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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Volume 507
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) Marco gives us an informative "Update on Office Solutions in the Browser and on Mobile:"

2) A while back we reported on the campaign to generate funds for NVDA Remote Access. The project is moving along. Here is an update:

3A) Upcoming free webinar trainings from Freedom Scientific include a two-part series on using JAWS with Facebook and sessions on using JAWS with the Target and Amazon sites:

3B) Also from FS, FSCast #107 helps us learn about new keyboard support for Facebook in JFW 16, as well as features available to users of the Leasey package that enhances JAWS:

3C) And our intrepid blogger Chris Hofstader asks probing questions about the JAWS End-User License Agreement, with lots of spirited discussion resulting:

4) AFB offers a new $49.00 webinar, "iPad for Babies and Toddlers: Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments:"

5A) People have begun to receive their Apple Watches, and are discussing their experiences. An example is "A skeptic's Apple Watch Diary: Day 4, The Halfway Point:"

5B) Huffpost Technology suggests, "Not Sure What An Apple Watch Is For? Try These 12 Apps:"

5C) Eric Alba tells us "Some Things I've Done With Apple Watch in the Last 11 Hours"

5D) This week's edition of the Blind Bargains Apple rundown is aptly titled "The Apple Watch Edition:"

5E) Finally, the AppleVis Podcasts page contains a growing number of demonstration podcasts:

6A) This site doubtless has lots of interesting content in its own right:

6B) And also has an Accessible Apple page:

7) Learn what's going to be offered in the new Keysoft 9.5 for the Apex product line on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 May at 00:00:

8A) A podcast comparing how app layouts differ from mobile phone to tablet, directed mostly to speech users, is available at:

8B) And a blog post on the same subject, directed to users with low vision, is available at:

9) Netflix has begun adding audio-described programming fairly rapidly. Here is a link that includes a listing of what was available at the time of writing:

10) Check out this short video on YouTube of Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC paying a visit to the FAVI last week, Aruba's Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired:

11A) Some of our regular podcast purveyors are right on schedule. Our two weekly discussion / information casts, Serotalk at:

11B) And Blind Bargains at:

Blind Bargains will probably have another shortly after we publish.

11C) Cool Blind Tech has several Apple Watch podcasts as well as others:

11D) And Eyes on Success follows up last week's interview with Jim Fruchterman with more about Bookshare's global reach and various initiatives:

12) National Industries for the Blind is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to an individual who is blind and pursuing an education in computer science, information systems, or a related field. For information, email:

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