Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 302
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
A shout out to the Baha'is throughout the world, as the holiest and most joyous festival of the Baha'i year starts today. Also wishing our Jewish readers a fantastic Passover Celebration and our Christian readers a Blessed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
1) There is a wealth of new material on the Gizmo's Best Freeware site. I'll list a lot of it, but if you want to keep up with everything posted there that I may not choose to announce, here is the address for updated articles:
And for new material of several types:
Best Free Software to Cut, Split or Merge Audio Files
Best Free Word Processor (like always, some of these may not be all that accessible)
9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on Your Android Phone
87 Places For Free Audio Books Online
Best Free Unit and Currency Conversion Program
Best Free Timer / Alarm Clock
Best Free Boilerplate Text Manager
Best Free Spell-Checker
Best Free Electronic Book Reader
2) At last, here are the most common keyboard commands for the very latest version of Microsoft Word, in one handy volume, compiled by yours truly. Major headings include Word commands, JAWS commands for Word, Window-Eyes commands for Word, and finally System Access commands for Word. In addition to keystrokes, it also includes step-by-step instructions for customizing the keyboard and the Quick Access Toolbar. the $6.00 booklet is available in paper or electronic braille, or in Word format.
3) Tek Talk Presents APH Talking PC Maps, Bringing Your World to Your PC GMT Tuesday, 26 April, 2011 at 00:00.
4) The NFB is seeking information about accessibility barriers in the digital technology used by all students, teachers, and administrators in K-12 schools, universities, and colleges in the United States. We encourage students, teachers, administrators and parents of blind students to complete the following survey so that the NFB can learn more about educational technology that is either helping or hindering the learning process for blind students.
5) In honor of its 25th birthday, Dolphin Computer Services has released a rather amusing retrospective podcast.
6) In Serotalk Tech Chat 97, Four Users Share their Favorite Accessible Mac Apps
7) The April 11, 2011 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog discusses the Snapfon, a new mobile phone desibned for ease of use for seniors and others seeking a simple phone.
8) This Fred's Head post is called FreePhone2Phone Makes Free 10-Minute International Calls, After an Ad or Two
9) Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic has changed its name to Learning Ally, and JAWS systematically mispronounces it.
10) Voiceover on Podcast is a recently-renamed podcast where all things Voiceover are reviewed.
11) Mushroom FM is celebrating its first birthday this weekend, with a $500 cash competition, t-shirt giveaways, retrospectives about how and why the station got started and its first year on the air. 50 hours of continuous live programming begins at 5 AM eastern on Saturday. A new Mushroom FM trivia question will be asked each hour. Everyone who answers right will go into the $500 prize draw which will be conducted between 6 and 7 AM Eastern on Monday morning.
11) A new article has just been posted to the GW Micro Knowledgebase: Block Audio Ads and Popups on SendSpace and similar Websites with Internet Explorer
12) The State of Texas is looking for a technology trainer to work in Austin.
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