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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Volume 482
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1A) The vi-cs mailing list is for blind computer science students. To join, send a blank message to:

1B) Or visit this page:!forum/vi-cs

2) While we're on the topic of mailing lists, the SightExchange2 List on YahooGroups is where you can give away and receive blindness-related items. To join, send a blank message to:

3) With the new iPhones comes the ability to use Apple Pay to check out at stores and restaurants, but not all retailers are excited about this prospect:

4) This page gives a wealth of information about Accessible media player resources and demos:

5) Here is an Inclusive Android post about switching from iOS to Android, and unlike other posts on the topic, this one includes accessibility information:

Upcoming installments in the Hadley Seminars Series include the following two entries. Pre-registration is required, but archives are always available afterward:

6A) "The Value of Braille in the Educational Toolbox," on Wednesday, 12 November at 16:00 GMT:

6B) And "What's New in iOS 8," on Wednesday, 19 November at 17:00 GMT:

7) The next HIMS webinar will be entitled "Easy to Learn and Use Technology for Seniors and Tech Novices", and will take place on Tuesday, 12 November at 20:00 GMT. Register here to take part live or receive a link to the recording:

8) This is a short introduction to the VoiceOver screen reader for Mac OS X, particularly geared toward sighted developers or instructors who never had any exposure to assistive technology software for users who are blind:

9) Hear about how Vision Australia created their DAISY online 3G player:

10) Hear about "Suggested Accessibility Changes on Samsung Galaxy S5" on this BGZ podcast:

11) "Fitness, Massage and the Blind Cafe" is the topic for this week's Eyes on Success podcast:

12) SeroTalk Podcast 218 gives its usual, unique take on the week in technology:

13) Blogger Joe Orozco is not entirely pleased with the feature set of the JAWS Version 16 release:


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