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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 275
The Week's News in Access Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco offers its next technology event, a Braille Notetakers Interactive Workship, Saturday, 25 September from 17:00-19:00 GMT. You can participate live at
and RSVP by writing to

2) The next version of the free screen reader NVDA is now in beta test, and testers are welcome to try it out and report bugs. Notable features of NVDA 2010.2 include greatly simplified object navigation; virtual buffers for Adobe Flash content; access to many previously inaccessible controls by retrieving text written to the screen; flat review of screen text; support for IBM Lotus Symphony documents; reporting of table row and column headers in Mozilla Firefox; and significantly improved user documentation.

3) If you're frustrated because Window-Eyes Browse Mode Reloads when Typing in Edit Boxes, you can grab the latest Gw Micro script, Enhanced Auto Load 1.0

4) The Braille Sense OnHand is a $4,995 notetaker with 18 braille cells a built-in compass and GPS receiver. It is shipping now.

5) FreedomScientific announces the release of a free upgrade to MAGic version 11 that allows for true dual-monitor support, allowing two programs to be simultaneously displayed and magnified on two monitors.

6) This Fred's Head post discusses new accessibility initiatives by eBay and their partnership with the National Federation of the Blind to promote eBay as a viable platform for blind business owners.

7) The 15 September post to the NFB AccessTechnology Blog gives the technology team's rather unfavorable impression of the new Kindle.

8) Innovations, the weekly technology show on The Global Voice, is now available as a podcast.

9) Josh Kennedy has launched a podcast mostly devoted to demoing old software and hardware.

10) "How to get my child accessible textbooks", is a webinar from Bookshare to take place Wednesday, 22 September at 17:00 GMT. register at
Catch their last webinar for parents at

11) A new version of the communication and networking system Klango is available with new features for Facebook users and many bug fixes.

12) Handy Tech North America is looking to hire a sales/customer service worker for their office in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Email cover letter and resume to

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