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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 230
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The Open Learn web site gives free access to hundreds of study units from courses of the Open University in the UK.

2) The latest decision from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concerning Freedom Scientific's suit against Gw Micro appears to favor Gw Micro.

3) In the article titled "A Second Look at Apple's VoiceOver," the October, 2009 issue of the Braille Monitor offers a more balanced perspective on using the Mac than in its previous article on the subject.

4) Learn all about JAWS version 11, with its free DAISY reader add-on, research feature and improved support for web pages using ARIA on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 20 October at 00:00.

5) Serotek has released the first iPhone app directed to the blind, the free iBlink Radio, which gives easy access to popular blindness-oriented podcasts, Internet radio stations by and for the blind and radio reading services.

6) In SeroTalk Tech Chat 36 they discuss 20 items of Assistive Technology News as of October 8, 2009

7) SeroTalk Podcast 25 covers some of the same news items but in addition, its theme is blind Mechanics and Entrepeneurs

8) Among articles n the September, 2009 issue of AccessWorld is an evaluation of the iPhone, an interview with Jamal Mazrui, a discussion of netbooks and their pros and cons, accessible office equipment from Lexmark, and a review of Anna Dresner's book Using the Accessible iPod.

9) Speaking of Anna, she has produced a podcast demonstrating the third generation iPod Shuffle.

10) Upgrading to Windows 7 with Window-Eyes is a new article on the Gw Micro knowledgebase

11) GW Micro is offering two one-hour free online trainings for US residents on Friday, 23 October: Book Sense, 14:00 GMT and Braille Sense Plus QWERTY at 18:00 GMT. to register, send e-mail with your first and last name and e-mail address to

12) Tyler Spivey has written what could be a most welcome utility: It takes your caps lock and turns it
into a modifier to run wineyes functions. You can get it from:

13) Southern California's Braille Institute of America offers a page of free recorded media for the visually impaired:

14) Fred's Head found Freebook-s, a meta-search tool for finding free e-books.

15) They also point out that the BBC site contains lots of educational material. The BBC World News for Children podcast is directed toward people from 7 to 14 years of age, and transcripts of each 44-to-5 minute recording are provided.

16) The Smithsonian Channel has lots of useful educational videos:

17) This Fred's Head post discusses an approach to making online graphics acessible:

18) This one is entitled Getting Started with Google Wave

19) The Blind Photographers site consists of a blog and lots of photo examples:

20) Here is an article where three free anti-virus tools were compared against paid programs, and the comparison was favorable:

21) Here's a New Free Service from Gizmos: Personalized Security Software Suggestions for Your PC. You answer short questions, and you receive recommendations of free security software you may want to install. Haven't tested it for accessibility.

22) The UltraUniverse team has released new JAWS scripts for Winamp, implementing features popular in the Window-Eyes scripts for the program, including better abilities to navigate by time and some enhanced verbosity choices.

23) Progress is being made to make the sound editor ProTools accessible to VoiceOver users on the Mac.

24) The BBC will phase out RealAudio on its streaming sites and replace it with Windows Media Player and flash players.

25) The Sensory Access Foundation in Northern California is seeking an Access Technology Specialist, and will pay around $50,000 per year. For information, contact Chris Piper

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