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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 281
The Week's News in Access Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) A few minutes after I sent last week's newsletter off to Flying Blind, LLC, in came the news that JFW version 12 is now a full public release, out of Beta. This version includes a Text Analyzer feature to help find format inconsistencies in Word documents, improved support for web pages written in ARIA, a more efficient Settings Center, and support for fully operating in contracted braille.

2) As he has done for the last several versions, Jamal Mazrui has created a comprehensive text archive of the documentation for JFW 12.

3) The latest Tech Doctor podcast features an interview with Larry Skutchan of American Printing House for the Blind about the past, present and future of adaptive technology.

4) National Braille Press and student teams at Bentley University are conducting research into the use of assistive technologies - specifically, notetaking devices - by visually impaired and blind individuals. The survey consists of thirteen questions and should take only a few minutes to complete.

5) The seventeenth game in the Blind Gamers series from Ian Humphreys is BG Brainiac, Spoonbill Software's version of a game you may know as Concentration. It is blind accessible but graphics allow sighted players to play along with blind players. email requesting BG Brainiac and Ian will send you the download link.

6) The next two weeks on Tek Talk will be the annual Stocking Stuffers programs. Each week, sellers of some low-tech products of potential interest to the blind will discuss their products. The first installment is GMT Tuesday, 2 November at 00:00.

7) HIMS manufactures the Sense line of notetakers and reading devices. They have ended their working relationship with Gw Micro and have opened their own office in Austin, Texas.

8) in SeroTalk Podcast 53, we learn about Tech News, bluetooth Keyboards, iDocks and iCases

9) Serotek Tech Chat 74 covers the Latest and Greatest Accessible iPhone Apps

10) The Gizmo team gives us a review of the Best Free Anonymous Surfing Service.

11) Fred's Head tells about The Will Creator, a site that claims to generate a legal will.

12) They also inform us about the free RadioSure player with some 10,000 stations you can listen to and record.

13) Chip Orange has added the same marking and text selection features now available in JFW 12 to his Window-Eyes Microsoft Word script. Now users can mark a place in a document without altering the document, can navigate to another location, and easily select text between the mark and the new location.

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