Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 308
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
This Issue's Featured Advertisement: Low-Cost Portable Refreshable Braille Is Here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (216) 381-8107.
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."
2. Serotek podcast 69 covers the latest Apple news and other news as well.
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.
(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
5. The Access Technology Blog from the NFB has a post entitled Impressions of Mobile Accessibility
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.
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
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
13. Two more discoveries from the Gizmo site: Everything You Need to Know About Modern Mobile Operating Systems
How To Clean Your Electronics
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.
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.
16. Freedom Scientific offers a number of free and paid training webinars during the third quarter of 2011.
For questions and comments regarding Tidbits, please e-mail Dean Martineau at email@example.com. Dean Martineau provides adaptive technology training by phone, online, and in person, with flexible arrangements, and at affordable prices.
Would you like to receive text-only versions of the Top Tech Tidbits and Adaptech Insider Newsletters? If so, find the link at the bottom of each Newsletter titled "Update Profile/E-Mail Address", and check this newly-available option.
Feel free to forward individual Tidbits, or the entire tidbits issue, to interested people (but make sure they don't already receive it; a lot do!) When doing this, please have the courtesy to cite your source, perhaps directing them to the Tidbits archive (see below.)
Tidbits is intentionally concise, and we know a lot of people may not understand some items because little explanation is given. If a particular Tidbit brings up a question in your mind, feel free to ask, and I will try to answer as time and knowledge permit.
Visit the Tidbits archive at http://www.flying-blind.com/tidbits2011.html where you can grab back issues. All that welcome information for future issues can come to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can subscribe to Top Tech Tidbits on the Flying Blind, LLC Website at: http://www.flying-blind.com. Here you will find an accessibly friendly and secure form into which you can enter your email address, click submit, and begin receiving Tidbits weekly. It's that easy.
| Flying Blind, LLC | 955 Pembrook Road | Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44121 |