Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 164
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1) The latest version of the popular Opera web browser now supports the Voiceover screen reader for the Mac.
2) If you want to know what software version 2.0 of the Victor Reader Stream will contain, you'll hear it first if you attend Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 June at 00:00 (Monday evening in the States.)
3) The Assistive Technology Center is now a dealer for MobilEyes, a product which we mentioned several months ago here which purports to be a portable reading machine, magnifier, MP3 player, organizer and computer all in one. Hence, they are offering free hour-long demonstrations of the product online. Two such demos will take place on GMT Friday, 20 June at 17:30 and 21:30 GMT. To get a place, e-mail:
Then drop into the room at the appointed time, download the free conferencing software if you haven't done so before, and participate at:
4) GW Micro has created a video demo of the SenseView Duo, the portable digital magnifier that claims to magnify both close-up and at a distance, enabling reading of both restaurant menus and signs with the same unit.
5) The next Hadley School seminar will be entitled Mobile Access and Your Adaptive Technology and will take place on Saturday, 21 June at 16:00 GMT. Registration online is required at:
And recordings of past seminars are available here:
6) For those not familiar with it, the Hadley School offers free correspondence courses to the blind worldwide. Their course on Internet Basics has recently been updated, and they also have a course on Internet, Beyond the Basics.
7) Dolphin Systems has released version 3 of their EasyReader Daisy book reader. This version is said to work closely with the Microsoft Save as Daisy plug-in for Word. It supports fifteen languages and comes with the Acapela software synthesizer built-in.
8) Fred's Head Companion introduces us to Radiopaq, a site that contains a large listing of online radio stations and podcasts. They seem to have some good international radio station coverage, so we'll see if they keep the links updated.
9) That prolific blog and web site also mentions WikiAudio, the encyclopedia for everything audio.
10) Another discovery from there is Jot, a free service which lets you use your cell phone to send e-mails and reminders to yourself and e-mails to others, as well as listen to news feeds.
11) Here's a pretty accurate Fred's Head Companion posting called The Ten Net Commandments:
12) Here's a new blog to track: Managing Assistive Technology in Higher Education.
13) Code Factory is offering a competition in which ten winners will share some $20,000 worth of prizes.
14) As laws requiring drivers who talk on mobile phones to use headsets proliferate throughout the U.S., here is a site which can actually benefit anybody in the world and is apparently one case where, if something looks too good to be true, it still might be true: FreeHeadset.org will send a headset for your particular phone anywhere in the world for the shipping cost of $3.94.
15) An organization known as the Association of Blind Citizens claims to provide grants for adaptive technology to citizens of the U.S.
16) Dakota State University is offering an online course, Introduction to Computers, and reader Keith Bundy is teaching a class under this course title for users of screen readers, braille displays, magnifiers and speech recognition technology. The three-credit course will cost $658.65 and will provide much information about Office 2007. Perhaps the best way to get through the registration process or get more information is to e-mail:
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