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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Volume 586
The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) As one who has never been motivated to jump from Windows to Mac, I (Dean Martineau) am somewhat vidicated by Jonathan Mosen's latest blog post: "Saying Goodbye to the Mac:"

2) And for those still happily using the Mac, some questions may be answered in the article "VoiceOver on New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar; First Impressions:"

3) Kevin Jones contributes his "Thoughts About My Experiences With a New iPhone 7 Without a Headphone Jack:"

4) I don't know how long this will work, as it's obviously targeting black Friday, but if you're interested in any of the numerous books and webinars published by AFB, if you use the code Thanks2You at checkout, you can get 20% off:

5) Last month Facebook launched a number of accessibility improvements to its simpler, mobile site, Here's the story:

6) "Describing Science: Best Practices" comes from Perkins eLearning:

7) NFB Newsline has added a dozen new magazines to its offerings: Athlon Sports, Bon Appetit, Brides, Capital Gazette, Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, Discover, GQ, Information Week, MIT Tech Review, Prevention and Spry Living:

8) The KNFBReader App is available for 35% off from 25-29 November. A good way to learn to use the KNFBReader is via their YouTube channel:

9) CAVI is contemplating launching an advanced course on Reaper, the multi-track sound editor that has been taught in their recent audio courses. If you might be interested, write to:

10) CAVI's four-week course on Excel that costs $80 is about to start:

11) EmacSpeak Screen Reader for Linux is still being developed. Version 45.0 has been announced:

12) "Using the BrailleNote Touch in the Math Classroom" is a free Humanware webinar to take place on GMT Wednesday, 7 December at 20:00. Register here:

13) The US Government webinar "Getting Social: Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility" will take place Tuesday, 29 November at 18:00 GMT. Register at:

14) Another upcoming webinar is entitled "Trends in Digital Accessibility and Electronic Documents," and will take place on Wednesday, 7 December at 18:00 GMT:

15A) Join Seminars@Hadley for the next iFocus quarterly seminar. This seminar will cover the following topics: Using the Magnifier, Reading an iBook, Turning On and Off VoiceOver and Arranging Apps. You can register at:

15B) You can also find a video on using the magnifier on Hadley's YouTube channel:

16) This anonymous blog from a user with low vision contains some technology postings:

17) You'll be able to learn about the Amazon Kindle Fire on TekTalk on GMT Tuesday, 29 November at 01:00:

18) Hear from a blind writing instructor in Eyes on Success Episode #1648:

19) Synaptic software is a self-voicing, large-print and/or voice-input touchscreen application for Android. Here is the first podcast in a series about it:

20) In FSCast 134, we hear from 2 JAWS-using entrepreneurs, and the new and improved way to export JAWS settings:,Christine_Chaikin.mp3

21) The latest post to Marco's Accessibility Blog is entitled "JavaScript is Not an Enemy of Accessibility!"

22A) Two Blind Bargain Qast episodes send many of us off to Thanksgiving festivities. Podcast 382:

22B) And #83, the 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide:

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