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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 221
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) Many of us were informed and entertained by a cassette magazine called Playback, produced for 28 years by Ed Potter until 2007. The magazine contained news and features concerning audio, high fidelity and technology. Some 380 hours of recordings were produced, with features by lots of colorful and some now-deceased listeners. With Ed's blessing, you can download any or all of it for free, and cd's will be available for sale. The web site is here:
and for those who prefer, an ftp site is here:

2) Freedom Scientific announces that its DAISY player, FSReader, is now fre for Pac Mate owners, and will also be a free add-on to coming versions of JAWS and MAGic.

3) AIR, the Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles, has some 70 podcasts on a variety of topics, including many readings from paeriodicals, and podcasts for parents of blind children, podcasts for blind youth and those concerning technology.

4) Playing NLS Digital Talking Books on the BookSense is a recent article added to the Knowledge Base at Gw Micro.

5) Another one is Navigating In The BookSense

6) Tek Talk features a Discussion with Chris Gray, president of Bay Area digital, discussing their products and their distributorship of products from Royal National Institute for Blind Persons, on GMT Tuesday, 18 August at 00:00.

7) This Fred's Head posting entitled Mozekty: The Talking Internet Radio Database concerns a comprehensive database of radio stations broadcasting online, and the developer has made the program accessible.>

8) This one discusses Google Voice:

9) Finding, Researching and Downloading Books, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias on the Net is a Fred's Head posting with multiple resource listings.

10) And here's one entitled Accessible TV Listings

11) EASI has two free webinars concerning different web accessibility tools. You will be able to register for them soon. On 15 September, the topic will be the Firefox Accessibility Extension, and on 22 September, WAVE from Webaim.

12) This week's Innovations broadcast features an interview with an organizer of the Driving for the Blind project at Virginia Tech, a discussion about a radio station database, w way for multiple people in different places in the world to conduct a high-quality stereo Internet broadcast, and a surprise announcement.

13) Ai Squared announces the release of ZoomText Express, a $49.95 download for the US edition, ^69.95 for the international edition, which magnifies any area of the screen up to 2x for those needing some magnification to reduce eye strain or give a slight size increase.

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