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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Volume 483
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) There may be something for nearly everyone in the November 2014 issue of AccessWorld, which includes:

A) AccessWorld 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Great High- and Low-Tech Ideas Under $100.

B) AccessWorld's 2014 Online Shopping Guide, with guides to using Amazon's accessible website, Zappos,, and L'occitane en Provence.

C) KNFB Reader for iOS: Does This App Live up to All the Hype?

D) TactileView: Leveling the Playing Field With Raised Images.

E) A Comparative Review of the SmartLux Digital and Pebble HD Handheld Video Magnifiers.

F) Making Music with the Beamz: A Tool for Fun and Education.

G) And Mobile Connected Health Devices: The Future of Health Technology?

2 Some groundbreaking news has come from Comcast. Many blind users of their cable system in the US will have free access to a talking guide system to obtain details about what is on television:

3) CAVI wil hold a CAVICast on efficient notetaking with iOS, using mBraille, AccessNote and Dropbox, on GMT Sunday, 16 November at 01:00. They encourage live participation, which must be via TeamTalk. A recording will eventually be uploaded. You can learn about the TeamTalk setup process here:

4A) Speaking of CAVI, they're offering a cooking course:

4B) And an 8-to-10 week employment course:

5) The next quarterly Hadley iFocus event will take place on Wednesday, 19 November at 17:00 GMT. The topic will be "What's new in iOS8", with discussion of all new low vision features, introducing the new Alex voice, adding new rotor elements (audio ducking and Braille screen input), no Voiceover interruptions, and much more. Register here:

6) Jonathan Mosen extols the virtues of Read later services:

7) NVDA now supports Goldwave 6:

8) Here are 35 Google Search tips the authors don't think we know about:

9) Learn about several topics on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 19 November at 01:00. The first topic will be the new Bookshare web site and other projects on the drawing board at Bookshare. Next, learn about one non-smartphone that comes with speech output. Finally, hear about how to use the Spotify music service on the PC:

10) This NVDA add-on integrates with the built-in Magnifier program in Windows 7. The add-on allows Magnifier to start when NVDA starts and adds a few settings to control it:

11) The peel-the-apple mailing list is for beginners with Apple products. Send a blank message here to join:

12) The support email address for window-Eyes has changed in view of its sale to Ai Squared. It is now:


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