Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 220
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Main Menu this week features three parts: a demonstration of the Magic Jack Internet phone service, an interview about Serotek's Accessible Event, and an interview about the forthcoming Orator screen reader for Blackberries. Main Menu airs at 01:00 GMT both Saturday and Wednesday, and programs are speedily archived for streaming or downloading if you miss the live airing. In the archive is a two-part series on using Facebook.
2) Html-Kit is a small but powerful program for creating web pages and text files, with lots of plug-ins and support for lots of programming languages. It is now said to be accessible. You can download the program here
And JAWS scripts here:
3) This week's Innovations features an interview with Quantum Technologies of Australia, demonstration of the JAWS Tandem feature discussion of some kitchen gadgets from the RNIB store, disbcussion about braille displays in Linux, and talker about Qwitter, an open-source accessible Twitter client. Of course, you've already missed the first broadcast, but a few repeats are left, and you will be able to download the broadcast.
4) A free webinar from Freedom Scientific, Using the Keyboard with T&T Technology: J-Tools and J-Tunes, will take place on 20 August at 19:00 GMT.
5) Tek Talk on GMT 11 August will feature a discussion of the Talking Touch Tablet.
6) You can learn about the earlier days of assistive technology by visiting the Assistive Technology Oral History Project website at
7) This Fred's Head post is called Outlook Blocks My Attachments, What Can I Do?
8) This one discusses a shareware screen magnifier which is regularly updated and is said to work better than similar products: Magnifying Glass Pro
9) This post discusses two sources of educational videos: Educational Videos at Teachertube
10) We also learn from Fred's Head about various podcasts from Scientific American.
11) Listen to SeroTalk Podcast 20 – $69 iPhone GPS Solution, TechShare 2009 and Ten Accessible Radio Apps for the ipHone
12) Listen to SeroTalk Tech Chat 27 on iTunes for Windows
13) OBI is a fully-accessible audio recording tool designed to produce audio DAISY books and to save money and time for production.
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