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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Volume 464
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Starting out with news related to HIMS, hear a presentation about the new features in version 8.2 of the Sense notetakers, including the Facebook client, the macro capability and more, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 8 July at 00:00. Remember, archives for these presentations are always available, and we can help you figure out GMT related to your time zone if you want to attend in person:

2) HIMS will hold a webinar about the Braille Edge, showing how it is different from other Braille devices, on Wednesday, 15 July at 19:00 GMT. Register to attend live or receive a recording:

3) This could be a product to which to direct developers of iOS apps, and now it's free: Deque Systems is releasing a beta version of WorldSpace Xcode Plugin for the iOS application development community. This tool automatically analyzes source code to validate that all accessibility attributes have been specified correctly:

We haven't offered links to general computing how-to articles for a while, so here are several from HowToGeek:

4A) How (and Why) to Change Your MAC Address on Windows, Linux, and Mac:

4B) What You Need to Know About Creating System Image Backups:

4C) How an Attacker Could Crack Your Wireless Network Security:

4D) Should You Use the Hardware Drivers Windows Provides, or Download Your Manufacturer's Drivers?

4E) Building a PC: Are Integrated Graphics, Sound, and Network Hardware Good Enough?

4F) The HTG Guide to Using a Physical Keyboard With Your iPad or iPhone:

4G) And How to Create Saved Search Folders on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X:

And along the same lines from Gizmo:

5A) Best Free Text Editors:

5B) Best Free File-Based Backup Program

5C) Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software

5D) Probably the Best Free Security List in the World:

5E) How to Search Tweets Without Being Signed Up on Twitter:

5F) How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns

5G) How to Stay Safe While Online

5H) How to Protect Your Online Privacy

5I) How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam

5J) And a Video Tutorial: Free Audio Converter

6) Twitter, Weather Radio, and Google Hangouts have been Chosen as AppleVis Editorial Team App Picks of the Month for June 2014

7) Various sessions of the Enabling Summmit 2014 are available for viewing or listening:

8) Inclusive Android is a site seeking to bring together accessibility information on Android:

9) This paper is entitled "Interactivity Improves Usability of Geographic Maps for Visually Impaired People":

10) In honor of the recent anniversary of Helen Keller's birthday, here is an article about apps for the deaf-bind:

11) This article is called "Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Apps for AACtion":

12) The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) makes available a significant new publication "The ABCs of UEB" authored by Constance Risjord. This publication outlines the major differences between English Braille, American Edition (EBAE) and Unified English Braille (UEB). Although this is not a comprehensive instruction manual, it provides examples and practice exercises that allow people who already know EBAE to quickly build on their knowledge of Braille:

13) The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is hosting an event called "Accessing Social Media" on July 17, 2014 from GMT 1300 -20:00 at the FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC. It will be web cast:

And in audio material this week:

14A) The KNFB Reader for iOS is to be released by the end of August. They haven't announced the price yet, but otherwise, people have been impressed by the demonstration. Here is a recording of a demo:

14B) The only AppleVis podcast this week concerns Weather Radio by WDT: Accessible Severe Weather and Lightning Alerts on your iOS Device

14C) Mystic Access unboxes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S and enables talkback by using triple click home:

14D) AccessTalk Podcast 26 covers Project tango, Firefox OS, iOS8 & The Amazon Fire Phone

14E) And Eyes on Success #1427 deals with the career of translation and interpretation:


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