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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 277
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) The saga of Blio continues. Blio is the reading system that has been promised with much fanfare for several months. Now it has been released, but the version that is said to work with screen readers is not due until October.

2) The Samsung Haven, the fully accessible phone from Verizon, will be the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 October at 00:00.

3) Speaking of that phone, the podcast that introduces and explains it has been updated.

4) The second public beta of JAWS version 12 is out, featuring some improved performance on some flash pages and many bug fixes.

5) Directions for Me, from Horizons for the Blind, will provide a consistent, quality source of complete packaging information for everything from preparation instructions to ingredient lists to Nutrition Facts labels for many common grocery, health and beauty products.

6) There is a brand new Tech Doctor podcast called "Women In Technology" at

7) "Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic - the Latest News" will be a webinar on Wednesday, 6 October at 19:00 GMT. Register here:

8) Ricky Enger from Serotek has written a thorough accessibility review of the Kindle 3 with recommendations for future development.

9) SeroTalk Podcast 51 covers the Keurig Coffee maker, $99 Audio Recorder and $4.99 iPhone GPS App

10) Fred's Head reminds us about Sight Exchange, where you can give away blindness-related items and receive such items. the group is on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to the mailing list by sending a blank message to

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