Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 224
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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1) Perhaps the most significant adaptive technology news of the week comes from Apple with their release of the Snow Leopard Operating System for the Mac. The system brings significant enhancements in the ways mac users can navigate the web as well as other usability changes.
2) Here is a MacWorld review of the new operating system:
3) Meanwhile, it's that time again, as a new version of JAWS, version 11, is starting its public beta cycle. Listen to the official version from the company on this month's FSCast:
4) JAWS 11 is now in public beta, including a research feature, improved access to ARIA content on the web, better ability to support multiple sound cards, a free DAISY player, and a host of other features.
5) Internet Explorer 8 with Jaws, Window-Eyes, and System Access is a $5 reference card available from National Braille Press In Braille, PortaBook, ASCII Text, and downloadable formats.
6) You can grab a two-hour audio Tutorial on the Book Sense here:
7) This Fred's Head posting discusses barcode scanners and other systems for identifying and labeling products.
8) You can post a letter to a fairly accessible web-based form, pay a fee and have the letter mailed to a U.S. address through the postal service.
9) SeroTalk Tech Chat 30 discusses Effectively Searching the Internet, providing instruction for better use of Google and some other sites to use when desirable.
10) The topics for SeroTalk Podcast 22 include Listening to NFL Games, Building Homes Without Eyesight, and Installing Snow Leopard on the Mac
11) Thanks to BlindBargains.com, we learn of the Time Magazine opinion as to the 50 best web sites in 2009.
12) The July-August, 2009 issue of Dialogue contains various technology-related material including an article about social networking.
13) GW Micro is now shipping the $595 Portable SenseVoiew Pocket, a portable magnifier using a different screen display technology, OLED, which is said to yield a brighter screen with better color and an unlimited viewing angle.
14) Vinux version 2.0, a specialized version of Linux optimized for people with vision loss, is now released. Vinux provides a screen-reader, full screen magnification and support for Braille displays.
15) Cantor Access announces "UNDERSTANDING WEB ACCESSIBILITY," a $225 course for Web content developers and people who need to know about making Web content accessible to everyone. It is free to citizens of the province of Ontario, and is offered three times this fall in intensive and standard schedule formats.
16) Rigel Technology offers these online seminars: Understanding Word 2007, 6 hours, $495; Making Windows Vista your friend, 2 hours, $75; Basic Jaws Scripting, 8 hours, $795; and Understanding Excel 2007, 6 hours, $495. Various schedules are available. To enroll or for more information, no web site is given; call 888-723-5011, ext. 1.
17) The Innovations program currently in the midst of its airing schedule includes information about using screen readers with Internet Explorer 8, another installment in the "Everything you might want to know about audio" series, an interview with the author of the new book on the use of Word by the blind, and information about audio description from the BBC.
18) The State of Minnesota has two accessibility-related jobs, full-time through 2011, whose application deadlines are fast approaching: Project Consultant SR,
and Information Tech
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