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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Volume 481
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) From the CNIB blog comes "Camera Hacks for Photographers Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted":

2) It's time for Stocking Stuffers again. Each year, Tek Talk offers two sessions where people who sell smaller, high and low-tech items to the blind can talk about their wares. Part one of this year's series is on GMT Tuesday, 4 November at 01:00. Of course, like all Tek Talk programs, these will be archived, and you can write if you are not sure how to convert GMT to your time zone:

3) The American Foundation for the Blind wants you to take a survey to "Tell us what you think about our technology information!"

4) EASI offers two useful free webinars in November. "Balabolka the flexible E-reader" will take place Thursday, 6 November at 19:00 GMT, while "Recent NVDA Developments for Education and Work" will be held on Wednesday, 12 November at 21:00 GMT. Register here:

5) Exploring Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility Features is a package of 2 free EASI Webinars: Tuesday 4 November, Introduction to Web Conferencing, at 19:00 GMT, and Tuesday 11 November, Experiencing Blackboard Collaborate First-hand, at 19:00 GMT. Register here:

6) In his post, "Apps, The Web, and Productivity," Marco explains why he makes little use of web-based apps even when they are supposedly accessible:

7) Bookshare has updated its web site, such that it is now mobile-friendly, much easier for prospective members to learn about and join the service, and easy for members to find their account settings:

8) Our old controversy-stirrer, Chris Hofstater, is back with a rather unfavorable look at the accessibility of the Yosemite operating system and trends in Apple accessibility:

9A) JAWS version 16 is now officially released, with MathML Support, Convenient OCR for entire PDF documents, and other enhancements:

9B) The latest FSCast podcast covers MathML in more detail along with other features including Braille input:

10 )Popular Twitter client TheQube version 0.7 is out with some streamlining and enhancements:

11) YouDescribe is a free accessibility tool for adding audio description to YouTube videos, the more described, the merrier!

12A) In the audio realm, we start with a very informative AppleVis podcast, Direct Touch Typing on iOS 8: What Is It And How Does It Work With VoiceOver?

12B) Learn about the KNFB Reader app for the iPhone on Eyes on Success program 1444:

12C) Learn about Remapping your CapsLock key for use as the Voice Over modifier keys on the Cool Blind Tech podcast

12D) And from the SPN, catch episode 26 of High Contrast:


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