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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 293
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The epic work of literature Getting Started with the iPhone: An Introduction for Blind Users is now available from National Braille Press. Well, maybe it's not quite a literary classic, but I did co-author it with Anna Dresner, so I am rather partial to it. You can get it in paper or electronic braille, text, or DAISY.

2) The creators of NVDA are in danger of running out of money for their operation, showing that free screen readers are not really free.

3) is releasing a new version of Kindle for PC that adds accessibility features designed for blind and low-vision customers. If a screen reader is installed on the computer, allEnglish-language books in the 750,000 book collection can be read with the program's own synthesizer. Some free books are available, but the vast majority are for purchase for reasonable prices.

4) Duxbury Braille Translator version 11.1 is now available, with lots more translation languages, more math capabilities and support for braille learners.

5) Rick Harmon's latest Blind Geek Zone podcast discusses the new accessible Kindle version, the NVDA financial crisis and the Hope program for accessing Pandora.

6) this Fred's Head post lists lots of resources for repairing Perkins Braillers.

7) this one gives links for accessible resources from the Internal Revenue Service.

8) SeroTalk Tech Chat 87: 2011 ATIA Highlights will have quite a Top Tech tidbits feel, as Larry Lewis and I will join Brad Hodges and Michael Lauf to discuss the stories to come out of this conference. This event will be at a different time than usual, Saturday, 29 January at 20:00 GMT.

9) The Gizmo team has update Updated: Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

10) Microsoft used to sell a scientific calculator called Mathematics. I don't know if it is accessible, but now it is free.

11) Learn about DocuScan Plus, the new low-cost accessible reading solution from Serotek on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday 1 February at 01:00

12) Users of the BrailleNote Apex will receive a welcome upgrade, version 9.1, due out in February. You can read about what it is to contain here.

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