Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 296
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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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.
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
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
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.
5) SeroTalk Tech Chat 90: covers Accessible Books for Everyone Part II
6) Serotalk Podcast 61 covers a wealth of interesting stories:
7) The Mac-Access blog, which also has an associated large mailing list, is a new source for information about Mac accessibility.
8) This Fred's Head post discusses a cd burning program called ExpressBurn.
9) And this one gives many resources for repairing Perkins Braille Writers.
10) Yahoo! for Web Accessibility will be the next Seminar Hadley, on Friday 24 February at 19:00 GMT. To register, visit
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.
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.
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
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