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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Volume 474
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1A) Much of the news this week pertains to things that are coming, but not yet available. If you would like to read about the coming iOS8 release, the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus, both of which are to come to North America next week, and the Apple Watch, which comes down the road, you can read this blog post:

1B) Or listen to this podcast:

2A) Meanwhile, if you want to hear what's coming soon in JAWS Version 16, four podcasts are waitng for you. FSCast 94 gives an overview:

2B) FSCast 95 talks about Command Search:

2C) FSCast 96 talks about the greatly-enhanced ability to read inaccessible PDF documents:

2D) And FSCast 97 talks about more features:

3) While I (Dean Martineau) was in the middle of writing Tidbit Number 2 above, the JAWS 16 public beta became available for anybody running JAWS 15 to test; others can test it too in demo mode:

4) Moving on to material and features fully available now, NVDA version 2014.3 has now been released, with particular benefit for users of Microsoft Office:

5) The GPS App BlindSquare can now be integrated with the free App Transit to provide bus route information. This podcast demonstrates how:

6) In case you aren't sure about how Twitter chats work, this older post explains them:

7) Last week, we gave information about some podcasts on Windows Phone 8.1, but the links did not work. This one should:

8) The Freshbooks accounting programs work well and are accessible under both iOS and Android:

9) "The HTG Guide to Portable Bluetooth Speakers" might be worth a read given that this is a definite growth area for products:

10) Speaking of such devices, this one might be handy for mostly voice listening, and the price is good:

11) Learn about the long-promised Vario Ultra Braille devices from Baum on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 16 September at 00:00:

12) The next webinar from HIMS will be entitled "Ones and Tablets by Combining with Assistive Technology," and will take place on Tuesday, 16 September at 19:00 GMT. Register here beforehand:

13) Students in some schools can get Microsoft Office 365 for free:

14) Here is one user's account of finding alternatives to Google services:

15) Here are a wealth of podcasts from TechShare Europe thanks to Insight Radio from RNIB:

16) Learn "How To Use The Bookmark Bar On The iPad And iPhone"

17) Does Mac speech using VoiceOver respond more slowly to keystrokes than speech on other platforms? This download link to a demonstration makes the case:

18) From RNIB comes one researcher's answer to the question: "How are digital technologies affecting learning?"

19) Learn about "Working As a Research Oceanographer" on Eyes on Success #1437:


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