Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Volume 535
The Week’s News in Adaptive Technology
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1A) Mozilla has created an iOS version of the Firefox browser and has included accessibility considerations:
1B) We also have a Cool Blind Tech podcast about it:
2) The Narrator screen reader now works in the XBox 1, which may make some games or other programs accessible. Here is a demo of the screen reader:
3) There is a Windows 10 Wiki which gives information about the operating system, different upgrades, and screen reader issues:
4) Audio Feedback, A New Accessibility Option, Will Let Your Android Wear Watch Talk Back To You:
5) Chris Hofstader gives Apple positive marks for its 2015 upgrades:
6A) Ai Squared has released ZoomText Fusion, adding Window-Eyes to ZoomText for the user whose sight loss is intensifying:
6B) The company is conducting a free webinar to introduce the product on Monday, 30 November at 19:00 GMT:
7) Hear about the PlexTalk Pocket Linio player/recorder on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 November at 01:00:
8) In the Fall 2015 edition of “508 XPress” a quarterly newsletter on making electronic content accessible to everyone, you will discover tips on making PDFs accessible on mobile devices, learn about the importance of skip nav links and more:
9) Here we have a video, “Overview of Voiceover on 4th Generation Apple TV:”
10) The November issue of AccessWorld is traditionally the Holiday Issue. Besides the Annual Accessible Holiday Gift Guide, which contains items whose prices range from free to hundreds of dollars, the issue includes a review of iOS9, thoughts on holiday shopping using an iOS device, a discussion of the web accessibility enhancement tool Sitecues from Ai Squared, an overview of the products from 64 Oz. Games, a review of the new CrowdViz app that enables blind people to get help from remote assistants, and coverage of a Learning Ally endeavor to help college students succeed:
11) MacForTheBlind sells tutorials on iOS and the Mac. Prices seem to run from $35 to $45 per chapter:
12) Jamal Mazrui has updated IniForm, a set of tools for conveniently creating user interface dialogs under Windows. You can get the package here:
13) Learn about creating your own website in episode 1547 of Eyes on Success:
14) We like to mention blind bloggers who help people think about the implications of blindness to life and demonstrate constructive approaches to life. Here is one such:
15A) NVDA 2015.4rc1 has been released for testing. Get it, and read about new features here:
15B) Here you will find a podcast demonstrating the new features:
16A) Investment firm Vector Capital has acquired Freedom Scientific and Optelec and combined them into one big adaptive technology company. For the moment, the two companies retain their own identities:
16B) Freedom Scientific has rushed out an FSCast all about this development:
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