Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 333
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Here's one blogger's reasons for staying with a windows laptop rather than using other portable devices:
2) The Carroll Center has added a third course on diabetes to its online offerings. Diabetes and Visual Impairment: A New View for Health Professionals is currently free, accessible to all who wish to take it, and various accrediting agencies provide continuing education credits.
3) By visiting the AppleVis blog, you can learn how they are Making it Easier to Find Relevant Content on the AppleVis Site, learn about the campaign to create the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame, and discover the appleVis podcast, among other discoveries.
4) Version 1.1 of the Nokia Screen Reader is now available.
5) Here is an interesting comparison of some of the many digital music services available, of course not taking accessibility into account.
6) An organization called the Association of Blind Citizens offers an Assistive Technology Fund to US residents. the Fund provides financial resources to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software.
7) The ACB Radio Main Menu staff are now seeking new applicants for the volunteer Main Menu production team. To receive an application, send an email to
8) From AI Squared, here is information about the new features in ZoomText version 10:
Videos demonstrating the new version:
Free 60-day trial of ZoomText 10 is here:
Info and a video about the hand-held video magnifier i-loview can be found here:
9) Blind-aid is a Yahoo group where people can discuss blindness issues and make friends. To join, send a blank message to
10) For the mathematically inclined, SVGToSIG is a converter which allows owners of non-Tiger embossers to emboss SVG files. Version 3 is now available.
11) Serotalk Podcast 90 features interviews with four people, including a blind food critic, programmer and student, each of whom saw a problem or a challenge and tackled it head on. They didn't take no for an answer and they didn't let obstacles detour them from their goals.
12) With the advent of MobilSpeak 5.7 from code Factory, the latest iteration to the Symbian operating system, Symbian Belle, is now accessible.
13) Tech Access Weekly features short Daily tips podcasts and some longer, comprehensive ones regarding assistive technology.
14) Robert Carter gave himself three "software stocking stuffers" and talks about them in his podcast.
15) From CNET: 5 great uses for your old Windows computer:
16) One blogger suggests you do These 5 Things Immediately when you get a new Android phone:
http://mashable.com/2011/12/26/new-android-setup-phone/ via @mashable.
17) The REACH Center for the Blind in Tupelo, MS will be accepting applications for a computer Instructor. Email:
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