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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 157

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1) I don't think I've ever mentioned Access IT, the adaptive technology magazine from the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The monthly can be had in braille or via e-mail, and each issue costs 54 pence, or around $1 US.

2) The same organization offers a wide variety of "information sheets" on various aspects of assistive technology:

3) This week's goodies from Fred's Head Companion include, another free service which, after registration, lets you convert text into audio files, this time using voices from AT&T, for playing on a portable device. English, French and Spanish are supported.

4) Then there's the handy utility DriverMax, a free utility that saves your device drivers so that when you have to reformat your hard drive, it will be easy to reinstall them.

5) Finally, since we have space this week, I'll mention a couple products that are promised, and may or may not prove to be really useful. The first are two ideas from iVisit. SeeStar would let mobile phone and PDA users find destinations while traveling by communicating with a live person who sees your whereabouts using Google Maps and the phone's camera. SeeScan would use the camera to read labels and identify objects. Video can be downloaded here:

6) Then there's WebAnywhere, the free web-based screen reader being developed at the University of Washington and due to be available in May.

7) The topic for Tek Talk this week will be "Dancing Dots: Providing Technology for Blind Musicians and Their Educators." Tek Talk airs on GMT Tuesday, 29 April at 00:00.

8) Here is the link on the Microsoft pages concerning accessibility in Microsoft Word 2007:

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