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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 190
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) Learn about a new accessible digital recorder and DAISY player, the Plextalk Pocket , on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, January 14 at 01:00.

2) Web 2.0 Accessibility Forum is a new LinkedIn discussion group for: users with disabilities, professionals in the accessibility space, and others who share common interests in making Web 2.0 applications like Facebook built using technologies such as AJAX, and next-generation web technologies accessible by people with disabilities.

3) Jamal Mazrui has upgraded the powerful text editor EdSharp to version 2.9, adding a lot of new screen reader support especially for JAWS and greatly improved Unicode support among other enhancements:
and has upgraded the powerful file manager FileDir to version 3.5 with some enhancements:

4) Our nearly weekly raid of information from Fred's Head Companion yields a site where each day, software developers offer a free full version of their program, downloadable only during that day.

5) The Alliance for Technology Access is comprised of networks of community-based Resource Centers, Affiliates, Associates, Developers and Vendors. It could lead you to local or regional resources for technology information or funding.

6) Here is an article detailing the difference between a flash drive and a thumb drive.

7) For amusement, learn about fads in vogue from the 20's through the 90's.

8) If you want to check whether an e-mail message you receive is legitimate, you might get some information from a tool called Verify-Email:

9) is a free service to which you can upload audio files. .mp3 or .wav, and have their volume increased for you.

10) Computers and the Internet can excel at helping us remember things. Here is a post detailing two flexible services letting us receive alerts in our favorite format and on our favorite device:

11) Another daily deal site: offers a really low price on one name-brand electronics item per day at a very low price.

12) Here is an article describing two tools for defragging your hard drive, and why you should do so:

13) This article concerns exercise, with some online resources:

14) And our final Fred's Head Companion borrowing concerns Martial arts for the blind, again, with some online resources:

15) The latest SeroTalk podcast discusses online radio and music listening. The blog post contains a considerable number of links, all mentioned in the show, as well as a link to download the podcast:

16) A 64-bit version of JAWS for Windows 10 has been posted as a public beta.

17) In the "People are Working on it" department, this post from the Access Ability blog summarizes T. V. Raman's efforts to make touch screen phones accessible.

18) Gw Micro has also announced that at some point in the presumably near future, version 7.1 of window-Eyes will include 64-bit support.

19) WebAIM, a long-standing web accessibilityinitiative of Utah State University, is conducting a screen reader user survey so they can provide accurate information regarding the preferences of this population. the more responses, the more accurate will be the information they convey.

20) 7-128 Software has made its numerous self-voicing games available on the Mac.

21) EASI holds two free public webinars in January, both at 19:00 GMT. On 13 January: Creating Accessible Forms for the Web. On 20 January: Cascading Style Sheets: What they are and How they Affect Accessibility.

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