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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 314
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) I actually updated the Tidbits RSS feed
I have created a new 32-minute podcast with various vignettes about life, healing, technology, radio, and adventures in Costa rica.
I have also updated and amplified a letter about the healing process we are going through, in rtf format. Feel free to correspond about any aspect of this that interests you.

2) The August 1, 2011 post to the NFB Access Technology Blog is entitled An Initial Reaction to OS X Lion, and includes several links for sources for information about Lion in particular and about using the Mac in general.

3) Another post to the same blog on the same day discusses Adobe Digital Editions

4) A series of four webinars, entitled Braille Transcriber and Teacher Training, is available on the American Printing House webinar site.

5) LouisPlus from APH apparently allows people to look for school-related instructional materials easily from one site

6) This Fred's Head post is called Chat with Your Facebook Contacts through AIM Instant Messenger

7) Another post discusses Braille Institute's VisionSim FREE App for iPhone, iPad and Android Devices

8) SpeedDots, makers of tactile screen protectors for i-devices, now has a web site.

9) Learn about Leader Dogs for the Blind, and more especially about the Kapten GPS system and their program to incorporate it into guide dog training, on Tek Talk on gMT Tuesday, August 9 at 00:00.

10) The Serotalk team continues rhythmically cranking out update podcasts that cover a wide range of topics, keeping up with all the news and providing useful links so we don't have to do it.

11) They also bring us Tech Chat 111: This Month in Access Tech, July 2011

12) FSCast 56 for July 2011 features demonstrations of the recording and playbac capabilities of the Plextalk Pocket.

13) Among the new and updated articles on the gizmo site, we find The Editors' Choice List: Our Selection of the Best PC Freeware
Best Free Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover
Best Free HTML Editor
Best Free Partition Manager
Best Free Email Client

14) As a back-to-school promotion, you can buy Zoom-Twix for $2,495, saving $400.

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