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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 299
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) There exists a way to convert most Kindle books to html files, enabling us to read them in braille and to have perfectly thorough navigation. The process takes several steps, and some sighted collaboration will probably be needed at least once. While most books convert, a few do not, so it may be wise to grab the sample which is offered and test it before buying the book. All necessary files and instructions are here:

2) Ipplex has released a $1.95app that works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and latest iPod that recognizes US currency. All reports are that it is easy and highly effective. The company plans other apps too.

3) In an approximately 12 minute episode of the Candle Shore Podcast, Mark Taylor demonstrates how List Recorder, an iOS App, can be used as a virtual teleprompter for blind and low vision users.

4) SeroTalk Tech Chat 92 features a panel discussing This Month in Access Tech for February 2011

5) in SeroTalk Podcast 62: An Aria on Aria, the SeroTalk team discusses a wide range of news and information

6) Dolphin Computer Access has updated Guide, an interface designed for people who might find standard computer operating systems too complex, to version 6. It lets you e-mail, use the web, play games and more, in much simpler form than other systems.

7) Android Access offers information, raings, and accessibility reviews for dozens of accessible Android applications. Users can post reviews of apps they've tried or view tps and tricks submitted by others. Learn more about how to get started with the Android operating system, and stay up to date with the latest news and features.

8) On Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 15 March, learn about current and future happenings with the Braille Sense, Voice Sense and Book Sense products from the staff at HIMS.

9) Blind-flight-simmers is a mailing list discussing all aspects of computer flight simulation by the blind.

10) The blindsysadmins website aims to be a resource for system administrators to ask questions, read about accessible applications and systems and interact with people interested in similar topics. It also aims to provide proof to employers that blind system administrators are efficient, reliable, hard working and resourceful.

11) Rigel Technology is offering a 40-hour Advanced Microsoft Office Skills course, both in spring and in more accelerated form in summer, and a 20-hour Web Site Development course.

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