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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 285
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic now offers a free software player for its books that works on both pc and Mac systems.

2) Freedom Scientific plans several free training webinars for the first quarter of 2011: Webinar Training Room Orientation, January 6, Virtual Ribbon Menus Feature - New in JAWS® 12, January 11, Getting Help with JAWS and MAGic®, January 18, Voice Profiles with JAWS and MAGic, January 25, JAWS and MAGic Reading Commands and Cursors Used by JAWS, February 1, Skype™ with JAWS and MAGic, February 8, PAC Mate Omni™: FSEdit Basics, February 15, PDF Document Reading and Strategies with JAWS and MAGic, February 22, OpenBook®, an Introduction, March 1, Facebook with JAWS and MAGic, March 8, Virtual Ribbon Menus Feature - New in JAWS 12, March 10, Leveraging the Freedom Scientific Web Site, March 22, PAC and Mate Omni - A Settings Overview, March 29, Surf's Up! Surfing the Internet with JAWS and MAGic! April 5
They also offer some paid webinars.

3) Kelly Sapergia will discuss and demonstrate his favorite accessible computer games on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 7 December at 01:00.

4) The creators of the Mac-Cessibility podcast have come out with an episode highlighting the changes in iOS4.2 and with the accessibility of Apple TV.

5) The Federal Communications Commission accepts comments through Tuesday, 7 December on what advanced services are to be covered by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Apparently no comments from blind individuals have been received as of the time of writing. The archive below provides all necessary information for responding:

6) Two recent posts to the NFB Access Technology Blog concern a review of the Baum Pronto notetaker and a discussion about low-cost magnification software.

7) SeroTalk Podcast 55 takes us on a romp through DocuScan Plus, Fully Accessible Apple TV, Tech News, Spiel for Android and more

8) The free DAISY audio production tool OBI is now at version 1.2.

9) A Graduate student at Rice University is gathering information about accessible voting machine use for her thesis and for efforts to influence policy in this area. She wants blind adults to complete a survey:
or feel free to write her at

10) The Gizmo team has a review of the Best Free Software to Cut, Split or Merge Audio Files

11) They also provide a link for Downloading Office 2010 Training Courses for Free, in PowerPoint format.

For questions and comments regarding Tidbits, please e-mail Dean Martineau at Dean Martineau provides adaptive technology training by phone, online, and in person, with flexible arrangements, and at affordable prices.

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