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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 219
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The iPhone, the first mobile phone to be accessible to the blind out of the box, is the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 August.

2) Owners of the Pac Mate Omni can now purchase StreetTalk GPS VIP, a tailor-made GPS system using technology from Sendero Group. In the US, the software with one country map costs $1,499.

3) The July, 2009 issue of AccessWorld is available, featuring a review of the Mobile Geo GPS program for Windows Mobile cell phones, a review of a lower-cost braille display, a more optimistic update on the accessibility of household appliances, reviews of Twitter and Google Voice, the latest on the National Library Service conversion to digital books, and more.

4) T and T Consultancy announces the availability of J-Say Pro, the JAWS-user addon to make Dragon Naturally Speaking accessible, version 7 in the UK, soon elsewhere. This paid upgrade gives more control over speech feedback and correction while dictating, and access to Firefox, Twitter and Skype.

5) The Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired will offer an IT Essentials course for $75 starting August 6. This course will provide training in computer maintenance skills and initial helpdesk technique. For more information, e-mail

6) This Fred's Head post is entitled Guidelines on Presenting Accessible Powerpoint Presentations

7) Fred's Head points us to a resource from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange: Blind Visitors to the United States: What you need to know: <>.

8) this Fred's Head posting has several resources, and is called Create a Catalog of Your Wardrobe

9) Keysoft Version8 is available for the Braille Note mPower and the PK. This paid upgrade includes support for Audible books, the ability to use some chat services like Google Chat, WPA support for wireless connections, and everybody gets a 90-day demo of Sendero GPS.

10) If you want a plain-language description of what DAISY is, visit this blog:

11) The Innovations show being aired this week has lots of discussions about mobile phones, and we also learn what is new at Cobalt Systems.

12) A new article has been added to the Gw Micro knowledgebase: Window-Eyes and Mail Merge with Word 2007

13) The title of SeroTalk Tech chat 26 is Managing Files With SAMNet Media Library and Nero 9.0

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