Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 269
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) This Youtube video from Code Factory seeks to show that with Mobile Speak 4.5 using a touch screen becomes as easy as using a phone with physical keys.
2) Here is a YouTube video showing how to pair the APH Refresh-a-Braille display with an iPhone or iPod Touch.
3) The creator of that last video. Chase Crispin, has launched a mailing list for comparing all the digital book players on the market. To join, send a blank message to
4) Back to the iPhone, Serotek Tech Chat 66 poses the question: Is the iPhone 4 Worth the Upgrade?
5) SeroTalk Podcast 47 brings us the Latest A T and Tech News
6) The 30 July, 2010 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog provides links for listening to the Apple Audio Seminar and the eBay seminar at the recent National Convention.
7) A couple weeks ago we mentioned the digit-Eyes audio labeling system, an iPhone app that both reads commercial barcodes and lets you label your own items inexpensively. This app will be the topic of Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 10 August at 00:00.
8) Handy Tech North America has decided to clear out their stock of about 60 iBill US bank note identifiers for only $95.00 including shipping. This device has been well received. To see if there are any of these left at this price, e-mail
9) From Gizmo: Free Audio Books Online
10) And also, Free Training Manuals for MS Office 2003 and 2007, from a commercial site that now gives these older version manuals away.
11) The Gizmo team is looking for reviewers of free software. It might be interesting for somebody so inclined to seek to do accessibility reviews.
12) Blind With Camera School of Photography is a virtual school with step-by-step tutorials for the visually impaired to get started with photography and guidance to sighted photographers for starting photographic workshops with local visually impaired people.
13) BlindBargains.com and 7-128 Software combine to offer lower prices on some of 7-128's games. The company has also added SAPI speech to their games.
14) National Braille Press now has Windows 7 and Vista Explained: A Guide for Blind and Partially Sighted Users By Dr. Sarah Morley Wilkins and Steve Griffiths in various versions including one with tactile diagrams.
15) E.J. Zufelt will present a webinar on Aug. 10 on planning and purchasing an accessible web-site, along with Mike Gifford, CEO of OpenConcept Consulting in Ottawa.
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