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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 March 2015 Issue  Volume 16  Number 3
CSUN logo CSUN 2015: What's New from the Exhibit Hall and Beyond
Officially, it's known as the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, but to most, it's simply referred to as CSUN. Each March, roughly 5,000 researchers, teachers, accessibility experts, exhibitor representatives, and technology enthusiasts gather in San Diego to share new products, learn from others, or simply do a whole lot of networking. To continue an AccessWorld tradition, in this article I highlight several of the new and noteworthy products exhibited at this year's conference.
J.J. Meddaugh


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Editor's Page

A Bit About Yahoo's Accessibility Team


Conference News

CSUN 2015: What's New from the Exhibit Hall and Beyond
by J.J. Meddaugh From the dozens of informative sessions to the jam-packed exhibit hall, CSUN is still the largest and most influential conference of its kind. In this round-up, I try to scratch the surface when it comes to talking about everything that happened at CSUN.

Product Evaluations and Guides

Voice Dream Writer: An iOS Editor with Accessibility Extras
by Bill Holton Students and office workers who wish to use their iPhones or iPads to take notes in class or in meetings will enjoy this app, especially when paired with a Bluetooth keyboard. Entering text is as easy or easier than other iOS note taking or word processing apps, and reviewing what you have written is significantly easier, especially if you use Markdown.

Phonak ComPilot Product Review: Wearing a Necklace of SoundA Product of Interest to People Who Are Deafblind or Hard of Hearing
by Deborah Kendrick Today, there are many options for augmenting residual hearing. The Phonak ComPilot is of note for its performance, but also in that it is an example of “wearable” technology.

Choice of Robots from Choice of Games LLC: A Game Review
by Jamie Pauls Over the past three years, the California-based company Choice of Games LLC has released a series of text-based games, playable on several platforms including the Web, Android, and iOS, that bring together the simplicity of a multiple-choice exam with the vivid writing of a bestselling novel.

A Review of the Pocket Yoga, CARROT Fit, and CARROT Hunger iOS Fitness Apps
by Janet Ingber If you made a New Year's resolution to get in shape or have been thinking about it for a while, here are three iOS apps that can help get you started and keep you motivated.

Book Review

Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro, by Jonathan Mosen: A Book Review
by Jamie Pauls Amadeus Pro is a very powerful program with a lot of features. Mosen's audio tutorial highlights many of these features, and provides suggested resources for further exploration. Mosen points out some inconsistencies with VoiceOver and Amadeus Pro, and provides work-arounds when they are needed.

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