Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 259
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Several intriguing posts from Gizmo this time. Here's an article about a free privacy settings scanner for FaceBook.
2) As always with info from Gizmo, accessibility of the subject matter is unknown, but here's one called "Free Programs to View or Edit Very Large Text Files"
3) And here's "4 Killer Gmail Features You Might Not Know About"
4) Another one: "A Brilliant Way to Organize a Meeting or Activity Online"
5) Finally, we bring you "The Worlds' Best List of Online Applications"
6) The 14 May, 2010 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog gives the editor's First Impressions of the ViewPlus Premier 100 braille embosser.
7) The next Lighthouse Technology Seminar will be Friday, 11 June at 20:00GMT, Apple Products and Accessibility. They aren't allowed to stream this one online, but you can take part via conference call. You can find out how to do that by RSVPing
8) Various changes are happening with the Victor Reader Stream. Version 3.2 of its firmware supports Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Belgian Dutch. Version 3.2 of the Stream Companion software, also compatible with the Classmate, allowing transfer of pdf files as text and doc files as html, and allowing you to back up and restore your sd card. Information about those upgrades is here:
In addition, Humanware announces the $49 SoftPak, giving Stream owners five new capabilities: support for Epub files, support for mp4 files, ability to play Audible enhanced format, ability to read .docx files and ability to record in wav and mp3 formats.
9) National Braille Press brings us Using the Accessible iPod: iTunes 9 Edition, available in braille, text, or DAISY for $15.
10) Loadstone GPS for Symbian phones, version 0.73 is now released.
11) SeroTalk Tech Chat 63 discusses Differences Between Windows and Macs, with two users sharing their likes and dislikes in several areas of working with both systems.
12) In SeroTalk Podcast 42 Mike Calvo Rants and we hear some Tech News and Two Product Reviews
13) This Fred's Head post is entitled How to Conquer Assistive Technology Barriers for Low-Tech Parents
14) Here's information about a freeware program that helps you Recover Lost Router Passwords
15) Finally from Fred's Head, this article discusses how Website Developers Can Use Accessible Text CAPTCHAs
16) As a practical example of this latter innovation, those blind users who can't resist buying in-flight WiFi service on those flights that offer it may be able to use it now thanks to the fact that the service provided by Aircell now offers this type of CAPTCHA in addition to its inaccessible visual one.
You can follow continuing evolution of the quest to make in-flight WiFi accessible on Twitter.
17) Winamp scripts for Window-Eyes are now at version 3, with several additions. most notably the ability to choose a soundcard to use when Winamp is launched.
18) Mobile Geo version 2.5 is available, including Support for 2010 Maps and POIs, Manual Route Creation, Address Search by Zip Code and More
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