Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Volume 473
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) This is a well-designed page with tutorials for new users of VoiceOver on the iPhone or iPad, including separate guidance for each device:
2) This guide from WebAIM instructs on Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility:
3) The impending release of the $100 KNFB Reader for the iPhone has sparked considerable discussion. You can learn about the app, a week or two before its release, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 9 September at 00:00:
4) For those iOS users who haven't already bought this excellent reading app, Voice Dream Reader is on sale until Sunday 7 September:
5) From RNIB comes the post "5 Reasons Why You Need Twitter if You're Blind or Partially Sighted":
6) David Woodbridge, the original source for a good portion of the material that winds up in Tidbits, has written a book, "iSee - Getting the Most out of Your Apple Product's from a Blind Person's Perspective". It is now freely downloadable in HTML:
7A) The HowToGeek site offers us "7 Features You'll Get If You Upgrade to the Professional Edition of Windows 8":
7B) And "How to Create a Strong Password (And Remember It)":
8) A lot of free post-secondary education is available online now, and you can explore the newest resources by perusing "Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2014":
9) Marco's collection of posts on his Android immersion experience can now be found on its own page:
10. Elsewhere in Androidland, NotNav Accessibility is a new free navigation app for blind Android users:
11) Here is a Mashable post that asks the question: "Who knew you could play fun games in Microsoft Excel?:
12) Jonathan Mosen asks: "A Touchy Subject "How Useful are Tactile Pictorials?":
13) You can find the extensive list of new features in NVDA 2014.3 here:
This week's audio content includes:
14A) AccessTalk Podcast 27: Samsung TVs, Microsoft Cortana, TechABreak & the British Airways app:
14B) From AppleVis, Discover New Music With Magnatune for iOS:
14C) And Send Invoices and Estimates, Track Time and Capture Expenses with FreshBooks Cloud Accounting for iOS:
14D) We have a three-part series on Windows Phone 8.1:
14E) And finally, Eyes On Success 1436 focuses on the Fleksy Typing App for iOS and Android:
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