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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 333

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 333
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

We at Flying Blind, LLC would like to wish you a most satisfying, rewarding, and safe 2012!

1) Here's one blogger's reasons for staying with a windows laptop rather than using other portable devices:
http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2011/12/22/six-reasons-why-i-am-sticking-with-a-new-windows-powered-laptop/

2) The Carroll Center has added a third course on diabetes to its online offerings. Diabetes and Visual Impairment: A New View for Health Professionals is currently free, accessible to all who wish to take it, and various accrediting agencies provide continuing education credits.
http://go.madmimi.com/redirects/6aa727a0be7e0a7f249d5a53c3233c53?pa=6887559955

3) By visiting the AppleVis blog, you can learn how they are Making it Easier to Find Relevant Content on the AppleVis Site, learn about the campaign to create the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame, and discover the appleVis podcast, among other discoveries.
http://www.applevis.com/blog

4) Version 1.1 of the Nokia Screen Reader is now available.
http://store.ovi.com/content/224364

5) Here is an interesting comparison of some of the many digital music services available, of course not taking accessibility into account.
http://t.co/ufwCMCIB

6) An organization called the Association of Blind Citizens offers an Assistive Technology Fund to US residents. the Fund provides financial resources to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software.
http://www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm

7) The ACB Radio Main Menu staff are now seeking new applicants for the volunteer Main Menu production team. To receive an application, send an email to
mainmenu@acbradio.org

8) From AI Squared, here is information about the new features in ZoomText version 10:
http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtext/more/whats_new_in_zoomtext_10
Videos demonstrating the new version:
http://www.aisquared.com/support/more/tutorial
Free 60-day trial of ZoomText 10 is here:
http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtext/more/download_zoomtext_trial/
Info and a video about the hand-held video magnifier i-loview can be found here:
http://www.aisquared.com/hardware/categories/category/iloview/

9) Blind-aid is a Yahoo group where people can discuss blindness issues and make friends. To join, send a blank message to
blind-aid-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

10) For the mathematically inclined, SVGToSIG is a converter which allows owners of non-Tiger embossers to emboss SVG files. Version 3 is now available.
http://nonvisualdevelopment.org/content/svgtosig-amanda-lacy

11) Serotalk Podcast 90 features interviews with four people, including a blind food critic, programmer and student, each of whom saw a problem or a challenge and tackled it head on. They didn't take no for an answer and they didn't let obstacles detour them from their goals.
http://serotalk.com/2011/12/28/serotalk-podcast-90-getting-it-done/

12) With the advent of MobilSpeak 5.7 from code Factory, the latest iteration to the Symbian operating system, Symbian Belle, is now accessible.
http://codefactory.es/en/products.asp?id=318

13) Tech Access Weekly features short Daily tips podcasts and some longer, comprehensive ones regarding assistive technology.
http://techaccessweekly.com/

14) Robert Carter gave himself three "software stocking stuffers" and talks about them in his podcast.
http://getfile4.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/robertcarter/DcSzlPXiES6QkhIocaGVQvc3khIkkJg9Sjd7agoLswSi3vSRKysX3iPWayyp/Three_Stocking_Stuffers.mp3

15) From CNET: 5 great uses for your old Windows computer:
http://t.co/BTFfhXfe

16) One blogger suggests you do These 5 Things Immediately when you get a new Android phone:
http://mashable.com/2011/12/26/new-android-setup-phone/ via @mashable.

17) The REACH Center for the Blind in Tupelo, MS will be accepting applications for a computer Instructor. Email:
cconyers@mdrs.ms.gov

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 332

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 332
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) This article is called 100 Excellent Hints and Tips for every Computer User:
http://savedelete.com/100-excellent-hints-and-tips-for-every-computer-user.html

2) Thanks to the December 16, 2011 post to the NFB - Access Technology Blog, we learn about Mobile PC Monitor, a mobile phone app that allows users to control and monitor many facets of the operation of their PC. A big practical ability is the ability to kill processes, such as frozen JAWS processes, so that a reboot isn't necessary.
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Access_Technology_Blog.asp

3) The December 13 post to the same blog discusses the new Brailliant braille display and takes HumanWare to task for inaccurately suggesting that the display presently works with IOS devices, which it now does not.
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Access_Technology_Blog.asp

4) To high acclaim, GW Micro has released GW Skype, a standalone alternative application for the Skype internet telephony program. It works with any windows screen reader and replaces the standard Skype program. It is much more accessible than the standard skype program and it is intended that it will remain so, no matter what changes are made to the regular Skype interface.
https://www.gwmicro.com/App_Central/Apps/App_Details/?scriptid=1353

5) De Witt & Associates will begin creating training books for window-Eyes, which can be purchased through Gw Micro. $99 Books on using window-eyes with word 2007 and Word 2010 are now available.
http://www.gwmicro.com/

6) The creator of the JAWS discussion mailing list has launched a generalized technical support mailing list for use with issues not particular to JFW or its interactions with other programs.
http://lists.the-jdh.com/mailman/listinfo/support_lists.the-jdh.com

7) The DAISY Consortium Announces the Latest Release of the Save as DAISY for Office 2010 Add-in. This lets users convert Word 2003, 2007 and 2010 documents to DAISY, and optionally add synthesized audio to the file.
http://www.daisy.org/project/save-as-daisy-microsoft-word-add-in

8) Here are the most recent updates to the Gizmo site:
Best Troubleshooting Sites:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_troubleshooting_sites.htm
Web Site of the Week (Encyclopedia Smithsonian):
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/web-site-week-encyclopedia-smithsonian.htm
Normalise Your MP3 Files So They All Play At The Same Volume:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/normalise-your-mp3-files-so-they-all-play-same-volume.htm
How to Make a List of the Installed Drivers on a PC:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-make-list-installed-drivers-pc.htm
How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-know-if-your-computer-infected.htm
How To Avoid Spam:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-avoid-getting-spammed.htm
How to Stay Safe While Online:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm-0

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 331

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 331
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) Among many other things, find out which Nokia phones work with the new free nokia screenreader on the third edition of the AccessTalk podcast:
http://t.co/FzVfSzB9

2) This page contains links to the training webinars given in 2011 for Window-Eyes and the listing for the first six webinars for 2012.
http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Webinar_Training/

3) You may hear some audio demonstrations of both the home and business versions of Cash Manager, the accessible financial management package, at
http://www.handytech.us/demos.html

4) Tobi version 1.5.1 the DAISY Consortium's open source multimedia production tool, is out, featuring bug fixes and a new audio feature:
http://t.co/iE2qF7pI

5) The December 8, 2011 post to theNFB - Access Technology Blog is entitled Speaking up about inaccessible Websites:
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Access_Technology_Blog.asp

6) The December, 2011 issue of AccessWorld focuses on travel, with discussions about getting a guide dog and reviews of iPhone GPS apps, as well as a review of the Serotek HoverCam, a portable reading solution.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

7) IBM has recently become aware of some accessibility issues with SPSS, a common statistical analysis package, when using JAWS and other screen readers. They may be looking for students or professionals who use screen readers and have access to SPSS with whom they can work to do accessibility testing. If interested, email:
lar@us.ibm.com

8) The people behind AppleVis, the very successful site for users to tell others about IOS apps they like or do not, have started an app directory for Mac apps.
http://t.co/yHuM8c4l

9 The BlindBargains team has updated their JAWS and Window-Eyes search tools. Thanks to them, you can easily search the web for products, blindness-related and other.
http://www.blindbargains.com/link/6419

10) Handy Tech North America announces the availability of the $75 Mac Academy Basic Training Workbook and Study Guide, Second Edition.
http://www.handytech.us/

11) A few years ago, Robert Shelton led a group which developed an application for access to graphical mathematics -- MathTrax, available from:
http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/mathtrax
He now looks to create a 64-bit version and seeks testers using a 64-bit system and a late version of JAWS 12 or any version of JAWS 13.
robert.o.shelton@nasa.gov

12) Out with Tek Talk and in with the Annual Accessible World Christmas Party during the usual time slot, GMT Tuesday, 20 December at 01:00. The person giving the most thoughtful gift to a friend or relative can win a $300 prize.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

13) Here are updates from the Gizmo site:
Best Free Business Management Software
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-business-management-software.htm
How to Adjust the Visual Settings in Windows 7 for Best Performance
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-adjust-visual-settings-windows-7-best-performance.htm
Best Free iPhone Apps
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-iphone-apps.htm
Best Free OCR Software
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-ocr-software.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 330

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 330
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Yours truly has finally put his toe into the world of social networking and has joined Twitter, accessing via the_Qube. Come follow me, @deantopdot. You out in the tidosphere will benefit from this development because of the information I glean from prolific tweeters like @jmosen and @ranger1138.

2) One such is this article: The Complete Guide to iTunes Books, Podcasts + iTunes U:
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/the-complete-guide-to-itunes-audiobooks-podcasts-itunes-u/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

3) And check out Accessibility for Web Writers, a 14-part series:
http://www.4syllables.com.au/category/articles/

4) This article is entitled How to download YouTube videos, and other curious things:
http://t.co/M6nRvVoH

5) The University of Chicago Spanish-English, English-Spanish dictionary, a pocket dictionary originally available only in a 27' pamphlet paper edition, is now available for electronic download through Web Braille to registered borrowers. It joins Dictionary of eye terminology, Elson's pocket music dictionary and Dictionary of braille music signs as downloadable items with "dictionary" in the title.
http://loc.gov/nls

6) Thanks to Fred's Head, we discover the Accessible iPad Blog which discusses the accessibility of this device for a variety of people.
http://accessibleipad.blogspot.com/

7) There may be openings to beta-test JAWS scripts for Peachtree Complete Accounting.
http://www.scriptsforjaws.com

8) Get the most up-to-date information about available accessible games on Tek Talk on GMt Tuesday, 13 December at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

9) New free and paid webinars are now posted on the Freedom Scientific training page:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/elearn

10) Firmware 4.47 for the Milestone digital recorder/players from Bones offers many new file formats, including Bookshare, and some enhanced navigation features.
http://www.bones.ch/bones/pages/eng/support/support.html

11) Sarah Alawami has created some Youtube videos about using WordPress: Part 1: Setting up WordPress:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90MVig5PiDE
Part 2 Installing Plug-ins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdJpnmgbaaY
Part 3 Editing PHP or some of it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSlWShar1r4

12) Executive Products has created cases for the Brailliant 32, the Focus 40 Blue and the iPhone.
http://www.executiveproductsinc.com/

13) Here are a couple nuggets from the Gizmo site: Best Free Spell-Checker:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-spell-checker.htm
How to Access Advanced Settings and Information for Your Chrome or Firefox Browser:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-access-advanced-settings-and-information-your-chrome-or-firefox-browser.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 329

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 329
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Photo of the HTC743 Mobile Handset Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to offer this turnkey mobile phone solution for 50% off of its suggested retailed price. And the best part about it is, everything comes preinstalled for you! This solution includes an HTC 743 Handset with built-in GPS receiver, installed with Code Factory's globally acclaimed Mobile Geo and Mobile Speak software. We'll even provide one map region pre-installed on an 8GB micro SD card. This is one of the industry's smallest, yet most robust GPS units on the market, and is also the GPS solution that is rigorously used by Flying Blind, LLC's founder, Larry Lewis, when travelling around town or around the country for business or pleasure! The handset is unlocked and can be activated for phone service with AT&T or T-Mobile or utilized independently without a data or phone plan. Act now while supplies last by sending an email to featured@flying-blind.com or by calling +1 (216) 381-8107 today!

Greetings,

1) The Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco held an Employment Summit in September and the nearly 22 hours of content are now available online.
http://lighthouse-sf.org/employment-summit/

2) Here is a good audio demonstration of the capabilities of Siri on the iPhone 4S.
http://audioboo.fm/boos/544034-a-comprehensive-audio-demonstration-of-siri.mp3

3) Here are two new ways to learn about iOS5 and the new iPhone 4S. The newest podcast in the Serotalk Podcast Network is Triple Click Home, and its first episode discusses the phone in detail.
http://www.tripleclickhome.com/

4) On Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 6 December, iOS5 and the iPhone 4S will be the topic.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) Daniela Rubio and her husband have a blog and podcast discussing Mac and IOS accessibility for Spanish speakers. Her email is:
macneticos@macneticos.com
The Blog:
http://www.macneticus.blogspot.com
And the Podcast:
http://macneticos.libsyn.com

6) Qwitter has been a very popular front-end to Twitter, but development on it is stopping. Fortunately, its developer has made the code open-source, so two projects have been launched to carry it forward. We'll see which, if either, remains active. Both are in the early stages. One is Twitmonger. The program is here to try:
http://twitmonger.shaned.net
Subscribe to the mailing list to discuss it at:
twitmonger_users-subscribe@lists.shaned.net

The other project is Qube. This is the download link:
http://quartzprojects.co.uk/software/beta/the_qube/The%20Qube-setup%201.0%20Beta%204.exe
To join its discussion list, place the word subscribe in a message to:
theqube-subscribe@lists.mysticplace.info

8) This episode of In Touch, the BBC's programme for blind and partially sighted people in the UK, discusses gadgets for people who have recently lost their sight, both low and high tech. The podcast can be downloaded from:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxww

9) Sightexchange is a mailing list where people can give away blindness-related items. Donors can only charge shipping, which is often unnecessary since many blindness-related items can be legally sent free. The list is worldwide and benefits people in many countries. To join, send a blank message to:
sightexchange-subscribe @yahoogroups.com
Read about the list here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sightexchange

10) Viewpoint's Program #147 demonstrates the new features in JAWS version 13, particularly the convenient OCR feature. The presenters also summarize training resources.
http://www.ViewPointsPlus.net

11) These are some of the new and updated articles on the Gizmo site. Note in addition that the site contains a growing number of articles in Spanish: 32-bit and 64-bit explained
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/32-bit-and-64-bit-explained.htm
Virus? 10 Places to Scan Your PC Online for Free
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/virus-10-places-scan-your-pc-online-free.htm
Quick and Easy Way to Add Wireless Security to All Your Windows PCs
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/quick-and-easy-way-add-wireless-security-all-your-windows-pcs.htm
Keep Track Of Your Personal Finances Online, For Free
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/keep-track-your-personal-finances-online-free.htm

12) I am potentially in the market for an original Book Port (not the one current being sold.) If you might part with one in good working order, please write to:
dean@topdotenterprises.com

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 328

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 328
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

We would like to kick off by wishing all of our US subscribers a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

1) There have been a couple weekly Serotalk podcasts since the last mention here.
http://serotalk.com/

2) You can watch a video of how to use a webcam with the upcoming ZoomText version 10 to turn your computer into an affordable CCTV.
http://bit.ly/v8Yt7g

3) The November, 2011 issue of AccessWorld has a holiday focus, with articles such as Holiday Gift Ideas for People with Vision Loss, Choosing Toys for Children with Vision Loss, Online Holiday Shopping Using a Screen Reader: A Guide to Popular Retail Websites, and more.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

4) Learn about Serotek's many accessibility solutions for students, professionals, seniors, veterans and everybody else on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 29 November at 01:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) Of interest for people reading ebooks. A new version of Adobe Digital Editions is available. Users relying on VoiceOver, JAWS, or NVDA, and keyboard-only or high-contrast users can make use of this application to read electronic books, including books from booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and Waterstones, and books loaned via public libraries which use OverDrive for electronic book delivery.
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/digitaleditions1-8/

6) Chris Gray is offering what he calls the Internet Entrepreneur Course for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $49.95 plus $19.95 in bonus content. When you visit the site, a 20-minute message speaks automatically, or can be read in text.
http://www.jobsfortheblind.us

7) The blindtech list is an active mailing list where people can get answers to a variety of technology questions. to subscribe, send a message to:
blindtech-subscribe@lists.blindtech-list.info

8) The podcast feed for the recording of the Braille Forum, publication of the American Council of the Blind, has been changed. to subscribe, use this address:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/AcbBrailleForum

9) Here follows a good crop of new and updated articles from the Gizmo site:
Best Free Antivirus Software
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm
The Automatic Windows 7 File Backup That You Didn't Know You Had
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/automatic-windows-7-file-backup-you-didn-t-know-you-had.htm
Get a $40 DVD Slideshow Creator For Free Until December 7th
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/get-40-dvd-slideshow-creator-free-until-december-7th.htm
Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-income-tax-filing-software.htm
Best Free Disk De-fragmenter
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-disk-de-fragmenter.htm
Best Free Streaming Media Recorder
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-streaming-media-recorder.htm
Best Free File Copy Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-copy-utility.htm
This PDF to Word Converter Is Fast And Free
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/pdf-word-converter-fast-and-free.htm
Free Program Downloads 1000 TED Talks To Your PC
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-program-downloads-1000-ted-talks-your-pc.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 327

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 327
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Serotek is giving all Veterans with visual impairments lifetime memberships in the System Access Mobile Network, and is setting up dedicated forums for blinded veterans to share resources there.
http://www.serotek.com/why-serotek

2) OfficeConvert is a new set of utilities created by Jamal Mazrui to convert documents among a variety of file formats.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/OfficeConvert.zip
EasyEncode is a set of utilities for detecting and converting text files among common encodings.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/EasyEncode.zip

3) Congenitally blind English speaking adults can earn $120 for taking part in a 4-8 hour online survey being conducted at MIT. For information email:
saxelab.surveys@gmail.com

4) From Fred's Head, we learn about Open Culture, a site with lots of free courses, lectures, audio books, language courses, and more.
http://www.openculture.com/

5) The Jobs for the Blind blog is a name that speaks for itself.
http://jobsfortheblindblog.com/

6) Richard Baldwin is looking for screen reader users to test the latest version of his drawing program for the blind,SVGDraw01 with AudioTac. It now works with NVDA, and he wants to know how it works with other screen readers.
http://www.austincc.edu/baldwin/SWT-SVG/SVGDraw01.zip

7) DeWitt & Associates have created two two-hour $179 online courses for parents of children who use screen readers or screen magnifiers. For information, email:
melissa@4dewitt.com

8) Jackie McBride will offer a two-hour $50 online class on building a web site using Wordpress, to take place on 13 January, 2012 at 20:00 GMT. A Q&A session will follow the class, and students will receive a written textbook as well. Only ten students will be accepted in this class, but Jackie will probably offer additional sessions if there is sufficient interest, and may sell her textbook separately as well, so if you may have any interest in building a web site, this is an excellent resource. E-mail
abletec@gmail.com

9) Humanware held a webinar, Documents to Go using Keysoft 9.2. Here is the archive:
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/73355272-archive-1536-/8AJRE/310274738

10) The new features of Keysoft 9.2 for the Apex family of products will be the topic on Tek Talk on GMT 22 November at 01:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

11) The topic for Viewpoints program A-1145 is a comparison of iPhone and Android from a blind user perspective.
http://www.ViewPointsPlus.net

12) Latest additions to the gizmo site include: How to Search for Exactly What You Want with Google
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-search-exactly-what-you-want-google.htm
Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-rss-reader-aggregator.htm
Quick and Easy Way to List All the Windows Updates Installed on Your System
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/quick-and-easy-way-list-all-windows-updates-installed-your-system.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 326

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 326
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Adaptive Technology Training with Dean Martineau
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Greetings,

1) This Fred's Head article, entitled "The Works of Thomas Jefferson", is online and in ebook Format, may interest some:
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/11/works-of-thomas-jefferson-is-online-and.html

2) The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) has recently released the second segment of a three-part article on the evolution of braille. In this piece, BANA focuses on the complexities of code building as well as on current challenges in transcription, translation, and backtranslation of braille. Parts One and Two of "The Evolution of Braille: Can the Past Help Plan the Future?" are now posted on the BANA website at:
http://www.brailleauthority.org/

3) For those wanting guidance on the use of the latest Apple products with VoiceOver, as well as with older versions, the adaptive technology podcasts from Vision Australia remain a consistent source of good information.
http://www.visionaustralia.org/atpodcasts/

4) Version 0.0.18 of the drawing program for blind users is now available: The new feature in this version is called by the author the AudioTack display. The AudioTac Display makes it possible for blind users to interpret drawings using sound in conjunction with touch, an embossed tactile grid (paper), and a mouse or a touchpad. It makes it possible for blind users to obtain hardcore quantitative information about a shape, such as the locations and values of the peaks and troughs in a graph showing the price of a stock, or the distance between two walls in the floor plan of an apartment.
http://www.austincc.edu/baldwin/SWT-SVG/SVGDraw01.zip

5) Version 1.5 of TOBI is now available. This free tool is designed to Create Accessible DAISY Multimedia.
http://www.daisy.org/daisy-news

6) Blind Access Tools and Service is an evolving site intended to assist those who are losing vision.
http://www.blindaccessts.com/

7) Here is the article: Top 10 Awesome Android Features that the iPhone Doesn't Have:
http://lifehacker.com/5801862/top-10-awesome-android-features-that-the-iphone-doesnt-have

8) If you input November in the customer code field at this site, you get 25% off Kathy Ann Murtha's textbooks during November.
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/

9) HumanWare is seeking input on the future of the Victor Reader Stream, and asks owners to complete a survey. Ten people who do will win an upgrade to the Stream's SoftPak.
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/ream-User-Online-Market-Survey/8A4QK/308967938

10) The two latest installments of the Tech Doctor Podcast form a series, iOS5 Pushes the Accessibility Envelope
http://www.dr-carter.com/

11) Part two of the Annual Stocking Stuffers series on Tek Talk runs on GMT Tuesday, 15 November at 01:00, giving you more interesting shopping ideas.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

12) Gw Micro has released a portable reading device, the ReadEasy+, compact and powerful, but whose price is hard to ascertain.
http://www.gwmicro.com/Reading_Systems/ReadEasy/

13) The Hadley School for the Blind seeks to hire a highly qualified instructor for their technology related course offerings.
http://www.hadley.edu/career

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 325

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 325
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) One of the dying wishes of terminally ill Becky Williams is that one of her songs about braille be recorded professionally. Owing to her long-term relation with the Hadley School, this has been done, so you can hear her song, Brailling Signs is Cool to Do and read the story of its creation. You can get the recording by putting “brailling sign song” in the subject and e-mailing: sorge@hadley.edu
And read the account at:
http://www.hadley.edu/braillesong

2) Outlook 2010 Keyboard Commands with Jaws, Window-Eyes and System Access is now available from National Braille Press In braille, eBraille, or Word, for $6.00:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/OUTLOOK2010KC.html

3) Jamal Mazrui has updated Edsharp, the powerful text editor, with bug fixes and improved file conversion facilities.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/edsetup.exe

4) These two web sites contain good information about using a Bluetooth keyboard with an I-device under IOS5.
http://axslab.com/articles/ios-voiceover-gestures-and-keyboard-commands.php
http://www.hllf.net/70

5) Here is some rather advanced information on Advanced Query Syntax for searching under Windows Vista or Windows 7.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa965711(v=VS.85).aspx

6) The DAISY Consortium announces the Release of Obi 2.0, a tool designed to make Creating Accessible Audio Books Easier.
http://www.daisy.org/daisy-news#newsitem1027

7) From the Gizmo site, we learn about the site called Simple Help. "The main purpose of Simplehelp.net is to help beginner-to-intermediate computer users learn how to do various things with their computers. Simplehelp.net teaches a wide variety of topics to all levels, such as troubleshooting email, preventing spam and removing spyware."
http://www.simplehelp.net/

8) Along the same line and from the same source, there is much Windows-related assistance available from Microsoft, but it is not simple to find what you’re looking for in their maze. The Gizmo Tips editor has put together a short list of some Microsoft links that may make it easier to get answers when help is wanted:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-find-help-microsoft-your-computer-problems.htm

9) Freedom Scientific announces a $500 to $1,500 reduction in the price of the Pac Mate and Pac Mate braille displays.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/News/Pressroom/2011/PACMate-price-reduction.asp

10) The archive of the webinar on the Victor Reader Stratus DAISY/MP3 player is now available.
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/41243317-archive-1526-/88YA8/304792538

11) With the approach of the traditional gift-giving times in many countries, you have two sources for low- and high-tech gift ideas, with many low-cost ones. The first is Tek Talk, which offers its two-part Stocking Stuffers feature every year. Part one will be on GMT Tuesday, 8 November at 01:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

12) The second is the December Dilemma technology seminar from the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, on Tuesday, 15 November, at 21:00 GMT. You can take part online or by phone; to learn how to do so, RSVP to:
rsvp@lighthouse-sf.org

13) Nokia has created a screen reader for its phones, to be distributed by Code Factory.
http://www.magnifiers.org/news.php?action=fullnews&id=410

14) EASI’s November fee-based course, Creating Accessibility for Online Learning, starts on 7 November. The course costs $350, but people from overseas as well as those who purchase their course package get a 20% discount, and scholarships are also available.
http://easi.cc/workshops/bfel.htm

15) Here are more goodies from the Gizmo site: Best Free iPhone Apps
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/dJYOvd-9LQU/best-free-iphone-apps.htm
File Backup Terminology: What do terms like Differential and Incremental mean and how will they help me?
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/R18RzPRh3bY/file-backup-terminology-what-do-terms-differential-incremental-mean-and-how-will-they-help-m
Sick of DropBox’s 2GB Limit? Here’s a Solution
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/8izMAUH1KZ0/relaunched-cloud-storage-app-still-offering-10-gb-free-space.htm
The 3 Best-ever Windows Productivity Tips
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/lEXga3iV0Bk/three-windows-tips-our-readers-best.htm
TIP: How to Open Your Favorite Program or Document Automatically at Startup
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/0XqOnRCz9oY/how-open-your-favorite-program-or-document-automatically-startup.htm
300,000 Free Lectures From The World’s Top Universities
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/lCfluJCwFtw/300000-free-lectures-worlds-top-universities.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 324

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 324
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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Greetings,

1) Kathy Ann Murtha is giving away full-length textbooks for Windows7, using either JAWS or window-Eyes.
http://www.blindtraining.com/free/Windows7.html

2) And at the same time that Freedom Scientific has released JFW13, she now releases her $75 textbook on JFW 12.
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/jfw12.htm

3) Indeed, JAWS for Windows version 13 is available, featuring Convenient OCR for reading DVD menus and graphical pdf documents, enhancements to the Research-It feature, and a new Quick Settings dialog.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/News/Pressroom/2011/JAWS-13-released.asp

4) Michael Feir, long-time leader in making games accessible, will talk all things games on Tek Talk on GMT 1 November at 00:00. You'll probably find out about some accessible games with which you weren't previously familiar.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) Freedom Scientific has converted some introductory training webinars that used to cost money into free webinars, and has lowered the prices on others. For example, a package of three 1.5 hour webinars on Word now costs $29. Also, basic training for JAWS 13 is available.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/RSS/Training/rss.xml

6) On Saturday, 29 October at 18:00 GMT, a special edition of the MacCessibility Round Table podcast will take place, where the Knights field questions about anything related to Apple and VoiceOver. You can listen live or download the podcast.
http://www.lioncourt.com/2011/10/22/upcoming-a-special-question-and-answer-edition-of-the-round-table-podcast/

7) The Gw Micro interview with Chip Orange is now ready for download. For this and lots of others, visit
http://www.gwmicro.com/podcast

8) News from HumanWare: HumanWare Companion has been updated to version 3.5, fixing bugs and improving interaction with the Bookshare site.
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/tream-software/87NE6/299514868
And version 9.2 of the Apex products is out, allowing for the reading of PDF files, better use of QWERTY keyboards and ability to download larger files among other fixes.
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/products/blindness/braillenotes/_details/id_158/braillenote_apex_bt_32_braille_notetaker.html

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 323

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 323
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1) The October, 2011 issue of accessWorld is now available, featuring articles about employment, a review of the Braille Sense OnHand, a discussion of the new AccessWorld app for the iPhone, and more.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

2) John Martin has updated his BlindTunes JAWS scripts for the latest version of iTunes.
http://www.BlindTunes.net/BlindTunesSetup.exe

3) AccessTalk is a new technology-related podcast from the UK.
http://AccessTalk.co.uk/

4) There have been a lot of improvements in the accessibility of IOS5, the latest version of the operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. One way for users of earlier versions to learn about the changes is via Kevin Chao's Unofficial VoiceOver Change Log, which can be downloaded as a short DAISY book.
http://www.guidedogswa.org/Library/openbiblio/shared/biblio_view.php?bibid=110970&tab=opac

5) A recording of the HumanWare webinar on the new Brailliant braille displays is available here:
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/65217131-archive-1515-/86MYS/293557438

6) You can also learn about the Brailliants on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 October at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) A new mailing list has been formed to discuss accessibility of the new SiriusXM player, both to discuss strategies to access the online channels and other services and to strategize on ways of dealing with the company. To join send a blank message to
siriusxm-access-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

8) The October 13, 2011 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog discusses the Ibis Reader, a cross-platform program for reading ePUB books that has some apparent advantages.
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=868&SnID=797821620

9) From the Gizmo site, we have "Best Free Time Correction Utility"
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-time-correction-utility.htm
Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/software-use-same-keyboard-mouse-control-multiple-computers.htm
91 Places For Free Audio Books Online
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-audio
Best Free Unit and Currency Conversion Program
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-unit-conversion-program.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 322

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 322
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: New BrailleNote PK's Reduced To $1,999.00 USD Each!
Photo of the BrailleNote PK Flying Blind, LLC is both ecstatic and astounded to announce that its supplier has reduced the price of the BrailleNote PKs advertised a couple of weeks ago from $2,995.00 USD each to $1,999.00 USD each; that's approximately $3,000.00 USD off of their list price! Unbelievable, unheard of, but true! These units are brand new, and available only while supplies last. These PKs are running the latest version of KeySoft designed for the PK and come with a manufacturer's warranty. Also, Flying Blind, LLC is providing an optional upgrade to the globally acclaimed Sendero GPS for BrailleNote PKs for an additional $1,000.00 USD - another tremendous savings!!! So, for US$2,999.00 USD you can own one of the world's smallest notetakers with a fantastic GPS solution, integrated right into the PK!!! For more information email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107. Act now while supplies last! All available units will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) Resources for those engaging in or wishing to learn about programming by the blind have been reorganized, so here is a rundown: A mailing list where beginners and advanced programmers can learn is program-l. To join, send a message to program-l-request@freelists.org and in the subject field put the word "subscribe".
These websites contain a variety of resources:
http://NonvisualDevelopment.org
http://EmpowermentZone.com/NonvisualDevelopmentFAQ.htm
http://EmpowermentZone.com/NonvisualDevelopmentFAQ.htm
http://GrabBag.alacorncomputer.com
http://BlindGeeks.org

2) Speaking of programming and programmers, Chip Orange will be the guest on the GW Insider on Tuesday, 25 October.
http://www.gwmicro.com/events
After the show, you can grab the podcast here:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Audio_Video_Archive/Podcast/

3) The release of the iPhone 4S and IOS5 appear to be about to improve mobile phone access a lot. Here is an article entitled, "What's new in iOS 5 for the iPhone: From an Accessibility Standpoint"
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=864&SnID=837704494

4) Another blind user has written his experiences learning and using the iPhone, and the resulting article is in the October, 2011 Braille Monitor.
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1109/bm110906.htm

5) TechVision sells many lessons on using JAWS with popular applications.
http://www.yourtechvision.com/products

6) Learn about JFW version 13 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 October at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) EASI offers a free webinar on Friday, 14 October at 1800 GMT, featuring presenters at the upcoming AHG Conference.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEFJaVBTX2YtYnY1Mkx2dmlSY1d5NlE6MQ

8) Learn about the ILoview, new small video magnifier from AI Dwustrf.
http://www.aisquared.com/hardware/categories/category/iloview/

9) DAISY Pipeline is a set of tools for creating DAISY documents.
http://www.daisy.org/news-detail/1015

10) J-Say 9.1 is now available, working with JAWS 12 and Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional 11.5.
http://www.tandt-consultancy.com/pages/whats_new_in_j-say_v9.php

11) A new version of the drawing program usable by the blind is now available, with three new features and several fixes.
http://www.austincc.edu/baldwin/SWT-SVG/SVGDraw01.zip

12) Here is the latest from the Gizmo site: How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-create-custom-hotkey-your-favorite-application-or-folder.htm
391 Places for Free Books Online
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/50-places-free-books-online.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 321

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 321
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: New BrailleNote PK's Reduced To $1,999.00 USD Each!
Photo of the BrailleNote PK Flying Blind, LLC is both ecstatic and astounded to announce that its supplier has reduced the price of the BrailleNote PKs advertised a couple of weeks ago from $2,995.00 USD each to $1,999.00 USD each; that's approximately $3,000.00 USD off of their list price! Unbelievable, unheard of, but true! These units are brand new, and available only while supplies last. These PKs are running the latest version of KeySoft designed for the PK and come with a manufacturer's warranty. Also, Flying Blind, LLC is providing an optional upgrade to the globally acclaimed Sendero GPS for BrailleNote PKs for an additional $1,000.00 USD - another tremendous savings!!! So, for US$2,999.00 USD you can own one of the world's smallest notetakers with a fantastic GPS solution, integrated right into the PK!!! For more information email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107. Act now while supplies last! All available units will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) AT&T is giving its US customers a free copy version of Code Factory Mobile Accessibility, called Mobile Accessibility Lite, for use with its Android phones.
https://market.android.com/details?id=es.codefactory.android.app.ma.vocalizerenuattcarrier&feature=search_result

2) Learn about the SendSpace file storage and transfer service on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, October 11 at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) Thanks to Fred's Head, we learn about the Directory of Free Assistive Technology Software Compiled by the University of Athens
http://access.uoa.gr/fs/eng/pages/home

4) American Printing House for the Blind has updated its Guidelines for Print Document Design
http://www.aph.org/accessible-media-guidelines/

5) Between Top Tech Tidbits and the weekly Serotalk Podcast, anybody can keep up with adaptive tech news and news about pertinent technology in general.
http://serotalk.com/2011/10/04/serotalk-podcast-79-whats-up-happy-rants/

6) The new Brailliant braille displays are available from Humanware, featuring thumb keys, the same braille displays found in the Apex products, and lower prices, though these are hard to find on their web site.
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/railliant/84AWO/278180548
A webinar about the Brailliants will take place on GMT Thursday, October 13 at 00:00.
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/65217131-/84AWE/278180548

7) Here are some of the latest finds on the Gizmo site: 300,000 Free Lectures From The World's Top Universities
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/300000-free-lectures-worlds-top-universities.htm
Finds of the Week (October 1st, 2011)
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/finds-week-october-1st-2011.htm
How to Find Out What Is Going On Behind the Scenes in Windows 7
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-find-out-what-going-behind-scenes-windows-7.htm
A Fast Search-And-Replace Utility That Copes With a Folder Full of Files
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/fast-search-and-replace-utility-copes-folder-full-files.htm
Communicate Online With Extra Privacy
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/communicate-online-extra-privacy.htm

8) J.J. Meddaugh with his A T Guys company is selling a video magnifier from Chris Park Designs. The introductory price is $649, to go up $50 after the first 200 units are sold. this 8-ounce magnifier has a 4.3-inch screen and claims features not available on other products.
http://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=79

9) Amazon seeks a program manager focused on the assistive technology user experience.
http://t.co/j8VnbHvG

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 320

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 320
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement:
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Greetings,

1) Procedural Note: In order to deal with the occasional unexpected Internet outage at my home, I am going to prepare the newsletter on Tuesdays, at least mostly. Hence, if you want an item to appear, I need to have it by 18:00 GMT on Tuesday. If I get it later, it still may appear, but chances are less.

2) Learn about the accessibility features of the Kindle 3 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 October at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) The next Lighthouse Technology Seminar will compare and contrast the various cell phones that are available for use by the blind. This takes place Thursday, 6 October, at20:00 GMT. To take part by phone or by audio stream, RSVP to
rsvp@lighthouse-sf.org

4) The September 27, 2011 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog discusses two very handy resources for dealing with software updates in general and updating Adobe Flash player in particular.
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=852&SnID=885484973

5) This Fred's Head post is called To-Do List on Twitter
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/09/to-do-list-on-twitter.html

6) Thanks to Fred's Head, we learn that here, you can download a PDF of the Counselors & Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid
http://ifap.ed.gov/chandbooks/attachments/0910CounselorsHandbookAttach-10.pdf

7) Kathy Ann Murtha offers An Immersion into Window-Eyes 7.5, a downloadable textbook for $75.
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/Window-Eyes75.htm

8) On 19 September, 2011, the National Federation of the Blind and the Maryland Technology Assistance Program held a Web Accessibility Day, an in-depth look at how accessible Web content that complies with federal and state regulations is created. The handouts from the event are available here:
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/zip/Resource%20CD.zip

9) Here are the latest nuggets from the Gizmo site. Note that these articles are updated frequently, and I don't list them anywhere near as often as they are updated, so if you want to always get the latest version of an article, you might want to keep up with the RSS feed or monitor the site. For this week: Study The Origin Of Words With This Etymology Dictionary
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/study-origin-words-etymology-dictionary.htm
Best Free Microsoft Downloads
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-microsoft-downloads.htm
Best Free Dictionary / Thesaurus Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-dictionary-thesaurus-utility.htm
Best Free Antivirus Software
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm
Best Free Outlook Express Backup
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-outlook-express-backup.htm
Best Free DVD Ripper
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-dvd-ripper.htm
Best Free PC Tune-up Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-pc-tune-up-utility.htm

10) Humanware is looking to hire a sales representative to cover the southwest region of the US. D-mail resume and copies of diplomas by 21 October to
us-rh@humanware.com

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 319

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 319
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: One (1) ALVA Satellite 570 Refreshable Braille Terminal for $1,500.00 USD!
Photo of the ALVA 570 Satellite Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to offer one of the most tried and true, feature-rich, 70-cell Braille terminals on the market, and at an unbeatable price. This unit's Braille cells have recently been serviced, and it is now in fantastic condition. This solution offers you almost twice as many Braille cells as other 40-cell displays that cost twice as much as this refurbished Satellite. Act now before this Satellite gets snatched up! Price includes shipping within the 48 continental United States. For more information email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107. All units will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) Window-Eyes owners can now purchase Software Maintenance Agreements on time plans and can choose to buy two upgrades rather than three, making them more affordable.
http://www.gwmicro.com/dealers

2) Hadley School's Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship is open for enrollment. It offers several courses, some new to the school's curriculum, to help aspiring business owners.
http://www.hadley.edu/fce

3) Learn about the Carbonite online backup service on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 27 Sepbember at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

4) EASI offers a 4-part Fee-based Series on Creating Accessible PDF documents in October, each Tuesday in October at 18:00 GMT.
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

5) News from the Serotalk site: Podcasts now appear weekly, and are always worth the listen. In addition, a new podcast, That Android Show is the newest podcast on the SeroTalk Podcast Network:
http://www.thatandroidshow.com/
The first of a four-part MacBook Air Review: Part 1: Specs and performance is now available.
http://serotalk.com/2011/09/20/macbook-air-review-part-1-specs-and-performance/
The main site, for all this and more, is:
http://serotalk.com/

6) It being autumn in North america, the public beta for the next version of JAWS, version 13, is available for all to try.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWS-public-beta.asp
The FSCast for September, 2011 features a discussion of the new features, including built-in OCR for reading graphical PDF documents and DVD menus among other things.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast058-september2011.asp
Jamal Mazrui has not tarried in making the documentation for the newest version available as an archive of structured text files.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/jfw13doc.zip

7) Richard Baldwin has created a drawing program for blind students. Version 0.0.8 is now posted and available for free and immediate download at:
http://www.austincc.edu/baldwin/SWT-SVG/SVGDraw01.zip

8) This post to the Google Blog discusses Google's accessibility efforts and commitments.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/enhanced-accessibility-in-docs-sites.html
The NFB Access Technology Blog discusses the improvements.
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=850&SnID=1418315758

9) Larry Lewis will present a free webinar on Friday, 30 September at 18:00 GMT entitled "Apple, Braille, The Classroom, and You!" It will focus on the increasing use of Apple devices within the classroom and how low cost, wireless, refreshable Braille can turn these devices into alternatives to traditional notetaking options.
http://www.flying-blind.com/enews/09192011/index.html

10) We'll end with a wealth of tantalizing items from the Gizmo site: Best Free Right-Click Context Menu Extensions list
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-right-click-context-menu-add-ons.htm
Free Online Tool To Remove Line Breaks, Convert to HTML and More
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-online-tool-remove-line-breaks-convert-html-and-more.htm
Best Free Boilerplate Text Manager
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-boilerplate-text-manager.htm
Best Free Outlook Add-ins
http://www.techsupportalert.com/Best-free-outlook-add-in.htm
Best Free Web Site Ripper
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-web-site-ripper.htm
Best Free Windows Driver Backup
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-driver-backup.htm
Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC
http://www.techsupportalert.com/how-to-secure-your-pc.php
Best Windows Freeware/Shareware Download Sites
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_shareware_sites.htm
Three Tricks to Make the Windows "Send To"ť Feature Even More Useful
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-tricks-make-windows-send-feature-even-more-useful.htm
Dangerous Downloads on Legitimate Websites & Search Engines
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/dangerous-downloads-legitimate-websites-search-engines.htm
Three More Ways to Make Your Favorite Folder Easy to Access in Windows 7
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-more-ways-make-your-favorite-folder-easy-access-windows-7.htm
Correlate. A Fascinating New Research Tool From Google
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/correlate-fascinating-new-research-tool-google.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 318

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 318
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: New BrailleNote PK's for $2,999.00 USD Each!
Photo of the BrailleNote PK Flying Blind, LLC is ecstatic to announce that it has some brand new BrailleNote PKs for approximately $2,000.00 USD off of their list price! That's right! These units are brand new, and available only while supplies last. These PKs are running the latest version of KeySoft designed for the PK and come with a manufacturer's warranty. Also, Flying Blind, LLC is providing an optional upgrade to the globally acclaimed Sendero GPS for BrailleNotes for an additional $1,000.00 USD - another tremendous savings!!! So, for US$3,999.00 USD you can own one of the world's smallest notetakers with a fantastic GPS solution, integrated right into the PK!!! For more information email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107. Act now while supplies last! All available units will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) The August, 2011 issue of the Gw Insider has been posted, featuring an interview with a well-known officer in the Indian army.
http://www.gwmicro.com/Audio_Video_Archive/Podcast/

2) The August 24, 2011 viewpoints podcast discusses advanced features of JAWS.
http://www.viewpointsplus.net/bin/DLC.php?get=vp%201134%20podcast.mp3
the main URL for Viewpoints is
http://www.ViewPointsPlus.net

3) In addition to the two paid sessions already mentioned here, EASI is offering two free webinars during September: Tobi: a software tool to author DAISY multimedia, Tuesday, 20 September at 17:00 GMT, and Practical comparison of screen readers, using scenario based user testing, Wednesday, 28 September at 17:00 GMT
http://easi.cc/workshop.htm

4) The GPSAthon is Sendero's innovative and somewhat radical pricing experiment. they will combine purchases worldwide for GPS systems running on the BrailleNote, VoiceNote, Braille Sense or Voice Sense until the end of the year and give everybody a quantity discount depending on how many people buy. People who commit to buy a system will save at least $500 from the usual price and perhaps more depending on how many people buy.
http://senderogroup.com/products/gpsathon.htm

5) J-Tools version 4.2 is available. This provides J-Tools functionality for JAWS 12.0.1170 and (if appropriate) Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.
http://www.tandt-consultancy.com/pages/j-tools_information.php

6) Optelec invites Braille display users to fill out an online survey about their Braille display usage and what features and functionality they would like to have included in future Braille displays. Optelec will draw names of 5 survey participants who will receive a ShopLowVision.com gift card worth $50. Your answers will be treated confidentially. Answering this questionnaire will take about 15 minutes.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GB3FQ3B

7) Recent Viewpoints broadcastsinclude Blind Friendly Games and Toys
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wxxi-reachout-viewpoints/~3/OMpq05qBvMc/983070.mp3
and Hot spot Clicker, a JAWS tool we haven't mentioned lately, that allows for customizing JAWS
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wxxi-reachout-viewpoints/~3/rQAIWG_edjM/985914.mp3

8) With Serotalk podcast 76, podcasts will appear weekly and contain more product reviews. This one contains lots of disaster preparedness info as well as the usual tech news you probably want all in one place.
http://media.serotalk.com/podcasts/SeroTalk076.mp3

9) Here are some of the latest offerings from the gizmo site, This Mail Attachment Downloader Could Be Very Useful Indeed
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/mail-attachment-downloader-could-be-very-useful-indeed.htm
Best Free Online Backup Sites
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-backup-sites.htm
Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-dvd-burning-software.htm
editors' Choice List: Our Selection of the Best PC Freeware
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/top-freeware-picks-category-editors.htm
Best Free Wi-Fi Network Finder Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-wi-fi-network-finder-utility.htm

10) The NFB Access Technology Blog comments on DocuScan Plus
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=845&SnID=1529830227

11) Robert Carter demonstrates the JamBox, a very interesting bluetooth speaker that can turn most phones into good speakerphones.
http://robertcarter.posterous.com/jambox-demo

12) The Carroll Center has launched two free online courses on diabetes management. One is for patients and families
http://carroll.org/online-courses/diabetes-and-visual-impairment-a-new-view-for-patients-and-families/?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Manage+Your+Diabetes+Independently&utm_campaign= Manage+Your+Diabetes+Independently&utm_term=Diabetes+and+Visual+Impairment_3A+A+New+View+for+Patients+and+Families
and the other for professionals
http://carroll.org/online-courses/diabetes-and-visual-impairment-a-new-view-for-professionals/?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Manage+Your+Diabetes+Independently&utm_campaign= Manage+Your+Diabetes+Independently&utm_term=Diabetes+and+Visual+Impairment_3A+A+New+View+for+Professionals

13) The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the blind and Vision Impaired is recruiting for a computer instructor position.
http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov/applicants/Central?quickFind=136224

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 317

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 317
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: BrailleConnect32s for $2,000.00 USD Each!
Photo of the BrailleConnect32 Flying Blind, LLC still has a couple remaining refurbished, BrailleConnect 32 Braille terminals for the staggeringly low price of $2,000.00 USD each, that's $2,100.00 USD off of their suggested list prices. Several of these units have been snatched up this week, so act now to take advantage of this amazing bargain! Each display is in fantastic working order and has been thoroughly tested prior to delivery. This sleek yet rugged Braille terminal offers enough Braille for PC and Macintosh use while providing enough portability for use with today's portables such as netbooks, tablets, and mobile phones! Each display comes with a 30 day warranty and all six units will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) Tek Talk carried a discussion of the forthcoming Orion 18, the Android-based Braille tablet being developed by LevelStar in partnership with APH. Of course, the whole program is part of the Tek Talk archives, but in addition, the LevelStar team has created a 50'minute edited version which you can hear here:
http://www.levelstar.com/images/stories/audio/tt07-25-11Orion.mp3

2) Are You a Human is a start-up company seeking to replace inaccessible CAPTCHA's with games which would be accessible, and also seeking to create audio games for the visually impaired. they are looking for testers. If interested, write to
reid@areyouahuman.com

3) Geoff Adams-Spink has written a blog entry on his experience with the Lion operating system as a person who uses magnification.
http://www.adams-spink.com/Lion_Taming_for_VIPs

4) The NFB has decided to make the recordings of its employment Seminar at the summer convention freely available.
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Employment_and_Rehabilitation.asp?SnID=1917931752

5) GW Micro announces a new window-Eyes app, Sonar Enhance. It improves access for Cakewalk Sonar X1 (producer, studio, and home). It is in its early stages, so they're looking for feedback.
http://www.gwmicro.com/apps/sonar_enhance

6) Serotalk Podcast 75 keeps us up to date on adaptive tech and tech news.
http://serotalk.com/2011/08/30/serotalk-podcast-75-your-other-left/

7) Here is the latest from the Gizmo site: How to use the Windows 7 Magnifier to Make the Computer Screen Easier to See
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-use-windows-7-magnifier-make-computer-screen-easier-see.htm
Best Free Disk De-fragmenter
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-disk-de-fragmenter.htm
Best Free Drive Imaging Program
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm
Simple Encryption App Lets You Send Confidential Data By Email
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/simple-encryption-app-lets-you-send-confidential-data-email.htm
Read All Of Someone's Postings With the Facebook Time Machine
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/read-all-someones-postings-facebook-time-machine.htm
Get 247 Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts In One Place
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/get-247-microsoft-word-keyboard-shortcuts-one-place.htm
Best Free Windows Explorer Add-ons
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-explorer-addons.htm
How to Make Your Computer Screen Easier to See
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-make-your-computer-screen-easier-see.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 316

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 316
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Six (6) BrailleConnect32s for $2,000.00 USD Each!
Photo of the BrailleConnect32 Flying Blind, LLC is ecstatic to announce that it is currently offering six (6) refurbished, BrailleConnect 32 Braille terminals for the staggeringly low price of $2,000.00 USD each, that's $2,100.00 USD off of their suggested list prices. Each display is in fantastic working order and has been thoroughly tested prior to delivery. This sleek yet rugged Braille terminal offers enough Braille for PC and Macintosh use while providing enough portability for use with today's portables such as netbooks, tablets, and mobile phones! Each display comes with a 30 day warranty and all six units will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) Here are a few recent additions to the Gizmo site. As always, none of these recommended programs has been tested for accessibility. they're looking for volunteers over there, so that's a facet somebody might want to add to the site: Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-folder-synchronization-utility.htm
Best Free Music Player and Organizer
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-music-players-and-organizers.htm
Bulk Convert Old Documents to the new Office 2007 Format
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/bulk-convert-old-documents-new-office-2007-format.htm
Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion Program
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-audio-video-format-conversion-program.htm
Last Pass: 10 Outstanding Features
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/last-pass-10-outstanding-features.htm
Best Free CD Recovery Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-recovery-utility.htm
How to Stay Safe While Online
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm-0
The Top 5 Video Streaming Websites
http://www.techsupportalert.com/top-5-video-streaming-websites.htm

2) American Council of the Blind and Google are Conducting a Survey to Better Understand Computer Usage and Assistive Technology Patterns in the Blind Community. To take this by phone by mid'September, call 347-772-8355
http://www.acb.org/googlesurvey

3) Audiobuffs is a new mailing list to discuss audio production at the beginner and semi'professional level.
http://groups.google.com/group/audiobuffs

4) the Indiana Adaptive Technology Project produces weekly podcasts on technology for different persons.
http://eastersealstech.com/content.aspx?pId=492

5) A number of interviews covering the latest in technology have been posted to the Serotalk site.
http://www.serotalk.com/

6) EASI offers two fee-based courses in September: Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content,
http://easi.cc/workshops/adaptit.htm
and Barrier-free Information Technology
http://easi.cc/workshops/text.htm

7) Shane Davidson has had to reconfigure his site, so here are links to previously-announced iPhone podcasts that have changed: application review: ariadne gps for the iphone.
http://www.shaned.net/archives/1657
Application Review: Papaya Broadcaster
http://www.shaned.net/archives/1667

8) If you own an Apex device and have beenhaving trouble downloading or unpacking books from Bookshare, you can benefit from this hotfix. Users without the problem do not need it, as it only addresses this issue:
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/support/braillenote_apex/software

9) The Mac-cessibility Round Table Podcast #15 discusses the accessibillity of the Lion operating system, especially the enhancements to Voiceover.
http://www.lioncourt.com/2011/08/13/the-mac-cessibility-round-table-podcast-15-the-apple-frontier/

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 315

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 315
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: One Refurbished VoiceNote BT mPower Notetaker for US$595.00!!!
Photo of the VoiceNote Apex BT This gently used Braille notetaking solution is in excellent condition and provides endless functionality to the portable notetaking user who is in the market for such a device at an unbeatable price. Surf the web, read and write emails, manage appointments and contacts, and so much more using a product that has set the standard for notetakers for over a decade! Free shipping included within the 48 continental United States. This is a single unit that will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) Those wishing to explore the topic of notetaking devices, whether we need them at all and how to choose one if we want one, will have two chances to explore the topic. First is Main Menu, on GMT Saturday, 13 August at 00:00, and rerun thereafter.
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/

2) Next the same topic will be addressed on Teak Talk on GMT tuesday, 16 August at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) The August, 2011 issue of AccessWorld contains A Comparison of Three Low-Cost, Hand-Held, Camera-Model Video Magnifiers, NonVisual Desktop Access and Thunder: A Comparison of Two Free Screen Readers, Book Review: Twenty-Six Useful Apps for Blind iPhone Users, by Peter Cantisani, and regular features.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

4) A T Guys has partnered with Executive Products to create a custom form fit leather case for the iBill BankNote Identifier. The case protects the unit while allowing the iBill to be used without taking it out of the case. To order, visit
http://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=73

5) HumanWare announces an updated audio tutorial for the Stream. It is available for download from:
http://www.humanware.com/en-canada/support/vr_stream_documentation

6) Humanware offers US residents some back-to-school specials good through 30 September.
http://www.humanware.com

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 314

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 314
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Low-Cost Portable Refreshable Braille Is Here
Photo of the BraillePen and BraillePen 12 Looking for a low-cost, Braille input / output device for your iPod, iPad, or iPhone? BraillePen12 and BraillePen Slim give you two affordable state-of -the-art solutions for using refreshable Braille to portably and efficiently access the applications on these, and many other mainstream devices. For more information email braillepen@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) I actually updated the Tidbits RSS feed
http://topdotenterprises.com/tidbits.xml
I have created a new 32-minute podcast with various vignettes about life, healing, technology, radio, and adventures in Costa rica.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2285317/cr2.mp3
I have also updated and amplified a letter about the healing process we are going through, in rtf format. Feel free to correspond about any aspect of this that interests you.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2285317/healing%20process.rtf

2) The August 1, 2011 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog is entitled An Initial Reaction to OS X Lion, and includes several links for sources for information about Lion in particular and about using the Mac in general.
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=838&SnID=1202964659

3) Another post to the same blog on the same day discusses Adobe Digital Editions
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=837&SnID=1202964659

4) A series of four webinars, entitled Braille Transcriber and Teacher Training, is available on the American Printing House webinar site.
http://www.aph.org/training/index.html

5) LouisPlus from APH apparently allows people to look for school-related instructional materials easily from one site
http://louis.aph.org/

6) This Fred's Head post is called Chat with Your Facebook Contacts through AIM Instant Messenger
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/07/chat-with-your-facebook-contacts.html

7) Another post discusses Braille Institute's VisionSim FREE App for iPhone, iPad and Android Devices
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/07/braille-institutes-visionsim-free-app.html

8) SpeedDots, makers of tactile screen protectors for i-devices, now has a web site.
http://www.speeddots.com/

9) Learn about Leader Dogs for the Blind, and more especially about the Kapten GPS system and their program to incorporate it into guide dog training, on Tek Talk on gMT Tuesday, August 9 at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

10) The Serotalk team continues rhythmically cranking out update podcasts that cover a wide range of topics, keeping up with all the news and providing useful links so we don't have to do it.
http://serotalk.com/2011/08/01/serotalk-podcast-73-victor-in-the-tub/

11) They also bring us Tech Chat 111: This Month in Access Tech, July 2011
http://serotalk.com/2011/07/25/tech-chat-111-this-month-in-access-tech-july-2011/

12) FSCast 56 for July 2011 features demonstrations of the recording and playbac capabilities of the Plextalk Pocket.
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast056-july2011.mp3

13) Among the new and updated articles on the gizmo site, we find The Editors' Choice List: Our Selection of the Best PC Freeware
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/top-freeware-picks-category-editors.htm
Best Free Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-trojan-scanner-trojan-remover.htm
Best Free HTML Editor
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-html-editor.htm
Best Free Partition Manager
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-partition-manager.htm
Best Free Email Client
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-email-client.htm

14) As a back-to-school promotion, you can buy Zoom-Twix for $2,495, saving $400.
http://www.abisee.com

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 313

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 313
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Unveiling ALVA USB! The latest 40-Cell Braille Display for Less Than USD $3,000!
Photo of the ALVA USB 40-Cell Braille Display This latest ALVA offering provides instant plug-and-play access to all Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. It is a true "plug-and-play" device, meaning that no third party drivers are required to set up the device on your computer. Install your favorite screenreader and you will quickly realize how easy and efficient ALVA USB is to use, both in the competitive, employment environment as well as the classroom setting. ALVA USB makes for an affordable companion to your home computer, performing countless tasks both independently and efficiently. For more information email alva@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) Shane Davidson has posted a review of Papaya Broadcaster for the iPhone to his blog.
http://groups.google.com/group/viphone/post?inreplyto=cd2d0bfaa8cba87c&forward=1&_done=%2Fgroup%2Fviphone%2Fbrowse_thread%2Fthread%2Fb6db11a89cd76f3c%3F&

2) This post from the NFB Access Technology Blog discusses a new site, Access2Science, practical guidance for accessing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=825&SnID=71520865

3) Here's a Fred's Head post entitled How a Blind Gamer Plays Zelda by Ear
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/07/how-blind-gamer-plays-zelda-by-ear.html

4) And here's one with the title, Repair Your Mobile Device at iRepairFast.com
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/07/repair-your-mobile-device-at.html

5) Those who have followed with amusement the rolling-out of the Blio book reading system may want to know that the free Blio app is now available for the i-devices.
https://mobile.blioreader.com/bliostore/index.html

6) Those who are considering the app might want to examine this Blind Access Journal post entitled New Blio for iOS app: A Brief Demo, which tends to explain why the app's availability has caused so little stir on the Viphone mailing list.
http://blindaccessjournal.com/2011/07/new-blio-for-ios-app-a-brief-demo/

7) On the other hand. Read2Go the DAISY app from Bookshare, is now available, and has received considerable positive reviews. this is a link to the FAQ about the program:
http://tiny.cc/2k9qr

8) Join Mark Taylor on Saturday, July 23rd at 19:00pm (GMT) for a live conversation with the creator of the popular Ariadne GPS for the iPhone, Mr. Giovanni Ciaffoni on the Secret Life of Mark Marcus Live talk show. During show time, call 724-898-1193 to participate or to just listen-in. To learn more about the Secret Life of Mark Marcus including how you can sign up for text message alerts and how you can listen online, go to
http://candleshore.com/secrets

9) Code Factory has released two new applications for the blind and visually impaired, both now available on the Android Market. The Mobile Accessibility Web Browser is a stand-alone version of the browser included in the Mobile Accessibility Suite while their music player offers a simple interface to play music files stored on the phone's memory card.
http://www.codefactory.es/en/press.asp?id=388&y=2011&n=98

10) this Fred's Head post is entitled A STEPP in the Right Direction for Accessible Textbooks
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/07/stepp-in-right-direction-for-accessible.html

11) Talk of textbooks brings us around to school, and the July, 2011 issue of AccessWorld focuses on issues of interest to students, though not only to students. It includes articles about AFB CareerConnect, writing research papers, studying science and math, notetaking and a review of the Kapten GPS system among others.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

12) The Orion 18 won't be available until later this year, but developers from Levelstar will be on tek Talk to discuss this innovative portable braille device on GMT Tuesday July 26 at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

13) Blindhow is a web site whose aim is for users to share tips and information about dealing with blindness with others. The organizers are giving away an Apple Tv, an iPad and other items to contributors, with odds for winning increasing the more you contribute to the site
http://www.blindhow.com

14) From windows Secrets comes n article on how to do a non-destructive reinstall of Windows.
http://windowssecrets.com/newsletter/win7s-no-reformat-nondestructive-reinstall/

15) SeroTalk Tech Chat 109 gives us 2011 Convention Highlights
http://serotalk.com/2011/07/13/tech-chat-109-2011-convention-highlights/

16) And it's time for another SeroTalk podcast, Number 72, covering a variety of information with relevant links in the Show Notes.
http://serotalk.com/2011/07/19/serotalk-podcast-72-what-can-i-do-for-you-lately/

17) And we'll end with some of this week's major additions to the Gizmo site: Best Free Online Backup Sites
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-backup-sites.htm
Best Free Drive Imaging Program
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm
Best Free Process Viewer
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-process-viewer.htm
Best Free File Copy Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-copy-utility.htm
This Scriptable FTP Client is Free
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/scriptable-ftp-client-free.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 312

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 312
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Unveiling ALVA USB! The latest 40-Cell Braille Display for Less Than USD $3,000!
Photo of the ALVA USB 40-Cell Braille Display This latest ALVA offering provides instant plug-and-play access to all Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. It is a true "plug-and-play" device, meaning that no third party drivers are required to set up the device on your computer. Install your favorite screenreader and you will quickly realize how easy and efficient ALVA USB is to use, both in the competitive, employment environment as well as the classroom setting. ALVA USB makes for an affordable companion to your home computer, performing countless tasks both independently and efficiently. For more information email alva@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) Serotalk Podcast 71 is out with the latest tech and adaptive tech news and a bit ore besides.
http://serotalk.com/2011/07/07/serotalk-podcast-71-code-name-shuga/

2) On Tek Talk, GMT tuesday, 19 July at 00:00, you can learn about the Victor Reader Stratus, a portable device that plays cd's, mp3's and digital books and includes a high-quality voice for playing text-based DAISY books. The Stratus product page is
http://www.humanware.com/stratus
and you can join the Tek Talk session as usual at
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) EASI has just created a short pamphlet to help computer support staff who work, at least periodically, with students with disabilities. Frequently these staff have little experience working with this population, and this 7-page pamphlet strives to make the interaction less stressful for the staff and more helpful for the students.
has just created a short pamphlet to help computer support staff who work, at least periodically, with students with disabilities. Frequently these staff have little experience working with this population, and this 7-page pamphlet strives to make the interaction less stressful for the staff and more helpful for the students.
http://easi.cc/zip/computer-support-staff.zip

4) On GMT Saturday, July 16 at 01:00, Mark Taylor will be discussing and taking live calls from those using Apple iOS devices including iPhones, iPads, etc via VoiceOver, on his Secret Life of Mark Marcus talk show. To listen to or participate in the conversation, during show time call (724) 898-1193. To learn more about the Secret Life of Mark Marcus including how you can sign up for text message alerts and how you can listen online, go to
http://candleshore.com/secrets

5) This Fred's Head post is entitled Change the Background Color in Adobe Reader
http://www.fredshead.info/2010/03/change-background-color-in-adobe-reader.html

6) Here are some of the recent additions and updates to the Gizmo site: Birdsong Free Online
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/birdsong-free-online.htm
How To Locate The Best Free Radio Stations Streaming Classical Music
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-locate-best-radio-stations-streaming-classical-music.htm
Cut Your PC's Energy Usage By Up To 35%
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cut-your-pcs-energy-usage-35.htm
Best Free Word Processor
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/word-processor-replacement.htm
Some Useful Free Windows Programs for Backing Up Your Files
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/some-useful-free-windows-programs-backing-your-files.htm

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 311

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 311
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Unveiling ALVA USB! The latest 40-Cell Braille Display for Less Than USD $3,000!
Photo of the ALVA USB 40-Cell Braille Display This latest ALVA offering provides instant plug-and-play access to all Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. It is a true "plug-and-play" device, meaning that no third party drivers are required to set up the device on your computer. Install your favorite screenreader and you will quickly realize how easy and efficient ALVA USB is to use, both in the competitive, employment environment as well as the classroom setting. ALVA USB makes for an affordable companion to your home computer, performing countless tasks both independently and efficiently. For more information email alva@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) For a review of the Ariadne GPS program for the iPhone, read the blog post at
http://www.shaned.net/archives/929

2) "My Accessible Google"ť, a user interface designed to make access to Google’s calendar much simpler and more efficient for persons with vision impairment, will be the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 12 July at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) Earle Harrison has recorded a demo of the TVSpeak program, showing what it is and why you may well want it.
http://www.handytech.us/demos/tvspeak.mp3

4) A handy web resource for those wanting to get involved with tandem bicycling and perhaps find sighted riders to partner with, even if you may not have a bike, can be found here:
http://bicyclingblind.org

5) Mobile Speak 5.5 for Symbian is now available, featuring support for the latest phones, a graphics labeler, a phone search feature, and better voices.
http://www.codefactory.es/download.asp?file=family_4/ms50_userguide_symbian.html

6) A T Guys in conjunction with a new company, Speed Dots, is now offering brand new tactile screen protectors for the iPhone 4 and 3GS. Other models will be added later.
http://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15

7) HumanWare announces version 3.4 of the HumanWare Companion, the free program for transferring data to the Victor Reader Stream. this version allows users to find Bookshare books from within the program and transfer them directly to the Stream.
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/tream-software/7RFW6/216897292

8) the American Printing House now sells the Wilson Digital Voice Recorder for $29.95. It records up to eight hours of messages or lectures and content can be transferred to a computer via UsB.
http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_The%20Wilson%20Digital%20Voice%20Recorder_1-03993-00P_10001_11051

9) Recent additions to the Gizmo site include: How to Keep an Eye on the Health of Your Laptop Battery
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-keep-eye-health-your-laptop-battery.htm
Best Free Instant Messaging Client
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-instant-messaging-client.htm
Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm
Best Free Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-trojan-scanner-trojan-remover.htm
Best Free Web Mail Accessory
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-web-mail-accessory.htm
Best Free Spam Filter for the Average User
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-spam-filter-for-the-average-user.htm
Best Free DVD Ripper
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-dvd-ripper.htm
Best Free PC Tune-up Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-pc-tune-up-utility.htm

10) Coverage of the two US consumer conventions can be heard on SAMNet Radio.
http://serotalk.com/2011/07/05/convention-coverage-on-the-all-new-samnet-radio/

110 Serotek's Mike Calvo wrote a blog post advocating for accessibility.
http://blog.serotek.com/2011/07/while-this-is-personal-post-and-i-dont.html

12) In SeroTalk Tech Chat 108, 3 techies from the UK and Ireland discuss the top tech and access tech news stories for June 2011
http://serotalk.com/2011/06/29/serotalk-tech-chat-108-3-techies-from-the-uk-and-ireland-discuss-the-top-tech-and-access-tech-news-stories-for-june-2011/

13) the creators of AppleVis, Accessible iOS apps, news & guides for blind and vision-impaired VoiceOver user,s have launched user groups, which, as they say, "offer a great opportunity to connect and learn from each other in ways not normally associated with large communities."
http://www.applevis.com/applevis-forum/applevis-site-announcements/applevis-user-groups-launched

14) Recent reviews and entries on the AppleVis site include VM Alert - Video Motion Detector
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/utilities/vm-alert-video-motion-detector
Sickipedia
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/entertainment/sickipedia
Mobile ToDo
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/productivity/mobile-todo
ClearRecord Premium - Noise Free Recorder with Play Speed Control
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/business/clearrecord-premium-noise-free-recorder-play-speed-control
HopStop
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/navigation/hopstop
DAISY reader for free?
http://www.applevis.com/applevis-forum/ios-app-discussion/daisy-reader-free
GoReader (RSS Reader with Google Reader™ full support)
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/productivity/goreader-rss-reader-google-reader%E2%84%A2-full-support
Stem Stumper
http://www.applevis.com/app-deals/price-drop/stem-stumper-0
GoReader Pro
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/news/goreader-pro
InTime NYC
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/navigation/intime-nyc
Privacy for facebook
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/social-networking/privacy-facebook
Better Clock
http://www.applevis.com/app-directory/utilities/better-clock

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 310

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 310
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Unveiling ALVA USB! The latest 40-Cell Braille Display for Less Than USD $3,000!
Photo of the ALVA USB 40-Cell Braille Display This latest ALVA offering provides instant plug-and-play access to all Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. It is a true "plug-and-play" device, meaning that no third party drivers are required to set up the device on your computer. Install your favorite screenreader and you will quickly realize how easy and efficient ALVA USB is to use, both in the competitive, employment environment as well as the classroom setting. ALVA USB makes for an affordable companion to your home computer, performing countless tasks both independently and efficiently. For more information email alva@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) Recent additions to the gizmo site include Best Free Email Client
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-email-client.htm
How to Fix Problems Using the Windows 7 Troubleshooting System Tool
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-fix-problems-using-windows-7-troubleshooting-system-tool.htm

2) the Google Chrome operating system is now available on the Chromebook, a tiny computer that gives access to Google's online apps. this computer and that system can be made to speak using the Speakit screen reader. More about it on Serotek Podcast 70, item 8 below. Learn about that program from this Fred's Head post:
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/06/google-chrome-talks-with-speakit.html

3)AppAdvice regularly gives suggestions for the best iPhone apps in different categories. They recently came out with a list of the best apps for the visually impaired. the list has some glaring omissions, but is interesting and would get a person off to a good start with apps.
http://appadvice.com/applists/show/apps-for-the-visually-impaired

4) Freedom Scientific will now be distributing the Plextalk Pocket, the DAISY player and recorder made in Japan, on which the Book Port Plus is based. they will charge $275 for the player until October 31.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/news/pressroom/2011/plextalk-pocket-announced.asp

5) Dar.fm, which stands for Digital audio Recorder, has garnered good reviews from one accessibility-conscious reviewer and one mainstream reviewer that I know of. It gives you 2GB of space to store recordings of any streaming service available. It's like TIVo for radio, letting you record anything available and play it back when you want.
http://dar.fm/

6) On the opposite side of the accessibility spectrum, I am unable to verify this from here in Costa Rica, but one user reports that the Netflix site is now inaccessible to blind users. No indication as to whether this is true when using all screen readers, but if it is true it is a backward step that might call for some feedback to the organization.
http://www.netflix.com/

7) Serotek Tech Chat 107 is entitled Video Game News and Reviews for Disabled Gamers
http://serotalk.com/2011/06/23/tech-chat-107-video-game-news-and-reviews-for-disabled-gamers-2/

8. SeroTalk Podcast 70: Sell a Kidney, provides the usual rage of news and views for the fortnight.
http://serotalk.com/2011/06/23/serotalk-podcast-70-sell-a-kidney/

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 309

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 309
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Low-Cost Portable Refreshable Braille Is Here
Photo of the BraillePen and BraillePen 12 Looking for a low-cost, Braille input / output device for your iPod, iPad, or iPhone? BraillePen12 and BraillePen Slim give you two affordable state-of -the-art solutions for using refreshable Braille to portably and efficiently access the applications on these, and many other mainstream devices. For more information email braillepen@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) The free RoboBraille translation service has now officially added support for american English grades 1 and 2 braille. You can attach a document in a variety of formats, including pictures of print documents, and have the result e-mailed to you as a braille document. to generate contracted braille, e-mail your print document to
banagrade2@robobraille.org

2) A second tutorial on the use of the Cobra screen reader is available.
http://bayareadigital.us/products/baum/cobra.html

3) Accessible World Tek Talk Presents A Discussion And Demonstration Of Religious Software, on gmT Tuesday, June 28, at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

4) Window-Eyes 7.5.1 is a free upgrade to users of version 7.5. It features support for Firefox 4, 5 and 6, improved support for Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Word, and apps that give more support to Outlook and thunderbird.
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Latest_Features

5) Code Factory announces TV Spea for US users. This program gives owners of TV tuner cards complete access to tune, watch and record television or radio. A 30-day free trial is available, the the program is sold in North america by Handy Tech.
http://www.codefactory.es/en/products.asp?id=416

6) The word Origins blog was launched in May. Its author discusses words added to the Oxford english Dictionary starting in 1911 and moving to the present.
http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/blog/

7) Recent articles to the Gizmo site include How To Prepare Your Computer for Disposal
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-prepare-your-computer-disposal.htm
and Best Free Media Player
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replacement.htm

8) Serotek Tech Chat 107 discussed Video Game News and Reviews for Disabled Gamers
http://serotalk.com/2011/06/21/tech-chat-107-video-game-news-and-reviews-for-disabled-gamers/
 
9) And Tech Chat 106 addressed Video Magnifiers with HD Video, OCR and Text-to-Speech
http://serotalk.com/2011/06/16/tech-chat-106-video-magnifiers-with-hd-video-ocr-and-text-to-speech/

10) Jackie Mcbride is again launching a session of her JAWS Scripting class, featuring lectures, a textbook and individualized instruction. the class costs $150.
http://www.screenreaderscripting.com

11) Zack Hurtz has launched Blind Access, a site that seeks to assemble resources for adjusting to blindness from localities all over the planet, as well as helpful articles and tips from site visitors.
http://www.blindaccessts.com/

12) J-Tools 4.1 will be released on 27 June. this package supports JAWS version 12 and adds useful text selection features. If Dragon Naturally speaking 11 Premium is installed, you can dictate into some popular applications and have text echoed back to you.
http://www.tandt-consultancy.com/pages/j-tools_information.php

13. SeaMonkey 2.1 is available. This is a freeweb browser, e-mail client and web page creator. It is known to work with JAWS and NVDA.
http://www.seamonkey-project.org

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 308

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 308
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Low-Cost Portable Refreshable Braille Is Here
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Greetings,

1. Microsoft describes this new free program as "... a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced Malware."
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/new-microsoft-emergency-tool-malware-infected-windows-pcs.htm

2. Serotek podcast 69 covers the latest Apple news and other news as well.
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/06/08/serotalk-podcast-69-license-to-steal/

3. The June, 2011 issue of AccessWorld concentrates on mobile phone accessibility. It includes Deborah Kendrick's review of the book Anna Dresner and I wrote on the iPhone for National Braille Press, as well as more about learning the iPhone, Android and a basic Verizon phone.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

(Parenthetically, thanks to a defective laptop, this is the first issue of Tidbits to be created using an iPhone and a Braille display. It's a little slow, but it can definitely be done.)

4. The June, 2011 issue of the Braille Monitor features an article from the lead saleperson for the KNFB Reader entitled The KnfbReader Mobile: Concepts, Misconceptions, and the Future
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1106/bm110607.htm

5. The Access Technology Blog from the NFB has a post entitled Impressions of Mobile Accessibility
http://www.nfb.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=808&SnID=1293472615

6. Continuing the focus on portability, Tek Talk will feature an up-to-the-minute demonstration of the accessibility features of the Android platform, including discussions of flat-screen and standard keyboard phones and a comparison between Android and the iPhone from a knowledgeable perspective. The presentation will take place on GMT Tuesday, June 21, at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7. A mailing list has been created to discuss use of the Miranda instant messenger client with screen readers. To join, send a blank message to
talkingmiranda-join@mysticplace.info

8. CashManager Financial Software is a package designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized businesses. Much work has gone into making it accessible for the blind. Three versions are available, including Home and Non-Profit versions. Now, Handy Tech is the North American dealer for the product.
http://www.accomplishglobal.com/

9. Ian Humphreys has come out with the 18th free accessible game from Spoonbill Software. BG Codebreaker substitutes all the letters of the alphabet with numbers then invites you to decode words. You can browse all 18 game descriptions here:
http://www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/blindgamers.htm

10. EASI is presenting free webinars where authort discuss recent books on accessibility. Two of the webinars are yet to take place, and you can learn about and register for them here:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

11. The American Printing House wants owners of the Book Port Plus to know that their staff will be able to update units to the latest version for those who attend the two consumer conventions this summer. The new version has better file management, the capability to listen !many online radio stations through the unit's built-in WIFI feature, and other fixes.
http://tech.aph.org

12. A new article has just been posted to the GW Micro Knowledgebase: Reviewing a Web Page With the Mouse Pointer While Using Mozilla Firefox Version 4
http://gwmicro.com/kb1127

13. Two more discoveries from the Gizmo site: Everything You Need to Know About Modern Mobile Operating Systems
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/1LczHU_Jsbo/everything-you-need-know-about-modern-mobile-operating-systems.htm
How To Clean Your Electronics
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/i01TSyhe0hY/how-clean-your-electronics.htm

14. Among the segments to air on Main Menu on GMT Friday, June 17 at 23:00 will be an interview with blind contemporary Christian artist Ginny Owens discussing how she uses technology.
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/

15. National Braille Press continues its tradition of producing excellent books on the iPhone with Twenty-six Useful Apps for Blind iPhone Users, available for $9 in braille, e-braille, DAISY and Word.
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/APPS.html

16. Freedom Scientific offers a number of free and paid training webinars during the third quarter of 2011.
http://www.FreedomScientific.com/elearn

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 307

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 307
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Low-Cost Portable Refreshable Braille Is Here
Photo of the BraillePen and BraillePen 12 Looking for a low-cost, Braille input / output device for your iPod, iPad, or iPhone? BraillePen12 and BraillePen Slim give you two affordable state-of -the-art solutions for using refreshable Braille to portably and efficiently access the applications on these, and many other mainstream devices. For more information email braillepen@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.

Greetings,

1) VisWiz is a new free iPhone app available in the US and Canada. It lets you get human assistance to perform a lot of visual tasks. Martin Courcelles has written a blog post on it for the CNIB blog.
http://blog.cnib.ca/archive/2011/05/31/vizwiz-augmenting-your-vision.aspx

2) On the same subject, Martin has two posts summarizing his favorite apps. Part 1
http://blog.cnib.ca/archive/2011/05/06/idevices-apps-roundup-part-1.aspx
and part 2
http://blog.cnib.ca/archive/2011/05/25/idevices-apps-roundup-part-2.aspx

3) And Seminars Hadley will present Everything i, a seminar designed to help clarify the differences among the iPhone, iPad and ipod. this will take place on Tuesday, 21 June at 15:00 GMT. the seminar will be archived. To register, visit
http://hadley.edu/seminar_detail.asp?sid=91

4) Learn about BlindTunes, a set of JAWS scripts to make iTunes more usable, on Tek Talk on GMT 7 Junbe at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

5) The Main Menu team is soliciting input as to what you would like to hear on this weekly program. To offer some, e-mail
mainmenu@acbradio.org

6) Here are the latest gems from the gizmo site: Best Free Streaming Media Recorder
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-streaming-media-recorder.htm
New Microsoft Emergency Tool for Malware Infected Windows PCs
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/new-microsoft-emergency-tool-malware-infected-windows-pcs.htm
Seven Tips To Improve Your Security On Facebook
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/seven-tips-improve-your-security-facebook.htm

7) The JFW mailing list has moved to a new location. Here is the official site:
http://lists.the-jdh.com/listinfo.cgi/jfw-the-jdh.com

8) SeroTalk Podcast 68 covers the usual wealth of tech news.
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/05/24/serotalk-podcast-68-bacon-and-caffeine-together-at-last/

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 306

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 306
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
http://www.flying-blind.com/

This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Low-Cost Portable Refreshable Braille Is Here
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Greetings,

1) Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired is now accepting enrollments for their second semester starting in July. The cost is $500 but as always scholarships are granted to those who are paying for their own courses bringing the cost down to $150 with the option of a payment plan if needed. For more information listen to the podcast at:
http://cucat.org/podcast/CAVI%20Potential%20new%20students2011.mp3
Visit their website at:
http://www.ciscovision.org
Or Email:
caviinfo@cucat.org

2) For some time, Chip Orange has been offering free weekly classes on developing apps for window-Eyes. Now, Gw Micro will maintain the archive of classes and an RSS feed. Past classes can be found at
https://www.gwmicro.com/App_Central/Developers/Interactive_Classes/
and find out about how to take part in the weekly classes by writing to Chip at:
acorange@comcast.net

3) HIMS has released version 6 of the firmware for the Braille Sense and Voice Sense, including much better connectivity options, access to Google Talk for voice and text chat, and more.
http://hims-inc.com/news/v60-firmware-upgrade-release-braille-and-voice-sense

4) National Industries for the Blind offers the Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology (AT) Scholarship, which is a $2,500 grant to an individual who is blind, interested in pursuing education in computer science, information systems or a related field and pursuing a career in access technology. Applications for the $2,500 grant are due by July 8.
http://www.nib.org/content/scholarship-application

5) The iBlink app is now available for Android phones. This free app from Serotek gives access to blindness-related podcasts, radio stations, and radio reading services.
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.serotek.iblink

6) HumanWare is giving away a Trekker Breeze or a $300 gift certificate to people who write success stories regarding their products which they can use for marketing on the web site. Stories are due by June 8.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/humanware_yourstory

7) ABiSee offers a Refer a Friend program. If a person you refer buys a product, you earn $100. Fill out the form located at
http://www.abisee.co

8) Finally in the giveaway department, HIMS is taking entries for a SenseView Lite magnifier through the end of May. On the first business day of each month, a new free or discounted product will be offered.
http://www.hims-inc.com/enter-chance-win-free-senseview-light

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Greetings,

1) We learn from an earlier issue of Braille Book Review of web sites to find described movies.
http://www.mopix.org/
Lists theaters equipped with the technology and current films that have descriptive narration,
http://www.captionfish.com/
Allows users to search for accessible theaters by ZIP code and also lists showtimes.
http://www.describedmovies.org/
Lets you search for DVD and Blu-ray versions of many popular movies that also have an optional DVS track.

2) Learn about Dolphin Guide, a system for those who want to use the computer but who don't want or need to learn the complicated operating system, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 May at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) T and T Consultancy has released JSay Pro version 9, which works with Dragon Naturally Speaking version 11 and JAWS version 12 to provide powerful voice input capability.
http://www.tandt-consultancy.com/pages/whats_new_in_j-say_v9.php

4) For a JSay user's story, visit
http://www.tandt-consultancy.com/pages/tim_mcisaac_story.php

5) Sendero gPS 2011 is now available for the Braille Note family, with versions for SenseNav and Mobile Geo to come. This version has seven major improvements, especially new map and point of interest databases.
http://senderogroup.com/products/GPS/v2011changes.htm

6) This Fred's Head article describes My Accessible Google: Non-Visual Access to Google's Calendar Application
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/05/my-accessible-google-non-visual-access.html

7) This one talks about WebTalks, an Android app that speaks RSS feeds.
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/05/android-has-voice-for-your-rss-feeds.html

8) Serotek Tech Chat 101 discusses Accessible Games for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
http://serotalk.com/podcasts/TechChat101.mp3

9) From Gizmo this week, we have these items: Use Google to its full potential
http://www.techsupportalert.com/Use-Google-to-its-full-potential
Extract Audio out of Video Files Losslessly and Fast
http://www.techsupportalert.com/Extract-audio-stream-from-video-files
How to Find Out the Actual Quality of an Audio File?
http://www.techsupportalert.com/How-to-find-out-the-actual-quality-of-an-audio-file
Never Re-install Windows Again Part 2: Partitioning your hard drive
http://www.techsupportalert.com/partitioning-hard-drives-2.htm

10) Leader Dog will be the exclusive distributor of the Kapten PLUS GPS system and will sell it for $295, making it the most affordable stand-alone GPS device for the blind.
http://community.leaderdog.org/page.redir?target=http%3a%2f%2fwww.leaderdog.org%2f&srcid=3387&srctid=1&erid=58863

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 304

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Greetings,

1) The May, 2012 Braille Monitor contains an article entitled Access to Electronic Books, a Comparative Review
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1105/bm110509.htm

2) Here is a Fred's Head post entitled Tips to Buying Food Online: Accessible Resources
http://www.fredshead.info/2007/01/tips-to-buying-food-online-accessible.html

3) John Martyn is working on JAWS scripts called BlindTunes to improve the accessibility of iTunes for JAWS users. The scripts are being tested now and you can test them. Send an e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject to join the mailing list
BlindTunesBeta-request@freelists.org
and go to this page for information:
http://www.blindtunes.net/

4) The May, 2011 issue of AccessWorld is now available, including Some Suggestions for Products for Seniors with Vision Loss, AFB’s Center on Vision Loss: A Showcase of Accessibility and Independence in Daily Living, Tips on Buying a Computer and Optimizing its Display for Computer Users with Low Vision, Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin, An Evaluation of the Milestone 312, The Jitterbug is Back: A Review of the Jitterbug J, and Guide Software, Revisited.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

5) Here is a rather disquieting article about the accessibility, and lack of it, for some users of Internet Explorer 9.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/ff959805

6) HumanWare has updated its line of portable CD DAISY book players by releasing the HumanWare Stratus.
http://www.humanware.com/en-international/products/blindness/dtb_players/classic_models/_details/id_223/victor_reader_stratus.html

7) National Braille Press is developing a portable braille device, a combination notepaper, smart phone, and PDA. they have chosen four possible names, and welcome votes for one of them or suggest your own.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5QWB2KG

8) HumanWare is hiring a Blindness Product Specialist.
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/about_us/employment

9) Serotek announces that DocuScan Plus OCR is now available for the Mac, in the Mac App Store and from the below site. The $299 price entitles the user to use the cloud-based scanning program on both platforms.
http://www.docuscanplus.com

10) Michael Lauf and Ricky Enger are out with SeroTalk Podcast 67, covering their usual range of topics.
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/05/09/serotalk-podcast-67-ill-have-it-with-onions/

11) SeroTalk Tech Chat 100 was a Microsoft Windows Q&A
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/05/06/serotalk-tech-chat-100-microsoft-windows-qa/

12) Recent updates to the Gizmo site include: Get This 170-page Windows 7 E-Book For Free
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/get-170-page-windows-7-e-book-free.htm
Everything You Need To Know About Batteries
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmosHotFinds/~3/krFM04Q8aFo/everything-you-need-know-about-batteries.htm

13) HIMS invites people with low vision to enter on their site by the end of May to win a free SenseView Light.
http://www.hims-inc.com/enter-chance-win-free-senseview-light

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 303

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Greetings,

1) I have recorded a podcast about my life in Costa Rica to date. It covers a variety of topics including obscure ones like the radio dial in this remote part of the country. I plan to submit it to Blind Cool tech, but until then, you can grab it here:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2285317/costa%20rica.mp3

2) You can learn about The Global Voice, the innovative Internet station that seeks to bring the blind and sighted together, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 4 May at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) Here are some of the latest updates on the gizmo site:
Free Computer & Internet Books Online
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-computer
Free Children's Books Online
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-children
Best Free Media Player
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replacement.htm
Best Free Online TV Viewer
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-online-tv-viewer.htm
Best Free File Archiver/Zip Utility
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-archiver-zip-utility.htm
Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion Program
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-audio-video-format-conversion-program.htm
Best Free Firewall
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-firewall.htm

4) Thanks to the team at BlindBargains, we learn about Convert Files, a straightforward and effective site for converting a multitude of document, presentation and media files into your desired format. You can, for instance, convert YouTube videos to mp3 or pdf documents to .doc among many others.
http://www.convertfiles.com/

5) Each week, Nancy and Pete Torpey share their life experiences and information they have gathered over the years living with vision loss - from the everyday to the high tech, on a half-hour program called viewpoints. Both have Ph.D.'s in physics; one is sighted, the other blind. They love travel and music.
http://wxxi.org/reachout/viewpoints.html

6) In Serotalk podcast 66, the team discusses their usual broad array of topics that is impossible to synopsize in one or two sentences.
http://serotalk.com/podcasts/SeroTalk066.mp3

7) In Serotalk Tech Chat 98, Users Share Their Favorite Windows Software
http://serotalk.com/podcasts/TechChat098.mp3

8) Blind Software offers a free version of their calendar/ planner
http://blindsoftware.com/

9) The EASI free webinar on 14 June will feature Sheryl Burgstahler reporting on the book she edited on universal design and online learning
http://easi.cc/entrance.htm

10) Public Beta version 2.5 of the Save as DAISY plug-in for Microsoft Word now supports Word 2010.
http://www.daisy.org/project/save-as-daisy-microsoft-word-add-in

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 302

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 302
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 302
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

A shout out to the Baha'is throughout the world, as the holiest and most joyous festival of the Baha'i year starts today. Also wishing our Jewish readers a fantastic Passover Celebration and our Christian readers a Blessed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

1) There is a wealth of new material on the Gizmo's Best Freeware site. I'll list a lot of it, but if you want to keep up with everything posted there that I may not choose to announce, here is the address for updated articles:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/tracker_updated_only
And for new material of several types:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/new-articles
Best Free Software to Cut, Split or Merge Audio Files
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cut-split-merge-audio-files.htm
Best Free Word Processor (like always, some of these may not be all that accessible)
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/word-processor-replacement.htm
9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on Your Android Phone
http://www.techsupportalert.com/9-best-free-android-apps-you-simply-must-install-your-new-mobile-device.htm
87 Places For Free Audio Books Online
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-audio
Best Free Unit and Currency Conversion Program
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-unit-conversion-program.htm
Best Free Timer / Alarm Clock
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-timer-alarm-clock.htm
Best Free Boilerplate Text Manager
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-boilerplate-text-manager.htm
Best Free Spell-Checker
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-spell-checker.htm
Best Free Electronic Book Reader
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-electronic-book-reader.htm

2) At last, here are the most common keyboard commands for the very latest version of Microsoft Word, in one handy volume, compiled by yours truly. Major headings include Word commands, JAWS commands for Word, Window-Eyes commands for Word, and finally System Access commands for Word. In addition to keystrokes, it also includes step-by-step instructions for customizing the keyboard and the Quick Access Toolbar. the $6.00 booklet is available in paper or electronic braille, or in Word format.
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/WORD2010KC.html

3) Tek Talk Presents APH Talking PC Maps, Bringing Your World to Your PC GMT Tuesday, 26 April, 2011 at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

4) The NFB is seeking information about accessibility barriers in the digital technology used by all students, teachers, and administrators in K-12 schools, universities, and colleges in the United States. We encourage students, teachers, administrators and parents of blind students to complete the following survey so that the NFB can learn more about educational technology that is either helping or hindering the learning process for blind students.
http://www.nfb.org/technologyform

5) In honor of its 25th birthday, Dolphin Computer Services has released a rather amusing retrospective podcast.
http://www.yourdolphin.com/podcasts/dol25.mp3

6) In Serotalk Tech Chat 97, Four Users Share their Favorite Accessible Mac Apps
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/04/15/tech-chat-97-four-users-share-their-favorite-accessible-mac-apps/

7) The April 11, 2011 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog discusses the Snapfon, a new mobile phone desibned for ease of use for seniors and others seeking a simple phone.
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Access_Technology_Blog.asp

8) This Fred's Head post is called FreePhone2Phone Makes Free 10-Minute International Calls, After an Ad or Two
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/04/freephone2phone-makes-free-10-minute.html

9) Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic has changed its name to Learning Ally, and JAWS systematically mispronounces it.
http://www.learningally.org/About-Us/19/

10) Voiceover on Podcast is a recently-renamed podcast where all things Voiceover are reviewed.
http://VoiceOverOn.podbean.com

11) Mushroom FM is celebrating its first birthday this weekend, with a $500 cash competition, t-shirt giveaways, retrospectives about how and why the station got started and its first year on the air. 50 hours of continuous live programming begins at 5 AM eastern on Saturday. A new Mushroom FM trivia question will be asked each hour. Everyone who answers right will go into the $500 prize draw which will be conducted between 6 and 7 AM Eastern on Monday morning.
http://www.mushroomfm.com/

11) A new article has just been posted to the GW Micro Knowledgebase: Block Audio Ads and Popups on SendSpace and similar Websites with Internet Explorer
http://gwmicro.com/kb1126

12) The State of Texas is looking for a technology trainer to work in Austin.
https://rm.accesshr.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=173015&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToHighlight=ccrc

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 301

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The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Well, we're back for the time being. I haven't yet decided to start a blog or go on Facebook, so I'm not systematically telling about my experiences, though I have written a letter describing the healing process my wife is going through and can send it to whomever wants it. Meanwhile, in a few weeks we will be moving, and the Internet may not be convenient, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Now, to do our best to catch up:

1) Two articles have lately been placed on the Gw Micro Knowledge Base: Working With Window-Eyes User Profiles
http://gwmicro.com/kb1124
and Custom Controls and Reclassing
http://gwmicro.com/kb1125

2) the April, 2011 issue of AccessWorld is now available, featuring, among others, articles about the blind driver challenge and about apple TV.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

3) Freedom Scientific announces several new free webinars: Strategies for Navigating Difficult Web Pages with JAWS, May 3; Text Analyzer - New in JAWS 12, May 31; Facebook with JAWS and MAGic, Part Two, June 7; PDF Document Reading and Strategies with JAWS and MAGic, June 21; Twitter with JAWS and MAGic, June 30
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Training/e-LearningEntrance.asp
In addition, they have several paid courses, including a one-session class on Mail Merge with word 2007 or 2010 for $20; the longer courses cost more.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Training/e-LearningEntrance.asp

4) At onlinedocumentconversion.com you can upload an image file and receive a nice OCR of the file via email within 3-5 minutes. Registration is free and there's no cost involved.
http://www.onlinedocumentconversion.com

5) Kathy Ann now has a textbook on Outlook 2010 wityh JAWS and window-Eyes
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/office2010.htm
and for JAWS 11 and window-Eyes 7.2. If you hurry and grab one of these latter ones by April 16, you get a free upgrade when the books covering the current versions of those screen readers become available.
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/ScreenReaders.htm

6) the april, 2010, Braille Monitor has an article entitled A Few Notes on Buying a Computer, Third Edition
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1104/bm110408.htm

7) Here are several new and updated articles and listings from the Gizmo Site: Best Free Online Genealogy / Family Tree Applications
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-genealogy-family-tree-applications.htm
Sounds You Don't Want To Hear: Failing Hard Drives
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/sounds-you-dont-want-hear-failing-hard-drives.htm
A Great Collection of Science-Oriented Tutorial Videos
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/great-collection-science-oriented-tutorial-videos.htm
How to Turn Windows 7 Features On or Off
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-turn-windows-7-features-or.htm
Quick and Easy Way to Access Windows 7 System Settings Such As User Account Control
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/quick-and-easy-way-access-windows-7-system-settings-such-user-account-control.htm
A Worthy Competitor To Dropbox?
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/worthy-competitor-dropbox.htm
Web Application Security For Dummies. A Free E-Book.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/web-application-security-dummies-free-e-book.htm
Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion Program
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-audio-video-format-conversion-program.htm
Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm
Best Free Programming Editor
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-programming-editor.htm
Best Free Android Apps
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-android-apps.htm

8) Serotalk Tech Chat 97 discusses Top Accessible Mac Apps
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/04/11/tech-chat-97-top-accessible-mac-apps/

9) Serotalk Podcast 54 covers its usual array of interesting current copics, almost a must listen if you want to keep abreast of adaptive technology.
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/04/12/serotalk-podcast-65-yay-for-duct-tape/

10) As anticipated, Mobile Accessibility from Code Factory, making Android phones accessible, is now available for purchase from the Android store as well as through Code Factory.
http://www.codefactory.es/en/products.asp?id=415#getit

11) A new DAISY book on using Open Book, with its new portable camera, is now available on the Freedom Scientific training page. Mp3 files of the material are also available from the same page.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/training/training-downloads.asp

12) Four blind scientists have collaborated to launch Access2science.com, a site to promote involvement in science, technology, engineering and math by people with disabilities.
http://www.access2science.com/

13) NFBNewsline has added five magazines published by Meredith Corporation to those freely available to subscribers, by phone, online, or on several portable devices. the new offerings are Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Fitness and Parents.
http://www.nfbnewsline.org

14) Here's a new web site: chicks dig Macs.
http://www.chicksdigmacs.net

15) Sendero Group and american Printing House for the Blind have collaborated on Talking Pc Maps, a program to allow people to become familiar with their environment, plan routes, and simulate trips. APh sells the program for around $275.
http://shop.aph.org

16) Here is a recording of an interview with Ted Henter about the history of JAWS.
http://debbiehazelton.com/podcasts/dhs64_ted_henter.mp3

17) Mobile speak 5.0 for symbian is avaiable as a free upgrade to users of version 4. It includes Support for Symbian^3, Support for Nokia Email, and a New Review Cursor feature
http://www.codefactory.es/download.asp?file=family_4/ms50_userguide_symbian.html

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 300

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The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The makers of Blio, the recently-launched reading system, are back again to convince us of its promise. You can learn about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 22 March at 00:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2. The March, 2011 issue of the Braille Monitor contains an article entitled Blio: A Formative Technology of the Twenty-First Century
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1103/bm110308.htm

3. Window-Eyes version 7.5 has now been released, including a completely re-designed (and much more intuitive) user interface, full UIA support, support for Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Live Mail/Windows Live Messenger 2011, plus a brand new Remote Assistance feature and more.
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Latest_Features

4. GW Micro and Duxbury Systems announce a collaboration that provides unparalleled access to Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) and Perky Duck using Window-Eyes. This app is available from App Central, formerly known as Script Central.
http://www.gwmicro.com/ac

5) The posts for March 15, 2011 on Fred's Head give various information about ways to access and learn about March Madness, the big NCAA basketball tournament that starts in earnest today.
http://www.fredshead.info/

6) Thanks to Fred's Head, we also learn about PostalShout, a company that, for a fee, lets you write letters at home and send to them so they can mail them on paper.
http://www.postalshout.com/

7) This Gizmo post gives lots of information about finding online radio streams, especially, though not exclusively, classical stations.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/workspace-bob-baroque-around-clock-and-all-jazz.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmosbest+%28Gizmo%27s+Best-ever+Freeware%29

8) They also give us an updated version of The Best Free Security List in the World
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/TmW2BJZLKv4/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm

9) Not to mention an Updated list of Free Business Books Online
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/qbRMTPP3lbQ/free-books-business

10) The final nugget from Gizmo is an article describing Hundreds of Free, Fascinating Talks Online
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/2g9VAjxaA88/hundreds-free-fascinating-talks-online.htm

11) Here is an audio tutorial from Bay Area Digital discussing how to use the Pronto notetaker with a cell phone.
http://www.bayareadigital.us/audio/pronto_tutorial3.mp3

12) Bay Area Digital also offers a DAISY version of the manual for the Cobra screen reader
http://www.bayareadigital.us/downloads/cobra_manual_daisy.zip
as well as a text version
http://www.bayareadigital.us/downloads/cobra.txt

13) SeroTalk Podcast 63 covers a wide array of current tech news.
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/03/14/serotalk-podcast-63-do-you-eat-like-i-do/
Serotek will have coverage of the CSUN Conference, with interviews and news, through 21 March.
http://www.serotalk.com/

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Greetings,

1) There exists a way to convert most Kindle books to html files, enabling us to read them in braille and to have perfectly thorough navigation. The process takes several steps, and some sighted collaboration will probably be needed at least once. While most books convert, a few do not, so it may be wise to grab the sample which is offered and test it before buying the book. All necessary files and instructions are here:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hjuuki

2) Ipplex has released a $1.95app that works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and latest iPod that recognizes US currency. All reports are that it is easy and highly effective. The company plans other apps too.
http://www.looktel.com/products

3) In an approximately 12 minute episode of the Candle Shore Podcast, Mark Taylor demonstrates how List Recorder, an iOS App, can be used as a virtual teleprompter for blind and low vision users.
http://mark.candleshoreblog.com/2011/03/05/ep86-an-ios-virtual-teleprompter-

4) SeroTalk Tech Chat 92 features a panel discussing This Month in Access Tech for February 2011
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/03/04/serotalk-tech-chat-92-this-month-in-access-tech-for-february-2011-2/

5) in SeroTalk Podcast 62: An Aria on Aria, the SeroTalk team discusses a wide range of news and information
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/03/02/serotalk-podcast-62-an-aria-on-aria/

6) Dolphin Computer Access has updated Guide, an interface designed for people who might find standard computer operating systems too complex, to version 6. It lets you e-mail, use the web, play games and more, in much simpler form than other systems.
http://www.yourdolphin.com/productdetail.asp?id=30

7) Android Access offers information, raings, and accessibility reviews for dozens of accessible Android applications. Users can post reviews of apps they've tried or view tps and tricks submitted by others. Learn more about how to get started with the Android operating system, and stay up to date with the latest news and features.
http://www.androidaccess.net

8) On Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 15 March, learn about current and future happenings with the Braille Sense, Voice Sense and Book Sense products from the staff at HIMS.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

9) Blind-flight-simmers is a mailing list discussing all aspects of computer flight simulation by the blind.
http://groups.google.com/group/blind-flight-simmers?hl=en

10) The blindsysadmins website aims to be a resource for system administrators to ask questions, read about accessible applications and systems and interact with people interested in similar topics. It also aims to provide proof to employers that blind system administrators are efficient, reliable, hard working and resourceful.
http://www.blindsysadmins.com

11) Rigel Technology is offering a 40-hour Advanced Microsoft Office Skills course, both in spring and in more accelerated form in summer, and a 20-hour Web Site Development course.
http://www.rigeltechnology.com

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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: EBlink Showcase Presents One BrailleConnect32 for US$3,000!
Photo of the BrailleConnect32 This sleek Braille Terminal offers just enough Braille to efficiently use a PC while providing the portability to also be used with a mobile phone. It is equipped with both USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a 90 day warranty. Best of all it's 25% off of its suggested retail value. Please e-mail e-blink@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 for additional details. This is a single unit that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) Fred's Head offers us a Portable Handheld Electronic Video Magnifiers Comparison
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/02/portable-handheld-electronic-video.html

2) SeroTalk Tech Chat 91 bore the title Accessible Online Games with Sound for the Blind
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/02/21/serotalk-tech-chat-91-accessible-online-games-with-sound-for-the-blind/

3) Chip Orange is offering free weekly classes on programming, particularly related to Window-Eyes scripting. These are offered via TeamTalk, and are archived. For information about access to the live programs, write to
acorange@comcast.net
The archives are located at
http://acorange.home.comcast.net/scripting

4) T&T Consultancy now offers individualized JAWS scripting for programs you want to use. You first pay for an evaluation of the situation, then receive an estimate of the cost to script. They may expand to other formats. e-mail
enquiries@tandt-consultancy.com

5) JAWS scripts for the Online Bible program are now available on
http://nonvisualdevelopment.org/content/jaws-scripts-online-bible-program

6) Last week's Gw Insider broadcast was canceled because of inclement weather. It will take place on Thursday, 3 March at 19:00 GMT. It will be archived.
http://www.gwmicro.com/meeting

7) Code Factory announces Mobile Accessibility for Android, which is both a suite of ten accessible programs such as web browser, e-mail program and more and a screen reader for the phones. It supports all Android phones from version 2.1 and above, and works with touch screens and keyboards. It is only available in English now, and costs $95 from the Android market. A 30-day demo is available. Video and audio demos can be heard here:
http://www.codefactory.es/en/products.asp?id=415#video
and the user guide is at
http://www.codefactory.es/MA/en/ma_1_0_manual.html

8) Learn about accessible and affordable audio players that use Rockbox on Tek Talk on Tuesday, 8 March at 01:00 GMT.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

9) A release candidate for the next version of NVDA, version 2011.1, is now available for all to try.
http://www.nvda-project.org

10) The Cobra screen reader, made by Baum Retec Ag of Germany, is now available from Bay Area Digital. the screen reader works with modern programs and systems and has built-in OCR for reading difficult screens. It comes in versions that support braille, screen enlargement and speech output.
http://www.bayareadigital.us

11) HumanWare will hold a series of webinars on the Apex family of products. All are on Thursdays at 20:30 GMT:
Keysoft 9.1, What's New and What People are Saying, 3 March
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/egister-954875086/5AW50/115650052
Using the Apex as a Braille Display, 24 March
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/egister-245613334/5AW5K/115650052
Improved Connectivity with KeySoft 9.1, 7 April
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/egister-776254198/5AW64/115650052
Reading and interpreting Word Documents with KeySoft 9.1, 21 April
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/egister-821085814/5AW6O/115650052
KeySoft 9.1 - Expand your Book Reading Options, 5 May
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/egister-111890294/5AW78/115650052
Pairing your Apex with Popular Apple Devices, 19 May
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/egister-429973966/5AW7S/115650052
Archives will be available here:
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/products-product-presentations/5AW8C/115650052

12) AccessTechnologyInstitute offers Immersion to Word 2010 tutorials for JAWS and Window-Eyes. Each downloadable tutorial costs $75.
http://www.blindtraining.com/shop/office2010.htm

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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: EBlink Showcase Presents One BrailleConnect32 for US$3,000!
Photo of the BrailleConnect32 This sleek Braille Terminal offers just enough Braille to efficiently use a PC while providing the portability to also be used with a mobile phone. It is equipped with both USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a 90 day warranty. Best of all it's 25% off of its suggested retail value. Please e-mail e-blink@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 for additional details. This is a single unit that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. (PC not included. Mobile phone not included.)

Greetings,

1) RoboBraille is a free service that lets you turn documents from many file formats, including scanned pdf, into contracted braille or mp3 files. the service has added a web interface that is much easier to use, and continues to add more languages. French and Spanish are said to be coming within a few months.
http://www.robobraille.org/robobraille_web_interface_news

2) The lead article in Windows Secrets for Febreuary 17, 2011 is A complete guide to Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts. The article starts out basic but advanced information follows.
http://windowssecrets.com/links/h2d7u3wadz2wd/8c7a93h/?url=WindowsSecrets.com%2F2011%2F02%2F17%2Fts%2F%3Fn%3Dstory1

3) The Gizmo team tells us about The Best Free Microsoft Downloads.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/Qy88OnEBGuE/best-free-microsoft-downloads.htm

4) the popular 250+ Places for Free Books Online list has been updated by the Gizmo editor.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/Qy88OnEBGuE/best-free-microsoft-downloads.htm

5) And this Gizmo post is called Stolen WiFi: How To Check and What To Do If Your WiFi Is Being Pilfered
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/6QeJvaM-n5U/stolen-wifi-how-check-and-what-do-if-your-wifi-being-pilfered.htm

6) CDESK is a suite of programs designed to make the computer easy to use. CDesk’s eight included applications are Word Processing, Contacts list/address book, Internet Browsing (with webpage magnification and screen reading), Universal Email client, Document Scanning/Reading
with Voice Read-back using your existing scanner, Skype Audio/Video Integration, Appointment/Task Calendar, NLS/BARD books downloads, Internet Radio and Game Arcade. Learn about the package on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 1 March at 01:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) Nuance has released version 5.20 of Talks for Symbian phones. This version supports OVI maps and some newer phones.
http://www.blindbargains.com/link/5999

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This Issue's Featured Accessible Service: YourTube by Povidi
Povidi Logo Povidi NZ Ltd, a technology company truly committed to developing solutions that really matter to the vision impaired, presents "YourTube", its accessible web interface for the wildly popular YouTube. Search for audio/video material on YouTube effortlessly using Povidi’s YourTube interface. Enter search terms, and browse the results which are displayed as headings. Move forward and back through pages of results. Access the easy to use player controls once a result has been found. And use alternate colors to access this interface if you have some remaining functional vision. YourTube is easy to use and makes an enjoyable, yet often frustrating process, now completely accessible. Povidi is offering this service free of charge to everyone! To try it out, visit http://www.povidi.com/yourtube/ today!

Greetings,

1) Anna Dresner and I will be discussing anything and everything iPhone/iPad/iTouch on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday at 01:00. Besides discussing our co-authored book from National Braille Pres and answering questions from all comers, we will each provide a mini-tutorial. Anna will discuss obtaining and reading electronic books on the devices, and I will discuss Safari and alternatives to it for using the web.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2) Java Access Bridge 2.0.2 is aimed at providing support for Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit. Furthering development of Java Access Bridge can be of great benefit to enterprise users. An early release version is available at
http://jdk6.java.net/6uNea.html

3) the latest Web Axe podcast #89 is a preview of the upcoming International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN 2011). You can download the podcast at
http://webaxe.blogspot.com/2011/02/podcast-89-csun-2011-preview.html

4) The next Free online training webinar from Gw Micro will be The Basics of Using the Internet with Window-Eyes. It will take place on Wednesday, March 9 at 19:00 GMT.
http://www.gwmicro.com/meeting

5) SeroTalk Tech Chat 90: covers Accessible Books for Everyone Part II
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/02/16/serotalk-tech-chat-90-accessible-books-for-everyone-part-ii/

6) Serotalk Podcast 61 covers a wealth of interesting stories:
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/02/15/serotalk-podcast-61-useless-piece-of-plastic/

7) The Mac-Access blog, which also has an associated large mailing list, is a new source for information about Mac accessibility.
http://maciosaccessdotnet.wordpress.com/

8) This Fred's Head post discusses a cd burning program called ExpressBurn.
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/02/express-burn-those-cds.html

9) And this one gives many resources for repairing Perkins Braille Writers.
http://www.fredshead.info/2009/03/braille-writer-repair.html

10) Yahoo! for Web Accessibility will be the next Seminar Hadley, on Friday 24 February at 19:00 GMT. To register, visit
http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=14689319&msgid=253617&act=T4UN&c=225701&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hadley.edu%2F5_c_seminarAtHadley.asp

11) IBM Research-Japan and WGBH's Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are conducting a joint study on the applicability of speech synthesis for video description.
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/461112/3i40b

12) an MBA student team is working to develop a technology that could improve Braille products. They are in the early stages of their project, and have recently launched an online survey to help them better understand the needs of individuals who are blind and visually impaired.
http://svy.mk/e8mrw7

13) A recording of a webinar from GW Micro describing the new features of Window-Eyes 7.5 is now available to download. The recording lasts just over 76 minutes and goes into a lot of detail with plenty of time for questions. The direct link to download the file is
http://www.gwmicro.com/Audio_Video_Archive/Presentations/audio/WE75_training1.mp3

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This Issue's Featured Accessible Service: YourTube by Povidi
Povidi Logo Povidi NZ Ltd, a technology company truly committed to developing solutions that really matter to the vision impaired, presents "YourTube", its accessible web interface for the wildly popular YouTube. Search for audio/video material on YouTube effortlessly using Povidi’s YourTube interface. Enter search terms, and browse the results which are displayed as headings. Move forward and back through pages of results. Access the easy to use player controls once a result has been found. And use alternate colors to access this interface if you have some remaining functional vision. YourTube is easy to use and makes an enjoyable, yet often frustrating process, now completely accessible. Povidi is offering this service free of charge to everyone! To try it out, visit http://www.povidi.com/yourtube/ today!

Greetings,

1) window-Euyes public beta 7.5 is available, offering better access to Microsoft office 2010, access to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, access to the beta of Internet Explorer 9, and an improved user interface among other improvements.
http://www.gwmicro.com/beta

2) AccessWorld for February, 2011 is now available. It features a review of DocuScan Plus, an accessibility check of the Yahoo toolbars, and more
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

3) Tek Talk features two useful features on GMT tTuesday, 15 February at 01:00. You can learn about the Hope interface that makes the Pandora music service accessible, and also how to use a Bluetooth keyboard with your i-devices.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

4) Comprehensive information about the upcoming CSUN conference in March is available on a web page with all the extraneous links removed.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/CSUN2011.htm
A structured text file version is at
http://EmpowermentZone.com/CSUN2011.txt

5) Robert Schifreen recently wrote a 350-page book, all about how to create web sites from scratch with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL. The accessible pdf has been freely available. Soon you'll be able to browse the book online but the pdf will cost, so grab it while it's free.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/zBdiRyEJI4U/my-free-350-page-htmlcssphpmysql-book-get-it-while-you-can.htm

6) Gizmo tells us about A Handy Windows Troubleshooting Tool that's Free For Non-Commercial Use
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/XvKRCXtd0H8/handy-windows-troubleshooting-tool-thats-free-non-commercial-use.htm

7) The Best Guide to Anonymous Surfing on the Web has been updated.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/5hYOAfSd2JA/best-free-anonymous-surfing-service.htm

8) Gizmo tells us about a program that helps you save on printer ink, and you can get a free license.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/nk6BGg5Hsl8/get-free-licence-printer-ink-saver-app.htm

9) Fred's Head gives us Tips to Buying Food Online: Accessible Resources
http://www.fredshead.info/2007/01/tips-to-buying-food-online-accessible.html

10) From them, we also learn about the availability of Hotmail alias accounts so you can have five and eventually more e-mail accounts per address.
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/02/hotmail-gives-you-more-ways-to-email.html

11) SeroTalk Tech Chat 88brings us This Month in Access Technology for January 2011
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/02/04/serotalk-tech-chat-88-this-month-in-access-technology-for-january-2011/

12) J-Tools version 4 is released. Compatible with JAWS version 12, new features include viewing text notes in the jaws virtual viewer, easily select between multiple Outlook 2010 accounts, support for Outlook 2010 calendar including all views, new shortcuts and contacts facility and much much more. Learn about the upgrade and listen to the podcast on the TandT Consultancy page:
http://www.tandt-consultancy.com/pages/j-tools_information.php

13) Bay Area Digital announces an upgrade to the Pronto notetaker. Software Version 3.2 brings EloQuence speech, Added email functionality for sending and receiving attachments and the Ability to handle both .doc and .docx files along with other improvements.
http://www.bayareadigital.us

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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: E-Blink Showcase Presents One Zoom-Ex Portable Scan, Read, Magnification System for US$1,595.00!!!
Photo of the Zoom-Ex Portable Scan, Read, Magnification System This powerful, portable option for the PC user provides lightning fast access to hardcopy print for speech, magnification, and refreshable Braille users. Its sturdy, collapsible digital camera plugs into your PC's USB port and instantly serves as both a scan-and-read option as well as a portable video magnifier. At $800 off its suggested list price this one isnt going to last long. Price includes shipping & handling within the continental (48 contiguous) United States. Please e-mail e-blink@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 for additional details. This is a single unit that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. (PC Not Included.)

Greetings,

1) Learn about the latest developments with the SARA Scan and Read Appliance as well as with MAGic from Freedom Scientific on GMT Tuesday, 7 February at 01:00 on Tek Talk.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2) the December and January issues of FSCast constitute a two-part tutorial on using JAWS with iTunes.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/default.asp

3) Recent issues of windows Secrets have contained lead articles about windows 7:
10 great 'Do these first' tweaks for Windows 7
http://windowssecrets.com/links/h2d7u3wadz2wd/0b597eh/?url=WindowsSecrets.com%2F2010%2F12%2F16%2Fts%2F%3Fn%3Dstory1
Four free programs to help control Windows 7
http://windowssecrets.com/links/h2d7u3wadz2wd/a9c968h/?url=WindowsSecrets.com%2F2011%2F01%2F06%2Fts%2F%3Fn%3Dstory1
Seven simple steps for setting up Windows 7
http://windowssecrets.com/links/h2d7u3wadz2wd/2b9d58h/?url=WindowsSecrets.com%2F2011%2F01%2F27%2Fts%2F%3Fn%3Dstory1

4) AT&T Labs - Research, with the cooperation of the standards committee on text-to-speech synthesis systems of the Acoustical Society of America, is running a web-based experiment to evaluate the intelligibility of synthesized speech for people who have been legally blind from six years of age or younger.
http://dudley.research.att.com/tts/TESTS/TTSfasterRateIntelligibility/html/

5) There's a lot of new material on the NFB Access Technology Blog: Two posts concerning the Kindle Pc Software from Amazon, several posts about discoveries made at the Consumer Electronics Show, and an article about the accessibility of online music services.
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Access_Technology_Blog.asp

6) The February, 2011 Braille Monitor contains an article entitled DAISY: What is it and Wny use it
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1102/bm110210.htm

7) The January issue contains an article entitled Making Cell Phones Accessible Computers in Our Pockets Must Talk
http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1101/bm110107.htm

8) A lot of good material from Gizmo this week: they discuss A Free Security Software Service That Will Wow You
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/cgxvcMcgBjk/security-software-will-wow-you-i-guarantee.htm

9) they offer A Quick Way To Install Dozens Of Free Apps
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/G_W79vPAEPM/quick-way-install-dozens-free-apps.htm

10) To commemorate Data Privacy Day: they offer Tips, Tools, Tricks, and Add-ons
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/HLhYrowJy7U/data-privacy-day-tips-tools-tricks-and-add-ons.htm

11) They explain How to Check Which Programs Are Phoning Home From Your PC
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/e2FiO7JH6-A/how-check-which-programs-are-phoning-home-your-pc.htm

12) We can learn How To Detect Drivers for Unknown Devices in Windows
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/5XkB85uHX-A/how-detect-drivers-unknown-devices-windows.htm

13) And, assuming any of this site is accessible, they offer news of a Free Brain-Training Game that Claims To Improve Your Memory
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/VHcEaIiuxaU/free-brain-training-game-claims-improve-your-memory.htm

14) HumanWare is giving away a Victor Reader Stream and a SmartView Pocket.
http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/-L8JQCCS/56WUY/99402492

15) The SeroTalk crew gives us another crack at ATIA 2011 highlights in podcast 60. Many more interviews from the conference can be found on their site.
http://serotalk.com/podcasts/SeroTalk060.mp3

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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: E-Blink Showcase Presents One Zoom-Ex Portable Scan, Read, Magnification System for US$1,595.00!!!
Photo of the Zoom-Ex Portable Scan, Read, Magnification System This powerful, portable option for the PC user provides lightning fast access to hardcopy print for speech, magnification, and refreshable Braille users. Its sturdy, collapsible digital camera plugs into your PC's USB port and instantly serves as both a scan-and-read option as well as a portable video magnifier. At $800 off its suggested list price this one isnt going to last long. Price includes shipping & handling within the continental (48 contiguous) United States. Please e-mail e-blink@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 for additional details. This is a single unit that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. (PC Not Included.)

Greetings,

1) The epic work of literature Getting Started with the iPhone: An Introduction for Blind Users is now available from National Braille Press. Well, maybe it's not quite a literary classic, but I did co-author it with Anna Dresner, so I am rather partial to it. You can get it in paper or electronic braille, text, or DAISY.
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE.html

2) The creators of NVDA are in danger of running out of money for their operation, showing that free screen readers are not really free.
http://www.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDANeedsYou

3) Amazon.com is releasing a new version of Kindle for PC that adds accessibility features designed for blind and low-vision customers. If a screen reader is installed on the computer, allEnglish-language books in the 750,000 book collection can be read with the program's own synthesizer. Some free books are available, but the vast majority are for purchase for reasonable prices.
http://www.amazon.com/kindle/accessibility

4) Duxbury Braille Translator version 11.1 is now available, with lots more translation languages, more math capabilities and support for braille learners.
http://www.duxburysystems.com

5) Rick Harmon's latest Blind Geek Zone podcast discusses the new accessible Kindle version, the NVDA financial crisis and the Hope program for accessing Pandora.
http://blind-geek-zone.net/Audio/BGZLivecast004.mp3

6) this Fred's Head post lists lots of resources for repairing Perkins Braillers.
http://www.fredshead.info/2009/03/braille-writer-repair.html

7) this one gives links for accessible resources from the Internal Revenue Service.
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/01/irs-provides-assistance-for-people-with.html

8) SeroTalk Tech Chat 87: 2011 ATIA Highlights will have quite a Top Tech tidbits feel, as Larry Lewis and I will join Brad Hodges and Michael Lauf to discuss the stories to come out of this conference. This event will be at a different time than usual, Saturday, 29 January at 20:00 GMT.
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/01/24/serotalk-tech-chat-87-2011-atia-highlights/

9) The Gizmo team has update Updated: Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/TmW2BJZLKv4/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm

10) Microsoft used to sell a scientific calculator called Mathematics. I don't know if it is accessible, but now it is free.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/dpJ1znAqPCQ/ultimate-scientific-calculator-microsoft-and-its-free.htm

11) Learn about DocuScan Plus, the new low-cost accessible reading solution from Serotek on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 1 February at 01:00
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

12) Users of the BrailleNote Apex will receive a welcome upgrade, version 9.1, due out in February. You can read about what it is to contain here.
http://list.humanware.com/archives/braillenote/2011-January/095748.html

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This Issue's Featured Advertisement: E-Blink Showcase Presents One Zoom-Ex Portable Scan, Read, Magnification System for US$1,595.00!!!
Photo of the Zoom-Ex Portable Scan, Read, Magnification System This powerful, portable option for the PC user provides lightning fast access to hardcopy print for speech, magnification, and refreshable Braille users. Its sturdy, collapsible digital camera plugs into your PC's USB port and instantly serves as both a scan-and-read option as well as a portable video magnifier. At $800 off its suggested list price this one isnt going to last long. Price includes shipping & handling within the continental (48 contiguous) United States. Please e-mail e-blink@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 for additional details. This is a single unit that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. (PC Not Included.)

Greetings,

1) The Hadley School offers three new free technology-related correspondence courses:
Screen Readers: Listening Skills: http://www.hadley.edu/showCourses.asp?courseid=TEC-131
Screen Readers: Web Browsing: http://www.hadley.edu/showCourses.asp?courseid=WEB-121
Screen Readers: Editing and Formatting Word Documents: http://www.hadley.edu/showCourses.asp?courseid=WRD-111

2) An upgrade is coming for the BrailleNote family of products, and you can heaar about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 January at 01:00 .
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) The Voxkeys project makes some Mac programs easier to use with VoiceOver and makes others accessible through scripting. Accessibility of Garage Band, the music production program, is enhanced by using VoxKeys.
http://blog.bryansmart.com/voxkeys-project/

4) Youthful Chase Srispin has become an authority on many adaptive tech products, and has produced lots of training podcasts and YouTube videos. Now, he has launched Blind Mobile Tech, a site that links to all his productions, to his blog, and to some content produced by others.
http://www.blindmobiletech.com/

5) GoodReads is a UK site featuring a mailing list on reading and locating booksin usable formats.
http://www.goodreads.com/

6) Jamal Mazrui has updated many of his free programs. All of them have been mentioned here before. The updates are not generally major, except that in a couple cases support is added for use with NVDA, but they're worth getting if you already have the programs, and the programs are worth getting if you don't already have them and you might want souch a program:
EdSharp, a great text editor
http://www.EmpowermentZone.com/edsetup.exe
FileDir, a powerful file manager
http://www.EmpowermentZone.com/dirsetup.exe
JAWS script exchange
http://www.empowermentzone.com/jsxsetup.exe
PDF2txt, for converting PDF documents, even doing OCR on those that are just pictures
http://www.empowermentzone.com/p2tsetup.exe
SayTools, for making programs accessible
http://EmpowermentZone.com/saysetup.exe

7) In Gw Micro news, the article Using Window-Eyes with Office 2010 (list of hotkeys)
has been posed to the Knowledgebase
http://gwmicro.com/kb1123

8) Gw Micro will offer a free webinar once a month during 2011. The schedule is already posted, with the first training concerning what's coming in the next version of Window-Eyes. All webinars take place the second Wednesday of the month. The first two will be at 19:00 GMT, and once North America embarks on daylight savings time, they will be at 18:00 GMT.
http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Webinar_Training/

9) window-Eyes uses key combinations of the arrow keys with both the alt and control modifiers to change speech settings on the fly. Those keys don't work on all systems without tinkering, so a script has been posted to provide alternative keystrokes.
http://www.gwmicro.com/sc

10) Finally, if you use Window-Eyes 4.5 or earlier, the company has an upgrade path which may save you some money if you want to start using the current version.
http://www.blindbargains.com/link/5936

11) Version 2.3 of Accessible DAISY allows for faster downloads,and for using more feeds.
http://accessiblenews.co.in/an/daisy/

12) New JAWS scripts for the GoldWave sound editor, version 5.5, have been posted.
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/Data/goldwave_5.57_jaws_scripts_1.60.zip

13) The SmartView 360 is a new desktop magnifier from HumanWare.
http://www.humanware.com/shared_content/products/low_vision/ desktop_portable_magnifiers/_details/id_197/smartview_360.html

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 291
Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 291
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) The Gizmo team alerts us to 31 new free programs we can download now. These are small, somewhat specialized programs.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/baoMIBYfAls/31-brand-new-free-programs.htm

2) They also provide us with this article: Worms, Trojans and Malware: What Are All Those Security Words and What Do They Mean?
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/LEdA4ghSH9I/worms-trojans-and-malware-what-are-all-those-security-words-and-what-do-they-mean.htm

3) ABiSee Inc. announces That Its Instant Readers, Eye-Pal and Zoom-Ex, Are Now Compatible with Kurzweil 1000. K1000 users need to have the latest patch to version 12 to use these camera devices.
http://www.pr.com/press-release/288520

4) The Serotek team and guests are back again to discuss people's current favorite iPhone apps.
http://serotalk.com/podcasts/SeroTalk058.mp3

5) Executive Products now has a custom case for the Braille Sense Plus.
http://www.executiveproductsinc.com

6) Mike May will discuss his experiences and impressions from the Consumer Electronics Show on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 January at 01:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

7) wxMaxima is a free, open source "computer algebra system". It is quite accedssible, and therefore could be useful for users as well as for those wishing to encouragement development of such a system. It is available at
http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

8) Papa Sangre is a totally sound-based game for the iPhone and iPad. Here is a review of it:
http://tink.co.uk/2011/01/papa-sangre-game-review/

9) This is a Fred's Head article entitled Website Teaches Alternative Uses for Everyday Items
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/01/there-are-many-things-out-there-that.html

10) And here's one about Ptoogle, a Twitter search engine for pricing that lets you find, track and compare prices on items.
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/01/ptoogle-price-of-your-next-item.html

11) This 30-minute podcast is entitled Exploring the iPod Touch and Learning Braille Using the Refreshabraille 18 Display
http://blindaccessjournal.com/2011/01/exploring-the-ipod-touch-and-learning-braille-using-the-refreshabraille-18-display/

12) On Main Menu for GMT 15 January at 02:00, you can hear this week's tech news, a discussion of the Hope interface for the Pandora music service, a rebroadcast concerning Apple TV, a demonstration of entering an address for GPS with the Trekker Breeze, and discussion of a program called Unrestrict PDF.
http://www2.acbradio.org/mainmenu/

13) With schedule changes in place, EASI now offers a webinar on Flash accessibility on January 18 and a webinar on OneNote on January 19.
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

14) From India comes Accessible News DAISY, a program that lets you convert news web pages and blogs into digital talking books. The program is free for two weeks, and $30/year thereafter.
http://www.accessiblenews.co.in/daisy

Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 290
Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 290
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) A tidbit from an e-mail list: You can track UPS packages by e-mail by sending the tracking number in the message body to
totaltrack@ups.com

2) Learn about the many new features in the Trekker Breeze on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 11 January at 01:00.
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) In SeroTalk Tech Chat 83, we learn about 2010 Access Technology Highlights and Letdowns
http://www.serotalk.com/2010/12/29/serotalk-tech-chat-83-2010-access-technology-highlights-and-letdowns/

4) SeroTalk Podcast 58 brings us the Latest Tech News as of January 3, 2011
http://www.serotalk.com/2011/01/05/serotalk-podcast-58-latest-tech-news-as-of-january-3-2011/

5) John Martin has written JAWS scripts to make the Rhapsody music subscription service accessible. This Fred's Head post discusses the package.
http://www.fredshead.info/2011/01/rhapsody-music-accessibility-for-blind.html

6) The January, 2010 issue of AccessWorld features a review of low-cost magnifier WinZoom 4 and of the magnification found in Windows 7, as well as updates on accessible appliances and Apple Portable device accessibility, discussion of the HIMS/Gw Micro separation, and discussions of approaches to fitness.
http://www.afb.org/accessworld

7) The team that has brought us Qwitter, the accessible Twitter client, has now devised an accessible interface to the Pandora radio program.
http://q-continuum.net/

8) Handy Tech North America offers three new workshops: A two-day workshop on Office 2010 with JAWS, and three-day workshops on Producing Music with the Mac and Mac Academy Beyond the Basics. Their training schedule is here:
http://www.handytech.us/workshop_reg.html

9) the Gizmo team offers us A Handy Guide To Microsoft's Free Security Tools
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/3n2EMoIjf4U/handy-guide-microsofts-free-security-tools.htm

10) They also give us a pdf called 9 Great Freeware Programs that should be on Every PC
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gizmosbest/~3/wqHhh9bQkBc/9-great-freeware-programs-should-be-every-pc.htm

11) Blekko is a search engine that seeks to provide results free of spam and purely commercial results.
http://www.blekko.com

12) An accessibility review of Accessible Twitter version beta version has been added to AccessWatch.
http://www.accesswatch.info

13) Reviews of these apps for iOS4 have been added to Applevis in the last couple days: Secret Sound, MailTimer, Blind Memory, Rick Dees Digital Network, Dragon Dictation, Numerology, Cydelete, Toggle SSH, and uTorrent Remote
http://www.applevis.com/

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