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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 171
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic has initiated a program whereby most of the books in their collection can be downloaded. Is are not DAISY files, but protect an audio files such as can be borrowed from many public libraries in North America.

2) Thanks to Fred’s Head Companion, we discover the Pacer Center, a worldwide web site for children and youth with disabilities of all sorts and their parents from India.

3) From the Access Ability Blog, this article, entitled “When Wikipedia Won't Cut It: Twenty-Five Online Sources for Reliable, Researched Facts, is interesting in itself, and will also lead to its source,

4) Freedom Scientific announces the official release of Pac Mate version 6.1, featuring improved web navigation, the ability to read PDF documents, and the ability for those who wish to to write in contracted Braille in all applications.

5) This upgrade will be the topic for the Tek Talk online training, to take place on GMT Tuesday 12 August at 00:00.

6) Richard Turner has updated his window eyes set files for the GoldWave Sound editor for those who are using Window-Eyes version seven.

7) we previously announced that Aplian Technologies was offering discount coupons to the blind community for its various recording products. Those coupons have now expired, but they have issued another batch, which are good for 90 days: RMCBB - $10 off Replay Media Catcher; RAVBB - $15 off Replay AV; RMBB - $15 off Replay Music; SUITEBB - $20 off the Replay Capture Suite.

8) Gene Asner produced an elaborate, high quality tutorial on accessing the web entitled Surfing with Style. He is decided to make this tutorial freely available. He’ll provide no tech support on it, and no future upgrades will be made to it, that it will remain usable for a long time to come. Here’s the download link:

9 ) Jamal Mazrui has taken a collection of instructional documents on content management systems, process the previously inaccessible pdf’s to make them as accessible as possible, turned them into textfiles and put them into a downloadable archive.

10) Ai Squared announces the release of ZoomWARE, a low vision computer access solution for people in the early stages of vision loss or who suffer from the stress and fatigue of computer use. The program costs $149 to download if you live in North America, $229 overseas.

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