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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 256
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Here is a summary of online information about audio-described movies, as offered by the Media Access Group at WGBH: this new sitelists DVS movies available on DVD as well as listing all movies that have ever been described:
Go here for information about movies offered with description in theaters equipped with Motion Picture Access systems.
And type in your zip code, set the search filter for DVS and find the equipped theaters, described movies and accessible showtimes near you here:

2) Learn about products from Prodigy Diabetes Care, including their newly-improved Count-a-Dose and their exciting plans for the future, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 11 May at 00:00.

3) Here's a Fred's Head post entitled Find Deals without All the Browsing that gives tips for finding good deals on Amazon and eBay.

4) SeroTalk Podcast 40 covers a variety of news items and gives an explanation of XP Mode for Windows 7

5) Gizmo has updated its Best Freeware List in the World

6) I don't know about accessibility here, but this Gizmo post tells of a free program that lets you Edit or Share Google Docs Files from within Microsoft Office.

7) The 4 May, 2010 post on the NFB - Access Technology Blog is entitled iPad First Look

8) FSCast for April, 2010features the forthcoming Open Book 9 with its Pearl camera, and a discussion of the Focus 40 Blue braille display.

9) Jamal Mazrui has consolidated much of his programming effort into a package for developrs of applications called the Homer Application Framework. It is designed to make it easy for developers to build sophisticated applications with a graphical user interface (GUI), and for end users to benefit from the friendliness and power of those applications.

10) You can download audio and PowerPoint from a Gw Micro webinar on how to use NFB NEWSLINE with the BookSense

11) GW Micro announces the availability of Window-Eyes version 7.2, with support for the forthcoming Microsoft Office 2010 and other enhancements including faster loading of listviews.

12) American Printing House will conduct three webcasts to provide introductory instruction in the Book Port Plus during May. They will take place Friday 7, Thursday 13 and Tuesday 18 May, all at 16:00 GMT. More advanced topics will be covered during June webinars. Space is limited, but these will be archived. To register, e-mail

13) Microsoft has a page of various education competencies. Each competency is taught using self-study questions and resources.

14) Version 1.2 of the GPS device Trekker Breeze is available, featuring more accurate positioning, better voices and the ability to navigate to points of interest.

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