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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 326
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) This Fred's Head article, entitled "The Works of Thomas Jefferson", is online and in ebook Format, may interest some:

2) The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) has recently released the second segment of a three-part article on the evolution of braille. In this piece, BANA focuses on the complexities of code building as well as on current challenges in transcription, translation, and backtranslation of braille. Parts One and Two of "The Evolution of Braille: Can the Past Help Plan the Future?" are now posted on the BANA website at:

3) For those wanting guidance on the use of the latest Apple products with VoiceOver, as well as with older versions, the adaptive technology podcasts from Vision Australia remain a consistent source of good information.

4) Version 0.0.18 of the drawing program for blind users is now available: The new feature in this version is called by the author the AudioTack display. The AudioTac Display makes it possible for blind users to interpret drawings using sound in conjunction with touch, an embossed tactile grid (paper), and a mouse or a touchpad. It makes it possible for blind users to obtain hardcore quantitative information about a shape, such as the locations and values of the peaks and troughs in a graph showing the price of a stock, or the distance between two walls in the floor plan of an apartment.

5) Version 1.5 of TOBI is now available. This free tool is designed to Create Accessible DAISY Multimedia.

6) Blind Access Tools and Service is an evolving site intended to assist those who are losing vision.

7) Here is the article: Top 10 Awesome Android Features that the iPhone Doesn't Have:

8) If you input November in the customer code field at this site, you get 25% off Kathy Ann Murtha's textbooks during November.

9) HumanWare is seeking input on the future of the Victor Reader Stream, and asks owners to complete a survey. Ten people who do will win an upgrade to the Stream's SoftPak.

10) The two latest installments of the Tech Doctor Podcast form a series, iOS5 Pushes the Accessibility Envelope

11) Part two of the Annual Stocking Stuffers series on Tek Talk runs on GMT Tuesday, 15 November at 01:00, giving you more interesting shopping ideas.

12) Gw Micro has released a portable reading device, the ReadEasy+, compact and powerful, but whose price is hard to ascertain.

13) The Hadley School for the Blind seeks to hire a highly qualified instructor for their technology related course offerings.


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