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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 199
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The March, 2009 issue AccessWorld contains a review of the Trekker Breeze GPS system, reviews of lower-cost screen readers, an interview with Amy Ruell, a review of the accessibility of Facebook, and more.

2) you can listen to a demonstration and
review of the Marvelsoft Digital Jukebox, a media player probably aimed at people without a screen reader or with limited use of it, here:

3) SeroTalk Tech Chat 7 focuses on Cell Phone Models, Features and Third Party Software, and the site gives good links to sources for further information

4) In a different presentation, SeroTalk Podcast 9 Discusses Cell Phone Screen Readers and Software also.

5) Fred's Head tells us about two games: Niels Bauer Games has released Smugglers 4, a Windows turn-based science fiction space trading game. You can download a demo and get more information at
And this article concerns Miriani: Online Adventure Game for the Blind

6) David Bales has written another useful free guide, this one, a jaws guide for windows explorer on vista, and it includes a detailed description of advanced search techniques. Although it is written specifically for Jaws, nearly all of it is applicable to other screen readers. It is available at:

7) Here is a Fred's Head posting listing many Disability-Related World Wide Web Sites

8) The reviewer at Gizmo's Best Ever Freeware has updated the choice for Best Free Backup Program

9) the same site offers us a post on 200 Free Outstanding Online Classes, along with links to universities that offer free online class material.

10) And speaking of free stuff, Fred's Head tells us about Accessible Freebie Finder Websites

11) A recent post to the NFB Access Technology Blog reviewed the Plextalk PTP1 Pocket recorder-player.

12) This post discusses the Consumer Electronics Show and accessibility endeavors there.

13) Apple has Released iTunes 8.1 With Accessibility Enhancements. Feedback I've seen mentions the accessibility enhancements apply to use with Voiceover.

14) Independent Living Aids is marketing a service called Voice on the Go, which lets you listen to and send e-mails, send SMS messages, and manage contacts and calendar from any phone for $5.95 per month. <

15) Jamal Mazrui has updated his chm2txt package, which takes Windows compressed help files and turns them into structured text documents, to version 1.1, using a more powerful converter.

16) The new Victor Reader Stream Companion software will be discussed by Don Barrett and Gerry Chevalier of Humanware, on TekTalk, GMT Tuesday, 17 March at 0:00.

17) The latest edition of the subscription-based Infotech audio magazine, January-February, 2009, contains reviews of the Plextalk Pocket recorder and the KNFB Mobile Reader as well as news from T and T Consultancy.

18) a New Zealand software company, Accomplish Ltd , has created an accessible accounting software package called CashManager. It has been specially modified to enable efficient use by the blind and visually impaired.

19) Cathy Ann Murtha announces the release of her new textbook, Outlook 2007 with JAWS for Windows 10.

20) Verizon wireless customers now have a fairly affordable accessibility option in the form of Talks for Verizon Wireless, a $249 package with a version of Talks software that works on the Moto Q9C phone.

21) Nuance has announced Talks version 4.0 for second and third-edition Symbian phones, features SIM centered licensing, a new DAISY player, speech usable during calls on many phones, and more. this is a Word document describing the upgrade.

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