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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 247
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Here's a valuable resource if it remains active: Cory Ballard spends a week using an adaptive device, then writes a review about it on the Access4 Us blog. So far, the site has a review of the Icon from Levelstar.

2) The creators of Entumbed say that it is the first ever complex audio roll-playing game. It is now officially released, and you can grab the demo here:

3) The Main Menu show gets an exclusive this week, as Larry Skutchan from American Printing House will discuss the philosophy and demonstrate some of the features of the Book Port Plus audio player due to be released in March. Listen GMT Saturday, 27 February, at 01:00.

4) Tek Talk will present an interview concerning the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project on GMT Tuesday, 2 March at 01:00.

5) This Fred's Head post is entitled "Keep Track of Congress with RSS, Email or Twitter"

6) This blog post from the NFB Access Technology Blog briefly reviews the Handy Tech iRead OCR software package we mentioned a few issues back.

7) This one records some first impressions of Mobile Speak version 2.

8) Gizmo offers us the guide "Where to Find Free Legal Information on the Web"

9) And this one: "Best Free Online University Courses"

10) They have also updated their recommendations for Best Free Disk Defragmentr

11) "Quick Cures for the Worst Windows 7 Annoyances" is the lead article in the February 18, 2010 issue of Windows Secrets.

12) The Blind Technologists group has been created on the professional networking site LinkedIn.

13) Students who are between the ages of 16 and 22 years who are braille readers and users of assistive technology are needed for a study. This University of Pittsburgh study will explore how you use both braille and electronic information for classroom work, and how you learned these literacy practices. Write to

14) Version 11.50 of all Dolphin Systems screen readers and screen magnifiers brings support for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and much enhancement to the support of Microsoft Office.

15) Humanware announces the release of the firmware for Victor Stream 3.1,a free upgrade featuring some new shortcut keys and the ability to sort books in the talking books folder into subfolders.

16) More developments for solving CAPTCHA's: a couple fans of the Firefox plub-in Webvisum have urged me to remind you about it:
A clarification about last week's mention that the Twitter client Qwitter now has an effortless interface with Salona to allow for solving CAPTCHA barriers: one need not use Twitter at all to take advantage of this Qwitter feature:
Finally, Jamal Mazrui has released two powerful JAWS scripts, FxMax for Firefox 3.x:
And IEMax for Internet Explorer 7 and above:
which add all sorts of capabilities to these browsers, one of which is easy interface with the Salona service for solving CAPTCHA's.

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