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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 238
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) You can follow progress with NFB Newsline on Twitter:

2) The November, 2009 issue of AccessWorld is available, featuring A laundry appliance accessibility update, Lighting Up Your World: A Closer Look at Illuminated Magnifiers, a comparison of the Book Sense and the Plextalk Pocket, and more.

3) Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 15 December at 01:00 will feature a discussion of the Sound post, a device to augment GPS and give us more information about our immediate environment.

4) Freedom Scientific is seeking private beta testers for the MAGic screen magnifier.

5) Window-Eyes Script Central features a new Lunar Lander game and a script for Windows Vista to always place the Windows Explorer focus on the list of file names in a folder.

6) A new mailing list has been established to discuss virtualization, how to use it with assistive technologies, and any problems or queries with virtual machines in general from a blindness prospective. To join, send a blank message to

7) the Mobile and Handheld Technology Accessibility Forum has recently been established on LinkedIn.

8) Michael Hingson offers reduced prices on the KNFB Mobile Reader through the end of the year. Write for information

9) Amazon will, they say, add audio menus and larger fonts to its Kindle Reader next year. No word if one will be able to know, in advance, if a particular title will allow audio playback or if that option has been blocked by the publisher.

10) T. R. Fraser has lowered the price of all three of her computer manual ebooks, JAWS with Word 2007, Outlook 2007 or Vista to under $12 apiece

11) According to Fred's Head, TimeMe is a free web-based timer and large display stopwatch for your browser.

12) SeroTalk Podcast 29 discusses controling Your computer with Your Voice and ooTunes Radio for the iPhone

13) The December, 2009 Braille Monitor has an article entitled Update on Freedom Scientific v. GW Micro Patent Lawsuit
and one entitled Revisiting the Mac Using OS X and VoiceOver

14) J-Tools 3.0 is now available, making this product compatible with JAWS version 11.

15) Last time, we directed you to a British dealer of Talks to get its upgrade. In the US, Beyond Sight, Vision Q and Handy Tech are all dealers.

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