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    Featured App: Toggle

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    If you are like me, you might find yourself frequently changing system settings in the Windows Phone "Settings" app. For example, I travel quite a bit and find myself turning on and off "Airplane Mode" with enough regularity that digging for the switch in the Settings app is not ideal. Unfortunately I can't directly pin the Airplane mode setting to my start screen but there are some apps that will allow you to pin a shortcut. One of those apps is called Toggle. What I love about Toggle is that not only can I pin shortcuts to my favorite settings but I can also activate these via voice commands.

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    Microsoft Enables Vendors to Hire Workers with Disabilities

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    Danielle Serkin-Poole was just a young girl when she fell in love with cooking. Officially, her parents told her the kitchen was off-limits. But at around age six, she started to follow her dad and watch him make dinner. Over the years, she learned how to cook everything from perfect French toast (the secret is using challah for the bread) to potato latkes. But soon she will transition to a new role, one that reconnects her to her early passion: food prep. In a few weeks, she will be in the kitchen helping keep the salad bar stocked with fresh veggies. "It's my dream job," she said.

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    A Gamer Shows How Accessible Technology Can Build Community

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    I love video games. During my youth, I spent countless hours on Atari, Nintendo and PC gaming. As a senior program manager, I don’t have as much time for games these days, but I still love playing. Today, we know video games have many benefits, ranging from supporting education to relieving extreme pain. The aspect I enjoy most is the sense of community, bonding with friends while shooting virtual aliens or cutting the rug with my daughter on Kinect. It hasn’t always been easy for players with disabilities to enjoy this same connection, but accessible technologies can make it easier.

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    We're Hiring! New Accessibility Positions at Microsoft

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    Are you passionate about Accessibility? Would you like to help Microsoft make our products more accessible and usable for the ever changing needs of our customers? Are you excited about changing the way Microsoft approaches designing its products and services? Do you have experience influencing engineering team product roadmaps? Microsoft is currently looking to hire for several open positions related to accessibility.

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    Accessible Technology Can Be a Lifeline When the Unexpected Happens

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    When my alarm goes off most mornings I reach across my two cats, grab my Windows Phone and scan my email. Usually, I decide email can wait, get up, feed my cats and prepare for work. Recently, however, I awoke to a message that touched me so deeply I put my morning routine on hold to respond right away.

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    Rearranging Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles using the Keyboard

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    One of the cool things about Windows 8 is the ability to customize the start screen by moving and arranging the tiles in a way that suits your own preference and style. When using a touch screen device the easiest way to do this is by sliding the tile you want to move either up or down, and then dragging it to the new position. But over the past several months I have been asked by several people how to achieve this using the keyboard, if for some reason using a touch screen is not possible.

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    ADA Anniversary: Looking Forward to a People-Centric Society

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    The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 23 today and we have done a lot to make technology more accessible during its first two decades. But, we can accomplish even more in the coming years.

    The landmark ADA delivered a promise of equal access to 43 million Americans with disabilities. Last year, I wrote about how much the technology industry has delivered by offering a broad range of accessible devices and services. This year, I am looking forward, proposing three steps that industry can take to ensure a more inclusive future. 

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    Keeping Up-to-Date with Partners in Learning

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    We live in world where it seems to be increasingly hard to keep up with the pace of new technology. As a parent of school age children and as the son of an elementary school teacher, I know firsthand that the pace of this change is even harder to navigate...
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    Autism Hackathon in Seattle - March 22-24th

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    The Bing Fund would like to invite you to join us at the Hack Autism Event, a hackathon brought to you by Bing Fund in partnership with UW Autism Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children's Autism Guild, and Teachtown. We're getting together folks like you – thinkers, hackers, designers, tinkerers, amplifiers – to participate, give feedback, test, and hack together. For a purpose.  For autism.

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    Microsoft Accessibility Support Team - Frequently Asked Questions

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    In a previous post we announced the availability of the Microsoft Accessibility Support Team and the new customer support offering that provides a tailored experience for people with disabilities and customers using our accessibility features. We have...
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