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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 272
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Making your voice heard by the FCC is the topic of the GMT Friday, 3 September SeroTalk Tech Chat. Darren Burton and Paul Schroeder from the American Foundation for the Blind will share important information about an opportunity for US residents to bring their concerns about cell phone accessibility directly to the FCC. They will share their perspectives and all the information needed to file comments directly with the Commission. The program airs live at 01:00 , at

2) What does it take to start your own Internet radio station? How does one go about putting it on the Net, and then how do you build and maintain an audience? If you've never broadcast before, should you take the plunge and start your own station, or should you go with an established operation? These and more like them are questions to be answered on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 31 August at 00:00.

3) David Bales' new guide to the windows 7 taskbar covers the Start menu, the taskbar buttons, and the notification area. It's written specifically for Jaws users, but most of it is relevant to users of other screen readers.

4) Visit the new home of Accessible Games today, and get any one of 10 great games for only $9.99!

5) Keith Hinton will be publishing Window-Eyes related thoughts and questions in his new blog.

6) This Fred's Head post offers some sources for buying college textbooks for less.

7) This one is called How to Add Your Facebook Stream to Windows Live Messenger

8) Those of you in the market for a new range, DVD player or dishwasher may be interested to know that the National Federation of the Blind has just updated the Usable Consumer Electronics list, which lists a variety of easy-to-adapt mainstream appliances and devices. The list describes the product interface, and what makes it usable to blind consumer, as well as giving model numbers to make it easier to find the device in question. More generally, the list will help consumers identfiy what brands and what product lines are likely to be workable. We hope it's helpful!

9) The NfB Access Technology Blog post on August 16, 2010 offers a review of the BrailleTec BTec 100

10) They've started a new Tech Tips section at the Gizmo site. Among the first tips are - An Unusual Way to Reduce Windows Boot Time, Quick Ways to Shut Down Windows, How to Manage Flash Cookies, Shortcuts for Hibernating Windows, How to View and Clear the Cache in the Google Chrome Browser

11) Browsing the web using an alternative DNS server has advantages. this one unearthed by the Gizmo editor has security advantages.

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