a utility for creating fully accessible windows install disks:

8) The August, 2013 issue of AccessWorld includes reviews of Socializer from System Access, the Voice Dream Reader iOS app, the JAWS-based typing tutorial TypeAbility, and three remote postage services, and other material:

9) Learn about the aforementioned Socializer program from Serotek on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 20 august at 00:00:

10) The August Old Time Radio Marathon wil run for twelve hours, from GMT Saturday, 17 August at 16:00 to Sunday, 18 August at 04:00. There will be prizes and lots of programs to listen to:

11) Learn about the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator from APH and Orbit Research, as well as how to purchase books from Audible, on Main Menu for GMT Saturday, 1y August at 01:00:

12) The next free webinar from EASI will be entitled "The Future of Curricular Access in Postsecondary Education" and will take on GMT Tuesday, 20 august at 18:00:

13) Every six months, the community of blind iOS users choose apps to be added to the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame. The vote usually leads to two apps being added, but this time there were so many good candidates and so many votes that they added four apps:

14) A variety of audio material is available this week.

From the recent NFB Convention, a 45-minute presentation on using the Victor Reader Stream as a teleprompter so that non-Braille readers can give effective public speeches:

The manual for GW Micro's SocialEyes has been converted to audio:

TA DemoCast 24 showed Google Nexus 7 and Chromecast, and the website discussed some reasons for the frustration they experienced:

Check Out Recent Podcasts in the "Let's Talk Low Vision with Dr. Bill" series from Council of Citizens with Low Vision:

Eyes on Success #1332, "Victor Reader Products from Humanware"

And Program 1333, "Being a Blind Auto Mechanic and Driver":

From BGZ Come:

"Demonstration of an Experimental New Speech Synthesizer"

The Sam Tupy Website:

And more posts about MP3 players using RockBox:

Serotalk Podcast 164 Awaits Here:

And AppleVis Offers:

A demonstration of the More Holiday Dinner Game:

Downcast for OS X: Download, Play and Synchronize your Favorite Podcasts

MouseKick for iOS: Can You Stop Those Pesky Mice From Laughing at You?

Buzzing Around Bugs in Safari for the Mac with VoiceOver:


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