Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 267
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) If you are eligible for Bookshare and haven't been keeping up with the collection, you will find that they have added hundreds of computer-related publications. Those from oReilly Books may be available to users in Canada, Great Britain and India.
2) NFB-Newsline has recently released Podable News, which allows subscribers to download MP3 files of publications and their individual sections, so that they can cobble together a publication tailored to their interests, containing just the preferred sections from different publications. These files are downloaded automatically with free Newsline software, and can be played on the computer (with a media player such as Winamp), copied to an MP3-playing device such as the IPod, or downloaded to some digital talking-book players. More information about Podable News may be found at
3) Here's a source for some free video lectures of university classes:
4) Chip Orange has updated his Window-Eyes scripts for Microsoft Office so that they will work with Office 2010.
5) Ian Humphreys has released BG Crossword Puzzle, his fifteenth accessible game. You can read about it here:
To order the free game, send a message requesting it to
6) David Bales has written another of his free guides, this one discusses how to use Windows Explorer under windows 7. While specifically written for JAWS users, almost all of it applies to users of other screen readers.
7) This Fred's Head post discusses an accessible way to stream Sirius-XM Radio using VoiceOver
8) With the ongoing increase in blind iPhone ownership, we'll be mentioning accessible apps that might be of interest to many. Here's a post about an app that lets you print from your iPhone as well as transfer files to and from your computer.
9) We have yet to mention the digit-Eyes audio labeling system. This iPhone app will cost $29.95 until July 31. It lets you create audio or text labels so that you can use your phone to identify all manner of products. It also reads millions of commercial bar codes from many countries.
10) Speaking of the iPhone, if you find all these different i-gadgets a little confusing, which does what and which might you want, then listen to Anna Dresner on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 27 July at 00:00.
Remember that all Tek Talk programs, including my recent one on speech recognition, are archived within a few days of broadcast at
11) The deadline for applications for this terms courses in the Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired is almost upon us. If you have good computer and internet skills, and are interested in learning about Building, Maintaining, and troubleshooting PCs or Networks
please email for more information on courses offered, pricing, and scholarships.
12) The American Printing House for the Blind is considering making Readers's Digest and Newsweek available for free download. Here is a link to a survey you can complete to show any interest you may have in this idea:
13) Viapple-voiceover is a new mailing list on googlegroups for discussing all aspects of VoiceOver on the Apple.
14) SeroTalk podcast 46 features some interviews from the ACB convention with providers we haven't heard much from before.
15) The editor at Gizmo has updated Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
16) Another article that has received an update is Free Collection of Audio and Video Converters
17) I have no idea if this technique is accessible (let us know if you try it) but here's a Gizmo article entitled An Easy Way to Connect to Any PC Remotely
18) Finally, while we're at it, Here's one called Tips and Tricks to Make Full Use of Favorite Links
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