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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 212
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Freedom Scientific is offering four new free one-hour training courses online, and repeating one older one. All courses start at 19:00 GMT. Courses to be offered are: Keyboard Manager, Basics of Scripting: July 21, JAWS and MAGic Reading Commands and Cursors Used by JAWS: July 22,
PDF Document Reading and Strategies with JAWS and MAGic: July 28, What Are Scripts? Basics of Scripting: July 30, Script Manager, Basics of Scripting: August 4. Pre-registration is required.

2) The Eye-Pal Scanner was the topic for the Tek Talk seminar earlier this week, and David Griffith has written a most interesting review of this product.

3) This Fred's Head article is called Email and Internet Safety Tips for the Family

4) The June, 2009 issue of The Braille Monitor contains an article entitled Report on the Ease of Access of the Apple OS 10.5 Leopard Environment with VoiceOver

5) Apparently, the aforementioned review was not unconditionally favorable to the Mac, so Shane Jackson has prepared a podcast to dispute its conclusions.

6) Speaking of Apple, the newest iPhone to be released on July 19 will have a version of the Voiceover screen reader built in which will work with all the phone's built-in applications and perhaps others.

7) this new iPhone, as well as the Solona site for solving CAPTCHA barriers, is the subject of Serotek podcast #16

8) SeroTalk Tech Chat 19 is entitled Tweaks for Geeks! and discusses improving the performance of Windows xp.

9) On Tek Talk to air Tuesday 16 June at 00:00, Judy Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the US will demonstrate and discuss the new NLS Digital talking Book Player that will be arriving in libraries later this summer, and will discuss other details of the move to digital books.

10) In Window-Eyes news, the first public beta version of Window-Eyes 7.1 is available, featuring some braille enhancements, access to 64-bit Windows and to Windows 7 and much more scripting capability.

11) Once you get that version of Window-Eyes installed, you can use the new WEScript Framework to help write scripts.

12) Gw Micro has received some requests for scripts, so they would like to hear from professional script writers. Some money may be involved. e-mail:

13) Kathy Ann Murtha offers a training seminar concerning appointment creation in Outlook 2007. This $30 seminar will take place on Wednesday, 17 June at 23:00 GMT and will last until all questions are answered.

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