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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 5, 2015 - Volume 495
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) The material on the Blind Bargains Audio content page, organized by headings, shows the newest additions at the top. Now we have a growing number of interviews from the recently-completed ATIA conference:

2A) Also available from that page, but worth a mention of its own is Blind Bargains Podcast 3:

2B) And podcast 4:

3) In a related matter, Triple Click Home is back with episode 35:

4) Here is a review of the Vario Ultra Braille display:

5A) "AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for January 2015" is the first of a planned series of monthly newsletters highlighting important apps, news, podcasts and editorial commentary from AppleVis, providing a comprehensive picture of what is going on and what people are talking about:

5B) Given that the above newsletter now exists, we may not list every new AppleVis podcast that is made here. Besides keeping up with the feed via RSS, people can also go to the AppleVis Podcast page to see podcasts, delineated by headings, from newest to oldest at:

6A) It does not often happen that a technology product is successfully released before the announced date, but JSay Version 13 has been released a few days early:

6B) Brian Hartgen's blog gives the inside view of what is coming in the future from the company, including a less expensive dictation package and updates to Leasey:

7) In what has become something of an annual tradition, Tek Talk will feature Mike May's assessment of the recent Consumer Electronics Show from the perspective of a blind attendee and analyst, on GMT Tuesday, 10 February at 01:00:

8) The excellent and free LookTel VoiceOver Tutorial has been updated with two new chapters:

9) Amadeus Pro is a multi-track sound editor for the Mac. Jonathan Mosen's new MP3 and DAISY audio book, "Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro", runs at just under four hours, and demonstrates through a series of practical exercises how you might use Amadeus Pro for ring tone creation, digitising your vinyl or cassette collection, converting and reprocessing audio, recording interviews, podcasting and/or broadcasting. The downloadable book is available for $24.95:

Below are several news items related to NVDA:

10A) Here is an add-on to a new free voice:

10B) And information about the Acapela Voices now available for NVDA in several languages, not including French, for either 55 euros for basic or 99 Euros for premium. You can test them:

10C) The Cool Blind Tech Blog and podcast have begun to focus attention on NVDA. Here is an introduction:

10D) And here is an article about NVDA add-ons:

11) In case you've been wondering, you can read "How to use Find My iPhone: The Ultimate Guide":

12) For our Spanish readership, here is a site about accessible games, "Juegos Accessibles Para Ciegos":

13) This Perkins video is called "The Role and Value of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired":

14A) In the print reading department, the half-price sale for the KNfBReader app has lasted longer than I expected, but it apparently ends Friday, 6 February:

14B) And Kurzweil 1000 Version 14 brings some 20 new features to this well-designed Windows OCR program:

15) In case you've been curious about how blind people snowboard:

16) This PC World post demystifies the situation: "Office Online vs. Office 365: What's Free, What's Not, and What you Really Need":

17) The Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities Volume 2, published by CSUN, is available:

And finally, some interesting podcasts:

18A) Here is the second of the Eyes on Success series on working from home:

18B) This podcast shows you how to plan a route in Blindsquare:

And two Cool Blind Tech podcasts:

18C) An Introduction to TalkBack:

18D) And A Quick Look At Tweetings: Getting to Know This Twitter Client

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