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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Volume 423
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) We'll start out this short but packed issue with a service I've used to great advantage. Microsoft has a new free program in which technicians fix computers for people with disabilities. You give permission for them to remote into your computer and they are able to make adjustments to settings. Hours of operation are 8:00 AM - Midnight Eastern time on weekdays and 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM on weekends. (I'm not sure if the service is intended for worldwide availability.) The toll-free number to seek assistance is:
(800) 936-5900

2) Hear about the very popular reading app Voice Dream Reader on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 September at 00:00:

3) With the advent of iOS7 for recent iPhones and iPads, there is a great deal of information about new features, accessibility enhancements, and possible accessibility bugs. New material is being added as I write. Much of interest is to be found on the AppleVis site. Rather than providing a large collection of links which would probably not be complete by the time you get this, I suggest you look in the Guides section:

The podcasts section:

And scroll down to the heading called "The most recent additions and updates to the AppleVis site:" on the main site:

Meanwhile, the AT blog of the NFB has a great article, "What's new in iOS 7 accessibility for individuals who are blind, deaf-blind, or who have low vision.":

A podcast from David Woodbridge can be found at:

A concise blog post covering the scope of accessibility features is at:

If you haven't already upgraded your device before you read this, you might want to read "Prepare for iOS 7 the Right Way: What To Do Before Upgrading an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iOS 7) from OS X Daily:

Explore the Maccessibility Review of iOS 7 and VoiceOver:

Here is a mainstream review of the new OS:

Finally, some material has been posted to the Blind Bargains site with more promised:


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