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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 222
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) T.R. Fraser has written an e-book, selling for $25: Exploring Word 2007 with JAWS. The book comes as an accessible pdf document, but once you buy it if you prefer Word or text format, you can e-mail the author and he sill send you that format.

2) The list of accessible apps for use on the iPhone has been moved and considerably updated.

3) Josh de Lioncourt launches an expansion of his previous site: the Mac-cessibility network for Visually Impaired Mac and iPhone Users, featuring news, tutorials, and links to forum and mailing list discussions.

4) CNet has purchased the MacFixIt web site, so beginning in September, all the tutorials on use of the Mac that formerly required a paid subscription to access are now free.

5) Content on the Listen and Learn Recordings site continues to be updated. You can download or stream the recordings, and a podcast feed is available. Recent additions include a three-part guide on using Windows Media Player, guides to installing Linux, and a tutorial on using Talks.

6) Thanks to, we discover the Accredfited Online Degrees web site, which features an article listing the 50 best web sites for audio book addicts:

7) Through September 15th, the student who reads, rates, and writes the most reviews of Bookshare books could win a Victor Reader Stream! To learn more about the contest or register a student, please view the contest details here:

8) Fred's Head introduces us to Spark, a keyboard shortcut manager for the Mac.

9) They also point us to Menupages, a site containing hundreds of restaurant menus. Menus are available as "viewable on-screen" or "printable" in a pdf. Both formats are easy to read with a screen reader.

10) SeroTalk podcast 21 features a diverse lineup: an interview with creators of the Cooking in the Dark program, an interview regarding SeroTek's Accessible Meeting service, and an interview with a blind self-employed massage therapist.

11) SeroTalk Tech Chat #28 discusses various ways to get the news in the 21st century.

12) Thanks to major grant funding, individual memberships to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic are now free with proper certification.

13) Gw Micro has posted to its knowledgebase an article entitled Using Window-Eyes with Office 2007 (list of hotkeys)

14) AMIS stands for Adaptive Multimedia Information System. It is a free self-voicing DAISY player available in several languages, now including French.

15) This week's edition of Innovations, in the midst of its broadcast week as we speak, features a talk on the Nokia E71 phone, an interview with the designer of and a discussion of an accessible color identifier from Cobolt Systems.

16) Version 2.0 of the firmware for the Plextalk Pocket DAISY recorder/player has been released, enabling this unit to play books from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and the National Library Service, and sporting some other usability enhancements.

17) IRTI announces the release of eClipseWriter Pro 4.2. This $595 DAISY production tool includes the latest Abbyy FineReader OCR engine update, and lets you create DAISY books from all sorts of content including graphical pdf documents.

18) Here is a good directory of European radio stations streaming live:

19) The Brain Port is the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, August 25 at 00:00. After a few hours of training on this device, which conveys information about the environment through the tongue, users have been able to detect shapes, identify motion, and report contrast differences and depth cues.

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